The Local Outsider #22: Reneé Dominique, Rizza Cabrera… and a few more thoughts

A couple of months ago Stephen Colbert had Jerry Seinfeld on for an interview – the latter was promoting his Netflix special, and who wouldn’t resist the opportunity to see two top comedians riff off each other? But the conversation went to inspirations (inevitably, as said Netflix special revolves around Jerry’s time before he had his big break in comedy) and then it went to Bill Cosby, the comedian who is accused of sexual abuse by several women.

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The Local Outsider #21: IV of Spades, Cheenee Gonzalez and Bita and the Botflies

Time again for my monthly catch-up with the more interesting things Philippine music has to offer, and, well… you know what I’m going to say here. But then this month’s column is a little unusual in that I have had an idea of who to write about for a while… and then let it boil, knowing there will be more ahead. I find that whenever I finish writing one of these things, one of the acts I just featured would be up to something. Guys, this doesn’t mean I have inside scoop or anything, all right?

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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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