Galactik Fiestamatik (Rico Blanco, 2012)

At the center of Galactik Fiestamatik, is someone sweating it out on the floor. All eyes on her - she doesn't mind. The beat isn't catchy, it's hardly Macarena or whatever's the latest fad. There's something primeval about this, this ritual - Blanco seems to be saying. And so, the songs takes a more primitive… Continue reading Galactik Fiestamatik (Rico Blanco, 2012)

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)

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)

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 Head Trip In Every Key (Superdrag, 1998)

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 Hebigat Sounds Volume One (Razorback, 1995)

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 Kupal Destroyer (Tubero, 2018)

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 Kiko Machine (Kiko Machine, 2004)

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 All My Friends (tide/edit, 2018)

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 Foreign Languages (tide/edit, 2014)

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 Effect Desired None