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.

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

For more details, go here.

18 August 2015

TEST DEPT - TOTAL STATE MACHINE is out now!

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:
www.gofundme.com/yhq9bg

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.

17 May 2015

Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay Film in SINGAPORE on 20 June!!



I could not believe it when I was notified of the coming premiere of this highly anticipated documentary film from the two directors, Amélie Ravalec & Travis Colin. I fitst mentioned this in one of my earlier blogs last year and as I was following enviously the various screenings taking place in the UK and the USA plus some other European cities, I was consoling myself that I just have to be contented in the near future to catch it on DVD after the film has done its tour across the globe.

The screening in Singapore will take place on 20 June, Saturday evening at Kilo, Bugis. Go catch it as it will be pretty mandatory viewing for all Industrial, EBM, Power Electronics and Noise fans. Actually anyone who is an adventurous listener should not miss it. So punks, metalheads, ravers, jazzers and modern composition nerds should go too.

I still have to wait for the DVD to be released  to watch it though. I will be out of town that weekend. So enjoy yourself that evening guys.

For details for the Singapore cum Asian premiere screening, go here.

Go here for the website and facebook page.

07 May 2015

Sleaford Mods New Album &... the UK General Elections 2015

 

My two-cent's worth on Sleaford Mods's first track off the upcoming album for 2015, "Key Markets",  plus their thoughts on the state of British politics vis-a-vis the General Elections unveiling in the UK right now...

Their new track, No Ones Bothered

Their thoughts, here at NME.

I rather like the new track... however it sounds more post-punk than previous albums mix of UK Grime and Mark E. Smith rantings. In other words, a credible move ahead.

Kudos to Harbinger Sound for another winner in their ever expanding catalogue of great to classic albums. If you like this, you may want to check out Harbinger Sound's other releases, but I have to forewarn you that their other releases are as diverse as the population demographics of the UK today - Rich, varied but rewarding.

By the way, go here to check out the latest update on the results of the UK GE 2015.