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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Mahlua's Lair of Drawings n' Stuff
« Last post by Fronomenal on May 17, 2018, 09:45:36 PM »
Psssst! Mahlua... It was supposed to be a surprise!

I'm kidding of course. These look dope! We definitely look like we're about to roll up on spam ninjas while riding motorcycles.
Music / Re: What are you listening to
« Last post by Manimal on May 17, 2018, 09:04:28 PM »
Ya I'll check that out to. I've been listening to all the takes of "Good Vibrations" from the Smile Set for the last hour. Listening to demos has never felt as satisfying as this. Even as one of 90 hours, you hear so much change, and I love hearing Brian produce and speak to the musicians. Tommy has good guitars and composition for sure, but in a way it felt like Pete Townshend playing awesome rhythm guitar for 75 minutes and then some other stuff is thrown on top. and ya songs like "Cousin Kevin" are simply...unnecessary. It will be a bit before I feel like listening to Quadrophenia...but it's only 5 minutes longer...No beating Who's Next indeed.

Certainly this phase is back, all stuff to check out for sure. I hadn't listened to Pet Sounds for nearly all of 2017, and when I finally put it on again after marathoning the Beats discography last month it all came back to me. Good to, I needed that re-spirit in my music. and yes I've been putting off Can for a while now.
Music / Re: What are you listening to
« Last post by 50 Words for Paipis on May 17, 2018, 08:40:21 PM »
You may be interested in Brian Wilson's and Van Dyke Park's reconstruction of Smile from 2004.

I like Tommy quite a bit musically, minus a couple of cuts, but it is overlong and the lyrics are awful and uncomfortable in stretches. I find it less inconsistent than Quadrophenia, though Quadrophenia has the advantage of sounding amazing and having some of the band's best material. Who's Next is clearly the best, though.

Since you seem to be in a 60s pop/rock phase right now, check out:
Scott Walker - Scott 3 and Scott 4
Can - Monster Movie (though not before checking out their 70s material)
Arzachel - Arzachel
Gal Costa - Gal Costa and Gal
Milton Nascimento - Courage
Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief
Red Krayola - Parable of Arable Land
Silver Apples - Silver Apples
Manga Art Gallery / Re: Mahlua's Lair of Drawings n' Stuff
« Last post by MahluaandMilk on May 17, 2018, 08:01:41 PM »
Fro sent me the deets on a possible MangaRaiders Fighters Division uniform. Being restless and bored out of my skull as I am, I did a quick sketch of them.

MR Fighters Division
Possible Uniform design

They have hoods, although that's kinda hard to see from the front. The purple armband reads MRFD in gold print.
Music / Re: What are you listening to
« Last post by Manimal on May 17, 2018, 07:41:33 PM »
The Beach Boys, Smile Session 

As in the boxset version where it pieces together what the album could've been. We can never really know what the album would've been, but if this is an indicator it seems to me like the most ambitious and creative album recorded in it's time, but not very satisfying or grabbing. In fact I'd only it has 4 songs even worth noting. I've listened two times, and it's still hard to comment. The intent is clear, to push even further and do something completely unlike what anyone else was doing. But everything that "Good Vibrations" is, the rest of the album is not. My emotions when listening are literally blank, only a couple things make me go "oh!". "Heroes And Villains" is crafty, especially in the way the following songs build off it. The tune is so good but the mash up of instruments in the intro is muddy and, frankly, awful sounding. "Surf's Up" is amazing, and the video of Brian playing it on the piano is one of my favorite musical clips. But throughout the album I often hear no connection with the lyrics and him. 

Lines like "the music hall a costly bow" are actually ridiculously amazing, but on "Surf's Up" the amazing tune does not match to the lyrics. Mike Love's simple words on "Good Vibrations" are amazing because of how vivid a image they paint and how you remember each line, they are all gold and catchy. But the rest of the album is, technically highly impressive, but it just seems so off. I know this is the point, but it makes the tracks fail to connect with me. When "Good Vibrations" breaks in on the end it's a relief, #1 because it's the best single of the entire decade, and #2 because it has that wild spark of madman brilliance, but in a finer form. In reality, the song has no place on the record, it's really just it's own thing. and man fricking hell, this song. It's just, GOOD! GOOD! GOOD!

I like "The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow)" because it's an actual vivid emotion and like...what the hell. "Vega-Tables" is also quite good because of the catchiness and effective lyrics. The rest of the album is neat, but it just doesn't do anything for me. It's not because it's "weird" or not like Pet Sounds, it's an admirable piece of work, but still an incomplete record that maybe...was better off being a mythical legend?

Also I listened to The Who's Tommy today and it was so boring, overly long, one trick and unexciting that it's not even worth writing about.
MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« Last post by MahluaandMilk on May 17, 2018, 05:59:12 PM »
And it ain't even been half the year yet ;)
I can only imagine what the Raid this year is going to look like with you on the team.
MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« Last post by Fronomenal on May 17, 2018, 05:56:01 PM »
Totally agree. It’s a lot of fun and a good way to improve your skills without any added stress. I feel like I get better bit by bit every time I pen down a chapter for my own Mrverse story.

I took a glance at what wrote you yesterday and liked what I saw so far. Gonna sit down and really get through it soon. Also gotta hit up that chapter you wrote for Voyer Corps as well.

Have to say, it’s been a great year for the canon.
MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« Last post by MahluaandMilk on May 17, 2018, 05:04:06 PM »
I love writing for/in MRverse. It's so easy to just let things happen. Chapters almost write themselves once you have the base idea. That little thing on EW I mentioned earlier does, in fact, have its third chapter up now. It's only going to get more ecchi from here.

Just figured I'd drop a line here since EcchiWorld has kinda been a desert with a few spam ninjas and tumbleweeds for company lately.
MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2018
« Last post by 50 Words for Paipis on May 17, 2018, 02:19:48 PM »
Most extreme I've had are chocolate covered mealworms and chocolate covered cricket cookies. Mostly tasted like chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, respectively.
Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« Last post by Manimal on May 17, 2018, 12:21:06 PM »
It's like I forgot Pet Sounds was such an inspiration when I started making music and just discovered it again when I changed my artist name. I don't know what it is, but I'm going to do it some more. Lyrically pretty lame, but my mind is pretty blank at present. I did the assertively Canadian thing well enough on Pirrakka Enlightenment. I got a little too serious on Skywalk however, it was an album built on a very specific interaction at the last local geek con which I sang about with great detail on "Under The Skywalk". But my last few albums have been about what my place in the world and identity mean to me.

So I think it's time for some I haven't made simply fun music since Aesthetic. I'm always so serious even when I sing about silly things. But whenever I sing about silly things I get mad that I'm not making enough serious songs. So I'm just going to ignore that nonsense and if I want to make a stupid song I'll make one the best I can.

Ol' Bettie In A Bind Again 

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