JURNAL : Alhamdulillah

pregnancy due date

There's a bun in the oven.
7 weeks and 2 days old today.
Pray for mom and baby's safety.

SPORTS : Here We Go Again..

A draw on the 1st gameweek..
selection crisis..
transfer saga..
.. typical Man Utd season starter.

No matter what..
we still remain on top.
Here's to another great season.
Here We Go!

To wifey, thanks for the understanding my obsession with this club..
For letting me enjoy the live matches;
For letting me go nuts on the laptop,
managing my fantasy football team;
And for the morale support.
I really appreciate it.

WEB : One More Month For Heroes S3.

Approximately 32 more days to go..
until the premiere of the 3rd season of Heroes.

In the meantime,
check out Claire Bear new short 'do..

She looks really good..


WEB : Lefties, This Is Our Day!

Just 11% of the world's population is left-handed.
Including me.
Lefties = minority.
It's not easy being a minority.
But we're damn proud of it!

Happy Left-Handers Day!
August 13th 2008.

I want to be the minority / I don't need your authority / Down with the moral majority / 'Cause I want to be the minority - Minority, Green Day

MUSIC : Butterfingers - Kembali With A Vengeance

This entry was featured in Butterfingers official blog. Thanks Emmett, Loque, Kadak & Loco.

If somebody told me 12 years ago, that Butterfingers will be rocking keroncong, joget or syair, sing entirely in Malay and write lyrics such as Satu, dua, tiga, empat / Siapa cepat dia dapat, I would definitely tell that person to go fark himself.

Come to think of it, The Beatles fan in the 60's would probably say the same things if they were told that Paul, John, Ringo and George would study transcendental meditation, play sitar and wrote lyrics such as Jai guru deva om.

I am not trying to compare Butterfingers with The Beatles; although they very much qualify to be our very own Beatles in terms of their musical evolution, experimentation and revolution. My point is this : I really can't think of any other local band that has grew so much musically and spiritually in a short period of time other than Butterfingers.

Every album since the raw-sounding 1.2 Miligrams up until now, Butterfingers is constantly changing, surprising us with their trademark Butter Sound, trying to improve their musical talent as well as to broaden their fans listening skills. They could have just stick to playing their hard-rocking grunge rock music that they mastered a long time ago and leave it at that, and everyone will be happy. But Butterfingers is not your average rock band. They definitely have something up their sleeves. And judging by their new 6th studio album Kembali, they are moving into the right direction.

Kembali is Butterfingers 2nd Malay language album after the very dark Selamat Tinggal Dunia and compared to that album, Kembali is the exact opposite. Filled with radio-friendly, catchy up-tempo songs with simple but meaningful lyrics, Kembali is like a Malay folk album with guitar effects. Malay peribahasa, syair and pantun are gracefully laced with a much simpler guitar works and sing-along tunes. It almost sounded like they travel back to Malaya in the 1950's, learn how to sing and play music, came back with spirits intact and put their own twist to the sound of those eras.

The songs are sung in the style of the 50's a-la R. Azmi, like they were telling us a story, or injecting some positive moral thinking into our soul. The music is definitely local, with Malaysian's traditional vibe in every song, but blended to sound global and universal. This is the new Butter-sound and Kembali is the new and improved Butterfingers. What's important is that, they sounded new, fresh and different. At the end of the day, something different is just what we need.

Track by track review :
  • Joget Global - Perfect intro to the album, with Emmett reciting syair and the band singing in a capella. Emmett and Loque sings ubah,ubah,ubah! / Kera di hutan disusukan, anak di rumah mati kelaparan, an obvious ditty to the current state of Malaysia vs Indo music fiasco. I'm not really sure about the 5 minutes guitar effects and distortion sound towards the end of the song though.

  • Bebas - My fave track on the album (so far). Starting from the first line of lyrics, Enjit-enjit semut / siapa sakit naik atas, the song grabs your attention with beautiful melodies, laid-back singing and sing-along lyrics. Love the guitar fills in this song. Simple but effective.

  • Maharani - I guarantee, that violin notes will be stuck in your head for a few days. Emmett's show off his violin skills, perfectly blend with the sound of Loque guitar's. There's an impromptu, acoustic version of this song available on Butterfinger's YouTube channel here that sounded just as great with the 'oooh, ooohs..' and hand-claps replacing the violin and drum works. Very Weezer-ish!

  • Terus Terang - Wang ringgit boleh dicari / Tapi mana nak sama dengan kau seorang / Yang suka berterus-terang sings Emmett in this very simple but catchy song. The lyrics are probably about the fans and their loyalty to the band. The guitar solo in the middle reminded me of their Butter Worth Pushful days.

  • Air Liur di Kuala Lumpur - And ode to the capital city, with right on your nose lyrics such as Kuala Lumpur / Belajar beratur / Janganlah menggelupur. Listen carefully and you could hear Vio-Pipe, their famous instrumental song in the middle of this song, maybe sarcastically played by Loque.

  • Lengkap Semula - Obviously someone is in love. With lyrics such as Akan ku bina sebuah jambatan emas / Demi menghubungkan aku dengannya, the song started off slow, almost classical, and build up tempo in the second verse, before going into this big orchestra like chorus. The chorus melody was probably inspired by P. Ramlee's Anakku Sazali. A grand universal love song, Butter style.

  • Merdeka - Not 100% keroncong (came off sounded a little bit ska), but hats off to Loque for attempting to write a fresh new keroncong song. With a little help from music legend Pak Kassim Masdor on the grand piano, they managed to capture the feel of keroncong with lyrics about freedom. How cool it is for the band to jam with the legendary Kassim Masdor, who used to jam with the great P. Ramlee back in his days.

  • 1000 Tahun (Mahu Hidup) - The first single, started off really subtle with Loque creating guitar sounds that sounded like a sape (Sarawak's ethnic musical instrument), before gradually transforming into a hard-hitting rock song. Loco's drumming was energetic, and it's probably the only song on the album that you can headbang to. Emmett sings Harap maafkan / Di atas segala kesulitan / Perselisihan yang di hadapi / Amat Dikesali / Takkan berulang lagi... maybe it's about their love-hate relationship with the local Malay press? Whatever it is, this is a song about re-inventing, proclaiming that they are back, better than before.

  • Gelombang Cinta - While listening to this song, I kept thinking, if the lyrics were in English, it will definitely be Radiohead, during The Bends. I really like the sound of Kadak's bass on this one.

  • Mendaki Menara Condong - A little bit of Sebadoh and maybe Bloc Party on this track. Loco and Kadak carried this one with amazing drum and bass work. It's an uplifting song with lyrics such as Peristiwa berlaku dengan sebab / Terus mara ke depan / Jangan putus asa / Jangan menyerah kalah that will definitely lift your spirits in whatever it is that you're doing.

  • Mati Hidup Kembali - If The Beatles (again) have Let It Be, Butterfingers have this song. Loque beautifully crafted a masterpiece, going solo on the piano pouring his heart out to this song. The chorus sounded a little bit traditional with lyrics such as Malam semalam gundah gulana / Hari ini hari mulia / Tak pernah aku rasa begini / Seperti mati hidup kembali. This song simply sums up what the album is all about. After saying goodbye in Selamat Tinggal Dunia, now they are back in Kembali, reborn and reinvented.

I read an interview somewhere, that Butterfingers are saying that they were glad that nowadays, less people are labeling them, 'Malaysia's Best Band' like before, thus creating less pressure and anticipation into the creation of this album. Well, whether they like it or not, I like to call them, 'Malaysia's Most Creative Band'.

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WEB : Watchmen Posters

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Very cool Watchmen character posters. I love the details and the comic style design. I thought the quotes were a great touch too although I'm curious about the Dr. Manhattan posters because I think the comment was made by Prof. Milton Glass, not Prof. Wally Weaver. I also noticed the date on the Nite Owl quote is dated 1986, which is interesting considering that the comic storyline happens entirely in 1985. Hmm..

Also noticed the clock in the top left corner of the poster shows various time. Plus the first appearance of Ozymandias pet, Bubastis (..yaay!) is just wonderful. And check out Sally Jupiter.. Carla Gugino was made to wear that costume!

SPORTS : Thank You Ole!

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's testimonial yesterday came 12 years after he joined Manchester United, aged 23, from Norwegian club Molde for £1.5m. Although the striker usually started matches on the bench, he soon picked up the nickname, 'the baby-faced assassin', for his ability to plunder goals and his boyish looks.
  • He won six League titles and two FA Cups at United. His greatest moment, however, came in 1999 when he came on to score the last-minute winner in the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp, to give United an unprecedented Treble.
  • In total, he made 366 appearances for the club, the last coming in scoring 126 goals before a knee injury ended his career in the summer of 2007. He holds the club record for most goals scored as a substitute. He also won 67 caps for Norway, with 23 international goals.
  • Since retiring, he has been appointed United's reserve team coach, and is also a UNICEF ambassador and the youngest recipient of Norway's equivalent of a knighthood.

Much respect for 20 LEGEND.
Your service will be greatly missed.