Feedback Open Mic ft Gentle Bones & Ariff AB @ The Bee Publika / March 2015 Edition

24th March 2015: Feedback Open Mic ft Gentle Bones & Ariff AB @ The Bee Publika / March 2015 Edition. Didn’t catch this performer’s name.

(Edited, thanks Cheryl!) Izza & Michelle. Everybody’s in purple, or rather what my infrared-modded Sony Alpha NEX-5 thinks is purple but is actually infrared. The flare is from the infrared pass filter, which blocks visible light from reaching the sensor but introduces this funky flare. My Sony Alpha 7S was malfunctioning and was left at home; my Sony Alpha 99 was not with me at the time. Thus I had to make do with this and the Mitakon/Zhong Yi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 Dark Knight Pro edition.

So here’s one I can identify – Sid Murshid!

Cheryl on bass.

Fikri Azam.

Ariff AB, first featured act.



Second featured act, Gentle Bones from Singapore.

This is without the infrared pass filter.

Hence, more than just purple.


Debra Gan.

The Message.

Didn’t catch this band’s name, either.

Finally, emcee and organizer Reza Salleh.

OJ Law ‘Let’s Be Adult’ Album Launch Show

22nd March 2015: OJ Law ‘Let’s Be Adult’ Album Launch Show at The Bee, Publika.

The place was packed!

So I only came in after the starting acts.

So here’s the awesome pop-hook writer, OJ Law.

So awesome, he got Liyana Fizi to sing a song with him, Fantastic Adventure. That story is documented in the digital download version of his album, Yesterday Is A Distant Dream. When I first bought it, I was amazed by the bonus digital content – the vocal-only outtakes, the demos, the early versions, the PDF that explains how each song came to be with lyrics… and OJ Law’s version of Only One, which appears in Liyana Fizi’s album, Between The Lines.

That, I thought, was the way to go with digital albums. It is a superb example that sticks in my head till today. The digital album no longer comes with all these bonus things, sadly, but what he plans to do with it, I shall leave to him to publicize.

Also, Liyana Fizi said I was mysterious. I’m… just putting this out there.

Back when we both had long hair, we were often mistaken for each other.

I finally met the red-headed version of Bihzhu!

An Honest Mistake Records Presents: The Rock Show (March 2015)

19th March 2015: An Honest Mistake Records Presents: The Rock Show (March 2015), at Laundry Bar, The Curve!

Here’s the first band, AVG.

Awesome groove rock. Some riffs remind me of Marilyn Manson.

Simmy noted how interesting they were, musically, turning a drum beat around.

The frontwoman was full of energy.

Then came a thousand notes per second, thanks to Kelvyn Yeang.

He pimps his CDs with emcee Scott.

Another technically adept band was next – Black Lightbulb!



Ash. Yes, there’s a patch on Simmy’s laptop called Ashrock, another called Samsong, and Stars And Waves (which is her famed Celtic Wave song.) I also spotted Overture – Ethereal Mallets.

Hameer sings along.

Raja Farouque, king of the speaker stack.

Go ahead and jump!

Last band of the night.

The grungy Nervedeless!

That seems like a grungy guitar, too.

The mosh.

Ah, to have my hair long again for maximum rocking out.

Busk Stop, March 2015

1st March 2015: Busk Stop returns again, this time at Quill City Mall! This Busk Stop was curated by Hameer Zawawi.

This would be my first time at this new mall.

I was there for Herman Ramanado!

Ryan David Gomes on djembe.

Dean Sim on guitar.

Awesome bokeh thanks to the Chinese New Year season!

It was an open area, so it was easy to work with a telephoto…

…like my Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.

A camwhore spot, from the wrong angle.

The band.

The poster I was there to photograph as well, since a photograph I took of Herman was used. Sadly, the poster was not applied to a metal standee throughout the entire run of this poster.

Jared Lim of Jumero also came on to sing a song.

He’s the Ju of Jumero, while djembe player Ryan is the Ro.

Fast-forward to the 14th of March 2015…

Crinkle Cut!

Same place.

Grace and her makeshift keyboard seat, an amp! Gotta love her keyboard stand, too!

Ashley tilts the world. That’s how powerful her percussive slaps are.

Frances the checkered!

Students of Universiti Kuala Lumpur on assignment.

I find it funny how the legs of the table and Grace cross the same way!

This is Groot. (I’ve not watched the movie.)

Tips go in the guitar case.

Ashley is a wind-swept action heroine.

Melissa ‘bokeh’ Wong.

Do you even lift bro?

Hameer, curator.

Ashley isn’t ready for her power stance.

Melissa does a Garth Algar.

An Honest Mistake Records Presents: Discovery Thursday (March 2015)

12th March 2015: An Honest Mistake Records Presents: Discovery Thursday (March 2015) at Laundry Bar, The Curve.

First up, a band of smartly-dressed dudes.

Calling Relevance.

Emcee and organizer Darren Teh of An Honest Mistake Records!

He introduced the next band, which had one very cool, desirable Korg RK-100S keytar.

The band?


This is another cool instrument – a neck-through Dean guitar in Classic White. I’d never seen one so pure in whiteness – Dean’s brand for me is all about Dimebag Darrell. I had to look it up before remembering Dave Mustaine also shreds on Dean guitars.

I finally got to see Jie Er’s other band!

Jo-Ling and her 37 keys of coolness.

I made the mistake of looking up how much this costed – it seemed quite affordable to me, for someone who doesn’t know how to read sheet music. I know the theory but I can’t read it quickly, and I don’t know my scales when not in C major/A minor.

I then looked up the price of the Roland AX-Synth and found it to be twice the price for 12 more keys, or one more octave! The KORG, however, has smaller than normal keys, which might help. I also considered that a 24-fret 6-string guitar has the equivalent of a 49-key keyboard in range, but it’s not as if keytars don’t have an octave shifter. How practical this is in use however, I don’t know.

I’d been toying with the idea, since I love the sound of a synthesizer with a big fat 80s tone, and I also love the idea of creating chords using the keyboard layout (as opposed to a guitar). My guitar and bass hang on a double-neck guitar stand to the side of my computer, and I’d love to be able to just pull up a keytar from the side and jam on it out of boredom, without it taking up space permanently on the table. Heck, I could even play it strapped around my neck!

And now, for a video.

Ray Cheong, blues/soul/fingerstyle extraordinaire.

His acoustic guitar sat there regally.

Bo Amir Iqram joined for a song and a tasty jam!

The final act of the night…

Joey Tong! She jumps and dances all over the stage.

So I finally got to see her in an electric setup with a full band.

Funky basslines.

This hipster can shred!

The familiar John!

Uptown funky walk!

Surprise jam with Darren on bass!

I’d not seen Bo on drums.

Rap freestyle.

Ray joins in, too!

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Jon Liddell & Aalex Termizi / March 2015 Edition

10th March 2015: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Jon Liddell & Aalex Termizi / March 2015 Edition. Here’s Melinya, sound engineer and occasional open micer!

Hameer, emcee.

Ridhuan, who has rock balladeer vocals.


Backseat Affairs.

They called on Tasha Aleia for their second song, to play guitar and sing.

Tasha Aleia was next. I’d seen this amazing singer as one half of magical harmonizing R&B duo Tashness. She brings her rhythmic guitar chops to her solo performance, too!

Aalex Tarmizi, first featured act.

Jon Liddell, second featured act.

Guest vocals by Jenn Chia!

She’s quite the kookie monster.

Aaron Wong, fingerstyling.

R.F.B.G.. That stands for Raja Farouque…

…and Grace.

He then called on a guest singer…

Talitha Tan!


Guitar switch, and add a vocalist…

…for the next open micer, Kai.

Herman Ramanado. First time ever seeing him with a guitar!


Feedback Open Mic ft Kenta Hayashi & Darren Ashley @ The Bee Publika / February 2015 Edition

25th February 2015: Feedback Open Mic ft Kenta Hayashi & Darren Ashley @ The Bee Publika / February 2015 Edition. Here’s Reza Salleh, emcee and organizer!

First up: Cheryl & Gabriel.

Aalex Termizi.

Isaac & Anatasha.

Az Samad.

Kirsten Long.

Peter & Markiza.

Peter Hassan Brown just released his album, Blues.

I got one, because my picture was used on the back cover with my permission, and credited to me, too! The album is, to my non-sound-engineer ears, well-produced, and has amazing clarity. I like how Peter sounds far more cynical and observant, his biting lyrics and social commentary cutting through the mix. It’s something I am aware of when I see him live singing about open mics and about activist stuff, but it’s just clearer on the CD for some reason.

Here’s the original, straight from JPG (I’d normally upload the RAW-processed one, but Peter got the JPGs that I passed to Az Samad the same night at his Open Mic @ The Venue #8 – Hosted by Az Samad.)

His wife, Markiza, who he affectionately calls in public, wife.

First featured act, Darren Ashley, is a good schoolboy.

He invites a random member of the audience to make a random sound that will be used in a looper song!

Crazy electropop.

Second featured act, Kenta Hayashi.

Amazing fingerstyle harmonics and sounds, complemented with a looper!

After him was The SXS, who I missed.

Spooky Wet Dreams.

Saved By The Belle.

The crowd that came to support them!

The Message.

I loved that Jack White fuzz sound that Syakir got blaring out of his guitar!

The Backseat Affair.


Riki, Kenta & Az Samad.

Reza came up for a freestyle jam, to which he rapped.

Fikri Azam.


From The Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok

Here’s a whole bunch of pictures from events at the Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok at Bangsar Utama!

11th December 2012: Lives on the Left: A History of the Malayan-Singaporean Left with Dr. Poh Soo Kai (founder of Barisan Sosialis/ political prisoner for 17 years).

But first, an introduction by Boon Kia Meng.

His English is many levels above even the English-educated of today. He spoke of Singaporean history – something I’d admit that I don’t know much about, about Operation Coldstore, the Singaporean Internal Security Act, how Barisan Sosialis formed out of PAP, and how the British gave independence to the party who would be friendly to them and allow them to continue trading (as after World War 2, the British had heavy financial losses and relied on the resources in British Malaya).

He also spoke of how Lim Kit Siang was a reporter, something I’d not been able to Google (though I might someday look for his memoirs.)

Then there was that interesting bit about how back then, Singapore was very much considered part of Malaya, and that a remerger was always considered. To today’s generation however this would be unthinkable, in how different we’ve become!

Fast-forward to 25th January 2013: Lives on the Left: The History & Experience of the Malaysian Left, with Dr. Syed Husin Ali (intellectual-activist/former ISA detainee/currently Senator for Selangor State).

Again, hosted by Boon Kia Meng, who did an excellent documentary about rising housing prices called M-C-M': Utopia Milik Siapa?.

Some of the interesting snippets I got out of this, was that Tun Dr. Ismail (then the Home Minister) had Burhanuddin al-Helmy arrested (and Taman Tun Dr. Ismail fittingly has a road named Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi!) He was arrested under the Internal Security Act when Ghazali Shafiee was the Home Minister. He was also once the President of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (formed out of Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya, Angkatan Pemuda Insaf and Angkatan Wanita Sedar).

He also mentioned something about new parties attracting new members, and that we had a lot of sponsored capitalists who don’t understand the game. Very enlightening talk!

23rd February 2013: Hari Darwin 2013. Foong Jin and me take a selfie no wait, I don’t think that word had been invented yet. So we were just good ol’ camwhoring.

Pepper Lim emcees the event.

Cool T-shirt!

Post-event activity was a bunch of people jamming to The Beatles.

11th May 2013: #UndiMsiaChats 42: Whither The Future Of Democracy In Malaysia.

This UndiMsia chat was with Member Of Parliament for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar, who was coincidentally the MP for the very venue this talk was in!

But first, emcee Hoe Jian You speaks of… aliens.

Nurul Izzah is a very affable personality, and the crowd found her very cool. Then again, I guess that’s what happens when the MP is young and humble!

18th May 2013: #UM! Chats 43: PRU13: Mengapa sokongan BN masih menjunam kali ini? & Apa yang anda boleh buat untuk PRU 14 – Kempen #198Actions was an UndiMsia chat with Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Another down-to-earth cool chap.

Fotoprojek : Retrospect – EXTENDED!

27th May 2012: Fotoprojek : Retrospect – EXTENDED!.

I’d previously interviewed the curator, Vignes Balasingam. I finally posted all the gig pictures so now I’m going through my backlog of other stuff.

This was the old Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok.

On to 50B.

This is Davina, who I bumped into at BERSIH 3.0 (and my camera bumped into her head. Sorry!)

A very cool T-shirt being sold.

Then, to The Mansion!

Davina kicks ass and chews bubble gum.

An array of posters – I don’t remember if curated or made by Fahmi Reza, designer extraordinaire.

Dotters’ Division Over Two Years

22nd November 2014 Lot 36: Dotters’ Division with guest singer Faz Anam! Or at least that is what the poster says, never mind that Faz is actually a guitarist, and her name is actually Faz Aznam. Because of this poster, we’d been cajoling her in the days leading to this gig to sing (and we also lovingly called her Ah Nam, a running joke from when her name was misspelt the same way at No Black Tie!) Also, that’s a picture I took of Dotters’ Division, ever willing to strike a photogenic band pose!

The band, sans Audrey the saxophonist.

Rebecca has a new style and we dig it.

Jie Er/Joey gets to play a lot of bass lines.

Linet on keyboards leads the band.

To her left is Faz.

A birthday boy!

Melissa the powerful vocalist, who also does guitar duty.

They also covered Faz’s song, Hurt, with her on vocals. I’d normally hear a stripped-down version with her other band, Calico. Super glad to hear Faz sing it!

Fast-forward to 17th January 2015, also with Dotters’ Division! So I blogged about 2014 and 2015 in one post, making this span 2 years!

Rebecca’s got a ponytail now!

Yes we’re all excited to see the return of…

…Audrey the saxophonist and occasional bearer of shaky things that make noise!

The band showed her how much they missed her…

…by caringly placing her sneakers in appropriate locations.

I did, too, with this. (She didn’t know until she got home – had I owned up then, she might not have introduced me to her mom!)