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Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Annatasha & Yinthong / April 2016 Edition

12th April 2016: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Annatasha & Yinthong / April 2016 Edition. Here’s emcee and organizer Reza Salleh!

First up, A Virtuous Cycle.

At the tall table, we shot each other. Here’s the guy behind Sounds Of Kites.

Here’s the guy behind Happyfingers.

Here’s the guy behind… no wait, here’s Aiman.

Hello Luqman a.k.a. Loopman.

Atila who is so cute and pocketable!

Breis is a rapper.

It’s the B to the R to the E to the I to the S to the!” Super catchy rap lines!

The next act, Reening Lau, was no softie either. He brought up the funk soul sister in the audience, and she danced to his groovy tune.

Sounds Of Kites. Can you hear it?


First featured act, Yinthong.


Second featured act, Annatasha.

She was really getting into her rap!

Reza Salleh on the community guitar of the night.

David Soh, too!

Chirin Chirin.

Amrita Soon.

FAZZ at Rils’ bar

9th April 2016: FAZZ at Rils’ bar. Here’s keyboardist Grace!

Bassist Farouque!

Drummer Jone!

Vocalist Kevin!

Tonight, they were a big band. Here’s Liu!

Kian Seng with the blue hair.

Ad in the horn section.

Eizaz does saxophone solos.

Patrick Terbrack, surprise guest.

High fives all around!

The bar upstairs at Rils’ Bar, Telawi, Bangsar.

Kevin is one of a kind, and it is with great sadness that he would leave the band to pursue his studies.

“Hey mom I’ll call you back, I’m in the middle of a bass solo.”

It’s always been Kevin’s dream to hear Fazz as a big band, as some songs need that sound.

Here they are, doing a cover of Friend Like Me, from Disney’s Aladdin!

Guest vocalist Lyn.

She brings a different energy to the band!

Rils’ is dark so I brought my Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 Dark Knight Pro Edition lens. I shouldn’t take my manual focusing skills for granted!

’twas a merry night.

Show closing!

Cheryl, everyone’s favorite bassist.

Albert, everyone’s favorite photographer. (Ha, I’d hope…)

He’s not pining! He’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! He’s expired and gone to meet his maker!” What wonderful decorations Rils’ has.

Jazzy Friday at Laundry (April 2016) with Melissa SaSa & Friends and Joey Tong

8th April 2016: Jazzy Friday at Laundry (April 2016), with Melissa SaSa & Friends and Joey Tong, at Laundry Bar, The Curve! Here’s the effervescent Joey Tong. There is both the pop star Joey with a band, and a version with just a guitar.

I had no idea whether Jazzy Friday was outside or inside Laundry – usually for outside I’d bring just the 50mm, but I took a chance with the 135mm.

She was joined by a guitarist.

I like the lighting outside more – far more dramatic light.

I like her voice. It’s not gimmicky nor does it have a particular tone which is nice at first, but dominates in all songs until it wears on you.

I also like Melissa SaSa’s voice – not gimmicky either, and versatile.

This time, Melissa SaSa & Friends had more friends. That’s Laura on bass and keyboard.


I wonder if drummers secretly tune in to ticking watches to keep time.

Joelle on keys.

Wei Ming’s fretboard is shiny!

That iPad holder is cool – no need for a separate music stand!

Duel Citizenship EP – Launch Party

7th April 2016: Duel Citizenship EP – Launch Party at Alexis, Great Eastern Mall Ampang.

First up, Talitha Tan!

The bubbly girl makes sure you get her name right.

She’s a rocket ship on her way to Mars.

Can’t stop her now!

Melizarani T. Selva speaks poetry.

Joe Flizzow! First time I’d see at least half of Too Phat – given that I’ve seen at least half of Poetic Ammo.

Omar on drums.

A guest vocalist.

An awesome phone case.

Awesome artwork accompanied each performer on stage.

Man of the hour, Q Sound. He launched his Duel Citizenship EP that night! I’d known him as the then frontman of Bassment Syndicate, but he left the band soon after that night.

He had a string section…

…and a horn section, with a dude who looked like Mike Einziger.

One half of the JUNY Brothers…

…and the other.

Yvonne Chong, backup vocals.

More horns.

Even more horns.

Joe Flizzow hops on!

Adil, the johan of saxophone.

Trombone time!

DJ Vin ends the night.

Camwhore selfie time with Ann Na!

My eyeshade is natural.

Glomper and the glompee.

Crinkle Cut LIVE @The BAR°N

1st April 2016: Crinkle Cut LIVE @The BAR°N, 1 Mont Kiara.

An occasional outtake, because outtakes can be cute.

Melvin Goh on keys, filling in for Vicky, who is filling in for Grace.

Ashley Choong brings fills with feels.

Frances Tsen brings feels.

Melissa SaSa (as she is branded) is the quirky second host.

While I was sitting outside guarding the band’s stuff in return for a seat, I overheard Sophia Andersen next door, at Taps Beer Bar.

Indie Mix Up Vol. 6

24th March 2016: Indie Mix Up Vol. 6 at Laundry Bar, The Curve.

First up: Amrita Soon!

I… don’t know if they’re twins.

Darren Teh, emcee.

Ocean Of Fire!

Here’s the finger-tapping Jaime Gunter who got a lot of bass solo time.

Kelvyn’s guitar isn’t the only thing that’s scalloped – his cheeks are, too.

Fist Of Pain.

Adam is the subject of the focus assist light.

Metal AF Christian.

No, Camero isn’t just taking a picture with a fan – he’s also playing bass wirelessly.

Slyde is in Dragon Red with a bunch of these guys…

…like Brandon Gomez.


Finally got to see this post-rock band.

The occasional saxophonist.

The amused drummer.

Jyo-rin on keys.

Jie Er on bass.

Anthony beats both Js at being the prettiest.

Feedback Open Mic ft Aina Abdul & Sid @ The Bee Publika / March 2016 Edition

22nd March 2016: Feedback Open Mic ft Aina Abdul & Sid @ The Bee Publika / March 2016 Edition. Here’s Atila and host/emcee Reza Salleh to the side!

Isaac Ho.

One half of Joanne & Julia.

This is the one without glasses, so we know she’s Joanne. (Edited because I mixed them up anyway, referring to a jumbled up memory instead of a previous blog entry which correctly identified them!)

Hello Luqman.


Feedback. Yes, that is their band name.

Reening Lau has company this time. This is a stitch of two photos.


Glass with a sexy bass.

Armand Tanzarian is an effect magician.

First featured act, Sid Murshid!

Jerry Lim on drums. If he looks familiar, it’s because he’s the younger brother of Eddy Lim of Rollin’ Sixers, who used to play drums back when they were called Triple6Poser.

Cheryl on bass as always.


Breaking the combo is Andy on guitar.

Beevees, because they are backup vocals, usually. They harmonized wonderfully, as BVs are expected to, and grooved to Little Mix – Wings.

Andy also played for the second featured act…

…the stellar Aina Abdul! Just when you thought she could not outdo her stage presence, she surprised us all with Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love.

It was a hard act to follow, but Wicked Stone succeeded.

The vocalist brought such rock energy, with an appropriately over-the-top Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine.

They also started with a slow Innuendo – Belaian Jiwa. Were they going to crank it up? Sure enough, they did, and we cheered! We were hoping they would, anyway.

Sound Of Sit.

They did a lounge version of Guns N Roses – November Rain, just as epic. How coincidental!

Buncho is a rap crew.

This guy looked so familiar. I told Cheryl that he was really Keino Mess in rapper disguise, wearing the hat to hide his trademark afro.

Happyfingers ended the night like The Don he was.

Open Mic at Timbre at The Row

17th March 2016: Open Mic at Timbre at The Row. It’s been many years since I’ve seen underground music (if we can call open mikes that) on Jalan Doraisamy, known to the yuppies as Asian Heritage Row. The Row is the latest redevelopment. To be exact, just about 11.5 years ago, I was there for the KLue 4th Anniversary. For scale, the KLue 1st Anniversary was also the very first Urbanscapes. I’ve been for every single Urbanscapes there is and have yet to break that combo!

First up, the rhythmically blue Reening Lau!

Kim Lim does her usual fingerstyle…

…and then surprised us (or at least me) with a song she’d sing!

Wong Aaron lifts, bro.

The F.O.I. fills up the stage.

Mystery Tapes, with Shaneil Devaser on bass (who is also the host and emcee for the event.)

Glowing drumsticks! I ordered non-glowing drumsticks through Timbre’s menu, which you’d access through an iPad. Cool stuff!

Later that night, Nick Yungkit would play, separate from the open mike.

They were all dressed in black.

Nick has this solid 80s R&B voice that hits the spot in so many of the inflections used in the genre. (Some other R&B singers would hit one or two inflections more, but he hits a lot more.) He also did a lot of Michael Jackson covers, with particular attention to all his vocal style, yet not being an exact carbon copy.

Open Mic @ Barlai #21

10th March 2016: Open Mic @ Barlai #21 at Barlai, Jalan Sin Chew Kee. Here’s Keino Mess!

I finally got to record his massive earworm, Busk. You’d hear it and know. Whyyy?

Ian Tai was hosting the night.

The F.O.I..

They covered Estrella – Stay. It’s always nice to hear it sung by a different timbre of voice.

Speaking of timbre, here’s Nicholas Sia.

Armand Tanzarian always brings something interesting to the table.

Ian Tai, well, just has songs about hipsters and boobs.

Lucy Smith and her enchanting ukulele.

Tan Soon Tiong Music is his own band.

Sounds Of Kites. Obviously, on a windy day, with a looming purple overcast.

Izzul Syafiq Mazlan wins the hat competition.

Unplugged Vol. 6

3rd March 2016: Unplugged Vol. 6 at Laundry Bar, The Curve! Here’s emcee and host Darren Teh.

First up: Jon Liddell! Apparently he played drums in a band that used to open for Dragon Red. Strangely I never got to see them!

Hameer Zawawi. Trying out something new, by accident.

Dragon Red. Bossman Landslyde.

Screamer and singer Adam Lobo.

Brandon does many things. This time around, he drums.

Camero. I still take time to recognize him with his new hairstyle.

“Professor” Amil has looked pretty much the same. We didn’t get to hear him rap, though.

Shot with the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA.

Here’s their tribute to the late Scott Weiland, an acoustic version of Stone Temple Pilots – Plush, with a groove.

Replacing The Last One Awake was Annatasha.

Wei-Ming on guitar.

Isaac also on guitar.

I quite like how the backlight turned out.

Interestingly, Annatasha performed with Estranged a month later, which was a big deal to her when she was 14. This makes me feel old, given that the very first gig I went to was at the original No Black Tie (No. 27, Jalan Mesui, where Rainforest Bed And Breakfast is now) and I first saw Estranged there. I was very impressed by the bassist, who was then slapping and popping on Chocolate Syrup. I went up to him after the gig and praised his dancy bass playing. That bassist was the late Alda Tan, and he played guitar in a band with Adam back in secondary school. I became a fan and came for about almost every Estranged show I could, learning of other underground bands while catching them perform at Paul’s Place, Jam Asia, and Laundry Bar, among others.

Adam would sometimes join Richael, Estranged’s vocalist, to scream along on Velocity. Alda later left Estranged to play bass for Dragon Red, reuniting with his schoolmate. Richael then joined Akademi Fantasia and became known as Rich AF (teehee) and the band exploded into the Malay mainstream with Itu Kamu. It makes me sad though that I don’t see their other songs get covered, as if they were a one-hit wonder. It also makes me wonder how I’ve not seen other underground bands really hit the mainstream the way they did – and yet, I still can’t put them in my mainstream bucket, due to my underground memories of them. Then again, does a band have to put itself (or be put) in a bucket? They did, after all, start in a music college, ICOM, and none of them are unapproachable rock stars. Heck, Landslyde and his brother C. Loco are friendly dudes despite formerly being part of the massive Poetic Ammo.