Music

ProjectBazooka Featured in Local Magazine

Yes, Grab a copy of Malaysia’s First Internet Lifestyle Magazine~!! Adlin Rosli, the editor of Junk-Online interviewed us a while back and got us featured there. Special thanks.

ProjectBazooka featured in Surf! magazine

The magazine chose to republish one of my articles, too. The title, subheadline, and content of the article doesn’t match. But it’s a reproduction my original article about Zainal Abidin and Mp3 music downloads in Malaysia, first published at TheCicak. Click here to see it

KhaiLee featured in Surf! magazine

My hair was also photoshopped till it became Ah-Beng but I’m not complaining. I’ve had worse bad-hair-days.

Surf! Magazine

But the magazine certainly is interesting, with the likes of Mack Zulkifli and Jeff Ooi as contributors. It also has an excellent story on Music Mp3s in Malaysia, with a little bit of headbutting between Zainal Abidin and Jason Lo.

Local Musicians Fight it Out @ Laundry – Thursday

It’s the angry veterans Tempered Mental versus the smiley gentle jazz duo Rhapsody. They will both beat each other with musical instruments, till DEATH.

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Come watch it @ the coolest place to catch a gig, LaundryBar

This is the kinda stuff ProjectBazooka is about. Spread this poster around..!


They are two very formidable bands. It’s going to be a tough fight. Click here to watch videos of them, and listen to their music!

It Felt Really Good.

It was only 2 songs on a random open mic, my 2nd time performing my songs in public.
Some people were laughing, but I didn’t care.
Even though the guitar amp was booming,
and the mic had poor definition,
I guess something positive did happen.

My friends said some randoms were shouting “NO!” when I sang.
Which was a good thing, considering that’s a line of a chorus of my song “Death of the Excel SpreadSheet” (listen to it here)

And I felt really good about it, as though I got rid of a huge rock off my back.

But what really topped it off was so many friends came!
Even though you had to stay up late.
Will thank you all personally when I see you, soon.

For the drama of it.
I didn’t notice I busted my finger.
I should learn how to use a pick.

I definitely want to play again.
This time I will practice more.

But tonight, I can’t be more content.

Treasures from Amoeba Music

The last time I came back from California, I brought back 58 used CDs for cheap, from Amoeba Music. It’s the largest indie record store in USA, and the most fun place to buy and discover great music. I used to spend whole days, crawling in there with my notepad and shopping basket.

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See photos of it on Flickr

This time around, I only got half a day, and 13 CDs, from USD2 – USD10 each….

I Really Liked

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
I love the way the voice just let’s go, catchy tunes too.

We Are ScientistsWith Love and Squalor
I can dance to this! Playing in Zouk next month.

GrandaddyJust Like The Fambly Cat
I am very sad they decided to stop making music as a band =(

Mull Historical SocietyThis is Hope
Mull Historical SocietyLoss
Can’t help it – I’m a fan, and I have all his albums now!

Not as satisfied with…

Ours – Precious
Majorie Fair – Self Help Serenade
The Concretes
Barsuk Records – Treats
The Reindeer Section – Son of evil reindeer
Cursed Reindeer shit.. I only bought it coz of MHS was involved – but that Snow Patrol bastard spoiled it all.

New soundtracks to my life!

Phoenix
PhoenixIt’s Never Been Like That
First heard them on the beloved Lost in Translation Soundtrack. This CD had a hint of a bit of a hint of the lastes Strokes CD.

Small Sins
Small Sins
Wah! This dude reminds me of French Kicks with all the synth and bass emotion I’ve listened to this 20+ times so far.

Magnet
Magnet – the Tourniquet
Better than the previous album! No joke.

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Ah… everytime I gush about CDs I wonder if I will ever, ever, buy anymore… new ones are so expensive. Still, Amoeba Music is still getting more and more profitable despite this online piracy BS!

For a deeper look, read:

+ FastCompany’s “What’s Selling in America
+ Businessweek’s “Amoeba’s Simple Music Formula”
+ “Talk About the Passion”

For other music+business related reading, I recently imported my old research into BlinkList.
Check it out.

And that was my first performance at an open mike…

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As I prepared for the gig, I had one rule for myself – No disclaimers!

I promised myself to have no excuses or apologies for what I deliver. I accepted that this is my first time, and I’m here to learn, and I should give it my best, even though it may suck.

Although this made me less nervous about the whole thing, the actual performance was totally something else, very unexpected… Continue reading

My first Demo

“Death of the Excel Spreadsheet” – Khailee.
With backing vocals by some of my imaginary friends.
Click here to listen.

Some crazy Singaporean took myspace.com/khailee so I settled for http://www.myspace.com/khaileedotinfo Do check it out.

Special thanks to YuRi for his effort in laying down the demo for me.

It’s just a very raw demo. I have a long way to go. But it’s a good start for a n00b like me, so pretty happy about this! =)