Archive for July, 2012

Sarah Gaugler‭’‬s‭ ‬“Condemnant‭ ‬Quod Non Intellegunt‭”‬ to Open At The Crucible Gallery

Monday, July 30th, 2012


(UPDATE: Because of last week’s floods, the cocktails and formal launch was moved to August 14th. The event starts at 6 PM and will feature performances by Turbogoth and Diego Mapa)

Most people probably know Sarah Gaugler as a musician and a tattoo artist.‭ ‬She has worked‭ ‬with many different media,‭ ‬and as a freelance artist her work has been commissioned by various advertising agencies and clients.‭ ‬On August‭ ‬7,‭ ‬she will be opening her exhibit‭ ‬“Condemnant Quod Non Intellegunt‭”‬ at The Crucible Gallery.‭ ‬The exhibit is comprises‭ ‬her own interpretations of religious iconography and‭ ‬features an attention to detail that is present in all of her work.

According to Sarah Gaugler,‭ ‬her upcoming exhibit is a tribute to the importance of religious iconography as an art‭ ‬form.

‭“‬In spite of its complexity and the manner it has transferred itself into human interpretation,‭ ‬it still succeeds in its original intent to orate the belief that humans were created out of the love of God,‭ ‬and that our purpose is to love one another.

Religious icons have been the medium by which humans connect with God,‭ ‬and the concept of holiness.‭ ‬Though these icons have encountered opposition in many forms,‭ ‬like iconoclasm,‭ ‬they have still managed to thrive in modern time.‭

Many neglect the opportunity and possibility of opening their minds to the impressions and impact that Christian religious icons have had on culture and society,‭ ‬throughout human history.‭  ‬Some are so quick to pass judgment and vandalize these symbols and images,‭  ‬without compassion or understanding.‭

I feel that these images should not be abandoned,‭ ‬but celebrated.

These icons have had their involvements,‭ ‬challenges,‭ ‬mysteries,‭ ‬wars,‭ ‬treaties,‭ ‬inspirations,‭ ‬and travels throughout the world for thousands of years,‭ ‬and has affected‭ ‬innumerable lives.‭ ‬Their symbolic power and bearing,‭ ‬reaches an‭ ‬expanse greater than one may not ever completely comprehend in a single experience.

My impetus is respect and appreciation for the images that serve as representations of enlightenment and hope,‭ ‬to those in darkness‭ & ‬despair,‭ ‬and respect to the first artists who have had the chance to create the basic universal imagery of these holy representatives of faith.‭

I want to express my own experience of creating art from receiving inspiration,‭ ‬as the artist,‭ ‬and the opportunity to execute,‭ ‬and share it to progressive viewers.

I am desiring that my iconologies be absorbed as symbols of personal inspiration,‭ ‬personal interpretation,‭ ‬or call it what you may-these can simply be constructions made by the use of ink and lines assembled in an considered fashion to depict a pleasant illustration or artwork.‭”

Condemnant Quod Non Intellegunt,‭ ‬an exhibition by Sarah Gaugler,‭ ‬opens on August‭ ‬7,‭ ‬2012,‭ ‬6pm at The Crucible Gallery,‭ ‬4/F SM Megamall,‭ ‬Building A,‭ ‬Mandaluyong City.‭ ‬Contact‭ ‬+632‭ ‬635‭ ‬60‭ ‬61‭ ‬or‭ ‬+63‭ ‬929‭ ‬842‭ ‬40‭ ‬55‭ ‬for details.‭ ‬Brought to you in part by The Pocket Universe Art Collective.

“Splintr Pic of The Week – The Clash”

Friday, July 27th, 2012

FILM REVIEW: Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

By Francis Cabal

Marie Jamora’s debut feature film “Ang Nawawala” is the coming-of-age film many of us have been waiting for. Many filmmakers have tried to make films that center on the “youth of today” and ultimately failed… yet somehow, Marie got it right. And it’s not surprising either, considering the fact that Marie and the people involved in the film have a firm grasp on what makes the upper middle class youth tick. Don’t get me wrong though, this film is above class. It’s not a film that comments on the socio-economic state of the country. And that’s refreshing, especially since Filipino independent cinema is usually synonymous with films about poverty and corruption and the moral implications of being poor, rich, or middle class, etc.


The World Is A Vampire: The Smashing Pumpkins Tribute Night at Saguijo

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most influential bands from the 90s. Ask anyone who’s in a band and they will most likely agree with that statement. With the Pumpkins’ Manila show fast approaching, it’s no surprise that a Smashing Pumpkins tribute night will be happening sooner or later.

Tonight, tonight (sorry, we just had to) at Saguijo, several bands from around the metro have joined up to pay tribute to Billy Corgan and company. Bands like Flying Ipis, Kjwan, Lougie and Cherry Bums, Outcasts Of The Universe, Stereodeal, Switch, and You’re Imaginary Friends will be playing a bunch of Smashing Pumpkins cover songs as well as their own material while we can expect an all-Pumpkin set from Banat Boys and the supergroup Kalabasa, a band formed specifically for this event.

Kalabasa is comprised of Vin Dancel (Peryodiko/Twisted Halo), Reg Rubio (Greyhoundz), Monty Macalino (Mayonnaise), Joey Dizon (Intolerant/Sky Church), Frey Zembrano (Warner), Kurt Floresca (Soapdish/Moyg) and Leo Sano (Indio I/Corporate Lo-Fi).

The show tonight starts at 9:00PM, and the entrance fee is P200. You can also get a chance to win tickets to the Smashing Pumpkins concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on August 7. As soon as you pay the entrance fee you are entitled to one entry to the raffle. You can send one additional entry every one and a half hours so yes, there’s an added incentive to being at the show early.

And speaking of the Smashing Pumpkins’ show in Manila, here’s Billy Corgan inviting you to their upcoming concert on August 7.

Above All This: Tonight We Sleep x Team Manila

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

A couple of weeks back we talked about Tonight We Sleep’s special acoustic show to commemorate the upcoming release of their debut album “We Will All Recover”. The album will be officially launched on September 28, but it’s never too early to build buzz surrounding their debut record. Especially considering that they’ve been around for a very long time now.

Apparently the acoustic show was just the first phase of a series of pre-launch events organized by the band with the help of Team Manila. On Saturday, July 28, Tonight We Sleep will be playing a free show at the B-Side Courtyard along with Earthmover, Soju, Nyctinasty, Hansom, Flying Ipis and many more.

As with their acoustic show, Tonight We Sleep will be selling limited edition band shirts designed by Team Manila. Buying a shirt entitles you to a free copy of “We Will All Recover”. All you need to do is wear the shirt at the album launch on September 28 at Saguijo.

Don’t forget, “Above All This” is happening this Saturday, 9:00 PM, at the B-Side Courtyard. Admission is free, so there’s really no excuse for you to miss it.

REVIEW:‭ ‬The Charmes‭ ‬-‭ ‬“The Charmes‭”‬ (2012‭)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

By Francis Cabal

The Charmes are a band that proudly wears their influences on their sleeves.‭ ‬That is not necessarily a bad thing considering these four lads have a‭ ‬good‭ ‬grasp of the particular style of music that they play.‭ ‬Vocalist/guitarist Brian Josef,‭ ‬guitarist JB Bulan,‭ ‬bassist Jiggers Vergel de Dios,‭ ‬and drummer Jerome Abelo have pushed‭ ‬Britpop worship to a whole new level.

For the sake of this review,‭ ‬let us get the comparisons out of the way first.‭ ‬Yes,‭ ‬their sound is reminiscent of the Arctic Monkeys,‭ ‬The Libertines and The Cribs,‭ ‬but they manage to avoid being mere‭ ‬rip-offs by injecting their music with a certain amount of smarmy attitude that‭’‬s absent from all the other garage rock bands I‭’‬ve heard in the country thus far.‭ ‬During their best moments,‭ ‬the band has the swagger of‭ ‬60s-era Rolling Stones or The Clash‭ ‬at their most rebellious.‭

Yes,‭ ‬ladies and gentlemen,‭ ‬finally…‭ ‬a band with balls.


This Day In Music History:‭ ‬Cowboys From Hell

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

By Francis Cabal

On July‭ ‬24,‭ ‬1990,‭ ‬Pantera released‭ ‬“Cowboys From Hell‭”‬,‭ ‬a record that would be one of the most influential metal records of all time and set a benchmark of what constitutes a truly great metal album‭ (‬great riffs,‭ ‬a tight rhythm section,‭ ‬and attitude‭)‬.‭ ‬This record showcased Pantera‭ ‬2.0,‭ ‬a more aggressive beast than their previous glam metal incarnation.‭

The songs still featured Dimebag Darrell‭’‬s‭ (‬then called Diamond Darrel‭) ‬trademark guitar technique albeit in a more aggressive manner.‭ ‬Their brand of metal focused more on grooves that served well from having‭ ‬the dynamic duo of Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown on drums and bass respectively.‭ ‬Vocalist Phil Anselmo also shows his vocal range on tracks like the‭ ‬7-minute power ballad‭ ‬“Cemetery Gates‭”‬.‭

“Cowboys From Hell‭”‬ opens with the title track,‭ ‬a‭ ‬4-minute burst of adrenaline that sums up the band‭’‬s intentions perfectly.‭ ‬It is then followed by the classic‭ ‬“Primal Concrete Sledge‭”‬,‭ ‬the title serving as an apt description of the song itself.‭ ‬“Psycho Holiday‭”‬,‭ ‬the third track from the album perfectly captures Pantera‭’‬s focus on groove and tight musicianship.‭ ‬The album also features some great thrash-influenced songs like‭ ‬“Domination‭”‬ and‭ ‬“Clash With Reality‭”‬,‭ ‬songs that could go toe to toe with some of the best thrash songs of the‭ ‬80s and‭ ‬90s.‭

Pantera took a bold new step in‭ ‬a different direction and it paid off.‭ ‬“Cowboys From Hell‭”‬ was not only a commercial and critical success,‭ ‬but it‭’‬s also widely regarded as one of the most important metal records of all time.‭ ‬22‭ ‬years after its release,‭ ‬it still holds up.‭ ‬Now that is the mark of a great album.

Snoop Dogg Releases New Reggae Single Under The Name “Snoop Lion”

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


By Francis Cabal

We already have an idea of what Snoop was smoking when he announced that his next release would be a reggae album. Snoop, who now goes by the name of Snoop Lion, has teamed up with Diplo to record the album “Reincarnated”. Diplo’s resume includes production work for artists like Usher, Beyonce, and MIA.

Snoop Lion released the first single from “Reincarnated” called “La La La”. It’s a pretty traditional reggae track that features Diplo/Major Lazer’s production skills and Snoop adapating a more Jamaican-influenced croon as opposed to his style of rapping. It’s still pretty early to tell if this is a wise career move on Snoop’s part, but it’s always interesting when an artist tries something different for a change.

“Reincarnated” will be coming out later this year on Vice Records.

Latest tracks by Snoop Lion

REVIEW:‭ ‬Beachwood Sparks‭ ‬-‭ ‬“The Tarnished Gold‭”‬ (2012‭)

Friday, July 20th, 2012


By Francis Cabal

Beachwood Sparks made waves in the early‭ ‬2000s with their mixture of melodic psychedelic rock and country music,‭ ‬a particular sound that owes‭ ‬a lot to artists like The Byrds and Gram Parsons.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2000‭ ‬they released their debut self-titled LP,‭ ‬and followed it up with the critically-acclaimed‭ ‬“Once Were Trees‭”‬.‭ ‬After the release of‭ ‬2002‭‘‬s‭ ‬“Make The Cowboy Robots Cry‭”‬ EP,‭ ‬the band disappeared into semi-obscurity and a self-imposed indefinite hiatus.

And now,‭ ‬11‭ ‬years after the release of‭ ‬“Once Were Trees‭”‬,‭ ‬Beachwood Sparks are back with a new album that‭’‬s just as good as their first two records.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A Brief Conversation With Marie Jamora About What Isn‭’‬t There

Thursday, July 19th, 2012


By Francis Cabal

On Saturday,‭ ‬Cinemalaya will be showing‭ ‬“Ang Nawawala‭”‬,‭ ‬the first feature-length film of Marie Jamora.‭ ‬Jamora is no stranger to the music scene.‭ ‬She made a career out of directing music videos for bands like Archipelago,‭ ‬Ciudad,‭ ‬The Dorques,‭ ‬Itchyworms,‭ ‬The Eraserheads and many more,‭ ‬so it‭’‬s oddly fitting that‭ ‬“Ang Nawawala‭”‬ features a great deal of music from bands in the local rock scene.‭ ‬But the film is not just about that.‭ ‬The film is about love,‭ ‬loss,‭ ‬family,‭ ‬grief,‭ ‬and little experiences set amidst the backdrop of a burgeoning music scene.‭ ‬The premise is undeniably epic,‭ ‬and yet deeply personal.‭

I got the chance to talk to Marie Jamora at a coffee shop somewhere in Ortigas about the process of making the film which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films in this year‭’‬s Cinemalaya line-up.‭