COME ON YOU SPURS!

SPURS 1 CHELSEA 1

I have to say that I was pretty much pissed off after this game. As usual, the ‘Special One’ had the last say – asking for Jan Vertonghen to get a retrospective three match ban – which was a pretty brilliant smokescreen. After all, nobody seems to be talking about how the Chavs should not have been given their equalizer to begin with.

As Mata floated the ball into the Spurs box, Ivanovic held and pushed Mousa Dembele into the box allowing Terry to ghost in onside and score easily. A clear foul – but somehow the issue is about Vertonghen? Ridiculous. And as the picture above shows, Torres should have been red carded much earlier for laying hands on Vertonghen. Typical Chavs misconduct.

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LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2014 LINEUP [NEWS]

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If nothing else, Laneway Singapore provides an opportunity to catch upcoming indie bands you fancy and very possibly discover new obsessions. The 2014 edition is no different – judging from the lineup above. For me, personally, it’s got to be the following: –

SAVAGES

Hottest indie band on the planet now? Could very well be. I was fortunate enough to catch them when I was in London in May. Believe the hype!

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ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY: RUSH

To be honest, I was rather clueless about this movie beforehand – partly because, based on the poster, it appeared to be revolving around F1 – a subject that leaves me rather disinterested. However, the moment I realized that the movie was actually based on the true life story of 70s F1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt – I knew that I was going to enjoy Rush.

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PHOENIX – LIVE IN SINGAPORE [NEWS]

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(Press release)

Now/Live are proud to present Grammy Award winning and critically acclaimed indie rock act, PHOENIX, performing their debut headline show in Singapore. Performing hits from their extensive back catalogue including ‘Lisztomania’, ‘1901’ and ‘If I ever feel better’ along with tracks from their latest release ‘Bankrupt!’, this show will be one of the most enthralling of 2014!

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COME ON YOU SPURS!

CARDIFF CITY 0 SPURS 1

Again, my prediction of a 1-0 win was proven correct. But for 90 minutes, it really looked like we were not going to get the three points we richly deserved. At the very end, the combination of substitutes Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela provided the pass which Paulinho finished off with aplomb (a back heel no less). Cue pandemonium as the Spurs players celebrated wildly. And well they should as the victory had looked increasingly unlikely as the match wore on.

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COME ON YOU SPURS!

The inane rants of a Spurs fan (since 1973)

CARDIFF CITY (AWAY)

Spurs sit in third place going into this match, knowing that a victory will at least put them joint top (or even in the clear, if Arsenal is unable to beat Stoke earlier in the day). In midweek, Spurs strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Europa League minnows Tromso with goals from Jermain Defoe (2) and Christian Eriksen (an absolute stunner). And head coach AVB will be hoping that his new-look team will continue the good work of the last two games and maintain the good start to the season.

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BLURB-O-RAMA

BOB

Here we go – your weekly dose of capsule reviews.

COLORWAY – S/t

Rock n’ roll will never die! This just might be power trio Colorway‘s manifesto on this eponymous debut. Rollicking numbers like “I’m Still Running” and “Live With Me” get the point across very succinctly. But singer-songwriter F Alex Johnson is also able to shake things up somewhat with the the sweet lullaby “Go Back to Sleep”, the acoustic instrumental “For the Birds” and the luscious ballad “A Temporary Occupation”. Highly recommended.

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LISTENING BOOTH

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I still never get used to the fact that you can listen to entire albums streaming online nowadays. Back when I was a teenager, the only way to do so was going to record store and checking out the album in a listening booth. Enough, nostalgia, here is music you should check out…

THE STARFOLK

ANIMAL PARTS

BRIANNA LEA PRUETT

THE LONE BELLOW

SWF

HOUSE PARTY: AN SGMUSO OPEN HOUSE

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(Press release)

SGMUSO is very excited and proud to announce HOUSE PARTY: An SGMUSO Open House.

As a follow up to the inaugural Music Matters Academy which ran as a 3-day project for Singaporean artists at Music Matters 2013, HOUSE PARTY is set to take place on 5th October 2013, at the Aliwal Arts Centre (home of SGMUSO).

Featuring a stellar line-up of over 20 homegrown acts who have benefitted from the SGMUSO – Music Matters Academy initiative, dynamic panel discussions as well as the exclusive screening of two local documentaries, HOUSE PARTY is jammed packed with activities in the span of a day!

Visit www.facebook.com/sgmuso for more details to be announced soon!

 

 

HOW TO WRITE ABOUT ROCK MUSIC

Pardon the shameless self-promotion but here goes…

WHY

Elvis Presley. The Beatles. REM. U2. David Bowie. These unforgettable rock stars, among so many others, have shaken the world and written history with their signature voices. Stars rise and fall but good old rock music is eternal. But someone has to write about this thing called rock music. Someone has to inform, advise and ultimately excite the millions of fans out there about their favourite artists and their favourite music. If you have always wanted to be that ‘someone’, this course is for you.
Kevin Mathews, our “Rock Professor” will fill you in on all you need to know about rock writing. Then we go one step further. We will show you how to harness this knowledge and techniques to pursue a career in the journalism, TV production, radio hosting, events management, magazines and publication houses, to name a few. Ready to rock?
WHO
For students from age 13 onwards…for all aspiring music writers…for those pursuing a career in the media, arts and entertainment world…and anyone who sees the opportunities and future of rock writing.
WHAT
Start rocking with our Professor!
Week One:      Introduction to Rock Writing and Rock History Part I
Week Two:      Rock History Part II
Week Three:   Fundamentals of Rock Writing
Week Four:     Interviews
A CAREER FROM ROCK WRITING
a. Music journalism
b. Critical Writing
c. Media executive eg. Radio, magazines etc. Music Label executive
HOW
Learn to recreate history and experience the soul of Rock Music and how to write about the magic through FOUR 90 minute sessions with our “professor”. Total fee: – S$280 to be paid in advance.
Starting:  19th October, 2.30 pm to 4.10 pm, for four Saturdays, till the 9th of November, 2013.
Please send enquiries to
Classes are held at:
Impart Consultancy;  47 Hill Street, #07-08
Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Building
S(179365);  Tel: 6338 5756
ABOUT KEVIN MATHEWS
Kevin Mathews is a well-respected music journalist and has been writing about music for over twenty  years.

Mathews has written for Singapore newspapers like the New Paper and TODAY, print magazines like BigO (Singapore), Amplifier, Pop Culture Press (USA) and Bucketfull of Brains (UK) as well as online zines like his own www.PowerofPop.com, MTVAsia.com and PopMatters.com.

He has interviewed the likes of Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), Robyn Hitchcock, Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas), Edwyn Collins, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Jimmy Shaw (Metric), Mat Osman (Suede), Michael Franti, Imogen Heap, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty and many many others.

He has conducted music-related talks on subjects like rock journalism and songwriting and was a mentor for the Baybeats/Esplanade Youth Budding Music Writers Programme from 2011 to 2013. He has also conducted modules on Arts History and Creative Concepts at Republic Polytechnic where he has been an Academic Associate since 2010.

 

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GEEK OUT!

RIDDICK

To sum it all up, Riddick was rollicking good B-movie fun! What else do you need to know?

Well, after the critical and commercial mauling that the previous movie Chronicles of Riddick received, writer/director David Twohy and star/producer Vin Diesel had to re-think and brought the franchise back to basics. Meaning that this is more a sequel to Pitch Black (2000) than anything else.

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COME ON YOU SPURS!

Inane rants of a Spurs fan (since 1973)

Spurs 2 Norwich 0

I predicted that the game would be close and that Spurs would win by at least two goals. Well, the first part of that prophecy was off the mark for sure! In fact, Spurs dominated the game so much that 4-0 or 5-0 would have been a greater reflection of its superiority. Christian Eriksen was given his debut and immediately, he demonstrated why he is one of the most exciting young prospects in European football. Eriksen provided the link play between midfield and Roberto Soldado (which had been missing from the first three games) and was behind most of Spurs’ penetrative forward moves.

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FILMWATCH

A quick wrap-up of non-geek films that I had the chance to watch in the last week or so. No detailed analysis, merely impressions. 

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I mean, for the first 30 minutes it really seemed so cliched but then a significant plot point was delivered and The Place Beyond the Pines became a totally different film. Ambitious storytelling that moved from one lead character to another, I loved how the film communicated the role of fate (or destiny) in our lives and how the sins of the father do sometimes visit the sons. Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper were competent and Ray Liotta does what he does best. Was disappointed with Eva Mendes though and Rose Byrne was non de script as well. Maybe the parts written for them did not do their abilities any favours. Recommended.

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COME ON YOU SPURS!

Inane rants of a Spurs fan (since 1973)

NORWICH (HOME)

What have we learned after three games?

1. New players take time to bed in.
2. We still have problems breaking down teams who ‘park the bus’.
3. Dembele is not the solution to our playmaker problem.

On the plus side, AVB’s pressing game seems to help us to dominate games by and large but now we need to add goals and we are going to have a highly successful season. Norwich at White Hart Lane seems to be reasonable opposition from which to bounce back from the NLD defeat but under-estimating the Canaries might prove fatal.

With the window closed till January, we now have the opportunity to see whether either Eriksen (above) and/or Lamela will help to fill in the gap left by Bale. In all other departments, we appear fairly solid – but we dearly need someone to make that incisive pass and to bring the others in offensive play. At the back, it just may be time to ditch Dawson and bring in Kaboul for starters. New boy Chiriches is unavailable so depending on Kaboul’s fitness, AVB might need to risk Dawson once more.

In midfield – with Capoue injured and Dembele off-form – it seems clear that the Brazilian pair of Sandro and Paulinho (above) will start in the middle of the park with the possibility of Townsend and Chadil taking the flanks due to the lack of fitness of Lamela and Lennon. With Soldado a fixture upfront now, it must be the moment for Eriksen to show what he can do in a creative role.

I fully expect Norwich to be very disciplined and defensive and so, it might mean yet another 90 minutes of almost total possession. How quick can Eriksen adapt to the Premiership and fit in to the AVB’s tactics and formation remains to be seen. Overall, I expect it to be close game with Spurs coming up on top by at least two goals.

COYS!!!!!

GEEK OUT!

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Shaun of the Dead. Hot Fuzz. The World’s End.

The loosely defined Cornetto trilogy is concluded.

That’s about it actually. The premise in itself starts off quite intriguingly. Five friends reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier. Loads of potential – 90s nostalgia and drunken hi-jinks. Throw in Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman and things look promising.

BUT there’s actually more to their old hometown that meets the eye and the film morphs into an unlikely scifi thriller, except that it’s not very scifi and it’s definitely not very thrilling. And worse still, the humour runs dry halfway through the movie when even though they are faced literally by annihilation, Pegg’s character is determined to finish the pub crawl. Rather silly.

And don’t get me started on the ending of The World’s End.

Go and watch Shaun of the Dead again…

ROBOCOP TRAILER

After the risible remake of Total Recall, you can understand my skepticism about this new version of yet another Paul Verhoeven classic, Robocop. Judging from the trailer, it’s clear that this film is trying to find its own space within the basic framework of the original story. Too early to tell but the jury’s still out on this one…

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DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY

I have been using Spotify quite a bit since it was officially launched in Singapore. Of course, the streaming music app isn’t perfect (it doesn’t have any Beatles music for instance) but it has certainly helped me to get in touch with obscure music once again and I wanted to take this opportunity to share the same with you in this column.

First off, we have the eponymous debut album of The Waterboys. I remember first hearing this in the early 80s and feeling that it was highly spiritual folk-pop-rock music that was epic and earthy at the same time. Apart from this wonderful debut, one should also check out A Pagan Place and Fisherman’s Blues.

Lloyd Cole & the Commotions was a breath of fresh air when its debut album – Rattlesnakes – was released to critical acclaim in 1984. The band never quite took off despite the success of the debut and Cole eventually went on to a fairly viable solo career.

Finally, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn has had a 40 year illustrious career but has remained fairly obscure outside of his homeland. His eclectic style has seen Cockburn embrace such genres as folk, jazz, reggae, new wave and rock n’ roll with great aplomb. This playlist is a collection of some of my favourite Cockburn tracks and serves as an excellent introduction.

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BLURB-O-RAMA

BOB

Okay, so it’s been a month since the last Blurb-O-Rama but hopefully, I can get this up and running on a more regular basis. Fingers crossed!

 SpectralsSob Story

This sophomore effort from Yorkshire-based Spectrals is a classic pop enthusiast’s wet dream. Country-folk-blues jam with 70s pub-rock in the best possible way. Main man  Louis Jones has obviously been listening to all the right music and Sob Story is an  essential addition to the Pop Underground canon. Highlights – “Milky Way”, “Limousine” and the title track. http://spectrals.co.uk/

NewGods New GodsNew Gods

Post-punk revival in all its glory. And then some. As befitting its name, this Aussie band strives for epic . The opening two tracks (“Razorblades” and “On Your Side”) take their cues from 80s Big Music (Bunnymen, Comsat Angels) and 90s Shoegaze (Swervedriver, Ride). However, “Klipse” and “70 Hours” turn the tables somewhat with mutant R&B inflections. Eclecticism is a fine habit! Promising. www.newgodsmusic.com

Lloyd-sm Lloyd James FayThe Black River Chronicles

Sometimes all you need is a guitar, a voice and songs that connect. And that’s exactly what you get with singer-songwriter Lloyd James Fay. This album sounds amazing even though all we have are shiny acoustic guitars and Fay’s emotional tenor. Probably one of the most beautiful stripped-down albums I have had the pleasure to listen to in 2013. Highly recommended. www.lloydjamesfay.com

Well, that’s it for this week (!) – till the next time.

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LANEWAY SINGAPORE 2014 [NEWS]

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SINGAPORE: SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY | THE MEADOW, GARDENS BY THE BAY

(Press release)

Mark this date – Saturday 25th January – the idyllic tranquility of Gardens by the Bay will be rocked by one of the biggest and most anticipated music event on this day – Laneway Festival returns to Singapore! Bound to keep the New Year celebrations going, the 2014 edition of the Australasia’s most forward-thinking festival will roll into Singapore in its fourth year running.

With more than 9,000 music-lovers thronging the 2013’s festival, an even bigger number is expected to make a beeline for the 2014 gathering of indie’s rising stars. Nestled somewhere in between the lakes and the greenery of Singapore’s premier garden, with the stunning skyline of the city as the backdrop, The Meadow proves to be the perfect outdoor spot for this occasion so keep your calendars marked.

News on the mega-lineup will be announced on 1st October 2013. Stay tuned!