Meme: 25 Songs I Can’t Live Without

I can’t resist Ava. She knows it. So here I am, tagged with my list of 25 songs, even if it meant having to cut some other artists out  in cold blood.

And because I’m nuts, I uploaded the full mix here so you can listen. Please buy their albums.

Once you have been tagged, you are supposed to write down 25 songs you cannot live without. You know, the ones you can listen to over and over and never get tired of. They don’t have to be in any particular order. These are the songs that make you laugh, cry, think of an old friend, whatever the reason. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 songs, tag 25 people, then click publish.

  1. Dave Matthews Band – # 41
  2. Death Cab For Cutie – Title and Registration
  3. Plus Minus – Steal the Blueprints
  4. The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
  5. Sleater-Kinney – Oh!
  6. Dealership – Forest
  7. Ang Bandang Shirley – Patintero / Habulan / Larong Kalye
  8. Zero 7 – Somersault
  9. The Radio Dept. – Strange Things Will Happen
  10. The Magic Numbers – I See You, You See Me
  11. The Arrogants – Let You Down
  12. Taken by Cars – December 2 Chapter VII
  13. Bloc Party – So Here We Are
  14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  15. New Order – Regret
  16. Broken Social Scene – Anthems for a Seventeen-Year Old Girl
  17. Final Fantasy – This is the Dream of Win and Regine
  18. Afghan Whigs – 66
  19. boldstar – Accident Prone
  20. Modest Mouse – Gravity Rides Everything
  21. Fiona Apple – Paper Bag
  22. The Strokes – Reptilia
  23. Blondie – Heart of Glass (yeah!)
  24. The Purplechickens – Dream Systems
  25. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek

Meme: 15 Albums

Got this from Facebook, but posting here in my blog instead (which imports into Facebook anyway). I think I went a bit nuts on this meme, with links for your Amazon-carting, YouTube-viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

15 Albums

Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill.

Tagged by Popo, who drums like there’s no tomorrow!

Also, since most of my friends have already been tagged, I’m tagging the musicians themselves instead. You changed my life, you bastards! 😀

1. Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
2004: This album is an obvious first choice. It speaks of distance – whether literally or figuratively – between two lovers, and it’s so fucking _palpable_ that it hurts.  Many nights in 2004 were spent crying to this album, and I still can’t listen to “Transatlanticism” without choking up. DCFC played that song last in their Singapore set last year, and I would have sobbed my heart out then, if we weren’t trying to sneak out to get to the autograph line first.

2. Dave Matthews Band – Under The Table And Dreaming
1998: This album made me pick up a guitar to learn how to play the songs, which led to me auditioning for my very first band, Mr. JiL (who specifically looked for someone who could play DMB songs), which led me to be in bands for the next seven years. “Jimi Thing” was my audition song and I still get giddy whenever I hear it. There’s a simplicity and joy in this album, which corresponds to a simpler and happier time in my life as well, when I was discovering the wonders of music. I’m grateful I got to watch DMB before Leroi Moore passed away.

3. +/- – Let’s Build A Fire
2008: There is no way you can play “Steal the Blueprints” without me leaping to my feat and dancing like a maniac, which is exactly what I did when Plus Minus performed it here. Twice. This album stayed in my car CD player for weeks, has been in my Walkman phone for months, and probably will never leave my hard drive. Hell, I played it in Boracay last week! There’s an infectious optimism in the album that I hope will never, ever leave me. Continue reading

Meme Break

I was going to write a nice piece on why I love San Francisco, then I got distracted by work, and then I got distracted by this meme, so here we are.

Snagged from Paul

Place an X beside the item that applies to you, and add them up. The sum will be your supposed mental age.

[] I know how to make a pot of coffee.
[x] I keep track of dates using a calendar….
[x] own more than one credit card….
[] I know how to change the oil in my car.
[x] I can do my own laundry.
[x] I vote every election.
[] I can cook for myself.
[] I think politics are exciting.
[] I balance my checkbook.


[x] I show up for school/college/work every day early.
[x] I always carry a pen in my pocket/purse.
[] I’ve never gotten a detention.
[x] I have never smoked a cigarette.
[] I have never gotten completely trashed.
[] I have forgotten my own birthday at least once.
[x] I like to take walks by myself.
[x] I watch talk shows.
[x] I know what “credibility” means without looking it up.
[x] I drink coffee at least once a week.


[x] I know how to do the dishes.
[x] I can count to 10 in another language.
[x] When I say I’m going to do something I do it.
[x] I can mow the lawn.
[x] I can make adults laugh without being stupid.
[] I remember to water the plants.
[] I study only when I have to.
[x] I pay attention at work.
[x] I remember to feed my pets/child.


[x] I can spell “experience” without looking it up.
[x] I work out on a regular basis.
[x] I clean up my own mess.
[x] The people at Starbucks know me by name.
[] My favorite kind of food is take out.
[x] I have gained weight since high school.
[] The first thing I do when I wake up is get caffeine.
[] I can go to the store without getting something I don’t need.
[] I understand political jokes the first time they are said.
[x] I can type quickly.


[] I have realized that the weather forecast changes every hour.
[] My only friends are from my place of employment.
[] I have been to a tupperware party.
[x] I have realized that no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job.
[x] I have more bills than I can pay.
[x] Almost all my friends are older than I am.
[x] I can say no to staying out all night.
[x] I use the internet every day.
[] My wardrobe hasn’t changed in a while.
[x] i can read a book and actually finish it.


Oh darn, I’m too old for my age 😉


Had my first sick day in a long time. To make myself feel better, I’m going drinking tonight, and also posting a meme! (Thanks to quinnzap for it.)

Leave me a comment, and…

1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
2. I’ll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I’ll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you in.
4. I’ll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I’ll ask you something that I’ve always wondered about you.

Bring it on! 😉

The Nerd? Geek? Dork? Test

I don’t agree, actually. I’m horrible at trivia games (because I forget everything)!

Your Score: Modern, Cool Nerd

65 % Nerd, 60% Geek, 34% Dork

For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and “geek is chic.” The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!


Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos