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2 days ago
JMac
What are the rules that govern deletion? If I were Andrew, I'd answer: there are no rules. There needn't be any rules. I delete anything that rubs me the wrong way, depending on circumstance, tone, reaction from other posters, topic, repeat offenders, and many many other subjectivities. I find that Andrew is very lenient overall. There are tons of overly moderated forums that have irked
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5 days ago
JMac
Don't mean to hijack Patiscat's thread, but I'm finally giving the album it's first spins and...I don't like it much. I'm trying to! It has a couple of strong songs, like 'What You Get' and the single, but overall feels like loads of filler. Even opener 'Bang', which could've been really solid, is ruined by a stupid chorus 'Bang bang banging around banging around the world'...really? Andre
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7 days ago
JMac
Andrew, maybe the secret to making the paywall work is to make the cost low enough to where people don't think twice about it. So you get a low price / high volume combination, instead of higher price with lower volume and exposure.
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13 days ago
JMac
For those of you who havent heard it, the album is now up on YouTube, just search Gotthard Bang and limit results to within the last week. Someone put the songs up.
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13 days ago
JMac
A new song, Jump the Gun, is up on YouTube (well, a preview) and like most of the others, it left me cold. The duet sounds iffy, too. Only the single so far works for me...in addition to 'What You Get', as Peter mentions (though I've only heard the YouTube preview shown from Wisseloord studios). My expectations have been suitably adjusted.
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15 days ago
JMac
Pffft....an obtuse and idiotic decision. Cutting off your nose to spite your face. They're imposing on the consumer on the grounds that their artistic vision needs to be forcibly taken in the exact way they think it should be. It's self-indulgent and rigid, and will hurt their sales tremendously. So be it; consumers will respond accordingly. I'm all for audiophiles and those who are so
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16 days ago
JMac
I usually disagree with quibbles on Andrew's reviews because it's all so subjective. But I kind of agree with Pressure in this case. The wording seems lukewarm on the album overall, and with the exception of the single and the closing track, there always seems to be a 'but' for most tracks 'the chorus didn't grab me', 'this one is filler", "not one of the album's best moments"
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17 days ago
JMac
Good one! You know what would've been hilarious? If the frontpage had been full of actual boyband news...samples from the new One Direction, dates for the new Justin Bieber tour, details on the O-Town reunion, etc.
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26 days ago
JMac
Wow, I'm shocked that I beat Patiscat to the punch...imagine that! Here are the first previews I've been able to find (other than the single) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvFjcZyRr4o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ic2h_0DE3M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA0havV7d_o
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26 days ago
JMac
Amazing thread, Bruce. Unbelievable stuff! Good on ya for not giving up on the melodic rock world entirely (or the human race, for that matter...wow).
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4 weeks ago
JMac
Hi folks, I don't really care about the Tommy controversy either way, but in related news...the new Rachele Royale track, produced by Mutt Lange, is out today on iTunes. Titled 'R U Chicken'. The title made me fear the worst, and yes, it's really bad. I thought Hush was ok if you consider what it was supposed to be, a high-tech, mass market, piece of Katy Perry style bubblegum. 'R
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4 weeks ago
JMac
While I'm at it, the Van Halen rant in this article is spot on. Nothing we dont know, but the Roth interview is interesting: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-absurd-reasons-musicians-have-been-fired-from-famous-bands_p2/
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4 weeks ago
JMac
Not super relevant, but amusing: http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-famous-bands-we-wrongly-hated-when-they-tried-to-change/
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4 weeks ago
JMac
Hi folks, I've been trying to purchase this on iTunes, but it has only been released in the Swiss store...per someone's recommendation here, I changed the country, but it still won't allow me to purchase unless my payment method has a Swiss address. Does anyone know a way around this? Thanks!
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4 weeks ago
JMac
I can't find it on iTunes or Amazon! Help! Any links or other retailers that might have it?
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4 weeks ago
JMac
Throw us a bone, Patrick!!
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5 weeks ago
JMac
Wow, the crowd sucks. Maybe because it's not a proper concert and theyre there for other reasons. A few folks quietly clapping or whatever, but no hands in the air, no general movement, no excitement. Well, until the ovation at the end.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
Everyone wants something for nothing! In this case a LOT of something! I'm sure Brian will bitterly find something else to blame.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
Aaaah...dying to hear soundclips! Go forth and get us some clips, Patiscat! You're the resident Gotthardian, after all...
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7 weeks ago
JMac
It's too much to hope that he learned that it's his doing, and not people's (un)willingness to support him...isn't it?
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7 weeks ago
JMac
I'd love that, too, but the new tracks they recorded for their last Best Of a few years ago were underwhelming. Also, Alan Frew's solo stuff has not been that great and extraordinarily mellow...closer to adult contemporary. I don't know if they have another great album in them.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
This album is one of the best I've heard in the last 10 years. And this is from someone who has never been a big fan. I've felt that each of his albums had a few ok-to-good tracks, but didn't understand the Andrew-type super fans. TOo much filler. And I knew that many of Rick's fans are the housewife sycophants who love him from his teen heartthrob days, soaps, etc. Well, I was dead wrong.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
For those of us who are uninitiated, what would 2 or 3 good songs t check out their 'flavor'be?
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7 weeks ago
JMac
For those of us who are uninitiated, what would 2 or 3 good songs t check out their 'flavor'be?
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2 months ago
JMac
Very sad, because I'm a fan and would have loved to support him (like many people on here). But for that to happen, he would need to set a reasonable goal, and I would also appreciate it if he didn't rip me off in exchange for my support!! $40 for a digital copy?? Just so it goes for $10 on Amazon when released? No thanks! How much does it cost Brian to send someone a digital copy?? W
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2 months ago
JMac
Interesting development! What a lineup, huh? Very, very strong. I think the Achilles heel is that it's in Italy...I'm sure Italy has its share of MR fans, but the vast majority would be flying in from other countries. I totally get why this would be the case because the label is Italian, and it must be cheaper for them to manage it from their home turf. That said, in terms of attendees, w
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2 months ago
JMac
Here's the first part, you wotn want to miss it...it shows a clearer picture of how he fights Superman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx6l39BR_FM
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2 months ago
JMac
My #1 concern with the upcoming movie has nothing to do with the actors, though - it's the writing. Snyder is hit-and-miss (Sucker Punch, anyone? Great visuals, shit movie, critically panned and commercially unsuccessful). But he can be ok. The issue is that WB has placed the writing in the hands of David Goyer, who has an abysmal track record. Sure, you could point to the Dark Knight
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2 months ago
JMac
Hey Ramsay, Irons is an amazing actor...I just hope he can insert emotion into Alfred, because his parental side is important. He may be a bit too dry, but great choice overall. Like Troy said, Batman has beat Superman in the comics. Superman is godlike, but Batman is incredibly crafty. Here's a scene of how it's done in Frank Miller's the Dark Knight Returns (spoilers for the comic,
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2 months ago
JMac
Hey Johnny, I'm interested in the limited edition; how do I get my hands on one through you? I think your challenge will be marketing it, but that's it. Once you have it up in digital, easy to buy formats on various platforms, then you have to break down all the angles on how to spread the word - grass roots through the people who supported the project (and therefore have a stake in its su
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