get your kicks on route 196

21 11 2008

For the longest time Terno has been mostly associated with Saguijo, 70% of the Au Go Go series were in  Saguijo. In fact, Up Dharma Down built their audience from those Terno Au Go Go’s in Saguijo. They don’t seem to recall that now but their early best gigs were from those nights wherein the audience literally surrounded them(we’re talking a foot between audience and performer) as well as the other Terno artists. There were no tables during Au Go Go, a practice Saguijo started doing with their anniversaries but early on Terno Au Go Go had the place wall to wall with people.

For the past year or so though, i’ve put up nights in other establishments and one of those is Route 196. It ‘s been steady so far. There are good nights and there are bad ones but overall it’s been a nice second home for that part of town. The really good thing about Route 196 though is that one of the owners, JP, really promotes on his own and doesn’t just rely on the bands to do so or depend on the strength of the line up for the night. That i can appreciate as it is unfair to rely solely on the bands to do the promoting. Aside from that their Pizza’s incredible.

Starting December, 13 to be exact, DEEP FRIED will also be held at Route 196 alternating with Saguijo which makes the electronic dance night ‘Monthly” as opposed to being “Bi-monthly” and that’s a good thing. Special thanks to JP for being open to the idea much like Angelo of Saguijo was. Kudos to these bar owners.

Speaking of Route 196, tonight is Terno Night…

terno-night at route 196 November 21 FRidayand tonight we have Menaya as guest band along with the Terno staples. Thanks again to FRan of Sleepwalk who’s taking over eflyer chores temporarily. See ya.

to blog or not to blog

29 08 2008

I know it’s a bit late in the game and i should have done this a long time ago but for a time i wasn’t quite sure i wanted everyone to know what’s going on inside my head and really, i don’t think anyone would be interested. For all we know, it’ll just be the same circle of friends who will get to read what i have to say or share but i guess it could be therapeutic to purge one’s self of thoughts and observations kept within.

I must say, i am inspired by the many music blogs out there, both good and bad and if one person can say so much about his or her favorite records or type of music, i think i can probably do the same thing, 25,000 plus x more, just as long as i don’t get lazy. It’s not going to be all about records though, it could be some other great find, a book, a band, good food, footwear or really well designed furniture. Not to scare you but it could also be about my kids.Yes, i do have the “proud father syndrome” and i can’t help it. My six-year old son Pepi is quite a charmer and has got great taste in music for his age. Yes,of course we (my wife Rica and i) let him be with what he sees and hears on Disney and Nickelodeon, you know, High School Musical, Jonas Brothers or cheesy 90’s euro dance music used for Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler movies but but it’s not everyday you come across a kid who knows most of XTC‘s songs and hums New Order‘s “Temptation” while playing computer games online or singing the chorus to Tahiti 80‘s “1000 Times” while brushing his teeth. Meanwhile, Paddy, our one and a half year old, isn’t far behind, curiously wanting to touch the knobs and faders of the mixer and nodding his head to Swayzak! Not bad eh?

But before you say daddy overload, I’ll stop.

There is however, another father of sorts role i have and that is the headmaster of the Terno Recordings family of artists and bands which is a feat in itself. Having to deal with different characters, attitudes, egos and insecurities can be a handful and most of the time stressful. That’s just being a figurehead mind you.  Managing most of the bands is another ulcer-inducing activity i experience day to day. Never in my strangest dream did i see myself  being a band manager but probably as punishment for some sins in the past i am considered one and a professional one at that . I may have leadership qualities and maybe for some, the idea of managing rock stars is glamorous but it really is nothing more than just working for a bunch of people who most of the time don’t appreciate what you do for them and you are mostly to blame when things are not exactly rosy. With success they’re with you 100% but with failure you’re alone.

I know this blog is not titled the “depressing world of The Collector” and i don’t mean to sound like all are such ingrates but maybe I’m just saying it’s a difficult job (low paying too unless you’re handling superstars) and it’s a good thing this managerial position i have is related to music or i probably would’ve given up a long time ago. Hopefully, some of them do get wind of this blog to see that it’s not sex, drugs and rock & roll for this manager but more like haggling with people who don’t want to pay what’s due the band or bands.

Now, running a small, financially strapped record label is another thing. Yeah, Terno maybe critically acclaimed and so do most of the bands on it but it’s also under critical condition as quality doesn’t necessarily equate to cash flow in this town. It’s hard but when the going gets tough, the tough get going and we trudge on.

If there was a category in some local award giving body like Best Independent label or Label with Balls, it would be a crime if it doesn’t go to Terno. Unfortunately, that seems unlikely to happen, i mean that category or that acknowledgment. Maybe 20 years from now. Maybe never or just maybe, lady luck would smile and make it the cash cow that it should be. I hope so.

In the meantime, we welcome financial donations from like minded music fanatics who double as generous philanthropists. Seriously. No, I’m not kidding. We’ll take cash or checks. We’re easy to please. Yeah.