3/29/12 DJ Alex Abalos from Secret Sidewalk Spins Rare Funk, Noise, and Electronic

Secret Sidewalk in their studio

This week, we welcome guest DJ Alex Abalos from electronic band Secret Sidewalk. Alex talks about the band’s trip to SXSW and shares songs from his collection of rare Asian funk, noise, and electronic music from the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, and the U.S.

Here’s the set list:

1) ‘Dali plays point guard’/Secret Sidewalk/Self Released/Self released
2) ‘I’/Secret Sidewalk/Self Released/Self released
3) ‘Behold a marvel in the darkness’/Deerhoof/Deerhoof vs Evil/Polyvinyl Records
4) ‘Razor Blade alcohol slide’/D styles and Qbert/Wave Twisters/Galactic Butt Hair Records
5)’Tayo’y Magsayaw’/Anak Bayan/1973/phi a&W AWL 1008, 1997
6) ‘Mae Kha Som Tum (Papaya Salad Merchant)’/Onuma Singsiri/Thai Pop Spectacular/
7) ‘Haai’/Panbers/Those Shocking, Shaking days/Now Again recs
8) ‘Bungy’/Agata/Spike/Self Released
9) Scratch or Stitch/Melt Banana/Self Titled/Meldac(japan) and Skin Graft (U.S)
10) Starfish/Agata/Spike/Self Released
11) Lock the head 1/Melt Banana/Lite live version 0.0/A-zap
12) Trillin/TrillinEnt/Self released/Self released
13) Untitled/Golda and Pu22L3(the vessels)/Self Titled/Three Ring Records

As digital media facilitator at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center, Alex exposes youth to beat making and music mixing. Trillin is one of the youth who has gone on to create his own music and videos.

Community Calendar
This Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m., Bayanihan Community Center holds a book launch of “From Pancho to Pacquiao: Philippine Boxing In and Out the Ring” by Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III and Angelo Michael F. Merino Each story describes the rough roads these Filipino and Filipina boxers took to achieve fame and glory globally.

Also on Saturday, from 6-9 p.m., DJ Qbert kicks it at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center. Hear the king of skratch demo his skills in this benefit for the Manilatown Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Come out and hear from one of our hip hop icons while supporting a great cause. For more information, visit: http://www.manilatown.org/fundraisers.htm

Next week Jeannie Barroga’s play, Buffalo’ed opens in San Jose. Buffalo’ed retells the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, descendants of American slaves, who were stationed in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th Century, during both the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. The military presence of the United States Army’s Buffalo Soldiers’ during the Philippine occupation is a little-known thread in the fabric of American history. It is an American story told through dialogue and movement.

On Friday, April 13, catch Alex Abalos, aka PUZZLE, performing his noise soundscapes at the opening of The Rusted Souls group exhibition at 1AM Gallery. Curated by James Garcia, the artists contributed work around the theme of Man vs. Machine. Check out 1amsf.com for more information.

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