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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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.

REMEMBERING LEE

Eleven years ago today, “the hooligan of British fashion”, Aexander McQueen, CBE, one of the most celebrated designers of our time, committed suicide. However, his work and vision still inspire the fashion world to create revolutionary, avant-garde, out of this world creations.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RICHEY EDWARDS

26 years ago today, Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London, England, at 7am. Edwards & James Dean Bradfield (lead singer and lead guitarist of Manics) were due to fly to the United States on a promotional tour. His car was found on the Severn Bridge—a notorious suicide spot—16 days later.

THE KILLING OF STEVE BIKO

24 years ago today, in South Africa, four apartheid-era police officers, appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, admit to the 1977 killing of Bantu Stephen Biko, a leader of grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement.

THE BIRTH OF FRISBEES

64 years ago today, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs—now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

PADA PAGEBLUK INI, SKENA BALI PALING BERNYALI

Great art comes from great pain. Mungkin inilah fenomena yang sedang terjadi di skena musik Pulau Bali. Para seniman malah menjadi kian kreatif kala digencet nestapa. Musisi, terutama beberapa bulan belakangan ini, kembali meramaikan belantika. Entah merilis karya, entah konser virtual dan di jagat nyata. Faktor signifikan lain yang membuat kancah musik di Bali tetap tegar tentu saja karena ekosistem musik di Bali yang kokoh dan terbilang komprehensif, semua syarat telah komplet. Hantaman Covid-19 cuma menggoyahkan fondasi sementara. Cuma gegar sebentar, bukan ambruk.

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