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See You on the B-side Lou

 “There’s a bit of magic in everything, and then some loss to even things out.”

It wasn’t a Sunday morning in my side of the world. It was nonetheless a perfect day. Until I found out Lou Reed passed away.

I learned about Lou Reed in the pages of Lester Bangs’ books where he would ramble on about his music. I learned about Velvet Underground from a soundtrack of a movie, it was Pirates of the Silicon Valley. I did not hear him on the radio by chance. I did not walk into one of his shows. My father did not hand down a vinyl of his album. As a child of generation that came decades after his music boomed, my Lou Reed story is nothing compared to the tales told by his early fans. I did not start a band upon hearing his song (although I did want to). Regardless, the gravity of loss is almost the same.

The first Velvet Underground song I got to know how to sing is Stephanie Says. Perfect Day is one of the songs I listen to when I’m alone in my room trying hard to make a day perfect. I went through a phase when all I can listen every Sunday is Sunday Morning, it went on for months. His songs had that enduring effect. You remember a line and then you’ll find yourself mindlessly singing that particular line over and over.

Much has been said about Velvet Underground and how it inspired generation to generation of bands, such as Joy Division, Nirvana, REM, Weezer and the indie rock bands of today. However, his solo albums are gems. Neil Gaiman was quoted saying when he got his heart broken he listened to Berlin over and over again. The same as I did.

Berlin is my favorite Lou Reed album. It has tracks full of stories; of abuse, sadness, love, despair, death. It is a strange album with people singing happy birthday and kids crying. Men of Good Fortune is Lou Reed poetry at his best. Sad Song is Lou Reed guitar work at his best. I have played it countless of times and each time it gives me that eerie sadness which felt like a hit on my consciousness. However, Berlin has never been sadder when I listened to it that Monday morning.

Seeing fans pay tribute to him online gives me mixed feelings. One by one the greats are dying. We lost Lou Reed. Who’s next? Who will carry on making music that will span generations? We are getting far and far from that great moment not just in history but also in music. It is incredibly scary. On the other hand, for a band that was seen by many as outcasts, the vastness of grief was overwhelming. This lit a spark of brightness that Lou Reed maybe gone, but his music stays alive, hopefully for more generations to come.

See you on the B-Side Lou.

Franco Reyes on his Influences, 90’s Rock, Piracy and Ilonggo Artists


So I got to talk to one of my favorite musicians. I tried to be normal but it was damn hard.

Me and my friends run a local zine where we talk about things that we all like, well mostly things that we don’t like  (and we finally got a blog! yaay). It is an eight year old zine but I only got to join them last year.  Cool bunch. I felt cool by association.

Anyway, Franco Reyes  visited to rock the opening of 55 Tinta in Iloilo. It was one of the loudest gigs I have attended, probably because of the mixed genre of artist who performed.  Franco also had a gig n Bacolod that week and we offered to drive him to the port.

We had to pretend that we are not setting him up for an interview but I guess famous musicians are prepared for that habitual “we’ll be your ride but we are not telling you that we will ambush interview you”. So we took the farthest route possible and eventually ran out of questions to ask him. I personally have prepared a lot of questions but they all mentally escaped me when I closed the backseat door. My problem when I talk is thinking about what to say next, my mouth goes blank along with my mind. Plus, I worry about my accent(play the audio file for a horrendous example). Many jokes where conjured because of my accent. To my horror, Franco also has a more distinct accent.

Overall, it went quite awkward, as expected. The bottomline is I get to talk to one of the most mysterious musicians in the Philippines, at a back of a jam-packed car in a rainy afternoon. You can tell this to my thirteen year old self who was watching Almost Famous.

Originally posted on SNEEZE:

Franco Reyes is an intriguing musician. His music seems like a remnant of the 90’s thrown in with hints of previous eras making it ear-friendly to a varied type of listeners. So when Sneeze had a chance to drive him to the port for his Bacolod gig, we let him and his road manager step into the backseat of our office. Of course we have to ask him questions.


Sneeze: First question, nacurious kami sa influences mo. Who/what are your influences? In terms of music.

Sneeze: There’s no specific artist?

Franco: Dami. Mas nagugustuhan ko yung mga lumang genre, reggae, blues, Afro-Cuban music, basta mga luma mas romantic kasi tapos nostalgic din at influential talaga siya.

Franco: Artists? Dami din. Kung sa blues Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters. Yung era din ng grunge music, yung Soundgarden, Alice in Chains.

Sneeze: Pearl Jam?
Franco: Pearl Jam, mga ganun.

Sneeze: Kasi first time kong…

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Bitter Brew


“Hi,” she said,
Oh how low I felt,
“Hi,” I said,
And you tapped my head,
Your hand was heavy,
Her smile was sunny,
I sank on my seat,
Like it was a safety net,
My coffee has gone colder,
It tasted so bitter,
Conversations flowed,
My smile was crude,
She leaned on you,
Parking lot was a better view,
Here comes the rain,
She asked you what’s my name,
I laughed so hard,
But I was raising my brow.

*I made this poem previously.

**I also made that mixtape cover and this playlist but 8tracks won’t set it public.