I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog, because I’ve mentioned it enough times to friends: Shalla and I are flying to Kuala Lumpur this November, our first trip together that’s just the two of us. (Also convenient: she finally gets to meet her friend Zaty after almost a decade of chatting. It’s absurd how I, the mere boyfriend, got to meet her first. Twice.) Last time I brought her a copy of The Neon Hour, which she reports was a suitable soundtrack for a long, impromptu night drive across Selangor’s highways. This time I plan to quintuple down and get her five CDs. That search has brought me to… well, to Satchmi, which has begun selling some CDs of local indie artists. And that’s where we begin the seventh (the seventh!) edition of the Local Outsider.
Before we begin, a long-overdue correction: I was wrong when I suggested, on the first ever Local Outsider, that Flying Ipis was the first Filipino band to head to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Well, I didn’t say it explicitly, but I think I suggested it, so I now have to mention that Taken by Cars was invited first, a few years back. I remember hearing about it, and getting excited about it, but I don’t know why I forgot about it. I was going to say that it’s all down to timing, but, well, I’ll explain in the next paragraph.