The second weekend of Coachella’s done but I’m still getting over the excitement and spectacle that was weekend one! Here’s a video of one of my favourite performances this year. The Naked and Famous were thrilled to be on the main stage of Coachella, and rightfully so as it was their debut appearance in the famed festival.

Alisa Xayalith, the band’s singer couldn’t hide her excitement as she snapped photos of the crowd to remember perhaps the biggest “gig” her band has ever played.

Check out the video and enjoy the song, I think I spotted a Philippine flag in the crowd at 4:08.

Finding each other again. The phrase itself is so hopeful, idealistic and definitely romantic. It brings to mind, well my mind at least a person being lost at sea and suddenly finding the lighthouse which will then lead you back to shore. Melodramatic, but such is the case when yearning for feelings of the past when one really should be looking to enjoying, appreciating, and experiencing the love that is present. I am, by no means an expert on this sort of thing. But hopefully by this post I can share a little thing or two I know about the mystery that has brought about many a chick-flick.


Being with my girlfriend has been great, we share a lot of common interests despite our seemingly different personalities. She, the outgoing, outspoken and vibrant person. While I, the more imperceptible and careful with words one. Yet somehow, we’ve influenced each other positively to gain the traits of one another. But I suppose the reason for this may be that old saying “tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell who you are” or to something of that extent. I say this because that’s exactly what Divine and I are, first and foremost we are incredibly good friends in addition to being significant others. It’s the reason why it just works.


We talk to each other like friends, oftentimes sounding like pals arguing on who gets the last slice of pizza or who gets to choose which channel to watch. If I see something I don’t like, I call it out. Also if she doesn’t agree with my opinion, she says it likewise. Being open and speaking to each other as individuals best irons out any misunderstandings.

I watched this really sweet video and I really saw that no matter how small or simple the surprise, making the effort can show your partner that you really appreciate them. Flowers, a handwritten note, or cooking works! Kahit na hindi masarap yung niluto niyo, sigurado maappreciate niya yan!


There is no magic formula or secret guide to be read or applied, just keep listening to one another, remember that being friends help set the foundations for your being together. Talk to each other, laugh, text, talk (whenever you feel like saying “I love you” at any given moment, do it. I shouldn’t matter where you are) and smile a lot! Being on the same page is huge for couples! Also, don’t forget that you’ve already found each other that will give you the faith to get through any stormy weather so long as you’re sailing in the same boat. 


NYC Goes From Day to Night in One Frame
Photographer Stephen Wilkes spent a minimum of ten hours taking hundreds of shots to create each one of his Day to Night. Weaving and blending thirty to fifty parts, the photo-collagist extraordinaire created seamless, surrealist scenes of New York City life…This “fluid narrative” captures two sides of each landmark and the never-ending current of energy cycling throughout. See the series at Chelsea’s Clamp Art Gallery, September 8 through October 29th.
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Having a gradual day.


NYC Goes From Day to Night in One Frame

Photographer Stephen Wilkes spent a minimum of ten hours taking hundreds of shots to create each one of his Day to Night. Weaving and blending thirty to fifty parts, the photo-collagist extraordinaire created seamless, surrealist scenes of New York City life…This “fluid narrative” captures two sides of each landmark and the never-ending current of energy cycling throughout. See the series at Chelsea’s Clamp Art Gallery, September 8 through October 29th.

More at FlavorWire!

(via NotCot)


Having a gradual day.

Categories: photography, art, travel,

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Who is excited about the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert on March 16?! I know I’m definitely looking forward to the concert at the MOA Arena! 8PM!

I just realised that I’ve been listening to Seattle based hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis longer than I knew, as randomly shuffling songs sometimes can make you singalong to hidden gems. My first discovery of how great their music was when I heard “Fake Empire” a couple of years back. It was one of those songs that hint at social commentary without being blatantly remonstrative.

Fast forward to the humorous and tongue in cheek(?) idealism of “Thrift Shop” which puts style above expensive clothes and logos, and eventually the horn led and incredibly catchy rhythm of “Can’t Hold Us” featuring the perfect combination with vocalist Ray Dalton can easily make fans out critics.

As brilliant and passionate the duo is about their music, they also have evolved consciences. In their song “Wing$” they speak of life in the hood as a kid wearing your new kicks while feeling you’re part of a bigger movement of sorts, the insatiable desire to be “cool” and while also being nervous of getting your precious pair creased, dirty, or even mugged for is surprisingly accurate of how the sneaker craze has evolved for young(?) people. In addition, in their song “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert they call out issues of homophobia in the hip-hop community, and also urge people to second guess their language and be mindful of their sometimes automatic expressions such as uttering words like “that’s gay” even if meant as a joke. Great example of how good music can also be intelligent and sometimes refreshingly pro-equality.

Alright! Definitely excited to see these guys live! I’m sure you guys are too! So I am giving away Two (2) Lower Box B tickets to their show on March 16, 2014 valued at P2650 each! All you have to do is join the contest below!

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Follow online accounts of SM Accessories on FB, Twitter, and IG. 
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photo 1_zps94f6193c.jpg Ice hockey is definitely my favourite sport, not only because it was predominantly the only sport that I’ve played since I was 12 years old (see photo above, the one on the left!) but because of the skill, practice, dedication, wits, and speed needed to excel at it. I mean, first you have to know how to skate, handle a puck, avoid getting knocked down by an opposing team, and then when the rare chance opens up when you can shoot the puck, you have to then defeat a goalie who takes up more than half of the net! Those are a few reasons to begin with!

(some photos of the old rink at SM Megamall)

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In case some of you are wondering, that structural post used to be part of a much larger DJ booth back when the rink first opened up. Yes, one had to skate around it. It was like a permanent defenseman!

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I suppose the fact that being in Manila where frozen lakes are unheard of also made the notion of speeding across the ice while whacking a little rubber disk into a goal sounded like a really cool idea not to mention a fun game.

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Oh, and who could ever forget the famous Disney movies Champions… 

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…and The Mighty Ducks! Knucklepuck! Hahaha! These films really inspired a lot of the earlier players to try out the sport!

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Anyway, before I keep talking about the Wingers, the SM Ice Skating Rink in Cebu, or some other dated reference, let me talk about today’s scene!

With the winter olympics recently concluded, wherein Canada grabbed the gold for Men’s (and Women’s) hockey. I suddenly wondered what was happening with our local league. Having skated a few weeks prior, I caught up with one of my old teammates (since 1995) Bong Pestañas and asked how things were going on the local level. He said that the games were fairly regular with a regular season as well as playoffs! I wondered, olympics na ba yung next target? So with every intention to start playing again, I made my way over to the SM Mall of Asia to check out how the guys today play, checking out the competition!photo L1100084_zpsa24d1ccf.jpg

I caught the Mustangs vs Omni match, and snapped away!

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Fighting for the loose puck!

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Nice to see the intensity of the game again!

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The goalie watching the play on the other end of the ice.

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The referees were very competent and made good calls, but in a game this fast-paced some fouls may have slipped by them. photo I31B8237_zps6aa79540.jpg

I would say that there’s contact during the games, but it’s a good sportsmanlike kind -to get to the puck, and not to send your opponent flying across the ice.

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Mustangs made the first goal of the night, while Omni was on a powerplay no less!

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To which Mike Wang (#9) of Omni quickly replied by sending one into the net!

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It’s great seeing the teamwork the teams showed, the seamless line changes and speed of the game!

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On the breakaway!

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Rejected by the goalie!

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Scrambling for possession. 

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Protecting the puck.

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The Mustangs’ goalie making sure he knows where the puck is.

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In this game you only have a few moments to decide what to do, pass, dump, or take it over the neutral zone!

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You really have to earn your space on the ice!

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Playing your position properly is a real deciding factor if your team wins or loses! No room for puckhogs here!

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Now that’s a breakaway!

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Omni coming into the neutral zone.

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and into the offensive zone.

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Ended up just watching the game, so by this time I already put down my camera! Haha!

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Amazing to see the game live and breathe in the sport again! Looking forward to playing next season! Games are now played Monday, Wednesday and Fridays! Awesome! Catch them around 8:30pm at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink!

If anybody’s interested in learning how to play ice hockey. You can contact these numbers below.

Mall of Asia 556-0469

Southmall 800-0426

and check SM Ice Skating’s Facebook Page here.

If you’ve played in the past and are looking to get back into it, check out..

Hockey Philippines’ official site, home of the Manila Ice Hockey League.

Manila Ice Hockey League Facebook Page here.

…and to find out who won this match and the schedule of other matches check out the MIHL League Lineup page here

Earlier today, right after having lunch I noticed a box arrived for me. As I wasn’t expecting anything to be delivered, I inspected the package closer and saw that it came from Shanghai! Hey, this must be the package from my new buddy Jason! So I opened it up…

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Figured it was Converse sneakers (of course) and guessed they would be Chuck Taylor All-Stars just by gut feel. The weight was a little heavier than expected, I then thought ah, baka Jack Purcells….

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Then upon closer inspection…

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Oh man! Is this what I think it is?! Yes! Converse x NBHD! Unbelievable!

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The rear lattice is supposed to signify NEIGHBORHOOD’s love for motorcycle culture! These really feel premium, and have a bit of heft to them but in no way cumbersome.

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I’ve only seen this on streetwear blogs but never thought I’d get my hands on a pair! It’s insane! These really feel like a whole another sneaker. The detail put into these are tremendous, not to mention extra comfortable considering the upgraded sole. There’s more info below about the pair besides my glowing review of them!

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Still the same, classic you know but with a few little upgrades…

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Metal eyelets, canvas lining, clean white midsole, extra set of contrast laces, NEIGHBORHOOD branded lace tips.and a softer and a more supportive sole that drive the fact that these sneakers aren’t just pretty but are also meant to be worn -and for a long time!

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Late of last year, Converse announced the release of their collaboration with Tokyo based lifestyle brand NEIGHBORHOOD. As expected, the style and shape of the two releases (namely the Jack Purcell Johnny mid, and the All Star Chuck ‘70 Ox) go virtually unchanged save for the extra attention to detail and unmistakably premium additions to the classic pair.

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I like their colour as well, a kind of deep purple-bluish thing that at first glance you don’t know how to wear them but the clean white sole makes sure they pretty much go with everything.

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Here are some photos lifted off the official site! Talk about clean!

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Something tells me these babies are going to be in constant circulation for a long time! photo 2neighbor_zps83633875.jpg

So awesome!  Thanks Jason! Big up to you! You the man! 

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I love driving, it’s one of the things a man can and should do once he is old and competent enough to. Sure, being chauffeured around may be ideal given the traffic and parking situation oftentimes but there is still nothing else like the sound of the throttle and that initial rush when you hit 60 after rapid heartbeats. Imagine my delight when Mazda invited myself along with my Geeky Nights crew to test out the new SkyActiv engines on their new Mazda 6s and CX5s!

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The newly redesigned engines on the vehicles our group tested allows the driver to drive spiritedly while at the same time being very efficient in fuel consumption! I know, I know, those two don’t ever go together! And yet… while I was listening to the presentation pre-race I found myself nodding and getting these little eureka moments whenever I heard “higher compression” and “better fuel burn” I believe it’s a great alternative to hybrid or electric cars in terms of overall maintenance costs and convenience.

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On to the race! We embarked on our journey to test out how these new cars would fare out on the busy streets of Metro Manila first, then the much awaited highway drive which was obviously the favourite of all the different teams that joined. Let me remind everyone that there was no hypermiling here, it’ was a straight up driving with the radio and A/C on (okay, maybe just until 20degrees which was even chilly for the occupants in the back) not to mention driving with gusto!

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While driving, I was surprised when all of a sudden when approaching one of Metro Manila’s numerous stoplights I thought I had lost hearing for a second because all of a sudden I couldn’t hear the engine or the aircon anymore! Enter the iStop! Apparently the car senses you don’t need the engine for and switches it off! I know, it sounds a little unorthodox but the thinking behind it is that the iStop activates you are no longer using any fuel at all. It’s a smart little system which has all sorts of safety features and intricacies so you don’t even need to mess about with controls or buttons to have it work for you. It’s best used for light to moderate traffic and when the outside temperature isn’t sweltering.

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i-eLoop is also a neat feature of the new cars, it’s essentially a power bank like that for your cellphone but this one charges up when you step on the brakes or when vehicle slows down naturally. It then powers all the electronics in the car so your engine is used for it’s original purpose -to burn fuel and output power to your four wheels!

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Convoy of red, white and gray! Everyone was really toe to toe in terms of race pace and were really pushing for the most efficient run! The highway part of the route was definitely my favorite as I got to see all the cars in their element.

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Weather was perfect, good enough to check oneself with their sidemirror! The cars had this effect on most of the teams, instapogi ika nga.

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Our team drove with the aircon set to an extremely comfortable setting, as well as doing what all responsible males do on the highway (overtaking when able) let’s just wait and see if the results for our fuel efficiency come out good or bad!

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What a beaut! Stay tuned for more!

Categories: mazda, skyactiv, sctex, fuelsave,

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The Nokia Lumia 1020, at first you look at the phone and it’s like one of those phones you’re not quite sure of. First of all it’s yellow, yes yellow! Which.. is kind of… let’s just put it this way who in their right mind would choose a phone that’s yellow? But honestly after how many days of use, the color starts to grow on you. Maybe it’s just refreshing after having black or metallic phones.

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Let’s skip the outward appearances for now as well as the other phone features because through the lens is where the magic really happens. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a whopping 41MP pureview lumia camera, which is just waiting to be used and to quote unquote replace your DSLR! Below are a few shots from various situations so that you can be the judge.

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The dynamic range on its sensor is great, though one experiences a little bit of lag when shooting it’s forgivable when realizing you can digitally crop to your heart’s content.

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A little lowlight test during a charming Nokia dinner.

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Morning gloom seems to look artistic and deliberate.

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How many of you guys have stood up from your non-window seat inflight to snap a few shots?

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More lowlight.

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Hotel lobby photo! Handing your phone to someone to take a picture also doesn’t spell disaster or out of focus shots since it’s easy enough for anyone to use. DSLRs usually require further instructions to get at the very least a decent photo.

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Casual shots outside a car window.

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I really enjoy the wide field of view the camera gives 25mm @ 16:9 aspect ratio with Carl Zeiss optics with the widest aperture at f/2.2. It’s not as wide as let’s say an action sports camera but there is obviously less distortion to post process.

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Simple street shots can easily be fit to print!

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The phone also encourages one to shoot considering it’s so small and doesn’t make you feel like you’re carrying Fort Knox with all your expensive lenses and gear. More shots and definitely more keepers.

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Perfect tool for food blogs too, without disturbing fellow diners. Listed macro focus is at 15cm, though I didn’t have a tape measure with me I felt that the camera had a little trouble focusing at that distance.

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At the Grove, Nokia was having an event which I walked over to get a closer look and photo and was spotted by one of the emcees and won a wireless charger kit!

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They also gave me some stickers with my photo, haha!

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XBOX One, cleared out.

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My buddy Pancho, candidly shot.

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Better weather this time, don’t mind the “not bad” face.

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Details seem to pop out at you, the images the camera produces may be a bit contrasty to some but I like it.

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More of the stock photo look. I say that in a good way, meaning the images are good enough to license out!

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All in all I believe the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great addition to your existing camera gear, though it is convenient and discreet for shooting, the lag one experiences with the software leaves more to be desired. You can use this for casual shots, street snaps or portraits. If you are looking to shoot sports or lowlight images, one still needs the more robust DSLR systems or mirrorless cameras. But I’m being unfair aren’t I? This is one camera that you will always have on you, and the habit of seamlessly sharing online or storing straight to your Skydrive encourages one to keep shooting, be it for personal, work, or social media usage.

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Who is stoked?! Alright! Join the raffle and win tickets for you and your friends! Starts at 12MN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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7107 International Music Festival! So excited about this. If you guys don’t already know, it’s happening in Pampanga and will feature a lot of foreign and local acts as well as electronic DJs! See if you recognize some of them! 
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Empire of the Sun, The Asteroid Galaxy Tour, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Natives,Kendrick Lamar, Kaskade, Kid Ink, Alvaro, Luciana, DJ Riddler, Reid Stefan, Scarlet Heroes,
 Up Darma Down, Radio Active Sago Project, Sponge Cola, Pulso, The Ringmaster, She’s Only Sixteen, Yolanda Moon, Runmanila, Pulso, Jensen & The Flips, Maude, Abra & Loonie, DJ B-Cal, DJ Ron Poe, Nix Dam P, Encounters with Yeti, Runway Crimes, Rocksteddy, Cheats, Itchyworms, Musical O, Sleepwalk Circus, Hidden Nikki, Skymarines, Child/Ren of the Pilgrimage, The Charmes, Popular Days, The Sleepyheads, Not Another Boy Band, Wilderness, Taken by Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, Techy Romantics, Keith Bryan Haw, Marc Marasigan, Aryan, Travis Monsod, Katsy Lee, Carlo Atendido, Patrick Po, Jessica Milner, Motherbasss, Skratchmark
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The Glitch Mob - Can’t Kill Us from the glitch mob on Vimeo.

Glitch Mob (three piece electronic group) is the type of music that makes you tap your feet, then slowly nodding your head to the beat, then when the song nears the minute mark it’s all over! Some might recognize their work from the famous GoPro commercials which used the tracks "We Can Make The World Stop" and ”Drive It Like You Stole It”. I’m not exactly sure what their genre is, but it’s what I can listen to repeatedly in the morning to get going, as a powersong when pushing for that personal best, or at the gym without feeling like such a meathead. This is a small taste of their upcoming album, and perfectly timed! I am so excited to see these guys at COACHELLA. Watch the trippy video up top.

Pre-Order LOVE DEATH IMMORTALITY now and get an instant download of “Can’t Kill Us” ~

"Can’t Kill Us" taken from LOVE DEATH IMMORTALITY ~ February 11th, 2014 ~ Glass Air Records ~

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