This is the quirky new single from Crumb.
Pop music is more than modern day hipster folk or EDM or millennial neo-soul. It takes a brave artist in 2017 to reach back into pop history to find inspiration for true pop power. Like Lincoln Barr, perhaps.
Singapore band Astronauts shares with many of their contemporary Singaporean musicians a love for urban millennial pop music.
The legendary David Bowie passed away on 10th January 2016, mourned by music lovers worldwide. On what would have been his 70th birthday (i.e. 8th January), the No Plan EP was released.
The Steve McQueens found time in between tours of Australia and South Korea to bring their magic jazz-soul-funk ride to home fans at the Annexe Sessions on Thursday, September 29th.
Photo credit: Cherlynn Lian
The live debut of TOMGIRL – Cherie Ko and Ted Doré – and assorted backing musicians will take to the stage at the Esplanade Recital Studio tonight at 7.30pm. Get your tickets from SISTIC.
Exciting news for fans of live Singapore music as the Esplanade opens up a new venue, The Annexe with the launch of the Annexe Sessions.
This takes place in early September with two top notch instrumental outfits viz. the Chok Kerong Trio (8pm, 1st)) and In Each Hand a Cutlass (11pm, 2nd).
Both gigs are priced at $15 (inclusive of 1 drink). Cash only, tickets at the door.
More info at www.esplanade.com.
Snapshots of the Singapore music scene.
WATCH MICHELLE SGP’S MUSIC VIDEO OF SERENITY
LISTEN TO INTRIGUANT’S REMIX OF CHARLIE LIM’S NOTHING SO CRUEL
… still there’s more …
The legendary David Bowie thrilled all his fans with his fabulous comeback album The Next Day back in 2013 and diehards have been hoping and praying that the LP was not a one-off. Thankfully, Bowie is back with a new album for 2016 – Blackstar!
Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. (W. E. Studwell and D. F. Lonergan, The Classic Rock and Roll Reader: Rock Music from its Beginnings to the mid-1970s)
So yeah, rock came from 40s/50s rock ‘n’ roll, which in turn is a form of pop music. So even The Carpenters or ABBA is rock, by that definition. So I am always comfortable to use the terms “pop” and “rock” fairly interchangeably, and get rather annoyed by the insane categorizations that is now so common.
In that light, let’s take a look at some of the different kinds of pop music, I am confident to label as ROCK!
Written & directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons & Paul Reiser.
Whiplash – the story of Andrew Neiman (Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons), the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz – has been the surprise package for the Academy Awards, garnering Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Simmons.
Finally! Charlie Lim has released two new singles (viz. “Bitter” and “Conspiracy”) and both tracks can be downloaded for FREE from Bandwagon (limited to first 1000 signups) so HURRY!!!!
Suffice to say, “Bitter” is a heart-wrenchingly gorgeous jazz-pop piece with dynamism, virtuosity and dollops of soul that deserves to be a worldwide hit (whatever that means nowadays) – please don’t miss out! “Conspiracy” demonstrates a different side of Charlie as smooth R&B inflections, infectious funky beats and cool vibes make the song a hot dancefloor hit contender! Another essential track for your collection!
Find out more about Charlie Lim here.
Very smooth vibes going on here. Check it out!
Virtuoso award-winning guitarist Pat Metheny explains what his “Orchestrion Project” is all about –
“Orchestrionics” is the term that I am using to describe a method of developing ensemble-oriented music using acoustic and acoustoelectric musical instruments that are mechanically controlled in a variety of ways, using solenoids and pneumatics. With a guitar, pen or keyboard I am able to create a detailed compositional environment or a spontaneously developed improvisation, with the pieces on this particular recording leaning toward the compositional side of the spectrum. On top of these layers of acoustic sound, I add my conventional electric guitar playing as an improvised component.
Now, the introduction to “There Is No Love” swept me literally off my feet, my heart melted and chills ran down the length of my spine. No mean feat. I’m talking about the second track on Charlie Lim‘s amazing debut eponymous EP that was released sometime last year. Better late than never eh?
Your latest album is titled This Is Chris Botti. Do you mean it wasn’t Chris Botti with the previous album offerings of yours?
The album is a sort of “Greatest Hits” collection. It’s a title that my record company came up with. I rely heavily on my record label, and they have done a fantastic job of making me a worldwide star.
Now with 13 albums under your belt, would you say that you have accomplished your musical dreams, the aspirations and goals that you may have set for yourself when you first begun on this magical, mystical, musical journey?
Yes, there is nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity to get up onstage in front of a live audience of enthusiastic fans each night and play with my outstanding band. I have been very fortunate being able to perform on a regular basis and this is what energizes me each time we go out onstage. I’m so appreciative that they’re there. It’s not lost on me at all that we have fans that buy tickets, take a night off and come to the show. It means so much. Now, my only concerns are “Do I have a growing audience?” and “Are my fans at my concerts enjoying themselves?” and as long as these two things are taking place, I am more than happy.
What is the message you would like to send across to your fans and the listeners, when they are listening to any Chris Botti song? How about when they are in the audience, watching you perform and serenade live?
I strive to create a specific atmosphere with my music, a romantic, moody atmosphere that can be enjoyed best late at night in a penthouse with a great bottle of wine.
You seem like quite an ambitious kid since young. How did that help shape you as a musician and an artiste?
Yeah, I just basically forgot about everything else or did away with it. At a certain point, you’re committed to something to an extent that you would do anything, and I’ve always been that way since I was a kid. I was really committed to practicing music, very, very ambitious and dedicated as a young person to my trumpet, and so it was many hours a day, many, many hours a day that I practiced. There’s a great quote from Joni Mitchell that said “Being a musician is 1 percent God-given talent and the other 99 percent insanity.” It’s really sort of a joke, I suppose, but it’s really true in a lot of ways. You have to be blinded by your own dedication, and that’s a real important part of it.
What was the toughest part in learning how to play a trumpet?
The trumpet is an instrument that requires daily attention to keep up your chops. Every day I practice. My practice regiment is the same as it has been for the past 25 years. I do the same routine that I learned from my trumpet teacher, William Adam, who I studied with in college. It’s very disciplined with long tones, arpeggios, chromatic scales, classical exercises, etc… to make sure that I’m flexible and that the apparatus is working on the trumpet. Then the jazz aspects take over in more of a fluid and elusive way, but the core of the trumpet technicalities need to be tended to daily.
How much would you charge me – someone obviously fascinated with everything music, yet not knowing how to play a single instrument – for a session of trumpet learning lesson? What’s the best advice you can give for people taking up learning to play one?
I don’t generally give trumpet lessons unless it’s part of an auction that raises money for a charity.
If I can give a tip to anyone, it is don’t be afraid to do one thing great. A lot of young kids these days want to do many different things, and they have many different distractions. Playing an instrument will give you some grounding point to do one thing great. It takes a lot to play the cello or classical piano or the trumpet, and I think to focus on one thing and be proud of doing one thing is the number one tip that I would give to someone.
Share with us the music playlist that you are listening to, and how it relates to the current stage in your life right now.
I’m always listening to:
Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine
Keith Jarrett – The Melody At Night, With You
Frank Sinatra – Only the Lonely
With 2011 closing itself as a chapter, what would you like to see 2012 shape up for you?
2012 is going to be great year. I’ll be releasing a new album. I’ll continue to tour worldwide and I look forward to coming back to Singapore and the rest of Asia!
In the history book of music, where do you want to see yourself sit in those pages?
See question 2. As long as my fans are enjoying themselves, I’m happy!
Chris Botti performs at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 8th December. This interview was made possible by Universal Singapore.
LIVE IN FRANCE : 1961 DVD
According to the publicity blurb on the DVD jacket, the concerts featured in this DVD have been lost for 50 years and just newly discovered. Which is certainly a boon not only for music fans but also historians. Filmed at the 1961 Antibes Jazz Festival in France, this DVD features the legendary Ray Charles in his prime.
Covering two sets on 18th and 22nd July respectively, Charles is backed by the original Raelets and run the gamut from jazz to gospel, from the blues to rock ‘n’ roll. Charles himself is the consummate musician, equally comfortable with solo piano as well as singing, there is no denying the genius of the man and the tremendous influence over the popular music of the decades that followed.
The visuals are in sparking black and white, with choice audience shots edited together efficiently. The sound is pristine and Charles performs some of his greatest hits viz. Let The Good Times Roll, Georgia On My Mind, Hallelujah, I Love Her So and What I’d Say. On the last track, it isn’t difficult to see the impact that Charles had on the likes of The Beatles, for example.
Of course, this is 1961 so there is none of the flash or the glamour of modern day live spectacles but none of this diminishes the power and soulfulness of the musicianship and showmanship. Utterly essential for all pop scholars.
MILES DAVIS Live At Montreux DVD (Eagle Vision)
Regular PoP visitors will be aware that I am not much of a jazz music buff but there’s no denying the exalted position the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis holds in the annals of modern music. This DVD collects Davis’ performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival over the period 1973 to 1991.
Mostly revolving around five sparkling clips during the 80s, this DVD presents Davis in his later years, where funk plays a bigger part in his jazz-rock fusion. Highlights include the frenetic Speak: That’s What Happened (1984), the pumpin’ synthesized Code MD (1985) and the polyrhythmic Heavy Metal Prelude (1988). Also significant are the inclusion of two excerpts from 1991, when a visibly aging Davis delivers The Pan Piper and Solea from his classic Sketches from Spain (1960), with the aid of a big band. Gorgeous to behold!
A insightful interview with guitar hero Carlos Santana concerning his recollections of Davis is also included as a bonus feature.
JON GOMM Don’t Panic (Performing Chimp)
Virtuosity should never be an end in itself. Believe me. Jon Gomm (like Tommy Emmanuel) has cottoned onto utilizing the acoustic guitar in unique ways. Basically, the guitar is used to produce every sound heard on Don’t Panic. Well and good in itself but what about the songs. Nothing earth-shattering mind, serviceable pop-rock with jazz fusion touches but coupled with said virtuosity, Don’t Panic offers enough distinctive sounds and music to keep most short attention spans in our modern rock world.
BOY WITHOUT GOD Your Body is Your Soul (Make)
The music of Boston native Gabriel Birnbaum is just about as quirky for the alter-ego he has selected for himself. By quirky, I mean – short of absolutely brilliant. “Defy expectations” should be every card-carrying artistes mantra and certainly BOG overturned my cart when I put it in the CD player (i.e. my macbook). That said, its certainly not for every taste as the hyperbolic hybrids of anti-folk, electronica and jazz may jar initially until you embrace the sheer chaos meets rustic songcraft agenda in evidence here.