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The Jakarta new wave veterans, The Upstairs, are back. Following the release of their last album, Magnet! Magnet! in 2009 they went on quite a long hiatus. A few weeks ago they finally showed up again with strong new record called Katalika.
According to the group, who have been around since October 2001, this fourth composition is to celebrate their 11th anniversary and is also a special gift, a thank you gesture to their die-hard fans, Modern Darlings.
Now as a trio formation (plus 2 additional musicians)—Jimi Multhazam (vocal), Andre Idris (guitar), and Beni Adhiantoro (drums)—the band consider Katalika as the starting point of their evolution from loud and aggro collective into a calmer and more mature group, musically speaking. The arrangement, lyrics and sound have acquired a softer, more laid-back quality. Even in their fashion style they have moved away from the dramatic bright neon they have been famous for towards lower profile, safe-steady colors. Although, Jimi’s Jagger-esque meets Iggy-ish quirky dance moves will remain the same.
Join their Facebook page www.facebook.com/theupstairs to be the new Modern Darlings and keep yourself totally updated.
This is the band that I’m currently in love with. They’ll be coming to my town in January. Yesyesyes, I surely will go see ‘em. If they come to your city, I suggest you go, too. Why? Here’s one solid confession from an eyewitness:
“…I suppose everyone’s definition of a good live show is different, but I saw them last night and I was transfixed the entire time. It was a dream I didn’t want to wake from, happy and sad memories flooding back. I closed my eyes for half the show and just let the sound wash over me. When I opened them, I would see the rest of the crowd doing the same…”
Go to the main page for a sneak peek of a few of their intimate live shows, performing one of my favourite songs, “Walk in the Park” in different occasions.
Hiphop, fonts and typography. Goddamn.
Sejatinya ini bukan tentang promosi DTW (Daerah Tujuan Wisata) di Nusantara, tapi tentang koleksi busana musim semi/panas 2012 merek Camel Active. Namun di sisi lain bisa diimprovisasi oleh pemerintah kita—terutama Departemen Pariwisata—yang selama ini cenderung kaku, kerap terpaku pada pakem “tradisional” (melulu tarian Bali, eksploitasi senyum anak-anak berkulit sawo matang secara berlebih, tumpah ruah pemuda-pemudi mengibarkan sang saka merah putih berukuran ekstra lebar dan ultra panjang, dsb). Sutradara film iklan ini berhasil menerjemahkan imej Camel yang identik dengan petualangan dengan amat baik. (Dan di saat yang sama memperkenalkan Indonesia dari sudut pandang muda, berani dan masa kini.)
Silakan masuk ke halaman utama untuk menontonnya—dan tersenyum kagum.
A non-traditional approach to promote a city and its dynamic. Awesomeness!
Go to the main page to see the happy, follow-your-heart-and-break-the-rules video.
Between Jagger and Travolta, there’s Byrne.
Go to the main page to learn a thing or two how to dance with the magnificent David Byrne.
This video is actually quite old, uploaded to YouTube in early 2007. But I think it’s still worth checking out. I especially like the glam chic feeling that comes out of this concert. Oh, the singer, Belinda Kazanci, is a good friend of mine, too. She’s a great songstress. And knows how to dance. (And a talented fashion designer as well.)
Go to the main page to watch the glitzy glow video.
Lloyd Cole, the long lost brother of Morrissey, is still cool.
Go to the main page to listen (and watch) his sentimental composition, “Writers Retreat!”.
Well, this is a good start: this film is inspired by Leonard Cohen’s song, “Take This Waltz”.
Go to the main page to watch the movie trailer.