Music Review: Ang Bandang Shirley’s ‘Themesongs’

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 →

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Music Review: Ang Bandang Shirley’s ‘Tama Na Ang Drama’

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Kill This Love: 13 Questions Music Tag

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S24-y0Ij3Y 1. Which bands/artist do you have the most albums by? Do you mean physical copies or not? (I'm asking because I have the whole discography (90+ LPs) of unlicensed, unadulterated, undeniably good music from a group called The Tribal Sounds from Mt. Krakatoa in digital format.) So, to be safe, I'll go with legit... Continue Reading →

11 Favorite Moments In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

1. Justine Bieber. That moment when Rocket joked about Captain Marvel's ever changing haircut. Yup, Captain Marvel is Disney's attempt at a lesbian superhero. And they still couldn't spell it out. Where's your balls Kevin Feige Mickey Mouse? Also, Deadpool did it first. And she has a very cool name: Negasonic Teenage Warhead. By the... Continue Reading →

Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands from Worse to Worst

Hale. Say what you want, "The Day You Said Goodnight" would still be hit, whether Champ Liu Pio now looks like FrancisM-meets-Luis Manzano or not or whether he's still with Louise delos Reyes or not. Lucky guy, that Champ. A real champ. Sponge Cola. I still like the deeper cuts in their debut like "Partisan"... Continue Reading →

10 Favorite Cover Songs (That Are Better Than The Original)

Second-hand serenades Okay, not all of them are "better than the original" but---don't you like my WatchMojo-esque title? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fregObNcHC8 The Man Who Sold The World / Plateau - Nirvana Nirvana's Unplugged album boasts a number of covers: one each from David Bowie, Ledbelly, The Vaselines, and three from the Meat Puppets, who also helped them... Continue Reading →

Favorite Music, 2018

What I've Been Listening To In 2018? A bunch of oldies. Neil Young, some music from the Aughts, one fine indie rock band, and few new releases. Fear of missing out this is not. In fact, my Spotify playlist is stuck on Moira dela Torre. And Moira is like what---so 2017? Or 2016? The last... Continue Reading →

Ultraelectromagneticpop on Vinyl: The Good The Bad & The Ugly

I was plugged in to my phone when the news came crashing outside my window: on its 25th anniversary, the remastered version of Ultraelectromagneticpop would be available on Spotify and other digital platforms. And I listened to it on Spotify the same day it came out. What tiny tidbit I missed at the time, is... Continue Reading →

Head Trip In Every Key (Superdrag, 1998)

Some said 'Rock is dead' in '98 and electronica (i.e., Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers) is the next big thing. Well, Grunge died, sort of---after Cobain's death, Pearl Jam's No Code flopped, and Soundgarden split up. Unbeknownst to many, Pavement's Brighten the Corners actually saved Rock n' Roll in '97. And paved the way for Superdrag's... Continue Reading →

Hebigat Sounds Volume One (Razorback, 1995)

Hebigat Sounds sounds fine--but Inuman Sessions Vol.1 would have been more apt for this debut from Razorback. From the opening motif of "Tabi Ng Bulkan" to that riff that's played repeatedly and ends "Diwata," Razorback delivers bad-ass goods---equal parts booze, rock & roll---but not much else. "Stand by...rolling." Self-reflexivity: Check. I took one bottle, poured... Continue Reading →

Kupal Destroyer (Tubero, 2018)

Tubero Brings Heavy Honest Pure Metal Music To The Fore There's no beating around the bush, no matter how thick the bush may be. They play hard, erect and direct. With songs the starts and expires as fast as one can say "Mamatay Ka Na," titles that could make blush even the likes of Boy... Continue Reading →

Favorite Nude/Sexy Album Covers (NSFW)

  Sticker Happy (1997) - Eraserheads Drinkin', Lechin', & Lyin' (1989), Cold Hands (1990), White Out (2000) - Boss Hog Night Time, My Time (2013) - Sky Ferreira Materiales Fuertes (2015) - Trinidad By The Way (2002), Mother's Milk (1989) - Red Hot Chili Peppers Zilch (2015) - Pupil Sparkle Hard (2018) - Stephen Malkmus... Continue Reading →

This Year (Moonstar88, 2012)

This Year, Moonstar88’s answer to their fans, is either a long EP or a short LP. Or rather it’s more like a second disc to a repackaged Todo Combo. Only you don’t have to purchase the same album again (in case you already have) just to get the bonus disc. Nor their label needs to repackage that... Continue Reading →

Kiko Machine (Kiko Machine, 2004)

The lads of Kiko Machine, indie/comedy/rock band composed of Fine Arts students from UP, aren't very fine, to say the least. Not only do they idolize a second-rate moustachioed matinee, they also dream to be on the cover of Pulp magazine, and if all else fail, they'll do everything to become boldstars. Musically, I'll put them somewhere... Continue Reading →

All My Friends (tide/edit, 2018)

Is this where it all starts to bleed together? Is this where it all starts to sound the same? I’m mean those towels hanging on the cover of IDEAS. Towels, ideas, songs—spin them thrice in the washing machine and colours will bleed for sure. Ditto with these tunes, tracks, songs.After Lightfoot, I have little use... Continue Reading →

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, they aren't easy to describe or explain---not that one needs to---yet they could easily capture one’s attention and/or imagination. tide/edit's music has... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

The Oktaves (The Oktaves, 2013)

Not quite as dismal as the last collaboration album with Ely Buendia's name on it. But not quite as good as Pupil's (or Hilera's) last album either. In case anyone's forgotten already, The Oktaves is Ely Buendia's kind-of-full-time-but-not-really other band, a supergroup who don't seem to hang out together. Or maybe they do hang out,... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Atomic Bomb (Rivermaya, 1997)

Took me a long time to fully appreciate Rivermaya's third album. Yes, the title's cliche and the album's more obtuse than a solid bang, but that's not it. Only lately did I realize what's keeping me from really enjoying this album. It's the track sequence. Of course, it's just probably me but I'm thinking about... Continue Reading →

Random Thoughts: Camera Obscura, Interpol and Other Favorite Records from the Zeroes

Another list. A list of albums I like, from that decade after the Millennium Bug crashed the world's supercomputers and left the world in chaos. Albums I still listen to from time to time. Not necessarily the bests, nor great ones. More like comfort food. Like burger and fries.            ... Continue Reading →

RiverMaya (Rivermaya, 1994)

Aside from the hits (e.g., 214), Rivermaya, with this debut, gave what fans couldn't get from the Eraserheads: a pop-rock band with considerable skills and rockstars look and feel. (Though that's not something they couldn't get with either After Image or Alamid.) This idea of THE perfect band and the band's five-hit-string that parallels that... Continue Reading →

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