Hey, guys.

radiosilence95's picture

I've been lurking here for awhile without really contributing to anything, mostly for the sake of nostalgia, but I figured I may as well post a journal for the hell of it.

Things have been going pretty well for me. My girlfriend and I have been together for five and a half months, though we only see each other once a month for as long as we can. The first weekend in April we're making a weekend trip to St. Louis to see one of our favorite bands and tour some museums and the planetarium that just opened there. I've been very happy with her. Sometimes I think we're almost too similar, but it's nothing to endanger our relationship or anything.

College is pretty great. I'm still on an astronomy kick, and hopefully it won't be a passing hobby like psychology was. I don't think so. Reading about and contemplating the universe is very, very awesome. So I'm currently taking an astronomy course, and I hope to talk to my professor, who is fresh out of grad school, what steps to take school-wise and what some career options are. I've been shopping for a good pair of binoculars, have read up on the subject of amateur astronomy, and plan on starting my own observations of the planets and stars and maybe, if I'm lucky, the Andromeda galaxy. Maybe even a nebula. Unfortunately with the binoculars I'm planning on getting I probably won't be able to see Saturn's rings. But eventually I plan on upgrading to a nice telescope and maybe even dabbling in astrophotography.

So yeah. I do feel alone still at times. I mean I'm integrated into a very close group of people, but I do not have a best friend. Just a bunch of close friends. Which doesn't sound terrible, but sometimes it does kind of suck. Whenever I have someone I consider a best friend, it doesn't ever seem to be reciprocated. Everybody's paired up and I do not have a roommate for next year, so I'll probably just end up getting a single room. My girlfriend has been accepted to this school, but she has social anxiety, so she's gonna get a small house close to campus. She says it'll be a space just for us. I've played with the idea of moving in with her, but I know that's not a good idea. But getting to spend more time with her without other people in proximity will be nice.

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Super Duck's picture

Good to hear things are going well!

I've always heard that astronomy was a pretty cool subject.

I'm kind of having the opposite problem regarding friends. I have a best friend but not really a whole group of close friends, although I do have a lot of "casual" friends, like in class and stuff. But not together as a group.

radiosilence95's picture

Astronomy is pretty cool.

Astronomy is pretty cool. But it takes a lot of dedication. And math. Whether I actually have what it takes to work for a PhD remains to be seen.

Ah. Both problems are equally troublesome. I mean pursuing those casual classroom friendships further until they develop into full-fledged friendships is the clear solution, but it's always easier said that done, unfortunately.

jeff's picture

Well...

Since you're into Astronomy, I should tell you that I'm a Leo.

What band in April?

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radiosilence95's picture

Haha. Very funny. Chevelle.

Haha. Very funny.

Chevelle. It's a hard rock group from Chicago. I have three other concerts I'm going to this year. Alice in Chains, Soudgarden, and Queens of the Stone Age. Basically I've spent all my money on concert tickets. Luckily I have just enough to get by this term and then I'll work all summer.

anarchist's picture

Everybody's going on that Soundgarden tour.

I want to go, but the tickets are so expensive. Yakow has gotten me into Soundgarden, and I love Death Grips. I still haven't bothered getting into NIN, though.

radiosilence95's picture

Yeah, they're really pricey.

Yeah, they're really pricey. I spent more than I should have, but it's Soundgarden. I can't pass that up. You should give their newest album a listen if you haven't already. It's pretty fantastic. I personally have never been super into NIN. I don't really know why. I don't dislike them, I just can't develop much of a taste for them.

jeff's picture

Hmm...

You're going to see all old bands?!

I was skeptical of Alice in Chains coming back, but people seem to be into it. But, since I saw them with Layne, I really can't see going to the reworked version without him. If I never saw the originals, maybe I would care as much.

I never got into Soundgarden when they were new, and I figured seeing a shorter NIN show would be annoying.

My summer shows are all over the place: Kaiser Chiefs, Morrissey, Counting Crows, Beck, Bruno Mars, Queen, One Direction, Tori Amos, and Arcade Fire.

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Super Duck's picture

One Direction!?

Haha, my little sister is going to see One Direction in September. It's like, the biggest deal of her entire life to her.

jeff's picture

Technically...

This will be my second 1D show, third if you count them on a radio station holiday concert at MSG.

As long as she's not after Harry, I'm ok with your little sister.

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Super Duck's picture

Haha, but Harry is her

Haha, but Harry is her favorite!

jeff's picture

Aww...

Can't she pick another? I want Harry...


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anarchist's picture

He looks like someone I know in this picture.

I don't really like that person. He's obsessed with Conor Oberst, and always calls himself an attractive person, even though he's pretty fucking ugly. I don't know if it's sarcastic or what, but it's annoying.

radiosilence95's picture

Well, Queens of the Stone

Well, Queens of the Stone Age isn't that old. They're touring with Primus though, and Primus is a bit older I know.

I was skeptical as well, and of course their new singer can't possibly fill Layne's shoes, but he's pretty good. I could see where people are coming from saying that it just isn't even the same band anymore, but I like their new sound, which is reminiscent of their old stuff, I think. I like their old sound better of course, but I have to applaud them for making the comeback with the integrity of the band still intact.

I never got into NIN. I've given them a few tries, but it just doesn't stick with me for some reason.

jeff's picture

Hmm...

I actually think the year I went to Lollapalooza, Alice in Chains played next to last, and Primus was the headliner?! It certainly helped us leave before the rest of the traffic. ;-)

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radiosilence95's picture

Lollapolooza would be too

Lollapolooza would be too overwhelming for me, I think. Plus it's super expensive and nowhere near where I live. Hm, sounds like you aren't much of a Primus fan?

jeff's picture

Well...

You're confusing the new Lollapalooza with the old one. Originally, Lollapalooza toured from town to town... and was a one day show and, according to an old ticket on eBay, you could attend the 1993 show for $30, although that seemes like a reserved seating place, so closer to stage may have cost slightly more (but this was back in the day before golden circles and VIP packages, etc).

I saw:

1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Ice Cube, Soundgarden, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Lush (with a second stage with other "new" acts like Stone Temple Pilots, Ice-T with Body count, etc.)

1993: Primus, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Arrested Development, Front 242, Tool, Rage Against the Machine

As for Primus, as much as I respect that they have a specific sound, it isn't one that resonates with me. Just seems like twee, slap-bass nonsense with silly lyrics and way too many jams.

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radiosilence95's picture

That is awesome. I would

That is awesome. I would kill to see Rage or Tool live, but Rage isn't around and Tool never tours in my area. It sucks that I was born just as tickets and VIP packages became an increasingly ridiculous way to squeeze money from fans. My dad always tells me that in the late eighties and early nineties you could see two or three awesome bands for like twenty bucks a ticket. I just paid sixty bucks a ticket for Mickala and I to see Alice in Chains in May.

Yeah, I could see how Primus isn't listenable for some people. They are a little strange, to say the least.

jeff's picture

Well...

This was right before Rage had an album released, and Tool just had Sober hitting radio. Technically, those options aren't about squeezing money from fans, but actually making money, since the Internet sort of killed the music industry with file sharing, as well as people downloading singles instead of entire albums.

So, I figure if I'm paying high ticket prices to close the financial gap of illegal music downloads, I'm approved to illegally download music now. ;-)

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anarchist's picture

Oh.

So we're actually exchanging our concert tickets for free downloads. Seems about worth it. I can discover more music this way. I've never thought of it like that, though.

jeff's picture

Depends...

How many concerts you attend. ;-)

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radiosilence95's picture

But the experience of seeing

But the experience of seeing your favorite band performing right in front of you is so cool though.

anarchist's picture

Yeah it is.

Especially when they're an extremely reclusive band nobody ever thought would be in the same place and then decides to surprise everyone by doing another tour. But Neutral Milk Hotel wouldn't have been my favorite band if it weren't for free digital music. Even though I've payed for all of their releases on vinyl, I don't often spend money on a band (specially over $100) if I'm unfamiliar with the music I'm getting.

anarchist's picture

I can't listen to Primus for extended periods of time.

As cool and big as the music is, the atmosphere and mood that they make with all the vocal effects and bass riffs get too much to handle. It would still be really cool live, though.

anarchist's picture

A lot of people I know want to go to that Primus tour.

I didn't know QOTSA are touring with them. I'd be interested, but only Primus album I listen to is Sailing the Seas of Cheese. Have you heard Kyuss yet? If so, you may be interested in listening to Vista Chino.

radiosilence95's picture

Yeah, Sailing the Seas of

Yeah, Sailing the Seas of Cheese is my favorite album of theirs. I have not listened to Kyuss, but I have heard of them. I should definitely give them a listen.

anarchist's picture

Listen to ...And the Circus Leaves Town.

It's a really good album. It's the last one they made before Vista Chino and QOTSA, and it has some great songs on it.