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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 15, 2011, 06:14:22 PM »
Music is just as good and inventive as it ever was. Don't listen to country much at all so that genre is unclear to me but it seems like it's all the same songs thematically as it ever was but more influenced by rock and modern culture. Now the radio tunes in rotation are all metal, hard rock, and funky pop that I listen to while driving and trippy electronic mind f*ck stuff streaming off the web at home. Haven't bought a CD in over ten years.



Black metal (the sh!t I listen to) is like this.  There's nothing really cutting edge these days.  And I guess it's like most genres of music: 95% of it is run of the mill sh!t.  But that other 5% is f*cking head bangin'!

Sad that you don't buy music anymore though.  I like to support the bands I'm into, they deserve it.  It's exciting, too, to go to a music store and buy a CD that looks cool, you know the impulse buy thing.  Paying for music, listening to it non-stop for a month, impulse buying, the smell of the CD booklet, reading the lyrics as you're listening to it for the first time; it's all a part of being a music lover.  I hate the digital age, it's spawned a whole generation of careless and spiritless music listeners.  And I guess the same could be said for the iPod, but I actually think that's a good idea.  It's better than carrying 100 of your favorite CD's and a clunky CD player around everywhere.

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Pimp My System / Re: Pilot Brewery
« on: October 15, 2011, 06:09:44 PM »
Well right on then, man.  Good luck with the new brewhouse.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 01:36:25 PM »
When rap music started I gave it a couple of years at most. I guess I was wrong.
Ha, nice.  I think people said the same thing about rock n roll, heavy metal, black metal...  In the mainstream, they may be dead, but they're doing oh so well in the underground.  And I have no qualms telling anyone at anytime in a conversation about music that music in the underground is by far and away the best music being written and produced today.  No matter what scene or style you look at, the underground always produces THE best music.

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The Pub / Re: Farewell to my pal...
« on: October 14, 2011, 12:01:09 PM »
Aww kitty...sorry to hear it, Ron.  I dread the day my cat dies.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:56:03 AM »
Personally, I think the masses like good music, but they are lazy and allow themselves to be force fed lame pop songs that are well marketed.  The same with the crappy but well marketed food, drink, and "news" that many people consume.
Yes, that is certainly a possibility. 

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The Pub / Re: Happy Columbus Day !
« on: October 14, 2011, 08:32:57 AM »
There ya go. 

Life's short. Be miserable.  Get drunk!

Haha, perfect.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 08:30:40 AM »
Couple o' random points...

Also remember that when you think your music is GOOD music and lesser pop music is trash, there's always someone snobbier than you who thinks your pop trash is dull, uninspiring bilge based more on image or marketing than actual musical genius.  



I never said I thought the music I listen to is GOOD.  It's black metal...it's really not all that GOOD, but I don't just like it, I f*cking LOVE it.  It's a personal thing for me, I don't need affirmation from anyone else as to whether it's good music or not.  I like it, that's all that matters.  

Having said that, I am a musician who can appreciate all forms of music.  And Justin Beiber is uninspired crap.  Most pop music is, and anyone who is doing it solely for the money doesn't have my respect.  Where's the passion in seeking only fame, not caring what you play so long as you're rich and famous?  There is none.  There are countless examples of this throughout history that has produced mediocre garbage for the masses because the masses like dull, boring, unoffensive music like Lenny Kravitz.

Rant over.

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Pimp My System / Re: Pilot Brewery
« on: October 14, 2011, 08:21:40 AM »
Pretty pimpin', dude.  Who is 'we' in this situation?  You and a friend? 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP San Diego Super Yeast (user update)
« on: October 14, 2011, 08:17:51 AM »
Well, it sounds like I need to try this stuff in one of my recipes now.  Thanks for all the great info, guys.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 13, 2011, 01:58:31 PM »
There are actually kids these days who don't know who Bob Dylan is.  Really people?  So many people need an education in music these days...


Most people of advanced age can't (without cheating) tell me the most popular acts of the 1910s. If you expect people to understand the music scene that existed 40 years before they were children, it isn't just kids today that would struggle.

It's easy to draw these conclusions when you establish the things you know and like as the gold standard that everyone should know and like.

Yes, BUT much of the music kids listen to these days is greatly influenced by music/artists that existed before they were born.  I think people should at least be aware of who those artists/musicians are.  I listen to mainly heavy metal, but within the last 30 years or so mainly.  Metal has been around for at least 15 years longer than that.  I don't really like a lot of the music/artists that the music I listen to was influenced by, but I am at least aware of where the music I like came from.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Columbus Day !
« on: October 13, 2011, 11:04:30 AM »
When I worked in Germany, I thought they had it right.  They had May 1 off, and just about every obscure Christian holiday.  You had a lot of time off when the weather was nice in the spring.

As for Veterans Day,  I remember when I was a kid many still called it Armistice Day.
 

I've always admired the Germans for that.  It seems they can't go two weeks without having a fest for one reason or another.  I like that a lot!

Life is short.  Be happy!

Oh how easy it is to say that...there is WAY too much wrong in the world to be happy.

There ya go. 

Life's short. Be miserable. 

Not saying I'm miserable, just not blindly happy. 

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 13, 2011, 11:02:09 AM »
You know that all of the music is availble online is what matters. You can't be angry over other peoples choices. The true music will stand the true test of time. God help us if it is Beibier. I think the classic rock will prevail because of the nostalgic qualities. Not to mention the singers qualities. Freddy Mecury vs Bierber.

ABSOf##kINGLUTELY.  With the run of the mill musicians/singers we have today dominating the popular music scene, it's ridiculous.  There are actually kids these days who don't know who Bob Dylan is.  Really people?  So many people need an education in music these days...

Today we have Protools, a recording software that allows you to correct every off pitch note, line up drum hits that are slightly off, tune a slightly out of tune guitar, etc.  Back then, they had to actually PLAY it.  Sad.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Columbus Day !
« on: October 12, 2011, 01:48:37 PM »
When I worked in Germany, I thought they had it right.  They had May 1 off, and just about every obscure Christian holiday.  You had a lot of time off when the weather was nice in the spring.

As for Veterans Day,  I remember when I was a kid many still called it Armistice Day.
 

I've always admired the Germans for that.  It seems they can't go two weeks without having a fest for one reason or another.  I like that a lot!

Life is short.  Be happy!

Oh how easy it is to say that...there is WAY too much wrong in the world to be happy.

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The Pub / Re: I made cider!
« on: October 12, 2011, 09:10:18 AM »
Well, I left a half gallon sit until it went hard.

Hey, it's the closest I've come to brewing in a long time.
Cheers!  Have people ever frozen the same type of liquid and removed the Ice component?
Not that I would advocate such a sacrelidge but it seems interesting....

I've done that a few years ago.  5 Gal down to  2, then ferment. Intense apple profile, initally hot, mellowed after a year.
A friend of mine used to fortify mead post fermentation by freezing then transferring the mead from the ice crystals.  He won a lot of awards this way.  It made the mead much smoother and more "rounded."  He would put the mead into a PET bottle, squeeze any air out, freeze for 20 minutes, then found that the ice crystals would form as soon as he opened the cap.
Damn, that sounds deeeeelicious.  I might have to do that with my next mead.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Columbus Day !
« on: October 12, 2011, 05:39:49 AM »
I agree.  I was just talking to someone the other day about that.  For my work, it's because everyone is busy in the spring with assessments in schools.  It's a long time between Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day, no doubt.

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