If anyone’s wondering why the Sore setlist at Joyland Festival was different from what they eventually played, here’s the story.
Basically, it’s a setlist I came up with as a worst-case scenario. You see, it’s usually Sore bassist and onstage leader Awan who chooses the songs, but while the band were getting ready to go on, he was still playing with his Beatles tribute band, G-Pluck, at a wedding. Which is why Apoy from The Adams was brought in, because he’d been Awan’s replacement in previous Sore gigs and he was asked to be on standby just in case Awan didn’t make it in time. The thing was, the last time Apoy filled in for Awan was back in 2009, so he spent his time backstage listening to Sore songs on my iPod to jog his memory. So when it was time to make the setlist, I offered my services and chose songs that Apoy could easily play, that didn’t rely heavily on Awan’s lead and backing vocals (which meant not including live show staples “Bebas” and “Lihat”), and most importantly would be satisfying enough for the crowd to not miss Awan too badly and also end the festival on a high.
The festival organisers tried to buy more time by screening a compilation of short films. Then Sore guitarist Echa also attempted to keep the crowd entertained by playing three songs he described as previews of upcoming material. They sounded like works in progress with much fleshing out still to be done, but kudos to Echa for stepping up and putting himself out there.
But they couldn’t stall forever, and so Sore went on, with Apoy in tow. My plan was for Echa to start the set on his own in a low-key fashion with “Aku”, before the rest of the band joined him for the remainder of a 45-minute set of crowd-pleasers. But they went straight into “Somos Libres”, and as soon as the first song was done, in came Awan and out went Apoy.
With normal service resumed, Awan led Sore into “No Fruits For Today”, “Mata Berdebu”, “Merintih Perih”, “Lihat”, “Setengah Lima”, “Essensimo”, “Karolina”, “Etalase”, “Pergi Tanpa Pesan”, “Sssst…” and “Funk The Hole”. Instead of a 45-minute set, they ended up playing for almost 70.
And yes, my setlist became instantly redundant as soon as the band went onstage. But it’s all good; it was always a worst-case scenario thing, and it’s not even what my ideal Sore setlist would look like. Maybe one of these days I’ll get to do that instead. And maybe the band will even play it!
Tika And The Dissidents setlist from Joyland Festival, consisting almost entirely of new songs except the opener and closer. The new stuff sounded great, which shouldn’t be too surprising, because when you hear them on the upcoming album (whenever it comes out), you’ll hear the sound of a band recording live in the studio, which requires a lot of rehearsal beforehand.
The songs will sound even better when they work out the kinks, Tika fully recovers after a spell in the hospital a week earlier, and the fans get familiar with the songs, which are the most accessible batch of tunes in Tika’s career, I think. By the time the songs sink in, the crowd won’t need Tika to tell them to get up off their butts and act like people who actually have fun at gigs…
When Avril Lavigne started dating - and eventually marrying - Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, it was inevitable that they’d end up collaborating like she did with her previous spouse, Deryck Whibley from Sum 41. Actually that’s not entirely accurate: Avril and Chad started out trying to write songs together, and then it turned into something else.
Anyway, Chad co-produced and co-wrote many songs on Avril’s latest album, and it’s on this song that they duet. It pretty much sounds like what you imagine an Avril and Nickelback collaboration would be. Chad’s cleaned up his look, which he really should’ve done over a decade ago when he was sporting the goatee and poodle hair.
And though the nine-year age gap between Avril and Chad isn’t really that large (well, that depends on how you look at it), it’s hard to get Avril’s image from her “Sk8ter Boi” days out of my head, and the juvenile nature of her subsequent output has only reinforced that impression. Whereas Chad has always had this dirty old man vibe, even during his poodle hair era. So the scene in this video, where he walks up behind her at the piano feels a tad creepy.
Bonus fact I found out just now: Avril’s song “Rock N Roll” was co-written and co-produced by Peter Svensson of the Cardigans.
The Trees & The Wild closing Joyland Festival. I’m always blown away by the new direction in their shows and music, in which they play a non-stop hour-long set consisting of sprawling, hypnotic material from the second album they’ve yet to put out, with no talking to the crowd and no songs from their debut album. Actually they did used to play one song from Rasuk - the instrumental “Our Roots”, which sounds like the only old song that fits in with the current set - but last night they left it out, and I’m not sure if they’ll ever bring it back.
For other live bands that would be one suicidal move after another, but the difference between them and TTATW is that the latter are good enough to pull off a show that disregards notions such as crowd-pleasing entertainment. I’ve never actually sat down with them and asked why they’ve chosen to go down this road, but I don’t think I have to. Any of the usual ideas that pop into my head that I think would improve a band that I see performing live don’t apply to them. They’re in a league of their own among Indonesian bands.
After recent TTATW shows, I’m always curious as to whether other people in the crowd have embraced this new direction as well. Last night was no exception, and I did a search on Twitter for people’s reactions. Most of them were also blown away, though I was amused by one dude who tweeted about his excitement in anticipation of watching TTATW, followed by a tweet about how disappointed he was because the band played too many instrumental parts and didn’t sing much, so he couldn’t sing along.
Nobody ever said artistic progress was for everyone… (at Taman Krida Loka)
Last night’s Rock N Roll Mafia setlist at Joyland Festival, which consisted entirely of songs from their latest album, Prodigal. A few hours earlier, I met Ade Paloh and asked what he was doing there a day early, as his band, Sore, are going to perform at Joyland today. He said he was just there to see Polka Wars. I said I thought he was going to sing with RNRM on “Castillo Del Arena”, the Prodigal song on which he guest stars. “Oh, no, I’ve forgotten how the song goes,” he said.
I met him again a while later in a panic, telling me, “They told me to sing with them!”
Fortunately when he was on the stage, Ade remembered his lines and even did a little dancing, while RNRM performed one of the best sets of the night. It was certainly one of their best gigs I’ve seen, and some of my friends told me that they didn’t expect RNRM was going to be that great.
They also had one of the biggest crowds of the night, but unfortunately a lot of them sat down on the ground. Which is an asshole move in my opinion, especially when watching RNRM whose music demands that you get off your fucking ass and shake it. This sitting wallflowers at gigs shit needs to die, immediately. No point in making fun of less-sophisticated crowds at other music gigs if they know how to have a good time and you don’t. (at Taman Krida Loka)
Last night’s White Shoes & The Couples Company setlist at Joyland Festival. Usually bands make a big deal about it when they’re going to play one of their old albums in full. On the flipside, there’s what White Shoes & The Couples Company did last night, which is suddenly play the entirety of Skenario Masa Muda without any prior announcement (at least none that I was aware of). I didn’t realise that was what they were doing until after “Super Reuni”, when they played a clip from the movie “Tiga Dara” featuring dialogue that the band re-enacted for the segues between songs on the album. It first came out in 2007 and I’ve forgotten the last time I heard it in full, so I guess the fact that I recognised it being performed suggests it still carries some degree of personal significance for me.
After playing all of Skenario Masa Muda, they performed a selection of upbeat songs from their other albums, closing with raucous renditions of “Lembe-Lembe” and “Tam Tam Buku” from their most recent release, White Shoes & The Couples Company Menyanyikan Lagu2 Daerah. Another reliably great show by the band. My only regret is I didn’t record it, since I’ve already got numerous White Shoes bootlegs filed away. If I’d known they were going to play Skenario Masa Muda…
That “Edane Ras Muhamad” thing I tweeted yesterday got at least 214 retweets, and of the many mentions I got, every single one commented on the utter stupidity of Front Anti Permurtadan Bekasi. I didn’t have to form anyone’s opinion; I just posted the letter and they all arrived at the same conclusion on their own. Common sense still reigns supreme in social media, you’d think.
But you’d be wrong. Earlier this morning I got tagged on Facebook by someone I don’t know, in which they posted the letter and wrote, “Mendapat kabar dari akun twitter Hasief Ardiasyah mengenai adanya pelecehan berbau SARA. Mohon teman-teman seperjuangan menanggapi ujian aqidah kita ini #TutupSalihara #KhilafahSolusinya #IndonesiaTanpaJIL”.
After reading comments from other people who seemed to regard it as a joke, I asked, “”Ujian aqidah”? Ini bercanda, kan?”
To which they replied, “Duh, menyoal SARA begini, mana bisa kami becanda bung. Agama kami dilecehkan.”
Resisting the urge to unleash every swear word I could think of, I composed myself and replied, “Kalian yang melecehkan agama sendiri dengan pernyataan-pernyataan dangkal dan naif seperti ini.”
So unfortunately common sense’s reign isn’t as supreme as you think it may be. Idiocy is still contagious. – Read on Path.
Tonight’s Rumahsakit setlist at Camden Bar. First time I’ve seen them perform an acoustic set, and besides their usual songs - including “Selamanya”, which they haven’t played since their comeback gig exactly a year ago, give or take six days - they also covered The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, Blur’s “Tender” (with Mickey on lead vocals), Oasis’ “Don’t Go Away” (Marky on lead vocals), and The Stone Roses’ “Waterfall”.
Usually I prefer to see bands playing their own songs, especially when you’ve got as many great songs as Rumahsakit. But it was a special occasion (Camden’s first anniversary), and the songs they played were by bands that directly influenced them back in the day, and they played them like it was second nature, so it was more than just some crowd-pleasing bullshit.
Don’t get me wrong, I had fun singing along to those covers just like everyone else. I’m not that big of a party pooper! But it was infinitely more satisfying to sing along even louder to songs like “Hilang”, “Anomali”, “Kuning”, “Pop Kinetik”… (at Camden)
Letter of the year (edited to include the “offensive” gig poster).
Menurut Ketua FAPB, Ustadz Abu-Izz, kata yang tertera di spanduk acara musik tersebut memiliki maksud tertentu. “Edane Ras Muhammad itu tidak hanya difahami sebagai sebuah kata yang tidak memiliki maksud, sebuah kata dari nama grup band yang kemudian dipublikasi, bukan sekedar itu, tapi siapapun orang Islam akan membacanya bahwa “Edane Ras Muhammad” itu artinya gilanya umat Muhammad” katanya. “Oleh karenanya, acara tersebut tidak hanya harus dibubarkan atau dibatalkan tapi harus dipertanggung jawabkan secara hukum karena ada unsur pelecehan.”
You can’t make this shit up!
This image was posted by the Rolling Stones’ Twitter account earlier today and everyone at the office got our panties in a twist because it included a gig in Singapore on March 15th. Panties were twisted further when the tweet was deleted and there was no sign of the Singapore gig on the official Rolling Stones website.
But the press release on the website says that two more Asian dates will be announced, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that those two dates were on that now-deleted tweet, namely Shanghai and Singapore.
So it’s just a matter of waiting for the official announcement, and then fingers crossed that: 1. you won’t have to sell your left kidney to afford the tickets, 2. tickets run out before you can buy them with the money you sold your left kidney for, because the designated venue for the Singapore gig according to the errant tweet is the Sands Grand Ballroom, which doesn’t sound like it can hold that many people.
Anyway, if you don’t get to see the show, you’ll just have to imagine Mick Jagger singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in your head instead of seeing him sing it on that stage in Singapore.