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  1. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're...

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    13 votes
  2. Forgot to post the thread yesterday. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to,...

    Forgot to post the thread yesterday.

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    8 votes
  3. I'd say something here about thinking a monthly thread for this is better or something, but that would be a lie and the truth is that I was busy during Christmas and subsequently forgot to post...

    I'd say something here about thinking a monthly thread for this is better or something, but that would be a lie and the truth is that I was busy during Christmas and subsequently forgot to post this thread for about three weeks running. Sorry about that.

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    10 votes
  4. Comment on What are your top ten favorite albums this year? in ~music

    Cleb Link
    David Attias - Elephant Vyva Melinkolya - Vyva Melinkolya Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 2 Eric Taxxon - Punk Yuragi - Still Dreaming, Still Deafening Haru Nemuri - Haru to Shura James...
    1. David Attias - Elephant
    2. Vyva Melinkolya - Vyva Melinkolya
    3. Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 2
    4. Eric Taxxon - Punk
    5. Yuragi - Still Dreaming, Still Deafening
    6. Haru Nemuri - Haru to Shura
    7. James Ferraro - Four Pieces for Mirai
    8. Low - Double Negative
    9. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
    10. Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade

    That was a struggle, honestly. I'm really not much of a fan of a lot of stuff released this year and it was a struggle to even come up with these. If you asked for a top 15 or 20 instead, I don't know if I could fill out the full list without getting into albums I thought were just "okay".

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What are some good open source games? in ~games

    Cleb Link Parent
    Haha, nice! I'm glad you made your comment though, I always struggle to feel like I can put what I love about CDDA into words, and your post is a really good write-up about it. SS13 is very fun...

    Haha, nice! I'm glad you made your comment though, I always struggle to feel like I can put what I love about CDDA into words, and your post is a really good write-up about it.

    SS13 is very fun but I find it a bit of a struggle to get around to playing now. If you can bear some of the people, it's a very good experience, but I find that I don't really want to bother with that a lot now. If you ever get into it you should try station hopping a lot, there's so many unique differences between each station that it's a bit of an adventure in itself seeing how they all work!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are some good open source games? in ~games

    Cleb Link
    Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead. One of the most interesting and full of depth roguelikes ever put together, imo. Obligatory Nethack mention as well. It's not one of my favorites but mentioning open...

    Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead. One of the most interesting and full of depth roguelikes ever put together, imo. Obligatory Nethack mention as well.

    It's not one of my favorites but mentioning open source roguelikes, I can't leave out Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, either.

    I also think Space Station 13 is worth a mention. Yeah, there's some servers that are not entirely open source, the community itself leaves a LOT to be desired, but BYOND code is really a shiny nugget coated in garbage. If nothing else, playing SS13 servers and hearing the tales from people who work on code for some of the servers is one of the most unique experiences I've ever had dealing with video games.

    4 votes
  7. Hi, I'm covering this week at Whom's request again. What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free...

    Hi, I'm covering this week at Whom's request again.

    What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something!

    Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.

    You can make a chart if you use last.fm:

    http://www.tapmusic.net/lastfm/

    Remember that linking directly to your image will update with your future listening, make sure to reupload to somewhere like imgur if you'd like it to remain what you have at the time of posting.

    13 votes
  8. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're...

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    11 votes
  9. Whom couldn't make it today so here I am with the weekly post. What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something!...

    Whom couldn't make it today so here I am with the weekly post.

    What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something!

    Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.

    You can make a chart if you use last.fm:

    http://www.tapmusic.net/lastfm/

    Remember that linking directly to your image will update with your future listening, make sure to reupload to somewhere like imgur if you'd like it to remain what you have at the time of posting.

    10 votes
  10. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're...

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    6 votes
  11. Comment on ~music Listening Club 25 - 1992 in ~music

    Cleb Link
    I took this opportunity to give SAW 85-92 another go around and I found that I enjoyed it a bit more than I did before. I don't know, my relationship with Aphex Twin work is very shaky depending...

    I took this opportunity to give SAW 85-92 another go around and I found that I enjoyed it a bit more than I did before. I don't know, my relationship with Aphex Twin work is very shaky depending on the album. I've never really been a huge fan of works like drukqs or SAW II, but RDJ Album has gone back and forth from being mind-blowing to really really annoying to me, and SAW 85-92 feels like it's been slow-creeping into the things I enjoy for a very long time. I used to not even really care about Xtal or We Are the Music Makers or any of the other fan favorites on this, but I think recently something changed and I've started to at least think most of the material on it is pleasant rather than something I put on and then forget that is on. Stuff like Xtal, We Are the Music Makers, Green Calx, Delphium, and a couple of others have managed to finally worm their way into my head and make me go "Hey, that's actually really cool and I think that I can appreciate this a bit more now." I wouldn't say that I think it's one of the most amazing things I've ever heard but I think I can start saying I get why some people give it that praise.

    3 votes
  12. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're...

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    9 votes
  13. Comment on ~music Listening Club 24 - Intro to Shoegaze in ~music

    Cleb Link
    Yes! I very much love shoegaze so I'm just going to turn this into somewhat of a loose nerdpost for anyone who is curious and has not encountered very much shoegaze. Shoegaze is rock music that...

    Yes! I very much love shoegaze so I'm just going to turn this into somewhat of a loose nerdpost for anyone who is curious and has not encountered very much shoegaze.

    Shoegaze is rock music that heavily employs the use of guitar distortion, drowned out vocals, feedback, and sometimes other things like noise or post-punk influence. Many would describe a good chunk of shoegaze as something like a "warm hug" or something "fuzzy", and I often find myself searching for things that have fuzzy guitar tones.

    Loveless is often considered by many to be THE seminal shoegaze album that nearly every shoegaze band since has taken influence from. It's a very meticulously put together album, Kevin Shields went through many recording engineers (or whatever your preferred nomenclature for them is) during the time he and the rest of the band took in putting it together, and also took a very long time on the album that came after it, m b v. This is an album where you'll be able to feel yourself getting lost in the thick layering of each individual piece on most of the tracks. It is one of my favorite albums ever put together and I've personally never really been able to put together my feelings about it or the feeling that my favorite shoegaze albums give me into a description that I feel does them justice. It's a masterpiece of a work. I came back to it after initially dismissing it as something decent that I wouldn't really get anything more out of, and my relationship with it has been developing for the last 2 or 3 years since that.

    Vyva Melinkolya, on the other hand, is a direct opposite of Loveless in terms of where it came from. It's not a seminal album of its genre, it didn't receive critical acclaim and it does not have a cult following around it, but it is a wonderful record in its own right. Some people often say that shoegaze died out in the west for a long time, with very few bands popping up after the initial boom of the 90s bands (Ride, MBV, Slowdive, Catherine Wheel, etc). It's true, you do have to dig to find things in the later 90s and throughout the 2000s that are not Japanese in origin, but shoegaze in the current decade has kind of been going through more of a revival thanks to bandcamp and more prominent new shoegaze (aka nu-gaze) bands such as Nothing, and Whirr, and the reappearance of the original bands from two decades before. Anyway, out of bandcamp comes Vyva Melinkolya, which @Whom actually showed me herself and it is an absolute gem of a record. Gorgeous fuzz. Drowned out, heart-wrenching vocals. The climax of Eclipsing. It's something that gives me the satisfaction of an MBV-like layering, combined with the weight of listening to an A Place to Bury Strangers song, but without the feeling that the album is going to burst through my headphones and beat the absolute shit out of me.

    I love them both. Gorgeous records, amazingly put together, showing the "birth" of shoegaze and a very good example of how it still stands today.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What's your favorite song cover? in ~music

    Cleb Link
    My go-to for this question is usually Ulver's version of Solitude by Black Sabbath which absolutely smashes the original (even though the original is still great in its own right) and fits...

    My go-to for this question is usually Ulver's version of Solitude by Black Sabbath which absolutely smashes the original (even though the original is still great in its own right) and fits perfectly in with the album it's a part of.

    2 votes
  15. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're...

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    9 votes
  16. Comment on A site that shows the most popular boards on 4chan right now in ~misc

    Cleb (edited ) Link
    Although it's not really got anything too unexpected, it's cool to have this. /pol/ indisputably at the top? And this doesn't even account for all the /pol/-bait spilling over onto other boards. I...

    Although it's not really got anything too unexpected, it's cool to have this.

    /pol/ indisputably at the top? And this doesn't even account for all the /pol/-bait spilling over onto other boards. I kind of thought /r9k/ would be a bit higher, but I guess my estimate of that was a bit inaccurate. /lgbt/ is also.... a bit higher than expected? But I've never really stuck on that board for more than a few minutes across several years so, my expectations might not be the most reasonable.

    Also:

    4chan average:
    ~819k posts/day

    this bit is pretty much definitive proof for the small subset of people who still hold onto the "sekrit club" thing that it no longer holds up. Unless that's like 200 people making thousands of posts a day across tens of boards.

    12 votes
  17. Comment on ~music Listening Club 22 - Survival in ~music

    Cleb Link
    I thought this was okay. Admittedly, I don't really have that much experience with reggae so I'm not really sure how to word my criticisms of this that well. I do like some of it, and I don't...

    I thought this was okay.

    Admittedly, I don't really have that much experience with reggae so I'm not really sure how to word my criticisms of this that well. I do like some of it, and I don't think any of it really annoyed me as much as I eventually felt it got a bit too same-y and boring. I'm a sucker for some of the horns and background singing that this has in it, though.

    1 vote
  18. Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of. If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're...

    Feel free to talk about something you saw that was cool, something that was bad, ask for recommendations, or anything else you can think of.

    If you want to, feel free to find the thing you're talking about and link to its Anilist, MAL, or any other anime/manga database you use!

    7 votes
  19. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

    Cleb Link Parent
    I'm also a fan of some of the Flaming Lips stuff, and Mystics is actually my favorite thing they've done. I also like Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots a fair bit, and I think Hit to Death in the...

    I'm also a fan of some of the Flaming Lips stuff, and Mystics is actually my favorite thing they've done. I also like Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots a fair bit, and I think Hit to Death in the Future Head is kind of cool in parts.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on ~music Listening Club 21 - At Folsom Prison in ~music

    Cleb Link
    I'd actually grown up hearing bits and pieces of this album unknowingly, and began to recognize them from various places the first time I listened to this. I do like the album itself, and I do...

    I'd actually grown up hearing bits and pieces of this album unknowingly, and began to recognize them from various places the first time I listened to this. I do like the album itself, and I do respect Johnny Cash to one of the highest points I respect an artist, but I don't love the album itself that much or anything. I'll echo what Whom said and say that it probably did hammer in the realization that country music as a whole is not just throwaway trash, which is a feeling I followed a bit too long when I was growing up. One thing I will say is this album has several things that have taken permanent residence in the back of my mind, and they pop up and control my thoughts for a bit whenever I least expect it. One of them is the classic "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die", and others are the opening to Cocaine Blues, the harmonica in Orange Blossom Special, the announcement at the end of The Long Black Veil, the phrase "dirty old egg sucking dog" to name a few.

    3 votes