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|Back To School|
School will start later than usual for me, Monday's my first day back. Starting 12th grade, my last year of high school before heading off to college. All the teachers are different than last year's, and my class changed up a lot, a bunch of people coming in and out, but thankfully the few close friends I have are still there. For some reason, I feel as if the year will be better than any other I've had so far. The hours are great, I have all but one afternoon off, and I think I'll finally be able to have a nice time at school and not slack off. I'm in the school basketball team, I'm the starting point guard, and it's been the most fun I've ever had there in a while. So yeah, all stuff combined, I'm feeling confident the year's gonna be great. Feel free to share your situation, high school experiences, whatever you want. List is some of my digs of the summer.
Okay, so everyone here who talks to me regularly knows I'm a huge 90's grunge fan. Screaming Trees are a band that's a joy to find, so talented yet went completely under the radar. Buzz is an excellent album, a great influence of American punk and late 60's psychedelia in an underrated, essential record of the genre. 4/5.
|2||John Butler Trio|
John Butler's short but diverse discography seems to go unnoticed here, which is a shame. He's probably past his prime by now, his past releases have been decreasing, but up until Grand National the man was on fire. Here, his best qualities are put on display, a catchy, relaxed and introspective jam rock album. Some nice funk and pop traces here. 4/5.
R.E.M.'s influence on indie rock is often, sadly overlooked. Murmur, Reckoning and Automatic, to name a few, are essentials. They decreased from late 90's to early 00's, but they came back strong on Accelerate, a strong "return to roots" record, that is as fun and energetic as it is short. 3.5/5.
Live at The Moore
Absolutely stunning performance, Mad Season really was an insanely gifted band. Another amazing Seattle collaboration, a "supergroup" of sorts, uniting members from Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees, coming to life in a bone chilling live concert. Time will continue to prove the value they had. 4.5/5.
|5||The Tallest Man on Earth|
Another amazing find for me, The Tallest Man On Earth's simple but direct, honest and emotional style already perfectly shown in a stunning debut album from one of the most promising and talented folk artists of our time. Dylan comparisons aside, as inevitable as they may seem, Mattsson is really good. 4.5/5.
If you know me well enough here, you'll know Pearl Jam is one of my all time favorite bands. Expecting a band to maintain the level of greatness found in Ten or Vs. would not make sense, yet they've never put out a bad album. That being said, Riot Act is an excellent surprise, a muscular art rock record that sees Pearl Jam at an impressive moment of form. 4/5.
|7||The Smashing Pumpkins|
Being a huge alternative rock fan, I can't believe it took me so long to finally hear Smashing Pumpkins' discography. Having started on it recently, I've found myself coming back to Siamese Dream incessantly, over and over again for the past month. Every song is just stunning (Spaceboy aside, in my opinion), creating a truly impressive album and a timeless classic. 5/5.
Court and Spark
Excellent offering by an immensely talented folk artist, Joni Mitchell. Her jazz influences make a stunning impact here, and though the last 2 or 3 songs sort of deteriorate, the majority of the album is a great experience, a relaxing ride that makes for a great listen on a cloudy winter afternoon. 4/5.
Buckethead's discography is ridiculously scary, his comic book influenced Pikes series is stretching a little bit, his outputs are more often miss than hit. But when he hits, he's worth hearing. On Pearson's Square, he shows it. Ditching his heavy metal riffs and distorted electric guitars, he goes mostly acoustic on a mellow, ambient trip that offers some memorable moments, guitar noodling aside. Opener and closer are especially great. 3/5.
|Just started my senior year of high school as well. Good luck!|
8 is awesome, and I agree with your assessment and rating of it. :]
|Thanks, good luck yourself, try to have a nice time.|
Yeah 8 is excellent, glad I discovered it :]
|Thanks! It's going to be a very busy year for me, but as long as I can jam music while I work I don't really mind it all that much.|
|I just started my A2 year, which I believe is the British equivalent of 12th grade. I had a pretty up and down year last year, but really looking forward to this year. Me and two friends have just started a cult film club and our first meeting is next week. Good luck to you!|
|Thanks, Sint dude. Yeah, last year was amazing for me in terms of grades, and I discovered that I'm actually really talented for playing basketball, but a bunch of personal stuff got in the way, I'm confident next year will be even better. King bud, I've gotten used to having my hours full of work to do, you'll catch the gist of it soon.|
|Oh yeah, I've been really busy in the past but this year looks to be even more so with applications and such. It's all good though!|
|For 12th grade I have less classes than in the past couple of years (I finished Chemistry and Philosophy already) but I'm assuming Maths and Biology will continue to keep me busy on my free afternoons.|
|whoa dude you're only a senior? could've sworn you were older than me haha|
|honestly thought he was younger|
the world is full of surprises when it comes down to it.
|Senior year was an interesting one... first half was miserable as fuck and the second half was amazing. Great year over all. |
|senior year rn, it's pretty chill considering I'm doing online and will probably be completely done by January.|
|Wish I was still in high school hahaha.|
|I started school almost a month ago WTF|
|Damn, school in Texas started literally a month before you. When do you get out?|
|I started school well over a month ago lol. Anyways, good luck with your last year.|
|damn daniel you lucky bastard i thought you were older|
|started school back in august, right now its my 11th grade year|
kinda scary that im gonna be old enough to leave my parents in only 2 more years
|damn yall even younger than my baby brother :/|
|Funny to see how many other Sputnik users are around my age - I always imagine everyone else here as being twenty-somethings.|
|"Starting 12th grade"|
"I'm a huge 90's grunge fan"
"a huge alternative rock fan"
yeah makes sense
|Less than 5 weeks of school left for me. :]|
|5 is so great|
|I could swear you were older Fripp ahah, best of luck to you.|
Sonoma, I finish in June. What about you?
Supercoolguy, no worries 11th grade is chill. As long as you don't start slacking, that is.
Ahah OvDeath, there's no required age for listening to any type of music though.