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Spot the real-time cheeky edit on Connor Wickham’s Wikipedia entry during the Manchester City versus Sunderland game. – View on Path.
Apr 17, 2014

Spot the real-time cheeky edit on Connor Wickham’s Wikipedia entry during the Manchester City versus Sunderland game. – View on Path.

My eyesight may have deteriorated looking for it, but thanks to Dodgy for adding my name to the Live album!

(And no, it’s probably not THAT Gareth Evans whose name is a few rows under mine.)
Apr 16, 2014

My eyesight may have deteriorated looking for it, but thanks to Dodgy for adding my name to the Live album!

(And no, it’s probably not THAT Gareth Evans whose name is a few rows under mine.)

Maliq & D’essentials’ new single “Ananda” has gone from No. 54 to No. 3 on the iTunes Store Indonesia Songs Chart in less than 24 hours since it went on sale. This is pretty amazing because: 1. It sounds nothing like their previous work, so there’s a huge risk of alienating fans of their old songs; 2. It’s not even the most radio-friendly song on the new album Musik Pop; 3. It’s an amazing album.

Now the iTunes chart is a constantly-fluctuating thing, as purchases cause the positions to change in real time. This means that the song might not be at No. 3 for long, but the fact that it even got there in the first place makes me happy. Though I’d be even happier if it got to No. 1.

I’ve been fortunate to have already listened to the whole album for over a week now, and I can’t wait to see other people’s reactions when it comes out next month. Like I said, it’s not like their old work, though there are some similarities with Sriwedari, the album immediately preceding it. Some people may hate it, which is either an indication of taste or their inability/unwillingness to keep up with an artist’s development. Some may consider that an act of commercial suicide, because why tamper with the successful formula you already have just for the sake of indulging your artistic muse?

But the best pop artists, your Beatles, Michael Jacksons, Madonnas, Daft Punks and the like, they’re the ones who change the game by changing themselves, who manage to make art that’s bold yet undeniable. It may sound strange to people at first, but once they give it a chance, they will learn to fully embrace it.

Not that I’m saying the Maliq album will shake up the Indonesian pop world like Sgt. Pepper, Thriller or OK Computer, or even Bintang Lima. But at the very least, I hope it makes a lot of people inspired, especially musicians. I’ve talked to other musicians that have heard some of the new songs, and they were just as blown away as I’ve been, so it’s not just me. I hope that when this album officially comes out, it’ll give them a kick in the pants and push them to not settle for the predictable in their art, to encourage them to explore the potential of what pop music - especially Indonesian pop music - can be.
Apr 16, 2014

Maliq & D’essentials’ new single “Ananda” has gone from No. 54 to No. 3 on the iTunes Store Indonesia Songs Chart in less than 24 hours since it went on sale. This is pretty amazing because: 1. It sounds nothing like their previous work, so there’s a huge risk of alienating fans of their old songs; 2. It’s not even the most radio-friendly song on the new album Musik Pop; 3. It’s an amazing album.

Now the iTunes chart is a constantly-fluctuating thing, as purchases cause the positions to change in real time. This means that the song might not be at No. 3 for long, but the fact that it even got there in the first place makes me happy. Though I’d be even happier if it got to No. 1.

I’ve been fortunate to have already listened to the whole album for over a week now, and I can’t wait to see other people’s reactions when it comes out next month. Like I said, it’s not like their old work, though there are some similarities with Sriwedari, the album immediately preceding it. Some people may hate it, which is either an indication of taste or their inability/unwillingness to keep up with an artist’s development. Some may consider that an act of commercial suicide, because why tamper with the successful formula you already have just for the sake of indulging your artistic muse?

But the best pop artists, your Beatles, Michael Jacksons, Madonnas, Daft Punks and the like, they’re the ones who change the game by changing themselves, who manage to make art that’s bold yet undeniable. It may sound strange to people at first, but once they give it a chance, they will learn to fully embrace it.

Not that I’m saying the Maliq album will shake up the Indonesian pop world like Sgt. Pepper, Thriller or OK Computer, or even Bintang Lima. But at the very least, I hope it makes a lot of people inspired, especially musicians. I’ve talked to other musicians that have heard some of the new songs, and they were just as blown away as I’ve been, so it’s not just me. I hope that when this album officially comes out, it’ll give them a kick in the pants and push them to not settle for the predictable in their art, to encourage them to explore the potential of what pop music - especially Indonesian pop music - can be.

Maliq & D’essentials’ new single “Ananda” has gone from No. 54 to No. 3 on the iTunes Store Indonesia Songs Chart in less than 24 hours since it went on sale. This is pretty amazing because: 1. It sounds nothing like their previous work, so there’s a huge risk of alienating fans of their old songs; 2. It’s not even the most radio-friendly song on the new album Musik Pop; 3. It’s an amazing album.

Now the iTunes chart is a constantly-fluctuating thing, as purchases cause the positions to change in real time. This means that the song might not be at No. 3 for long, but the fact that it even got there in the first place makes me happy. Though I’d be even happier if it got to No. 1.

I’ve been fortunate to have already listened to the whole album for over a week now, and I can’t wait to see other people’s reactions when it comes out next month. Like I said, it’s not like their old work, though there are some similarities with Sriwedari, the album immediately preceding it. Some people may hate it, which is either an indication of taste or their inability/unwillingness to keep up with an artist’s development. Some may consider that an act of commercial suicide, because why tamper with the successful formula you already have just for the sake of indulging your artistic muse?

But the best pop artists, your Beatles, Michael Jacksons, Madonnas, Daft Punks and the like, they’re the ones who change the game by changing themselves, who manage to make art that’s bold yet undeniable. It may sound strange to people at first, but once they give it a chance, they will learn to fully embrace it.

Not that I’m saying the Maliq album will shake up the Indonesian pop world like Sgt. Pepper, Thriller or OK Computer, or even Bintang Lima. But at the very least, I hope it makes a lot of people inspired, especially musicians. I’ve talked to other musicians that have heard some of the new songs, and they were just as blown away as I’ve been, so it’s not just me. I hope that when this album officially comes out, it’ll give them a kick in the pants and push them to not settle for the predictable in their art, to encourage them to explore the potential of what pop music - especially Indonesian pop music - can be.
Apr 15, 2014 / 2 notes

Maliq & D’essentials’ new single “Ananda” has gone from No. 54 to No. 3 on the iTunes Store Indonesia Songs Chart in less than 24 hours since it went on sale. This is pretty amazing because: 1. It sounds nothing like their previous work, so there’s a huge risk of alienating fans of their old songs; 2. It’s not even the most radio-friendly song on the new album Musik Pop; 3. It’s an amazing album.

Now the iTunes chart is a constantly-fluctuating thing, as purchases cause the positions to change in real time. This means that the song might not be at No. 3 for long, but the fact that it even got there in the first place makes me happy. Though I’d be even happier if it got to No. 1.

I’ve been fortunate to have already listened to the whole album for over a week now, and I can’t wait to see other people’s reactions when it comes out next month. Like I said, it’s not like their old work, though there are some similarities with Sriwedari, the album immediately preceding it. Some people may hate it, which is either an indication of taste or their inability/unwillingness to keep up with an artist’s development. Some may consider that an act of commercial suicide, because why tamper with the successful formula you already have just for the sake of indulging your artistic muse?

But the best pop artists, your Beatles, Michael Jacksons, Madonnas, Daft Punks and the like, they’re the ones who change the game by changing themselves, who manage to make art that’s bold yet undeniable. It may sound strange to people at first, but once they give it a chance, they will learn to fully embrace it.

Not that I’m saying the Maliq album will shake up the Indonesian pop world like Sgt. Pepper, Thriller or OK Computer, or even Bintang Lima. But at the very least, I hope it makes a lot of people inspired, especially musicians. I’ve talked to other musicians that have heard some of the new songs, and they were just as blown away as I’ve been, so it’s not just me. I hope that when this album officially comes out, it’ll give them a kick in the pants and push them to not settle for the predictable in their art, to encourage them to explore the potential of what pop music - especially Indonesian pop music - can be.

Get an instant download of Maliq & D’Essentials’ new single “Ananda” when you pre-order the album Musik Pop on iTunes. Do it. It’s a game-changer. – View on Path.
Apr 15, 2014

Get an instant download of Maliq & D’Essentials’ new single “Ananda” when you pre-order the album Musik Pop on iTunes. Do it. It’s a game-changer. – View on Path.

Apr 15, 2014

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A Noel Gallagher interview always guarantees some priceless quotes, including when he’s talking about football. Like this one before the Liverpool vs. Manchester City match.

On Manchester City’s players going to a Justin Timberlake concert before the Liverpool game: “I wouldn’t like to think they’re listening to a bit of ‘SexyBack’ in the dressing room before they go out, you know what I mean? I’m not having that. No.”

On Sergio Aguero: “He’s great. All he knows how to say is, ‘Is OK!’ It’s all he’s ever said to me. I’ve met him a few times and I’m like, ‘Sergio, how’s the leg?’ ‘Is OK!’ And his mate will say, ‘Can I get a picture?’ ‘Is OK! Yeah, yeah, yeah! Is OK!’ I find there’ll be a gap in the conversation, and he’ll just go…’Is OK!’”

On Luis Suarez: “He’s a brilliant player. I think he’s got to be getting sick of the weather now, ain’t he? You know, Liverpool? A little bit warmer in Manchester. It’s at least one degree warmer. Ain’t it, Luis? You know where it’s at. Cheshire. Where it’s at. Massive gardens.”

On Manchester United: “They got the booby prize, didn’t they? D’oh! With Davey. It’s all going horribly right, isn’t it? Come on. It’s going good, I think. When every time we went up to Goodison Park and Everton beat us 1-0, he’d come on the pitch like they won the European Cup. I feel sorry for my mates who’ve supported United for 40 years. They can’t quite comprehend what’s going on.”

On the title race: “Who will win the league? You absolutely can’t call it, and anyone who is saying that they can call it, then why don’t they rush down to the bookies and put ten grand on it? Because this league, out of all the leagues in the world, will make a mug out of you. It’d be like us to go to Anfield on Sunday and then get beat by Crystal Palace or something because Yaya brings his deck chair with him instead of his boots, and his iPad. Does a bit of shopping in the centre circle instead of getting stuck in. So you can’t call it. I hope we win it. If we don’t win it, I hope we go super, super close. And if we don’t win it, I hope Liverpool win it.”

Full interview:
http://t.co/iIaXtLNYrH – Read on Path.

My final dose of excellent original local live music tonight is courtesy of Matajiwa. (at Red White Jazz Lounge)
Apr 12, 2014

My final dose of excellent original local live music tonight is courtesy of Matajiwa. (at Red White Jazz Lounge)

Tigapagi and Pandai Besi setlists, plus lyric cheat sheets for Tigapagi’s guest vocalists. (at @America, Pacific Place)
Apr 12, 2014

Tigapagi and Pandai Besi setlists, plus lyric cheat sheets for Tigapagi’s guest vocalists. (at @America, Pacific Place)

A list of exclusive physical releases you can buy next weekend at Record Store Day Indonesia. I’m calling dibs on that Sore 7”! – View on Path.
Apr 12, 2014

A list of exclusive physical releases you can buy next weekend at Record Store Day Indonesia. I’m calling dibs on that Sore 7”! – View on Path.

Apr 12, 2014

On Thursday night there was the movie That Thing You Do! on TV. Though the theme song was inescapable at the time and occasionally I hear cover bands playing it in cafés, I hadn’t seen the film ever since it first screened in the cinema in 1996, and they happened to show the extended edition on TV. So it was like watching a slightly different movie, in part because of what I’ve learnt about rock & roll history in the ensuing years, and also because of the additional scenes that add more depth to the movie as it was originally screened, which back in the day I felt went by way too fast.

Coincidentally, just a few hours after I saw it on TV, Ethan Embry, fresh off getting his followers to watch Empire Records while he did live tweet commentary of his experiences making the movie, attempted to follow that up by getting in touch with his co-stars that portrayed the band The Wonders in That Thing You Do!. He mentioned Johnathon Schaech as playing rhythm guitar, which isn’t wrong. But then Schaech, who was probably channeling the control freak songwriter Jimmy Mattingly he played in the movie, corrected him by saying “I’m lead vocals. Like a viola.”

In a move that would make Guy Patterson, the jazz trivia geek drummer played by Tom Everett Scott in the movie, proud of me, I figured out that Johnathon had made a joke referring to Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers, who’s the guy who sang the lead vocals in the recorded version of the song “That Thing You Do!”, which arguably has become more famous than the movie itself.

So I did the obvious thing and stuck my nose in to their banter: “Like a Mike Viola, to be precise,” while mentioning Mike’s Twitter. Lo and behold, Mike showed up and invited The Wonders to sing “That Thing You Do!” with him at an upcoming gig, which got the actors excited. Ethan even offered to play bass, like he did in the movie. Tom Hanks, who wrote and directed it, insisted that the actors learn how to play the songs so their performance would be more convincing. But when Johnathon joked that they should play at the Grammys for the 20th anniversary of the movie, Ethan said, “Now slow down. We sucked 20 years ago. We are gonna still suck now.”

Given that they all live in different cities, I’m not sure they’ll all be able to make it to Mike’s gig on Wednesday. But at the very least, I hope it happens eventually because it would be really cool even if I didn’t play a small part in hooking them up. And I can also say that I’ve been followed by the guy who sang that massive hit song. Twitter works its magic once again!