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  • LIFESTYLE

    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

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    The Art of Growing Old

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 03/02/2019

    » "Attending an unplanned party/ Never ready, didn't really wanna come/ Saying 'hello' to acquaintances/ Gotta be careful not to smile too much/ It just wouldn't be appropriate," without knowing the track's title, the opening verse of The Charapaabs' debut single, Sala Kon Sao (Funeral Party), reads like something of a typical introvert's diary. As the second verse arrives, it becomes clear that the aforementioned "party" is actually a funeral where "the host refrains from making an appearance" (worth noting a clever wordplay here -- ook long, literally "out of coffin", is used instead of ook rong, which is a Thai expression meaning to make an appearance).

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    Bigger and better

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/10/2018

    » Spectacular sets. A big line-up of the country's hottest artists. The cool evening air of Khao Yai. Omelette rice. Cows.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Spin the world some more

    Life, Published on 03/10/2018

    » Inside the sound control room of Chon Buri's Karma Sound Studio, the three members of Thai alternative rock band Slot Machine were standing in a corner, bobbing up and down in excitement as a line of journalists stepped through the door. One by one, we were greeted by the band's latest record producer Brandon Darner -- a former Slipknot drummer whose list of credits also include chart topping hits with Imagine Dragons.

  • LIFESTYLE

    As we were

    Life, Published on 16/01/2018

    » 'Are you havin a good time?" Liam Gallagher asked the crowd somewhat uncertainly midway through his set.

  • LIFESTYLE

    James Bond in Thailand

    Life, Published on 24/10/2017

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (RBSO) will present the very best from the venerable James Bond song book during the "Music From James Bond Movies 007" concert at Thailand Cultural Centre's Main Hall, Ratchadaphisek Road, on Nov 4 starting at 8pm.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Nailing It

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 08/01/2017

    » The veteran rockers bookend 2016 with a five-track EP which harkens back to the sound that first made them a household name.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Heaven and hell in Dasjati

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 12/07/2016

    » Opera Siam, with help from such heavyweights as ThaiBev and the Department of Cultural Promotion, put on excerpts from Somtow Sucharitkul's epic 10-opera cycle Dasjati (Tossachat - Ten Lives Of The Buddha) last Sunday. The production was part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne, and the two shows, particularly the afternoon one, were packed, auguring well for an audience for opera in Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The truth behind the facade

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 15/10/2015

    » At a time when freedom of expression is becoming increasingly constrained, whether one is just an internet user, a filmmaker or an activist, experimental theatre troupe B-Floor is as relentless as ever. After Ornanong Thaisriwong's solo performance Bang La Merd earlier this year was attended by military officers, B-Floor is back under the directorial helm of Teerawat Mulvilai in Manoland.

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    Dutch ballad bookies' favourite for Eurovision

    AFP, Published on 18/05/2019

    » TEL AVIV: Holland, Sweden and Australia are the bookmakers' favourites going into Saturday's Eurovision song contest finals, as last year's winner and current host Israel battles to emerge with the biggest brand boost.

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