My vow of silence takes a break

November 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

I have not been speaking about the massacre because it disheartens me too much. I’m afraid of the words that will come out of my mouth.

It seems as though that I have taken a vow of silence with regard to Philippine politics. Ondoy was a different circumstance because we felt, well, I felt like I could be able to make a change at that point in time.

But this massacre deprives me of my right to stand up and give them the middle finger BECAUSE I MIGHT FUCKING DIE. This massacre deprives me of my right to choose, because anyone in power has so much power to do wrong. I can only side with the civilian mind, but what power do we have? So much for the rights that our fathers fought for in People Power. So much for our efforts in the more recent People Power 2. This time around, Death is on their side. I don’t think there’s a right we can fight for in the face of Death.

Justice for all. Let my vow of silence resume.

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The Blister Exists (reminiscing my drumline days)

November 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Watch 2:13 of this video.

Watch 0:29 of this video.

He. he. he. Oh, I do miss the drumline.

5 performances from the 90s I’d pay PhP10k+ for

November 17, 2009 § 4 Comments

According to the press release of my good friends in the industry, it has been confirmed that Paramore will be coming to Manila on March 9 to perform at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. The tickets go from as low as PhP600 to a whopping PhP10,000.

Now, who the hell would pay PhP10,000 for Paramore? That’s already a good portion of my tuition fee right there. I honestly don’t think that they’d be in my 5-digit check area. Given a time machine, I would go three years back and think about it. But today’s inquiry is a no-brainer: No, Hayley. You may be hot, but I won’t pay 10 grand come March.

Not to say that they suck. I’d actually love to watch, but not to the point that I would make a dent in my savings.

I also heard through the grapevine that Saosin will be playing on April. With this, I would like to give them a warm “Welcome to the Third World,” with my list of performances that I would pay Php10,000 for. List only includes 90s alternative bands because I am biased like that.

5. Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight (Live at MTV 1996)

Despite the fact that I do believe that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is an overrated album (Siamese Dream is my favorite SP record), this performance of Tonight, Tonight blew me away. Great ambience composed of thousands of people in attendance plus the set backdrop and the Pumpkins’ costumes made me miss them all the more. Note: Orchestra makes things more dramatic.

4. Goo Goo Dolls – Iris (Live in Buffalo)

Known as one of the 90s’ most emotionally-tormented bittersweet songs, Iris makes a more notorious name for itself as the Goo Goo Dolls perform in the middle of the rain. Yes, it was all out of coincidence.

3. Silverchair – Greatest View (Aria Awards 2002)

The setting: Silverchair was making a comeback after a 12-month hiatus. Diorama, co-produced by Daniel Johns, was released at the same year. Silverchair rode the hype from the success of their previous albums (Frogstomp, Freak Show, and Neon Ballroom, each recognized for their distinct contributions). Right after this performance, the band declared an indefinite hiatus. Why? Because they were only 23, and they’ve had too much awesome going on.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suck My Kiss (1999 Woodstock)

This entry actually goes to the ENTIRE 99 Woodstock. I just had to post this one by RHCP because this performance of Suck My Kiss was fucking wild. Kiedis introduces the song along with a new Woodstock ritual: “During the chorus of the next song, any girl within a distance who happens to be menstruating with a tampon, could you please remove the tampon from your menstruating vagina and toss it on to the stage during the next song, thank you. I mean it.”

1. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Unplugged, 1993)

Kurt Cobain was asked by the show producer what he wanted in the set design. He replied with something like, “Lots of flowers, lots of candles.” Producer asks: “Like a funeral?” Kurt replies: “Yeah, like a funeral.” This was their last big gig.

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