Monday, April 25, 2011

Jack Daniel's Set Reveal Night

This particular night was the Jack Daniel's Set Reveal Night at White Space in Makati last April 15, 2011. The night was really a 2-for-1 for me because I got to watch 2 of my favorite local bands out in the scene; Jack Versus the Crab and Urbandub!

I was eagerly anticipating this night the entire work week leading up to it. Every time issues would crop up at work, I just kept telling myself "You're gonna get drunk and enjoy great music this Friday.". I kept repeating that sentence in the back of my head over and over. And for some reason that actually got me through the week fine. LOL!

Jack Versus The Crab

None of the people I invited could go in time for Jack Versus the Crab's set. So I headed to White Space alone to meet up with Windi (Fritz's wife). When I got there the band was already midway through their set. This was because I had to actually find the place since I've never been there before. I also had to figure out how I was supposed to get in without having tickets beforehand. Apparently, you had to buy at least a glass of Jack Coke to get in. I knew some of my friends were going to follow. So I bought a whole bottle of Jack and a liter of Coke. I must've looked like such a drunkard walking into the place with both bottles in my hands. Luckily my good friend Windi saw me and invited me over to their cocktail table. Otherwise, I would've stuck myself in some corner chugging on Jack Coke's by myself. At least I looked like I came bearing gifts for Windi and her friends. LOL!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Liquid Jane Reunion Gig

It's been a while since I last posted anything on this blog. The past weekends have been filled with music. And I haven't bothered documenting each fun-filled musical night on this blog. I suppose I'll start with this particular one night (April 9, 2011), along with the events leading up to that night.

My good friend since back in high school, Beng, came back to Manila to visit after 4 years. He landed a sweet job and wanted to take a short vacation back home before starting his new work. Part of his trip agenda was to jam with his old band Liquid Jane. The band was in haitus for about a year given each member's other commitments. Beng was the catalyst to bring them back together. He had me come along to their practice/jam for fun.

Come Thursday, the jam itself was a whole lot of fun. I only brought my darbuka drum for convenience. I got to meet some friends that I haven't seen in a long time. I even saw a past band member, Gino, who was Beng's replacement in the band when Beng left for the States. Gino used to play guitar for SunDownMuse as well. It was a good thing that I knew some of Liquid Jane's songs (I've been a fan of the band for as long as I can remember). Chad at times writes in different time signatures like 7s or 11s. Galit talaga sa sessionista ang Liquid Jane. LOL! But I was able to roll with it just fine. I recorded the latter half of the jam using my Belkin Tune-Talk and iPod. Erwin blurted out "Sarap ah. Gig na toooo!!!". And somehow the whole band came to an immediate consensus coupled with raised clenched fists.

While I sent the bootleg recording online to the rest, Chad, the miracle worker, informed all of us that he was able to set up a gig for Liquid Jane that Saturday. I politely asked if I could join them again and they all agreed. This wasn't the first time I jammed with Liquid Jane. And Chad always had an open invitation for me to do so as if I was a main-stay member. Chad, being the bassist of Archipelago, was able to slip Liquid Jane into the production set to happen on Saturday at Casa Nami, Jupiter Street, Makati. I've only been to that bar once before and I remember it to be a nice and cozy place. Not your regular hole in the wall type place at all.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bali Steel Pan Response

After waiting for a few days, I finally got a response from Bali Steel Pan regarding my email showing interest in buying one of their hand pans.


You are number 265 on the wait list
Yes that is the price in US dollars
The wait is about 10 months

When your number comes up you can send me two payments and then I can
ship it out.

Thank you

Number 265 on the wait list and a 10 month wait. Damn. I won't see this thing until around my birthday next year.

Below is a video of the hand pan and the scale that I requested for.

It's no PANArt Hang. But it's pretty close. Wish I could fast-forward to 10 months later.