Band – Album – Song

To go for it, is a choice. The most deliberate choice a band can make.

There are very few failures of this method, cause I think you really have to think it out for a long time. So most people shy away from it.

I, of course mean, Band – Album – Song. Having a song that is the name of your band on a self-titled record. I am a fan of this line of decision making.

Having a song that is about your band doesn’t count. Doing 2 out of 3 doesn’t count. You have to fucking commit.

It takes fucking balls to do it. Cause you are basically creating a mission statement. Like this is who we are and this is what we are about.

It sets the tone for every record to follow. Now you have to fucking live up to that thing you did.

To me, it means you care. You care to actually do something that insane. And you have the ego to back it up. The id.

I feel like you also establish a sound. When they think of your band from now on, they are going to think of that sound. So you gotta be comfortable living in that sound.

Sure you can leave it for a bit, but you always come back. Can’t go folk. You have to stay in weapons range of that Band – Album – Song.

It’s a font of strength. You have to play it almost every time you play it live. I saw Sabbath on the last tour. Guess what they opened with. You know it.

Sure you get tired of it. You may even get sick of it. But you committed. This is your world, we are all just living in it.

I think I love this concept for the same reason I love the insane double album. Go big or go home. What’s the point of making music if you aren’t going whole hog. We aren’t out here to hear 50,000 Michael Jackson clones. We are out here to do something interesting.

So, future bands, I say unto you, spend a bit more time crafting what you do. Think about it. Come out with a statement.

Even if you flame out, no one can say you didn’t have some shit to say. At the bare minimum, I will be there to listen to it.

Be confident. Be choosy. Be insane enough to make a song that checks all three boxes.

Thoughts from the AMEN Pew #63

You know, after the holidays, it’s nice to get back into the swing of things. I suppose I am a creature of routine at the end of the day. So, its nice to have some of that again.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a great holiday. Extremely restful. And its rough to dive back into the bullshit after that. But, I suppose this is why people go on vacation….to have a chance to reset. And it was a pain all the way into the gate. New Year. New Shame.

Lets jump right in the shame then. So after all the fucking internet yelling, I went ahead and watched Velma.

And, it’s bad. But its not atrociously terrible. The show is real fucking mean the way an animated comedy in the early 2000s was. But just written poorly. Wont watch any more episodes, but I do have this to say…

What the hell is wrong with all of you? This is now rated worse than Dragonball Evolution. To which I say… No, it is fucking not.

Like I get it, the internet hates “woke comedy” whatever that means. So they are going to rate it to death. It is not fucking worse than Dragonball Evolution. Hell its not worse than Blade Trinity. Does the internet understand the difference between bad writing and total incompetence? The animation is fine. And the voice acting is good. This is not complete trash. Its just bad.

I encourage anyone to watch the first episode and honestly tell me its one of the worst things they have ever seen. Grow up.

I also picked up an old tradition I haven’t done in a long LONG time. I am front-to-back’ing artists catalogues who I haven’t done that yet. I haven’t done that in many years. This time’s target? Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Previously, I knew the BIG ALBUMS, and I fucking love love those two Grinderman records. But I hadn’t heard it all.

Now that I have, I am so glad I did. I still think the BIG ALBUMS are big for a reason. His best record is still Murder Ballads, but the recent discography is no slouch. I liked Skeleton Tree. I think my most controversial take is that the Boatman’s Call doesn’t hold up for me as much as his unhinged stuff. I much rather the rants about murder and fucking than anything else.

To my audience, I really recommend the early stuff. The pre-Let Love In stuff. You will find some gems in there.

I enjoyed it so much, I think I may tackle one of the really BIG artists next. We will see. For now, enjoy.

Ok, heres a thing I have never addressed that I don’t want to turn into a full blog. But I will if needed.

You are going to hear a ton of bullshit soon about the debt ceiling.

This fight is going to be bullshit. America has achieved a goal it has sought for a long time. Total dependency. The world fucking NEEDS us. Money. Consumption. Military. All of it.

The actual debt number is now irrelevant. It is so fucking LARGE that it is actually impossible to manage it. But, everyone fucking depends on it. The reliability of American debt is paramount. The number could be infinity. We can service it. Think of it as a representative number of american reliance. Just let us rely.

If you fuck up the government, that is on you. You absolutely dont have to. None of this has to happen. It will, but it will only hurt ourselves.

We are going to punch ourselves in the dick for…. Jesus? not sure I can come up with a better answer than that.

Lets leave it at that. Going to have a few weeks with some programming and not preaching. More media shit. I’m on a roll and lets keep rolling.

If we don’t talk, hopefully things are going good for you so far this year.

If not, lets get dark.

Everything Good Is Temporary OR Don’t Expect A Corporation to be Altruistic OR Giant Bummer Post

I saw something this week that I had sort of an odd take on.

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, Hasbro is going back on the original D&D licensing agreement to try to get a taste (or outright own) anything that uses D&D as a backing. So like Critical Role, Pathfinder, all those D&D-based Kickstarters, etc.

But I really want to focus on the end of the video. Cause its something he says that caught me off guard. That he always tried to give Wizards of the Coast the benefit of the doubt and now he is disillusioned about the company.

And this seems to be the general sentiment on the internet.

To which I say…why the hell did you give any corporation the benefit of the doubt. I expected this shit a lot sooner.

You flat out cannot have a corporation that is both 1) altruistic and 2) for-profit. It is impossible. Oh sure, plenty of companies talk about all the good things they do. But, that, by default, is all bullshit.

Corporates have a fucking legal obligation to do things that will benefit the shareholders to the highest degree. FURTHER, I would argue, that if you truly believed in the societal benefit of what you were doing, you wouldn’t be making money in the first place. You would be a non-profit.

Oh you aren’t a non-profit, then profit comes first.

There is all this discourse right now about how this is not in the spirit of D&D and not what the founders envisioned. Ok…then why did they sell the company. They sold the company because they wanted fucking money. Motherfucking money.

I want to be clear. I am not at all saying this is the right thing to do. What I am saying is that money is always going to come first for any company. Period. The end. There is no trust. Never forget the 239th rule of acquisition: Never be afraid to mislabel a product.

Plus, Hasbro has a long history of this kind of shit (profiteering and mismanagement). Look at all that analyst criticism late last year around how they handled Magic the Gathering.

This has happened before elsewhere. And will happen again.

Does anyone remember the outcry when Warcraft 3 Reforged came out and it turns out they changed their licensing agreement so that Blizzard owned all mods. Why did this happen?

Cause both DOTA and League of Legends came from a Warcraft 3 mod. And instead of Blizzard getting big checks from Valve and Riot, Blizz gets fucking nothing.

Half of the corporate game these days is licensing agreements. Fuckin, there are whole companies who just get acquired to use their IP to sue other people. You know why Blackberry still exists? IP licensing.

To be honest, I am really surprised Hasbro didn’t change it the second they acquired Wizards of the Coast. Maybe it wasn’t a huge deal until recent lawsuits added drama. Maybe they didn’t see D&D has a big money maker outside of the video games till now. Who knows.

Where does this leave us? I don’t fucking know. Was having a conversation with a wise man, who made a point about Steam. Right now, we have a reliable service provided by the savior of the internet where they are just happy being the depository of PC gaming. What happens when Gabe is gone and they become…less benevolent. I don’t fucking know. Be happy we have what we have right now.

And we already have Pathfinder trying to be a gap filler for D&D. And more will come. People will jump ship.

Wizards flat out underestimated how much the nerds really need D&D. They don’t. Magic players need the cards. D&D players need their imagination.

This is going to get dumber before it gets better.

I want to end on a broad note. Because I feel like this is not Shakespearean betrayal. This is like the shifty guy at the beginning of one of those crime procedurals who you know will fuck over everyone. That’s what this is. And that’s EVERY corporation.

Look, Ill keep it simple. There is one solid constant in the universe: Everything good is temporary.

And that’s kind of how I feel about D&D. Be glad that these communities existed. Evolve into something that doesn’t need a corporation, and move on. Sure it will be less unified. Sure the first few years will be a hot mess, but that is the nature of things. And eventually, something will rise to the top, and like 30-50 years from now, they will exploit the shit out of their customers. Time is a flat circle.

Here’s another important thing to keep in mind. Never have heroes. Don’t respect or trust or rely on anything. Be it a corporation or whatever.

They will do the bad thing at some point. Be it for profit or control or power or gratification. They will do something that will crush your soul and faith.

So easy answer, don’t have any of those things. Don’t like anything.

Ebb tide. This kind of stuff is going to happen and then we move to the next thing. So it goes. There is no constant of acceptable human behavior out there. If you have something someone else wants, they will come get it from you. Be it money or whatever.

The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.

That is all.

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