Foreign Languages (tide/edit, 2014)

Math makes the intangible tangible, defines the imaginary, helps explain what seems to be, well, unexplainable—like our universe. With Foreign Languages, indie-rock quartet tide/edit does something—not exactly opposite—different. The tunes in Foreign Languages isn’t something easy to describe or explain—not that it needs to—yet it’s something that easily captures one’s imagination. tide/edit’s music has been … More Foreign Languages (tide/edit, 2014)

Balikbayan Box: The 20 E-ssential Eraserheads Songs, Vol.2-Part 2

First, the images above. They’re from the inlay cards of Fruitcake album. Probably, cassette. Not my own, just found ’em on the inter-webs. Now, I heard there is a Fruitcake movie in the works. And it’s about a now grown-up Frannie Wei trying to go back to Fruitcake Heights. But before she could enter that … More Balikbayan Box: The 20 E-ssential Eraserheads Songs, Vol.2-Part 2

Goyo was the worst, ’til I saw BuyBust

Thought ‘Goyo’ was already the worst well-received movie of the year. But after watching Erik Matti’s latest, I guess we now have a winner. BuyBust/Anne Curtis rips Goyo/Paulo Avelino’s pretty face to shreds. Gloriously. Imagine that. Would probably make a good movie. Save for one action sequence fueled by a punk rock song, where Anne … More Goyo was the worst, ’til I saw BuyBust

Balikbayan Box: The 20 E-ssential Eraserheads Songs, Vol.2-Part 1

I spoke too soon. I took this raw recording clip from YouTube as proof of an on-going recording session and joined the #ultrasecret bandwagon. Last week, Ely Buendia surprised us with (initially) semi-cryptic posts on Instagram, then an announcement: they’re releasing a remastered version of Ultraelectromagneticpop for its 25th Anniversary. Digitally. ITunes, Spotify, and whatnot. … More Balikbayan Box: The 20 E-ssential Eraserheads Songs, Vol.2-Part 1

Khangkhungkherrnitz

Before comedy bars became the favorite hangout of your wannabe-cool titas, who were never really into bands, frats or gangs (and therefore, were never really cool in the first place), the bar/band shenanigans were exclusively aimed for drunk and stoned college kids who were into bands, strippers, and booze. They’re the ones who’ll later turn … More Khangkhungkherrnitz

Bukowski.

Go to Saudi Arabia. Ride a camel’s toe. Don’t bring a bible. Dye your hair yellow. Grow a beard and don’t pick the soap. Circle the globe with black felt tip marker. Subscribe to Skinemax HD. Bore a hole on your left molar. Don’t marry. Shave with a straight razor or Gillette. And carve your name on a tree.  Brush your teeth with kerosene; … More Bukowski.

Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

Marvel’s continuity shtick, one where various comic book characters and stories exist in one universe, used to be confined within comic book realms. In the early 2000s, there was no such universe and comic book movies were one-shot deals. Sequels were never planned and if a movie isn’t successful enough, then it joins the ranks … More Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

Effect Desired None

Probably Not But Most Definitely had me confused. They could have easily given Cynthia Alexander a run for her money (not that record sales equates to big money in the early aughts, not that there were any significant record sales numbers to begin with), I just don’t get what the (vagina) monologues are for. What … More Effect Desired None

Watery, Domestic

You just can’t go in the studio toss out four “distinguishable, hummable songs” (Christgau) and call it an album. You can’t just invite your two buddies let one of them play bass and the other just basically do nothing and make them official members of the band afterwards. You can’t just have your drummer make … More Watery, Domestic

‘Banayad Whiskey’ & Other Funny Movie Scenes

Kingpin. If you’re familiar with the Insidious movies, you probably know who Lynn Shane is. She’s the psychic in the series and the main protagonist in the last movie. In Kingpin, she plays the landlady of Woody Harrelson’s character. And she’s responsible for the movie’s most horrifying scene. More horrifying than anything in the Insidious … More ‘Banayad Whiskey’ & Other Funny Movie Scenes

Before Jose Mari Chan Invades the Airwaves

Drafted this days before Jose Mari Chan starts invading the airwaves again. Well, it’s the time of the year again. And I could already smell the cool breeze even when it’s 32 deg C outside, imagine people “giving gifts exchanging cards” and believe that “Christmas is truly in their hearts.” Which means, it’s almost-but-not-yet-really near … More Before Jose Mari Chan Invades the Airwaves

Rivermaya Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

Rivermaya never got rejected by record labels because their songs weren’t “pop enough.” They never experienced selling tickets only so they could play in Club Dredd. If there’s anything naysayers had to say about Rivermaya, it’s that they were manufactured (they were the brainchild of Chito Roño and Liza Nakpil), they never toiled the underground … More Rivermaya Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

Debris (Sandwich, 2016)

Debris, Sandwich’s eighth LP, despite having “Kagulo” and “Outlaw,” is a little less than their previous outing—the one which they recorded live, in studio. “Kagulo”, easily Sandwich’s most recognizable hit since “Betamax,” could have been up there with the band’s best album openers—alongside “Sugod”, “Procastinator”, and “Cheese Factor Set to 9”—if only it isn’t the … More Debris (Sandwich, 2016)

Maselang Bahaghari: The 20 E-ssential Eraserheads Songs, Vol.1

I’ll let you in on a secret. The Eraserheads, the now defunct greatest local band in the land, is in the process of re-recording the songs from their ultra-celebrated but supposedly tinny-sounding first album Ultraelectromagneticpop!. Maybe I should drop “supposedly” in my last sentence, because that’s the very reason Ely Buendia wanted to re-do their … More Maselang Bahaghari: The 20 E-ssential Eraserheads Songs, Vol.1

Follow the Leader (Ciudad, 2012)

The trajectory Ciudad took from Happy Bear to Follow the Leader, isn’t quite slanted and enchanted turning into bright corners until terror twilight comes in. See, Pavement references Ella Fitzgerald, not Helmet; Ciudad, on the other hand, echoes Korn, the fathers-in-denial of the bastard sub-genre called Nu Metal. Maybe they’re more like The Dead Milkmen, who … More Follow the Leader (Ciudad, 2012)

‘Dredd’ Is A Punk-Rock Middle Finger To Ponderous Comic Book Movies

It’s a fucked-up world. And Mega-City One is a fucked-up place full of fucked-up criminals. And the Hall of Justice is the last bastion of order and maybe—peace. Or so they thought. This is the world where Judges exist, where Judge Dredd exists, where Judges roam the street and play judge, jury, and executioner. Armed … More ‘Dredd’ Is A Punk-Rock Middle Finger To Ponderous Comic Book Movies