None More Black


Howdy folks!

How is everyone doing this fine example of a weekend afternoon? Lovely, I hope. Its been a busy week for us as we attempt to prepare to embark upon our grand adventure next week. Today is the food shopping day. Gotta stock up on stuff to take on tour so we don't starve in between begging kind strangers at shows to bring us home and feed us. Oh, and speaking of the tour, no, we have not yet posted all the dates. Why? Cause we haven't gotten around to it and/or we're still waiting on a few details from the venue end of the arrangement. Bottom line: wait it out my friends for all shall be revealed real, real soon. As for me, I've had my hands positively overflowing with lyrics as of lately. We had set ourselves a fun little goal to finish another four songs by the time we leave. I don't think thats gonna happen seeing as only one song is ready for lyrics at the moment. Or at least, just one song is sitting in my iTunes library with scratch vocals on it that I can write lyrics to. Either way, you don't need to worry about it since if by some odd coincidence we end up playing something new on this tour, it'll be one of the four we debuted at the Epicentre a few weeks ago. Speaking of tour and such, it seems as though mainly San Diego people comment on this blog which makes me wonder: does anyone not in San Diego read it?

The song I've been working on is very much typical ol' Patrick as far as topics go. Vague poetic lyrics about the end of the world? Subtle message about taking value in life and not wasting it? Check. Yep, sounds like Patrick lyrics alright! Maybe one of these days I'll throw ya'll a curve ball and write about a broken heart. Oh wait, I did. Whisky & Memories. Only reason I went that route is cause it seemed to fit the vibe I wanted to song to portray. Country. What are country songs about? Broken hearts. Stereotypically of course. I've got some good topics saved up, just waiting for the right song. I have even better titles, though, we do have a tendency to name songs non-randomly so unless I can find a way to work my amazing titles in the overall tapestry of a song or two, they may have to go by unused. Time shall tell.

In non-band news, I have finished the storyline portion of Final Fantasy XIII! High five, high five!! So what did I think of it in the end? I have mixed views on it but overall, I see it as a step in a good direction for the series. The storyline was one of the most well constructed of all Final Fantasy stories but it suffered a bit in presentation. I imagine the developers faced a dilemma of how to convey information. You see, in order to fully understand the story, there's a lot of background information about they world these characters live in that you would need to know. However, since the entire story is told through dialog basically, it wouldn't make sense for these people that have lived in this world their whole lives to have conversations about its basic foundations. Hence, the use of the "datalog" where players can find out all that they need to know. While I always enjoy being able to find out more, the fact that the datalog is damn near necessary to understand what's going (at least at first), that just points to poor story telling. Presentation aside, I'm impressed with the storyline. Everything makes sense and everything comes together very nicely. The characters are well developed and each is captivating in their own way. The game does suffer a bit from its lack of a central antagonist for the vast majority of the story though. While there is one revealed eventually, he's certainly no Kefka or Sephiroth. No one will be talking about him for years to come. As for the actual gameplay . . . well, I think we might save that for next time seeing as this is already a long paragraph!

As promised, I shall now present you with 100-76 of my top albums of the past decade. I'm still not 100% happy with my ordering of this list though I'm sad to say. However, a promise is a promise. Just don't hate if by the time May 1st rolls around if I've changed things up a tiny bit. Please?

100. Thursday - Five Stories
99. MXPX - The Ever Passing Moment
98. The Juliana Theory - Love
97. A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in the Sea
96. Alkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch Fire
95. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
94. Movielife - Has a Gambling Problem
93. Midtown - Living Well is the Best Revenge
92. Silverstein - Discovering the Waterfront
91. Protest the Hero - Kezia
90. Recover - Rodeo & Picasso
89. Avril Lavigne - Under the Skin
88. Brazil - The Philosophy of Velocity
87. Fugazi - The Argument
86. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
85. Bigwig - Stay Asleep
84. Muse - The Resistance
83. Armor for Sleep - Smile for Them
82. Brand New - Favorite Weapon
81. Taking Back Sunday -Where You Want to Be
80. Mae - Destination: Beautiful
79. Straylight Run - Straylight Run
78. Lovedrug - Pretend You’re Alive
77. Opeth - Blackwater Park
76. Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar

Well there ya go. Is it perfect? Not even close. I'm gonna fret over it forever basically but for now, that's the best I can give ya. For now. Tune back in next week when I reveal numbers 75 - 51! Things are gonna get mighty interesting, just you wait and see!!

Nigel Tufnel

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