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Robert Pearce video

Awhile back I posted about my excellent friend Robert Pearce, a visual artist in Jakarta. Here’s an amazing animation that captures the spirit of Rob’s process of creation. Check that out, then check out his website: www.robpearce62.com

CHOCOLATE HOUSE TREASON: A MYSTERY OF QUEEN ANNE’S LONDON

My good friend David Fairer, my PhD supervisor so many years ago at the University of Leeds, has now retired from university life and, inspired by my own forays into fiction (I am humbled), has written a mystery novel set in his period of specialization, the 18th Century. David’s knowledge of the era is unmatched and his gentle soul has always harbored a secret dark angst…so this is a cracker of a mystery tale!

The book is getting great reviews, too. Check out the links here then buy it. You can get entertained and schooled all at the same time. What a steal!

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/chocolate-house-treason/

https://davidfairer.com/

Latest Opium Traces article, interview with Laurent Jeanneau

Check out my latest article Opium Traces article on PopMatters, an interview with Laurent Jeanneau about his field recordings in upland Southeast Asia, the disappearing  ethnic groups of Zomia, and his latest album release of field music from Laos on the Akuphone Label.

Link here. And thanks Laurent for the awesome picture!

Took a break from PopMatters to spend a year working on my biography of Alfred Raquez, which is nearly done. Keep tuned for more updates about that!

 

Robert Pearce profile in Indonesia Expat

Robert Pearce, an excellent artist and good friend, has an excellent profile in Indonesia Expat, our local freebie newspaper in Jakarta.

Rob works in mixed-media, especially paper and paint and photography, and his beautiful work, inspired by his long experience of Indonesian culture and landscape, is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Check out the profile here: http://indonesiaexpat.biz/lifestyle/rob-pearce-artist-day/

Check out Rob’s work here: www.robpearce62.com

 

 

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

 

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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