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  1. After all these years thinking the Simpsons should have called it a day by the early 00's, wondering how they could possibly have kept going all this time, assuming it must be total garbage since they had already gone downhill so badly by then, a couple months ago I decided to take the plunge and watch them all. After that initial period of shittiness they actually did a pretty decent job of picking things back up, aside from some unavoidable issues. The most notable of these issues is that they are by definition a 90s family, so the further along they push the show without aging the characters, the less their backstories make sense (e.g. having to continually update the time period of retrospective storylines) which over time just weakens the entire premise of the show - this is a no-brainer for the countless fans who gave up on the show around the same time I did, whose childhood coincided with those first 8-10 seasons. At first I thought, "It helps if you just think of it as a different show altogether." But they do a pretty decent job of staying true to the original characters while moving them forward through the relevant time period context. The writing is as patchy/inconsistent as any other similar show - Family Guy and American Dad for example have loads of zero-laughs, total dud episodes themselves - and some of these plotlines are genuinely moronic and on some occasions have a completely absurd wrap-up that would get an F in highschool English class. The absurdity factor works for those other shows but when the Simpsons try it it just feels cheap and out of place. But at the same time I have gotten some serious laughs. The overall quality has kept me going (I'm up to season 25 now), and while the plotlines might be a bit contrived or outright stupid at times, the joke writing is often very clever, which is one of the things that made them such a great show in the first place.
  2. It's haunted. Xektses sql is just a raw field recording of the ghosts in Oversteps House.
  3. The sub-sub bass on this (helsinki) is just heaped on. It's a bit too much and detracts from overall enjoyment, gets really fatiguing by about 2/3 of the way in. I still think this is probably what overwhelmed the sound system but of course can only speculate cause I wasn't there and generally never listen to audience recordings. They seem to be REALLY into these low sub frequencies over the past several years. Loads of it in S+P. I wonder if that has something to do with them getting older and losing some degree of hearing, sparking a greater interest in mostly "felt" frequencies. Or in this case it serves a specific purpose to the physical live experience. Maybe fatiguing on cans cause it's not meant for cans (yet). So personally I'm hoping to hear those frequencies reasonably mixed down in the final edits. Ymmv of course.
  4. I know these both have the Shobaleader name attached to them but to me they're completely different things (ie. Tom pretending he had a band vs Tom having a band). Aside from a handful of tracks, and kinda strange mixing, I actually thought D-demonstrator was pretty good. Some of those tunes are very well written imo, shows that he really can write solid pop tunes if he wants. Into the Blue and Abstract Lover remain top tracks for me. Elektrac was not very interesting for me past the initial novelty. Very impressive of course but also imo not really necessary. I haven't played it at all since it came out tbh. I think it would be awesome if he did a bunch of all new material specifically written for the band.
  5. For what it's worth Iradelphic had a lot of those same sounding drum tracks too. Roughly half the tracks on Iradelphic were pretty decent actually. Take out the bad vocals and a few other cringey moments. Combined with a few tracks from Phantasm Planes and Iradelphic Sessions there's an album's worth of good stuff there. That period didn't sound to me like he had lost inspiration, it actually sounded like he was pursuing new avenues of inspiration (and the obvious Bibio influence as he started playing guitar), it just didn't always work very well. The self-titled was not bad either, to be fair some of those tracks are quite solid. But maybe sounding less inspired there yeah. Like doing a survey of past styles. The hints of going downhill were there since Iradelphic but if I'm really fair it didn't get dire until he started adding children's choirs to everything. I agree with most people here tho yeah, I don't have huge expectations for the guy or anything I'm just bored on watmm.
  6. Xektses Sql is the sound of ghosts having a rave inside the walls at 3am
  7. I have a full unopened bottle in my cupboard. Let's start the bidding
  8. Someone in a thread somewhere in the ae forum reported meeting Clark at a show, and he asked them if they knew where he could get any coke. Kinda been running with it since then. "Clark is a cokehead" is the new "Clark is in a wheelchair"
  9. He's doing too much coke. That album writeup reads like the ramblings of a cokehead.
  10. So is he gonna put out instrumentals or ...😬
  11. I've become obsessed with arugula in the past couple weeks. Always thought of it as kind of a specialty thing but it's been dirt cheap lately, in those clamshell containers of mixed salad greens. Just straight arugula at the same price point. Whatever particular nutrients are in this stuff, my body is just like fuck yeah gimme It has so much intense flavour, I just eat it right out of the container. I'm dieting right now and trying (mostly successfully) to completely cut sugar and processed foods for awhile, so that could have something to do with it. Things start to taste better with that shit out of your system.
  12. You're probably right, and I had misremembered the AE_LIVE release timeline indeed... they came out in batches, but not starting until late 2015 after the tour was done. I guess I can wait for soundboards but starting to crave some new ae in any form That helsinki set really is a doozy. I've had such contrasted listening experiences with it. Found it irritating as all hell as background music for menial tasks, not bad on walks, and most enjoyable as a focused listening experience/while drawing. Really kinda demands your attention or else it just sounds like a mess. To my simple ape brain at least 🦍
  13. Talkin bout soundboard release timeline tho But if they're touring more then would they wait and put out all the sb at once? They did it in batches for 14/15 AE_LIVE ... Taking a break from my annual early-spring oversteps obsession for a minute and giving helsinki another solid listen, in the meantime
  14. 2020-2024 would be an unusually long gap for them, so any kind of new release would be nice
  15. Computer ate and destroyed a 12 minute track I had worked on extensively and was almost finished. File became corrupted somehow and won't open anymore. Just so happens I had neglected to make any backups.
  16. pt.2 Just realized I might have been coming at the question wrong, though. If the issue is simply that you've lost the passion then that might be more of a "spiritual journey" you need to go on lol. I think there's still good stuff in Werner's book that helps with that particular problem, but the rest of the stuff I said might be irrelevant (until you're actually feeling passionate about music again). Losing passion for stuff happens cyclically for me as well. Pandemic life killed my passion for just about everything for awhile including music. To be honest I still struggle a lot with music love/hate. It doesn't have to be a painful relationship but some of us can't really help it because of the way our brains are wired to be analytical about music and have strong values about quality and integrity etc. Can't really undo that. So when the musical anhedonia hits hard I pretty much just take a break from music entirely. You can't force passion. But if a passion for music is innately inside you (I suspect it probably is or you wouldn't care enough to write this post) then it will come back when you give it time and space and feed it inspiring things. Inspiration and re-sparking passion can come from unexpected places and notably across mediums. Reading a good book or poetry or looking at artwork might reignite musical ideas. You never know.
  17. Check out Effortless Mastery, by Kenny Werner This helped me loads after becoming creatively blocked after four years doing music academically. Playing music that's totally different from what I would normally do has helped me improve on the instrument more than I would have expected (playing accomp for vocal groups and stuff like that), plus it's fun because there's no emotional attachment to it like there might be if it was "my music". Later on I found that some technical aspects of my playing that had been underdeveloped improved with this type of work, whereas if I had focused on "I need to get better at this" and forced some kind of exercise it might not have integrated as deeply(?). It also ended up being really fun and I feel a lot more comfortable playing different kinds of material than I did when I was overthinking everything. And I guess my point is that by broadening my practice this way, and improving on a technical level, I also loosened up creatively. As for tedious and mechanical practice sessions, some good advice that was given to me: Always end your practice session (especially the gruelling ones) with something fun that you're really good at. This way your last memory of the session will be more positive, vs walking away in frustration or whatever.
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