Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Hey. Check out this updated MY DISCO tour flyer for the Pilipinas leg. Should be two awesome shows in new venues (at least for us). Both venues are located in Quezon City. Would have loved to set up at least one show in the nearby provinces but things just didn't fall into place (venues, people, etc.) so we decided to book the tour in two venues in Quezon City:

Oct. 29 (Wednesday) - Ten02 Bar - Located at Timog Avenue, in front of Shell Station, easy venue to get into. Heard a lot of ska bands play here (figures, since it's partly owned by Myra Ruaro of Put3ska fame). I even saw this venue on TV once. Nice, tight set up.

Oct. 30 (Thursday) - Nine Mile Bar - located along Kalayaan Ave., Quezon City. This venue will serve as replacement for Cuerdas Bar (good thing they're not available or we would have settled for them. Shows in Cuerdas are...well...). Good thing Z found this venue in philmusic.com. I read their profile and I think their ethics are well in place for DIY shows.

The supporting cast is also awesome for both shows. Lots of merch will be sold at these two shows so save up and help the touring band!

For this blog : Haven't stepped up on my promise to do interviews and reviews for this site. Been TERRIBLY busy with work the past couple of weeks. I'll try to do something tomorrow. Holiday. It sucks that the MILF attacked innocent villagers in Mindanao again. Fuck that shit. War? What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing...

Good stuff: Snapcase 'Steps' EP, Unbroken 'Life, Love, Regret', Refused 'Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent', Verse 'Agression', Red Sox in the playoffs vs. LA Angels...

Bad stuff: unpredictable rain, busy at work...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mo Food! Gig Tomorrow at Cuerdas!!!

So I've been slacking around more and more. Been busy with the job. To make up for it, here's some nice food you might enjoy on the road. If you're like me who spend alot of time eating out, try these treats from Chef d' Angelo. A little pricey but I think it's worth it. Above is Spaghetti with tomato sauce. Nice. Tomato's always good.

Pesto Spaghetti with a ton of whole garlic. Can't go wrong with the garlic bread too.

I got to visit Bookay-Ukay again last week and we decided to try out TOMATOKICK which is located in the same building with them. Got there before 12 Noon and Bookay was still closed so we got to check out this place. Nice hangout for college types. Can you believe when we got there (around 1140 AM), a bunch of girls were already drinking Red Horse Beer? Haha. Got nice music too. Using an iPod and the same speakers I use in the house. Above is a pic of Garlic Pizza on Pita Bread. Nice. Kinda thin for my taste but good to try some new pizza.

Now, this one's good. Grilled veggies (eggplant, zuchini, black olives, cucumber, etc.) on penne noodles. More oily than I thought but much more tastier than I imagined it too be. Good for sharing. I can't finish a whole plate of this one. Didn't dug the accompanying wheat bread though.

BYSTORM will be playing again @ Cuerdas Bar tomorrow with THROW, OMERTA, NO PEACE IN SILENCE (replacement for SAUNA, those chumps cancelled! fuck) among others. This one's brought to you by Albert's FILTER ZINE. See you tomorrow!

Good stuff: Hardtimes.Ca on youtube (the guy's got really nice videos and interviews including Reign Supreme, Strife, Ceremony, etc.), Catharsis 'Samsara', His Hero is Gone 'Fifteen Counts of Arson', Hot Water Music 'Till the Wheels Fall Off', Liar 'Murder Manifesto', Ayn Rand 'The Best of Her Q & A', coffee on stormy afternoons...

Bad Stuff: nothing really...

Will try to keep up on my promise to review stuff and post on this site. No more excuses. I will also try to interview some nice people soon...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

check out this blog!

Bystorm's Dangie started up his new MP3 download blog. If you're into heavy hardcore/holy terror stuff, check it out. His recent posts include Suicide Nation, Society of Jesus, Ascension, Catharsis and Cattlepress among others.


I'll try to post some upcoming shows later...

Food, Glorious Food!

So I've kinda been slacking around posting veggie/vegan food info/pics. So after some running around the metro, eating here and there. Here are some stuff you might like:

Tau Pau (pronounced "taw paw" or tofu skin for easier reference) sauteed with shitake mushrooms, some veggies and what-not. Really Good. Authentic Chinese cuisine here. I think this is only served in Bodhi Banawe. Hit up that store when you get the chance. They have a 30% viand discount at 6:30 PM. First come, first serve.

This one's a veggie tapa mix with some potatoes in the side. I got this one at Latazzia Fusion situated at the University of the Philippines Campus near Balara, Quezon City. Cozy, home-style cooking. I ate this one on one during one of the rainy mornings last week. Got to work late so I decided to grab some chow first. Good.

Veggie meatballs @ Bodhi Banawe. Haven't eaten this one in a long time. It's cool to hit up old-time faves once in a while. By the way, the chili sauce they serve that you see in the left side of the pic is th best damned chili you'll ever have. Top-notch. Even beats the chili of Quan Yin of Binondo fame.

Going to put up some hardcore punk activities/schedule for the coming months or so tomorrow. Keep hitting this site.

Good stuff: Burn '...shall be judged', Have Heart 'Songs to Scream at the Sun', Verse 'Agression', Red Sox

Bad stuff: UAAP Final Four without UST, fuck that shit...

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Blacklisted 'Stations' shirt, I think I might have posted it here already but I love the shirt so fk off!
Guest: Led Major Malfunction, Sick of It All 'Yours Truly' shirt
Tofu and Rice from Chowking, lots of ginger and chili sauce, yeah!!!

Non-Compliant Issue No. 1: Debut?

Here's the start of a series of reviews I'll be doing for Non-Compliant Issue (NCI) shows. I hope my aging memory can still remember these shit very well.

To start off, NCI started out as a brainchild of me and Zepol. Shows then were hard to come by so we thought of figuring out a solution on this matter. Organize our own shows on a frequent basis. We'll share the money equally and get to field in an equal number of bands that we like. The idea would be open who will be willing to participate in this project with the same principles. Money that will be earned (if any, uggh) will be used to fund for upcoming shows/tours. Pretty good idea? I suggest you start your own. It's fun, actually.

Back to the show, Zepol and me threw out some ideas for venues until he found this gem. Sizzling Stop. 24 hour eating place. Just below the LRT (Light Railway Station), Quirino Station. Very accessible venue. Put together some cool bands. Poster was made by D.Regala himself. Awesome.

Although not in the line-up, Bystorm actually kicked off this show because no one else wanted to play first. Fuck them. Hehe. Survival of the Fittest got the crowd jumping up and down. Sauna and Feud destroyed the pit once more. Richard Collier smoothed things out. Massive Kill Ratio pit. The Choke girls were on their game that night. Awesome sets all through out. If I'm right this was one of the shows that Deathwish Unit actually played. Lots of trading and merch action all through the night. Did not get to watch Co-Arse though. Religious Nightmare did not play that night. Uughh. Great debut show. Great rainy night on October...

If you got some thoughts and comments, hit up this blog. More to come.

Bored. Rainy. Coffee...

Got to work late today (same as yesterday). Rain's been on a heavy downpour for almost three days now. Played a show last night at Pasig City. Went home late. Result: I'm sooo f'n sleepy. Hehe.

The show last night was poorly attended. Around 30-40 people. Including the bands. maybe 4 or so bands. Couldn't care less to count anyway. We played second after 12xu. They played 2 songs and both of which, well, they, uhmm,.. nevermind.

We played a relatively short set. 5 songs? maybe. Went out and talked to some kids present. the NCI people. Major Malfunction. Take-4. Felix from Germany. Istukas (thanks for the shirt Francis!).

We got to talk about the upcoming MY DISCO! tour. For your info, the two shows will be held on the following dates and venues:

October 29: Wednesday: Ten02 Bar @ Timog, Quezon City
October 30: Thursday: Cuerdas Bar @ Pasig City

The gig poster will be up soon with the complete line-up, details, etc.

The Conquest For Death poster will be up soon with the show line-up. Pics of the tour shirt design will also be up soon. Also, another Bystorm shirt (what?!?).

I'll try to post some stories about Non-Compliant Issue shows and some reviews I promised earlier.

Currently playing: Go It Alone 'The Only Blood Between Us', Cruel Hand 'Without a Pulse', Leeway 'Born to Expire'

Monday, September 8, 2008


hey. check out this really cool interview of Bystorm on http://overtuneph.blogspot.com/

we're also featured on volume 5 of the overtune series. free download on the same site. they got an unmixed version of 'eternal'. check it out and other cool bands as well.

come to the show at cuerdas bar, pasig city this wednesday and hang out. they got a cool new venue down there. we'll be bringing bystorm stuff. bystorm/pulling teeth split cd + bystorm 'eternal' shirt for only Php 350.00.

Currently playing: Soul Control 'Involution', Tame The Tikbalang 'Forever Shall Be', Inside Out 'No Spiritual Surrender'

Sunday, September 7, 2008


The other day, I got a Myspace message from Rupert of ESKAPO asking me about the posssibility of playing some shows here January next year. I was shocked and terribly excited at the news. And now its official, our brothers in ESKAPO will finally be playing in their native homeland for the first (and hopefully not the last time!) time ever. This is taken from their Myspace Blog:

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Eskapo in the Philippines Jan. 2009

Category: Music

To promote our new 4 way split on Take Four Collective and Delusion of Terror records in the Philippinesand for some of us to return to our country of birth, Eskapo is returning to the Philippines to play shows in the first 2 weeks of January 2009.

Take Four Collective and Delusion of Terror Records have kindlyreleased a four way split with Eskapo and La Grita from CaliforniaKillratio from Manila and Istukas over Disneyland from Pampangga.Personally I am elated to share space with the afforementioned bands.

No words can describe the anxiety and excitement we feel.To play with bands we have listened to for years and never met in person , to see our families , friends and loved ones living and dead.They say that you can never go home but we are ,after years of playing in the U.S. (the bay area respectively) and singing about issues that affect our homeland in our first language ,we will finally play in the country to the people that inspired the majority of our songs.


Their two self-released albums are still available from Take-4 Collective. Check out the link on the right. For more info on Eskapo, check out:

For an interview I conducted with Rupert of Eskapo last summer, check out the older posts and downloads the Take-4 Collective newsletter number 2.

This is the shit to watch out for. To listen to some tracks, check out the T4 myspace again...

Good stuff: Bar exams this September (it's nice to see others going through the hell I went thru last year..hehe), vegetarian spring rolls, sisig, etc...

Bad stuff: the fuckin' heat! Isn't it supposed to be raining today??

Currently rocking to: Dead Pits 'The Way We Are', Discarga 'Happy Night Electric Experience', Extortion 'Sick'

Friday, September 5, 2008

Beach 102: Morong, Bataan

Second beach post for this blog. Since I did not get a chance to hit the beach a lot of times last summer (even when Magrudergrind was here and they hit the Pagbilao beach..Grrr), I decided to join our Team-Building Seminar somewhere in Morong, Bataan.

The beach was not that nice. The waves were too strong. And the floor of the beach was too rocky for my tastes. Good thing they have a pool. And guess what, the pool has salt water running in it. First time to swim in a pool with saltwater. Kinda cool, I guess.

Got to hit more beaches. Probably when we go to the Conquest For Death Lucena leg. Probably...

Currently playing: Morning Again "Hand of Hope" (arguably, the best MA release. Check out the intro and the clean tone on 'Family Ties' and one of the early songs against the evils of the internet 'America On-Line'- Fuck yeah)

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Yo. Today I went to this independent bookstore located in U.P. Village, Quezon City upon some advice from some kids called "Bookay-Ukay". I checked out their multiply site this week and I immediately liked them. They really have great books at very affordable prices. So if you love reading and trying to avoid those big, bad chain bookstores, come check these guys out. Here's some info you might want:


Visit us at 55 MAGINHAWA ST, UP VILLAGE, DILIMAN, QUEZON CITYWe're open 12 nn to 10 pm daily (up to midnight and beyond on Fridays, weekends and special occasions!)For inquiries about books, events and other activities . . .Email us at bookayfriends@yahoo.comOr call/text Dan at 0928-902-5675Bookay-Ukay Bookstore sells affordable, but quality second-hand books. The store was founded and conceptualized by a group of friends who harbor a love for literature and books. The main aim for setting up this business is not just for profits but also in order to share the love of books and the joy of reading to the masses. The difference of Bookay-Ukay from other stores that also sell second-hand books is the fact that since the people behind the business are avid readers, Bookay-Ukay ensures that the books being sold are screened and those that will be distributed are top of the line. Guys, Gals and Everyone in Between!!! Welcome to our Planet!! Everyone is Welcome to Join!!!

- taken from their Multiply Site

Playing today: What Happens Next "The First Year", Tear It Up "The First Four Months"

Upcoming Shows This September!!!

Things have been going slow in this blog for the past week but I promise to make up for it with some shirt pics, record/CD/tape reviews and right now I'm owrking on some short interviews so keep checkin'. Up now are some upcoming shows this September. Another busy month for the local scene. Can't attend to all these shows because the bar exams comin up this September and I gotta help out a little to those who helped me last year...

First up, is a show in Cuerdas Bar, Pasig City this September 10, 2008. Organized by the people at Punk-Skate Shop in Cartimar, Recto. If you're not doing anything on Wednesday night, come hang! We'll be playing with 80's legends RDA and Albert (TBOD) and Jeremy (ex-Strap on Seven Inch) Against Me! inspired band Granada. It's going to be a mixed bill and should be fun...

All you Bicolano harcore/punk kids. Check out this upcoming gig in Legaspi City on Saturday. Would love to check out the scene there if we get the chance. Maybe a tour goin to Laguna, Lucena, Naga then Legaspi. Anyone willing to go with that? Or help organize it? :)

Cubao show on the 12th. A ton of bands (hopefully, all of them can play..hehe).


Great line-up organized by Albert of Filter Zine. Bystorm/Sauna combo, then you have Bulacan's Omerta and of course THROW. Two bands I have yet to check out are also playing. Go to this show and go nuts!

Anyone here like Death Metal? How about Japanese Death Metal?? Check out DEFILED and HYDROPHOBIA from Japan! They'll be playing on October 3 at Center For the Arts in Timog, Quezon City along with Olongapo metal greats Down From the Wound, Ressurected and Loss of Control among others. Check this shit out!

Good Stuff: Dustin Pedroia, 7 Seconds "The Crew", Battery - everything, Half the Battle - everything

Bad Stuff: sudden migraine attacks...