Archive for May, 2010

Typecast, A Quarter of the Rockoustic Series

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Typecast is going be part of the Quark Henares directed Rockoustic Series. They’re one of the most influential bands in the Philippine music scene. We’ve all heard their songs and we’ve all seen their videos, but what do we really know about them?

Typecast

History

These guys started out in their hometown of Santa Rosa, Laguna in the late 90’s. They were one of the many bands that popped up across the country, but they were one of the very few who actually made it big. Like most garage bands, they started out doing covers. The band came out with an early indie release in 2001 named Last Time.

They eventually started writing their own music, and in 2004, they came out with The Infatuation is Always There, their first album under a major label.

They became one of the more recognizable bands in 2007 with their single Will You Ever Learn from their second album, Every Moss and Cobweb. It won Best Song of the Year at NU107’s Rock Awards, which is kind of a big deal.

To date, they’ve released 3 albums and they have 1 forthcoming album, How Your Influence Betrays You.

Music

Typecast’s music can be described in a number of ways but Post-Hardcore punk describes them quite accurately. They’ve also been coined as an emo band, mainly because of their melodic yet strikingly grungy sound, which feels a lot like controlled chaos, and their often lovelorn lyrics.

They’ve fronted for bands with similar styles. Some of these bands include Thursday, Shadows Fall, and Saosin.

Here are some of their music videos and songs.

Catch them in the Rockoustic Series, along with Sinosikat on June 19, 2010.

Rockoustic Series

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Gig Guide for the May 28, 2010 Weekend

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Let’s see what’s going on in and around the Philippine music scene, shall we?

It’s Deftones night at Al’s Bar tonight, May 28, 2010 at around 9PM. Sandata, Pitik, Midsummer, Tonight We Sleep, Faultline and Ginseng Luzon. Entrance is about P150.00 with one free beer.

On May 29, 2010, also at Al’s Bar, Parañaque, is Full Throttle, featuring Neverdie, AMT, Ephesus, Diachroma, F_B_, Siadina, Good Morning High Fives and ERF. Entrance is again, P150.00 with one beer.

For those who don’t know where Al’s Bar is, click here for the map.

Over at Makati, at SaGuijo, they’re celebrating their 6th anniversary – Taking Chances: saGuijo celebrates six years of evolution and revolution! It’ll be a two night series starting tonight, May 28, 2010.

saGuijo

Part One is later. Up Dharma Down, The Charmes, Blast Ople, Greyhoundz, Drip, Angulo, Spy, Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, Out of Body Special, Sleepwalk Circus, Dorques, SoapDish, Boy Elroy, and bunch more will all be playing.

Part Two of their 6th year anniversary happens on May 29, 2010, Saturday. The event will feature Us-2 Evil-0, Taken by Cars, Musical O, Encounters with a Yeti, Chicosci, Paranoid City, Domino, Radioactive Sago Project, Typecast, Pedicab, Sandwich, Imago, Sugarfree, Nyco Maca+Playground and many more.

The 6th Jam Musicfest is happening over at The Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill at The Fort tonight, May 28, 2010. They’ve got some of the biggest names in the Philippine music scene playing, most notably Archipelago, Brigada, Callalily, Coffeebreak Island, Eevee, Franco, Gaijin, Hilera, Jeck Pilpil and Peacepipe, Juan Pablo Dream, Kjwan, Moonstar 88, Paraluman, Pedicab, Pupil, Razorback, Salamin, Sugarfree, Tanya Markova, Typecast, and Urbandub.

6th Jam Musicfest

These are just a few of the biggest gigs happening tonight. Where ever you may be, I’m sure there’s always something worthwhile to look out for in the local music scene.

For more updates on gig schedules, events and music news, follow us on Twitter or join our ever-expanding community on Facebook. Then make sure to check out live music videos of the hottest bands on Splintr.com!

Enjoy the gigs!

Rockoustic Series

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Splintr.com proudly presents to one and all the ROCKOUSTIC SERIES, directed by Quark Henares featuring Typecast, Sinosikat, Greyhoundz and Slapshock!

Splintr Rockoustic Series

Save these dates, audiophiles – June 19, 2010 for the melodic jazzy stylings of Sinosikat and eclectic crunch of Typecast, and June 26, 2010 to hear a different side of the hardcore Slapshock and Greyhoundz! We’re bringing you the best of Philippine music with a twist. No autotune, just pure talent!

It all goes down at Teatrino, Greenhills. The doors open at 7PM! You can catch either night for only P475.00 or you could catch both gigs for P850.00! Call 844-7678 right now to reserve your tickets! Seats are limited!

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No Need to Register!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Just a quick announcement – you no longer need to register to view all the videos, bands and the channels on Splintr.com! You can just jump right into the fray by clicking on the picture of your favorite band. If you’re the type to never want to log in to anything, then there’s really nothing stopping you anymore from checking our videos out. Yeah, tell all your friends to go into the video feed and enjoy hours upon hours of kick ass music.

Click on the bands to view their videos

If you did register before, don’t you worry because there are going to be changes to the site and your registration won’t be for nothing. You’ll also still get email about the latest gigs, promos, contests, offers and events.

Go watch live music at Splintr.com!

Fans’ Choice

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Yesterday, we asked on our Facebook and Twitter who their favorite Splintr artist is. We had very varied responses. Here’s what they had to say:

Ekong, Harold and Raymond said their favorite was Wolfgang because… well, wala nang pali-paliwanag pa! Raymond later changed his reason to “Pinoy Rock”. It’s not much of an explanation but it says more than you might think.

Check out more videos of Wolfgang here.

Christina said Salamin, and she made it crystal clear that we should say that her reason is because they are and we quote “total cutie pies.” Are they total cutie pies, so to speak? Let’s see.

Cutie Pies

Indeed. Indeed, they are. And if you want to see more of them, we have their Splintr Sessions here.

Francis, Vladimir and Mark all voted for Greyhoundz, along with a few choice expletives, which we all appreciate every now and then.

Catch all of Greyhoundz videos on Splintr.com.

If you want us to write an article about your favorite band, just go to our Facebook page and tell us there or send us a message on Twitter. Then while you’re at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to find our latest YouTube uploads.

Weekend Gig Guide for May 21-22, 2010

Friday, May 21st, 2010

If you’re looking for a gig to go to over the weekend, check out our quick list. We’ll try to give you some options for your live music fix – only the best in the Philippine music scene.

Mag:Net

Over at Mag:Net café Bonifacio High Street tomorrow, May 22, there’ll be a gig happening as a fundraiser. It starts at 9:00PM. Proceeds will go to Mag:Net’s head waiter, Kuya Chris’s son’s surgery. Details are here. This is also the last major gig there.

Angulo, Ciudad, The Dorques, Kate Torralba, The Out of Body Special, Outerhope, Soapdish, Urbandub, Turbo Goth and US-2 Evil-0 are playing! You might want to drop by. It’s great music for a good cause. Entrance will be P200 with one free beer.

Saguijo
Tonight, May 21, 2010, at Saguijo in Makati, the following bands will be playing: Archipelago, Ang Bandang Shirley, Beatbox Pilipinas, Carlos Castano, Loquy, She’s Only 16, Steadybear feat. Rico Ledesma, and Tanya Markova. This’ll mark Archipelago’s 100th gig. Check out more Archipelago vids here.

Entrance will be at P150, with a free beer.

Al’s Bar
The Franco bar tour is happening at Al’s Bar, tomorrow, May 22. Enemies of Saturn, Good Morning High Fives, The Sunday Brew, Wagyu and of course, Franco will be playing at the event.

Checkpoint Bar
Kastigo will have a gig tonight (May 21) and tomorrow (May 22) at 9PM at Checkpoint Bar, Doña Soledad Extention, Parañaque. They will be joined by Powertones, Trinidad, Monks’hood and Sinquo Nunsyo. Razorback will be there, too, on May 22. That’s going to be mind-blowing.

Capone’s Bistro

Capone’s Bistro in A. Venue will feature Kjwan, Mayonnaise, Archipelago, Reklamo and Dorques. This is the 2nd leg of 5 gigs.

Plug and Play Bootleg DVD
Wolfgang’s Plug & Play Bootleg DVDs are ready to be shipped out. Those who want to get their copies personally can make their way to the Greenbelt Area from 6-8PM or Saguijo from 9PM onwards on May 21, Friday. They can also go to SM Bicutan from 6-8PM or Checkpoint Louie from 9PM onwards on May 22, Saturday.

Just text 0917-9331099 or 0915-6212189 for appointments.

There you go. We’re sure there are bunch more out there, you just gotta know where to look. Enjoy!

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+/- Videos up on Splintr

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

If you’re a fan of indie music or +/- (plus/minus) specifically, and love watching them live, which is really the best way to listen to them, but you’re at home and you just need a fix, then we have something perfect for you.

We have 15 live performance videos and 2 music videos from +/-. Here, check them out. Click on images!

Far Into the Fields
Far Into the Fields

This song is as melodic as it is eerily calming even though they pulled off some really high notes. Their performance, save for some bad feedback, was pretty good. Far Into the Fields shows off +/-‘s ambient sensitive side.

She’s Got Your Eyes
She's Got Your Eyes

They kick things up a notch with She’s Got Your Eyes. They speed up the tempo a bit but keep the same reserved melody. The result is just mind-blowing. If you listen closely to the lyrics, they’re actually quite disturbing, which makes this song easily one of our favorites.

I’ve Been Lost
I've Been Lost

Awesome vid, awesome song – bursts of chunky grunge-inspired rock peppered among strings of their trademark smooth sound make this song extremely enjoyable.

You’ve Just Got it All
You've Just Got It All

A catchy riff and off kilter lyrics can’t ever be a bad thing.

If you want to watch the rest of their videos on splintr.com, click here. They’re also featured on our Screening Room.

And as always, don’t forget to join us on Facebook or follow our updates on Twitter. We’ve got bigger and brighter things coming your way soon.

+/- Plus/Minus Extended as Artist of the Month

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Due to insistent public demand, Splintr.com is extending +/- (Plus/Minus’) stint as the artist of the month. They’re blazing a trail right now through the Philippine music scene with their distinctive eclectic sound.

For those living under an oversized rock and don’t know who +/- (Plus/Minus) is, let us give you a little musical education. They are a Brooklyn-based band who can most closely be classified under the indietronica (indie electronic) genre and is composed of James Baluyut, Patrick Ramos, and Chris Deaner.

+/-

James Baluyut, the vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist, is of Filipino descent but was born in Detroit, Michigan. Joining him in the band is Filipino-American Patrick Ramos, an all around notable musician. Rounding up the group is their drummer, Chris Deaner. All of them are quite incredible musicians – both technical and soulful.

+/- started out when Teenbeat records got James Baluyut to record a whole album for release in 2000. Although, at the time, James was part of Versus as a guitarist, he recorded the album under the name +/-, and for the most part, it was a solo effort. Come 2001, before the release of the album, James was already touring with Patrick Ramos, Chris Deaner and Margaret McCartney. Margaret eventually left, though.

They’ve been touring extensively since then, especially in Asia and Europe. That actually explains why they were here recently. Well, that plus the fact that two members do have Filipino blood, and therefore Philippine music, in their veins. Up on the Splintr blog is their Manila tour diary. Click here to check it out.

As far as records go, they’re no slouch in that department either. For the better part of this decade, +/- has been churning eargasmic albums. Released in 2002, their self-titled debut album was under Teenbeat Records. You Are Here under Teenbeat Records soon followed. After leaving Teenbeat, they signed with Absolutely Kosher Records and they would go on to produce two more albums – Let’s Build a Fire (2006) and Xs on Your Eyes (2008).

Their music is difficult to describe, really. The indie attitude is definitely there, and they go against the flow for sure. Conventionality and Plus/Minus are so far apart, there could quite possibly be two galaxies of musical genres between them. Their tone is clean and crisp; their melodies are complex – doesn’t stop their songs from being catchy, though. Some of them, like Snowblind, you can even hum along to.

Here are a couple of their videos to give you an even better feel of what their music is like.

Snowblind


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