Archive for July, 2010

Sheila and the Insects at SaGuijo

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Tomorrow night, indie music favorites Sheila and the Insects will be rocking the Makati hub for live music, SaGuijo!

They’ve been around since 1994 and have released a number of albums: Tangible Rhymes in 1999, Plastic Eyes Static Minds in 2000, Manipulator in 2002 and and Flowerfish in 2005. The band did break up in 2004 but got back together after a short hiatus. Tomorrow, the Cebu-based band is back in Makati and are ready to rock your proverbial socks off.

Shiela and the Insects

This rare treat will be made even more awesome with performances by Camerawalls, Kate Torralba, and Paranoid City.

Be at SaGuijo tomorrow, July 31, 2010. P200 gets you in!

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SonicBoom ShockWave 2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The biggest party comes to you via SonicBoom online! Free up August 21, 2010 for their official 4th Anniversary bash! It’ll be held at Whitespace, Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City.

SonicBoom ShockWave

They’ll have more than 20 bands, 2 Versus Mode stage, on one awesome night of pure, unbridled MAYHEM!

P350 gets you in plus you get some goodies. P950 for VIP passes, but hurry and reserve your tickets now because they’ve only got 60 of those babies to sell.

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Paramita Album Launch- Liyab

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

PARAMITA is releasing their 3rd independent album entitled “Liyab” this August 4, 2010 at Café’ Saguijo in Makati City under the Blaster Team.

“Liyab” boasts 10 original tracks wherein the band evolves their sound, straying from their previous releases “Paramita” (2007) and “Tala” (2005). “This time, we tried to incorporate our individual musical influences, this resulted into a more-intense and hard hitting Paramita, but we still kept our core sound”, says Ria Bautista (Drummer/Lead Vocalist).


Also performing are Swissy, Odat, Hymn of Siren, Soul Republic and Le Drum.

“Liyab” is sponsored by the Blaster Team and Draven Shoes.


Monday, July 26th, 2010

Hey guys. What’s up? We hope you had a kick ass weekend, and if Monday got you bummed out, we’ve got just the thing to pick up the rest of your week. EVOKE: KERPLUNK 6th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at Cable Car, Arnaiz Ave (formerly Pasay Road), Makati City. Cable Car has always been a favored watering hole. Attending an event there is going to be interesting, for sure, especially if you’ve got the best of the best in the Philippine music scene to date playing the show.

Check out the sweet poster.


Here’s what’s in store for you:
Beach Head
Carlos Castaño
Enemies of Saturn
Favored Enemy

This is all going down tomorrow, July 27, 2010. Be there!

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Gig Guide for the Weekend of July 23

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Hey guys! We’ve got an awesome gig guide for you guys this week. Live music! Live music for EVERYBODY!

Let’s start off with the TMB‘s Banana Gangback Rock Festival: For the Second Time Around Again happening tonight, July 23, 2010. It’ll feature Giniling Festival, Sugar Hiccup, Lose your Beer Belly, Don’t Bogart the Can… Man, The Strangeness, K Wasabi, Mike Test 1, 2, 1, 2, Faultt, and Indelible. Cool lineup, especially since admission is absolutely free.


That’ll be at Mooters Bar, Ortigas.

Over at SaGujio, tonight, July 23, you have Chicosci, Valley of Chrome, April Morning Skies, Hilera, Blue Boy Bites Back and Typecast.

Tomorrow, July 24, 2010, it’ll be DeepFried featuring Bing Angst, Cyril Yarisantos, H-Dubb and Toti Dalmacion.

TheEnemies of Saturn TeeDee launch is happening tomorrow, July 24, 2010 at Route 196, Katipunan. They’ll be selling a sexy shirt with a cool 3 song sampler CD! Delara, Ephesus, Spongecola, Archipelago, and Angulo will be playing!

TeeDee Launch

At the Eastwood Central Plaza, there’s going to be a cool gig featuring Franco, Kjwan, Kenyo, Pedyodiko, Archipelago, Musical O, Sleepwalk Circus and a few more bands. Entrance is free on that one, too.

I’m sure there are a bunch more gigs out there, but these are our picks for the weekend. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Brooklyn Manila Project

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

A mark of a true music lover is one who not to be bound by specific genres. It’s like food, you know? You can’t just have one dish because there are too many things out there to taste.

Now, if you’re up for a little mind blowing musical experience, you will love The Brooklyn/ Manila Project! Dave Eggar and his band, Deoro team up with the most eclectic bands from Manila to find a new sound.

Dave likes experimenting with music whether it’s classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or even world music, Eggar finds a common voice within his musical vocabulary and introduces it with his own unique and imaginative vision. His excellent training as a graduate in Harvard and Julliard School’s Doctorate Program is paired well with his prolific experience, having worked with the likes of Evanescence, The Who, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Duncan Sheik and Bon Jovi, just to name a few.

Hear it first on July 21, 2010, 9PM at The Establishment, The Fort. The awesome bands who’ll play are Drip, Radioactive Sago Project, Nykó Maca presents GAFiEiRA.

Brooklyn/Manila Project

The event is open to the public! NO GATE CHARGE and 50% off on Jack Daniel’s!

The next day, July 22, 2010 at 7PM at The Establishment, The Fort, there will be a Benefit Concert for Casa San Miguel Performing Arts Foundation and the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra featuring acclaimed violinist Coke Bolipata, Pandauit Virtuosi, and SinoSikat?.

Interested donors and partners please RSVP Noli OR Tess at 426-1822.

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Gig Guide for July 16-17, 2010

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Hey everybody. We’re back with our gig guide for the weekend. After surviving a storm, a couple days of no power in darkness, it’s high time you guys treat yourselves to a couple brews and some good music, yes?

Here’s what we got.

Kerplunk!The Kerplurk! 6th annivesary celebration is going down tonight, July 16, 2010 at SaGuijo, Makati. The line-up of bands is as follows- Angulo, Archipelago, Enemies of Saturn, Kjwan, Mayonnaise, Pitik and Urbandub. And like always, entrance is P150, which comes with one free beer.

Tomorrow, July 17, 2010, it’s the launch of Pitik website and the Burn Bright video. It’ll be at Obsidian Bar, Ortigas. The gig will feature Angulo, Banat Boys, Enemies of Saturn, Tonight We Sleep, TML and Rugis.. Entrance is absolutely free so you may want to check that out. They’ll be selling some merch inside, too.

SinoSikat?Also tomorrow will be Rakrakan Series XII at the Pasay Sports Complex. The lineup is insane. They’ll have Slapshock, Wilabaliw, Kjwan, Even, Saydie, Balatek, Hatankaru who happens to be the 2009 Muziklaban champions, Bloodshedd, The Chongkeys, Typecast, Paramita, Wuds, Odat, Arcadia and Intolerant. You can get in for only P100.

Last and certainly not least,’s Artist of the Month, SinoSikat? will be performing at Checkpoint Bar along Doña Soledad Extension. Joining them will be Omerta, September Issue, Ajka, Manilabus and Rain Mayo. That’s going to be an awesome night so check that out. The entrance will be absolutely free!

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Awesomer Covers

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Yesterday, we presented a list of pretty good cover songs. While those songs were great, we’re back with an even BETTER list. So, strap in and prepare to experience an eargasmic treat.

Nine Inch Nails’ Dead Souls

In 1981, Joy Division released a song called Dead Souls in their album, Still. It was written probably around in 1979. Check out that wicked bass line.

In 1994, in The Crow soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails released a cover to Dead Souls. It has a harder edge and the vocal performance was just top notch.

The way it was used in The Crow was incredibly surreal, too, and there is a prevalent argument that the soundtrack can easily make or break a good scene.

Living Colour’s Sunshine of Your Love

Eric Clapton and Cream are arguably some of the greatest musical acts of all time. It’s hard to deny, however, that their songs are timeless classics. They’ve produced many great songs and they’ve spawned even more remakes, revivals and covers. If that isn’t a mark of a true musical genius, we don’t know what is. A cover that stands out quite vividly is Living Colour’s Sunshine of Your Love not because it’s the most widely known Clapton cover because it probably isn’t but because of the unique take on the song.

Here’s Living Colour’s cover.

The cover is as faithful as it would be expected of Living Colour and they take the song to a whole other level of awesome. If you’ll excuse me, I need to wipe my face off the floor because the guitar solo just melted it off.

Deftones’ Jealous Guy

Now that’ve we’ve opened up that can of worms that is the topic of musical geniuses, it’s hard not to mention THE musical genius – John Lennon. John Lennon has written a lot of moving iconic songs that have been covered so many times, some people don’t even realize they were John Lennon originals. The covered song was first released in 1971 and has been covered a staggering 92 times. It is none other than the massively popular Jealous Guy.

As an iTunes exclusive track, Deftones became one of the 92 artists to cover Jealous Guy. How is it? Well, give it a listen and you tell us.

Didn’t expect that, did you? Yeah.

Johnny Cash’s Hurt and Rusty Cage

There is no rule that ever said that younger guys should cover the older guys. It just doesn’t work like that, and look, Johnny Cash took Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden classics, made them his own and moved thousands of people to tears and elation.

Considering that Mr. Cash had already passed away, these songs now stir a barrage of mixed emotions in people. Rest in peace, man in black.

Awesome Covers

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Not all songs are created equal. Some songs are forgotten even before they hit the record bars. There are some songs that are popular for a little while but eventually fail the test of time. Every now and then, though, there are songs that are so good, they are as good today as the first time they were played. The following songs fall under none of those categories.

We’re listing songs that were good but were made even cooler or just different by another artist. Here’s our list:

SpongeCOla’s Crazy for You

The original is, of course, by Madonna. She performed the song the way Madonna typically would. SpongeCola didn’t get very creative with it and maintained everything from the melody to the lyrics. Is it because the original didn’t need much changing and that doing anything else with it would have been considered blasphemous? Is it so that the crowd can sing along? Whatever. We like this cover.

Megadeth’s These Boots

In 1966, Nancy Sinatra released a song entitled “These Boots are Made for Walking” and it became a number 1 hit in the US and UK charts. The original song was fun and catchy.

In 1985, Megadeth took that song and well, Megadethified it. In the album Killing is My Business… and Business is Good, the thrash metal band included a song called “These Boots.”

Megadeth changed the lyrics and the melody to the point where the only similarities would be a few lines and the characteristic chorus- “These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days, these boots are gonna walk all over you.”

Alien Ant Farm’s Smooth Criminal

Dozens of Michael Jackson’s songs have been covered by hundreds of artists, but no one really could do it quite as well as the King of Pop.

In 2001, a then little known band Alien Ant Farm released a cover of Smooth Criminal. It was so good, it would carry the entire album.

Even AAF’s video held numerous Michael Jackson references like the light-up floor panel and the physically impossible lean.

Seether’s Careless Whisper

George Michael’s single Careless Whisper is the soundtrack to many a beer house in the country and is massively iconic in its own right. Some people have watched girls grind to it, some have cried themselves to sleep clutching a pillow with it on, and some include this song in their Videoke staple.

Seether covered Careless Whisper in 2009 and turned it on its head- made it more violent and more desperate. It was awesome.

Kids who have never heard of Wham or George Michael are going to think Careless Whisper is a piece of musical genius, sadly, without knowing it was George Michael’s sex voice that made it all possible.

Disturbed’s Shout 2000

Tears for Fears is New Wave, there’s no arguing with that. They released Shout in 1985 and it became a hit in a big way. Back when New Wave was actually new, this song rocketed to #1 in the Billboard charts.

Who knew that if you have an angst-driven band perform Shout, the song’s actual meaning becomes painfully obvious. In 2000, Disturbed released a track entitled Shout 2000, which changed quite a few lyrics from the original song and made it their own.

They get brownie points for saying “Ice, Ice baby” and not sounding horrible. Well, about as not horrible as singing “Ice, Ice baby” can get.

Gig Guide for July 9-11

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Here we are once again with our weekly weekend gig guide for Splintr blog readers out there. We’ve got an interesting weekend ahead.

Let’s start off at the launch of Kebab X at Cubao X on July 10, 2010. The event, Meiday! Meiday!, starts early at around 5PM. They’ve got some great bands playing – Pedicab, Itchyworms, Taken by Cars, Arigato Hato, US 2-Evil 0, Ang Bandang Shirley, Corporate Lo-Fi, Zack and the Action Pact, Ciudad, Halik ni Gringo, Techy Romantics, Juan Pablo Dream, Coffeebreak Island, Sunflowerdaycamp, Misyonaryo, The Lowtechs, Twin Lobster, Oi Wag Dito, Meshugababes, Shuriken, and The Strangeness.


That’s more than 20 bands and the cover charge is absolutely nill. Yeah, it’s free.

Over at SaGuijo, tonight, July 9, 2010, you’ve got a whole night of Greyhoundz with Mike Swift. As always, the gate’s P150 with one free beer.


On Saturday, July 10, Revolver Productions gives you SoulDefiance, Iconic, Flood, Miscellaneous, Layag, The Out of Body Special, Yosha and Peoples Future.

At Al’s Bar in Paranaque, tonight July 9 at around 9PM, Sonic Boom and Goo Goo G’Joob Productions presents Enemies of Saturn, December Avenue and Archipelago. Click on the links on the bands if you wanna hear what they sound like.

July 9, tonight, at Ludos Bar, at Timog right across GMA 7, Razorback will be playing for you guys.’s Artist of the Month for July, SinoSikat will be playing at UP Manila tonight, July 9.

Those are just a few of the many interesting gigs you guys could catch. Live music makes everything better. Peace!