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Home – That Secret Place, Music from Phillip and Dia

Music By May 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Just like some of my friends, if not most, I followed American Idol Season 11 closely from day 1 til the very end. I did the same for The Voice too, since I became a fan of Dia Frampton and developed a girly crush on Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, both at the same time, but that’s beside the point. Maybe I just had too much free time the past months but I have to blog about how much I loved that song by Phillip Phillips.

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪

I always say I’m a fan of country music. So perhaps that’s one reason. Another is that, I’m always looking for “home” and in the process, I’ve made more homes than what is conventional.

That being said, I am reminded of my favorite Dia Frampton song, Homeless, from her studio album, Red.

Hands touch, eyes meet, I remember perfectly the night we fell in love.

Everywhere we go is home baby home, home is you’re with me
Everything we touch is love, baby love, love is all we need
Is all we need, is all we need.

I don’t need a roof over my head while I’ve got your hands
To shade the sun away from my face
I don’t need a space to call my own, to scatter records on my floor,
You’re my secret place.

Skip to 1:29 to get the song started, though why would you do that, when there is just amazing Dia cuteness for those first minute and a half.

If you would rather just listen to the music, here is a link to that video.

Yes, I’m also a Jessica fan, what after all those goosies-inducing (we’re all using “goosies” now as per JLo) performances, and most especially that duet with Jennifer Holliday, but really, we didn’t mind that much that she did not win. We love her no matter what and it IS American Idol after all.

As a side story, I loved the following articles on the Jessica Sanchez vs Phillip Phillips hulaballoo.


I especially love that last article. Wow, amazing, an entire scientific paper on why Phillip Phillips won! I can’t but help I did the paper myself! The graphs were just amazing (big wide eyes here)

All those being said, I’m not bitter about all this. I like them both, and really, now, I don’t care anymore. There is no place in music for that kind of bitterness, is just what I think.


Band Feature: Indios

Music By May 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Photo by Bubuy Balangue

Even though I first saw Indios performing at 70s Bistro, I first met the guys when they went to Wharf Galley in July 2011 to do a gig. I still say to this day that that was one of my favorite gigs at Wharf. The guys are so down-to-earth and really cool to be with. We didn’t get to hang out much with brothers Victor and Franklin because they had to go to Albay to attend a relative’s wedding the next day. The brothers arrived by plane while the rest of the band arrived by bus. The brothers also left right after the gig with other family members while PJ, Japs and their road manager Marvin stayed to hang out. It was one of the most laid-back gigs we’ve ever had.

Band: Indios
Genre: Alternative rock, Arena rock, Pop rock
Hometown: Metro Manila
Record Label: None (Indie)
Victor Christian Asuncion -vox/guitars/keys
Franklin Joven Asuncion -bass/vocals
Paul John Corpuz -guitars/vocals
Japs Reyes -drums
I. The songs came when Indios was just an idea.

N. Victor next created a demo CD (“Minor Fall, Major Lift”), which was to be used to get Victor into the Rivermaya auditions, wherein he was one of the finalists.

D. INDIOS was born on the second of February of 2008 with long-time friend, Paul.

I. Then came the limited EP “INDIOS: For the Sake of the Planet,” which sold like ice cream on a summer’s day.

O. The band has had its share of ups and downs, including the comings and goings of its drummers.

S. Now, having finished their first studio album, and having a new bro drummer on board, the music’s definitely just going to get better.


Band Feature: Your Imaginary Friends

Music By May 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Because the band, Your Imaginary Friends:

1. Will be playing at the gig I am organizing on May 31st at B-Side Makati and I am making it a point to do a blog feature of each band that will be there

2. Will be playing later at Saguijo Cafe + Bar

I am blogging about them today.

Band Name: Your Imaginary Friends
Ahmad Tanji – Vox/Guitars
Khalid Tanji – Guitars
Em Aquino –
Vox/Bass Eric Po – Drums
Hometown: Bicol/Manila
Record Label: Lilystars Records
Influences: The Smiths, Pixies, The Beatles, Death Cab For Cutie, Interpol, The Postal Service, New Order, Nirvana & Weezer

When fate and fine intentions cross paths, something wonderful must be on hand… and whoever said that good things are worth the wait must have envisioned Your Imaginary Friends lingering in the wings. Four years in the making before arriving at their current lineup, Emerald Aquino (bass) joined brothers Ahmad and Ed Tanji (vox/guitars and guitars respectively) and Eric Po (drummer) in March 2010 with a resolve to do their bit in the name of pop music. They have since been conquering varied audiences with their arresting brand of refreshing pop.


Maria Mena’s Viktoria

Music By May 9, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I always say this, but I will say it again, I owe my friend Nick Olanka for introducing me to Maria Mena. I have fond memories of hanging out in their living room, with a cup of coffee, having just gotten out of bed, and listening to Maria Mena. I have since collected her albums.

This morning, as I was getting myself re-acquainted with old stuff I need for web development work, I found myself listening to my phone’s playlist instead of my laptop’s. I had the music on shuffle because I like being pleasantly surprised, and then one of Maria Mena’s songs came up. That brought a smile to my face.

I looked her up to see what’s going on with her and found out she released a new album last year – Viktoria.

She also has videos out now.

The first to be released by Sony Music Norway was Homeless, released Oct 6, 2011.


Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up

Music By March 20, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Although the first single, “The World As I See It,” was released in September 2011 and was included in his set list for his acoustic concert with Toca Rivera in Manila last October, Jason’s Mraz’s latest album, “LOVE is a Four Letter Word” will be released next month, April 17. It is now available for pre-order on his official website at

Though I personally didn’t make it to the concert because of a series of accidents, here is a clip from that event.

I hope I can still get a chance to watch him perform live at some point in the future. (Unlike Amy Winehouse, who I have to admit, I dearly miss.)


Music for the Soul – Dia Frampton

Music By February 11, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Yellow leaves are falling off the tree right outside my window, the wind blows gently, the sun shines through a thin veil of clouds, birds are chirping and flying about on this beautiful morning. My Facebook wall has been flooded with Youtube videos of Train, Adam Levine and Javier Colon, and finally, Dia Frampton – a direct result of watching the premiere of The Voice’s Season 2 and a marathon of the complete first season.

It’s a good Saturday morning filled with music. My veins are throbbing with caffeine and my heart is full. I am ready to fall back into bed with Dia Frampton’s soulful voice in the background as I play her RED album.

If I heard her song on the radio and I hadn’t seen her on TV, I would think I’m listening to another Brit singer – just about my favorite musicians on the planet.

Who wouldn’t fall in love with these eyes? And this voice? And the simplicity written all over her face? I’m absolutely mesmerized.


Someone Like You

Music By August 31, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I will always say that Adele is MY artist. Some artists I like, I like because someone introduced it to me, like Jeff Buckley, Maria Mena to name a couple – artists that I came to appreciate and love because I hung out too much at Nick’s place; BUT Adele, is mine.

It was the music video of Chasing Pavements that caught my attention, that made me look for her album in record stores. It was that beautiful voice that on the first words, always made me think of Macy Gray (an absolute favorite of mine), that in turn evoked memories of my days in college and El Nido, which in turn evoked memories associated with Joss Stone. It always was a cascade of memories, deep-seated and quite uncontrollable.

Asked why I had liked that video, its simple but unique. The stop motion part is something I had looked forward to every time.

More than the video, I had loved the song and the lyrics. It had provided the perfect soundtrack to my nomadic life of the years past.

Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?
Or would it be a waste even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there?
Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements
Even if it leads nowhere?

I build myself up and fly around in circles
Wait then as my heart drops and my back begins to tingle
Finally could this be it?


Bl@h’s Ipis

Camarines Sur, Music, Wharf Galley Rock Cafe By August 20, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

This is so far, my favorite Bl@h song, and really, This song just makes me happy. Maybe it’s all those days I spent chasing after cockroaches in that cockroach-ridden apartment my brother and I shared with an old lady and her grand daughter in Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City back when I was a freshman in college. All those days I spent chasing after cockroaches not because I wanted to kill them all, but because I needed them, alive and kicking mind you, for my Biology 11 laboratory class. The irony of them cockroaches scampering and flying about when I have no need for them and their being all absent when I needed to catch a bottleful for my cockroach dissection activities. So funny. Loved those days.


Indie music: Iron & Wine

Music By June 10, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

The Trapeze Swinger
Around the Well (2009)

Please, remember me happily
By the rosebush laughing
With bruises on my chin, the time when
We counted every black car passing
Your house beneath the hill
And up until someone caught us in the kitchen
With maps, a mountain range, a piggy bank
A vision too removed to mention