Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Punkd On My Birthday

It's not what you think, I'm not a celebrity anyway. As a birthday treat to myself, I went CD shopping - since it's the only thing I can afford to gift myself. (Your gifts are welcome too... *wink).


I got this: Musique Vol 1: 1993-2005 by Daft Punk. Definitely the best electronica group of my generation. They caught my attention with their video Around The World, and I got instantly hooked. I mean, the video is not special effects-laden, it just features people dancing around in a circle, but there was something about the synth-vocals and the funny dance troupe. The proper genre is called "French House" - should I call it "la maison" then?

Anyway, great buy for beat-hunting music junkies; the album features the choppped-lyrics "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (If you're going to hear this song for the first time, listen to the lyrics of the first two verses, then put them together. I promise, it'll be fun); the iPod advert song "Technologic" and several remixes.

Currently listening to Alive and Revolution 909 ;)


Website find of the week: Lots of remixes from this team - Should've known they were brilliant the moment they chose EBTG to sing The Future of the Future. Check out the jukebox, you can create your own playlist from a great selection of songs, and my favorites, remixes. Remixes for Dido, Janet, Gabrielle, Justin Timberlake and iio are on the site. Bonus trivia, I didn't know they were Iranians. I'm now a fan.
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Well, somebody tagged me...

So OK. I admit, I am bored. Besides, my blog needs some entries to keep it company for the Holy Week. Thanks Peej for the tag.

Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Student Assistant
2. Tutor/Teacher
3. Maintenance Engineer cum driver
4. Design Engineer

Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Shakespeare In Love
2. Gosford Park
3. Eurotrip (scotty absolutely doesn't know!)
4. Finding Nemo

Four places you have lived in:
1. Cainta, Rizal
2. Quezon City
3. Davao City
4. Quezon City again!

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Scrubs!
2. The Amazing Race
3. The OC
4. The Simpsons

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Shanghai! Definitely a must see. East meets West, Old meets New.
2. Camiguin Island. White Island has been the best beach I've gone to.
3. Bangkok. That place is just bursting with fun and culture.
4. Iloilo and Guimaras. Oysters. Yum.

Four websites I visit daily:
1. Yahoo! Tennis
2. Hotmail
3. PinoyExchange
4. Google

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Kare kare. How can you say no?
2. Peaches and lychees
3. Blue or gorgonzola cheese. Moldy. Yum.
4. Inihaw na bangus

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Backpacking across Europe or China or Southeast Asia
2. Watching a WTA match. Hehehe.
3. On a beach. With a beer.
4. Driving in a freeway, with my sunglasses on and Fall Out Boy on my stereo

Four friends who I have tagged that I think will respond
1. Mida (Hello!)
2. Ina
3. Andre
4. Benj
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A New Discovery

Fall Out Boy Rocks

It took me forever, but do pick up From Under The Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy. It's a great buy, and quite catchy. It captures the melodrama of teen angst, carefully veering away from the Alanis-brand, but not too comfortable with the emo-scene either.

The lyrics are brilliant, but the titles are more than cumbersome. My favorite tracks include Of All The Gin Joints in the World:

Turn off the lights and turn off the shyness
All of our moves make up for the silence

the awkward first-date song Dance, Dance:

Why don't you show me a little bit of spine
You've been saving for his mattress

the voyeuristic Sugar, We're Going Down:

Is this more then you bargined for yet?
Oh, don't mind me. I'm watching you two from the closet
Wishing to be the friction in your jeans
Isn't it messed up how i'm just dying to be him
I'm just a notch in your bedpost but you're just a line in a song

prom-night memories with Seven Minutes in Heaven:

I'm sleeping my way out of this one
With anyone who will lie down
I'll be stuck fixated on one star
When the world is crashing down

Sitting out dances on the wall
Trying to forget everything that isn't you
I'm not going home alone
Cause I don't do too well on my own

My favorite, the quasi-sappy I've Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth:

Joke me something awful just like kisses on the necks of "just friends"
We're the kids who feel like dead ends
And I want to be known for my hits, not just my misses
I took a shot and didn't even come close
At trust and love and hope
And the poets are just kids who didn't make it
Who never had it at all

I'm hopelessly hopeful, that you're just hopeless enough
But we never had it at all

So far, the best new album I've bought during the last 6 months.