Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CL 10/11 Semis: Barcelona 2 Madrid 0

Messi scored the two crucial away goals (76', 87') that put Barcelona's one foot on the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley. Messi's second goal was fantastic! Passing after seven defenders including Iker Casillas. Visca Barca!

Second leg will be staged at Barcelona's Camp Nou on May 03, 2011 (May 04, 2011 2:45 AM Philippine time at BALLS Channel).


Real Madrid v Barcelona by fulmediax

FULL ARTICLE HERE: Ten-man Madrid undone by Messi magic

Monday, April 25, 2011


DEAD. A Melbourne, Australia-based two-man band is coming over to the Philippines to play their own brand of music on May 14-15, 2011. Hades' Bar in Timog Ave on the 14th and the other is on Yadu Dynasty, The Collective in Makati City. Here's an interview taken from Resistance For The Manic Generation/LionCityDIY blog.

They are dead. Dead. DEAD. And they want you to know that it is spelled in capitals, because there are only four letters and you have to make them count. More alive than ever, that obvious irony is symbolic of the sense of humour this two-piece (bass + drums) shares, which they hope to translate through their music. Intense grooves are interspersed with gruff vocals, and the result is a resonating dissonance, which is at once transient yet fixed, abrupt yet gradual. Catch them on their SE Asia tour this May – which spans 4 countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines) in 2 weeks – and be blown away by the onslaught. You've been warned.

Getting introductions out of the way, who ARE you?

Jem: I play drums and manage the band. I run an independent label (WeEmptyRooms) and do what's needed to pay the bills in between. Or do you mean the band? You can just check our bio on the website!

Jace: I provide bass, vocals, drawings and nudity for DEAD.

Most people would probably label your music as "stoner rock" or "sludge". But it seems like it's more multi-faceted than that. Let's hear it from the horse's mouth.

Jem: It's not something we worry about too much. We have no musical parameters or boundaries that we work within. We just try to play to our strengths. We're a new band so we're still trying to work out what that is. But I think “sludge” is fairly appropriate. Even if we play faster stuff it still sounds slow 'cos that's how I play the drums! Neither of us have any interest in playing to a particular style. It's probably easier and more useful for people outside of the band to find categories. But they're of no use to us and of course we think we are unique, we don't want labels!

Jace: I'm not much of a fan of “stoner rock”. I dig a lot of stuff that would be considered “sludge” especially a lot of the 90's era stuff that came out on Amphetamine Reptile. As much as labels annoy me, I don't mind being lumped in with “sludge” because I see it as being more of a general aesthetic than a specific genre of music.

Your SE Asia tour starts in 2 weeks. What are your feelings regarding that, considering how it is DEAD's first tour outside of Australia? Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it is also your first tour (as a band) outside of Australia too as individuals?

: I've toured Australia more times than I can count, and I've also toured Japan and New Zealand extensively. I can't wait to play in SE Asia. Personally I think touring brings out certain qualities in a band that can't be achieved any other way.

: This is the first time my over-the-hill carcass has been out of the country, EVER! I don't like holidays and I've never been in a band committed enough to tour overseas so I am stoked to have the opportunity to travel in SE Asia and play shows! Jem and I like to tour and play as much as we can; I think it's essential to play with and learn from as many bands as possible.

How did the idea of the tour come about? Why SE Asia and not, say, Japan?

Jem: I've been trying to tour the area since FIRE WITCH went to Japan in 2007. But it can take a long time to get a band able to commit to tours like this. My mum is Tamil-Malay and I have family in Malaysia still. Half my spirit resides in Indian/Malay culture it would seem, and bringing that together with my main passion is very important to me. Aussie punk bands have been coming over your way for a while now – it makes sense to visit some of our closest neighbours. Also, all the members of the 7x0x7 collective have visited Australia over the last couple of years and I have been picking their brains about touring the area. So even though it's been a very impatient wait for me I'm glad the extra time has allowed us to forge stronger ties with the area. We do plan to tour Japan too and are currently booking a US tour for August 2011.

It is purported that you deliver live sets akin to THE MELVINS and HIGH ON FIRE. Justify that for us, what are we going to expect?

: I've seen both those bands live in the last few months and they are AMAZING! I don't know how much we are like them but it's no secret we both are majorly influenced and inspired by the Melvins' ability to be super heavy and yet still maintain a sense of humour. I've never watched a DEAD set from the audience so I can't say. All I know is from where I sit for our gigs, it's a lot of fun. Oh and don't expect us to wear clothes at these gigs. It's too hot, lah!

: I think Jem wrote that comment as a bit of tongue in cheek. We are HUGE Melvins fans though.

DEAD contains members of sick Aussie bands (in more or less the same vein) FIRE WITCH (Jem), INAPPROPRIATE TOUGH GUY BEHAVIOUR (Jem), and also the lesser-known FANGS OF... (Jem and Jace). How are these bands (notably, FANGS OF..., since you are made up of the exact same members) going to spill into what constitutes DEAD? Or will we see something completely different?

Jem: It's hard for me to say since I am in the band myself. The band feels different to me than my other bands but maybe to the listener it's very similar? We formed this band quite simply because we wanted to tour more than our other bands would allow, and not really because we had a particular musical direction we wanted to explore. So really your guess is as good as mine as to how it will end up musically. I think two-piece bands have a certain energy about them that really allows the individual characters of the two members to be more evident. In FANGS OF..., Jace handles most/all of the writing. In this band we write together more so it's a fairly even mix of his punk/pop roots and my improvisational background. Improvising is my punk rock. It's my way of rejecting conformity.

Jace: DEAD definitely gets more sparse in parts than I have really ever attempted before. Because we didn't start DEAD or FANGS OF... with any kind of definite manifesto, I imagine there will be similarities – with DEAD we compose music that I think highlights both the strengths and limitations of the two-piece format.

Your mate onion is also coming with you on the tour. How did that come about? How are they going to add to the DEAD experience outside of their solo sets?

: We haven't actually decided yet! Lara (onion) has played as a guest before with FIRE WITCH and INAPPROPRIATE TOUGH GUY BEHAVIOUR and has been mixing my bands live for 5 or 6 years. So it's easy for us to work together. And we enjoy the excitement of not knowing exactly what's going to happen and sharing music with people we love and respect. We'll just see how we're feeling on the tour and what equipment is available to use and take it from there I guess.

You are known for releasing your records on beautiful packaging (with a policy against jewel casing, no less) courtesy of WeEmptyRooms. You are also known for printing your shirts on sweatshop-free shirts and/or recycled op shop* tees. Therefore we conclude that you are a rather ethically-conscious band. How are you going to navigate that consciousness in SE Asia, where the context may be different?

Jem: I don't think we're an overtly politically-conscious or -aware band. But we have ethics and like to consider ourselves as humane. I prefer to think of our band as “human” rather than “political”. So many bands put their political agendas at the forefront of their band and then back it up with conformist music. This does not inspire me one bit. We play music because we are 100% obsessed with and it is the greatest natural drug on the planet. Our reasons really are very selfish.
As far as being in SE Asia; well we are guests when we are there. We're not gonna play the role of the arrogant westerner, I see that every day here at home and that's just in the punk scene! We're more interested in listening to the locals and learning about the situation in their area than telling people what they should be thinking or eating or voting for, etc.

And we have no interest in supporting sweatshops. There are sweatshop-free companies out there but we can't afford the good t-shirts and it's often unclear as to how ethical their standards are. By using op shop tees we ensure that every DEAD shirt is unique which is pretty awesome I think. We will also swap with people if they have some blank shirts for a printed shirt or we can print the shirt they want. These are the benefits of being such a small-scale operation; side stepping capitalism is quite easily achieved.

Lastly, we have both been record nerds since we were kids and putting some effort and thought into the packaging and art for a record has been instinctive for us. These days, the physical format for music is not essential, it's a choice. People don't have to buy music, most people will happily take it without thinking twice. So if you're gonna ask people to part with money I think you have to give them something of value. We print our records ourselves which is very time-consuming and stressful at times but we like maintaining that control.

Jace: Jem and I have a lot in common ethically. When we first started working together things like using recycled paper and 2nd-hand or non-sweatshop shirts just seemed obvious – we didn't have a thousand cups of tea over it or anything, we just did it. We definitely like grassroots sharing/trading/networking etc and enjoy the challenges and rewards of operating D.I.Y. I hope I didn't sound too righteous there!

You are going to play with the likes of GHAUST (ID), LEGARDA (PH), I AM DAVID SPARKLE (SG) and BLOOD ON WEDDING DRESS (MY), powerhouses in their own right in their respective countries. How do you feel about that?

Jem: GHAUST is the only band i know properly from that list. I have a 10" record of theirs that I really like. I can't wait to see them do it live. I have deliberately not listened to the other bands' recordings because I love to hear bands for the first time live if I can. It's what excites me the most. We are just really excited to see what sort of music comes out of these areas and try and convince some of the bands to come back here and play in Australia, if they can. If bands that noteworthy want to play with us we are honoured and a little bit nervous!

Jace: I've heard GHAUST and can't wait to see them live. Any band that is considered a powerhouse has my attention already!

Before we conclude, any last words?

Jem: Well I would like to tell anyone who is coming out to see us on this tour that we are very interested in learning as much about local language and culture (especially food) as we can. And I want to trade in my Aussie accent for a Malay one! So please come and say hello and teach us. Even if we look tired just come and say hi. Also any bands who have plans to come and tour Australia should talk to us about this. So many Aussie bands have come over your way, we want to see SE Asian bands come to us instead! Our album will not be ready in time for the tour, sorry, but it will be released on cassette by Ricecooker very soon after the tour. And it also will be on LP/digital in July through my label and Wantage USA. If any other labels in the area are keen to release any of our stuff please let us know.

Apart from that? I can't wait to come and play!


*op shop: Short for “opportunity shop”, this term is exclusive to Australia. They are equivalent to our “thrift stores”, “2nd-hand shops”, or “bundle shops”.

For more info, please check out DEAD's website on

They will also be touring with onion –

The tour is brought to you by 7x0x7, with the help of The Ricecooker Shop, GHAUST, and DIY Pinoy HC/Punk.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Olongapo FC U16, Phliex Pines Cup 2011 Champions!

This one's a little late but hey, it's Olongapo FC! These are the same guys who played for this years Central Luzon Regional Athletics Association (CLRAA) Meet and finished as fourth runner up. They are also some of the guys I'm playing with here at Olongapo City on weekends. Hehe.

Philex Pines Cup 2011. They've won the U16 Championship after beating Baguio United Football Club with a goal margin (2-1) on the semis and subsequently trashing De La Salle Zobel Team A on a 2-nil victory to claim the U16 Cup on April 11-12, 2011.

Also, Olongapo FC bagged 3 major U16 awards: Jasper Murillo took the Best Goalkeeper Award, Frederico "Oteng" Fariñas for the Golden Boot Award(player with the highest goal count for the competition), and Raymart Maliao as the Most Valuable Player.

Olongapo City-Zambales Football Club (OCZFC)'s U14 team finished as 2nd Runner Up and U8 brought the Fair Play Award home.

Cheers, Olongapo!

Kicksand 2011

More football. This time on sand! KICKSAND 2011! Yes, you can still play football on sand--and just about any other surfaces.

KICKSAND 2011 is organized by the Beach Football Association of the Philippines (BFAP) under the supervision of the Philippine Football Federation and Philippine Sports Commission. There will be three (3) legs: Subic, Boracay and Davao.

First leg will be at Boardwalk, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, April 16 - 17, 2011. This should be fun! Prepare your sunblocks, tho. :) I'll be probably at the second day because first day will coincide with "If Zines COuld Talk" show at Kalye Art Gallery in Manila.

Participating teams for the SUBIC LEG are(tentative):

(Men's Division)

1. Baguio FC
2. Corinthians FC
3. Marcelo FC
4. Naga City FC
5. Manila FC (Mama Sita's)
6. Amihan FC (from Olongapo-Subic Bay)

(Women's Division)

1. Baguio FC
2. Virgo Intacta FC
3. Libertas FC
5. Team Kick Me FC
6. LFC Alabang
7. Pie Azul FC

Click the BFAP's link for more info: Beach Football Association of the Philippines (BFAP)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 2011, The Month of El Clásico

For some of you who doesn't follow football, here's an introduction. El Clásico is the name given to any match between Spanish football giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. It was first contested on the 13th of May, 1902 where Barcelona trashed Madrid in a 3-1 battle. The rivalry came about because Barcelona and Madrid are the two most largest cities in Spain and apparently the two most riches, successful and admired football club in Spain and I guess also in the world. And another reason for the famed rivalry is Barcelona (Catalonia region) represents the Catalan pride and identity while Madrid (Castilian region) emulates "Spanish Nationalist" sentiments. During the early days of Spanish football, Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator in the 1930s, always favored Real Madrid over Barcelona causing the Barcelona citizens/fans to oppose the fascist's regime. As of today, El Clásico is the most followed club rivalry in the history of football.

Fast forward to April 2011, football fanatics all over the world will witness FOUR (one will be in May 3/4) El Clásico matches.

One will be at Spanish La Liga 2010/2011 on April 16/17, this will be the second time this two clubs will meet in the current season of La Liga. La Liga is the professional first division football competition in Spain similar to English Premier League and/or USA's NBA.

Here's the video of what happened in their first meeting during the current season of La Liga:

Another is the championship for the Copa del Ray after Barcelona defeated Almeria on 5-0 aggregate score and Sevilla bowed to Madrid on 3-0 aggregate score on the Cup's semi finals. Copa del Ray or The King's Cup in English, is the annual football cup competition in Spain. First competition was played in 1902 after Carlos Padrós, later became Madrid's president, suggested a football competition that would celebrate the coronation of Alfonso XIII. Copa del Ray is somewhat similar to England's FA Cup where lower ranked clubs can battle it out with higher ranking clubs. This year's finals will be staged at Mestalla, Valencia on April 20, 2011.

Lastly, one of the semi-final match of the UEFA Champions League 2010/2011 will be an El Clásico. After Barcelona defeated Shakhtar Donetsk on an aggregate score of 6-1 and Real Madrid finishing their quarter-final match with Tottenhan Hotspur in 5-0 margin, the two mighty club will once again return on the same pitch, two times(home and away), to claim a spot in the finals of this years Champions League. First leg will be on 27 April 2011 at Madrid's home turf Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the second leg is on 3 May 2011 at the 90,000+ seater Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Watch the games and cheer for your favorite club!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

If Zines Could Talk

Here's the poster for the much-awaited zine convention put up by the good "punks" of Philippine DIY hardcore/punk scene spearheaded by Odessa and her crew as part of the month-long THIS IS NOT A PUNK SHOW event at Kalye Art Gallery in Singalong, Manila.

The show/convention also feature performances by Monochrome, Guerra Mundial, Ginseng, The Diary of Old Mango Tree and Shirley Steinberg's last show.

So show up, enjoy and be mesmerized! Hehe.