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The Flood / Re: 1995 albums
« Last post by Verbatim on April 25, 2019, 08:40:33 AM »
how far are you willing to go to listen to an album that isn't freely available on any streaming service and has no seeded torrents

turns out, i'm willing to go pretty fucking far
I am intrigued
so, i was in the process of listening to the first two albums of some fuck-off garage rock band called Railroad Jerk leading up to their 1995 album, One Track Mind, but since they don't have a spotify, i had to try for youtube, which usually has everything i could ever want

i was able to find and listen to a full upload of their entire self-titled debut, which is not a good album by any means, but because they're such an unpopular band, the upload did not have any advertisements breaking up any of the songs whatsoever, which made for a nice listening experience (i'm opposed to adblockers, so this is rare for me)

the second album, Raise the Plow, was a bitch and a half to find on the internet, and i was about to give up before i decided it would actually be a kind of fun little game to play to piece the album together using my google-fu

no spotify, no youtube, no torrents—short of buying a physical copy of the album from amazon, or digging through my dad's colossal CD collection (which assumes he even has what i'm looking for), i had to find ten individual songs all on my own

the band does have a myspace page with three albums, but none of the albums are complete, and none of them contained any of the songs i was looking for

only three tracks (#1, #4, and #9) were available for listening on youtube, but in order to make any use of these, i had to find every single track in-between, as well, since i'm not gonna listen to the album out of order

YouTube

at the end of the game, this is the quality of music that i can look forward to

as most people should know by now, the secret to google-fu is the clever use of quotation marks, which forces the engine to only give you results in the exact order specified in your search query—and depending on where i place the quotation marks, i might just be able to narrow down the results to what i'm looking for

- railroad jerk [song title]
- railroad jerk "[song title]"
- "railroad jerk [song title]"
- "[song title] railroad jerk"

each of these queries would yield wildly different results, and each of them was necessary to find all ten tracks

Track #2 was found on some old-looking russian online radio website that happened to upload entire playlists of radio segments, where i was able to find the track about an hour and thirty-seven minutes into one of them (not that i listened through the whole thing; they had each of the songs listed and timestamped, which was rather convenient)

Track #3 was found on some shady german music sampling website with individual songs uploaded, but every time you clicked on anything, at least two or three malicious ads would pop up, but i was undeterred—the bitrate on this track was so fucking bad, too, but i was just happy to have found the track or free

at this point, it's not even about listening to the full album, and more about seeing if i can ACTUALLY complete it through this process

Track #5 was probably the craziest one—i found it on a super shady .mp3 provider, but before it let me download anything, it gave me a list of these "offers," and i had to pick one to accept before it allowed me to proceed

most of these "offers" involved luring you in with something like a $100 gift card to some restaurant, which in turn involved signing up to some other creepy website that asks for your credit card details and shit, but one of the offers just had you play a simple dungeon-crawling browser game where you play as a skeleton with a spear until you've killed at least three other players, or thirty-three NPCs

it was the shittiest and cheapest game you've ever seen in your life, but i was determined to complete this shitty '90s rock album that nobody has ever listened to, so i went ahead and actually did it—i killed thirty-three NPCs (which sucked, not just because the game sucks, but because every time you died, you had to start all over from zero)

and then it didn't give the file to me OH WELL (i wound up finding it somewhere else anyway)

still four more songs to go—every now and then, i would happen upon some other eastern european music sampling websites that would give you the option to stream the song first before downloading it, but more often than not, it would end up playing a completely different song—either frank sinatra or some shitty-ass pop song that had nothing to do with anything, and it would always alternate between those two no matter what jank-ass website i stumbled on

it wasn't before too long before i actually completed it, though

Tracks #6, #7, #8, and #10 i was able to find uploads of on various blogs (one of them being tumblr, of all things) that uploaded these foreign music "podcasts," which are essentially just these two-hour playlists of the most random collections of songs ever, and had each of their songs listed below the player (in that weird "[song title] [band name]" format, which was throwing my queries off at first)

one bizarre thing about these particular playlists is that, if they detect that you're not from their region, which i wasn't, they actually stop you from rewinding the playlist—it'll tell you that you're not allowed to do that—so if i fucked up while sifting through the songs and i had to go back, i had to refresh the entire page just to be able to do that

i did wind up completing the entire album, though, and the most remarkable thing about it is that i didn't have to download a single thing, which probably would've infected my computer with all kinds of malware and other fun stuff—nope, i was able to find streams of every single track, even if i had to look into the weirdest fucking places to do it

that's the power of the internet though, i suppose

oh and btw the album sucked tbh 5/10
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gundams are ugly
The crazy main character ones yes.  The generic military style one do look neat and they have a standard military style paint job
these legs are an affront to god
Spoiler

sure, but the version from Thunderbolt looks fine.


big yikes

is that what your mom said when you were born!?!?!?!
no u!!!!!!!1111
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The Flood / Re: Verb, have you seen this film?
« Last post by Verbatim on April 25, 2019, 07:35:15 AM »
hmm, i remember sleeping on it because YMS gave it a 5/10 (not that he's an authority; we just look for similar things in movies), but since you thought to make a thread specifically to recommend me something, i suppose i can check it out, since the premise is definitely intriguing

it's currently finals week atm though, so i'll be busy all weekend + i'm seeing endgame on sunday, so i'll need a minute
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The Flood / Verb, have you seen this film?
« Last post by Turkey on April 25, 2019, 03:49:47 AM »
YouTube


If not, you should
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The Flood / Re: Where the fuck did Monday go?
« Last post by Mmmmm Napalm on April 24, 2019, 11:51:25 PM »
I mean, the Popo are blind to the Polly
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The Flood / Re: 1995 albums
« Last post by Mmmmm Napalm on April 24, 2019, 09:36:05 PM »
how far are you willing to go to listen to an album that isn't freely available on any streaming service and has no seeded torrents

turns out, i'm willing to go pretty fucking far

I am intrigued
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gundams are ugly
The crazy main character ones yes.  The generic military style one do look neat and they have a standard military style paint job
these legs are an affront to god
Spoiler

sure, but the version from Thunderbolt looks fine.


big yikes

is that what your mom said when you were born!?!?!?!
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The Flood / Re: 1995 albums
« Last post by Verbatim on April 24, 2019, 08:56:21 PM »
how far are you willing to go to listen to an album that isn't freely available on any streaming service and has no seeded torrents

turns out, i'm willing to go pretty fucking far
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Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers
« Last post by R o c k e t on April 24, 2019, 06:10:15 PM »
Won my first local tournament in Ultimate since launch, by going all Mewtwo lmao.

Haven't won with Fox yet, really confused how that happened.
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