Aug 242015
 

Editorial

Identical twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears make up eccentric garage punk duo The Garden. The pair specialises in micro-songs that seldom to never reach the two minute mark. In fact, their last album – The Life and Times of a Paperclip – had a duration of 19 minutes. That said, the hauntingly jaunty new single “All Smiles Over Here” is almost three minutes! Whoa! New direction!

Kudos to Other Sounds for promoting these quirky and unique sounding little bands. Sleepwalker, is a brand new series of shows Other Sounds is organising in Singapore to bring a fresh and challenging new band to our shores every month this year from October to December. Sounds like fun!

Details, yo.

Sleepwalker: THE GARDEN (USA) live in Singapore
with supports TBA
50 Lorong 17 Geylang
Sunday, 11 October 2015
Doors open: 8pm
$35 pre-sale / $40 door / $100 series bundle

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW:
thegarden.peatix.com

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Aug 142015
 

TLG

So The Little Giant (aka Hilary Yang) was one of my last NAC Noise mentees last year and the problem with listening to a song in its embryonic form is sometimes it’s hard to accept a radically different version. Thus it’s the case with “You Got Some” which in typical Hilary fashion has something to do with the male obsession with sex. This first single from Hilary’s debut EP – “Let’s Just Be Honest” is now a bit of a rockabilly number which I have an issue with – Hilary’s vocal delivery becomes quite garbled with the increased tempo and God knows it’s all about her lyrics. But the saving grace is this wonderful lyric video (by Annie Hung – well done with the male sexual metaphors!) which sets out the lyrics before your very eyes whilst you hear the song and voila! Problem solved.

Event details

The Little Giant “Let’s Just be Honest” EP Launch

Friday, 4th September 7pm

BluJaz Cafe (3rd Floor) 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848

(With special guests, The MadHatter Project & Anise SG!)

$15 advanced tickets available at : thelittlegiantEP.peatix.com

$20 tickets at the door (subject to availability)
$30 ticket + EP at the door (subject to availability)

Physical EP: $14

Aug 132015
 

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Nothing wrong with going all retrodelic like (as someone once described the music of Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians) if the music is as good as Perth band The High Leary’s new single “Letters to Alice”. Evoking the glorious mid-60s psych-rock majesty of bands like Pink Floyd, The Doors and Deep Purple, “Letters to Alice” will appeal to fans of modern day psych-rock revivalists like Temples and Tame Impala. “Letters to Alice” will be released on 4th September but you can preview the track now streaming at Soundcloud.

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Aug 062015
 

Allura

 

Wow! This happened! Quite out of the blue and somewhat under the radar, Allura has dropped a new EP after disappearing for SIX years!

I won’t lie – listening to the 1832 EP is akin to a religious experience! The musical sophistication displayed in these new recordings is a wonder to behold certainly.

“Rain” is an interesting amalgam of pop with experimental musicality, “Loose Change” is an intensely emotional diatribe and “Cold*Player” is an intriguing piece that deserves a couple of plays to fully soak in.

Kudos to Aaron, Mark John, Inch, Matt and HQ for putting this wonderful gift together – it’s been too fucking long!

And that’s not all, Allura reunites for a live performance at this weekend’s 100bands festival on 8th August at 8pm!

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WRITING ABOUT ROCK MUSIC!

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Jul 242015
 

ROCK

Definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a long long time! This is my dream – to get remunerated for talking about rock music!! It’s going to be a blast.

Although targeted at music writers/bloggers, I believe that much of the content of this course will be relevant for anyone working or aspiring to work in the music industry.

So please write in to kamcomusic AT gmail DOT com to sign up. I will be waiting for you! Thanks in advance.

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LOST WEEKEND ALBUM LAUNCH

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Jul 212015
 

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You know the drill. Here comes an anecdote about the first time I experienced one of my favourite bands. That’s me, consistent!

A Baybeats audition a couple of years back at a room in Lasalle. One of the band members was very late. Jokes were circulating about him being ‘lost’…

Not very helpful when the name of the band is Lost Weekend. The band eventually did the audition but were naturally fairly rattled. But there was something inherently valuable in the songwriting that prompted me to check the band out online and I was sold based on the demos I heard online.

Since then, Lost Weekend have gone from strength to strength and the much-anticipated debut album is upon us. Produced by Roland Lim (Sync Studios), the new album (based on the 4 tracks previewed) sound exactly as classic indie pop should sound. Sophisticated ‘retro’ melodies and edgy instrumentation with attitude – presented with sympathetic production values.

The band have decided not to release the album in the physical CD format, and will instead focus the delivery of their music in a digital format. Working with local design firm fFurious, Lost Weekend will offer download codes for their music through their merchandise, including a t-shirt and a special pop-up card. Check out the music video for the infectious “Mornings” below.

Lost Weekend Launch Event Details
(with special guests, Obedient Wives Club)
Date: 2 August 2015
Time: 7.30 pm; Opening band at 8PM, Lost Weekend at 9PM
Address: SingJazz Club, 101 Jln Sultan, Singapore 199002
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/590235367782319/591116557694200/

Ticketing Information:
Pre-sale tickets ($15) available at http://lostweekendsg.peatix.com/
Limited tickets available at the door for $20

Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lostweekendsg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lostweekendsg
Bandcamp: https://lostweekendsg.bandcamp.com/

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WILCO RELEASES NEW ALBUM STAR WARS FOR FREE!

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Jul 172015
 

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Yes, you read that right!

Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy explained the reason behind this move over at the band’s Facebook page.

“Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?”

Indeed. This is boon for all rock ‘n’ roll fans. Go get it!

Review to come.

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GIG FAVE: THE STEVE MCQUEENS SEAMONSTER LAUNCH

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Jul 112015
 

SMQs

Another Saturday, another Singapore album launch!

Definitely, this is going to be the big one – by now The Steve McQueens are a well-oiled machine, having plied their trade in Europe already.

SingJazz Club also provides a suitable ambience for the band’s smooth soul-jazz-pop and Ginny Bloop’s on-stage antics, so a splendid time is guaranteed is all.

Not to mention that Seamonster is a stellar combination of instrumental virtuosity and Ginny’s indomitable aural attitude, so this gig practically recommends itself.

Don’t miss this. Tickets still available at the door.

SMQS launch

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GIG FAVE: OCEANS ALBUM LAUNCH – DEON + THEODORA

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Jul 102015
 

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Tonight! DEON launches the superb album that is Oceans at The Substation. The lovely Theodora opens at 7.30pm!

It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night!!

Peatix Ticket Prices: $25 for entry/ $45 for Physical CD Book & entry (Original Value $50)/ $60 for Physical CD Book, Lionheart T-Shirt & entry (Original Value $70)

Tickets at the Door: $30 for entry

Connect with DEON:
www.deontheband.com
www.facebook.com/deontheband
www.instagram.com/deontheband @deontheband
www.twitter.com/deontoh

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GENTLE BONES’ MAJOR LABEL DEBUT SINGLE SIXTY FIVE NOW AVAILABLE

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Jul 102015
 

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“Sixty Five” is Gentle Bones’ major label debut single and is a track to be featured on the upcoming movie 1965.

In that context, it is suitably over-dramatic but contains sufficient elements familiar to fans.

Now available at https://itun.es/sg/m5DJ8

https://www.facebook.com/gentlebonesmusic

JOSHUA RADIN TO PERFORM AT THE ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL ON SEPTEMBER 4TH

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Jul 082015
 

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Joshua Radin will perform live in Singapore for the first time on 4 Sep 2015 at 8.30 p.m. at Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets at $88, $68 & $48 will be available through www.sistic.com from 9 July 2015 (internet booking starts at 9 a.m.)

Here’s a Power of Pop/Spotify playlist of what to expect from Joshua Radin come September. Enjoy!

Thanks to Greenhorn Productions for the heads up!

CLEAN BANDIT – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

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Jul 062015
 

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Secret Sounds Asia presents
Title: Clean Bandit – Live in Singapore
Venue: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa Date/Time: Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 8pm

Tickets: $58 Limited Early-Bird, $68 Standard, $88 Door Group package of 4 tickets $250
(+ $4 SISTIC booking fee per ticket)

Ticket Sales Launch Date: Monday 13 July 2015

Tickets available via SISTIC – Online (9am): www.sistic.com.sg – Tel (10am): +65 6348 5555
– In person (10am): At all authorised SISTIC agents & box offices

 

Taylor Swift ‘shocked and disappointed’ by Apple Music contract – Music Business Worldwide

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Jun 212015
 

‘We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us for free music.’

How Apple Music recovers from this PR disaster will be worth watching? Or maybe Apple is so big, they don’t give a damn? We shall see.

Source: Taylor Swift ‘shocked and disappointed’ by Apple Music contract – Music Business Worldwide

DEON RELEASES SOPHOMORE EFFORT OCEANS: PRE-ORDER, MUSIC VIDEO & SINGLE NEWS

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Jun 152015
 

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DEON releases his 2nd album Oceans on 10th July.

iTunes pre-order will begin on 17th June, and physical copies of the album as well as the digital release of the album will happen on the 10th of July. A music video of first single “Summer” will also be released on 17th June on DEON’s Youtube channel.

Oceans was recorded by Leonard Soosay, and produced by DEON, Mindy Kon, and Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios. The album was mastered by Scott Hull (Garbage, John Mayer, Snarky Puppy).

The album will be launched on the 10th July at the Substation.

As with DEON’s debut Antiphobic, Oceans is filled to the brim with melodic power but it’s clear that DEON has upped the ante with regards to production and arrangement as well as a conceptual thread that runs through the album. Review to come.

Connect with DEON.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/deontheband
Twitter https://twitter.com/deontoh
Web http://www.deontheband.com/

LYDIA LOW: LIVE IN SINGAPORE JUNE 2015

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Jun 102015
 

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Lydia Low kicks off her Singapore tour tonight at Originals Sing @ Artistry. Joie Tan will be opening the festivities at 8.30pm. Cover charge is $10, proceeds to be shared between the artists. Lydia will also be selling CDs so please bring money!

In the meantime, you can listen to her album Wrecked till Further Notice at Spotify.

The album is also available at iTunes.

Lydia will also be playing a couple of tunes at the Beast open mic tomorrow.

Connect with Lydia
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Check out the lyric video for “Wrecked”

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GEEK OUT! James Cameron says Terminator: Genisys is ‘official’ third film in saga

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Jun 092015
 

The director of the first two Terminator movies has said new movie has ‘reinvigorated’ the franchise and audiences should dismiss the third and fourth instalments

Interesting endorsement from Terminator’s “Daddy”. Apparently, he loved the twist – already spoilt by the trailers – of John Conner becoming the villainous terminator! Presumably that twist was needed to reinvigorate the franchise – we’ll see whether the box office agrees.

Source: James Cameron says Terminator: Genisys is ‘official’ third film in saga

Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue Talk Filling the ‘Hole’ With Apple Music

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Jun 092015
 

“If we didn’t think there was a hole, we wouldn’t do it,” Iovine says in first post-conference interview. “Apple doesn’t need to practice”

Rolling Stone gets the folks behind Apple Music to defend yet another streaming music service in an already saturated market space. Wait and see cuz at the moment unconvinced.

Source: Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue Talk Filling the ‘Hole’ With Apple Music

MUSIC MATTERS LIVE ’15

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May 162015
 

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If discovering exciting new music is your thing (and it should be), then you must check out Music Matters Live 2015 to be held at Clarke Quay from 20th to 23rd May.

Here are Power of Pop’s recommendations.

Jaime Wong (SG)

Courtney Conway (AU)

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GEEK OUT! Fox Mints ‘The New Mutants’ X-Men Spinoff; ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Helmer Josh Boone To Direct

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May 142015
 

 

Well, with the successes of CW’s DC superheroes, it was inevitable that Fox would jump on the bandwagon with their stable of mutant stars. Guess Marvel will counter with New Inhumans, eh???

Source: Fox Mints ‘The New Mutants’ X-Men Spinoff; ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Helmer Josh Boone To Direct

KAMCO MUSIC RELEASES: THE FAERYVILLE OST, ILLUMINE SYMPHONY AND LYDIA LOW

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May 092015
 

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KAMCO Music is pleased to announce that it will release on all digital distribution platforms worldwide the following albums –

FAERYVILLE OST (by Alex Oh) on 19th May

ILLUMINE SYMPHONY – Life on 22nd May

LYDIA LOW – Wrecked till Further Notice on 2nd June

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GEEK OUT! Ultron’s Massive $188M Debut Falls Short of Avengers Record – Box Office Mojo

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May 042015
 

According to Box Office Mojo, “Avengers: Age of Ultron ruled the box office this weekend with a huge $187.7 million, which is the second-biggest debut ever. Unfortunately, the top opening ever belongs to its predecessor, Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million)” which is a great start, of course, and continues to augur well for the future of the MCU.

The site also noted that “the Avengers sequel also continues to do strong business overseas, where it’s earned $439 million before even debuting in China or Japan”. Which hopefully means that the movie will go on to outgross Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Source: Weekend Report: ‘Ultron’s Massive $188M Debut Falls Short of ‘Avengers’ Record – Box Office Mojo

VICTOR LOW’S SONGS OF THE WELL WILL THRILL CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!

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May 032015
 

SongsoftheWell

Now here’s something completely different!

Victor Low (formerly of Concave Scream and The Observatory) has recorded and released an album of short instrumental tunes (mostly under 2 minutes), that he says were inspired by his own childhood and the bedtime stories shared with his young daughter, Ee Shahn.

These ten tracks are delightful and thoughtful experiments into songwriting targeted for children or the young at heart. Mostly neo-classical in tone with acoustic guitars (steel and nylon) at the fore, assorted percussion and the occasional cello (courtesy of Zhong Ren Koh), it’s easy to simply play through the duration of Songs of the Well and revel in its rustic sophistication.

My personal favourites are “Drip Drop”, “Swallow” and “Geckos of Eastwood” – which highlight Low’s focus on naive charm but the arty “Song of the Well” recalls Low’s time with art-rock ensemble The Observatory. It’s an atmospheric ambient song whose origins, Low was kind enough to elaborate on.

“When I was writing the songs in this album. I would often bring my guitar out of my studio to sit in the stairwell where I live, just to get a bit of a natural reverb. This really helped me to ease into the ideas and finish writing the songs (or the main bulk of it) rather quickly. A thought occurred to myself that these songs seem to be coming from “the well”, and it ended up being the title of the album. Ironically the track “Song of The Well” was the only song not written from the stairwell. Instead it was done in my studio, using music boxes, cymbals and effects”.

If there is one obvious complaint, it is that the songs are too short! I mean, once a enthralled listener really gets into the piece, it’s over!! Hopefully, Low will see fit to expand on the artistic success of Songs of the Well to give us fans more in the years to come. Please encourage that possibility by purchasing Songs of the Well.

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PET SOUNDS FROM BIG PINK: CHEATING SONS RECLAIM SIXTIES’ ROCK N ROLL LEGACY

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May 032015
 

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Cheating Sons!

Years in the making but definitely worth the wait. 10 tracks of such instrumental sophistication and erudite witticism that it is barely imaginable that the former cultural desert of Singapore is able to produce an album that absorbs the wondrous legacy of 60s rock and pop so well.

With the songwriting template pioneered by the likes of Roy Orbison, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and the Band the band have also adopted the production values of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson to deliver a unique aural experience that will please rock scholars and casual music fans alike. An additional distinctive element is the band’s ability to incorporate East Asian sounds and melodies into the mix to create a East meets West amalgam that is surprising and pleasing.

Believe me it’s difficult to point out any particular highlights here as every track is an entity to itself but I will say that songs like the ghostly Beatlesque “Mercy of Cain and Abel”, the atmospheric folky “Patriach”, the country bluesy “Blood the Prize” and the Orbison-Teresa Teng channeling “Honeymoon” certainly deserve special mention.

In an amazing year for Singapore rock so far, this eponymous album is a definite standout and a statement of intent that hopefully will bring forth more exciting music from this wonderful band in the years to come.

CDs and digital albums will be available on cheatingsons.bandcamp.com and CDs also at Curated Records and Roxy Records & Trading.