I count Pink Floyd as my favorite band. When it was announced that they would be releasing their first studio album in 20 years, which was based off of material recorded for "The Division Bell" album, I was skeptical. To be honest, I figured it would be the trash from a very 'meh' album's outtakes.
Instead, The Endless River offers up a nice overture of the Floyd catalog. It starts out sounding like Wish You Were Here, invokes some of the Wall and the Final Cut, moves back to Dark Side of the Moon with some Meddle and even a little bit of Saucerful of Secrets type music thrown in. The ending is more recent (post Waters) Floyd, but it works.
Very happy to say that after 4 listens, I'm really digging this album. The one vocal track isn't all that great, but Gilmour's voice does sound older which gives it a bit of a different feel from when we heard him last on Division Bell. One of the bonus tracks (and I'm horrible with track names, especially when most are instrumental) Nervana I believe, is quite rocking for a Floyd diddy, kind of reminded me of the Nile Song.
I really just expected this to be a one listen and done type album. Something I would buy out of "obligation" to my favorite band. In the back of my mind, I had no faith this album would deliver the goods. Happy to say I was wrong.
added bonus - it makes for a nice backdrop to running Guardian Rifts in Diablo 3! A sort of beauty amongst chaos vibe.
After doing some calculations and looking at my expenses through the rest of the year....it doesn't look like I'll be making the jump to current gen consoles anytime soon. At least not this year. A little bummed about that. But ah well. Such is life.
It may be for the best anyways. I honestly don't know what system I'd go for first. I'd like to get both for different reasons. The PS4 for The Order 1886, Last of Us and a few other exclusive re-releases that I never got on PS3. And the Xbox One for Halo Master Chief Collection, and the next Gears of War title.
My worry is...that once I can finally snag a Xbox One, no one will be playing the Halo MCC anymore...Halo 5 may be the new bread & butter. I don't know.
And I'm a little annoyed about Destiny. I apparently got it on the wrong console (xbox 360), so won't be getting any new strike missions until later next year since they are Playstation exclusives. Maybe by then I'll feel like going through and starting over again on the PS4 if I do get one. Just sucks to get burned and then find out to get the real (best) experience, you need to re-buy the game on a different console and rebuy the DLC that you're getting screwed out of on the first console you bought it on. I may just hang it up. I enjoy playing it...but damn I'm tired of the strike missions already. They are really the only way to get anything decent other than doing the raid. Which I honestly don't want to do right now. I guess I just got burned out on it too quickly.
In other news. Starting to put together a schedule and content for my Youtube channel. It's pretty fun. Dunno if it's something I could do full time. But who knows. At least it's fun. I'll post links and updates as I get things done.
Catch you all on the flip side.
Hey all. Just wanted to give you guys a bit of an update - things are well.
Work is good. I have a new supervisor - the guy is cool as fuck, and knows how to call me out on my bullshit.
Gaming is enjoyable... except for the flaming turd that is Destiny. The PS3 has been catching my eye a bit - I want to finish the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix before 2.5 lands next month. A friend also lent me The Last Of Us, so I could finish that (since a coworker returned our office's only copy somewhere else... the dumbass). I also got to reconnect with a couple of friends I hadn't talked to in about a year, so I'm also enjoying the people I'm gaming with (which is important for me).
The GeekDig Podcast is going strong. It hasn't been a flawless effort - Mason landed & started a new job, which kicks ass, but our schedules are incompatible. I've been getting some tremendous input from fellow podcasting buddies - these guys have helped me find better recording equipment, put out my name & endorsement a bit, and it's paying off. I'm still working on a permanent Intro & Outro, but that's nearly resolved (thanks to a YouTube buddy who's allowing me to use his stuff).
That's about it for now... about to crash. Game on, and stay thirsty, my friends.
It's been over a year and a half since I blogged. Last one was painful and the pain, though reduced is still there. But no crises now. My cancer continues grow but after 19 years and many surgeries and treatments, it's hard to get excited about it. Been playing a LOT of Destiny, looking forward to the new COD on tomorrow and, of course, HALO MCC next week! So Destiny may take a back seat for awhile. I hadn't played much Xbox for awhile with only an occasional over 50 Halo night until I got the Xbox One, Titanfall and then Destiny. It's been fun to get back into gaming and reconnecting with fellow gamers!
See ya' on the battle fields!