Archive for 2008

Bandung/Jakarta Axis Part IV: Will the Real Underground Please Stand Up?

(Dec 22, 2008) Hark! It’s a Crawling Tar Tar. Left: Homicide Necrophone Day CD Launch, July 30 2006 Right: Tempe Mendoan gig, 2006, phot...

Melting Pot Part IV: Futuristic Blipsters

(Dec 22, 2008) Arcade Playmate uses both analog and computer, by Niza One of the strongest emerging scenes in Jakarta today is the 8biter (AKA C...

Indie Taipei: The Rising of Siren Rock Sounds (Part II) – The Siren Phenomenon

(Dec 22, 2008) We despise to be categorized into certain “tags” and, under the ultimate indie spirit, one should never over-generali...

Indie Taipei : The Rise of Siren Rock Sounds Part III – Back to the origin – Ladybug and America on the way

(Dec 22, 2008) <Ladybug: (from left) drummer, Ali; lead vocal/guitarist, Meimei; bassist, Xio-Bo; and guitarist, Wan-ting> It was 1998 whe...

Melting Pot Part III: Quirk It!

(Dec 20, 2008) Quirk (n) 1. a strange and unexpected turn of events 2. a peculiar habit, mannerism or aspect of somebody’s character 3. a ...

Scenemakers Part IV: Print Media & The Scene

(Dec 20, 2008) Scanning the titles in (ak.’sa.ra)‘s magazine section recently, I was struck by how few local music magazines were o...

Scenemakers Part III: Ruang Rupa

(Dec 19, 2008) The group is acknowledged as being the single biggest catalyst for Jakarta’s independent arts scene — the Ruang Rupa ...

The Jakarta/Bandung Axis Part III: The Changcuters From Indie Rags to Mainstream Riches

(Dec 19, 2008) In July 2006, I was planning my boyfriend’s birthday party in Balin and contacted my friend’s friends in Bandung. The...

The Melting Pot Part II: Ghaust

(Dec 19, 2008) For years, I’ve anticipated a hybrid sound to emerge from Jakarta. While a lot of Indonesian bands have a sound that combin...

The Melting Pot Part I: Blackout & Uber Damage

(Dec 19, 2008) Pics from Black Out Apocalypse, 2008 BLACKOUT Blackout started about a year ago, as an effort to revive Jakarta’s dormant p...

Another Experience for Manila’s Music Scene (Venues)

(Dec 15, 2008) We’ve pretty much heard about Mag:Net Cafe, saGuijo, Route 196 (new!), Penguin Cafe Malate, and 6underground. Of course thi...

Pinoy Soul – Part 4: Online

(Dec 15, 2008) Musicians who play under the banner of Pinoy Soul can be found and heard on Odyssey Live. Odyssey Live (Beta) showcases original ...

Pinoy Soul – Part 3: “I’m with the Band” Shirts

(Dec 11, 2008) It’s a badge of pride and a declaration of support for the kind of music bands produce. And it’s also cool and fashion...

Retro Jakarta Part I: Retro Roundup

(Dec 10, 2008) *An image from “Amsara Dara”, and old film In Jakarta’s music scene, yesterday’s trends are here to stay...

Rockabilly/Psychobilly/Punk – Part 4: an interview with Brigitte Handley and The Dark Shadows

(Dec 10, 2008) Brigitte Handley And The Dark Shadows are one of the breakthrough bands on Sydney’s Rockabilly/Psychobilly/Punk Scene. They ...