By Ramcy Tirona (aka DJ Macho Palito of iFM)
(editor’s note: Opinion by our music contributor does not necessarily reflects to the opinion of Orange Magazine TV as a whole)
The year 2011 was a year of many surprising hits, breakups, triumphant returns and a good year for the Philippine concert scene. But it was also a year of great loss for music as some of the finest stars in music passed away.
Jennifer Lopez, resident judge for American Idol, also made a comeback in the music scene with her latest album Love? which spawned the club anthems “On the Floor“, “I’m Into You” and “Papi“. She was also named the most “Beautiful Person” by People magazine in its annual issue.
Let’s not forget the Foo Fighters‘ “Wasting Light” as it was considered to be the best effort of the Foos since “The Color and the Shape“. I’m hoping the Foo Fighters will come to the Philippines.
One of 2011’s major surprises was Foster The People, their album, “Torches“, was a major success thanks to the power of their very infectious and amazing single “Pumped Up Kicks“, a true pop ditty that will surely be stuck in your head.
Also spawned in 2011 is the release of some of the worst albums including the avant-garde effort from trash rockers Metallica and Lou Reed with LULU, the dreamy Owl City‘s sophomore “All Things Bright And Beautiful“, Nickelback‘s “Here And Now“, Wiz Khalifa‘s “Rolling Papers“, (sadly) Tori Amos‘ “Night of Hunters“, Lupe Fiasco‘s “Lasers” (very disappointed on this release).
Unfortunately for us Filipinos, some of the best albums never saw the light of day in our shores including The Black Keys‘ “Brother and El Camino“, Bjork‘s “Biophilia“, The Roots‘ “Undun“, Fleet Foxes‘ “Helplessness Blues“, Fucked Up‘s “David Comes To Life“, Bon Iver‘s “Bon Iver, Bon Iver“, Washed Out‘s “Within and Wihout“, TV On The Radio‘s “Nine Types Of Light“, Wilco‘s “The Whole Love“. These are just some of the notable few albums that deserve local releases in the Philippines. Maybe it’s time we educate some fellow listeners on good music and in my opinion that the worst music trend in the Philippines for the 2nd straight year is still KPOP and in my opinion is the real OPM killer.
In 2012, hopefully we can get more great music, more new discoveries and more brilliant stars to shine. In 2012, I hope rock radio will make its glorious and triumphant return in the airwaves. And in 2012, I hope that the OPM music scene will rise up again like a phoenix and get its credit that it truly deserves and hopefully the KPOP trend will decline by 2012. I hope for the best in the music industry in 2012. Let us all enjoy the music and always remember a life without music is crap. Have a prosperous 2012!