Joanna Dong’s Lullaby Nomad


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‘Lullaby Nomad’ is the opener from Joanna Dong‘s finely crafted debut released last September. The album is a collection of humble luxuries, with hopes to pacify each childlike soul, and comprises songs with lyrics both in English and Mandarin. “Lullaby Nomad is the story of a mother who travels in search for songs to sing to her baby. One for every day of the week,” Joanna adds. “The music is the only luxury she can afford for her child, and her voice, the infant’s only comfort. Translating and rewriting the lyrics to popular bossa nova standard So Nice, as well as afro-cuban jazz instrumental Afro Blue, I hope to refresh existing notions of Mandarin jazz music that equate the “Old Shanghai” style.”

Joanna has been into music for quite some time; flitting between styles, spheres and contexts, soaking up everything from opera to folk songs, she now concentrates on jazz. “I used to mimic my father as he bellowed Pavarotti and Domingo around the house. My father’s love for European operatic singing, coupled with the karaoke-fever of that era -it was in the 80s- favoring mandarin oldies and folk songs, certainly laid the foundations for the diversity of singing styles I was eventually to experiment with.”

Lullaby Nomad can be purchased from Sembawang Music Centre, The Asylum and Casual Poet.

I\D’s Midnight Hot Giveaway!


Erh no … this hot babe is not the giveaway … she is the visual representation of I\D‘s second album, entitled Midnight Hot. This noise-rock improvising collective, formed in 2005, releasing their debut CD -Elite. kVlt. Irrevocably tr00- in May 2007. Members profess a shared love for 70s progressive rock and jazz fusion, psychedelic rock, harsh noise, experimental electronics, postpunk and disco. Says member Harald Seah: ‘We don’t give a damn about what is or isn’t ‘tasteful’, it just needs to rock n’ disco you hard …”

Harold about the new release: “Midnight Hot is our second album. It is a trip deep into the hard of darkness -or is that the dark of hardness- subliminally invoking the spirits of Krautrock greats like Can, Neu!, Cosmic Jokers, postpunk geniuses Public Image Limited and electric Miles Davis. The music on this vinyl-length 32min album is 100% improvised and given the Teo Macero-Lee Perry sonic treatment.”

Grab the album from Roxy Records or Earshot … or … oh yeah … there is a contest right here on our site for 3 CDs. So if you’re itching to get your hands on a copy, then simply email me.

* Contest is open to Singapore residents only!

Electrolab 2009: Ticket Giveaway!


Just Can’t Get Enough of Depeche Mode‘s distinctive sound?

February 19 will be a blissful night as four local bands will take the stage at the Eplanade Recital Studio for an homage to one of Britain’s most influential electronic bands. Enjoy Depeche Mode’s music delivered in skank mode by Singapore’s longest-lasting reggae band, Bushmen and given a hip-hop take by Freaky Z. Hear its industrial sound get possibly grittier in the hands of veteran hardcore band 4sides, and its electronic textures remade by electronic duo, The Karl Maka.

The event starts at 8pm, and we can give away one pair of passes. You can have them if you are the first person to email me before 7 February. So get moving! Update: We have a winner.

Lunar Node to launch Debut EP


As part of the launch of their debut EP, instrumental-rock outfit Lunar Node will be showcasing their repertoire of emotive instrumental music on Saturday, 7 February at The Arts House Playden. Titled “Exploring Unknown Territory”, their five-track EP release marks the end of the band’s year-long journey of discovery since its formation in 2008.

Gerald about the band: “Lunar Node is the result of a collaborative, spontaneous decision to break away from the norm. Early 2008, Daniaal left his previous band with a vision to create music that would connect people through eclectic and emotive sounds. He then got together with Asyraf and myself to see if we shared a common dream.With a weird stroke of luck, we discovered we had the same love for experimental shoegaze and post-rock music, even though we all have varied musical backgrounds ranging from indie and metal to alternative and pop.”


Amateur Takes Control launches Debut

Instrumental rock-outfit, Amateur Takes Control, will be launching their 10-track debut, “You, Me and the Things Left Unsaid”, at Sinema Old School this Friday, 10 October. The drop comes fresh on the back of the band’s EP, “Built on Miles of Hope”, which was released earlier this year to raise funds for the production of the album.

“The tracks featured on the album are undeniably diverse in style and influence. Though not written about any one subject in particular, the songs are mainly inspired by simple things such as love, life and waking up realizing you have another day to be thankful for. Recorded with producer Nick Chan the band believed in having a straightforward “get in, record, get out” approach.”

Culturepush is giving away one copy of this fine album. Just send me an email and I’ll choose a name randomly on Monday, 12 October.

In the meantime, you can swoon over the lead single from the album, Communication Downbreak.

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Amateur Takes Control is Adel Rashid (guitar, keys), Jeremy Leong (guitar, keys), Isa Ong (bass) and Syahadi Samad (drums).

* Contest is open to Singapore residents only!

The Lard Brothers: Free Album Download

The Lard Brothers are a hip-hop-based side project made up of Bob Seng and Bob Tan. They recently got cracking on a Mark Ronson-esque project by revamping and recording their favorite Singaporean indie tunes. Joined by Bob Tang, they invited their friends to guest on the album, lending their vocal talents and instrumental prowess. Each cover is a re-imagination of the original tune, embarking on a vastly different path from its original.

The ‘Forest Action Team’ album is released online via the Aging Youth Records site and can be downloaded for free from today onwards.


01. Previously
02. Enemy

Toys In The Attic’s Joanne Sandhu turns up a funk-soul version of TypeWriter’s ‘Enemy’.
03. Circling Square
B-Quartet’s Bani Haykal sings an R’n’B-meets-trip hop rendition of folk-rock legends Humpback Oak’s classic ‘Circling Square’.

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04. The Boy From Katong
marchtwelve’s Dewi-marie Vincoy lends her pipes and You And Whose Army?’s Adam Shah provides his prodigious drumming talent on a ska-reggae rendition of Serenaide’s indie-pop classic ‘The Boy From Katong’.


Nuance: EP Giveaway!


On Friday, 18th July at 10pm, alternative rock quartet Nuance will launch their self-titled debut EP at Home Club. In an interview with frontman Donald Pan two weeks ago, we promised you a crack at two free EPs. Want one? Send me an email and I’ll choose two names randomly on Wednesday. Good luck!

* Contest is open to Singapore residents only!

RSC Block Party: VIP Ticket Giveaway!


Going green gets groovy come 19th July at Old School @ Mount Sophia, when the RSC Block Party (see our interview) kicks off Singapore’s first rock festival in support of the environment. Through the use of Music and the Arts, the party aims to raise awareness on Environmental, Oceanic Reef and Animal rights issues amongst the youth of Singapore.

The Green Line Up

Headlining this event will be a concert, showcasing local bands such as Plainsunset, The Great Spy Experiment, Amateur Takes Control, The Analog Girl and I Am David Sparkle, to name a few.

There will also be a flea market to encourage the 3Rs of conservation – Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Adding to the festivity will be ‘Say Cheese with Bintan Resorts’ photo contest and DJs from Home Club working the ambience music. At the same time, there will be a screening of select local films at Sinema. Visit the RSC Block Party site for more details.


We are giving away a pair of VIP tickets to two lucky readers. We’ll run this contest till 11th July, so for those interested, just send a sweet email to Michele.

Update: Sorry guys … we have two winners. The contest is closed. 

Contest is open to Singapore residents only.

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