Thursday, March 31, 2011

[event] Tribal Gathering of the Tongue Tasters #4 // 2nd April 2011 @ The Substation

The Psalms + NAZ (Revolta) + Bani Haykal (B-Quartet) + Mai (Rika)
as part of the Tribal Gathering of Tongue Tasters

Saturday 2nd April, 8pm
Venue: The Substation Theatre
Admission: $15 and $10 (students)
To purchase tickets please call Mish’aal 6337 7535 / 6337 7800 or email

Band merchandise will be on sale.

Presented by The Substation.

**For every ticket, you will be entitled to a 10% discount at Peek!
Peek membership card holders gets 10% off normal ticket prices!

About the Tribal Gathering of Tongue Tasters

The Tribal Gathering of Tongue Tasters is The Substation’s new music and sonic arts programme. The Substation has invited a selection of the finest emerging and established sound artists, bands and collectives to challenge the deifnition of home-grown music and performance. This is the first performance for 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

[rndm] Pg.99 Reunion Show!

Yes you read correctly. Screamo / hardcore punk legends Pg.99 are reuniting to play at this year's Best Friends Day, an annual festival held in Richmond, US. The resurrected band will comprise of the Document #8 line-up and they will perform the Document #8 LP in its entirety.

More information about the fest can be found here: Best Friends Day

And to know more about PG99 and Document #8 (plus a link to download the album), go here: Pg.99's Document #8

Get stoked, spread the love, and see you there!

[rndm] Repping The Militant xVx

And on that note :

Thursday, March 24, 2011

[shoutout] Blackhole Radio #3 March-April 2011

Hafiz Bastard from the Blackhole collective has been doing this radio series since the start of the year. Tunes focus heavily on the Asian DIY hardcore-punk scene, which may still be lesser-known to folks in the global scheme of things.

Check it out here: Blackhole Radio

[shoutout] Shock&Awe #3 out now!

The much talked-about zine project hailing from Malaysia, with a focus on the Malaysian DIY hardcore-punk scene, has a new issue out! In this one, there are articles from various columnists and contributors on a wide spectrum of topics: a deconstruction about "punk rock tourism", a muse on "nice cops" vs. "bad cops", an ode to the well-loved cassette tape, a scene report on the punk spaces/venues in Malaysia, amongst others. Chockful of reviews thrown in the mix for good measure, too.

They have an online presence too: (with a focus on regional DIY hardcore punk media production in electronic form)

Singapore stockists:

Straits Records - 49 Bali Lane
Polarity Press -

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

[event] Critical Mass March // 25th Mar 2011 @ 7-11 outside Forum The Shopping Mall

This is the 3rd attempt at a Critical Mass in Singapore for the year 2011. Let's do it again!

There was no Critical Mass last month as it was raining heavily. Hopefully it will not rain again this time!

For those who are not familiar with the idea, Critical Mass is a worldwide movement to promote the use of bicycles as a viable means of transportation, arising in response to what many call the "car culture": an over-dependence on the private automobile. It is, more than anything else, a reclamation of space, a demonstration to show that the city belongs to people and not machines.

For more info, do check out infosheet here:

Meeting point: 7.30PM at the 7-11 outside Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road.

See you there!

[event] Piss and Harmoney // 26th Mar 2011 @ The Substation Gallery

Part of the onistudio exhibition "The Garden - I Will Send You To a Better Place". A collaboration between onistudio, Blackhole, Prohibited Projects, and The Substation.

Since 2006, Zai Kuning has been speaking passionately about the lost of the Substation Garden, which has been disconnected from the arts centre itself ever since Timbre Group opened its first food and beverage outlet. The arts community's response towards the lost of the iconic tree, the changing landscape around The Substation, and the community it used to gather varies from nostalgia, ambivalent pragmatism to resentment.

Commissioned for a work for the Singapore Biennale (SB) 2011, Zai proposed to close Timbre and return the garden to the arts community for the period of the Biennale. However, the proposal failed to materialise. Bearing in mind Kuo Pao Kun's words " great failure is more worthwhile than mediocre success', Zai conceived this exhibition and monologue as a response to the failed project, focusing on his personal experience and thoughts about the Garden, the Substation, and his conversation with Matthew Ngui (director of SB 2011).

More importantly, he would like to invite you to be part of this response to a sanctuary that the arts community have lost.

**This project is not part of the Singapore Bienalle and is generously supported by the following individuals: William Lim, Mahizhnan Arun, Tay Tong, Chua Beng Huat, Helen Tay, Lai Chee Kian, Sim Pern Yau, Josef Ng, Wee Wan Ling, Ang Lysa, Tan Tarn How, T.Sasitharan, Michelle Ho, Paul Rae, June Yap, Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Zelda Tatiana Ng, Verena Tay, Hatta Moktar, Ben Slater, Tan Shrz Ee, Milica Bravacic, Raka Maitra, PanuksmiHardjowirogo, and Lee Weng Choy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

[announcement] Break Down The Walls

And so here we are again: the 3rd incarnation of LIONCITYDIY.

The first time, it was a dot com, but later on it got harder and harder to raise the funds for the yearly server fees, which made it difficult for sustainability in the long run. Furthermore, the contributing pool was concentrated on a small handful of people -- which made the effort of continuing the site pointless, at least on a monetary level.

It was decided that the portal be mainly a messageboard the second time around. It ran on a free messageboard server so the issue of maintaining the site monetarily fell away. However, response was dismal this time. If it was tough finding contributors the first time (when it was a site that was akin to an e-zine), it was even more of a challenge trying to urge the messageboard into life. Turnover rate for new posts was extremely slow, and there were even times when it lay dormant like it was on its last breaths. And so we decided to terminate it prematurely; a virtual euthanasia, if you will.

LIONCITYDIY is still a decentralized collective as it was before. It still hopes to continue on in such a tradition. Despite the fact that there are webmasters running the site now, you are still welcome to say your piece. You are still welcome to contribute your photos, artwork, and reviews. You are still welcome to suggest ideas on how we can make our local scene better.

Maybe this time it will be better. The third time's the charm and all of that. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?