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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Yeah, I tend to get into new stuff that's not new. The albums I've appreciated more this year haven't been recent ones, I've been fully enjoying the Cocteau Twins and giving George Best by The Wedding Present some proper time after pretty much just listening to their main songs for years. Sometimes I discover something really special form the past. After dismissing David Bowie as someone I'm not into apart from the odd song, I finally gave Low a proper go a couple of years ago and that's become one of my favourite albums. Cheers for recommending things though. Marry me Archie by Alvvays has been on my spotify indie pop playlist for a while and I did think their album last year was okay, but ultimately it was a bit too lightweight for me to want to stick with long term. Jane Weaver's one is the only album form last year that I have kept playing. I like her. St Vincent just doesn't do it for me. Courtney Barratt is someone I've casually listened to and sounded fine, but she didn't really blow me away. Maybe I should give her another go.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    The general decline of the album thing is maybe a factor. I'm certainly not saying all music is shit these days or anything. I like songs that are released these days, but then it almost always strikes me as good music, sometimes very good, rather than great music. I'm not making this shit up. It's a real feeling that I don't get with videogames, or tv, or films and probably books if I still read them. I'm prepared to believe it could be a reflection of the type of music I like. I mean, I'm genuinely struggling to see bands around these days of the quality of REM or Pixies or New Order or The Beatles at their best. And I have tried. We're not exactly living in a golden age of Hip-Hop either. Maybe Reggae is really strong these days and I should get into that. As I said above, which I probably posted while you were making that post, I do like the stuff the likes of Madlib and Dilla and Doom and Ghostface and others were chucking out in the first half of the 2000s. Hip hop kind of semi revitalised pop music at the time too.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    I'm more Smash Hits than Uncut to be honest.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Never bought a copy in my life. I know, we all are. 20 years might be a slight exaggeration to be fair. While indie type music had certainly declined by then and never recovered, I did think there was some interesting and decent stuff being made in the first half of the 2000s, particularly in hip-hop. I'd happily stick Madvillainy in a top 20 of all time.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Music definitely isn't as good as it used to be and it's nothing to do with me getting old. There hasn't been a best album of all time contender made in over 20 years. Although 1999's Guerrilla by Super Furry Animals was excellent.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Some are good and some are bad, but not a single Beatles cover has been better than the original.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Certainly up to Automatic for the People. They went more pop, but were just as strong. Green pips Murmur as my favourite R.E.M. album.
  8. Odd, but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person on here who thinks that SSX Bur is the best SSX game by a fucking mile. It had the best courses from 3 and 4 in 60 fps and a brilliant original soundtrack from Junkie XL that builds the better you are doing, but it was the motion controls that really elevated the game above others in the series. Wonderful usage of the nunchuck with simultaneous stick movement and gyro tilting for board turning and the best trick gameplay in all videogames with the inspired mid air shape drawing. Zooming out from full character control and artistically conducting your boarder to do trick after trick feeling loads more satisfying than simple button combos.
  9. Ridge Racer Unbounded is actually the best Ridge Racer even though it's obviously not really a Ridge Racer. At its best, when you chaining various things together to race through the course to reach a time goal it feels as thrilling, deep, and satisfying as any racer ever made. Edge were spot on with their 9/10 score.
  10. Poor software? Quality over quantity, the standard of the Nintendo stuff on Wii U was ludicrously high.Some of it actually made decent use of the second screen too. Personally I reckon it pissed on PS4 and The Bone during its brief time on this earth. Nintendo have given us the two best consoles this generation.
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Absolutely twatted Ebbsleet 4-0 in the first half. The best football I've seen Wrexham play in a long time. Fast movement of the ball, quality first touch passing and some cracking goals including another from Rekeil "backheel" Pyke. Has anyone in the history of football scored all first three goals of the season using the back portion of their foot? Has anyone ever scored the first three senior goals of their career using the back of their foot? That one has to be a record. Excellent performances all over the pitch, but the notable ones were from new guy Brad Walker (crewe loan) who almost matched Summerfield for quality in the midfield and centre back Lawlor who also looks to have now settled, showing his defensive skills along with his quality on the ball. So game over at half time and inevitably the goals didn't continue in the second 45 minutes apart from a header from them. Hard to tell how much of that first half performance was down to Ebbsleet's shitness, but we were amazing. Two tough away games on plastic next at Cosmic_Guru's Sutton and then top of the table Harrogate.
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    Great Gaming Shortcuts.

    Or with a well timed hop over at top speed.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    AAA football ground porn.
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    That's exactly what I do. Just like I used to swap over to analogue for the swimming in Rayman origins/legends. I do think the game shows up the slight inadequacies of the ps4 pad for this type of game though. Should have paid more for the Switch version maybe. It's obviously not terrible or anything, but that Switch Pro is something else. Anyway, I'm right at the end now and I'm very impressed. Love the sophistication and excellence of the controls and all the ideas it keeps presenting you with. They're usually takes on things we've seen before in platformers, but are always wonderfully implemented. There's a nintendo level of refinement here that you almost never see in indie games. And the story/theme is well done too. The music is sensational. Clearly game of the year for me and I can't think of a better 2D platformer since Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze came out.The first time it came out.
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    Song of the Summer 2018

    Summer release things from this year? Quite like this.

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