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  • PEARL JAM: Band yang "Mendengar"

    17 oct. 2011, 11h30m

    Konser Pearl Jam di Calgary, Kanada (21 September 2011) lalu memberikan kesan khusus bagi fans Pearl Jam. Tak hanya dari susunan setlist lagu yang dibawakan mereka, namun juga detail kecil di sela-sela konser.

    Dari percakapan di forum penggemar Pearl Jam, Ten Club Community Forum, seorang user dengan ID nothingman4 menulis:

    "Sepupu saya, Sean, adalah inspirasi bagi saya dan keluarga untuk menggemari band ini. Ia merupakan sepupu tertua, dan membuka mata kami terhadap 'agama' yang kita sebut Pearl Jam. Ia meninggal pada 2007 dan kami sekeluarga sangat terpukul kehilangannya.

    Bersama dengan adik saya, kami bertemu Mike McCready pagi di hari konser. Kami berbicara mengenai beberapa hal, seperti tentang Calgary, pekerjaan dan beberapa hal lainnya. Sebelum ia pergi, saya menjelaskan apa yang saya tulis di paragraf atas. Saya bilang bahwa Sean sangat menyukai Deep dan sayangnya ia belum pernah mendengarkan lagu itu dibawakan live. Saya meminta kepada Mike agar band membawakannya malam itu."

    Melesat beberapa jam, pada saat konser memasuki lagu ketujuh, Eddie Vedder berkata kepada audiens konser:

    "Ini adalah lagu yang sebetulnya jarang kami mainkan lagi. Namun saat ini kami ingin memainkannya dan berharap bahwa seseorang bernama Sean bisa mendengarkannya."

    Lalu dibawakanlah "Deep".

    Usai lagu tersebut, Ed menyambung topik tentang Sean dengan mendedikasi lagu berikut, Light Years, untuknya. Lagu tersebut memang bercerita tentang kehilangan akibat kematian.

    User nothingman4 kemudian melanjutkan tulisannya di forum:

    "Tak hanya memainkan (Deep), mereka juga mendedikasikannya untuk Sean. Begitu juga dengan 'Light Years'. Sungguh momen yang tak terbayangkan bagi kami sekeluarga di konser tersebut. Itu adalah sesuatu yang tak mungkin kami lupakan, dan akan kami kenang selamanya.

    Terima kasih Pearl Jam."

    Tak hanya nothingman4 yang berbahagia, seorang penggemar bernama Joe juga bahagia bukan kepalang. Sepanjang konser ia memegang papan bertuliskan "Please Play Parachutes", merujuk pada lagu dari album kedelapan Pearl Jam. Sesi encore pertama, Eddie membawa Joe ke atas panggung dan menyanyikan Parachutes bersama-sama.

    Bukan hanya penggemar yang mendapat porsi dedikasi. Menyusul berita bubarnya Rem, pada lagu ke-13, Pearl Jam memainkan lagu band asal Georgia tersebut, It Happened Today yang didedikasikan kepada Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, dan Peter Buck. Di versi album (Collapse Into Now - album terakhir REM), Vedder memang membantu menyumbang suara.

    Topik ini mendapatkan porsi diskusi menarik di Pearl Jam. Semua sepakat bahwa hal-hal kecil seperti ini menunjukkan bahwa band ini memang menempatkan penggemar mereka setara. Mereka selalu mendengarkan dan peduli kepada fans, dan juga ke sesama musisi. Momen seperti inilah yang selalu menambah kecintaan mereka kepada Pearl Jam.
  • Stoned in a Temple with Luncatic Pilots

    14 mars 2011, 7h46m

    Another priceless experience, menyaksikan band yang mengiringi saya tumbuh. Semacam soundtrack of your life - sekitar 12 tahun silam saya jatuh cinta ke kaset bergambar lukisan bernuansa China. Sampai sekarang saya sedikit kesulitan menemukan korelasi nama "Purple" dengan tipografi kaligrafis yang ada di sana.

    Setelah on/off karena bubar, maka edisi reuni kali ini cukup beruntung, Stone Temple Pilots sudi mampir (pfft, kaya nama warung) ke Indonesia. Dengan status sebagai penduduk Jakarta (kini), maka tiket setengah juta rasanya sepadan karena sekarang cost transportasi bisa direduksi. Maka hadirlah Scott Weiland cs dalam jarak sekitar 10 meter saja dari hadapan saya.

    Setlist yang dibawakan tak menyisakan kejutan, karena sama dengan apa yang mereka susun di Manila (Filipina) dan Singapura. Hal baiknya, 17 lagu yang disajikan bisa saya lahap karena telah dipelajari. Sebagian (13 lagu), thanks to Live at Chicago, malah telah dirasakan pengalaman live-nya secara audial.

    Crackerman membuka set, menampilkan Weiland berbusana rapih, dengan topi fedora dan toa yang menjadi trademark lagu tersebut. Dengan rambut cepak dan perut yang membuncit, Scott tampak sama sekali berbeda dengan imejnya yang terpatri di videoklip Big Bang Baby. Gayanya -however- adalah signature utamanya, dengan meliuk-liukkan badan - seuatu yang abadi meski acap berganti band.

    Dean, Rob De Leo dan Eric Kretz tampaknya seperti sosok abadi dengan nyaris tak berubah penampakannya semenjak STP mengemuka.

    Rata-rata lagu tampil dengan tempo yang sama dengan albumnya - ini cukup mengagumkan. Beberapa bahkan lebih lambat, menyesuaikan dengan gaya vokal Weiland yang memang lebih santai. Ruang improvisasi dibuka di beberapa lagu, terutama yang memiliki tempo sedang ke pelan.

    Back to back Still Remains dan Big Empty adalah ruang dimana banyak sekali sisipan-sisipan menarik, mulai dari solo gitar Dean De Leo, improvisasi vokal Weiland, dan kombo snippet dengan gaya vokal komedi yang memperlihatkan kemampuan vokal Scott.

    Plush dan Interstate Love Song memicu koor massal, tentunya. Namun bagi saya pribadi, lagu-lagu dari album baru adalah highlight. Between the Lines diperkenalkan Weiland dengan menggumamkan bait pertama ("Lovely disguised, read between the lines...").

    Lalu menyebut aroma southern dan jambalaya untuk mengantar ke tangy guitar yang menjadi intro Hickory Dichotomy. Huckleberry Crumble juga menjadi sesi menarik di kala reff, meski crowd rata-rata tak merespon begitu oke di lagu-lagu baru.

    Sex Type Thing menutup set utama. Ada aksi yang menurut saya "coolest moment", yakni jeda sekitar dua detik di sela-sela Sex Type, Scott saling memandang ke Rob De Leo sebelum kicking lagi bersama-sama. Ooh ahh moment!

    Kuota dua lagu pada encore meninggalkan klimaks pada penonton. Tak terlalu singkat dan tak terlalu lama. Untuk kelas festival ini cukup penting, mempertimbangkan kemampuan fisik penonton untuk mengapresiasi musik STP.

    And well, setelah Iron Maiden Februari lalu, Maret dengan Stone Temple Pilots jelas memberi catatan positif pada portfolio konser saya.

    Stone Temple Pilots
    Arena PRJ Kemayoran, Jakarta
    13 Maret 2011

    01. Crackerman
    02. Wicked Garden
    03. Vasoline
    04. Heaven and Hot Rods
    05. Between the Lines
    06. Hickory Dichotomy
    07. Still Remains
    08. Big Empty
    09. Dancing Days (cover Led Zeppelin)
    10. Silvergun Superman
    11. Plush
    12. Interstate Love Song
    13. Huckleberry Crumble
    14. Down
    15. Sex Type Thing

    Encore:
    16. Dead and Bloated
    17. Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
  • Petition for Pearl Jam to Play in Indonesia

    27 août 2008, 2h46m

    PASSIONATE PEARL JAM FANS OF INDONESIA

    To : Pearl Jam, their management/representatives, ten club, and Indonesian Concert Organizers

    It’s been about 17 years since ten album was realesed, a time which is enough to accumulate a big number of PJ fans in Indonesia from different locations and ages. Many Indonesian are not only moved by Pearl Jam’s songs, singing and dancing thousands times because of the songs, bt also inspired by the band’s idealism and most of all, because of the way Pearl Jam’s members treat their fans.

    Based on the chats, discussions and event gathering through tenclub_indonesia@yahoogroups.com, we have been connected each other for more than 7 years now, and all of us the fans Indonesia has common wish, to ask Pearl Jam to play in Indonesia.

    Therefore, we make this petition and we ask that Pearl Jam should include Indonesia in their next tour(s). No matter how long it takes, we will be waiting for you here, though the waiting has drove us mad.

    Lastly, we’d like to say this :
    Jeff, Stone, Ed, Mike, Matt ( and Boom )…Please come and play for us here in Indonesia. We are ensuring you that your light will made us stars…

    Sincerely,

    The undersigned

    Pearl Jam Fans of Indonesia


    Pearl Jam Indonesia Mailing List :
    http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/tenclub_indonesia/

    Pearl Jam Indonesia Blog :
    http://pearljamindonesia.blogspot.com/

    Online version of the petition :
    http://www.petitiononline.com/pjindo05/petition.html
  • Haus di Padang Tandus

    3 mars 2008, 7h08m

    Hereby, I'd like to pronounce my best ever Indonesian song ever rated: "Haus di Padang Tandus".

    Related to my previous post on "10 Fundamental Records", you'd find if I'm not really into my nation's music products. In fact, I didn't even care on what so hype recently in local music. I trapped in my box, and decide to limit my access (on local music). Among the few references passed by, I found several songs that in my opinion stand-out and have a high quality musical standpoint. One of them was this song, "Haus di Padang Tandus" which I found among numbers of cover version played by Indonesian hard-rock savvy, Boomerang in their underrated "Segitiga" album.

    Originally, this song is popular (as its written by Johannes Purba) for being Gito Rollies' (from his The Rollies era with their multi-vocalists - Delly and Bonny beside him). This song made famous in "New Rollies" album released in 1976. Gito, then, turned into pop music in the next decade until early 90's. The recently passed away charismatic musician was rarely performing during his sobriety phase (in mid-90's) which eventually changed him into preacher. Thus, Gito Rollies would only appeared in several show that related to religious activity, such in a lucky Ramadan, back in 1997 perhaps where I saw him sang this tremendous song "Haus di Padang Tandus" in a TV show.

    The song instantly clicked me, with the middle-east groove (suitable for Ramadan performance, I guess) blend smoothly with Malayan melody - a distinctive of regionalism in music which make this song is a standpoint.

    In late 90'2 (98 perhaps, or even 99), Boomerang brought rock dimension in this particular song whose lyric I assumed is about relationship between the writer and something he addicted for (name it: lover, drink, drugs - all of those are addictive!). The Boomerang version were clearly more "easy listening" to X-Generation like me than Gito's version who probably were meant to be created in his baby booming generation (70's). But Boomerang maintained the groove and melody, as they also saw them as vivid signature of the song. The singer, Roy Jeconiah, even copy the way Gito Rollies sang this song, with his classical vibration.

    And this post is my perfect salutation for Gito Rollies, who died for cancer last Thursday after struggling with the disease in two years. Rest in peace...

    Download (at http://helmantaofani.blogspot.com): Boomerang version of "Haus di Padang Tandus". I had to thanks people in Multiply, a Malaysian who archived many Indonesian music in digital version.
  • "Guaranteed" Premier on January 7th

    4 jan. 2008, 2h21m

    As released by Billboard this morning on my inbox, Eddie Vedder's newest video "Guaranteed" will be aired premier on VH1 and VH1.com on January 7th.

    The video itself, directed by Marc Rocco, who wrote film "The Jacket" (featuring Keira Knightley) with clips from the movie (Into the Wild) and Vedder performing acoustical. The first "single", Hard Sun, also available on video without Vedder's appearance.

    Vedder himself, recently shot some videos, all with his band, Pearl Jam. His debut appearance was on Temple of the Dog video, Hungerstrike and followed by serial of Pearl Jam promotional video from debut album Ten.
  • Black Red Yellow

    22 août 2007, 12h51m

    Remember Dennis Rodman?



    Apart from being record bearer in rebound rate as professional basketball player, Mr. Rodman also gave his time to dig deep from his favorite band, Pearl Jam. When he was transfered to San Antonio Spurs in 1993, he picked the number 10 jersey instantly. Number 10 wasn't so popular number in basketball, unlike football. Rodman picked the number for reason, which was Pearl Jam. It's no secret that he is crazy about those Seattle-based band, whose debut album entitled "Ten". Eventually, Pearl Jam took the title "Ten" from Mookie Blaylock's jersey number. Mookie was another basketball star, whom Pearl Jam stole the name for their early band-name before later was substituted.

    As for Rodman, his passion on Pearl Jam wasn't merely stopped in Pearl Jam's early year. When later in 1995 he was transfered to Chicago Bulls, he chose number 91 in his Bulls' roster. Along with Bulls' number 23, Rodman help the Illinois' based basketball club to achieve their domination under the reign of Phil Jackson. Number 91, for your information, was picked by Rodman as number 10 was already retired since 1976 under legend Bob Love. 9+1 is 10. And for any other Pearl Jam realted fact, the band's debut album was released in 1991.


    In the other hand, Ed Vedder is a longtime Bulls fan with his Evanston, Illinois nativity. So, it wasn't hard for them both went knew each other as Rodman eventually gave his rendition in Pearl Jam's song. Along with 1996 release album, No Code, Ed made a song dedicated to Rodman's habit in colorize his hair. "Black Red Yellow" is the name of Pearl Jam's particular song with Rodman's voice in an answering machine which was recorded as a filler during solo-interlude in those unreleased (yet) song (later released in a B-Side compilation, Lost Dogs in 2004).

    In the time Rodman achieve his peak career, his favorite band also enjoy the stardom status. Grunge and alternative reach their summit in mid 90-s. So the connection between The Worm (Rodman's nickname) and Pearl Jam was blew out to public. That, partially, driven by Rodman's biography release in 1996, Bad as I Wanna Be which contains Pearl Jam's lyric. Ironically, Rodman's career went down as Pearl Jam release their fifth album titled Yield, in 1998, when he later joined La Lakers. That was the years alternative music having their declining moment. Therefore, Rodman hot relationship with Pearl Jam was never been heard anymore, eventhough he tried to squeeze another career as Hollywood' actor, while Pearl Jam having their musical journey went on.

    And suddenly, in 2007, Rodman appears in Lollapalooza festival which was held in his familiar town, Chicago. Off course, Rodman was there for Pearl Jam: festival's headliner and closer. His familiar figure was captured in the last song of Pearl Jam's setlist, "Rockin in the Free World". Rodman appeared onstage joining the band along with numbers of famous figure such Iggy Pop, Ben Harper and others.

    And there he goes, across my memory of great basketball player that used to be my favorite sport. I remember once there's a dynamic giant, yet eccentric figure under the ring grab any rebound. And there's Dennis Rodman, NBA's alltime leader in rebound rate. He's a Pearl Jam fans.
  • The End is the Beginning

    19 jui. 2007, 3h18m

    “...we were very impressed with the atmosphere in the stadium but we played a good game. The Indonesian have loyal supports from their nation, which would've been a pressure for us, and it's only a matter of experience. With those kind of support and level of display in two previous matches, maybe we'll see Indonesia in the Asian elite soon.”

    - Pim Verbeek, Korea Republic' Head Coach



    Yeah rite Meneer Verbeek, as I saw last night that every group of people gather around a small cube that was broadcasting livematch from Jakarta. From managerial level to security, in any office. And some "warteg" with television packed with group of people shouting and expecting something. From becak driver to homeless men. I can't see nothing compare to football, nowadays, unite all of those "daily clash-risked" elements. This Garuda struggle apparently define "unity" terms in a simple yet significant way.

    The ball is now in PSSI (Indonesian Football Federation) to continue this euforia, and let not this multiethnic nation's dream vanished. The end is the beginning. The journey of Garuda may have ended (in Asian Cup), but the journey of our national football shall continue. Just like Pim Verbeek said, it's only matter of experience that edged out Indonesia. We have all of those elements needed in developing football. Support and talents. As Pim Verbeek also said, maybe we'll see Indonesian as Asian elite in near future.

    Hopefully, it's not just football. Rise my fellow nation, rise!

    PS: Thanks to Garuda boys, you done GREAT lads! Tears that've flown last night were not merely matters of disappointment, but also tears of proud.
  • Post Bahrain Match Notes

    12 jui. 2007, 4h40m

    Me and maybe millions fellow compatriots have just proud of being Indonesian for last night and today, which were quite rare lately. The Indonesian National Team a.k.a Garuda have a splendid performance on the picth against Bahrain on the opening match for Group D in Asian Cup 2007. Nike endorsed them (though we have Adidas did it in the past), at somewhat cool jerseys, which ten reds battling against opponent. We're the host of multinational football championship, for the first time in years. And actually we won in the first fixture (though we've won in the same occassion at 2004 edition)!.

    But still, when you're talking about national pride, nowadays, sports (in this time: football) brought a lot more to hang on rather than all of those experts and politician blurbed in the TV lately. Our football team simply struck Bahrain 2-1, and came out as a winner on a rare ocassion. When Garuda did their job, all of us Indonesian suddenly came out with no longer inferior feeling among other nations. We feel now at the same level, at least with Bahrainese.

    Now I understand what Indonesian Youth have achieved on 1928 when they bound hundreds of races and origins in a nation called Indonesia through homeland and language. And now in 2007, yet again, we're bounded in a fate that Papuans, Acehnese, Bataknese, Sundanese, Batavian, Javanese, Makkassarense, Manadonese, or any other 'neses' are actually took the same souls, which are red and white. At least in football terms. You could see it in Elie, Bambang, Panggabean, Jendri, and the rest of Garuda squad. They have done their business, and now it's ours to reflect this unionship at a daily basis. However, we should've been proud of our local attention. They've commited to deliver such massive supports, able to thrill anyone else' spine to hear "Indonesia Raya" sang out loudly by seventy thousands of people!!! From sometimes, I felt lack of nationality and patriotism, getting sick with all of those "dirtiness" my fellow countrymen have done in a serial disasters, corruption, criminals, etc. But those men under jerseys with Garuda emblem in their chest have turn it around. They gave hope, dreams and happiness to this poor nation. Something that we all need badly these days...

    Thanks lads...you've done GREAT. Go Garuda, Go!

    PS: When the whistle had blown, I've came out instantly to the Nike official store to buy those Indonesian official replica [wore on the photo]. The original jersey costs Rp. 600.000,- and the replica "only" costs Rp. 400.000,-. Slightly diferent in fabrics, with FITDry on the expensive one and regular polyester on the latter. But they both share the same design.
  • Jammin' Radiohead

    22 juin 2007, 17h45m

    Eddie Vedder met Ed O'Brien through Johnny Marr and Neil Finn (guess it's "7 World Collide" gig). Neil Finn and Ed Vedder share the same spotlight as musician (or lyricist) avant garde in the 90's. Both are GREAT songwriters with their solid fanbase. Some people that I know, share their interest between Pearl Jam and Radiohead. Both of them (Ed Ved and Yorke) have unique perspectives on something (check any lyrics they wrote). And up until yesterday, no more clues left to explain connectivity between those alternative's two supergroup.

    Suddenly, I found Ed Vedder jamming "Creep", day ago (June 21) on Multiply (I'd like to share it soon). Full from start to end, eventhough we have no idea what he sang to replace Thom Yorke' lyric on that song. He just mumbled out, except on the reffrain where his baritone voice humming "...but I'm a creep!". Have no idea when and where the track was eventually recorded (said on Free Birdman Sessions or something), but it was cool finally I got something to share, especially with Ditha who was longtime fan of Radiohead, and "learning" Pearl Jam currently. Can't wait to share...

    Anyway, "Creep" was my first bassline I've ever learnt in my college years. This post is for Nadim (where the heck are ya?), who taught me that legendary G-B-C chords.
  • The 2006 Top Ten Music Award

    2 jan. 2007, 11h58m

    Happy New Year everyone. Rise n shine year 2007, and so long year 2006. This is annual-chart for this year:

    [Ten] Screaming Trees
    Got their A-sides compilation "Ocean of Confusion" which aired some of their classic 90's hits on my playlist. "Shadow of the Season" aired frequently before from Singles soundtrack.

    [Nine] Stone Temple Pilots
    Simply rocking with "Big Bang Baby" which I played every morning in my desktop computer. Kickass song to start the day...not to mention songs like "Creep" or "Down" to fill several darkest period of last year.

    [Eight] Mark Lanegan
    Fantastic voice, incomparable. Such a charismatic singer with unfortunate band(s). Heard him first on "River Rise" from Hype! movie. A perfect funeral-backsound for Kurt Cobain.

    [Seven] Jack Johnson
    In 2005, I got the "Santa Barbara" bootlegs from Pearl Jam that introduce me to this Hawaiian surfer. Late on, my ex girlfriend bought me his album (the yellow package with tree silhouette - forgot to name it). Hit me with his simplicity, and hit everyone with his appearance on "Curious George" soundtrack.

    [Six] Soundgarden
    The legendary which I ripped their songs from the A-Sides album. The early year aired with "Searching with My Good Eyes Closed" and the rest of their catalog streaming at fall 2006.

    [Five] Nightwish
    The Finnish band, and the end of Tarja Turunen era. Their songs aired frequently from Tarja's finest such as She is My Sin, Kinslayer, Nemo, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera remake.

    [Four] Nirvana
    I found two bootlegs from this legendary trio and "Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam" (bootlegs/live version) streamed frequently. Another key to be on top quartet, "Negative Creep" and "Dive".

    [Three] Dream Theater
    Even though this prog-metal guru released their Octavarium album last year, the songs that brought DT to the semifinal were classic "YTSE Jam", "Peruvian Skies" and every songs from Scenes from a Memory.

    [Two] Metallica
    Definitely deserved, with mostly aired in the end of the year as I ripped my Master of Puppets and And Justice for All album.

    [One] Pearl Jam
    Okey, it's time to hang out this position as they will eternally hang into this position. The "Avocado" factor drilled me up, and the large number of bootlegs following from their America and World Tour this year. Pearl Jam will always be my number one!