Terrifically Derelict

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.

Indonesia: Down with Maiden & Up the Irons

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?

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: TAUFIQ RAHMAN

Edition: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: TAUFIQ RAHMAN
In 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: AYU LAKSMI

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.

Hard Rock Calling: Global Battle of the Bands

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In 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

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: PHILIPS VERMONTE

Edition: Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: PHILIPS VERMONTE
Lagu-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.

Indonesia Menurut Morfem

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After 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: MARCELL SIAHAAN

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.

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: NASTA SUTARDJO

Edition: October 13, 2010

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: NASTA SUTARDJO
90s Big Bad Boutique

:: Playlist, intro, and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Nasta Herself ::

I’m having a total revelation. Who would’ve thought you missed the 90’s so bad? I mean it literally kicks off the word “Phat” and created the hair gel “just got out of bed”, wearing tucked-in t-shirt on a bootcut jeans is fine? Those kind of ridiculousness reminds me of my good old days, skipping and got dropped out from college. Yes. I was, in fact a ruthless UI student who got kicked out after 6 month of absentee. Being a “good” apprentice that I am, determined to leave the country to, so to say, discovering British scene. And all I got was a revelation of a self righteousness and blinded me from seeing the fact that no man can ever defeat the female power.

Growing up in the 90’s is such an advantage. The decades helped form and shape my independent music taste. Growing out from the heavy metal/glam rock scene, I was a real sucker to alternative rock panorama. Then the girl band/singer scene really kicks in. It further become the gesture of my works. Did attempt to form an all girl band. Twice. Sucked on it. My salutation to all of the absolute wicked female bands/singer that rocked my cradle. The wind is blowing the other way. Channeling kinda lo-fi rock 90’s groove all the way, with a twist. From the alternative rock to shoegazing until the era of the forgotten trip hop to disco, nevermind the bollocks, here is the 90’s female band! Thanks Mr. Dethu for bring me back there!

Rudolf Dethu: Devoted to Music

by: Trisha Sertori

Rudolf Dethu loves music. This man who does not play an instrument breathes sound like the rest of us depend for life on oxygen. The sounds people create are what give him life.

“Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in music,” says Dethu in understatement of his passion. He was born 42 years ago, he says with an ear for music, popular culture and new directions that drew him to start a bunch of bands that were not mainstream, breaking fertile ground in the process.

‘I started many bands. The first was around 1988. That was a cover band. It was a small start in music, but I felt drawn to music even though I could not play an instrument. I saw I could convince people of which were the good bands and other people started listening too,” says Dethu, most widely known as first manager of punk band, Superman is Dead.

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