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Playlist of the Week: Sept. 8, 2014

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Whoa! With my first playlist of the week post, I think I got the hang of this – sharing the kind of music I’m listening to you guys. It’s always been one of my icebreakers whenever I meet someone new. Eventually we’d exchange playlists and discover different artists both in mainstream and underground. I hope I get to know your song recommendations as well.

Same as last time, my playlist does not completely have current songs. In fact, some have been released for a couple of years ago. They just didn’t break through the mainstream. Some of these songs come from OPM and indie bands I’ve scoured through the interwebs. If you like, you can definitely follow their youtube channels.

So without further ado, here are the songs in my playlist for the week (and in no particular order).

I just found out about this song. It’s been awhile since I’ve spent time with my friends. They’re actually the ones recommending me new songs. This is relatively current (Dec 2013). I’m not that far behind, am I?

I liked the song coz it reminded me of No Doubt back when they were into Ska and Reggae. Plus, the lyrics is quite adorable. The guy is asking permission from his girlfriend’s father to have her hand in marriage. Well, the dad was being “rude”.

Daaaaaaaaah… Just listen to it and you’ll know.

By far, my favorite pinoy band of all time. Well, fans of Eraserheads might chop my head off when see me in the streets but hear me out. Don’t get me wrong. I’m loyal to Eraserheads. They’re a huge influence on OPM back in the 90s. No doubt about that. (side not: Did you know the guy who directed their music video for Ang Huling El Bimbo is also the same guy who directed And Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros?)

Okay, back to reality. But they’re really good. They’re sound is so unique. Plus Armi’s voice is to die for.

If Girls was my happy song for the playlist, Indak is my sad song. You know that bed weather when you just wanna curl and sleep and feel intentionally depressed just coz the weather suggests it? This is a great song for that. Haha!

And since we got into the subject of Eraserheads, I’m gonna put one (yes one, coz they have so many cool songs I might just put all their songs in this playlist just to get this over with.) song.

This is actually the first Eheads song I’ve learned to sing. It was the 90’s. I just learned how to read and this song has a lot of simple words a kindergartener can read. Now that I’ve grown up and have read the lyrics, it breaks my heart.

You could hear the irony, right? The song talks about death and yet the song sounds so happy and fast paced.

It’s Bisaya. I recently (is 7 months recent?) been fascinated with Visayan songs coz of my friends who’ve had their Visayan Appreciation class. Come on, this one’s catchy, right?

For those of you who don’t understand Bisaya, the song is about a girl who’s seen her crush and actually wants to take a photo op with him. Funny, right?

Jazz. The most free flowing and relaxing genre in music. I’ve started appreciating jazz when I was in high school. I always thought that jazz perfectly emulates life; it sounds sad but you gotta get through it and appreciate how it’ll all end.

This song right here is Aretha by Rumer. Clearly this song is a homage to Aretha Franklin. Also, it makes you think how the persona grew up too fast and appreciated Aretha’s songs at such a young age. That’s just my take on it. What about you?

Rumer sounds like the love child of Karen Carpenter and Sara Bareilles. Try and have a listen to it and let me know if you aren’t hooked on her.

So that sums up my playlist of the week. Til then,

Peace out!

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Retro Book Review: The Kobayashi Maru of Love and the quest in obtaining the said book

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The first time  I heard about Carljoe Javier’s The Kobayashi Maru of Love (hereon in referred to as KMoL), a friend of mine shared a photo over at Facebook about its book launching. Mind you, that was back in 2010. I  couldn’t go there coz the venue was in the nation’s capital and I was (still am) in Cagayan de Oro City. Ever since I saw the book cover, I swore to myself that I will get a hold of it one day.

I eventually found out that the book was self published and there was an astronomical possibility that it wouldn’t reach Mindanao, let alone my hometown. You know what I did? I searched the author’s name on Facebook and chatted him up asking him how to get a hold of his book. I think I even said “Please help out a fellow geek.” Now that I think about it, what I did was utterly humiliating. But wouldn’t you know it? He replied and said that I could look it up at Fully Booked and National Bookstore branches or ask Visprint for copies.

Two years later, I was scheduled to spend January 2012 at Cebu where I knew there was a Fully Booked branch over there. I did PM their FB page but I was inquiring on Up Dharma Down’s (hereon in referred to as UDD) Capacities album. Well, they did reserve the album for me. I even had a spat with another customer but that’s another story.

So I wandered around Fully Booked and was amazed at how the place was so huge and so full of books. There was no place like this back home. I found books I’ve been looking for years. But I didn’t get them all. I was broke. Haha.. Still am. But I left the place with UDD’s Capacities and Javier’s KMoL. Talk about broken hearted.

Imagine what it would be like reading a man’s collection of short stories about being dumped out of a long  term relationship while listening to Capacities. (Try reading it with Luna or Indak and you’ll know what I mean). It was heart wrenching.

KMoL is divided into three parts.

Part I is about the persona’s (or the author’s) compromises he has done to please his partner. It was suppose to be a template for a book about how their relationship endured even though they were polar opposites; he was a geek and she was a preppy popular girl. He wrote KMoL instead because well, she left him.

Part II is a collection of short stories each chronicling seven days after the break up. All of the entries are named after a day of the week. The stages of grief was aptly displayed in the chapters. My favorite entry was “Thursday” because he talked about the dreams he has built with the girl and how he has come to terms with the fact that they will not be fulfilled anymore.

Part III is about how the persona bounced back from the break up and meeting other people and spending time with friends. (Wew. There are a lot of ands in that sentence.) The one with the plan of picking up a girl in the comic book section of Fully Booked has potential but the execution sucked. Instead of having his eyes on the prize, he and his friend were stunned at a Superman cape being displayed in the store. They were so enamored at the cape; one girl even scoffed at them for being such nerds.

That’s why I love reading this book. Even if you’re not a hard core geek, you can still sympathize with the author because he talked about his views about being broken and how the bounced back from that. Of course, he didn’t do that alone. He had friends to lift his spirits up playing Guitar Hero and spending his time at Comic Alley (where he bought a Emma Frost action figure to telepathically spite his ex).

Two years later and I still read it on a whim. I read it chronologically. Sometimes I just pick out my favorite entry. Either way, I keep it in my bag daily coz I never know when boredom strikes.

Grab a copy at the nearest Fully Booked and National BS branches.

See what I did there?

Peace out!