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Going against the establishment, one podcast at a time

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Radio was one of the things I loved growing up. I used to listen to it non-stop in my pre-teen years. But with the rise of modern alternatives, most significantly the rise of iPod and podcasts, radio’s popularity has waned in recent years.

Podcasting was a term coined in 2004 by ‘90s MTV VJ Adam Curry combining the terms iPod and broadcasting.

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, “It is the digital recording of a radio broadcast and similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.”

Not since blogging has a technology seemed so unexpected and widely adopted. Podcasting offers people a medium to express their ideas through a computer and Internet connection. And thanks to the accessibility of Apple’s iTunes store, it has become a new route for both established and newbie broadcasters to let their voices be heard by a wider audience. In fact, some have actually made podcasting a lucrative profession with the likes of movie director and screenwriter Kevin Smith and his own growing empire of internet-based programs.

On the local front, a popular podcast run by makeup artist Jake Galvez and stylist Matt Gozun is Becky Nights, a show focused on LGBT topics, celebrity musings and fashion talk. If you’re for the more non-celebrity based discussion, one notable alternative is a web-based talk show called Urban Exchange.

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October 23rd, 2011 at 7:49 am

Your virtual closet care of Miss-Match

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Sometimes being a girl can be such a drag. Unlike our male counterparts, women are expected to look put-together and perfect even while doing the most mundane things.

I find myself standing in front of my closet dumbstruck with what to wear and I wish that somebody would come up with a virtual closet organizer just like the one Cher Horowitz had in the ‘90s movie classic, Clueless — a computer that helps you mix and match everything in your closet before even trying them on.

Finally, the moment has arrived. What started as a film-based fantasy has become a reality with the launching of the first Filipino style networking site Miss-Match (http://www.miss-match.com.ph/) and just like Cher’s closet computer, it allows you to put together looks for every occasion.

This virtual closet is brought to you by FashionLab Inc., a family corporation composed of Albert Labrador, Pia Labrador, Toto Labrador, Pierra Calasanz-Labrador and Chinggay Labrador.

All are fashion insiders with a vast network and invaluable experience in the local industry.

Miss-Match on the Radar

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September 18th, 2011 at 7:18 am

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Online Shopping made easy by Catalogue 63

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As a huge Internet addict, I can’t even imagine life without it. During the height of typhoon Falcon’s onslaught a few weeks ago, cable TV in my neighborhood went down. I was praying the whole weekend that my Internet connection would not go next. Thankfully, it didn’t.

The Internet has opened up windows of possibilities with social media interaction in real time; movies or TV shows on-demand and probably the best invention since sliced bread — online shopping with just a click of a mouse.

With online shopping at our fingertips, I don’t need to book a plane ticket just to check out new stuff from J.Crew, Barneys, and Colette. Their websites are easy to navigate, efficient and simple enough for you to enjoy retail therapy. But despite the proliferation of international brands on the online shopping front, Filipino brands haven’t capitalized on this phenomenon outside cumbersome social media outlets such as Multiply or Facebook.

For those unfamiliar with shopping via social media, it’s a little overwrought. A vendor sets up a social media account filled with photos of their products. Then you go through the process of checking out the albums and asking the seller the price of each item individually. After a few private messages, you need to pay them through some mobile system such as GCASH or deposit money in the seller’s bank account. This tedious process has made me too wary of the experience until I found out about Catalogue 63.

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July 10th, 2011 at 10:36 am

The New preppy according to Regatta

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The new preppy according to Regatta

To be honest, I haven’t been inside a Regatta store since the early ‘90s. From what I remember, it used to be a store that drew in the Filipino “preppy” crowd. Back then it was our local version of Polo Ralph Lauren-meets-safari-inspired-Banana Republic.

The local “preppy,” or colloquially called coño, are mostly upper- to upper-middle-class Manila-bred kids who went to the same exclusive schools, grew up in gated subdivisions around the Metro, hung out at the Polo Club, played football on weekends and spoke with a Spanglish-Tagalog drawl.

Coño kids also had a uniform of piqué polo shirts, Bermuda shorts, espadrilles or Sperry Topsiders — and Regatta catered to this demographic.

With that impression, I didn’t have any grand expectation from the show. But as soon as the music started, I was floored by a spirited display of Americana that reminded me of US East Coast preppy ethos.

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May 29th, 2011 at 8:48 am

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Who is Arcade Fire?

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Arcade Fire for On the Radar

As the Grammys were winding down last February, I saw a Facebook status that said: “Arcade Fire won Album of the Year and why don’t I know them?”

The same sentiment echoed throughout the Internet culminating in a Tumblr account, whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com — a website that posted tweets of the bewildered worldwide audience.

So really, who is Arcade Fire?

Formed in 2001 by Win Butler, the Montreal-based band is one of the biggest acts in the “indie” rock scene. Through the years, Arcade Fire has gone through personnel changes but in its most current form, it is made up of eight musicians: Win Butler and wife Regine Chassagne, Will Butler, Richard Reed Perry, Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld, Tim Kingsbury, and Marika Anthony-Shaw.

Known for their guerilla-style gigs around Montreal and New York City, the band made its recording debut in 2004 with Funeral which produced hits like Wake Up and Rebellion, garnering critical and commercial success. Soon after, they followed it up with “Neon Bible” which has led them to open for U2 and headline musical festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Reading and Leeds.

Their coup de grâce is 2010’s “The Suburbs” making it the no. 1 record in the US charts and winning this year’s Grammy for “Album the Year.”

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler spoke exclusively to On the Radar about Eminem, their recording process and touring, among other things.

ON THE RADAR: Your album “Suburbs” hit no. 1 in album sales and won this year’s Grammy, how do you feel about your critical and commercial success? I also read somewhere that you beat Eminem on both attempts?

Will Butler: We beat Eminem to number one when we were on our first week and he was on his sixth week. One week later he was back at the top. But I’m not going to lie — it still felt good. It was a close one, too. The word on the street was that he had won but we squeaked by because people had underestimated independent record stores.As far as the rest of the success, it feels very good. We always claim that we make the music we make because we like it but it’s certainly very affirming to know that other people like it, too. And that makes it a lot easier to keep making music when you can make a good living out of it. We feel very grateful and a little almost confused, like, “Who, us? You like?” whenever we hear people’s reaction to our music.

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for more of my interview for on the radar, please check out this link.

To know more about Arcade fire, visit their website www.arcadefire.com.

Thanks to Dounia Mikou of Quest Management for making this interview possible.

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April 17th, 2011 at 6:16 am