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Deepression

I’ve spent the last couple of days feeling really out of it. Think of any word that’s synonymous to sad, that’s me. I feel like somebody close to me died and I’ve been moping around like Charlie Brown. Sometimes I think I AM Charlie Brown. I mean, we already have the same name and we’re bummed out most of the time. The only difference between us is he’s bald and I don’t have a dog.

Why not just keep myself busy? I’ve been watching a bunch of TV programs despite planning not to. Good thing a lot of comedies are coming out this fall: How I Met Your Mother, Weeds, Modern Family etc. These should lighten up my mood while I’m at home until I pass out.
I’ve also finished a bunch of Louis C.K. specials which got me a bit more depressed about where my body is headed. I mean, if I keep eating a bunch of junk, my body will look exactly like his. Seriously. I need to stop. At least for the time being. So far, I’ve denied my body of ice cream, chocolate, and an extra serving of rice. So, the diet has been going well since the week started. I guess that’s something to be happy about. Or not. Maybe food will make me happy. I mean, the diet is one of the two things that changed this week. Maybe I should just stop. I really want that piece of chocolate from the ref.
Anyway, there’s this girl. End of story. That’s all you need to know about that… is that she’s a girl.
Girls confuse me all the time. One minute, they’re all over you. Next thing, they’re ignoring your IMs. Such puzzles, these creatures.
One good thing I got from all this melancholy, is I’ve had name ideas for my solo project thing (and I totally have a private gig on Saturday btw). Here’s three of them:
  • Bummer Man
  • A- (as in, A Negative, the blood type)
  • Mope Head
I need people to suggest me a few more. Something catchy and will make you think of depression the instant you hear it.
And now, it’s raining outside. Perfect.

Filed under: about me, band, depression, emo

Issues at Sonic Boom’s 4th Anniversary

I wasn’t even planning on going in the first place. Yet my cousin successfully dragged me to WhiteSpace Makati with hopes another epic night much like what happened to the 2nd (Rico Blanco’s first ever solo gig) and 3rd (Sheila and the Insects’ reunion) anniversaries — I wasn’t there for the 1st one.

I also had hopes of changing my opinion about Franco, a “super” band fronted by Franco Reyes. I say super band cause they’re made up of 2 Urbandubs including frontman Gabby Alipe, Parokya ni Edgar’s Buwi Meneses, Queso’s 8 Toleran, and of course Franco himself. I also used quotation marks cause after hearing their album, I honestly thought they could’ve done better (or could they).

Franco has 3 guitarists and they never fully utilized them. All you hear is a bunch of over distorted guitars on top of each other and minimal guitar riffs. I’m not a music genius or anything, but I know great guitar playing when I hear it. And mediocre guitars from 3 guitarists who come from 3 separately successful bands is just not acceptable.

My cousin probably gave me the best excuse so far, baka minadali kasi yung recording kaya ganon. At some level, I believe him. The recording process is very tedious and hard. I know this because I recorded a song with a professional friend of mine, and it was no joke. I mean, I only did the vocal parts and it still took a lot from me. However, for 5 very experienced music veterans, I don’t care if you’ve had time constraints, you should’ve been able to produce a great guitar solo during the writing process.

Anyway, that’s just me bitching and moaning cause I’m really disappointed and a bunch of my friends really like them. Which is cool, cause we’re allowed to have our own music preferences and whatnot.

I can’t believe I just used 4 paragraphs to explain why I don’t like Franco. Moving on…


Here are my other issues, in bullet form:

  • It’s in WhiteSpace. Too far.
  • No Nictynasty, which is one of the really underrated local bands.
  • Paolo Valenciano cut off his ‘fro. What, is he trying to look pogi? Cause he already was with the ‘fro and all. Lol.
  • Marc Abaya is becoming a really big douche with the way he performs. Not saying he’s a douche, only when he performs. Sobrang rockstar niya, ok.
  • Taken by Cars is losing their mojo. People were literally sitting down during their set. How disappointing was that for them?
  • Typecast’s played a half-hearted set. I still love ’em though.
My last legitimate beef, is that nothing special happened that night. Last year, I discovered a nice, down-to-earth, Singaporean post-hardcore band (A Vacant Affair) which triggered my desire to move to the mighty mighty SG. I think 3 foreign bands played last year, plus a tear-jerking reunion set Sheila and the Insects. Two years before that, Rico Blanco’s first solo gig gave me the chills. This year, this year was mediocre at best. They didn’t even have Faspitch.

I wouldn’t leave you without highlights:

  • My friend Jewel was one of the two hosts and she was amazing. There were technical difficulties at some point in the middle of the event (the other stage wasn’t working), and no dead air in between. Which made me realize that hosting these events is much like improv.
  • The Line Divides set was amazing. Their singer is how every singer should perform. Also, they were flying to Davao after the event for another event. Now, that’s what I call lagare.
  • Salamin also had a nice set.
  • My friend Goldie was there. She was so pretty that night. Too bad she has a boyfriend lol.
  • My cousin introduced me to this really hot model friend of hers. Hot hot hot. My only words.
In retrospect, if my cousin, whom I haven’t seen in a year, wasn’t going, I probably wouldn’t have gone as well. I’d have been at Last Home for another friend’s birthday gig, or at Cubao X. However, my only regret was wasting 500 bucks for it.

Filed under: a vacant affair, band, franco, gig, kjwan, music, nyctinasty, paolo valenciano, photos, rico blanco, salamin, sheila and the insects, sonic boom, taken by cars, whitespace

Charles, the Happy Fan

On my way home from Tapsi ni Vivian last night, I kept thinking about how I was going to write about the events of the epic epic night. The night has been marked in my calendar since I first saw this poster and have been looking forward to it like a spoiled brat waiting for Christmas.

Anyway, the bottom line is, I can’t put anything to words. Amazing would be an understatement so I’ll just post some pictures.

If there is one thing I really love about Ciudad, it’s that they never changed since day 1. Their first single gets on top of the charts, they’re still the same. 10 years later, they still set up their own gear, add you on Facebook instead of sending you a message to like their fan page instead, and since that album is no longer available, they burn copies and give them out for free. I think I just described what an Indie band is.

Filed under: ang bandang shirley, band, ciudad, facebook, friends, gig, music, photos, twisted halo

Can’t Sleep, Fantasizing.

I’ve been trying to blog about my unholy career lately, but nobody cares about call centers and my career in it. Even I don’t care, so who the heck wants to know, right?

The career I want is rockstar musician. I’ve been obsessing about this since I was in high school but my horrible work ethic has been public enemy no. 1 for my aspirations. However, after a weird experience with life (read: quarter-life crisis), I find myself having the needed push to start my own band, write more songs and actually record them for a demo. I might even go as far as begging people to let my band play in their productions or birthday parties.

Anyway, this morning, one of my favorite bands at the moment, Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate) had been recruiting for a new bass player. Apparently, their drummer, Jon, has been messaging people from their facebook fanpage, looking for a new bass player. I (naturally) replied back saying I’m in the Philippines but would really (I mean, REALLY) love to audition and wished them luck on the search.

I’ve never wished I lived in the states before, but after that, you won’t believe how much this fantasy played in my head. In fact, I’m supposed to be sleeping right now. Instead, I’m blogging and even summed to gusto to actually write something with coherence.

P.S. There’s a girl who’s been meandering my thoughts and I just can’t get off my head right now. She’s cute, funny, extremely smart, writes the most amazing short fictions (now, I don’t really read that much, but I can tell they’re great), and did I mention she’s cute? Too bad she’s in the states right now (well what do you know, my urge to live there just got tripled) and will probably stay there for another year. Just my luck. I can tell I really (I mean, REALLY) like a girl when she somehow influence my music reference. Let’s just say I got introduced to some new music that I liked. Anyway, I hope I don’t blow anything. Act right on things. Ultimately, not piss her off.

Filed under: about me, band, career, empire empire, infatuation, music