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  1. Andres
    Latest Entry

    By Andres,

    Lone, Bum, and I worked on a new Dark theme for GDC to more closely follow the red, black, and white theme of Revolution Radio. Also, YAY RED AND BLACK AGAIN. This feels more like home. Having wondering flashbacks to the American Idiot era. 

     

    So that's about it. Same exact theme as before, just changed out the red with blue, updated the logo, got some sweet new backgrounds.

     

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  2. 4933457_orig.jpg

    It's Romantic Isn't It?

    Photographer:

    Maria Gloria

    One of the many wonderful photographs by Maria Gloria. Take a moment to check out more of her photography and leave a comment

    HERE.

    Make a suggestion for next weeks MasterPiece of the week my sending BeachBum a pm.

  3. Z Blog

    Z J
    Latest Entry

    Rest-less

     

     

    I lay in bed,

    but it seems dreams won’t greet

    me tonight.

    Ok,

    I have to wake up at a quarter-to-nine. 

    I decipher the time I have left to sleep.

    Five hours and

    twenty 

    one 

    minutes.

    But still,

    it matters not.

    My mind seems cursed,

    and my stomach’s locked. 

    The timing couldn’t be worse,

    I’ll do all I can to make these thoughts

    disperse. I count sheep

    like, one,

    two,

    three,

    four,

    then I think I hear a knock at the door.

    But, it’s just the clock 

    reminding me of what’s in store.

    If I fall asleep 

    in four, 

    three,

    two,

    one, 

    I’d get four 

    hours and twent-

    y-two minutes of sleep.

    I keep track of every 

    second that sneaks past me.

    Every time I near sleep 

    I hear my heart asking 

    for a revolution while my mind

    evades persecution.

    The 

    tug-

    of-

    war

    makes my body restless all-the-more. 

    To sleep, 

    my head must be divested

    from the process but instead,

    putting it to rest is a chore. 

    The anxiety

    grips me to my core.

    Replays of the day pour

    out of my head on to the floor.

    But, if I fall asleep now I’ll get two hours

    and four-

    teen minutes 

    of sleep.

    I count

    sheep

    like one,

    two, 

    three.

     

    Please just give me 

    this bit of rest,

    only then will I be at peace. 

  4. I don't want to write about the weather. Doing so makes me feel like an abject failure. I mean, fucking seriously? Out of all the cliche, trite and uninspired shit - casual observations about the weather are like the very fucking bottom of prose. But I must, so let's get this out of the way. There's a heatwave this week. Not just in Germany, of course. In fact, this last July was the hottest month ever recorded, so I invite anyone who still denies climate change to suck me off outside in August without sunscreen while wearing a North Face jacket.

    Air conditioning is not in every building in Germany, and that's a hard thing to adjust to. Floridians take for granted that you can always just go inside and be fine. Even people who live in trailers have AC units. I feel the need to take a shower twice a day lately. After four hours of sitting in my language class, I fear I will stand up and expose a visible streak of ball sweat to my international acquaintances. But rather than blame everyone else for failing to install an AC unit, I must accept this problem as a personal flaw of my own making. Because one of my teachers is originally from Russia and even he seems to be doing just fine with the summer. If someone grows up on air conditioning, that's all they know. But the ones who never had this cushion adapt seamlessly. So maybe the solution isn't every building in Germany having air conditioning - maybe it's that I build a time machine and deprive myself of AC throughout my entire childhood. It's like skating. When I learned to skate, I fell on my ass and scraped my skin off so many times that it just became a part of my day. But a kid whose parents keep pads and pillows on them every day, who is never allowed to get on a skateboard, the first time that kids falls they will think they're dying. And in terms of air conditioning, I'm the kid who has been wearing pads and pillows his whole life.

    On to other things. I now have enough German to conduct most of my transactions only in the German language. I felt quite proud of myself the first time I bought some e-cig juice and coils all on my own without any English. Of course, so many Germans are fluent in English that any moment of uncertainty on my part invites them to shift the conversation. If I hear a word I don't know, I usually will say "entschuldigung?" or "bitte?" in hopes that a person will repeat and it will click for me, but usually my obvious American accent prompts the person to clarify for me in English. And I appreciate that, but I certainly need the practice. Last week, I also successfully procured ibuprofen from the apotheke (pharmacy) on a day when I had a raging headache. I got everything right except for the fact that I pronounced "ibuprofen" like an American.

    The apotheke is quite an interesting thing for an American who isn't familiar with Germany. In the United States, over-the-counter medicine can be purchased in a pharmacy, grocery store, Walmart or gas station and it's a simple matter of bringing it up to the register to be scanned. In Germany though, all meds are "behind the counter." You don't need a prescription, you can ask for some ibuprofen and get it, but the pharmacist makes sure it won't interact with any meds you're on and lets you know how many to take. So every headache pill, bottle of cough syrup and laxative you need requires interacting with another human being. I don't have strong feelings about it either way. I suppose it's for the best though, it's not like most people bother to read the label on their meds.

    If any American expat ever misses the enthralling experience of waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles, they will be happy to know they can have that experience in Germany too. I had to talk to the Auslanderamt (immigration) and Anna and I woke up at the ass crack of dawn to get there right when it opened. We took a number. And we waited. And waited. And waited. A big screen displays what numbers have been called and what room to go to - and just like the DMV, it makes that same "ding!" sound every time a new number is called. 

    Anyway, I'm off to my class. If I survive the heat, then you all can expect this blog to continue. 

  5. Well, well, well. Look who's back in town, probably not for long since I'm starting uni (!!!!!!) in 2 weeks, plus I'm moving in exactly 1 week. My god, have my anxiety been sky high these couple of weeks after founding out that I actually have to move outside my comfort zone, leave all my friends (sure they're still gonna be there, but still) and just.. start all over again. It's kinda scary actually. Last time you saw me here, I was... emotionally unstable. Still am, but it's better. Sometimes I get so much anxiety that I just want to end it, but I don't (obviously because I'm here). I don't want to cause more pain to my family than there already is. So much pain going on in our family, you have no idea. 

    I'm still damaged inside, but I don't show it anymore. 

    I have no idea why I wrote this post, just kinda felt like it.

  6. First off, I really can't form a coherent sentence about it that isn't a mass of curses and fangirl crying, and different words describing how 'beautiful' it is. I'm trying to organize my thoughts in a way that understand, because right now it's all gibberish. :lol:

    Waking from a messed up nightmare, first thing this morning, still in a hazy state, I logged onto Facebook this morning to see Green Day had shared the video for those who didn't have a nice, loving radio station to play it. (Pretty much every station within a 500 mile radius of me) And I was kinda skeptical, and hesitant to listen to it, almost in fear that it would be a rehash of some Trilogy stuff. My first impression was that the opening art of the video reminded me of Green Day's side projects, like the Network, Foxboro Hottubs, Pinhead Gunpowder, artistically. 

    The song itself has a lot going on, and I love how it reaches out to all different eras, instead of trying to channel just 'Dookie' as far as going back to their roots was concerned, like the Trilogy was. They seemed to get over-concerned with bringing back the classic grunge sound and lyrical content the older fans loved, that they forgot to include other elements in the Trilogy, whereas this song, I think, is a great combination of all the best things from past eras. It's a pretty strong single to launch the album with. It's catchy and fast paced, so that even the folks who aren't into the politics of it, can appreciate the sound, and will share it around. I'm still glad that the album will be covering some tough topics, since no other artists want to reach out and talk about it. This song being about the perspective of a mass shooter, it's not obvious that that's the meaning, unless you're actually listening to the lyrics, otherwise it could pass for a nice, grungy song to play at parties, and rage out in the mosh pit to. :lol: As far as sound goes, the guitar reminds me of King For a Day + Peacemaker + Christian's Inferno, plus the general sound of AI and 21CB. It feels like as far as lyrics and vocal melodies, it's pretty Insomniac-ish. Dark, brooding, and kind of upbeat at the same time. 

    The video, has a lot of references to past work.  The American Idiot hand grenade art appearing on Tre's drum kit, the black and red graphic bomber jets from AI, the spray-painted designs that AI and 21CB shared, and the 'animated' graffiti style the 21st Century Breakdown music video had. The color tones reminded me of early Green Day, like Dookie - Nimrod. It doesn't seem like it the album is intended to be a 'concept' album, perse, but an album that will cover important topics without bringing diverse story telling and characters into the mixture.

    All political junk aside, there's a lot of humorable lyrics scattered throughout the song, this one, for lovely example: "Give me death or give me head." :lol: 

    All of that together (and the additional things I haven't quite thought up to type yet) I think it's a great song, a strong single, and I'm definitely going to have it on repeat... For days... Like the Green Day trash I am... :ga: I believe this will be one insane song to hear live! Green Day could use some more upbeat songs to breakdown with besides King For a Day/Shout. *COUGH COUGH* Since they didn't play Dirty Rotten Bastards*COUGH COUGH* 

    Peace out girlscouts. 

  7. It's now 3 in the morning and instead of sleeping, like I promised myself I would do, I'm listening to the 21st Century Breakdown album and having emotions (ew right?). I literally got out of bed to grab my phone and spent way too much time trying to figure out how to create a damn blog post on mobile. A decision I will probably regret in the morning, because tired-out-me behaves scarily very similar to drunk-me.

    I was trying to stop myself from googling the leak, even thought about how useful a straight jacket would be now. So I was listening to Stop Drop and Roll for the first time ever, to distract myself, and when that album was over I thought "why not listen to Peacemaker... 10 times in a row" because why the fuck not. When that was done, I started over and listened to the album from the beginning and was hit by nostalgia like a fucking cargo train at full speed.

    I started liking Green Day in 2007 or 2008, so before 21st CB was released, when I occasionally heard Boulevard of Broken Dreams or Wake Me Up When September Ends (I can't believe I didn't just abbreviate it) on the radio or when we sang those songs in our music lessons at school. I still remember how a classmate brought the album to school and I thought "what a stupid teacher's pet ass kisser nerd", but secretly fancied the idea of Green Day sitting in my classroom while we sang their songs.

    That's when the infamous 7th grade emo phase began. Since I was an insufferable copycat back then (not much has changed though... I'm still insufferable but I'm original and insufferable!), I did everything my cousin did, who did everything her cousin did. So all three of us started wearing black, dyeing our hair, wearing converse, using eyeliner, black nail polish and cutting our bangs ourselves because no decent hairdresser wanted to tarnish our hair like that. And obsessing over Green Day. Because they were emo, obviously. Duh, they wear all black and guyliner. Thus we became the three little emo brats of the family (with her cousin being the emo leader, our supreme). We talked about Green Day the entire time, even though we knew absolutely nothing about them. I mean it. I only figured out years later that pre-American-Idiot-Green Day existed, when I accidentaly stumbled upon Warning on YouTube and thought "oh neat, a new song!":mellow: 

    I couldn't buy the album back then, so I downloaded each song from AI from some sketchy website to gift it as a CD to my cousin for New Year's. I think Extraordinary Girl was on there twice because I was stupid and couldn't tell the difference between two songs. 

    Then came the time 21st Century Breakdown was released, and my slow descend from "casual wannabe fan" to "hardcore fanatic" began... my cousin had stopped listening to them, and so had I. But then in the middle of their tour an acquaintance from school told me about how she saw them in Cologne and I was like... damn, remember when you liked Green Day? And I was back on the Green Day track and got 21st CB and Kerplunk for Christmas. I listened to that album every day on my way to school and begged my mother to let me go to their concert, but she wouldn't let me because I was only 14 or 15. My brother also kinda liked Green Day, but not as obsessively as I did and wouldn't go with me.

    Green Day had started to become a really big part of my life. When I was 16 I had started to discover myself (ugh that sounds dirty) and began to question things, my religious upbringing for example. Back then my parents dragged me to church every Sunday, which I was never a fan of. But mostly because I'm the biggest slugabed there is and hated getting up early on Sunday mornings just to sit through an hour of a boring mass. But when I thought about everything the church stood for, I realised that I didn't want to be part of it. I thought that if I just broke to my parents that I didn't want to go to church anymore or go to confirmation, it would be fine. But I was wrong and my parents, two very conservative catholics, wouldn't have that. They still dragged me to church every Sunday and fought a real war with me every week. The tension in our family was so incredibly high and my siblings blamed it on me and my stubbornness. I should just suck it up and do it for my parents.

    After some time they forbid me to see my best friend because she was a bad influence on me (they overheard us discussing religion once), became aggressive and threatened to kick me out if I kept refusing to go to my confirmation. I even looked up shelters who picked up teenagers and made a plan to run away from home, after a panic attack when I got the letter from our church. I thought I would be homeless soon.

    I was listening to East Jesus Nowhere very day on our way to church and back, it was like a mantra. It kept me sane and gave me so much strength, that there was somebody out there who understood how I felt about religion and I was not in fact crazy for my beliefs. Hanging the lyrics on my wall was my own little way of rebellion and I felt so incredibly pleased with myself when I showed the song to my mum and she told me she liked it. I didn't answer her when she asked me what it was about, because she doesn't speak English, just felt really accomplished that I made her like a song about religious criticism.

    Things got better eventually, but now I lie here and think "well, what if Green Day didn't exist? Or what if that girl from school never told me about the concert, resulting in me never finding back my interest in Green Day?" What if there is a parallel universe, some hellish dystopia, where I had to go through all of that shit without Green Day keeping me sane? 

    Not only do I believe I would be a completely different person without Green Day than I am now, I think I would have also clocked out long ago. Green Day made my life better in so many ways - only because of them did I start talking to one of my best friends, who lives in England, 4 years ago. I've met so many great people because of our common feature being our love for this stupid band who thought it was a good idea to call themselves Green Day. My life would be so boring without them.

    I've been writing this for two straight hours now and the time to the new single release inches closer and closer... I am way too anxious to sleep. My brain just can't seem to fully realize what is going to happen in a few hours. This is honestly so surreal. At this point it's hard to imagine what else they could do and what else is going to come with the new era. I can't wait...

  8. Green Day: Still Relevant.

    Green Day status as a band is colossal. They’re true wisdom chasers, chroniclers of punk rock, masterminds behind the art of rock operas. And their hearts are completely drawn to music and its values, its magical aura, its stronghold. The act from California are still relevant and fresh. Their music has always evolved and flourished, it has always been truly monumental. Their style may have changed over the years, but their true humbleness has stayed rooted.

    Since 1986 Green Day have explored different musical angles and have morphed into a punk machine, tapping into genres and merging them together to create unique sounds. But are the band still relevant? That’s the question on the lips of many. And you know what? They’re still relevant, they’re still a band that many love.

    The band has created some of the most infectious and lyrically cohesive songs of the last 20 years. From their bratty major label debut Dookie to the politically drenched American Idiot, the contributions have always been golden. Billie Joe Armstrong’s sneers and poetic strands have caught the imagination of millions. The leading man writes with verve and precision, opening up worlds and creating stories. He’s gifted and often misunderstood, but truly entertaining. The band as a collective are truly purposeful. They’re focused on ascending and overtaking what they’ve done previously. Their minds are tuned in and ready to empty fables when needs be.  

    That’s why the Californian punk kings are still relevant!

  9. New lyrics. Enjoy.

     

    Laser Tripwire

     

    The phone rings on

    an iridescent day

    Moving to the current,

    your body starts to sway

     

    Trembling at the thought

    of who it may be

    the one you loathe or lost

    or who you can't see

     

    Chorus:

    It's a mark of hope

    but never comes your way

    As you step around what

    you always try to say

     

    The laser tripwire

    spears the bond away

    -------------------------------

    Infrared denial when

    you never get the call

    They said they'll let you know

    when they arrive in the fall

     

    That was weeks ago,

    you know the wretched news

    The somber realization

    as you never touch the pews

     

    (Chorus)

     

    The room is empty as

    you visit for the last time

    The picture of you two

    is the only restless chime

     

    Crystals fall from the lens

    but no apparition appears

    There's no use in waiting

    for any more years.

  10. How are you?

    I want a sexual song! Be nice or I'll bang your mom!

    My name is Billie and you are my son
    Here's a story about how I fucked your mom
    In the bushes in the year of 93
    T'was great so I gave her a demo of Dookie

    Cause I bang banged your mom (He banged your mom)
    Cause I bang banged you mom (he banged you mom)
    Cause I bang banged your mom
    Don't be mad about it son

    I can tell you that Adrienne was pissed
    When I told her that another son exists
    But I didn't have a ring back then
    So I banged your mommy just because I can.

    And I bang banged your mom (He banged your mom)
    And I bang banged you mom (he banged you mom)
    And I bang banged your mom
    Don't be mad about it son

    I'll understand if you won't talk to me
    When I visit your mommie
    But you don't really have a choice
    Because of child support now you're stuck with me

    Cause I bang banged your mom (He banged your mom)
    Cause I bang banged you mom (he banged you mom)
    Cause I bang banged your mom
    Don't be mad about it son

    Cause I bang banged your mom (He banged your mom)
    Cause I bang banged you mom (he banged you mom)
    Cause I bang banged your mom
    Don't be mad about it son

     

     

    Fuck you for closing my thread :mad:

  11. Ok so maybe I lied when I said it wouldn't take me another 5 months to post again. Actually since my last post it's been a literal year. Sorry I couldn't upload anything else but in all honestly up until May of this year I couldn't finish a song. I had ideas right after Inner Monologue but either couldn't come up with lyrics or could only think up a small amount of them. Those songs may be finished one day, but after these two songs I'm kinda out of ideas for full songs. Well I do know what I want to write about next it's just a matter of actually being able to do it. For now here's two new songs

    The first one is called "Plot Twist" which is about my other group of internet friends suddenly confessing shit all in the course of a few weeks or something (and the first verse TOTALLY isn't about me, what the fuck are you talking about that's such an unwarranted accusation)

    Lyrics: 

    Spoiler

    Confessions soon began
    With some online friends
    One wasn't so open with his life
    Then one day everything changed
    He decided to show his face
    Turns out he's not even a guy

    Everything I knew was wrong
    You've been different all along
    No ones what they claimed to be
    One reveal after the next
    It's a soap opera at its best
    Does anyone else want to speak?

    Everyone was blown away
    But that's not the end
    The tables continued to turn
    One friend came back from the dead
    Another wanted to confess
    She's really a guy not a girl

    Everything I knew was wrong
    You've been different all along
    No ones what they claimed to be
    One reveal after the next
    It's a soap opera at its best
    Does anyone else want to speak?

    There's enough lies to fill a page
    No one's their gender or their age
    The pictures we've made in our head
    In an instant, all made dead
    But somehow nothing has changed

    Everything I knew was wrong
    You've been different all along
    No ones what they claimed to be
    One reveal after the next
    It's a soap opera at its best
    Does anyone else want to speak?
    Speak now or forever hold your peace

    The second song is called "Tired" which is essentially me being done with people's shit

    Lyrics: 

    Spoiler

    You sure can hold a grudge
    I didn't know you'd hold this up
    For more than a few days
    But still that's not enough
    Cause you decide to
    Take everyone back
    You claimed to hate

    You push and pull me 
    From your life
    It took to long for me
    To open up my eyes

    I've had enough of you
    I'm sick of your never ending,

    Always changing mind
    Don't even try to 

    Deny this, it's true
    If you're gonna be this way 
    Maybe I should decide
    I don't need you

    For once I try to help
    But then months go by
    And still nothing's changed
    I thought I knew you well
    Then you go behind my back 
    And won't talk to my face

    I never thought 
    You'd reach so low

    I guess I was wrong and
    Now I know that 

    I've had enough of you
    I'm sick of your never ending,

    Always changing mind
    Don't even try to 

    Deny this, it's true
    If you're gonna be this way 
    Maybe I should decide
    I don't need you

    We don't stick together at all
    I guess it was to good to be true
    Is this really our final fall
    Did I mean anything to you

    -woo solo- 

    I've had enough of you
    I'm sick of your never ending,

    Always changing mind
    Don't even try to 

    Deny this, it's true
    If you're gonna be this way 
    Maybe I should decide
    I don't need you  (x2)

     

  12. howi
    Latest Entry

    hello all GDC'ers...;)

    i just let my drawing speak for it self..

    this time i post 15 my recent drawing.

    intro..

    opening_1.jpg

     

    self portrait. acrylic, pen on a3 paper.

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    my lonely riot. pen,marker, pastel, ink on a3 paper

    sixseeksick_1.jpg

     

    journey. acrylic on a3 paper.

    walking_1.jpg

     

    she saved my head. acrylic on a3 paper

    untitled_2.jpg

     

    dead head. acrylic,pen on a3 paper.

    deadhead_1.jpg

     

    dead poet society. acrylic, pen on a3 paper.

    deadpoet_1n.jpg

     

    untitled. acrylic on a3 paper

    deadpoet_3.jpg

     

    prometheus. oil paint and pen on a3 paper.

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    cactus poem. acrylic, water colour, pen on a3 paper.

    puisi_kaktus_6.jpg

     

    exorcism #1. acrylic on a3 paper

    exorcism_1.jpg

     

    exorcism #2. acrylic on a3 paper

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    death star of the year. acrylic on a3 paper.

    untitled_1.jpg

     

    artist plant. acrylic on a3 paper.

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    untitled. acrylic on a3 paper

    pain_2.jpg

     

     

  13. So ive been 18 for a few days now, still dont feel like an adult but thought everything was going great. Then this morning things took a real turn for utter shit. My boyfriend (some quick background on him, we were dating for 2 months, hes in the army, and hes supposed to go on leave today and come home for almost 2 weeks) dumped me this morning via text basically saying I can keep the birthday gift I got him and whatnot and he just cant do/ doesnt want a long distance relationship. Like what the hell man... you go on leave EXTREMELY soon and you break up with me, and a few days after my birthday no less. Like wouldn't a person not date someone if they aren't into long distance? Why date me for like 2 months and dump me =/ (even more background, his base is between 4-6 hours away so not that far either) How is about two states away even really long distance? GAH men are confusing as all hell. 

     

    ~Very frustrated person

  14. BetterThanAir
    Latest Entry

    I'm sure you all have seen my very limited posts on here. I am always reading the boards when I can, but I haven't contributed much...mainly due to busyness, but also because I've been up and down lately. I'm sure some people may not care for an update, but I am friends with many people on this site, so I just wanted to let everyone know what's up with me and what I've done while I've been less active on here. :) 

    • I got into the professional years of Social Work and Disability Studies at my University! One of ninety people to be accepted, in fact. ;) 
    • I've been working out a ton. 
    • I finally got my anemia stabilized to the point where I can go for my full driving test! It's tomorrow, wish me luck! 
    • I have also been fainting a lot less. Since 2016 started, I have only passed out twice. I am very sleepy quite often, but it's great to be in control. 
    • I have been going to therapy for my panic disorder. I don't talk about it much with anyone, but I'm happy I am getting the support I need. I will also be starting medication for it again, even though I'm hesitant to.
    • I got a second job! As you know, I do work at a pet store, but I got a second job two days a week working with a child with a disability.
    • I am a single pringle who is ready to mingle to this jingle. :toocool: 
    • I have been going to a lot of concerts lately! This weekend I am seeing the love of my life, Mac DeMarco, yet again. :wub: 
    • I have been rekindling old friendships.
    • I stopped talking to my best friend about six weeks ago, and even though I'm sad, I still haven't felt happier and more in control of my life.
    • I am meeting my best friend off of this site, Tom (96Tomato) next month! <3 
    • My hair has grown six inches, and is midway to my waist again. 
    • I got my scholarship back!
    • I have been trying to not let people treat me like shit. It's nice to stand up for myself, but every time I do, I have a panic attack afterwards. :lol: 
    • I have been reading more, writing more, doing some more art pieces, and brushing up on my French.
    • I still have many pets, and I still play with them every day. 
    • My cat is turning twenty tomorrow and he is still very sick. I pay a lot for his medication every week, but it's okay. :wub: 

    Other than that, I don't know what else to say. :P I miss you all. I think about you all every day, I really do. 

  15. Blink-182 has never really been a "great" band, but their music has always been fun and relatable. They're one of those bands that sticks with you emotionally. I can remember exactly what my life was like during each Blink album release, and a few of their songs remind me vividly of people and places of my younger days. However, after losing their most talented member in Tom Delonge to CIA/alien investigations and overall insanity, the band is lacking in creativity.

    Blink wasn't the same after their reunion. Neighborhoods was a good album that pushed the band creatively, but it wasn't their sound. Then it all fell apart when Delonge quit the band AGAIN and Matt Skiba was recruited to fill the void. This band just makes me long for what could have been. Their self-titled album was the most creative of their career, but they've never quite been the same since.

    Their new album, made without Delonge, is just really really boring. The producer, John Feldmann, known for producing rushed, glossy, and robotic albums with the likes of 5SOS, Story of the Year, All Time Low, and Black Veil Brides (what a group, right?) should be all the proof you need to realize what's wrong with this record. The vocals are in the forefront for the first time ever on a Blink album, and on top of that they are unsettling in their pitch perfection. See, smart producers keep "vocal mistakes," such as throat clearing, coughs, swallowing, and some vocal errors in order to make the vocals seem more real and more alive. They're usually not even noticeable, but they are typically there. Feldmann took the often-bad singing of Mark Hoppus and vocally corrected it to almost perfection. He's never sounded worse. But if the goal was to make a pop pop poppy punk record like 5SOS or All Time Low, Feldmann nailed it.

    The next issue is the lyrics or topical nature of the album. Old Blink songs stuck out for being weird, catchy, and for making you uncomfortable. These songs have no impact and are largely about nothing. They attempted to make some classic funny Blink songs in "Built This Pool" and "Brohemian Rhapsody," but these songs together last less than a minute and leave more to be desired. "Built This Pool" is probably the catchiest song on the record, and it is 16 seconds long. Why wasn't it developed into a full song? Which bring in Feldmann again. Interviews about this new album say that Feldmann "rushed" the band through the writing process to give the album a more gritty and spontaneous feel. Given that the album doesn't feel gritty or spontaneous, just very rushed, shows the questionable decision-making of this guy. Some good lyrics and classic Blink metaphors shine through at time, but they're surrounded by garbage like "dear head: shutup" from "Rabbit Hole" or the choral phrase "she's aaaaaantisocial" over and over again in "She's Out of Her Mind." The record is filled with "ooos" and "ahhhhs" and "woahhhhs," often at points were they just sound lazy. But Feldmann is known for rushing albums, and there's already another Blink album in the works, so this fits nicely into his production history. Overall, all the songs sound the same. "San Diego" and "Bored to Death" literally have the same opening baseline.

    It's not all Feldmann's fault, though. Mark and Travis show that they really weren't the driving force behind Blink-182, and as much as they resent Tom, they can't make a good album without him. Tom wrote all the riffs, and his vocals are THE Blink vocals. Mark sings like a Mr. Potatohead toy singing through a pillow. His vocals used to work when he and Tom played off each other with constrasting deliveries, but now Mark's monotone delivery for 30+ minutes is like a club to the face. Matt Skiba doesn't take anything from the band, but he certainly doesn't add anything either, aside from some crossover fan support. Delonge may be coming off as a jealous, lonely, and psychotic individual recently, but he's a cornerstone of Blink and should probably be very happy with how poorly this album without him came out.

    So the album feels rushed and glossy and lacks all emotion, but I will be buying. First, I like the artwork. Second, I'd rather a world with some form of Blink-182 than a world without it. I'll support this band and probably get a few good listens through the album driving around during the summer. The sad thing is that the new Sum 41 song and every new Good Charlotte song has been better than anything on California. Even weirder, the producer for the new Charlotte album? Feldmann, which makes me wonder why their album sounds so much better. This dude is monopolizing the market of aging pop punk band production and pumping out rushed ,uninspired albums. You could say that he's the Adam Sandler of pop punk album producers. Anyway, songs to check out are probably "Built This Pool," "Los Angeles" (which is sort of creative for Blink), "She's Out of Her Mind" (which sounds close to classic Blink), and "Bored to Death" because it's the lead single or whatever. 2/5 stars: one for being an easy-listening album, and the other for making a nice-looking coaster.

  16. I recently Jason White had a band named California, which at first I thought it was gonna be like a surf band or something, but then I just gave it a chance and I was pretty impressed by the band. If you want to give them a listen, I suggest first listening to Hate the Pilot.

  17. Viva La Sonia!'s Blog

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    Sonia.
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    Hello GDC, :)

    I've started writing again lately. Not as much, and maybe not as well .  but I've decided to get this blog started up again. Apologies if they're not very good. And feel free to go through some of my older stuff, if you've never read my work before.

    I hope you enjoy all future posts!! 

    XX

    Sonia

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    I didn't intend on invisibility 
    But that's how I feel when you look at me
    I've gone back to the comfort.
    Of a cold empty room
    Ridden with stories
    Ended too soon.
    I've curled back into my shell
    Of feeling like everyday alive
    Is a day in hell.
    I've retreated into the safety 
    Of my mind like a hurricane.
    With only the slightest
    Memory, of when I was sane. 
    I know I'll never feel that way
    And I curse your name to this day
    For making me this way.
    Hollow, empty, broken, insane.

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    Where did you go?
    from what I remember, 
    You were supposed to be here forever 
    Will you ever return?
    If so, what's your excuse
    You needed to run away to see my use
    Will you ever stay?
    The forever you promised.
    Will remain worth the dirt.
    You're buried under 
    With my tears and rose petals 
    Over, where I deserve to be. 
    What's my excuse?
    For crying over someone 
    Who was never mine to lose.
    For making the same mistakes
    I've been taught not to make.
    I could cry in the pouring rain
    Hoping I turn as cold as you are now. 
    My blood as still and eyes as dim
    As yours will remain from now on. 
    But what's it worth to know 
    If I'll never know where you really did go.

  18. Lady Darkling's sort of diary

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    There are things we don't like about the people we love, things we have always known. Things that aren't on the forefront and therefore, we can pretend that they're not an issue when in fact, they're pretty big issues. I love my father. He is amazing, he works so hard for me and my sister, and he's given up so much for us. There are things I hate about him.

    Like how he said 'insane', made weird googly faces and laughed like it was a joke, like it was funny. Like how he refused to listen to me afterwards because I was being disrespectful to him and suddenly it's my fault that I am angry at him for basically making fun of me. He doesn't understand, of course. Every time I've tried to tell him it's been dismissed under my age, and I think he doesn't want to understand, because then it would mean I'm hurting. But I am hurting, and this doesn't help.

    It's moments like these where I wonder, how would he differ if he could understand? Would he say these things if he knew his own daughter hallucinates sometimes? That she wants to cut her skin until there's no skin left, and sometimes she does? That she has panic attacks and bangs herself against the closet wall until she bruises? Would he still look in me in the eye and laugh?

    There are things I hate about the people I love, and my father's inability to listen is one of them.

     

    Moods: crying and stressed because I have my pre calculus final tomorrow and this just happened

     

    Stay Dirty

    -Pari

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    Beth

    I’ve been watching her eyes roll,

    Not in irony though:

    “It’s only half four, what you leaving for?”

     

    The sun’s come up and she hasn’t come down.

    That was the last time I caught her knocking around

    With that boy who wasn’t good for her;

    It weren’t his fault they just weren’t a fit

    ‘Cause she was too preoccupied cutting her wrists –

    She had too much gear and he wasn’t equipped.

     

    Waking up at the wrong end of the day,

    She’s pretty so she gets her way.

    But she’s sad, she has a second taste of the food she’s had

    Still she says it’ll be better one day.

     

  20. Dirntbag
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    Knee deep in mud - then a splash
    and from waist down I’m encased
    in a begriming, cleansing bath.
    Savannah sun encrusts my back,
    hackles sheathed in grey cottage cheese
    that calcifies and begins to crack -
    bedroom this warthog’s wallow;
    bedclothes, pleasantly cool, swallow 
    my body whole.

    I wish I could lie forever in this
    watering hole, until it doesn’t feel 
    like I’m underwater anymore,
    until days blur and feeling numbs
    from never rubbing off any of this mud,
    just rolling and clogging my pores until
    I’m stuck in up to tusks and horns.

     

    A real nice warthog:

    African-Warthog-Mud-Bath-Etosha.jpg

  21. For anyone who's been waiting on part 2 of my research on socialism leading to communism - I apologize that it's taking a while. I've been swamped with looking into other important subjects, such as confirming on how the monetary system is loony business, reading up about the Montessori way of education, etc. I have these 2 PDF files I'll want to look at, one that I'm absolutely sure is about the use of RFID microchip implants on kids (ICK!), and one that is about Whole Child Education - something I need to get a better understanding of. My friend Anita Hoge had suggested that I read up about Maslow, and I just got started doing that.  

    As soon as I'm done going through those 2 PDF files, I shall look into Karl Marx, and Engels. ...I REALLY want to start on putting together the pictorial video towards the fifth podcast my dad and I did some weeks back, and put that on my YouTube channel. *sigh* I'll start getting pics together next week. To hear all 5 podcasts ahead of time, before I start sharing them on this blog, you may listen them on NewGrounds: http://silverfoxjams.newgrounds.com/audio/ The first one is titled "Hello Interwebs...", and that is quite a mind boggling webisode. This conversation between my dad and I, it's quite a debut! Anything that has "Discussion Podcast" to the right are the parts of the series.

    Another way of educating oneself is through listening to certain songs through the ages that describe the various real world problems that just never cease. It's another way to show that throughout history, certain tragedies and crimes keep repeating over and over again. To quote from a lyric from a Puddle of Mudd song; "Same old shit, different day." 

    I'll pick some from my YouTube Playlist custom soundtrack to share with you all, "The Awesome Anti-NWO Soundtrack/Ultimate Soundtrack for Humanity". As I type, 249 songs in all are on it! I'm sure there's more than that out there, lol. I've found songs that are really old ones, such as those by Robert Johnson, Fela Kuti, and Billie Holiday. There's more by older musicians, and a handful that are more recent; The Offspring, Linkin Park, Staind, Michael Jackson, Muse... (Of course I put songs by Green Day on there, too. I've got about 5 or 6 songs by them on there so far!)

    Here are the 5 I'll share at random. Enjoy!

    1. Muse - "Uprising" (This band for one is AMAZING! The front man vocalist, Matt Bellamy, he's got a helluva range! Example, have you heard how him sing on their song "Supremacy"?!? Everyone in this band is so good at what they do. ...Anyways, this is a great song that calls for revolution, to resist against the tyrants who want to dumb the masses down.)

    2. Rage Against the Machine - "No Shelter" (This is one of my favorites by this band. This song tells the truth about the kind of propaganda that's been put out there to keep the many distracted and unaware of the reality outside the American Dream. The video to go along with the song to me is powerful! Warning: there's some intense imagery in this!!)

    3. The Clash - "Clampdown" (This one is a classic, describing how people have been conditioned on how to live. The lyrics are in the description box if you check this one out on the YouTube website.)

    4. The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again" (This would be another classic song! My parents and I like The Who a lot...)

    5. Lauryn Hill - "I Get Out" (She used to be in the 90's group The Fugees! [Do you remember their cover of the songs "Killing Me Softly", and Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry"?] This song is about her rebelling against the filthy bastards in the music industry. This is also her message toward the masses, to wake up and realize the reality that is the Tyrant System.)

    Haha, okay I lied about picking 5 songs. Why not choose a BONUS one?! Here you go, guys and gals; one of Green Day's songs I put onto this playlist. ;) This is one of my most favorite songs, from their Warning Album.

     

  22. Im not sure yet

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    Why cant i show whats in me?

    i feel pointing fingers.

    no thats not me!

    i want them to see!

    but who can see through concrete?

    All the while, the devil that can see,

    whispers and mutters that it knows me.

    there is one way to make yourself inside out...



    i try to write down the flow of colors

    but i hesitate, knowing that the swords

    that are my words will bring pain.

    bang bang two shots are one page.

    slice slice two limbs are gone but its complete.

    those parts of me will not again be seen...

    were the costs worth it?

    who would take that tainted meat?

    only the devil gobbles it up.

    and it is my home, the only one i will ever know.

    i throw up the colors that did not

    make it onto the pages,

    staining my skin.

     

  23. youngreendayvet
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    Last year everyone on the GDC was so supportive with our award winning student film Saving Sadie! I wanted to take this opportunity to show our gory ass short film that disturbed a lot of people!