Songs About Fucking

Firewoman. Hungry Young Poets. I wanna be a firewoman. I’ll water down your desire. I’m not really sure I’m right about this one, which is why it’s first on the list. But Barbie Almalbis also wrote “Belinda Bye-bye,” which means, she wasn’t afraid to write about, y’know, “stuff.” And there’s “fire” in the lyrics. I initially included Up Dharma Down’s “We Give in Sometimes” and Sinosikat?’s “Turning My Safety Off” in this list, because there’s also “fire” in the lyrics, but I scrapped them because I was not really sure they’re really about what I initially thought they were about.

Daliri. Kwjan. It’s more in the delivery, the funk, the riffs, and what isn’t said in the lyrics. Also, you can read “Daliri mo’y may labi” as “Labi mo’y may daliri.” O, di ba?

Pateros. Apartel. After Sampaguita’s “Laguna,” Sugarfree’s “Los Baňos,” Cambio’s “DV,” comes this. Unlike those songs, this one’s a funky double entendre. Bagsakan ng itlog. And bagsakan here should be taken in a similar way The Advisors and P.O.T. used yugyugan in “Yugyugan Na.” Not the same bagsakan in that PNE song, or in those college humor memes.

Sisid. Apartel. Sisisirin ko ang pag-ibig mo, ang pag-ibig mo. Again, more suggestive than, um, non-suggestive, just like “Pateros.”

Paano Sasabihin? Sandwich. Mula nang matikman, ‘di na magkukunwari. Magwawala na tila, nakawala sa tali. Mula nang matikman, tumulay sa bahaghari, napapanaginipan matamis mong mga labi.

Tikman. Eraserheads. ‘Di mapakali, magdamag hinahanap. Nababaliw tuwing naaalala ang init. ‘Di malimutan, kailangang muling makamit ang tamis sa aking mga labi. It’s really about burgers, really. Minute Burger. Have you ever tried their burgers? They’re really small! But they have coleslaw, which is good. And I think they have hot dogs and buns as well. Hot dogs, burgers, buns. That’s what this is really about.

Abot Langit. Maris Racal. Sexy dance moves, suggestive lyrics, I dunno if people still care if today’s young stars still try to maintain immaculately wholesome image the way they used to or not. Well, I don’t really care what people care about anyway. Halika na dito alam ko namimiss mo. At ako’y sabik na rin sa hawak mo… Um, “hawak mo”? Sa music video, pizza delivery man si Rico Blanco. At pagbukas ni Maris ng pinto, andoon s’ya at may hawak na naghahabaan, nagtitigasang… (clears throat) may hawak s’yang box ng pizza. Teka, ulitin natin: Halika na dito alam ko namimiss mo. At ako’y sabik na rin sa hawak mo at halik mo na mismong bubuo ng araw ko. Dahan-dahan… Baby, sana lang wag mong itigil. O kay sarap mong damhin. ‘Wag itigil ang alin?

Wag Na Sana ‘kong Gumising Mag-Isa. Jastafraz’s Chechebureche feat. Uela Basco. Sexy. Sultry. Steamy. Slowly. Gently. Inhale. Exhale. Slowly in. Slowly out. Ganun talaga pag may sipon ka at ‘di ka makahinga at feeling mo may Covid ka. Magbalot ka ng kumot, at langhapin ang steam na nagmumula sa palangganang may pinakulong tubig na may asin at vicks. Lalo na kung pakiramdam mo nag-aalab ang katawan mo, baka lagnat na ‘yan. Mag-suob ka.

Rodeo. Rivermaya. A song about lovers in a long distance relationship who miss each other SO MUCH and a secret love song cherishing the time they spent together. And by “time spent together,” you know what I mean, just read the lyrics: Ro-De-O-uh-oh-oh-oh! Like the buffalos do it by the wishing well ’cause they haven’t got no money for a cheap motel. Ro-De-O-uh-oh-oh-oh! What sweeter thing could happen to a boy an’ a girl? We gotta do it like mechanical rabbits from hell, yeah!

10. Grin Department. Count to ten… Sabi niya, baka mo lang daw pintasan. Pag natikman baka bigla mong ayawan. Kaya naman kanyang iniingatan. Ang sabi ko inyo munang pag-isipan. Sampung beses sampung beses. This song suggests that boy and girl should think and talk about it before doing the deed. Despite having the usual double-entendres (Baka kayo magkasubuan) we have come (no pun intended) to expect from the band, this one I think is pretty insightful, maybe even useful, like you can use it as a supplementary sex ed. material.

Alamona. End of Contracts. Ang tamis ng yung halik at ang alam mo na. Ang magising sa iyong piling na wala ka nang iba. Ang haplos ng iyong kamay at ang alam mo na. Ang tuloy-tuloy mong agos na animo’y lawa na. Obvious naman na tungkol ito sa, alam mo na.

Chatters’ Tale. Orange & Lemons. We went to your bedroom. You took off your clothes, my heart went boom. The passion we shared, was unbelievable. How many times we did, it I can’t recall. Yeah, we wish all chatroom encounters end like this.

Isang Gabi. Orange & Lemons. Sa pag-uwi, ‘di pa rin malimot ang ‘yong mga ngiti. ‘Di na makatulog, parang kaluluwang ‘di matahimik. Naghihintay ng bukas. Dahil sa isang gabing kapiling ka. Ako ngayo’y naiinip sa’ting muling pagkikita. Clem Castro is one horny motherfucker.

Heroine. The Mongols. I promise you my heart. We’ll never be apart. I’m gonna fuck you like there’s no tomorrow.

Karayom. Rivermaya. Natusok ka ng ‘sang karayom na ginagamit mo pangtahi ng butas na palda mo. Talagang ganyan, ‘wag kang matakot, hayaan mo at bukas ay wala na ang kirot. Pikit mo na lang muna ang iyong mga mata. There’s little doubt that Mike Elgar has written the horniest songs on Rivermaya’s catalog. He also wrote “Desperado” (At tuwing kumakain, sana ikaw ang nakahain).

Hand-Painted Sky. Color It Red. When lips touch lips and tongue meets tongue. My roaming hands begin to explore. Ask for more, ask for more. And as the night air cooled, the beads of perspiration from my brow (?). I trembled in expectation of what is to come. Until my skin presses against your skin. And everything begins to peak. Slowly, gently, you thrust me deep.

Mga Paborito Kong Kanta sa Taong 2021

A few months ago, I was listening to some of Zild Benitez’s songs on YouTube. On the second or third song, I wondered, these songs don’t sound the same as I remember. Only then did I realize that I was actually listening to a different set of songs, from a different album, Zild’s second album. I thought they were from Homework Machine. That’s how vaguely I remember the songs/sounds from Zild’s solo debut, which still has a lot of patutsada/pasaring to that “othered” member of the band — something that seems missing on his second outing.

Huminga is figuratively what it is; a breath of fresh air from cabin fever pareidolia, the patterns outside the window finally in sensation. Disclaimer: Hindi ako ang nagsulat n’yan. Nakita ko lang sa web. Maybe Huminga is a breath of fresh air. Maybe it’s a masterpiece. For sure, some would include it in their 2021 best-of list. My thoughts on the album? Um, di ko pa rin napapakinggan ‘yung buong album, kaya wala akong opinyon ukol dito.

I thought “Kyusi” is fine, “Huminga” better. I didn’t like the line ‘di mo kailangang baguhin ang iyong anyo.’ Because you don’t really say ‘anyo’ when referring to your date’s looks, do you? Tatagalugin ko na lang para hindi tunog conyo. Di mo kailangan baguhin ang porma mo, ang pananamit mo. Pag sinabi kong nagbago ka ng anyo, ibig sabihin nun, ano, parang aswang ka. Galing sa anyong-tao nag anyong-hayop ka, ganern.

Siya nga pala, hindi talaga ito tungkol sa Huminga, o kung bakit magaling na album s’ya. Hindi rin ito tungkol sa “Kyusi” at “Huminga.” Tungkol ito sa mga paborito kong kanta ngayong 2021. At dahil wala akong maisulat para sa intro, ginawa ko na lang ‘bakit hindi kasama ang mga kanta ni Zild sa mga paborito kong kanta’ ang intro. Bakit nga ba hindi? Kasi ‘di ko sila trip, ganun lang ka-simple. At mas trip ko ang mga sumusunod:

I Love You So, The Walters. Only one of them is named Walter and no, they’re not brothers. Misleading band name aside, you should definitely see Luke Olson dance on stage while performing this song, because it’s a diaper-changing experience, like changing life in the middle of the night.

Binibini, Zack Tabudlo. Discovered this song first via some parody on Facebook (“Binubuni”). Then, I searched for it on YouTube and I liked it — played more than any recent Zild, Unique, IVOS, or Oh, Flamingo! Thought the chorus sounds like something else, but couldn’t put a finger on. Sometimes that’s a good thing.

Pelikula, Janine Tenoso. Di ko alam kung saang lupalop o kung paano, kailan, bakit, at wala akong planong alamin pa pero OK itong kantang ‘to ni Janine at Arthur Nery. Magkahawig sila ng mood/feels ng “Binibini.”

Tu, Maye. Alam ko na ang Tu ay You, pero wala akong naintindihan sa kantang ‘to. Pero OK s’ya.

Lagi, Aina Juarez (Skusta Clee cover). Found it used in one video on FB about EMI a.k.a the Zigzag Road in Atimonan, Quezon. Didn’t watch the whole thing but found the song interesting. So I decided that I’ll watch it later but it turns out, tracking your watched history on FB isn’t as easy as I thought. So, I spent maybe around an hour just searching, watching, re-watching anything Zigzag Road on FB until I found it.

Over You, Velvet Underground. Slightly modified version na nasa YouTube, dinagdagan ng keyboards, at mas OK kesa original.

Kinikilig, Hazel Faith. Found this in one of those short videos/memes on FB and I thought more songs should be like this — catchy, dance-y, refreshing bubble gum without trying so much to break-out of the usual pop song mold.

Popcorn, Hot Butter. There are more than a few dance hits of the past that I wanted to revisit from time to time. There’s only one problem: most of them, I don’t know the title. While there are songs like “Macarena”, “Dayang-Dayang”, “Shalala Lala”, there are also songs like “Get Get Down”, “Dragostea Don Tei”, and “Popcorn.” I first heard this song in a Chiquito movie (Prinsipe Abante) I saw on PBO few years ago. And my endless search for it ended this year when I finally found what it’s called. Turns out to be one of the most covered dance hit ever. Hinanap ko muna ‘yung taon na ginawa ang Prinsipe Abante, tapos hinanap ko pabalik ‘yung mga dance hits kada taon.

Butterfly, Kacey Musgraves. Kacey Musgraves performed nude on SNL and the internet was like ‘she was really nude’ like her doing it nude was such a big deal. Or maybe because people online hardly even care nowadays. Well, really nude or not, I like this one song of hers.

1999, Charli XCX. I just wanna go back, back to Natin99 — ito lang ang ’90s reference na di alam ng mga western media. Akalain mo, fan din pala ng Eheads si Charli XCX.

Coles Corner, Richard Hawley. This song makes me feel nostalgic for things I’ve never experienced—either a past imagined or only seen in movies. This one’s from one Richard Hawley, the guitarist (and singer-songwriter) who auditioned for but got rejected by Morrissey.

Dirty Work, Steely Dan. Sounds like 60s/70s song about workers withholding labor and destroying corporations. Like, y’know, Fuck the Man, I’m not gonna do your dirty work for free! Until I read the lyrics. And I was amazed how they sang this song so straight without any hint of irony, given what the song is really about.

Mango Love, Shawn Wasabi. Pinakinggan ko ‘yung ibang songs n’ya sa YouTube (Pinoy pala si Shawn Wasabi), pero ‘yung Mango Love lang ang nagustuhan ko.

Send in the Clowns, Judy Collins. Months ago, I was looking for old songs to cure my insomnia when I discovered this song. It was written by Stephen Sondheim. I’m not really into theatre nor movie adaptations of musicals, the recent Andrew Garfield movie (which is not Spider-Man) and Spielberg’s West Side Story notwithstanding. Nor do I have any plan to get into it. But I remember watching Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd in theatre holding my breath during the scene where Johnny Depp was giving Alan Rickman a shave while both of them were singing.

Black Sheep, Metric (feat. Brie Larson). Did you know? Before Brie Larson became Alt-Right’s most hated actor/character in the MCU, she had singing career and she starred in Spectacular Now, Room, Free Fire and Kong: Skull Island? She was also in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, one of the best comic-book movies ever.

Sol at Luna, Geiko. TT

Friend of Mine, Odette Quesada. I’ve known for so long that this was such a good song, about being ‘friendzoned’ way before it was called that. I didn’t know then that it was Quesada who wrote and sang it. Maybe because the version I knew and heard the most from the radio, wasn’t her version, but by Lea Salonga. And MYMP also did their own version. Did you know that she also wrote “Growing Up” and “Farewell” for the movie Bagets? Disclaimer: I didn’t grow up in the ’80s. I only found out about all this just recently. Did you know that Bodjie Dasig, Quesada’s late husband, wrote “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso Ko” when he couldn’t choose between two car brands? Who would’ve thought there was something “Ballardian” about that song? When we were kids, this song automatically gets an alternate version — naughty kids that we were, we’d sing the chorus differently. Since puso (heart) rhymes with the Bicol word for penis, we’d sing it with slightly different lyrics.

Alcoholiday, Teenage Fanclub. As of this writing, it’s been 344 days without alcohol. And Liver couldn’t wait any longer.

Hakbang, Cheats. Didn’t like the title. I don’t know who started this trend (if it can considered a trend), but using everyday words for song titles e.g. UDD (Sigurado), Ang Bandang Shirley (Iyong, Wala Lang), kind of defeats the purpose of writing a catchy pop song. The song is good. Thought the title could have been catchier, more memorable.

Alcoholiday: Drinking Songs

Bakit Ba? Siakol. Nagaaliw sa usok at beer lang ang kasama. You can forgive the song’s overt sentimentality. Obviously, the guy’s already drunk even before the first line. And you know some guys are like that when they’re brokenhearted. And drunk.

Syota ng Bayan. Grin Department. Probably the most un-PC in the list. And it isn’t totally about drinking either. But you know me, I’ll include a song even for the slightest hint of alcohol in the lyrics. Even if it’s denatured or rubbing alcohol we’re talking about. This is what lack of alcohol does to a MF.

Di Ko Alam. Grin Department. Why this song? Because it’s hard to drink with the girl when you’re in the friendzone.

Salamat. The Dawn. Corporate rock at its finest but corporate rock nonetheless. I don’t really like The Dawn or this song, even though it automatically makes me think of ice-cold San Miguel Beer. But if you’re a fan, you can argue that even Fernando Amorsolo worked for La Tondena before (back when it was Ayala Distillery).

Sige. 6cyclemind. The thing with 6cyclemind is that, no matter how you dislike them, most of their songs (the better ones) are videoke staples. Also, because Eraserheads’ songs are usually harder to sing (Spoliarium, El Bimbo, Magasin).

Sabado Nights. Rizal Underground. The band sampled a riff from Juan Dela Cruz’ “Mamasyal sa Pilipinas.” And you may forget about this JDC tidbit but maybe not the lady in black T-shirt in that Sabado Nights TV commercial.

Spoliarium. Eraserheads. It’s not about something so sinister as some people think/used to think. By the way, “Wasak Waltz” is medyo cringe (Sorry, so conyo). Medyo pilit s’ya. At saka cliche na ‘yung ‘wasak’ nung ni-release ‘tong kantang ‘to. If I remember correctly, Ely once said that some of his songs (post-Eraserheads) were intially written for beer commercials. Maybe “Wasak Waltz” was one of those.

Bananatype. Eraserheads. Hey! What’s your name? Hindi mo ba alam na akoy lasing? This is Ely at his wackiest, and maybe Eheads at their bluesiest. Watch out for references to Tekken’s Jun Kazama (aahh, ‘yun pala ‘yun) and Mario O’Hara.

Giyang. Razorback. Conyo rock not at its finest but conyo rock nonetheless. Ugh.

Baso. Maude. The rare 2010’s song in the list. And… that’s all.

Hudas. Bamboo. ‘Pag sila’y nagtatawanang malakas, tinatawanan lang tayo. O ‘di kaya isang tropa lang sila, ang demonyo, si San Pedro at ang Diyos. ‘Nuff said.

Straight No Chaser. Rivermaya. Nathan Azarcon, patron saint of the broken, wrote “She’s So Uncool,” “Homecoming,” and this. While it is really about drinking it straight — no chaser — like that Siakol song above, this is also about a girl.

Gin Pomelo. Radioactive Sago Project. How the f*ck did I forget about this one the first time?

Inuman Na. Parokya Ni Edgar. This song could go on and on for as long as everyone knows the chorus (nevermind the verse) and until the guitarist couldn’t play the right chords anymore. Because he’s drunk already. We’re drunk already. And neighbors were already angry.

Pare Ko. Eraserheads. The post-basted group therapy song. You can be Siakol and drink alone with your misery or you can drink with friends which is probably a lot more fun.

Masaya. Bamboo. Ako’y malungkot na naman. Amoy chico na ako, ilang tagay na hindi pa rin tulog. What I wrote about “Straight No Chaser,” I should have written for this. This song hits really hard. Ang pag-ibig, ganyan talaga. Sa una lang masaya.

Alkohol. Eraserheads. This one’s from Raymund Marasigan. He wrote a Larry Alcala Slice of Life, where people are drunk, drinking, and all the things described in the song.

Laklak. Teeth. Someone needs to write a song about different type and brands of beer (or whiskey or whatever your weapon of choice is) the way The End wrote and sang about cars in “Drive My BM” just for the sake of it. Just for fun. You know, a song where there’s a line that mentions Heineken, San Miguel, Tiger, Sapporo… and rhymes Carlsberg with Spielberg. Why not a song about the perils of alcoholism? Well, because Teeth already did that.

Beer. Itchyworms. If including a song that has little to do with drinking (see above: Syota ng Bayan) is what lack of alcohol does to a MF, this song is what lack of pussy [and plenty of alcohol] does to a MF. Is he in denial phase? Or he got drunk so hard that he reached the tipping point of letting go. Either way, this song asks the ultimate fucking question. Ano ba talagang mas gusto ko: ang beer na ‘to o ang pag-ibig mo?

Photo from Reddit.

Breeder’s Digest

Shall I give a rundown of the last movies I’ve seen? Sure, why not? Well, tracking the movies I’ve watched is easier now since I started logging them on Letterboxd. And I’m also slowly transferring some of my movie ‘reviews’ in this blog to Letterboxd for whatever it’s worth. One thing I don’t like Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest”

Breeder’s Digest

Last movies I’ve watched and liked? Ang Babaeng Walang Pakiramdam (2020), and it seems to be getting “review-bombed” on Letterboxd. But it’s a fairly good movie, especially the acting — props to both Kim Molina and Gerald Napoles. Daryll Yap’s movies seems to get a lot of hate/dislike online Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest”

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Spacing Out

Alam mo ‘yung pumupungay ‘yung mata mo kahit ‘di ka naman naka-chongki. ‘Yung napapa-headbang ka kahit wala namang tugtog. Hindi yata ‘spacing out’ o ‘zoning out’ ang eksaktong katumbas nito, pero sa amin ang tawag dito ay nagtutukake. Nagtukake ako kanina. Habang nasa harap Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest”

Minsan sa may Kalayaan

You’ve probably read the news by now. The latest Eraserheads cheese to reach your feeds. That “Minsan” wasn’t really abut ‘them’. That ‘them’ were never really ‘friends’. And people are losing their minds, on Facebook and Twitter. Never had the time nor the interest to read most of the reactions Continue reading “Minsan sa may Kalayaan”

10 Popular Songs That You Hate

Remember the time when they were promoting The Click Five on TV? Like this pop-rock (boy)band with emo haircuts and play their own instruments is probably the next big thing? I don’t really remember in what year that was, but I had the impression then they we’re trying to make this band go big Continue reading “10 Popular Songs That You Hate”

The Real True Meaning of Eraserheads’ “Spoliarium”

Ely Buendia finally revealed the real true meaning of “Spoliarium”, to the dismay of fanatical fans, budding conspiracy theorists, and wannabe UP professors. And if you are one of those who used to believe that the myth wasn’t just a myth, that there’s really something behind what’s written on the wall Continue reading “The Real True Meaning of Eraserheads’ “Spoliarium””

Breeder’s Digest: MYXposed, Ely Buendia, Diane Ventura

Was watching another MYX documentary the other day about bands and gangs, and drugs, orgies and stuff. Okay. Just bands, local bands and the music scene from early 2000s onwards, featuring interviews with the members of Sandwich, Parokya, Kamikazee, Pupil, Slapshock, Hale, Cueshe, Callalily Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest: MYXposed, Ely Buendia, Diane Ventura”

Songs of the Week: Nina, Mayonnaise, Richard Hawley, Cultured Pearls

My dreams have come and gone. The world is spinning faster each day. And I am not the one my future promised I’d be. Well, Nina, what can I say? My alternate future self never made any promise to my past self. Maybe my past self never even dreamed of that alternate future self in the first place Continue reading “Songs of the Week: Nina, Mayonnaise, Richard Hawley, Cultured Pearls”

Schizo Records Reissues Eraserheads’ Pop U! on its 30th Anniversary!

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We all know how it started. The band peddled their garage sale demo to every known record company. And they got rejected by the record labels because they weren’t pop enough. The songs weren’t pop enough. And they weren’t pogi enough. It’s almost saying that their music Continue reading “Schizo Records Reissues Eraserheads’ Pop U! on its 30th Anniversary!”

Breeder’s Digest: Zild, Oh Flamingo, Ely Buendia

Juan Luna’s Tampuhan

I was listening to Zild’s Homework Machine the other night, looking at the dark black sky on the window when an angel appeared to me. The angel, it looked horrifying. With multiple wings spinning like wheels, flaming swords and other indescribable things. Then, the angel spoke to me in Alan Rickman’s voice Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest: Zild, Oh Flamingo, Ely Buendia”

Songs of the Week: Radiohead, Stephen Malkmus, Angel Locsin

Nostalgia, according to Wikipedia (a type of encyclopedia which doesn’t require any kind of lifting, reaching or walking to the bookshelf), is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. Nostalgia is associated with a yearning for the past, its personalities, possibilities Continue reading “Songs of the Week: Radiohead, Stephen Malkmus, Angel Locsin”

Breeder’s Digest: Fever Dolls, Teenage Fanclub, Sufjan Stevens

New artists you discovered recently?

This relatively new-ish band called Fever Dolls, which, if I remember correctly, is said to be an indie band that combines Saturday Night Fever and the punk rock theatrics of the New York Dolls. I won’t say I became an instant fan of theirs, but I like some of their songs, especially “Mrs. Carver” Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest: Fever Dolls, Teenage Fanclub, Sufjan Stevens”

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Was listening to “drivers license” this morning and I thought “isn’t there supposed to be an apostrophe in there?” Shouldn’t it be driver’s license? Or driver license? Back when I was in the UK, they call it driving licence, but with “C” instead of “S.” When I was in Denmark, they call it kørekort and I don’t Continue reading “breeders digest”

Top 10 Porn for Christmas

I missed the chance to make this post on Christmas Day so I am taking back that chance now. Because, what’s the difference anyway? Christmas, New Year? When you realized that the “new year” only gives you a false sense of discontinuity, as if the time is a timer that resets every three-hundred sixty Continue reading “Top 10 Porn for Christmas”

The Real True Meaning of ‘Gaheto’ in Eraserheads’ “Harana” 

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Back in 1997, Eraserheads released an EP, a taste test for their then upcoming fifth studio album. They called it Bananatype. And put a monkey on its cover. At the time, local bands/artists don’t usually release EPs or maxi-singles. Which explains why Ely Buendia had to explain what is an EP Continue reading “The Real True Meaning of ‘Gaheto’ in Eraserheads’ “Harana” “

Songs for Driving

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Three typhoons in two weeks is no laughing matter. Five, if we include the tropical storms. And despite being constantly on Facebook for the latest weather bulletins and updates I found myself wondering the other day: “How come the last Typhoon was called Ulysses when the ones before them were Quinta and Rolly? What happened to S and T?” Continue reading “Songs for Driving”

Cutterpillow going 25; Circus redux/reordered

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So the #ultrasecret sessions actually did happen. With each member of the band recording their tracks separately in their own studios. Maybe the “Ligaya” guitar track uploaded by Marcus Adoro on YouTube was really from these sessions, not from the rehearsals during the ‘reunion tour’ as I’ve previously mentioned. 

Continue reading “Cutterpillow going 25; Circus redux/reordered”

Music: The Bernadettes, EndofContracts, Bembol Rockers, etc.

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Let’s talk about bands you probably heard of before but never heard from again.

Bembol Rockers. Chances are, you probably knew more about Bembol Rocco’s children than the band whose name was inspired by Bembol Roco’s children’s father, who’s no other than—take a guess—Bembol Roco himself. And you probably knew more about Bembol Roco himself and his escapades in Manila in the Claws of Neon and how he lost Ligaya (before the Eraserheads found her again) than these rowdy quartet who specializes in rockabilly and swing. One more thing this band specializes in: How to disappear completely. Unlike Bembol the actor whom you can still see on TV from time to time, Bembol the band hasn’t left much trace, scent, internet footprint or whatever that could be traced back to them. Found no articles written about them. They made one album apparently. Or maybe two. One is The Fabolous Bembol Rockers (according to Discogs.com) and two, this “Live” album found on pinoyalbums(dot)com which has the same tracklisting as the former.

The Bernadettes. I should probably stop writing this now because the band just released a brand new track last September. Like the Bembol Rockers, The Bernadettes were a hot commodity many moons ago. Never really heard anything by them until today, when I (re)discovered their song “Let’s Make Babies” on Lilystars Records’ Bandcamp page while looking for We Are Imaginary’s debut EP One Dreamy Indeterminate Hum. “Let’s Make Babies” is a great indie-pop song. Catchy chorus, great hooks. It’s like Nirvana’s “Molly’s Lips” meets Weezer and Oasis in a non-alcoholic bar and decided to have a threesome. Except all of them are males and therefore making babies is very much not possible at all. And the album cover featuring an elephant mounting a rhino? Not very wholesome, these guys. And I was really really disappointed when I found out that Bernadette Sembrano, Bernadette Allyson, and Bernadette Whatshername were not really the members of the band.

Your Imaginary Friends. Well, first off, they’re not real. Believe me. I used to have one when I was a kid. And my mom used to… Oh! You mean the band! Sorry, I thought… Okay, the band… Yeah, Ahmad Tanji & co. gave us “Nikita“, this EP and went into hiding, never to be heard from ever again. A lot of bands in Clem Castro’s Lilystars Records are like that, actually. The Camerawalls had only one album. The Gentle Isolation, The Viral Atmosphere, The Harsh Quarantines—all of them had only one album to their name. They’re still around actually, Your Imaginary Friends. Except they’re not your imaginary friends anymore. They turned out to be real. And they turned out to be not your friends. No, they changed their name to We Are Imaginary—I know, a little less catchy and imaginative if you’d ask me. At least they’re not imaginary anymore. Oh, wait, they still are.

The Butchercons. According to Stephen Malkmus, punk bands should release just one album and then break up. Maybe because there’s no merit in releasing same album over and over again. Maybe that’s The Butchercons’ credo too. One album and they’re done. Their album Coalesce may not be one of the best albums from the last decade but it’s a solid rock album. The guitars in this album totally owns, man! And these kids can really scream! Put this record on when you’re running low on energy. Or you can go to the nearest Family Mart and grab that energy bar. But if you have allergies, like me, then The Butchercons is your safest option. Of course, there’s also Cobra, Red Bull and coffee.

End of Contracts. You probably saw Edouard Canlas once on TV parading his bodega full of sneakers, but you probably never heard of End of Contracts, his musical alter-ego. End of Contracts’ lone CD Radioedito and Narda’s Discotillion came out around the same time. Thinking about it now, I actually regretted buying that Turin Brakes CD one time I was in Glorietta. Or Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah’s debut album. I should have bought Radioedito instead (and Moonstar88’s Todo Combo). I should have gambled on this one. It may not have been worth it but at least I wouldn’t be wondering now how the songs on this album sounds. I never really heard any song from this album, except for “Alamona”, which is actually a great song. Either it sounds like a long lost OPM gem from the 70s or a retro-hit in the vein of Itchyworms’ “Beer”, only it’s underplayed, underrated, and not a little bit vulgar.

Breeder’s Digest: San Cisco, Neil Young, Oh, Flamingo!

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What new artists you discovered this year?
Off the top my head, Khruangbin, Japanese Breakfast, Stella Donnelly, Marren Morris and Men I Trust. Last year it was Mitski, Lucy Dacus, beabadoobee… Khruangbin, Men I Trust and Japanese Breakfast I discovered via YouTube. Maren Morris and Stella Donnelly, I saw them on some website and I probably wouldn’t give them a listen if not for their respective album covers. Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest: San Cisco, Neil Young, Oh, Flamingo!”

Songs for the Pandemic

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You have your Sad Bastard Music playlist, your All-Nighter Playlist, your Daily Bus Ride playlist, your After-Five Overtime playlist, your Aerobics Playlist, your Daily Traffic Anxiety playlist, and so and so. Oftentimes, these playlists are more or less the same, interchangeable, except for the first one. Unless, of course, all your playlists are actually Sad Bastard Music with different names. Continue reading “Songs for the Pandemic”

10 Albums That Didn’t Change My Life

MTV Unplugged in New York. Thor, Norse god of thunder, once said that Asgard was just like Earth — only they didn’t have cable TV. Maybe we lived in Asgard then, ’cause we didn’t have cable as well. We only had either GMA (they used to air taped week-old shows) or the ABS provincial station, depending on the orientation of the antenna mounted Continue reading “10 Albums That Didn’t Change My Life”

Explaining Eraserheads’ ‘Andalusian Dog’, ‘Ha Ha Ha’, & other songs off Sticker Happy

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I already wrote a long-ish one about ‘Kaliwete’ — yes, that song, and no, it’s not what some people thought it was about. Now, it’s time we get into the other songs from Eraserheads’ first and only fifth album. I don’t really feel like writing a long intro so I won’t be dissing IVoS or Ben&Ben fans this time. By the way, I think I liked Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions’ Bavarian Fruit Bread Continue reading “Explaining Eraserheads’ ‘Andalusian Dog’, ‘Ha Ha Ha’, & other songs off Sticker Happy”

Breeder’s Digest: Japanese Breakfast, beabadoobee, Mellow Fellow

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Opening an attachment within an attachment within another attachment in Outlook is like going down multiple layers of dreams in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. You click the X button and suddenly you’re back in the real world. Or was it dream level 01? Well, depends if the top is still spinning. Anyway, I’m not saying Inception was really great Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest: Japanese Breakfast, beabadoobee, Mellow Fellow”

Midyear Music Rundown

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Was thinking of writing about the songs I’ve been listening to for the last six months. Music recommendation of some sorts. Only that if Kanye has Late Registration, we, here at breathing like karma, have a fresh new segment called Late Recommendations. This is the portion of the site where we recommend new songs which came out maybe a year ago Continue reading “Midyear Music Rundown”