Category: Music

A reason

All things happen, for a reason.

It might be divine intervention, or it could be just pure laziness to restart the process because your session has timed out. The latter took place during lunch time yesterday; about 24 hours ago. I decided it was finally time to book my flight tickets to Jakarta and Bali. I did the search, picked the flights, entered the relevant information but stopped short as I was getting hungry.

Then, just as I completed booking for the flight to Bali (from Jakarta, no less), I switched tabs to complete the booking for the other flight.

“Your session has timed out. Please restart the process”

Are the rough words of what was on the pop up. I got lazy and decided that I’d just do it when I get home.

Fast-forward to 19:42, message from Syafiq said, and I quote:

“In Flames coming to sg sia! July 20th”

My first thought was, “Shit. That’s the day I’d fly to Jakarta; in the morning!”

A bit of a back and forth later, I decided that I would skip the first day of We The Fest and go catch In Flames instead; flying off the next day. As it is, this would be In Flames first performance here in Singapore and when else would they be back? That got to me. Let’s just hope that I don’t end up missing Lorde, Odesza or the Neighbourhood.

Procrastination does pay off sometimes, heh.

P/S: just checked, definitely not missing Odesza as they’re performing in Singapore on the 20th as well! yassssss.

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Arctic Monkeys

the polar primates. I need to see them live. At least once in the future.

YouTube videos of their live performances just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. I’m kidding, of course it still works for me. I am getting goosebumps just from watching their recent performances. I could possibly breakdown if I do get to see them live. Much like how surreal it was to watch X-Japan last year. That experience was worth making an entire trip out of.

Perhaps, the only way for me to catch Arctic Monkeys is to make a trip to Europe again. That will something to ponder and keep in mind.

Speaking of which, I need to watch the Strokes as well.

3 Months In

It has been just a little more than 3 months since I’ve started on this musical journey, effectively cutting back on perhaps another expensive hobby. It’s not a very wise decision, financially speaking, but it does make me feel good and that is enough, in my opinion.

Zul, why collect vinyl records when you already have Spotify Premium?

Good question! Am glad you asked that, lol.

For starters, I AM far from being an audiophile, I WILL NOT give you the argument that music played on vinyl sound crispier or warmer or has more bass. I don’t have perfect pitch and I still struggle to differentiate music tones from how bright it may be, how dark it may be or even how each of the instruments are perfectly in-sync to create a banger of a track. I know none of that. All I have are subjective opinions and not many might agree. What I do know, I am a lover music.

So back to the question, why vinyl records?

There’s something about holding a physical copy, in your hands, it just feels good. A therapy of sorts. One would argue, it’s another form of retail therapy. Sure, it’s not a very sound decision (pun intended) financially, but that’s what hobbies are sometimes, expensive.

Also, I can’t begin to truly describe how I feel when I watch the records I have, spin on the turntable. It still baffles me how a piece of plastic can contain such beautiful music. (Not really, just an exaggeration, I know how it works.) Plus, I do have a soft spot for some of the beautiful records out there. Multicoloured splatter on a clear vinyl record, oh my gosh, it’s just beautiful. That right there, is the second reason.

Audiophiles and other record collectors will argue that black vinyl will have the best audio quality and everything else, especially split pressings and splatter pressings cannot even hold a candle in audio quality. They are not wrong. Hands down, they are right. True aficionados will only have a handful of coloured vinyl against their mostly black collection. I am not one of them.

I am in it for the colours and the beautiful designs. Most of my records are coloured and only a couple are black.

What is in your collection?

As it has only been 3 months, my collection is still small and humble, but we’ve all got to start somewhere right?

What I have are as follows; in chronological order.

  1. Tame Impala – Currents (Box Set)
  2. Amateur Takes Control – ATC EP2
  3. Explosions in the Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
  4. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
  5. MONO – Requiem For Hell
  6. Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
  7. the XX – I See You (Box Set)
  8. ODESZA – A Moment Apart
  9. Stranger Things Season 2 Soundtrack
  10. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
  11. Paramore – After Laughter
  12. My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
  13. Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
  14. Dirgahayu – Commemorate!
  15. The Crown Season Two Soundtrack
  16. Beach House – Devotion

So that is it for now. Quite a lot for something that began just before 2018 began.

What’s next?

Moving forward, I just hope that I will not get carried away with the collection and only buy records that I would really listen to. I don’t foresee myself having a collection of thousands, but rather a small, tight collection of records that I love.

 

 

 

 

the XX in Singapore!

I’m so excited! I am so stoked! Imagine the excitement I felt when I opened my inbox earlier this morning and I saw the below headline/subject line.

thexx email

WE’RE COMING TO SINGAPORE THIS JULY 25TH! – The xx

YES FAM. THEY WILL BE BACK IN SINGAPORE! YES. A MILLION TIMES YES!

gosh I was so excited that I couldn’t concentrate for a good hour, ooops. 😛

I still remember the disappointment I felt when I saw they announced SEVEN straight shows in London, but it starts only AFTER I’m already back home in sunny Singapore. I was bummed.

So, can you imagine the excitement I felt this morning as I saw that subject line? I was so excited.

Here’s what the message ultimately said:

thexx concert message

Yes! I am excited as well! I can’t wait to see you guys as well! On my birthday month too!

Perhaps all that excitement shouldn’t take me an hour to get over, right? Well, I created a playlist on Spotify, based off their setlist at Loolapalooza Brazil I am so hyped up already.

Check out the playlist below:

Further time was spent looking up more information on the concert as well event details on Facebook. The ticket details and seating plan is also out. Gosh, such excitement!!

thexx seating plan

Pretty much decided on getting Cat 2 tickets as the Cat 1 seating are sideways, and I feel that it sucks and Standing Pen, well, I don’t really wanna come early and queue just to get good spots for the standing pen.

Can’t wait for this to happen. Come 25th July 2017, you’ll definitely see me there!

hehe.

-zullio 🙂