Back in the days of my postgrad lounging around, we all used to gather at The Fenton pub near campus to discuss the problems of the world and get bombed.
This article [https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/apr/19/pubs-disco-and-fighting-nazis-how-leeds-nurtured-british-post-punk] in The Guardian contextualizes The Fenton’s signature role in creating a gritty post-punk, Northern-based pop sound in 1970s Britain.
It makes all the time and money I spent getting soused there twenty years later seem totally worth it!
So I’ve been, like, busy, with stuff and haven’t been putting much time into my alter ego DrG Supreme, but I’m happy to say the finishing touches are being made to the next TWSC release…the fourth album from my experimental sound project.
Over the past year or so as I’ve been writing I’ve been listening to a lot of Tim Hecker, William Basinski, Cliff Martinez, and Brian Eno and I think all that has percolated into Flowers…which will be out on BitPulse Records, like, soonish…
Meanwhile, check out the advance, non-mastered track Raquel on youtube: https://youtu.be/VupduKPefFA
Hop aboard the Honda Vario for a night ride across south Jakarta…. It doesn’t get much more fun than this! Or does it???
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…
Let’s face it, my commute kicks the shit out of your commute. Here’s a couple of videos from my daily ride shot on my new GoPro Hero5 Session, one from my bicycle and the other from my Honda scooter. Each one is in real time.
Other than walking, the best way to see the city is on two wheels so I’ll keep posting videos to my youtube channel as I make them.
Meanwhile, enjoy these two rides. About 20 minutes each, which is the same length as a “half-hour” American sitcom, only my videos are a thousand times more interesting than anything on TV and two-thousand times more interesting than 97% of all other videos on Youtube.
Called macet (sounds like the first part of “machete”) in local patois, Jakarta is now considered one of the worst cities in the world for traffic.
I drive here everyday on a little Honda Vario scooter, but I’ve never seen anything like this…
That’s a four way junction of two four-lane roads. The car trying to turn right is about mid-way through the junction. The tailback of motobikes on my side–which completely filled the oncoming lane–was at least a kilometer.
This goat-fuck went on for about 20 minutes. I turned off my motor and so did most other riders.
Then ONE GUY fixed this mess. He was a big burly dude with a jacket and a do-rag (under that broiling sun!), and he waded into the middle of his thing and by swearing and shoving and generally being a boss-man, got the motorbikes moving and unclogged the passage. This dude wasn’t a cop (there was none to be seen) but just a neighborhood guy with some balls and brawn and a short fuse…also a good sense of spatial geometry.
Whatever your commute, it’s probably PLAIN VANILLA compared to a daily run in Indonesia’s megacity!
The publisher of my hard-boiled Malaya trilogy, Monsoon Books, published an interiview with me on their website awhile back and I only now realized it!