After making our QLE lists last year, we all had different reactions and expectations. Luis, being the resident optimist, was confident that people would be happy about the list. I, being the cynic, remember e-mailing everyone “let the hate begin”, expecting a storm of negative reaction to come our way. Erwin, being the resident Erwin, didn’t give a sh*t, really.
Thank God, then, that Luis was right. A lot of really cool things happened after the articles came out. Rock Ed put up an awards night that was really more of a get-together of music lovers than a hoity-toity awards show. I even got to sing my song of the year “A Weeknight Memoir (in High Definition)” with Taken by Cars! Some people started posting their own lists on their Facebook pages and blogs, inspired by the QLE. There was a lot of debate online, with people playfully making up meanings for the QLE acronym (someone said “Quality Listening Experience”, o diba). Someone even went up to me almost a year later and said “we’re putting up our own awards because you didn’t recognize bladibla and blearghiebleargh in yours.” I thought I did (see last year’s article), but hey, the more the merrier right?
Hence, instead of semi-protesting the Rock Awards, QLE has a new mission, and that is to turn you on to good music that’s mostly overlooked by the pop charts. Unfortunately, 2009 was actually a really boring year in Philippine music—until the last quarter, that is. October-December saw the release of many new exciting albums from the likes of Outerhope, Musical O and the Techy Romantics, and I must admit with shame that our cutoff was the beginning of November so all you great albums will have to wait another year. 2009 in general may have been the most horrible year in the history of the known universe, however, so I thank the following musicians with all my heart for keeping me company and being that glimmer of hope in the midst of all this chaos…
My favorite track off of Grace, And Dragging Her Wings is “…And He Left With Everything He Came For,” but it’s 7:48 long, and the file is 10.8 MB, so it’s too big for Tumblr. But seriously, these guys are brilliant.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the album, which you must get because it really is amazing.
PULP Live Productions brings you Saosin, Trivium, and Lamb of God
For those with slightly less poppy predilections:
SAOSIN Live in Manila on January 22, 2010 at the A-Venue Concert Hall featuring Typecast as the opening act. Tickets are PhP 1000 each at Ticketnet (you can get them now), Odyssey and Merriam Webster Bookstore (soon), which includes a FREE general admission ticket (you didn’t read that wrong, two shows for PhP 1000) to…
…MY HEAVY METAL VALENTINE: TRIVIUM Live in Manila on February 13, 2010. Tickets are priced at PhP 3000 for the 2-for-1 Super VIP package (bring a date!), PhP 2000 for Super VIP if you’re flying solo, and PhP 600 for general admission.
And finally, LAMB OF GOD is headlining PULP Summer Slam 10!