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  1. Thread: MLB 2021

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    A good gag, and certainly something called for in...

    A good gag, and certainly something called for in light of my undoubted overreaction. For that, I certainly don’t mind apologizing and pulling back.

    So I’ll amend: any legitimate...
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    ^Good to hear. Still hoping to hear something on...

    ^Good to hear. Still hoping to hear something on haven’t heard yet from this incarnation.

    (But of course I’ll be happy with whatever is played!)
  3. Next time she and her band are in America …

    Next time she and her band are in America …
  4. Thread: MLB 2021

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    No. But the Blackhawks should and so should the...

    No. But the Blackhawks should and so should the Braves. As much as the Braves claim to do outreach in the Native American community (and they do and have had N.A. leaders in to discuss the name), it...
  5. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^That makes more sense. Thanks for the context.

    ^That makes more sense. Thanks for the context.
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    Finally listening on a decent sound system, and...

    Finally listening on a decent sound system, and I'm certainly hearing what you say. I think it works for his voice very well.

    He lacks Anderson's power (Anderson could get shout-y at times,...
  7. Thread: MLB 2021

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    Guardians? Really? What the hell are they...

    Guardians? Really? What the hell are they guarding?
  8. Thread: MLB 2021

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    Cruz to Tampa. Good move for the Rays. I imagine...

    Cruz to Tampa. Good move for the Rays. I imagine the Twins will unload a few more players in the next week.
  9. I have Ekhidna but nothing else from Mollestad. I...

    I have Ekhidna but nothing else from Mollestad. I need to fix that. Thanks for posting the review and sharing your enthusiasm.
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    I don’t have the musical knowledge to discuss how...

    I don’t have the musical knowledge to discuss how melodies are constructed. I’d certainly like to learn more about it, but I have a feeling that much of the discussion would go over my head. Is there...
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    It’s a discussion not a debate. While I disagree...

    It’s a discussion not a debate. While I disagree with some of the perspectives and reactions to this (rather trivial) event, I was happy to hear them and engage with those who expressed them.
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    Makes sense. I didn't see anything...

    Makes sense. I didn't see anything miscommunicated in the original request, but I was also familiar with the request (as has been pointed out, this isn't the first time KC has done something like...
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    What was “pissy” about the band’s response? I...

    What was “pissy” about the band’s response? I thought it was factual and reasonable, but I certainly might have misread.
  14. Thread: The Melvins

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    An acoustic Melvins double album covering their...

    An acoustic Melvins double album covering their (ahem) greatest hits?

    https://melvinsofficial.bandcamp.com/album/five-legged-dog

    Acoustic “Night Goat” can be previewed now.
  15. Thread: Iron Maiden!

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    Good news!

    Good news!
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    Close to the Wedge.

    Close to the Wedge.
  17. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^You know what would make you and all the Marlins...

    ^You know what would make you and all the Marlins fans (yes, that other guy, too—both of you!) happy?

    Trade Pablo Lopez to the Braves. Might as well throw in Thompson, too. Maybe Marte? Someone???
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    Gilde Lemon is my favorite radler. 15270 ...

    Gilde Lemon is my favorite radler.

    15270

    Bitburger makes a good one, too.

    Honeslty, though, they don't need to be fancy imports. Leneinkugel's Summer Shandy is perfectly acceptable.
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    Rather hoping that for the last show of the tour,...

    Rather hoping that for the last show of the tour, perhaps the last tour of North America, the band trot this out. I will be at that show. (If I recall, they were playing it early in the last N....
  20. Thread: MLB 2021

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    I don't think it's accepting mediocrity; it's...

    I don't think it's accepting mediocrity; it's accepting specialization.

    You don't expect a forward in hockey to play goalie, a kicker to play quarterback, a shortstop to pitch.

    Now should...
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    I thought there was more difference between a...

    I thought there was more difference between a shandy and Radler than just the name. Most of the shandies I find have more of a beer taste and, generally, higher alcohol. But I'm ok with being...
  22. Thread: Iron Maiden!

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhBnW7bZHEE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhBnW7bZHEE
  23. Thread: MLB 2021

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    You argue that the DH has somehow led to the...

    You argue that the DH has somehow led to the current pitching model we have, that because there is a DH, less is asked of pitchers. I'm curious if there is research/data to demonstrate this.
  24. Thread: MLB 2021

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    Never having to see a pitcher hit again. ...

    Never having to see a pitcher hit again. Pitchers not hurting themselves attempting to swing and run the bases.

    Most pitchers haven't hit since Little League. Putting them in the box against...
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    ^Fonta Flora out of Morganton, NC has an adjunct...

    ^Fonta Flora out of Morganton, NC has an adjunct lager they make with corn called Lake James Life. (The lime variation of it is good, too, though I'll pass on the watermelon one.) Not sure how...
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    The use their Portland location for barreling. ...

    The use their Portland location for barreling. Those aged farmhouse beers did not disappoint.



    I definitely prefer lagers and pilsners, but I've recently discovered a few pales and sessions...
  27. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^When the Minors instituted the pitch clock, I...

    ^When the Minors instituted the pitch clock, I remember thinking that there would be a generation of young pitchers who would naturally pitch faster once they go the Majors, but that doesn't seem to...
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    RF is posting images and updates from the band's...

    RF is posting images and updates from the band's rehearsals currently taking place in Tampa Bay.

    The tour starts next week. I have a ticket for the DC show in September.

    Is everyone excited?...
  29. Thread: MLB 2021

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    Agreed! Watching the Braves, it seems like they...

    Agreed! Watching the Braves, it seems like they are waiting for the someone to hit a homer. When the batter invariably strikes out, the next guy feels the pressure, chases and strikes out. Ad...
  30. Thread: MLB 2021

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    It can’t possibly ever be America’s pastime...

    It can’t possibly ever be America’s pastime again. (I’ll argue that the Internet and streaming and social media have ensured that no singular thing will ever capture America’s attention like Baseball...
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    I mean, no. But we don’t have kids. A whole bunch...

    I mean, no. But we don’t have kids. A whole bunch of shit is worth a hundred bucks when you don’t have kids.
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    Yeah, doesn't look like I can get it any better....

    Yeah, doesn't look like I can get it any better.

    Here's the menu:
    https://oxbowbeer.com/location/portland/
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    Second single from Large Plants is available for...

    Second single from Large Plants is available for pre-order on Bandcamp:
    https://largeplantsband.bandcamp.com/album/the-death-of-pliny-digital-single

    There is a full album on its way. Neither of...
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    We saw it yesterday here in Charlotte. I thought...

    We saw it yesterday here in Charlotte. I thought it was cool. Was it a gimmick? Sure.

    It's not the same as going to a museum, but it's not trying to replace (or replicate) that experience.
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    We were in Portland, Maine last weekend and,...

    We were in Portland, Maine last weekend and, holy shit, there are a lot of breweries for a city that small (65K, apparently the biggest city in Maine).

    We wound up going to Liquid Riot (decent...
  36. Thread: MLB 2021

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    And yet baseball endures and has survived much,...

    And yet baseball endures and has survived much, much worse. Landis refused to integrate, and Selig allowed the record books to be destroyed and trivialized. Manfred pales in comparison.
  37. Thread: MLB 2021

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    :) We were in Portland, Maine over the weekend...

    :)

    We were in Portland, Maine over the weekend and took in a game from the local AA team. First of all, 70 degree weather in July is awesome. I'm used to sweating through a game here in NC (or...
  38. Thread: MLB 2021

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    I think I got it. Baseball is a horrible sport...

    I think I got it. Baseball is a horrible sport run by a clown, covered by idiot announcers and played by morons who cannot adjust to a shift and who are forced to do so while wearing stupid uniforms.
  39. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^That should just about do the Braves in. Tough...

    ^That should just about do the Braves in. Tough to imagine them making a serious postseason push without Acuña. Too many injuries, too much of a shaky bullpen, too many better teams.
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    Oh. That’s nice. Thanks for posting! Very...

    Oh. That’s nice. Thanks for posting! Very melodic solo from Thunes.

    Regarding Roy Estrada: I think the less said about him, the better (though I do like his playing in the Magic Band).
  41. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^Let’s hope Acuna’s knee is ok—that’s the only...

    ^Let’s hope Acuna’s knee is ok—that’s the only line that matters from that game.
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    ^That would be something to hear. Thunes was (is)...

    ^That would be something to hear. Thunes was (is) a great player.
  43. Young addressed the price in a recent issue of...

    Young addressed the price in a recent issue of Prog (don’t ask me to remember which one). His justification was, I thought, valid. That doesn’t help fans who feel squeezed out, of course.
  44. Thread: VDGG box!

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    The selling point for me was, yes, the live album...

    The selling point for me was, yes, the live album but also fixing some of the faults with the last set of masters. Hearing this music in a brand new light is just too tempting to pass up. Unlike...
  45. Thread: MLB 2021

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    Having a villain like Bauer was, I thought, good...

    Having a villain like Bauer was, I thought, good for the sport. His antics, his loud mouth, his egotism, his posturing, his performance--it's always good to have a bad guy to root against.

    That...
  46. Thread: XTC

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    Sounds like a continuation of TC&I. ...

    Sounds like a continuation of TC&I.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=oSwUsK-8Tr8&fbclid=IwAR13HxzEBQamy3fuK6ttO9ApQtNTJ6IExbIaODbp8 npIyUFP6iGjV6UtBBA

    There's almost enough new...
  47. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^Marlins (generally speaking) have zero offense,...

    ^Marlins (generally speaking) have zero offense, but they do have a lot of pitching. They are a tough club to face and are a lot better than bottom dwellers (looking at you, Arizona) in other...
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    It’s about an hour or so of music over three...

    It’s about an hour or so of music over three separate sessions (the last with Peel).

    Interestingly enough, the first announcer introduces Andy McCulloch as the drummer, but the liner notes don’t...
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    ^Indeed! I hadn’t heard of Ventifacts.

    ^Indeed! I hadn’t heard of Ventifacts.
  50. That’s pretty darn good!

    That’s pretty darn good!
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    The BBC sessions are pretty darn good. Not sure...

    The BBC sessions are pretty darn good. Not sure if they're worth the price of admission, but a really strong group of songs (nine with a drummer, three from a Peel session with the drum machine).
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    Not seeing this on any of the usual US spots. ...

    Not seeing this on any of the usual US spots. Curious if anyone here in the States has picked it up.
  53. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^The one Charlotte Knights game we went to was...

    ^The one Charlotte Knights game we went to was just fine. Perhaps we got lucky. It was crowded, but concessions were quick.

    But I believe Scott was alluding to deeper problems in the Minors.
    ...
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    ^Yeah. I’m going to keep coming back to it, and...

    ^Yeah. I’m going to keep coming back to it, and “Water” does indeed begin the album.

    There are pix in the booklet of the various outfits the band wore while playing these songs, and Brown (more or...
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    Fist listen of the second album. There is some...

    Fist listen of the second album. There is some great music in here. I have a feeling the whole thing would’ve worked better live. Theatrics are hard to translate with audio alone. Reminds me of...
  56. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^Sort of like how the Albuquerque minor league...

    ^Sort of like how the Albuquerque minor league team is called the Isotopes, a fictional team in the Simpsons world (the Springfield based team threatened to move there).
  57. Thread: MLB 2021

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    ^We went to a Braves game last weekend. It was...

    ^We went to a Braves game last weekend. It was maddening. I was able to sit through about three innings. The rest of the seven-inning game was spent queued up for food and drink. Forget about getting...
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    Disc four is the jam sessions undertaken before...

    Disc four is the jam sessions undertaken before the first album was released. Disc five is comprised of BBC sessions.
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    Brown reflects on the various rock personalities...

    Brown reflects on the various rock personalities (including Zappa and Beefheart) he has met:
    ...
  60. Thread: MLB 2021

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    When even the PBS NewsHour is reporting on it,...

    When even the PBS NewsHour is reporting on it, you know it's a big story (I don't think there's any irony in there--I mean, I watch the NewsHour, so . . . ):

    ...
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