MORRISSEY – SUEDEHEAD

These days, you’ve been a cranky, cruel, uncharming, so hard to love middle-aged asexual human. I’m no longer a religious devotee of you. But, still, I have to admit, you’ve had a significant impact in my pop culture adventure. So, yeah, happy birthday and sing your life, Moz!

IRENA SENDLER: HEROINE OF THE HOLOCAUST

Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker and nurse who smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, passed away on this date in 2008.

GAHAN 59

The frontman of synth-pop juggernaut Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan, turned 59 today.

THE BIRTH OF CHANEL NO. 5

Exactly 100 years ago today, Chanel No. 5, the world’s most iconic perfume, officially debuts in Coco Chanel’s boutique on the Rue Cambon in Paris, France.

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.

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