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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

 

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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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For malaise in women of a certain age…

(from 1901 French newspaper advert)

Alvarius B interview on PopMatters

My interview with old pal Alan Bishop aka Alvarius B is now online at PopMatters…

https://www.popmatters.com/heathen-folklore-an-interview-with-alvarius-b-2495376493.html

Alan’s got a massive new 35 song release and from what I heard on the advance it’s his most engaging and ambitious solo work to date.

Check out the interview then buy the album and feel the power of having a beaker on the burner and an otter in the oven!

Blok M architectural history with the sterling eye of Tariq Khalil

Blok M is one of my favotire areas of Jakarta and my pal, the energetic and engaged Tariq Khalil, has penned a fine article about the architectural history of the place for Indonesia Design magazine.

Check it out here: http://www.indonesiadesign.com/architecture-interior/side-blok-m-wish-knew/

Saint Jack in Playboy 1978

Not long ago I wrote about the excellent film Saint Jack, shot on location in Singapore in the late 1970s, for my Opium Traces column at PopMatters.com. You can read that here.

One of the sources for my work is Ben Slater’s 2006 book on the film (link in the article), and one of Slater’s sources is an article about the film in the December 1978 issue of Playboy magazine. The article features some racy pictures (pretty but tame by today’s standards, but NSFW even still) as well as a long interview with the director Peter Bogdanovich…because, you know, people read Playboy for the interviews…

Out of the goodness of my heart, I’ve bought the issue and scanned the article and posted it here…click to enlarge and enjoy!

 

 

Kebayoran Baru in Jakarta with roving mind Tariq Khalil

My pal Tariq Khalil continues his awesome series on mid-century Jakarta architecture in Indonesia Design magazine with an engaging write-up on Kebayoran Baru. Once a satellite town of old Batavia, but now lost in the chaotic sprawl of modern Jakarta, Kebayoran Baru boasts some of the best kept mid-century domestic architecture in town. Long underappreciated, the post-war architecture of Indonesia is due for a revival: unique, dynamic, beautiful…

Check it out here: http://www.indonesiadesign.com/culture/wild-story-behind-kebayoran-baru/

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