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My Lollapalooza 2012 Wishlist

The 3-Day Pass for Lollapalooza 2012 went on sale last Tuesday, and I’m one of the lucky ones who was able to jump in on their early bird special (which is $30 cheaper than their regular pass). So, I’m ready to go now. The problem, however, is that the festival isn’t until August. They haven’t even announced the lineup yet.

There are rumors and speculations on who will play at the festival. A fake lineup was even released. But, as of  now, no official lineup has been released yet. So, if Perry Farrell ask me, I wish that these 10 bands be included on this year’s lineup.

1. Cloud Nothings
My first favorite new band of 2012, Cloud Nothings are winning people over with their early-emo sound. There’s been a lot of buzz about them after playing on SXSW, and they’re already scheduled to play on Pitchfork Music Festival this July. Seems wrong not to include them on Lollapalooza.

“Fall In” by Cloud Nothings

2. Hospitality
This Brooklyn band won me over with their vocalist’s cutesy voice. So, I want to see them at Lolla and hear Amber’s voice live.

“Friends of Friends” by Hospitality

3. Tool
The best band in the world, of all times. They should be on every music festival. Just saying.

“Stinkfist” by Tool

4. At The Drive-In (or The Mars Volta)
To my delight, At The Drive-In, one of my favorite bands, announced their reunion a couple months ago and they’re playing at this year’s Coachella. So, I want to see them at Lollapalooza too. But if they can’t make it, I’ll take The Mars Volta (ATDI’s offshoot) anytime.

“One Armed Scissor” by At The Drive-In

5. Refused
Like with ATDI, Refused also went defunct before I could see them live. But they also announced their reunion a couple months ago, and they’re also playing at Coachella. It would be evil if Lollapalooza organizers don’t include them on this year’s lineup.

“New Noise” by Refused

6. Bon Iver
Bon Iver. Grammy Award Winner. My favorite artist of 2011. Wrote “Calgary” and “Blindsided”, which are two of my favorite songs of all time. He’s playing at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo. He should also be included on Lollapalooza’s lineup.

“Calgary” by Bon Iver

7. Yuck
I like Yuck’s brand of guitar pop and their debut album is one of my favorite albums in 2011. So, I’d be happy to see them play live on Lollapalooza.

“Shook Down” by Yuck

8. Soundgarden
After their reunion, Soundgarden was one of the headliners back in Lollapalooza 2010. But I missed them then. Now that they’re dropping some new material this year, I think that they should be included on this year’s lineup.

“Burden in my Hand” by Soundgarden

9. Real Estate
Their album Days is my ultimate soundtrack for chilling on a hot summer day. So, it’d be really cool if they can play at Lollapalooza.

“Municipality” by Real Estate

10. Phantogram
Same reason with Hospitality. I like the vocalist and I want to hear her sing live.

“Mouthful of Diamonds” by Phantogram

So, these are the 10 artists that I want to see on Lollapalooza 2012. Not all of them will play, I’m sure. But I have a good feeling that Cloud Nothings, Bon Iver, Hospitality and Real Estate will be there. And that is good enough for me.

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2012, Entertain Me

It’s hard to predict what 2012 will bring (unless you’re a Mayan, of course). I don’t know if it will be better than last year, or worse. But there are some things –like movies, games, music and comics– that I’m pretty sure will not disappoint me this year. Here are those things, the 12 things that I’m looking forward to in 2012 (not in order of awesomeness).

Movies

1. The Hobbit
Here’s a secret: I didn’t like The Hobbit when I read it back when I was an eleven year old kid. I haven’t read it ever since. 6 years later, when I turned 16, I became a big fan of its epic sequel, The Lord of the Rings. So, why am I excited about this movie? Well, it has been a decade since The Fellowship of the Rings came out, and I miss pure Tolkienian fantasy and Peter Jackson’s magic.

2. The Avengers
Marvel announced four years ago that there will be an Avengers movie, and then teased us with “The Road to Avengers” –hints, cameos and ending scenes that were injected in Avengers related films. Now, it’s here. So, if you liked Iron Man, Thor and Captain America this film is for you. Joss Whedon is going to make this epic.

3. The Dark Knight Rises
The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s excellent adaptation of Batman. Honestly, besides Bane and Catwoman being on it, I really have no idea what’s the plot going to be about in this flick, and I like it to stay that way. But I’m confident that Nolan will deliver.

Games

4. Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur
Ken Rolston, the lead designer of Morrowind and Oblivion, is this game’s executive designer. So, its open-world gameplay is going to be a bit similar to an Elder Scrolls game. But it’s not gonna be a bit like an Elder Scrolls game because: (a) R.A. Salvatore, famous fantasy author (who is responsible for my favorite Dark Elf Trilogy), wrote the story; and (b) Todd McFarlane, comic book artist, toy maker and creator of Spawn, worked on its art. So, big names in this game.

5. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect was okay. Mass Effect 2 was epic. So, I’m pretty certain that BioWare is doing whatever they can to give us an epic ending to the Mass Effect Trilogy that started back in 2007. I can’t wait to set foot on Earth and kill me some Reavers.

6. BioShock Infinite
BioShock is one of my favorite games of all time. While I haven’t played its sequel (although I own it), I’m pretty sure it’s a gas too. But when I saw BioShock Infinite’s trailer, I was at awe. The art direction in this game is just way too cool. I’m sensing that this game is gonna be favorite game of 2012.

7. Torchlight 2
I enjoyed playing this Diablo-clone, so much that I’m gonna get its sequel. So, why am I going to get a Diablo-clone when I can I play Diablo III this year instead? Simple, Torchlight 2 will be so much cheaper than Diablo III.

Comics

8. Avengers Vs. The X-Men
The title says it. This is going to be a great event with lots of great fights. I’m looking forward to Bendis’ one-liner humor and Cho’s great artwork.

9. Fairest
One thing I don’t like about Fables (which still remains one of my favorite comic books) is that it has way too many characters to fit in just one book. So, following at the success of Cinderella mini-series, Willingham created Fairest, which will be starred by the female characters of Fables. So, I’m really excited to read the new adventures of my favorite fabled heroines.

Music

10. Soundgarden’s new album
So, Soundgarden reunited back in 2010 and toured. But new material from them hasn’t dropped yet. This year though, in Spring, their new album will hit the shelves. If Thayil wasn’t lying, their new album will be a bit similar to their 1996 album, Down on the Upside, which is a great album. I’m really excited to hear new stuff from these guys again.

11. Tool’s new album
I forgot when it was. But, not too long ago, Tool’s guitarist, Adam Jones, had hinted they are writing stuff. I haven’t heard anything else since then. Although I’m hoping that Tool will drop an album this year. It’s been 10,000 days since they released their last album, 10,000 Days.

12. Lollapalooza 2012
I had blast at last year’s Lollapalooza. I saw a lot of my favorite bands including Arctic Monkeys, Explosions in the Sky and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I even got inside Foo Fighters’ VIP tent. I don’t know who’ll be playing at this year’s fest yet. But, if it’s anything like Coachella 2012, it’s going to be even better.

So, that’s it. These are the things that I’m looking forward to in 2012. What about you? Do you have things that you’re looking forward to this year?

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The Music of ’91

During these past few months, there’s been a flurry of 90’s music reissues. Nirvana released the 20th anniversary, box set edition of their revolutionary album Nevermind. Pearl Jam released Twenty, a book and a documentary film, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Ten. Just a week ago, U2 re-released their album Acthung Baby (my first U2 album). So, lately, it’s been easy for me to feel nostalgic for my youth.

Then, I realized that these reissues have one thing in common: they were released in 1991 and the first albums that I’ve owned.

Coincidentally, a trip further down the memory lane and with the help of Wikipedia, I also found out that all of my first ten albums were actually released in 1991. Here’s the lot of them, in order:

1. and 2. Use Your Illusion I & II by Guns N’ Roses

I bought these two albums in December of ’92, using the money given to me as gifts by my aunts, uncles, godparents and grandparents on Christmas. I wanted to buy Appetite of Destruction at that time, but the store was out. So, I settled on these two. While Appetite of Destruction is still my favorite GNR album, Use Your Illusions opened my world to rock music.

 

“November Rain” (Use Your Illusion I) by Guns N’ Roses

“Civil War” (Use Your Illusion II) by Guns N’ Roses

3. Metallica (aka The Black Album) by Metallica

The Black Album was my first foray into heavy metal territory. Back then, as a 12 year old kid who didn’t know any better, I thought that listening to metal will make me do evil things. But listening to this album changed my mind, metal isn’t that bad. If there’s anything this album made me do, then, it was trading my G.I. Joes for more tapes and CDs.

 

“Enter Sandman” by Metallica

4. Slave to the Grind by Skid Row

I didn’t really own any album from any hair metal bands (Poison, Motley Cure, Def Leppard). Skid Row, however, was an exception. Because, for one, they’re heavier than most hair metal bands and they didn’t wear ridiculous clothing. But it was really Sebastian Bach’s voice that made me buy this album. He’s one of my most favorite vocalist of all time.

 

“In A Darkened Room” by Skid Row

5. Achtung Baby by U2

Like I’ve said earlier, Achtung Baby was my first U2 album. But, honestly, after listening to heavier bands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and Skid Row, I didn’t like the band or this album at first. It was only years later, when I started listening to alternative music, that I appreciated Achtung Baby and realized that it’s one of the best U2 albums.

 

“One” by U2

6. Nevermind by Nirvana

Nevermind is pretty much the album that defined the 90’s. It even dethroned Michael Jackson’s Dangerous off the Billboard Charts. When I bought this album, I remember listening to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for hours and hours before finally moving on to the other songs. It was so good, and also liberating, to listen to it. It was the soundtrack of my teenage years.

 

Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

7. Ten by Pearl Jam

Out of the four grunge bands that came out from Seattle during the 90’s, Pearl Jam was my least favorite of all. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad or anything. Because Ten is one of my favorite albums that came out during the 90’s. “Jeremy” is also one of my favorite songs of all time. Like with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, I also couldn’t stop listening to this song. Eddie Vedder’s voice is just so velvety.

 

Jeremy” by Pearl Jam

8. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

I was out to buy Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger when I heard my friend’s brother playing Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik in their house. It was heavy, funky and full of melody at the same time. It blew my mind because I’ve never heard something that sounded like it at that time. So, I bought Blood Sugar Sex Magik instead of Badmotorfinger.

 

Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

9. Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden

I bought Badmotorfinger after a friend –who also loved Nirvana and Pearl Jam as much as I did– suggested it to me. But, being less accessible and overshadowed by more popular records like Nevermind and Ten, I didn’t like this album, at first. I’ve only begun to appreciate it after I started playing the guitar. Eventually, Badmotorfinger became one of my favorite albums.

 

Jesus Christ Pose” by Soundgarden

10. Out of Time by R.E.M.

I bought Out of Time out of impulse after I saw their video, “Losing My Religion”, and liked Michael Stipe’s dancing in it. But, even it may be a Grammy award-winning album, I really didn’t like Out of Time. I didn’t like it then. I still don’t like it now. I guess, some music, I’ll just never get.

 

 

Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

So, these are the first ten albums that I’ve owned. Although they were released in 1991, I didn’t had them until in late ’92 and early ’93, when I really started getting into music. While I didn’t like all of them, all of these albums were my gateway to rock music.

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