Music Roundup for the week


The problem with writing a popular article is that you tend to bask in its success. You take a look at the the number of views and comments and feel that you have done enough for quite some time. I did that for a week too and didn’t write. But let’s not talk too much about me and get straight down to business.

I am supposed to write mainly about the independent music scene in Bombay. But for the last couple of weeks I have just been reading about things and not attending or listening to anything. But this week I did manage to dive into the cesspool. Most of this article is about the ‘scene’. Rest constitutes music from elsewhere

Album of the week

Sidd Coutto is a man of many faces. He has previously performed as the drummer for Zero(one of the most popular bands in India) and as the vocalist for both Tough on Tobacco and Helga’s Fun Castle. He also plays the drums with Ankur and the Ghalat Family. This week he released his debut solo album ‘Sunny Side Up’. It is a very solid first album with a couple of amazing songs. He launched the album with a free gig(!!) in Blue Frog(of all places) and according to many people the live performance was enthralling. Sunny Side Up has easy listening songs to which you can put your feet up, drink and just relax and listen. He has played all the instruments on the album himself except for a couple of them(it’s actually three – harp, cello and Tibetan singing bowl. According to Sidd Coutto, he has written enough songs for a second album too.

Our take – A pretty decent first album. For me ‘Escape’ is the standout track. This album probably is in a different direction from his music with ToT but i think  more personal too. You can listen to the album here

Gig of the Week

I think it was almost after a month I attended a gig. The last one was the NH7 Weekender launch party at Razz (read about it here). On Friday I attended one of the many Weekender ‘pre parties’ NH7 has planned over the course of the next two months. This one was at Blue Frog. Warren Mendonsa and team were the constant presence and collaborated with a host of other musicians like Dhruv Ghanekar, Shazneen Arethna, Sahej Bakshi and Vishal Dadlani( he brought the house down). This was just a precursor to what the festival is going to offer. All the guys who played at the Frog are going to be there in Pune too. Check the article on that here.

What The F!

No I have not lost it. This is in fact a song from the movie ‘Soundtrack’ sung by Anushka Manchanda. The movie starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan is about an upcoming DJ who at the height of his popularity goes deaf. Intriguing premise, isn’t it? Why I want to watch this movie is, that the music for the movie has been composed by Midival Punditz ( consisting of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, who have been playing original electronic music for almost a decade now) and the US based Karsh Kale whose label signed Midival Punditz. I have heard only WTF till now and I am now in the process of downloading the album. Will keep you updated on which songs to listen to and which to trash.

FIFA 12 soundtrack

I know many people don’t care about what kind of music the game has, as it is more about the gameplay. But for me certain songs help me remember certain moments. I am sure many of my friends remember the songs from FIFA 07 and if they heard is somewhere else they instantly link it to the game. Well FIFA 11 had a crap soundtrack with songs not worth mentioning. But the new FIFA 12 has songs from well established(and amazing) artists along with the usual upcoming DJ/electronic outfits. The soundtrack includes ‘The Hives’, ‘Foster The People’( I am sure you have heard their Pumped up Kicks), Kasabian’s new song from their album Velociraptor!, ‘Portugal. The Man‘, ‘TV on the Radio’, ‘The Strokes’, ‘Glasvegas‘(they are making a lot of noise currently in US) and whole lot of other artists. The lineup inspires me to buy the CD. And you what I just might! For the complete soundtrack go here

International Hits

Duets II is a collaboration between Tony Bennett and host of other singers which inlude Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, John Mayer among others. The one song I heard ‘ Body and Soul’ which was Amy Winehouse’s last recording really was a standout track mainly due to Amy Winehouse’s prowess as a singer. I wish she had sung a lot more on the track.

Florence + The Machine are out with a new single ‘Shake it Out’ from their new album ‘Ceremonial’ which is due to be released later this month. The chorus reaches a crescendo and the song has an epic proportion about it. What is it about female British vocals and having an amazing voice? Remember Adele?

Bombay Bicycle Club are an indie/folk rock band from London. They are out with their latest album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’. If you like Death Cab for Cutie definitely give them a listen. They don’t wallow in sadness like Death Cab but make amazing songs nonetheless. Metal fans can check out The Devil Wears Prada’s new album ‘The Dead Throne’. It has got good reviews.


Shuffle by Bombay Bicycle Club

So this was a wrap up of all the music the world has seen this past week( or rather I have noticed). If you thought I missed out anything or would want me to write about a particular band/artist/album let me know.

               – ♫ Voice (Pentagram)

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Kunal Pawar attended a tech meetup and a gig in the same way without spending any money on either. This is part of his education in becoming a finanical professional in the future. In the meanwhile he continues day dreaming and working hard at his job simultaneously. He has also vowed to score this Sunday. To know more about his multi-tasking skills, email him at kunal.pawar@gmail.com or follow him on twitter. For things that don’t go up on this blog, follow him here

24 Comments

  1. Great stuff. Looking forward to seeing Sidd perform in his solo band. And glad to hear concerts have started at Razz again… :)

    • Sadly the gig at Razz was a one off thing. They won’t be hosting one for quite some time. Although there are some new venues cropping up…check out ‘Live from the Console’ this Saturday at Mehboob Studios.

      They are showing the Pearl Jam documentary too!

  2. How Vishal Dadlani can bring the house down is beyond me.

    Nice post.

    • I am not sure what you mean? You imply he is a bad singer…or was that sarcasm I couldn’t comprehend :P

      • The guy’s so lame, man. Not just because he’s busy belting out Bollywood numbers, but I’ve seen him on stage several times… He’s so full of himself. And well, never mind. It’s just that i don’t like him, and people often tend to portray him as the face of rock music in Bombay. So I get particularly whiny.

        Well, nevermind. Soz!

        • Hahaha! It’s ok…everyone is entitled to an opinion :) You plan to go to Pune for the Weekender music festival? Insane lineup

  3. Nope; caught up with some stuff till end of Nov. Are you going? I guess we’ll get a replay of the event on this blog, then : )

    • Tushar Chhajed /

      Oh Hell Yes we are!! : ) … Though not sure if we attend all the three days or only a couple of them. But rest assured we will be there and u will get a replay of the event here for sure.

  4. @Sosha, I don’t think people portray him as the face of rock music in Mumbai. Also, there is nothing wrong in ‘belting out Bollywood numbers’.

    Merely stating my opinion…

    • Amey, if you go around for the larger part of the decade claiming that Bollywood music is shit, and then have the audacity to go work for the same industry, then well, I would call it wrong.

      Vishal Dadlani has gone on record saying Bollywood music is whatever and lame. So then when the guy makes his livelihood belting out Bollywood numbers, it kinda hacks me off.

      But well, if you like his music, then that’s that : )

      • I actually don’t listen to his Bollywood stuff; I’m a fan of Pentagram. There are many people who call something ‘shit’ due to their naive nature but after ‘growing up’ they change their opinions. Even I personally did the same; I used to detest rap music all the time but few years back, I discovered some great rap artists and now I think my initial opinion was ignorant. I am sure Vishal Dadlani realized that his initial opinion was probably just a teen-fueled angst and then he went on to produce some great Bollywood music, especially Jhankaar Beats, and the epic song ‘Allah ke Bandeh’, which was written by Vishal.

        Of course I am not defending his music here; music is a personal prerogative. But I am sure everyone says shit in their lives that they regret later on, which is especially true with countless rock and metal musicians. And finally it’s all about the music :)

        Cheers!

  5. Amey, you really think and reason and all that with your head, don’t you!

  6. Sunday ho ya Monday roz khaao andey

    • Oh c’mon… you’re killing my joke.

      Let’s give it one more shot. Your bio for this post mentions some dubious Sunday activity. I was wondering about that. Now geddit?! : )

  7. Kunal, do you score by watching stuff on the internet?

    Football i meant.

  8. Ok, now Amey’s taking the joke a tad awry… Me not to be blamed!

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