Monday, November 21, 2005

The NU Rock Awards 2005

Some things you should know about the NU 107 Rock Awards this year:

1) I was not invited back to judge. Yes, despite my impeccable taste, the Judgment Bunny Waxy Seal of Judgment will not be put to use, like it was last year. DAMMIT!

2) Orange & Lemons are nominated in multiple categories. They did win last year, much to my dismay. Of course, my very vocal disappointment at the O&L victory over Cambio might be the reason for (1), but I still can't believe nobody's caught on to how annoying O&L music is. Hoy, NU, itigil na ang kalokohang 'yan.

3) Ex-magazine staff members nominated for an award this year: 2 Namely, Jason Caballa, who replaced me as music editor of PULP, and who, with his band Pedicab, is nominated in the Album of the Year and Rising Sun categories; and Bernie Sim, staff writer/illustrator/fashion diva of MTV Ink, nominated for Best Album Packaging.

4) -----. Ay! Secret pala! Due to some legal ek ek, I am obliged to tell you folks that nothing and nobody have anything to do with Nu107, their logo, or anything at all. NOTHING, I TELL YOU!

So there. And now, the nominees.


NU ROCK AWARDS 2005
The Official List Of Nominees



BEST NEW ARTIST
Hale
Brownman Revival
Junior Kilat
Pedicab
Paramita

Hale are this year's Orange and Lemons. Which means that they will probably win, and I won't like it.


VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Bamboo Mañalac of Bamboo
Reg Rubio of Greyhoundz
Aia De Leon Of Imago
Mcoy Fundales of Orange and Lemons
Jett Pangan Of the Dawn
Ria Bautista of Paramita

Tough call. I think Ria Bautista and Aia de Leon are amazing vocalists, and that Jett Pangan deserves an award just for still being around, but in terms of impact on the industry and sheer popularity, I think this'll probably go to O&L again, or maybe Bamboo.


GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
Ira Cruz of Bamboo
Audie Avenido of Greyhoundz
Francis Reyes of the Dawn
Jethro Mendoz of Valley of Chrome
Giann Sotto of Nerveline
Cynthia Alexander

Cynthia Alexander fucking deserves this for her amazing work on Comet's Tail. And if she doesn't win, she will totally put a curse on you or something.

BASSIST OF THE YEAR
Nathan Azarcon of Bamboo
Buwi Meneses of Parokya ni Edgar
Niño Avenido of Greyhoundz
Mon Legazpi of the Dawn
Dondi Ledesma for his work in Joey Pepe Smith’s album Idiosyncrasies

Dondi Ledesma is the sentimental favorite here for his work on Pepe Smith's "comeback" album, but let's face it: it wasn't a very good album at all.


DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Vic Mercado of Bamboo
TJ Brillantes of Greyhoundz
Zach Lucero of Imago
Ria Bautista of Paramita
Mike Dizon of Pedicab
Jeross Dolino of Sheila and the Insects

Lotsa good ones this year. Zach Lucero's always a solid drummer (and also a recent birthday boy, having turned 30 on the 20th), and Mike Dizon is outstanding as part of Pedicab. But then again, are we truly going to deny Sheila and the Insects a long-awaited award, especially with the waves they created this year? Or ignore the amazing fact that Ria drums and sings at the same time? Take that, Meg White!


BEST LIVE ACT
Bamboo
Kamikaze
Cheese
Parokya ni Edgar
Radioactive Sago Project

I vote for Giniling Festival! And Bagetsafonik! And Best Before! No? Okay, fine: Radioactive Sago Project.


RISING SUN AWARD
Orange and Lemons
Hale
Imago
Brownman Revival
Cueshe
Pedicab

Orange and Lemons, Hale, and Cueshe nominated in the same category. Punyeta.


IN THE RAW AWARD
Kiko Machine
Valley of Chrome
Up Dharma Down
Menaya
Daydream Cycle

Full disclosure: I've known bassist Paul Yap since he was in short pants and sported an "apple" haircut. That said, I think Up Dharma Down totally deserve the award.


SONG OF THE YEAR
"Hallelujah" by Bamboo
"Chicksilog" by Kamikazee
"The Day You Say Goodnight"[sic] by Hale
"Akap" by Imago
"Hanggang Kailan" by Orange and Lemons
"Ang Ating Araw" by Dictalicense
"Mang Jose" by Parokya ni Edgar
"Ako si M-16" by Junior Kilat
"Nice Place" by Juan Pablo Dream
"Tulad Ng Dati" by The Dawn
"Humanda Ka" by Sandwich
"Hari Nang Sablay" by Sugarfree

I never thought I'd see a song that goes, "I'm going to a nice place! A very very nice place!" nominated for Song of the Year, and yet here we are. Is there any good reason none of Kitchie Nadal's phenomenal crossover hits were nominated?


BEST MALE AWARD
Bamboo Mañalac of Bamboo
Champ Liupio of Hale
Yael Yuzon of Spongecola
Diego Mapa of Pedicab
Raymund Marasigan of Sandwich
Pochoy Labog of Dictalicense

Bamboo is the best male! YAY! Oh, you mean best male musician.


BEST FEMALE AWARD
Kitchie Nadal
Aia De Leon Of Imago
Lougee Basabas of Mojofly
Ria Bautista of Paramita
Myrene Academia of Sandwich /Imago
Wawi Navaroza of the Late Isabel

Kitchie Nadal, for her work with Twister Fries.


ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Apoy by Greyhoundz
Light, Peace, and Love by Bamboo
Strike whilst the Iron Is Hot by Orange and Lemons
Take Two by Imago
Tugish Takish by Pedicab
Harapin by the Dawn
Party PIpol Ur on Dub TV by Junior Kilat

I haven't listened to any of these albums in full and/or with full attention, so I will withhold comment.


BAND/ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bamboo
Orange and Lemons
Parokya ni Edgar
Imago
Kitchie Nadal

Kitchie Nadal, I think.


BEST MUSIC VIDEO
"The Day You Said Goodnight" of Hale (Directed by Sigfrid Barros Sanchez)
"Same Ground" Of Kitchie Nadal (Directed by Avid Liongoren)
"You’ll Be Safe Here" of Rivermaya (Directed By Pedring Lopez)
"Hallelujah" of Bamboo (Directed by Topel Lee)
"Akap" Of Imago (Directed by Marie Jamora)

I would like to call everyone's attention to the interesting use of prepositions here: "Song" of The Artist. Interesting. That said, I've a weird liking for Marie Jamora's video for "Akap."


BEST ALBUM PACKAGING
Claude Rodrigo for Strike Whilst the Iron is Hot of Orange and Lemons
Ge Madriaga for Rhomboids of Monsterbot
Bernie Sim for Tala of Paramita
Orven Enoveso for Flowerfish of Sheila and the Insects
Ink Surge for Tugish Takish of Pedicab
Gina Pestano for Party Pipol Ur On Dub TV of Junior Kilat

I always enjoyed judging this category at awards shows. And it is also the category in which at least one magazine alumnus gets nominated in every year. I haven't seen half of the albums nominated for this category, but I did like the Tugish Takish design a lot, and Bernie Sim has never failed to deliver something interesting and weird.


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Bamboo and Angee Rozul for Bamboo
Cynthia Alexander and Angee Rozul for Cynthia Alexander
Noel De Brackinghe for Greyhoundz
Kerryl Demetrio and Junior Kilat for Junior Kilat
Robert Javier for Orange and Lemons

Cynthia Alexander and Angee Rozul, because Comet's Tail was amazing. And while I never thought I'd say this, I think Hale's album producer also deserves an award. I mean, have you heard them live? Anyone who can make THAT sound good on a CD deserves a medal.

12 comments:

M said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! They should not make you a judge every year!

Hooray for Judgement Bunny and unbridled opinion slinging!

M

starshuffler said...

HAHAHA...

This is the second blog post of the day that's kept me awake (first place goes to Quark, for entirely different reasons hehe).

Thor said...

But, but ... Champ ... Hale ... Champ

Kristine F. said...

Thor, baby,

Si Diego na lang crush natin. Sige na!

denise said...

nathan nathan...hehehe sorry biased...it is what you call love...wahahahaha..

aki said...

Juz wanna ask why are you so mad to Orange and Lemons?...

andrea said...

I'm just curious and I hope you don't mind me asking this.

Who would you choose among the three, Hale, Cueshe, and O&L? I know you don't like them. But sino sa kanila yung mejo matitiis mo pa?

Hehe.

maykel said...

kakainis! nun una akala ko hindi maluluto, almost all of your prediction came true. first awards karamihan indie bands, pero ang hindi katanggap-tanggap eh nanalo ang ponkan and kalamansi sa mga major award, rock ba sila? no doubt! hawak na kasi ng giant ABS-CBN ang NU 107 halata nman eh.

maykel said...

ayos lahat ng nominee sa best live act, much deserving. lalo na ang performance ng rasioactivesago that night hahahaha!! sana man lang pinatugtog ang greyhoundz kasi nominee naman sila sa halos lahat ng award, at ROCK awards naman yun eh.. at hindi concert ng mga show band

protopss said...

Sa nu rock awards for 2005, I nominate, para sa Hall of Fame, si.... GOLDWYN MORALES AZUL.

Before the likes of Luis, Thor and Karen, GMA IS the Rock Journalist. Pagdating din sa reviews, I think wala pang hihigit sa kanya.

Sayang ngalang at namaalam na sya. Sana may magpublish ulit ng lahat ng album reviews na ginawa nya

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