Tuesday, June 30, 2009


20. 09. 2009

...is a starting date of Eid ul-Fitr for this year. Take a glance at the combination of the numbers, nice one isn’t it? It’s repetitive and in sequence by coincidence. Besides of the celebration, the date carries a whole lot of meaning to me. You may ask me privately if you wonder why.

However, no need to ask if you know me more than anyone else.

Here we go with the usual mantra: “I can't wait!”


Monday, June 29, 2009


punk rock?

I do think it's a good thing, the whole do-it-yourself no-corporate-bullshit mindset that the (worldwide, but here I'm only really referring to Malaysia) punk/hc/grind/crust/etc scene promotes. I think it's a good thing that, here in Malaysia, corporate sponsorship and major-label backing isn't needed to be able to put on shows (even bringing some overseas bands in) and release CDs. I like that whole thing, I really do. I'm not enamoured with it, but I do like it.

But what I don't like, however, is how said mindset means that all many people are doing are looking inwards and turning everything into an "us vs. them" thing, and how there cannot be any sort of compromise or blurring between the two. I don't like how people are willing to soak themselves in that same stagnant pool of black-and-white photocopies, repetitive song structures and poser-ific buttons/patches/stickers/t-shirts (but, of course, no, it's not consumerism because it's not corporate!) just because "it's DIY man" and because "anything corporate sucks." I don't like how, for some, ideology has to take precedence over form. I admit, the DIY, anti-corporate mindset and punk/hc/grind/crust/etc are nigh-on inseparable (just like how, some might argue, anti-religious/nihilistic sentiments are a pre-requisite for black metal), and I also admit that said mindset is a Good Thing (to an extent), but does that mean that a band who play, say, righteously good hardcore punk but choose to discuss philosophical themes in their songs instead of rage against the media, government, god, politicians, capitalism and all the other Things Punk Bands Are Supposed to Shout About and who don't strictly adhere to punk ideology isn't worthy of your average punker's attention?

(And don't get me started on how a band "isn't punk" because, say, they don't play fast enough or because their albums actually sound good or because they have clean guitar breaks and long guitar solos in their songs.)

Punk rock isn't an island. It doesn't exist in its own little world (although many would like to think it does). Many would also like to think that this whole punk thing and its insistence on an adherence to DIY principles is breeding open-mindedness amongst "the kids," but come on. Sure, maybe it does open metaphorical doors for some, but at the expense of other doors being closed. And, for the unlucky ones, those same doors get locked and boarded up and, well, that's that (unless they can break said doors down, which is what I managed to do). Is listening to punk rock a sign of open-mindedness? No. Is shouting slogans like "fuck the police!" and "DIY 'till I die!" open-minded? No. Is sitting together with your punk rock friends talking about punk rock stuff while listening to punk rock music a sign of open-mindedness? Hell no. It's just as bad, and maybe even worse, than the spoilt kids sitting down with their silly friends talking about "that boy" or "that girl" or High School Musical and listening to whatever tripe radio plays nowadays. Worse because the punkers have this delusion in their head that they're "better" 'cos they're open-minded and rebels and whatnot, all because they're listening to/talking about Discharge instead of Disney.

(Man, that would make a great name for a d-beat band, wouldn't it? Disney? Preferably with an umlaut somewhere. Dïsney?)

I've always found it funny how the same people who harp on and on about how we should break away from culturally-determined values of right and wrong, good and evil, positive and negative and think for ourselves are the same people who also imply, through their actions and words, that anything that fits within the (perhaps arbitrarily determined) "rules" of punk rock is good and that anything from the "outside" is bad (and perhaps even, god forbid, evil) and shouldn't be touched, or ingested, or enjoyed, or compromised with. The world isn't as black and white, as "us and them," as "punk and not punk" as you'd like to hope, y'know.

I'm not saying that punkers (or anyone, for that matter) should accept anything and everything with open arms. Far from it. But, come on, just open up a bit, look beyond your self-imposed, restrictive, silly horizons and stop wallowing in that smelly pool of stagnant water all the time. Take a dip in a different pool once in a while, it'll only do you good.

+ This well written article made by Azzief Abdul Khaliq, originally as a note in his Facebook account and I put it here with permission from himself. Do agree with this or merely go die!

moonwalkers of the world unite and takeover.

DECIBEL pays tribute to MJ?

summer days in june

Hi all!

It has been busy weeks since last month; final project, presentation, evaluation, submission, critic session, lotsa marking (hence the adjustment here and there... hehe), rearranged house furnitures, cleaning up studios etc whereas that can be only healed up by over 2 hours of superb speedy adrenalin rush of Transformers latest premise; Revenge of the Fallen, a hellish yet 'hot' atmosphere cocoon sized venue of the memorable d-beat/crust show; Pogo Punk Mengancam 2009, newly upgraded wireless streamyx, reinstalled the monthly bucks sucking tv programmes and many more 'good' things happened currently. However seriously, it was all tiring weeks and my muscles aching up endlessly that made me think to strip naked and soak this semi-helplessly human flesh of mine into a freshly warm jacuzzi (if there’s any… haha) without any further delay. -_-

But things didn’t just end up there, it would be towards the end of next month, me, Leila and co will be swarming around Bandung city, so the ‘spiritual’ healing continues. If you Bandung street crawlers happen to see us somewhere over there, just say “Hi!” and give us some treats, perhaps we'll have something for you in return. ^_^

I plan to bring some Nuisance Drilled stuffs like the CDEP, t-shirts, patches, stickers, buttons etc, so if anybody who reads this have any ideas where I should put these in Bandung or any shops/distros that you can recommend me, please let me know as soon as possible okay.

I've lost contact with Indonesian scene since about 4 years ago. So, there would be hard to catch it all up again for the meantime. Again, if you extremely familiar with the scene or know the right individuals to hook up with while we’re there (or simply 'that person’ is yourself) please do inform me and list me down the contacts right away.

Hopefully when I come back, I will be able to attend this gig at Embrace Hall. I just can't wait!

Okay, I think that’s all for now. See you again next time.


Sunday, June 21, 2009


Fukkin' sweet. The mastoshoes!


+ vans.com
+ mastodonrocks.com

Mastodon - Oblivion

Marjinal/Taring Babi

So, you wanna be a punk? Learn from them, will ya?

+ koran-marjinal.blogspot.com

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nuisance Drilled: The interview.

Image taken from 'Locos Furioso' gig flyer (of which been ripped from Francisco de Goya drawing's "Loco furioso").

01- Finally, after long waiting, the CDEP was finally revealed. I must say, congratulation for the releasing of that CDEP. How was your feeling when the CDEP is out now? How was the feedback from the listeners so far?

Hi, here’s Zaki answering your questions on behalf of Nuisance Drilled senile contingent. First of all, thanks for this interview and thanks for congratulate us, we appreciate it. It’s very rare for us to get an interview nowadays unlike those past few years. Yes, those were the days; it was the days of even bands without any single material will be getting at least 2 or 3 interviews in the mailbox waiting to be answered. Those were also the days of reading and writing/editing zines is a must for almost everyone. It seems all gone to ashes, thus it’s rare to really communicate with zine editors in this era.

click for further reading

Friday, June 12, 2009


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So, anybody interested? Just let me know.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Greven is now a free man.

- Varg Vikernes has finally come out of prison on probation.

Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh), the former BURZUM mastermind who was convicted of murdering MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) in August 1993 and setting fire to three churches, is a free man.” - taken from blabbermouth.net

Is he a Nazi? He explained:
“What makes me different from the “nazis” are basically three things; unlike them I am not socialistic (not even on a national level), I am not materialistic and I believe in (the ancient Scandinavian!) democracy.” - taken from thedailyswarm.com

More about him:
- burzum.org
- wikipedia.org
- google.com