Begin again
by Luis Katigbak - January 16, 2015 - 12:00am
‘Every year is different. But they’re almost always different in ways you neither expected nor planned.’ If anything, 2015 will be a year of new beginnings — at least according to some astrology...
The Anti-Claus is coming to town
by Luis Katigbak - December 19, 2014 - 12:00am
There is a very special time of the year that I look forward to, every year. It’s a time of peace and goodwill, when troubles recede, however temporarily, and we are left to bask in the glow of family, friendship,...
By the book
by Luis Katigbak - December 12, 2014 - 12:00am
Here’s what you need to know when gifting someone with the written word.
Revenge of the Indispensables
by Luis Katigbak - November 28, 2014 - 12:00am
Rumors of the death of the album as an art form have been circulating for a long time, at least as far back as 2000, when Spin magazine declared their Album of the Year as “Your Hard Drive.”
The long and the short of it
by Luis Katigbak - November 21, 2014 - 12:00am
It used to be all about the album. Not so long ago, if you were a musical artist, people didn’t really know what to make of you until you released your debut full-length. Now, in a world of downloads and streaming...
Nobody wants to be everybody
by Luis Katigbak - November 14, 2014 - 12:00am
We like to believe that we are the sum total of our choices. Perhaps the idea gives us a sense of control, of having a deliberate shape to our lives. This belief is adhered to most fervently when it comes to the...
Buti na lang...
by Luis Katigbak - September 12, 2014 - 12:00am
By the time we broke the news, we had been keeping it secret for months: New music. By the Eraserheads. In our magazine.
By the numbers
by Luis Katigbak - August 22, 2014 - 12:00am
If you love music — and if you don’t, then get the hell out of here — then starting your own independent record label seems like an incredibly cool thing to do.
Setting the scene
by Luis Katigbak - June 27, 2014 - 12:00am
One night, 20-plus bands, and free booze: it sounds like the left side of an equation scribbled by someone solving for either “epic night out” or “apocalyptic hangover.” It is also a fairly...
Ransom notes
by Luis Katigbak - June 20, 2014 - 12:00am
Sometimes, when listening to a new band, you listen while bracing yourself for disappointment: a song can start off well enough, but squander its potential, fail to achieve flight with the chorus, or betray you with...
Summer writing
by Luis Katigbak - June 6, 2014 - 12:00am
When I think of my past summers, I realize that the most significant ones did not involve summer romances, but summer workshops—specifically, in my case, writing workshops. (Not that one precludes the other;...
The sweetest jam
by Luis Katigbak - May 30, 2014 - 12:00am
What is the purpose of music? If someone asked me that outright, I would feel like doing several things, one after the other: shaking my head, sighing, and, ultimately, ignoring the question altogether. Music needs...
120 days of summer
by Luis Katigbak - April 11, 2014 - 12:00am
Summer has arrived, heralded by the preposterous heat and the sight of my female co-workers (and Jerome) in shorts.
The burning question
by Luis Katigbak - March 7, 2014 - 12:00am
Lots of people date for years or have long engagements before getting married.
Good vibrations
by Luis Katigbak - February 28, 2014 - 12:00am
I’ve never experienced anything like Malasimbo. It is truly unique, it’s an adventure.
A fantastic four
by Luis Katigbak - February 14, 2014 - 12:00am
I’m writing this on the eve of the first night of FebFest 2014, but by the time you read it, Warpaint and Mogwai will have already played—and, presumably, rocked our heads off—and we’ll be...
Behaving badly
by Luis Katigbak - February 7, 2014 - 12:00am
Creators are monsters. If you’ve been online in the past couple of weeks and you are at all interested in films or the Hollywood-famous, you’ve probably already read the unsettling open letter written...
Automaton for the people
by Luis Katigbak - January 10, 2014 - 12:00am
First things are often appointed a certain significance — it bodes well for 2014, then, that the first new album I listened to in its entirety this year was the self-titled first full-length release from electronic...
What I’ve learned (from music)
by Luis Katigbak - December 20, 2013 - 12:00am
Here are some thoughts and memories — and possibly even wisdom (such as it is) — from a lifetime of obsessive listening:
The going-away party
by Luis Katigbak - November 29, 2013 - 12:00am
How feasible are dreams of rock stardom nowadays? The Out of Body Special talks about the realities of modern band life.      
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