For three days now, I’ve been playing Paris Hilton‘s “Stars Are Blind” nonstop while trying to look A.I.D.S* at work. Yeah, I know, the lyrics are far from spectacular –

If you show me real love, baby I’ll show you mine…

(Uhm, Paris, I think everyone has already seen yours…)

 – but hey, the voice is decent enough (shades of Gwen Stefani in Underneath It All, even) and you know the chorus (at least) is just so undeniable (yay for reggae!). It peaked at #18 (debut) in the Billboard top 100 charts, which is not bad, considering.

I heard there’s a, uhm, sexier(?), video than the North American version, with Hilton’s boob saying ‘hi’ (okay, let’s see if the hits shoot up with this one). Here’s a screencap:

Paris in Peek-a-Boob

*As If Doing Something



Aizo is launching their debut (yay, finally!) CD on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Center for Arts Foundation, Timog. Center for Arts map

The album’s called “Nababaliw Na Ang Payaso“, and contains 11 cheerful and energetic tracks, including Trip na Trip (Studio 23 Barkada Trip theme song), Bukambibig (Studio 23 Y Speak! theme song), and Sa Baybreak (Studio 23 Baybreak theme song).

Complete track listing:

01 Bituin Garden
02 Robot ka ba?
03 Igacomania
04 Nababaliw na ang Payaso
05 Pahina
06 Ang mga Lalake ay hindi umiiyak
07 Break-up Song
08 Matanong?
09 Bukambibig (Y Speak! theme song)
10 Sa Baybreak (Baybreak them song)
11 Trip na Trip (Barkada Trip theme song)

I have Aizo mp3s (all tracks) if you want a sample of their music. Just leave a comment so we can work out the sharing details.

Guest bands gracing the event include Giniling Festival, Chubibo, Oi Wag Dito, Sacramento, The Chimsons and CopperPopThrill.

Best of all, entrance is free, so no worry, no sugar! 😉

Mabuhay ang UP Underground Music Community!

It’s that week of the year!

Tonight’s the kick-off night of the annual UP Fair, themed this year as “UP Fair 2006: No FAIRmit, No Rally”

I’m not sure about the line-up below. Just be there. 😛

Feb 13: No Fairmit, No Rally

Sugarfree, Kitchie Nadal, Brownman Revival, Radioactive Sago Project, Giniling Festival, UpDharmaDown, Stonefree, Indio Eye, Reggae Mistress, Lokal Grounation, Mobster Manila, Opressed, Woodland, Humble Sauce, Nail Polish, Dayhike, Soapdish, Cheese, Greyhoundz, Kapatid and a lot more!

Feb 14: Love is in the (F)air

Orange and Lemons, Moonstar88, Kamikazee, Blue Ketchup, Hale, Sugarfree, Brownman Revival, Imago, 6CycleMind, Pedicab, Itchyworms, Giniling Festival, The Brew, Cista, Blue Ketchup, Pedro Norte, Aizo, Sacramento, Chubibo, Protein Shake, Slow Dive, Callalily, La Passionaria and a lot more!

Feb 15: POP-fiesta

Cheese, Kamikazee, Moonstar 88, Parokya ni Edgar, Brownman Revival, Kjwan, Queso, 18th issue, The Youth, Mayonnaise, Itchyworms, Soapdish, Typecast, Valley of Chrome, Agape, Kampai, Aizo, Tsuper Trios,Balaraw ni Miguel, Nimb, Naima, Frustrated Valentine, Cashmere, Concrete Sam, Tio Pilo, Candy Audio Line, Tether, Apollo Creed, Guilty by Cause, Dystopia, Monkshood, Giniling Festival and a lot more!

Feb 16: Sisfire4

Bamboo, Hale, Cueshe, Spongecola, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almabis, Cheese, Sugarfree, 6 Cycle Mind, Dicta License, , Kwjan, Mojofly, Callalily, Milk N’ Honey, Protein Shake, Blue Ketchup, The Brew, Aizo, Butterfiner, K8screw, Blazing Bulalakaw, Los Chupacabras, Delayed, Blistrata, The Brockas, Lady Bedspacer and a lot more!

Feb 17: SchizoFAIRnia II

Parokya ni Edgar, Bamboo, Kitchie Nadal, Hale, Rivermaya and a lot more!

Feb 18: CPR: Calibrated Pinoy Rock

Matilda, Kamikaze, Karatula, The Jerks, Imago, Brownman Revival, Machinegun, Giniling Festival, Radio Active Sago Project, Datus Tribe, Juan Dela Cruz Band, Kiko Machine, Parokya ni Edgar, The Wuds, UpDharmaDown, UP Underground Music Community Bands, UP Music Circle Bands, College of Fine Arts Bands, College of Music bands and a lot more!

Balita ko pa, Eraserfest daw sa Friday. Yahoo!

See you all later. Unless you’re planning to sleep early tonight because you have a date tomorrow. 😛

It’s been 46 hours. And I’m still under his spell.

To say that I had a great time watching Mraz live is probably the biggest understatement of the year yet. Waaah, sabi ko nga sa friend ko, gusto kong magsommersault, magdive sa pool kahit walang hanggang tuhod lang ang tubig, magcartwheel, etc. etc.! When I finally land back on Earth.

I got to NBC Tent around 8:20p.m., and as expected, the show hadn’t started yet. As I fell in line at the entrance, I tried my best not to ogle too much at fans who were dressed to the nines (relative to my faded red shirt and faded jeans). Everyone seemed to own an iPod Video, an N-series Nokia phone, and I saw no other person except me arrive on a cab!

A cringefest that was Paolo Santos kicked things off. I apologize to his fans. He should just stick to playing the guitar, because that’s what he’s decent at. Sing no more, please.

Just when I thought I’d have a convulsion with the Paolo Santos small talk that I had to endure, Mr. Acoustic (fudge!) popped out and in came the Dude. And the dream started.

Great, great set!

Life is Wonderful
You and I Both
Mr. Curiosity
0% Interest (with “Our House”, “Wonderwall” and “Where is the Love” in-betweens)
Rocket Man
Sleeping to Dream
1000 Things
Curbside Prophet
No Stopping Us
Geek in the Pink
Plane (Encore)

I was expecting a full band, just like in his first gig at the Aliw Theatre two years ago, but there was only Mr. A-Z and the endearing djembe master Toca Rivera. Nonetheless, they were definitely much, much more than enough. Together, Jason and Toca got the whole crowd in trance with dreamy music. Ahh, yes, dreamy…

And what I love about Mraz, among 1000 (other) things, is that he connects with his audience not only thru singing his songs for them, he actually talks to the crowd, and while he does get cheesy at times, he seems to know that he’s cheesy and works with it with lame jokes and comments throughout the show, all of which don’t fail to give the crowd a good laugh and him a big round of hoots and applause in return.

Paolo Santos just had to re-join in midway through the show, but I was all too willing to forgive that, since he provided not-too-shabby back-up vocals when Jason Mraz sang Sleeping to Dream. This song gave me the creeps, just as it always does everytime I play Mraz on my mp3 player. I have this live version of the song where Jason had help from the co-writer, Peter Stuart, which is the most-played track in my player right now.

Damn, I have to wait for another two years till he comes back again.

p.s.: I was able to record the whole thing. 64kbps. Not good. Plus there was this bitch who just wouldn’t shut up and kept on singing along the entire time. Ouch. Haha.

To those who are watching Mr. A-Z tonight (Rockwell Tent) and/or tomorrow night (NBC Tent), you might want to bring a recorder (digital, tape or whatever recorder you have). Jason Mraz allows audio recording of his live performances.

I’ll be recording his set tomorrow night. Don’t expect crystal-clear audio, though. I’m most probably posting the file/s here to spread sum Mraz luvin. Hehe.

Schönes Wochenende!

John Stevens, one of my favorites in season 3 of American Idol(me being a softie for underdogs plus me being really into Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble), has released his debut album, Red. The CD has 11 tracks that feature classics like “Come Fly With Me”, I Only Have Eyes for You” and the dreamy “Someone to Watch Over Me“. It also has JS working together with actress Erika Christensen (such a talented girl – didn’t know she can sing, too!) in “Let’s Fall in Love”.

Click on the CD jacket to listen to some songs in the CD. Be sure to check out “This Love” and then let me know what you think.

I never really warmed up to you throughout the entire season, but since you were able to give justice to one of my most favorite songs of all time – Roy Orbison’s Crying – I’m dedicating this entry to you.

Carrie Underwood

Congratulations, Carrie Underwood!

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