- And all who watch are just baffled.Here’s another sex video scandal, allegedly involving two celebrities, less than a month after the last leaked sex video.Hot searchComedian Wally Bayola is surely someone being hotly searched these days and it’s not because of his stage antics with Jose Manalo, but for something that seems to be a trend affecting show business nowadays.It’s about an alleged recorded tryst with a fellow talent from the top noontime program “Eat Bulaga!”, Yoshika “Yosh” Rivera, now circulating online. Yes, it’s another sex video scandal—something that doesn’t surprise anyone except of course that in this instance, it documents a possible act of extramarital sex.The big question on everyone’s mind is: why in the world record it?A criminal act?Hayden Kho said his sex videos were merely personal mementos of being a singleRead More »from No laughing matter for Wally
I’ve never seen an event with so many fans wearing black shirts as when Metallica performed in Singapore last August 24, 2013. Forty thousand fans filled the Changi Exhibition Center, the newest and largest concert venue in Singapore.
A few days earlier the band played in Kuala Lumpur. A few hardcore fans from KL still showed up in Singapore for their second fix of the band. The whole of Southeast Asia had waited 20 years for the guys to show up and fans weren’t just going to miss their chance, they were going to milk it for all they’ve got.
The band, who flew in from KL on the day of the concert, went straight to the pre-concert press conference.
Seeing them in normal clothes was a surprise. I was so used to the dark image they they presented all these years. That afternoon, singer James Hetfield wore a normal white shirt, long shorts and sneakers; guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo were in surfwear sinceRead More »from 40,000 fans jam Metallica concert in Singapore
- Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 8:05 AM PHT
This August 19 at the Hard Rock Café in Makati, Canadian rock duo Japandroids will prove that half a band can be twice as great as a full four-member lineup. With only two members sharing vocal duties—Brian King on guitar and David Prowse on drums—the band has gained notoriety through their energetic live performances.
Japandroids was formed in Vancouver in 2006 and struggled to break into the Vancouver music scene. While recording “Post-Nothing” in 2008, they saw that the band was going nowhere and decided to release the album in 2009 without any promotion.
Yet this surrender turned their fortunes around as music website Pitchfork had awarded the song “Young Hearts Spark Fire” with Best New Track and consequently the entire album with Best New Music which enabled the band’s music to reach a global audience.
Punk rock chant
“Post-Nothing” then became a whole lot of many things. The attitude that led Japandroids to releaseRead More »from 2-member Japandroids set to gut Manila club with rousing punk set
We celebrated Sponge Cola's 13th year as a band in the historic music museum with our first major concert called Maximum Capacity. Why 13 years and why just now? Well.
Bands normally do gigs, they don't do shows. normally bands play straight up and let the music speak. You don't normally hear about concerts with lights, videos, entrances and exits, you hear them playing gigs all over. Not to belittle these gigs but that's just how it works for bands. I guess making things seem a tad more guerrilla and unassuming adds credibility for bands. With Maximum Capacity, we wanted to shake things up and do something different. After all, with so many of these gigs all over, we technically forgot to celebrate our tenth year, so why not explode with a SHOW on the 13th year with a bit of lady luck's pixie dust?Read More »from Sponge Cola’s ‘Maximum Capacity’
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With that, we worked with Paolo Valenciano, a good friend and a creative genius to put together a show. With him directing, I knew things
"Bang Bang Alley" is the cop-out, the short-cut, the catch-22, the dark and unsavory routes we take when we give in to despair. It is the path that some take to sustain the most primal form of addiction: power. It's the first refuge and final stop for those of us who choose to run away from the consequences of our actions, mostly when there seems to be no other choice. It's the cramped, dank, media-saturated places in our brains that we disappear to when we suddenly snap.
"Bang Bang Alley" is the memory that we cannot bury and instead choose to drag along for the rest of our lives like a hunchback pulling a coffin. "Bang Bang Alley" may or may not be a girlie bar in some sleazy part of town. It may be that karaoke place you frequent or that massage parlor you’ve been meaning to visit. It could be in the hallowed halls of government or the mud-covered fields of the country. "Bang Bang Alley" is where you end up when you make a wrong turn.It began four years ago in Benguet...
So how did weRead More »from BANG BANG ALLEY: How did we get here?
I had expected to arrive to a subdued and sentimental crowd waiting to see The xx play Manila last July 30, but I was wrong.
The Manila crowd responded to the band with loud screams of adoration which overpowered the NBC Tent at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City, the first time I’ve seen the venue packed to the brim.
Tickets had sold out and people were lined up outside the tent for several hours. Some hoped they could snag a spot at the front row. Others waited to see if they could get a hold of additional tickets released on the day of the concert itself.
‘Salamat’ from the band
When the show started with opening acts Taken by Cars and UpDharmaDown, people were still entering the venue.
The overwhelming number of people who went to see The xx made members Oliver Sim, Jamie Smith and Romy Madley Croft respond with much gratitude, with Croft actually uttering “salamat” to the crowd’s approval.
The trio did not disappoint: the groupRead More »from Crowd love greets The xx in Manila
- Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Tue, Aug 6, 2013 7:35 AM PHT
When you walk into Saguijo or Route 196 these next few days, you might be surprised to find Singaporean singer-songwriter Inch Chua on the lineup.
Singapore’s indie pop music princess is set to play Manila’s smaller venues beginning tonight, August 6 at Aracama at The Fort Strip in Taguig, August 7 at in Saguijo in Makati, August 8 at Route 196 in Quezon City and it’s back to Saguijo on August 10.
Her live concerts precede the worldwide release of her new album “Bumfuzzle” on August 27.
Fired from her band
In addition to Manila, her tour includes shows in Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and, of course, her native Singapore.
It wasn’t always on the up and up for the 24-year-old.
But, being fired from a band may have been the best thing that ever happened to her.
Bad situation turned good
At the age of 16, she fronted for a band called Auburn’s Epiphany after answering an adRead More »from Singapore’s indie pop princess plays Manila this week
A little over a week ago, Aia De Leon, former vocalist of Imago, joined the reality TV show contest “The Voice of the Philippines.” I knew about this prior to the show as news like this doesn't go unnoticed. Of course, due to privacy clauses, nobody really knew what happened to her in the contest until the show was aired.
Well, now we all know that Aia De Leon wasn't chosen by any of the judges, much to their regret.
You see, I’ve been a fan of Imago and Aia De Leon’s deeply beautiful and unique voice for many years. Prior to the band’s "Tara Lets" era, I think Imago’s most glorious days were when their songs "Akap" and "Taning" were at their peak.
Still sounded like Aia despite ‘blind audition’
On “The Voice,” Aia may have sounded a little different when she sang her version of Michael Jackson’s "The Way You Make Me Feel." But if I made like the judges and closed my eyes so I couldn’t see who was singing, I think I’d still say that she sounded aRead More »from Why Aia de Leon wasn’t chosen in ‘The Voice’
- Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:37 PM PHT
Roberto “Danger” Sanchez is one of the top DJs who started in the 80s, with his music style evolving from early post-disco to European house to a wide-ranging repertoire that mixes classics with what's current.
He is widely known as a veteran of the club scene, an alumnus of Groove Nation, the group that produced raves at the height of the scene in the late 90s. He eventually became one of the most in-demand DJs, flying to various gigs and exclusive events nationwide.
Because of his wide influence in the industry, he became an events director and a music producer. He organized LocalE, the first organization of DJs and electronica producers, and opened a school with DJ Jesi Suaco. He also had a band called Tribo Manila, which mixed recorded electronic music with live instruments.
Serious heart operation
But blazing through the party and music scene took its toll. Last year, Sanchez underwent a serious heart operation thatRead More »from Sidelined by heart ailment, vet DJ restarts with art
- Niña Sandejas | omg! Philippines News Blog – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 11:59 AM PHT
In the old days, the audience raised lighters to show how much they revered the performers on stage. Nowadays, cellphones and iPads create the light spectacle during concerts. But these aren’t used to give props to the band but ways to document the entire show.
As a professional music photographer, I understand the importance of taking photos or videos of an event so that others can relive the moment. But in my job, I am usually allowed by concert producers or the band’s management to shoot only three songs during the course of a concert. Honestly, I prefer it that way.
Of course, other photographers may wish otherwise. Others would rather document a show from intro to encore. But I like that I only have 10 to 15 minutes to do my job. That means I can just enjoy the rest of the concert. Though taking photographs of concerts for a living sounds like a pretty cool job, I do sacrifice my personal experience to get the work done.
Read More »from Do you record entire concerts on your phone? Then, listen up