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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Almost as bad as Henry!
« on: July 21, 2017, 04:11:25 PM »
The price itself is obscene, though.  It strikes me as something which might come from true money-grubbers. This isn't something like a vintage guitar that has an actual high value.  This is an artificially contrived effort to sell something way high made out of wood people have sat on. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Almost as bad as Henry!
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:07:40 PM »
I can't imagine anyone wanting an eyesore like that.  I'm a Beatles fan, but the fact that it came from Hollywood Bowl wood means absolutely nothing to me.  I'm probably overreacting, but ideas like this one seem kind of abnormal to me. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 21, 2017, 04:37:53 AM »
I think that's what we call choreography :)

I think that can look good when some bands can choreograph their moves.  Usually, I've just stood up there and played, though.  Through the years, I've especially developed an admiration for lead singers who can sing well and also move gracefully and establish a stage presence.  I'm speaking of famous artists for the most part.  It's something which isn't as easy as it looks. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:52:44 PM »
Or you are old and rickety and still wear 5 inch platforms. . .

I guess so.  Personally, though, I had a lot of mishaps even when I was much younger.  At practices I would knock things over.  There is an Ibanez bass I knocked off the stand which I wish had.  On stage, I usually stand fairly still to avoid potential problems.  Sometimes when I watch musicians moving around on stage so much, i honestly wonder how they do it without bumping into each other. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:43:45 PM »
"I think the moral of this story is to be sure not to make any negative comments about Garbage vocals in or near the bathroom."

True. Or she might flip the finger at you.

I like Garbage, there is a pop sensitivity there - not toally buried by grunge.

The new Blondie album Pollinator is kind of wearisome though.

I never followed Blondie much.  I didn't follow Garbage much, either.  But a few years ago I saw one of their concerts on TV which I liked.  I also liked their 2016 "Strange Little Birds" album.  I've watched several more concerts on YouTube, old and new.  In some of those, Shirley Manson has also been known to flip the bird at hecklers.  Their music can be a little odd at times.  But I think they give the people their money's worth at concerts.  Plus, Shirley Manson's voice tends to fit that genre well and she has an interesting stage presence. 

It was the girl in this video which got my attention more than Adam Ant--especially as the video progressed. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:29:22 AM »
I think stuff like this may happen more than people realize.  Your mind gets so focused on the music you may not be paying enough attention to other things. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 19, 2017, 07:03:23 PM »
Shirley Manson is amazing! Her turn on "Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles" was superb. Fox was stupid to have cancelled that show.

I think cancelling any really good sci-fi series is all too common.  The most recent example would be the cancellation of "12 Monkeys."  In my opinion, it was even way better than the movie. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 19, 2017, 01:59:33 PM »
She had a reunion with that other band several years ago.  Shirley Manson has made it clear that she idolizes Patti Smith.  Also, Garbage is currently on tour opening for Blondie.  Shirley Manson has also been known to appear in sci-fi.

I think the moral of this story is to be sure not to make any negative comments about Garbage vocals in or near the bathroom. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: German vs. Italian technology
« on: July 18, 2017, 11:45:53 PM »
Spain is actually the only country I have had such a bad experience with that I will never go back there. I'm not a fan of sun and beachlife that is one thing, but I was overwhelmed by the general unfriendlyness. My wife and I + another couple decided in 2003 to go to Spain for 3 weeks, rent a car and see the whole country. We started in Alicante and drove the east coast up, visiting many citys but avoiding the tourist places. Maybe that was the catch, we got that 'I hate tourists look' everywhere. I spoke decent Spanish at the time, but that seemed to piss them off too, if I asked them to repeat anything they responded by talking even faster. And the reckless driving, never seen so many accidents. We even ended up in one..
          That was the longest, worst vacation I ever had. As we approached Barcelona, we heard on the radio that there had been bombing there. So we went up to the pyrinees instead, stayed in a mountaintown called Xandadu (I remember I read it like Xanadu). It was like another country! Just so nice, friedly people, great food. I wished we had just stayed up north, It was the same thing all over again when we travelled back to the south (through Madrid). Except for that stay in the north, Granada was the only town where we felt welcome. Well, with heat like that I'd be grumpy too!

Since that vacation, we stick to Belgium and Holland, great places.. Been to England too (and travelled through a couple of German cities)  and only ever met nice people.

When they told me that about Spain, I had to take it seriously.  Because I know them well and they are experienced travelers.  What gets me is that I hadn't heard that about Spain before.  They only visited the southern part of Spain.  I don't have the details of the trip yet because they just got back.  I suppose, though, their account will be similar to yours.  Maybe going to Spain some day and trying out my Spanish isn't such a good idea after all.  It got up to a 110 there while they were there.  But that's to be expected.  They went to Granada last and were impressed with the Alhambra.  One of them is an art expert.  So Spain certainly has a lot of that. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: German vs. Italian technology
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:30:39 PM »
My first trip to Europe many years ago was to Germany.  The three main cities I visited were Frankfurt, Nuremberg and Munich.  When I took the train from Frankfurt,  I was actually astonished at the sound of German in Munich.  I had heard the different accents in the movies.  But in person I found the Frankfurt and Munich accents to be radically different.  I don't know any German.  I'm just referring to the sounds themselves.  For the first few minutes in the Munich train station I was kind of overwhelmed.  To my ears, it sounded like something had gone wrong with the German language from Frankfurt to Munich.  This is all subjective and I'm sure some people would disagree.  But that's my take on the matter.  I've mentioned this in another thread, but thought i'd mention it again since Munich came up. 

I have some friends who just got back from Spain.  I was surprised when they told me that they had found Spain a little unfriendly.  It just isn't the kind of thing you'd expect to hear from them.  I wouldn't want to let that stop me from going to Spain some day, though.  I'd also like to go to Portugal. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: German vs. Italian technology
« on: July 18, 2017, 05:40:42 AM »
Indiana Jones--Austrian vs. German Way

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 15, 2017, 10:44:43 PM »
I'd be happy to help her out with that.  ;)

Sexy Scottish accent.  I wouldn't mind at all being on that stage playing bass. 

The Bass Zone / Re: Looking for a Hollowbody
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:08:44 PM »
Wow, Tesla is still around? Hadn't heard of them in at least 20 years.

They're literally youngsters compared to Golden Earring and the Rolling Stones. 

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