Cosy in the Rocket by Psapp

Cosy in the Rocket

“Cosy in the Rocket” is an adventurous experiment in the use of unconventional sounds.

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Combined with the whimsical vocals of Galia Durant, this song makes for an interesting listening experience.

Made famous by being the main theme for the American television medical dramaGrey’s Anatomy. It’s also my current ringtone.


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Flamingo (album) by Brandon Flowers

Following an announcement by The Killers that they would be taking a short break, frontman Brandon Flowers released his debut solo album entitled Flamingo.


Deviating from his typical alternative rock and post-punk styles as lead vocalist of The Killers,  Brandon demonstrates his versatility both as an artist and a musician through his new album.

The music video for his first single “Crossfire” featuring award winning actress Charlize Theron as his ninja killing girlfriend (I’m not even making this up) was truly amazing to watch.


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No Rest by Dry The River

Dry The River

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In all honesty, the beginning of No Rest was unassuming.

If not for the fact that I was made me promise to listen to it until the end, I would have missed out on their amazing, impassioned bridge that changed my evaluation of this song forever.

The lyrics and music video for No Rest contains alot of biblical references. There is also an acoustic version released, which is equally good.



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The Glass Passenger (Album) by Jack’s Mannequin

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The Glass Passenger was the second studio album produced by the recently retired (February 2, 2012) Alternative Rock band, Jack’s Mannequin.

For me, this is one of the very few albums out there which I genuinely enjoyed listening to from beginning to end.

What I enjoyed most was that each song in the album represents the different phases in the life journey of Andrew McMahon, the lead singer of the band who had been diagnosed with leukemia.

From struggling through adversity (Swim), to dealing with depression (Hammers and Strings), The Glass Passenger is a true musical storytelling masterpiece.


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The Frames

The Frames

Star Star – The Frames

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Founded by Glen Hansard (center) in 1990, The Frames have contributed greatly to the development of the rock music scene in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2006, Hansard starred in the musical film Once, in which he wrote most of the movie’s original soundtrack together with fellow actress and musician Markéta Irglová.

Their song Falling Slowly even won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Overall, their music is thoughtfully written, with lyrics filled with messages and meaning. The inclusion of the violin by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (far left) during the bridge of Falling Slowly still remains one of my most memorable musical moments of all time.

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Lullabies – Yuna

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Every now and again, a local artist stands out and makes me proud to be Malaysian. Debuting as a solo MySpace singer, Yuna’s career has since grown to include several albums in both Malaysia and the United States.

I’ve been a huge fan of Yuna since 2008, after hearing her song Dan Sebenarnya. Her depth of emotion caught me by surprise, expressed through her graceful, effortless style of singing.

Over the years, she has expanded her horizons to include edgier and more upbeat songs, all without losing the honesty in her voice which made her music so beautiful to listen to in the first place.

Among some of my favourite songs from Yuna are:

  • Lullabies
  • Dan Sebenarnya
  • Come As You Are (Nirvana cover)
  • Here Comes The Sun (Beatles cover)

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Enterprise WAN

An enterprise SD WAN can modernize your network and propel your business in the digital age. Using network security to help protect the sensitive data within your enterprise and prevent external access is an ideal way to modernize your network, so getting the right resources for this is important and you can go to sites such as for this purpose. They are also a smart way to route traffic and better secure the network as a whole. There are several alternatives to running a full WAN solution on top of your firewalls and routers:

Metering WAN:This is running your WAN through a network connection that is managed by your computer rather than the device itself. This solution is also more cost effective in many ways. It allows for you to properly protect and monitor your network but also can reduce data on the WAN by eliminating costly connection and filtering.

VPN WAN:This is using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection to connect to the Internet from your computer. VPN WANs provide secure connections, meaning that your data remains on the WAN and not on the VPN server. However, VPN WANs usually impose stricter security requirements on the VPN server and therefore require higher data rates to serve. In addition, VPN WANs are typically installed in your enterprise on a dedicated, high performance network.

IP Forwarding WAN:Similar to the other WAN solutions, IP Forwarding WANs provide advanced options for protecting your network and for routing Internet traffic through your network. This is a good way to improve the performance and overall security of your enterprise network.

Are there any additional benefits to running a WAN on top of your firewall? There are some benefits and concerns as well:


Predictability of network traffic: As long as your Firewall is properly configured, a WAN on top of your firewall can still use common port definitions (25, 80, etc) to route traffic through your firewall. This is helpful if you need to change your firewall rules on a regular basis. However, most WANs on top of your firewall do not use a port at all but route through specific ports. Therefore, if you modify your firewall rules to route through the same port every time, it will result in some delays on your WAN because traffic will have to traverse the firewall several times to reach the outside world. This causes delays when devices in the WAN send and receive data. For example, if you send and receive data through the ports 80 and 443, each time you send a message or perform a search for information, the traffic will have to traverse your firewall for several seconds in order to reach the outside world. This is why the WAN is often referred to as the bottleneck to the Internet as well as to the rest of your network.

Access: Access to the Internet and other high-speed networks is restricted because of the firewall’s active network traffic rules. A WAN on top of your firewall allows you to access the Internet as well as applications that need a standard internet connection (like email, internet browsing and Skype). This can be valuable to help your business better connect with competitors and the outside world. For example, you can have your office in the Philippines and let your business partners and clients access the internet from your office, or even have your laptop and tablet inside the conference room or private meeting room, thus giving customers the same experience that they have at your office.

Brand New

Jesus Christ – Brand New

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Brand New was one of the very first Alternative bands I’ve ever listened to. I discovered them through a flash game on Newgrounds – One Chance which featured their song Tautou during the climaxIts placement in the game was excellently done. Very moving.

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Now, Now Every Children

Giants (Acoustic Version)


This is easily my favourite indie band this year. Although not very prominent at the moment, they have been gradually building a loyal fanbase since their inception in 2003.

Now, Now really distinguishes themselves through their slightly dark, melancholic music. Lead vocalist Cacie Dalager (centre) has a beautiful voice, with all the right inflections for the songs they play. Although not always pitch perfect, I somehow find that her offbeat notes actually enhances the overall listening experience.

Dalager’s partnership with guitarist and vocalist Jess Abbott (left) is a generous one, affording both girls opportunities to stand out individually.

Also listen out for some unexpected drum patterns every now and again from Bradley Hale (right), which he tastefully includes into the song without interrupting the flow and tempo.

Moving on, most of their lyrics are fairly unusual, but convey such universal emotions like resolve, frustration and regret. It’s music that anyone could relate to at some point in their life, and it will have a different meaning to each person.

Among some of my favourite songs from Now, Now are:

  • Giants (both original and acoustic versions)
  • Prehistoric
  •  Lucie, Too

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