Thursday, April 3, 2008

Oh April...

It seems my laziness to write began stronger in April. I feel my spine weakened and my brain is too slothful to think of put in writing about anything. Initially it would be because of classes that have already started this month and I’ve to concentrate on my fellow students more. Added to that, there are heaps of reading/hearing materials that I’ve missed to enjoy which I’ve bought few months ago. So, I’ve decided to dedicate this April to be a month of reading/listening the materials that I’ve halfheartedly left behind. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish them all during this month, or else it could be another useless junk; wasted without being touch at all.

The end result; it would be less writings throughout these days for sure.

Down here I wanna share with all of you the 4 newest stuffs that I’ve been reading and listening to all this while:

Plan B magazine Issue 30. Featuring Dylan Carlson of the mighty DIY drone/avant-metal, EARTH as the cover and inside they’ve also discussed about the new gospel tinged album of EARTH, “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull” as well with among other usual art/music matters.

• Komikoo comic magazine Issue 2. A brave and honest (yet still has the humorous essence) comic ever published in Malaysia to date. I miss something like this right after a demise of those legendaries like Fantasi, Gelihati, Batu Api etc. It’s also not to forget when Gila-Gila has lost its fang unlike the good old days of the 80’s/90’s. Komikoo somehow bringing back the critical thinking tradition in comic magazine instead of the others (like Gempak and Apo?; in case of example) that keep thrusting readers with their void jokes again and again. With good writings and brilliant drawings, this is absolutely highly recommended for any comic lovers.

• New Malaysian Essays 1. I’ve bought this on April 1st and as been expected it was a worth buying that only costs me RM30! The beautifully blended essays which included in this book are actually a remarkably stepping stone for other independent writers to be more courageous to publish their own writing in order to reach the masses instead of just posting the write up in their own respective blog (on which meets the limited number of readers who only have the internet access) redundantly. The ‘antagonists’ that collectively involved in this book are the prolific Malaysian writers including Brian Yap, Aminuddin Mahmud, Burhan Baki, Saharil Hasrin Sanin, Amir Muhammad and Sonia Randhawa. A collaborative work like this somehow reminds me of Goblog that has been released in 2006. Buy or die!

• Dull Entertainment Programme: “This One’s Forever”. This album is a re-release of the old DEP’s materials (previously cassettes) in a CD format on which contains 12 songs. I bought the CD from Atie (Acai’s housewife which happen to be my office colleague) by hand with only RM10. It does bringing back my memory from the early 90’s on which that time was the most graceful days of the local scene. Okay, just read the DEP’s blog to read more information about their [sudden] comeback and stuffs. Say “Hi!” to these old friendly scenesters because they’ll remember you even though you’re just passerby in their life. Anything counts for this fellow abruptly. Why I said such thing like that? It’s because I’ve experienced it myself. “Hi Acai!”.

Okay, that's all for now.



DEP said...

Hi Zach, thanks for the plug. Sani Bung kabare? Hehehe...

Zach Van Alley said...

Nevermind bro. It’s my pleasure to write about DEP though.

Sani Lengkung? Dunno la. Long time no see him already. He might be okay kot.

But everytime I saw Oz (Naked Butterfly) roaming around the street of CM, he reminded me slightly a bit of Sani. Both of them have the resemblance la.

Agree or not? Hehe…