Wednesday, February 12, 2020

OT: 2020 US Presidential Election and SWING STATES importance


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270 Electoral College Votes Wins the Election

The Democratic Candidate needs to win 79 of the below 156 Electoral College Votes
Trump needs to win 88 of the below 156 Electoral College Votes

12 Swing States hold 156 Electoral College Votes.
29 Florida
20 Pennsylvania
18 Ohio
16 Michigan
15 North Carolina
13 Virginia
10 Minnesota
10 Wisconsin
9 Colorado
6 Iowa
6 Nevada
4 New Hampshire

38 Non-Swing States hold 382 Electoral College Votes. If all vote as their recent/expected Partisan history would suggest.

The number of votes and States listed below.

Blue = Democrat
Red = Republican

55 California
38 Texas
29 New York
20 Illinois
16 Georgia
14 New Jersey
12 Washington
*11 Arizona
11 Indiana
11 Massachusetts
11 Tennessee
10 Maryland
10 Missouri
9 Alabama
8 Kentucky
8 Louisiana
7 Connecticut
7 Oklahoma
7 Oregon
6 Arkansas 
6 Kansas 
6 Mississippi 
6 Utah
5 Nebraska 
5 New Mexico
5 West Virginia
4 Hawaii
4 Idaho 
4 Maine
4 Rhode Island
3 Alaska
3 Delaware
3 District of Columbia
3 Montana
3 North Dakota
3 South Dakota
3 Vermont
3 Wyoming

= 538 Total electoral college votes

*Arizona among a few States not listed as a Swing State, but "could go either way" per Per

16 Democrat States and 191 Electoral College Votes
55 California
29 New York
20 Illinois
14 New Jersey
12 Washington
11 Massachusetts
10 Maryland
7 Connecticut
7 Oregon
5 New Mexico
4 Hawaii
4 Maine
4 Rhode Island
3 Delaware
3 District of Columbia
3 Vermont

22 Republican States and 182 Electoral College Votes
38 Texas
16 Georgia
*11 Arizona
11 Indiana
11 Tennessee
10 Missouri
9 Alabama
8 Kentucky
8 Louisiana
7 Oklahoma
6 Arkansas 
6 Kansas 
6 Mississippi 
6 Utah
5 Nebraska 
5 West Virginia
4 Idaho 
3 Alaska
3 Montana
3 North Dakota
3 South Dakota
3 Wyoming

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ranking the Rush Albums

Pete Pardo with Sea of Tranquility posted a ranking of the Rush Albums and asked for others in the comments.

So here's mine. the 1st 14 are quite close, which speaks as much for their quality and consistency as anything else.

1. Hemispheres 2. A Farewell to Kings 3. Permanent Waves 4. 2112 5. Grace Under Pressure 6. Caress of Steel 7. Moving Pictures 8. Signals 9. Power Windows 10. Presto 11. Hold Your Fire 12. Counterparts 13. Fly By Night 14. Rush 15. Roll the Bones 16. Clockwork Angels 17. Vapor Trails 18. Test for Echo 19. Snakes and Arrows

Friday, January 31, 2020

Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea (2019-2020)

 the 1st single, the 10+minute "Silent Genesis"

very The Dark Third-like. 1st few minutes sound like Aeropause pt 2 in some ways.

Not a stretch, but with Dirt Poor Robins Dead Horse, Alaska coming, this may be a co-favorite for an AotY, but we'll see.

 Preorders (both Digital and Physical)


The duo say in a statement: “We stuck to our manifesto of no musical boundaries and the result was Eupnea. 
“We return to a more progressive sound with ferocious guitars, thunderous drums and the stacked harmonies that give us our signature sound. We're excited to begin playing it live.”

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Some news πŸ™Š:
Pure Reason Revolution announce ‘Eupnea’; their first studio album in nearly 10 years

Last year, Jon Courtney and ChloΓ« Alper reunited the much-loved Pure Reason Revolution, playing their first show in close to eight years at Midsummer Prog Festival and performing their debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in full. Today they are excited to announce the release of ‘Eupnea’, their first new studio album in nearly 10 years, for the 3rd of April 2020.

1. New Obsession
2. Silent Genesis
3. Maelstrom
4. Ghosts and Typhoons
5. Beyond Our Bodies
6. Eupnea

6 tracks? EPICS???????? πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Thursday, January 30, 2020


Sometimes I feel like everyone doing what I love is better than me at it.

But I often try to think if they are doing this, why the fuck can't I?

What the fuck happens to us when we die?

Did I live dozens of previous lives, I just don't have a memory of them?

It's creation/formation and The Big Bang's cosmic joke?

Or are we just like all other life forms we know of, we just change to dust and all the time we spent alive was just a passing of time, and we're just gone/changed/transferred with no memory of what happened when we were alive in the human body we were in before?

it's shit like this that never goes away and frustrates me everyday.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


So, it's not 3 months later, but my A1C number is down to 7.5.

And the Educator gave me the go to stop Insulin (at least for now).

I never mentioned the Blood Clot in my leg (which happened not long after the ER visit), which seems kind of status quo, not bad, but not ideal. The Blood Thinner I'm on, I'm to take at least until March. At that point, i may need another ultrasound and to see the Hematologist again.

I also am having Heartburn/Acid Reflux, although ever since lowering the Metformin to 2 500mg per day, it's been less frequent. Tums though is very short/limited relief. I'm having an Echo Heart test in a few weeks.

It's not been easy, but I am getting used to it.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Neil Peart ...never forget..

Suddenly, you were gone
From all the lives you left your mark upon
I remember
How we talked and drank into the misty dawn
I hear the voices
We ran by the water on the wet summer lawn
I see the footprints
I remember
I feel the way you would
I feel the way you would
Tried to believe but you know it's no good
This is something that just can't be understood
I remember
The shouts of joy, skiing fast through the woods
I hear the echoes
I learned your love for life
I feel the way that you would
I feel your presence
I remember
I feel the way you would
This just can't be understood

Friday, January 3, 2020

2000-2009: Top 15 Albums Ranked

Life is short, no time to write blurbs nor actually make THE list from this decade I need to, right now.

But I only would suspect the 1970's would have as formidable a list, both from a top 15 here, or a Top 150.

Which now saying that, that might make a cool challenge.

1970's Albums vs 2000's albums (vs 1990's? or 1980's which I would be shocked if the 80's compared. The 80's though would do exceptional if comparing fantastic pop songs, which maybe that could be for another comparison/competition later?).

Oh, many of these albums I've written about and listed often to varying degrees, but they still all warrant novel-like write ups again or for the 1st time someday soon.

Maybe in the short-term though, this 1970's List vs 2000's List, 150 or so albums? could be a really fun thing to make.

Time and priorities of course is what it may take to do....

1. Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of the True

2. Apes and Androids - Blood Moon

3. dredg - El Cielo

4. Ours - Distorted Lullabies

5. Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element I

6. The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse

7. Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV: Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

8. Kaddisfly - Set Sail the Prairie

9. The Dear Hunter - Act II: The Meaning of and All Things Regarding Ms.Leading

10. Marillion - Marbles

11. Between the Buried and Me - Colors

12. Menomena - I am the Fun Blame Monster

13. Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever

14. maudlin of the Well - Bath/Leaving Your Body Map

15. Bend Sinister - Stories of Brothers, Tales of Lovers

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Return of TOKYO JIHEN!

Clip on YouTube, and the whole new track "The Unchosen People" can be streamed via the links here

I read 1 or 2 comments on 1 of the Facebook groups kind dogging this new tune. I don't love it, but find it okay.

I guess I am very happy they are back together and hope this 1st track is just a sample of what may be coming in 2020 from the return of Tokyo Jihen aka Tokyo Incident.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Favorite Television Shows 2010-2019

Not a lot of details to add about many of these shows at this time. But I can say now looking back at the last decade, there have been a lot of good shows that are all-time favorites of mine like Breaking Bad, Psych and The Big Bang Theory. However the common coined term the current age of being "The Golden Age of Television" I really don't agree with at all.

At least in comparing it to other times like the 80's especially or even the 2000's.

I think it may be the most dramatic change in TV in terms of now having Streaming services and Internet shows/specials, etc.

And of course modern technology and what can be done with effects of course, that happens/improves with each era.

American Housewife
Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad
Burn Notice
Dead to Me
Doctor Who
Electric Dreams
Everything Sucks!
Fresh off the Boat
Gilmore Girls (A Year in the Life)
How I Met Your Mother
Marvel's Runaways
Party Down
Royal Pains
Stranger Things
The Big Bang Theory
The End of the Fucking World
The Expanse
The Goldbergs
The Good Guys
The Orville
Veronica Mars (HULU Revival Series)
White Collar
Young Sheldon

If I had to rank a top 10+?

1. Breaking Bad
2. The Big Bang Theory
3. Psych
4. The Goldbergs
5. Better Call Saul
6. Stranger Things
7. Rubicon
8. Westworld
9. The Orville
10. The Good Guys
11. Party Down
12. Superstore
13. Everything Sucks
14. The Expanse
15. Electric Dreams

Monday, December 23, 2019

Favorite 2010-2019 Movies

No time, no blurbs, images, trailers, etc.

Hardly a complete list, not even ranked.

Someday if/when I ever do have time, I'll want to update this and find a lot of INDEPENDENT FILMS I'm missing (A24 THOUGH? SAVE FOR THE LOBSTER, NONE OF THEIR FILMS HAVE COMPARED TO MANY OF THE GREAT INDEPEDENT SCIFI OF THE 80'S, 90'S AND 2000'S)

The Ghost Writer
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Winter's Bone
Everything Must Go
Even the Rain
Sound of Noise
God Bless America
The Sessions
It's a Disaster
Wreck-It Ralph
The East
Begin Again
Short Term 12
Guardians of the Galaxy
Love and Mercy
The Lego Movie
Victoria/My Name is Victoria
The Lobster
Inside Out
Sing Street

Thursday, December 19, 2019

REACT TO: Jordan Blum's Top 10 Progressive Rock Concept Albums


Jordan Blum is someone I interact with frequently on Social Media and he writes for an extensive list of webzines, which Consequence of Sound being one he's been writing for often of late.

And he posted something like 2 or 3 weeks ago about writing an article about the Top 10 Prog Concept Albums, which per the link above, he finally had published.

The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed (1967)
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972)
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)
Dream Theater - Scenes from a Memory (1999)
Spock's Beard - Snow (2002)
Ayreon - The Human Equation (2004)
Gazpacho - Night (2007)
Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon (2007)
The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional (2016)

I like many records on Jordan's list, namely the Tull, The Dear Hunter, Genesis and Dream Theater.

Phideaux I enjoy and would place still as my favorite record from him.

The Moodies record is a concept album? I guess I never realized that. It is probably their most well known (for "Nights in White Satin" alone), and often regarded as a favorite.

The Wall? said it many times before, it's overrated both musically and probably more so, the concept/story. I do still enjoy a lot of it, per I do love Floyd.

Ayreon and Gazpacho are not bands I've ever gotten into. I know many do though, but so be it. Jordan must love those albums a lot.

Now I sort of did a React To a similar list back in 2016 here, but I didn't compile 10 (or even 15), but just 4. And that list was just "Concept Albums" which the percent of concept albums that are not loosely considered progressive rock/metal is probably a small percentage.

Every record below I has a great flow and theme(s) that seem to give them something greater than the sum of their parts.

Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick (1972)

Epic flow, themes, riffs, and goose-bump moments to look forward to all are reasons I love this record to bits.

Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)

Floyd doing prog. Dark lyrically, but gorgeous harmonically and arrangement-wise. The piano, wah-wah guitar effects and atmosphere is like no other Floyd record. It's also a big fuck you to the different social sects society.

King's X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989)

Fantasy story with incredible dynamics and variations on styles. King's X never got more creative musically or even lyrically in a lot of ways.

Marillion - Brave (1994)

The saddest most dark-emotional charged music Marillion ever made. The story, while fictional, is unbelievably sympathetic. This is basically fetal-position music for every life-form on the planet.

Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of Gray (1997)

A telling of life's memories and regrets, trying to go through therapy by recalling what you did or could have done. It's a masterwork in composition of 1 extended piece that last as long as 10, but feels incomplete without all the parts.

Jim Matheos fuck you to the single/hit making music industry that they never were or should have needed to be a part of.

Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element I (2000)

A child's mental health, brought in by an enormous range of emotions, darkness and beauty. Schizophrenic tones that work like clockwork.

Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of the True (2000)

A fictional story that draws largely on Kevin Gilbert's experience at becoming, being, and dealing with the perils and downfalls of being a Rockstar.

A classic story arc that represents far too many experiences with the entertainment industry.
"15 minutes of fame" "Overnight Success."

Which in a lot of ways also represents LIFE's challenges.

dredg - El Cielo (2002)

A mesmerizing collection of stories of the trauma of sleep paralysis.  The melancholy is so sympathetic throughout many of the moments on here, it's impossible not forget.

"Art" and "Artwork" find many layers and meanings here.

The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse (2005)

An epic trip into a criminal's dream(s) escaping from incarceration, only to find it to be not their death, but transition/ascension to another plane.

Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (2005)

A writer's experience going through therapy from crafting a story about the experiences from failed relationships.

Kaddisfly - Set Sail the Prairie (2007)

An adventure through the calendar year and present time (century(s)) of the planet's evolution.
The weather/climate months and seasons are represented with each track, one can only feel like the time frame on the calendar year, just noticing the differences (per "Snowflakes" in December vs "Campfire" in July).

Apes and Androids - Blood Moon (2008)

The River Empires - Epilogue (2010)

The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum (2011)

Pepe Deluxe - Queen of the Wave (2012)

Sunday, December 8, 2019

2010-2019: 2010 Favorite Tracks (Prelims)

Here's 2010

1 track per release from my-then End of Year list. I didn't pick a track from every album though.

This is just a CURATED SAMPLING.

With more time of course I would add links and maybe artwork (perhaps for the final list?)

The River Empires - Three Tigers
Lehto and Wright - Betsy Bell and Mary Gray
Janelle Monae - BaBopByeYa
Cloud Cult - Room Full of People In Your Head
Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul
Menomena - Killemall
Warpaint - Undertow
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Emanuel and the Fear - Jimme's Song
Jazzkamikaze - Music is My Heroin
Oceansize - Silent/Transparent
Pure Reason Revolution - Open Insurrection
Everything Everything - MY KZ, UR BF
The Reign of Kindo - Out of Sight, Out of Mind
22- Gotodo
Anathema - Angels Walk Among Us
Timmy Sean - Can't Stop the World
Timbre - I Will Go Plant Little Flowers
The Apples in Stereo - No Vacation
Distrails - My Child
The Gloomcatcher - The Rising Cain
Dead Letter Circus - The Drum
Annuals - Loxstep

Saturday, December 7, 2019

A-Z: Clann ZΓΊ

Clann ZΓΊ  an Australian band who I 1st was told about on the dredg fans forum "Traversing" around 2007 when some discussion about Kiss Kiss was happening and there was a comparison.

I also discovered the American band Murder By Death per that discussion if i recall correctly.

Clann ZΓΊ were a band who had this very unique vocalist named Declan de Barra and combined Western folk tones with dynamics really well.

They only released 2 full length albums, Rua and Black Coates and Bandages. I waiver which one I prefer, as they are both pretty close to equally good. Rua the debut album (2002? or 2000? RYM and Wiki show different years) I suppose would be my choice if I had to pick.

"'Zu" as they have been called, use of piano violin really standout to me at times. And I would call it "Post Rock" of a kind, but with much emphasis on the vocals as the atmospheric instrumentation.

Declan de Barra has done solo music I know of, and I recall liking, but never loving. But the last time I listened to it was probably close to 10 years ago or more. I guess he resides in Los Angeles and he may be involved in other music that I probably should look into soon.

edit: Declan de Barra is a SCREENWRITER in Hollywood per Wiki, he's written for some TV like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals among others. Weird.

a bit of an Andy Sturmer thing there (Jellyfish had 2 albums like Clann ZΓΊ), although Andy I guess does music? in Hollywood.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ours - From Where You Are

omg this song is unbelievably good!

This is what I would assume is a tune from Spectacular Sight III which an updated entry I posted last year would suggest otherwise, however that was when it was only going to be a single disc. SS is likely to be a double and that along with waiting to release it may now have had Jimmy add/edit/reconfigure the track list.

Regardless, this sounds like an Ours classic. The melody or theme is maybe a little repetitive, but the emotion in it is so rich, it only helps bring out its power and beauty.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Black Friday Record Store Day 2019 + Others

Mostly about Black Friday Record Store Day 2019, and mostly the Wife's stuff. But some cool stuff and a bit of a story/commentary.

um, yeah the weight I lost looks almost creepy in this video, but it makes sense I suppose given what I am going through right now.

Given i am on PTO this week, I may make some more videos depending on time.

The Monkees - Christmas Party Plus! Tuxedo - Get the Money! feat. Ceelo Green / Own Thang feat. Toni! Tony! Tone Lizzo - Coconut Oil Janet Jackson - Control the Remixes The Family Crest 2/13/20 (ticket) (Mentioned: Dirt Poor Robins - The Raven Locks CD) (Mentioned: The Family Crest - The War: Act II) Foals - Everything Saved will Not Be Lost Part 2 Typhoon - White Lighter Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pacifisticuffs