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Word. Dave Grohl.

Dave Grohl

“When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight fucking hours with 800 people at a convention center and… then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not fuckin’ good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians!Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy and old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll fucking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some shitty old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass shit, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a fucking computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.” 

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20 pop artistes on fashion ads!

pop artists on fashion ads

Justin Timberlake

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Keith Richards

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Kanye West

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Pharrell Williams

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Avril Lavigne

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Courtney Love

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Beyonce

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Ariel Pink

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Rufus Wainright

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Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter / Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

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Vanessa Paradis

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Kim Gordon

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Lady Gaga

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Rihanna

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Marilyn Manson

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Jolin Tsai & Usher (double-denim alert!)

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Taylor Swift

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Zooey Deschanel ❤

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Madonna

Tommy Igoe trolls you with old photo of Dave Tough

Tommy Igoe trolls you with old photo of Dave Tough

“When I hear any young drummer (by young, I mean under 50) complain about ANYTHING to do with the construction-design of drums/hardware/cymbals as if, somehow, their instruments are holding them back. I silently share this picture and let the embarrassment wash over them…”

No Doubt’s comeback single after 11 years

Finally. The long awaited single since No Doubt’s last album “Rock Steady” in 2001. Feel the happy reggae vibes in “Settle Down”

I’m definitely lovin the appearance of the guys from the horn section.
“Settle down” is the first single for album “Push And Shove”, which will be released 24 September. Can’t wait for it!

O.N.O Hip Hop Hooray – where is the love?

Just last Saturday, I attended the O.N.O Hip Hop Hooray party. It was a disappointment.
I was disappointed, not because the event was lousy, in fact, it was so lovely, it broke my heart.

O.N.O stands for One Night Only, a series of 5 genre-themed parties. Hip Hop, I must say, was a brilliant choice to kick off the series. 8 top local DJs were invited to spin for the night from 8pm to 5am:
DJ Garuda (Singapore, New York)
DJ Krumbs (Singapore, the Netherlands)
DJ Jstyles (DMC Champion Singapore 2000, Club Mink Resident DJ)
DJ Andrew Chow (DMC Champion Singapore 1998,1999, 2002)
DJ Andrew T (Butterfactory Resident DJ)
DJ Titus (Singapore, Australia)
DJ Ko Flow (DMC Champion Singapore 2003)
DJ Ollie Des (Superfellaz, dblO Resident DJ)

Sounds good already, isn’t it?

On top of that, it was held at the Marina Barrage. Check out the awesome view under the stars:

The event organisers had everything beautifully conceptualised and planned. Besides the great array of DJs and amazing venue, they put together FOUR gazebos for guests to exchange for their 2 alcoholic drinks, or to get more drinks.  The stage, lighting and sound was fabulous. They even made arrangements for shuttle bus services through the night till 6am!

But look at what happened:



That was taken at around 11.15pm. We were hoping that the crowd was streaming in slowly.
More than 300+ said they were attending on the facebook invite page.. but it seemed like only 50-70 made it there.

Everything was perfect, from the music, the ambience, the space for people to dance or mingle…there was a smoking area, everything! Even the weather was on their side! It rained that day, but it stopped in the afternoon, and the lawn had enough time to dry up.
So what really happened?

My first reaction was that Singaporeans do not give a damn about local talents or appreciate good music. It costs $30 for early purchase of the tickets, and $40 at the door. Maybe, like what one of my friend felt, was that $30/$40 was too expensive for an event like that, especially since he was not really into such partying events. What about the party-goers? Maybe they are not THAT into the music or the DJs to pay above the usual club cover rates, since they can get their party-fix at any of the clubs anyway.

Then, it could be due to the lack of publicity. At least 14,000 friends were invited to the event via Facebook. Out of that figure, about 10%, indicated they were either “not attending”, or “maybe”. About 50% didn’t reply. I bet they didn’t even know that even existed on their Facebook invite.

I was very excited when I saw this event on Facebook, and I went around looking for friends to attend this with. None of them knew about it. Looks like there were not any other avenues for publicity?

I’m guessing the organisers spent at least $350,000, and only received $2000+ back in sales. SIGHHHH. I wished they cut back on the gazebos and alcohol booth, DJs and the shuttle service..and spent maybe, $50,000 on more advertising and publicity?

My friends and I agreed that the event was great in content and concept. It was a pity there was no crowd to complete that splendid night.

New this week – Elvis Costello on Sesame Street

This is really cute. Somebody commented on youtube “funny that my kid will learn about elvis via elmo — instead of via drugs like the rest of us did.”

Enjoy the video!

Jason Mraz & Shlomo – The incredible Voice

Jason Mraz jams with Brit beatbox artist and World Loop station Champion Shlomo. A trained percussionist & jazz drummer, he discovered his talent for beatboxing when he could not physically practice on the drums. He is the founder of the world’s first beatboxing choir, the Vocal Orchestra.

Together with Jason Mraz’s ever-carefree style, see how sparks fly between the two in this video.