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  1. Mr. X

    Things To Do In Chicago

    Adding another vote for the architecture boat tour, as well as the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry. If you are into craft beer, find your way up to Hopleaf. The food there is solid as well. Quimby's Queer Store (or maybe it's just called Quimby's Bookstore now?) is one of my favorite stores in the country. Lots of zines and underground comics and books from independent publishers. Myopic Books is not far from there, if you need even more books. I kind of love the Billy Goat Tavern for a quick burger and a cheap beer, plus it's an excuse to go down to the lower level of Michigan Ave.
  2. Whoah. Wild. I remember Jamie L (I think it was him) saying something along the lines of you not being a full member or what not until your post count exceeded your member number. This was shortly after the tradition of your council title being given to you by longer-tenured board members had sort of faded away.
  3. Mr. X

    How did you pick your screen name?

    Him as board historian sounds about right, but I can't remember anything definitive.
  4. Mr. X

    Top books of 2019

    Took a look at what I read in 2019, ignored rereads, and picked ten that jumped out as the ones I remember enjoying the best. Here they are, alphabetically by author: Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, Hanif Abdurraqib The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo Tiamat's Wrath, James S. A. Corey Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt Bright Dead Things: Poems, Ada Limon (No contest, this was my favorite thing I read last year.) Circe, Madeline Miller There There, Tommy Orange Cannibal, Safiya Sinclair Educated, Tara Westover
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    That is so sweet on the part of your parents! And yeah, cricket can seem pretty confusing at times, but it definitely helps to watch it a bit, ideally with someone who can give you the basics of what's going on. And while I'm certainly no expert, I have watched a fair bit of it over the past 8 years or so (mostly on TV but also in person), so feel free to drop a line if you want a fellow American noob's take on the sport.
  6. Top two that come to mind: Lizzo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFiLdByWIDY Run the Jewels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-syZXHPcJE
  7. Mr. X

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    I second all of this.
  8. Mr. X

    Guitar amp cross polination

    This is the modern world:
  9. Mr. X

    Guitar amp cross polination

    I find it to be the exact opposite of that, but, as you say, the difference is fairly marginal.
  10. Mr. X

    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    The bus still exists. Or at least this one does: https://www.nycairporter.com They drop you off on Lexington instead of Park, but otherwise it's the same deal. You can also do public transit the whole way with the Q70 bus to the 7 train at Roosevelt/74th st. The 7 takes you right to Grand Central. Haven't done that in a long while, but in theory it's improved since the Q70 is one of the "Select Bus Service" routes now where you use your Metrocard to get a timestamped ticket you hold onto as proof of fare (very European style) and where you travel in dedicated lanes. There's also the M60 bus to the 4/5 trains at 125th in Manhattan. Grand Central is then 3 stops down.
  11. Yes, especially given how focused a lot of their albums are in terms of not only theme, but also sound. 69 Love Songs does make for an excellent shuffle opportunity on its own, however.
  12. "Things" is a great opener. Frightened Rabbit definitely knew some things about sequencing albums. The song I linked is by a guy named Ted Leo who releases most of his music as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, which is frequently abbreviated as Ted Leo/Pharmacists (or TL/Rx if you want to save keystrokes). Confusingly enough, sometimes Pharmacists is added to his name even when he's not playing with a full band. Anyway, Ted is one of my all-time favorite musicians/songwriters. I don't think he's ever released a bad album, but the first three full-band TL/Rx albums are flawless: The Tyranny of Distance (I linked the opening track earlier), Hearts of Oak, and Shake the Sheets.
  13. Have yet to get into Pedestrian Verse, but I've been enjoying the hell out of Winter of Mixed Drinks. "Swim Until You Can't See Land" is one of those songs that will just lodge itself in your head and not let go. I'm singing it to myself right now. All in all, I cannot stop singing. I cannot start sinking. I swim until it ends. And if you don't catch that reference, please catch that reference. It's one of my favorite songs of all time.
  14. This is interesting. I'll have to listen more closely.
  15. Come on now, I've been on this board long enough to expect unsolicited feedback when quoting someone in a music or reading thread. One might even call non-explicitly soliciting feedback.... Thanks for the info. I'll check out the other albums. And yeah, "It takes more than fucking someone to keep yourself warm" is one of those lines that was a "STOP EVERYTHING - THAT'S AMAZING" kind of moment when listening the first time. Doesn't hurt that the melody is super catchy too.
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