8.03.2006

The first rule of being a punk is...

I stopped attending "underground" gigs. If my memory serves me right, the last time was when we played at an open basketball court, dotted by small houses all around. As always it was fun. During our set, a big, shirtless, not-so-hairy man with a bottle of beer in his hand unplugged my amp, cursed us to the deepest depths of hell for disturbing his drinking, then walked away. That was about two years ago.

That was the last time. I didn't stop because of incidents like that, it was because they have certain rules/guidelines on being a "punk". When I started out, I didn't know there was any. If you don't fit the criteria, you're not a punk. If you deviate, you're not a punk. Too much pressure.

So what if I don't wear boots?! I love my sneakers.
Leather jackets?! We're in tropical country. Do the math.
What's so wrong with listening to Weezer? Megadeth? Fiona Aplle?!
And I can't find anything wrong with earning a decent amount of money to feed my family.

Punks sucks. So I stopped calling myself a punk. Don't get me wrong, I still, and always will, love the music. Still respect and treasure the people I've met. Just don't call me a punk anymore. Call me anything you want except that. I don't care, fuck you.

Enjoy the music. Bastards.

The Specials - Pressure Drop
Ramones - Poison Heart
Frenzal Rhomb - You Are Not My Friend
Flogging Molly - The Wrong Company
The Bouncing Souls - Sing Along Forever
Rancid - The Ballad Of Jimmy & Johnny
The Clash - All the Young Punks

Get em here.

7.31.2006

My Town, My Street...

We're always at OB's place. If you're looking for me, start your search there. But they moved out Sunday. To a place far far away.

I dropped by friday, it was supposed to be a grand farewell drinking party. When I arrived it was only me, Rom, OB, his wife, and Doraemon. Where are the others? Can't blame em, we kinda went our "separate" ways for some time now. Dropping by occassionally.

But still, it made me sad. Because at the back of my mind, I always thought, wherever I may be, wherever I may go, I can always go back there and be welcomed by the same fuckin faces I've loved. And now it's gone...

These songs are for those bastards at Sta. Rosa. Some are our favorites, and some are just mine.

True Believers by The Bouncing Souls. This would be a kickass intro if "Friends" was on crack.

Here's the music. Bastards.

Bouncing Souls - True Believers
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get
Sublime - Seed
The Specials - Friday Night, Saturday Morning
Less Than Jake - Look What Happened
Real Big Fish - Sell Out
Weezer - Across the Sea
Buck-O-Nine - My Town
Goldfinger - Here In Your Bedroom
Rancid - Fall Back Down
Sublime - Santeria
Uncle Kracker - Drift Away

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7.27.2006

DKM

I didn't like them at first. When my friend lemme borrow The Singles Collection, Volume 1, I didn't like them so much, except for a few songs. But after several years, they kinda grew on me.

Formed in 1996, Dropkick Murphys' music is what many would call Irish Punk. Proud of their Irish roots, and their home Boston, MA. Personally, I like their unity and working class songs. Great sing-along choruses. I remember singing along to Fields of Athenry without even knowing the words.

Anyways, they're great bastards who plays wicked tunes.

Make way. Enjoy. Bastards.

This is Your Life - Dropkick Murphys
Worker's Song - Dropkick Murphys
Buried Alive - Dropkick Murphys
Road Of The Righteous - Dropkick Murphys
Fields of Athenry - Dropkick Murphys

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7.26.2006

2006

I'm getting old.

As much as I hate to admit it, I get a headache every time I listen to my old songs. Well, not every time. I just can't help but to turn it down a notch. Maybe I AM getting old, or maybe just movin on.

Here's some shit I've been listening to lately:

Long Beach Dub Allstars - I love em. I guess this is what Sublime would've sound like today if Brad (Bless his soul) is still alive.

The Unseen - I'm not much for street punk, but I like these guys. I've yet to hear their older works.

The Specials - The track here is from their Skinhead Girl album. I also got their The Conquering Ruler album recently. Still tight.

Matisyahu - Jewish Reggae. I know, I was skeptical at first, and just got his Live At Stubbs album coz I was curious. Turns out it was good.

Transplants - I'll listen to anything that has Tim Armstrong in it. Just love his work.

AFI - A Fire Inside. Good name. Heard a lot of good things about them. But I dunno, I saw them perform on TV, and they're so... gothic looking?

Here's the playlist. Enjoy. Bastards.

Long Beach Dub Allstars - Listen to DJs
Anti-Flag - That's Youth
Bedouin Soundclash - Gyasi Went Home
Asian Dub Foundation - New Way, New Life
The Unseen - Scream Out
The Specials - Them A Fe Get A Beatin
Matisyahu - King Without A Crown
Transplants - Sad But True
AFI - A Winters Tale
Toots & The Maytals with Terry Hall, The Skatalites & U- Roy - Never grow old

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7.25.2006

Give 'em the What?!

Oi.

Hello and Welcome.

Before I start posting, lemme remind you bastards that the files here are for educational purposes only. Think of em as samples. If you like the artist, get off, go out, and buy their album.

1996

It was around this year, that I first heard Rancid. I just got home from school, and my bro bought this album, And Out Come the Wolves. To be honest, I don't give a fuck. I hung around, and then it hit me... "Took the 60 bus..." If I could dance (or slam, pogo, whatever...) I would've. But instead I just sat there, staring at the album cover...

It's a whirlwind after that. From punk, to ska, to reggae, to some oi, and a whole lot more.

Here comes the music. Enjoy. Bastards.

Give Em the WHAT?!?

Roots Radicals - Rancid
If Only - Goldfinger
Montego Bay - The Rudies
Seed - Sublime
Janie Jones - The Clash
Fearful - The Specials with Rancid
Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio? - Ramones

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