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Hanson Shout It Out

You guys, I am so excited for Hanson’s fifth studio album, Shout It Out. It’s on pre-sale over at and I asked Mr Boyfriend to get me the Deluxe Package (because neither of us have $250 and $800 to spare on the other packages, bleh). They ship out on June 8th (SIO’s release date) but I’m obviously not going to get my copy on that day because it’s going to be delivered to his address in the US.

I can’t seem to stop yapping about my favorite band (the way I can’t stop talking about adult acne treatment hrhr); I’m on a total Hanson trip these days, listening to their old and new stuff, learning the steps to their new single, Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’, etc etc. Check out how out of control my lastfm is:

Helga Webrr lastfm

Over a thousand plays in the last seven days! Aaaand… no shame in listening to Miley, I enjoy a good pop song. Heh.

Here’s an excerpt from a pretty positive review about Shout It Out from the guys over at AbsolutePunk (click the link for the entire article):

From start to finish, Shout it Out is awash in frolicking pianos, playful guitar solos and ample amounts of horns. Anchored by Taylor ‘s full-lunged vocals, this is an album of soulful, viciously catchy rock n’ roll. Opener “Waiting For This,” sets the tone with a tickling piano line and Isaac’s lively guitar work. Zest-laden, undeniably sunny and awash in optimism, it’s a promising opening for a wholly satisfying body of work. Though “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin,” is the disc’s lead single, It’s successor, the groove-based “Kiss Me When You Come Home,” seems a feasible choice for second single. Feeding off Taylor’s impassioned crooning, Isaac’s inspired playing and Zac’s snappy drumming, it’s a decidedly mature dose of pop perfection.

Kee, I love my favorite band.

Television Stuff

I need to stop saying “I’m not big on TV” or “I don’t really watch TV” because I do, in fact, watch a whole lot of TV.

Shows I watch that I’m totally into:

  • CSI
  • CSI: Miami
  • CSI: New York

Shows I need to catch up on:

  • CSI
  • CSI: Miami (my season 7 DVD is missing a few eps)
  • CSI: New York
  • Glee (stopped watching an episode or two before they took that break)
  • Gossip Girl (I think I have eight more eps to go)
  • How I Met Your Mother (season 5)
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • SNL
  • The Hills
  • The Vampire Diaries

Shows I plan to get into:

  • Community
  • The United States of Tara

Anyone have recommendations?

Shows I would like to get into but am too overwhelmed to get into lulz:

  • One Tree Hill
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Lost (finally ended!)

Shows I am too scared to get into:

  • True Blood


If anything, 2009 gave us good music. This here is (obviously) a list of my favorite tracks from last year. I wish I could put them all in a zip file for you to download and listen to while you hit the treadmills (hrhrhr) or are on your way to work but meh, I’m lazy.

10) The Joy FormidableThe Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade

From A Balloon Called Moaning (which according to the band’s Wiki page was released in Japan in December 2008 but was released again in 2009), this song is #7 in my top tracks on lastfm. Harsh and sometimes grating, yet dreamy and hypnotizing. I don’t know how they do it.

9) Dirty ProjectorsTemecula Sunrise

Okay, so maybe Stillness Is The Move is the Dirty Projectors song and so maybe their collab with David Byrne, Knotty Pine (from Dark Was The Night), is unbelievably cute and happy and catchy but Temecula Sunrise wins me over because it is pure chaos. When I first heard this, I switched to my music player, checked the title, and thought to myself “What the hell is up with this song?” Keeee <3

8) Death Cab for CutieMy Mirror Speaks

Oh, Ben. Oh, The Open Door EP.

2009 was a strange strange year for me, with some aspects in my life (parts that I hold dearly) gone haywire. I did not turn to My Mirror Speaks for comfort; I listened to remind myself of what kind of person I do not want to be:

Cause I’m a man who hides from all that binds
In a mess of fading lines
And there’s a tangled thread inside my head
With nothing on either end

I always fall in love with an open door
Or the horizon on an endless sea

Nah-uh, do not want to be like that.

7) Passion PitThe Reeling

Manners is just so darn fun to listen to! If I recall correctly, I have at least four photos in my Project 365 set titled after Passion Pit songs: The Reeling, Little Secrets, Make Light, and To Kingdom Come. I pick The Reeling because aside from being the first song of theirs I heard and having the most plays in my iTunes library, it’s also deep and shit.


(I particularly prefer the Miike Snow remix).

6) Think About LifeNueva Nueva

Thank you, Canada, for Think About Life! I think more people should listen to them because they are unequivocally excellent. Nueva Nueva (which I find both uplifting and calming) is my favorite song to listen to while walking home at night, after work. Sweet Sixteen is a second favorite from their 2009 album, Family.

5) Grizzly BearForeground

Veckatimest was one of my most anticipated albums of 2009 and while each and every song from it is hauntingly beautiful (I initially gravitated towards Cheerleader, as I found the beat sexy), Foreground gives me goosebumps.

4) MetricHelp I’m Alive

Everytime I listen to this song, I have the urge to get on my feet, jump around, and dance badassedly. It’s also very very quotable; I don’t know how many times I’ve had to stop myself from tweeting “Help I’m alive, my heart keeps beating like a hammer” over and over again.

3) Animal CollectiveMy Girls

I get the hugest girlboner for Merriweather Post Pavilion (I bet my bottom dollar it’s on everyone’s Top 10/20 Albums of 2009 lists) and it was hard picking a favorite track off MPP (Summertime Clothes and Brother Sport are a couple of other superfaves). But because My Girls has the awesommest hook in the history of musics (I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things like a social status / I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls *insert animalish woop! in the background here*), I pick this.

2) Neko CaseThis Tornado Loves You

This song just blows me away.

1) Yeah Yeah YeahsHysteric

It’s like a sobering lullaby, the chorus being words I would whisper into the lover’s ear right before falling asleep.


1. Four-day work weeks and long weekends. Like this week! We got November 30th off to celebrate Bonifacio Day (so I had a good Monday, which is is an oxymoron) and I spent it lazing about the apartment, watching old CSI: Las Vegas episodes, and getting fat on chocolate truffle ice cream.

2. Twilight. I will not be judged! I’m a few years late but I finally hopped on the Twilight fanwagon, all because of this guy:

Jacob Black

Taylor Lautner, how in the world are you only 17?! Robert Pattinson is pretty hot, too.

3. Latte Land. Here I am again with the Facebook apps, heh. Having temporarily quit Cafe World because of its numerous bugs (can’t redecorate or use my new stove) and because it crashes my Firefox (please do not tell me to switch to Chrome), I’m glad I found a text/javascript-based app that keeps me entertained (like Mafia Wars!).

Latte Land

When you spend close to nine hours in front of a computer, you kind of need these things to keep you from wrecking all office electronics you can get your hands on.

4. The cold. Philippine weather is finally season- and Christmas-appropriate and the nippy nights make me so giddy. I also love how Ortigas Center (where I work) and Cubao (where I live) have turned into Bokeh Wonderland with all the pretty fairy lights. Now if only it would snow this part of the world. I can always Photoshop, of course:

Helga Weber snow



I can’t wait for Saturday when I get to watch New Moon (Gateway cinemas were all sold out last Saturday, I was lucky to get tickets for 2012′s 1030pm show) and make googly eyes at Taylor Lautner’s abs. Until then, I have to entertain myself by Twilightifying my friends, Ade and Gino.

Jacob Black and Bella Swan

They look so cute together!

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