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MAGUS are Leslie Low (guitar, vocals) and Mark Dolmont (drums, synths). We are happy to announce the digital release of their debut album, Sun Worshipper, on Aug 6, 2011. The album can be found on the band’s bandcamp page: http://magusband.bandcamp.com/

Sun Worshipper will be released on CD by Ujikaji Records, catalogue no. UJI-001, on Sep 16, 2011.

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In our continual bid to harness science for the good of humankind, we shall bend the space-time continuum to shorten the week! The weekend starts on Thursday, July 28 with Frottage II, jointly presently by 7x0x7 and Ujikaji Records. The line-up, as follows:

mr sterile Assemby – an impossibly energetic duo from New Zealand that play a brand of experimental outsider punk music to make you start a moshpit (for some, in their heads)!

I\D are Singapore’s improv rock clownz, Supersilent meets Cosmic Jokers down 1960s Keong Saik Road.

Under the Velvet Sky – these bunch never fails to impress with their semi-structured/freewheeling performances blending free jazz, prog rock, Middle Eastern scales into a message of love to the cosmsos!

Venue: The Pigeonhole, 52/53 Duxton Road
Date: July 28, 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 8.00pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Price: $10

The following day, with somewhat heavy hearts, The Observatory in partnership with Ujikaji Records bring you Playfreely VI, the last of our improvisational series.

Players for the night are:
Darren Moore – drums
Matin Fellani (Voodoo) – percussion
Shaun Sankaran – guitar, live electronics
Evan Tan (Opposition Party, Padres, The Observatory) – laptop, lap steel guitar (gotta lap him up :))
Yuen Chee Wai (FEN) – electronics

Special guests: mr sterile Assembly

Venue: Multi Purpose Hall, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd.
Date: July 29, 2011
Time: 8.30pm
Price: By donation (minimum $10)

Thank you all those who’ve supported us over the many weeks, musicians and witnesses alike. We hope it’s been as memorable for you as it’s been with us. With that in mind, let’s go out with a bang!

Frottage

Next, again in the spirit of collaboration, we’ve teamed up with unrelenting hardcore-punk party starters 7x0x7 to bring you something a little different – a series of musical presentations at book cafe and dynamic arts space The Pigeonhole. Featuring touring bands from Belgium/Canada, New Zealand and France and representing a smorgasbord of diverse musical visions from Psychedelic Rock to Folk Soul, these casual encounters are designed to rub off on you in all possible ways…

17 July 2011 (Sunday):
Szkieve (Belgium/Canada) – complex noise theorist
Awk Wah (Singapore) – percussion menace
The Observatory (Singapore) – psych rock wizards

Venue: The Pigeonhole, 52/53 Duxton Road
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm, performances begin promptly at 8:00pm
Price: $10 at the door
Contact: ujikajirecords@gmail.com, iheart7x0x7@gmail.com

Playfreely V

After a month-plus, we’re glad to bring you a bumper weekend of live music! First (note the change in venue)…

PLAYFREELY V

15 Jul 2011
Commences 8.30pm

Multi Purpose Hall (NOT the Black Box), Goodman Arts Centre
90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

“The basic characteristic of music-making is improvisation.”
– Derek Bailey

Steve Dannemiller (Brael) – guitar
Mohamad Riduan – assorted wind instruments, efx
Fung Sheong Ying (I\D, Amino Acid Orchestra, Hotel, Awk Wah) – drums, noise
Ian Woo (I\D, Hotel) – bass
Ying (Meza Virs) – keyboards
Reef (Under the Velvet Sky) – guitar, euphonium
Brian Lim – harmonica, melodica

A 6 part series of spontaneous, inventive musical collaboration between musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and genres. Venturing into unfamiliar artistic terrains, Playfreely engages various groups in a collaborative exchange to improvise without any boundaries, to release the shapes that are latent in that unique moment of time… to play freely.

Entry by donation (minimum $10)

Presented by The Observatory,
in partnership with Ujikaji Records

Contact The Observatory at info@theobservatory.com.sg for more info.
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193191427393137

Interpretation

With a seven-week hiatus between Playfreelies IV and V, it was perfect time to take stock and figure out what it’s all meant so far. On the prowl for different writers with different perspectives, I found one who’s taken on multiple vantage points…

Visual artist Elizabeth Lim shares with us her viewpoints after witnessing Playfreely IV.

Holiday

We’re taking a short break this weekend. Office will be closed till June 7. Feel free to make your orders during this period but we’ll only be posting out after the 7th. Cheers!