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.

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.

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.

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.

PETER WOLF: 74 YEARS HOWLING

Peter Wolf turned 74 today. He was pretty popular here in Indonesia back in the early 80s via “Centerfold”, “Freeze-Frame” and “Love Stinks” with the band he fronted, the J. Geils Band.

LED ZEPPELIN: PHYSICAL GRAFFITI

45 years ago today Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti in the UK. Recording sessions had been disrupted when bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones had proposed quitting the band.

THE SMITHS 36TH ANNIVERSARY

Today, 36 years ago, the eponymous debut studio album the Smiths was released by Rough Trade Records.

Produced by John Porter the album was well received by critics and listeners. It established the Smiths as a prominent band in the 1980s music scene in the UK.

ALDOUS HARDING: ART POP ENIGMA

Aldous Harding is an enigma; she’s an elusive but captivating presence who can invoke both a nervous giggle and a slack-jawed tear via her careful pairing of abstract lyrics and subtle hooks.

THE WHOLE OF THE MOON

“One of the finest songs I’ve ever heard,” said The Killers’ Brandon Flowers about “The Whole of the Moon” at TRNSMT Festival 2018.

LENE LOVICH: LUCKY NUMBER

On this date, 41 years ago, Lene Lovich re-released “Lucky Number”. Originally released as a B-side for Lovich’s cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now”, the song was re-released on 26 January 1979 as an A-side and became the lead single of her debut studio album Stateless. “Lucky Number” became a defining song and made her a leading figure of the new wave genre.

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