The Local Outsider #20: Pamphleteer, Carousel Casualties and Morissette Amon

This is the twentieth installment of the Local Outsider. Twenty. That number feels big already. I’ll admit I had apprehensions about whether I can continue with this column – and sometimes I still do, something evident in the themes I find myself often flirting with in succeeding releases: how I’m busy, how I’m always late… but, well, that’s the point, right? So, until I get really busy or really annoyed, we carry on. This is the twentieth installment of the Local Outsider. The usual things, then. Like any of us expected anything more from this self-proclaimed outsider…

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The Local Outsider #19: Ube, Athalie and the imminent return of Orange and Lemons

Yeah, yeah, once again, I am cramming this. Will things be better next month? I have a big event for the day job and it’s three weeks away and I am juggling without being a trained juggler. Perhaps that’s what someone who follows the local music scene feels sometimes. You either have to juggle all these new acts coming in – not to look cool, I hope, but just to add more variety – or you stick with the usuals and, well… look cool anyway. But that’s me forcing a transition to this month’s Local Outsider, which features an assortment of acts that I am pretty sure does not have a theme.

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The Local Outsider #18: Sleep Alley, I Belong to the Zoo and Gentle Universe… somewhere

To prove that I am, once again, cramming this month’s Local Outsider, I would like to point out the fact that it’s raining outside, classes in many places are suspended, and I have this feeling all the songs here align with the rain somewhat. Again, it’s weird, because I have listed down this month’s acts a few weeks ago. (Okay, so I was not cramming; just the writing, not the listening. This is a hard non-job.) So, for those days when we’re feeling delicate and yet still have to go out to work – unless you really can’t – here’s a bunch of songs for these rainy days ahead. Or otherwise. I’m sure there are other applications for this.

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The Local Outsider #17: Bianca Catibayan, Bea Lorenzo and Jegs Benedict

This is one of those times when I question, slightly, why I decided to act like this blog is a serious one, by introducing regular segments like this one. Once again, I have been busy, but this time, so busy I am writing this the morning of the publication date. I typically pre-write these things (like most prudent so-called bloggers do) but now, well, cramming time! I guess it’s also why I have been gravitating towards singer-songwriters on the Local Outsider in recent months. It’s deceivingly simple and there’s less pressure to “get it right”, so to speak. With that, more of them, because why not?

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The Local Outsider #16: Kiana Valenciano, Elmo Magalona and Over October

This is a weird time to write this column. The past couple of days have been particularly distressing. But they will all say the show must go on, and it must, for these things we take for granted do more to bring us together than that cycle of panic and counter-panic or whatever that is that unfolded. So, on this month’s Local Outsider, we continue playing catch-up with local acts. I guess we can all unite under the fact that I am still terrible with local acts. Anyway, this month we find ourselves looking at the pop side (and doing an accidental theme, again) if only because of a magazine cover…

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