REVIEW: David Bowie – “Blackstar” (2016)

Blackstar

When David Bowie’s “Blackstar” was released, no one thought that they would be listening to David Bowie’s final record. This is the record that will always be associated with Bowie’s passing, considering that it was released just days before his death. It’s a good thing then that this is a beautiful record and is a hell of a way to cap off an amazing recording career.

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David Bowie Has Passed Away

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It has been reported that iconic musician David Bowie has passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer. The news was revealed on Bowie’s social media pages before being confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter and Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones.

He was 69 years old.

David Bowie has managed to have a long and successful music career, with over two dozen albums under his belt.  He has also managed to garner critical acclaim and was known as a visionary for his knack for pushing boundaries and dabbling with different musical styles including glam rock and electronic music.

Just last week, Bowie released his latest record “Blackstar” on his birthday. The critically-acclaimed experimental record would prove to be Bowie’s final album.

Rest in peace, Starman.

REVIEW: Oh, Flamingo! – “Oh, Flamingo!” EP (2015)

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2015 shaped up to be a year for amazing EPs, and Oh, Flamingo’s debut release is no exception. While Oh, Flamingo! is a band that I’ve been following live through their countless shows around the metro, listening to them on record is something else entirely. Oh, Flamingo! is a band that I love because of the way they subvert traditional song structures, which they manage to pull off because they’re just so damn good. Hearing every little detail with each listen of the EP makes it one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I’ve had recently.

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COVER STORY: Oh Flamingo! Ends the Year on a High Note

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Out of all the bands that have popped up over recent years, a lot of young bands have garnered the attention of listeners and critics alike. One such band is Oh Flamingo!. And just like their contemporaries  Ourselves the Elves, Oh Flamingo! is a young band that has established a following with their work ethic, their social media savvy (as evidenced by their “Birdwatching” video blog series), their keen sense of musicality and their songwriting chops.

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Bradford Cox Allegedly Had a Fight with Billy Corgan Over a Bottle of Water

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During a Deerhunter show last Friday at the Orange Peel in Asheville North Carolina, frontman Bradford Cox recounted an altercation at the venue between him and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. The incident supposedly happened after a show back in June 2007, when Deerhunter was chosen to open for the alt rock legends. According to Cox, he was thirsty so he took a bottle from a pile of VOSS water that was “arranged like a pyramid”. He was immediately accosted by someone in Corgan’s crew, who proceeded to grab him and push him on a wall. The bodyguard allegedly said, “What the fuck are you doing? That’s Mr. Corgan’s water.”

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SPLINTR PLAYLIST: Read Between the Lions

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It’s the last day of the month meaning it’s our last day of having Read Between the Lions as our featured artist. Don’t worry though, the band has prepared a special playlist for you to listen to! As you all know, every month we ask our featured artists to curate a Youtube playlist containing some of their favorite songs, be they songs that influenced them or songs that they have been listening to a lot lately. Read Between the Lion’s playlist is a mixture of both, and is definitely an enjoyable listen.

Listen to the playlist below!

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Eric Po (vocals, guitar)

Swing Out Sister – “Waiting Game”

My aunt made me listen to Swing Out Sister when I was 9 or 10. I kept her cassette until it got destroyed by an old player. This particular song hit me with certainty that I was going to be a tita someday.

 Looper – “Mondo ’77”

This song is my ultimate jam while driving. Its infectious hooks and clinical arrangement make me want to race around BGC. To make matters worse, I don’t have a car.

Womb – “Good”

Chai Fonacier’s voice smells like wintergreen while nursing the sniffles from crying secretly in a damp and poorly-lit bedroom. Her lyrics heal fresh wounds but prerequire tearing up the sutures. This Cebuano downtempo trio’s music sends me wanting to run up hills in reverse. And in my boyfriend’s plaid shirt.

 

Jerros Dolino (drums, vocals)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters – “Bittersweet”

I’ve never really been a big “lyrics” guy. However, I’m big on the over-all feel of a song. The lyrics notwithstanding, the melody, structure and feel of this song really evokes a kind of “somber sadness”, me-thinks.

The Skints – “Rat-At-At”

As a drummer, I’ve found myself most comfortable playing with either Reggae, Dub, or Ska bands. This U.K. band seamlessly blends together Roots/Dub/Dancehall Reggae, Ska and Punk. Needless to say, I’m quite fascinated.

Versus – “My Adidas”

Sometime around the late 90s (I think), a friend slipped me a CD of his selected favorite indie pop, twee and indie rock songs.

This song stood out from that compilation.

Although admittedly, I’ve never heard of any other Versus song because I never owned any of their releases (although I had digital copies of two +/-  albums.), this song always first comes to mind whenever I hear the words “indie rock”.

 

Lloyd Corpuz (bass, vocals)

Coheed and Cambria – “Here To Mars”

Sobrang sarap. Sobrang sakit.

Black Uhuru – “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”

Because ze bassline.

Loop – “Lost”

Eh kasi ganun eh. Mahal ko itong mga ito.

 

Jordan Constantino (guitar, vocals)

Damien Rice – “The Blower’s Daughter”

I was really into this song before my son was born. Gave me a bad case of LSS.

In Flames – “Trigger”

I totally loved the concept of this music video. You should also check out Soilwork’s Rejection Role. That video is also related to this. I really love how In Flames have evolved to make modern melodic death metal.

Rancid – “Ruby Soho”

How could I forget? This was the background music when I was in the process of losing my virginity in the 90s.