Fred Perry 60th Anniversary Party

There’s no better indication of the holiday season’s impending arrival than the rolling in of December. So what better way to kick off the festivities than with a mind-blowing local music lineup at Fred Perry’s 60th Anniversary Party this Sunday? If you’ve been to any of the Fred Perry subculture shows around the island, you know that besides designing a snazzy polo tee, them folks know how to throw a great outdoor gig.

Alex Kapranos-endorsed UK pop band Citizens!leads the charge and our sunny island folk Muon, The Great Spy Experiment and Obedient Wives Club (not to be confused with the actual manual; I was for a while) fill the bill.

There’s tonnes of other stuff going on as well, like a “curated street market” (any excuse to shop) and the premiere screening of “The Son Letts Subculture Films”, for all you anarchists/skinheads/mod kids/Chelsea FC fans/Kate Middleton groupies/fish & chips loving folk.

Date: Sunday, 2 Dec 2012; Time: 4pm - 11pm; Venue: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

More info is available at their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fredperrysg/app_110436652369571.

To whet your appetites, here’s “True Romance” by Citizens!, in a video that solves all mystery regarding how The Power Rangers would be if they danced the evil space monsters to death.

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Father John Misty - “Only Son of a Ladiesman”

Do you know that feeling when you watch something unfold; something so awkward and cheesy, yet so earnestly delivered that it hits your sweet spot. You can’t help but smile. Your fingers intertwine and your head tilts as eyes widen to soak in more of the sight - the sight you will later replay to stave off all boredom and lost hope forever and ever.

Former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman, now less facially-hairy and performing under the name Father John Misty, showcased his fancy schmancy dance moves and Ariel Pink-lookalike bandmate on Letterman. Let us count the terms of endearment - qtpie, dancemonster, babycakes…

Father John Misty - “Only Son of a Ladiesman”

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DIIV - “Doused”

DIIV is my obsession of the year.

If you wondered why the indie rock outfit sound like the illegitimate child of The Pixies and Beach Fossils, it’s because band founder Z. Cole Smith wields the guitar chops in the latter. It’s always been difficult for me to make connections between eras of music; the way I see it is that somehow the entire musical timeline works in phases that borrow little bits of earlier phases, sort of like collection raindrops off the edges of an umbrella (decent attempt at imagery, no?) . But with DIIV, it just seemed so apparent to me, and I understood immediately their grunge influences, tied in with the modern lo-fi dream pop movement. It’s a beautiful thing eh? To do the math and not come up short.

Here’s a live version of my favourite track off Oshin, "Doused" (absolutely obsessed). I seriously can’t get enough of the Joy Division-esque bass line and that thumping, circulating guitar line.

DIIV’s debut LP, Oshin, is definitely worth a listen. Head over here to stream.

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Back to basics: Brand New

Everyone goes through that awkward phase when we listen to too much emo music, although some of our guilty indulgences were more embarrassing (Simple Plan) than others (Sum 41 were cool before the guy married Avril Lavigne right?).

You guys can forget it if you think I’m going to reveal my closet emo/psuedo-punk faves, but one band that I’m not embarrassed to admit that I listen to is Brand New.

Maybe I’m being a little unfair here, because they are musically and lyrically leagues above the aforementioned guilty parties. But I remember Samuel giving me the side eye once after my wistful confession of being a Brand New fan. Since then, let’s just say I’m not about to shout it on the mountaintops.

My Brand New fandom was anchored on three songs, all of which I heard on VH1 radio, back when VH1 wasn’t too preoccupied with filming piss of the earth programmes like Keys to the VIP (which I, of course, watched, because I can’t help myself).

"The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot"

Remember how when we used song lyrics as instant messenger names? Those were the days. POP ETC were still The Morning Benders - yeah that wasn’t too long ago, but I’m still bitter - and depending on how old you were, Jack White either had zero, one, two or three bands.

Back on point. The mind is really going a-wandering today, eh. That line “you are the smell before rain/ you are the blood in my veins” was always my go-to until a too-inquisitive friend would ask “who? who?” and I’d take it down. Yeah so what if the lyrics are cliche; there’s so much delicateness in the setting that is astoundingly heartbreaking for a young heart.

Here’s one of those karaoke-style videos in case any of you need inspiration for your Facebook status:

"Sowing Season (Yeah)"

This song reminds me of the older brother of Blur’s “Song 2”, less meticulous, yet more calculated and much more angry. “Sowing Season” happened somewhere between my transition from Incubus to Alice in Chains, and aided in many a sweaty gym session.

"Soco Amaretto Lime"

Excessively singalong-able - each one of the multiple vocal lines are irresistible - and straightforward lyrics that my tiny 17-year-old heart could manage. I venture that “Soco Amaretto Lime” is one of the best pop songs ever written. It sticks in your head for weeks at a time. My only complaint is the weird rewind sound thing at the end. Hate that. Love everything else. Listen below:

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(image via Last.fm)

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Jens Lekman - “I Know What Love Isn’t”

I have photographic proof of Jens Lekman and myself touching heads. He leaned in and his head touched mine. I thought I’d just come right out and tell you, because my love for this man is genuine. It’s not because he plays beautiful songs which could turn a cold hearted bastard into a hopeless romantic. Neither is it because he is a gifted storyteller, crafting the most amazingly vivid anecdotes in his songs. I am in love with him because he played “Into Eternity” for me, and then his head touched mine.

Okay but enough with the bragging/public declaration of love. Jens’ new LP drops very soon, and the full stream just hit the Internet via The Quietus. Head over here to listen to I Know What Love Isn’t in its entirety.

Everything you’ve come to know and love about Jens is in there. LP #4 is a collection of catchy pop tunes, quirky instrumentation, sing-a-longs and Jens’ singing straight to your heart. To cut to the chase, here is the title track and first single:

Mark your calendars for September 4th!

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