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2017 New Music

15 February 2017 - 06:06 AM

Figured I would actually make a new thread here for a change haha. This is a place to discuss anything about music that comes out this year - your favorite songs/albums that have come out, anything you're excited for that's coming out, any concerts you're planning on going to this year, etc. I'm hoping we can have a bit more discussion here than we typically get out of the what are you listening to thread.


Anyways, I'll start. The start of the year has been pretty slow but there have finally been some good albums starting to come out! I've been obsessing over this new Teen Daze album. Really beautiful ambient indie stuff.



I've been digging the new Sampha album a lot too. At its core its some really well-produced R&B, but its super well done. He has a super unique voice, a really ineresting lyrical style, and a bunch of really diverse influences in his music. Not the biggest name, but for anybody who listened to Kanye's The Life of Pablo last year he was the guest vocalist on his song Saint Pablo. This is one of my favorites from the album:



As for things I'm excited for, Future just announced a new album coming out this Friday that I'm hoping is good. Considering going to see him this summer but he's playing at an outdoor venue that's kind of far from my city so I'm not sure if I'll be able to swing it. Animal Collective has an EP coming out this friday too that I hope is good but after how disappointing the first single was and how mediocre last year's album is I'm not getting my hopes up too much.


How about the rest of you all?

Usefulness of subforums

13 July 2016 - 03:42 PM

We all know that OT isn't exactly bustling with activity these days. However, the subforums are even more dead than OT is. The sports forum hasn't had a new post in over 6 months, MMT has only had 8 topics posted in this year (one of which being the What are you listening to thread that is pretty much being kept alive singlehandedly by Dax), and the video games forum only has about 10. However, from our posts in the today thread, none of these topics are uncommon interests for the regulars here, but nobody wants to bother going to these subforums to post about these topics because nobody would read them there (as we just saw with the Pokemon Go thread that got moved to Video games and consoles).


I feel like at this point it's extremely unlikely that these forums ever have a rise in activity, and I think it would be more beneficial to either archive the subforums and just forward new posts on these topics into OT or just merge these forums into OT altogether. I think that not splitting these off into other forums would encourage more conversations to happen than our one semi-active Today thread and would possibly get the few stragglers left on these subforums to be a little more active with us as well.


What do you all think? 

Kalphite's top 25 of 2011

19 February 2012 - 11:37 PM

Yeah I know I didn't post about it in the thread or anything, but I made this for another website and figured I'd share it here too. These are just my top albums of 2011; my top albums of all time list would look incredibly different.


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Glass Swords
Genre: Electronic

One of the most epic electronic-instrumental-hip-hop releases of the year for lack of better description. "City Star" slams all of the faces.

Sample: http://www.youtube.c...?v=iKm1m1NJysk'>City Star


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Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain II
Genre: Post-Hardcore

While not as powerful as some of their previous material, Downtown Battle Mountain II is still some of the catchiest, most fun post-hardcore released this year. Also, Johnny Craig and Jon Mess are both beastly vocalists.

Sample: Spooks


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The Horrors
Genre: Shoegaze

The first Shoegaze album that's ever actually held my attention. Skying is a swirling amalgamation of the 80's, which results in a huge atmosphere backing still-catchy music. Definitely an essential release.

Sample: Changing the Rain


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We Do What We Want
Genre: Post-Hardcore

While there are a couple of weak tracks on here (namely the two ballads at the end), the highlights on this album are among the best post-hardcore released this year. Seriously, "The Curse of Perfect Days" is the best scenecore song this year.

Sample: The Curse of Perfect Days


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Touche Amore
Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
Genre: Hardcore

With their second full length, Touche Amore learns much more about building atmospheres within the span of their minute-long songs. While certainly not the heaviest Hardcore release of the year, the powerful vocals and energetic music more than make up for it.

Sample: ~


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Stray From the Path
Rising Sun
Genre: Metalcore

With Rising Sun, Stray From the Path craft their own sound filled with odd-time signature riffing and brutal breakdowns that results in the heaviest metalcore album of the year.

Sample: Rising Sun


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The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
Genre: Alternative Rock, but with lots of influences from other genres

Easily the most diverse album released in 2011. While an incredibly long listen, the nine EPs that make up the collection show off a band that has mastered all facets of alternative rock.

Sample: Winter


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The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient
Genre: Americana/Indie Rock

Extremely solid Americana Indie Rock that rivals the Gaslight Anthem as the best band on the scene at this point. Bruce Springsteen + Indie Rock + Shoegaze = this album.

Sample: Best Night


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Tyler, the Creator
Genre: Hip-Hop

With Goblin, Tyler shows another side of himself. All of the elements that made him popular - The excessive vulgarity, the Humor, and the glimpses into Tyler's troubled psyche - are all still here in full force. Despite the overly long runtime, Goblin greatly excels at all of these and shows why Tyler and Odd Future were worth listening to in the first place.

Sample: Sandwitches


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Genre: Dubstep

Extremely solid dubstep with a ton of effective vocal sampling and a very mellow atmosphere. An excellent release, especially for a debut.

Sample: The One


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The Jezabels
Genre: Indie

Very well-crafted Indie pop with a strong sense of atmosphere and excellent vocals. Prisoner is a rather unique album, and is especially interesting in how well the band functions without a bass player.

Sample: Prisoner


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Genre: Dubstep

Dedication contains some of the most accessible, yet deepest dubstep I've heard this year. Indeed, its the album that finally turned me onto the genre as being worth more than what Skrillex and friends would imply. Zomby is able to craft a series of tracks with powerful control of mood while barely ever breaking the two-minute mark. While some songs could have benefited from some additional runtime, Dedication is still by all means a superb album that I would recommend to anybody with a even fleeting interest in the genre.

Sample: Black Orchid


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Foo Fighters
Wasting Light
Genre: Alternative Rock

With Wasting Light, Dave Grohl and company return from a several-album slump to release the greatest mainstream rock album of the last several years. All of the songs here are accessible, but still have a raw edge and are simply written better than any of the band's contemporaries. From the huge chorus of "Burning Bridges" to the unexpected heaviness of "White Limo" to the epic finale of "Walk", the Foo Fighters prove that they can still rock just as hard as they did on the Colour and the Shape.

Sample: Bridges Burning


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The Valley
Genre: Indie Pop

One of the most charming Indie Pop albums of the year. While the album's themes deal with all sorts of hardships, Eisley is still able to craft an incredibly uplifting and incredibly catchy Indie Pop release. Oh, and anyone who dislikes "Ambulance" has no soul.

Sample: Smarter


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La Dispute
Genre: Hardcore

While La Dispute had previously established themselves to be a solid act, their previous full-length rambled on for way longer than it had a right to, leaving its highlights drowned in surrounding filler. With Wildlife, however, they took threw these problems away and improved drastically. All of the tracks on Wildlife are incredibly solid, making for the best Hardcore release of the year. The vocals and lyrics are particularly powerful, with Jordan Dreyer's mix between spoken word sections and powerful screaming being one of the best vocal performances of the year. Oh, and "King Park" is just divine.

Sample: King Park


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The Hotel Year
It Never Goes Out
Genre: Pop-Punk

I'm always a sucker for good pop-Punk, and The Hotel Year is certainly able to deliver on that regard. While they certainly have a large amount of influence from bands such as the Wonder Years, they are still able to create their own distinct sound through their two-vocalist approach, frequent riff changes, and powerful lyrics - "An Ode to the Nite Ratz Club" Has some of the hardest-hitting lyrics in pop-punk on this side of the Wonder Years. And the best part? It's free here: http://thehotelyear....-never-goes-out

Sample: An Ode to the Nite Ratz Club


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Fair to Midland
Arrows & Anchors
Genre: Alternative Metal

With Arrows & Anchors, Fair to Midland released an extremely solid alternative rock release. I haven't heard anything else by this band, but they diversity they display on here is astounding. From the catchiness of "Uh-Oh" to the beautiful atmosphere of "Golden Parachutes" to the roaring insanity of "Rikki Tikki Tavi", Fair to Midland produce an incredibly diverse album that is able to maintain an extremely consistent level of quality.

Sample: Uh-Oh


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Old Raves End
Genre: Dubstep

I've never really paid attention to dubstep until this year, and as such when this album first came out I was less than impressed - It didn't seem to womp hard enough for what I expected dubstep to be. However, as I listened to more of the softer(/better) side of the genre, I decided to revisit this and found some of the most beautiful music I've heard this year. The atmospheres that Swarms is able to create are just astounding, and are really perfect for relaxing or studying. The album was able to cement my respect for dubstep as an art form.

Sample: Flickr of Ur Eyes


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Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones
Genre: Singer-Songwriter

I'm not normally much of a sucker for singer-songwriters - most of them are either musically boring, lyrically generic, or have some other sort of problem with themselves. Frank Turner, however, is the one exception to this I've found. With songs such as "Redemption" and "I Am Disappeared", Frank is able to create some of the most human songs I've heard, with powerful vocals and honest lyrics about every facet of life.

Sample: I Am Disappeared


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Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math
Genre: Indie Rock

Simple Math is easily the most colossal Indie Rock album released this year. By integrating full orchestras into their songs, Manchester Orchestra is able to create an incredible soundscapes to back some of the most honest lyrics put to pen. It is at its core a relatable lamentation on the toll of aging, but it is so well executed that it transcends this and becomes more of a soundtrack to life itself.

Sample: Simple Math


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The Wonder Years
Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
Genre: Pop-Punk

This album is the perfect summer album to me. While it's nothing terribly groundbreaking, it doesn't need to be - Suburbia is simply a 40 minute slab of the catchiest music this year. It also is much deeper than the typical saccharine pop-punk affair, dealing with the issues of how much your world can change while you're away. Oh, and "Don't Let Me Cave In" is probably the best song released this year.

Sample: Don't Let Me Cave In


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Trophy Scars
Never Born, Never Dead
Genre: Post-Hardcore/Blues

This album hit me way more powerfully than anything else I've heard since, well, Trophy Scars' last album. While the band's use of piano and other unusual instrumentation choices allows for a fantastic atmosphere, the real star of the show is the vocal performance. The vocals on this record floored me, as even though they may seem grating at first glance, they grew to be one of the most emotional performances of the year, and the lyrics only add icing to the cake. Even the samples on this album, which are normally something I find incredibly annoying, are used to perfect effect here. With Never Born, Never Dead, Trophy Scars created a unique, flawless tribute to the pains of heartbreak.

Sample: Never Dead

2012 Music

19 February 2012 - 05:03 PM

Here's a place to discuss music released this year.

I think 2012 has already started off as an awesome year for music. Courtships has released an awesome hardcore EP in January, and Lamb of God's Resolution was a great return from the disappointment that was Wrath. Also, Indie Pop is already thriving with Foxy Shazam and fun.'s fantastic new Queen-inspired albums and Of Montreal's more eclectic brand of pop that's probably the best thing he's released since Hissing fauna.

Electronic music is thriving even more than these, somehow. Burial's Kindred EP is just incredible dubstep, best stuff he's done since Untrue. John Talabot's fin. is an equally impressive House release.

The only album that has really been a disappointment to me so far has been Say Anything's Anarchy, My Dear. He tries to hard to write in the frame of mind he had 3 albums ago, and frankly, it comes out terribly. Bemis has to realize that he isn't the same mentally unstable man he was when he wrote Is a Real Boy, and that while that album is one of the best Pop-Punk albums ever written, he'll never be able to create a quality album of that sort again. Ah well.

I put links to recommended songs by each of these artists when I mention them if you're interested in listening; didn't want to clog of the opening post with embedded youtube videos. The electronic releases excite me most, as last year was an incredible year for the genre and, going by the quality of these releases, I'm really excited to see where the genre is pushed this year.

What albums are you excited about? What have you liked that's been released so far? What albums have disappointed you? Anything relevant to music released this year is up for discussion.

Schoolday diet help

07 January 2011 - 02:06 AM

Hi, I'm Dominic, I'm 16, 5'4", and weigh 134 lbs. I realize I'm not overweight and I have a healthy BMI, but I am still self conscious about my flab and would like to finally do something about it.

I'm not asking for routines or anything yet, because I do not have enough time currently to be able to invest in a workout and be able to stick to it due to advanced classes and after school programs, nor do I have the money or driver's license required for a gym membership. Currently all I am able to do is run when it isn't icy out. Because of this, I'm interested in trying to simply make my diet healthier to try to lose some of this extra weight.

Normally I eat a serving or two of sweetened cereal in skim or 1/2 % milk with a glass of water for breakfast. Some days I make myself a breakfast sandwich (just an egg and a slice of cheese between two pieces of toast), though this is not frequent. I know the cereal is way too sugary to be healthy, but really I don't have any other ideas for a breakfast.

Lunch I normally have to eat out of a bag on a bus, without access to any cooking equipment aside from a microwave (I go to a magnet school for half the day and normally have to eat on the bus as we dont have a lunch hour). I normally have two servings of fruit (oranges, bananas, apples, or grapes), a serving of carrots (not sure what other vegetables could easily be eaten on a bus), some sort of carbohydrate (pretzels, wheat thins, cheeze-its, not normally chips though) and a sandwich (just bread, cheese, and either balogna, salami, or occasionally turkey when my family has it, no condiments or vegetables.

Dinner is really a mixed bag for me. When my parents cook its normally rather healthy, a lot of vegetables and normally turkey or chicken or pork. However, half the time they order fast food, which I otherwise try to avoid or at least talk them into ordering subway. However, there are still some days that they bring home McDonalds or pizza or the like, in which case I eat it as I really don't know how to cook for myself. I really don't know what I could change about this.

I don't normally snack outside of these three meals, and if I do its normally either another fruit I had not already had at lunch, another small bowl of that cereal, or a small cup of the carbs I talked about for lunch.

Beverage-wise I stick almost exclusively to water aside from the milk I have with my cereal. I know that juice and pop are bad, though they basically have the same amount of sugar as my morning cereal.

So what I'm asking is, how can I improve this to lose some more weight? Keep in mind that any suggestions for lunch have to be transportable via paper lunch bag. Thank you!