Tag Archives: Alternative & Punk

DRINKING RESPONSIBLY

DRINKING RESPONSIBLY—Stay Sane, Safe, and Sensible!

Sampai jumpa Jumat depan di acara temu wicara dengan sponsor utama Diageo dan berfokus pada isu mengkonsumsi minuman beralkohol secara bertanggungjawab.

Acara edukasional berpadu dengan hiburan musik ini adalah edisi ke-2 setelah sebelumnya diadakan pada pertengahan Februari lalu.

Akan hadir para nara sumber dengan beragam latar belakang:
1. Dendy Borman – Corporate Relation Director Diageo Indonesia
2. Ngurah Arya Wayushantika – District Operations for GO-CAR
3. Sugi Lanus – Founder of Hanacaraka Society
4. Venusia Indah – Music Curator and Creative at Single Fin & The Lawn
5. Brigadir Putu Vindi Mahendra – Dit Pamobvit Polda Bali

Lalu dilanjutkan dengan hiburan musik, menampilkan:
1. DJ Marlowe Bandem
2. Sendawa
3. The Hydrant

15 Mar 2019
Rumah Sanur
18.00-23.00

Ini sekaligus untuk mengenang kepergian karib tercinta kita semua, almarhum Made Indra dan Afi, yang meninggal akibat kecelakaan lalu lintas, setahun lalu.

Pasca kejadian memilukan tersebut saya beserta Ewa Wojkowska berjanji untuk menebus kesedihan dengan menyebarkan pemahaman serta kiat-kiat soal minum bertanggungjawab. Menikmati minuman beralkohol seraya selalu mawas diri.

Senang sekali kami berdua bisa menepati janji pada Made serta Afi. Setelah yang kedua ini semoga bisa terus berkeliling berbagi pengetahuan tentang minum bertanggungjawab.

Acara ini gratis dan terbuka untuk umum.

Enjoy alcohol and drink responsibly!

DWI DOMINASI DI ANUGERAH MUSIK BALI

Ada dua nama yang amat menonjol di acara Anugerah Musik Bali pada Senin silam, 18 Feb. Paling pertama adalah pendatang baru yang sedang jadi buah bibir di skena musik Pulau Dewata akibat bakatnya yang luar biasa, Alien Child. Berikutnya Navicula, paguyuban musisi veteran yang telah lantang berteriak soal lingkungan jauh sebelum aksi membela bumi menjadi tren dan dianggap seksi.

Keduanya masuk nominasi di banyak sekali kategori lalu berlimpah memenanginya.

Tentang Navicula, barangkali tak perlu bejibun basa-basi, publik Nusantara rata-rata telah mahfum apa-siapa-kenapa kuartet ini begitu dihormati. Matang pengalaman, lirik yang bernas, kemampuan bermusik nan sakti mandraguna, kepedulian gigantik pada keadilan sosial, kepribadian yang hangat, pokoknya nyaris sempurna (yang sepenuhnya sempurna cuma Lagavulin 16) alias memang pantas diberi respek lebih.

Bicara Alien Child sama dengan bicara keajaiban. Kakak-adik Aya dan Laras yang menghabiskan masa kecilnya di Vancouver, Kanada, relatif belum terlalu lama wira-wiri di skena berkesenian Bali. Namun saking menonjol talenta duo remaja yang baru lewat akil balik ini—mutu bersenandung sungguh istimewa, menulis lirik duh-gusti brilian, mencipta lagu yang nyaman didengar kuping—segera saja menggaet perhatian publik. Tawaran manggung kian sering, lagu-lagunya makin jadi favorit, pula barisan aliens—julukan untuk penggemarnya—mulai pesat bertumbuh.

Saat semua semakin lambat, Bali berani cepat, dan penuh percaya diri.

MERRY BIRTHDAY, MR. SYLVIAN

Photo: last.fm

Oh, is that Nick Rhodes? He’s the lead singer? It’s his side project?

…No! It’s David Sylvian, the frontman of Japan. And today, 23 Feb, is his birthday.

Thanks to Nick Rhodes and New Romantic movement, though. That’s how I was introduced to David Sylvian and his band, Japan. However, David Sylvian is more avant-garde, more Roxy Music than Duran Duran pretty boys, sexed up synth-pop; and hated himself playing the uncomfortable role of young pop icon.

After the breakup of Japan, this reluctant star retreated into a series of four albums—including his masterpiece, Secrets of the Beehive—built on noir balladry, instrumental abstraction, and an abiding sense of distance. He also worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto on the UK Top 20 song “Forbidden Colours” for the 1983 Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.

This song here, “Quiet Life” from Japan’s album with the same title has been described as one the first albums of the New Romantic movement, though Japan always flatly denied they were New Romantics.

Merry birthday, Mr. Sylvian!

FROM WARSAW TO JOY DIVISION

Today is the 41st anniversary of Warsaw playing their debut gig as Joy Division at Pip’s Disco in Manchester, England.

Earlier, in December, the group recorded their debut EP, An Ideal for Living, at Pennine Sound Studio, Oldham, Manchester; and played their final gig as Warsaw on New Year’s Eve at the Swinging Apple in Liverpool.

The band decided to change their identity in early 1978 to avoid confusion with the London punk band Warsaw Pakt. Joy Division name is taken from the sexual slavery wing of a Nazi concentration camp mentioned in the 1955 novel House of Dolls.

The video here, “Transmission”, is from The Peel Sessions in January 1979 at the BBC Studios, London.

The band’s bassist Peter Hook has a vivid memory about the song. “We were doing a soundcheck at the Mayflower, in May, and we played ‘Transmission’: people had been moving around, and they all stopped to listen. I realized that was our first great song.”

In May 2007, NME magazine placed “Transmission” at number 20 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever, one place below “Love Will Tear Us Apart”—the most popular Joy Division tune.

In 2016, Pitchfork placed “Transmission” at number 10 in its list of The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s.

THE CURE VS THE SMITHS


I love both bands. Pretty much the same quantity of love. But, yeah, true, every time Morrissey, the bigmouth strikes again, I’ll start questioning my loyalty to Moz—and The Smiths, to a certain degree.

This is funny, though, especially the last part: All annoying edgy self-diagnosed Tumblr posers you hate are a product of The Smiths.