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  1. pen received reputation from Ruiner in It's That Time Again...   
    So here's the deal. I finished gathering all my intel but at the end of this week I'm going to be out of town visiting family, so it doesn't really make sense to start this up until I return. Also I want people to be aware that this going to be starting so they can participate, so I figure I'll give it a couple weeks time so people can get their ducks in a row.
    Therefore, Wednesday, May 24th is when we will begin.
  2. pen received reputation from Ruiner in General Discussion   
    Fun fact: When you said origins I thought you meant these were actual bands, and after my above post I started Google searching and now I realize you mean origins as in where the names come from. Fun stuff.
  3. pen gave reputation to Mike in Got (Gaming) News   
    Looks like I'll be the one reporting to you. 
  4. pen gave reputation to Ruiner in The Next Four Years of American Insanity   
    Stephen Colbert is anything but a jackass. Mike, of all people, jumping on an outrage bandwagon over "non-PC" comments is hilarious though. 
    And there's COUNTLESS stories of people who would've been totally fucked without the Affordable Care Act, nothing political about. You've just got the who the bad guys and good guys are made up in your mind, whether you want to admit it or not. Otherwise you wouldn't be pretending to be offended by "cock holster" as an insult.
    EDIT: for anybody curious, here's Colbert's monologue that has people in a tizzy. It's worth watching, because it's actually really good, and provides context for the insults that caused the controversy:
     
  5. pen received reputation from Paul in Stone Sour working on a new album   
    Call me old fashioned I guess, but all I really want sometimes is some loud heavy aggressive music with an anthemic chorus to enjoy and/or sing along with in my car or at night after or during a hard day at work, and I can always rely on Stone Sour for that. If I get more than that that's great, but ultimately I am satisfied with the songs I've heard so far because it meets my criteria. I'm also still confused about what the issue is with the specific lyric "It's all downhill from here, motherfucker" unless it's just simply that it's a cliched line, which it might be but cliches have frankly never really bothered me. All I care about is execution and the song to me, executes.
    That's not to say I don't understand where you guys are coming from but damn, the vocabulary used to express said criticism is something I'd expect more for, I dunno, the Insane Clown Posse? Or just something that's more objectively awful rather than something that's just average?
  6. pen received reputation from Lucas in Fall Out Boy - Mania   
    I really hope you don't take offense to this, but to me this level of thinking for a music fan is quite honestly selfish and at its worst, toxic. You may not like the direction they've taken but to claim that they're stabbing their fans in the back is the same as saying "You should only make music for me".
    This is original stuff. It's creative. It shows they're willing to take risks, and you may not think so because you're comparing it to other pop music, but the fact that this is ruffling your feathers so much shows that it was a risk, and they did it anyway, because it was the music they wanted to make.
    From my perspective, I think the verses are meaningful and the chorus is energetic, and I still see no difference between what they've done on the chorus here and what BMTH did on "Can You Feel My Heart", although whether that means anything I guess depends on whether you like that song or not.
    And while we're discussing other people's viewpoints, for a counterpoint check out the thread on Chorus.fm where Jason Tate takes a ton of people to task about this song in his usual vitriolic manner. He makes a lot of great points. But the bottom line is if you don't like the song, that's fine, but to be angry and upset? At the end of the day, the band doesn't owe their fans a particular style of music. They owe it to themselves to make the kind of music that they want.
     
  7. pen gave reputation to Ruiner in Got (Gaming) News   
    I've definitely dabbled before but it was mostly Pokémon and some SNES stuff on Android in high school. It's pretty dramatically more exciting on a decent laptop with a controller, turning in a non-bastardized and even improved experience when accounting for the DS4 being a way better controller than the ones in the 90s.
  8. pen received reputation from Chris. in Rise Against teasing new music?   
    It's definitely new music. I meant to post this earlier today but now's as good a time as any.
    https://forum.chorus.fm/threads/rise-against-teasing-this-thursday.14888/
    Here, Chorus.fm reports that Rise Against sent out a link through their mailing list.
    The link is this.
    http://www.riseagainst.com/protected-page?destination=node/3961&protected_page=6
    Now, entering the password "wolves" provides the date 04/20, which is tomorrow, which is when folks believe all the details of the album will be announced. 
    However, if you're impatient...
    https://forum.chorus.fm/threads/rise-against.4580/page-5#post-952595
    Denizens of Chorus.fm deciphered all the coding already and the album title is Wolves, and the other sentences decipher to...
    (3:37) Wolves
    (3:13) House On Fire
    (3:48) The Violence
    (3:03) Welcome to the Breakdown
    (3:32) Far from Perfect
    (4:12) Bullshit
    (4:09) Politics Love
    (3:40) Parts Per Million
    (3:19) Morning Amerika
    (3:50) How Many Walls
    (3:40) Miracle
    Is this the full tracklist? Dunno yet. Is this the right track order? Dunno yet. Take it for what you will.
    Also, Amazon.de is suggesting a June 9th release date.
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B06ZZ2KFR1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492518655&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+against+wolves
    And that's the waaaaaaaay the news goes.
  9. pen received reputation from Paul in Alt-Music Club: Too Close to Touch - 'Haven't Been Myself'   
    So I'm playing catch up and I thought skipping over the last two weeks would be cheating in a way so I'm starting with this album, and I just want to say I'm glad I didn't skip it because this was an immensely wonderful experience. The band reminds me of along the same lines of recent Emarosa or Cove-fronted Saosin and that last song, "Eiley", really hit me hard with the subject material. Very emotional. Beyond that really enjoyed the whole album, but cuts that stood out to me are "Crooked Smile", "Translate", "Miss Your Face", and "Inside Voices". "The Art Of Eye Contact" also had an interesting R&Besque vibe.
    Adding this band to my library at my earliest opportunity.
  10. pen received reputation from Bladenit09 in The Next Four Years of American Insanity   
    And while I'm at it, you don't win arguments by being more of a dick than the other person. Slow your roll.
  11. pen received reputation from Kalt in A Perfect Circle - New Music (Dun Dun Dunnnn!!)   
    I understand skepticism but I highly doubt they would've signed a new label deal if they weren't planning to deliver on an album. I also doubt the label would've signed them if there wasn't a promise of new music.
  12. pen received reputation from breanna. in Alt-Music Club: Too Close to Touch - 'Haven't Been Myself'   
    I totally listened to My Epic on Spotify, so that shouldn't be a problem.
  13. pen received reputation from Lucas in All Time Low Signs With Fueled By Ramen   
    So RateTheMusic had me take a survey on three songs from this album, although they didn't say who the artist was or the song titles. Is it sad that at first I was wondering if I was listening to Linkin Park?
    Anyway, I figured out it was All Time Low cause the second song was Dirty Laundry. The first song though I'm guessing was Life Of The Party, which was really good, honestly. Very energetic and strong chorus, and frankly it does have an LP vibe in a way. And the last was probably Good Times, which was a decent enough ballad albeit maybe a bit cliched. At any rate, I'm looking forward to this album based on what I heard. Should be good.
  14. pen gave reputation to RainbowDragon in Got (Movie/TV) News   
    Also way too much Aquaman, a character lots of people think is lame and stupid. I see they tried to make him a "badass" to remedy that but its not like it will work ya, know ?
    Come on @MikeI know you think Superman is lame but you really think Aquaman or Cyborg is that much better, man ? Jason Mamamia isnt even that good an actor.
  15. pen gave reputation to RainbowDragon in Got (Movie/TV) News   
    Without Superman, Green Lantern, or Martian Manhunter it seems that something is missing and empty when I watched it. Sorry but thats how I felt. Even if you dont like those characters you have to admit they are sorely needed.
    I dont see how seeing Flash is a big deal since you can see him on a weekly tv show and Quicksilver who is similar was in 3 X-Men movies! Makes seeing Flash less special IMO.
    Still dont like Cyborg, CGI suit, sorry.
    No money shots of the villain unless I completely missed it.
    Other than those complaints it looked ok. Nothing mind blowing or no WOW moments. No Lex Luthor was the best part because the guy who plays him doesnt fit the character.
  16. pen gave reputation to TaNbULL in Got (Gaming) News   
    After almost 2 weeks of hunting, I finally got a Switch this afternoon. So far, I love this thing. 
  17. pen received reputation from Mike in Movie Log   
    We're going to have to agree to disagree on some of this because it's obvious we're coming from two different mindsets. I don't agree that audience reviews should be ignored because they're people with opinions and all opinions are valid unless based on a faulty factual foundation. If people like a show, they like a show. Not every show is for everyone and it doesn't mean it's of low quality or that people are too dumb to tell the difference. For what it's worth, I'm not saying the opinions of the critics are invalid either. All I was commenting on is the disconnect between what the media is reporting  and what's actually happening. It is especially annoying when someone writes an article about how it might be up in the air if Iron Fist gets a Season 2 because of how poor it fared with critics when it's clear it's resonating with audiences.
    I will also comment that no, I don't believe there is a grand conspiracy here (although I also believe Mike has held perfectly valid and reasonable opinions at times and also deserves the courtesy of not being dismissed out of hand). However, it's hard to ignore that this show had an uphill battle with critics who were already upset that Marvel chose not to cast an Asian actor as Iron Fist and the reviews I've read do make it clear that this at least had some effect on how the show is being perceived. It's not impossible for multiple people to hold the same chip on their shoulder, but we can never know, so it's pointless to debate.
  18. pen received reputation from American_Idiot in MM2017 Final Prelims   
    Not only is that a lot of work for me, but a lot of work for everyone else to take the time to listen. I've got a better idea: promote the bands you like during the year so more people recognize them when the tournament comes around. 
  19. pen received reputation from Kalt in PledgeMusic: Papa Roach   
    http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/paparoach
    Papa Roach has a PledgeMusic campaign for their next album and some of the items they're selling are... interesting. Some of note include the Lovehatetragedy baby prop, a signed refrigerator, a chance to play "bubble soccer" with the band, and for $600,000 dollars, you, yes you, can own Papa Roach's studio in Sacramento. I would love to see someone call them on that.
  20. pen received reputation from Bladenit09 in RIP Matt Moseman (Edgewater)   
    This is a well written statement, although I do think you shouldn't keep saying "many of you" and "some of you" when only one person was making negative statements. Everyone else was defending the Kickstarter. And to be fair to the guilty party, he's a child and not mature enough to understand what he's talking about.
    Not trying to take anything away from what you've said. It was well said and needed to be. I'm sorry for your loss.
  21. pen received reputation from Bladenit09 in RIP Matt Moseman (Edgewater)   
    This is a well written statement, although I do think you shouldn't keep saying "many of you" and "some of you" when only one person was making negative statements. Everyone else was defending the Kickstarter. And to be fair to the guilty party, he's a child and not mature enough to understand what he's talking about.
    Not trying to take anything away from what you've said. It was well said and needed to be. I'm sorry for your loss.
  22. pen received reputation from Bladenit09 in RIP Matt Moseman (Edgewater)   
    This is a well written statement, although I do think you shouldn't keep saying "many of you" and "some of you" when only one person was making negative statements. Everyone else was defending the Kickstarter. And to be fair to the guilty party, he's a child and not mature enough to understand what he's talking about.
    Not trying to take anything away from what you've said. It was well said and needed to be. I'm sorry for your loss.
  23. pen received reputation from Bladenit09 in RIP Matt Moseman (Edgewater)   
    This is a well written statement, although I do think you shouldn't keep saying "many of you" and "some of you" when only one person was making negative statements. Everyone else was defending the Kickstarter. And to be fair to the guilty party, he's a child and not mature enough to understand what he's talking about.
    Not trying to take anything away from what you've said. It was well said and needed to be. I'm sorry for your loss.
  24. pen received reputation from Ruiner in Got (Gaming) News   
    Unfortunately I can't afford a Switch at the moment, so I guess I'll be holding out for now.  I am curious if Nintendo will do any bundling during the holidays.
    I'll also say that I think it's a brilliant and savvy move for Nintendo to court indie developers to fill in the gaps in their lineup. Indie developers are raving about how easy the Switch is to develop for and since Nintendo can't rely on a steady flow of third-party titles from major publishers, this is the most logical move.
  25. pen received reputation from Ruiner in Got (Gaming) News   
    Dammit Anakin, you were supposed to be the Chosen One!