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Saturday, July 21, 2007

REST IS GOOD

After the last two weeks of chronic nasal drip, today is the first day I have felt healthier in some time. Praise God!
I did meet up with the boys from King Kong Jane in the morning and it was interesting and fun talking to them. I believe if they take their music seriously, so will the Singapore music scene. The potential is obviously there…
Other than a long overdue haircut – even the barber quipped that I was costing him business! – I stayed at home and listened to music, watched some Asian football on the telly (is Oz now an Asian country?) and searched for more Singapore bands at myspace.
Believe me, there are many many Singapore bands at myspace. I’m sure, if you surfed diligently enough, you’d find someone to love.
Which got me thinking… would be interesting to put together a compilation of Singapore rock circa 2007 and get it distributed in USA, UK, Japan & Australia through my many label contacts. Need to talk to a few people to see if it’s doable at all…still there’s more…

Friday, July 20, 2007

BACK IN THE SADDLE



I arrived at Home Club at about 9 plus as the missus dropped me off and went to spend time with her cousin before she returned to Canada.

First to greet me was Fahmie and Mojo (from the Pinholes) and we had a little chat. Finally met Razi, the organizer of the event and he was apologizing profusely for the lack of a crowd.

No sweat, I told him, I understand how things work in the local scene and it was a Thursday night after all.

By 10 plus, the John Lennon documentary had started so I went in to watch when Inch arrived and it was great to see her. Then Joan came with her photographer friend (whose name escapes me - so sorry!) Later her parents and also a friend turned up. Thanks for making the effort people!

Then it was time for the performances as Fahmie and a friend went on stage to perform a couple of songs. Unfortunately, Fahmie looked like he was struggling, especially with the beats being produced by the keyboard so it was messy though there was no doubting that Fahmie's heart was in it. Poor guy, he looked so disappointed in the end. Don't worry, Fahmie... I thought it was ... interesting.

Next up was Bang (from Ronin) and though he was nervous at times, I think he did a good job especially with his original song, which was heartfelt. All he needs is a little more performing time and confidence and he will be fine. More Bang for your buck, indeed!

It seemed that in a flash, I had finished my set - all six songs. I think my voice held up well considering the punishment it has been through in the last week or so but when I was done, man, it hurt like hell! Still it was great to perform again - last time was NY (not counting all the impromptus) and it was heart-warming to feed off the positive vibes of the kids - all of which were very encouraging. Thanks to all of you!
Set-list
1. (Just Like) Starting Over
2. Never Liked John Lennon
3. Jealous Guy
4. Keep the Faith
5. Instant Karma
6. Gum

What did I get out of last night? Besides meeting great guys like Fahmie, Haffiz, Mojo, Bang and of course, Razi - I think I had a good feeling about the Singapore music scene, one I've not felt for the longest time. So until I can piece a band together, this may be the next best thing.

Thanks also to Inch for the photos and the good company. You rock, girl!

... still there's more ...


Thursday, July 19, 2007

IS IT THURSDAY ALREADY?

Random thoughts on a rainy Thursday morning... I guess this is personal blog mode -

Thanks to Joan for linking this blog to her's;

Inch's vocal performance on Power98 last night was spine-tingling;

Kinda proud of the Fire Fight interview at Power of Pop

Look at HYR's smile...

See you all at Home Club tonight - please say hi...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ON THE WATERFRONT - NORTHERN EXPOSURE

It's more indie music this weekend at the Esplanade, Stage @ Powerhouse but this time from North of our borders as Couple (above), Bittersweet and Muck will be on hand to entertain the masses according to the following schedule: -

20 Jul (Fri)

7.30 – 8.15pm Bittersweet
8.45 – 9.30pm Bittersweet
10 – 10.45pm Muck

21 Jul (Sat)

8.45 – 9.30pm Muck
10 – 10.45pm Bittersweet

22 Jul (Sun)

7.30 – 8.15pm Couple
8.45 – 9.30pm Couple
I'm not that familiar with Muck but definitely check out Couple for its pristine pure powerpop and Bittersweet for its authentic shiny Britpop. Don't miss out!

ALLURA @ POWER98

Just heard from Inch that Allura will be interviewed on Power98 at 9.30pm tonight as part of the run-up to Powerjam '07.

Don't forget to tune in...

FIRE FIGHT

In the busy-ness that was the weekend, I forgot to mention that I met up with Jon, Iain, JBarks and Josh (of the Fire Fight) and we had a great time. Whilst I am still getting the interview ready... I've decided to publish the band's emailed answers to my initial queries at the latest SMS Spotlight. It makes rather intriguing reading methinks. Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

TIMBUCKTOO!*

So last night, was the opening of the new Timbre outlet at the Arts House (the former Parliament House). Located along the Singapore River and a (strong) stone’s throw from my office, I found Timbre @ the Art’s House to be a very relaxing place and it was rather easy to wile away the hours as Jack and Rai (EIC) entertained with modern acoustic rock staples, not to mention “Fiona”. Hee hee.

This sense of comfort has enhanced when friends like HYR, Jia Hui, Clement, Ngak & Ros turned up and we had fun just catching up. Also met up with some people I’ve not seen for quite a while viz. Toni Goh, who mastered Groovy almost ten years ago (!) and Alan Chan, whom I taught in Sunday School (!) … yeah, really…

...so, if you work around the vicinity (like I do) and you need to wind down to good ambience and soothing music then Timbre @ the Arts House is a choice place to be... and tell them I sent you...please...

* it’s a Jack Ho in-joke. You had to be there…

JACK & RAI ON CLASS95

Yeah, boys and girls, that's TODAY. 7 to 8pm

DIRECTING ASIA FEATURING "881"

...btw the email address in the flyer is wrong - it should be nlbprogs@nlb.gov.sg

NEVER LIKED JOHN LENNON!

It's shameless self-promotion time (is there any other kind) as I make my Home Club singing debut on Thursday night. And there's no better way to start than a John (my hero!) Lennon tribute show. (also playing: Fahmy from Pinholes and Ronin's Bang) More info here. Suffice to say that I'm already breaking out in cold sweat wondering how I can possibly do justice to those wonderful songs...
... guess you'll be there anyway huh?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

MALL ROCK

So over the last two nights, West Grand Boulevard and the Great Spy Experiment brought Singaporean rock to the shopping malls or to be more specific, Cineleisure.
In the first instance, I hadn't planned to be hopping and bopping to WGB on Saturday night but for some strange reason, the Open Stage @ *scape finished at 5.15pm (!) and I really didn't know what else I could do...
Thank goodness for Inch and Han Quan, who spent time with yours truly for the next couple of hours before WGB hit the stage.
But just before that we were all treated to some audacious break-dancing (is that what it's still called?) which I found rather impressive, but what do I know?
First time I caught WGB (at Timbre) I was a little non-plussed. I felt it was all furious sound which signified nothing... but now I am finding their kinetic and muscular brand of post-hardcore punk rock rather exhilirating. And they're great to watch...almost like a modern-day Shadows, their seemingly co-ordinated stage moves being uplifting and exciting... also I understand that HYR himself is producing WGB's debut album... I'll be waiting for that expectantly.
On Sunday, I returned to the scene of the crime (with the missus in tow) whereupon the Great Spy Experiment would entertain with their stellar material... sadly, being a Sunday night, the paltry crowd did little justice to the sheer quality of the songs and the performance but as the band was playing for me (Song's words not mine) - I sure wasn't complaining! What was crucial was that the missus appreciated all that I have been talking to her about GSE all these months - so, another GSE fan - much more to come...
... and what was the event that both WGB and GSE were endorsing? Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it?

BREAKING NEWS: GSE @ CINELEISURE

In about four hours time (6 pm lah!), Great Spy Experiment take to the stage outside Cineleisure.
Be there!