15 September 2015

Help the Middle Eastern Refugees by Buying some Music with Fabrica Records

The situation arising from the atrocities of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the inept effort of the world and regional powers, the antipathy of some European countries in response to the refugee problem and the daily reports of the hardship faced by the refugees themselves are a disgrace to all humanity. Blame it on the misguided Islamic extremists, or the ineffectual policies and actions or the selfishness of the various governments. We realise, we can't depend on the 200 year-old institutions called the nation-states. Neither can we trust the newer institutions called IGOs, MNCs or whatever you want to call them. Let's do something for the refugees now by donating to the compilation put together by Fabrica Records owner, Joao Da Silva.

This is what he has to said:

Dear friends,

The recent news exposing the brutal and traumatic experiences of refugees from Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Iraq as they desperately attempt to cross international borders, by sea and by land, with the hope of finding shelter and an opportunity to live in peace in the more prosperous nations of Europe and North America have really hit close to home. Both of my parents fled their native countries (Brazil for my father, Chile for my mom) in the midst of military regimes after experiencing persecution, torture, and the loss of friends, colleagues and family members. I was born in exile, in Sweden to be exact, and because said nation welcomed my parents and provided them with a safe and welcoming place: I exist today. I feel very fortunate for the opportunities provided to both my parents and myself.

I have since had the privilege of making a decent and peaceful life for myself in the U.S.. My involvement in the local (Brooklyn, NY) experimental/noise music scene (both running this label and performing under the Luciernaga name) has played a huge role in making life so much more interesting and enjoyable, for that I am also extremely thankful. A lot of folks have made me feel welcome, have shared their music, their art, and also their performance spaces with me over the years and so I wanted us to do something together, however small, yet meaningful to us all.

In that spirit, I invited some fellow travelers to take part in a digital compilation that we could put together and make available online quickly before the 24 hour news cycle shifts its attention elsewhere and people lose interest. I asked everyone I could think of and for whom I had an e-mail address or phone number, on very short notice, to donate an unreleased track. The response was overwhelmingly positive. So here it is:
"You Are Welcome Here" is an experimental music compilation benefitting refugees of war. All of the 28 artists involved donated an unreleased composition, which is not available anywhere else. All funds raised from purchases of this album will be donated to the International Rescue Committee to help support their work providing immediate assistance to refugees in Europe, including Greece, and to displaced people in Iraq, Yemen, and in other crisis zones around the world. We want anyone and everyone to be able to download this compilation but please consider making a suggested donation of $5.00 or more if you can afford to do so.

Artists :
Stream and Download this compilation here - https://fabricarecords.bandcamp.com/album/v-a-you-are-welcome-here

Please consider taking a few moments of your time to share this compilation via e-mail and you social networks. When using twitter you can use the hashtags: #youarewelcomehere #refugeecrisis #refugeeswelcomehere
It might be just $5 but it makes a world of a difference...

01 September 2015

Hardcore, You Know the Score! XIBALBA & BIRDS IN ROW in Singapore 13 Sep 2015


This island republic will be assaulted sonically by two of the most exciting Hardcore inspired bands, Xibalba, on Southern Lord Records (Owner is the dude who is one half of the mighty SUNNO)))))))...) and Birds In Row, which is on Deathwish Inc. (Owned by someone who is in the mighty Converge). Crushing riffs, plummeting rhythmic kicks and thunderous low-end and killer breakdowns. Yes, I know, I am sounding like one of those hardcore kids waxing lyrical about their favourite hardcore punk/deathcore/whatever core of the month bands. But the bands are THAT good...
But more relevantly, the heavy sounds of these bands will help relieve a bit of the usual cold disappointment after Singapore General Elections 2015 on 11 September 2015... with some political righteousness and some American mysticism...

Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre
Day/Date: Sunday, 13 Sept 2015
Time: Door opens at 6.00pm and should end by around 11pm

More details here.

30 August 2015

TETUZI AKIYAMA Live in Singapore with Yan Jun & Yuen Chee Wai on 4th September 2015

Renowned avant Japanese guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama will be playing in Singapore this coming Friday! A very versatile musician who can jump in and rock out as much as blend in to collectively improvise and soaring to great heights playing free and furious. He has released many solo albums as well as playing in various assortments of collaborative work since the late 1990s with Martin Ng, Jason Kahn, Anla Courtis, Tom Carter and many more. I personally enjoy the two following titles best:

He had played with another Japanese guitar/music giant, Keiji Haino, in the past as well. Yan Jun, the ubiquitous Chinese avant/experimental music mover & shaker will be joining him that night too, rounding off by local experimental musician, Yuen Chee Wai, who is currently a member of Singapore top avant-rock band, The Observatory. It should be a blast to catch them this Friday.

Date - 4th September 2015
Day - Friday
Venue - SingJazz Club, 7.30pm

For more details, go here.

18 August 2015


Totla State Machine - front cover

We are living in an increasingly turbulent world with a declining amount of empathy and sympathy toward other humans at the community, state and international levels. People committing atrocities of all sorts against other people with no regard of decency. For the affluent nations, the people took things for granted. For the rest of the world, the people are struggling to stay afloat. For war-torn regions, people are just trying to survive on a day-to-day basis. Where should we go, then, head space wise? To shut our eyes and turn away from all of the above and pretend that nothing is wrong and stay in our comfort zones and wait for all these to go away? Or should we go out there and do more, at the minimum, tell the next person that we should be more aware and show more emotional resonance with the world we live in? It has always been a dilemma.

Enough of my indulgent whine... But the Test Dept, one of the most important post-punk and industrial bands of the 1980s are back... Back with a book. A book to remind us that once upon a time, some people fought for others, for a just cause and even though they might have lost, they continue fighting and reminding us of the fight worth fighting. Even up to today. Or rather even more so, today. The coalminers' war against Thatcher. The growing apathy of the then coming "me" generation of the 1980s. The bigotry. The still on-going and REAL class war all over the world.

Ironically entitled TOTAL STATE MACHINE after one of their most prized tracks, the book is a gem, and a timely reminder. Perhaps, after reading it, when the time comes, let us throw it out, at the oppressors, the bigoted, the inhuman extremists and the powers that be and let them have a taste of their own medicine.

Read FACT magazine for a brief but informative write-up on the event.
Go to the PC Press FB page for information on the book.

17 August 2015

New Documentaries to be released on Outsider Punks, Noise heads & the Cassette Underground by William Davenport

William Davenport, a film director specialising in non-mainstream topics for his series of documentaries have two new ones out soon. The first on Outsiders like legendary noise anti-art troupe, The Haters (American cousins of The New Blockaders), plunderphonic pioneers, Negativland, aggro-shoegazers, Medicine, free jazz snuff combo, Borbetomagus and more to present a peep into the fertile but yet little known American punk-inspired underground of the 1980s and early 1990s. It;s called "New Punks".

See trailer below.
New Punks Trailer. from William Davenport on Vimeo.

He has another one on the subterranean cassette underground of even more obscure nature, called "The Great American Cassette Makers". A group of autarky bedroom and not-so-bedroom (Al Margolis, for e.g., who went on to a little fame as If Bwana) weird sound creators who created a global network of like-minded communique.

Trailer, below:
Great American Cassette Masters Trailer from William Davenport on Vimeo.

Let's try to bring the films here to Singapore and Asia... Anyone?

05 August 2015

Utech Records Needs Our Help!

From Me:
Utech Records has been one of the most important record labels in recent years; key releases by Aural Fit, Fushitsusha, James Plotkin, Sachiko, Skullflower, Lasse Marhaug and Aluk Todolo (at least to me) were sent out to the apathetic world to remind us of great creativity in music/sound art, which provide some solace for many of us in this increasingly bleak world.

Utech Records also released output from Singapore's Arcn Templ (Leslie & Vivian of avant rock band, The Observatory) and facilitate the small but critical sonic emissions from this island to the rest of the world.

If the world of politics are made up of heartless and apathetic technocrats, corporate-sponsored bureacrats and self-serving leaders then the Underground is contrarian to everything that it represents.
Help the family in grief in whatever we can.

From Brainwashed:

Utech Records has, over the past decade, released critically acclaimed albums from established artists such as James Plotkin, Lasse Marhaug, and Justin Broadrick, as well as fostered the work of newer projects like Locrian, Nadja, and Horseback. Many of those artists appear on this digital compilation with exclusive or live material unavailable elsewhere. It is nearly four and a half hours of music, with all of the proceeds going to support the Utech family at this incredibly difficult time. In an era where so many crowd funding campaigns are simply a cash grab, this is one that will truly help a family in need.
The digital compilation is available at http://utechfamilybenefit.bandcamp.com
Kim Utech lost her battle against breast cancer on July 1, 2015. She leaves behind her husband Keith and their two children, 12-year-old son Jackson, and 9-year-old daughter, Piper. Keith's sister-in-law, Michelle Kubler Utech, created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to assist Keith with living expenses while he takes time off to be with their children and to help with the expenses incurred while Kim was receiving treatment.
This compilation, assembled by friends and supporters of Utech Records, contains forty-one tracks worth of exclusive material–some previously unreleased, some recorded live, some created specifically for this release–with a runtime of nearly 4 1/2 hours.
100% of the proceeds (after Bandcamp and PayPal take their cuts) will be donated to the Utech Family Fund.

For more information about the Utech Family Fund, visit the GoFundMe link below:

30 July 2015

Seppuku Pistols, What The...!??

Kill The CIA? Irony? Tongue firmly in their collective cheeks? Seriously anti-American?

No Mishima, No Future??? I wonder what would Mishima think of this band and the song which is dedicated to him.

And the last one, a live and collectively having fun... It's called Too Drunk To Fuck...

It's one of favourite bands at the moment, right wing or left wing sentiments be damn for now.