- Why does the Barretto family keep on hogging the headlines?What is it about them that keeps us glued to social media, entertainment sites and blogs just to keep close tabs on the latest about them?First of all, they’re celebrities. Who wouldn’t be interested in them?Yet, the passion for excising and extracting juicy items about this ever-controversial family has never ceased, even to the point of seeing five items on them in the top headlines of one popular entertainment news site.Ingredients of a primetime soapThe answer lies not so much on how popular the protagonists or antagonists are, it is the way the drama unfolds—which somehow reminds us of a primetime soap.How one faction of siblings, led by one ST queen of old, rises against the other faction of family members, led by its patriarch and matriarch and the once-princess of primetime TV dramas.As the drama unfolds, the events turn outRead More »from Mere fanfare
- Yugel Losorata | omg! Philippines News Blog – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 5:27 PM PHT
Miguel Escueta is understandably excited.
His band, The Morning Episodes, can now be heard in as many as 75 college radio stations across the United States.
The Los Angeles, California-based indie label Sly Doggie Productions has released the Pinoy band’s album “Never Felt So Alive.” The group worked on it in the Philippines for a year before having it mixed and mastered in the States.
‘Laging sumusumtok sa buwan’
"We're very thankful to have penetrated college US radio,” Escueta told Yahoo OMG in Pablo’s, a bar in The Fort which he co-owns. “Suntok lang talaga ito sa buwan pero lagi naman akong sumusuntok sa buwan."
Miguel, who was a regular with GMA Network’s defunct Sunday variety show "Party Pilipinas," has previously released two full-length solo albums and a couple of EPs under MCA Music's local arm.
Two years ago, Miguel attended a music conference in Los Angeles, where he met producer Christian "Davis" Stalnecker who liked the band's music. Stalnacker, who owns Sly Doggie,Read More »from Pinoy indie band The Morning Episodes gets US radio airplay
Out comes the expected wisecrack from Buddy Zabala, bassist and once-and-forever Eraserhead as he holds a limited-edition vinyl figure of himself roughly 4 inches tall. Boxes of his and his bandmates' little likenesses adorn the facade of Secret Fresh in Ronac Art Center along Ortigas Avenue in Greenhills, ready for purchase and shipment.
A few 'Heads fans hand Buddy and Raimund Marasigan their respective figures to be autographed. "We finally get to play with ourselves!"
For a band whose influence remains unparalleled, it's about time.
Two years in the making
You too can play with an Eraserhead of your choice, thanks to BigBoy Cheng and his partners in Secret Fresh. A lifelong Eraserheads fan, Cheng said he wanted to make vinyl art toys of and for the band. The process took two years and included input from each band member.
While Cheng intended to commemorate the 20th year of "Ultraelectromagneticpop" (the Eraserheads' first album which changed the local music scene and industry forever)Read More »from Take home an Eraserhead
- Everybody sees it as another setback for the always-controversial Willie Revillame.But Willie, the irrefutable comeback king in entertainment, sees it differently.After his announcement in May about his sabbatical from showbiz after TV5 decided not to renew his contract and scrap his noontime show, “Wowowillie,” Willie has seen it as an opportunity to try something new.Indicating that he would not simply leave his showbiz earnings in mere time deposits or other financial instruments, Willie has announced investment ventures in tourism and property development in Tagaytay City, where he resides. In his initial sole venture, Willie has indicated he will embark on a resort hotel project that will include a 40-room five-star hotel and individual villas, which can occupy 30 people with amenities, such as private pools, across the complex.Willie has also turned his $5-M private jet into a lucrative business enterprise, as he started renting out his aircraft to unnamed VIPs. ThisRead More »from What now, Willie?
Amidst the clink and clatter of wine glasses and beer bottles and the chatter of customers winding down after work, there is genuine joy on the second floor of Strumm's.
An ever-smiling and congenial mountain of a man is visibly proud as his band Kiss The Bride's second album "Subway" plays in the club's PA system.
His name is Tony Razon and he looks more like a jolly gentleman bank manager than a David Benoit-influenced keyboardist and prolific composer. He is, in fact, a purser for the country's flagship airline for decades.
File this next to Dave Grusin, not Kenny G
Tony's calm banter bears out his experience and his tuneful compositions will not sound out-of-place on a good long flight.
"Subway" is a fine collection of “contemporary instrumental jazz.”
Okay, maybe that's a less pejorative rewording of “smooth jazz” but, fortunately, Razon's compositions do show imagination and tunefulness in equal measure. The album will not be out-of-place in the GRP record label in its prime: file Read More »from Kiss the Bride goes beyond ‘smooth jazz’
- Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Sun, Sep 8, 2013 6:10 PM PHT
You are set to fly to Singapore to see the biggest metal band in the world. Your head spins with all thoughts of Metallica. Then, a few days before the concert, you find out that Anvil is opening for them. Suddenly, your mind can’t take the idea of having two metal bands, each with their own level of fame, perform in one night.
I braced myself for the double-header gig. “I would have flown just for Anvil if they passed by the region,” I said to myself. The perfection and irony of having both bands play one night surprised me on so many levels that I was trying not to wear myself out with excitement.
Everyone knows who Metallica is. On my way back to Manila, an immigration officer asked me what brought me to Singapore. I told him I had just gone to see Metallica. The officer then held up my passport photo and said that I didn't look like a rocker.
But who is Anvil?
The Toronto-based metal band has as main members Steve “Lips” Kudlow andRead More »from Metal on metal: Anvil joins Metallica in historic show
- And all who watch are just baffled.Here’s another sex video scandal, allegedly involving two celebrities, less than a month after the last leaked sex video.Hot searchComedian Wally Bayola is surely someone being hotly searched these days and it’s not because of his stage antics with Jose Manalo, but for something that seems to be a trend affecting show business nowadays.It’s about an alleged recorded tryst with a fellow talent from the top noontime program “Eat Bulaga!”, Yoshika “Yosh” Rivera, now circulating online. Yes, it’s another sex video scandal—something that doesn’t surprise anyone except of course that in this instance, it documents a possible act of extramarital sex.The big question on everyone’s mind is: why in the world record it?A criminal act?Hayden Kho said his sex videos were merely personal mementos of being a singleRead More »from No laughing matter for Wally
I’ve never seen an event with so many fans wearing black shirts as when Metallica performed in Singapore last August 24, 2013. Forty thousand fans filled the Changi Exhibition Center, the newest and largest concert venue in Singapore.
A few days earlier the band played in Kuala Lumpur. A few hardcore fans from KL still showed up in Singapore for their second fix of the band. The whole of Southeast Asia had waited 20 years for the guys to show up and fans weren’t just going to miss their chance, they were going to milk it for all they’ve got.
The band, who flew in from KL on the day of the concert, went straight to the pre-concert press conference.
Seeing them in normal clothes was a surprise. I was so used to the dark image they they presented all these years. That afternoon, singer James Hetfield wore a normal white shirt, long shorts and sneakers; guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo were in surfwear sinceRead More »from 40,000 fans jam Metallica concert in Singapore
- Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 8:05 AM PHT
This August 19 at the Hard Rock Café in Makati, Canadian rock duo Japandroids will prove that half a band can be twice as great as a full four-member lineup. With only two members sharing vocal duties—Brian King on guitar and David Prowse on drums—the band has gained notoriety through their energetic live performances.
Japandroids was formed in Vancouver in 2006 and struggled to break into the Vancouver music scene. While recording “Post-Nothing” in 2008, they saw that the band was going nowhere and decided to release the album in 2009 without any promotion.
Yet this surrender turned their fortunes around as music website Pitchfork had awarded the song “Young Hearts Spark Fire” with Best New Track and consequently the entire album with Best New Music which enabled the band’s music to reach a global audience.
Punk rock chant
“Post-Nothing” then became a whole lot of many things. The attitude that led Japandroids to releaseRead More »from 2-member Japandroids set to gut Manila club with rousing punk set
We celebrated Sponge Cola's 13th year as a band in the historic music museum with our first major concert called Maximum Capacity. Why 13 years and why just now? Well.
Bands normally do gigs, they don't do shows. normally bands play straight up and let the music speak. You don't normally hear about concerts with lights, videos, entrances and exits, you hear them playing gigs all over. Not to belittle these gigs but that's just how it works for bands. I guess making things seem a tad more guerrilla and unassuming adds credibility for bands. With Maximum Capacity, we wanted to shake things up and do something different. After all, with so many of these gigs all over, we technically forgot to celebrate our tenth year, so why not explode with a SHOW on the 13th year with a bit of lady luck's pixie dust?Read More »from Sponge Cola’s ‘Maximum Capacity’
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With that, we worked with Paolo Valenciano, a good friend and a creative genius to put together a show. With him directing, I knew things