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Jakarta 2013: International Who’s Who and Mega Concerts

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SigurRosSigur Rós

Kala bicara statistik gemah ripah loh jinawi semisal pendapatan per kapita, dalam skala dunia, walau bukan yang terburuk, Indonesia tergolong negara merana. Sementara itu dibanding metropolitan lain di Asia, Jakarta notabene kalah sejahtera dengan Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok dan Singapura atau Hongkong. Namun di perkara pertunjukan musik hidup alias konser—khususnya pop dan rock—ibukota kepulauan Nusantara nan tercinta jelas jauh lebih gempita. Sejak beberapa tahun belakangan Jakarta konstan saling sikut dengan Singapura dan Hongkong dalam memperebutkan peringkat kedua (di bawah Tokyo) siapa paling digdaya. Sebagian bahkan berkeyakinan bahwa seandainya saja Indonesia setara gemah ripahnya dengan kedua tetangganya tersebut bukan tak mungkin Jakarta bisa 11-12, sejajar, dengan Tokyo. Bagaimana tidak, dengan kondisi ekonomi Indonesia yang sedemikian morat-marit saja Jakarta tetap bergelimang konser serta hampir semuanya dibanjiri penonton. Sepertinya baik artis solo maupun kelompok musisi manca negara yang tampil di ibukota ultra tercengang dengan reaksi sungguh bergemuruh dari audiens. Rata-rata dari mereka berekspektasi rendah, sambutan penonton bakal minim: yang datang hanya sedikit, yang bergoyang cuma segelintir, yang sing-a-long nyaris nihil. Negara macam Indonesia yang aktivitas keagamaannya kuat, negeri dengan jumlah penganut Islam termasif sejagat, secara logika pendek, hampir mustahil bisa mengapresiasi budaya Barat yang identik dengan, katakanlah, liberal, degradasi moral, dekat dengan hal-hal bengal lagi binal, pekat bau dajjal. Namun faktanya kerap sangat berbeda: yang datang membludak, bergoyang kesetanan, serempak dengan fasih turut menyanyi hingga titik darah penghabisan. Tawakal menjalankan perintah agama ternyata bisa simultan berjalan dengan keikhlasan mempraktekkan pop culture. Ha.
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Guns N’ Roses live in Jakarta - played Indonesian national anthem "Indonesia Raya" + "Don’t Cry"
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Pun jika menilik mutu artis yang bertandang ke Jakarta kian hari kian membaik. Tak seperti di masa lalu, band yang tampil di ibukota didominasi oleh mereka-mereka yang dalam skala global ketenarannya sudah Senin-Kemis, sejak beberapa tahun belakangan kualitasnya makin menggembirakan. Di tahun 2012 yang baru saja berlalu, hampir tiap bulan Jakarta disuguhi artis papan atas. Tak kurang dari Guns N’ Roses (tampil pada bulan Desember), Sting (cuma selisih sehari dengan GNR), Jennifer Lopez (November), Maroon 5 dan David Guetta (October), Keane dan Scissor Sisters (September), The Cardigans (Agustus), David Cook (Juli), Jason Mraz serta New Kids On The Block + Backstreet Boys (Juni), Morrissey (Mei), Yes (April), Anthrax (Maret), Evanescence (Februari), pula Katy Perry, Rod Stewart dan Dream Theater (Januari). Ini belum termasuk grup-grup musik yang dalam pandangan umum kurang dikenal tapi jika menggunakan parameter khusus (baca: bawah tanah/alternatif) tergolong kelas wahid semisal GBH, Sepultura, MxPx, Justice, dsb. Dan bisa dibilang nyaris seluruh konser tersebut mendulang sukses besar. Bukan sekadar penuh sesak oleh pengunjung, namun juga, seperti yang telah disebut di atas, memperoleh tanggapan luar biasa antusias, semua berdendang, semua bergoyang.

Bagaimana dengan 2013? Optimisme bahwa nyala konser akan kian berkobar sudah tampak bahkan sejak pekan kedua di awal tahun: Weezer tampil di Lapangan D Senayan. Tak cuma respons penonton yang amat menggembirakan tapi sebaliknya juga Rivers Cuomo dkk berkomentar nan membesarkan hati via akun Twitter-nya: "…was last night’s epic show a dream? No, it was real. Big ups to the amazing fans of Indonesia!"
IanBrownIan Brown of The Stone Roses
JossStoneJoss Stone

Berikut daftar para artis mancanegara papan atas yang telah memastikan diri tampil:
1 Februari - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Love Garage 2013)
23 Februari - The Stone Roses
1 Maret - Joss Stone, Lisa Stansfield, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Basia (Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2013)
8 Maret - Sick Of It All
10 Maret - Adam Lambert
16 Maret - Grimes
20 Maret - Bloc Party
28 April - Nile
10 Mei - Sigur Rós
4 Juli - Java Rockin’Land (nama-nama penampil utama belum didistribusikan ke publik namun biasanya tidak mengecewakan)
20 September - Java Soulnation (nama-nama penampil utama masih digodok, namun mereka adalah juga penyelenggara Java Rockin’Land, kualitas artis luar negeri yang didatangkan umumnya brilian).

Now put your hands in the air and wave ‘em like you just don’t care!
BlocPartyBloc Party

English version

Indonesia may not be the poorest country in the world, but it isn’t exactly the wealthiest of countries either. The country’s capital Jakarta, renowned for its pulsating political activism and for being under with regard to the fragile state of the economy and the low standard of nation’s health, is more often than not gossiped about for its infamous traffic jams. Seriously, ride your bike or catch a bemo already, because what should be causing a stir is the music scene. On par with Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, Jakarta’s music scene is clearly one of the richest in Asia.

It wasn’t so long ago that the best big name International artists those in the Big Durian could hope to host would have been some second or third rate act, with the addition of a few desperate has-beens passing through on the off chance that they may be able to jack up their album sales or salvage their reputation.

Things have changed. With each year that has passed Jakarta by, bigger and better names have been appearing across the capital’s billboards. And last year, a month didn’t pass without Jakarta having hosted a massive artist; Guns N’ Roses and Sting (December), Jeniffer Lopez (November), Maroon 5 (October), Keane (September), The Cardigans (August), David Cook (July), Jason Mraz and NKOTB+BSB (June), Morrissey (May), Yes (April), Anthrax (March), Evanescence (February), and Katy Perry & Rod Stewart (January). The even better news is that each and everyone of those concerts were bursting at the seams with punters—so everyone is clearly happy with the scene these days.

For 2013, the musical optimism is set to continue. Weezer already showed up in the second week of January and played a hugely successful show. So amazed were they by their Jakarta audience that they couldn’t help but morning after tweet: "…was last night’s epic show a dream? No, it was real. Big ups to the amazing fans of Indonesia!"

Get ready for more big name artist action. Confirmed to play Jakarta in the coming months are; Yeah Yeah Yeahs (February 1st, during Love Garage 2013), The Stone Roses (February 23rd), Joss Stone, Lisa Stansfield, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, and Basia (March 1st, during Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2013), Sick Of It All (March 8th), Adam Lambert (March 10th), Grimes (March 16th), Bloc Party (March 20th), Nile (April 28th), Sigur Rós (May 10th), Java Rockin’Land (July 4th, artists names are yet to be publicly confirmed but the organizer knows their stuff and is likely to be bringing in the who’s who of famous acts), Java Soulnation (September 20th, same organiser as Java Rockin’Land, similar modus operandi), and so on.

Now put your hands in the air and wave ‘em like you just don’t care!
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*This article was firstly published—a slightly different version—on The Beat (Jakarta) #80, Jan 21 - Feb 03, 2013
*Co-editor: Lauren Shipman
*Guns N’ Roses video owned by Nelwin Adriansyah
*Photos: Sigur Rós - front page taken from montreuxjazzlive.com, this page taken from beatsperminute.com; Ian Brown of The Stone Roses taken from poonehghana.com, Joss Stone taken from thewallpapers.org, Bloc Party taken from bloc-party.com
*Info re Yeah Yeah Yeahs contributed by Taufiq Rahman, info re Grimes contributed by Daud Sihombing

Tonite! VIVE LE ROCK! Lest We Forget!

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VIVE LE ROCK
Every Thursday 6-8pm (Bali time)
Rebel Radio Indonesia

Jan 03 and Jan 10 ’13 Edition
Lest We Forget: Punk Rock & New Wave Remembrance Day

The Playlist:
01. Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols
02. Anarchy in the U.K. - Mötley Crüe
03. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment - Ramones
04. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment - Static-X
FreedomofChoice05. Freedom of Choice - Devo
06. Freedom of Choice - Fu Manchu
07. One Way or Another - Blondie
08. One Way or Another vs Teenage Kicks - Cansei De Ser Sexy
09. Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
10. Teenage Kicks - The Offenders
11. Das Model - Kraftwerk
12. The Model - Overproof Soundsystem
13. I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls
14. I Ran - Love Is All
15. Guns of Brixton - The Clash
16. Strzelby z Brixton - The Analogs
17. If the Kids are United - Sham 69
18. If the Vatos are United - Manic Hispanic
19. Boys Don’t Cry - The Cure
20. Boys Don’t Cry - Oleander
21. Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t've) - Buzzcocks
22. Ever Fallen in Love - Kim Wilde
23. Kids in America - Kim Wilde
24. Kids in America - Orange Sector
25. Ça Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
26. Ça Plane Pour Moi - Sonic Youth
27. Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
28. Cherry Bomb - Bratmobile
29. Dancing With Myself - Generation X
30. Dancing With Myself - Blink-182
31. The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
32. The Killing Moon - Greg Laswell
33. Cars - Gary Numan
34. Cars (City Mix) - Randi Rann
35. Are ‘Friends’ Electric? - Tubeway Army

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36. Are ‘Friends’ Electric? - The Dead Weather
37. Wild Boys - Duran Duran
38. Wild Boys - Mnemic
39. Blue Monday - New Order
40. Blue Monday - The Jolly Boys
41. Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps
42. Goo Goo Muck - The Frank Popp Ensemble
43. Sex Beat - The Gun Club
44. Sex Beat - Two Lone Swordsmen
45. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
46. Tainted Love - Marilyn Manson
47. Wake Up and Make Love with Me - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
48. Wake Up and Make Love with Me - Sinead O’Connor with The Blockheads
49. Da Da Da - Trio
50. Da Da Da - Señor Coconut and His Orchestra
51. 99 Luftballoons - Nena
52. 99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger
53. Because The Night - Patti Smith Group
54. Because The Night - Keel
55. Der Kommissar - Falco
56. Der Kommissar - After The Fire
57. Don’t You Want Me - Human League
58. Don’t You Want Metal Baby - Steeltrooper
59. Bela Lugosi’s Dead - Bauhaus
60. Bela Lugosi’s Dead (The Voice Mix) - Jay Harker
61. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
62. Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash

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63. Goody Two Shoes - Adam & The Ant
64. Goody Two Shoes - Unwritten Law
65. She Blinded Me with Science - Thomas Dolby
66. She Blinded Me with Science - William Shatner
67. Golden Brown - The Stranglers
68. Golden Brown - Omar
69. Making Plans For Nigel - XTC
70. Making Plans For Nigel - Pitchshifter
71. (I’m) Stranded - The Saints
72. (I’m) Stranded - Jim Reid (of The Jesus & Mary Chain)
73. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
74. Psycho Killer - Stag
75. California Über Alles - Dead Kennedys
76. California Über Alles - Six Feet Under

Notes:
- "Goo Goo Muck" was originally written and sung by Ronnie Cook and The Gaylads, made famous among punk rock scene by The Cramps
- "Tainted Love" was originally recorded by Gloria Jones but attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell

More details and full description coming soon!
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Domestic Groove: SYAHARANI

SYAHARANI
Singer, Songwriter

What music are you into at the moment?
Well, I actually don’t really listen to any particular album these days. At the moment I’m working intensely on songs for my project ESQI:EF (Syaharani & Queenfireworks). But a bit of Chris Botti, Diane Schuur, Johnny Nash, Amy Winehouse and Adele is always nice for the rainy season. Some tunes by Sting, Paul Giamatti, Christopher Cross, and Paul Weller, also help to get me back on my feet, straighten me up and get me ready for the world.

What was the first record you bought—any interesting story behind it?
Wait, let me tell you about the first record I heard (and was gettin’ jiggy wit’ it): Osibisa Live. I stole that record from my elder brother. I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love with Osibisa’s "Sunshine Day": …Everybodeeee do what you’re dooooing, smile while bringing a sunshine day… I was only 8 years old at the time. Hehe.

The first record I bought? Unyil. It was an epic moment for a 9 year old to own that record. Ah, those days were so fun…

What are your all-time favourite albums? Why?
All time favourite albums: anything by The Carpenters. So soulful, filled with self esteem and beautiful harmonies. I also love 007 songs. Each and every song by 007 is so damn cool! I have the ultimate respect for Charlie Parker’s, Billie Holiday’s, Astrud Gilberto’s, and Macy Grey’s work as well. …Oh, god, help me. I can’t make up my mind! There are so many good songs and albums in this world. I’m sure that I haven’t heard them all. Music mimics nature. Always brings surprises.

What was the worst record you ever purchased?
Worst record? …Hmmm …Hard for me to say. Maybe some records with poor mixing-mastering results.

Who do you want to be, other than yourself, next time you reincarnate?
Well, I don’t really believe—or care—about reincarnation, sixth sense, whatever. I don’t get the logic. But anyway, if I could choose, I just want to be me. Only slimmer, please. Haha.

What book are you reading now and what’s the score (1-10)?
Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein. I laugh a lot reading this—and think a lot afterwards.

What new movie should people see? Why?
I’m pretty much hooked on the Bourne series, Lord of the Rings series, and A Separation (an Iranian drama film). I especially like complicated mind themes, attention to detail, that kind of thing. I think it’s cool. It makes you put things in perspective, see life with more empathy.

What music do you choose to start your weekend?
To start my weekend: rock ‘n’ roll comes first! And then jazz, plus a little bit of blues.

And song you choose to end your weekend?
Song to close my weekend, I usually go mellow with "Wild Wood" by Paul Weller. Also my own song "Delight" which is always effective for strengthening my faith in love; the world is truly a beautiful place when we are falling in love.

Syaharani seems to be forever on tour, playing mostly intimate club gigs and occasional medium to massive concerts. She uses her break time to write new songs for upcoming albums.

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*This interview was firstly published on The Beat (Jakarta) #77, Dec 10-23, 2012
*Photo on front page by Alisyana, photo on this page (concert photo) by Mia Damayanti Sjahir