how it's been

By omission
updated 3 days ago

a portion of albums/eps/singles I've listened to

earliest → most recent

  1. 10 February 2014
    me trying to figure out how that distorted guitar looping on "From A Motel 6" was made

    May 2021
    "Sudden Organ", "Big Day Coming [2]'

    2 April 2022
    Kicking off this list with a band I've admired for a while (since the mid-2010s). They have been making music of high-quality since 1992, and in continuing to explore their discography I am surprised at how they can continuously produce large amounts of novel music without seeming to retread their past ideas. Currently, my favorites are this entry, Painful, and I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. The fact that the latter is considered one of their best while having been released 13 years after their formation is a testament to their endurance.

  2. 25 February 2014

    "Flat of the Blade", "Saturday Come Slow"

    On the YT upload of "Paradise Circus" I commented, "I like the clapping", partly because I did and partly because it was amusing that this sullen downtempo song had handclaps.
    someone replied "are you an American?" which makes no sense in context and someone else replied "clap clap for the handicap"; other comments were similarly mean.
    man my liking handclaps really offended some people huh

  3. 26 February 2014

    George Carlin phase 2

    Stay out of the road if you want to grow old

  4. 23 March 2014

    update, 2021: "Seven", "48", "Shadows", "Sometimes"

  5. 3 For Sale from $3.60

    8 April 2014

    ...some gal nearly chucked on me as soon as I sat down on the bus. I hate the bus.
    the common experience I hear is "moves away with a contemptuous smirk when you sit near them at the lunch table", not "literally vomits when you sit down next to them"

  6. 19 April 2014

    When your shallow water got too high

    update, 5.31.21: Their deep cuts are the best. Well, "deep cuts"? they only had 2 minor "alternative" chart hits, so what would it mean for CW to have a deep cut?

    I usually do a quick gauge of an artist or band's popularity by noting how many YouTube views their most popular song has. For CW, this is ~808k. So, not much, really.

    Interacting with someone who talks all the time about how they like music but the only music their music taste is that of someone who listens exclusively to "'90s alternative" playlists and/or the pop-rock that I liked in middle school and have long since moved on from.
    I can't claim, though, that bands like Nirvana and RHCP are only appreciated by people who haven't found anything better to listen to, as many RYM users' listening logs contradict that claim. I mean, everybody, it seems, adores The Beatles, even folks with the most avant-garde, esoteric music inclinations.

    For some reason I just didn't expect someone to come up to me and say "hey, you know New Order? Blue Monday?" I said that I'd heard "Ceremony" and Movement, some of Low Life.
    Usually the addressee is supposed to name the pop hit:
    "Q: hey you know Radiohead?"
    "A: yeah, "Creep" is a pretty good song

  7. 25 April 2014

    K.T. comix early '14 bearded seal

    "Crank", "Strange Fruit", "Fripp", "Show Me Mary"

    If I succumbed while standing here
    Would you even care?

  8. 5 June 2014

    "Wish", "Gave Up"

  9. 27 June 2014

    1:03 pm

  10. 2 July 2014

    "Iscarabaid", "Waffle", "8"

    update Feb. 2021: "Rodeo Jones" is likely my single favorite SDRE song now; I no longer like "8". The 120 Minutes version of it is great too, though at the end he struggles to hit the high notes and he ends up making these tuneless screeching sounds.

  11. 12 July 2014

    update, April 2018: this is now my single favorite post-punk album and general rock album of all. I can't describe to you how good I think this is.

    "Human Condition", "City of 9 Gates"

    Were are mainly underwater, suffocating there

  12. 12 August 2014

    Cherry Hill Library

    update, January 2021: still great

  13. 12 August 2014

    28 May 2021: orphan drug — a drug that is intended to treat a rare disease

    It's funny how I listened to this so much in the mid-'10s, yet when I just listened again for the first time in several years I thought, "why is this so fucking noisy?" Like, in a good way — I love noisiness, and this album wears it perfectly. I was specifically listening to "What You Want". It's still fresh.

    The first exposure I had to MBV was hearing "Soon" on Music Choice in mid-2013 or so. Well, what I "heard" was a brick of noise with someone cooing in the background. I thought it was bullshit! I was one of those who mistook this band for some emo metalcore band (apparently they're confused with "Bullet for My Valentine" often?), which is part of why I didn't like them at first. Which is interesting, because that would mean it wasn't how they actually sounded that put me off, just my own association of it with what I believed 12-year-olds listened to. So when I they appeared on Music Choice I approached their music with a closed mind.

    I actually bought this CD off Discogs from a guy who lived around the corner for me. He offered to just leave it in my mailbox.

    14 February 2022, Valentine's Day update:
    I must admit this here: I do not care for "Only Shallow" and "Sometimes". I think on the former, it's the vocals that kill it for me, and the drums with the fills just sound corny. With "Sometimes", I think my problem is just the chord progression isn't that compelling for a 5.5 minute slow burner. Don't get me wrong, I usually like the slower tracks on albums, and "To Here Knows When" has grown on me recently. I still love most of the tracks here, especially "Soon", "Loomer", "I Only Said", and "What You Want". "Soon" is just perfect; the dancy drum beat and the chord progressions draw me in.

  14. 12 August 2014
    10:48pm

    TVTropes furry astrophysics major

  15. 15 October 2014
    6:18 pm

    reading about the 2011 Japan tsunami

    update, 2021: still fucking great

  16. 4 October 2014

    Ritter Sport Cowboy Bebop

    "Dreams Burn Down", "Kaleidoscope", "Paralysed"

  17. 17 October 2014

    Look into his eyes and you shall see
    Why everything is quiet and nothing's free

  18. 17 October 2014

  19. 22 October 2014

    "Napoleon Solo", "Shaking Hand Incision", "Chanbara"

    update, May 2021: "Pickpocket", man, "Pickpocket"

  20. 30 October 2014

    "Scarlet", "Second Sight"

  21. 14 November 2014

    found thru iTunes recommendations

    update, March 2021: "Melon Yellow", "Souvlaki Space Station" are now my favorite tracks; whole album has grown off then grown back on, generally great

  22. 20 November 2014

    like that ornate neo-Victorian old house haunted toys garish lowbrow dark fairytale style

  23. 20 November 2014

    "Alberto Balsalm", "Mookid", "Next Heap With" (sounds like Sims 3 build mode)

  24. 20 November 2014

    found thru YouTube recommendations, of course

    "Actium", "I"