Sugar Hiccup Reunion 2015 – The Original Line Up’s Back!

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When I learned that the original Sugar Hiccup line up will reunite, I said to myself that I HAVE TO WITNESS THIS! I reserved a table in 12 Monkeys but lost it because we were late. It’s ok, I can stand in one corner. For as long as I have an open spot to shoot. I’ve never taken a photo of Sugar Hiccup. I mean, I was in 6th grade (1996) when I saw them live at the 1896 Ang Pagsilang Concert in Folk Arts Theater. I didn’t have a camera then so it’s all part of my good ol’ memories. Continue reading “Sugar Hiccup Reunion 2015 – The Original Line Up’s Back!”

How Would the Eraserheads Sound Like in 2014? Here you go.

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It’s all sinking in now. It’s all sinking in. When the news broke out that Eraserheads will be releasing 2 new songs, I was confined for a week in the hospital. Feeling helpless, I couldn’t get out of my way to scour stores for Esquire. My partner Karla was already calling each bookstore to reserve and finally today she was able to get a copy for me.

I heard the songs while I was in the hospital on September 2nd, streaming live from Jam 88.3 at 7:00 in the morning. I was happy but because I felt a little bit weak because of the dextrose in my veins, I was thinking, is this real? The reality sunk in when I was released in the hospital today, Saturday. At Karla’s car, she inserted the CD, I cranked up the volume and there my entire body felt so alive then started to be teary eyed. It is real. I closed my eyes and savored the moment while driving home.

Ang oras na lumipas
Di na natin maibabalik
Itapon ang kahapon

Yakapin ang darating
“Sabado”, 2014

Sabado was playing on the wee hours of Sunday (as it was past 12 midnight). An employee like me who works on a fixed Monday to Friday work schedule is very familiar with the first line of the song “Buti na lang Sabado bukas // Pwede tayong lumabas”. The song felt so old but it feels like the present. It reminded me of “Minsan” where Ely plays the guitar first then Buddy enters the song with his bass lines then Marcus’ guitars together with Raymund’s drums.

Saan, saan na napunta?
Kislap ng iyong mata
Maibabalik pa ba?
“1995”, 2014

The next song “1995” is nostalgic. Made me think of what happened in the year 1995 and yeah, this was the time when the Filipino music scene flourished with great acts. This was also the year when the Eraserheads reached the peak of their musical career. I was on fifth grade when I was hooked into listening to local bands and NU 107.5. Only a few kids in my school appreciated the music that I listened to and somehow I felt that I was trapped in my own world.

The next day, I read Erwin Romulo’s article on the Eraserheads in Esquire while they were in London. While reading this, I was playing the Eraserheads playlist in Spotify to set the mood. It’s just like reading Fruitcake while the playing the entire album. Erwin’s article is something that every fan wanted to know. How they are dealing with each other now? I guess that this is the most honest article I’ve read which shows how each member dealt with the past and how they wanted to move forward (if ever there is a plan).

Hula, di sapat
Hula ang lahat
Bukas magwawakas na ba ang lahat?
“Hula” from Carbonstereoxide 2001

Since they broke up, I always thought what would they sound like if they make music together again? This is the answer. Thank you Esquire / Erwin Romulo for making every Eraserheads fan’s wish answered. Eraserheads fans have an insatiable appetite to consume anything that each band members create separately (whether as an individual or with their respective bands) and definitely these new songs will leave fans hungry for more. As for me, I am contented on whatever they can do as a group. Will they create more songs in the next coming years? As the line from Hula, “Wag ng pag-isipan”. 

Another 90’s Nostalgia: Teeth Reunion (2014)

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Reunion concerts of 90’s bands are becoming common these days. We, as 90’s kids back then, are happy to see things that remind us of our childhood (or adolescence). During the Moonpools and Caterpillars concert at Amber Lounge, Pinoytuner announced that Teeth will be having their reunion concert. I was so excited that I even saw Glenn Jacinto during the Summer Siren Festival with the Pedicab guys (not performing) so I was already looking forward to it. I anticipated the moment when they announced the finalized dates then suddenly it was a work night and in Ortigas. Oh yeah, I missed the moment of finally seeing them for the first time. Tried to avoid my social media network the night and day after the concert so I wouldn’t feel so bad of missing Teeth’s reunion concert.

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Dr. Martens In-Store Gig Feat. Squid 9 #STANDFORSOMETHING

Raymund Marasigan (a.k.a Squid 9) Poses with his Doc Martens Design

Squid 9 just recently released their album Origimidi and was able to see them perform live during the Dr. Martens in-store gig at their BGC store. As you know, Raimund Marasigan is now a brand ambassador of Dr. Martens. In the next few months, they will be showcasing more local bands / acts as their brand ambassadors and in-store gigs. Continue reading “Dr. Martens In-Store Gig Feat. Squid 9 #STANDFORSOMETHING”

And the 90’s Nostalgia Goes On – Moonpools and Caterpillars Reunites in Manila

Kimi Encarnacion of Moonpools and Caterpillars

Kimi Ward Encarnacion of Moonpools and Caterpillars

During 6th grade , my classmate made me listen to this cool tape with a cool album cover. She said that this is not local but most of the members were Pinoy. The band’s name sounded very interesting too – they’re called Moonpools and Caterpillars. Totally clueless, I listened to this album called, “Lucky Dumpling”. After that moment, I couldn’t help but listen to it over and over again. Since I wasn’t too updated with concerts then, I didn’t know that they came here in 1996. Bummer. Fast forward to 2014, the news broke out that finally they’re reuniting in Manila so I said to myself that I should not pass the chance to see them live. I was only relying on You Tube videos of their live performances so I wanted to know how it feels like seeing them live. And so the long wait was over. On April 11th, I watched their final performance at the Amber Ultralounge with my partner Karla. Continue reading “And the 90’s Nostalgia Goes On – Moonpools and Caterpillars Reunites in Manila”

Summer Siren Festival 2014

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My summer officially started in the Summer Siren Festival. We stayed 3 days and 2 nights in Crystal Beach, San Narciso, Zambales – a place known for surfing. I don’t really know how to surf but I enjoyed taking photos of those doing it :).

Our journey started on April 4th – call time of Travel Factor is 3:00 am. I haven’t really slept since I woke up on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 am. We arrived Crystal Beach at around 9:00 am. The food concessionaires, booze and party was supposed to start at 10:00 am according to the primer that Travel Factor emailed but we arrived there they were still setting up. The package we bought does not entitle us to stay at Crystal Beach but instead in a nearby resort.  It was scorching hot while we wait for our check in time (2 pm). People were really too tired to be in the party mood because of the very early call time. The moment we arrived in our room, slept until 5 pm. Just in time for dinner and the concert. Continue reading “Summer Siren Festival 2014”

Paragon Rocks: A Benefit Concert at B-Side Makati

Sharing this gig organized by Paragon ICC (a game tech company) on Friday, November 29th at the B-Side (The Collective) in Makati. A lot of bands will be performing such as Imago, Moonstar 88, Chicosi and MYMP. Proceeds of the event will go to Stairway Foundation, Inc. and Heaven of Care Resources Center Inc. Tickets are sold at PHP 250.

The Killers in Manila – Battle Born Tour

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The Killers is one of my favorite American bands and have been dying to see them perform live. Glad that they’ve included Manila in their Battle Born Tour. They almost came here in 2010 but had to cancel. Also good that the venue is in Araneta Coliseum because this has better sound system compared to another closed venue in Pasay :D. Continue reading “The Killers in Manila – Battle Born Tour”

Eraserheads in Singapore – Lah!

Eraserheads in SG 2013

August 9th, our flight to Singapore via 2P800 – we arrived Singapore at about 1:10 am (it’s already Aug 10th) and only have a few hours to rest. We anticipated to go to the concert venue at 3 pm as we know how these kinds of concerts work especially if you’re in the standing area. Our friend Aileen and husband Jay got a tip that there will only be one entrance for all kinds of tickets. We had a quick roam (and shopping) around Changi City Point at noon and returned to our hotel at Joo Chiat around 2 pm. Had a quick rest, changed to my Team Manila Eraserheads shirt then we headed to the Max Pavillion at Singapore Expo. The venue is just a few minutes away from our hotel. Continue reading “Eraserheads in Singapore – Lah!”

Ely Buendia Sings His Greatest Hits at the Music Museum Concert Review

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This is the second time that I watched Ely Buendia perform his greatest hits concert. First one was at the Hard Rock Cafe last Aug. 3rd. I didn’t blog about it but photos were uploaded in Flickr. Anyway, We decided to watch this again, expecting to see something new compared to other one.

I’m an Ely Buendia fan, isn’t it obvious? But I believe that the Music Museum gig didn’t turn out what I expected. I personally preferred the Hard Rock gig, I guess because it was the first and the crowd was really game. The intensity was higher in Hard Rock. For first timers who haven’t seen any Ely’s greatest hits concert, would really like the Music Museum gig. Continue reading “Ely Buendia Sings His Greatest Hits at the Music Museum Concert Review”