Reviews and random thoughts brought about by various movies, series, music, books, travels, social behavior and what not...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Second hand Japanese LP's and CD's at Japanimation

I noted in my other blog that there is this humble warehouse store at Road 20, in Quezon City called 'Japanimation'. 



They have quite a collection of Japanese LP's, Vinyls, CD's which can be hard to look for in your friendly neighborhood music store. You might just be able to find some rarities at a low price, as I found out when I went to those kind of stores in Japan.

Along with the gadgets and stuff, are musical instruments. Now you have another place to check out for those surplus musical instruments from Japan, aside from your 'suki' in the Manila North Harbor.

Although you have to sift through all their wares to find that special item you're looking for. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sugar Hiccup gig at Sazi's


I remember back in the 90's, Sugar Hiccup was one of the few bands that came into the scene at the right time with the right skills. I got to meet and chat up with them back in college, we happened to practice in the same rehersal studio in Espana, Manila that time...unfortunately, I didn't get to see them perform live. But the last song they practiced pulled me into their music (I later found out that the song was entitled '5 Years'). Their later releases were such a treat to listen to. Then I heard from them no more. 

Last night, however, I got to listen to the new Sugar Hiccup on their gig at Sazi's (Formerly Mayrics).  They played the same genre, same style...but something was a bit different...something more profound yet undecipherable as vocalist Jeanette Reyes-Jorge sang the first few words of their new song. Her voice ran though me and it sort of punched me in the chest...that's how much impact her voice got to me. Its a refreshing break from years of 'borlelooo' bands (A term my wife and I coined up to refer to female-fronted-Paramore-a-coopia bands).

I was fustrated that I didn't remember the title of their song that I loved instantly...'waiting for tomorrow-something'. It was like Celtic music in goth and classical overtures...like Miranda Sex Garden. And their version of Sampaguita's 'Usok' was also another delight. I was amazed on how Jeanette's voice interchange with her violin parts, like Slash and Hammet exchanging licks on the same song.

I'm definitely going to get their CD.

Book: GENOCIDE


Most of my random thoughts can be classified as sick or twisted...but this just comes out of morbid curiosity, roused by things I read about...or things in the media that spike my attention.

A few months ago, I bought a book entitled "Genocide: A Groundwork Guide". A book by Jane Springer

A nice rocking title, and the book is small enough to fit in my gadget bag...just something to read about during my long trips to work...or to my parent's house.

Now don't get any ideas...its not a 'field guide' of sorts, explaining the hows of proper genocide execution. It just tries to better define genocide and its implications to society and human history.

Well now, we all know that genocide is the deliberate murder, pillage or rape of specified group of people defined by their culture, beliefs or race... either physically or to eliminate their lifestyle. Where's the trouble in defining that? You can make a whole book about that matter without running out of material?

Uhhh...no and yes..

The book does deliver a varied definition of genocide and its various use throughout history. But the issue, the main problem is this...How do you bring the planners and the executors of genocide to justice if you don't define the groundwork rules to accuse them by?

It has been a long struggle for victims of genocide. It is also a sensitive matter in the UN as each countries deal in this matter in their own way. Some countries deny the existence of state sanctioned genocide because they deem it either necessary...or due to their customs and traditions... this is where the UN draws the line. They cannot interfere the a nation's internal politics and/or customs.

Not unless the US..the mighty defender of the free world...declares it so.

But in the past, the US has been one of the greatest instigators and executors of genocide. Other countries tried to do it, they succeeded. 

Their large dependence and utilization of slave labor from Africa, where their freedom and sense of identity is forcibly erased to serve their own means. Their insatiable greed for wealth that drove them to destroy the American Indians..the real Americans...the people that took them in during the famine, where they always celebrate the start of their aggression yearly. The Filipino-American war, where hundreds of children and old men were slaughtered in Batangas because they couldn't find and fight the ones that attacked them, chose a weaker prey in their stead...then to be lauded as heroes by their generals and political leaders. (Sounds familiar? they were attacked by Saudis funded by oil money so they attacked Iraq) . The attempted eradication of the way of life of other countries that didn't to their notion of normal...or just because they got in the way of their greed. And....

Whew...wait a minute...I got off course there for a second.

Genocide also shapes the direction of human evolution and history. As a more aggressive and powerful group becomes successful, another is purged out of existence. The victors of the massacre are also the ones that write which 'truth' shall be recorded as history, therefore such atrocities and misconduct shall never be brought into the light ever again. As their form of society and culture disappear, isn't that worth noting as genocide?

The list of reason goes on...

So as you can see, genocide is a tough nut to crack as different cultures clash with different societies.

And in the end...nothing can bring back the immense loss of life a single undefinable word can bring about to the world.