Cultural Idiot

musings of a snob

Forever Young

It was almost three years ago when I nearly died. The trouble is I used to hate sleeping. For me it is a waste time. My work as a sound engineer takes up most of my day. I wake up around 5 am, go to work, and usually get home midnight. So I need time for myself. So that, and bad diet, and smoking a pack a day – sometimes more – naturally took its toll and I had a stroke. At 40! Not a mild stroke like a lot of people assume. It turns out I had two clots in my brain. I ALMOST DIED.

Shoegazing still!

What has that got to do with a musical blog? Well, my lack of sleep has got something to do with it:

My first real idol was a guitar player named Teddy Diaz. He died. Right when I started listening to his band – the Dawn. He died right near my school. Killed by someone who was high. I was distraught. He was a great guitar player AND songwriter. I listened to him while studying for Physics and Trigonometry – which involves a lot of Math. I sucked at Math. But I passed them both. After his untimely death (at twenty-one), I sorta stopped listening to the band. And all I could think about was if he lived, what music would he have written. How many people could he have helped.

Teddy – my Kabuki guitarist!

The world sucks because of his death according to a thirteen year old self. The world sucks even for a forty-three year old me.

I had many idols right after Teddy. Identity Crisis, A-ha, Fra Lippo Lippi, Depeche Mode, Echo & the Bunnymen, Metallica…etc. etc. But out of all the idolatries no one comes close to Trent Reznor – aka Nine Inch Nails.

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Who wouldn’t fall in love with this guy!

He is the be-all, end-all idol for me. Not only for his songwriting but also for his production skills. I bought all his albums and EPs I could find. There where no downloads yet at that time. So all record shops I see, I needed to look if they have any of his music.

The last album he released was “Hesitation Marks”. Well, he and Atticus Ross. That was supposed to be his last album I would hear from him have I entered the Pearly Gates! 😉 That would have definitely sucked. Not because the album sounds bad. On the contrary!

So, that’s it. That’s one of the reasons why I want to live forever. To experience all the music that world have to offer.

Except for this one! 😉


To know all my idols music. And to wait for their fresh ones. To hear what they have to offer in the future. Imagine if I never heard Trent’s two new EPs. With a third one to be released this December. I would have died!



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…

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