KEVIN SAYS …

I am contented to say that I am a composer.

This year I have been fortunate to have my music featured in two projects. One in film, Ramen Teh and the other in TV, HBO Asia’s Folklore series.

I have no qualms in saying that I have retired from being a singer-songwriter and performer, and there is little motivation to come back to that thankless task.

Instead, I will focus on being a composer.

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI FILM – 2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY (IMAX)

Review By Yong Shu Hoong

Watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey 50 years after its original release, I was surprised how well it has aged. True, some of the special effects may feel somewhat underwhelming by today’s standards, but none of it comes across slipshod, and there’s no denying how far ahead of its time this classic was in 1968.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM PAUL WELLER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PAUL SIMON AND SUEDE

In 2018, retro pop rock still has relevance though probably not for millennials and younger generations. But it matters not. I know that the PoP Faithful will enjoy these releases. Good enough!

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI FANTASY STREAMER : MANIAC (NO SPOILERS)

As regular visitors will know, I am a huge fan of scifi author Phillip K Dick and I always take pleasure in discovering works that incorporate the themes that Dick’s novels focused on. In that light, I highly recommend the new Netflix streaming series, Maniac.

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GEEK OUT!!! HORROR FILM : MANDY (NO SPOILERS)

Let’s sum up this 80s-channeling revenge shlock-horror flick – Mandy is a gory, bloody, surreal, LSD-fuelled heavy metal arthouse nightmare. And I mean that in the best way possible.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MCPHERSON GRANT – SONG

Songwriting duo Scott McPherson and Jamie Grant present a debut album that lives up to its name.

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PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRASS BED – MIDNIGHT MATINEE (2008)

Continuing our lookback at our publishing history with a decade-old review of Brass Bed!

BRASS BED Midnight Matinee (Self released)

I’m guessing that Brass Bed got their name from Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay but I could be wrong.

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KEVIN SAYS …

Some of you folks may be aware that I suffer from anxiety disorder. It’s not something that is too obvious if you know me casually but that’s becuase it’s very easy to hide.

In my thirties, it was pretty bad – married with children and being the sole breadwinner was not helpful to my mental well-being. But since I turned 40, I have become more self-aware about my condition and learning slowly but surely to deal with who I am.

So here I am, knowing the importance of the here and now. Present sense. In the past decade, I have gone to hell and back but with such valuable lessons.

Yesterday is gone forever and tomorrow might never come. All I have is today. Live in the moment, my friends.

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GEEK OUT!!! HORROR : SCREAM ASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – PART 2

Continuing my rundown of the movies I am looking forward to at the upcoming Scream Asia Film Festival. Read Part 1.

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI FILMS – SOLO : A STAR WARS STORY (SPOILERS)

As faithful readers would know, I effectively boycotted this seemingly pointless movie when it was released in cinemas, due to The Last Jedi‘s desecration of the Star Wars legacy. But to be fair, I decided to see for myself – so to speak – as the movie has just been released digitally.

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GEEK OUT!!! HORROR : SCREAM ASIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Finally! A genre film festival in Singapore, we can call our very own!

Curated by local filmmaker Eric Khoo with South Korean film programmer Jongsuk Thomas Nam and organised by mm2 Entertainment, Scream Asia Film Festival promises to be exciting, ground-breaking and of course, terrifying!

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GEEK OUT!!! THE PREDATOR (NO SPOILERS)

The Predator is ostensibly a sequel to the first two Predator movies – referred to in passing in the movie – though for all intents and purposes, it is a soft reboot of the scifi-horror franchise.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE REFUSERS – “DISOBEY”

When Trump became President, there was lots of talk about how resistance to his administration would inspire loads of protest music similar to the 80s with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Has not quite panned out that way, so thank goodness for Seattle’s The Refusers!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KEN SHARP – BEAUTY IN THE BACKSEAT

The moment one gets into Ken Sharp’s latest album, Beauty in the Backseat, one is transported back to the ’70s, where pop-rock was king of the airwaves.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BAD SPORTS – “DON’T DESERVE LOVE”

Now this is more like it! A band that self-identifies as a punk band and none of that fuckin’ “pop-punk” bullshit!

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REEL TO REAL | DOCUMENTARY : LOST IN THE FUMES

As part of its 60th anniversary, the Singapore Film Society (SFS) has programmed a series of independent award winning documentary films between September to October as its core screenings in the lead up to the Singapore premiere of Sandi Tan’s award-winning SHIRKERS on 20 October.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! : SURE SURE – “LIE LIE LIE”

Feel-good pop music is what Sure Sure is interested in. After all, the quartet has already amassed 14 million plays on Spotify, so…

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SGFILM NEWS : SILVER ARTS FILM SHORTS AND FEATURES

Fans of Singapore film should not miss the various screenings of local film shorts and features in the month of September.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WHITE DENIM – PERFORMANCE

White Denim are back with yet another collection of iconoclastic rock ‘n’ roll songs!

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