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  1. great article, love that the writer's a fan of the band too. his impressions of the band's dynamics and legacy -- tom the "iconoclast" and pop-punk being "perseverance" -- are spot-on. pics are phenomenal too. i thought skiba's quotes about being deferential to tom were honest. of course i like to hear that the three got together and had a band meeting too, i hope it was cathartic for all of them. obviously mark's comment about "how would that work, the four of us" is perhaps the most eye-opening, but i'm certain he said that in passing. i just can't see a future where skiba plays second fiddle to tom or vice-versa. it just doesn't make sense.
  2. i think it was mark that came up w the distinctive WMAA riff. he said in an interview on a podcast earlier this year with chris from LTJ that he was trying to play the riff from JAR by green day but messed up and liked the sound of it.
  3. couple things to post since the board is very quiet lately. mark had a piece in GQ's latest issue about his cancer journey. blink-182 italia mercifully posted some excerpts but i'm still looking for the whole thing. here's some key sections: in addition, it looks like he was visiting san diego today with jack; jack posted some really rare blink cassettes and WIP mix CDs on his instagram story. some screenshots here for posterity. i'd love to hear some of these, lol, even the most random "up 5db" mix.
  4. please! there’s not a good quality public domain photo of him yet available IMO.
  5. yeah, this i understand more than ever as an adult, but there are ways to minimize your absence even as a touring artist with a family, i think. shorter run shows, over like two weeks. hitting major cities instead of everywhere on a north american tour, playing festivals here and there. i completely understand his desire to spend more time with family no question, and it looks like travis and mark did too, but it was obvious that tom was just itching to do something entirely his own (AVA), for years up to ‘05. the purported solo emails, BCR as a whole, etc. he just used the family thing as an excuse to bail on his friends so he could exert more control over a project.
  6. indeed this is about where it began. it’s too sloppy and outrageously out of tune
  7. anybody into origami angel? dont know if it's been discussed here. great record
  8. lmaoooo i only just realized this recently! and then i was like... why wasn't that fixed? haha
  9. this is a pretty interesting take. combined with his pretty obvious and uncomfortable response to fame, plus later delusions of grandeur, this may not be far off.
  10. definitely TOYPAJ-era, but he's always been a very spotty vocalist. he sounds the most consistent at the peak of the band's fame, both live and in studio. he gets sloppier with each successive tour from there, and then there's a huge shift with AVA obviously (most clear when you compare distraction with anything else on WDNTW). to tell you the truth he's never really recovered. he sounded horrible on all the reunion blink tours, and it's pretty comical on the latest AVA dates/recordings. at least it appears the weird guttural grunts and noises he was into a decade ago are gone.
  11. to clarify i suppose i should say the guitarist — pre-filmed or not — captures the sound well and in the case of family reunion, adding little solo-y things to the end that sound awesome and add to the enjoyment. i just thought it sounded cool is all i’m saying.
  12. those vids are great. crazy to see what blink would be like with a GOOD guitarist interested to be there and having fun. unreal to think how enjoyable that might be.
  13. as a huge fan of blink, i can honestly say i don't really give a shit about it. who cares? they seem to genuinely like each other and while the PDA is a little gross lol it's not a big deal. trav loves to be in the limelight so this is nothing new.
  14. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/willow-travis-barker-musicians-on-musicians-1239080/ mildly interesting, but apparently travis sold or left the studio he and mark used to own, opra, where they made everything since +44. i did think recent pics of travis in the studio looked different, and i'll admit, when i first looked up the street view of opra it seemed like a really shitty area lol
  15. unbelievable analysis @Champ182. i definitely agree about jxdn or whatever. MGK feels somewhat different because he’s flirted with pop punk his whole career, and the LP winkingly uses pop punk tropes and cliches in a celebratory way. likewise kennyhoopla, another travis collaborator, has always done this type of stuff. but the jxdns and whoever’s next, plus the random olivia rodrigo stuff, feels much as you described
  16. i don’t think travis is the worst in being a showy performative drummer, and there’s really nothing wrong with it anyway. he DEFINITELY enjoys a tabloid lifestyle though, no surprises there
  17. just was reading the new book by dave grohl, the storyteller, which is entertaining. i didn't know this until now, but apparently both foo fighters and blink share the same tour manager, gus brandt. i'd been reading this whole book wondering why he kept referring to a "gus" while on tour, then it hit me haha. don't know why that surprised me, but i found it interesting nonetheless. blink gets exactly one mention, in the context of performing a big day out 00:
  18. alright, i'm not sure when this was last done (certainly it has been), but modern blink has now released nearly 50 songs in total, not counting joke songs and including collabs. let's rank 'em. there's plenty of songs in here i disliked upon first release that have grown on me, and there's others that have fallen down the rankings. some remain the same (IRWIHY should've never even seen the light of day... IMO). cynical san diego pin the grenade heaven generational divide home is such a lonely place no heart to speak of bored to death SOOHM sober 6/8 los angeles KOTW teenage satellites hey i'm sorry on some emo shit long lost feeling TOTTM darkside run away the first time ransom misery hungover you parking lot rabbit hole quarantine BIOMY no future out of my head not another christmas song left alone black rain happy days don't mean anything california scumbag last train home bottom of the ocean good old days PS I hope you're happy why are we so broken it's all fading to black remember to forget me wildfire death bed let me down i really wish i hated you
  19. it's definitely a very unusual show. sometimes the writing is terrible, sometimes it's great -- and none of that can matter unless the audience is tuned in. it's mainly tourists in the audience at nearly midnight on a saturday, and if they aren't laughing, it won't catch fire. plus it's always at war with having a broad sensibility and being for comedy nerds. for a sketch to do really well, like more cowbell back in the day, is surprising.
  20. champ are we the same person? haha. i have the same view on SNL. it's almost always been extremely hit or miss, it's very much like following a sports team. i do however appreciate a blink reference on national TV.
  21. wonderful news, i’m so happy that he’s received this news. i was very worried about it. in a bigger sense, i’m so grateful we’ll be able to listen to mark make music, and perform, into the future.
  22. i've enjoyed a few tunes of MGK's tickets to my downfall in the past year, mainly title track and jawbreaker. but i just gave the whole thing a listen and i fucking love this shit haha. it's such a fun listen, combining a lot of classic pop punk themes with some tight (and enjoyably formulaic) songwriting. it's definitely a top-tier pop punk effort in my book, a pretty important LP in the history of the genre at this point. feels gratifying to see pop punk back in the limelight, and while i never expected MGK would be the one who spearheaded it, i appreciate it all the same. also, "nothing inside" sounds almost copy-pasted from "on some emo shit", right down the chords/drum pattern/808s lmao
  23. it took me an extremely long time to come around to wishing well, as in like very lately haha. when the album came out there were so many songs i felt like were too-obvious in their throwback nature: EISF, MH4.17.2011 or whatever, and wishing well. it felt like a lazy riff -- like jar said, had been played on modlife for years -- and its chorus seemed generic. these days i like it a lot more. feels like a classic tom riff and some of the lyrics aren't bad. i still love GOTDF a ton. despite this album's noticeable lack of bridges, i always enjoyed the very U2-esque build it's got going. as a person who's always more or less disliked AVA, it felt like a cool direction the band could be going in that never was.
  24. this was my first album release i got to be a part of as a fan, so this was special for me. it was a little disappointing as a whole because it was so clear they weren't unified in its creation, or really getting along as bandmates... a decade later, it still feels disjointed and unfinished, in some ways. the sequencing is weird and there's a few tunes i could do without. still, there's more than your fair share of enjoyable moments -- kaleidoscope, after midnight, GOTDF, wishing well, all of these remain solid blink songs. was proof that they were greater together, even through a computer and living in different "neighborhoods", than apart. i remember it leaking from a russian source on like the 15th or something. i've still got my interpunk pre-order pink vinyl, i think. was a fun time to be a fan, despite the wait and nature of it all.
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