Tracks of the Week – “In Darkness” and “Peaks and Tides” by The Sun Manager

One of the best sets in the Sofar Sounds Manila series thus far was by April Hernandez, also known as The Sun Manager. For this week, I’d like to feature two tracks by her.

The first is the one Sofar’s Manila team put up online. Here she is, with her band, doing “In Darkness.”

And this one is a track that I recall hearing from that same set, but was not on video.

While I enjoy her acoustic stuff, some of the stuff she does with a band works quite well.

In any case, looking forward to hearing more from her and the UP Underground people. I have gotten to know them over the last few years and they remind me of the halcyon days of…okay, I will stop here.

Have a great week everyone!


Track of the Week – “Ngayong Gabi” by Kai Honasan

Every so often there is a track that makes you feel all warm inside but gives you a few goosebumps. The secret is having cellos in it. Of course, I am kidding.

But this track has cellos in it. And it is from Kai Honasan’s new record, which I reviewed for Vandals on the Wall. I recommend not only this, my favorite track, but also the entire record.

Oh, and do join me in saying goodbye to Kai’s longtime musical collaborator Denise Santos next Wednesday at Craft! She’s going off to the States to study for a couple of years. Here’s the Facebook event page.

It was all worth it.

Sometimes I get into a bit of unease about whether it was all worth it. Tonight was one of those nights.

Then a friend of mine, the subject of this piece I wrote for GMA posted this repost of her profile. You may not see it, but it is in Japanese. Because it was the Osaka Asian Film Festival, where Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita won best picture, who posted this one.

Screenshot 2014-04-24 22.22.39It was all worth it.



Track of the Week – Strange Tree by the Mighty Terns

I’d like to experiment with new things on this site, and perhaps it would be nice if it becomes more steady, but here goes:

This is my track of the week.

If anyone remembers the ensemble TOI from a few years back, here’s a new multinational project involving the band’s former lead vocalist, Pauline Diaz.

I miss hearing Pauline’s voice, which was one of the more interesting ones in local music before. But I’m glad that she’s back with friends from all over, making music.