ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2013 SINGAPORE [NEWS]

Well, there is little doubt that the Singapore edition of the Laneway Festival 2013 coming to us this Saturday, 26th January is the first big music event of the new year. I am personally looking forward to Alt-J, Tame Impala and Real Estate, whilst keeping an eye (and ear) out for Polica, Of Monsters and Men, Divine Fits and Japandroids. Of course, I will also be indulging in my favourite past time – people watching and Laneway Festival always provides great opportunities for that!

In any case, here’s the schedule for Saturday’s big show.

12.40pm to 1.40pm (Stage 1): KINGS OF CONVENIENCE

1.45pm to 2.25pm (Stage 2): POLICA*

2.30pm to 3.15pm (Stage 1): CLOUD NOTHINGS

3.20pm to 4.05pm (Stage 2): DIVINE FITS*

4.10pm to 4.55pm (Stage 1): OF MONSTERS AND MEN*

5pm to 5.45pm (Stage 2): JAPANDROIDS*

5.50pm to 6.35pm (Stage 1): NICOLAS JAAR

6.40pm to 7.25pm (Stage 2): KIMBRA

7.30pm to 8.15pm (Stage 1): REAL ESTATE**

8.20pm to 9.05pm (Stage 2): ALT-J**

9.10pm to 9.55pm (Stage 1): YEASAYER

10.05pm to 10.50pm (Stage 2): BAT FOR LASHES

11pm to 11.45pm (Stage 1): TAME IMPALA**

12am to 12.50am (Stage 2): GOYTE

Doors open at 12 noon.

Tickets are available at SISTIC.

 

 

 

 

IDENTITE 8.3: THE OTHER SOUNDS LAUNCH PARTY [REVIEW]

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Yes, this review is a little late. Yes, I had loads of fun with friends and new acquaintances, not to mention the delivery of good good music. What else do you need to know?

Upfront let me just say that congratulations are in order to Other Sounds for hosting a fabulous party. I mean, the food was simply yummy and even though I had dinner before I came, I still managed to polish a couple of burgers and pizza slices. So kudos! And… the free flow alcohol, courtesy of Asahi was much welcomed as well. Is the indie music scene coming of age. Step by step, in the right direction.

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THE PINHOLES “SUNSHINE” [REVIEW]

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The Pinholes have been active in the S-ROCK scene for some time now. Through personnel changes, singer and principal songwriter Famie Suliman remains the constant as the band continues to carry out its retro pop mission with aplomb and no small amount of fun.

The single “Sunshine” is The Pinholes’ opening salvo before the release of its debut full-length (sometime this year?) and this live favourite is given the happy production treatment its cheerful sound thoroughly deserves. Light-hearted and infectious, listeners are guaranteed a splendid 60s poppin’ time with this authentic pastiche/tribute to a special era.

“Sunshine” is now available from Bandcamp.

Official site.

ELLEN LOO + RIPPLES BAND – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [REVIEW]

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To be honest, I never expected to write this review. Up to the point that I received the email from Peipei (LIKES Communications), I had not even heard of Hong Kong/Canadian singer-songwriter Ellen Loo. And when Peipei invited me to catch Ellen’s show at the Esplanade Recital Studio, I was feeling a bit mixed. After all, I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of Mandarin pop but I thought – “nothing ventured, nothing gained” – and I am so glad that I took the plunge.

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LISTENING BOOTH: THE CANNANES – BUMPER [STREAMING]

The Cannanes are back. The Aussie duo of Fran Gibson and Steven O’Neil are back (after 11 years) with the kind of music that the late great Kurt Cobain himself name-checked. A cool retro vibe permeates this wonderful new track – “Bumper”, even if the three chord progression is as old as time itself. Be warned, it’s highly infectious! New EP to come…in the meantime…

 

PoPTV: PHOTO OPS – “IT MAKES ME CRY” [VIDEO]

Every now and then, I get an email with a link that makes me sit up and take notice! Well, here’s one good example – Photo Ops aka Terry Price, who plays every instrument on the upcoming LP, How To Say Goodbye, scheduled for a February 26th release. “It Makes Me Cry,” shows Price’s knack for an infectious hook coupled with poignant lyrics. Lovely epic heartfelt pop music!

 

PoPTV: POWER POP: THE NEXT WAVE

What will be the next rock trend the new kids on the block will cotton on to? Well, in the last five years the post-punk/new wave of the 80s has been fairly squeezed dry by new bands so perhaps now it’s time to move up a decade. If we look at the early 90s, power pop definitely was popular enough for major labels to sign the likes of Weezer, Jellyfish, Teenage FanclubSemisonic, Fastball, Superdrag, The Grays, Wanderlust and the like.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS: DEPECHE MODE – SPEAK AND SPELL (1981) [REVIEW]

There are numerous landmarks achieved with this, the debut album of synth-pop combo, Depeche Mode. Released by Mute Records, it was a rare genuine indie album for its time. Speak and Spell contained also many songs which were amongst the first electronic numbers heard on the airwaves e.g. “New Life”, “Just Can’t Get Enough” and my personal favourite, “Dreaming of Me”. The use of synthesizers instead of the usual guitar, bass and drums instrumentation was so refreshing back in 1981. But what made the music of early Depeche Mode so memorable and timeless are the brilliant songs. Pop songs filled with hooks that captured the imagination of the post-punk generation, and taking Kraftwerk’s uncompromising electronic agenda to its logical conclusion. The album was also the only Depeche Mode LP with then-prinicipal songwriter Vince Clarke (who’d go on with further success with Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure). Martin Gore would come to the fore in Clarke’s absence, turning the outfit towards the darker material it would become world famous for in subsequent years. Three decades later, thanks to the post-punk revival, Speak and Spell is as relevant as it ever was. Essential.

POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: SIMON TOWNSHEND

Simon Townshend released one of the more intriguing albums of 2012, the under-rated Looking Out, Looking In. We were fortunate and privileged to be able to pose a couple of questions to Townshend via email and we set out his responses below.

As a musician/recording artist, has being the younger brother of Pete Townshend been an advantage or disadvantage and why so?

I think it works both ways. I suppose I have a lot to live up to, especially when some people expect so much of me. Having said that my name has opened a few doors that would have perhaps remained shut. I am really proud of my brother and have always loved his music / lyrics – The Who are one of my all time favourite bands. However, I have many other musical influences and my sound is unique. I think once people realise that the sibling association takes a back seat they will judge me on my own merits. At the end of the day it’s down to me and my music to win music lovers over.

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