Chef’s Menu of the day: Dishwalla

I wanted to feature this band yesterday but it was OPM Thursdays and this band is definitely not a Pinoy band.

There are some bands wherein you just like a select few songs but for this band, there really are plenty of songs to love. Their songs have also been featured in a lot of nice TV series such as Smallville and Supernatural – both of which I love as well not just because the characters are really hot but the stories are pretty interesting. 😉

The band I will feature today will be another rock band (hmm.. might be a good idea to make the theme Rock n Roll Friday as well.. but I have to contemplate on that firs as I hate to limit my posts…)DISHWALLA.


I know the name doesn’t really spell cool and in fact isn’t even an English word but their songs are definitely great and worth listening to.

And those who know them and know their songs, DISHWALLA isn’t just a WALLA (walla meaning: In American radio, film, television, and video games, walla is a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background.) and instead a band that has made its own sound and definitely is not just a murmur!

Here is their Wikipedia article:

Dishwalla is an American alternative rock band from Santa Barbara, California. The band’s name comes from a Hindi term for a person providing cable TV to a neighborhood. In a Voxinterview, lead guitarist Rodney Browning Cravens claimed the band took the name out of aWired magazine article.[1] [2] The band is best known for their 1996 hit song “Counting Blue Cars.”


In 1994, the band recorded “Take Some Time” on the tribute album If I Were a Carpenter featuring cover versions of songs by The Carpenters.

In 1996, the single “Counting Blue Cars” from the album Pet Your Friends climbed the charts and was frequently played on the airwaves, bringing the band mainstream success. The track earned them a Billboard Award for “Best Rock Song” for 1996 as well as two ASCAP Awards for “Rock Track Of The Year” in both 1996 and 1997. Their 1998 follow-up album, And You Think You Know What Life’s About, failed to sustain the level of popularity achieved by “Counting Blue Cars”.

Dishwalla have since made other ventures into the limelight. In 1995 the song “Counting Blue Cars” was featured in the movie Empire Records. “Pretty Babies” is on the Blast from the Past soundtrack. In 1998 landed the song “Truth Serum” in The Avengers; in 1999, the song “Stay Awake” was featured in the movie Stir of Echoes and the song “Find Your Way Back Home” was featured in the movie American Pie.

In 2002 the song “Home” was in the movie The Banger Sisters and the The WB series Charmed spotlighted Dishwalla as musical guests in one episode. Other TV shows that have used their songs include SmallvilleThe OC, and NCIS. They have also been mentioned several times in the showHow I Met Your Mother. The band has gone on to release two more studio albums, Opaline and the self-titled Dishwalla, as well as a live album,Live… Greetings From The Flow State.

Five singles charted on Billboard. In 1996, “Counting Blue Cars” peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 but climbed to No. 5 on both the Adult Top 40 and Hot 100 Airplay charts, No. 4 on the Top 40 Mainstream charts, No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, and No. 1 on the Modern Rock charts. “Charlie Brown’s Parents” hit No. 24 on the Mainstream Rock charts. The following year, “Give” was a No. 26 Adult Top 40 single. In 1998, “Once in a While” reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock charts and No. 20 on the Modern Rock charts. Finally, “Somewhere in the Middle” hit No. 25 on the Adult Top 40 charts in 2002.

In 2006, the band decided to take a break only to return to touring in 2008 with a modified lineup of Scot Alexander, Rodney Cravens, Jim Wood and original drummer George Pendergast. The lineup featured long-time friend, Justin Fox, singer of the Santa Barbara band Tripdavon, as a “Special Guest Vocalist”. Lead Singer J.R. Richards recorded a debut solo album titled A Beautiful End that was released on May 12, 2009.

On March 15, 2009, Dishwalla was asked to play a benefit concert for “Tea Fire” victims, Lance and Carla Hoffman, who were badly burned in fires which hit Santa Barbara in November 2008. The hugely successful event was put on by coordinated efforts with Santa Barbara City Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, Montecito Fire, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire departments.

In September 2012, the band announced on their official Facebook page a benefit concert on October 13 to raise money for George Pendergast’s “Rockshop Academy”, his non-profit youth music program started in 2008. Along with this announcement, Dishwalla quietly let it be known from personal Facebook posts by the members what fans had long speculated: the permanent replacement of original front man J.R. Richards with long-time friend and “Special Guest Vocalist”, Justin Fox, from the band Tripdavon.


The reborn Dishwalla continues to tour heavily across the United States and the World.[3] The band has shared the stage with many other notable acts such as Eric BurdonCollective SoulVertical HorizonTonicStroke 9, and Nine Days just in 2014 alone.[4] Any initial doubts [5]about Justin Fox’s ability to take over as front man for such an iconic band have long been extinguished by the outpouring of support by fans worldwide as Dishwalla rides a new wave of popularity [6]

2015 will be the 20th anniversary of Dishwalla’s chart topping Pet Your Friends album release which launched their careers. There is much speculation as to when a new Dishwalla album will be released but the band has discussed working on new material and starting pre-production over the past year.[7]

And now for a taste of the dish that is Dishwalla… hope you’re hungry because this one is an all-you-can eat buffet and don’t choke ok because drinks unfortunately aren’t on the house! 🙂

Counting blue cars

Angels or Devils

Every little thing


Somewhere in the middle




Nashville skyline

When morning comes

Mad life

Find your way back home

Thanks for joining me today on this wonder-“full” Friday and may you have a great and rockin’ weekend ahead!

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Nmed 09/26/14 @ 11:47am

OPM Thursdays: Get your rock on with URBANDUB!


Upon first glance (or hear in this case), you wouldn’t think the singer of these songs were Filipino because the songs were in English; really good English at that and really great instruments as well. They are actually Filipino musicians and hail from my proud city of Cebu! 🙂

I couldn’t include them on BisDAK Wednesdays because their songs were not in Cebuano but they definitely fall under the Original Pinoy Music category so they are getting featured on OPM Thursdays instead.

The band is now Manila-based but rocked Cebu before going to the capital (as there was this notion and probably is a fact that you can only get so much attention if you’re based in Cebu but it is in Manila where you get the most exposure..) but often have gigs in Cebu still and still is one of the must-watch acts in their genre of music.

The band I am talking about it Urbandub and here is their Wikipedia article as a backgrounder:

Urbandub is a Filipino rock band from Cebu CityPhilippines. Since its inception in 2000, the band’s line-up has consisted of Gabby Alipe (vocalsguitar), John Dinopol (guitarvocals), and Lalay Lim (bass, vocals). The band’s current drummer is JanJan Mendoza, who has been with the band since 2003.

Urbandub is the first indie band in the Philippines to release albums nationwide with the assistance of a major label. The label also featured Urbandub in a Pinoy rock compilation entitled “FULL VOLUME”, with a remake of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love”. The band recently garnered the attention of fans throughout Southeast Asia with a recent tour in Singapore.

Birth (2001)

Urbandub’s debut album suffered distribution problems due to the lack of support from major record companies. Later in the year, their first single “Come” was released and accompanied with a music video funded by Sonic Boom productions. The following singles from the album included “Boy”, “Give”, and “Would You Go”. Although only a modest success at the time, the album managed to earn the band some degree of notoriety within Cebu City. Birth is raw and heavy, with obvious influences of Deftones and other experimental rock bands. Though the album’s production quality was rough, it emerged as a successor to the scene that dominated independent radio in the mid 1990s.

Why wait any longer right, let us make way for Urbandub!! (whoot whoot..)


First of summer


New Tattoo

Alert the armory



The fight is over

Well, the fight is definitely not over because until now, this band is continually rocking the music scene with their great music and good looks. (I really think Gabby is hot! Sorry I couldn’t contain myself and had to share it here.. hehe)

These are just some of the songs from this band and there are more great songs that I might have missed so feel free to comment below if you find one that is not on this list but definitely deserves a spot here.

Thank you for joining me today on OPM Thursdays and long live OPM Music!!!

Nmed 09/25/14 @ 10:30am

BisDAK Wednesdays: Rommel Tuico (“Dili Tanan”)

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If you’re in Cebu and listen to the radio frequently, then you are not a stranger to the somewhat-going-mainstream songs of Rommel Tuico.

His songs, which are reminiscent (both in melody and lyrics) of the novelty songs by Yoyoy Villame and Max Surban are definitely getting the attention of the listening public.

Undeniably, when I heard it for the first time, it got my attention and I instantly became a fan! My 2-year old son also shares the same excitement every time he hears the song and even sings it with his own lyrics “dili tanan gwapo, gwapo!”. It never fails to make me smile and laugh.

As an avid fan of Bisrock ever since it first started and while it was not as saturated (and somewhat became overrated because of bands that just created songs for the heck of it without regard for musically and sense); the meaningful and lively somewhat reggae style songs from this Cebuano artist was really cause for renewed appreciation on Cebuano talent and music.

His songs are relatable, funny, and easy to listen to and in fact even causes LSS (Last Song Syndrome) on most times.

Sharing his songs here to give you guys the LSS as well for today! Sorry, I unfortunately don’t have a Wikipedia article on him but I just learned that he was part of the band Stage Crew before.

rommel tuico

Anyway, here are his songs for your listening pleasure….

Bugnawng Simud

Inday kon Ugaling

Lagong ug Langaw

Eleksyon Rhapsody


Bokalista sa sikat nga banda

Ok ra


Salvador del Mundo

Halos tanan

From Kamagayan with love


Saving the best for last…

Dili Tanan

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed our Bisdak session today. Come back again next week for another session of BisDAK Wednesdays!


Nmed  09/24/14 10:15am

Rock with a Purpose


Artists write and perform songs for a reason, mostly to convey their personal messages to the listening public. Although most lyrics are sometimes not noticed because of the melody and the instruments accompanying it; there are songs wherein the lyrics are far more important than the melody or all the sounds drowning it.

These are the types of songs performed by Christian contemporary bands — because it’s not just the icing that’s important, more important is really the cake that it comes with!

We all like to rock and roll just for fun but it’s also good to rock with a purpose; and so today, let us be inspired not just by the melody or the instruments but be inspired by the deeper messages these songs convey.

After all, no matter what we believe it or what we think – – there is a greater force more powerful than us!

The world is too amazing to be credited solely to evolution!

Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

One Way Jesus by Hillsong United

If This World  by Jaci Velasquez

Blessed by Martina Mcbride

Still by Hillsong United

How Great is our God by Chris Tomlin

In me by Casting Crowns

Lifesong by Casting Crowns

Jesus take the wheel by Carrie Underwood

A blessed Tuesday to all and thanks for sharing this day with me! 🙂

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U2? Me2!!!

I am an 80’s soul and I have always been vocal in saying that “80’s music is the best music” there is!

The band I am featuring today is definitely one of the greatest bands from the 80’s that have transitioned to this time and yet still has the same effect on people, if not even better!

Do you know U2? Well, me too! And today, they are taking us to a ride with their great songs!


No offense meant but I must say that I love the way they look now… check them out! This is how Rockstars should look like!!! 😉


For those who weren’t born in the 80’s and need an introduction about U2, here is a Wikipedia article about them:

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr.(drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

U2 formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, U2 became a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”.[1] Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour from 2009–2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 13 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and has labelled them the “Biggest Band in the World”.[2] Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge’s Music Rising.

And now, (drum roll please) let’s give it up for U2!!!!!!!

Sunday Bloody Sunday

With or without you

Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out of

All I want is you

Walk On

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Staring at the sun

Sweetest Thing


Beautiful Day

Definitely had my fill of great music today!

U2? Me2! We2!!

Thanks for dropping by and just like U2 said, it’s a beautiful day so don’t let it get away! 😉


 nmed 09/22/14 @ 9:59am

OPM Thursdays: Rain, rain, go away!


Today, for OPM Thursdays, I will not be featuring only 1 artist but instead a compendium of different songs from different Filipino artists with a single topic which is “ulan”. (rain)

Typhoon Mario has made today a wet, cold and rainy Thursday and we Filipinos like so much to either get drenched and play in the rain or just sing songs about it…


 And, apparently, on rainy days like today, we just don’t sing “Rain, rain, go away”; we sing these…

Masdan mo ang Kapaligiran by Asin

Pumapatak na naman ang ulan by APO Hiking Society

Tuwing umuulan by Regine Velasquez

Tag-ulan by After Image

Ulan by Rivermaya

Basang-basa sa ulan by Aegis

Ulan by Cueshe

Looking forward to seeing the rainbow when the rain finally stops; but while it rains, do enjoy a nice bowl of warm noodles.. I already had mine earlier.. 😉

Thanks for dropping by!


Nmed 09/18/2014 @ 10:08am

BisDAK Wednesdays: (featuring) Missing Filemon

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After listening to some of the Bisrock songs I have on my mp3 playlist today, I realized I had to have another venue for OPM songs on my blog but a separate one for Bisaya or Visayan ones. It is just a totally different music genre that it does not do it justice if I add it to OPM Thursdays so starting today, I am adding BisDak Wednesdays. (“Bisayang Daku”)

And the embodiment of BisDak for me has always been Missing Filemon. Although a lot of Cebuano Bisaya bands came before them, it was Missing Filemon that really made a mark and possibly started a new era of appreciation for the music with our native tongue Cebuano.

missing filemon band

I have to say though that the likes of Yoyoy Villame had their own share of Bisaya music however back then it was considered novelty and more comical as opposed to really serious music. Probably even considered “baduy” and “bakya” by a lot of people but I grew up listening to those types of songs as my Lolo Basilio (God bless his soul) would play his music on Sundays..(Those were the days…)

Anyway, for those who don’t know missing Filemon, here is a little background courtesy of Wikipedia:

Missing Filemon started in 2002. After its creation, the band immediately proceeded to the studio to record original Cebuano songs that Insoy Ninal (vocals, guitar) had written weeks earlier.

The time the band worked on their songs, there was no group yet in Cebu and anywhere else that wrote and recorded an album’s worth of rock songs in Cebuano. The band members knew they were doing something different, and were unsure if the Cebuano crowd would accept their music.

The band came out with its debut album in 2003. The album was self-titled, but the band’s followers in Cebu and other Bisaya-speaking regions in the country eventually came to call the album as the “Suroy-Suroy” album, referring to the title of its carrier single, “Suroy-Suroy.”

It was not easy for the band to get accepted by people in Cebu’s rock scene that was dominated by English-writing bands and artists, and the cold reception the album received from the public almost led Insoy to quit.

It took almost a year before the band started hearing some of their songs played on air by one or two radion stations in the city. This gave the band a new impetus to be more aggressive in what they were doing.

As more and more people started patronizing their music, the band started doing gigs and radio guestings. Cebu’s media also started to notice and called Missing Filemon’s music as Bisrock (Bisaya rock.) Around this time, the band’s songs were being sold as pirated CDs.

The success of the “Suroy-Suroy” album inspired the band to come up with another one, the “Sine-Sine” album. By the time the band was working on the second album, Bisrock bands had been sprouting like mushrooms all over Cebu. Cebu’s Bisrock scene was in full swing.

“Sine-Sine” the album came out in 2005, giving the audience potential hits like the carrier single “Sine-Sine”, “Prinsipal,” “Inglisera,” and many others. The band’s popularity increased, leading it to doing gigs outside Cebu, including major cities in Visayas and Mindanao.

In 2008, the band received its first national award. The song “Sine-Sine” won as Best Movie Theme Song in that year’s FAMAS Awards, besting compositions by Noel Cabangon and Mike Hanopol, among other big names in the country’s music industry.

While doing gigs, the band started working on their third album. But their busy schedule prevented them from working on the album full time. It was only in 2011 that the band released their third album called “Kawanangan.” They immediately followed it up with their fourth album in 2013, a compilation of some of their hit songs from the previous three albums. They called the album “Dekada” in celebration of the band’s ten years in Cebu’s rock scene.

As most other Bisrock bands faded from the scene, Missing Filemon continues to do what it does best, rock n rolling the Bisaya way.

But let us not delay the feature presentation any longer and get our BISROCK ON with Missing Filemon….








Nganu ba


Kung ako ka pa lang

Sto. Rosario

Matahum nga Cebu

Alas 4


Thanks for dropping by and be back next week for another glimpse of Cebuano music here in in BisDAK Wednesdays!

Mabuhi ang Cebuano music! (Long live Cebuano music!) 

Nmed 09/17/14 @ 9:41am


(Sa makatawa lang. gud!)

Kung ang usa ka taw kay wala kay makit-an nga apan, muingun ta ug “grabe, way apan – perpekto!”

Pero kung ang usa ka taw kay puros  apan, unsa may itawag nato? Apan2x? 😀 

(I had thought of this joke a long time ago and thought this was the best venue to place it… Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, I actually think this is funny.. hehe…)

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