When we first wrote about Reese Lansangan almost three years ago, we never had the idea we would be seeing her everywhere. But now, indeed, she is: after the release of her debut full-length Arigato, Internet! she’s a ubiquitous presence – you might have seen her on television, or her work on magazines, or photos of her in stores, or maybe heard her music while on hold at Sky Cable. She even wrote a wedding song for Bossing and Poleng! Now, the multi-hyphenate (rolled into one convenient sushi, in her words) shares the five songs she can’t live without – and in her picks, a sense of wonder permeates.
This is the second installment of The Five Songs I Can’t Live Without, where we ask people (of interest) about, well, the five songs they can’t live without. This one had some extraordinary timing going for it: the day we considering inviting Wish 107.5 DJ Princess Leigh is the very day she was doing her last show on the station. (In case you’re wondering, she’s the one enthusing about the NBA season when we live-blogged the station two years ago.) Yes, the station plays classic hits most of the time, but you’d see her enthuse about local indie acts too, especially if you follow her on Twitter. A perfect fit, we thought, so we asked her as she wrapped up her last show – and now we the five songs (the former?) Princess Leigh can’t live without.
Welcome to the first installment (finally) of The Five Songs I Can’t Live Without, which says what it does on the tin: five songs someone in particular can’t live without, however they interpret that last bit. We’ll talk not just to musicians, but also to other interesting folk, granted we get our acts together. We kick off with singer-songwriter Clara Benin: a darling of the indie scene, she’s mounting two farewell (for now) concerts – she’ll take a break from music, she says – this coming Friday and Saturday, 29-30 July, at Teatrino. But before she goes on that break, we somehow managed to ask her about those five songs.
During the launch of their new single “All The Good Things” on Tuesday night, Up Dharma Down revealed that they’re working on their fourth album, and there’s still a long way to go: they’ve just begun writing songs, and we can expect a release on the first half of 2016. So, in a hit of chutzpah, we decided to interview the band and press them for more details, during a lull from bloggers taking photographs with them and other members of the media interviewing them. What was supposed to be a one-question interview ended up becoming a three-question one lasting a mere two minutes. And sure, this interview (this blog’s first) may not be much, but hey, it’s still a glimpse into how the band is approaching their albums. [NB]