As I watched Hanging Up the Moon (Sean Lam) deliver his beautifully crafted acoustic works in a little record store in the slick cold environs of the Esplanade Mall, I could not help but notice the curious onlooking shoppers wondering what the hell was going on.
When it comes to the Singapore music scene, it does appear that its marginalisation in the 70s and 80s has ultimately caused the scene irreparable harm.
Since the introduction of social media over a decade ago, human beings have taken to the concept of sharing their own opinions and responding to another’s opinion like ducks to water!
I like to say that there are two kinds of music – the music that I like and the music other people like. Music is subjective so it is only an opinion and I cannot definitely say that the music another person likes is bad. All I can say is that I don’t like that music.
“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.”
You have an opinion and you are entitled to it. BUT do you have the right to shove it down my throat? No, you don’t.
About under three years ago, I decided to retire from live performances after the dismal support given to my solo album, Present Sense.
Eight years ago, I left the rat race as I completed the final day of my last full-time job as a legal advisor of a boutique law firm.
Glad to announce that SkyLove, the new EP from RONDO VITALE can now be pre-ordered from Bandcamp.
A new world of opportunity opened up for me in the mid-90s when filmmaker Eric Khoo roped me into working on some music for his features Mee Pok Man, 12 Storeys and later on, Be With Me.
Around mid-2016, we made a conscious decision to revamp Power of Pop completely. We needed to narrow the site’s focus back on the music that we love i.e. pop-rock. In addition, we resolved to move away from reviews and concentrate on being a tastemaker, with an emphasis on discovery.
Ye faithful editor is back to regale you, dear PoPster, with his latest shenanigans in the world of popular (sic) music.
KayMac. Something new, something old. This is the moniker I will be using for the electronic art-pop instrumental music I will be making for the rest of my life. Somewhat distinct from the watchmen stuff, which will have lyrics and vocals. Continue reading “THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD: KAYMAC”
This is Kevin Mathews, y’know the guy who owns this webzine, taking a break from normal programming to talk to you a little bit about this new album I have recorded under the watchmen moniker.
Organised jointly by cartoonist Sonny Liew and writer-historian CT Lim in conjunction with the National Library, Speech Bubble is a exhibition showcase of the marginalised art form popularly known as comic books. The opening night event was held last night at the National Library, Basement 1 Central Public Library and I was fortunate to get invited!
There is always a lot to be thankful for. I have learned never to pre-judge a situation – and boy do I have a problem with that – but instead, I have trained myself to cultivate positive thoughts about that particular situation. It’s never easy but usually I find that things do work out in the end, one way or another.
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Anyone who has been following Power of Pop closely enough would be aware that I am a massive fan of the English band XTC.
I have begun to define myself almost exclusively as a ‘teacher’. After all, that’s what I spend most time gainfully employed, with six classes over 5 days over three polytechnics for the next few months. Till end August in fact.
POP CULTURE IS LIFE!
Changing things up a little – every Sunday, I will be sharing some of my thoughts about why pop culture is so important to me.
Last year at the Singapore International Film Festival, I missed the screening the restored Mee Pok Man (thanks to Ride’s appearance at Neon Lights) and so I jumped at the chance to catch the restored film at The Projector on Friday, 8th April.