Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday, Interrupted Is Cancelled

We regret to inform you that Trash Radio Manila and Bisikleta Productions' Holiday, Interrupted is literally interrupted, as we found ourselves losing our venue in the thick of the holidays. This is an announcement that is very difficult to make, but, as with any other unfortunate events, there must be a reason for this. Please accept our profound apologies. Merry Christmas to all.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Joe Strummer: 1952-2002

John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sha Na Boom Boom, Yeah!

We've got roughly a week to go before Christmas! Yay! Aside from the usual last-minute mad rush to the malls, holiday traffic, infinite Christmas parties, there are a good number of gigs lined up in the next few days, including our own Holiday, Interrupted which we put up with our friends at Bisikleta Productions, to be held on December 27 at Sausage Bar. Our siderail is literally teeming with posters of upcoming gigs, so do check them out.

We do have a fresh playlist to keep you company in the next few maddening days. Go Jimmy Go, ska purveyors out of Hawaii, sing a timely tune delivered in their usual breezy style. Hepcat follows next with "The Secret". Rumours are afloat that Hepcat are scheduled to do a reunion gig this month, but so far there is no official word on this, as far as I know.

This band is young but brash and confident, and for a very compelling reason. The Babylon Whackers are formed in 2007, the product of the union of The Filaments, Majah Tunder, and Babar Luck, with collaborations with members of The King Blues and Suicide Bid tossed in for a good measure. The Solution, on the other hand, does soul the way it should sound today: still with old-school vibe but contemporary, not at all dated. I could swear their song "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)" sampled its horn riff from "Sweet Soul Revue" by another excellent band, Japan's Pizzicato Five.

The song "For Dancers Only" is written by everyone's favorite modfather, Paul Weller, but Ocean Colour Scene has been said to have offered to record the song. The English duo of Tyber and Si make up The Dualers, and they end the playlist with "Get Festive", which is exactly we are about to do. Be happy and be safe, you all. Merry Christmas!

GO JIMMY GO - "Merry Christmas, Baby"
HEPCAT - "The Secret"
THE BABYLON WHACKERS - "Sweet Reggae Music"
THE SOLUTION - "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)"
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE - "For Dancers Only"
THE DUALERS - "Get Festive"

Photos from the artists' respective sites.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Indio I is Playing!

What a holiday treat this is. Now this is another gig that you ought to see. Indio I is doing a set this Saturday, December 20, 2008 over at Xaymaca at Timog Ave., Quezon City. Indio I will be playing back to back with the hardworking Coffee Break Island, who goes onstage first at around 11pm (our warped estimate :D).

Indio I has been out of the gig circuit for about 5 months, and we have written about this here. We are not even sure if these guys are now back for good and will resume gigging chores. But just come over at Xaymaca this Saturday, and find out how generous Santa is to all of us who've been BOTH naughty and nice. ;) See you at the gig.

Canon moment: Indio I at Xaymaca last July 2008.

Holiday, Interrupted.

Yeap. You read it right. We are interrupting the holidays to give you a public service announcement. We are trying to raise a good amount of canned goods, which we shall be sending to the inmates of the Cainta Municipal Jail, and we direly need your help.

Fr. Albert (not Ascona), of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church at Greenpark Village, Cainta, has most graciously accepted our gesture of reaching out to our brethren.

Tama na muna ang ingay. We're bringing the volume down if only for one night this year to thank the One up there for the blessings that we have enjoyed this past year, to recollect the trials we have overcome, and to share all of these with you, with our loved ones, with our friends, and with our families.

As our collective appreciation of this past year, we invite you to help us raise enough goodies for our brothers and sisters currently locked up in jail.

Please come on the evening of the 27th of Decemeber as Trash Radio Manila, in cooperation with our good friends at Biskileta Productions, presents "Holiday, Interrupted.", our post-Christmas/pre-New Year bash and Thanksgiving party for what has been our (that's you included) 2008.

All the bands playing will be trimming down on the distortion so that we can all hear one another.

This early, we'd like to thank Spanky of Sausage Bar, for helping us out with this endeavor.

Punta kayo at magdala ng de lata. We hope to see you there.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


(The Gaslight Anthem)

I took a drive today, and thought about you.
I thought about a friend who passed, and how much we just went through.
I saw the sun shine off the hood of a Cadillac,
I thought about some things I'd say, and some I would take back.
I thought about how fortunate I feel to be alive.

And if you're scared of the future tonight,
we'll just take it each hour one at a time.
It's a pretty good night for a drive,
so dry up those eyes, dry up those eyes.
Because the radio will still play loud,
songs that we heard as our guards came down.
Like in the summertime when we first met,
I'll never forget, don't you forget,
these nights are still ours.

I still love the way you smile.
I still love the ocean.
We should remember to slow down more often, and maybe we will.
Now there's a lotta good things coming our way right now.
A lot of bad had passed but we survived the breakdowns.
All is forgiven, water under bridges now.

And if you're scared of the future tonight,
we'll just take it each hour one at a time.
It's a pretty good night for a drive,
so dry up those eyes, dry up those eyes.
Because the radio will still play loud,
songs that we heard as our guards came down.
Like in the summertime when we first met,
I'll never forget, and don't you forget,
these nights are still ours.

And if you're scared of the future tonight,
we'll just take it each hour one at a time.
It's a pretty good night for a drive,
so dry up those eyes, dry up those eyes.
Because the radio will still play loud,
songs that we heard as our guards came down.
Like in the summertime when we first met,
I'll never forget, don't you forget,
these nights are still ours...


DUVALL - "Angels We Have Heard on High"
- "Real Life is Good Enough"
- "Boomboxes and Dictionaries"
- "Stay Free"
- "Kinder Words"
- "Cool Your Jets"

Photos: Early Put3ska, and weeping angel courtesy of a friend who sent a jpeg. No site was given to me, unfortunately. :(

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Hey Hifny, the train has already left...

Depending on your point of view, trainspotting can be one of several things:

the act of mainlining heroin,
the act of looking over a DJ's shoulder to find out what record is being played,
the act of standing near railroad tracks to actually wait for trains pass by so one could log engine numbers and other stuff,
the act of creating a playlist out of train-related songs.
Or more sublimely, it's about trying to find out what we're actually trying to say with the song choices we have made.

Yeah... The Clash's "Train In Vain (Stand By Me)" would have been an obvious choice, which is probably why we left it out. And of course, there's no real mention of any train in the song, but Mick Jones reportedly once offered an explanation that the tune was akin to the rhythm that a train makes while running on railroad tracks. Your guess is as good as ours if that is just a load of BS. We're only sure that this is one of the best love songs ever recorded, bar Avril's "Girlfriend", the version of which by the Pigeon Detectives is much better ("Hell yeah, I'm a motherf**kin' princess!" sings Matt Bowman, the reluctant new Roger Daltrey).

OK! We're kidding! Here's the playlist, and some cuttings from the lyric sheets...

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE - "The Day We Caught The Train" (Acoustic)
"When you find that things are getting wilder...
Don't you want days like these...
Don't you NEED days like these..."

THE VAPORS - "Trains"
"Everybody I know has to face the trains
Everybody I know makes the same mistakes"

THE MOVEMENT - "Watching All Trains Leave The Station"
"Watching all trains leave the station
The world is passing by my window
Sick of all this repetition"

FISCHER Z - "The Worker"
"The hated journey on the train,
Always been the same,
Looking out windows,
Second class and second best,
What a waste of time..."

BYRON LEE and the DRAGONAIRES - "Night Train Ska"
Lyrics? Haha!

PRINCE BUSTER - "Train To Girls' Town"
“Now just for a second, take a look out the window
Look upon the hill
See that pretty house?
That's the house of the famous Judge Dread
Better known as Judge Four Hundred Years,
Y'know that man?
That's the man who cool the heat
With a rock steady beat”

Thursday, November 27, 2008


This personal preoccupation is not to be mistaken with the musical genre, also called shoegazing, which emerged towards the turn of the 1990s and spearheaded by bands like My Bloody Valentine and Ride. This is - literally - checking out the footwear of the scenesters, musicians, and bystanders in a gig. A ska gig is almost always the best time to shoegaze. All photos were taken during the Skalloween gig, where I saw a multitude of shoes, all shapes, colors, and sizes. Imelda, eat your heart out!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Let's Talk About Friends...

Mid-week last week we bumped into a friend from way back. As in real way back. Needless to say, and in a manner of speaking, the encounter opened a floodgate of thoughts and ideas both past and present, of friends still around, of friends that have been left behind, and friends who have gone ahead... We learned some have fallen by the wayside, unable to pick up from where they have fallen... some landing into the quagmire of drugs, some losing themselves in the oblivion of self-centeredness (haha!), and some just being gone... Friends come and go... the older you get, the more you know who to keep... and as The Clash once sang,

Years have passed and things have changed
And I've moved anyway I wanna go
But I'll never forget the feeling I got
When I heard that you'd gone home
And I'll never forget the smile on my face
since I knew where you would be
And if you're in the crown tonight
Have a drink on me
But go easy...
step lightly...
stay free...

Yup, this offer is for you... you know who you are... and the offer is as real as the sunshine pouring like wine through your window in the morning. Gimme a call.

In keeping with the seeming tone of the post, we've put together a dance, hip-hop, reggae, and (sort of) funk-soul playlist.

Here it is:
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE II - "Rush (UK White Label Remix-Long Island Edit)"
DE LA SOUL (with Jungle Brothers and Q-Tip) - "Buddy"
LOOPTROOP - "Self-Biography"
LADY SOVEREIGN - "Love Me or Hate Me (Fuck You)"
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON - "Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)"
GIL SCOTT-HERON - "Give Her A Call"

By the way, it's the Friend half (again :) ) of Marika and Friends who wrote this piece. Getting more frequent now, yes?

...And Let Me Just Say...

Our post last November 13 titled "What If Punk Never Happened?" is linked to this site. King Blues Press contains bits of news on the band The King Blues. Do check out their blog site, will you? :) Cheers to The King Blues!

At Last! Seen Scene Sin At Skalloween!

This post is, finally, ultimately, excruciatingly, up!Three weeks have passed since Bisikleta Productions' Skalloween, held last October 31 at Ten-02. (I still owe Bisikleta those photos.) Finally, Trash Radio Manila got to spin. What can I say? I had a whole lot of fun: the crowd was rowdy but generally well-behaved (emphasis on generally), the bands awesome, the food is good. (You guys ought to try Ten-02's cheese and garlic pizza and their classic spaghetti. Delicious!) Endless supply of beer and great music playing non-stop! Friendly faces showed up unexpectedly - what more can I ask.

The line-up was made up of the following: Dreadnot Used, Umble Uno, G2 and The Bundocks, Pink Cow (who did a rousing number with the Tolonguez Death Squad vox - amazing!), Beatdown Boombox, Nevertheless, The Wayfarers, Eastern Vibration, Steady Movin' Beat, and Earthlings. All the bands stood out, in more ways than one. But, as always, I have my own observations:

1. Pink Cow is a rising star. Francis undeniably has the voice and the stage presence.

2. You may say I'm biased, but Beatdown Boombox is one band that commands attention, and rightfully so.

3. But the best band of the night for me is The Wayfarers. The band was a joy to watch, even covering a Dolphy and Panchito spoof.

4. Bing Austria (of Juan Pablo Dream), the affair's host, was, as always, witty, glib, and nerdy, all at once. One of his most memorable lines: Lahat tayo, unique!!!

Here are some photos and a slideshow. Bisikleta Productions, for pulling this off, once again gets another tick in its scoreboard. Till next time, hunnies.

Photos: Edwin Aguilar of The Wayfarers, Ten-02 crowd, Dreadnot Used, Umble Uno, G2 and the Bundocks, Bing Austria, Pink Cow with Tolonguez Death Squad vox, the maddening crowd, Pink Cow's Francis, Beatdown Boombox, Nevertheless, Eastern Vibration, Steady Movin' Beat. Some shots courtesy of Trash Radio Manila's good friend Ish.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What If Punk Never Happened?

Hi all, the post you are to read below is written by the "friend" half of the Marika and Friends signature that I affix every time I write an entry in Trash Radio Manila. You see, Je should be doing this more often, being the far more talented writer that he is than I am. But you know how precious things are....

Je writes about a part of The King Blues' latest release, which contains "What If Punk Never Happened?", and how this piece struck him and inspired him to produce the mix that you are hearing on our player. Here goes.

(Photo credits: The King Blues from their MySpace site, Music Front from their MySpace site.)

Hello All,

I do not usually write for blogs. Editing and writing for other people being my main source of livelihood, I somehow find it difficult to write what’s in my own mind. However, things sometimes come from way out left field that they almost knock you down.

Special thanks are due Bisikleta Productions for knocking me down and bowling me over today. The guy behind the production outfit sent me an MP3 late this afternoon. It was a copy of The King Blues’ “What If Punk Never Happened” off of their latest release “Save The World. Get The Girl”. (Please get the album if you can.) To say my life has been changed again is an understatement. But the email made me remember many things. Many many things.

My first reaction to the song was that I had to get the lyrics. In the process of looking for them across the Net, I also stumbled upon a general invite from the band to remix the song.

It is past midnight now, and I have just come out from the studio. (Ok, it’s just the other room in my flat where I have my stereo. I merely hooked up my laptop to an interface in the stereo so that I can “remix” the song.) My bandmates do not know it yet, but I have mixed in one of our songs, “Let’s Dance”, to the spoken word version of “What If Punk Never Happened” and we now have “What If Punk Never Happened? Let’s Dance”, a cross-continental unauthorized collaboration between The King Blues and Music Front.

If The King Blues ask me to take it down, I will ask Marika to take it down. If my bandmates ask me to take it down, I will ask Marika to take it down. If they don’t, then well and good for all of us. We will keep the remix uploaded here on Trash Radio Manila for a week so download as you may.

“So shine your light so bright that all can see,

Take pride in being whoever the fuck you want to be,

Throw your fist in the air in solidarity,

And shout, ‘Viva la punk, just one life, anarchy’”

Be brave and wise,

Keep the faith,


(Download mix here.)

Monday, November 10, 2008

We Destroy Rock N Roll

Because I am not done sorting my photographs of the Skalloween gig yet, and because the account on Conquest Of Death's gig at Cainta last Friday has yet to arrive in my mailbox (paging correspondent from the new group The Tulisans), let me amuse you first with a little tale.

Grunge made it big here in the 1990s; but the same thing cannot be said though about the so-called Britpop sound which is said to have been a reaction to the massive grunge phenomenon originating from the US. I know for a fact that the likes of Oasis and Blur enjoyed considerable airplay then, but the airplay devoted to rest of the Britpop bands (Menswear, Pulp, Sleeper, Lush, Echobelly, etc.) were no match to the amount of time spent on the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

It is a pity that these British bands did not become so popular here. They would have provided a very interesting counterpoint to the grunge sound that was dominating the local radio. A good summary on the history of Britpop can be found here.

I like the aesthetics and the quaintness evoked by these Britpop tunes. Aside from this, Echobelly's "Insomniac" keeps on playing in my mind, and my musical programmer would give anything to score a date with Louis Wener of Sleeper (a very interesting article discussing her take on motherhood appears here). These should be sufficient reasons for us to give you this playlist. Enjoy while you wait, hunnies.

SUEDE - Animal Nitrate
MENSWEAR - I'll Manage Somehow
ECHOBELLY - Insomniac

(Ok, so why does the younger, more contemporary band Pigeon Detectives appear in the list? We'd like to believe that, contrary to the belief that Britpop died in the late 90s, it is definitely still up and about albeit in another form maybe. That pretty 7" you see at the left comes from our Belgian radar, the inimitable Alain Caby who wouldn't miss trading a slab of colored vinyl for a bottle of his favorite "kabayo" with a dash of "tagay" by the side. Cheers Amigo! You'll see more of him soon enough. *wink)

Photo of Brett from this site.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

We're Taking Our Time

Haaay sarap. Light and easy Sunday morning after a gruelling week. Lazing around while watching those full-length dubbed Chinese movies. Sitting by the bed where Dad is sleeping, trying to guess if he'd spring up anytime soon. Mom cooking nilagang baka downstairs, the enticing smell of delicately cooked meat drifting to our noses. Playing 12" Frank Sinatra alternately with 7" Voltes Five theme on the phonograph. But wait, am I talking about memories of Sunday many many years ago, all tucked safely in some secure and stable gyri of my brain? Poignant....

This is how Sunday of yore sounds to us. What is it like to you? Tell us.

GOJIMMYGO - Sunday Morning
BAMBOO - Rootical Boom
THE SELECTER - Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

Updates? Yes, they're coming sooner than you think. Here are some pictures while you wait. First photo shows MV the She-devil and her pal Ron; second photo shows Aji Adriano (WUDS, Beatdown Boombox) in his pose that has long guaranteed him Pinoy Punk immortality, courtesy of Trash Radio Manila's good friend, Ish. All taken during last week's Skalloween.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

On My Way To Catalina

Descendents' Frank Navetta ... is not in this pic! Thanks to QR. Photo from this site.

Frank Navetta at far left

R.I.P. Frank Navetta

Hey Hey
I Like Food
Suburban Home
Jean is Dead

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Something Special

Happy Halloween! Being the sweet people that we are, we thought about uploading a playlist to keep you company throughout the holiday, however bleak the mood of this mix is.

The playlist:

NICK HARRISON - "Something Special (Remix)"
LILY ALLEN - "Everybody's Changing"
MARINE GIRLS - "Times We Used To Spend"
NICK DRAKE - "One of These Things First"

Check out Nick Harrison, whose song "Something Special" is remixed to accommodate The Specials' "Ghost Town". Intense songwriting, with lyrics that go like this: "Tragically dressed she arrives/Holding her head off the dance floor/There's few with better taste/And clothes that cover life's mistakes". More of Nick Harrison at MySpace.

The next song reportedly got Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) into legal trouble. The bass lines of "Dub Be Good To Me" are actually sampled from The Clash's "Guns Of Brixton". Towards the end of the song, horns akin to those played in "Ghost Town" can be heard. Listen closely, and you be the judge.

Originally by Keane, "Everybody's Changing" is given a whole fresh flavour by wonder girl Lily Allen. In all honesty, we like this cover better than the original.

If you are a fan of Tracey Thorn and Everything But The Girl, you must have known by now that Tracey comes from an equally delightful all-girl group called Marine Girls. Their song "Times We Used To Spend" appears in the list.

Capping off is my personal favorite, Nick Drake, a singer-songwriter who brought the meaning of the word melancholia to unprecedented crevices.

Hope you like our mix, and we're leaving you with the lyrics of "Everybody's Changing". Just sing along and let go of the knife in your hands ... yes you, Freddie.

(Up next: Scenes from Skalloween!, and shoe-gazing as a new form of sport)

Everybody's Changing
Originally by Keane
Lily Allen

You say you wander your own land
But when I think about it
I don't see how you can

You're aching, you're breaking
And I can see the pain in your eyes
Since everybody's changing
And I don't know why.

So little time
Try to understand that I'm
Trying to make a move just to stay in the game
I try to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody's changing
And I don't feel the same.

You're gone from here
Soon you will disappear
Fading into beautiful light
'cause everybody's changing
And I don't feel right.

So little time
Try to understand that I'm
Trying to make a move just to stay in the game
I try to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody's changing
And I don't feel the same.

Everybody's changing
And I don't feel the same.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We're Taking Over

It has been a roller-coaster ride for us, in more ways than one. So many things to keep us busy and, occasionally, stressed out. At times we feel like 10 years older, as the song goes. But we go on doing the things we like to do for as long as we can, and we hope you share this sentiment with us. And, like I always say, see you at the gig.

DEADLINE - "We're Taking Over"
MUSIC FRONT - "Let's Dance" (Version)
JOE JACKSON - "Beat Crazy"
AUDIOWEB - "Bankrobber"
FARSIDE - "Hero"
SUGAR - "If I Can't Change Your Mind" (Demo)
SR-71 - "Politically Correct"

Photos from http://www.myspace.com/deadlineuk and http://www.myspace.com/sugarfans

This Is A Public Service Announcement


We've banned the IP address ( of the chatbox user named Hellboy, details of which appear as follows:

inetnum: -
netname: SMARTBRO-PH
descr: Smart Broadband Incorporated
descr: Wireless Broadband Access
descr: Ayala Avenue, Makati City
country: PH
admin-c: LR70-AP
tech-c: CA183-AP
tech-c: FC524-AP
tech-c: WV9-AP
tech-c: AP200-AP
tech-c: RC668-AP
mnt-by: APNIC-HM

Of course, we are not discounting that this character will just find another IP address to broadcast from. Nonetheless, we are just asking for your help since we already have an idea who this character is. Let's validate offline para di naman ma-bulgar kung sino siya.

O, mga internet hacks natin diyan, let's get to work.

The music has been dirty. Let's keep all else clean.

Thank you for all the help.

Marika and Friends

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Trash Radio Manila Episode 19 Part 1: While We Were Sleeping

Hibernation (hī'bər-nā'shən)

An inactive state resembling deep sleep in which certain animals living in cold climates pass the winter. In hibernation, the body temperature is lowered and breathing and heart rates slow down. Hibernation protects the animal from cold and reduces the need for food during the season when food is scarce.
*hibernation. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hibernation (accessed: October 27, 2008).
We entered into another state of hibernation, but, ok, we're back. And we're letting you in on some news we gathered, well, while we were sleeping.

Bad Omen is finally done recording their new album, and we are fortunate enough to have nicked off some freshly-mixed tracks. One of them is a cover of a new wave hit which appeared in the now-collectible 10 of Another Kind CD. The song "Falling", initially performed by Under Blue Skies, appears in this episode's playlist. Lalabas ba ito sa album? We do not know. May paalam ba sila sa UBS? We don't know either. Baka alam ni Boyet. :)

Halloween is up and coming, pumpkins. Bisikleta Productions is giving us This Is Skalloween, which will be held on October 31, Friday, 8pm, at Ten-02 Bar along Timog Avenue in Quezon City. Aside from the fact that Trash Radio Manila will do a DJ stint and Bing Austria of Juan Pablo Dream will be hosting, the gig will feature some, shall we say, musical excursions of members coming off various bands.

Beatdown Boombox is made up of some members of the Music Front, joined in by the members of TheGoSignals and The WUDS. Add the renowned DJ Caliph8 (who you may not see in this gig though due to prior commitments) and what you get is a free-wheeling ever-evolving foray into old school punk, dub, and world music. They have originals, too!

The Wayfarers is composed of members coming from The Jerks (specifically, the cool as a cat bassist Edwin Aguilar), Pink Cow, and Neighbors (with Bong as the vocalist, or so we heard). I have not seen these guys play yet, but I believe they do ska and reggae and I am keeping an eye on them.

Also an offshoot of the Angono ska band Neighbors is The Eastern Vibration. Sagor, which is made up of the members of Goodleaf, is another band to watch out for. This should be fun. By the way, for musical collaboration haters whom I've come across with so many times, let me give you a piece of my mind: if you are familiar with Darwin's Theory of Evolution, you would understand why I have absolutely no objections to musical collaborations, whether they involve "personalities" or not.

Lastly, the playlist. These are some of the tunes enjoying active rotation on our players of late. We extracted excerpts from the newly-released The Clash Live At Shea Stadium album. While Tim Armstrong's "Among The Dead" has always been an on and off favorite, my current apple is Ida Maria's catchy "I Like You So Much Better when You're Naked". This song is a direct reference to The Banana Splits, thus the multitude of bananas appearing in the video, and not to Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier, don't be absurd. Enjoy, and see you guys.

1. Tim Armstrong with The Aggrolites - "Among The Dead"
2. Rudeboy and Rascal - "Cheeky Fella"
3. Ida Maria - "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"
4. The Holloways - "Generator"
5. Bad Omen - "Falling"

Photos: Someone we know very well, Bad Omen, we do have a copy of The Clash! :), and Ida Maria.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Conquest For Death: Australasianpacific Tour 2008

...and we're back from hibernation. So many things happening over the next few weeks. Like this one here.
CONQUEST FOR DEATH is passing by our side of the world as part of their Australasianpacific Tour. This US punk/thrash/hardcore outfit will be in Lucena City on November 6, and in Manila on November 7, before flying out to Hong Kong. The band, as far as I know, is made up of Craigums, Devon, Robert (all three coming from What Happens next?), who reside in San Francisco, CA, and Kiku, their drummer, who currently lives in Japan. Interesting, yes? But I am just getting started.

This particular tour of theirs covers "9 countries, 2.5 continents, 5 weeks, no practice". The band tells us their share of adventures and misadventures in this nifty travelogue/blog of the tour which they are regularly updating here. Pretty engaging read, as the journal reveals the boys' wit, eloquence, and grace under pressure. And their music? Listen up, for we have three of CFD's tracks blasting off our media player right now.

The playlist:

Front Row
This Is Our Time - Never Say Die

Want more of this stuff, real time? Then see you at the gig, my dear friends, and show your love.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

...But It's True! Tirso Cruz III Also Did Monkey Man!

Holy cow! It's Guy and Pip! Photo from the Nostalgia Manila blogsite.

For a song which has aped its way from Jamaica, into the United Kingdom and eventually across the globe, "Monkey Man" has had a pretty colored history. Originally a tribute to the great producer Leslie Kong, Toots and the Maytals first recorded the song around 1969. It has since been widely covered, with the version of The Specials arguably being the most popular, and the version of Amy Winehouse being the most recent of any significance.

Here's the money shot. Tirso Cruz III (yes, that's PIP for you, you Filipino expats in Singapore) has his own version. This one's for those monkeys out there… big big monkey men. And yes, the sound quality on the rip is not very good… get the vinyl. :P CHEERS!


Scenes From Mash It Up! last September 19

First things first. Glitches are life's necessary evils. If we want to totally do away with them, then we're better off dead.

Bisikleta Productions' Mash It Up! last Friday, September 19 was not spared from glitches. For one, there was the heavy downpour during the early evening, though in spite of this, Bela Bar was filled up. Then there was technical hassle. As you very well know, Trash Radio Manila did not get to spin, no thanks to that guy whose mind has a semblance of that of a cretin's. And, in the heat of a band's set, a commotion stirred, which was promptly quelled.

But, fortunately for us in attendance, these glitches did not take away the fact that Mash It Up! had been a very enjoyable affair. Some points are in order:

1. The final line-up, aside from the four major acts (The GoSignals, Shuffle Union, Music Front, and Contras), consisted of T.R.A., King Kong Wasabi, Pink Cow, and Steady Movin' Beat.

2. I made the horrid mistake of typing Hong Kong Wasabi (instead of King Kong Wasabi) in my past post. To the band, I am sorry. For those who know me better, you would very well know that this error is, well, Freudian.

3. I have seen T.R.A. on a few occasions, and I find their demeanor onstage delightful, and their choice of covers good.

4. Contras - as far as I am concerned - gave the nastiest performance of the night. Cheers, lads!

5. All things taken, Hilboy scores once again. Congratulations!

Photos here.


King Kong Wasabi

Pink Cow

Music Front

The GoSignals


Shuffle Union

Steady Movin' Beat