Discover and Listen to Philippine Music Online with OdysseyLive.net Beta

I am probably a bit late on this one, but I stumbled upon Odyssey’s online music portal just recently and am very pleased with the service. A mixture of different music sites like Soundclick or Last.FM, Odyssey Live allows users to create accounts to listen to some of their favorite artists online (though one need not subscribe to listen to the music as of now). Call it a Friendster for Philippine music aficionados. Though it may lack the more advanced recommendation features of its foreign brethren, Odyssey Live should be an excellent portal for people who want to experience more of local music. Continue reading

Delara- Delara (2008)

Once upon a time, there were two Hungry Young Poets. To (presumably) put food on the table, the duo of Barbie, and Ricci released a self-titled album. Drowning in Fire Women and Personal Flirts, Barbie’s and Ricci’s works were infused in artistic melancholy, from the pressures of being Torpe to Running Away. Finding a receptive audience to their art, they soon found another poet in Franklin, and the Hungry Young Poets were complete.

However, as time passed by Ricci sought new horizons, and found solace in his Little Green Men. And while Franklin and Barbie Cradled poets old and new alike in writing more songs, poet Ricci found kindred spirits in artists like Kitchie, Rann, and Jun Jun, and promptly celebrated the Birth Day of MOJOFLY. Spurred on by a unique vocalist and the same gripping songwriting, the band had their share of success as well, even as group members came and went through the course of A Million Stories, culminating in a new singer in Lougee and a new identity as Ricci gave Lougee free rein to write songs, which would produce a different sound and a new identity for the band, as this would present itself to be Close to the End for Ricci in MOJOFLY.

Now, without any of its founders in Ricci, or Kitchie, or Rann, or Jun Jun, MOJOFLY trudges on as DeLara. How does their new self-titled debut measure up? Continue reading

Erhem

Since I have been contacted by Yehey people, the post that was previously here goes bye-bye. However, I would still like to air out my situation here, as content theft is something that no blogger would like to experience.

In their e-mail and comment (below), the Yehey staff apologized for the offending post, citing technical difficulties or human error as the cause for the lack of acknowledgment from this article, [update: they’ve taken it down as stated here] which is an edited version of my review of Pedicab’s Shinji Ilabas Mo Na Ang Helicopter. I saw the published Yehey article yesterday through RSS feed, and noticed the similarity to my review. At this point, I had not been contacted by Yehey in any way, and the lack of acknowledgment in their site could be considered as plagiarism. Therefore, I aired my sentiments in the previous version of this post.

Yehey has taken notice of the mishap and have made an effort to contact me about it. Therefore, I harbor no ill will to their site, though I have encouraged their staff to be more stringent in editing their site in order to avoid any similar mishaps.

A comment was left by Yehey below to apologize for the incident, which is also the e-mail sent to me,and pending their approval, I would also like to reprint my reply to them. Basically, I would hope that their site would contact anybody BEFORE reprinting and/or modifying content. Either way, Yehey has been very professional in making amends for this mishap and should be lauded for that.

However, let this be something for us to remember. Plagiarism is bad, whether you’re publishing for a website or just submitting a report for school.

Pedicab- Shinji Ilabas Mo Na Ang Helicopter (2008)

Composed of Raimund Marasigan, Diego Mapa, Mike Dizon, Jason Caballa, and RA Rivera, Pedicab has returned with another serving of dance punk courtesy of a new full-length release, Shinji Ilabas Mo Na Ang Helicopter. Bolstered by a slew of hit singles like Dizzy Boy and Dito Tayo sa Dilim from their debut album Tugish Takish, the band has already placed itself at a lofty position within the music scene. Now, with their sophomore album, the band looks to reinforce themselves as one of the movers and shakers of the local dance and rock scenes.

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Make Yourself Useful and Help Rename Sheila and the Insects

One of the pioneers of the rise of Cebuano music, along with contemporaries such as Urbandub, Faspitch, and Cattski, Sheila and the Insects became a critical darling in releasing four acclaimed albums of a new wave-post punk sound distinct from anything else heard in the country. Their latest release, Flowerfish, was able to garner considerable spotlight even in the congested rock scene, with coverage in MYX and MTV. With their place in the rock scene seemingly set, the band looked to be one of the mainstays of Filipino rock for years to come.

A monkey wrench was thrown into the plans though, when one of the band’s members, Ian Zafra, left the group. In the wake of this, the band basically disappeared from general view. Even their last commercial release, a cover of APO’s Softly, was nixed by music executives from inclusion in the second Kami nApo Muna release. (It can, however, be downloaded here courtesy of the band’s blog.) With that, Philippine music was in danger of losing another one of its better groups.

However it seems like the band is receiving another stay of execution, at the very least. With a new lineup and quite possibly a new sound, the band is trudging on, and they want the fans to decide the name of the new group. With more than fifty (!) names already suggested, fans are encouraged to pick the best one, or make up another. From the suggested names, I personally like Portal, though the name may suffer in search engines (one of the band’s criteria for selection). I don’t really like some of the suggestions (Phoenix Down? I get the reference, but this isn’t Final Fantasy.), and I would’ve liked the name Immaculate, but apparently it’s taken.

The blog post for this can be found in their official blog, so take the time to give a great band a great name. After all, the band might take a chant of “Ay Caramba” to be a sigh of exasperation rather than of applause. With that here’s Quick to Panic from Flowerfish, a fantastic track and video if I do say so myself:

A Reaction to a Philippine Star Article and Discussing Filipino as the Medium of Communication in Radio

Last Sunday, there was an article in the Philippine Star’s Lifestyle section about fixing up Metro Manila. The author, a well-traveled sort, presented ten changes he would like to implement to make the city better, as compared to foreign locales. While I agreed with many of his points, such as cleaning the waterways and lessening the excessive number of PUVs, I raised my eyebrow at one of his appeals, namely, shifting local FM radio to a Filipino-based OPM-centric format. Though the local media should do its best to “project the city and its people more realistically and with more dynamism” and “feed the cultural soul of its citizens”, does changing the local radio format actually effect a positive contribution to those goals? Should Filipino be seen as the ideal medium of communication in local radio? Continue reading

Easily the Creepiest Referrer So Far

For those who have been reading the blog for a while now would remember that it was once named “Parents, Your Child is Looking at Porn”. Eye-catching to be sure, but not very credible, so now its twoisequaltozero (which while still completely unrelated to music, is at least shorter and easier to remember). I also wondered if people would actually try typing parentsyourchildislookingatporn.wordpress.com, which is not only long and unwieldy, but also wrong. So, why do I bring this up? WordPress plays nice with bloggers who use its service, and site authors get to see what led people to check out the blog. It’s safe to say I was bewildered to see what one guy/gal was searching for on Google.

Disturbing, to say the least. But, hey, I guess the blog has come full circle now, as porn searchers are led to this site even with the blog name change. Is that a good thing? Hope they like Filipino music, because there’s no porn here (yet).

More Free Music from Nine Inch Nails

One of the more popular links I’ve placed on the site is the one to download Daydream Cycle’s eponymous debut album. After all, free music is pretty much a good thing, as long as the music is good. And the success of Radiohead’s In Rainbows shows that digital distribution can be a boon to the industry, with Radiohead garnering significant sales and airplay from the project. The music industry is evolving before our eyes, just like it evolved from records to cassettes to CDs.

While many have cried foul over the rise of digital music, Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) is not one of them. Called by Time as “the most vital artist in music”, NIN’s lead singer has recognized the enormous popularity of the digital format, and released Ghosts earlier in the year for free on his site (though one must pay in order to get all of the 38 [!] tracks), rather than see them inevitably pop up in torrent sites. More recently, the band released cryptic messages about their next album, pointing towards a May 5 announcement. Now that May 5 has passed, we know what that announcement is– that next album, The Slip, is being offered for free on the band’s website. In related news, Thom Yorke shrugged.

Nevertheless, this turn of events should serve as a reminder for all of us that we must be able to adapt to the constantly-evolving music scene. Rivermaya has of course done the same thing before by releasing Free (Interestingly enough, Japs Sergio, whose Multiply page hosts DDC’s album, is a member of ‘Maya. More interesting is that he joined Rivermaya AFTER Free was released, so he can’t be considered the mastermind of both releases.), but it is probable that free digital distribution is not readily viable yet in the Philippines. However, the local industry has to learn to cope with new technologies and trends. Just like how local CDs are priced lower than foreign ones to stimulate local music economy, something should be done so that local musicians can benefit from the new technology, rather than suffer. While most local bands now have Multiply sites and Myspace pages, more must be done. Sites for legal music downloading like Fliptunes.net do exist, though I cannot gauge how popular the sites are. This is one pressing issue that the local music industry will have to deal with, most probably sooner than later.

Did I forget something? Oh yes, the link. Download The Slip here.