Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: INDRA7

No matter what music that I hearNo matter what music that I playI don’t give a damn with all restrictions and labels attached to meThis is me, this is my music

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: VEROLAND

Saya sangat kaget ketika membaca email dari Mr. Dethu kemarin yang mengingatkan saya harus mengirim list lagu-lagu pilihan saya dalam dua hari.

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: DAVID BURDEN

Edition: December 14, 2011

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: DAVID BURDEN
Best British Songs of the Nineties, Noughties and Beyond

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by David himself ::

As you may have guessed by the title of this list, I’m English. I like tea. I don’t take myself very seriously. I lived in a place called Aberystwyth at university. I used to be an English teacher. I’m terrible at learning other languages. I like bodyboarding. I always wanted to be an angry young man but I’m too happy-go-lucky. I take photographs for a living. I spend too long thinking about things. Tragically, I have at least five different ways of getting on the Internet at my house. I’m a morning person. I like dark comedy. I think music has more power than most people realize. I hate it when auto correct changes realise to realize.

If you think this playlist may seem just a teeny weeny bit nationalistic, you’re probably right (I do love music from all over the world though, honest. I was just struggling to find a theme here). What I think this playlist demonstrates best is that once all the hype has died down and people are off chasing the next big thing, songs can actually be properly appreciated. I think the problem with most music that gets released is an overkill of hype – especially in the UK. Now more than ever the next cool band replaces the last too fast thanks to today’s throwaway culture. A few years down the line and it has become a lot clearer (to me anyway) exactly which ones were five minute fads and which ones I’ll take along with me for the rest of my life.

I thought about putting them into some kind of chronological sequence but that was far too fiddly, so in no particular order, I hope you enjoy my standout tracks from the good old UK from the last 20 years. Let’s hope the next 20 years are equally as fertile. RULE BRITANNIA!

Big shout out to Mr. Dethu and the TBD crew. Cheers!

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Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: REBEKAH E. MOORE

Edition: November 30, 2011

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: REBEKAH E. MOORE
Rock For Our Rights: The Planets Rarest and Most Radical Protest Songs

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Bekah herself ::

This stage has no podium. These musicians are not politicians, news reporters, or educators. They are Indonesian citizens who share, with those in the pit tonight, a concern for justice. This rock concert is a demonstration: a loud, emotion-filled rally for honesty and equality. The dissenters do not move forward, marching in unison. They move in danceamoshing, head banging, grasping compatriots, and singing, in unison, songs that unite them and give poetic shape to a deep longing for something better, for one and all…

I found these words in my research journal in 2010, written shortly after accompanying Bali-based grunge/psychedelic rock band Navicula on a tour to Jakarta to launch their latest single, “Metropolutan” (Metro-pollutant). One week earlier, the song was released for free download on the Internet.

“Metropolutan” marked the band’s latest critique of environmental degradation in Indonesia, a response to the pollution crisis in the nation’s capital. Each night of the tour, hundreds of Navicula fans crammed into Jakarta venues and sang this song collaboratively, having memorized the lyrics after just a few days of repeated listening.

As an ethnomusicologist, I came to Indonesia to study the development of the independent music industry in Bali following the 2002 bombings. But that tour, and my many other encounters with music activism in Indonesia and throughout my career have led me to a preoccupation with music as it debates and defines social justice.

For my installation in this Rock-n-Roll Exhibition, I present just a handful of the many protest songs I’ve encountered over the years and across nations. I exclude such distinguished artists as Rage Against The Machine or Bob Marley, as well as a number of definitive protest anthems, from Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” to Phil Ochs’ “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” despite my immense respect for these artists and anthems. Rather than revisiting the familiar classics (though I still sneak in a few favorites), I opt to explore a selection of artists—diverse in their styles, origins, and social concerns—who may be lesser known, and whose lyrical themes or personal activism has tantalized and scandalized their respective nations.

In the mushrooming heat of global activism in which we find ourselves today—the fire that started on Tahrir Square and spread to Wall Street now burns in the hearts of rebels throughout this very nation—these real radicals of rock demonstrate that change begins with a brave and loud few. These musicians, I contend, uphold the highest standards of human rights and our greatest hope that, in Sam Cooke’s prophetic words, “a change is gonna come.”

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Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: MISTY DIAN

Edition: November 09, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: MISTY DIAN
Basslines and Vibes

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Misty herself ::

This playlist is a tribute to people from my old suburban neighborhood, the kind of neighborhood in which the Top 40 music reigned and where I thought the boot-legged albums of Prince were the ultimate score until the people I now call my friends made me listen to their Walkman or borrowed me their tapes.

These friends, my homeys, took me to out of the suburbs and brought me to the city’s obscure churches that turned into dope bass pumping B-Boy Extravaganzas, followed by Bassline parties and numerous accounts of impromptu events and performances. They introduced me to sounds that inexplicably made sense to my head and body. There were these sick beats that made people act like a cursing hustler swinging his gats or a spliff smoking brother admiring the booty and whatever person in between those two. And the rhymes, the brilliant rhymes, made people bob their heads all the way through, in whatever act they’re at.

I was totally sold, wrapped and I never returned.

I cherish my Top 40 music because it landmarks certain episodes of the past. But the music on this list is more than just a categorical device. It’s not just an important reminder of the good days of way back then, but it’s also my important ingredient for having a good time, period. This list is a timeless device and I have my homeys to thank for that.

What I’m trying to capture in this list is the great time we had in discovering one sick beat after another. Like most playlists, it is that trip down memory lane, it is that mini autobiography, and it is the place of giving credit where credit is due. This list isn’t coming from an expert and you won’t find any rare or unknown artist in it, but you’ll hopefully feel the gratefulness I have for the experts who allowed me to have a taste of their expertise in discovering all these amazing beats. I’m bowing down, oh great ones, and I’m forever thirsty and hungry for more of your discoveries.

…Deeply grateful to Rudolf for having me in this exhibition!

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Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: WENING GITOMARTOYO

Edition: October 19, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: WENING GITOMARTOYO
Best Days

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Wening herself ::

HALO, KAWAN

Pertama-tama, terima kasih untuk yang tersohor Rudolf Dethu atas undangannya untuk membuat pameran musik ini. Saya kerap merasa gugup saat membuat playlist atau mixtape/CD, karena pasti saya akan berlaku ceroboh alias ada saja yang terselip atau malah menyertakan lagu yang nantinya saya sesali. Berhubung saya sudah jarang membuat mixtape/CD untuk kawan-kawan, ini saya buat untuk (ceritanya) kawan baru alias sebagai sarana berkenalan sekaligus untuk kawan lama. Kurang lebih inilah lagu-lagu dalam keseharian saya, yang membuat saya menangis, terkagum-kagum, sampai bergoyang halus di balik meja kantor. Ada beberapa nama kegemaran yang tak tercantum, seperti Cocteau Twins atau David Gates, tapi tak menyebutkan bukan berarti tak mencintai (walau bukan lantas berarti saya suka Nicki Minaj). Semoga menikmati.

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Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: DJUNDI PRAKASHA

Edition: October 19, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: DJUNDI PRAKASHA
U2 and I: My U224

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Djundi Himself ::

It was the Live Aid concert 1985 which started my love for this band. It wasn’t the first time that I had heard about U2, but it was this show that made me fall in love with this group from Ireland.

Craziness, that is how some people may describe my love of this band, but this love and craziness which I have is only the start of it. Because of my love of this band I have travelled almost around the world just to see their shows. Up to now I have seen U2 16 times since my first show in Stuttgart in 1993 to my last time in Perth 2010. The last six shows were in my playground: the front row of the concert.

Chicago in 2005, the Vertigo tour was like a blessing to me, a true gift. I am not saying that I am ungrateful for all the other times I have seen them but at this show I got the chance to get my picture taken with Bono. From what I remember, I shouted to him, “Bono, please can I have my picture taken with you. I am your fan from Indonesia and have come to Chicago just to celebrate your birthday.” I hadn’t noticed but Bono was looking at me and said “Really? Sure. Here.” Damn, I was speechless after that moment. It was a dream come true after all the years and miles of following them. I am also on the DVD deluxe version of this concert—even if only for a second and you have to press pause to find me but, hey, I was there in U2 DVD history!

Still the Vertigo tour 2006 and I was in Melbourne. I got the chance to shake hands with all of the band and got all their signatures on my U218 deluxe album alsoAI got the chance to have a photo with the founding father of U2, Larry Mullen Jr.

In Perth, December 2010, I think I was the only one who got a setlist from both nights and also got a photograph with the U2 stage manager Rocko Reddy.

If I start talking about my U2 collection it will be a very long story. Instead just come to my U2 bar in Bandung and let me tell you and show you some of my U2 collection.

My love of U2 doesn’t just stop at collecting and going to shows but also in seeing locations connected to them. I have been to Dublin twice and stayed a night in the Clarence hotel (own by Bono and the Edge). I took photos outside of Bono’s and Larry’s houses. I would like to see more than just the sites in Dublin though, places such as Eze, The Million Dollar Hotel and Sun Studio etc……

Here we are – this is my U2 play list, to all of you who love U2, or doesn’t.

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Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: WOK THE ROCK

Edition: September 21, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: WOK THE ROCK
Payudara, Wiski dan Ganja

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Wok The Rock Himself ::

Playlist yang saya susun dalam pameran ini mengacu pada 3 seri mixtape yang pernah saya kerjakan 2 tahun yang lalu, yaitu seri All The Young Cult. Seri tersebut bisa anda unduh di http://theyoungcults.tumblr.com. Tema dalam seri ini merupakan lagu-lagu yang saya gemari saat menenggak alkohol dan menghisap ganja. Lagu-lagu yang menurut saya memiliki nuansa erotis, sensual, ritmis, hipnotik, liar bahkan syahdu. Ada yang bising dan kasar, ada pula yang mendayu dan mengiris perasaan. Bagi orang lain nuansa dan sensasinya akan berbeda, baik dalam pengaruh alkohol dan mariyuana atau “sadar” (berat menyebut keadaan saat tidak mabuk/giting sebagai kondisi sadar). Bagi pendengar yang doyan miras dan mariyuana, sangat disarankan anda menenggak dan menghisapnya sambil mendengarkan pameran seni suara ini.

♫ Radio streaming live 8-10 PM (Bali time) http://army.wavestreamer.com:6356/listen.pls

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: RIO FARABI

Edition: September 14, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: RIO FARABI
My Evergreen

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Rio Himself ::

Yak, inilah 32 lagu “Evergreen” versi saya. Sebenernya saya juga masih bingung apa arti pasti dari lagu Evergreen. Sebenernya faktor apa yang membuat lagu layak disebut lagu Evergreen?

Kalau dilihat dari kata-katanya, Evergreen berarti selalu hijau. Mungkin maksudnya adalah lagu-lagu yang ga bakal pudar, selalu hijau di hati atau ringkasnya adalah lagu yang abadi. And most of them came from pop/ballad genre, genre yang memang mudah diterima oleh kebanyakan orang. Karena saking populernya, maka lagu ini “wajib” masuk kedalam album kompilasi lagu-lagu Evergreen versi record label tertentu. Evergreen mungkin juga berarti lagu ini bakal tetep laku di tahun-tahun mendatang, apalagi kalo penyanyi aslinya udah meninggal, maka penyanyi baru yang menyanyikan lagu itu hampir dipastikan akan melejit juga. Sepertinya kata Evergreen ini mulai ada di tahun 70an akhir. Begitulah kira-kira analisa dangkal saya soal Evergreen ini.

Tapi faktor-faktor tersebut ga berlaku buat playlist Evergreen saya. Lagu-lagu Evergreen versi saya ini lebih personal, punya memori spesial karena berkaitan erat dengan kejadian-kejadian “penting” dalam hidup saya, soundtrack dari berbagai fragmen hidup saya, lagu-lagu yang menemani saya tumbuh besar, ataupun lagu yang memiliki nilai estetis sedikit lebih banyak dibanding lagu-lagu lainnya di kuping saya. Dan pasti lagu-lagu ini bakal tetep hijau dihati, tetep enak didengerin kapan pun. Tetep abadi walaupun ratusan single terbaru dari puluhan bahkan ratusan band muncul.

Terima kasih buat Brocuk Rudolf Dethu yang mengundang saya untuk berpameran di The Block Rockin’ Beats ini. Sebuah kehormatan untuk bisa “berbagi” di blog yang super keren ini.

Okeh, inilah playlist saya. Selamat menikmati dan bersulang!

♫ Radio streaming live 8-10 PM (Bali time) http://army.wavestreamer.com:6356/listen.pls

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: KARTIKA JAHJA

Edition: September 07, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: KARTIKA JAHJA
PMS – Pre Meanstrual Soundtracks

:: Playlist, intro, song descriptions, and photos, handpicked and written by Tika Herself ::

It’s that time of the month and my sneaky hormones have came out to party. Armed with a rusty shopping cart, they tie me down inside it and push it down a hill.

Not knowing what I’m gonna hit, I just embrace all the amplified feelings that came and went on my ride down. From “Fuck you assholes!” to “Fuck me, baby.” From “Leave me alone,” to “I’m so lonely.” From “I’m a bad ass bitch,” to “I’m a fat ass bitch.” From “Please make this stop” to the comforting whisper saying “this too shall pass”.

So just like my mood during PMS, this soundtrack swings from genre to genre, theme to theme, and era to era. You can’t judge a woman by her PMS behavior, just as you can’t to judge my taste in music from this playlist. Stop thinking, curl up in your bed and enjoy the songs

♫ Radio streaming live 8-10 PM (Bali time) http://army.wavestreamer.com:6356/listen.pls

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: RANDY SALIM

Edition: August 31, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: RANDY SALIM
Crank

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

First and foremost, a huge heartfelt thanks to Rudolf for asking me to do this: putting this playlist together really took me back to the days where I’d stay up all night with friends making mix tapes, not wanting to cheapen the experience by just sloppily putting a few songs together, but making sure that the whole tape makes sense from start to finish. A coherence. A cohesion. A willingness to sacrifice songs that you like individually because they don’t fit in to the rest of the collective. That geek John Cusack plays in High Fidelity? I’m that guy in real life. I have a million rules to making a mix tape. I agonize over song selection. I lose sleep over track listings. I feel physical discomfort thinking that I may have removed the wrong song from the track listing. I convince myself that this mix tape is as important as reducing global poverty, and I become consumed in the process. So there—thanks Rudolf for helping me reconnect with my inner-mixtape-making-geek!

So what’s the common thread here? Monstrous riffs, beats that make you want to commit physical assault, vocals that defy medical logic, lyrics written with middle fingers permanently pointing skyward—all the forces that drive you to pump your fist, bang your head, air drum maniacally and air guitar like the biggest fucking retard on the planet. (All of which I did while putting this together!)

None of the stuff here is overly indie or that hard to find. Consider me boring-ass mainstream. Whatever dude. Why bring
politics into music? The point here is just to crank it and lose your shit. Enjoy.

Love, peace and death metal.

♫ Radio streaming live from 8-10 PM (Bali time) http://army.wavestreamer.com:6356/listen.pls

Rock-n-Roll Exhibition: COKI SINGGIH

Edition: August 10, 2011

Rock-n-Roll-Exhibition: COKI SINGGIH
Music That Take Me Places

:: Playlist, intro, and song descriptions, handpicked and written by Coki Himself ::

Dari dulu sampai sekarang gue selalu lebih suka playlist orang, karena kalau playlist sendiri, well, gak ada kejutannya aja, jadi waktu almighty Dethu minta playlist, I knew it’s going to be a tough shit…

Gak ada tema khusus buat playlist gua, gua lebih ke particular mood I was in at certain time, or what songs play in my head that I want to hear.

Yang jelas ini lagu-lagu yang selalu gue denger from time to time, and the only theme that fits is “Music That Takes Me Places”. If I still like the places it is taking me, chances are I’m still gonna listen to it.

For me, Great Music takes me places, places I dream to be, feelings I yearn to feel. Good Music takes me places, but not necessarily places I favor. Bad Music do not take me anywhere, just bunch of tunes that doesn’t mean shit.

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