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Singapore, not exactly the music capital if the world, has been lucky for the last three years to host Laneway, an annual Indie based music festival, originally created in Australia. This year it’s set in the sumptuous and slightly surreal surroundings of Gardens by the Bay, and has a good nice vibe to it, with it’s man made amphitheater, and a full moon to further enhance the mood. Click here for a Spotify playlist of this years best acts The annual parade of fey…

Decent new single from Johnny Marr.  Vocals and lyrics are a bit weak, but some nice guitar riffs in there and good to have him back.  The other track that has been getting some airplay “the Messenger” is pretty good too. Both are from a forthcoming album, out in Feb. Still looking quite good too is our Johnny.

Long term collaborator and producer Tony Visconti has given a whole heap of information on the great one’s forth coming new album. From this it sounds like it could be a really strong release, and I can’t wait to here it. Doesn’t sound like a tour is likely though. Key quotes below, and you can find the full interview here Are the non-rockers more mellow? What’s their vibe?They’re more funky, mid-tempo songs. Very evocative. “Dirty Boys,” the second song on the album, is…

Being an indie electronic fan at heart, Jessie Ware would normally fall outside my usual listening habits.  But the voice, the production and the songs on this album keep me coming back to it.  I’d love to see her live, but unlikely to happen here in Singapore for a while at least.  Spotify playlist here

Having spent the last ten years of low profile living  in New York, I thought that Bowie, like many fans, had retired and while leaving an incredible legacy of music for us to enjoy, we’d never hear anything new again. So today, on his birthday, he surprises everyone by releasing a new single, with no forewarning or any pre release hype.   As the news broke on Twitter, my heart was racing as I linked through to the Bowie site to…

For discerning fans of alternative western music, Singapore is on something of a roll this week. Earlier in the week, it was Garbage who entertained crowds at Fort Canning.  Tonight it’s New Order turn, who, 32 years, after the demise of their earlier incarnation, Joy Division, finally make their debut in the Lion city. They seem genuinely pleased to be here, singer Bernard Sumner repeatedly extolling the city’s virtues during the show.  The warmth is returned, the band are greeted with feverish excitement,…