Weekly POPcast #28, Postcard Records

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , on 10/12/2010 by Outerbeat

Orange Juice

Avoid eye contact at all costs
What can I do to see your fine teeth smiling at me

It has been said that beautiful things never last and boy, are they right. Postcard Records was everything beautiful in the realm of pop underground. It was a one-man stunt founded in Glasgow, Scotland (about 600 kilometers and a lifetime away from London, then the centre of the music industry), operating from a small apartment, signing young lads barely out of their teens given to wit and lackadaisical abandon, and publishing zines to go with the releases — nearly a decade before Sarah. And it only lasted 2 years and 15 singles.

This week’s Outerbeat was dedicated as a homage to Postcard Records. We played Postcard bands Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, Josef K, The Go-Betweens, as well as a local band with hints of Aztec Camera influence Me and the Dirty Girl, and a fresh indiepop outfit by the name of Pop at Summer.

Popcast #28 > Postcard Records Special by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #27, DJ Japra’s Comeback

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 04/12/2010 by Outerbeat

A piece of apology AND a piece of good news from popland, fellas. The apology: Due to technical problems, we regret to say we lost the recording of last week’s show and thus could not put up the POPcast, which was a bit unfortunate because we’re sure you would have enjoyed songs from such artists as Asobi Seksu, Moving Pictures, the Cat’s Miaow, Baffin Island, and Indonesian indie legend Rumahsakit.

Now the good news: Our original DJ Japra is back from his break, rendering him available to serenade listeners of this week’s episode with his enchanting voice — with another batch of enchanting songs, that is. This week we’ve got the former June Brides’ very own Phil Wilson, Seapony, a sugary act featuring members of the Transmittens, as well as The Cavemen Go and Insect Guide, who have both recently released a single on netlabels February Records and Eardrumspop respectively. We also played Dum Dum Girl, Tiny Fireflies, The Divine Comedy, Tamankota, Prince Prassetyo, The Lucksmiths and Apple Orchard.

Speaking of whom, Apple Orchard along with a number of other Southeast Asian and European bands will each do a cover of Trembling Blue Stars song in Sacred Music, a Trembling Blue Stars tribute album which is to be released on London-based Dufflecoat Records early next year (alright then, we lied — that’s two pieces of good news instead of one!). Keep your eyes peeled for it, and until then, watch out for the next Outerbeat show and/or popcast!

Popcast #27 > Lucksmiths, Phil Wilson, Apple Orchard Etc by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #25, Random Songs

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on 19/11/2010 by Outerbeat
Sheggi of the Fat Tulips

Sheggi of the Fat Tulips

Yet another assortment of pop tunes from all over the world, this time featuring The Raveonettes (who just played a show in Indonesia recently), Fat Tulips, Bunny Grunt, The Legends, 800 Cherries, Rocketship, Clover and Felt Tips. Our friends from Ansaphone have been very nice to send us an exclusive single off their upcoming album, which will be released early next year.

We also played Smiths’ “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” as a birthday surprise for our friend and mentor at Outerbeat, Dimas Widiarto. As our very own DJ Japra was still away at his hometown, stand-in DJ Ellie took over in the most amateurish and substandard way possible. Hope that won’t spoil your listening pleasure, though – so here’s the podcast for you guys to listen!

Popcast #25 > Raveonettes, Smiths, 800 Cherries, Felt Tips by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #24, Party Hard: A Pulp Special

Posted in Podcast with tags , , on 11/11/2010 by Outerbeat

I want you (it doesn’t hurt to say I want you)
I need you (I never thought I’d say I need you)
I’ll keep you, oh yes I’ll keep you
And I’ll throw myself away, away, away
And I’ll break you because I lose myself inside you
I’ll make you fit in the space that I provide you
I’ll take you
Oh yes, I’ll take you just to push you far away, away, away
Yes you’re all, yes you’re all that I ever desire
Still I’ll kill you in the end
When it seems that it’s getting too soft
When you lapse into a friend

Pulp

Pulp

As a nod (a huge, enthusiastic one at that) to the band’s recent announcement to break out of their “indefinite hiatus,” this week’s Outerbeat was dedicated to the flamboyant Sheffield group Pulp.

In this show you could hear eight songs off a number of their albums, from Freaks to We Love Life, bits of Pulp-related trivia and the inevitable discussion on voyeurism and sex, which was fortunately cut short when some of our mates texted in to request songs!

In addition, we also played two songs by two Indonesian bands, respectively Jakarta’s Molenvliet and Yogyakarta’s Gelas Plastik, both of whom have cited Pulp as one of their greatest influence.

Hence – the podcast. Enjoy.

Popcast #24 > A Pulp Special by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #23, last glimpses of Trembling Blue Stars and more

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/11/2010 by Outerbeat

In the first week’s episode of the month, we played another batch of recent releases from local and international bands. Having just played the Lucksmiths’ posthumous farewell single a few episodes back, this time we started the show with “My Face To The World to See”, the single from Trembling Blue Stars’ latest — and said to be their last — album, Fast Trains and Telegraph Wires.

More cheerful tunes were to ensue, however, with The Divine Comedy’s comical little ditty “At the Indie Disco” and Milky Wimpshake’s “Eyeball to Eyeball” featuring none other than Amelia Fletcher on the vocal duty. We also had the inaptly-named A Sunny Day In Glasgow (who come from the US), capricious Indonesian pop duo Belkastrelka, Finnish acts Le Futur Pomptiste and Burning Hearts (both manned by singer Jessika Rapo), as well as Ride, Tesco Chainstore Mascara, Sweater Girl, Comet Gain, and a new Indonesian band called Tamankota, whose name is an amalgamation of Indonesian indie icons Bangkutaman and Lampukota (and share similar jangly vein and inclination towards Indonesian lyrics with aforesaid predecessors).

Share and enjoy!

Popcast #23 > Last Glimpses Of Trembling Blue Stars And More! by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #21

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26/10/2010 by Outerbeat

Hello !

First, we would like to say thank you very much to everybody who came to Outerbeat On Stage #1 last week. It was fantastic to meet you all! And also to the organizer, the sponsors, the venue and of course the bands: Lazy Room, Angina, Nervous, Paraparanoid and our special guest who made it all the way from Semarang, Lipstik Lipsing. You guys are great! Hope there will be a sequel!

This podcast was recorded during our show on October 20, a day after the gig. Both our DJs, Japra and Velista shared lots of stories from the night before. But little did we know, that night was Velista’s last show for Outerbeat. It was so sad for us all that on the following day she told us if she’s no longer working for Eltira FM. Who shall accompany Japra for the next Wednesday? Let’s wait and see.

So this is the podcast. We played a new single from The Hardy Boys, who just came back with an EP called Under The Picadilly Clock with Bubblegum Records. Some new and old songs then are following such from The Vaselines, The June Brides, Sportique, The Shining Hour and others (just proceed the link!).

Popcast #21 > The Vaselines, Another Sunny Day, The Shining Hour Etc by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #20, this love is as good as any other, isn’t it?

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on 18/10/2010 by Outerbeat

Why is it that this love we have upsets them?
Why is it that they find this love upsetting?
This love is as good as any other
Says one woman to another
This love is not wrong
Not wrong

The Field Mice – This Love Is Not Wrong

This time we played pop songs that are bringing the issue of same-sex love, as implied in its lyrics or its music video. The idea of this show started when we heard a story of how our friend was treated unfairly because she’s ‘different’ from the others. Emphasize that we just want to show our solidarity as human being with the right to live, instead of saying what is right and what is wrong. We think there are many ways to defend our beliefs, not necessarily using violence and anarchism, right?

Among those with the theme, we played Acid House Kings‘ Say Yes If You Love Me (see the video), The Field Mice‘s This Love Is Not Wrong (“says one woman to another“), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s This Love is F*cking Right (obvious from the video), Jens Lekman‘s A Postcard to Nina (“Nina, I can be your boyfriend so you can stay with your girlfriend“),  The Hidden Cameras‘ Ban Marriage (“…met my angel in a suit with a smile, and as I looked him in the eye…”), The Magnetic Fields‘ Long-Forgotten Fairytale (“there’s an old enchanted castle and the princess there is me“) till The Stone Roses‘ Sally Cinnamon (“you’re her world”). And we also played two local acts that will play on Outerbeat on Stage next Tuesday, Lazy Room and Angina.

Popcast#20 by Outerbeat on Mixcloud