Pinoy Rocks
    The Gentle Sound of Chaos

    WHO: Japs Sergio (guitars/vocals), Francis “Brew” Reyes (guitars), Macky Macaventa (bass), and Kurt Floreska (drums). Sergio is a former Rivermaya, Reyes bent chords for The Dawn, Floreska bashed skins for pop-rockers Soapdish, and Macaventa came from Milagros Dancehall Collective. So Peso Movement is an indie supergroup of sorts.

    Peso Movement came together in 2011 and their collective experience should give them a couple of legs up your typical freshmen who just wanna rock. But they would rather describe themselves as a new band. It may help that Japs Sergio calls their music “dirty rock.” Guitarist Francis Brew says he plays “fuzzy dirty riffs.”

    It may all come down to the dirty then and what dirty means to people living under the polluted haze of Metro Manila. A cursory listen tells however that there’s nothing dirty (as in smelly) about “The Gentle Sound of Chaos.”

    All possible grime and filth blows up in the air because

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  • Bassilyo, the guy behind the hit “Lord Patawad” (12.4 million views on YouTube) has kids and adults singing along to its lilting, skanking rhythm. His recently released album entitled “Klasik” begs the question: what does it take to create songs that cross over to a broad demography? What are the key elements to a future “classic”?

     1. You gotta have lived.
    “Kailangan malawak ang experience mo sa buhay,” Bassilyo tells Yahoo.

    2. You gotta have swag.
    “Kailangan may swag o angas na tinatawag. Pero di naman puro angas. Kelangan may balance para maka-connect ka sa mga tao,” he explains.

    3. You gotta pick the right words.
    “Tula muna ang rap bago lagyan ng melody. Yung rap mo, ang dami mong masasabi. Yung rhyme antimano andyan na. Piliin mo na lang mga makabuluhang salita.”

    4. You gotta throw in a little satire.
    On his new album, Bassilyo has a song called “Walang Kwentang Kanta,” which, despite its throwaway title, spins satirical snipes at the contradictions in how people conduct their

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  • JD capped off the initial phase of its Jack Daniel’s On Stage scouting gig with a showcase of indie bands at The Outpost Restobar in Lahug, Cebu City last month.

    These bands have made a name for themselves in Cebu’s vibrant music community and got the extra push to get their music across to a wider audience.

    Once more, JD tapped into its grassroots approach to discover new talents and extended its reach to Cebu, known to be one of Asia’s top havens for new music.


    Blown away

    Seven local bands, namely Shuffled, The Line Divides, FOC Fashion, Neverending Weekend, Dymphna, Drop Out Club, Gestalt, and S.T.I.F. performed at the scouting gig.

    Said JD’s’ Vic Narciso, “I know Cebu is a breeding ground of fresh young talents. Still, I was blown away by the bands at the JD OnStage show. Each group played a different genre and if you consider they’re just the tip of the iceberg of the music community down South, I have to say the potential in Cebu is really huge.”

    JD linked up with Cebu’s

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  • The Brat Pack, a Pinoy foursome which plays jazz fusion, bested the competition at the 2nd Philippine Blues Competition in October last year. They earned the right to represent the Philippines at the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in the US from January 21-25, 2014.

    The band is composed of pioneering members, pianist RJ Pineda and bassist David de Koenigswarter, recent recruit Allan Abdulla on drums, and vocalist Christine Mercado who’s been singing jazz and blues since the age of four.

    Despite the apparent musical pedigree of its members, the band went through unexpected challenges and unforeseen breaks on the road to Memphis.

    Almost quit

    David de Koenigswarter remembers, “Some two weeks before we submitted our application to the Philippine blues competition, RJ and I were actually talking about taking a break. We realized Brat Pack wasn’t going anywhere. Some of our gigs weren’t pushing through anymore.

    “Then we saw the competition’s ad on YouTube. That did it

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  • OPM artists and Pinoy rockers harness the power of music and legit downloads to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.

    Four songs off the new digital album “When the Music Saves” are currently featured in which will charge just P10 per download.

    All proceeds (after VAT) from the sale will go to the #HelpPh campaign of the Philippine Disaster Relief Foundation.

    From Regine to Slapshock

    Headlining the digital album is “The Prayer” featuring Kuh Ledesma, Gary V, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, ZsaZsa Padilla, Lani Misalucha and Christian Bautista. The single is the result of a collaboration among the Philippine Association of Recording Industries (PARI), DDB and

    Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez contributed another track, “The Lord Is Our Savior.”

    Also featured in the tribute album are “Tibay ng Pinas” by the Dawn and "Unshakable" by Slapshock.

    Against all odds

    Jett Pangan, frontman for The Dawn observed, “For those living in Manila, we can

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  • The push for Pinoy indie

    To represent PH in regional showcase

    Photos by Francis Brew

    Mr. Bones at JD On Stage 2013 tour (Photo by Francis Brew)

    Who’s got the pulse of the indie nation?

    It’s a good bet JD on Stage has a piece of the action.

    Over the past month, it has showcased independent rock artists in such high-profile venues as Publiko in Eastwood City and ‘70s Bistro in Quezon City.

    The final Manila leg

    Tonight, December 13, the fifth and final leg of the tour in Manila kicks off at Alphonse Bistro at the corner of Julia Vargas and Molave Sts in Pasig City.

    The gig features Android 18, Steady Machine, Imelda, Antimano, Lions and Acrobats, Q-York, Flying Ipis, Circa,Trick6, farewell fair weather.

    Show hosts Strike Back Attack promises an evening of indie rock of varied stripes from an indie super group to new-fangled grunge to hip-hop fueled rock assault.

    On to the international stage

    JD on Stage consists of scouting gigs where six independent production groups highlight at least 7 indie bands in six different venues.

    The bar tour kicksstarts the search for another band to represent the Philippines at yet

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  • If there is no song about super typhoon Yolanda in Gloc-9’s new album “Liham at Lihim” or if there is nothing forthcoming from him as a stand-alone single, he has this to say: “It deeply saddens me that the poor and underprivileged have to bear the dire consequences. I am not at all comfortable using such an unthinkable calamity to even be inspired to write a song. I believe my solidarity with the survivors of Yolanda is a very personal and private matter. Let’s leave it at that.”

    It’s understandable.

    Gloc-9 is more at home with unraveling small human tragedies and transforming them into statements of larger significance. Last year, the single, “Sirena” from his last album “MKNM (Mga Kwento Ng Makata)” told a detailed and heartbreaking tale about growing up gay. It propelled the album to such heights that less than a year after the album was released, the follow up was out.

    The pressure to top ‘Sirena’

    Is he concerned that he has to live up to the success of its predecessor?

    He admitted it

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  • UPDATED, October 26, 2013--Bleu Rascals, the first Filipino band to play at the Memphis International Blues Competition in 2012, won the grand prize at the Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival which took place in Venetia Hotel open field in Macao from October. 11 to 13, 2013.

    The band went home with the grand prize of HK$ 250,000 (about P 1.39 million), besting 12 finalists shortlisted from over 100 applications sent to the festival organizers early this year.

    Manami Morita from the US placed second while China’s Chekov came third on Finals night. The other finalists included entries from Spain, India, Portugal and Brazil.

    Funding future projects

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo OMG!, vocalist and lead guitarist Paul Marney Leobrera, who had just turned 20, says he’s going to add the prize money to a savings fund that will go into the band’s future projects.

    You'd be happy, too. (Photo courtesy of Paul Marney Leobrera)

    An immediate priority is to release their debut album.

    The band has 14 original compositions in the can.

    The competition strategy

    Paul had a

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  • Yahoo OMG ran into hanging with the metal band Slapshock, whom he signed to his Jeepney label. We wheedled answers to a few questions.

    What are your plans after “The Voice of the Philippines”?

    “I’m just decompressing right now. I need some time to think about (signing on for another season). I have no definite answer.”

    Why did you fly to Zamboanga?

    “I’m a peace ambassador and my contribution is to bring a new opportunity to a place like Zamboanga. With opportunity comes prosperity and with prosperity comes peace. I just want to give the youth in Zamboanga that opportunity. Maybe it’ll lessen the conflict that’s going on there right now.”

    apl partnered with a bakeshop to help build public schools. apl joined the ground-breaking ceremonies to build a new public school. It’s the first project to be funded by apl’s collaboration with Red Ribbon’s macaroons for a cause campaign and Franklin Baker Co., makers of desiccated coconut products.

    Why are you flying back to Los Angeles this week?

    He’s laying the groundwork for the recording sessions

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  • She was the girl on the Vespa (if Vespas could be had in Manila in those days), the chick in the checkered mini, the bird with the bob.

    She blazed as the lead singer of Put3Ska, a coquettish ball of fire, hiccupping through the 90s hit, “Manila Girl.”

    So, when management problems forced her to walk out of Put3Ska and form Brownbeat All-Stars, she dropped the name Myra Ruaro and re-emerged as Skarlet.

    Back to the swing of things

    And that’s what’s she’s been called ever since, a name that fit to a T her current evolution as a jazz chanteuse.

    The way she wore. (Photo courtesy of Skarlet) On Friday, October 4, Skarlet returned to the roots of her name. After 10 years, the original members of the Brownbeat All-Stars got together at Skippy’s Bar & Grill at Bonifacio Global City.

    Dusting off their unique brand of reggae-ska-punk-jazz-swing fusion, the assortment of founding members and new recruits included bassist Rhany Torres, percussionist Wam Molina, drummer Jay Alviar, bassist Bong Termulo, saxophonists Kim Ventusa and Ronald Tomas, jazz

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