You can usually tell the art school kids from the rest, the asymmetrical haircuts, ankle high boots, and slightly distressed garb. They often double as club mavens who hang near the DJ console, and I’m still just talking about the lecturers! Two opening events happen this week at LASALLE, which include work by former art students, new fashion designers, as well as some of the said lecturers.
First up on Wednesday August 18, 7pm is the exhibition opening of Singapore’s premier art and design foursome, :phunk, in collaboration with Japanese artist, Keiichi Tanaami. Entitled ‘Eccentric City - Rise and Fall’, it takes place at ICA Gallery 1, LASALLE College of the Arts and runs from August 19 to September 19 2010. Utilizing mixed media and a site specific installation of Tatebanko, ‘Eccentric City – Rise and Fall’ communicates Tanaami and :phunk’s vision of their respective cities, Tokyo and Singapore.
Then on Thursday August 19, 7pm, FantAsia – an exhibition of Contemporary Fashion from Korea and Singapore launches at Project Space, Praxis Space and Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, all located at LASALLE. Held in collaboration with The Korean Society of Fashion Business, FantAsia showcases contemporary fashion from 50 extraordinary fashion designers from Singapore and South Korea. After that, relive the 90’s at Singapore’s first official 90’s night, Reality Bites, held at OverEasy and every following Thursday. DJ KFC and guests mine the time when Gen X was the only alphabet that mattered and Wynona Rider wasn’t a thief. If the sound of OMD, The Pet Shop Boys, Lightning Seeds and The Cardigans flood you with endorphins, this is your night.
Annual live music highlight, Baybeats, takes you through the weekend from Friday August 20 to Sunday August 22 throughout the Esplanade grounds. Spread across various stages, catch performances by local, regional and international bands, as well as meet and greets and a flea market by Fleatique featuring homegrown labels. For the full band lineup go to www.baybeats.com, and read our guide to Baybeats here.
Jon Auer at Baybeats
Sadly, a venue that has supported the local independent scene will come to an end in August. Attend the benefit for Blackhole 212 at 212 Syed Alwi Road featuring artists, Stellarium, Zai Kuning, Magus, Meddle, Asahi Techno Vision, Mindfuckingboy and Wei Nan as they bring you a night of shoegaze, noise and improvised rock sounds. Tickets are just $10 at the door.
DISCO:VERY a new night by one of my all time favourite DJs, Jeremy Boon takes place on Friday August 20 at Velvet Underground. Putting together a loving selection of timeless club hits right up to the latest sounds, Jeremy is joined on this night by Funk Bast*rd, percussionist Aidan and the newest DJ to join the Zouk stable, JNR. The night honours what Velvet Underground holds true, serving out all things quality and soulful.
On Saturday August 21 get your dose of sunshine and a bib ready for Tanjong Beach Club’s ‘Swedish Crayfish Party’ from 3pm till late. DJ Erik Sahl (Sweden) entertains at the traditional Scandinavian soiree dedicated to their favourite crustacean. With 640 Crayfish to gorge, Snaps, and Singapore's first evening beach Kubb tournament, you’ll be feeling like a Swede faster than you can say Stockholm Syndrome.
Jono Ma, one part of The Knife Machine and Los Valentinos band member thrills the party people at Fash Butter Factory on Saturday night, August 21. Bringing his experimental leanings into the mix, besides djing, Jono also produces and engineers with some of the best. Meanwhile trance prevails at Home Club and Zirca on the same night with the Om Project and Tritonia (US) respectively.
Bi-monthly party Bake n Shake forged by DJ Shellsuit and Funk Bast*rd makes a move from Night and Day Bar to La Maison from Saturday 21st. Continuing to push fresh frontiers in Singapore’s soundscape, this is the night for hip-hop-rooted electro and soulful disco-funk.
Over at Zouk, Rio de Janeiro duo, The Twelves (they share the same birthday July 12,1980) make their Singapore and Readyset Glo debut. Better known for their remixes, these include tracks from everyone from Daft Punk, to MIA, to Fever Ray. The Soul Avengerz (UK) get unabashedly anthem heavy at Stereolab on the same night with funky house and soulful disco crowd-pleasers.
On Sunday J-pop fans can look forward to Mikuni Shimokawa’s Asian Lovers Tour 2010 “Replay!” at Movida on August 22. Best known for her songs used for anime theme music, “Replay!” is Shimokawa’s third anime song covers album to date. Backed by her live band, pre-sale tickets are $90 and include a meet and greet session after the show.
Next week, catch the highlights of the Worldwide Festival: Zouk Edition from August 27 to 29. First taking place in Singapore in 2008 and again in 2009 thanks to gutsy promoters, Kinemat (now defunct), Zouk ensures the show will go on. This is a festival that broadens musical horizons so make sure you get your tickets. I’m over the moon to be able to catch boogie master, Dam Funk after missing him in LA and NYC earlier this year. For some Worldwide flavour, download a mix by Lefto, another name on the lineup and member of the Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood family at http://worldwidefestival.com/?read=358
About Tracy Phillips
An accomplished marketeer and trendspotter, Tracy Phillips has helped shape Singapore's nightlife, music and popular culture landscape for over a decade.
Instrumental in developing the local nightlife scene, she maintains a passionate soft spot for promoting artistic expression and channels this into creative pursuits for institutions, brands and artists via her consultancy, Present Purpose. One of her ongoing projects is Camp Pong, a pop up urban social club involving Ping Pong, music and good times at *Scape ending on 7 October.