Archive for October, 2009

Je suis dans le Nirvana

October 23, 2009

Nirvana

(I am in Nirvana)

This is already becoming a bizarre habit of mine, every after a workout I raid all accessible record bars within the quad-mall range in Ayala, Makati (Glorietta, Greenbelt, Landmark, and SM). Trying to stave-off eating until I reach home after hitting the gym, I turn to album-buying (sometimes books). My latest grab, Nirvana’s greatest hits compilation.

The album rocks. Smashing. Awesome.

All quinze tracks are amazing. Poetic lyrics. Earnest expression. Raunchy vocals. Kick-ass band!

You Know You’re Right is haunting. Love the way the intro goes. Love the way Dave pounced the drums towards the bridge. And the way Kurt shouts pain all throughout the song, especially towards the end like he’s ran out of breath, and that all the sound you can hear is the wheezing produced by his lungs due lack of oxygen. It’s like he’s indeed in some kind of pain. I heard this was the last song recorded before Kurt shot himself dead, explains the feelings poured onto that word.

All About A Girl is one them couple o’ songs in the album that’s light (the other one’s Silver), the rest of the songs are of pure grunge and grudge. This song sounds so Beatles-ish.

Been A Son is an irony. Simple words, profound meaning. The song’s just short enough to leave an impression.

Silver reminds me a lot of those Greenday songs. The track apparently is a story about Kurt’s childhood which was spent a lot with his grandparents.

Smells Like Teen Spirit for me is the highlight of the album. The pinnacle. The apex. The epitome of Nirvana’s grunge music genre. Enjoyed every microscopic fragment of the song. Mulatto, albino, mosquito, and libido, I mean, who strings these words together, and yet still sounds intense, ardent, and a tad sage-ish. Only Kurt can.

Come as You Are has clichés sticking-out all over  the sides. I really like the line Come doused in Mud, cept in Bleach, as I want you to be. I also like the watery tones, and the unaccompanied guitar riff in the intro.

Lithium is one of my favorites. The distorted guitar while Kurt shouts Yeah is a neat touch.

In Bloom to me is about a person who likes swell stuff, but is broken inside. A sad song, but a badass at the same time.

Pennyroyal Tea. Upon hearing the song for the first time, all I can think of is it’s about abortion, pennyroyal tea being an abortifacient, then throw in laxatives and cherry-flavored antacids, there goes my impression. After running the song for a third, it eventually turns to be about chilling-out, looking for an outlet to introduce peace of mind and sense of well-being. Distilling the life out of from within, and using it to avert negativity.

Rape Me is a statement addressed against people who takes advantage of others, and not just with the literal connotation associated to the word rape. It’s like telling someone “OK do as you pleased, violate me (in every sense of the word), but be prepared, I’m gonna get you good”.

Dumb is about being optimistic in spite of mishaps in life. My heart is broke, but I have some glue. And being confident in your own skin, despite of condescending remarks from the conceited, and self-righteous.

All Apologies for me is a comforting, peaceful song. Also reminds me a lot of the R.E.M. song, Losing My Religion. The guitar riff towards the end was fantastic.

The Man Who Sold the World is a David Bowie original. Nirvana’s cover was better. You can really feel the soul of the story, and that of the protagonist.

Where Did You Sleep Last Night is an American folk song, AKA In the Pines and Black Girl. It’s a lonely, sad, sad song, of remorse, and regret. Kurt delivers with the apt raw emotions required of the song.

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Le effet de la surprise

October 19, 2009

Surprised Girl Face

(The effect of surprise)

Yesterday, a friend texted me that she has something important to announce this week. And to add to already rising anticipation, she added “will definitely surprise everyone”. What a cliffhanger. She had a TV series marathon last Friday, so I excused her.
Now, I’m the type of person when told that something bad, or shocking happened, I always tip the my imagination scale beyond the comprehensible limit. I anticipate the worst, the unthinkable, to match the anticipation. Come story-unfolding time, I tend to under-react, which bums the raconteur.
So, to break the cycle, I replied to my friend’s SMS. I asked if she’s coming out as a lesbo. The reply’s a resounding no. I’m letting the cliffhanger nip me in the butt.

Yesterday, a friend texted me that she has something important to announce this week. And to add to already rising anticipation, she added “this will definitely surprise everyone“. What a cliffhanger. She had a 24 TV series two-season marathon last Friday, so I excused her.

Now, I’m the type of person when told that something really bad, or extremely shocking happened, I always tip my imagination scale beyond the comprehensible limit. I automatically anticipate the worst, the unthinkable, the inconceivable, to match the anticipation. Then come story-unfolding time, I tend to under-react, which bums the raconteur, expecting to extort a helluva surprise out of me, and all I can produce is a trying-not-to-sound-nonchalant aaah, OK.

That’s the effect of anticipated surprise to me, no surprise at all.

So, to break the cycle, I decided to reply to my friend’s SMS. I asked if she’s finally coming out as a lesbo. The reply’s a resounding no. I’m finally letting the cliffhanger nip me in the butt.

Baie Noir Hardi Neuf Mille Sept Cent

October 18, 2009

(BlackBerry Bold 9700)

The new BlackBerry Bold 9700, tagged Onyx, is on top of my liste de souhaite (wish list) as of the moment. Been reading pre-release reviews (scheduled release is on October 21, 2009) of this beau portable for two weeks now, and still, I can’t get enough of it. I have always been a Nokia handset user, though I’m satisfied with its features et al, I’m still looking for something more, something umpf. I was thinking of getting an iPhone, since I have been a Mac user for four years now, but I still don’t like the idea of a touch screen handset, plus it’s pretty bulky.

My girlfriend just got her nouveau BlackBerry 8300, courtesy of her sister, just couple a days ago, can’t wait to have mine maybe by the end of the year 😀

L’énigmatique geek

October 18, 2009

Geek Gang Signs

Am not really a self-confessed geek/nerd, or anything that would made me initiate a conversation, that I am, in fact, one of them geeks/nerds. However, a lot of close friends consider me as one of them few people who constantly manifest an aura of unquestionable  non-specific geekiness.

I don’t look, and definitely don’t act like one. And because of that, I often find myself doubted (by others) for what I know, and what I’m capable of deliberately knowing, which is fun to play sometimes, especially if I get others to swore by what they know against my knowledge. 10 million laughing-on-the-floor emoticons all cramped in my thought bubble. Major laugh fit, I tell you.

Sometimes, being underrated is not bad at all, in fact I consider it an advantage, especially if you are an eon life forms ahead of  your adversary.