10 February 2014

Arthur Doyle - Punk Jazz Giant, R. I. P.

Arthur Doyle, (1944-2014) passed away recently. An underrated saxophonist who traded heart-on-the-palm sax riffs and blurts in a fashion more akin to the outer most rockers, No-Wavers and anyone interested to cross the proverbial generic lines. His greatest work remains to be his first album as a leader, "Alabama Feeling" (late 1970s) but his work with Noah Howard, "The Black Arc" is one of the most ferocious free jazz platters ever (from the late 1960s). His collaborations along side Rudolph Grey of the amazing No-Wave punk-jazzers, The Blue Humans, are still phenomenal. He needs to be remembered by more, to come.

23 January 2014

PSF Modern Music Record Shop CLosing Down... Appeal for Help!!!

Just in: Legendary Japanese independent record shop, PSF Modern Music is closing down in March this year. They are now appealing for financial help. It will be a pity if it is down coming March. Go to here if you want to contribute. Without this label and shop we would have lost out on Keiji Haino/Fushitsusha, High Rise, Acid Mothers Temple, Ghost and a whole load of other stellar Japanese underground gems for the past 30 years.

Best Reads in 2013

2013 was the year which took me through literally thousands of pages in print and online. This was due to the mammoth task of me researching and writing my Masters thesis on Merzbow, a.k.a. Masami Akita from a Art History/Sound Art angle, with emphasis on Asian aesthetics and Japanese culture. Being an effort on my part to fill in the gaps of the existing literature, online information and album liner notes on the icon of Japanese Noise and the Noise genre, it was an arduous but rewarding task at the end of the day. I hope I can share my blood, sweat and tears with the larger world soon.

Anyway, I read dozens of books related and not related to my thesis and I thought it will be great to share with you my top reads of the year. Pick them up if you can afford the time.

My Top Three:

20 January 2014

Sound: Lattitudes and Attitudes @ LaSalle College of the Arts - 7 February - 16 March 2014

This is one of the first comprehensive curatorial projects on Sound Art conducted in Singapore. An attempt to trace the roots of this most ephemeral form of art, the show aims to provide a sweeping survey of what Sound Art is all about locally up to this point. My involvement in this came in the shape of my role as the co-owner of the now-defunct record shop/event space Flux Us back in the mid-2000s. My partner and I sold CDs and vinyl of the more experimental types and we organised in-store gigs as well as concerts in venues like Victoria Theatre back in those good old days. So  we have contributed assorted artefacts for this show which included flyers, posters and etc. We are also featured in a videoed footage which witness us sharing our views on the history of sound art locally. Go here http://www.lasalle.edu.sg/Events/EventDetail/sound-latitudes-and-attitudes for more details.

Installations and performances by local renown artists like George Chua, Ang Song Ming, Zul Mahmod, Mohamad Riduan and many more. will be featured during the stint of the exhibition/show. Go check it out.

15 December 2013

Rewind 2013 Part 2

Here is my Part 2 of the Rewind of 2013. I should be posting more regularly at this space... Conceptualising some possible events in 2014 so will keep you posted when the time comes...

Vinyl On Demand:

Cut Hands:

Posh Isolation:

Gilead Media:

Retrospective sets:

Forced Nostalgia:

To round things up... My Top 15 releases of 2013... except for the top 3 positions, the rest of the 12 albums are not arranged in any order of sorts...

The rest of the 12 here...
Vikki Jackman, Andrew Chalk & Jean-Noel Rebilly - A Paper Doll's Whisper of Spring

Gnaw - Horrible Chamber

Nurse With Wound - Chromanatron

Jandek - Songs For Morgan

Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu

My Bloody Valentine - MBV

Rashad Becker - Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1

Robert Haigh - Darkling Streams

Deafheaven - Sunbather

Fushitsusha -

まだ 温かいうちの この今に  すべての謎を 注ぎ込こもう

Fushitsusha -

名前を つけないで ほしい 名前を つけて しまうと 全てで なくなって  しまうから

Merzbow - Grand Owl Habitat

Here are the top 3 in ascending order...
3. Portal - Vexovoid

2. Sleaford Mods - Austerity Dogs

1. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury

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