It’s Like A Magic (Ciudad, 2005)

Sadly, this would be the last of the fuzz/fun side of Ciudad. After this album, they got more sober, their lyrics started to make sense, and most of all, they seem to have lost most of the fun---and the fuzz. It's Like A Magic is hardly on par with Ciudad’s first two albums, but when… Continue reading It’s Like A Magic (Ciudad, 2005)

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Ourselves the Elves, The Strange Creatures

Two excellent lovely twinkly EPs... It’ll Be Alright (Ourselves the Elves, 2013) What elevates this from the rest of female-fronted bands of local indieland, I don’t know exactly. Maybe it’s the lack of synths. Or the lo-fi prod perhaps? Maybe it’s the untamed cymbals occasionally clashing with the guitars. Or maybe it’s the intimate air… Continue reading Ourselves the Elves, The Strange Creatures

Sticker Happy (Eraserheads, 1997)

A few of my favorite records came out in 1997. Pavement’s fourth “masterpiece” Brighten the Corners was released that year. Ditto with Radiohead’s critically acclaimed OK Computer and Foo Fighters’ The Colour and the Shape. In the same year, Teeth returned with Bum Squad EP and a healthier Glenn Jacinto. Then the Eraserheads, fresh from… Continue reading Sticker Happy (Eraserheads, 1997)

As The Music Plays (Bamboo, 2004)

They caught and drowned the front man of the world's worst rock and roll band. He was out of luck because nobody gave a fuck. The jury gathered all around the aqueduct, drinking and laughing and lighting up, reminiscing just how bad he sucked, singing “Throw him in the river, throw him in the river… Continue reading As The Music Plays (Bamboo, 2004)

Bananatype (Eraserheads, 1997)

Before Sticker Happy came out late in 1997, Eraserheads released an EP called Bananatype. For a band that has released one LP every year since 1993, a stopgap midyear release was nothing short of surprising. They just have too many songs for the new album that they have to put away some of them, the… Continue reading Bananatype (Eraserheads, 1997)

Dating Gawi (Rico Blanco, 2015)

This isn’t just fantasy superband come true. This is the superband that supersedes all other superbands in recent memory – Bamboo, Franco, Audioslave, Atoms for Peace, and even the Oktaves. I mean, c'mon, this is Rivermaya’s main man and one-half of the Eraserheads – two godhead bands from the 90’s – in one album. Okay,… Continue reading Dating Gawi (Rico Blanco, 2015)

The Blashuvec (Rebelle Fleur, 2013)

Like with any guitar-heavy rock band, one can namedrop the usual suspects with ease - Nirvana, Pavement, Husker Du - as usual. But one has to realize how tonally and aesthetically disparate those bands were and that their least common denominator is a RAT pedal. Yes, the singer strains his cords like Cobain and the guitars are… Continue reading The Blashuvec (Rebelle Fleur, 2013)

¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre! (Green Day, 2012)

These three words - shouted to signal the start of every song or set - as a title is in and of itself, very punk in spirit. But there's no other way to put down this trifecta, but to take it as a whole and describe it as the most bloated American Punk Idiot albums… Continue reading ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre! (Green Day, 2012)

Shady Lane – Japan Tour Ed. (Pavement, 1997)

Japan could be last bastion of selling tangible music. Not only because Japanese people still love to buy CDs and LPs - but also because a lot of people from outside Japan go there just to buy these stuff and to see Ochanomizu's great collection of guitars. And the girls of AKB48 are cute. Maybe… Continue reading Shady Lane – Japan Tour Ed. (Pavement, 1997)

Fat Salt & Flame (Sandwich, 2013)

Fat Salt & Flame opens with grinding of the axes that segues into a series of build up and release - a layer cake of feedback and guitar screech. Around the two minute mark, you start to wonder - either they forgot the lyrics or somebody forgot to switch on the mic. But it never… Continue reading Fat Salt & Flame (Sandwich, 2013)

Zilch (Pupil, 2015)

Three albums in and Pupil goes back to zero - a restart, a new beginning. Yan Yuzon's out and erstwhile Mongol Jerome Velasco comes in. The angular riffs and dream-pop soundscapes are out - traded for the more compact ones. The alt-rock palette with strong post-punk leaning, they decided to explore no further. We saw… Continue reading Zilch (Pupil, 2015)

Pop U! (Eraserheads, 1991)

Not the first ever indie, rather self-released cassette of dozen songs already worth a proper album. Some of which already recorded for what is now known as “garjam” demo, and half of which would later appear on their major label albums. Sound-wise, it’s a combination of pop, post-punk and whatever they heard inside their heads,… Continue reading Pop U! (Eraserheads, 1991)

The Colour and the Shape (Foo Fighters, 1997)

This is how rock music should be – loud guitars, propulsive drumming, plenty of hooks and catchy choruses. All these check boxes I’d like to tick – Foo Fighters’ The Colour and the Shape has them in spades. It has parts loud, abrasive, and unruly – ruckus intertwined with melody – and parts quiet and… Continue reading The Colour and the Shape (Foo Fighters, 1997)