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That Jagged Little 20-year-old Pill

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Life really has a funny way of sneaking up on you.

I was trolling around Facebook and a friend invited me to an Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill tribute gig and my jaw just dropped. A horrified thought bubble – “Wait? WHUT? Jagged Little Pill is 20 years old?!??!?! How did that happen??”. As much as days go by slowly and years go by quickly, has it really been TWENTY years?

Being the third world 90s kid that I am, I first heard about Alanis probably the early part of 1996, the last quarter of my senior year in high school. It was probably after UPCAT and ACET results were out, I knew I was college-bound and did not care much about what happens the rest of the year. My friends and I were in the deep depths of “senioritis”.

Funnily enough, I barely remember anything about HS graduation but I do remember the shenanigans around the practice. I remember it like it was just yesterday. I clearly recall that fellow tall girls Dianne and Fifi were belting out “You Outta Know” in between horsing around and slacking off during the last few moments of high school. My buddies and I also went on an epic roadtrip to the beach and Baguio before we graduated as this was the probably the last time we were all together and complete – Celina was off to Stanford, Love was off to UCSD, I was off to Fordham the year after. We were only allowed to miss 2 grad practice days(if we had missed more, none of us would graduate. Ironic as 2 of the top 10 of our class are our friends! LOLs) and so we planned it perfectly including the clothes, the food stops and of course, the playlist and I will say sorry to my friends as they had to go through hours of Alanis, Oasis and more Alanis. I was young, angry and foolish. What can I do? 😀

I also remember stalking Alanis at the now defunct APO Hiking Society Lunch variety show with Noee at the Delta Theater(turned used car showroom LOL). She was here for a concert, November 1996 to be exact and I’m not sure why I didn’t watch her. Either nobody wanted to go with me as Alanis was deemed too mainstream for my “alternative/modern” rock listening friends/family or I did not have any money being a poor college kid with 500 pesos a week as allowance. Take note, 500 during that time was not a bad sum of money. You can do so many things with that. But based on my last weekend trip to the UP Town Center(a mall near UP Diliman and Ateneo, where UPIS used to be!), I estimate a local college kid nowadays needs at least 2500 pesos a week to survive given the plethora of things/activities you are bound to spend on these days. Gah! Kids today! But going back to Alanis, so yah, whatever the reason was I dragged Noee to Delta and we almost were trampled by the crazy people who thought of doing the same thing and the White Castle girl and her horse walking around the parking area. Don’t ask me about the latter and no, we did not see Alanis either. We were too tired from all the “moshing” outside we decided to quit and go to Wendy’s Quezon Avenue to eat. LOL. Ahh. Youth.

Those were almost 20 years ago, how about that? Unbelievable. And this morning, I decided to listen to Jagged Little Pill while driving and the tide of memories just flooded right in. I know, Alanis is a manufactured juggernaut of modern rock-feminist twinged pop music but her songs are not bad. Most held up and I think my favorite song in the album is “You learn”. It’s softer than most of the other songs and I guess the song rings true. So many things happened the past two decades – triumph, loss, heartbreak, success, milestones, lessons, beginnings, endings and a whole lotta life – you live and you learn.

That was such a nice trip down memory lane. Thank you, Alanis.

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June 10th, 2015 at 8:34 am

Wanderland 2014

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Wow! Time flies – it’s been a year since the inaugural Wanderland in 2013. Remember how I had wished that Phoenix would hold a concert here? Wish fulfilled by the same people behind this event. Amazing that these kids are all under 25!!

2014’s Wanderland Fest is on May 17th. Envisioned to be Manila’s premiere music and art’s festival, This year’s event is carnival-themed and is organized by the kids of Karpos Media, presented by River Island and Globe. The venue will be at the Globe Circuit Events grounds at the former Sta. Ana Race track.

Headlining Wanderland is the American indie pop band from New York, The Drums, composed of Jonny Pierce, Jacob Graham and Connor Hanwick , best known for their ‘80’s style surf rock’ music. Others in the line up include international and local musicians Paper Kites, Royal Concept, Architecture in Helsinky, Franco, Techy Romantics, just to name a few. There will also be a showcare of live art by Anjo Bolarda, JP Cuison and Dee Jae Pa’este.

Tickets are originally priced at Php 4800, but from April 27 – May 10, Eager Wanderer tickets priced at Php 3,800 will be available at all SM Tickets and Ticketnet outlets.

See you in Wanderland!

Wanderland Music & Arts Festival 2014 is a festival by Karpos Multimedia Inc. , Presented by River Island, Globe and Co-Presented by The Bar, Fox and Star World.

For more information and updates about Wanderland 2014, visit our official website: Wanderland.ph and check out the following social media sites: Facebook/Wanderlandfest, Facebook/KarposMultimedia, Twitter/wanderlandfest, Instagram/wanderlandfest, Twitter/karposmm, Instagram/karposmm

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May 8th, 2014 at 7:37 am

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The National makes their way to the Philippines

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The Manila concert scene continues to surprise me! It was a month ago when we had Phoenix grace our shores and now, in a few days, Brooklyn-based, Ohio-bred indie superstars The National will be here. I AM DYING!

Just in case you weren’t sure if I’m a The National fan – let me give you a quick briefer:

The National for On the Radar

1. I interviewed the band’s bassist a few years ago for the Philippine Star.

The National 6

2. I travelled to Singapore just to watch their concert

I assure you that they are AMAZING live.

For tickets, check out ticketworld. See you there!

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February 17th, 2014 at 7:21 am

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Lilith Fair

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Life has been hectic lately so I’ve been listening to a lot of women musicians.I feel like there is something very calming about female voices – maybe there is a sisterhood about it? common angst? hormones?

Found myself waking up early this morning and reading/answering work emails(don’t ask! O_O) at the crack of dawn and while doing so, I decided to make a playlist. I haven’t made one for quite some time and I never made one that was composed of songs from purely women musicians(or female-led bands, at least) , noh?. I christen thee – the “Lilith” Playlist:


As you can see, it’s a wide variety of artists from different genres and even eras! I love Natalie Merchant and although this is a Patti Smith original(come to think of it, should’ve added a song from Horses here), I think the 10,000 maniacs unplugged cover of “Because The Night” is a rousing rendition. I feel energetic whenever I listen to it. I’ve been on a Sarah Mclachlan trip lately so there you go. LOL. Well, come on, who doesn’t like a depressive Tori Amos? And did I tell you I LOVE FLEETWOOD MAC, major dream to see them live one day so I am supremely jealous that Vinny saw their concert in London! ! I think 32 flavors is such a 90s chick song, just needed to add that. Feist is love, nuff said. I had to add All Saints’ Pure Shores because I love this song! Fiona Apple’s angst is PMS personified. While St. Vincent is a great female voice of recent years although not as iconic as THE Annie Lenox. Mazzy Star’s Fade into You was obviously a last-minute addition, I get kilig when I hear it. HAHA.

P.S. I know you’re asking me why I didn’t add any Joni Mitchell. I just realized it when i started uploading. I know, big mistake. Maybe Lilith pt 2?

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October 24th, 2013 at 6:38 am

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Trying to be cool

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As the title of this post suggests, I am trying to to be cool about this but I REALLY CAN’T.

One of my favorite bands EVER – PHOENIX is coming to Manila. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!??!


Fine, I’ve seen Phoenix twice before, first time was in Jakarta and the other time was during their set in Coachella back in 2010.

Jakarta in 2009

Coachella 2010 Day 2
Coachella 2010

Obviously, I would pay good money and travel just to see Phoenix live. They are amazing performers with their own brand of indie pop which I can only really describe as something that makes me and a lot of my dearest friends happy. PLUS, in case you weren’t sure either, I am a HUGE FAN OF SOFIA COPPOLA.

I know, aren’t we talking about Phoenix the band, Grace? WELL, Thomas Mars, the lead singer, is married to Sofia. So if it isn’t obvious, there is a (slight) possibility IDOL (like how Keri and I love to call Sofia Coppola) is coming to town.


SO Manila, you better be freakin’ ready for some chic things to do for our IDOL!

And as an aside, did you know that Sofia Coppola lived in the Philippines while her dad filmed Apocalypse now? She even knew our national anthem!

sofia coppola at 5 by divasoria

Anyways, back to Phoenix in Manila(Sorry, I like to pre-amble and be non-sequitur) – So when Barry tweeted about the band coming to Southeast Asia with gigs in Singapore and Hong Kong, we all sorta formed an “MNL Hipster” prayer brigade. I’m getting too old to travel for music and honestly, if bands like The XX or events like Wanderland get sold out, I don’t see why a band like Phoenix can’t make the numbers. Ask any major music fan of the last 10 years and I’m pretty sure they will tell you that Phoenix is a BIG deal.

With the higher being on our side, it was announced a week and a half ago that YES, Phoenix added Manila to their Asian tour. And I flipped. Well, WE ALL DID. I started screaming like a mad woman in my car! I was beside myself, I couldn’t care less that I was stuck in a horrendous traffic jam going home.

All the bad vibes just melted away – Manila has somewhat arrived in the scene. I feel like our coolness points as a destination went up ten-fold. We are the new BROOKLYN, YO. What’s next? Artisinal bacon? Homemade organic soap? Power yoga lunchbreaks? (of course, I say this with some major doses of jest, people. LOL). And thank you to at least 10 people who had messaged me via SMS, twitter and facebook about this concert. Everybody knew I was a Phoenix fan. LOL.

How do you get tickets, you ask? They started selling them last Monday via SM Tickets which by the way was the WORST ticketing system EVER. I had to panic buy mine while waiting for a major meeting and it was beyond difficult. The SM Ticket system was so archaic and slow plus the VIP section had SEATS.

(They just added that “Standing” part in VIP. WHAT THE…)

I think most of us who had planned to buy in that section thought it would be the usual free for all/standing-room only, but NOPE, you had to get a seat so that added to the process. But luckily, I was one of the few who came out unscathed and had been able to get my seats relatively quick. Yes, I was beyond ecstatic and since then, cannot stop listening to the Phoenix playlist in my music devices.


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October 19th, 2013 at 6:34 am

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