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  1. American_Idiot gave reputation to pen in MM2017 Round 1, Set 1: Andy Black vs. Good Charlotte   
    Who are you and what have you done with Adam?
  2. American_Idiot received reputation from Kalt in MOJO Craft Beer and Music Festival   
    Man... if I could teleport to St. Louis to go to this, I'd easily do it. Seeing Story of the Year for the first time in twelve years would be amazing. Twice, I was supposed to see Unwritten Law and they didn't show up due to legal issues. I've never seen P.O.D. or Lucky Boys Confusion. While only six artists, that's a great lineup.
  3. American_Idiot received reputation from Koldes in Papa Roach - 'Crooked Teeth'   
    Musically, I found the album after one listen to be overall good. There are some strong tracks on there that I probably like better than anything off of F.E.A.R. and definitely Metamorphosis. Hearing Jacoby adding more rap into the mix is something I'm definitely on-board with. 
    However, I think their lyrical content bring it down for me a bit. I guess I'm just tired of them writing songs about alcohol abuse, pill addiction, or depression, which is something they've always done. I get it. It's a big part of some of the band members past, but I was hoping for something different. Some other lyrics just seem cheesy and almost amusing in a way at the slight cringe.
    Of course, I need to give the album some more listens to really determine what I think of it. For now, I'd give it a 5 or 6/10. It might be able to grow on me more or my opinion may stay the same.
  4. American_Idiot received reputation from Koldes in Linkin Park - 'One More Light'   
    I'm a bit surprised I'm saying this, but after one listen, I do indeed like the album. Like Koldes was saying in his analysis, I guess I'm a Linkin Park fanboy too. I like Chester, Mike, and the rest of the band for their talent in general rather than the genre of music that they associate the band with. 
    Sure. This is not by far going to be my favorite album from them and I'm not really liking Chester's comments about the haters response to the album. However, I applaud them for changing up their sound as they typically do on each album. Some of these songs, while not having a direct rock sound, could be something I would have expected to hear on A Thousand Suns or Living Things. 
    Just after one listen, I'm probably going to give it a 7/10, but I want to give it some more time to get to know each track better for an accurate rating.
  5. American_Idiot received reputation from Lucas in Seether - 'Poison the Parish'   
    I don't dislike the album, but I do think I need to give it another listen or two or three before I really decide what I think of it. I wanted something similar to "Karma & Effect" as it was my favorite Seether album. This is probably the closest to it and I'd have to say this it's heavier than any other release, which is also what I wanted. However, something doesn't completely gel with me either about it. It could be my tastes personally in which I'm less into louder and heavier stuff as I become an old man than I used to be. 
  6. American_Idiot gave reputation to Ruiner in At the Drive-In - 'in-ter a-li-a'   
    If you liked this definitely listen to Relationship of Command. Truly outstanding album. 
  7. American_Idiot received reputation from Three Libras in Fall Out Boy - Mania   
    I know this sounds super harsh, but I never want to hear that song again. It honestly is one of the worst songs I've ever heard. That dubstep and chipmunk vocals were beyond awful. Fall Out Boy has been downhill for me since "From Under The Cork Tree," but at least they've been tolerable to listen to until now.
  8. American_Idiot received reputation from NinjaNick101 in Rise Against teasing new music?   
    Don't be surprised if this ends up being my AOTY.
  9. American_Idiot received reputation from NinjaNick101 in New Found Glory Makes Us Sick   
    I liked that one better than "Happy Being Miserable." Great stuff!
  10. American_Idiot gave reputation to pen 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. 
  11. American_Idiot received reputation from Kalt in Nickelback's Ninth Album   
    This is probably their best song I've heard from them in 10+ years. It really reminds me their earlier albums. I've never understood the hate for Nickelback. Some of their albums are certainly better than others, but they are overall consistently good to decent from album to album and put on a great live show.
  12. American_Idiot received reputation from jgohawks in Carousel Kings - 'Charm City'   
    This album came out last Friday and it impressed the hell out of me. They have an incredibly energetic sound. I'd compare them most to a band like Four Year Strong.
  13. American_Idiot received reputation from Kalt in Nickelback's Ninth Album   
    This is probably their best song I've heard from them in 10+ years. It really reminds me their earlier albums. I've never understood the hate for Nickelback. Some of their albums are certainly better than others, but they are overall consistently good to decent from album to album and put on a great live show.
  14. American_Idiot gave reputation to pen in New Found Glory Makes Us Sick   
    Makes Me Sick drops on April 28th via Hopeless. AI, this one's for you.

    First single "Happy Being Miserable" will drop on February 16th.
    "Lyrically, this album looks at our culture and where we’re at—even in ourselves. We live in a place where people, ourselves included, spend so much time pointing the finger at others. They point at everything else they want to fix with the world, but they never really point at themselves. This album is more vulnerable, but it’s a different kind of vulnerability and honesty than our other records. Musically, we’ve found this sort of freedom because of our fans and their loyalty to us over the years. We use this juxtaposition between our most accountable lyrics and our most fun music." - Chad Gilbert
  15. American_Idiot received reputation from Kalt in Blackmailing Charlie. Conning Henry. Shanghaiing Dixie.   
    I really liked it. It reminded me of a more bluesy Daughtry kind of tune.
  16. American_Idiot gave reputation to Andrew in Andrew's 2016 Retrospective   
    Things I Liked: Blink-182 Re-Emerges Better Than Ever   Cards on the table here, I've never been much of a Blink-182 fan.  My affection for pop punk in general can be a bit hit and miss, which is also how I'd describe my feelings toward one of the genre's most notable and well-traveled bands.  For years I've struggled to pinpoint just why I'm not entirely fond of them and I think it usually came down to the playful immaturity that helped make them famous.  I'm all for tongue-in-cheek silliness, but I never entirely rallied behind the boyish charms of Mark, Tom and Travis, perhaps the reason I always favored more straight-forward tracks like "Feeling This" or "The Rock Show."  Up until 2016, I'd have said that their best work was the 2003 self-titled album, featuring a handful of more serious singles and some great deep cuts like "Go" or the band's finest work, "Stockholm Syndrome," but even then I'd never say the record connected with me completely.
    Fast forward to today, with one of the Blink trio being cast aside in favor of Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, a band I've always admired.  With Tom out of the way, and a new singer I could get behind, Blink had my attention for their 2016 comeback record but I remained skeptical that this would be the work that finally got me in their corner.  My concerns begin to dissipate when prior to its release, they released one of the absolute best songs of the year, a classic pop-punk rager called "Bored To Death."  While some were critical of the fact that the once dueling vocals of Blink-182 now sounded all too similar, it was a change I immediately welcomed.  The matching vocal tones of Hoppus and Skiba means the two guys can trade shots over and over and over without breaking up the frenetic pace of the song and giving it a crisp, uniform sound from start to finish.  This song captured my attention instantly and gave me suddenly high hopes for 'California.'
    My optimism was well-deserved, 'California' is a great pop punk record from three guys who know what they're doing moreso than almost anyone in the business.  The old Blink-182 is present here, but mostly saved for small little interludes in the form of "Built This Pool" and "Brohemian Rhapsody," which is a welcome place for that classic Blink silliness.  When the three get together to write the real meat and potatoes of the record though, they mostly check their immaturity at the door and just strong, blistering tracks, like the opening "Cynical" or the wickedly hooky "Rabbit Hole."  The newest single "She's Out of Her Mind" feels like a vintage 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' number, "No Future" crushes the typical "na na na" sing-a-long chorus, and "San Diego" is a nostalgic road-tripper of the song that could easily be the one Halsey and that Chainsmoker were talking about, if not for the fact that it just came out this year.  All told I enjoyed 'California' more than any Blink record past, which is to say it's the first time I can proudly say I've spun one enough times to learn all the words to most of the songs.  It's a joyful party rock album that shows that Blink-182 may actually be getting better with age.  I guess this is growing up.
  17. American_Idiot received reputation from pen in Alt-Music Club: Holy White Hounds - 'Sparkle Sparkle'   
    I've been meaning to check this album out for a long time since I've heard "Switchblade" and "Blind" before. I really like how their vocalist sounds like Local H being a big fan of theirs. They kind of have a hard rock and classic rock bluesy sound them that's super catchy. Besides the two singles, I think "Ghost Arm" and "Laser Beams" stuck out to me most.
    I'm going to have to give it some more listens as it's easily staying in my music library. Good choice, Pen!
  18. American_Idiot received reputation from Chris. in General Music Discussion   
    ^ Nice, man! That tour is coming down here tomorrow night, but I chose to see Yellowcard's final tour on Sunday instead. I'm just starting to get more familiar with The Wonder Years, Real Friends, and Knuckle Puck whom is also on the tour are three of the most upcoming pop-punk bands out there today. 
  19. American_Idiot gave reputation to NinjaNick101 in Starset   
    Monster of a song.
  20. American_Idiot received reputation from Koldes in Pokemon Go   
    I'm still playing as much as I was before and am about to hit Level 24. Although, my interest has lessened a bit because the scanning map sites were shut down from Niantic. However, is semi up and running again. 
    The game is still super popular even though not as many people play with the lack of updates. On a given Friday or Saturday night, I go to Hollywood Beach down here, which is the best place to find rare Pokemon and there are over 1,000 people playing. It was awesome a few weeks ago right after the trackers were shut down and someone caught an Omastar. They screamed out "OMASTAR!!!" and about 300 of us all ran on the sand of the beach to get it in time.
    This temporary update is cool as I've been catching Gastlys, Drowzees, and Cubones all day. I found a Gengar too and it took like freaking eleven ultra balls to finally catch it. Oh yeah. I don't know if it's been mentioned, but walking with your buddy is 1/4th the amount as previously during this update. For example, my buddy is a Clefairy and he only has to walk 0.25 Km to get a candy. Transferring is also two candies instead of one.
  21. American_Idiot received reputation from RainbowDragon in General Music Discussion   
    "Here and Now' is a damn classic.
  22. American_Idiot gave reputation to pen in General Discussion   
    I'm sorry, it's my fault. I shouldn't have eaten burritos.
  23. American_Idiot received reputation from NinjaNick101 in Got (MLB) News   
    I guess I forgot to comment on Jose Fernandez unfortunate passing. I haven't been as big of a Marlins fan as I was about five years or more ago, but pretty much everyone down here knew who he was not just an athlete, but as a role model and inspiration for so many people. Especially, for baseball fans all over the world and Cuban-Americans down here.
    He was loved by all of his teammates and went out of his way to meet and greet with fans while always seemed to have a smile on his face. Everyone knows his journey which was attempted three times to escape Cuba and come to America while saving his mother from drowning and spending a year in a Cuban prison for escaping.
    Since the news on Sunday morning, many people in the South Florida community have been very heartbroken even if they're not a Marlins fan or baseball fan. Many took off from work to watch his funeral live today. It's an absolute tragedy and there's even been talk of the other pro teams retiring his #16 on their teams and renaming Marlins Park after him. 
  24. American_Idiot received reputation from Lucas in One Decade Ago - 'Saosin'   
    Their second album was also fantastic. It's really tough for me to decide if it was better than their first. If they released at reversed times, I might think it's better than their first. I was just blown away by the first one as mentioned before. 
  25. American_Idiot received reputation from Lucas in One Decade Ago - 'Saosin'   
    One of my favorite freaking albums ever. I could listen to it 1,000 times with no problem. I'm so glad to see them out with new material this year.