#Marupok on Spotify

Greetings! It has been a while! Anyway, a couple of months ago¬†I badly wanted to escape office work (hehe) so I created a playlist and called it #Marupok (frail). Truth is, I wasn’t even feeling sad that time, just really, really, ridiculously bored. I figured these are the songs one could listen to post-breakup/when longing for someone. After all, studies have shown that listening to sad songs when sad could actually be a form of self-medication.

Happy healing, I guess.

EDIT: So the Spotify embed code’s not working. ūüė¶ Here is a link to the playlist: http://bit.ly/marupokplaylist

  1. Gabe Bondoc – Fickle
  2. Damien Rice – The Blower’s Daughter
  3. The Perishers – Pills
  4. Kate Walsh – Your Song
  5. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
  6. How to Dress Well – Face Again
  7. Kings of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From
  8. Maude – Habol
  9. Charlie Lim – Knots
  10. Tahiti 80 – Easy
  11. Up Dharma Down – Sana
  12. The xx – Angels
  13. Michael Andrews, Gary Jules – Mad World
  14. Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
  15. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
  16. William Fitzsimmons – Just Not Each Other
  17. The Album Leaf – Always For You
  18. Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day
  19. The xx – Fiction
  20. Teddy Geiger – Try Too Hard
  21. Friendly Fires – Strobe
  22. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game
  23. The Weepies – World Spins Madly On

Friday Fave: A Round-Up

I shall try to make up for all the Fridays I missed with today’s post! My music listening has been pretty good lately, thank to my Spotify Premium account I’ve availed through Globe’s GoSurf ¬†promo. The Discover tab has been very useful. I haven’t tried Apple Music yet, but some reviews say that until Apple fixes its glitches, Spotify is still king in music streaming.

Anyway, here are my five favorite tracks as of late, in no particular order. Do give these listen!

RAN – Nirwana

“Nirwana (Nirvana)” is the sixth track of Indonesian group RAN’s third album,¬†Hari Baru (New Day, thanks Google Translate!) released in November 2013. I’ve been a fan of the group since 2009/2010-ish, and I have to say that I’m glad to say that their sound has greatly improved. “Nirwana” is a testament to this:¬†both vocals and guitars are refined. But if it’s your first time to listen to RAN, this is a great track to start with as it introduces you to RAN’s musical vibe: fresh, pleasant, and relaxed. Never mind if you don’t understand Bahasa.

OJ Law – Tongue Tied

“Tongue-Tied” by OJ Law rightfully deserves a spot in the must-listen The Ultimate SEA Indie playlist by Spotify Philippines. The synths are nice and they build up its disco-ey character. Law’s voice¬†reminds me of another artist’s¬†(I just cannot pinpoint it)¬†but I think it’s excellent. My favorite part is when Law croons, “I dreamed of love before we met.” It comes with a kinda cute music video too.

Childish Gambino – U Don’t Have to Call

Look, I love Drake. But here’s the thing: if you ask me who the better singer is between Drake and Childish Gambino, I will flat out say it’s Childish. This track from his mixtape¬†STN MTN,¬†which you can download for free at¬† DatPiff.com, is a cover of¬†Usher’s 2001 song. Though it’s stripped of layers unlike the original, it’s just as sexy. This track shows off Childish’s¬†vocal chops; how his voice can reach different heights (listen to “And I”). And when the beat drops, it introduces you to his other talent, one of his many:¬†telling a story. From reaching high notes, his voice sinks deep as he tells you a story about race, strip clubs, and how he’s gon’ steal yo girl.

Kimbra – Madhouse

Kimbra is more than just the girl who sang with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”. Her 2014 record¬†The Golden Echo, to which “Madhouse” belongs, is worth a listen. But for “Madhouse,” my focus is not on her voice but on the funky feel of the song.¬† I absolutely liked the¬†riffs and percussions at the 3:21 mark. I really, really, really liked it.

Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight

I first heard roots rock band Alabama Shakes on Saturday Night Live, when¬†they were the musical guests when Dakota Johnson was the host. I’ve never head them before, but after that performance, I really got into them. “Don’t Wanna Fight” from their sophomore album Sound and Color¬†has an unforgettable intro with its guitars. And as I’ve told my friend, frontwoman Brittany Howard’s restrained scream to soul vocals in this track forecasted that the¬†whole album is, for a lack of a more suitable word, great.

Newly bought records!

I took time off from work today¬†and went to Cubao to have my teeth x-rayed. Since I was pretty near Cubao X where The Four Strings is located, I decided to pay the shop a visit. I’ve been meaning to go to the place–they sell local indie bands’ records. For people who can’t go to gigs regularly like me, getting albums is made easier through The Four Strings. It’s mainly a ukelele shop, but they also sell other stuff–I remember seeing dream catchers, coffee, and Manic Panic hair dye. I initially went there to get Loop’s¬†Flirting¬†the Universe¬†LP, but the guy at the store told me that the last copy was bought yesterday! But there’s no reason to fret, as I bought these equally awesome records:

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That’s Prelude by Honeydrop, and indie rock band that hails from Cebu, on the left and¬†Caprice by Ivan Theory on the right. Ivan Theory broke the news of their disbandment just a few weeks ago, but I’m psyched¬†to listen to their record nonetheless.

I had a very brief Q&A with the guy from the store and learned that the handcrafted ukeleles being sold are made from acacia, narra, and lauan wood, to name a few. The prices range from Php 2,500 to Php 7,000. I left the store saying “Pag-iipunan ko muna” (can’t wait to get my hands on my own¬†ukelele). ūüôā

For more info, check out The Four String’s Facebook page here.

Friday Fave: Feel the Same by Lougee

It’s Friday somewhere! This is still valid!

Here’s a little story: most of my afternoons from 4th grade to freshman year of high school (around 2004 to 2007) were spent doing homework on the dining table with my favorite local bands’ albums playing in the background. These bands were my heroes, and I looked up to them for making hella awesome music. One of these bands was Mojofly, fronted by Lougee Basabas. Naalala ko pa noong naging endorser siya ng Cream Silk (yata), at¬†pag lumalabas yung TVC, napapatigil talaga ako para manood. ūüôā

I haven’t been following Mojofly after their breakup but¬†I do know they continued to make music, though with different acts. Last year, though, Lougee’s name came up on Facebook and Twitter feeds as she became a contender in the second season of¬†The Voice of the Philippines, and Bamboo Ma√Īalac took her under his wing.

But before her stint in¬†The Voice, she released a single called “Feel the Same” with her eponymous band (according to their Amplify.ph page, it’s composed of¬†Kiko Montecillo, Mark Gelbolingo, Ali Alejandro, Daniel Crisologo, Philip Queyquep, and of course Lougee).

I found myself listening to it again this week, humming it as I walk to the jeepney terminal when I go home from work. Hehe.

“Feel the Same” stays true to Lougee’s strength and background:¬†pop-rock. Lougee’s vocals–not exactly drawling, but in a pace that is just right–weave in well with the steely guitars that make up for the rock part of the label. The harmonic guitar parts¬†are great touches as well as it lends to the tender and feel-good vibe of the song.

The lyrics evoke imagery of light and lightness: light, summer, a kind of love that makes you feel high. And I’d like to think all the other elements of the song capture it well. The song radiates.

In its¬†Amplify.ph write-up by Miao Olivar, it’s described as “fresh and familiar”, and I couldn’t agree more.

“Feel the Same” is available for download on Amplify.ph. Follow Lougee on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. A demo of “Feel the Same” is on Lougee’s Soundcloud.

Friday Fave: Peppermint Mocha by Loop

I swear to make Friday Fave a weekly thing again.

I was cleaning up my iTunes library a month ago and I stumbled upon LOVE FOOL: A Vandals On The Wall Mixtape, released February of last year. I listened to it again and found myself listening to tracks that I took for granted when I got the mixtape last year.

One of those tracks is “Peppermint Mocha” by Iligan-based band Loop.

It now has the highest number of plays in my library.

There’s a lot to like in this song, like vocalist Kim Trinidad’s effortless croon¬†and¬†the lyrics that hit you with the memory¬†of¬†longing for someone, particularly your high school/college crush. *cue the “Yihee!” from the back of the classroom* ¬†I hear this song as a soundtrack to a romantic¬†movie, especially when the lead guitar takes the spotlight at the 2:00 mark that results to the dreamy mood¬†(side note: shit, I really need to get schooled in guitar effects), as¬†dreamy as person this song is most probably directed to. I hear it as I see the couple hold hands in my head.

Other reviews of this songs might have described this as smooth as its eponymous drink, but I can’t help but repeat what they have said–it just is. Swabe and sweet, even as the vocals¬†reach the higher notes towards the end.

I’ve yet to hear other songs by Loop, and I’m on the lookout for stores that sell their album here in Manila (EDIT: Looks like I’ll be heading to The Four Strings soon!). It’s pretty great that we’re moving our attention to regions outside Metro Manila for good indie music.¬†It’s about darn time we shine the light on them, and thank heavens for the internet for making this possible.

Like Loop on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Songs for Mary on 8tracks.com

This playlist is not exactly freshly made–a friend from my university org, Mary, asked me to make her a mixtape, so to speak. I sent the songs to her a month ago, but she had trouble getting it. Hence, I decided to upload it on 8tracks.com instead. I made a quick album cover for it as well.

Songs for Mary features 10 sunshine-y tracks for an equally sunshine-y girl. From the short time I’ve spent with her in college (I was working on my thesis when she was applying for my org, so we didn’t see each other a lot), Mary has always been so friendly and optimistic about many things. ūüôā

Listen to it here: http://8tracks.com/leathedino/songs-for-mary


Matt and Kim – Daylight

Haim – Falling

Best Coast – Crazy for You

Alphabeat – Fascination

Passion Pit – Carried Away

Takka Takka – Fever

Ourselves the Elves – Outer Speys

Amos Lee – Sweet Pea

Kimya Dawson – So Nice So Smart

Zee Avi – Bitter Heart

Friday Fave: Fiona Coyne by Saint Pepsi

First things first: pardon the dry spell. I was supposed to write something about the book I’m reading, but I got caught up in my Community re-watch, hence the nonexistence of that post.

Anyway, I want to start this little series of posts called Friday Fave, where I’ll be posting my favorite song¬†on–yep, you guessed it–Fridays. For the first Friday Fave, I am putting the spotlight on Saint Pepsi’s latest track, “Fiona Coyne.”

“Fiona Coyne” was released three days ago from Carpark Records, Saint Pepsi’s newest label. I came across Saint Pepsi last year when I was browsing the Keats Collective Bandcamp page and chanced upon free album downloads (Keats Collective does that every now and then). Saint Pepsi’s debut album Hit Vibes was one of my downloads, and I got hooked to it. Other free downloads of Saint Pepsi’s songs soon followed. In fact, Saint Pepsi’s single “Unhappy” reigns as #1 in my iTunes’ Top 25 Most Played playlist until now. I’ve been into futurefunk, vaporwave, and other related and overlapping genres since then.

Saint Pepsi (Ryan DeRobertis) released his sophomore EP Gin City this year, and it looks like another album is in the works. “Fiona Coyne” is part of his debut release with Carpark Records, “Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder.” And this track is enough to make me giddy with anticipation for his next record.

“Fiona Coyne” contains the trademark disco/funk vibes Saint Pepsi is know for, but what makes it fresh is Saint Pepsi’s vocals, which, if I’m not mistaken, is a first–he has never sung in his previous songs.¬† Besides the vocals, what makes it my fave is the infectious guitar riff. The song actually reminds me of Chromeo; it’s fun, and it’s something you load in your iPod and play at a party. It’s practically bursting with good vibes. This is a step up from Saint Pepsi’s sampling days–not the they were a bad thing (I’d be a hypocrite if I say otherwise because I love Hit Vibes and Gin City), but this proves that the guy is getting better at his craft.