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My First Burning Man Experience – 2010

Burning Man 2010 Fireworks

 

The world has come to an end.

Civilization as we know it is over. And all 50,000 survivors came out to the desert to celebrate with the biggest party the human species has ever seen. That’s what Burning Man feels like. The rules and social norms you’ve lived with all your life don’t apply in this city. Black Rock City. The most amazing city on the planet that exists for only one week each year and then disappears without trace. Leaving 200 square miles of endless dust blowing over dry earth in the extreme weather without any sign of life. Nothing lives on the playa, not even spiders or scorpions or ants. Until next year…

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Music Pick of the Day – The Cure

 
The Cure – Disintegration

Music Pick of the Day - The Cure

Love Song
Pictures of You
Fascination Street
Plainsong
Untitled

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Holy fuck!
Many of my favorite bands were heavily influenced by The Cure. So many friends that I respect love The Cure. And I’ve always responded with “Yeah, they’re ok, not really into them.”
I only just heard “Disintegration”. Wow! Now I understand. This is truly epic.
This is the spacier, darker, prettier side of The Cure.
If this album didn’t happen in 1989 I think music today would be worse.

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Music Pick of the Day – Does It Offend You, Yeah?

 
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into

Music Pick of the Day - Does It Offend You, Yeah?

With A Heavy Heart (I Regret to Inform You)
We Are Rockstars
Dawn of the Dead
Doomed Now
Epic Last Song

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These guys are definitely one of the best electro house indie 80s new wave synth-pop punk metal hardcore raver break-beat bands out there. Yeah, this album is ALL OVER the place. Nothing is consistent here except insanity and genius. I am SO impressed. I think the album title just about sums it up. It’s not that these different styles haven’t been done before, but their attitude and take on everything is fresh, so unique and so much fun. “Does it Offend You, Yeah?” is definitely not for everyone, and even my first jarring impression left me wondering what the fuck is wrong with these maniacs. I forced myself to try and figure out just how anyone could actually enjoy this (an exercise I often do with adored bands I’m not feeling) until it quickly grew on me to the point where I felt bored with everything else. The only song here I still just can’t get into is “Attack of the 60ft Lesbian Octopus”; it’s too ‘eating paint and bouncing off the walls’ for me. Some of the songs here do sound like they’d fit right into place on The Killers’ “Hot Fuss” album, but those pieces are excellent and much better than what the Killers are putting out lately anyway.
This album slams with a sledgehammer, and yet it maintains a high level of subtlety and sophistication, while it incites rebellious disobedience, out of control slam dancing, and a deep philosophical reexamination of the purpose of music.
I can’t wait for their next album due out hopefully sometime this year.
(Free tip for guys: If your romantic overtures aren’t working and some girl is giving you a lot of shit; change up the mood, put this cd on loud starting with track 2 [“With a Heavy Heart”] and she’ll know not to fuck around anymore) ;)

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Music Pick of the Day – Silversun Pickups

 
Silversun Pickups – Swoon

Music Pick of the Day – Silversun Pickups

Panic Switch
There’s No Secrets This Year
The Royal We
Growing Old is Getting Old
Sort Of

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My generation had so much awesome rock music offered in the early-mid 90s, until the embarrassing wave of angst hip hop nu-metal swept in and destroyed the scene in the late 90s/early 2000s courtesy of limp bizkit and linkin park. Thank god that’s over thanks to the help of Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes and The Killers. Sure this new crop of alternative rock bands these days are very derivative from decades past, but many of them are exceptional, they have a fresh modern take on things, and whatever, at least rap metal is gone.

I’m enjoying this trend of revitalizing the styles of music from generations before mine. But it feels strange to hear new music derivative of the rock I grew up on in the 90s. Wait, that’s not an older style now is it?
Feels weird, but I can’t help it, I’m mesmerized by the new Silversun Pickups album “Swoon”. If this exact album was labeled Smashing Pumpkins, everyone would be screaming about what a fucking genius Billy Corgan still is. Unfortunately Billy’s now passed his prime, out of touch, putting out worthless music, severely harming the Pumpkins phenomenal legacy. Sad to watch a genius get old and lose it. Time to admit the students are now surpassing their teachers.

We’ve all heard the big single “Panic Switch” everywhere, and yeah that is their best song, but the rest of the album is great.

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