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  1. My friend and former band mate of many years...

    My friend and former band mate of many years almost died a few days ago. He somehow had a bad reaction to a high blood pressure medication that he's been on for 10+ years. It happened in the...
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    How about Birds and Buildings "Bantam To...

    How about Birds and Buildings "Bantam To Behemoth"? Similar vibe, but somehow it seems (to me) like a better entry point into the Dan Britton world.
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    Sticky: That's exactly what we call the ones from...

    That's exactly what we call the ones from Massachusetts. :)
  4. I am not really qualified to even attempt to...

    I am not really qualified to even attempt to answer the question in the OP, but for me I think even continued refinements and tweaks as well as incorporation of modern sounds and recording methods...
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    Sticky: We've continued to have very low numbers here in...

    We've continued to have very low numbers here in Vermont, but over the last couple of weeks we've seen an increasing influx of out-of-staters. Tons of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New...
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    Haken - Carousel (from the new album Virus)

    Haken - Carousel (from the new album Virus)
  7. I was just reading about this and apparently 120...

    I was just reading about this and apparently 120 F is not hot enough to kill the bacteria. According to this article the bacteria will die within 5 to 6 hours at 131 F. What I read also confirmed...
  8. For some reason I like washing the dishes by hand...

    For some reason I like washing the dishes by hand most of the time. Half the time they don't get that clean in the dishwasher, but that's mostly due to improper loading. No, I don't push the button...
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    I ordered the CD from Bandcamp and I've had it...

    I ordered the CD from Bandcamp and I've had it for a while now.
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    Yes, I'd say I got more mileage this time -...

    Yes, I'd say I got more mileage this time - mostly in terms of gaining an appreciation of the songwriting. I heard it a bit differently today.

    Listening to "Friendship" right now. Yeah, this is...
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    Revisiting Lamentations right now. I was a bit...

    Revisiting Lamentations right now. I was a bit turned off to a few tunes because this came out at the time when Rikard was favoring a heavier approach (like on The Void) and I was not particularly...
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    :)

    :)
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    I thought Lino popped in here sometime within the...

    I thought Lino popped in here sometime within the last 6 months or so. Did I imagine that?
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    Yes, definitely different playing styles and...

    Yes, definitely different playing styles and sounds from Rasmus and Robert. Just not that crazy about how Rasmus is mixed in the last couple of album, but it's not terrible by any means.

    Very...
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    You can't free up 3 minutes?

    You can't free up 3 minutes?
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    Listening on some cheap headphones at work I...

    Listening on some cheap headphones at work I don't have a problem with this mix. At least I can hear everything clearly. On the last couple Gungfly albums I always felt like the bass was doing some...
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    Sticky: Wife's boss had it, but I haven't heard of any...

    Wife's boss had it, but I haven't heard of any lasting effects. On the other hand she wouldn't necessarily know since she talks to him as little as possible.
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    Sticky: I had lunch (outdoors at a picnic table) with a...

    I had lunch (outdoors at a picnic table) with a good friend and former band mate yesterday. I love the guy like another little brother, but damn ... he's completely into the conspiracy theory stuff....
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    There's a bit of Randy's playing near the end of...

    There's a bit of Randy's playing near the end of this, not to mention some other amazing players:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MWZrlYANIo
  20. Not that much has changed in my little piece of...

    Not that much has changed in my little piece of the world and the same goes for my music buying and listening.
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    I listened this this quite a lot while working on...

    I listened this this quite a lot while working on projects in the garage this weekend. It's always great when your sander has a speed control so you can tune it to the key of the song you're...
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    McStine & Minnemann Really nice album. Catchy...

    McStine & Minnemann

    Really nice album. Catchy stuff with lots of creative depth.
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    Sticky: Here in central Vermont we had more fireworks...

    Here in central Vermont we had more fireworks than ever. It has been super dry here, but then we finally had some substantial rainfall starting about a week ago. One local town where we would be...
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    Sticky: Only made-up narratives are not hoaxes these days.

    Only made-up narratives are not hoaxes these days.
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    Sticky: Well the virus is here and has been for some time...

    Well the virus is here and has been for some time but infection rates have been low. We had our initial spike and now things appear to have settled for the time being. Just look at where VT is on...
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    Sticky: Very low numbers here in Vermont, but one wonders...

    Very low numbers here in Vermont, but one wonders for how long?

    Meanwhile, home sales here are going crazy while out-of-staters try to buy homes here in this "safe" area. There are bidding wars...
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    I find both albums to be near perfection. For...

    I find both albums to be near perfection.

    For me, Maneige doesn't even come close, but I keep trying.
  28. I was going to pick up a couple things but could...

    I was going to pick up a couple things but could not get the connection to PayPal to go through while at work. Tried two different browsers. Maybe the IT department blocked it for some reason.
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    Sticky: I was in the auto parts store today. There were...

    I was in the auto parts store today. There were signs plastered all over the doors mentioning that masks were required. I was among the approximately 40% wearing one. No idea why they were not...
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    Sticky: Thanks for sharing that perspective! Very...

    Thanks for sharing that perspective! Very interesting.
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    I have no idea either, but I caught a clip from...

    I have no idea either, but I caught a clip from this interview and this guy says similar things about the whole Helter Skelter thing undermining the '60s counterculture. Supposedly Charles Manson...
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    Sticky: I think it was pretty obvious some posts were...

    I think it was pretty obvious some posts were political and that's what got them removed, a couple of my own were among them (I did try to keep them short at least). My only regret was that I...
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    Sticky: I think, for the most part, those four "VS"...

    I think, for the most part, those four "VS" dualisms are not really either/or situations, but are continuums along which we need to find some balance. Neither extreme is likely to be completely...
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    Sticky: Nicely put!

    Nicely put!
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    This one is definitely on my radar. I just got...

    This one is definitely on my radar. I just got an email from a guy at work who I was working with this earlier this week. We have both been at the company over 19 years but had never met. We...
  36. You beat me to it. I came here just to make...

    You beat me to it. I came here just to make (essentially) that comment. You're not necessarily paying for those empty seats as much as the price simply ensures there will be empty seats. Such is...
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    ^^^ I want all those EHX pedals. Maybe...

    ^^^ I want all those EHX pedals. Maybe someday....
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    I just got a Boss ES-5 loop switcher for my...

    I just got a Boss ES-5 loop switcher for my guitar pedals. It took me quite a while just to take apart my old pedal board and wire everything up to the boss unit. I've set up only a couple of very...
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    Sticky: I guess I didn't give much indication that my...

    I guess I didn't give much indication that my comment was somewhat facetious, but I did figure that moderating this place could be a pain at times. As you say though, PE is awesome compared to so...
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    Sticky: True, but in the case of colleges and...

    True, but in the case of colleges and universities the endowments are often only allowed to trickle out at a certain pace. They can't be adjusted on the fly to deal with something like a pandemic.
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    Sticky: I would think that might happen just about every...

    I would think that might happen just about every day while moderating this forum.
  42. That's pretty much how I feel. And that's a...

    That's pretty much how I feel. And that's a great point about there not being a ton of wankery. I like that this is more on the stripped-down and composed side of things. The pristine recording...
  43. One of the things I like about it the pristine...

    One of the things I like about it the pristine (aka sterile) sound.
  44. Fantastic album. Really enjoying this one.

    Fantastic album. Really enjoying this one.
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    Sticky: It's really hard to understand what this might...

    It's really hard to understand what this might mean. It seems to be implied that you can get the virus again, but the article doesn't really say that. It also doesn't say if those who have been...
  46. They've joined the choir invisible.

    They've joined the choir invisible.
  47. You sure they were dead and not just resting?

    You sure they were dead and not just resting?
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    Sticky: Just trying to be objective here. I'm basically...

    Just trying to be objective here. I'm basically in agreement with the above quote from the article, but just because no similar petition was circulated concerning Biden doesn't mean he necessarily...
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    Sticky: Absolutely. There are more points I could make...

    Absolutely. There are more points I could make here, but I'll let it rest.
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    Sticky: I think this might just be a matter of opinion. ...

    I think this might just be a matter of opinion. I have seen some things that have me doubting. I'm not going to post them here because this is already probably going to be considered political by...
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    Sticky: You gotta wonder how people carrying weapons...

    You gotta wonder how people carrying weapons massing next to a state capital and not experiencing any arrests or repercussions consider themselves "not free".
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    Very sad, Kelly. My condolences. RIP Keith.

    Very sad, Kelly. My condolences. RIP Keith.
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    Sticky: Yesterday was a weird day. I mean, I'm...

    Yesterday was a weird day. I mean, I'm completely fine and feeling very fortunate, but for one thing there was an active shooter alarm at my work. I had the day off, but I heard about it when I was...
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    Sticky: I got so tired of my own personal echo chamber on...

    I got so tired of my own personal echo chamber on Facebook that I started following several people with whom I vehemently disagree (politically) and ended up having meaningful and respectful dialog...
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    Sticky: It's tempting to post an essay or two here that...

    It's tempting to post an essay or two here that address this sort of antagonism and suggests solutions, but I'm sure it would be deemed political despite attempting to be balanced.

    I'm tempted to...
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    Personally my favorite lyric from YM is "forever...

    Personally my favorite lyric from YM is "forever is a long, long time".
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    Never heard the Alcatrazz stuff, but I'd suggest...

    Never heard the Alcatrazz stuff, but I'd suggest just the first two Rising Force albums and quit there.
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    Loved that "Yes shreds" video. Particularly the...

    Loved that "Yes shreds" video. Particularly the crickets. :D
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    I'm sure Jesus could really nail some difficult...

    I'm sure Jesus could really nail some difficult licks.
  60. A YouTube guitar teacher rants about Phish

    Is it just me or is this video kind of amusing? Reminds me of the old "hey, I'm just helping this band with a little exposure" argument from 20 years ago.

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