Thurston Moore has a new band called Chelsea Light Moving. They have released a new song called “Borroughs”. Listen to it here.
Archive for June, 2012
Greetings and salutations.â€ â€¬We interrupt your regular programming to deliverâ€ â€¬this collection of amazing albums that can be downloaded for free over at Bandcamp.â€ â€¬Yes,â€ â€¬itâ€â€™â€¬s time again for our monthly Topâ€ â€¬5â€ â€¬Bandcamp Release recommendation.â€ â€¬This monthâ€â€™â€¬s list is probably one of the best ones weâ€â€™â€¬ve compiled thus far.â€ â€¬These albums range from some really good Filipino indie pop to a couple of the dirtiest rock nâ€â€™â€¬ roll albums weâ€â€™â€¬ve heard in recent years.â€ â€¬Andâ€ â€¬again,â€ â€¬the best thing is you can download these albums for freeâ€!
Thank the music gods for free music.
1.â€ â€¬Popscene MNLâ€ â€¬-â€ â€¬â€śThis Feels Like Summerâ€â€ť
This compilation was released inâ€ â€¬2010â€ â€¬and features some of the best indie pop bands in the country.â€ â€¬Included in this compilation are songs by such acts as Soft Pillow Kisses,â€ â€¬Apple Orchard,â€ â€¬The Sleepyheads and Outerhopeâ€; â€¬the latterâ€ â€¬two being bands weâ€â€™â€¬ve reviewed here on Splintr.comâ€! â€¬If youâ€â€™â€¬re into feel-good music perfect for a hot summerâ€â€™â€¬s dayâ€ (â€¬We know,â€ â€¬itâ€â€™â€¬s been raining like crazy here in Manila,â€ â€¬but what the hell.â€)â€¬,â€ â€¬thenâ€ â€¬we suggest you download this album.
2.â€ â€¬Harmonica Lewinskiâ€ â€¬-â€ â€¬â€śWho The Fuck Is Harmonica Lewinskyâ€?â€¬â€ť
This brilliantly named garage rock band hails from Rochester.â€ â€¬They make some really cool fuzzy,â€ â€¬gritty rock nâ€â€™â€¬ roll that would make Theâ€ â€¬13th Floor Elevators proud.â€ â€¬Their music may be a pastiche of rock nâ€â€™â€¬ roll history,â€ â€¬but theyâ€â€™â€¬re really good at what they do.â€ â€¬Hey,â€ â€¬thereâ€â€™â€¬s even a cover/bastardization of The Beatlesâ€â€™â€¬ â€śI Wanna Be Your Manâ€â€ťâ€¬ calledâ€ â€¬â€śI Wanna Kill Your Manâ€â€ťâ€¬.â€ â€¬Theyâ€â€™â€¬re clearly doing something right,â€ â€¬from the band name,â€ â€¬to their style of music andâ€ â€¬production.â€
3.â€ â€¬Shakey Gravesâ€ â€¬-â€ â€¬â€śRoll The Bonesâ€â€ť
Shakey Graves is not a band.â€ â€¬Shakey Graves is just one man,â€ â€¬and as evidenced byâ€ â€¬â€śRoll The Bonesâ€â€ťâ€¬,â€ he â€¬isâ€ â€¬also a genius.â€ â€¬The album opens withâ€ â€¬â€śUnlucky Skinâ€â€ťâ€¬,â€ â€¬an old-timey folk song complete with banjos,â€ â€¬harmonicas,â€ â€¬and lush vocal harmonies.â€ â€¬Upon first listen,â€ â€¬comparisons to folk musicians like Devendra Banhart,â€ â€¬The Tallest Man On Earth,â€ â€¬or even a more lo-fi version of Fleet Foxes come to mind.â€ â€¬This album is a fine example of lo-fi folk done right.â€
4.â€ â€¬Bearsledâ€ â€¬-â€ â€¬â€śRaspberry Paradeâ€â€ť
Are you ready from some punk rockâ€? â€¬Bearsled have managed to walk the fine line between the anger and nihilism of punk rock and the hedonistic fun of rock nâ€â€™â€¬ roll.â€ â€¬This album is good for two things:â€ â€¬1.â€) â€¬Pissing off your parents andâ€ â€¬2.â€) â€¬Pissing off your neighbors.â€ â€¬The guitars pierce your ears and the vocals border on annoying,â€ â€¬but somehow Bearsled manage to make it sound good.â€ â€¬Theyâ€â€™â€¬re alsoâ€ â€¬surprisingly tight.â€ â€¬There are times when the songs are in danger of being derailed byâ€ â€¬the chaos that ensues,â€ â€¬but thankfully the band manages to keep things locked down.â€ Â â€¬Recommended for fans of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,â€ â€¬Pussy Galore,â€ â€¬and Minutemen.
5.â€ â€¬Cruiserâ€ â€¬-â€ â€¬Cruiser EP
There has been an influx of reverb-drenched surf pop bands in recent years.â€ â€¬Bands like Real Estate,â€ â€¬Beach Fossils,â€ â€¬Youth Lagoon,â€ â€¬and even garage-tinged bands like Girls or Best Coast have found a niche with their brand of summer-y guitar pop.â€ â€¬The one-manâ€ â€¬band Cruiser is another addition to this particular trendâ€ (â€¬the EP was produced by Jeremy Park,â€ â€¬who also produced Youth Lagoonâ€â€™â€¬sâ€ â€¬â€śThe Year Of Hibernationâ€)â€¬.â€ â€¬This EP is guitar-driven indie rock at its best.â€
We hope you enjoyed this monthâ€â€™â€¬s selection of some of the best music from Bandcamp.â€ â€¬Never forget to support these artists whenever you can,â€ â€¬because after all…â€ â€¬no artistsâ€ = â€¬no musicâ€ = â€¬no life.â€
Dong Abay is not only one of the most important Filipino artists in recentâ€ â€¬yearsâ€;â€¬ heâ€â€™â€¬s also one of the smartest songwriters around.â€ â€¬His lyrics run the gamut of being scathingly satirical toâ€ â€¬genuinely romantic,â€ â€¬all written withâ€ â€¬a knack for wordplay and clever lines.â€ â€¬From his work with the legendary band Yano,â€ â€¬to the underrated Pan,â€ â€¬and even to his ongoing solo career,â€ â€¬Dong Abay is truly a unique artist with his own voice and his own story to tell.â€
Itâ€â€™â€¬s that time of year again.â€ â€¬On Juneâ€ â€¬23,â€ â€¬the Philippinesâ€â€™â€¬ finestâ€ â€¬musicalâ€ â€¬acts of different genres will be invading Makati in what may very well be the biggest music festival in the country this year.â€ â€¬Brought to us by the Embassy of France to the Philippines, the Alliance Francais de Manille,â€ and B-Side Productions, â€¬Fete De La Musique is a yearly music event that showcases Filipino music at its finest.â€
For the first time Fete De La Musiqueâ€â€™â€¬s main stage will be located at Makati Avenue,â€ â€¬where a street party will be held featuringâ€ â€¬acts such as Brigada,â€ â€¬Cynthia Alexander,â€ â€¬Pepe Smith,â€ â€¬Johnny Alegreâ€ & â€¬Affinity,â€ â€¬the French DJ collective Chinese Man,â€ â€¬and many more.â€ â€¬Besides the main stage,â€ â€¬there will also be different pocket venues hosting different genres organized by different productions.â€
Whatever style of music you enjoy,â€ â€¬youâ€â€™â€¬re bound to find something to your liking.â€ â€¬Whether itâ€â€™â€¬s at the Electronica stageâ€ â€¬hosted by Nomad Massive at Time,â€ â€¬Renegade Collectiveâ€â€™â€¬s Hip-Hop stage at KYSS,â€ â€¬DOPE MNLâ€â€™â€¬s Indie/Rock stage at B-Side,â€ â€¬or any of theâ€ â€¬8â€ â€¬pocket stages this year,â€ â€¬there is indeed something for everybody.â€ â€¬For one night,â€ â€¬Makati will be Manilaâ€â€™â€¬s musicâ€ â€¬Mecca for what may very well be the closest thing weâ€â€™â€¬ll ever have to our very own version of South By Southwest.
The event will start atâ€ â€¬4â€ â€¬in the afternoon and will last all throughout the night.â€ â€¬Donâ€â€™â€¬t passâ€ â€¬up on the chance to watch some great bands especially since the admission is free.â€ â€¬Go out,â€ â€¬have fun,â€ â€¬listen to some good music.â€ â€¬You wonâ€â€™â€¬t regret it.â€
Brian Wilson was born on June 20, 1942 to Audree Neva and Murry Gage Wilson. Heâ€™s best known as the band leader and chief songwriter of The Beach Boys, a band he formed with his brother Carl and Dennis, and their cousin Mike Love. Heâ€™s also regarded as one of the best producers of all time due in no small part to his intricate arrangements and production techniques for the Beach Boysâ€™ 60s output, most notably on the highly influential album â€śPet Soundsâ€ť. Up to this day, â€śPet Soundsâ€ť is still widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time.
Known for his eccentricities and mental instability as much as his talent, Wilson is remembered the most for his contributions to pop music. Brian Wilson is a mad genius, plain and simple.
Happy Birthday, Brian Wilson!
Dennis Wilsonâ€â€™â€¬sâ€ â€¬â€śPacific Ocean Blueâ€â€ťâ€¬ is an anomaly.â€ â€¬The album came out during the creative peak of The Beach Boys,â€ â€¬and it was even released to critical acclaim.â€ â€¬The album even managed to sell much as The Beach Boysâ€â€™â€¬ â€śLove Youâ€â€ťâ€¬,â€ â€¬which was released around the same time.â€ â€¬And yet why do people consider it a lost classicâ€?
There are a lot of factors,â€ â€¬actually.â€ â€¬But where do we startâ€?
Iganâ€ Â â€¬Dâ€â€™â€¬ Bayanâ€â€™â€¬s art is the stuff of nightmares.â€ â€¬Equal parts macabre and surreal,â€ â€¬his paintings capture the darkest corners of the mindâ€; â€¬where deformities and afflictions are embraced and everything is covered in darkness.â€ â€¬According to Dâ€â€™â€¬Bayan,â€ â€¬this exhibit is his love letter to horror and sci-fi movies,â€ â€¬although itâ€â€™â€¬s more akin to the grim surrealism of The Cabinet Of Dr.â€ â€¬Caligari than the b-movie camp of films like Planâ€ â€¬9â€ â€¬From Outer Space.â€
â€śMysterious Diseasesâ€â€ťâ€¬ features a collection of portraits that are inspired by the strange beauty of the grotesque and the macabre.â€ â€¬These portraits grab your attention with their stark imagery that play with our deepest and darkest fears.
The show is presented by The Pocket Universe Art Collective in cooperation with The Crucible Gallery.â€ â€¬The opening cocktails is on Julyâ€ â€¬10,â€ â€¬Tuesday,â€ â€¬8â€ â€¬p.m.,â€ â€¬with performances by The Black Vomits,â€ â€¬Turbo Goth,â€ â€¬andâ€ â€¬Noliâ€ & â€¬The Tangeres,â€ â€¬among other bands.
Theâ€ â€¬exhibit will run until Augustâ€ â€¬4,â€ â€¬2012.
For information,â€ â€¬callâ€ â€¬+63929-8424055â€ â€¬or The Crucible atâ€ â€¬635-6061.â€
The Pocket Universe Art Collective is at the second floor of SaGuijo CafĂ©â€ â€¬+â€ â€¬Bar,â€ â€¬7612,â€ â€¬Guijo St.,â€ â€¬San Antonio Village,â€ â€¬Makati City.â€
Backdraft may only have two albumsâ€ â€¬under their belt but they have become one of the most beloved metal acts in the local music scene.â€ â€¬The bandâ€ is comprised ofâ€ â€¬Benedict Versoza on vocals,â€ â€¬Mirt Togle and Ferdie Aquino on guitars,â€ â€¬Tyrone Borromeo on bass and Jigs De Belen on drums.
Everything came together when the band was approached by a record executive during a dinner party and they were invited to record an album.â€ â€¬Their debut album under Neo Records was a massive success and was a certified Gold record.â€
However,â€ â€¬all was not well…
During a concert in Cebu inâ€ â€¬October ofâ€ â€¬1995,â€ â€¬Ferdie Aquino,â€ â€¬the bandâ€â€™â€¬s guitarist,â€ â€¬was rushed to the hospital because of a genetic heart disorder.â€ â€¬The coma that resulted from heart disorder marked the end of his tenure with the band.â€ â€¬At this moment,â€ â€¬Ferdie Aquino is still on the road to recovery.â€
The band pushed on with a heavy heart,â€ â€¬and eventually hired Anton Yap to be their new guitar player.â€ â€¬Backdraft started writingâ€ â€¬theirâ€ â€¬2nd album,â€ â€¬â€śThe Shadowland Deepâ€â€ťâ€¬.â€ â€¬The tour forâ€ â€¬â€śThe Shadowland Deepâ€â€ťâ€¬ lasted fromâ€ â€¬1996â€ â€¬toâ€ â€¬1997.â€ â€¬It also turned out to be the last hurrah for the band.â€ â€¬1997â€ â€¬was the year when most of the band would graduate from college,â€ â€¬and this was also when they decided to go their separate ways to pursueâ€ â€¬other careers.
15â€ â€¬years later and the time is finally right for Backdraftâ€ â€¬to give it another go.â€ â€¬On Julyâ€ â€¬14,â€ â€¬the band will be performing for one night only at B-Side.
What better way to herald their return than with a Youtube clip of aâ€ â€¬â€śVirtual Jamâ€â€ťâ€¬ ofâ€ â€¬â€śLa Propagandaâ€â€ťâ€¬,â€ â€¬with Benedict Verzosa,â€ â€¬Mirt Togle,â€ â€¬and Jigs De Belen jamming with bass player Tyrone Borromeo and Anton Yap who performed their parts while in Singapore and New Jersey respectively.
Technology is a beautiful thing.
The show will also feature performances from Paul Z,â€ â€¬Happy Pill,â€ â€¬The Ronnies,â€ â€¬andâ€ â€¬RRV.â€ â€¬All proceeds from the show will go to Ferdie Aquino to assist for his medical expenses.â€