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Collective Saturday

Finally got the time to visit The Collective.

Last weekend was the perfect time to hit up the Makati “hidden” gem. It’s Manila Design Week, and it kicked off with the Wall Lords Graffiti Design Competition.

Lots of people came to show love… about 2,000+… despite the heavy Saturday night downpour.

The first order of business, however, was Outerspace. Some of the works of my schoolmates were put up in the gallery so I had to check it out.

Had to, before we leave…

We hit up Vinyl on Vinyl afterwards.

Interesting feature inside the shop: old Vinyl records stacked inside old arcade tables.

What’s more interesting is that they have Memphis Bleek‘s “My Mind Right” on Vinyl. Funk Flex would be proud for sure. Certified Tunnel Banger!

Pilipinas Street Plan

Works by renowned artist (and the week’s Guest of Honor) Tara McPherson. She would visit the shop later that night. I wasn’t there to catch her, however.

Hit up Black Book. I want me some Vael footwear.

On to some graf, shall we?

Awesome portrait of an awesome duo.

This won first place. Congrats PSP!

This placed third. But this was my favorite.

Actually, everyone loved it.

Wingman! We’ve been hearing a lot about this place so here’s where we sat down to get some grub. Here’s Picco taking charge of our order.

There’s a monkey on my shirt!

It’s all about the wings, of course. We ordered “hot”, just because we needed to get home in one piece. We’ll get to the more hotter levels later on.

Fish & Chips. We loved it. But we need more fish. A little bitin, but it was really good.

See? 5 minutes, and it’s Finito Henson.

Headed back outside after dinner. Mike Swift and some other rap cats were in the middle of a full-on jam session.

We checked out a few more stores (Hysteric Wacko was a favorite of mine), then headed home. Would have loved to stay on for the night, but it has been a long day for us, so we opted to bounce.

Would love to come back to check out the other stores . Definitely hitting up B-Side as well.


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The Killers’ Manila show got cancelled because…

The Killers recently announced that they are taking an “indefinite hiatus” from touring/recording/performing. Frontman Brandon Flowers stated that the hiatus stemmed from the fact that the groups hasn’t had a lot of rest in the last six or so years.

Flowers also gave everyone a hint of him pursuing a solo career when he said that he wants to take this time off “just to be myself and do what I want to do for a little bit.”

Of course, “indefinite hitaus” — in many other cases in the past — could also mean that the band might have played their last gig as a group. While the band continues to deny this rumor, we all have no clues as to the real meaning or reason behind this “indefinite hiatus” thing.

I really feel bad for those kids who bought tickets to their supposed show here in Manila, especially those who got theirs last year. Partly because I almost bought one myself, and partly because we haven’t had a band like The Killers play here. Sorry kids, I hope you’ll get your refunds. And no, there would be no rescheduling of this concert anytime this year, or even next year.

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Favorite albums of 2009

Major LazerGuns Don’t Kill People.. Lazers Do

Calvin HarrisReady for the Weekend

DrakeSo Far Gone

Mos DefThe Ecstatic

PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Honorable mentions:

Miike SnowMiike Snow

Jay-ZThe Blueprint 3

Daniel MerriweatherLove & War

Rick RossDeeper Then Rap

ClipseTill The Casket Drops

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

Most disappointing albums:

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon

Wale – Attention Deficit

Favorite songs of ’09 up next!

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Duck Sauce – aNYway

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When electro met Rick Ro$$

French DJ Busy P hit it right when he said in an interview that electro and hip-hop are getting closer and closer by the minute. It ain’t no secret, there has been a slew of DJ’s who mix dance and hip-hop. As I have said a couple of posts back, one of the first dudes who did this was the late great DJ AM. At that time, it was only AM and Clinton Sparks A-Trak who “bridged the gap”. Now, more than ever, DJ’s are gitting more and more experimental and eclectic with their musical style, which is a beautiful thing, IMO.

The Disco Villains are one of those acts who makes dope electro remixes of hip-hop joints. They’ve done mixes for various rap stars Lil’ Flip, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, etc. Their new one — or new to me, at least — is a remix of everyone’s favorite boss, Rick Ross, for his popular “Hustlin” joint. “Hustlin” is one of those tracks that I really dig because of stuff that’s rather funny than gangsta:

– Rick used to be a police officer, and knowing this, his bossy rap image that he has now is kinda phony and laughable.

– The intro reminded me of how of Katt Williams used it in his hilarious DVD, which was heavily influenced by this song.

Anyways, this remix is an official jump-off. Disco Villains is dope. Download this thing below.

DOWNLOAD: Rick Ross – Hustlin (The Disco Villains FRESCO Remix)

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When you talk about “celebrity DJ’s”, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein is the gold standard. THE celebrity DJ. From scrappy-ass hipster basements, to T.I.‘s birthday party, to Jay-Z’s live set, he will do his thing no matter how much he’ll make for the night (whether it’s $0 or $20,000). The mash-up? He reinvented the mash-up! He led an army of young DJ’s that we all see on The Fader magazine and hear on Beatport. Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Mark Ronson, Sammy Bannanas and a handful of AM’s colleagues and friends shared their extreme sadness on twitter today. Diplo, on the Mad Decent blog, basically summed up the loss that the DJ and music community had earlier in the day:

“im sure that AM had to go day in and day out and negotiate all the music we appreciate for mass consumption, he had good nights and just ok ones..
but he wasnt a radio DJ or a programmer or part of a label . he was a straight up Djs dj, he picked his tracks to play out and had THE STYLE that defines our whole generation like it or not …and even if you didnt like his style (which ranged form deep top 40 to deepest old school hip hop to deepest hipster indy rock.. he would come to your party and do what u do better than you (he did it to me coupla times) he would put tracks out there before they were acceptable and he was always adapting to whatever was goin on.. not because he had to… but because he loved music. ..he was definitely a peoples champ
and in a world that doesnt really seem to care about you – promotors, fareweather friends, rich assholes, alcholics, trendsters…. AM carved a whole pie out of it and built a giant empire that little of you even know about. He never ever ever didnt have time to talk to one of his dj homies, each and every one of the small wannabes like me still spoke to him still weekly. How many people do u know DJ wedding partys for billionaires, arenas for Jay z, and djs for roctakons shitty basment party in manhattan for free and then 20 k the next night.. each day he was still asking me for new music and tellin me how the wierdest of my tracks were starting to pick up momentum….. but.. i never knew how long it would last.
Djs have a ceiling, and Am lived on the roof. he sometimes would tell me a bit about his reservations in passing about his lifestyle and i feel like its a loveless place we all live in (DJs). but i dont think We will ever see another person built for it like AM.. he was THE Michael Jackson of this shit. so it really worries me a bit that hes gone , cause hes the only that i thought understood it all… he was a sweetheart and tried his damnest to be the best at it and still be the best at being himself”

Besides music, this guy is one of the biggest sneakerheads out. The dude respected independent streetwear labels. Also, he dated Mandy Moore. Nuff said. A lot of people, even those who are now gaining their share of the limelight, look up to this guy. And I am not surprised, especially having witnessed the people’s reaction when the sad news came out.

Rest in peace, AM. I’m sure his (and Aoki’s) remix of AutoErotique‘s “Gladiator” popped out of the shuffle mode on my iPod this morning for a reason.

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A-Trak’s the Do Over set

A-Trak‘s dope set at this LA thing called the Do Over. Basically, the dude spun some funk and old skool rap. Awesome. I was so inspired by this.

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