Friday, August 29, 2008

Let's do this again!

"...lepaslah senyuman saling merangkul
genggam erat semua tutur ikrar."

whisperdesire - "Kembali"

"Such an optimistic point of view..."

Pee Wee Gaskins - "You Throw The Party, We Get The Girls"

"...lets start, start, hey!"

Paramore - "That's What You Get"

Let's do this again!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Nisfu Sya'ban night at Jati Indah

This morning, I went fitness and swimming with Misykat in Gallery Ciumbuleuit. I met Dika just when Misykat went preparing for the fitness in the second floor of the house. Dika said that he read the recent posts of Rockepreneur which reviewed about Rocket Rockers until the last post about my final score, and I really appreciated with that. Thanks! Misykat only did fitness but I did both of them. We finished at 10 o'clock and closed by Yellow Rice dinner at Jl. Sumur Bandung, and Yes, they're cheap!

Went home early

I already booked Citi Trans to Jakarta at 12.15 just the last day, and my initiative job to clean up my room still haven't been finished yet until an hour before the departure. So, I decided to clean it up directly and just made it look neater. I decided to make up my room to be more like a "student room" than a studio after I got my final short semester score that you could read it on my last post.

I traded my 10 tickets by 1 free ticket + a friendship card from Citi Trans that I still don't know when I actually got it, and went home as usual.

No signal

I arrived at Jakarta at 15.00, but actually I arrived home at 17.45. :) Well, something happened on the pickup of my arrival. First is because my cell phone was out of battery, and second is because my cell phone couldn't receive signal anymore. About the second problem, I excused it because my Nokia 3100 has been almost 6 year old since the third grade of my junior high school.

It started when I late to call Mr. Parno, my home assistance to pick me up at the arrival. Then, I just realized that my cell phone wasn't receiving signal anymore after I forced it to turn it on after dead by low battery. In the other hand, I decided to surprised Adit, my high school friend that his house located near the travel station. I surprised him by giving him Corel Draw and Adobe Photoshop DVD tutorial to practice graphical design that he love.

Nisfu Sya'ban night at Jati Indah

Nisfu Sya'ban is the remembrance day of Islam which is placed in the Sya'ban Islamic month. It's believed that Allah SWT will planned a person's faith on the next 1 year, so Muslims usually memorized the Nisfu Sya'ban night by reading Surat Yaasiin in Koran. I read the Surat Yaasiin in Al-Muhajirin Mosque near my house at Jati Indah.

I hope the next year will be better than the last.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

IP 2.4 with a smile :)

Late to know the semester registration

In Monday morning, I woke up late after Shalat Subuh early in the morning. I was very tired that morning and I looked at my cell phone and there was a SMS from Deva. It received in 01:18:09 early in the morning. He asked about the lecturer meeting that would occur Monday morning. With not fully awake, I replied, must we attend the meeting or not, because I was still in Jakarta at that time. It didn’t reply after that.

I continued my sleep until my mom who has departed from home called and asks me to help her downloading and printing her CV from the internet. The weird thing is my re-slept after I woke up early in the morning, I dreamed about something in hurry. I forgot it. After I downloaded and finished the printing in my parent’s computer, I decided to clean up the PC using CCleaner as I read from Laptop Magazine as the best cleaning tool to clean up your computer that would feels like new. I installed AVG Free and SpyBot Search and Destroy to protect the PC.

I looked at the time again and it has shown 10 o’clock. No SMS replied, I decided to SMS Albi, my other friend. He replied that the meeting is actually important because it related to the legislation from our lecturer and registration to take the next credit of semester. I started to feel awareness after this. Suddenly, Deva replied, that we must attend the meeting that opened from 8-11 o’clock in the morning! :O He continued that we must register it via internet first, before we came to the lecture and register the proposal. :O

Well, the clock started to point 10.30 in my room, and I’m still grabbing my cell phone in front of my stereo. As I felt disoriented, I called Mrs. Ikum, SBM’s admin to clarify the information. She said that the meeting is very important and the internet registration only can be applied in ITB server. The clock showed 11 o’clock and I’m still in Jakarta. I decided to SMS my lecture about the situation that I just know that there’s a lecturer meeting this morning. Fortunately, he replied that we would still be in SBM-ITB until 17.00. Yes!

Went to Bandung in hurry

I started finding information about the closest time travel available to Bandung. I got Citi Trans in 14.15 and X-Trans in 13.15. With hurry I decided to take X-Trans with closer 1 hour from Citi Trans without knowing what was going to happen at that time. As I arrived at X-Trans, I directly met a cruel receptionist that didn’t trust me at first that I don’t have a Rp10.000 change. Then, after 13.15 and we depart from the Fatmawati station, we didn’t directly went to Bandung, but you know what, we went to Pondok Indah station first to join with the others with a bus! :( My hope to arrive at Bandung at the minimum time of 16.00 started to fall.

Arrived in Bandung

Be patient with all the stressful moment, I decided to take a nap in the bus. After I woke up, I already shown km 67, which we already entered Cipularang Highway. I decided to take a nap again. When I woke up again, it already shown km 120. It already closed to Bandung. Fortunately, as we arrived at Pasteur gate, I looked up the person’s wristwatch beside me and it still shown, 15.30. Alhamdulillah, I could still achieve my target! But you know what, the bus actually never stopped at Dago. It stopped at Chiampelas! Well, with disorientation increased again, I asked a person in front of the terminal to catch the Dago route angkot (Indonesian car public transportation). He said uses the Margahayu one that leads to BIP. He said that there’s no direct angkot to Dago from Chiampelas. If I want to go to upper Dago, I should take another angkot there.

Went to ITB

I thanked the guy, and started to go. I directly arrived at BIP, and I didn’t realize that I was out of “receh” (small amount of Rupiah which often used to pay public transportation or other small price occasion). The cash in my wallet are a Rp20.000, a Rp50.000, and a Rp100.000. So, after I jumped off from the angkot, I searched for the closest “warung” (small kiosk that sells snacks, drinks, and cigar, which you can only find it in Indonesia :)) to buy something to break the money up. I bought Rp1000 bread and a bottle of Nu Green Tea with my Rp20.000 and I got 4 pieces of Rp1000 and a piece of Rp10.000. I finally got the “receh” to go to ITB.

As you know, angkot’s driver has a behavior of “ngetem” (doesn’t want to go before the wanted amount of passenger filled up the angkot), and the crowded place like BIP is the most favorite place to do it. I have to wait for a while before the angkot go. In the road, I asked a person beside me about what time is it. The clock has actually shown 16.20! OMG, my target was actually broke for late 20 and more minutes. I arrived at Jl. Dayang Sumbi and walked directly to SBM-ITB. As I stepped in, the clock showed 16.30. Subhanallah!

The legislation

I have to make my proposal of legislation first from the internet before I met my lecturer. Fortunately, there were still Jatun and Ikrom at the computer room. I asked them to process the proposal to be able to be printed down to paper to be legislated. It was kind of complicated and I wondered how I could do it without any help. So, thanks Jatun and Ikrom for your help!

I printed out the paper and straightly went to Mr. Dedi’s room in the 3rd floor. As I arrived, the clock still shown 16.45, and Mr. Dedi, my lecturer, was still in his room. Alhamdulillah! With breathtaking, I gave the proposal to him and he rechecked it before he signed it.

The final score

I thought it will be good news that I made to arrived and met Mr. Dedi at that day. But actually, I just found out a fact about the final score of my short semester.

“How’s your score”

“I didn’t know sir, I just only know that I got C in Accounting.”

“C? What happened?”

“Well, it’s just about time management, sir.”

“What about the other?”

“I don’t know sir.”

“Well, let me check it first.”

He browsed the local server about the score of his students.

“Look, you got 2.4 for your final score.”

“What?”

“Yes. See, you got C in Managemet Practice and B in Psychology of Bussiness.”

“I didn’t notice at all that I could get those scores, sir.”

“What happened Yoyok?”

“…”

I was trying to be patient at that situation, and straightly looked at myself. Those result truly kicked me in the face.

“Ok, those are your scores. Let me calculate… Your cumulative score is 3.13. Well Yoyok, this semester you would face harder subjects than the first and second semester. You have to work harder. You would have less time to play. The subjects are more focus.”

“Yes sir.”

I won’t discuss and debate about my scores anymore, especially for Management Practice… Because, debate is only a debate. You don’t do it…

“So Yoyok, have you think about the subject that you would take in the third year?”

“Subject to take?”

“Yes, you would choose 3 subjects from any majors in ITB in the third year. Have you think about it?”

“Mmm, I don’t know.”

“What do you want?”

“Mmm, any subjects?

“Yes.”

“Mmm, FSRD maybe?”

“What, FSRD? (with little laugh.) Seriously, what do you want to be Yok?”

“I don’t know. It still confusing sir.”

“That’s a major. What subject do you like from there?”

“I don’t know, I haven’t research for it yet sir.”

“Well, just be prepared for it. Do a lot of research from your friends. It stills a year to go.”

“Ok sir.”

Well I’ve got to choose subjects from other majors in ITB in the third year. I just surprised and FSRD is the major that popped in my mind. :)

Missed the registration at Monday

After I looked up the time which has shown 17.00, I’ve realized that the main registration in Aula Timur ITB has been closing. But, I decided to go there to ask the people there the time open tomorrow, which I got it in 8 o’clock in the morning.

Did registration Tuesday morning

I did registration in Tuesday morning, joining with the other majors in ITB and a few SBM-ITB majors students from 2005. As I finished the registration, (Alhamdulillah!) I went out from the building and I suddenly met Albi. I asked him why he came for registration this morning. It’s because he’s a person that ensured me that there should be any meeting with the lecturer and registration. I thought he already done it all in Monday like other else’s students. He told me that there was something to be done first at Monday that made him submit it on Tuesday.

Ready for the next start

The score truly kicked me out. At the time I went home, I started to think about what I would do for the next semester. I don’t want to be distracted by the thing that I love that doesn’t relate to the subject anymore. I don’t want to get 2.4 for my final score anymore. I want to be more focus, work hard and apply the mindset that “school is the place to search for score”, as my friend Dika said once when we ate in the canteen, and that I always deny it for a long time. Let the score be my external motivation right now, because, that’s the way I thank Allah SWT that I’m very fortunate to still be able to stay at school.

I would open the book “Strategi Sukses Di Kampus” again, as the book that I got when I first entered ITB. I want to refresh my mind. I want to feel like a new student that just enters university. I hope I could work hard for this. Subhanallah!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Thanks Rocket Rockers!

My review about Rocket Rockers' new album "Better Season" here, is being link backed to their MySpace page with positive reply.

See it here:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=10332550&blogID=421779571

Thank you very much Rocket Rockers!

Went to Sixty Six High School and watched Batman: The Dark Night

After I Shalat Jumat in the afternoon, I met Azis, my kindergarten to junior high school friend at Al-Izhar. It has been almost 6 months that I haven’t met him. He’s now at SGU (Swiss-German University) majoring Technical Industry. He’s same as me that have just enjoying holiday for 2 weeks. But he would start again in September 1st, and I would enter at August 19th. :(

Fulfilling the nostalgic situation, I decided to ask him to watch Batman: The Dark Night together with my high school friends. But actually, the movie in Cinere Mall has gone, and so in Cilandak Town Square. The movie only still available in Pondok Indah Mall which made my high school friends canceled to watch the move, replace by going to Sixty Six High School. So, I went to Sixty Six High school with Ade and Yoga, and postponed to watch the movie in the evening with Azis, Adi, and Syaugi, my neighbours.

In Sixty Six High School

This is the first time ever I went back to my lovely high school, Sixty Six High School for over a year. I saw some differences like the road in front of our school has being bigger and could passed by cars. The building still the same but each classes has their own projectors and PC’s. Cool! Saw in the third floor that there’s a wireless router that shows there’s a hotspot zone in my school! The mosque has also finish built for 1 floor only. There should be built for 3 floors, but I think the budgets weren’t complete, and the unfinished 2nd floor is being used as the natural biology lab.

As we visited our high school, I met Paul and Dedif, our friends, teaching for Rohis kids learning Islamic tambourine to the juniors at the mosque. I met my other friends Ratna and Epep in the second floor teaching for the junior scouts. Then, indoor soccer extracurricular just has being started, and I met Indah, Tari, Cahya, and Shifa as the tutors.

It was a great nostalgic at that time. My biggest surprise at that time is when I saw a poster from Hellen-Keller International Foundation in the wall magazine. There’s me on the poster with my other friends Romi, Nadin, Trias, Trian, and Irfan! I remembered that the picture is taken when I was in XII Social 3 class, campaigning for applying inclusion school in the other schools. The main person who is being showed in the picture is actually Irfan and Trian as the blind person who study in Sixty Six High School. The picture shows that we just walked in the school just like ordinary friendship with all the blinds. This is the first time I saw the picture and I was totally amazed by it! :)

Watch The Dark Night

After visiting my high school, I went home and take a short nap and then wake up again in 17.00. I remembered that I have being promise to watch movie with Adi, Azis and Syaugi. So, I decided to call them and asked them again. Actually, only Syaugi who couldn't join us to watch the movie because he had an appointment with his family. So, Azis, Adi, and I who finally watch The Dark Night. We got the schedule in 20.45. I went to Azis house near Al-Muhajirin Mosque, and went to Adi’s house not far from his house. I asked Adi to use his car to go to PIM because I and Azis’s car is being brought with the parents. So, we depart from Adi’s house at 19.30 and arrived at PIM in 20.15.

Before we depart, we met Adi’s mom in his house and had short conversation with us. Along the road we talk stories about our life at the university. I told about my life at SBM-ITB, and so does Azis in SGU, and Adi in San Francisco.

We all three actually have the same status which all:

1. We all roughly have the same age and same level of education, which is 3rd semester year university student.

2. We live in the same neighbor which is in Jl. Jati Indah.

3. We all joining university that most of the students are in high class of economy. :) In the other hand, from the stories, I actually the person that enters the most “tolerant” high class university, compare to Azis and Adi. I’m actually still able to be ordinary with all the other ITB students. But Azis who have a friend with Rp800.000 in the pocket all day, seems really tempting. :) But you would still amazed by one of Adi’s friends who bought a Mercedes after get stressful to not be able to get an A in one of the subject. :) But in the end, I told that we have to be more principle or to always keep our perception and not being flattered by the things that would make us having a “little heart”.

4. Well, we can’t deny it that we are still single boys that haven’t experiencing any relationship. :)

I got interesting fact that local US kids especially girls are very easy to be flatters by their friendship. Adi said that a lot of girls in US are too easy to say that they are ugly that leaded to the increasing level of plastic surgery. Actually, non local people in America are actually more materialistic that the locals. Adi’s friends from Indonesia are actually more materialistic than the locals. Most of non-American students use cars as their school transportation. Hobbies for guys are modifying cars and for girls is purchasing purse. :) Adi said that it not just an ordinary purse. It’s like Versace and Armani which cost the same like second car which is 4000$. (Hmm, price like that, I would buy a full set band studio. :)) Afternoon side parking in America is free and safe, not like in Indonesia which uses counted hours and often unsafe.

After we arrived in PIM, we bought the ticket and had dinner together in Solaria in PIM 2. We entered the cinema on time there at 20.40. We went back home in about 11 o’clock. Btw, I’m still owing Azis and Adi’s money for the movie and eating in Solaria because I didn’t have time to withdraw cash from ATM. I should’ve giving it back today, but it was funny because, in the morning I went to 3 ATM’s near my house and they all jammed (dead, hang, and electricity off). :) So, I decided it to give the money back tomorrow.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Yesterday was a lot of fun!

After I finally get a holiday I decided to go home to Jakarta to meet my high school friends.

Met my XII Social 3 classmates

Yesterday, I met my third class of my high school friends which is XII Social 3. I met Romi, Agnes, Nunung, Fahmi, Nadin, Trias, Dwi, Loksa, few other friends at Cinere Mall at 12 o’clock. We met at Gramedia and food court. Then we decided to watch local movie “Oh My God”. The movie is great because there are a lot of implicit message in it, which other drama comedy move often only have a few or even none. We finished at 4 o’clock and we ate at KFC.

Romi is my tablemate friend since XI Social 1 class, and we talk a lot about our days at university. He entered Faculty of Law Diponegoro University, Semarang, and he has been home since few weeks. He’s a talented friend and as great knowledge about social and exact lessons. He’s a law student but joined AIESEC, an international economic competition. :0

My friend Nunung, she’s studying in University of Indonesia majoring Publishing and Design. She will take care of any type of media publishing and creating art for it. Then, I talked about Raditya Dika’s new publishing called Bukune. She said that she will take care of any problems of publishing and design using Photoshop, Corel Draw, 3D Max, etc. Well, it kind of beneficial to me if I want to create any art that she will take care of the publishing. :)

I said to Agnes, my friend who majoring Accounting, that the subject is actually very beneficial to create business in the future. That’s why it’s very hard (for myself actually).

Met few Adi, one of my neighbor

After I went back home, I did pray Maghrib at Al-Muhajirin Mosquse. Because the mosque is close to Adi’s house and I have recognize with Mr. Kamto, the security there. So, as I walked home, I asked Mr. Kamto, does Adi has arrived home from United State or not, and actually he does. So I came by to his house, and met him.

He’s just came back about 1 week and in the middle of August he will be back again to San Francisco, California to continue his study. His junior and high school friend Cio, has the same university as me, SBM-ITB, and he said that he was often make fun to him that always make him angry. :) He told his experience in US that he’s often difficult to eat healthy because McDonald is right in front of his apartment. :)

His apartment after he shared it to 2 of his friends, he paid 400$/month (wow, more than 4 times of my kos-kosan), and he got to his college by car because of distance. He said that the governments there are prioritizing their citizens much from education. He said that his cost with all the non-American citizens for education could cost 3 times more expensive than the citizens. He also said that services are far more expensive than goods. You would find a barbershop for 40$ a service. That’s why he didn’t cut his hair until he went home to Jakarta again (which create his hair grows very long), that makes his father angry to him and to cut his hair. :)

But same as my kos-kosan life, he’s sometimes didn’t take a shower to college because of late, or even have difficulties to eat because of laziness and the food there are pretty expensive. He also said that America is now just like a place of gathering citizens all over the world and doesn’t have their original culture anymore.

Met Onimusha kid

When I arrived home after visiting Adi, I went back home and Yoga and Ade has sat in the waiting chair outside. As I played Rocket Rockers and Pee Wee Gaskins, I talked much about my experience in SBM-ITB, and explaining and describing what’s behind the music I played there. Soon after a while, Made came in and continue to have nostalgic high school moment. We had lunch together at home and had a delicious Oreo ice cream.

I heard that my friend Pasca fell down to the mindset of NII (Negara Islam Indonesia), which is a “sesat” (pervert) movement that using the wrong taught of Islam to bring Indonesia to that wrong “sesat” way. It has been a threat and create fear to the people. This illegal and “sesat” movement would brainwash your mindset to follow them to their rule that the person would avoid their friends and even their family to join the movement. They said that, avoiding friendship is a sunnah (something that will be bless from god), and the evidence who’ve fell to join them said that, we should avoid our parents that “sesat” by their point of view using the name of Quran’s message that being cut one by one and puzzled wrongly.

Allah itself told Muslims to understand the message in Al-Quran correctly because, that’s actually the “manual book” of life and should be connect each other and not being cut one by one and being puzzled to create wring meaning.

Demikianlah Allah menerangkan kepadamu ayat-ayat-Nya supaya kamu memahaminya. Q.S. Al-Baqarah: 242

To avoid the “sesat” (pervert) movement of NII:

1. Avoid invitation by certain/unknown person for only small or individual forum to discuss Syariah value. Discussing Syariah value should be in a big forum that relates to open mind of a lot of person.

2. Be realistic. Islam teaches us to be a good person that menghormati norm and value as a social being. Avoiding good friendship (silaturahim) or even parents that NII believe are totally against the norm, value, and also human as a social being.

3. Don’t be flattered by any promises that some people asked to join the “sesat” NII movement like to be counselor or minister to their movement.

4. Don’t ever trust to spend or donate money to the movement.

5. Their targets are new students that just entered university, using their “want to be active student” spirit to brainwash them.

I showed my videos of my musical performances with Tutor B-and, Sky and Sight, and by myself. In the end, I share some of my mp3s to their collection. It was a great full day that I always wanted to be. Subhanallah!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Rocket Rockers “Better Season” review



This is the review of the newest album of one of my most favorite band, Rocket Rockers. This new album is titled Better Season. I bought this album straight in Reach & Rich Records (the label) in Jl. Muararajen Baru 2 No.18 Bandung, which I got the info on their MySpace page here. This CD album is very cheap compare to other CD’s sold (independent or major band CD’s), which cost only Rp25.000.

The packaging

As I bought the album, I met Mrs. Tia, the one who is written on Rocket Rockers MySpace blog, with the other people working with hectic scene. They targeted to sell the first 1000 copies of the CD to the local clothing distribution that if a person bought something more than several Rupiahs in the clothing store, they could have the CD for free.



I firstly had something in my mind about their first 1000 copies. They should added merchandise in it. So I asked one of the guy, who also in busy there for the availability of stickers. But actually, they haven’t produced it. So, I thought I would get the same thing as I bought the CD’s on major store, with straight from the label house without getting extra things.

But apparently I was wrong. I opened the plastic wrap of the CD, and open up the CD case to get the surprise what’s inside. As I opened the case, something dropped down. I argued “This mustn’t be a sticker.” I founded the booklet list of Rocket Rockers Ring Back Tone (RBT). I thought it was a surprise thing that came with the CD. Inside the case, I looked up to the picture of the CD that camouflage with the case, which is very precise and cool.



Well again, I thought that, “This is it. I bought the earliest copy of the CD straight from the record label without getting any extras.” But my thought was vanish after I took out the CD from the case.



Yes, signatures! I saw signatures from each members of the band! But then, I curious that is just being template and printed out right on the sleeve, because the signs seems very tidy. But I biased it with light, and I saw glows from the signs that show that they are originally written by hand. Looks like their first 1000 copies of “Better Season” will be added special signature form each member of the bands. So, go get them now before it sold out! It’s very cool, and I was truly surprised with it!

The sleeve cover

As CD lovers, I like the cover of the CD which represents the title “Better Season”. The model (which I’m sure it’s Ucay) did “Superman style” jumped with power in the empty savanna with a clear sky background. It wasn’t too futuristic, but more fotoristic. :) Which is means more natural. It’s like a person who is being down with all the problems in the whole season, and then walked away to the savanna with optimistic mind and then he blew it away by jumping and screaming “I want a better season!” that changed his mind set. It’s just that simple.

The songs

“Better Season” came with total 14 songs, which the 12 songs are the songs that I already get the copy from my friend (I’m truly sorry about this, but I tried to be honest). It’s just because I’m a fan, not a pirates. But as Rocket Rockers said, it was all haven’t been premastered. It’s truly worth buying the CD with all the artistic. :)

1. Hidup Kita Adalah Film Terbaik Sepanjang Masa

Guitar with flanger at first and classical vocal layered the song. Looks like the lyrics of this song inspired by the story about Ucay’s personal experience as an actor in College Theater. Because I read Rocket Rockers interview in Ripple Magazine that Ucay had several act in College Theater (which I wouldn’t tell it because it’s so pitty. :) )

2. Episode Ini

Have an important message to document our everyday’s life. This song really represents my daily routine to work on blog. This song is very fit who has hobbies like doing writing, music, photography, recording, and any type of documenting activities. Because documentation is very beneficial to us to record scenes in our lifetime that would create history as time goes by that could we use to do introspection

3. Simbol Hati

This song tells us to refresh our mind about problems that we face. This song is truly representing pop punk with Rocket Rockers taste from their first and second album.

4. Hari Untukmu

Hey, my statement above about the sleeve cover actually fits with this song! This song tells us to be more optimistic and easy to be singing along. This song is the one of the most well known song before the album released originally because Rocket Rockers has been playing this songs several times at heir live shows. This is one the key track on the album.

5. Akhiri Sepi

This is one of my favorite songs before the album is released. :) Aska layered the guitar melody very catchy in this song. You could feel Rocket Rockers characteristic of music in this song.

6. Aku Bosan Menjadi Pecundang

This song told a story about a person who is being used by his girlfriend without any respect! Yes, this is the most emotional song of the record, covered with catchy pop punk tunes.

7. Ingin Hilang Ingatan

I saw Rocket Rockers performed in SMAN 1 Bandung art show and told that this song is about drug user who has been quit, but the person still being pursued by his/her friend to do it once more. The song told them to step off and get away from his life, as it stated “Ingin Hilang Ingatan”.

8. Membaca Tanpa Mata

This is the song that I haven’t got the copy of it yet. :) So it’s a surprise for me. I already recognize the title of this song in Ripple Magazine soundtrack in the editorial, as it stills a demo. When I first read the title, I guessed this song is about blind people facing their life that inspired by the existence of Wiyata Guna Blind Care Foundation in Bandung. But actually, it was wrong after I listened to it.

It had the first part of early post-hardcore tunes continued by “Here’s Your Letter” Blink-182’s tempo. This song is inspired by the victims of disasters that occurred in our country such as tsunami in Aceh, or earthquake in Pangandaran and trying to believe that all of the tragedies were just a bad dream. You would also find a reggae part in this song. Unique!

9. Your Fashion Costumed by Intellect Orthodox

You would find taste of Full of Hate’s old school hardcore mixed with Rocket Rockers pop tunes in this song. Rocket Rockers is trying to write about politics to the immorality leaders in this song as one of the roots of punk rock music. This is the shortest song in the album and the coolest Rocket Rockers’ t-shirt has ever made. :)

10. I Miss You

“Don’t waste your time on me your already the voice inside my head.” No, the lyrics are not like that. :) This song is about the lost hope of distance love. But, I don’t know the meaning of “A L” in the lyrics. Does it AL a.k.a. Ucay?

11. Tunggu Apalagi

This song has a catchy opening with synthesizer layer. The song told us to “Stop staring at your messages. Just wake up and go get her!”

12. Jangan Berakhir

This song describes a romantic scene between a couple which they hope that it wills never ending. In the other hand, they would probably often use this song as a closer song of their life performance, because it still fits with it.

13. Terobsesi

Terobsesi is the most hype song in this album. Synthesizer really makes melodic punk songs to be more fascinating. The chemistry has created bands that use it like The Get up Kids, Disconnected, Motion City Soundtrack, and Pee Wee Gaskins to be cool and famous. No wonder that this song is the song that is being promoted to be broadcast to radio stations all over Indonesia.

14. Better Season

This is the last song which is the English version of “Hari Untukmu”. The lyrics are doesn’t exist in the sleeve, as you can capture it by yourself. The song closes the album with optimistic spirit of better season.

Behind the album

If you look closer to this album, the album is finished by well known people in local music scene which are:

1st is Ridhan, the manager, which also the manager of band Seurieus. He’s proven to be a smart manager that could “survive” Rocket Rockers from “out of date” material in the album which has been lacked on the internet, by promoting the new song “Terobsesi” from FM radio dial and pre-release of Ring Back Tone (RBT) before the album came out.

2nd is Bintang 41 Studio Bandung, which is the studio that is being used by Rocket Rockers from their first album and plenty of other great independent bands like Pure Saturday, Forgotten, Superman Is Dead, and Burgerkill.

3rd is Hok Laij from Musica Studio who mastered the album greatly to “recreate” Better Season to be like an adequate album. He’s also known as the producer of band Peterpan.

4th is db as the photographer who photo the band members in the “nowhere forest”. He’s well known in photographing the moments of local independent events which can be seen in Ripple Magazine and photographing another band member’s album such has Pure Saturday and Sendal Jepit. His arts can be seen in bahe.deviantart.com.

Album’s unique

1. Rocket Rockers not again giving thanks to all independent bands, clothing, and media in Indonesia, as they did in their first and second album. This time they generally stated “Semua yang sudah membangun subkultur di negeri ini menjadi besar, beragam, positif, pintar, dan inspiratif.”

2. The statement “Seluruh suara vocal di album ini tidak menggunakan fasilitas Auto Tune” (“All the vocals in this album doesn’t use any Auto Tune”) remembering me about Siksa Kubur’s album “Eye Cry” which is written on the album, “All the drum tracks in this album doesn’t use any metronome.” :)

The conclusion

Rocket Rockers showing more various color of their characteristic of catchy melodic pop punk music and they made to mixed new things like post-hardcore or new wave influences in some parts of the song greatly. The songs have more specific contents, easy listening, and slower than the last 2 albums. Ucay and Aska cover the vocal in all the song (which was written in therainydays.tk, which is true). The mixing and mastering are awesome and totally different quality by the unauthorized mp3’s that has been lacked. There are a lot of great and well known people in independent music scene behind this album.

Finally, I recommended you to buy and listen to this album for sure!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Show Dilemma

Today, I spent my day to watch local bands live (not from YouTube). I went to 1 High School Bandung to watch their art show (pentas seni/pensi). Well, it kind of wannabe and nostalgic spirit of myself because, my high school (66 High School Jakarta) never create any art show at our school when I was there. In the other hand, when I was in high school, I went to some popular art show from other school that present local bands and their art to the public, so I kind of remind me about my high school spirit.



It was because Rocket Rockers, one of my band hero with Blink-182, performed there, and their MySpace told that they would sell their brand new CD at the show before it released to the public at music stores. So, as a big fan, and also for my first time ever watch this band live, I tended to come to the show. I already asked a lot of my high school friends such as Yoga, Irfan, Ade, Adit, Pasca and Made in Jakarta to come to Bandung yesterday to watch the show today, but actually they couldn’t came because they have limited time and money. These weeks are the weeks of test for them. So, I kind of lucky to be able watch the show.

The dilemma

Well, today, beside 1 High School Bandung art show, there is Kickfest 2008 Clothing Expo all over Indonesia in Gasibu, in front of Gedung Sate, which is held from yesterday until tomorrow. At that show, there are 103 clothing companies who create stands mixed with independent media partners and communities. The show itself is being opened by the governor of Bandung and British Embassy. Bandung is a well known country that has very big potential of art, so Kickfest 2008 is held to gather all the arts and present it to the people.

The art show presents Rocket Rockers and Pee Wee Gaskins, bands that I potentially known and like. But Kickfest, who also have a stage, also present Nudist Island, one of my favorite band. And 3 of them has an unset time of play, so I couldn’t manage it to able to watch 3 of them at the same day. So, I create my plan here:

1st Go to the art show, watch Pee Wee Gaskins, 2nd Went to Gasibu to watch Nudist Island 3rd Went to the art show again to watch Rocket Rockers. I set this time like this because both of the show placed near each other.

What happened

But I didn’t realize that it’s Saturday and everybody went out so the traffic became jammed, which create more time to reach each other place. Moreover, after I watch Pee Wee Gaskins finished playing, I met my friend Taufik from another major in ITB with his other friends that delayed my decision to go to Gasibu. So, after we had conversation and talk with the other guys (Gilang, Chandra, & I forgot his name), I decided to go to Gasibu. You know what, as I arrived at the show, Nudist Island has said thank you to the audience (which means that had performed their show). So, I went back to the art show, and made to watch Rocket Rockers for the first time.

The reviews

After Pee Wee Gaskins ended their show, Dochie (the guitar/voc) with the drummer, went down to the audiences to sell their CD hand-to-hand. I met them and I decided to buy their record for Rp30.000. As I bought the record, I talk with Dochie about his existence in The Side Project and the reason I recognize him before he play with Pee Wee Gaskins.

Actually, The Side Project has been broke up and he decided to create a new and fresh band witch brand new color and influence with all his experiences. At last, it came with Pee Wee Gaskins, and I think he made a great decision, proven with a fascinating music he has made together with the band. Then, I told him that I knew him from my friend Isan, the ex-drummer of Kuro (one of the band that I like) & the drummer of Friends of Mine, which later I knew him as the same graduate as my high school, who told me that his friend (Dochie) also create a band (which was later I knew as The Side Project). Then I asked about the existence about The Side Project, which he actually not sure anymore that is it still exist or not, because he’s actually one of the member who went out from the band.

Rocket Rockers perform well at that show, and I was pretty amazed by their performance as the first performance I watched. In the middle of the performance, there was a firefighter’s water pumped to the air that spread water from the sky which made all of the audience got wet and enjoying more of the shows. I was sing-a-long most of their songs performed. In their performance, they hoped that after today, schools art shows in Bandung is happening anymore. FYI, after the tragedy of death in an underground performance in Asia Africa Cultural Center because of some controversy of the lack performance of the committee and some culprits that ruin the show by giving the audiences alcoholic drinks, many schools in Bandung deny their students to create art shows to prevent the risk of that tragedy happened anymore.

In the middle of the show, Ucay told the audience of Bandung to vote in the next governor campaign. He didn’t insist us to campaign to anyone side but he just insist us to vote to somebody and don’t be abstain. Because by voting the right person, they hope that it would create better change in Bandung.

“Vote your best one, but don’t vote Immorality President!” as their pre-song of Immorality President.

At the end of the show, Rocket Rockers told that they would sell their new CD “Better Season” after their performance on the left side of the stage. But when I went to that spot after the show, the CDs has been sold out.

Met Imam

After the show, I went Shalat Maghrib in Salman Mosque near the art show. As I entered the mosque, I met my cousin Imam who had finished teaching the Elementary student to draw and learn computer Paint and Office, as Technical Informatics ITB major held as their part of public servant activities. Next, after the pray, we had a dinner together at Gelap Nyawang, and we met Taufik and the gang again there. After we eat, I decided to ride him home and share my copy of Pee Wee Gaskins record that I bought. But actually, after I arrived at his kos-kosan, his laptop was being borrowed by his friends so I couldn’t make a copy to him. But it’s OK because I chat a lot with him about his and my activities.

Hey, you know what; we decided to search for couple this new year as the new students arrived! :)