Showing posts with label Dong Abay. Show all posts
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The Beat Box Extra 2012


In addition to the best-and-worst-hits-of-the-year-lists, I still have a bunch more of singles which deserve honorable mentions, at least, for contributing a significant part in defining my 2012. Here’s another look at those singles from different timelines kicking this heavy shitstorm of a nitty-gritty 2012. Again, this is a personal list, one man’s perfect playlist is another man’s argument.

Without Me – Eminem (2002). Now this looks like a job for me.. so everybody please bear with me. This used to be an ultimate personal fave 10 years ago. And it still is now. Especially, during the last hard rounds I had with my thesis. 

Impossible – James Arthur (2012). This is one case of that 0.0001% chances wherein a revival totally knocks out the original. It’s a huge mistake that Shontelle have recorded this hit first. Hearing this single from the latest X Factor UK winner gives the piece an enthralling breath of fresh air.

Deep – Binocular (2001). I just reclaimed that deep feeling I’m feeling deeply about it. I once fell out of love with this single due to overplaying that I needed a couple of years (a decade +) without listening to it before giving it the love it deserves. 

Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine (2011). Barely missing a spot on that list last year, today’s the best time to honor this timeless hit. This song will forever remind me of that HIMYM scene of Ted and Robin.. cutting some things.. permanently.. perhaps.. which was such a hard hit.. here:   

Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap (2008). 500 Days of Summer, remember? This is one of the best singles from one of the best movies ever existed. 

Ikaw At Ako – Johnoy Danao (2010). This has been a favorite ever since, but its inclusion on the A Beautiful Affair string of tracks zinged things up. Now it grew on me as an all-time-fave. The tune sounds like a requiem but the lyrics is an overpowering love story only people who have truly felt it could understand.

Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners (1982). Thanks to Perks of Being a Wallflower. That thought of Emma Watson crazily dancing/ being crazy out of this tune was just crazy. And this song doesn't sound 80s at all to me.

Clinically Dead For 16 Hours – The Camerawalls (2008). I was a struggling (literally) sophomore student during that time this single was released, an era I don’t want to look back to. But this Camerawalls track is something I'll always want to look listen back to.

Maselang Bahaghari – Eraserheads (1999). This list is expected to contain at least an Eraserheads hit. And it's 'Maselang Bahaghari' that remains to be the top-played single in my playlist for a few months now. And if I have to do this list next year, ‘Maselan..’ will definitely be there again.

Perpekto – Dong Abay (2006). This.

Happy holidays everyone! Happy new year.

The Top 12 Songs of 2012 (Part 2)


I've never expected holidays 2012 would be this busy. I don’t know where to steal a little more time to crack a decent year-end post. Before going on with the rest of the list, you can check out the first part, if you wish.

6. Drive By – Train (55 plays). Trust me, this shit is way too catchy to dismiss entirely after the first hear. It’s no wonder why people started to dig this shit after that Train medley shit during the Miss Universe shit. Anyway, I think I’ve said a few good thingsabout this shit before.

5. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra (74 plays). This is a particular shit that made a whole lot of shit sense to me for 2012. 

4. We Are Young – fun. feat. Janelle Monae (95 plays). After many years of sitting behind the radio, it’s a huge surprise to hear a modernized Queen incarnation. One day, centuries from now, when music historians will look back at this music era, ‘We Are Young’ will be regarded as a classic one. Granted the song’s huge success, it will remain to be a frontrunner on the string of potential hits-that-define-this-decade.

3. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia (103 plays). Given a chance to manipulate the numbers, I’ll instantly put this on top.

2. Par Que – Dong Abay (117 plays). Rebulto is my favorite album this year. This is the type of record Filipinos should be listening to.

1. Home – Phillip Phillips (132 plays). Because I'm going home. And now I am.


50 Shades of Grin


Performing on the rockfest stage right after the awesome number of the legendary Dong Abay was Grin Department. Their inexplicable charm and their witty and geniusly-written hits undeniably spiced up the unshaken seriousness in everyone at the grounds. You could actually expect to crack out hidden realizations out of those unbelievably woven grin-y tales genially embedded on their music. The grin element always entices people’s playful minds which bridges the gap between the usual novelty with the exceptional rock n’ roll tradition.

A peek into this particular grin thing are ‘MissU’, ‘Buy One Take Two’ and the would-be-national-anthem ‘Iskin’ which they performed during the epic show. As a friendly reminder, it would somehow require a little open mind to appreciate those luscious shades of grin.


Banal na Ass-ole


As planned, I and a friend-(who-left-me-on-the-middle-of-the-night) were at MOA Concert Grounds the other day for the Tanduay Rhum Rockfest 2012. 

I have never been to a rock concert before. So I went there unprepared. No authentic expectations of any sort. Fortunately, it turns out to be more than what I actually have in mind. The event was exceedingly euphoric. The series of bands rocking the grounds relegated a mere footnote: dusted off pre-college memories, the sprawling truth that OPM is not dead, and the glittering fact that Pinoy rock is still at its finest.

The night was extremely crazy. And this. This.

This shit happened before the legendary Dong Abay rocked the grounds (which turned even crazier from then on). He started off with his first offering – ‘Par Que’ from Rebulto followed by the hawk-eye tale-telling with ‘Perpekto’ and the all-time-hit ‘Esem’. Now I’m running out of words to describe how could someone possibly, unafraidly speak and bring these hits to mankind.

*More of these for later.


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