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LIMA GRUP MUSIK PALING MONCER DI BALI HARI INI

Pagebluk membawa sengsara, memang. Namun, jika mau melihat dari perspektif positif, adalah juga semacam ujian ketahanan. Skena musik Bali, di awal pagebluk menerjang, terhuyung dan terjengkang. Wajar saja, serbuan blitzkrieg Covid-19 merupakan hal baru, tak terduga, tiada terbayangkan bakal datang. Jagat dendang sekarat sebentar. Setelah sekitar tiga-empat bulanan, perlahan beringsut bangkit lagi.

Salah satu faktor mendasar ketahanan nan kokoh ini karena eksistensi grup-grup musik yang selain bermutu baik pula pantang menyerah. Berkolaborasi dengan para pemikir dan penggerak skena, kegiatan bermusik terus didorong agar tetap berjalan. Nyaris nihil yang memikirkan bakal mendapatkan ganjaran uang. Relatif semua rela tampil gratisan. Yang penting belantika senandung bergulir saja dulu. Ternyata mujarab. Kegigihan tersebut berujung ijo royo-royo. Kancah musik bergulir dinamis kembali. Konser-konser terselenggara di sana-sini lagi. Rutin tiap akhir pekan. Dan hampir selalu dibayar kala manggung.

Berikut adalah deretan band tersebut. Selain tangguh-tawakal, genre puspawarna, mereka juga mencengangkan secara musikal.

MANJA
Trio sakti mandraguna yang terdiri dari Mark, Nick, dan James (Ma-N-Ja) bisa dibilang sebagai salah satu paling moncer di skena musik muda Pulau Dewata. Memainkan art pop, indie rock, dan langgam cadas atmosferik, pengalaman manggungnya pun sudah menjelajah banyak wilayah di Asia Tenggara, bahkan sebelum mereka meluncurkan single perdananya. Belum lama ini mereka meluncurkan single keduanya: “Rise”.

Foto: Tribun Bali.

SOULFOOD
Jika ditanyai, di Bali, kolektif muda mana yang tercihuy menggeber (modern) R&B, garansi, sebagian besar bakal menjawab Soulfood. Betul, hampir selalu, kemana pun Lyta Lautner dan Rekan unjuk aksi, kaum kerabat bakal membanjiri. Tadi malam saja, contohnya, saya mengejar mereka main di Seminyak haha.

SOUL & KITH
Nah, kalau doyannya komposisi folk introspektif, sendu, mencekam macam Southern Gothic, langsung saja akrabi Soul & Kith. Kolaborasi Aik dan Ardy ini sedang banyak ditanggap penyelenggara acara. Gaya khas melankolia masygul-syahdu duo ini digandrungi khalayak muda, bukan cuma lokal, tapi juga internasional.

TRUEDY DUALITY
Adalah ganda campuran Truedy dan Kiki, dua sosok yang tergolong veteran di skena Bali, yang membidani kelahiran proyek gres ini. Bayangkan Tori Amos bersulang negroni dengan Amanda Palmer lalu Karen O ikut mencicipi sedikit. Baroque pop tenang mendebarkan melaju menuju art punk yang jalang ditimpali kerohanian Dresden Dolls nan estetik. You dig it?

MODJORIDO
Bicara down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll yang rancak, kuartet inilah yang pantas dianugerahi puja-puji berlebih. Mutu musikal hebat, lagu-lagu ciptaannya enak di kuping, aksi panggung pun keren, belum lagi ditambah tabiat yang ramah, tak aneh bila di Pulau Dewata pamornya kini sedang amat melesat. Barangkali Rico Mahesi dan Rekan, merekalah yang sekarang paling populer di belantika musik Kuta-Seminyak-Canggu.

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Artikel yang saya tulis ini pertama kali tayang di Supermusic ID.

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MATT BERNINGER: BLOODBUZZ 5-0

Photo: Pitchfork.

It’s Matt Berninger, the oaken baritone singer of The National, birthday today. One of my most admired singers from this era, a Cary Grant interpretation of Leonard Cohen (according to Pitchfork), hit the big 5-0 on 13 February.

The National is on top 5 of my personal list of 13 Cult Bands You Must Worship Before You Die. They are, to me, like the adult contemporary version of—my other ultra favourite band—Interpol. Matt Berninger and The National are part of indie rock aristocrats.

Photo: NY Times.
Photo: University of Cincinnati.
Berninger with his wife, Carin Besser, a one-time fiction editor for The New Yorker. She has often contributed to the band’s songwriting, also helped the directed the music video of The National’s breakthrough single, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”. Photo: Amanda Schwab.
Berninger and Phoebe Bridgers duet on “Walking On a String” for Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie. Photo: Brooklyn Vegan.
Berninger’s solo album, Serpentine Prison, released in October 2020.

I supposed to go see them in March last year in Perth. But then apocalypse started to happen. Screw you, Covid.

Happy birthday and happy Valentine, the Neil Diamond of indie rock!

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Featured image: The National News.
Photos in the gallery (clockwise): ASCAP, Deirdre O’Callaghan, Pinterest.

Read also THE NATIONAL: I NEED MY GIRL.

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REMEMBERING LEE

Photo: Hannah Rose Prendergrast.

On this date in 2010, the world was shocked by the death of Aexander McQueen, CBE, one of the most celebrated designers of our time. More than a decade “the hooligan of British fashion” has been gone, his work and vision still inspire the fashion world to create revolutionary, avant-garde, out of this world creations.

During his fashion career, McQueen worked quite closely with musicians, too. McQueen designed stage costumes for David Bowie’s tours from 1996 to 1997, in addition to the iconic Union Jack coat Bowie wore on the cover of his 1997 album Earthling. He also designed the geisha-style outfit worn by Björk on the cover of her 1997 album Homogenic, and later directed her “Alarm Call” video.

Bowie wearing McQueen’s Union Jack coat. Photo: Vanity Fair.
Bowie wearing McQueen’s Union Jack coat for his album, Earthling.
Björk wearing McQueen’s geisha-style for her album, Homogenic.

Slide 5 till the end, a few of my personal favourites. I can’t afford to buy them, of course. But I know where to find similar materials and which good sewer can do the job.

Thanks for being provocative, you’re a true inspiration for the next generation of fashion designers!

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Gallery photos via Dazed Digital.
Featured image by Tim Walker.

• Read also CHAOS TO COUTURE: SAFETY PIN, PADLOCK, PUNK ROCK.

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THE VERY DAY THE MUSIC DIED

Today is the 62nd deathiversary of The Day the Music Died.

On 3 February 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his 1971 song “American Pie”.

Photo: MPR News.

All three were travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set—covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, a year before. Holly decided to hire the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. Soon after takeoff, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield, killing all four on board.

Fans of Holly, Valens, and Richardson have been gathering for annual memorial concerts at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake since 1979. The 50th-anniversary concert took place on February 2, 2009, with Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely, Wanda Jackson, Los Lobos, Chris Montez, Bobby Vee, Graham Nash, Peter and Gordon, Tommy Allsup, etc. Jay P. Richardson, the son of the Big Bopper, was among the participating artists, and Bob Hale was the master of ceremonies, as he was at the 1959 concert.

Don McLean addressed the accident and dubbing it “the Day the Music Died”, which for McLean symbolised the “loss of innocence” of the early rock-and-roll generation

As we all know, today the music, Rock ‘n’ Roll in particular, is still alive and kicking. Just like Neil Young sings it on “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”: Rock ‘n’ roll will never die. Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

Note: you can also read on my blog about the same topic—in Bahasa Indonesia: The Day the Music Died

• Read also THE NIGHT DANCE MUSIC DIED.

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Text: Wikipedia, Rolling Stone.

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