Clean (Soccer Mommy, 2018)

She goes by the uncoolest of names. And she sometimes sings like she's just woken up, still in her bed, softly strumming. Yes, but Soccer Mommy's Clean is one of the best of the year. In fact, it's probably my favorite record from 2018, ahead of Parquet Courts' vibrantly "produced" (I prefer their lo-fi past)… Continue reading Clean (Soccer Mommy, 2018)

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Malaya (Moira dela Torre, 2018)

One could probably understand why Regine Velasquez was seemingly annoyed that in one TV show where she's judge, jury and executioner, so many aspiring singers try so hard to get that Moira effect, the kind of airy, whisper-y, sleep-inducing soothing voice, that makes insomnia-cure heaven out of soft-strummed guitar or ukulele. Everyone wants to be… Continue reading Malaya (Moira dela Torre, 2018)

Thanks To The Moon

And then, Sandwich parted ways with BMG, otherwise known as the Beatles' record label, went indie, and released an album with five, (take note, not just four but five!) naked girls under a huge umbrella on the cover. Due to strict censorship at the time, under then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, they had to hire the best… Continue reading Thanks To The Moon

Eraserheads Albums Ranked (Well, Sort of)

I'm posting another draft. Just for traffic. Actually, I wanted to write longer, harder, fatter... review or whatever for each album but I ain't done nothing yet. I'm slow. To tell honestly, the one I wrote about Sticker Happy, that was sitting on my Draft folder for years. I remember, my PC was still running… Continue reading Eraserheads Albums Ranked (Well, Sort of)

Themesongs (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2008)

Themesongs isn't really as great, much less original, as all those millennial kids who raved about it before would have you believe. Musically, it's mostly just second-hand twee. But the songs are playful, quirky, they'd make you wanna jump, dance or chase around your hun and give him/her your tweest embrace when you catch him/her.… Continue reading Themesongs (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2008)

Tama Na Ang Drama (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2012)

Now this, is Album Of The Year material. Probably the most exciting local indie-rock record from the 2010's. This sophomore effort is said to be more collegial, mature and sophisticated than the debut. The band, easily averting the proverbial sophomore slump---if there is still such a thing. All this, according to the fans, critics, and… Continue reading Tama Na Ang Drama (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2012)

Music Questions: Barbie, Thom Yorke, Mocha Girls, Unit 406, etc.

1. Do you have any fan merchandise that is unusual? Hmm, not sure if it could be considered as a band merch or something, but... I got a souvenir from the Mocha Girls, and this was back when they were still APOLITICAL, and in some of their shows, they would throw panties at the audience.… Continue reading Music Questions: Barbie, Thom Yorke, Mocha Girls, Unit 406, etc.

Ulan

Hindi ito tungkol sa bagong pelikula ni Nadine Lustre. Sobrang init lang talaga. Sobrang alinsangan. Maghapon na akong nakahubad. (Pero nagsusuot ako ng t-shirt tuwing lalabas ng bahay para di mapagkamalang tambay. Mamaya hulihin pa ako ng mga alipores ni Satanas.) Sorry ha, ang hot ko kasi, eh. Okay lang sana kung may kasambahay ka… Continue reading Ulan

Teenage Retirement (Chumped, 2014)

Chumped's Teenage Retirement is for the young and restless, even the young at heart, those who dance to punk, power pop, anything with fuzz as long as its fast, melodic, those who love getting drunk with friends, talk about their "shitty" lives, teenage woes. It's an unhealthy mix of broken hearts, drunken nights, wasted time, melodic… Continue reading Teenage Retirement (Chumped, 2014)

Day of the Dead

The first of November is hardly about the saints. Even in this largely Christian Catholic Asian country. Even if the government and the church still call it All Saints' Day. It has always been Day of the Dead, like that centuries-old tradition in Mexico, only we don't have those colorful outfits and beautifully decorated skulls.… Continue reading Day of the Dead