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ghostoffuffle  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Original song: Eternity Gardens

I imagine that very, very many of your interactions these days are with strangers. And that can be fine, but spending too much time away from one's household/community and loved ones really grinds a person down. I'm sure you feel that acutely. But maybe you have to disappear a little in order to build something bigger than yourself? Or maybe that sense of fading, if it doesn't swallow you, acts as a motivator to make a lasting mark. I dunno. It's tough to balance. You're building something huge, though! Onward!

I'ma start using "Dorito" as my new signifier for greatness. It is, after all, the ultimate snack

ghostoffuffle  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Original song: Eternity Gardens

Thanks, TNG. This was a tough one to make both in terms of subject matter and stylistics- didn't feel right masking the vocals in a bunch of layers and effects because it made it sound too fortified. But it's tough for me to just let the voice stand out above the mix, esp. when the lyrics are so brutal. Really glad you like it. It's one of my Doritos too. Lyrics as follows:

Looking into the darkness, is this all that a life is

series of bad decisions, in and out of remission

driving back from the hospital I see the kids in the

park on the benches, smoking

cigarettes in the sunlight-

what's that ahead of you?

pushing my way into the crush of folks at the grocery-

tryn ta get to the parsley- no one here really knows me-

meeting eyes at the counter, looking for a connection:

"have you tried our new version?" I don't know how to answer.

all I want is a sign that I will be well-remembered

nothing can bring you down like talking to perfect strangers.

home again, maybe I should call my folks out in Portland-

how long now has it been since I've been out there to see them?

last time, I was a mess, I was dealing with the tail end

of a breakdown and taking pills to help in the morning

pills in the morning to keep me going

looking into the darkness, is this all that a life is:

in and out of the workplace, waiting for your vacation

like to think that my workmates find me easy to talk with

make a joke, keep your distance- gotta keep up relations

oh my god, how'd this happen? feels like I'm disappearing-

I had strength of conviction! focus, artistic vision!

meeting eyes at the counter, trying to make a connection:

"what'd you do with your weekend?" I don't care, but you know I'm

trying

maybe I'll call my brothers, tell them all that I love them

thinking about the last time that we were all together.

I should water the plants and put them out in the sunlight-

this is all that we have now- blow a kiss, grow your garden

into eternity

thenewgreen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    This was a tough one to make both in terms of subject matter and stylistics- didn't feel right masking the vocals in a bunch of layers and effects because it made it sound too fortified. But it's tough for me to just let the voice stand out above the mix, esp. when the lyrics are so brutal.

It’s Cool Ranch man. It’s that good.

The tough ones are always the best ones. I have a close friend that is an amazing singer/songwriter. All of his albums are beautifully arranged and perfectly produced. But it’s always the one song that he’s vulnerable on that is clearly the best on each album. Now if he could just make a full length album with that much vulnerability, he’d be on to something.

I like your voice on this. You should work to have it more out front like this, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have rich and layered backing vocals.

The lyrics are superb. I relate heavily to them. I think I’m probably better than most at the relating with strangers thing, but it is still alarmingly lonely when the majority of your interactions are “how about the weather..”

I too feel like I’m losing myself. Like I’m disappearing. There’s a ton of inertia behind some of the choices I’ve made. No turning back now. It’s scary stuff. But, we’ve got this and we aren’t going anywhere. Keep making music like this and you’ll never disappear, my friend.

I couldn’t like this song any more than I do. It’s the tops. Full on Dorito.

Onward!

ghostoffuffle  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I imagine that very, very many of your interactions these days are with strangers. And that can be fine, but spending too much time away from one's household/community and loved ones really grinds a person down. I'm sure you feel that acutely. But maybe you have to disappear a little in order to build something bigger than yourself? Or maybe that sense of fading, if it doesn't swallow you, acts as a motivator to make a lasting mark. I dunno. It's tough to balance. You're building something huge, though! Onward!

I'ma start using "Dorito" as my new signifier for greatness. It is, after all, the ultimate snack

ghostoffuffle  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Original song: Code Blue, Pts 1 and 2

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

I know where you've been, I guess. Doing big things. But this place really doesn't feel the same without your frequent input.

I listened to the last song you posted the other night, it was great to hear what you've been working on. Hard enough to make something on my schedule, I can't imagine how little free time you have right now. So many conflicting demands.

This place is brighter for you being here, though. Keep up the momentum on all fronts! And if possible, post more music. I agree, for everything else we put into the world, art makes everything that much more colorful.

thenewgreen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks pal, it’s nice to know I am missed. I have a hard time making time for my family etc and as such my hubskiing has drastically suffered. I can’t half

Do Hubski. I can’t skim it, I either do it or don’t.

I might try to record tomorrow night. Any suggestions for a song title? I’ll take it from there.

ghostoffuffle  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Here's The Six Super Weapons Putin Unveiled During Fiery Address

    A computer generated graphic accompanying Putin’s announcement showed the missile plotting a course from Russia into the Atlantic, flying around South America’s Cape Horn, and then continuing on to strike what appeared to be a target in Hawaii.

Boy, good thing our president says these guys are our allies. Otherwise I'd be really worried.

kantos  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's why this statement confused me:

    ...can only further inflame already heightened tensions between the Kremlin and the U.S. government over various arms control agreements.

... and the section on Tensions with the U.S. in general. March seems so long ago when talking about politics now...

    Warheads from an SS028 fall onto Florida in a computer generated presentation accompanying Putin's speech.

._.

ghostoffuffle  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: David Sedaris - Active Shooter

Man, I'm three kids into my adult life. Dad jokes are my bread and butter; Wait, Wait is the mead I wash it down with. I do have the self respect to groan whenever Paula Poundstone makes a joke, though.

I'd like the New Yorker Radio Hour more if David Remnick didn't sound like such a milksop. Dude talks like he has little suspenders for his socks that attach to his underpants

tacocat  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·  

David Remnick has a distracting voice?

WABE in Atlanta has the NPRiest NPR voiced host who ever NPR'ed. It could easily be a parody

Listening to this woman stilt through a story about queer culture last week was funny and frustrating at the same time. The lady sounds like she just had a stroke that seriously affected her cadence and it's incredibly distracting to me while I try to listen to her conduct an interview about something I'm interested in. I listened to a few minutes before switching to music on my phone.

She used to just introduce afternoon jazz until we got a second public radio station. Her voice used to be the cue to find something else to listen to but they've now made her try to do real work

ghostoffuffle  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 285th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Somebody already loves him

Coulda sworn I posted the video for "believer" here way back when, but search isn't showing it. Coulda been with my old ghosted account.

Fuck it, great song, great album:

That's a live show I wouldn't mind seeing.

user-inactivated  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We saw him a few months ago. It was a really good show.

ghostoffuffle  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Young Trumpies Hit D.C. ... And D.C. hits them right back.

    Trump’s young staffers also rely on old standbys near the White House: POV, the rooftop bar at the W Hotel that overlooks the White House; Old Ebbitt Grill, a quintessential antebellum Washington establishment; and Joe’s, a seafood and steak spot, are favorites. So are the nearby restaurant-bar The Hamilton and Blackfinn, a gastropub off Farragut Square. Some staffers prefer the Exchange Saloon, a no-frills sports bar just west of the White House. One young former Health and Human Services official confides that Rebellion, a Southern-themed establishment farther north, near U Street, is “one of the few closet Trump bars” in town.

A cynical reader might interpret this as less of a human interest piece and more of a map of where to go to heckle beleaguered Trump staffers...

bfv  ·  53 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You say that like it's a bad thing.

That's my nightmare

    the preponderance of American pop music is based on the beat of two and four," he says. "You'll have a lot of cultural influences that cause people to do one and three. I remember being in the Vienna Stadthalle — the town hall in Vienna, with about 12,000 people in it — and it was, like, Teutonic.
ghostoffuffle  ·  98 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 9, 2018

Um. Louisville, Kentucky. So come to think of it I guess I can't rag on other regions for racism and annoying accents. But Louisville is actually a great place. Oasis in a sea of Kentucky.

ghostoffuffle  ·  98 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 9, 2018

Dude, the Northeast suxxx. You ever been anywhere in the Northeast where you didn't think, "this'd be great if it weren't for the traffic and the accent and the racism and winters that made you want to kill yourself"?

Is any job worth the Northeast gawddamn

ButterflyEffect  ·  98 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The Puget Sound definitely shares the terrible traffic

award with the Northeast, but yeah, screw those winters.

Where are you at these days?

ghostoffuffle  ·  98 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Um. Louisville, Kentucky. So come to think of it I guess I can't rag on other regions for racism and annoying accents. But Louisville is actually a great place. Oasis in a sea of Kentucky.

ghostoffuffle  ·  98 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Original song: Code Blue, Pts 1 and 2

Ohoho, I'm not an MD. That'd break me. I'm an ED RN. At least I don't technically have to take my work home with me. Work is still grueling. Or maybe I'm just not cut out for the stress.

Beats are put together on a Roland SP-555 using soundbanks from the CR78 and the 808. Think I used some LinnDrum samples as well. All synth sounds are built on a Microkorg. Bass is some shitpot Chinese knockoff I got for $75 at Guitar Center. At some point I realized pushing all the stuff I was recording through an old Aiwa boombox gave it a nice warmth, added cool distortion and also compressed sounds better than Protools' free shitty compression algorithm.

ghostoffuffle  ·  99 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 277th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Yipes.

ghostoffuffle  ·  100 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 277th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Shabaz Qalander

Can't find it on youtube, just log into spotify

Never has an ode to an ancient Sufi mystic sounded so. Fucking. Funky gawddamn. Track is 25 min long and I can't stop listening and my wife is upstairs being like "honey are you coming to bed" and I'm all "up in a sec I gotta jam with my man Qualandar for a few more bars"

By the way mk for some reason if you post a raw link to spotify instead of embedding it just leaves a blank space. Ex.:

veen  ·  100 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    leaves a blank space

Could be worse. I got a privacy warning, and upon removing that got the entire page iframed:

ghostoffuffle  ·  99 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yipes.

ghostoffuffle  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Spy Who Came Home: why an expert in terrorism became a beat cop

This article made me feel like I've been relying on some reductive-ass thinking re. Hearts and Minds for a long time. Kinda took it as gospel that of course we have to win over the community leaders in Kandahar if we want to get anywhere in Afghanistan. Never tried to apply that kind of logic to my own city. What are community leaders? How big is a community? How do we win people over? What's the timetable? Whut? I don't like to think that I reduce other cultures to a bunch of airy-fairy sociological precepts... but hell yeah I do

ghostoffuffle  ·  172 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A conservative argument for gun violence restraining orders

Hm. You and I, I think we're working with different definitions. Moving goalposts, for instance:

ME: Assault-style weapons seem to be defined primarily by their effective marketing, which is baked into gun design and promotes a militaristic approach to gun ownership and operation.

YOU: I have NEVER SEEN this marketing of which you speak.

ME: here it is on the gun, as explicitly advertised on the manufacturer's website.

YOU: I have NEVER TAKEN such claims from the website or features of those guns seriously. Also, try to define assault-style weapons, but in a way that's different than how you've already defined them.

Motte and Bailey?

ME: Assault rifles are becoming the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

YOU: prove that AR15s are the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

ME: I didn't say that, as such a claim would be unsupportable. You changed what I said to make your position defensible.

YOU: I win!

It's not that I WON'T engage with your arguments, it's that I CAN'T because you haven't yet leveled any. "I disagree" isn't an argument, it's a basic opinion. "people who don't own guns obviously don't know anything about guns, and thus are unqualified to contribute to the national debate" is kind of like saying "only gun owners should be allowed to speak to and shape policy on gun restrictions," which isn't so much of an argument as it is an absurdity. You're acting as though my inability to map out the differences in firing mechanisms between rifles renders me unfit for debate on policy, which is semantic bullshittery and you know it.

Which brings me to our biggest gulf in definitions: debate. You seem to think that it's sufficient just to lean on all the old semantic talking points that I always see trotted out in these discussions: "assault style can mean anything! you don't know the difference between a clip and a mag! those guns don't even work the same way!" Because it's easier to tout your mechanical knowledge of the tool than to defend the nature or necessity of the tool. You also seem content to constantly call me out as "naive," and then when I repeatedly invite you to develop your argument, start pouting about how I characterize gun owners as "brainwashed psychos," which I never did or even came close to doing. Ever. Explicitly or implicitly. At this point, my best guess is that you've had this argument so many times that you're responding to what you think I'm saying rather than actually examining my argument...?

And FWIW, I never addressed your "prove that previous policy has changed public perception" retort because that's a way larger discussion than just guns, and requires nuance, and this exchange has left me with little faith that we can speak to each other in the language of nuance, or even mutual respect. Which is a basic prerequisite for complex discussions.

Sorry you got bent out of shape over this topic. I do appreciate a lot of what you contribute on this site. I don't believe the above exchange represents the best of what you have to offer.