EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK

Elvis Costello’s classic, one of my most favourite songs of all time, “Everyday I Write the Book”, interpreted insanely beautiful by Ron Sexsmith—I bet he has a great memory with it.

POMPLAMOOSE: LES YEUX NOIRS

A feel-good song by an amazing duo, Pomplamoose, to start your apocalyptic day; a cover of Django Reindhart’s “Les Yeux Noirs (Dark Eyes)”.

DIALOG DINI HARI: GARIS DEPAN

Karya termutakhir dari power trio Dialog Dini Hari yang lahir dari rasa lara, sengsara, sekaligus empati nan gigantik: Garis Depan.

CHAOS TO COUTURE: SAFETY PIN, PADLOCK, PUNK ROCK

A subversive little rockopedia of safety pins and padlocks, how they have evolved over time: from household items to punk subculture to New York/London/Paris/Milan Fashion Week to nonviolent resistance.

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.

THE CURE – CUT HERE

The Cure’s Robert Smith wrote “Cut Here” in memory of his close friend Billy Mackenzie (The Associates) who committed suicide in 1997. Likewise, I’d like to dedicate this gorgeously sad song to two of my besties who passed away last month: Ayip and Gusde Sutama. Rest in power, brothers.

DEPECHE MODE – JUDAS

“Judas”, from Depeche Mode’s Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993), caught my attention a bit late. It took me a while to embrace it. But then once it got stuck on you, it kinda got stuck forever.

A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

According to a chart compiled for BBC 2 in 2009 today, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years.

COACHELLA: 20 YEARS IN THE DESERT

No Coachella this year. But here’s the documentary. So good. Very well produced. It makes you realise that this festival is way historical.

LED ZEPPELIN: HOW MANY MORE TIMES (1969)

Led Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” is included in my in-progress Spotify Playlist Stormbringers & Mammoth Riff Riders—a heavy package of big lumbering brontosaurus riffs to kick out coronavirus. Other than Led Zep there’s also old school veterans from the likes of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, et al.

DIALOG DINI HARI: KULMINASI II

Pasca dirilisnya album penuh terbaru mereka pada Juli 2019, Parahidup, trio asal Bali Dialog Dini Hari ini kembali dengan single “Kulminasi II”. Secara khusus, single ini, mendokumentasikan perjalanan umat manusia menghadapi pandemi yang secara global mengubah cara hidup kita semua. Kendati menghadapi kehidupan yang mencekam, ketiganya masih bergerak untuk mencipta.

LIAM MCKAHEY: SO LONG, MARIANNE

Ladies and gentleman, here’s Liam McKahey. An under-appreciated charismatic male singer from UK. One of my most fave male singers.

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