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Top 14 Tracks of 2014

While 2014 was a year of me visually and emotionally experiencing life no less than life itself, there were certain instances when spending afternoons and those wee hours drowning with the good grace of the sound of music was still the best thing there is. And as this blog’s annual yearend tradition, I sifted through the goldmine of rarities and obscure finds once again to come up with this list of the best tracks that came out this year (at least according to my ever reliable taste, lol). My pc unfortunately crashed towards this year’s last quarter, hence, unlike the previous years (2010, 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2013) in which the ranks were based on each track’s total number of plays on my iTunes player, this list will simply rely on my ever reliable ability to remember which among those tracks have accumulated the most play time. So, Here then is the list of the 14 of the most substantial pieces of my 2014, alphabetically arranged.

1. All Of The Stars – Ed Sheeran. Fvck John Green, there’s no fault in our stars, just metaphors and complex things we don’t understand.

2. Arsonist’s Lullaby – Hozier. Thank heavens there’s Hozier.

3. A Step You Can’t Take Back – Keira Knightley. This Begin Again shit effortlessly haunts like a beating heart, it’s hard to get pass it.

4. Bakuran – Johnoy Danao feat. Aiza Seguerra. Heartfelt retelling of that classic tale on the controversial thin fine line separating friendship and romance, and all the other gray spots in between.

5. Cenuries – Fall Ou Boy. Totally out of the box, yet largely entertaining.

6. Diwata – Abra feat. Chito Miranda. Other than the fact that the MV was shoot at UPLB with Nicole Asensio, assuming the role of Maria Makiling, there’s so much lovable about the track itself, including all the underlying meanings between the lines.

7. Ikaw – Yeng Constantino. This track single-handedly deflates the argument about the questionable existence of forever.

8. Lost Stars – Adam Levine. Can’t remember any Adam Levine shit I ever liked til this one.

9. Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako – KZ Tandingan. It bagged the highest award during Himig Handog 2014, enough said.

10. Rude – MAGIC!. Bandwagon anyone? No. Used to love this track 319m Youtube views ago.

11. Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands. Perhaps the most heartwarming romantic tale of despair for 2014.

12. Sabado – Eraserheads. Nostalgia. Artifacts of childhood memories, heartaches, highschool dramas, summer trips – rolled into one then put to sound.

13. Take Me To Church – Hozier. A bleakly deviant track which is an abrasive approach of presenting bunch of irony, inequality, and toxicity of life caged by the society’s faulty standards

14. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran. It’s Ed Sheeran afterall.

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.

Masʎlang Bahaghari sa Aking Isipan


‘Maselang Bahaghari’ is my favorite Eraserheads hit since time immemorial (now I regret doing this title-dropping since I have a long long list at the back of my head). Despite the material scarcity during my growing-up years, I still managed to get by with the rollercoaster journey of EHeads to wherever they have come so far. At an early age, I was christened as an EHeads solid fan. And I believe that. It's destined, perhaps. 

I’m one of those thousand fans out there who can’t seem to get over these 90s royalty days-- guilty of committing that act of playing the group’s timeless LPs, lethally addicted to the same EHeads songs all over again. In fact, the group's tracks were my first downloads when I bought my hard-earned laptop. It has become a tradition that these singles are my default background tunes when I've got nothing else to play, at times I've got nothing else to dream about. And occasionally, the EHeads sound is the alarm tone of my phone alarm clock.

The E-heads’ sound never fails to clutch me with nostalgia, holding with a tight grip at that feeling of having something so near and dear despite the fact that the band has already.. faded away. Admit it, having these group's music that worked such a huge part on the local music history, we are still hoping for them to turn the wheels around, fix things up, leave the differences behind... and.. volt in for another try. 

Meanwhile, setting that missing thing aside, I feel  unhappy about this insanely lame idea of shitting E-Heads’ name through that newest tribute shit. Paradoxically, I have this even worse feeling of knowing  that E-Heads are having a series of reunion concerts (much as I wanted them to reunite). It's confirmed, they are having reunion concerts.  I'm supposed to be happy at this thought but I'm not because unfortunately, it's not for us people of/in the Philippines. Wasak ang maselang bahaghari sa aking isipan. They will be performing beyond the borders of our beloved 7107 islands. And they are heading to North America.  :(

So will there be a part 3 reunion concert on Manila soon? I don't think so. Though, my fingers are very much crossed.

The Glory That Was


Seven years ago, the EHeads-90s feel was revived with the success of Ultraelectromagneticjam, a highly applauded tribute album for Eraserheads, one of the country’s top OPM legends. We knew for a fact that this was tough as people doing E-heads covers are de facto suspects. We know they're up to know good and could only mess things up. However, given with enoughly overpowering gigantic interpretations, Imago’s version of ‘Spolarium’ and Southborder’s remake of ‘With a Smile’ were surprisingly good; bringing back the nostalgia and relive those Eheads good old days, especially for people who were born during the early 90s and grew up with those playful tunes. 

However, the release of another tribute album (which I think is not the proper way to call it on its current context) for EHeads, three months ago, is quite disturbing-- a clear bland strategy of those cash-whores to gain more profit by doing senseless shits there is such as repackaging a bunch of historic gems and then resell the whole adulterated/salvaged second- or even third-rated repack to people who long to re-experience those golden 90s days. Sadly, people did buy this bait. This is just another of those manipulative tactics to make more money out of something that has been overratedly cultured throughout these years. 

It wasn’t even a decade yet since Ultraelectro was released but here’s another of its kind, needless to say, lamer one primarily created to crash more cash. Behind these record labels are indeed intelligent business people who know very well how to play the monkey role in this crazy business. And it's a shame that quality has been sacrificed for instant cash-in-flow's sake. I have nothing against the artists behind that lame The Reunion tribute album. I was rather saddened with the idea of shitting successful hits and overusing these materials to the point that these gems are losing their very core. What’s even worse is involving even worthwhile artists to conspire on such pathetic stint. I deeply admire Callalily, Hilera, and Tanya Markova, but their interpretations of ‘Minsan’, ‘Kaliwete’, and ‘Hey Jay’, respectively, were a total shit and the idea of reviving them is a disaster, which shouldn't even happened at all in the first place. Where is the glory with that?

No wonder, some people are thinking OPM is dead.


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