Mon, Jul. 13th, 2009, 03:37 pm
LJ panget is pretty much forgotten but but but:
"can you go old school and post something here? i just want to see panget in my feed, i never had that kilig before. mwah"
so here's something worth posting.
Official video for the new single "My Emptiness". Directed by Pancho Esguerra. DOP: Greg Garcia.
AC: Neil Sayno
PM: Erik Malaya
Production Design: Nina Torres
Stylist: Mei Bastes and Laurie Maravilla
Post: Blue Rain Multimedia
From Wikipedia (on Joey Santiago, guitarist of the Pixies):
"Joey Santiago was born in Manila, Philippines, on June 10, 1965, the third of six sons of an anesthesiologist. The Santiago family was one of the wealthiest and most powerful in the Philippines. In 1972, however, when President Marcos declared martial law, the family immigrated to the United States."
So if Marcos hadn't declared Martial Law, Joey's family never would have immigrated to the US. Joey wouldn't have met Charles Thompson (Black Francis) in college and influenced him to rock music and form a band with him. The Pixies never would have happened. It's a fact that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is Nirvana shamelessly ripping off the Pixies. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" wouldn't have been written, and would never have spearheaded the whole alternative rock movement in the 90s, that would later spawn the indie rock movement of the present.
Was browsing through the local FHM's 100th issue earlier, and they had a series of top 100 lists. Among them was "100 albums that rocked our shores from 2000-2008." I was casually running through the list when I saw this:
"52. Is That Ciudad? Yes Son It's Me. - Ciudad"
It made me go wow! How could it have "rocked our shores" when it's one of the hardest albums to find around? But thanks FHM guys! That boosted my confidence quite a bit. haha. I still have a handful of copies in a box underneath my bed, and a couple of boxes hidden somewhere in Quark's house. So if you still don't own it, go send me a message. (Oh come on boys and girls! It's the #52 album that "rocked our shores in the past 8 years yaww! So says FHM Philippines!) Hahaha. Selling them at a discounted price. (And if you're really lucky, you might get it for free. MIGHT. So be nice. hehe.)
I suddenly have an idea to pitch it to our distributor (Locked Down Records) to re-release it as "Is That A Deluxe Expanded Edition Reissue? Yes, Son, It Sure Is!" with additional tracks, 32-page booklet with commentaries, and all that shit, to commemorate it's 5th year anniversary of release. (Although if it does materialize, it would be way past the 5th year anniversary already, but who cares?)
That would be great. And it wouldn't be that hard to find anymore, at least for some time. So what do you think of that?
In the meantime, "Bring Your Friends" is still our very recent release. It's available at Odyssey records nationwide, and also O Music Stores!
A substantial number of people have been telling me lately that my latest set of songs (namely the album "Bring Your Friends" and a few scattered unreleased demos) are really sad and depressing.
Now I'm actually concerned that their perception of Mikey circa 2006-present is a depressed person.
The answer is no. Haha. I'm generally a happy person. And I couldn't be in a happier state right now, thanks to all the fortunate events and boundless love I'm getting lately. (Hi Marian. I love you! yikee...)
It's just that I have this love for beautiful/sad songs, and you don't have to be literallly sad to enjoy or create those kind of songs. I don't know, maybe it started with Ben Folds or Elliott Smith (whose 5th Death Anniversary is today). But beautiful/sad songs stir something unique inside your heart and mind that no happy song could ever do.
I mean "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang could be as equally good as let's say, "Everything Means Nothing To Me" by Elliott Smith. But the high feeling you get from listening to the former is nothing compared to the plethora of emotions you suddenly gush out with when listening to a really beautifully-executed sad song like the latter. Call that a sadness-induced high, if there's such a thing. Hahaha.
I used to write happy songs, with lyrics like "Snot is for the supermen, they use it for their specimens." or "My teacher's a monster, she is a wanker." Nowadays I write things that go like "Silence will not give me back answers, it's just always complicating matters." or "Come out in circles because I love you more than I should." Hahaha. I don't know, you be the judge on which is more meaningful and has more substance.
But anyway, so there. I'm not sad. However though, those "sad" songs I wrote still remain true and honest and sincere even if they came from a "generally happy person."
My goal is not to put people down and make them feel sad and inadequate. (I'll leave that to the emo kids.) I just want people to be able to relate, and then form a thin layer of tears in their eyes, and at the same time, smile, because hopefully they found it unfortunate but beautiful. Believe it or not, there's a tinge of hope in those songs.
So smile! :)
Here's Ciudad's new single, "...Until It's Cool." Off the "Bring Your Friends" album.
Shot in Quezon City and New York City on 24P and Super 8mm.
Starring: Kate Reilly, Mikey Amistoso, Justin Sunico, Mitch Singson
Directed by Marie Jamora
Directors of Photography: Ming Kai Leung, Marie Jamora, & Pong Ignacio
Stylist: Marian Hernandez
Gaffer: Ramon de Veyra
Editing & Color Correction: Marie Jamora
Wed, Jul. 2nd, 2008, 07:40 pm
**Guess what's in stores now???!!!
BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Ideas and demos for most of the songs on this record came 5-6 years ago (even before the release of our 2nd, and this is now the 4th).
The band's work for this album started 2 years ago, when we had our first recording session for the initial set of songs. Then for a year or so, sessions would come sporadically as we struggled with our busy work schedules to finish an album that should have been released years before. Songs were re-arranged, new songs were written and scrapped, some of them for the first time as a full band.
And then the remaining months was a struggle on what we're going to do with the product, and how we're going to bring it to the people. And I guess doing it independently is really the best way to go nowadays. (But thanks to Kerwin and Jigger for the extra help!)
Finally, after years of anxious waiting, the album will be in retail stores in a couple of weeks! (specifically Odyssey and Astrovision)
But if you can't wait a couple of weeks, you can go to this Saturday's gig, June 14, at Route 196, Katipunan Extension, QC! It's ATTRACTION REACTION: with Eggboy, Gorgoro, Spazzkid, and Ang Bandang Shirley! We'll kickoff the CD selling there! Hope to see you!
Yay! This is the album we've been dreaming to come up with ever since. Hope you get it and like it. :)
P.S. Special thanks and kudos to Hannah Liongoren for the superb album cover and poster design.
Sun, May. 18th, 2008, 08:02 pm
Reasons Why I'm the Biggest Death Cab For Cutie FanGeek
1. I have every track they ever put on record in my iPod.. rarities and all that shit.
2. All their CD's are prominent on my CD rack, lined up in order of release.
3. My main copy of Plans is a vinyl copy.
4. I have 7 Death Cab shirts, 3 Barsuk shirts, and 2 Barsuk hoodies
5. In my facebook profile picture, I am wearing one of those shirts.
6. My band covers 6 DCFC songs.
7. Our goal for our latest album is for it to sound and feel like Plans. (Watch out for Bring Your Friends!)
8. I have personal recordings of me covering DCFC songs. (Send me a message if you want to hear. Haha.)
9. I have all their side project releases... Ben Gibbard's solo projects -- All-Time Quarterback, Chris Walla's album, etc.
10. I personally think The Postal Service is a waste of Ben Gibbard's precious time for DCFC.
11. I own a used drumstick from Jason McGerr.
12. The only other thing worth talking about aside from sex... is Death Cab For Cutie.
13. Narrow Stairs is a so-so album in their standards, but I love it all the same.. and they're still my favorite band. :)
JOLLITOWN. Every Sunday, 9:30AM, GMA-7. Will premiere this April 13th, 2008.
So wait..why am I promoting this? Hmmm.. aside from the fact that this is a refreshing change from violence and sex on TV, and it's sort of a first for Philippines, I'd also like to promote the music and score for this project. LiquidPost (where I work) is responsible for the music of each and every episode. I wrote, co-wrote, and arranged a lot of the songs, together with Jazz Nicolas my workroom-mate (and 69-mate haha), and under the direction of Geri Gatchalian-Gil and Dan Gil. Writing music for children is fun as well!
Wow, I'm really happy with my life right now. A big factor is what I'm doing now. How can writing and arranging music as a job not be fun for me? I feel like there's nothing in my work that I cannot handle. Sana di ako mabulok or magsawa. I'm really proud to be part of LiquidPost right now. A big thanks to Dan and Geri Gil! (I hate to call them my bosses because they don't really look it and I'm sure they'd hate it too, but they are my bosses!)
Happy to be a big part of big projects that are happening right now. One of them is this Jollibee TV thing. I also co-wrote a song/jingle for a very popular beverage (but oops you're not supposed to know that mwahaha so I won't say which beverage) and I think it's very successful right now. As mentioned in my earlier post, I'm on a mission to make Filipino music good music, and I think I'm in the right venue right now to continue that mission.
Sabi nga ni Masi sa akin, "I found my home."
There are also other things I'd like to discuss why I'm happy right now, but I have to go. Will meet up with Mitch, we're going to the printing press to have our album sleeves printed. YES WE'RE HAVING OUR NEW ALBUM PRESSED AND PRINTED VERY SOON! Do watch out for it. It's our 4th album and it's gonna be called "Ciudad: Bring Your Friends."