Archive | April 2018

Ride with Me Jakarta Night-rider!

Hop aboard the Honda Vario for a night ride across south Jakarta…. It doesn’t get much more fun than this! Or does it???

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For NRSD, vinyl re-issue of Singapore A-Go-Go!!!

Wow! Way back in 2009 I worked with the good folks at Sublime Frequencies on a CD of 1960s Singapore pop based on my own record collection. I did the research, the interviews, and wrote the liner notes.

Now, nearly a decade later, Sublime Frequencies is RE-ISSUING A VINYL PRESSING for National Record Store Day in USA, April 21.

Is this totally awesome?

Yes, yes it is.

Buy it here in MP3 or wait a week and buy it in luscious vibrant VINYL.

http://www.sublimefrequencies.com/products/576874-singapore-a-go-go-vol-1

 

More Ride with Me Jakarta vids

Awhile back we established that my commute is far superior to your commute and I featured videos to prove it…riding to work on my bike and riding home on my Honda scooter through the dynamic streets of Jakarta.

Now just for fun we’re doing a reverse commute…riding to work on my scooter and riding home on my bike. Some overlap along the routes, but not much…I generally go different ways…

To work…

And home…

Retronesia brings back the Jengki hits

I’ve mentioned by pal Tariq Khalil  before, and now his work is for sale in a beautiful collection of photographs of so-called Jengki architecture of mid-century Indonesia. Part American Googie, part tropical modern, and 100% Indonesia’s signature blend of mashed-up influences, Jengki is a wonderfully playful style that is fast disappearing under the sprawl of our late population explostion/hyper-consumer global civilization. Tariq’s book goes far in bringing attention to this long negelcted style and documenting valuable examples before its too late.

Check out the interview he gave to Vice.com then buy this wonderful collection! https://www.vice.com/en_id/article/mbx7mx/photos-of-indonesian-buildings-from-the-50s-the-dangdut-of-architecture

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