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Earlier this year I came across a band that I though was from Indonesia through Vincent Moon website which show cases amazing bands & musician from all over the world. Amidst all the foreign names is Malaikat & Singa which turns out to be from Olympia, Washington.

The first time I saw that take away video … I am hooked ! It’s like Indonesian experimental throat singing meets music for Wayang puppets in a much more primal way. This particular song and video captured the beastly energy of it. I knew right away that eventually Arrington de Dionyso will bring Malaikat & Singa to Indonesia … and he did =) Lets just say his arrival is highly anticipated by musicians, artist and enthusiast.

One morning I was just aimlessly checking facebook updates and found out that Arrington will be performing in Ruang Rupa so I tied up my work , bought a bus ticket and went down to Jakarta ! Apparently he just got into Jakarta 2 days before and this gig was pretty much spontaneous =)

Arrington will be spending time in Jogjakarta forming his local band and creating new works. I cannot imagine the awesomeness that would be the result of that , he’s also planning to collaborate with Wukir who creates his own unique bamboo musical instruments ! Then he would give a tour with his band. He’s also planning to perform at  Jakarta Noise Fest #3

Arrington, welcome to Indonesia !

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Bandung Rock Festival is an annual event for loud rock music. The event is held in a military compound … yes … there were tanks parked, military officers walking up and down and it’s i,5 hour away by Angkot ( public transport ) from Bandung city … perhaps a result of a stampede tragedy few years ago. I guess if anyone wants to pick a fight and create chaos in this gig … just open fire … hahahhaah!

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I went to a fund raising gig with my friends from IADS at Home Club.They’re performing with several other bands that I want to see. There a bazaar outside the club that started from 4 pm . All profit goes to help Caracal to participate the Toronto Music Festival.

I Am David Sparkle

B Quartet

Here a band that apparently has been around for 10 years and only made 2 albums. I feel lucky to have seen their gig and I fell in love with the music right away!

Check out their sound at www.myspace.com/bquartet

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There’s nothing more satisfying than to support awesome indie bands. This really cool band from Singapore, I Am David Sparkle was touring from Jakarta, Bandung, Jogja and last stop is Bali. For their last gig, 2 aspiring band from Jakarta, Ghaust & Kelelawar Malam came along . I organized the gig at RAW, sunset road.

The Gotham

A dark wave band from Bali opens the gig.

To check out their sound go to www.myspace.com/thegothammusic

GHAUST

Instrumental post rock band from Jakarta. I’ve been following this band for about 1,5  year and finally they’re coming. The last time I organized a gig in 2009, I invited them but the drummer was sick and cannot make the gig. They’re like one of my favorite Indo bands.

Check their sound out at www.myspace.com/soundofghaust and for news on their current or upcoming projects check out soundofghaust.blogspot.com

Kelelawar Malam

A gothic metal punk band from Jakarta inspired by Indonesia old horror movies. Catchy tunes and becoming really popular.

Check their sound at www.myspace.com/kelelawarmalam for news and updates about them check out kelelawarmalam.tumblr.com

I Am David Sparkle ( IADS )

The main act all the way from Singapore ! Their music is both heavy yet textural.

Check them out  www.iamdavidsparkle.com

It was a small gig but it was awesome to share such good music. I was really touched by how each band was supporting each others performances. That’s a sign of a very good scene and relationship.

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My boyfriend told me to take leave on Sept 24 for a surprise trip. I really didn’t know what was going on. I only knew that I’m going to KL when he sent me the itinerary details yet I wonder … why KL ? At the time, I have been so busy at work I didn’t even know Russian Circles were coming to Asia. We went to the concert hall but I didn’t see any gig poster or anything that would indicate whose performing. All I saw was dudes in black shirts. I this a metal gig ? but who ?

I only found out when we went inside the concert hall and I saw the organizer’s tag !!  The only weird thing about it was it ‘s  sitting venue but it did not stop us from head banging =) After the gig we met up and hung out with Dave, Mike and Brian of Russian Circles.

We end the trip with a super brunch of Bangers n Mash, bloody mary and a cold Guinness before heading to the airport  =)

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After a few months , 2 gigs , a lightning fast recording … they launched their EP and had their last gig for the season. We held a skate, music & BBQ party that was awesome . The turn out was very surprising with a great mixture of kids to adult , people from all over .

Everybody had fun , skating or just hanging around to eat, drink n chat  =) it’s all good !

As the sun sets behind the trees …the action begins …

The Bands


The Mosh pit


The Crowd



After the party …

End…

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After their first debut , Bule Rijek had a second show on Saturday, 23 Jan 2010 with Devil Dice at Twice Bar.

They we’re a bit sloppy but more at ease and there for more depth in their sound. All in all it was a better show than their first one. A mosh pit was created and they played cover of the A-team song for their last song which was brilliant ! GREAT SHOW !!

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