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I Guess “Denouements” is back! (Personal Post)

Looking ahead.

How long has it been? I cannot remember the times I tried to look away whenever an alert pops up on my phone regarding my blog. It always pinches my heart when I am reminded I have this site hanging out there with no resolution- either new posts or just “killed” all together.

Few changes have occurred- new job, a new country and totally new passion. Most the latter I will write about here. I feel excited about it to be honest.

I will make some changes as well. In a week or two, my URL will change. I don’t feel like using my name anymore as my URL- I’ve grown out of it AND I’m gonna cover travel as well (a favorite!) since I’ve been doing a fair amount since I moved to a new home country.

Write soon.

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Laneway Festival Singapore 2013 (Bands + Tickets)

This year’s Laneway Festival still brings excitement for those who have experienced the spellbinding finale by M83. The fantastical light show, the more-than-life enigma of Anthony Gonzales romping all over the stage (and literally reaching out to the fans), the perfect time of playing close to midnight and the possessed spirits of fans singing to every word of their songs all add up to that unforgettable night. For the coming year, Laneway organizers hopes to equal 2012’s success with a smashing line up. Less talk, more show.

Here’s the Laneway Festival Singapore 2013 acts:

Alt-J * Bat For Lashes * Cloud Nothings* Divine Fits*  Gotye * Japandroids * Kimbra * Kings of Convenience* Nicolas Jarr * Of Monster and Men * Polica * Real Estate * Tame Impala * Yeasayer

Pre-order of tickets are available HERE until November 5. For the early birds, standard ticket is at $145 (SGD) while it is $493 (SGD) and $350 (SGD) for a 4-ticket purchase and VIP, respectively.

The 2013 Laneway Festival Singapore will be seeing a new home this time. Leaving the Fort Canning grounds, the organizers moved the event to The Meadows, Gardens by the Bay (map here) on January 26, 2013.

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11th Spanish Film Festival 2012 – Manila (Films and Schedule)

One of the best things of being in and around Metro Manila is how film festivals are always organized to keep the cinephile spirit alive for the country. Aside from loyal competition that happen throughout, foreign-language film festivals contribute to the awakening of public’s interest of watching good quality movies. Somehow these festivals provide an option rather just going to the box-office and waste two hours. To be honest, some of the movies entered in some competitions are already available online but it is always a satisfying experience to see them on the big screen. After a break from blogging, the Spanish Film Festival is here to get me back to it.

The 11th Spanish Film Festival gathered 18 of Spain’s best recent movies including award- winning ones. Organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines and AECID, the line-up is highlighted by Pan Negro (Black Bread) a controversial adaptation of Emili Teixidor’s novel Pan Negre. The movie explores its lead Andreu as he tries to discover the mysterious murder he witnessed as a child. Pan Negro, written and directed by Agustí Villaronga, won the prestigious Goya awards in 2010 for best film, best director for Villaronga and best actress for Nora Navas.

The festival is set to unfold October 4 and will last until October 14th. Greenbelt 3, Cinema 2 will host the event with tickets at P65 each.

Synopses of the official selection is available HERE or download the SCHEDULE: 11th Spanish Film Festival.

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Bat For Lashes: “Laura” (Music Video)

http://vimeo.com/46386587

A string of songs with names of people as titles: Fur and Gold has “Prescilla” and “Sarah,” Two Suns‘ “Daniel” and two songs about her alter-ego Pearl (“Pearl’s Dream” and “Siren”) and now “Laura” for the upcoming The Hunted Man. Natasha Khan has skillfully and sometimes peaks into laudability in projecting different versions of “herself” in her songs, herself as a representation of the way she sees herself, she is seen, hopes to be seen and even as the contrast of all these . It could be taken that the characters made up for a “concept” is one imbibed out of frustration, desires or foretelling fate. In any occasion, it is the practice of this that makes a musician’s work a lot less boring and self-centered, than, let’s say referencing “I” and “me” all throughout the record. This, however, does not mean that the characteristics taken into life by these projections reflect the reality of its maker, like say how Two Suns ventures into  cosmic-astro consciousness.

Except for “Daniel,” listeners are given a glimpse of that thinking, especially through Pearl where she is portrayed as a threatening yet loving persona— an inclination for affection but a powerlessness to her uncontrollable nature. “Till the siren come calling, calling/ It’s driving me evil, evil/ I was a heart breaker, I loved you/ The same way I do/ But I’ve got so much wickedness and sin/ My name is Pearl/And I’ll love you the best way I know how/My blonde curls slice through your heart,”  Kahn confesses in “Siren.”

I got into this thing again when I heard Khan’s latest “Laura.” The name title did not come as a surprise but the words and the sparse piano reminiscent of a delicate Antony and the Johnson’s song moved me.

As her most dedicated work to date, the track sets itself apart from former Bat For Lashes songs, devoid of towering percussions and mounting build-ups. “Laura” slowly forms a fragile center which the befallen star stands still, ageing, lost of crown and “stuck in a pale blue dream.” The former diva, alluded in its storytelling, has gone past the glitter of fame. Like someone very dear to her, Khan charms her about the days of her reign (“can we dance upon the tables again?”) and memories remain like a burning euphemism, she declares “You’ll be famous for longer than then/ You’re name is tattooed on every boy’s skin/ Oh, Laura, you’re more than a superstar!” 

The music video for “Laura” is directed by Noel Paul of That Go collective that visually explores the story within the song. A perfect companion, Paul’s work elaborates more with dramatic shots of Laura with whom Khan slow-dance for a while. Like a meeting of the present and the future, the dance works like a mirror which assumes that Khan could be singing a song to herself, a possible track to listen to when she herself has aged. Really powerful stuff to ponder about.

DOWNLOAD “Laura” by Bat For Lashes. (Updated external link)

Filed under: Not Your MTV, Song/MP3 Parade, , , , ,

Crystal Castles: “Plague” (MP3)

Things just got a bit crazier that I had to break my blogging hiatus (ha!) for this new Crystal Castles track. Yesterday was a surprise SBTRKT track “Gloss” and now we have “Plague” from the Canadian goth electronica duo. Ethan and Alice has been quiet some time now since I last heard them work with Robert Smith for the “I’m Not In Love” redux. Their absence could be taken as a preparation for a new album after, well, Crystal Castles since they name their albums same all the time. In the new track, like its title, “Plague” diffuses into wild energy through its rousing beats and synths as Alice, sounding like the bearer of the havoc, screams her way through the chorus. “I am the plague,” she assures repeatedly as the track closes into an abrupt end. The track is up for download via the group’s Soundcloud page. I reckon that a new album will be soon on the way.

Crystal Castles: “Plague”

DOWNLOAD “Plague” here.

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