You Gotta Dance with The Authentics

Sejarah terbentuknya kongegrasi ini dimulai pada 2005 ketika dua anak muda berselera musik seragam, Dawny & Arnold, bersepakat bersekutu di bawah nama The Authentics. Pemilihan titel band sedemikian rupa semata karena mereka menginginkan bunyi-bunyian yang otentik, merepresentasikan keaslian, sebagaimana para pengusung Ska di masa-masa awal. Sudah begitu, di era permulaan The Authentics kerap meng-cover lagu-lagu milik The Slackers, Hepcat, The Skatalites, dan serbaneka Ska tradisional. Namun dalam rentang evolusinya mereka kemudian mulai melebarkan jelajah musikalnya dengan menciptakan senandung yang lebih sederhana, mudah dicerna, kental nuansa bersenang-senang juga ramah-dansa alias danceable; tanpa sama sekali tercerabut dari akar Ska-Swing-Soul-Blues.

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 the Nation: The Introduction – Week 3

This is the second and third edition of The Block Rockin’ Beats, presenting songs from the likes of Van Halen, Sepultura, Krokus, Saxon, Raven, Judas Priest, Fu Manchu, Sonic Youth, EPMD, Happy Mondays, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, etc. Also kickass videos by Seringai, Wu-Tang Clan, and Ratt.

For Those About to Rock: The Introduction – Week 1

This is the very first edition of The Block Rockin’ Beats, played on 09/09/09; presenting songs from the likes of AC/DC, Beastie Boys, Talking Heads, Black Label Society, Motorhead, Iggy Pop ft. Kate Pierson, Suicidal Tendencies, etc. Also check out rare video clips of Soldier of Fortune by Loudness and Injected with a Poison by Praga Khan.

99 Problems

Asal tahu saja, saat muda-berangkat-dewasa saya pekat teracuni oleh Hip Hop. Coretan “I Rap-a-Lot” banyak berceceran di buku tulis (terinspirasi Sir Mix-a-Lot, indeed), bak mendeklarasikan opsi musik favorit saya ketika itu. Selain b-boys langgam gagap macam Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Eric B. & Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Compton’s Most Wanted, dan N.W.A.; Ice-T merupakan salah satu suri paling tauladan. Dan tembang 99 Problems dari album Home Invasion ini kerap menjadi lagu penyemangat ketika saya sedang ketiban masalah (baca: disia-siakan lawan jenis).

» Got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one – hit it
Nah, a bitch ain’t one
… «

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