Day: October 17, 2014

GONE GIRL: STYLISH BUT ULTIMATELY HOLLOWGONE GIRL: STYLISH BUT ULTIMATELY HOLLOW

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GONE GIRL
Directed by David Fincher. 
Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris & Tyler Perry

When you are watching a movie, you want to like it – after all, you are spending time and money to watch the movie so… wouldn’t you want to like it? I find that increasingly, the more visual eye candy the movie throws my way, the more amenable I am to accept the story flaws that inevitably crop up. But in the case of Gone Girl – director David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel, there are no special effects to distract from the plotline and thus, one would think that it would be easier to determine how successful the story-telling was.

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SINGLED OUT: ART & MUSIC FOR A GOOD CAUSESINGLED OUT: ART & MUSIC FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Was fortunate to spend a fair bit of last night soaking in local artworks that were inspired by pop & rock music at the Singled Out exhibition at tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto ‘The Gallery’ at 51 Circular Road. Basically, the artists used vinyl records as a starting point, mixed that with other media to create something new. The artworks will be up for auction where all proceeds will be managed by Thunder Rock School, though a music education outreach program specifically catered to financially disadvantaged children. The exhibition will be open till 6th Jan 2015.

I was impressed by the concepts and execution, by and large. Also, I was hooked by how well the ideas connected with the inspiration. In addition, I was intrigued that many of the artists were also musicians in their own right and that spiced things up for me. Check out my top 10 favorites below.

Disintegration by Andy Yang.

Mary-Christ by Ginette Chittick

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HOSTESS CLUB WEEKENDER HAS BEEN CANCELLED.HOSTESS CLUB WEEKENDER HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Taken off Facebook.

It is with outmost regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the Hostess Club Weekender Singapore.

Due to the second day Tokyo headline artist falling through at visa deadline time, and another artist on that program being unable to secure visa approval, the Tokyo Hostess Club Weekender has had to be very reluctantly canceled.

Given the Tokyo Weekender is the anchor event of the Hostess Club circuit, which also helps fund the entire Asia outing, this meant the tour itself has come to be untenable.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to fans who have bought tickets to the show – every effort has been made to find a solution to retain the regional shows without Tokyo, however a combination of political unrest and sponsor withdrawals in the region as well as just moderate ticket sales in Singapore ultimately made this unrealistic to pursue.

We are working closely with our ticketing agent eventClique to ensure all ticket holders are refunded swiftly. For enquiries regarding this please contact:-
Email: askeve@eventclique.com
Tel: +65 6602 9900

Sincerely,
Forefront Asia & Ynos Inc

This is the second Hostess Club Weekender in a row that has been cancelled. It’s going to take something very extra-special if the event is going to regain the confidence of concert-goers.

THE BARR BROTHERS’ SOPHOMORE EFFORT IS AN ALT-COUNTRY DELIGHTTHE BARR BROTHERS’ SOPHOMORE EFFORT IS AN ALT-COUNTRY DELIGHT

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There’s quite a fair bit of country music out there that’s popular but sadly, it’s mostly Top 40 mainstream pop fare that never challenges the mind and instead panders to the lowest common denominator. For something more cutting edge in the country music sphere, we need to continue to look at Alt-Country. Thankfully, that aspect of country music is still thriving (creatively, if not commercially) and one prime example can be found in Sleeping Operator, the sophomore effort from the Montreal-based Barr Brothers (viz. Brad Barr, Andrew Barr, Sarah Page, Andres Vial).

It’s always a wondrous experience when an artistically-minded band blends country with rock ‘n’ roll to produce soulful music that leaves the listener satisfied. To these ears, songs like “Wolves”, “Even the Darkness Has Arms” and “Half Crazy” recalls the likes of Steve Earle, The Jayhawks and even early WILCO – a wonderful evocation of Gram Parsons’ Cosmic American Music. The melodies glide effortlessly and the exotic instrumentation complements the same perfectly to send sympathetic listeners into country-folk-pop-rock bliss!

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Thanks to Nick Whitcomb for the recommendation!

I REMEMBER SGINDIE: PATRICK CHNG ON WHEN THE INDIE MUSIC SCENE BEGANI REMEMBER SGINDIE: PATRICK CHNG ON WHEN THE INDIE MUSIC SCENE BEGAN

Photo credit: Koh Nguang How

Photo credit: Koh Nguang How

Yeah I borrowed the “I REMEMBER SG” motif – it’s valid and appropriate in the context. I have been thinking for quite a while that it is time to document the beginnings of the Singapore indie music scene (SGINDIE) and probably the easiest way to do so would be to get quotes from folks who are able to ‘remember’ (SGINDIE) and present them in this new PoP feature.

First off, I asked Patrick Chng (The Oddfellows, TypeWriter) about when the SGINDIE scene all began.

“For me it started with the No Surrender gig at Anywhere pub in ’87, organized by BigO. The vibe was just electrifying. It was packed. It was the first gig that BigO organized. It was featured in BigO too I’m sure. There was a bootleg cassette released too by Joe (Ng) for BigO. Two songs for each band.”

BigO (Before I Get Old) was an indie rock magazine (Singapore’s first) that championed Singapore indie music in the late 80s/90s. The magazine stopped publishing in the early 2000s. It still exists as an online zine.

“The line-up at No Surrender was Joe Love & The Hoodlum Circus, Earth Medicine Band, Don Victor, The Nonames, Opposition Party, Corporate Toil, Zircon Lounge (pictured above). Back then the crowd was tough… you get booed or jeered at if they don’t like you. Corporate Toil were heckled and jeered throughout their set cos their experimental electro music didn’t appeal to the audience who were more into guitar-rock. I guested on guitar on Corporate Toil’s last song… a cover of Joy Division’s “Exercise One”. Before I came on, I was thinking to myself, “OH SHIT.” Played with my back to the audience. HAHA!”

There you go, our ground zero is 1987. I am hoping for this to be a catalyst, a starting point of discussion about SGINDIE. Please get in touch (info AT powerofpop DOT com) if you have anything to contribute concerning that special epoch in our history.

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