Monday, August 28, 2006


Live, Wild, and Roaring!
Purple Haze Cafe, T. Morato
Video by Ibba Rasul (

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Mag:net, Katipunan
Maraming salamat kay Vlad Gonzales sa wasak na video.

Hey You, The Rock Steady Crew

Monday, August 21, 2006


Our lives will not flash before our eyes.
Light travels the curved walls of time
like a train whistle that lowers
in pitch while diminishing.
But when the train doesn't swerve
at the turn, or a girl, sleepy, looking for
the bathroom door, falls between cars - the light
does not intensify. There is no inward curve, no
Her parents hope she didn't see,
didn't feel the bare rail, the clutch
of wheels. Still, they wish
they'd kissed her again, pressed
every bone to their hearts,
like a fern making a fossil in sand.

They store her suitcase
in an upstairs room, an atom, intact.
Below, the clock sounds like the clack of ties.
For those on board there is no
relativity: the shriek
of the whistle does not fade.

Jane Hilberry
Body Painting
Red Hen Press

Friday, August 18, 2006

Music: Field Music

Field Music
Album: Field Music
Memphis Industries

by Noel Murray
Onion AV Club Review
April 11th, 2006

At least a dozen bands have been compared to XTC during the recent post-punk revival, but UK trio Field Music has a specific XTC fetish, stealing from the band what XTC stole from Steve Reich. Field Music's self-titled debut album delights in reducing pop songs to a few simple elements, then combining and recombining them in elaborate overlays. After a pair of fine-but-elusive Britpop romps at the top, Field Music gets arty in earnest with a stunning three-song suite: the elastic, rippling "Pieces," the halting, baroque "Luck Is A Fine Thing," and the dreamy, asymmetrical "Shorter Shorter." Between the fragments of orchestral splendor, the sprightly Beatles-esque guitar stings, and the washed-out alto harmonies of bandleader brothers David and Peter Brewis, the core of Field Music offers the most righteous deconstruction of pop pleasure since the mid-'90s heyday of Cardinal, Zumpano, and The High Llamas.

The album stays on a roll with the hazy five-minute ballad "It's Not The Only Way To Feel Happy" and the jarringly minimalist "17" (which may be Field Music's most overtly Reich-ian track); then the record's back half alternates slight songs that don't quite come to fruition with buoyantly melodic wonders like "You Can Decide" and "Got To Write A Letter." Even the three bonus tracks on the U.S. edition of Field Music show the band gaining an increasingly Spoon-like ability to convert the simple and familiar into the sublime. Field Music is a joyful piece of pop art, and a case study in how fragments can make mosaics.

A.V. Club Rating: A-

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Books 25

All VG condition. Pick up on August 23 Wednesday 2pm somewhere in Katipunan. Unahan na lang sa comments box. Thanks!

1. Mark Dash -- Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the
Extraordinary Passions It Aroused , 288 pp., P300
2. Stephen Dobyns -- Best Words, Best Order: Essays On Poetry, 352 pp., Php500 (HB)
3. Jeff Greenwald -- Shopping for Buddhas, 208 pp., P250
4. William H. Honan -- Treasure Hunt, 304 pp., P250
5. Robert D. Kaplan -- Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, 368 pp., Php200
6. Richard Kluger -- Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War,
The Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris,
812 pp., Php 300
7. PJ O'Rourke -- Holidays in Hell, 258pp., Php200
8. Charles Walker -- The Encyclopedia of Secret Knowledge, 216 pp., Php400 (HB)
9. David Foster Wallace -- A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, 368 pp.,
10. Susan G. Woolridge -- Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words, 224 pp., P400 (HB)
11. Paul Auster, Disappearances: Selected Poems P300
12. Chou En-Lai, In Quest: Poems of Chou En-Lai, P150
13. Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair, P250
14. John Gery, The Enemies of Leisure: Poems, P250
15. Frank Herbert, Dune, P150
16. Edward Hirsch, Earthly Measures: Poems, P300
17. Michael Horovitz, Wordsounds & Sightlines: New & Selected Poems, P250
18. Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, P300
19. JoEllen Kwiatek, Eleven Days Before Spring: Poems, P350 (HB)
20. Octavio Paz, Selected Poems, P300
21. Ruth Reichl, Comfort Me With Apples, P350 (HB)
22. Asne Sierstad, The Bookseller of Kabul, P300
23. Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light- The Definitive Biography P350
24. Is Sex Necessary? by James Thurber & E.B. White 75th Anniv P350
25. Neal Stephenson, In the Beginning... Was the Command Line P350

Saturday, August 12, 2006


I have been thinking
about living
like the lilies
that blow in the fields.

They rise and fall
in the edge of the wind,
and have no shelter
from the tongues of the cattle,

and have no closets or cupboards,
and have no legs.
Still I would like to be
as wonderful

as the old idea.
But if I were a lily
I think I would wait all day
for the green face

of the hummingbird
to touch me.
What I mean is,
could I forget myself

even in those feathery fields?
When Van Gogh
preached to the poor
of coarse he wanted to save someone--

most of all himself.
He wasn't a lily,
and wandering through the bright fields
only gave him more ideas

it would take his life to solve.
I think I will always be lonely
in this world, where the cattle
graze like a black and white river--

where the vanishing lilies
melt, without protest, on their tongues--
where the hummingbird, whenever there is a fuss,
just rises and floats away.

-- Mary Oliver


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Los Chupacabraz in Mag:net Katipunan

August 7, Monday. Show starts at 830pm with Poetry Reading by Palanca Winners Mookie Katigbak, Angelo Suarez, and Naya Valdellon, with Maningning Miclat Awardee Allan Pastrana and Meritage Press Winner Arkaye Kierulf. Entrance P150 with one consumable drink. Please come!