Cultural Idiot

musings of a snob

Slowdive’s Back!!!

Last January, Slowdive uploaded a brand new track called Star Roving on Spotify. And it was the really, really good. It was much closer to Soulvaki than Pygmalion” – which I also liked (actually, the first Slowdive album I heard). With a bit or post rock thrown in. In my opinion, that’s how they should go about their comeback after twenty two years. I do hope they release an album or EP much like their last album, but hopefully not at the next couple of years. And Simon Scott – who was the first to quit the group because, because according to him, “I though I’m being replaced by a drum machine” said that he regretted leaving the group during those times .  Plus Neil even said in an interview that they plan on performing that album in its entirety because they split up a week after it was released.

But, I want to go back to the topic – their new self-titled album and how I purchased it.  They released it this May (2017) I really wanted to have it on vinyl record. But to order it, I will have to pay extraordinary amount in taxes. It will be like buying two-and-a-half records. Hurray, Philippines :-/.

But then I got an idea. There’s this record shop that opened near my office called This Is Pop Records. I actually went there on the very first day they opened and I bought “Pygmalion”. I know the owner – Toti D.  is a fan. So I messaged him to ask if he will get some of the album. And he said yes. He got four copies in silver colored record but I would have to wait for it. And wait for it I did.

Tomorrow shall be time for the self-titled! 😄 #Slowdive #JustForADay #Souvlaki #Pygmalion

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Father’s Day, Toti messaged me to say that his order arrived in the shop and would I like to pick it up. I had to decline at first because I need to spend the day with my family because it’s Daddy’s Day. I also know they’re closed on Mondays – so Tuesday it is, I said.

There I am, holding the record that I’ve been waiting for since 2015. And I played it twice that night. And I listened to it going to work and and coming home. I played it minimum two times a day on my evening tea for one week. Just like olden times. Because that’s how I listen to music when I was younger – always on repeat for at least a week. No matter if I like it or not. I want to give it a chance to grow with me.

Morning Ride: Listening to #Slowdive

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Slowdive’s back after twenty two years. And their audience finally gets them.



Still I Feel I’m Sinking…



Goodbye, Chris. Say hi to Andy and Kurt and Layne and all the dead rock stars for us.

Don’t worry, this is how I’ll remember you…

Bakers Dozen: Albums I Listened to as a Teenager

Top albums that influenced me as a young one. Lots of metal is this list.

  1. Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare
  2. The Dawn – Envelope Ideas
  3. Identity Crisis – Tale of Two
  4. Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
  5. Faster Pussycat – Wake Me When It’s Over
  6. Joe Satriani – Flying in a Blue Dream
  7. Metallica – Master of Puppets
  8. Megadeth – Rust in Peace
  9. Nirvana – Nevermind
  10. Pearl Jam – Ten
  11. Faith No More – Angel Dust
  12. Alice Cooper – Trash
  13. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

Since not everything is on Spotify, I put in two to three very honorable mention albums.

Bakers Dozen: Biking Mixtape

Twenty-seven months ago I had an ischemic stroke. So, right now I’m still recovering from it. Naturally, my DPT asks me to wake up early to catch the morning sun and to exercise. What started out as going to the garage to walking around the block to full on jogging quickly turned into me biking. And the last time I biked was during the late eighties. Right – thirty years ago!


Of course the very first thing I did was create a playlist for me on my phone to listen to while biking. These are some songs from that playlist:



Top 10 Last Song From An Album


  1. Violent Femmes – Good Feeling (Violent Femmes)
  2. The Godfathers – Love Is Dead (Birth, School, Work, Death)
  3. Goldfrapp – Horse Tears (Felt Mountain)
  4. Goldfrapp – Clay (Tales Of Us)
  5. Radiohead – Street Spirit (The Bends)
  6. Velvet Underground – After Hours
  7. The Specials – You’re Wondering Now
  8. Nine Inch Nails – Ringfinger
  9. Nine Inch Nails – Hurt
  10. Portishead – Glory Box


Fun Home

Sitting here alone listening to Slowdive!

Happy Anniversary, Souvlaki! 😀 It has been twenty-four years and your audience finally gets it.

Oh My Goth!

Pitchfork recently posted a YouTube video explaining how gothic music came to be. While I agree to most part, there are some I don’t concer with.

Although the writer it is obviously being funny, I have to make up my own playlist to better explain goth music. There are post-punk music, shoegaze, ambient, noise, Victorian goth, classical…even black metal. Any music that a goth would listen to.

This playlist is ever evolving. I constantly add and subtract. But mostly just add. And I try just placing one song per artist. But there are some which I can’t stop myself and put two.

And Kanye West will never, ever be goth!

Christmas Record Shopping 2016 :-)

Let me take you down coz I’m going to…

Top 5 Guitar Solos

Guitar solos! The magic word that encompasses future / would-be guitar virtuosos.  From hearing “Voodoo Child” to”Stairway to Heaven“, up to Satch’s “I Believe” to “One” by Metallica. Everyone wants to learn to solo! But then, people change and guitarists change with them. But then, again, there will always be a cool solo you want to learn or at least hear (while you just air guitar your way to it).

So, this are my top five guitar solos (as of writing this blog):

Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Roads)

This is the first time I heard a heavy metal guitar solo that’s influenced by classical music. Or, at least the first time I heard classical music played through a overdriven guitar string.

Alive – Pearl Jam (Mike McCready)

This is heavily influenced by Hendrix and it’s from my time.

Heaven – Psychedelic Furs

I liked this because it reminded me of being young. Like I remember riding in the backseat of our car. But I know it never happened because I first heard this song after we lost our car. But, still, I like that feeling. 🙂

Love You – Primal Scream (Jim Navajo)

This is because of its simplicity. And for repeating the exact same solo as the song ends.

A Letter to Elise – The Cure (Porl Thompson)

It’s for telling a story with the solo – for me, at least. Like there’s an introduction, characters, conflict, climax, denouement, etc. etc. It’s one of the few solos I constantly repeat without going back to the start of the song itself.

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