Once again, I find myself writing this at the very last minute. But then there’s another thing: I find myself inadvertently doing a themed installment to the Local Outsider. Last year I did the same thing, so I guess it’s a tradition now? Maybe if I keep this up, it will. Anyway, still playing catch-up, because I don’t really write about acts that start to gain steam – except for some rare cases; that, and I have been meaning to write about one of the acts this month for, well, months now. The fact that there’s a theme – that “name and name” naming convention – is completely coincidental. Or so I’d like to believe.
This month’s Local Outsider is brought to you by “I am doing a lot of things, but I should have time for this – wait, I don’t have time for this!” But here we are. I’ll admit, again, that the acts I’m writing about today are cobbled at random, sort of. Sort of. I can say two of the three artists today, I found because I was intrigued by their names. I know, don’t just a book by its cover and all that. But sometimes serendipity gets us here. And some people like them well enough for me to notice them, too. All right? All right. This intro is getting too random.
All right, shall we rush back into this? February means the Local Outsider feels like it’s coming by much sooner, because the month is shorter than most – a neat four weeks, except once every four years – and all of a sudden, the idea that it’s almost March is staring us in the eyes. March! The days are getting longer and the sun is getting brighter, uncomfortably so! March! Next thing you know it’s April, and people are being idiots on Instagram again. (I don’t have an Instagram account myself.) Anyway, before I ramble on any further, let’s get back to the tunes, and what I’d like to believe are songs that fit this transitional period between “Manila is really cold” and “Manila is really hot” well. Well, I’d like to believe that. This is, as always, random, sort of.
The Local Outsider is back for another year of playing catch-up with the best Philippine music has to offer. And, in this case, I really do play catch-up, for some of these acts, I have been to write about for months. Why I never got around to it, I don’t know. All right, the last few weeks of the blog for 2016 has been busy, and I have been busy, too (which explains this happening) so some of these came from rustled mental notes. So, with all that said, here’s that new year we alluded to.
In case you’ve been living under a rock (not likely) or are just not really into what I do (more likely), then here’s a recap: tomorrow Shalla and I fly to Kuala Lumpur for a holiday, and to say hello to our friend there, Zaty. They have been friends for years, but they have never met in person. I, on the other hand, have – twice, actually, in my last two visits to the country. In both those visits we have assembled care packages, which have included some typical Philippine souvenirs, her favorite polvoron, and since last year, a CD from a local artist. (That one was this one.) This time I decided to double down, and then some: I’m sending her six CDs. I only hope she has the time to listen to them. Now, on the final installment of the Local Outsider for 2016, I’ll do something different: I’ll talk about those six CDs, and why I picked them. Here’s hoping nobody gets angry at me.