Thursday, November 30, 2006

Johnny Rumble:
Pictures...

Because Blogger won't allow people to post more than 5 pictures at a time, you'll have to click on a link.

http://usera.imagecave.com/kiltwearingpunk/Beale_Touge/

Pictures of the Beale Touge, some of the road, and some of the surrounding scenery. If I can do it, I'll get a video of the drive. While it won't give you the whole expirence, it will hopefully give you a taste...

John/KWP

Trav:
Small Update Time

In creative writing we're doing a poetry unit, and I'm writing new stuff- I got bored redoing previous ideas. So now I'm trying to write new stuff, which preferebly won't turn out horrible. If it isn't too bad then I'm adding it; the only problem is most of the poetry assignments she's having us do restrict our creativity with the constraints of the assignment.

On another note we are doing our own modern stereotype prologue a la The Canterbury tales. I will hope to use this as a basis(characters, general characteristics and the details) to get me focused back into writing, since ive been doing these poems I've not really had a chance to get writing any type of story.

My hope is to get back into writing and try my hand of another short story, and any progress deemed readable I shall forthwith put up on the blog.

Oi
Trav

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Johnny Rumble:
Converstations...

Had a discussion with my English chap about how to determine what bands consitiute as "emo" or not. Here's the results...

Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
it might be good to establish what exactly counts as emo these days
John/KWP says:
that's a long and slippery road....
John/KWP says:
cause there are so many examples that are, but arn't by the same token...
John/KWP says:
we could say Fall Out Girls are, but then there's the Dance song that has no emo tones....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
the lyrical content is emo
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
that's for damn sure
John/KWP says:
not from what i've heard....
John/KWP says:
hang on...i'll look.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
I'd say it does
John/KWP says:
RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!
John/KWP says:
okay...it does....
John/KWP says:
i wasn't hearing the words though...
John/KWP says:
okay....maybe a better one would be Jimmy Eat World?
John/KWP says:
early vs. now maybe?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
well Jimmy Eat World were called emo back in the days of "The Middle" so I'd call them emo cos that's what was labelled to them back then
John/KWP says:
I don't remeber The Middle being called emo...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
maybe it was just over here
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
it was where I first came across the term,that and dashboard confessional
John/KWP says:
perhaps we have your kind to blame for the whole scene....
John/KWP says:
your kind=British....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
possibly,UK music journalism is just shoddy,and then it spreads everywhere else
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
NME being particularly to blame
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
grrr
John/KWP says:
The Middle is defantly not emo....
John/KWP says:
If it is emo then TRM's Best Day Till Tomorrow is emo...
John/KWP says:
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/The-Middle-lyrics-Jimmy-Eat-World/FDA58ED99C53970748256BA300203ECC
John/KWP says:
there the lyrics...
John/KWP says:
perhaps what we really need to figure first is by what standards how we define emo...
John/KWP says:
is the lyrics, the music, the stage antics, or the members apperance?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
i think appearance plays a large part,hte antics onstage less so,cos I've seen some emo bands act just like a proper punk band,the music I think should not be ascertained (cos music itself is blameless) and the lyrics are also important
John/KWP says:
I vote purely by lyrics...cause appeance is a fashion sence, and that changes routinely, Stage Antics don't matter cause it's all about the hat of the moment, and the music not at all....Screamo being an exapmle...
John/KWP says:
example*
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
well fallout girl's bassist partakes in stage antics that are reminiscent of both blink AND the offspring
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
dance dance minus lryics would be a badass punk song
John/KWP says:
perhaps...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
and the way the band dresses certainly shows them up as an emo band
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
in my eyes
John/KWP says:
granted, but that's the problem..."in your eyes"
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
I know
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
what do you think?
John/KWP says:
that relies on induvidual perseption....
John/KWP says:
i vote on plain lyrics....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
ok,explain
John/KWP says:
while everyband can be accused of creating "emo-esque" lyrics at some point, a trend does emerge if a catalogue is taken as a whole....
John/KWP says:
if there is a consistent trend is creating emo lyrics then the band is emo....however there are varying degrees of emo.....
John/KWP says:
blink-182 would never be grouped with Fall Out Boy in terms of Emo-ness....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
but their last album....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
that wasn't proper punk
John/KWP says:
regardless....they never were punk to begin with...they were pop/punk.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
yeah that's what I meant
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
and look at angels and airwves
John/KWP says:
and i'm looking at the whole catalouge to begin with....
John/KWP says:
and that's not blink...
John/KWP says:
that's Tom....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
the wrong one
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
you heard +44?
John/KWP says:
I have a few songs....
John/KWP says:
and yes...that is emo...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
really?
John/KWP says:
but it follows the blink trend....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
I thought it was more pop-punk but then again I've not heard it yet
John/KWP says:
now you have....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
no mate,I don't want it if it's emo
John/KWP says:
it's not totally emo, but it does have it's tones....the music and production are great though....
John/KWP says:
besides...you can just delete it if you don't like it...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
I'll give it a listen
John/KWP says:
I'm a punk stalwart, but i find it to be quite good...
John/KWP says:
anyway....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
fair enough
John/KWP says:
When all the music created as a group is taken as a whole, a label can be placed on the group it self....
John/KWP says:
think about this....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
it's easier for people to lump bands in with others
John/KWP says:
if the only Green Day album you had ever heard was 1039 Smooth, you would prolay say that it is emo....
John/KWP says:
it being Green Day.

Transfer of "Plus 44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating.mp3" is complete.

Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
yeah I probably would,lo-fi emo though
John/KWP says:
but because you have heard the other albums and heard the other sounds, they get labeled as a pop/punk band, heavy on the punk....
John/KWP says:
Let's say Metallica created an Emo album....
John/KWP says:
just one, and then went back to thier shittastic metal.....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
heard of load?
John/KWP says:
would the bands label still not be metal?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
on metallica boards there's been arguments over whether the load/reload albums are emo cos they focus a lot of James' feelings rather than anger
John/KWP says:
okay then....theres the example....
John/KWP says:
but Metallica is still known as a metal band right?
John/KWP says:
you see what i'm getting at?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
yeah I see what you mean
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
not so much metal any more,but they're trying to be metal again
John/KWP says:
but you understand....
John/KWP says:
thus, when we go about defining emo, i feel that the catalogue of lyrics are the way to do it...
John/KWP says:
I mean, you said it yourself...GD'
John/KWP says:
s American Idiot feels more emo than normal.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
yeah
John/KWP says:
but you still think that GD is a pop/punk band correct?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
more or less
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
if they're next album is like american idiot it might be time to class them as emo
John/KWP says:
your spliting hairs, where i'm trying to be general, but okay....i see your point.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
at least until they change direction
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
yeah I'm bad for nitpicking
John/KWP says:
really? i hadn't noticed.....lol
John/KWP says:
so just going by what we have come to a semi-lucid conclution.....who consituties as an emo band?
John/KWP says:
Fall Out Boy defnatly....
John/KWP says:
Coheed and Cambria...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
aiden
John/KWP says:
My Chemical Romance.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
dashboard confessional
John/KWP says:
definatly.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
err,AFI?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
or would you call them goth punk?
John/KWP says:
extremely lo-fi.
John/KWP says:
recent AFI....lo-fi emo...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
miss murder reminds me of marilyn manson actually
John/KWP says:
but when all albums put together.....i would say kind of a horror punk in the likes of Misfits...
John/KWP says:
Sing the Sorrow had a differnt lyrisist.
John/KWP says:
Or maybe later TSOL.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
but the imprint of the offspring on them I'd say,especially when they're early stuff was released on dexter holland's label
John/KWP says:
yeah...
John/KWP says:
which is why i say Horror Punk as a whole.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
ok
John/KWP says:
Horror takes into account sing the sorrow style, and punk the early stuff....
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
fair enough
John/KWP says:
Jimmy Eat World?
John/KWP says:
lo-fi, i feel.
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
hmm
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
when you say lo-fi,do you mean grittier?
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
bit more harsh
John/KWP says:
i mean "not as much emo as others" Emo lite if you will...
Fo Shizzle, Iainizzle says:
ok

Opinions from the masses?

John/KWP

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Trav:
Let Us Be Ourselves

Everyone's opinion's
Just a bunch of air.
Can't you all,
Just leave us alone.

Living on those knobs
Or dying on your feet
oh such a puzzler.

We love life so much,
Yet we're always so morose.
gloom and doom abound.

Just let us be ourselves

Oi
Trav

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Trav:
Cynical Psycho

Chorus:
You’re a cynical psycho
The chip on your shoulders
Is far too heavy
The weight of the world
Surrounds you.

You’re just driving deeper,
Always just asking questions
No hassle did I give
Nor excess trouble cause
But those who disrupt
Continue on driving the thorn
When you give them the chance

Chorus:

Oi
Trav

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Trav:
A Glimpse of Life

No Way

No life, no friends,
No Way

Sitting here in this room
Computers clicking away-I'm a ghost invisible.
All of life is the same, you think they care
Until you say it or put pen to paper,
One moment they're friends,
Then one moment you have

No life, no friends,
No fucking way

You just sit there in this fog
As the darkness comsumes you;
Forever in shadow.
You depend on a few, the anchor in a storm,
Yet the cable breaks, and so too does your lifeline.

Oi
Trav

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Trav:
Remember the Sacrifices

Remember all the soldiers, sailors,and Airmen, in all the wars who've fought and died around the world to help end conflicts, through both World Wars, and other battlegrounds and those currently in the armed services, serving in harms way, to protect and defend the rights of others.

A new year, again the parade
Pomp and circumstance
It never shall fade.
For long gone is your gloried prance,
A memory now dusty with age
The gas's long gone, and your life's returned
For the 11th hour on that 11th day you came away
Flanders Ypres Gallipoi
Their calls you escaped.

A generation and ten fold the horrors
All the streets mothers, again set to wailing
They pour their tears.
The drawn Curtain on jungles shadow is lifted.
The morals less clear, yet still you go forth in fear.

Many a year has passed, and now they've need of you once more.
The die is cast, another son off to war.
the line in the sand is new, but the feelings of old remain.
Victory for you bloodstained cover is not to be, for the bullet you could not stop.

Long ago a parting gift was gave,
and then was carried forth,
Through Flanders, portugal and Spain
Comfort was the words you gave,
far off upon that desert roof
Presiding over death
Never expecting your next call,
to come from thine own self.

many a fellow's brought you back,
for though you've a shabby jacket, your spine is strong.
For another generations call you wait, once more onto the beach.

Trav

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Johnny Rumble:
The Great Mistake...

The guns have stopped firing
7:30 on a gentle July day
The 1st of the month
The last day for many
Your captains whistle has blown
Up over the top and away you go

Chorus:
Six Hundred thousand
Sent to their early grave
The Great British Fuck Up
On this gentle July day.

You expected in to be easy
Thought you’d survive to the end
A week left in the trenches
Paris in sight by weeks end
Yet you lay motionless
For all to be seen

Chorus:

Straight into the devils lair
Machine gun fire, Endless slaughter
Wave after wave of human death
March you did, died as well too.
What did you die for?
Only a mile or two.

Chorus:


John/KWP

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Trav:
Sol's tear

The rain comes down
As the fine mist glows,
For Sol’s last ray,
A tear’s been shed.
No longer does the fiery atom
Looking up from its resting place
Show impatiance
A sneer glowing with joy,
Replaced by triumphant vindication
Our decency taunted by the animal’s rage.
And with it a final battle the atom brings forth

Oi Trav

KaTlYnN:
Question

Okay so I got into a debate in class about this the other day and I want your opinions... can a relationship last if the two people in the relationship dont see eye to eye on the subject of "religion?" Yes I know touchy subject...

Johnny Rumble:
Life Update Time...

What to say, what to say...

Well...my parents are in Korea for the next two weeks, so I've got this craptastic governement housing all to me lonesome self. Horray for solitude.

My dog Sweetie was diagnosied with low Thyriod a few weeks ago and got her perscription. She's been doing much much better now. She can acctually acsend the stairs now.

I've discovered what just might be the best subsitute for sex in the area. And no, it's not cronic masturbation. But a couple of semi-touge (Touge, pronounced toe-gay, Japanese for "winding Mountain road." If you've ever seen Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the final drift sequence was filmed on a touge.) out just past the guard shacks. Smartville Road and Hammonton Smartville Road are both very interesting road to drive. Loads of corners and hi-speed sweepers. The road surface it self is of pretty shitty quality, so speeds can't reach too far beyond the posted limts. I've been flogging my itty bitty Saturn SL2 up and down the roads like a crack addict running between crack houses. The very same accident-prone SL2 with a leaking water pump. Yes.

My US history class here on base has been anything but fun however. Half the stuff that is covered here, I learned way way back in High school. Oh well...I guess that's what I get when I got to a community college. Lesson learned.

Also, I swapped phone numbers with this incredibly smart and funny (damn cute too) woman. But, alas, I'm nervous (okay, i'm a pansy) about calling her. I've always been keen on avoiding ackward moments if at all possible. I don't know, but I kind of hope she will call first, but I'll probably just have to grow some balls and dail the damn numerics.

Fuck it, I'm gonna go drive those touges again. At least I'm not nervous about flipping my car at 80 miles per hour. Weird how that works.

John/KWP