• Kissing Ballade (4th Volume - A)

    Ago 10 2009, 10:58

    Kissing Ballade is part one of the 4th installment of the online compilation series from the Filipino Indiepop Scene collective. It has been four months since Under The Covers, but we feel that it's worth the wait. Sleeve design by Connie Francis of Carnival Park/ Melody Style Apartment.

    Volume 4a: Kissing Ballade

    download here:

    National Express - Can't Really Forget About Everything
    Skywritings - Serenity Serenade
    Archway Close - Longer
    Farewell Isobel - Daisy Tune
    Spring Boutique - Candy Blue Skies
    Outerhope - Lost In Numbers
    Sunday Picnic Love Affair - Happy Lonely Day
    Archaster - Kissing Ballade
    Avalyn - Blusher
    The Wentletraps - Through You
    Slumbook - Your Daily Routine
    Love In Athens - Little Chains
    Some Gorgeous Accident - Falling Fast
    Grace Period - Can't Get Away From You
    Dewdrop Fountain - Lazy Sunday Afternoon
    Balloon Derby - Moonstruck
    Slow Hello - Secret Sunset
    That Lingering Feeling - Where The Fallen Leaves Were
    Dress - Our Wakeful Dreams
    Self-Portrait - The Unrequited Love Song
    Goodbye Dakota - This One Decided To Stay (features lyrics derived from One by Jill Bliss)
  • Under the Covers - The Third Volume of MP3 Compilation Series

    Apr 10 2009, 18:42

    The third volume of mp3 compilation series is finally out!
    Under The Covers is a collection of cover songs by twenty one Filipino bands.


    Nocturnal We - Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground cover)
    Golden Teardrops - If I Needed Someone (The Beatles cover)
    Carnival Park - Portland, Oregon (The Cat's Miaow cover)
    Scattered Pearls - The Lucky One (Au Revoir Simone cover)
    That Lingering Feeling - Abandon Ship (April Showers cover)
    The Fantasy Lights - Loveless (New Order cover)
    Superminty - Time Thief (Pale Saints cover)
    Some Gorgeous Accident - Brighter (Railway Children cover)
    Lovely Days And Loud Hurrays - Before We Begin (Broadcast cover)
    So The Jerk - Hole In My Heart (BMX Bandits cover)
    Farewell Isobel- Keep Your Love (The Loveninjas cover)
    The Jealous Sea - Toy Tambourine (Aberdeen cover)
    Soft Pillow Kisses - Over The Rainbow (The Crooner cover)
    The Wentletraps - Just Like Honey (The Jesus And Mary Chain cover)
    Apple Orchard - Appetite (Prefab Sprout cover)
    Camera Shy - Afterhours (Velvet Underground cover)
    Radiomanila - Saving All My Love For You
    (Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr./ Whitney Houston cover)
    Candyaudioline - Nothing Much To Lose (My Bloody Valentine cover)
    Sonnet LVIII - Skyscrapers Of St. Mirin [Live] (The Close Lobsters cover)
    Sarah Sitting - Why Baby [Live](Aislers Set cover)
    Lazy Lorelei - Know Who You Are At Every Age [Live] (Cocteau Twins cover)

    The compilation can be downloaded here

    Kudos to Dale (Apple Orchard) and the bands who contributed to this compilation series. Sleeve design by Connie Francis of Melody Style Apartment/ Carnival Park.
  • A Short And Incomplete History Of Filipino Indiepop

    Feb 20 2009, 13:59

    Life in the gladhouse...

    Back in the early-to-mid 1980's, the Philippines had a thriving underground music scene centralized in its capital city of Manila. Bands like Betrayed, Urban Bandits, Ethnic Faces, Dean's December, Violent Playground, Under Blue Skies, Strange Days, Charlotte Russe, Silos and a lot more were directly/ indirectly influenced by punk and new wave, still gigs were few and far between. Recordings have been real scarce, as well. Apart from the not-too-many and sporadic 7" singles and cassette releases, a compilation tape entitled Subterranean Romance went on a limited circulation and it pretty much summarized the whole scene: lo-fi and very DIY. Moreover and most importantly, it was inspired and awfully promising, with an intense fan-following. It's interesting to mention that a small number of the bands, like Charlotte Russe and the Silos had a penchant for pop. Sadly, only the Silos were able to release at least one song, which appeared on the above-mentioned Subterranean Romance compilation. One of Charlotte Russe’s live gigs meanwhile, was heard over the radio courtesy of the short-lived station, DWXB 102.7 FM. Known for its "dare to be different" tagline, XB 102 catered to non-mainstream listeners and integrated these bands onto their playlists along with the likes of The Pale Fountains, Aztec Camera, The Lotus Eaters, Care and Orange Juice. Even so, the radio station was shut down in 1987 and majority of the local groups faded into obscurity, while some have continued making music, although taking a different musical path.

    Against perfection...

    When the 1990's began, a few like-minded souls started musical projects in the shoegaze and dream pop spectra. Some were testing the waters of Teenage Fanclub-inspired pop fuzz. Others were starting to cover Wedding Present songs. Several of these bands gave birth to a lot of other outfits, sharing members most of the time. Examples: Dreamy pop quartet Fingernail Cocktail splintered into two: Archaster and Mono Workshop, which eventually became Colour Contest. Aspirin and Candyaudioline’s main songwriter, Allan Montero formed Soft Pillow Kisses with guitar help from AJ Domingo (of Colour Contest). Sonnet LVIII's Dale Marquez and his brother Ryan from Sodajerk gave way to Dorian Of Juniper Bells (along with Jojo Sarmiento of She Came To Stay/ The Violet Hour/ Joaquin Esquivel) and Apple Orchard. Carnival Park came to existence when Ryan and his old buddies from Ear Candy and Supergloo fell in love with the Acid House Kings, Moving Pictures and twee. There were also a rather infamous number of bands who had a very brief existence, a handful of which were one-gig wonders (Ciao!, Eliminator Jr., Her Handwriting, Cake Shop Collection, Sarah Sitting). Releases during this time were very rare; the only chance you'll get to hear their music was at gigs and events like Awakenings, No Zone and Buzz Nights. However, some shoddy live recordings of bands like the ultra-fun Wadaiko and its equally engaging offspring, Sarah Sitting have been floating about the world-wide-web for quite some time. Notwithstanding the hissy recording quality, you could imagine how fun the gigs were. And they were lots of fun indeed. Fanzines like Scenester and Nine attested to this, as both documented detailed accounts and views of what was then, the booming and distinctive ‘90’s Manila indie scene.

    Rain of crystal spires...

    The years from 1998 to 2003 were vital points in time. The bands were playing almost regularly at various venues around the metropolitan area; the scene was flourishing. The shows were very intimate. Everyone knew each other. It was like a small music convention because it wasn’t just about the bands playing at a particular night. For one, it became a venue for mix-tapes and cd swapping. In addition, continuing on with what Scenester and Nine did earlier in the 1990’s, new zines and newsletters like Taste Like Tea, Sometimes and the Buzz Night newsletter were spread around. One memorable instance that occurred during one of the Buzz Night shows was a mix-tape exchange between the bands playing and the people in the audience. Everyone became friends.Throughout this period, a good number of the bands and their non-indiepop associates had releases albeit with a limited number of copies: Dorian Of Juniper Bells, Carnival Park, Soft Pillow Kisses, Blue Stereo, Sodajerk, She Came To Stay, downboydown, Sonnet LVIII, Melody Wrench, Archaster, Kid Auto Races At Venice, among others. The Mutual Admiration Society compilation which had contributions from Colour Contest, Soft Pillow Kisses, Dorian Of Juniper Bells, Apple Orchard and The Fantasy Lights was issued in 2000 under Definition Records and was distributed in the US and Europe. Upon its release, people started taking notice, locally and abroad. American indiepop label Shelflife Records signed up Carnival Park and Spring Boutique (which also issued an album through Japan’s Quince Records) for their cd-r series. Italian imprint Best Kept Secret had Apple Orchard, Sodajerk and Under Shooting Stars on their roster. The Fantasy Lights contributed a song on the Hit Music Only compilation from Swedish indie Heavenly Pop Hits. Local major Universal signed up Soft Pillow Kisses to throw in a song to an indiepop compilation album entitled I’d Spend My Day With You that also featured Trembling Blue Stars, Club 8, The Fairways, Birdie and more. Valenzuela (a little town north of Manila) imprint Dorothy Records – owned by Carnival Park member and Taste Like Tea editor, Mike Dy - had a couple of really tasteful cd and cassette releases and was getting US and Canadian distribution courtesy of Poppolar. Another local indie, Factory Girl issued the Working Titles comp with songs from Sodajerk and Carnival Park. Someone from the indiepop-list (an online community of indiepop kids from all over) even said that the Philippines was the next Sweden.

    Love's going out of fashion...

    However, it slowed down after that. A few of the bands called it quits (like Carnival Park and Balloon Derby - only to reunite again in 2006), others didn't play that much anymore because of various reasons (Days Like Postcards, Dorian Of Juniper Bells, Archaster). Nevertheless, in the past couple of years, there has been somewhat of a resurgence. New bands began popping up from everywhere, like Farewell Isobel, Slumbook, Dewdrop Fountain, Sunday Picnic Love Affair, Grace Period, Outerhope, Lazy Lorelei, The Wentletraps, Golden Teardrops and Melody Style Apartment. Moscow Olympics (with former members of Colour Contest) has a single out on Fraction Disc and a forthcoming album under Lavender. The Fantasy Lights recently released a 3” single under Cloudberry. As mentioned before, Balloon Derby and Carnival Park reformed two years ago and are planning to go into recording soon. Apple Orchard on the other hand, are working on a full-length. There’s also news that Dorothy Records will return to the scene, probably with a different name and will produce albums by Carnival Park, Balloon Derby and Lazy Lorelei. It seems like in the next year or so, the Philippines’ indiepop scene will be abuzz once again.

    Not The End

    Source: by Dale Marquez (Apple Orchard) The said article was published on the TweeNet's Website.