Blog Posts by Tony Maghirang

  • Pulp Summer Slam @14 features the maniacs of heavy metal

    Pulp Summer Slam 14It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. It’s also summertime when Pulp Summer Slam gets going and it’s one of those annual events where the tough come face to face with their musical challenges, or something like that.

    On its 14th year, Pulp Summer Slam, happening on April 26 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City, will bring together 14 heavy metal bands, 7 from the Philippines and 7 legends and newbies from Europe, USA and Japan.

    We break down where these foreign metal extremists stand in the long history of heavy music.



    Aka: Grandpa Thrash

    Who they are: An essential influence to early Metallica, thrash metal pioneers Kreator flirted with alt rock in the 90s, then reinvented themselves back to their original fighting form to seduce the current generation of punk-informed, industrial metal savvy kids.

    What to expect: The band members may be pushing into their forties but recent reports from the frontlines describe the reinvigorated Krauts to deliver performances that are

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  • Gang of 4 songwriters move up from the underground

    Underground music is not all about raucous rock from bands with icky monikers like Flying Ipis or Duraan Duraan.

    There’s still fun to be had in, of all things, acoustic music delivered by aspiring musicians with normal names.

    On a Tuesday evening in March, promotions outfit Downorth Musique showcased fresh young talents at the regular Songwriters’ Night at Conspiracy Bar in Quezon City, which coincided with the release of a music sampler called “Kami Namin.”


    Paula: a weirdly comical vibe


    Paula Alcasid wrote the anniversary theme song of the College of Nursing of her alma mater, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

    A licensed nurse now, she pursued her muse by joining the 2013 Elements Songwriting Camp.

    Her latest triumph was having one of her compositions featured in KZ LTandingan’s recently released album.

    At the Songwriters Night, Paula presented her turn to shine via “Antibiotic,” backed by a pre-recorded piano track.


    Her fractured sing-song vocals give the song a weirdly

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  • 11 things Lionel Richie wants his Pinoy fans to know

    Tonight, premier pop icon Lionel Richie is bringing the magic of his “All The Hits – All Night Long” World Tour at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Richie was first here in the late 70s with his band The Commodores and he saw firsthand how "insane" his Filipino fans could be. Back then, they had packed the Araneta Coliseum in a string of shows that sold out on the strength of one funk-heavy party album, the band's self-titled debut.

    Since then, the guy has gone solo, sold 100 million records, won 5 Grammy awards and unleashed a volley of karaoke staples like “Three Times a Lady,” “Easy,” “Stuck on You”, “Lady” (featuring Kenny Rogers), “Endless Love” (a duet with Diana Ross), “Hello,” “Say You (Say Me),” “We Are the World” and “All Night Long” in a long laundry list.

    Richie, who's been in the biz for 46 years, requested the local music press for an email interview in advance of his Manila show. Here are a few things he spilled.


    1. He grew up surrounded by music  

    "My grandmother plays the

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  • Old tech breathes new life to OPM

    Scratchy, destructible and high maintenance.

    Compared to CDs and digital, vinyl records are a pain in the butt to play and maintain.

    But lo and hey, they’re back. According to Billboard Magazine, vinyl recordings now account for two percent of all albums sold in the US.


    OPM on vinyl

    Released on vinyl.In the Philippines, sales of brand new OPM recordings on vinyl are starting to pick up and PolyEast Records is leading the way.

    “Since June of last year, we have released two batches of OPM vinyl albums and they all sold out even before the records arrived in the Philippines from the foreign supplier,” said Richard Calderon, head of new media (ironically enough) at PolyEast Records.

    “Most of the buyers are Filipino record collectors but I am still surprised by how fast the supply got sold.”


    Almost laughed out of the room

    Richard is a record collector himself.

    He remembers that at the height of music piracy in the early part of the last decade, he proposed the idea of reviving vinyl during an

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  • Reunited 90s indie band Moonpools & Caterpillars play 3 shows in PH

    “Philippines, one day…soon!” the post read.

    Then, another tease: “Anyone know what the weather is like in the Philippines in April?”

    Online music portal quickly got the hint.

    Reunited for Yolanda benefit

    That was the time pinoytuner started negotiating to handle the forthcoming back-to-back-to-back shows of the reunited 90s alterna-rockers Moonpools & Caterpillars. Called D’ Return Op D’ Comeback, the shows are set on April 8 and 11 at the Amber Ultra Lounge at The Fort, and on April 9 at The Outpost in Cebu.

    “Technically, Moonpools & Caterpillars disbanded some 15 years ago,” said Joey Dizon, content director at


    “They reunited in July last year and then Haiyan (Yolanda) happened and early this year they did a benefit show for the victims of the super typhoon. They found out they still had it in them to play music together.”


    The Manila concerts, he said, “will be a homecoming for the band to the Philippines.”

    The band will tour with its

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