101 YEARS AGO, DRINKING BECAME ILLEGAL
On this date in 1920, after it was ratified a year earlier on 16 January 1919, prohibition officially goes into effect, with the passage of the Volstead Act (also known as National Prohibition Act).
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WEAR A MASK OR GO TO JAIL
In an effort to curb the spread of Spanish Flu in 1918, some states in the US quarantined citizens; others made the wearing of face masks mandatory, at the same time as shutting down “all places of amusement”. According to a law passed in San Francisco in October of that year, on the day that state-wide infections passed 50,000, anyone seen not wearing a gauze face covering was subject to fines that ranged from $5 to $100 and the possibility of 10 days’ imprisonment.
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ANNA CALVI: ALPHA
Totally fell in love with the British goth-rock guitar virtuoso: Anna Calvi. She’s been noted also for her powerful, wide-ranging operatic contralto voice and sometimes androgynous stage appearance. Her accolades include three Mercury prize nominations, one Brit Award nomination, and a European Border Breakers Award.
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POHON TUA CREATORIUM: REGENERASI MAKSIMUM
Keberadaan Dadang Pranoto menjadi kian penting di skena Bali khususnya serta Nusantara umumnya pada hari ini. Manuvernya membangun label rekaman Pohon Tua Creatorium terbukti telah sangat membantu mendongkrak harkat musik Bali di kancah nasional. Padahal labelnya belum lama berdiri. Dua entitas yang ia bina misalnya, Nosstress dan Made Mawut, melambung gila ketenarannya sejak dibidaninya.
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GEMPITA ROCKABILLY NUSANTARA: SEJARAH, EVOLUSI & GEMAH RIPAH
Napak tilas lahir dan tumbuh kembangnya rockabilly di Indonesia. Bagaimana The Hydrant merevolusi skena serta mengubah citra musik bapak-bapak menjadi keren kekinian.
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Anugerah Musik Bali: Puncak Digdaya Skena Pulau Dewata
Bali kembali berulah, membuktikan diri sebagai sosok yang walau kecil namun begitu kuat sekaligus berbahaya.
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PROPAGANDA, MUSIK & AKTIVISME
Rudolf Dethu adalah sosok di balik panggung dalam kesuksesan band-band asal Bali. Mulai dari Superman Is Dead sampai The Hydrant merasakan tangan dinginnya.
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GERGASI API – THE FLAMES THAT WE SHARED

A topnotch new music by sludge sonic architects named Gergasi Api. Majestic, magnificent, and atmospherically gothgeous post-rock. An abrasive wall of sound juggernaut conducted by a petite, beautiful black-dressed lady from Batcave’s early days. Or picture this: Siouxsie Sioux sharing a bottle of Islay whisky with a doomgaze scientist named E.

CAMPUR SARI INDIE & TOP 40 DI BALI

Fenomena campur sari indie x Top 40 sedang riuh terjadi di Bali belakangan ini. Walau sejatinya sudah ada sejak cukup lama, jajaran pegiat indie mulai dari Zat Kimia, Aray Daulay (alM.), hingga bahkan Navicula, pernah cukup aktif “ngamen” di bar-bar di Bali selatan. Namun “serbuan” para aktivis indie di masa pagebluk ini mengalami peningkatan signifikan. Musisi seperti Manja, Modjorido, Soulfood, Truedy, dsb. silih berganti meramaikan panggung-panggung pertunjukan bar dan restoran di Canggu, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, sampai Uluwatu. Bergantian dengan paguyuban dendang Top 40 veteran seperti, sebut saja misalnya, Ika & the Soul Brothers serta Djampiro. Apakah merupakan aksi terlarang ketika sebuah band indie menyanyikan lagu orang lain? Bisakah dikategorikan dalam perbuatan tidak menyenangkan kala sekelompok grup musik yang mengaku indie namun faktanya kerap tampil menyanyikan tembang-tembang populer/Top 40?

LEONARDO RINGO – KARENA WAKTU SAJA TAKKAN CUKUP

If Bertrand Belin is the French Nick Cave, well, then, Leonardo Ringo is the Indonesian Bertrand Belin. And if you’re big into Waits and Cohen, too, you’ll enjoy this beautiful melancholia.

DUNIA BELUM BERAKHIR

Barangkali mengejutkan, tembang power pop “Dunia Belum Berakhir” oleh Shaden yang dirilis di tahun 2000 ini oh-ternyata punya peran lumayan signifikan di skena punk rock Bali Selatan, utamanya Twice Tape Shop (jalan raya Legian). Anak skena macam Superman Is Dead, Jihad (sebelum berubah nama ke The Dji Hard), Emocore Revolver, Commercial Suicide, dsb, mereka adalah saksi kunci.

BETTE DAVIS EYES

Forty years ago today, Kim Carnes’ version of “Bette Davis Eyes” won the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It also spent nine non-consecutive weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Billboard’s biggest hit of 1981.

THE MURDER OF MALCOLM X

56 years ago today, Malcolm X is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity in Washington Heights.

HUCK FINN, RACISM, RELIGION

136 years ago today, Mark Twain publishes his famous—and famously controversial—novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (US version).

MATT BERNINGER: BLOODBUZZ 5-0

The oaken baritone singer of The National, one of my most admired singers from this era, a Cary Grant interpretation of Leonard Cohen, the Neil Diamond of indie rock, hit the big 5-0 today.

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