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Girls for Ransom: bassist Leah Halil, percussionist Jermaine Choa Peck, and violinist Mu Gonzales

ready to begin recording, we set up a mini-music studio with the budget gear we individually own. We recorded everything in the attic of one of our houses. The acoustics there were ideal for recording. After recording it, Kian did the postproduction, which includes editing, mixing, and mastering the tracks. Doing things independently has been a challenge, but we love the freedom and control it gives us. We aren’t forced to comply with professional studio time restraints or expenses. We have the freedom to do things at our own pace, and we get more control over our sound. In the end, it might be more work, but overall, it’s a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience for us to do things independently. SC: What is the short-term plan for The Ransom Collective? Where do you want to play next? Who do you want to open for? The Ransom Collective: We wanted to open for The Lumineers when we heard they were coming! They canceled their show here, though. It would be great to open for The Local Natives, Up Dharma Down, Of Monsters and Men, The Morning Benders! Scout: The local scene is thriving and there’s a gig almost every night. Any local bands we should check out? The Ransom Collective: Yes! Bullet Dumas, Fairwell Fairweather, Tandems 91, Jensen and the Flips. Scout: What is the end goal? Why are you guys here? The Ransom Collective: This started because we love music. The end goal is for us to love music and be happy. We did not start this band with any goal or hopes of being huge, so we don’t feel any pressure or need to conquer the world. We have been overwhelmed and encouraged by the feedback, responses, and appreciation of our music, and we hope to continue to be able to bring it to ears all over the world, should we ever get the chance. To hear more music by The Ransom Collective, head to For more information, like them on facebook. com/theransomcollective, and follow @theransomcollective on Twitter and Instagram.

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THE DRUMS DROP “ENCYCLOPEDIA” After gleefully inciting a mosh pit of bodies and feelings at Wanderland earlier this year, The Drums are back with a new album of blistering, emotional indie pop. “Encyclopedia” is “full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout,” according to charismatic frontman Jonny Pierce. With songs titled There is Nothing Left and Break My Heart, it seems like the band is sticking to their winning formula of walloping your heart while making you dance. “Encyclopedia” is out on Sept. 23.

LULLABIES BY LANG LEAV Lang Leav will continue to share her explorations of love and loss with the release of her new collection entitled Lullabies. The sequel to the extremely popular Love & Misadventure, Lullabies is a showcase of Leav’s ability to peer into the hearts, souls, and minds of millions and translate the untranslatable into simple, bite-sized nuggets of elegant poetry. Lang Leav’s Lullabies will be available in all National Bookstore branches on Sept. 10. Catch Lang Leav at her book signing events on Dec. 5 at The Gallery, Ayala Center, Cebu; Dec. 6 at the East Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza; and Dec. 7 at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4. Limited slots available. For more information on registration, visit and follow @nbsalert on Twitter and Instagram and tag #LangLeavinPH.

RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS The Rurouni Kenshin fever hasn’t let up and won’t let up. Just a month after the Manila premiere of Kyoto Inferno (we heard the cast went clubbing), and we’re already getting the third Kenshin live-action movie. Talk about a satisfying one-two punch. Satoh Takeru, Takei Emi, and Eguchi Yosuke are all back for Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, a two-hour non-stop avalanche of action to cap off the series. The film opens Sept. 24. Log on to for tickets and reservations.

WELCOME TO SWEDEN If you miss Parks and Recreation, check out Welcome to Sweden. Armed with the Amy Poehler Seal of Approval (she’s credited as producer, as she was on Broad City), the show is about an accountant from New York who moves to Sweden to live with his girlfriend. Crazy shenanigans ensue as he deals with the girlfriend’s weird-ass family. As an extra treat for Pawnee fans out there, Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler appear from time to time, playing themselves. EUROPA TRIP The European Union is bringing Cine Europa 17 to our shores once again. Twenty-three movies from 18 European countries will be screened from Sept. 12 to 21 in Cinema 2, East Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. Cine Europa will then move to eight other cities: Baguio City from Sept. 23 to 28 in Cinematheque, in Iloilo City from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, and Cebu City from Oct. 10 to 12. The Visayas leg has been expanded this year for the first time, and there are plans to hold special screenings for families affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) from Oct. 21 to 26. In Mindanao, Cinematheque Davao City will host Cine Europa from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. It will move on to Zamboanga City from Nov. 4 to 9 before concluding in Cagayan de Oro City from Nov.13 to 16. For more information, visit EUROPEAN UNION

11-21 SEPTEMBER 2014

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12 September / Friday

10 am – Forum on Film Appreciation // 2 pm – Magnifico (A story on the Filipino Family) 4 pm – Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

20 September / Saturday

10 am – Forum for Filipino Filmmakers // 2 pm – Lav Diaz: Norte: Sa Kasaysayan ng Panahon Venue: Premiere Theatre, CinePlex, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong

Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are released 30 minutes before the screening First-come, first-served basis. Free admission. Tickets are released 30 minutes before the screening

Film ratings may be confirmed at the ticket office

Film ratings may be confirmed at the ticket office

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice


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THE 35TH MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR Bookworms rejoice! The Manila International Book Fair is upon us again! Happening from Sept. 17 to 21, this book fair (the biggest in the country!) is set to make your hearts beat faster with a huge selection of books ranging from fiction bestsellers to graphic novels to textbooks. The event will also feature several highly anticipated book launches and book signings, with contests to boot. Head on over to the Mall of Asia Complex to experience the madness and joy of the Manila International Book Fair later this month.

WHAT’S APP: HOPSTOP, AND YOU DON’T STOP Commuting in another country is usually an absolute joy compared to doing it here in the Philippines (the MRT at rush hour is a death trap, sometimes literally). But when the jumble of multi-colored lines just gets too confusing to process, download Hopstop, an app that crowd-sources mass transit routes in different countries. Like Waze, it also gives you real-time traffic situations. Available in iOs for free Scout Magazine | | 5

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