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  1. Comment on Where do you share music other than here on Tildes? in ~music

    Cleb Link Parent
    I love that /mu/ essentials page a lot, even though a decent chunk of it is joke charts. A good chunk of them have been decent introductions to genres that I had no idea where to start with, or...

    I love that /mu/ essentials page a lot, even though a decent chunk of it is joke charts. A good chunk of them have been decent introductions to genres that I had no idea where to start with, or gateways into digging into them past the most well known things. They're not perfect, but the idea of "essentials charts" that /mu/ managed to popularize for a while is probably one of my favorite things to come out of the entire website.

    Playlists have always felt like something I'm out of the loop on, even though I'm not nearly old enough to be out of the loop on it. I still listen to stuff mostly in album format or I shuffle through stuff manually when I'm listening while doing something, personally, and I think my brain is more wired to that kind of listening, or sometimes looping a single track. I like that idea of generating charts from results and then converting those results into charts though, that sounds insanely useful.

    I've been thinking about doing some write-ups about genres/releases/movements/whatever I love or other things like that here and it would almost certainly help attention if I was to make playlists (or get someone to make a playlist since I don't really using any streaming services myself) that would go along with them.

    Bit of an aimless ramblepost, but you did get me thinking about how the direct way to a large chunk of listeners' attention is playlists, and thank you for that. :)

  2. Comment on Where do you share music other than here on Tildes? in ~music

    Cleb Link Parent
    Agree so much with this. The rare sharethread where people take requests or post extremely rare stuff that they love is the peak of that board and I wish that happened a lot more. I've gotten a...

    Agree so much with this.
    The rare sharethread where people take requests or post extremely rare stuff that they love is the peak of that board and I wish that happened a lot more. I've gotten a decent amount of stuff that I would definitely not have been able to easily locate elsewhere (without paying insane prices on discogs or waiting eternally since only 2 people have it logged as being owned) and I owe the dedicated people on that board who get past shitposting culture and share music they love.

    1 vote
  3. Sorry about being a day late, also covering Whom again this week. What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write...

    Sorry about being a day late, also covering Whom again this week.

    What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! 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 pages on Anilist, MAL or any other database you use!

    9 votes
  4. Covering for Whom as she's busy today. What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! Feel free to...

    Covering for Whom as she's busy today.

    What have you been watching and reading this week? You don't need to give us a whole essay if you don't want to, but please write something! 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 pages on Anilist, MAL or any other database you use!

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Black Midi - bmbmbm in ~music

    Cleb Link
    Someone introduced me to Black Midi a week or so ago, and in that time they've become one of my most recent favorite bands, after listening to a few bootlegs of their live performances, their few...

    Someone introduced me to Black Midi a week or so ago, and in that time they've become one of my most recent favorite bands, after listening to a few bootlegs of their live performances, their few singles, and their live jam concert with Damo Suzuki.

    Don't skip the B-side either, it's a wonderful remix that works just as well or maybe even better. link

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

    Cleb Link
    I recently started up playing the original FEAR, after getting through some trouble with actually acquiring a copy of the game. I saw a video reflecting on the game and it reminded me that it...

    I recently started up playing the original FEAR, after getting through some trouble with actually acquiring a copy of the game. I saw a video reflecting on the game and it reminded me that it existed and that I should probably go and give it a shot, seeing as my only experience with any of the FEAR games was a very unsatisfying playthrough of F3AR.

    I'm not super far into it, but it has some extremely satisfying gunplay, although it kind of suffers from feeling a bit restrictive in movement. It's kind of inconsequential though, considering so much time is spent in slo-mo getting those chunky headshots and nailing enemies to the wall with the nailgun or blasting them to a red mist with the shotgun.

    1 vote
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  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!

    9 votes
  19. 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