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General Discussion / Re: KISS: An Album-by-Album Critical Reevaluation
« Last post by buffcoat on July 13, 2017, 11:24:27 PM »
good god

Oh, dear, I went too far with this one, didn't I? "The Elder crushes these songs like a grape."
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Dear Tom / Re: Perfect Double Albums?
« Last post by puffskull on July 13, 2017, 09:58:01 PM »
I wouldn't say i don't like them. I totally get what you're saying and as works of art i think they're interesting. Sort of like Revolution #9 on the White Album, I like that they exist and they do add to the scope and character of the album - totally changing the overall work by their inclusion and showing how far they were willing to push the genre

My only point being that when i listen to the album for fun, i'm far more likely to skip past these tracks or leave them off the playlist.

Revised opinion: Zen Arcade = perfect double album

(The White Album cant even hold a candle to it)
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General Discussion / Re: KISS: An Album-by-Album Critical Reevaluation
« Last post by Josh on July 13, 2017, 04:35:57 PM »
good god
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Dear Tom / Re: Perfect Double Albums?
« Last post by marsdentrainfan on July 13, 2017, 12:52:28 PM »
The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs (comp, but still fair play right?)
Morrissey - Bona Drag (comp again, but fair?)
Husker Du - Warehouse (would say Zen Arcade too, but Dreams Reoccurring/Reoccuring Dreams knocks it out)
Soundgarden - Superunknown (never had the vinyl, but definitely a double... Spoonman is borderline and Black Hole Sun i'd be happy to never hear again but still good songs imho)
Rolling Stones - Exile (I mean, c'mon)
Led Zeppelin - Physical Grafitti (ditto)
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (and again!)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Methodrone (i know, i know... not gonna be a popular opinion on here)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Take It From The Man! (ditto)

You didn't like Dreams Reoccurring and Reoccurring Dreams? While I'll admit I probably wouldn't pay a lot of attention to those songs based on their own merit....I personally felt they were a really effective addition to the album as a whole. For me personally, even though they were never my favourite tracks on the album by any stretch of the mind, it was still a huge deal to me as a young person getting into punk and hardcore to hear that album for the first time and see how far they diverged from a "punk" sound on a lot of the tracks, those two included. I think if those tracks hadn't been included, the sense that the band was pushing so hard against the confines of what that sort of music could sound like wouldn't have been as apparent, and the album would've lost a lot of impact
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Show Discussion / Re: The experimental Panda Express guy
« Last post by marsdentrainfan on July 13, 2017, 12:25:24 PM »
Hey, I like what you've done with the place.

I've eaten plenty of fast food in various places around the world, but never exclusively fast food. However, I have a couple dumb/regrettable food travel anecdotes.

I was just in Russia and repeatedly tried to get fast food, but they don't seem to get the concept. It was always slow and disorganized, and never clear how to queue up. I'd usually give up and go to the grocery store or a Russian restaurant, where I'd get faster service from a waiter. Ironically, the local Russian fast food chains had it figured out, but not McDonald's or KFC.

I'd also successfully gone years of my kids having no idea what McDonald's was until we were in Prague last summer. I was working so we hired a local part-time sitter to get my wife some relief, and she's the one that brought them to their first McDonald's. Of course we live in the birthplace of McDonald's, so now that we're home, they ask for it all the time and claim nostalgia for the Czech Republic.

Finally, when I was in Austria in the 1990s, I somehow accidentally ordered a totally disgusting dish three times, under various names: basically unrendered, grisly pork fat mixed with raw garlic and spread on bread. I think this was usually because I was ordering the cheapest item on the menu. And because I was broke and timid, I never sent it back and got something else, but forced as much or it down as I could until I was no longer hungry.

I'm surprised by your experience at a Russian McDonald's! I was reading through the thread, thinking I might share about my own (positive) encounter with Russian fast food—especially McDonald's—when I saw your comment.

In any case, it's too bad you didn't get a good impression of Russian fast food. I was in Russia for the first time in November, and I really enjoyed the McDonald's there. The service was, for me, comparable to USA/Canada but there was a lot of more interesting items on the menu.

Anyhow, I bring it up because a lot of people in the thread (perhaps not unfairly) seem to bring up their food choices while abroad with some measure of shame or regret implied. I find a lot of people assume I'd also be embarrassed when I bring up eating McDonald's in Russia, but to me—even before getting to there—I had very much planned to visit some fast food spots. Not only am I always intrigued to see the local variations, but more importantly I kind of figure eating American fast food is a strangely iconic aspect of the post-Soviet experience. Visiting McDonald's in Red Square felt as much a part of the Moscow must-do list as the Kremlin and St. Basil's.

(In my defence, I of course also ate a lot of actual Russian food during my time there haha)
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Show Discussion / Re: Best Show merch we'd like to see
« Last post by Josh on July 13, 2017, 12:15:52 PM »
I still think an ANYTHING, INC. (August 15, 2006) coffee mug with the "If money's no object, we won't object" tagline would be great.
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Show Discussion / Avalanche Bob/Spike converging
« Last post by Carver on July 13, 2017, 10:00:13 AM »
"Alright, well, for the sake of this conversation, let's say the album does not exist."
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Links / Re: Matt Skiba May Be Actually Insane.
« Last post by bdb318 on July 13, 2017, 08:41:30 AM »
I still think there's, like, a 1 in 10 chance that Matt from Oakland is not Matt Skiba, but it's only because I can't imagine anybody that successful being so ashamed of their success. True, we are not exactly talking about Jimmy Page levels of success, but still.
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General Discussion / Audiohhhhhhhhh!
« Last post by Al Hifi on July 13, 2017, 12:31:04 AM »
I'm sure I'm not the first person to ask this but why are the callers twice as loud as the in studio mics? The callers audio literally hurts my head.
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Links / Re: Matt Skiba May Be Actually Insane.
« Last post by JeffertonFromTX on July 12, 2017, 06:36:05 PM »
THAT is an awesome point because Bob seems relatively sincere even though he clearly has no idea what he's actually participating in. Matt is Ben bleepin Verneen when he calls because he so desperately wants everyone to know who he is while at the same time NOT wanting everyone to know who he is.
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