Somebody in Formspring asked me to show my painting supplies. I enjoyed arranging them (Oh my OC) and taking photos. :)
Here you go, sorry it took so long! (L-R) 1. Really large rug (its an old shirt actually) 2. Canson XL series mix media sketchbook (I bought it in Opus Media, Vancouver) 3. #35 flat nylon brush (I stole from my dad, I think he bought it in National Bookstore) 4. Windsor and Newton Pocket Watercolour Set (I bought it in Opus Media, Vancouver) 5. Some Windsor and Newton Tube Watercolour - my most used colors: dark brown, black 1, black 2, burnt sienna (the set was a Christmas gift from one of my titos, Al Perez) 6. Plastic mixing plate (I just found it here in my room, my dad probably got it for me.) 7. #5 Berkley nylon brush (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 8. #1 Berkley nylon brush (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 9. #00 Berkley nylon brush (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 10. Windsor and Newton horse hair sable brush (Free from the Pocket set) 11. Rotring Mechanical Pencil, with 2B 5.0 lead (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 12. Dong-A Gel Pen (black) (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 13. Pilot Ballpoint Pen (black) (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 14. Faster Dust-Free Eraser (You can buy this in National Bookstore) 15. Coffee underpainted watercolor paper (Watercolor paper from National Bookstore, I painted it with coffee. I usually use Great Taste or Nescafe instant coffee) 16. iPad 2 (comes handy for the references!) (Birthday gift from Wincy)
If I were to give an Eargasmic Album of the Year award, it would be Patience Dear Juggernaut’s debut release Girl the Impaler. NU 107 is long dead (368 days is long, right?) so I might as well do my own Rock Awards this year.
Wait, who the hell is Patient Dear Juggernaut? Some of you may ask. Let me do the honors of introducing him to you, thanks to the artist’s Facebook Page:
Patience Dear Juggernaut is the solo project of Manila-based songwriter and filmmaker Cameron Aquino (AKA Wincy Ong), who writes, composes and plays the music for all of his songs. Cameron Aquino was a former guitarist of the indie band Narda and is the guitarist-keyboardist of Us-2 Evil-0.
The artist’s style can be characterized by ‘60s style harmony vocals, psychedelic chord progressions, robotic beeps and bleats, and progressive song structures, while his lyrical style leans towards the Dionysian and the absurd.
The other night, I saw a post from CJ De Silva’s Tumblr page (we used to know her then as the Promil Kid with an awesome drawing skills. And yeah, I envied her for that.) about an illustration inspired by Patience Dear Juggernaut’s songs. And it included a Bandcamp link where one can listen to all of the songs. I immediately checked its Facebook page and lo and behold, the album can be downloaded for FREE! If there is one thing wonderful in this cyber world aside from downloaded movies, that would be free music so that’s something to be celebrated, right? (I checked the page earlier this morning and I was surprised that they are charging 5 Dollars for the album. I wonder why.)
I first discovered Patience Dear Juggernaut on one of Lilystars Records posts before. Being a fan of bands under their roster of artists and other similar acts like Your Imaginary Friends, The Camerawalls, A Gentle Isolation, National Express, Outerhope, Us-2 Evil-0, Everything Gone Green, That Lingering Feeling, and other artists included in the Filipino Indie Pop Scene compilations, I immediately binged (uh, pardon the word) its music. And I was not disappointed.
The opening track Beta Male is enough for one to immediately like (and dance to) the album. It showcases Wincy Ong’s commendable poetry backed with an upbeat tune. Other notable tracks on the album are Art School Lover (Death to Ordinary Girls) and Ellen. But you have to listen the the whole album because I guarantee that every song is a sweet tune to the ear.
Being an indie pop aficionado, you may judge me as bias for giving a two-thumbs-and-toes-up for this album. If there is one thing I love about indie pop music, it is the ability to give us music with killer melodies, sweet vocals, and better poetry.
This album deserves to be in your playlist. I recommend this on your car’s music box and iPods because this is a perfect music for long travels and unforgiving traffic conditions. Or just listen to it whenever you feel like relaxing. Or having a good time. Or being alone with nature.
Now where’s my piano? I must learn to play these songs.
“I came to realize that having a voice is not enough anymore. Sadly, sometimes, my voice can work against me. And no matter how brilliantly Dave Grohl defends me, the Christina Aguileras, Adam Levines and other American Idol judges (I’m mixing my references, aren’t I?) of real life will still find my flaws and “immaturities”.”
I was in awe after seeing these. Indeed, I am in no position whether to say this is a timeless piece. But in a normal person’s point of view like me, I’d say that this is extraordinaire. Kudos to Ms. CJ de Silva. You are a rare find and I am proud to be a Filipino given these reasons. ♥
Thank You God for blessing her with so much talent.