eraserheads on the web

01/30/07 at 10:00 am | Posted in Eraserheads, Music, Tikman Ang Langit | 3 Comments

Looking for more online sources of information about the Eraserheads?

If you want to be part of the oldest surviving Eraserheads online discussion group, subscribe to eraserheads: Circus – The Eraserheads Mailing List. This was established way back in 1998 and the list is managed by the leading Philippine music site, PhilMusic.com.

It’s such a shame I wasn’t able to go to the concert, but check out Jim Ayson’s PhilMusic.com article about Marcus Adoro’s surprise visit and performance at the LivELY benefit concert last Sunday in Eastwood City. Great pics as well — find out what Jim means when he describes Marcus as “[l]ike Gandalf. Only with a really good tan.”

Another online discussion group is Eraserheads.org. If you sign up there, you’re supposed to get a free e-mail account: yourname@eraserheads.org.

By the way, interestingly enough, the domain eraserheads.com is for sale.

My fellow “Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads” contributors have also blogged about the dinner and EB we had where we got advance copies of the book and some of us met each other for the first time in real life.

Here’s an excerpt from Chong Ardivilla’s blog entry:

Last Friday, I went with Faye to a gathering of contributors to an Eraserheads Anthology “Tikman ang Langit” (Taste the Heaven….ok that sounded awkward, but that’s the literal translation). I’m one of the contributors. I wrote an essay with a homosexual perspective on the E-heads and rock and roll. I wrote of their song “Hey Jay” which did not earn a wide release but was revolutionary in a way that it was about a gay friend who is struggling with his identity.

I was surrounded by Writers with a capital”W.” Palanca winners, editors, journalists, fictionists, essayists….But I bet I’m the only one in the punchbowl who wore a rainbow feather boa in a mall. But it was an interesting gathering. I felt like a fish out of water but not so much to drive me away.

I am so happy to be made a part of this. I’m a published writer. I mean, I had articles printed in the newspaper before. And an article of mine was reprinted in a book. But this is the first time I actually wrote for a book and it’s a great feeling. It’s not a vindication that I can write…please….but that I was made part in a collection of essays celebrating what a lot of people tout as the last great Filipino band. It’s an honor. You have to read the essays to understand the extent of the influence of this band in the local rock and roll scene. the book will be available in national bookstore and powerbooks mid-February….oha plugging!

See the pics of Chong and his “long-lost twin” heh 🙂

Here’s an excerpt from Erwin Oliva’s blog post:

Of course, thank you to Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala, and Marcus Adoro who took time off to write opinions about this book. Kudos! And for Ely, thanks for all the good memories and the songs.

As the back cover of the book states: “For most Filipino youths in the Nineties, the Eraserheads was the band that defined their generation. From the underground scene, the band led the alternative music’s invasion of the mainstream and ushered in a new era of Pinoy music.”

And a blog entry from Jing Gaddi’s friend who was with us during the dinner. Jing Gaddi wrote the afterword:

ava and jing were nice enough to bring me to a small dinner marking the release of an anthology of essays celebrating the legacy and influence of the eraserheads . (jing wrote the afterword.) it’s a pretty slim volume but what was curious (and therefore great) about the book was that it wasn’t merely about the eraserheads. the pictures included could pass off as practically a history of the 90’s rock scene in manila. there were lots of band pictures, samples of posters of gigs, pictures of the famous joints which are now legendary (and mostly extinct), little bits and pieces of that wonderful time in the 90’s when pinoy alternative rock was this fireball of musical energy and love.

and so it was a trip seeing the four members back when they were skinny guys with the requisite hairdos of the time. at the same time, it was equally a joy to see snapshots of the people who made the scene alive. in a moment of a ‘what if’ hypothetical scenario, i figured had i not listened to my high school teachers and filled out that upcat form to make up diliman my first choice of campus instead, i would’ve seen all of these first-hand. but no, los banos was my undergrad world and my only resource was la 105.9, a station which played both teeth’s laklak (it’s all about the cute lead singer, ha!) and pavement’s cut your hair.

And thanks again to Janette Toral for plugging our book. I really appreciate it.

Meanwhile, other Eraserheads fans have been blogging about the LivELY benefit concert, including this entry from freelance rock photographer Mari Arquiza’s i see red blog:

The Filipino bayanihan spirit came to the fore once again as the OPM community got together in a special concert “LiveELY” for the benefit of rock icon Ely Buendia. I was not able to cover the whole event but while I was there i felt something different in the venue: everyone was smiling, the security guys were nice, walang slamman, walang wild, there were a lot of photographers pero di magulo — parang ang babait lahat ng tao! I guess the Spirit that prompted the organizers and the artists to work together overflowed to all the people there. 🙂

Ely himself was surprised by the whole thing, and was probably overwhelmed to know that a lot of people cared for him that he decided to share a portion of the proceeds to charity.

and this one from Blog it OUT!

Anyone in the Philippines, specially the youth of the early ’90s surely know who the ERASERHEADS were. “The pinoy band who revived PINOY ROCK”. Composed of ELY BUENDIA – vocals, MARCUS ADORO – guitars, BUDDY ZABALA – Bass & RAYMUND MARASIGAN – percussions.

This month, ELY had a heart attack at a very young age (around 30’s). He underwent major surgery called andioplasty – a surgery performed to remove the blockage around the heart which prevents it from pumping….and one of the major causes of death. Andioplasty, not only sounds and looks difficult in the true sense of the word but is also one of the most expensive surgeries, that’s why last night, a free concert was held at Eastwood City in Libis for the benefit of ELY BUENDIA.

Erwin Oliva’s essay in the book, by the way, talked about his electronic voyage of discovery as he examined how very much alive the Eraserheads is in cyberspace. So check it out when the book comes out.

The book launch is supposed to be held at SM Mall of Asia, so please stay tuned and we’ll give you the details once they’re finalized.

Mabuhay ang Eheads! Sana mag-reunite na sila

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even bush loves the eraserheads, heh

01/29/07 at 10:04 am | Posted in Eraserheads, Music, Personal, Tikman Ang Langit, Videos | 2 Comments

Made that Gizmoz talking head of Bush saying how much he loves the Eraserheads, heh. And since WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to embed the Gizmoz code (among other things, sigh), I uploaded the video to YouTube. I used my personal YouTube account, not the hackenslash TV channel for the videos we create for INQUIRER.net, so don’t be surprised to see videos of my daughter Sam, heh.

Gizmoz is pretty cool, huh? Used the text-to-speech option — you could also record your own voice. You can also download the Gizmoz client for your IM or Skype and use the talking heads as your avatars.

The Eraserheads is still the best Filipino band for me. If you’re an Eheads fan, check out the group page I just set up at groovenet.ph/eraserheads

GrooveNet is like Friendster or MySpace but proudly Philippine-made, plus it has a 3D virtual world — the localized version of There.

Wanna add the er, Bush Eheads talking head to your GrooveNet or other social networking site profile, blog or other webpage? Please go to http://www.gizmoz.com/video/412546_bush_and_eraserheads and get the embed code. But as mentioned, some blog hosts don’t allow you to embed the code.

Mabuhay ang Eheads! Halika, tikman ang langit.

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wanna buy the eraserheads book?

01/28/07 at 10:39 pm | Posted in Books, Eraserheads, Music, Personal, Tikman Ang Langit | Leave a comment

(Piktyur galing kay Cyberbaguioboy)

Psst, fan ka ba ng Eheads?

Gusto mong tikman ang langit?

Punta ka sa blog na ito. Bibigyan kayo ng updates tungkol sa “Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads.” Balik-balikan para malaman kung saan mabibili ang libro pag labas nito. At kung saan gaganapin ang launch.

Oo, libro tungkol sa Eraserheads. Ilang taon na ang nakalilipas pero, pero wala pa ring tatalo sa Eheads.

Sama ka na, pare ko.

(Pagaling ka, Ely. At salamat Raymund, Buddy at Marcus sa mga blurbs ninyo para sa libro.)

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eraserheads anthology: tikman ang langit

01/27/07 at 1:44 am | Posted in Music, Personal | 4 Comments

Update: Thanks to Janette Toral for plugging the book.

Just got back from the dinner/EB with the other writers behind “Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads,” where we got our copies of the book and many of us met each other in real life for the first time.

That’s me (left) with fellow writers Chong Ardivilla (center) and Faye Ilogon at Gerry’s Grill in Makati City. My essay is “The Long Goodbye.” Our other comrades-in-letters who contributed essays to this anthology are: Abigail Ho, Claire Maneja, Edwin Sallan, Erwin OlivaJing Garcia, Joel Pinaroc, Julio de la Cruz Jr., Marco Abella, Vernon Sarne and Vincent Batacan.

The anthology was edited by Ces Rodriguez and compiled by Melvin Calimag and Jing Garcia, with a foreword by UP professor Robin Rivera, the producer of the Eraserheads’ first albums, a poem/introduction by Mensa Philippines president Dimpy Jazmines, and an afterword by Michael Vincent Gaddi.

Oh, and blurbs by Eric Caruncho, Lourd de Veyra and Jessica Zafra. Wow, let me say that again, Eric Caruncho, Lourd de Veyra and Jessica Zafra. Whew!

The cover design is by Gino Borja, and the book features pictures from the collection of Jing Garcia and Dodong Viray, including never-before-seen photos.

First of all, I’d like to thank Melvin and Jing for coming up with this book project and making me a part of it. This was your idea, Melvin, shocked as you were when you were looking for a book on the Eraserheads, only to find that none has been written yet about arguably the greatest Philippine band. Here’s to you, Melvin, Jing — thanks for making this book a reality.

I’d also like to thank my fellow writers, some of whom I had only met online (in Claire’s case, she’s based in the US, heh) for the duration of this project, through the e-group Melvin set up and our e-mail correspondence. Reading your essays, corresponding with you and now meeting you face to face has inspired an even greater love for the music of the Eraserheads and the message they shared. Their music is the recurring theme that binds a diverse group that includes tech journalists, fiction writers, music critics, a cartoonist, a business reporter, a lawyer and a motoring journalist.

Thanks to our editor, Ces Rodriguez, for making sure our words wouldn’t lead us astray.

Special thanks to our publisher Visual Print Enterprises, for making our dreams come true. It’s still hard to believe I’m holding this book, heh.

Thanks to Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro, for agreeing to write what they think of this book. And to Ely Buendia, we’re praying for you. Get well soon, Ely.

And lastly, thanks to my wife Ellen and daughter Sam, for always believing in me.

Where can you get a copy of “Tikman ang Langit”? We’ll let you know soon, so just keep visiting this blog.

(Oh and to my friends Eric Evano, Pauline Orendain, Dino Fulgencio, Marilyn Dee-See and Sheryll Ang, special mention kayo sa essay ko, kaya bili na kayo, hehe.)

For now, I’ll just leave you with Raymund’s words: “I was putting off reading this because of the mixed feelings I have about the Eheads. But I finally took the plunge, and was actually pleasantly surprised. There are a number of bits and pieces here from people who knew me and my bandmates pretty well, but a lot of it is new, even to me. So I think you’ll probably find a lot of fresh insight and revelations on the band that you’ll find interesting and amusing.”

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benefit concert for ely buendia

01/26/07 at 6:00 pm | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Music | Leave a comment

From Super!, which is already online and comes out tomorrow (Saturday) in the Philippine Daily Inquirer print newspaper: 

SHOW your support and march on to the Eastwood Central Plaza on Sunday, Jan. 28 (a full day before Rockerpark) for “LivELY: A Fundraising Concert for the Benefit of Ely Buendia.” Get your fill of Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Rivermaya, Itchyworms, Spongecola, Chicosci, UpDharmaDown, True Faith, Cynthia Alexander, Severo, and Soapdish. The lovefest starts at 4:30 p.m. so see ya then!

For more info, contact Liz Claudio at +63 917-8295492.

level up! on youtube

01/25/07 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Gaming, INQUIRER.net, Music, Photos, Tech, Videos | Leave a comment

Seems Philippine online game publisher Level Up! now also has a YouTube channel via gmtristan.

Here’s the video of Moonstar88’s “Pag-Ibig Ko Sa Yo” from the album “Rok On: Music Inspired by Philippine Ragnarok Online.”

By the way, the girl who portrayed Willow the Assassin in the video and during the “Amatsu and Kunlun” launch (this was back in 2005) happens to be our marketing assistant Claire Chan at INQUIRER.net, heh.

Here’s a hackenslash article on Willow.

And a photo of Claire as our hackenslash image model.

youtube and open music collaboration

01/22/07 at 10:31 am | Posted in Music, Tech | Leave a comment

Got this from Mike Abundo’s blog, and I can’t be more thrilled about this development.

As Mike stated in his post Open Music Collaboration on YouTube, seems musicians are harnessing the power of YouTube to make beautiful music together.

I’m not talking about a bunch of music artists getting together in the same room and doing a video of their performance. This is about one YouTube user, who’s a guitarist, posting a video of her song. Then another musician whom she doesn’t even know adds his drum track to the song, then another adds his bass performance. Awesome! See Mike’s post for the video clips.

I hope we’ll see more of this kind of grassroots collaboration. People who know me are aware of the public stand I’ve made against piracy over two years ago when I quit cold turkey. Yet while I remain firmly convinced we shouldn’t buy pirated discs of any form, the stupidity of digital rights management and the greed of recording companies is simply appalling.

How stupid is it when, even if I paid for an original music CD with hardearned money, I’m not supposed to be able to rip those tunes and transfer them to an MP3 player? No, if the music companies have their way, we’re supposed to pay another fee to download the digital equivalents of these songs, which, by the way, also have limitations on, say, how many machines you can play them on or number of CDs on which you can burn them. WTF?!! I’m already willing to pay for the original, which is a lot more expensive, but how many times can the recording companies expect to screw us over?

In fact, this will be one of the heated debates over at the MIDEM global music fair now ongoing in Cannes.

Here’s an excerpt from that wire report:

“You can’t ask people to pay (for music) when they’ve been getting it for free,” celebrated French economist, author and former adviser to president Francois Mitterand, Jacques Attali, told a packed MidemNet conference here Saturday.

Attali’s view is shared by most of the technology companies that are taking the music world fast forward into the digital age.

But the beleaguered major record labels, reeling from plummeting CD sales and piracy, take the opposite stance — at least for the moment.

News announced here Saturday that the independent record labels around the world have agreed to work together and pool access to their huge music catalogues will put further pressure on the big recording companies.

Hell, let all the musicians in the Philippines unite and pour their efforts into their own indie labels. They’re the ones with talent (well, at least some of them are, since others with no talent have flourished because of marketing), and they should have the power to decide how to distribute their content and what to charge for it.

The stupidity of DRM is something I’ve already railed against, including in my CNET Asia blog post “Do you want more frickin’ pirates?” I think it just goes to show how shortsighted, clueless or just plain greedy (or more likely all three) music companies and to a certain extent even movie companies (though props to them for being quicker in embracing digital distribution) are. They are alienating even the people who are willing to pay for original goods. The sad thing is that these companies are making a ton of money as middlemen — wouldn’t it be great if we could pay each artist directly? After all, wasn’t the removal of the middleman one of the promises of the Internet?

The music companies and other middlemen should tremble even more once bandwidth becomes ubiquitous. With high-speed connections, everything can be streamed, and we won’t even need to download the content. And if technology allows everything to be freely available, what happens to your old payment schemes?

Maybe it’s time for music companies and their ilk to look beyond business models based on the physical transfer of goods, and finally become part of the digital world.

The rest of us are living here already.

mashup: sgt. pepper’s paradise (extended edition)

01/21/07 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Music, Tech | 1 Comment

It’s Guns N’ Roses vs. The Beatles in the Jimmi Jammes — Sgt. Pepper’s Paradise remix from Odeo’s Mashups channel.

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mashup: dj jay-r — sweet sovereign

01/21/07 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Music, Tech | Leave a comment

From the del.icio.us Mashups channel on Odeo, here’s DJ Jay-R’s Sweet Sovereign remix (Lady Sovereign vs. Eurhythmics vs. Shiny Grey.

Get more tunes from Odeo.com.

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And here’s a YouTube clip of Lady Sovereign’s song “Love Me or Hate Me,” on which DJ Jay-R’s mashup was based.

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