Sunday, August 27, 2006

Word of The Day

revelation /rev-uh-ley-shuhn/
1. making known something that was s
ecret or hidden; revealing: divine revelation of truth
2. that which is revealed, especially something suprising: scandalous revelations in the press
3. Revelation (Bible) the last book of the New Testament, also called The Revelation of St John the Divine, or Revelations
Revelations (Rock) Audioslave's third album, due to release on 5th September, leaked on 26th August


Audioslave - Until We Fall
Audioslave - One And The Same


Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Julian Casablancas

Today is Julian Casablancas' 28th birthday. Messy, bed-headish hair with vintage clothing and Converse style shoes is the signature look of this frontman of hipster band The Strokes. He shares his birthday with Keith Moon, drummer of legendary rock band The Who, 80's young icon late River Phoenix and LA Laker Kobe Bryant.

Something irrelevant now, I am going to catch some muthafuckin' snakes on a muthafuckin' plane later. The film being an internet phenomenon, I'll have to see whether this best worst film of this summer could live up all the hype. Anyway, I kind of like the theme song to this film. It is catchy and has the right amount of cheesiness in it that it suits just right for the film.

Cobra Starship -
Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)


Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

Those who has been reading my blog a little while shall be aware of my love for The Strokes. The Strokes' garage rock riffing and Casablancas-esque vocals, it was imposibble for me not to like the sound of Tokyo Police Club. Hailed from Toronto, the four kids (I don't know their ages, but can definitely tell they are kids from their pictures) has been creating buzz in the blogosphere with their "A Lesson in Crime" EP.

Joining the kids-led indie garage rock movement, Tokyo Police Club's sci-fi style lyrics reflect the similar naiveté of fellow-minors bands Arctic Monkeys, The Subways and Be Your Own PET. Raw-sounding and good melodies with some handclaps here and there, it is easy to get into the Club's music. I've been spinning the EP on my playlist quite regularly, and I am definitely looking forward to the proper release of the Club.

Tokyo Police Club - Citizens of Tomorrow

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Malaysia in Headlines

Last year, Malaysia was named one of NME's 2005 cool places for being the bootlegging capital of the world. This time, Malaysia was in the NME news for wrong reason again.

I was browsing through the NME site, "Pussycat Dolls cause controversy in Malaysia" was spotted in the news section. Organisers of Pussycat Doll show had been fined 10,000 ringgits for flouting decency laws in our Bolehland. But the fine had been reduced by 50 percent for the organisers settled the fine early. I didn't know the Malaysia's annual Mega Sale carnival even covers legal fine. Now I wonder, are we citizens also entitled discount for the fine of losing ICs? If I turn in early for robbing/snatching, do I get discount too?

Pussycat Dolls pretty much dress and move the same level of 'indecency' in their videos, how come the video are getting considerably excessive amount of airplay on local TV without being labelled as sexually suggestive as suggested by our Minister on the show? Anyway, How could you expect six strippers who disguise themselves as singers/dancers dress decently according to our Minister's standards as in what Siti Nurhaliza would wear?

Also read
Mariah upsets Malaysian Muslims
Malaysia tells US band to cover up

Sufjan Stevens - Super Sexy Woman

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

We Are Scientists @ Zouk KL, 9.8.06

We Are Scientist Live at Zouk KL

Before the gig, I didn't want be to get too excited because there were chances that me and companions couldn't get in. With me were my sisters and the indie duo live down the next road, and we were all underage for the seemingly 21-above & non-muslim event. It was a longer journey than usual to get to the venue as the traffic was terribly jammed. Luckily we took that into account and we left our place early.

Once we reached Zouk, my sister quickly went to the Channel V booth to claim the two pairs of tickets that she won. Actually, we should meet some fellows at the entrance to sell them the tickets we bought in advance and use the tickets that my sister won for entry instead, but they never show up, so those tickets are now pinned up on my wall. The door opened at around 8:30pm, while we were in the line to get in, I saw everyone had their IDs checked, and a few of them were turned down for I suppose being underage. Regardless of that, we gave it a try and let them checked our IDs, amazingly we all were allowed to enter the club. My guess is the bouncers can't do math!

We sat down and were handed a bottle of free beer each for being the first 200 who showed up. First on stage was the local DJ duo Twilight Action Girl playing remixes of some familiar indie tunes. By this time, people were packing the room fast, and it was more than half full. We decided to get down to the dancefloor to get a good spot. We went straight to the left at the front as the center was already taken. Next opening act was
Deserters, a local indie band which is quite a regular in local indie gig scene. It was the first time I hear the band, they were pretty cool, and the crowd seemed to love them. After their set of 5-6 songs, Twilight Action Girl took over the stage once more.



At around 10:30pm, We Are Scientists finally came on stage. The threesome looked much skinnier and taller than I thought they would be. After a brief introduction saying they were from New York, immediately the band launched into "Lousy Reputation". The crowd got hyped up when the band started to play the hit single " Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt", it was no suprise to see some sing-along as it was the only WAS song that has been getting airplay (partly due to this gig) on everyone's favourite radio station that is known for its boring-and repeated playlists. At one point, Keith almost tripped over his guitar cable while doing his signature dance move.


Close-up Keith



I was standing right in front of lead vocalist/guitarist Keith Murray, and I dare say he is the most energetic and charismatic frontman I've ever seen. Together with drummer Michael Tapper and bassist Chris Cain, the band had presented superb stage presence. Other than their signature loud, bass-heavy tunes, We Are Scientists are famous for their sense of humour. The inter-song witty banter was hilarous. Keith mentioned having KFC grease on his mouth, so I could vaguely tell that the band's had KFC for dinner. At some points, Keith and Chris were literally mocking each other, more often Chris being the object of jokes. Michael, on the other hand, didn't speak a word throughout the night. People got excited when he took a camera out of nowhere and snapped a picture of the audience.

Witty Banter

Under The Spotlight

The Threesome

Keith & Michael

I noticed some words on Chris's bass guitar and I have been wondering what they say. During an inter-song interval, Chris proudly raised his bass in the air, and cleared my doubt saying those word "Chris Sucks" were signed by Kim Deal from The Pixies whom they played with two weeks ago. Later on, they played a new material titled "Best Behaviour". I found it was quite similar to their old tracks, wish I could hear it again to get the hook.

Signed Bass

Rock On

Keith & Michael

Shout It Out

The highlight of the gig would be "Be My Baby" when Keith climbed onto the huge amplifier and then jumped into the crowd. The crowd went crazy and started grabbing, touching, hugging, and even kissing him. The situation sort of went out of control until a crew came to pull him back on the stage. The climatic "The Great Escape" closed the show with a high. No encore.

Close-up Keith

High Above

As anticipated, the band did not dissappoint with a few exceptional technical glitches particularly with Keith's pedal and amplifier. However, it kinda struck me that the crowd looked rather constrained, there was very little movement, no jumping or pushing except for the very last two songs. The majority of the audience seemed to be not very familiar with We Are Scientists's tunes, other than a few hit singles. They responded mildly to the lesser-known tracks from With Love & Squalor, let alone the b-sides played. Well, what bothered me the most would be the groupie-wannabes at the far left of the stage. They were yelling and dancing like whores throughout the whole show, the audience was somehow distracted by them at certain points.


Don't you just love his hair?

Was hoping them to play this,
We Are Scientists - Hoppípolla (Sigur Rós Cover)

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Yours To Keep

Josh Lattanzi, Matt Romano, Albert Hammond Jr.

We all have heard Albert Hammond Jr. sings in The Strokes' home video In Transit, now he is up with a solo project playing double roles of vocalist and guitarist. Josh Lattanzi takes on bass and Matt Romano is on drums. The one-fifth of The Strokes will release an album entitled "Yours To Keep" exclusively in the U.K. on October 9th. Fellow Stroke Julian Casablancas, Ben Kweller (once collaborated in a cover of The Beatles' Wait), Fountains of Wayne's Jody Porter, Sean Lennon, The Mooney Suzuki's Sammy James Jr. , Ryan Gentles (band manager cum the sixth Stroke cum musician cum best friend) and some other big names will be featured in various tracks in the album. The album comes in addition to Albert's role in The Strokes - no worry he is not leaving the band.

1. Cartoon Music for Superheroes (Goodnight)
2. In Transit
3. Everyone Gets A Star [
4. Call An Ambulance
5. Blue Skies
6. Back To The 101 [
7. Bright Young Thing
8. Scared [
9. Holiday
10. Hard to Live in the City


Melbourne rock band Jet is back with its sophomore album titled Shine On, scheduled for release in October 2nd. The first single 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' is on the current playlist of some radio stations, and will be released on September 18th. Jet was a supporting act for Oasis during the latter's 2005 tour for Don't Believe the Truth, and strange enough a track of Oasis is also named 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'. I thought it was some kind of joke when I first heard the song. The falsetto vocal sounded like a girl, when the chorus kicked in, only then I confirmed it was really Jet.

Jet -
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Mando Diao - Ode To Ochrasy

Ode To Ochrasy

When I found out that Mando Diao's third album Ode To Ochrasy is coming out on 25th August, it just reminds me how much I used to love their previous efforts, being Sheepdog one of my favourite songs. Alongside The Hives, they are the revivalist of garage-rock sound in Sweden. It is good to hear some kick-ass music with unique accents coming out from outside the great UK. Here I've got some songs from the band's promo EP of the new album. From what I've heard so far, the new album somewhat sounds promising.

1. Welcome Home Luc Robitaille
2. Killer Kaczynyski [
3. Long Before Rock' n Roll [
4. The Wildfire
5. You Don't Understand Me
6. Tony Zoulias
7. Amsterdam
8. TV And Me
9. Josephine
10. The New Boy
11. Morning Paper Dirt
12. Good Morning Herr Horst
13. Song For Aberdeen
14. Ochrasy [

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