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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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Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: STUART WILFORD

Edition: December 02, 2009

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: STUART WILFORD
Gentlemen Take Polaroids

:: Playlist and notes, handpicked and written by Stuart Himself ::

…There have been a lot of influential songs over the past decades
and it’s hard to narrow it down to this many.

Half of the artists listed here could be an entire show in themselves,
but here they are, my Block Rockin’ Beats…

One-Hit Wonder

Masih ingat dengan Ice Ice Baby dari Vanilla Ice?

Atau dansa-dansi sejuta umat Macarena?

Atau Right Said Fred I’m Too Sexy, Afroman Because I Got High, Baha Men Who Let the Dogs Out, Blind Melon No Rain, Deep Blue Something Breakfast at Tiffany’s, juga yang lawas macam The Knack My Sharona, Nena 99 Luftballons, a-ha Take On Me, dan banyak lagi.

Fenomena artis yang bersinar cuma lewat satu lagu setelah itu kilapnya perlahan redup lalu sirna sama sekali, gejala macam begitu di industri musik diistilahkan dengan: One-Hit Wonder.

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: RUDEBOY DODIX

Edition: November 11, 2009

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: RUDEBOY DODIX
Roots, Rock & the Rebel Riddim: The Rude Guide to Jamaican-esque Sound System

:: Playlist, notes and photos, written and handpicked by Dodix Himself ::

…A two hour journey to the “one love” fuelled of tunes,
presenting not just the original gangsters and the plaid clad
but also the Indonesia’s most influential Ska — Dancehall – Rocksteady bands…..

User’s guide: just sway and smile and try to work out if you’re moving to
the one beat or the off beat or the bass line or the melody or any one of the many delay units…
’cause one of them is going to get you…

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: JASON TEDJASUKMANA

Edition: November 18, 2009

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: JASON TEDJASUKMANA
Green Leaves and Guitar Salvation

:: Playlist and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Jason Himself ::

Get In the Ring, Mick Wall!

Familiar gak dengan pidato—atau tepatnya caci maki—berikut:

“…And that goes for all you punks in the press
That want to start shit by printin’ lies
Instead of the things we said
That means you
Andy Secher at Hit Parader
Circus Magazine
Mick Wall at Kerrang
Bob Guccione Jr. at Spin,
What you pissed off cuz your dad gets more
pussy than you?
Fuck you
Suck my fuckin’ dick…”

Iya, tepat sekali, sumpah serapah di atas adalah penggalan dari tembang Get in the Ring dari Guns N’ Roses. Lagu yang aslinya ditulis oleh Duff McKagan—tadinya diberi judul Why Do You Look at Me When You Hate Me—dan merupakan bagian dari album Use Your Illusion II rilisan 17 September 1991 tersebut jelas sekali menggambarkan kekesalan Axl Rose dkk terhadap segepok media macam Circus, Hit Parader (khususnya Andy Secher), Kerrang (utamanya Mick Wall), serta Spin (yaitu Bob Guccione Jr.). Apa pasal?

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: MARLOWE BANDEM

Edition: November 04, 2009

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: MARLOWE BANDEM
Air Guitar.Sex.Drugs.Rock N’ Roll

:: Playlist, notes, and photos, written and handpicked by Marlowe Himself ::

…For me, Rock n’ Roll is not so much a phenomenon about sex and illicit
substances; its always been more about the frequent playing of an air guitar
dancing, heartrending, and pretending the larger-than-life strumming, plucking
and picking motions of an imaginary rock-style electric guitar….

…Yet again, for me, the fanciful mental image to sex someone up and
occasional experimenting of drugs is more a reality of (my) daily life…

For the burden of a good earth, here we go…

Logo Klasik AC/DC

Sebagian barangkali mahfum bahwa asal muasal nama AC/DC bermula gara-gara Angus dan saudaranya, Malcolm Young, melihat inisial “ac/dc” di mesin jahit saudara perempuannya, Margaret Young. TAPI saya yakin hampir nihil yang tahu sejarah bagaimana logo klasik AC/DC bermula. Saya jamin cuma sedikit bisa bercerita tentang awal mula simbol “samber geledek” itu. Saya juga baru ngeh kok. Begini kisahnya…

27 Club

Iya, 27 tahun adalah usia ideal untuk mati.

Lihat Kurt Cobain. Atau Jimi Hendrix. Atau Jim Morrisson. Ketiganya mangkat ketika menginjak usia 27 tahun, umur yang menurut perspektif normal justru dikategorikan “produktif”, sedang segar-segarnya untuk bergiat melakoni hidup. Fenomena ganjil “wafat di usia 27” yang banyak terjadi pada musisi rock ini oleh pengamat subkultur diistilahkan dengan 27 Club—sebagian menjuluki sebagai Forever 27 Club.

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: ATHRON MCCANN

Edition: October 28, 2009

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: ATHRON MCCANN
Why Sing It When You Can SCREAM IT!

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and (most) photos, written and handpicked by Athron Himself ::

…Paying respect to those who know how to get their point across…

Sampul Album Cadas Monumental: MASTER OF PUPPETS

Yang masih diingat oleh Donald P. Brautigam agak samar adalah, suatu hari di pertengahan tahun 1985, Don diminta oleh manajemen Metallica untuk mendesain sampul album Master of Puppets. Tanpa secuilpun sempat mendengarkan “colongan” tembang-tembang dari album yang kini menjadi salah satu jejak monumental thrash metal, Don berangkat mengerjakannya menggunakan medium acrylic, airbrush dan paintbrush. Artis lulusan The School of Visual Arts tahun 1971 ini cuma butuh 3 hari untuk menyelesaikannya (seraya mengerjakan projek komersial lainnya).

Superman Is Dead: Semangat Pantang Mundur & Seni Mengelola Ego

Jangankan untuk skala lokal Bali, dalam lingkup nasional sekalipun cuma ada sedikit band yang mampu melewati satu dasa warsa. Superman Is Dead (SID) adalah satu dari segelintir kelompok musik yang sanggup eksis bukan hanya melewati rentang sepuluh tahun tapi juga, hebatnya lagi, dengan personel yang sama, tak berubah, sejak awal berdiri.

Apa Kabar CBGB

Foto kiri: Patti Smith saat CBGB ditutup pada 15 Oktober 2006

CBGB memang sudah tutup usia pada 2006. Klub legendaris tersebut, menurut sang pendiri, Hilly Kristal, rencananya dipindah ke Las Vegas. Tapi dia keburu meninggal. Saya kurang tau apa akhirnya jadi dipindah ke Vegas apa tidak (maybe you guys know?).

Namun tepat di lokasi dimana CBGB dulu berada, 315 Bowery, Bleecker Street, Manhattan, New York City; sekarang sudah diambil alih oleh John Varvatos, salah satu desainer pakaian terpanas di Amrik saat ini—yang belakangan juga nyumbang rancangannya untuk Converse kelas premium (dengan label: Converse by John Varvatos) yang tentu saja harganya lebih mahal dari biasanya.

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