Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nelson and Amanda Releasing Double EP on National Day


He’s released two mandarin albums previously, and plays for bands like In Each Hand a Cutlass and Tujuhband, and has sessioned for various acts including Kevin Mathews and many others.

She’s known as that ‘upside-down’ guitar player, her songwriting style was comparable to that of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega.

Both Nelson Tan and Amanda Tee have been in the local music circuit for more than a decade each, and one fine day they decided to do a double-EP release.

Slated to launch on 9th August 2014 (yes, National Day itself!), Nelson and Amanda are excited to bring you some fresh tunes from their EPs, titled “NELSON” and “Amnesiac” respectively. “NELSON” is Nelson’s debut English EP, and has lots of catchy tunes that will make you start groovin’ without even noticing it. Some of them even have a touch of humour in them – enough to have you sniggering at parts of the songs.

“Amnesiac” is Amanda’s second EP, and her music has evolved since her debut EP in 2011. The folk aspect remains, with her songs driven mainly by the acoustic guitar and vocals, but the addition of other instruments as managed to bring the dynamics of her songs up several notches. If you’re wondering how the two of them are going to sound together, feel free to head down to their launch event!

Nelson & Amanda Double EP Launch
Date: 9 August 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Hood Bar & Café

Amanda Tee - "I Can Feel You There" (feat. Nelson)



Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Obseratory Releasing New Album On 15 August


The Observatory is releasing their new album, "Oscilla", on 15 August 2014.

Two years after its last studio album, "Catacombs", and fresh from their amazing Transitions tour, the band is back with a new album that features latest members, Cheryl Ong (drums/percussion) and Yuen Chee Wai (synth/electronics).

Leslie Low said, "Oscilla songs were inspired while on the road with MoE. So I immediately think of them and how their music affected me every night. It felt natural to gravitate towards a heavier and harder approach with our songs. We have a lot of pent up frustration. It’s good to play material that stretches you beyond your own limits."

"We went completely DIY on this one. Much as we wanted to return to Norway and record with Jørgen Træen, our long-term producer-collaborator, we just could not afford it this time. So, as we’ve done for the past 3 albums, we recorded the tracks live with the help of Justin Seah, a friend of ours and an incredible engineer. This became the first time we recorded live, an entire album in our own rehearsal space, The Black Axis," said Vivian Wang.

You can pre-order the album now from www.theobservatory.com.sg. Album formats are  more comprehensive this time with a limited Colour Vinyl release alongside regular Black Vinyl LPs, CDs and for the very first time, a limited run of Cassettes with free download.

Sapporo Safaris Releases New EP


Sapporo Safaris has released their second EP, "Is It Just Another Day" on physical CD as well as on bandcamp. The five-track EP was launched at Hood Bar on 12 July 2014. You can order the physical CD from their bandcamp site.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sapporo Safaris Launching New EP This Saturday


Sapporo Safaris are launching their second EP, "Is It Just Another Day", at Hood Bar & Cafe this Saturday, 12 July. The physical CD will be on sale at the launch. Support act Stopgap will open at 7:30pm. Admission is free.

Here's a preview of the new EP:

"Constants"

Monday, July 7, 2014

Spartak 'Live' in Singapore



Australian outfit Spartak has launched their brand new record "Five Points", out now on the esteemed Sydney label Feral Media. DUNCE. and The Lithe Paralogue, who are hosting their album launch in Singapore, warmly invite you to the show! It will take place next Saturday12th July, at 7pm.

Spartak will be supported by 3 well-loved local acts, comprising of both veteran and up-and-coming artists:

a/b
No strangers to the Singaporean arts scene, a/b is a duo comprising Bani Haykal (drums / vocals) and Adam Adhiyatma (electric guitar / alto clarinet). They will be joined by Ila, possibly the only artist in Singapore who does live analog visuals on an old-school OHP.

Intriguant (with live band)
Louis Quek, better known as Intriguantis the latest offering from audio-visual collective and record label SYNDICATE. His debut release Ellipse is already finding acclaim and a global audience, with hype seen in places as far as Israel, Slovakia and a feature on The Fader. Intriguant melds downtempo music and fragile beats with minimalist undertones, creating a live experience which is nostalgic, ethereal, and almost spiritual. For this event, Intriguant has incorporated a live band for a new aural experience and a very special performance. Listen to "Ellipse" EP here: syndicatesg.bandcamp.com/album/ellipse

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Pronounced |dot jif|, .gif is an electronic duo comprising weish and din. The duo treats .gif as a space of freedom, respite, and honesty, and they strive to make electronic music that combines lush soundscapes with lyrics that are intensely personal and hopefully, meaningful. They recently played at Baybeats Festival 2014, the 100 Bands Festival, as well as opened for Baths earlier this year. Listen to .gif here: dotgifdotgif.bandcamp.com

Date: Sat, 12 July 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Lithe Paralogue (1B Aliwal Street, level 3, Singapore 199894)
Entry: $10

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Good Vibes Festival 2014 Announces Line-up


Malaysia’s music festival for all ages, Good Vibes Festival (#GoodVibesFest) will return this August with a greater number of contemporary headliners, bigger food offerings, and more activities to exhilarate festival goers.

Headlining the festival, set for 23 August 2014 at Sepang Go Kart Circuit are: Ellie Goulding (“Anything Could Happen”, “Burn”), Empire of the Sun (“Walking on a Dream”, “We Are the People”), Banks (“Fall Over”, “Before I Ever Met You”), and !!! (Chk Chk Chk) (“Must be the Moon”, “Slyd”).

As with last year’s festival, #GoodVibesFest will also feature a formidable cohort of local and regional acts ranging from tastemaker DJs, bands, to singer-songwriters. The acts include Electrico (Singapore), Da Vagabonds, Bittersweet, Kyoto Protocol (DJ Set), Froya, +2DB, Dangerdisko, Narmi, Faiq and the Manja Mob, The Cotton Field Scarecrowes, Youtube sensation Elizabeth Tan, Lapsap, Indiego & Co and Guibooo.

“We’re thrilled to bring the freshest lineup for this year’s festival to the Malaysian audience. Live music has always been a great way to gather people from different backgrounds. Hopefully Good Vibes Festival will help turn strangers and neighbours into friends and encourage lots of people to get involved in music.” said FSA Director Ben Law.

Tickets for the festival this year will be sold in phases with prices getting progressively higher as the festival date approaches. Tickets will be sold online only. They can be purchased at www.goodvibesfestival.com and www.boxtix.asia.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Roses Release "Greatest Hits"


The Roses - comprising of Dillon Keshvani (Guitar/vocals) Eugene Soh (Bass/vocals) and Suraendher Kumarr (Drums)- have released their debut album titled "Greatest Hits". The album is available for download at bandcamp for free or at any price you wish to pay.



Final Weekend of 100 Bands Festival


This weekend is the third and final two days of the 100 Bands Festival. This weekend's line-up includes Tiramisu, Caracal, Gentle Bones, Nicholas Chim & The Middle Of Nowhere, ANECHOIS and Cesspit.

The festival starts at 12:30pm on Saturday and at 12 noon on Sunday. Click on the poster above for a better view of the schedule.

The venue is at Kovan Hub (the old Hougang South Bus Interchange). Admission is free.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Noise Weekend Schedule Is Out!


The schedule for Weekend Noise gig is up. Click on the pic above.

Weekend Noise also brings to you 50 local arts makers in our Art Market, held in collaboration with the folk from Public Garden. Some of the stores participating are Green Banana, Murdoodles, Dottinghill, Urban Goodz, The Paper Bunny, The Vintage Stash and Forest Child.

Date: 21 & 22 June 2014
Time: 3pm - 9pm
Venue: *SCAPE Playspace (2 Orchard Link)
Entry: Free 

Grizzle Grind Crew Drops Debut Mixtape


Singapore’s youngest hip-hop collective, Grizzle Grind Crew (GGC) drops its debut mixtape Leaders Of The New Skool tomorrow. The 9-track album will be streamed exclusively via Spotif before being available as a free download via www.grizzlegrind.com on 30 June 2014.

Largely produced and mixed ‘in-house’ by Crew members LINEATH and Kenneth Yong, the mixtape is mastered by Singapore music producer Don Richmond. Leaders Of The New Skool features collaborations within the Crew, showcasing tunes from individual members and as a collective unit. Our homies such as Vanessa Fernandez, Requiem, Sheeq Luna, Dee Kosh, Glen Wee, DJ Rattle, Shorya Tha Reign and Malaysia’s SonaOne (Kartel Records) lend their incredible talents to the creation of this project.

This is a landmark year where the Crew will be releasing a tremendous amount of content. Starting with its debut mixtape, individual crew members will follow up with their own releases throughout the year. LINEATH’s debut EP will drop in August, followed by Crew leader ShiGGa Shay’s full-length follow-up to They Call Me ShiGGa EP in September. Charles ENERO’s Hip-Hop trio Whereverest will put out their first EP in November. Tosh Rock and Weiliang are releasing video singles throughout 2014. The Zadon and Charles ENERO will be collaborating on an EP as well while DJ LeNERD is continuing his monthly mixtape series through his Soundcloud channel.

A special edition of the Crew’s party series Grizzle Grind Loose Juice is thrown to celebrate the release of the mixtape. The party will see the boys throw down jams from the mixtape at Bianca Supperclub @ Clarke Quay on Saturday 28 June 2014, 10pm.

The boys are headlining the YFest, a youth festival on this Sat 21 June at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.


Grizzle Grind Crew - "Grizzle Grind Anthem" (Ft. ShiGGa Shay, LINEATH, Charles Enero and Tosh Rock