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Bottle Smoker: Bright Lights, Big Cities Tour

Versi Indonesia klik di siniGoing on a tour overseas, especially Asia Pacific region, has become very much a business-as-usual thing for Indonesian musicians. Not only for big name bands, but also independent acts like this electronica group from Bandung called Bottlesmoker. Angkuy and Nobie began their career in 2005, and will start their journey on February 26, finishing up on March 16. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is going to be the first stop, and then continuing to Gadong, Kuala Belait & Bandar Seri Bagawan (Brunei Darussalam), Shanghai & Beijing (China), Wan Chai (Hongkong), with the last gig in Medan. Actually, this is the fourth tour outside of Indonesia for Bottlesmoker. On the first one they performed in Malaysia in 2009, and then the Philippines in 2010, Malaysia again in 2010, and this year to several countries for their biggest tour ever. Stay informed about the tour by regularly visiting http://bottlesmoker.tumblr.com and listen to their unique bedroom music songs via http://www.myspace.com/bottlesmoker
Gejala-gejala sosial di Indonesia selalu menjadi alasan sebagian besar bangsanya untuk bersikap apatis terhadap lingkungan sekitar karena terkadang membuat masyarakat terbelit dan terpojok dengan kebijakan-kebijakan aneh yang lahir di tengah-tengah mereka. Sementara itu polisi-polisi moral menjadi arogan dan self pretentious dengan alibi-alibinya agar bisa terlihat peduli dan bekerja atas nama negara Indonesia dan kepentingan institusi atau organisasinya. Sajama Cut mungkin salah satu di antara jutaan orang dan ribuan band di Indonesia yang melihat fenomena ini dan mengkritik lewat double single "Twice (Rung the Ladder)" / "Poral Molice" yang dirilis serentak secara digital melalui beberapa situs online yang salah satunya adalah rudolfdethu.com di hari Kamis, 24 Februari 2011.
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM) was a heavy metal movement that started in the late 1970s, in Britain, and achieved international attention by the early 1980s. The movement developed as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. NWOBHM bands toned down the blues influences of earlier acts, incorporated elements of punk, increased the tempo, and adopted a "tougher" sound, taking a harder approach to its music. It was a scene directed almost exclusively at heavy metal fans. The era is considered to be a major foundation stone for the extreme metal genres; acts such as the American thrash metal band Metallica cite NWOBHM bands like Saxon, Motörhead, Diamond Head, and Iron Maiden as a major influence on their musical style Reviled or ignored by many mainstream critics in both the UK and the US, the NWOBHM nonetheless came to dominate the heavy metal scene of the early-mid 1980s. NWOBHM was musically characterized by fast upbeat tempo songs, power chords, fast guitar solos and melodic, soaring vocals, with lyrical themes often drawing inspiration from mythology and fantasy fiction. The early movement was associated with acts such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, Motörhead, Angel Witch, Tygers of Pan Tang, Blitzkrieg, Avenger, Sweet Savage, Girlschool, Jaguar, Demon, Diamond Head, Samson and Tank, among others. The image of bands such as Saxon, consisting of long hair, denim jackets, leather and chains, would later become synonymous with heavy metal as a whole during the 1980s. Some bands, although conceived during this era, saw success on an underground scale, as was the case with Venom and Quartz.
Back by popular demand, the JFCC Charity Jam will be held in less than three weeks! That's right, what better way to spend a Saturday night than listening to some of the best indie rock in the country while at the same time raising money for a good cause? This year, the line-up features three acts---KOIL, Efek Rumah Kaca and Sajama Cut---at a sweet, new location in central Jakarta - the Akmani Hotel on Jalan Wahid Hasyim, in Menteng. On the first floor of the hotel is an airy, outdoor/indoor terrace called the Terrazo Bianco, which we will have to ourselves starting at 8 PM on Saturday, March 12. An adjacent lounge will also be available for those who want to chill and have drinks, though tickets are needed for both.
versi Indonesia silakan klik di siniAfter six year without releasing an album, the hardcore veterans Jeruji are finally back with their newest creation, Warlock. Consisting of 13 songs, this Bandung outfit still as heavy and non-compromise as ever: aggressive, in your face, anti war, so strongly against injustice. In this latest work, Themfuck (vocal, mastermind), is supported by Sani (drums), Aleandre (guitar) and Pengex (bass). The addition of Aleandre (also a member of Full Of Hate) and Pengex (still official personnel of Take A Stand), make Jeruji even more solid and colorful, with a more New York/old school hardcore feel. If you are into heavy protest music, this charismatic and very respected band from Bandung will be right up your street. Stay connected with them and join their Facebook page (search: Jeruji). Or simply turn on your radio.
This small yet unique question and answer between Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom was originally published on Uncut mag, Take 164, January 2011; right after Newsom's Have One On Me won Uncut's Album of the Year.
Artikel ini ditulis oleh sejawat logam berat, Samack, pula telah tayang di Jakartabeat.net sejak beberapa hari silam & bertajuk asli "Jejak Iron Maiden di Indonesia". Isinya membahas tentang pengaruh, rekam jejak grup legendaris ini di Nusantara plus sisipan wawancara dengan beberapa sosok yang dianggap mahfum lagi memiliki keterkaitan batin kuat dengan Steve Harris & co. Di antaranya, ya, saya. Agar lebih mudah mengidentifikasi yang mana jawaban dari wawancara terhadap saya, warnanya saya bikin khusus, beda dengan yang lain. Kebetulan juga saya ditempatkan sebagai pihak paling terakhir dalam menjawab pertanyaan, jadi gampang mengenalinya. ...So, can you play with madness?
Edition: Wednesday, February 16, 2011Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: TAUFIQ RAHMANIn Defense of Underdog:: Playlist, photos, intro, and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Taufiq himself :: I have never become a number one. And it is easy to see myself as a member of some kind of underdog club, people who just muddle through in life without any aspiration to be bigger than what they are, a state of mind that allows me to live with only little amount of pressure. Enough about myself! My championing of underachiever makes it easy to connect with bands who throughout their existence never achieve even a modicum of success---who never had a number one hit at the Billboard Chart or MTV videos. I hate to use this word, but these are some of the most "underrated" bands, who without the pressure of having to achieve success, could produce lasting work of art. These are music from bands that are spoken in hushed tones and knowing wink from people who are willing to look away from the screen, pages of Rolling Stone or the syndicated FM dial. Having said that, pardon my deliberate omission of The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Metallica or even The Strokes. Everybody else has put them on almost any list, so why bother?
DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb's Chosen Seven is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it's an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia's public figures are really into, musically speaking. For the 11th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Ayu Laksmi.
Versi Bahasa Indonesia silakan klik di siniIn celebration of the Hard Rock brand's 40th anniversary, Hard Rock is launching its first global Hard Rock Battle of the Bands, giving the rock stars of tomorrow the opportunity of a lifetime. Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta and Bali is on the hunt for the area's best talent to perform in the first round of the battle, where bands will compete live and be evaluated by a panel of local celebrity judges, music industry icons and area music professionals. Regional winners will be given a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2011, June 2426 in London's Hyde Park. To join the competition bands must play original music, must be at least 18 years of age and must have 2 to 5 members. Bands may only participate and submit their entry at one of Hard Rock Cafe location, either Jakarta or Bali. For further details visit www.hardrockbattleofthebands.com
Edition: Wednesday, February 09, 2011Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: PHILIPS VERMONTELagu-lagu Empat Musim:: Playlist, intro, and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Philips himself :: Siapa tak kenal mahakarya komponis besar Italia, Antonio Vivaldi yang berjudul The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni). Mahakarya ini terdiri dari empat set orkestrasi biola dimana Vivaldi 'berkisah' tentang empat musim: spring, summer, autumn/fall, winter. Menjadi mahasiswa di Amerika dalam lima tahun terakhir memberi saya kesempatan menikmati (juga mengalami derita) empat musim yang bergerak dari satu ekstrim ke ekstrim lain. Membuat list lagu terbaik adalah tugas maha berat. Maka, saya melarikan diri dengan memilih sekedar menulis lagu-lagu yang menemani saya melalui empat musim setiap tahun, selama lima tahun terakhir.
Versi Bahasa Indonesia silakan klik di siniAfter over a year established and already at cult-like status, Morfem have finally released their debut album, Indonesia. It contains seven songs, five of which are in full band format, the rest in acoustic. "Pilih Sidang atau Berdamai" has been picked as the first single. In this self-produced album, Jimi Multhazam (vocals, band leader), Pandu Fathoni (guitar), Bramasta J. Sasongko (bass), & Freddie Warnerin (drums), also supply two songs with English lyrics, both written before Jimi even founded Morfem, when his songwriting was different from today. Speaking of genre, they're still loyal to what they've always been doing: a mix-match between punk rock, pop with a folky tendency, with a dash of Pandu Fathoni's fuzzy, roaring guitar. To raise public awareness, very soon Jimi (supported by Henry, his long time visual art partner) will work on the videoclip of "Pilih Sidang atau Berdamai". So, stick around and stay updated by regularly visiting the Morfem website at http://morfem.tumblr.com.
DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb's Chosen Seven is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it's an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia's public figures are really into, musically speaking. For the tenth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Marcell Siahaan.

February 2011

Versi Indonesia klik di siniGoing on a tour overseas, especially Asia Pacific region, has become very much a business-as-usual thing for Indonesian musicians. Not only for big name bands, but also independent acts like this electronica group from Bandung called Bottlesmoker. Angkuy and Nobie began their career in 2005, and will start their journey on February 26, finishing up on March 16. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is going to be the first stop, and then continuing to Gadong, Kuala Belait & Bandar Seri Bagawan (Brunei Darussalam), Shanghai & Beijing (China), Wan Chai (Hongkong), with the last gig in Medan. Actually, this is the fourth tour outside of Indonesia for Bottlesmoker. On the first one they performed in Malaysia in 2009, and then the Philippines in 2010, Malaysia again in 2010, and this year to several countries for their biggest tour ever. Stay informed about the tour by regularly visiting http://bottlesmoker.tumblr.com and listen to their unique bedroom music songs via http://www.myspace.com/bottlesmoker
Gejala-gejala sosial di Indonesia selalu menjadi alasan sebagian besar bangsanya untuk bersikap apatis terhadap lingkungan sekitar karena terkadang membuat masyarakat terbelit dan terpojok dengan kebijakan-kebijakan aneh yang lahir di tengah-tengah mereka. Sementara itu polisi-polisi moral menjadi arogan dan self pretentious dengan alibi-alibinya agar bisa terlihat peduli dan bekerja atas nama negara Indonesia dan kepentingan institusi atau organisasinya. Sajama Cut mungkin salah satu di antara jutaan orang dan ribuan band di Indonesia yang melihat fenomena ini dan mengkritik lewat double single "Twice (Rung the Ladder)" / "Poral Molice" yang dirilis serentak secara digital melalui beberapa situs online yang salah satunya adalah rudolfdethu.com di hari Kamis, 24 Februari 2011.
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM) was a heavy metal movement that started in the late 1970s, in Britain, and achieved international attention by the early 1980s. The movement developed as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. NWOBHM bands toned down the blues influences of earlier acts, incorporated elements of punk, increased the tempo, and adopted a "tougher" sound, taking a harder approach to its music. It was a scene directed almost exclusively at heavy metal fans. The era is considered to be a major foundation stone for the extreme metal genres; acts such as the American thrash metal band Metallica cite NWOBHM bands like Saxon, Motörhead, Diamond Head, and Iron Maiden as a major influence on their musical style Reviled or ignored by many mainstream critics in both the UK and the US, the NWOBHM nonetheless came to dominate the heavy metal scene of the early-mid 1980s. NWOBHM was musically characterized by fast upbeat tempo songs, power chords, fast guitar solos and melodic, soaring vocals, with lyrical themes often drawing inspiration from mythology and fantasy fiction. The early movement was associated with acts such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, Motörhead, Angel Witch, Tygers of Pan Tang, Blitzkrieg, Avenger, Sweet Savage, Girlschool, Jaguar, Demon, Diamond Head, Samson and Tank, among others. The image of bands such as Saxon, consisting of long hair, denim jackets, leather and chains, would later become synonymous with heavy metal as a whole during the 1980s. Some bands, although conceived during this era, saw success on an underground scale, as was the case with Venom and Quartz.
Back by popular demand, the JFCC Charity Jam will be held in less than three weeks! That's right, what better way to spend a Saturday night than listening to some of the best indie rock in the country while at the same time raising money for a good cause? This year, the line-up features three acts---KOIL, Efek Rumah Kaca and Sajama Cut---at a sweet, new location in central Jakarta - the Akmani Hotel on Jalan Wahid Hasyim, in Menteng. On the first floor of the hotel is an airy, outdoor/indoor terrace called the Terrazo Bianco, which we will have to ourselves starting at 8 PM on Saturday, March 12. An adjacent lounge will also be available for those who want to chill and have drinks, though tickets are needed for both.
versi Indonesia silakan klik di siniAfter six year without releasing an album, the hardcore veterans Jeruji are finally back with their newest creation, Warlock. Consisting of 13 songs, this Bandung outfit still as heavy and non-compromise as ever: aggressive, in your face, anti war, so strongly against injustice. In this latest work, Themfuck (vocal, mastermind), is supported by Sani (drums), Aleandre (guitar) and Pengex (bass). The addition of Aleandre (also a member of Full Of Hate) and Pengex (still official personnel of Take A Stand), make Jeruji even more solid and colorful, with a more New York/old school hardcore feel. If you are into heavy protest music, this charismatic and very respected band from Bandung will be right up your street. Stay connected with them and join their Facebook page (search: Jeruji). Or simply turn on your radio.
This small yet unique question and answer between Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom was originally published on Uncut mag, Take 164, January 2011; right after Newsom's Have One On Me won Uncut's Album of the Year.
Artikel ini ditulis oleh sejawat logam berat, Samack, pula telah tayang di Jakartabeat.net sejak beberapa hari silam & bertajuk asli "Jejak Iron Maiden di Indonesia". Isinya membahas tentang pengaruh, rekam jejak grup legendaris ini di Nusantara plus sisipan wawancara dengan beberapa sosok yang dianggap mahfum lagi memiliki keterkaitan batin kuat dengan Steve Harris & co. Di antaranya, ya, saya. Agar lebih mudah mengidentifikasi yang mana jawaban dari wawancara terhadap saya, warnanya saya bikin khusus, beda dengan yang lain. Kebetulan juga saya ditempatkan sebagai pihak paling terakhir dalam menjawab pertanyaan, jadi gampang mengenalinya. ...So, can you play with madness?
Edition: Wednesday, February 16, 2011Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: TAUFIQ RAHMANIn Defense of Underdog:: Playlist, photos, intro, and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Taufiq himself :: I have never become a number one. And it is easy to see myself as a member of some kind of underdog club, people who just muddle through in life without any aspiration to be bigger than what they are, a state of mind that allows me to live with only little amount of pressure. Enough about myself! My championing of underachiever makes it easy to connect with bands who throughout their existence never achieve even a modicum of success---who never had a number one hit at the Billboard Chart or MTV videos. I hate to use this word, but these are some of the most "underrated" bands, who without the pressure of having to achieve success, could produce lasting work of art. These are music from bands that are spoken in hushed tones and knowing wink from people who are willing to look away from the screen, pages of Rolling Stone or the syndicated FM dial. Having said that, pardon my deliberate omission of The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Metallica or even The Strokes. Everybody else has put them on almost any list, so why bother?
DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb's Chosen Seven is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it's an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia's public figures are really into, musically speaking. For the 11th edition I went upclose-and-personal with Ayu Laksmi.
Versi Bahasa Indonesia silakan klik di siniIn celebration of the Hard Rock brand's 40th anniversary, Hard Rock is launching its first global Hard Rock Battle of the Bands, giving the rock stars of tomorrow the opportunity of a lifetime. Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta and Bali is on the hunt for the area's best talent to perform in the first round of the battle, where bands will compete live and be evaluated by a panel of local celebrity judges, music industry icons and area music professionals. Regional winners will be given a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2011, June 2426 in London's Hyde Park. To join the competition bands must play original music, must be at least 18 years of age and must have 2 to 5 members. Bands may only participate and submit their entry at one of Hard Rock Cafe location, either Jakarta or Bali. For further details visit www.hardrockbattleofthebands.com
Edition: Wednesday, February 09, 2011Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: PHILIPS VERMONTELagu-lagu Empat Musim:: Playlist, intro, and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Philips himself :: Siapa tak kenal mahakarya komponis besar Italia, Antonio Vivaldi yang berjudul The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni). Mahakarya ini terdiri dari empat set orkestrasi biola dimana Vivaldi 'berkisah' tentang empat musim: spring, summer, autumn/fall, winter. Menjadi mahasiswa di Amerika dalam lima tahun terakhir memberi saya kesempatan menikmati (juga mengalami derita) empat musim yang bergerak dari satu ekstrim ke ekstrim lain. Membuat list lagu terbaik adalah tugas maha berat. Maka, saya melarikan diri dengan memilih sekedar menulis lagu-lagu yang menemani saya melalui empat musim setiap tahun, selama lima tahun terakhir.
Versi Bahasa Indonesia silakan klik di siniAfter over a year established and already at cult-like status, Morfem have finally released their debut album, Indonesia. It contains seven songs, five of which are in full band format, the rest in acoustic. "Pilih Sidang atau Berdamai" has been picked as the first single. In this self-produced album, Jimi Multhazam (vocals, band leader), Pandu Fathoni (guitar), Bramasta J. Sasongko (bass), & Freddie Warnerin (drums), also supply two songs with English lyrics, both written before Jimi even founded Morfem, when his songwriting was different from today. Speaking of genre, they're still loyal to what they've always been doing: a mix-match between punk rock, pop with a folky tendency, with a dash of Pandu Fathoni's fuzzy, roaring guitar. To raise public awareness, very soon Jimi (supported by Henry, his long time visual art partner) will work on the videoclip of "Pilih Sidang atau Berdamai". So, stick around and stay updated by regularly visiting the Morfem website at http://morfem.tumblr.com.
DOMESTIC GROOVE ~ Celeb's Chosen Seven is my biweekly column in The Beat (Jakarta) mag. Basically it's an interview via e-mail which focuses on small, intimate, domestic stuff; what Indonesia's public figures are really into, musically speaking. For the tenth edition I went upclose-and-personal with Marcell Siahaan.

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