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Music Pimp # 1

A lot (okay, maybe not a lot, maybe 5) of people say that I have good taste in music. And I love recommending new and/or obscure artists to my friends. Making mixed CDs is one hobby of mine which I really, really love (please, ask me for a mixed CD, it’s been a while). So, why not make regular blog posts about artist that may be old, new, obscure or popular, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Bashing is also allowed, although for the most part, I hope you’ll agree with me

TECHY ROMANTICS
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Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the biggest electronica fan. But the first time I heard them live, I fell in like with the genre, and I fell in love with the band. Just a few gigs more, and I might become an official groupie. Camyl’s voice is just heavenly, Ryan’s guitars are understated but effective and Dondi’s sampling is groovy. Their music is perfect for that moment when you’re sitting in the dark, a drink in one hand, friends around you, just silent and letting the music sink in. And no one will blame you if you suddenly want to jump and dance. Check out their music here. Be a fan also in their FB fan page here. I cannot wait for their album, coming soon. Oh, and did I mention that their song Photos Fade is my message alert tone? Right, Im a groupie alright.

IDA MARIA
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Okay, I am not a fan because her name is one name short of becoming my exact name (yes, my real name is Maria Elena Ida). I am a fan because her music is F-U-N!!! She has this song called “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” and it doesn’t get fun-ner than that. Her songs are as cheeky as Lily Allen’s, but she has this deep, raspy voice that reminds me of Katrina from Katrina and the Waves. Oh and she’s Norwegian (always a cool factor for me) and she looks like she’s from the 40s, but with eyeliner

(for some reason the Naked video is not available due to copyright stuff, so here’s another song)

STARS
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Indie music darlings Stars have been around for a few years now, but except for a few indie music aficionados here in the Philippines, they’re still relatively unknown. And I guess that’s one of the appeals of this group, that they make beautiful, eloquent music, and that they belong to only a handful of us. But I don’t want to be that selfish, so I want to share them with you. I can’t even pick a favorite song, because all of their songs speak to me; atmospheric, lush instrumentation, haunting melodies. But if I had to pick one, it would be the song below, my ode to that non-existent person who was supposed to be my destiny, but got lost along the way, and may never be found

Until the next edition….

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2009 in Critique, Music is My Life

 

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Why I Want To Be a Professional Gig Watcher

I am not, have never been and will never be a dance club/bar type of person. The one time I went to a club, I had fun for like 10 minutes, then the suffocating feeling quickly followed. I charged my way through the crowd and spent the rest of the night in the coffee shop beside it. Call me a killjoy, but it is totally not my scene. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t dance to save my life, or the idea of sweaty people trying to dry hump each other, or the simple fact that I hate techno/dance/house/trance music or whatever you call it

Now bring me to a bar with bands and that’s a whole other story

The past two weeks brought me to three of the most famous bars in the city (Mag:Net High Street, Route 196 and Saguijo), and I got to listen to more than twenty bands all together. And I know I’ve found my true calling: to watch bands play night after night after night

I could care less if we’re packed like sardines, or if the air smells like stale smoke and sour beer, or if you barely have room to breathe. As soon as the first guitar note plays or the first drum beat swells, the music takes over and nobody cares anymore about anything except the band playing in front of them.

And unlike big, concert venues that makes your favorite band look and sound like ants, these places make them more accessible to the adoring crowd. I just had to stretch my arms and I could (but didn’t, of course) touch the vocalist’s face, you could feel their sweat drop onto your skin, you could hear their music resonate throughout the whole cramped area

Be it pop rock, alternative, glam rock, dance rock, shoegazer, tech rock, or whatever genre the band plays, the language remains the same: music at its finest, livest, rawest (and yes, I am probably inventing words here)

My personal favorites of the past two weeks: Techy Romantics, Taken By Cars, Up Dharma Down, Sleepwalk Circus, Out of Body Special, Pedicab, Salamin, Chilitees….I could go on, and on, and on…..

Now if only I could find a way to live on just becoming a professional gig watcher….saguijo 01

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2009 in Music is My Life

 

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