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BaDBURN Videos - Gone!

And now for a bit of bad news:

The YouTube account BaDBURN (BaDBURN Videos) has been disabled.

Most of the Faspitch videos on YouTube are provided by BaDBURN. I talked with him last night and he informed me that it was disabled due to a DMCA complaint (strike three).

When I asked what he had posted that the RIAA had any authority over, he replied "just a couple of OPM videos I posted a year ago... I didn't think they'd go after me for that... should've [deleted them] but been busy with work".

He told me that he does have backups of the videos, but editing and uploading them all again is labor intensive, and he's busy at the moment. However, he does intend to reupload the videos (probably in a couple weeks), and assured me that after this incident, all BaDBURN videos will be "Cebu band videos only".

What this means for us:
1) No more videos from BaDBURN for a while.
2) The better part of the Faspitch videos linked to from here are no longer accessible.

As soon as I get word that the videos have been reuploaded, I will post the new links.
Thanks for your patience guys, spread the Sound of the South.
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Updated Videos, Rants and Rumors

Hey guys.

Just wanted to let you know that I updated the video list again.

What's new? The MTV sessions: "All Under Heaven", "Staying This Way", "Breathe", "Namesake", and "A Day Before Pisces" (Henry was sick but I think he did really good under the circumstances), some live jam sessions (Henry and Russell with Urbandub x2, Henry with Hilera), and two live clips from AL's Bar in Paranaque (12/02/06)- watch Henry almost fall on his ass during "A Day Before Pisces"!

Rumor: By March, we should be hearing four new songs from Faspitch.

And now, for the rant:

What ever happened to moshing?

Perhaps this is a cultural thing, but to me it is absurd that in every Faspitch live clip I've ever seen, there is maybe one dude rocking out and everyone else is just standing (even sitting!) there.

What's worse is when all ten people in the front row have their camera phone/digital camera two inches from Henry's face for the duration of the gig. It's nice to want to keep some tangible memories of the live, but you can only stand there with your camera for so long before you're missing the entire point of a live show, which is to rock out with the rock band. Seriously, let's count the cameras in this video:

I count six cameras in this shot:




and two more here:



Now, bless their little hearts, these are our rockers right here. The guy in blue is totally into it, and the girl in pink- while not really MOSHING- is grooving pretty nice.



Camera Total: 8+
Rocker Total: 2

If you watch the video you'll see the girls with the cameras jump up and down a little, but I think it's just because they're sheep and sheep always jump up and down during the chorus.

There are a couple others making some half-hearted attempts at head banging, and I give them kudos for doing so, but everyone else in the first five rows needs to give up their spot to someone who cares. Seriously.

I have always appreciated the tamer mosh pit of the east, and the fact that there's actual pit etiquette that people follow, but there comes a point when as an observer I start to feel like you don't deserve to be there. It's not enough to pay your cover and then just mill around listening to the music. You need to show some appreciation. Singing along is good, but dancing is better and- at rock shows- moshing is best. It doesn't need to be wild and violent to be emotional and energetic. Just throw up your freaking hands and jump around a little. If nothing else, do it for me and that other dude so we don't look like idiots moshing by ourselves.

A good example of proper moshing is the pit at the MUCC concert in Baltimore. You can't tell from these screenshots at all, but I'm somewhere in the fourth row towards the right. Just watching this clip brings back all the excitement and adrenaline, even though I can't see myself and these shots weren't from my perspective at all.





And seriously, WATCH THE CLIP, because my screenshots do it no justice whatsoever:



It's a good example of relatively tame rocking- no one got hurt or trampled, and everyone had a kickass time. I'm not saying it was easy to hold my spot. In fact, jumping continuously was a necessity to avoid getting stepped on and slipping out of my place. I was in sneakers and I did fine; the only things that hurt at the end of the night were my kidneys from being dehydrated.

So... I don't care how small the stage is, or how small the venue is, or how famous the band is or isn't- rock hard: it's what the bands deserve.
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Faspitch: MTV's Rising Star of October

From the Faspitch Yahoo Group:

MTV has chosen Faspitch to be their Rising Star for the whole month of October! So expect lots of cool news and performances by Faspitch on MTV. Just tune in and get their appearance schedules from there!


I also updated the last post pertaining to WBOB, and included Faspitch's gig schedule for October.

The video listing will also be updated today.

Please be patient guys, we've got good stuff on the way!
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Faspitch in WBOB (UPDATED) + October Gigs

I am terribly late with this news, and for that I apologize:
Faspitch ranked #2 in the first round of WBOB.
Queso was chosen as the national representative.

Gigs for October:
OCT 18 (WED) @ Saguijo Cafe, Guijo St. Makati
OCT 19 (THU) @ Mayrics, España Manila
OCT 20 (FRI) @ Motorsports Alley, Katipunan Ave. Q.C.
OCT 21 (SAT) @ 6 Underground, C. Palanca St. Makati
OCT 25 (WED) @ Mugen Bar, Metrowalk Ortigas
OCT 26 (THU) @ Purple Haze, Tomas Morato Ave. Q.C.
OCT 27 (FRI) @ Al's Bar, Aguirre St. B.F. Homes, Paranaque
OCT 28 (SAT) @ Capones, Valero St. Makati

Please continue to support Faspitch!
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Faspitch in WBOB

Faspitch is currently ranked #5 in the top ten pinoy bands for WBOB.

TOP TEN BANDS AS OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2006
01. Queso
02. Sultans Of Snap
03. Angulo
04. Sin
05. Faspitch
06. Chicosci
07. Kapatid
08. Valley Of Chrome
09. Switch
10. Point Click Kill

(Source: www.pulpcommunity.com)


Smart Subscribers text: VOTE FASPITCH to 286.
(This is open to Smart Subscribers only!)

The first round of voting has been extended and will now end on September 15th- please vote for Faspitch and send the band to Hong Kong to represent the Philippines.

On an unrelated note, I've updated the video list. Please check it out and continue to support Faspitch!
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Survey Time

Faspitch survey time, folks.

I feel so weird being the only one to post here. I would try to get a discussion going, but something tells me it's not going to happen, so here's something everyone loves: a survey! Fill it out, post it as a reply to this entry, or in your own LiveJournal, or MySpace, or whatever.

Fourteen questions, one for each track on the album.

01. How long have you been a fan of Faspitch?
02. How did you find out about Faspitch (internet, radio, friend, etc.)?
03. What was the first Faspitch song you heard?
04. What's your favorite Faspitch song and why?
05. Are you friends with any of the band members? If so, before or after you became a fan?
06. Where do you live?
07. Have you seen Faspitch play live? If not, do you plan to?
08. Do you own a copy of The Future Of Ear Repair? If not, will you buy a copy?
09. Are you friends with the band on MySpace? Friendster? Multiply?
10. Are you subscribed to the Faspitch mailing list (Yahoo Group)?
11. Did you watch Faspitch on MYX Bandarito?
12. Have you been voting for Faspitch in WBOB? If not, have you told your friends to?
13. Do you listen to other acts on Lighter Records (Urbandub, Point Click Kill, The Ambassadors, Techisoba vs. Midi OK!, etc.)? Which ones?
14. Do you have a favorite Faspitch member? If so, who and why?

Feel free to add questions, comments, suggestions for the community, etc.

If you guys never do anything else in this community, please fill this thing out. x_o Salamat!
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Faspitch in WBOB

Faspitch is currently ranked #1 in the top ten pinoy bands for WBOB.

TOP TEN BANDS AS OF AUGUST 10, 2006
01. Faspitch
02. Sultans Of Snap
03. Sin
04. Queso
05. Angulo
06. Chicosci
07. Valley Of Chrome
08. Switch
08. Kapatid
10. Point Click Kill

(Source: www.pulpcommunity.com)

Excerpt from Mark Tesch's notice:

For those of you who don’t know, Faspitch is one of the entries for the World Battle of the Bands and they need your votes to get into the finals that will be held in Hong Kong this year! Help the band represent the Philippines in this rocking event!

Smart Subscribers text: VOTE FASPITCH to 286.

This is open to Smart Subscribers only! So if you don’t have a Smart simcard, tell a friend to vote for them or get yourself a simcard too!


For those of us outside the Philippines, at this point we can only congratulate the band and pray that voting will continue to go in their favor until it ends on September 12th!

I got a note from Henry today and he was as surprised as everyone else:

"I'm starting to think there's something fishy going on in heaven if Faspitch is number 1 in the current tally hehehe... when Mark told me the other day I thought somebody might have played a prank on him but after checking the PULP forums I was shocked (even the guy who posted it was shocked)."


Happy times!

We have just under a month to keep voting so please keep Faspitch in first where they belong!

[updated 2006.08.13]
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Community Update

Hey everybody,

First off, I'd like to apologize for the consecutive posts. I've been cleaning up the community and getting things organized in preparation for a BIG update! I just wanted you all to know exactly what the changes were and how things are going to be run in the future.

I updated the list of Faspitch videos with the MYX Bandarito clips (thank you BaDBURN Vidz!). It's now the official video listing for the community- all videos we find in the future will be added to it. I've saved it to our community memories for easy access.

I also posted my review of Faspitch's debut album to start a similar listing for album reviews. If you haven't already read it, check it out- it was featured on the Lighter Records Multiply site, Faspitch's Multiply site, and CDBaby.COM.

I made some minor tweaks to the community info (I'm not done yet!), and will be improving our layout as well. You'll probably notice those changes going into effect within the next 24 hours or so. Be on the lookout for new goodies!

On Wednesday I will be leaving for Baltimore and will return the following Tuesday (Aug 8). During that time there won't be any updates, but I'll have something for you when I get back. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contribute whatever you'd like.

From now on I'll be using the tag system to make it easier to find important posts. You don't have to tag the posts yourselves; just let me work my magic. :)

The following are things I would really like to see from you:
+ News
+ Photos
+ Live Reports
+ Your Opinions

and more members! If you have friends on LiveJournal, please send them here! If nothing else, this is a good excuse to tell your friends to make an account. :P I have already promoted this community in other LJ communities and in the Faspitch Yahoo Group. If you would do the same I'd appreciate it.

As a reminder, this community is unofficial and not endorsed by Lighter Records- it's just a fan community. However, I'm sure if I ask nicely, Mr. Tesch will link to it somewhere. ;)

In closing, I'd like to invite YOU to post something to faspitch. It can be anything at all: an introduction, pics you snapped at the latest gig, why you think Faspitch should represent the Philippines in The World Battle Of The Bands, the sky is the limit. Due to geographical circumstances, I am limited in what I can contribute. That is why I'm asking you, dear member, to help make this community awesome.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!
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The Future Of Ear Repair Album Reviews

Below is the album review featured on the Lighter Records Multiply site, Faspitch's Multiply site, and CDBaby.COM.

If this doesn't convince you to buy the album, I don't know what will.

If you know of any other reviews, please link to them in a comment so I can add them to this post! This post has been added to the community memories for easy access.

(5 out of 5 stars) A long overdue, fantastic debut album worth every penny. A+
Reviewer: Laren Lareine (click for website)
This long overdue debut album contains ten full-length songs: six brand new pieces and the four earlier songs (including the popular single "Staying This Way"), all beautifully recorded and mastered- a showcase of the band's incredible talent. Evidence of their dramatic growth, it will not disappoint. For the full, track by track review, visit the site above.

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