Archive for March, 2012

“Splintr Pic of The Week – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash”

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Taking Back Sunday Live in Manila!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In‭ ‬2002,‭ ‬Taking Back Sunday released the album‭ ‬“Tell All Your Friends‭”‬.‭ ‬The record became an instant success and proved to be one of the most influential pop punk albums‭ ‬of the last decade.‭ ‬But creative differences got in the way,‭ ‬and two of the core members of the band,‭ ‬guitarist and vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper,‭ ‬left‭ ‬to pursue their own projects including their new band Straylight Run.‭ ‬The rest of the band pushed forward,‭ ‬and they recorded‭ ‬3‭ ‬more albums with a different lineup including Fred Mascherino and Matt Rubano.‭

Adam Lazzara,‭ ‬Eddie Reyes,‭ ‬and Mark O‭’‬Connell got back together with Nolan and Cooper,‭ ‬and what resulted from this is a new album.‭ ‬Aptly titled‭ ‬“Taking Back Sunday‭”‬,‭ ‬the‭ ‬“Tell All Your Friends‭”‬ lineup‭ ‬is now exploring new territory not only with their sound but with the themes of their songs‭ ‬as well.‭ ‬The product of‭ ‬years‭ ‬of experiences,‭ ‬the new album not only shows their growth as musicians but also as people,‭ ‬and it is reflected in‭ ‬subject matter that deals with relationships,‭ ‬family,‭ ‬and faith.‭

To celebrate this,‭ ‬they are also embarking on a tour celebrating the‭ ‬10th year anniversary of their debut album.‭ ‬While acknowledging that the album played an important part not only in their success but also in the lives of their fans,‭ ‬they are quick to point out that this not just about nostalgia…‭ ‬they‭ ‬have‭ ‬set out to create something new.‭ ‬With Nolan and Cooper back in the fold,‭ ‬they are more than rejuvenated.‭ ‬There is undeniable chemistry when these five people are playing music together,‭ ‬and with their upcoming show in Manila,‭ ‬we will finally get the chance to see‭ ‬these guys in action.

On April‭ ‬13,‭ ‬Audio Mustachio and Kerplunk‭! ‬Productions‭ ‬bring‭ ‬Taking Back Sunday‭ ‬to Manila.‭ ‬The band will be performing at the Sky Dome in SM City North Edsa.‭ ‬This will also be the only Asian stop on their current tour.‭

Splintr is also happy to announce that we will be‭ ‬giving away a pair of meet and greet passes to the show‭!‬ The mechanics will be announced soon,‭ ‬so keep an eye out on this blog and follow us on Facebook for more details.‭

Tickets are now available at all TicketNet outlets.‭ ‬For more details,‭ ‬call‭ (‬02‭) ‬911-5555‭ ‬or log on to‭ ‬‭ ‬Ticket prices are P3,180‭ ‬for Gold‭ (‬Standing‭) ‬and P2,650‭ ‬for Silver‭ (‬Free Seating‭)‬.

Malasimbo Conversations: Joe Bataan

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Joe Bataan, a Filipino-African American, was born Bataan Nitollano in Spanish Harlem in New York. The Latin soul pioneer talked often of how it had been his father’s dream to return to the Philippines one day, and at last, at the age of 69, his son was finally performing on native soil, courtesy of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival.


Sigur Rós To Release A New Album

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Sigur Rós broke through the Icelandic and international‭ ‬music scene with their inexplicable brand of music characterized by a reliance on melody and mood rather than traditional songwriting structures and dynamics.‭ ‬They have been around since‭ ‬1994‭ ‬and they are still going strong,‭ ‬proving to their legions of fans that they haven‭’‬t‭ ‬run out of fresh ideas.‭ ‬Their last album‭ ‬“Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust‭”‬ (“With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly‭”‬) was a critical and commercial success,‭ ‬despite the band abandoning their trademark sound for something more playful and joyous but still distinctly theirs.‭

Four years later and they have finally announced that they‭’‬ll be releasing their new album‭ ‬“Valtari‭”‬ on May‭ ‬28.‭ ‬They have released not only the‭ ‬track‭ ‬list for the album,‭ ‬but also the single‭ ‬“Ekki Múkk‭”‬.‭ ‬Based‭ ‬on what we heard on the‭ ‬somber track,‭ ‬this is a return to form of sorts for the band,‭ ‬but with the emphasis on strings and electronics.‭

Valtari track list:
1‭ ‬Êg Anda
2‭ ‬Ekki Múkk
3‭ ‬Varúð
4‭ ‬Rembihnûtur
5‭ ‬Dauðalogn
6‭ ‬Varðeldur
7‭ ‬Valtari
8‭ ‬Fjögur Píanó

Sigur Rós - ”Ekki Múkk”


Sigur Rós – Ekki múkk from Sigur Rós on Vimeo.


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Kjwan Unleashes The First Volume of Their Latest Album

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Kjwan has always been a band that keeps breaking new ground with every release. This time is no different. On March 31st they’ll be releasing the first volume of their latest opus “Kjwan IV”. Whether it’s a testament to their creativity and productivity or the desire to do something new, the decision to release “Kjwan IV” in three separate volumes is an inspired choice. Based on the first single from the album, “Walang Kaso”, this may also be their best yet.

“Walang Kaso” is a surefire crowd-pleaser from the get-go. The song opens with some tasteful guitar licks played over what sounds like an old moog organ. When Marc Abaya’s vocals kick in, it becomes a trademark midtempo Kjwan song albeit with a bit more kick. Boogie Romero’s guitar lines are brilliantly executed and they complement Enrique De Dios’ keyboard parts. Kelly Mangahas does his job perfectly well, adding some groove and a little punch with his Jazz-inflected bass lines.

Based on this song alone, we’re definitely excited to hear Kjwan IV. If the rest of their new material is as good as this, then this record has a good chance of becoming Kjwan’s masterpiece.

Catch the band live in Saguijo on March 31 as they finally unleash the first volume of Kjwan IV to the masses. They are also launching the music video for “Walang Kaso” in the event, so be there and enjoy the music as Kjwan shows us that they’re definitely stronger than ever and that they are still one of the top bands in the local music scene.


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“Splintr Pic Of The Week – With A Little Help From George’s Friends”

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

George Harrison, Billy Preston, Ron Wood and Mick Jagger

Lost In Translation: What Radio Should Sound Like

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

‭“‬We need change and we need it fast/Before rock‭’‬s just part of the past/‭’‬Cause lately it all sounds the same to me‭”‬ -‭ ‬The Ramones,‭ ‬“Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio‭?‬”

In the opening track of their album‭ ‬“End Of The Century‭”‬,‭ ‬The Ramones lamented on the sad state of rock and roll radio and rock music in general.‭ ‬The album was released in‭ ‬1979.‭ ‬It‭’‬s‭ ‬33‭ ‬years later and look at where we are now‭; ‬radio stations have reformatted,‭ ‬record labels have closed down,‭ ‬bands have broken up,‭ ‬and the Internet is now king.‭ ‬But for every end there‭’‬s a new beginning,‭ ‬and for every record label that closed shop there are independent record labels doing their own thing with their own business models,‭ ‬new and exciting bands have formed,‭ ‬and Internet radio picked up where actual radio left off.‭

But still,‭ ‬the question remains…‭ ‬DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK AND ROLL RADIO‭? ‬Bob Lyren and Jesse Grinter do.‭ ‬And they‭’‬re doing their best to keep‭ ‬its spirit alive by running the most interesting thing to ever come out of the local airwaves.‭ ‬Bob,‭ ‬Jesse,‭ ‬and their compatriot Joee Mejias host the radio show‭ ‬“Lost in Translation with Bob and Jesse‭”‬ which airs every Saturday night at Jam‭ ‬88.3‭ ‬from‭ ‬9-11‭ ‬PM.‭  ‬The show is a‭ ‬2‭ ‬hour blast of exciting and eclectic music,‭ ‬and Bob,‭ ‬Jesse,‭ ‬and Joee‭’‬s quick-witted banters.‭ ‬These three clearly know what‭’‬s up,‭ ‬and they have embraced their status as purveyors of taste.‭


How The Southeast Was Won

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Let‭’‬s face facts for a second.‭ ‬The Philippines has never been known as a typical tour stop for foreign artists going on tours in Asian countries.‭ ‬Sure,‭ ‬we have had our fair share of top acts visit the country from Sonic Youth,‭ ‬the Foo Fighters,‭ ‬and the Beastie Boys doing a memorable show that was opened by none other than the Eraserheads,‭ ‬to Nine Inch Nails‭ ‬making a stop in Manila for their farewell tour,‭ ‬to the controversial Manila visit by The Beatles.‭ ‬Given these examples,‭ ‬we were never actually on par‭ ‬with,‭ ‬say,‭ ‬Japan when it comes to being a viable stop for touring bands.‭


This Day In Music History: The Wedding Of John And Yoko

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married on March 20, 1969 in Gibraltar and they spent their honeymoon in the presidential suite of the  Amsterdam Hilton Hotel by doing a week-long “Bed-In” campaign to promote world peace. Their wedding was chronicled in the Beatles  song “The Ballad Of John and Yoko”, which was released on May 30, 1969 as a single.


Avenged Sevenfold Is Coming To Manila!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Avenged Sevenfold is a band that‭’‬s been‭ ‬constantly‭ ‬making the rounds in the heavy metal/hard rock circuit,‭ ‬and for good reason:‭ ‬they‭’‬re really good at what they do.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Shadows,‭ ‬Zack Vengeance,‭ ‬Synyster Gates,‭ ‬Johnny Christ,‭ ‬and the late The Rev are‭ ‬very talented musicians,‭ ‬being able to perform their respective roles with the kind of intensity that‭’‬s rare in bands these days.‭ ‬They have been through a lot as a band,‭ ‬including the tragic passing of their drummer Jimmy Sullivan aka The Rev.‭ ‬Avenged Sevenfold‭’‬s‭ ‬undeniable‭ ‬chemistry is the result of years of friendship,‭ ‬and a death in the family would definitely throw anyone off course.‭ ‬But they carried on,‭ ‬and they‭ ‬continued The Rev‭’‬s legacy with them.‭ ‬Enlisting the help of former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy,‭ ‬they finished‭ ‬the latest album‭ ‬“Nightmare‭”‬,‭ ‬the last album to feature contributions from The Rev.

The album was released to critical acclaim and now they‭’‬re touring the world in support of the album.‭

Dayly Entertainment‭ ‬proudly presents Avenged Sevenfold live in Manila.‭ ‬The show will be held on April‭ ‬26,‭ ‬2012‭ ‬at‭ ‬the Smart Araneta Coliseum.‭ ‬Tickets are now available on sale at all Ticketnet outlets,‭ ‬with a‭ ‬10%‭ ‬discount on‭ ‬Patron Tickets‭ ‬until‭ ‬March‭ ‬1,‭ ‬2012.‭ ‬Ticket prices‭ (‬excludes‭ ‬6%‭ ‬service charge‭) ‬are:‭ ‬Patron Standing‭ ‬3,500,‭ ‬Patron Seated‭ ‬3,500,‭ ‬Lower Box‭ ‬3,000,‭ ‬Upper‭ ‬A‭ ‬1,500‭ ‬and Upper B‭ ‬600.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬log on to‭ ‬ or call the Ticketnet hotline at‭ ‬911-5555.

And as another treat for Avenged Sevenfold fans,‭ ‬Splintr will be giving away‭ ‬free tickets to the show‭!‬ We will reveal the details soon,‭ ‬so keep an eye on this page for more information.‭