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Derek™ last won the day on September 1

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About Derek™

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  • Birthday 07/07/1988

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  1. FS: Brand New Science Fiction CD 89/500

    I'm not sure what these go for either. Since we're both clueless, we can call it a square deal and I'll just buy it for whatever a new CD is priced at in the U.K. these days. PM me your Paypal address and we'll get this show on the road.
  2. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    Pretty sure the CDs are a done deal by now. Also pretty sure the extra cost is on account of a hardcover / "book" jacket, fancier packaging in general, and maybe some additional content. Zine, prints, insert, etc. Hopefully we find out next month.
  3. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    I'm actually quite okay with that.
  4. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    Nope. A lot of people out there have definitely held a lot more conflicting jobs to pay the bills, I get it. Just haven't seen any thread boil down into such a UO bash-fest before.
  5. Damn. You're actually going to sway me to listen to this, huh?
  6. PO - Brand New - Science Fiction

    Isn't there one member here who recently got hired at UO and is totally thrilled about it? He's got an anime avatar or something, if I recall. The name escapes me but I imagine he's doing the forum equivalent of slowly inching backwards and out of this thread, at the moment.
  7. Having fun with it is all that counts, glad to hear it. Those vocals are pretty terrible though, like hxcoliver said. I wouldn't say they make it unlistenable for me, but they hinder me from wanting to dedicate shelf space to own it.
  8. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    I'm actually sort of amazed by the magnitude of love for TWFM. I enjoy the album a whole lot, and it has a remarkable amount of songs that deliver and hold up very well over time. But it's also the only National album that has a handful of meh songs scattered about, in my opinion. Demons is still a stumbling mess. Fireproof is kind of unremarkable. Heavenfaced is a bit of a lullaby and I still can't get over Matt trying to rhyme as many words as he can with dreamer / freezer / etc. Closing track doesn't blow my mind either. Fortunately the rest of the album is ace, but I guess I'm just not used to hearing "dips" in the consistency of their albums. SWB is basically perfect though – the pacing, the variety, the flow. Even the tracks that I thought were so-so on first listen managed to make things interesting and noteworthy with an experimental outro or jam. Definitely check out all of their prior stuff whenever you can get around to it. Not to sound like a fanboy but they're all so good for different reasons. Lots of great flavors across their discography, and all worth hearing multiple times. This band has been the definition of a "grower" band for me, over the years, and super rewarding to revisit and grow accustomed to.
  9. I went into this album with low expectations, and I have to say that I think I'd probably enjoy this band a lot more if they were purely instrumental. Feels weird to say that, but the instrumental breaks and jams were easily the highlight of the album for me. Maybe the only highlight.
  10. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    National and Slowdive next month. Let's gooooo.
  11. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    What parts are there to dislike on this album, out of curiosity? I'm finding that it fluctuates between tracks that are incredible and tracks that are amazing.
  12. PO Now: The Used - The Canyon 10/27

    Anyone buying The Used themed condoms in 2017 will have zero use for them. The ultimate consumer paradox.
  13. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Thanks for this. And for all the input from everyone else. If there's barely any fluctuation of opacity and the US press sounds great, I'm not sure the $40-$50 would be worth it for me. Anyone end up with a truly opaque, solid blue?
  14. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Interesting. I'll probably just sit tight until I can verify then, either way. I'm looking on Discogs and the barcodes are identical. Is it unrealistic to assume they all came from one plant and there's just a fluctuation in translucency? Or were they definitely pressed at separate plants in different countries? Would love a weigh-in on the sound quality from anyone willing to chime in, too.
  15. PO: The National - Sleep Well Beast

    Not a big National fan? I think this will probably end up being in the top 10 albums of 2017, myself. Especially if it ends up filling out and growing as much as their prior albums do, with all the subtle National nuances. Anyone with a translucent blue – can you weigh in on how it sounds? I'm interested in tracking one down. Is it safe to guess that any Euro store stocking "blue" will have the translucent? Or is there any oversea-VCer who could take the guesswork out of it and ship me a copy? I've had really good luck in working with a few generous individuals for prior Euro variants.