All right. Welcome back. Let me begin with a quick mention of the new single from Karencitta, “No Apology (Wala Akong Paki)”, which dropped early this week. It’s hot, simply said. But then I wonder if I would have had the same reason if I haven’t been immersed in K-pop the past couple of years. That’s really a slam at myself and how I closed myself to pop for a while – well, I closed myself from pop radio, which meant less exposure, which is a stupid thing in hindsight now. So, this song: hot. Will I hear this everywhere? I don’t know. I’m still closing myself from pop radio. And now we’ve done that, it’s time for the acts I have long (belatedly) listed for this month’s Local Outsider.
We have an accidental tradition over here on the Local Outsider: our April installments have a special theme. (Here’s last month’s.) We also have another, less accidental, tradition: we’re late to things. So, the thing we should have done last month is now being done this month – in my defense, I genuinely thought we always did it in May, but then, the election special was weeks before election day, so… well… let’s just get on with it. This month we’re focusing on new talent that are children of other known talent. They’ve been everywhere lately – and we’ve written about some of them in a couple of columns – and while we’re usually wary of these acts because they tend to be there because they’re children of famous people, well, you can argue some of them here are exceptions. Also, pedigree, anyone?
You know I’m going to start this column with more talk about how I’m cramming this because of how busy I’ve been. And yes, that is still the case. But then, on the other side of the equation, local music has been pretty intense this past month, whether it be because of intrigue, or because of celebrations. Sandwich is twenty years old! It’s not at all obvious! I have not had the chance to listen to their first two albums (and I still don’t have the chance because they’re not on the streaming channels) but I listened to “2 Trick Pony” a few weeks ago and it still sounds as potent as it was when it was released over a decade ago. Those immortal vampires. I wonder if any of the acts I’m writing about this month will last twenty years, or at least ten. Tall order? Different times. Still worth a shot, I guess.
Today is not the last Thursday of the month, but next Thursday is Maundy Thursday, and as I am a bit hungry for the clicks – it is still validation, after all – we’re doing this month’s Local Outsider a week earlier. Don’t worry, everything remains the same: I still crammed this post last night. For some reason it was easier, though. Maybe it’s one of my inspired moments – happening rarely now because I just have too much to write, and no time for what matters most. Somebody save me from this pail. Anyway, the column, one week earlier and nothing more.
I’ve devoted this week so far to songs I heard in a mountaintop lookout in Cebu. Today, not entirely coincidentally, I focus on a couple of acts from Cebu. But then, as I always do on this column, I am playing catch-up. But then again, I live in Manila, and we people here, for better or worse, tend to be myopic. We’re like New Yorkers: we only see what’s in our cities, and not elsewhere. (All right, I am being a bit dishonest here: I technically live outside of Manila, just outside enough to not be considered “the south”, and to be considered provincial.) So in a way, we’re all playing catch-up. But most of you can fake it, and I can’t. Anyway…