Interview with Joel Quizon, Director of The Cotabato Sessions

Joel Quizon, Director of The Cotabato Sessions Good friend and DJ partner on the past Raket & Rambol performance, has a cool project coming out called “The Cotabato Sessions.” Joel is the director of the project and is working with world renowned composer / percussion,…

RAKENROL Benefit Screening (12/05/2013)

RAKENROL On December 5th, 2013 a benefit screening of RAKENROL went down in Los Angeles. The event was organized by Quark, the cool folks of Appleseed LA and the proprietors of this blog to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the…

Cypress Junkies at Stones Throw vs Beat Junkies Warehouse Party

Cypress Junkies Cypress Junkies is a DJ / percussion duo made up of percussionist Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill & Beastie Boys) and DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies), hence where we get the name Cypress Junkies. Over the weekend, I checked them out at the Stones Throw…

Raket & Rambol: Audio Visions 1081 Magiks

Raket & Rambol Last Saturday (09/21/13), DJ JoelQuiz and I performed our “Raket & Rambol: Audio Visions 1081 Magiks” for Kularts’ Make Your Own Revolution: Fictions of Dictatorship event. Our performance took place at the legendary Bindlestiff Studio in the ever so vibrant and notorious…

Wasak Future

On my last trip to the PI, I had the pleasure of opening up for Manila’s very own dynamic DJ duo The Diegos. The venue was at this funky resto/bar/gallery/art space called Today x Future. The vibe of the place very much reminded me of…

Catching Up with Taken by Cars in San Francisco

Last Saturday, we flew up to San Francisco and watched Taken by Cars’ first state-side performance. Man, they sounded good. I could hear the hours they put into rehearsing their set. I even spotted folks, who have never heard them before, dancing to “December 2 Chapter VII”. Check out video from the show.

Taken by Cars: Abduction Tour L.A.

One of the most rewarding aspects of writing a book on popular music is that checking out gigs becomes a form of field research. And while I’ve enjoyed every moment of “research” that’s brought me to the far-flung sides of Makati (Saguijo, B-Side), Kati Ave. (Route 169), and even up the mountains into Baguio (R.I.P. Ayuyang Bar), it’s been even more exciting to be able to help bring a little bit of the Manila indie rock scene’s energy back home to the U.S., to share with stateside friends, musicians, and audiences.

Joel Torre: Cool na Cool

Not many actors would travel halfway across the world and embark upon a multi-city tour to promote a film that they did not also write or direct. But, then again, Joel Torre is not like most actors.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? special with Quark Henares

“Seasons change/ People change,” as the fabulous freestyle trio Expose warned us back in 1988. SUPER ASTIG caught up with RAKENROL director Quark Henares for a “WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” special. After dark, it was Suntory Time…and here’s what he had to say…. RAKENROL screens…

RAKENROL – The After Screenings & Parties Blog Post

I must confess I slept all day Sunday. Totally, exhausted from the RAKENROL screenings in LA and SF. With those screenings came after-parties, live performances, mini-reunions, late-night hangs and all around gud tymes! LOS ANGELES Take a listen to the DJ Un-G & DJ Joelquiz…