We are big fans of Pochoy Labog‚Äôs previous band ‚ÄúDicta License‚ÄĚ in these parts. That‚Äôs why ‚ÄúYour Year‚ÄĚ by his new outfit Malay was really one of our most anticipated local releases this year. Sadly, it falls short of being a perfect album. While not without its merits, it suffers from a few things they can improve on. And being objective purveyors of taste, we will make sure to list down both the good and the bad.
Archive for February, 2012
It may not be the biggest music festival here in Asia yet, but The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival may very well be the new kid on the block. The festival is a celebration of music, art, culture and nature, where dozens of bands will be performing at the foot of Mount Malasimbo. But with a festival as big as this, it can be hard to decide which artists to watch and which activities to partake in. We here at Splintr are helpful folks so we have decided to help you decide which artists to watch out for come March 2 to March 4 by listing some of the more interesting acts in the festival.
A while back we wrote about Taken By Cars and their South by Southwest send-off party to be held at the Republiq club on March 3. Now, Splintr is giving you the chance to win free tickets to the show. All you have to do is follow these instructions:
Here’s your chance to win free tickets to the biggest send-off party in town! Remember winners will be chosen daily starting today.
2009‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨saw the release of Greyhoundz‚Ä≠‚Äô‚Ä¨ last album,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨‚ÄúExecution Style‚Ä≠‚ÄĚ‚Ä¨.‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨Execution Style was recorded live and captured the essence of the band‚Ä≠‚Äô‚Ä¨s live performances.‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨For being raw as fuck,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨Execution Style was a great album with a lot of memorable songs,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨from the‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨scorching opener‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨‚ÄúBattle Cry‚Ä≠‚ÄĚ‚Ä¨,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨a song that sets the tone for the rest of the record:‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨complex dynamics courtesy of the tight rhythm section comprised of bassist‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨Nino Avenido and drummer TJ Brilliantes,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨Audie Avenido‚Ä≠‚Äô‚Ä¨s blistering riffs,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨and Reg Rubio‚Ä≠‚Äô‚Ä¨s signature vocals,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨to‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨probably one of the band‚Ä≠‚Äô‚Ä¨s best songs,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨‚ÄúShoot To Kill‚Ä≠‚ÄĚ‚Ä¨,‚Ä≠ ‚Ä¨a three minute shot of adrenaline that leaves their contemporaries in the dust.‚Ä≠
A truly exceptional live act, jam band Jack Versus the Crab successfully combines the elements of classic rock, bluegrass and jazz into intricate songs that still maintain tasteful pop sensibility. Rather than give in to what critics fear may be self-indulgent improvisation, as lesser bands may fall to, Jack Versus the Crab expertly makes use of popconventionalism as a platform from which to jump to dreamy musical digressions. Think of the rock-oriented bluesrevivalists‚Äô music as an exquisite gateway drug that can lure you into the wonderful worlds of classic rock, bluegrass and jazz with its fascinating dance between the traditional and popular.
Led by Waxie Joaquin on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jack Versus the Crab‚Äôs imposing lineup has a plethora of talentson horns, guitar and percussion to bring you an interesting experience of live music that‚Äôs sure to raise hairs and getfeet tapping. Are you excited yet? Can‚Äôt wait to catch a Jack Versus The Crab show? You can start listening to theirperformances on their youtube channel at http://youtube.com/jackversusthecrab.
There‚Äôs nothing, though, like experiencing the band‚Äôs music in real time, grooving to each note as it‚Äôs being playedstraight from the instrument. Jack Daniel’s The JD Set Philippines once again brings you quality on-air performanceson Jam Sessions, live on Jam 88.3, with Jack Versus the Crab on this Sunday, February 26, at 7pm. As one of the Chosen 7 of The JD Set Philippines, Jack Versus the Crab is set to conquer the airwaves with live performances thatwill turn your Sunday evening into the most exciting night of the week.
We‚Äôre calling it now: Dr. StrangeLuv is the best Filipino band that you‚Äôve never heard of.¬† The band is comprised of brothers Keon (Grandi0s0) and Ivan (El Scum) Brosas, talented multi-instrumentalists who were part of another great (but now-defunct) local band called The Stigmatics. Dr. StrangeLuv is an outlet for the brothers‚Äô love for fractured, lo-fi pop music and their debut album ‚ÄúSissypuss‚ÄĚ is a perfect document of their brand of music, a weird mixture of psychedelic pop, folk music, country, electronica, punk, and even hip-hop.
The album opens with ‚ÄúBe the Boss‚ÄĚ, a perfectly crafted number that shows you what they‚Äôre about right from the get-go: distorted drums, synthesizer lines, lots of guitars, and dual vocals with punk-rock-style delivery. It is quickly followed by ‚ÄúSarcasm, Spasm‚ÄĚ, a slow country ballad reminiscent of Pavement‚Äôs ‚ÄúRange Life‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúHola Hijo De Puta‚ÄĚ, a boom-box-worthy hip-hop song. These three songs can‚Äôt be more different to one another, but somehow it all perfectly fits together.
It‚Äôs hard to pick standout tracks from an album as perfect as this, but with ‚ÄúAight ‚ÄėMa‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúGive It Back‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúI‚Äôm Still Breathing‚ÄĚ, these three songs we see the band at their most restrained. They demonstrate that the perfect melody can make a good song great. These were the three songs that stuck with us after hearing the album for the first time.
In a country where almost every band is a rip-off someone else, it is refreshing to hear something different and original. This is a perfect example of people paying tribute to the music that they love without resorting to overt copying. Grandi0s0 and El Scum are just being themselves: playful, irreverent, and creative. This is what elevates a record from being ‚Äújust another album‚ÄĚ to being a work of art. They worked hard for this and it shows, from the arrangements to their use of samples. For a sample-heavy album, it doesn‚Äôt feel like they just did it to make the songs longer. They feel like parts of the songs themselves, a quote from a movie turns into an extension of the lyrics and random noises and parts from other songs feel like additional instruments.
‚ÄúSissypuss‚ÄĚ is an unforgettable album and it is a brilliant debut that makes us excited about what they plan on doing next. Keep an eye out for Dr. StrangeLuv because they‚Äôre not going anywhere and the world is all the better for it.
Recommended If You Like: good music, originality, off-kilter pop music, lo-fi, brilliance
*Sissypuss is out now on Terno Recordings and is available at their shows. If Dr. StrangeLuv is playing in a venue near you, please make it a point to watch them live because they rarely play shows, which is a shame because they are awesome live as well.*
Dr. StrangeLuv – “Gimme Some Mo’” (Live in Saguijo)
The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera is shaping up to be one of the biggest music festivals in the country today. This year‚Äôs festival is no different. In fact, this year‚Äôs Malasimbo lineup may be even bigger than last year‚Äôs. For 3 days, from March 2 to March 4, the foot of Mount Malasimbo will be turned into a musical paradise where local bands like Up Dharma Down, Radioactive Sago Project, Good Leaf, Similar Objects, and more will be sharing the stage with legendary foreign acts like Latin Soul pioneer Joe Bataan, hip hop DJ Kentaro, and Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive fame, and Eureka The Butcher, the solo electronic project of The Mars Volta‚Äôs Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, definitely one of the most anticipated acts in this year‚Äôs line-up.
And it‚Äôs not called a ‚Äúmusic and arts festival‚ÄĚ for nothing. There will be visual art exhibits by acclaimed artists such as Gus Albor, Kawayan De Guia, Agnes Arellano, Olivia D‚ÄôAboville, and Billy Bonnevie, just to name a few.
The fun doesn‚Äôt stop there, though. There will also be workshops ranging from Yoga, art workshops, drums and percussion, and more. You‚Äôre bound to find something that fits your interests.
For an additional PHP 400, you can also be part of the Malasimboat Parties, held on Kristal‚Äôs Liki Tiki Floating Bar.
The Three Day Pass for the festivals costs PHP 2,575 and the Single Day Pass costs PHP 1,030. For more information about the festival, visit their website at http://www.malasimbofestival.com.
Malasimbo Festival 2012 Trailer
Every¬† year, thousands of bands from around the world flock to Austin, Texas to play South By Southwest. It is a mecca of sorts for bands looking for exposure, where talented unsigned bands perform at showcases for record executives and A & R people; where music fans hop from venue to venue, following the bands they love and discovering new favorites in the process.
On March 15, Taken By Cars, arguably one of the Philippines‚Äô top acts, will be in Austin, Texas for South By Southwest. Finally.
And what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a big send-off party?
The Taken By Cars send-off gig will be held on March 3 at the Republiq Club, in Newport Mall, located at Resorts World Manila. Tickets are available for pre-order starting tomorrow, February 20 until February 29. The pre-ordered tickets cost PHP 500 and will cost PHP 600 after the 29th of February.
And of course Splintr fans will be given a chance to win free tickets for the event. More details to follow. Keep your eye on this blog for updates.
Meanwhile, here’s the RA Rivera-directed video for the Taken By Car’s song “Unidentified” from their 2nd album “Dualist”.
If there‚Äôs one thing that can be said about Filipino bands is that they are hardworking. The case is especially true for Paramita, probably one of the hardest working bands in the Philippine music scene today. This much-loved band comprised of Ria Bautista, Marco de Leon, and Alsey Cortez seem to have tapped into the ether with their infectious hooks and interesting dynamics. They have a bunch of shows lined up on their Facebook page, so feel free to check them out at these shows when you can.
But if you‚Äôre one of those people who are not able to catch bands whenever they perform live, well The JD Set Philippines and Jam 88.3 have done you a really huge favor by inviting none other than Paramita to perform an exclusive on-air set. Be sure to tune in to Jam 88.3 for¬†Jam Sessions tomorrow at 7:00 PM and listen as Paramita ends Valentines week not with a whimper, but with a bang… and some kick-ass rock music.