Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways 

                The things I do for blogging. I listened to the entirety of “Something from Nothing” for a blog. Few other music reviewers under the age of forty have the fortitude to get through anything recent from the Foo Fighters. After listening to “Sonic Highways” I lost a couple of brain cells. To put it bluntly, I imagine that when “Something from Nothing” was recorded at Steve Albini’s studio he had to hold his nose for the entire duration. 

                Foo Fighters are one of those 90s bands that continues to make music for no discernible reason outside of monetary concerns. I had to Google them to realize that they had released anything in the past decade, that’s how little I cared. Poor Foo Fighters has aged rather poorly. Concerts for the Foo Fighters probably consist mostly of those who grew up in the mid-90s and are yearning for something very truly grand. 

                Judging from the quality of “Something from Nothing” they will not get it. The most interesting thing about “Sonic Highways” seems to be how it was recorded in multiple cities. Otherwise it appears to have that cookie-cutter vibe that so much aging Alt Rock has. Even when the band tries to rock out it feels copy and pasted. Maybe a while back Foo Fighters meant something more than a phoned-in HBO documentary series but that time has passed. What the Foo Fighters can hope for is probably tons of money and acclaim from music critics that don’t know any better. The Foo Fighters wouldn’t have it any other way.

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

                The things I do for blogging. I listened to the entirety of “Something from Nothing” for a blog. Few other music reviewers under the age of forty have the fortitude to get through anything recent from the Foo Fighters. After listening to “Sonic Highways” I lost a couple of brain cells. To put it bluntly, I imagine that when “Something from Nothing” was recorded at Steve Albini’s studio he had to hold his nose for the entire duration. 

                Foo Fighters are one of those 90s bands that continues to make music for no discernible reason outside of monetary concerns. I had to Google them to realize that they had released anything in the past decade, that’s how little I cared. Poor Foo Fighters has aged rather poorly. Concerts for the Foo Fighters probably consist mostly of those who grew up in the mid-90s and are yearning for something very truly grand. 

                Judging from the quality of “Something from Nothing” they will not get it. The most interesting thing about “Sonic Highways” seems to be how it was recorded in multiple cities. Otherwise it appears to have that cookie-cutter vibe that so much aging Alt Rock has. Even when the band tries to rock out it feels copy and pasted. Maybe a while back Foo Fighters meant something more than a phoned-in HBO documentary series but that time has passed. What the Foo Fighters can hope for is probably tons of money and acclaim from music critics that don’t know any better. The Foo Fighters wouldn’t have it any other way.

In Full View by Meghan Lamb

                People pay a lot of money to overcome loneliness. The world is full of lonely people. Every single day another lonely person is born doomed to inadequate social interactions for the remainder of their lives. Such things are quite common. Around these lonely people entire industries have been formed. A few of them are family-friendly endeavors. Most are not. Usually the ones that the lonely people go to are the ones where they can be in an intimate setting where they pay good money for a little connection for a short period of time. 

                What do they get out of it? These lonely people pay money to feel a little something. How is it that they are able to have a price put onto it? Apparently pricing strategists have been in the game for a long time. Various contributions help them with the loneliness. Physical interaction is quite expensive and not for everybody. Others on the other hand are cheaper, more based on the idea of separation. With a wall of glass the two are separated yet they feel completely together. This is not a joy it is a thing people do to try and keep out of trouble. 

                Even social people fall into the same habits. Everyone has it to some degree. The desire for interaction is a must. No matter whom the person is they have opinions on what other people look like. Small interactions indicate exactly what a person desires. Plenty of people go through their entire lives without the need to really follow through on the desires. From afar it is easy to observe oftentimes without even having to meet anybody in person. A personal touch makes it a little bit better. Having an observer become the observed is part of the joy of a peep show. 

                Nothing about a peep show is unusual. Janitors are there cleaning up after eager customers. Performers probably heat up the same hot pockets they would if they worked in an office doing data entry. After a while it becomes the same all over. With a peep show at least it is completely honest. Nobody tries to delude themselves into thinking that what they are doing is somehow noble. They are there for a few moments with themselves with someone watching. And they pay money for it. To date nobody knows why but there will probably never be a scientist that cares enough to figure it out.

A Coping Mechanism by Blare Coughlin 

                Dreams are full of meaning. What meaning can be imparted depends on the way the dreamer departed. Light sleeps are easy enough on the mind though the ideas are gone. Sudden startled jolts into consciousness tend to help the dreamer remember their dreams. There is a reason for this: humans are subject to time and space, acutely aware of it in fact. Humans are the only creatures overly concerned about aging. No other animal thinks as much about its own mortality. 

                A person can be whoever they want to be. Life is flexible. Entire lifetimes are spent getting flexed up and getting things right. The effort may be worth it. Physical molds happen when individuals are aware of themselves, aware that exercise is a must. Sometimes it feels like the universe forces people to change. However it is not the universe, just Mercury. Mercury is retrograde makes a mean planet, the planet with swirls of red and a menacing glare. Few survive their time with Mercury. Mercury shall forever remain upset as long as there are mediocre cars bearing its name. 

                The possibilities of life are endless. Children are destructive flexible creatures. In childhood children find themselves recovering from ridiculous setbacks. A broken arm, a poked out eye, a fall, a burn, children jump off all sorts of things without thinking about the consequences. With the passage of time this innocence passes as children become aware of the finiteness of life. Upon this realization they begin to play it a little safer. 

                Snails play it safest of all. One might call a snail cowardly until one realizes exactly how many creatures want to eat it. Deep inside of its shell it is delicious. The snail hides inside its shell until it is certain that everything is all clear. Because of its cautious nature the snail’s investments tend to err on the conservative side. Most of a snail’s investments consist of government bonds and money market funds, easy enough things to handle. Any money the snail makes goes towards buying more calcium to improve its shell. Room is not an issue for a snail. Strength is what the snail focuses on as it tries to create a stronger barrier between itself and the world. 

                Barriers break down with humans. They have no choice. Few humans can opt out of the world. A handful of hermits have succeeded in avoiding outside contact though they tend to go mad or at the very least weird. While the temptation to withdraw from the world is strong for people having a bad experience, the moment is fleeting, like all moments in life.

A Coping Mechanism by Blare Coughlin

                Dreams are full of meaning. What meaning can be imparted depends on the way the dreamer departed. Light sleeps are easy enough on the mind though the ideas are gone. Sudden startled jolts into consciousness tend to help the dreamer remember their dreams. There is a reason for this: humans are subject to time and space, acutely aware of it in fact. Humans are the only creatures overly concerned about aging. No other animal thinks as much about its own mortality. 

                A person can be whoever they want to be. Life is flexible. Entire lifetimes are spent getting flexed up and getting things right. The effort may be worth it. Physical molds happen when individuals are aware of themselves, aware that exercise is a must. Sometimes it feels like the universe forces people to change. However it is not the universe, just Mercury. Mercury is retrograde makes a mean planet, the planet with swirls of red and a menacing glare. Few survive their time with Mercury. Mercury shall forever remain upset as long as there are mediocre cars bearing its name. 

                The possibilities of life are endless. Children are destructive flexible creatures. In childhood children find themselves recovering from ridiculous setbacks. A broken arm, a poked out eye, a fall, a burn, children jump off all sorts of things without thinking about the consequences. With the passage of time this innocence passes as children become aware of the finiteness of life. Upon this realization they begin to play it a little safer. 

                Snails play it safest of all. One might call a snail cowardly until one realizes exactly how many creatures want to eat it. Deep inside of its shell it is delicious. The snail hides inside its shell until it is certain that everything is all clear. Because of its cautious nature the snail’s investments tend to err on the conservative side. Most of a snail’s investments consist of government bonds and money market funds, easy enough things to handle. Any money the snail makes goes towards buying more calcium to improve its shell. Room is not an issue for a snail. Strength is what the snail focuses on as it tries to create a stronger barrier between itself and the world. 

                Barriers break down with humans. They have no choice. Few humans can opt out of the world. A handful of hermits have succeeded in avoiding outside contact though they tend to go mad or at the very least weird. While the temptation to withdraw from the world is strong for people having a bad experience, the moment is fleeting, like all moments in life.

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