The joys of Trini Rock.

8/17/2006 04:25:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »

I've been busy as a mo fo lately with work and life in general. So sorry for not posting as often as I should. *Have a cookie*

So.. what to blog about today? Well, I have recently been going to a lot of local rock concerts lately. Now, Trinidadian Rock is a growing artform. There are quite a few bands but many of them are not my style, the ones that are, though, I love. So, in no particular order:

Incert Coin (yes with a 'c'):
Awesome band that I think has international potential. They've been around for quite a while (about 10 years I think but don't quote me on that). In my humble inconsequential opinion, they have great music: intriguing lyrics and a damn good sound. Plus, James ( the lead singer) has an amazing voice and a great stage presence, something that is hard to fake. I've been to many of their shows and they have never failed to disappoint (except last Friday when they didn't play at Steps anymore.. WTF happened guys?). To hear their music, check out their site as well as their Myspace profile..


Jointpop

Mr. S introduced me to them. He has good taste too. J.pop isn't like any of the other bands I will blog about today. They have something special. They've been around forever and I have alot of respect for them. Their sound is very unique (more indie than anything else) as is the band. So professional, so centered, so focused: I am very surprised that they haven't hit the big time yet. I've only been to two shows of theirs but they have blown me away everytime. Their music is so well thought out. Sometimes comical, sometimes serious but always awe inspiring.... One of my favorite songs is "Let's pray for Rock and Roll number 2 on the Juke box). Take a peep at their site which is very cool as well. Oh yeah, Myspace.

Vox Deus

Formed in 2002/2003, these guys have great energy and a crazy sound. They seem a little rough around the edges but it works for them. Their lead guitarist Nicholas Khan is really good (coming from a novice in every sense of the word this may not be the greatest compliment but the man f-ing rocks it hard). Their vocalist Matthew Coelho has good stage presence and a killer grunt. Performances are unfortunately sometimes inconsistent but they are worth the wait. Here's their Myspace profile.

Tripped and Falling

Punk and powerful. A great live band with high energy and even higher potential. Their song Ashes and Ember is one of my favorites. I don't have to say too much about them cause their music speaks for it self. One thing I will say though is that they always seem to get better with time. Kudos Guys!TAF Myspace

Orange Sky

One of the more popular bands in T&T, I have a special place in my heart for them. They were my very first concert and it was all history from there. An interesting blend of reggae and rock, these guys are really good and .hurray for them, recently signed, I expect alot of good things from them. I have nothing bad to say about them at all. The music is mellow and chill and friggin awesome. Play me "Alone" or "Real Love" and I am good for the day.Just go see.


Skid"Nevely

An unsual fusion of Steelpan, calypso and punk, Skid"Nevely sound the most like Trinibagonian Influenced rock, though their founding member Andrew McIntosh is from St. Lucia. They are definitely original and I like that about them not to mention the bandmates seem very down to earth as well. Very good in concert and recorded, they have a consistent sound and you can tell some of the members are classically trained. Overall, a tight band. As usual... the Myspace profile



Some others worth mentioning:

Blood Red Clover: Lead singer has a great full voice.
A moment of silence: Wham dey Bob?
Everything is Eventual: WTF Music. Funny as hell.

For more information and links to bands on the Trinidadian Rock Scene go to Island Noise

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Memories of the Muppet Show

8/08/2006 09:11:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »

They really need to put this stuff back on the air.

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I am a coward

8/08/2006 03:44:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »

And a beach bum.

I ran away. I couldn't do it. I couldn't go to church with Mr.S' mother, I made him get me out of it. Apparently, I wanted to go to the beach more (either that or I am demon spawn and cannot set foot inside a holy place). And frankly, I'm glad I did. So there!


I still have to go with her this Sunday though. Mr. S sucks at lying.

Maracas is the flick.

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Making nice with Mumsie (in Law)

8/02/2006 02:51:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »

I made it past noon! Mostly because I got there at 4 p.m (late.. as usual) but I swear it wasn't my fault. My favorite cousin (Ms. C), yeah.. the same one who has better luck with the ladies that I ever will, came along with me for moral, or in this case, mortal support.

After getting there way too fashionably late and losing the ability to filter into the crowd unnoticed, Mr. S' dad decided to give me the grand introduction by getting the attention of the WHOLE family and announcing the late arrival of Mr.S' girlfriend. As embarrased as I was, I gave a quick smile and a weak "Hi" and made my way to the back of the room. His family was sweet to me though even though there was limited interaction due to the fact that I was hiding in the corner the whole time.

It was by far one of the most interesting Family Reunions I have ever been to... considering I've only been to about 4 in my entire life that isn't saying much. Apparently, as Mr. S kept reinforcing to me, the family is very distant. Many of them have never even met so they were going around the room making introductions and short (in some cases long and tearful speeches ending with the expectations for the family and what they would like to do for future family days. Even I was forced to say something about myself in front of the whole family. I can't even remember half of what I had said but I do remember a quip about our (Mr. S and I) difference in age. He's six years older than me. I let it pass.

Nearing the end of the family day, I went in search of his mum so that I could introduce her to my cousin (she did not greet us at all). I finally found her alone at the door and did a cheerful introduction only to recieve a grunt of acknowledgement in return before she turned her attention to someone else. I was completely fazed by this and my cousin forced herself to curb her tongue as she revealed to me later on.

I have tried everything under the sun to get to this woman but this was by far the worst reception I had receieved. Usually she says hi and immediately interrogates me on my church-going habits of which there are none. I could lie and say that I went but I refused to do that. Finally, at the end of my rope and coming up empty with ideas, I decided, after much prodding from my cousin to go to church with her next Sunday.

Now, I am a religious person.. to an extent. I believe in God and pray often but I do not go to church. I cannot stand listening to hours of a pastor droning on and on about this and that. But that's just me. To me, religion and my beliefs are personal. But.. I digress.

It seemed to prod a response from her finally as she started making conversation with us (my cousin and I) about getting Mr, S to go as well and about our personal lives. How swiftly attitudes can change.

By the way, if you are wondering where Mr. S was in all this... he had promptly made a beeline to the children's corner and left me to the wolves. Bad Mr. S! No booty for you.

All in all, I'm now stuck with a church date with Mumsie. YAY! *grumble* Oh well, Mr. S is lucky I love him so much.

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