Good Intentions by Toad The Wet Sprockets

For me, The 90s were the golden years when it comes to good music. Musician still writing music with hearts, with true craftsmanship and was performed honestly. Unlike nowadays where music is instant, artificial and seems like produced by machines.

Toad The Wet Sprockets

Last night when I was driving home after I have an engine trouble, I played some of the best underrated band from the 90s: Toad The Wet Sprockets (TTWS.) They have been categorized as “College Rock,” a similar genre with The Gin Blossoms and R.E.M. (the latter two garnered more mainstream coverage.) Back then, there were no internet and we have to solely rely on the mainstream media for knowledge of good music, from radio play and (a new thingy back back then) music videos. Private TV channels were new. So I was lucky enough to know TTWS from Rati, my friend’s Wima‘s sister. I borrowed “Fear,” a 1991 great album from TTWS at the peak of their mainstream status.

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An Open Letter #NoMention

This is an open letter. This might be the end of #NoMention (maaf masih dalam bahasa Inggris, nanti akan diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia. Sementara ini bisa pakai Google Translate.)

As it was first started, the idea of #NoMention was conceived as a private communication between me and another Twitter user. And from that occurrence I had developed an idea for a startup company, whilst our communication developed and I had an idea to record my experience to be retold in other art form: a novel, later on a movie, and also other art forms. At first I thought it was a great (REAL) story about two people connecting via social media/internet (making it a great storyline base for Happinette,) unbeknownst to me that I opened the Pandora box of my own personal passion in my own pursuit of happiness. On the surface it seems to be about my hard work on my startup; and maybe in parallel looking for a spouse; while underneath I am in a hunt of finding the true meaning of happiness. It was all real life experiences: no gimmick nor PR thingy whatsoever. You can check with me directly about the reality of things. Continue reading “An Open Letter #NoMention”

The Cardigans – Gran Turismo JKT

The Cardigans-Gran Turismo JKT

I am of that age that going to concerts doesn’t excite me as it was when I was younger. Back then, I tried to score meet & greets, backstage passes and complimentary tickets. This time around I managed to score complimentary ‘Tribune 2’ ticket for The Cardigans. I intended to get Festival ticket though, so this door prize ticket I got from Cardigans Night held at Tokove Kemang served as back up plan, but it turned out that I had no additional budget for entertainment, so guessed Tribune 2 will do.

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Wake Up Young Man, Your Love Affair Has Got To Go

Wake up young man, it’s time to wake up. Your love affair has got to go.

Wake Up
~ Mad Season, 1995

That was a snippet from song’s lyrics by Mad Season, a grunge supergroup in the 90s, and the first sentence rings true.

Sure it has been a wild ride for me and everybody’s involved; directly or indirectly; with me and what I have been experiencing in this last 2 years. Gosh, it’s been a long time ago since I started experiencing this wonderful phenomenon. Maybe you would like to be refreshed. Continue reading “Wake Up Young Man, Your Love Affair Has Got To Go”

10 WEEKS OF “TEN”: SONGS FROM PEARL JAM’S DEBUT ALBUM “TEN” AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY TO VERIZON WIRELESS CUSTOMERS

Pearl Jam TenWhoa, Pearl Jam goes mobile through Ring Back Tone!

Ini kayaknya yang dibilang massive campaign of their back-catalog.
Awalnya Ten (package) re-released. Lalu Ten dirilis di Rock Band. Lalu sekarang Ten dirilis di Ring Back tone Verizon Wireless!
Bayangin semua album back-catalognya ditreatment kayak gini!

PJ’s going to be big!

“Got me a big wave, ride me a big wave, got me a big wave!”

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Big Albums in 2009

(Excerpts from this blog article)

In the coming year, there is also much to look forward to on the recording front, including major releases by U2, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

In one of the biggest album rollouts in memory, U2 is making its upcoming “No Line on the Horizon” available in five versions, among them a $96 box set with 60-page hardcover book, as well as a poster and DVD of the new Anton Corbijn film about U2.

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U2 (members Bono, left, and The Edge are pictured) is making its upcoming “No Line on the Horizon” album available in five versions.

Also available the first week of March are a standard CD, a double-vinyl package, a digi-pack version in folded sleeve (with 36-page booklet, poster and the Corbijn film as a download; $35.98), and a magazine version (with a CD enclosed in a 60-page, soft-cover magazine-style book and downloadable Corbijn film; $49.98).

One of the songs, “Crazy Tonight,” features will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Continue reading “Big Albums in 2009”