Searching for the album art of local CDs is a bitch, and the prevalence of watermarks certainly doesn’t make it any easier, but this interesting tool from Reddit provides a worthy utility for art mavens by indexing Amazon’s library of books, DVDs, and CDs for album art in a pretty package. One still won’t be able to get full results but the site sure makes it more visually appealing than other art fetchers out there.
But it certainly isn’t going to be a long one. Suffice it to say that I was there, I was enjoying myself before Mr. Buendia’s sudden medical emergency, and I was definitely disappointed at the abrupt ending.
However, I was more disappointed at the asses who were clamoring for refunds while Lally Buedia and the remaining ‘Heads were on stage trying to stay composed. Yes, we didn’t get the entire concert. But then the 10+ songs they performed were plenty, though their heavy-hitters were still in the wings for the encore. Still, sweet nectar after a drought isn’t supposed to be bad, right?
Also, doing drugs is bad, as the actions of those people behind us would prove. God knows how umbrellas umbrellas can’t be brought into an open air stadium but drugs can. Of course, considering the events that occurred, I guess it was very wise to bar the potential projectiles.
Okaay. I was checking out the links that brought people to this blog, and for some reason or another, people were coming in from Wikipedia, of all places. Apparently, someone thought it appropriate to use my article on Hale’s Above, Over, and Beyond as a “professional review”. I am a bit flattered, but mostly bewildered about it. Just in case someone takes my name off the Wikipedia page (which is very likely), here’s an image file:
I’ll probably have to just take this as a complement. I’m still amused by this, though.
After publishing this last year, I’ve decided to revise and republish it after websites like Divisoria.com decided to add watermarks to their art. Without further ado, here are links that will help liven up your music collection: Continue reading →
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 →
WARNING: This blog post is not really related to music in any way, and was written as part of RSS Awareness Day.
Let’s be frank: the Philippine Islands are definitely not as technologically advanced as other countries. From sluggish DSL to the delay in receiving new hardware like a legal iPhone, many Filipinos get the short end of the stick when it comes to the latest technology. Hardware aside, this is also true for software and internet utilities such as file converters or the Google Apps. While many Filipinos have more serious and pressing issues to attend to, I still consider it disappointing that many still consider Friendster as the best social app and IE as the browser of choice. Of course, my inherent nerdiness may have something to do with that, but I digress.
Today, I would like to explain what the hell that orange button over in my sidebar is. Continue reading →
Apparently, karma still exists in the world. Time and time again, I’ve criticized 97.1’s misguided choice to alienate the majority of its listeners by choosing to degrade its content to the drivel that other masa stations put out. And apparently, last January 16, 2008, Mike Enriquez saw it fit to turn off the rest of them by getting rid of all the DJs from the old hand, replacing them with more of the green, commercialized jockeys that so many Filipinos (sadly) find hilarious on a daily basis. Money over legitimacy and loyalty, I guess.
99.5 Campus Radio – Formerly catering to the elite segment, 99.5 Hit FM (DWRT) is now changing it’s station ID, taking over the theme of GMA’s 97.1 Campus Radio. They are now known as 99.5 Campus FM. Campus Radio was resurrected as 99.5 Campus FM on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, with most of the disk-jockeys coming from 97.1 Barangay LS (formerly Campus Radio 97.1) who were summarily dismissed by Mike Enriquez and replaced unceremoniously by jocks from RGMA provincial radio stations as well as jocks from other masa stations. The terminated jocks resurfaced on Easter Sunday at 99.5 Campus FM, replacing 99.5 Hit FM. Meanwhile, as of April 2008, Mike Enriquez’s new 97.1 Barangay LS management and DJ’s suffered a devastating drop in ratings from a progressive #4 overall in December of 2007 to an embarrassing #6 in March of 2008.
I am feeling pretty good about this. It is never good business to alienate your fanbase, huh? To summarize my feelings on this, here’s Schadenfreude from the musical Avenue Q.
Of course, I have no clue how to verify the blog’s statements. If anyone could share a link to Philippine radio ratings, I’d appreciate it.
Also, I am listening to Paramita’s self-titled sophomore outing right now, expect me to chime in about it eventually.
Recently, both Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails both released albums for free on their websites as a “screw-you” to mainstream record labels. Considering that both albums were unequivocal successes, it is good to see artists fight back against the oppressive mainstream.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the biggest problems with those big record labels are their tendency to pick out cookie-cutter acts and push them down our throats. Meanwhile, deserving artists get overlooked as uninspired cover songs and pseudo-celebrities dominate the airwaves. One of these bands that have been passed upon is Daydream Cycle. An indie-electronic act, the band has Continue reading →
I’m not really sure if Digg is at all popular in the Philippines, but it sure as hell is overseas. For the uninitiated, Digg is a news site that allows registered users to submit their own news stories, articles, etc. to the site, with popularity (measured via votes, or “diggs”) determining what it shown in the front page. Articles submitted need not be serious news, as it also has categories for offbeat news, technology articles, and so forth. Most of the news there is fairly interesting, though America-centric. The website has also spawned quite a few “admirers”, or imitators, such as Reddit and Mixx. One category that isn’t covered in Digg, though, is music. While news on music celebrities is common (hello Britney, still bald?), actual songs aren’t really covered. That’s where the Sixtyone.com comes in.
The site is basically Digg for songs. Artists (I repeat, artists, not the general audience) submit their songs to the site, and we the people vote for the songs which deserve top billing. There’s a point system, to avoid vote spamming, with incentives going to those who vote songs which subsequently get more popular. Of course, one can also choose to just listen to what people have already voted for.
The site offers numerous genres for the listeners, and so far, the streaming has been pretty quick with my PLDT connection. The content has been pretty decent so far, though that could change.