Back to Roots?

I was a rookie critic as well as a music snob who sees no “values” in “mainstream artiste.” One day, my editor, Sheryl Stothard, challenged me to interview this dude, who people lauded… Continue reading

Where Is The Love

I’m halfway through my two-weeks vacation, where I have been spending most of my time bonding with boy, over-spending my money on Ultraman vinyl figures and books; rearranging my err… music and books… Continue reading

In The Beginning There Was…

This was originally published in my Below The Radar column in The Weekend Mail, April 28-29, 2007 Edition ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- Tracking down some of the important releases during the early days of Malaysian independent/fringe… Continue reading

This (Incomplete) History of Malaysian Hip Hop

I wrote this back when I was the entertainment editor for The Malay Mail. Can’t exactly remember when. THE BEGINNINGS: 1989 – 1994 OUR earliest recollection of hip-hop music in popular culture can… Continue reading

History On Record

HAVE you ever walked into a bookstore to find an encyclopedia of Malaysian music? Or have you ever tried to find a decent section on Malaysian music in music stores? Don’t crack your… Continue reading

On The Trail of Malaysian Music

This was originally published in the pages of The Malay Mail on March 25, 2005. ———————————————————————————————– MALAYSIANS, in general, don’t really appreciate music. There, I’ve said it and I’m not about to take… Continue reading

Cinta Buatan Malaysia, Langit Dan Bumi & Mentari Merah Di Ufuk Timur Revisited

Originally published in the pages of The Malay Mail in a three-parter: March 30, 2005; April 6, 2005; and April 13, 2005 SEARCH CINTA BUATAN MALAYSIA (Polygram/Universal Music) JUST 30 seconds into ‘Isi… Continue reading

Drained Drones

Originally published in the pages of The Malay Mail during the wake of Drone’s release Now that the band will be releasing their third set The Great Battle, it’s only appropriate, well, for… Continue reading