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Music and nostalgia...
Does anyone know of a Korean shoutcast station that is DJ-less? I've been listening to whatever I can find on the lists including Republic of KoreaPOP, Fm, and MPIO but I can't find a stream to listen to for long. The female DJ's that insists on humming along with the music or worst yet singing along ruins the otherwise decent streams.

I would run my own stream off the server but everything in there is old. Trying to grab the more recent stuff since I don't have access to new releases anymore. Would anyone happen to have any of the S1 songs? If Korean music was available on iTunes I'd be broke =T, if I can find a few more albums to qualify for free shipping I might just purchase it off YesAsia, any other albums to recommend?

Check out some of the Punjabi, Hindi, Bhangra stations like this one. The beats aren't too bad, the music videos are awesome (I watch them all the time at India Garden), but the 24kbps bitrate doesn't cut it. Finally for those of you who insists on music you can understand, check out EuroDance HiNRG Pop, it always keeps me awake in the early morning hours of studio. Annoying DJ not included. There used to be good Chinese/Cantonese streams but I can't seem to find them anymore...

So why the sudden post about music? Yesterday morning my studio-stint started at 8am and lasted until 5pm. 9 hours straight in studio and Winamp was installed incorrectly in the clusters. That meant no streaming music so I was relegated to listen to whatever was on my portable drive. Fortunately I had all eight Roo'Ra albums, the group that got me interested in Korean music. I'm not sure how others react to music, to me it's emotional first, followed by a rush of memories tied to those emotions. With a photo I think the process goes in the opposite way, it's a lot more linear and less taxing emotionally. Which reminds me, I have a write up to do for the movie Blow-Up which deals with the topic of photography...

But I digress... so listening to Roo'Ra brought me back to the summers of 8th and 9th grade. Cruising around Livingston and the neighborhood towns with the rest of the crew on our mismatched bikes. That was real freedom. There was no work to worry about in the summer and we went anywhere we wanted at anytime. I guess money back then was the only issue. We would meet at around 8am at the basketball courts, shoot around until it got too hot then go off to 7-11 for some slurpees. We would escape the midday heat at the local library, mall or at Rich's house, raiding his garage for all the cookies and candy stored there. The rest of the day would be spent riding around exploring the local woods and even the water resorvoir. Nothing beats riding around on a bike to explore your local surroundings. The BMX track behind Domino's was always a must. Hitting that tree in the middle of a jump sure sucked though. I miss my Mongoose Solution Pro including the crappy two-piece handlebars that needed adjustments everytime I landed from a jump and the dented rear rim from my first attempt at a bronco. That bike just felt right with the stiff aluminum frame and all, riding around on the GF Wahoo last summer was a little weird, it felt so unwielding compared to BMX bikes. So if anyone stumbles onto a mid 90's Mongoose Solution Pro BMX bike, please let me know! I can't find it online or on eBay. Go figure...

UPDATE: OMG I found it! Look at this eBay Auction: Old School BMX Mongoose Solution NOS. This is pretty much the bike I had. It might be older or newer than the one I had by a year but the components and frame looks the same. Just a different paint job with the chromed aluminum frame and blue highlights. Thinking about getting this for nostalgic reasons, and possibly bringing it to China to ride.