Southern Decay (Playlist)

February 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Southern Decay

  1. The Cure – Mint Car
  2. Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
  3. Feist – Limit To Your Love
  4. Death Cab For Cutie – Talking Bird
  5. Broken Social Scene – Anthems Of A Seventeen Year-Old
  6. Bob Dylan – To Ramona
  7. Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra
  8. The Beatles – Dear Prudence
  9. Smashing Pumpkins – Try, Try, Try
  10. Brand New – The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
  11. Kings Of Convenience – Gold In The Air Of Summer
  12. Dashboard Confessional – A Guardian Of Sorts (To Catch You)
  13. American Football – Five Silent Miles
  14. Circa Survive – Meet Me In Montauk

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Playlist: This Morning, I Woke Up To The Rain

February 16, 2011 § 2 Comments


This Morning, I Woke Up To The Rain (photo credit)

Weather in California’s been nice, but today I woke up to the sound of rain drops and a gloomy sky. So I took on the wonderful opportunity and made a playlist. These are ten songs that will keep you company for bed weather.

  1. Dashboard Confessional – This Ruined Puzzle
  2. Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
  3. Brand New – Play Crack The Sky
  4. Owen – Bad News
  5. Mew – Comforting Sounds
  6. Vampire Weekend – I Think Ur A Contra
  7. The National – England
  8. John Mayer – Edge Of Desire
  9. Irving Sappho – The Empty Apartment
  10. Don’t Forget, Clementine – A Lullaby: From Opinion To Faith

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About Angels

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

About Angels (photo credit)

Here’s a playlist I made last year. Things have changed but the music has stayed the same. That’s as far as I can go in describing whatever happened there.

  1. The Smiths – This Charming Man
  2. The Cure – Just Like Heaven
  3. Copeland – Don’t Slow Down
  4. The Smiths – Ask
  5. fun. – All The Pretty Girls
  6. Smashing Pumpkins – Try, Try, Try
  7. Stars – This Charming Man (The Smiths cover)
  8. The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
  9. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
  10. Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
  11. Dashboard Confessional – Ender Will Save Us All

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A night with Olafur Arnalds

February 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Photo credit: Zet Diaz

Last night, my friend Zet (greet her a happy birthday!) and I watched Olafur Arnalds at the Echoplex (LA). There are three things I liked about the show: the storytelling visuals, and music with a spirit – the latter leading to my third point, which is pretty much about music becoming more than just music.

Playing live music with visuals has always been a dream. It has been my vision for my music. I have always wanted to do something like that, as a supplement to our live material. It was going to be good, considering I always played in the form of a wall of sound (with a band); surrounding a cafe or bar so much that it blankets the ambience with reverberating emotive melodies. Too bad we did not have money for it.

Photo credit: Zet Diaz

Olafur Arnalds, last night, showed me the power of visuals when tied with music. His visuals weren’t just supplements to the music; as a matter of fact, the visuals held a storyline along with the music. It was hand-in-hand, as if one couldn’t live without the other. I loved the motif, which was mostly flying (planes, birds), and falling down (rain). I had to close my eyes once in a while, trying to digest everything all at once. The soft sounds. The flights. The fears. The joys of letting go.

In terms of music, what I admire the most about Olafur Arnalds is his ability to capture stark emotions and turn them from bitter to bittersweet. His use of dark tones, followed-up by his sweet string quartet arrangements, make listening to his music a rollercoaster ride. I can’t believe he’s only 24 and he’s already accomplished such a feat in music. The bipolar factor of his music is an asset; something one wouldn’t turn down easily. My favorite aspect of his music was his use of reverb. It was as if reverb was elementary to his music, creating a soundstage that was watery and cold.

Lots of things happened in the show last night; emotions were felt and stories were told. But after everything, I realized why listening to Olafur Arnalds was so important to me – it was because his music was beyond music. He was telling stories. I could hear the notes being born simply as rhetorics, simply as little things that sounded good in his head, then turning into surreal arrangements. I could hear his creative process through his timid voice and the way he caressed the keys on his piano. His music became himself, and he became the music.

Photo credit: Zet Diaz

I believe that people and their potentials have no limits. If you tap into that energy and translate it into something beautiful, such as music, it can’t be destroyed, considering it came from an infinite source. Last night, Olafur Arnalds showed me the meaning of that – how his humanity transposed to music, and how his music touched people in the audience like me. He also proved to me why it’s worthwhile to stay in sometimes and just play the piano because eventually, it’s going to teach me how to fly.

Bones Like Snowflakes. Second album.

February 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

If you’ve been following my Twitter updates, this shouldn’t be news to you. But to everyone else, I am very very happy to announce that I will be releasing a new album entitled Second Star To The Right, Then Straight ‘Til Morning under the name Bones Like Snowflakes this coming late March/early April. The album will contain five songs and will run for about twenty-five minutes. Tracklist as follows:

  1. The Sky Will Fall Down Tonight
  2. A Bed Of Starlight To Lay Your Wings Upon
  3. The World Is Gold, And Yours
  4. Hello, You Have Reached The Winter Of Our Discontent
  5. The Pleasure Of Leaving

I know that there have been talks between me and Ow (Threads) of a split album. Apologies for us getting excited too soon; we figured that we’d rather release solo albums on our own first then work on that split album. We did not want to compromise our own concepts, and nor did we want to compromise the stories we wanted to tell with our songs. So instead, we will be working on the split album after our Q1/Q2 2011 releases.

Rest assured, I’m very excited for Second Star. I’m going full-force on collaborations for this album, because that’s something I truly believe in. Carina Santos* and Zet Diaz will be collaborating on the album art. Kristine Caguiat has also agreed to work with me on this one for something to be announced. If you have any ideas or avenues for collaboration (whether it be under film, photography, literature, or mixed media), please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to hear you out. The best part about making albums for me is creating such solid relationships with these lovely people.

That’s about it for now. Thank you very much for your support. I will be talking more about this album as we near the release date.

You can hear some previews here.

* – No, I will never ever get sick of her and her amazing art. In fact, I am forever thankful for such a supportive friend!

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