Monday, May 31, 2010

30DoM, Day 25: Got A Funny Feeling

Or: A song that makes me laugh

Before Michael V came out with "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko" and "Mas Mahal Na Kita Ngayon," there was "Weird Al" Yankovic with "You Don't Love Me Anymore."

One time in college some of us from our freshman English class decided to wait out the sunset from the balcony of the Pollock Renewal Center. Over and over we tried to sing "You Don't Love Me Anymore," but we never did get the lyrics right. That we were laughing our asses off probably didn't help.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

30DoM, Day 24: I Have Wished For So Long

Or: A song that I want to play at my funeral

Because there are only two tracks in it, at first I didn't feel I got my money's worth with Pearl Jam's Merkin Ball. Over the years, though, "Long Road" grew on me.

Here and here are live versions of the song. They feature Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a nephew of the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with whom Vedder re-recorded "The Long Road" for the Dead Man Walking soundtrack.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

30DoM, Day 23: Sa Biglang Tingin

Or: A song that I want to play at my wedding

A wedding can never go wrong with Joey Ayala's "Walang Hanggang Paalam."

Friday, May 28, 2010

30DoM, Day 22: Blood Is On The Table

Or: A song that I listen to when I'm sad

Because I'm a grunge kid at heart, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) dueting on Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" never fails to snap me out of a funk.

So David Cook: to please quit being sacrilegious.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

30DoM, Day 21: Clearly I Remember

Or: A song that I listen to when I'm happy

It might be unsettling for some to discover that I think of Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" when I'm happy. After all, it tells of a boy who "Gnashed his teeth / And bit the recess lady's breast." But take my word for it, those 35 seconds of primal screaming from the 4:15 mark onwards is perfect for when one is feeling euphoric.

And my favorite kulot might not remember it, but that was what I was screaming when we rode on Enchanted Kingdom's Space Shuttle together back in December '96.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

30DoM, Day 20: Hardline, Hardline After Hardline

Or: A song that I listen to when I’m angry

Rage Against the Machine might or might not have intended this, but their music easily lends itself to moments of anger. Whenever I'm pissed I just recall "Bombtrack" and think, Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn! Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn! and almost instantly I feel better.

There's also an "acoustic" version of "Bombtrack" that samples another RATM track, "Without a Face," near the end.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

30DoM, Day 19: It's Screaming Danger Danger

Or: A song from my favorite album

I liked 311 for its heady mix of rap, rock, and reggae. It also has one of the best Track 1s ever ("Down"). There are a lot of great cuts on that album (like "All Mixed Up"), but I think I'll go with "Don't Stay Home." That song is fun to sing along to.

Monday, May 24, 2010

30DoM, Day 18: Ikaw Na Ang Nananaginip

Or: A song that I wish I heard on the radio

Indio I's "Di Mo Lang Alam" reminds me of college, if only because I saw them play live lots of times in Ateneo. My friend R (or his brother) also had a cassette copy of the band's debut album that I always played whenever I was at his old Katipunan apartment. 

A few years after college I met Inky de Dios, who used to play keyboards for Indio I, at 70s Bistro. When he played a short acoustic set De Dios was kind enough to play "Di Mo Lang Alam" at my request.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

30DoM, Day 17: You'd Think Me Rude

Or: A song that I hear often on the radio

I don't keep up with everything that's new in music so all I know about Owl City are (a) NBA player Shaquille O'Neal making a cameo in one of its videos, (b) the FM stations here keep playing "Fireflies," and (c) the vocalist has a whiny, grating voice. Everyone Loves a Defective Heart even is less forgiving.

Oh, and Shaq? When you're listed at 325 lbs. it's no surprise that "they" don't want to take you with them.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

30DoM, Day 16: I Can't Wake Up

Or: A song that I used to love but now hate

When I heard Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" on NU107 I instantly liked it for Amy Lee's otherworldly vocals. But then it was used in Daredevil. And then it became a staple in noontime music/variety shows on local TV whenever artistas wanted to "rock out." It got so overplayed that now, when that song comes on and I have control of the TV or the radio I immediately change the channel or station.

Friday, May 21, 2010

30DoM, Day 15: I'm A Travelling Man

Or: A song that describes me

This, hands down, is the most difficult choice in the "Thirty Days of Music" meme. "Lakas Tama" by Siakol and "Lasngag" by Bicolano band Blah both qualify, but picking those would've been too easy. I think I'll go with Eraserheads' "Waiting for the Bus."

I imagine Da Boys hooting and slapping the table now, ha ha!

Seriously though, "Waiting for the Bus" has been "my" song since Circus came out in '94. The opening lines alone (I've been standing here / Waiting for the bus on a Saturday / Laundry on my back / Ultraviolet rays), that was me as early as '92. I could probably do a line-by-line exegesis if I had to.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

30DoM, Day 14: I Can't Shake It, No

Or: A song that no one would expect me to love

I'm not much on rap (the only rap albums I've owned are E. 1999 Eternal, The Slim Shady LP, and The Marshall Mathers LP) or country (the next country album I buy will be my first), but "Over and Over" by Nelly and Tim McGraw appeals to me. Is it because of the unlikely pairing? Or is it because it's actually neither rap nor country but—gasp!—R&B?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

30DoM, Day 13: Somewhere Between Cher And James Dean

Or: A song that is a guilty pleasure

Say what you want about Nickelback, but the so-called Worst Band in the World has a knack for crafting songs that are fun to sing along to. The band can't be that bad, their music video for "Rockstar" has Eliza Dushku in it.

Er, so maybe they can. My bad. For a moment there I was blinded. That Eliza Dushku, she cures all my ills.

[5:27 PM Edit]

The universe is saying hello—96.7 FM is playing "Rockstar" right now. So sing it with me: 'Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars / And live in hilltop houses drivin' fifteen cars …

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

30DoM, Day 12: The Morning After's Gone

Or: A song from a band I hate

I don't hate Hale. Like Y said, hate is too strong a word. I'm just indifferent about them, I guess. ADMU AB Comm people, however, will find something to like in the band's music video for "Hide and Seek." More precisely, someone.

Monday, May 17, 2010

30DoM, Day 11: Like I Was A Supermodel

Or: A song from my favorite band

Though I became a The Refreshments fan only after listening to Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy in its entirety, I liked "Banditos" the first time I heard it. How could I not like a band that can namecheck Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the United Federation of Planets and make it work?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

30DoM, Day 10: It's Just The Radio

Or: A song that makes me fall asleep

Outside of (fictional) Ibong Adarna numbers I'm hard-pressed to name a song that can make me fall asleep. Sonic Youth's haunting take on The Carpenters' "Superstar" comes close, though. That song was made for lethargic days.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

30DoM, Day 9: With The Lights Out

Or: A song that I can dance to

From the term itself, "slam dancing" is a dance. That's why two left feet and creaky old man joints aside, I'm sure I can dance to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

If There Ever Was An Ateneo Time

I got this in my email. Since it's for a good cause I thought I'd share it here.

Ateneo Jubilee Watch

Eagles 60/64, alumni of the Ateneo de Manila high school class ’60 and college ’64, came out with a new Ateneo Jubilee watch with the double seal - the original seal of the Ateneo from its founding days in Intramuros with the sea lion and tower, and the present familiar blue-and-white seal with the House of Loyola stripes and the two wolves feeding on the cauldron.

The watch was designed by Banal Pasaiyo, and the limited edition is available at

*Loyola Schools Bookstore
(mobile 0920 9090377, email:

*Benjie Barot

*Toto Zaide at

Proceeds from the sale go to the purchase of six (6) additional bells for the carillon of the Church of the Gesu in Loyola Heights. Eagles 60/64 donated 18 bells on their 40th anniversary (college) in the year 2004. The additional six bells will fine-tune the carillon with the in-between notes.

Eagles 60/64 marks the 50th anniversary of the high school class in 2010.
The watch retails at PHP1,500 each, with PHP500 going towards the bells.

Friday, May 14, 2010

30DoM, Day 8: But He Will Never Be Back

Or: A song that I know all the words to

No self-respecting fan of Pinoy rock has an excuse for not knowing the lyrics to Sugar Hiccup's "Five Years." After all, they consist of just six words.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

30DoM, Day 7: Hindi Halata Ang Luha

Or: A song that reminds me of a certain event

In 2001 I was at the EDSA Shrine with Old School blockmates for the first (or was it the second?) night of EDSA 2. After the anti-Estrada speeches were finished there was a mini-concert, and the Itchyworms were among the bands that played.

Since I knew the 'Worms from college when they came on I went up the Shrine to get a better view. From stage right I watched them  play songs from their major-label debut, Little Monsters Under Your Bed. One of the most applauded numbers that night was "Antipara," which was getting heavy radio airplay at the time.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

30DoM, Day 6: The Word Was On The Street

Or: A song that reminds of me of somewhere

Whenever I hear "Wonderwall" by Oasis I remember Mt. Banahaw. The story behind that I've already recounted here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

30DoM, Day 5: One More Casualty

Or: A song that reminds me of someone

YouTube put Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years" in its "Recommended for (Me)" playlist, so I thought I'd use it.

Some of my friends know that the intro to "Silent" scares me. My irrational fear notwithstanding, that song will always remind me of my favorite kulot. That's because (a) Ms. Amos is one of her favorite artists and (b) I've seen C play it on the piano.

The first time was in college. I forget now what year we were in at the time, or the subject we were there for, but one weekend afternoon a group of us went to Manila to visit an old folks' home. We arrived around noon so we first grabbed lunch at a local mall. While walking around the mall we saw pianos for sale. C sat at one and played the first few bars of "Silent."

The next time was Holy Week of 2004. I was at their beautiful home in Alabang, waiting for the rest of our gang to arrive before we headed to the Batangas International Port to catch the first boat to Mindoro. While we waited C fooled around at the piano, playing "Silent" and a bunch of other pieces.

Here's a fun uke cover of the song. You read that right: ukelele.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Remember Him?

Save for Sen. Jamby Madrigal's occasional sniping of Sen. Manny Villar, this year's presidential contest has largely been boring. I know why: unlike the last presidential elections in 2004, there's no candidate in the caliber of Eddie Gil.

Gil was a character, to say the least. He claimed to be a billionaire and vowed that if elected president he would make each Filipino a millionaire. On top of that he promised to pay the entire national debt out of his own pockets.

For being a nuisance candidate Gil was eventually disqualified. For a brief spell, though, he provided non-stop entertainment. Case in point:

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30DoM, Day 4: Nakayuko Ang Palay

Or: A song that makes me sad

I first encountered "Wala Nang Tao sa Sta. Filomena" in the Lino Brocka film Orapronobis—a heavy, heavy film that I had no business seeing as a ten-year-old. A minor character in the movie sang it, and my first thought was, "What a sad song."

Because of that scene in Orapronobis, over the years I've often (wrongly) thought of "Sta. Filomena" as "NPA music." It was only much later that I learned it was a Joey Ayala original. Now, whenever I see Ayala play it live I go, "What a sad, beautiful poem." And with lyrics like these, I'm not off the mark much.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

30DoM, Day 3: Lapit, Mga Kaibigan

Or: A song that makes me happy

There are two things that are great about "The APL Song" by the Black Eyed Peas. One, it samples an OPM song. Two, it samples an OPM song that I like, "Balita" by Asin.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

30DoM, Day 2: Take This Pain Away

Or: My least favorite song

The less that's said about "pogi rock," the better. So here's "Stay" by Cueshé (and no, I didn't mean to rhyme). 

Friday, May 7, 2010

30DoM, Day 1: Moving South On A Northbound Train

Or: My favorite song

There's just too many great songs to choose from so I'm going with the first that came to mind: "Cathedral of Space" by Wolfgang.

The song is from the band's sophomore album, Semenelin. The first and last time I saw Wolfgang play it live was in 1996, so I'm bummed that I missed their "Two Sides Live" concert in 2009 where "Cathedral" was part of the set list.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thirty Days Of Music: Me, Too!

Everyone Loves a Defective Heart and Daydream Believer are knee-deep in their respective takes on the "Thirty Days of Music" meme. Since it's always fun to impose my musical tastes (or lack thereof), I've decided to do it, too. The rules are simple enough—I'm supposed to share a song each day for the next thirty days, using the following as guide:
Day 01 - Your favorite song
Day 02 - Your least favorite song
Day 03 - A song that makes you happy
Day 04 - A song that makes you sad
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 - A song that you can dance to
Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 - A song from your favorite band
Day 12 - A song from a band you hate
Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A song that describes you
Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 - A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 - A song from your favorite album
Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 - A song from your childhood
Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year
Let's see how far I can go.

[14 May 2010 Edit]

Cyberlaundry and Y_slaybelle have joined in on the fun!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Confusing, This

Google doodles are cool. The Philippines-related ones are even cooler, like this Araw ng Paggawa or Labor Day edition:

[1 May 2010 screen cap from Google Philippines]

Under Philippine law, however, Google has jumped the gun—we shouldn't have seen this doodle until Monday, 3 May 2010. Counterintuitive, I know, but that's how we roll in the Land of the Morning.

Project Exodus: January 2005

To make their golden calf these posts from January 2005 have collected and melted the gold they have. They even forced Moses' brother Aaron to help them.