Wolfgang, Razorback and Tito Boys

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I’ve never watched a live gig at Tiendesitas before and they say that there’s a fun crowd there. Last Oct 16th, I accompanied Karla in Tiendesitas to cover a gig there. Didn’t actually know that it was their 7th year anniversary.

I only know Tiendesitas to be the one stop shop for pets, pet accessories and even supplies. They have a food court which converts to a giant “beer house” at night. A stage was set up there for the gig. There’s good lighting especially for those who shoot bands like us. There are some technical difficulties once in a while but all in all it was great. It was warm there though, imagine if it was summer. Continue reading “Wolfgang, Razorback and Tito Boys”

Femme Fronted Bands’ Albums To Be Released Soon: Up Dharma Down and Domino

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Two female fronted bands will be releasing their albums soon.

Up Dharma Down’s 3rd album entitled “Capabilities” will be released and launched on November 28th 2012 at the Esplanade, Pasay City. Unfortunately, I would not be able to attend (boo!) but I know it will be fun. I know the band has come a long way but it took some time before they could release a new album. Bipolar” was launched in 2008 at the Hexagon Lounge and now they’re launching their album at the Esplanade?! Wow.  The first single “Turn It Well” is already enjoying its airtime at Jam 88.3 :).  Continue reading “Femme Fronted Bands’ Albums To Be Released Soon: Up Dharma Down and Domino”

Terno Inferno (Saguijo)

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The Sleepyheads

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched Terno bands perform so I decided to drop by at Saguijo last August 18th. Globe emailed me about this benefit gig for the flood victims. Motivating factors: I was free and Terno bands were there. 🙂 Saguijo is always jam packed whenever it’s Terno Inferno night so thanks to Globe for reserving us a table where I could easily take photos.

I finally got to see The Sleepyheads perform live. They’re really great subjects for photos because Jayvee (the vocalist and drummer) moves a lot. Continue reading “Terno Inferno (Saguijo)”

Coca-Cola Concert ng Bayan – Happy 100th Birthday Coke!

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Basti Artadi of Wolfgang

Coca-Cola recently held their Concert ng Bayan to celebrate their 100th year of existence. Yes, 100 years. All I know is that Coke has been existing since I was born and has been part of our family meals.

I was able to catch the Concert ng Bayan at the Mall of Asia last March 23rd. We got our tickets and headed to where we’re supposed to be. I didn’t imagine that there’ll be seats but yes, there were. It’s not just seats, they’re reserved seats (at the VIP section). In my opinion, this was the most organized open-area concert I’ve ever attended. I’m not used to it so Karla and I decided to go near the fence so that we can be with the crowd and take some photos. Continue reading “Coca-Cola Concert ng Bayan – Happy 100th Birthday Coke!”

My Two Cents in the Pinoy Jukebox

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The year 2011 is about to end and this is the time to contemplate with not just myself but also assess issues that affect me. With NU 107’s closure,  many were alarmed on what will happen on the Pinoy Rock scene. I was one of them. I was in tears when I visited the NU 107 studios on their final night. Many say that the culprits of the reasons why NU closed down was because of the demand of these ENERGetic radio stations that many people from the BARANGAY LOVE to listen to. I heard some insider info about Philippine radio station politics in general and they’re not good. What do you usually hear in these kinds of radio stations? Mostly foreign songs and a very minimal number of Filipino music are being played. I bet you can name 2 or 3 remakes of 1 foreign love song.
So what is there to do?
Pinoy music artists should stop consistently doing remakes of foreign songs. Stop riding the bandwagon just because it’s the trend. Continue reading “My Two Cents in the Pinoy Jukebox”

Yahoo! for Pinoy Music

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Basti Artadi of Wolfgang

It was a rainy night on December 8th. Although I didn’t get to attend the press conference of Yahoo for the Y! Rocks because of work, I still managed to go to the concert at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds. I needed a break from work and going to gigs is one of my stress relievers.

This is the first time that Yahoo held simultaneous concerts in Cebu and Davao for Yahoo Rocks. As an avid supporter of local artists, I appreciate this kind of support that is being given by Yahoo. Let’s admit it, gone are the hey days of bands during the 90’s. Sorry, I am being biased here but at that time, Pinoy bands were the mainstream and major recording labels were signing them, creating hits one after the other. But now, times have changed. Pinoy bands still exist, only a few of them in the mainstream and more are going independent. In this digital age, independent bands market themselves through online media – I guess one of the easiest and the cheapest form of marketing. The good thing is that Yahoo, one of the biggest online organizations, help promote Filipino music. It also helped that we have Yahoo Philippines which focuses everything about our country. Continue reading “Yahoo! for Pinoy Music”

(Belated) Happy 150th Birth Anniversary Jose Rizal, Love Pinoy Artists

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Joey “Pepe” Smith and Ely Buendia

Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday became more meaningful as Pinoy musicians made songs about him and his works through a downloadable album called  Rock Rizal. You can download the songs for free and share it to everyone who know and wants to know Jose Rizal.

Listening to the tracks made me remember my PI 100 (Philippine Institutions 100) in UP. It is mandated by law that educational institutions has to add Rizal’s life and works in the curricula of public and private schools  (please see Republic Act 1425 or Rizal Law). My PI100 class was unforgettable (under Prof. Nilo Ocampo) because I had the chance to visit the Rizalistas in Mt. Banahaw. I found an old blog post about it but didn’t exactly elaborate on what I did there but all the things that I experienced are kept in my mind. At that time, I realized that Jose Rizal’s life and works are timeless and it crosses all social classes (although many say that his philosophies reflects elitism and conservatism). Could this mean that nothing has really changed since the 1800’s? Hmm. Continue reading “(Belated) Happy 150th Birth Anniversary Jose Rizal, Love Pinoy Artists”

Gettiing to Know Pinoytuner.com

When NU 107 signed off last February 2011, I was asking myself (and most definitely other avid listeners), “what will be my alternative radio station now that NU 107 has signed off”? Well, thanks to the internet, listeners like me resorted to listening to NU107 Cebu’s webcast. Continue reading “Gettiing to Know Pinoytuner.com”

All I Want to Say is Folk U! – The .MOV Music Night

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I believe that the true soul of any musician is revealed when his/her performance is simplified. It is when the musicality is easily digested by the audience. In this kind of performance, the audience is captivated by the simplicity and truthfulness of the performer. All that you could do, when you’re actually there watching the artists perform, is to absorb every single musical note and word down to its core.

Last Saturday, I was at the Folk U Alexis and Nika 2 in Piazza Musica at the Podium, the music part of the .MOV International Film, Music and Literature Festival. This is one of the rare moments when I feel musical nirvana. Continue reading “All I Want to Say is Folk U! – The .MOV Music Night”

Indie Rocker Winner at the Globe Tatt Awards is Up Dharma Down

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I was able to attend the Tatt Awards last Friday and was actually very curious to know who will win the Indie Rocker category (which is I am more interested in). I waited long for this and then Up Dharma Down was already onstage while they were announcing the finalists for this category then finally, they mentioned the winner, Up Dharma Down. Continue reading “Indie Rocker Winner at the Globe Tatt Awards is Up Dharma Down”