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|Ponton Pontificates, Episode 1: What do you do?|
If you're independent, or even if you're not, what do you do for work, the fantastic 40-hour (or more) grind each and every week? Do you like your job enough that you would stay there until you can retire (if that's even possible, given the job), or is it just a place holder until you find something better or finish school? Also, what is the worst job you have ever worked and why?
I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But Here
I've been repping this recently, and mainly because I cant put it down. It has a lot of qualities that make a "Sputnik fav album", so I hope more people check it. Think emo rock with relatively strong production values and a vocalist that sells the emotion pretty genuinely, be it in a quiet or loud moment. The fact he sounds just as good live only adds to the great delivery of hooks/lyrics a plenty here. Excited for their new release in April.
The Ugly Organ
Late to this one (only 14+ years). While I haven't really delved too deep into the band's discography, I'm aware that each of their releases varies in sound greatly, and as a result inevitably, its quality too. But this is apparently the sweet spot. I'm aware Domestica is great too, but is much more brash and emotional, screamy, so I'll get around to that once I'm in the mood.
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My Dinosaur Life
I really miss these guys, and as I listen through their discography, I can't really think of (or find) another band that does this type of power pop so well, while still staying lyrically interesting. The hooks in this one in particular, and of course last decade's Commit This To Memory, are track to track phenomenal. Choruses galore of anthemic moments and is easily going to make my decade list later this year.
I reviewed this last year, and I was hoping more people would check it out, which unfortunately hasn't happened. Loom is if you took Death Cab for Cutie and added some pretty violins with some post rock tendencies via its atmosphere. The emotional pay off in the lyrics matched with the great vocalist make this one an instant hard-staying classic for me Sad this will probably be their final release.
On the Impossible Past
Another one I'm late to, but then again not really. This band has taken a while to grow on me. I guess the punk rock, but really pop punk thing is less immediate than their more popular contemporaries, so for me that was a learning curve. But I'm glad I came back to it over and over to give it a chance. Now I love all the band's stuff.
I think this one get's overlooked given the more popular side project at the time of the At The Drive-In split, and also the fact that the other two albums Sparta released were much weaker than this in comparison. Which is a shame because as far as post-hardcore-tinged alternative rock goes, it's really hard to beat this front to back. Each track is distinctly memorable and well made.
This is unknown around here, and I know that because I just had to add the artist page, which is a shame because this is another release that I could see Sputnik really jumping on. Sound wise it reminds me of Ceres above, so anthemic emo rock, I guess, with a Brand New-y feel. Add in a heavy does of post rock builds, especially in the killer opener, as well as in some of the ballad guitar work. What makes this really stand out is the vocalist's delivery, where the guy almost sounds drunk and suicidally sad. Here's a stream of the album, as it is very hard to find on net: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ7X5ND5Rp0.
I'm glad I found this. Despite being loved by Oasis and Spoon's frontmen back at the time of its 90s release, and getting phenomenal reviews, this power pop album never took off. And I don't know why, because song to song it's stellar Beatles worship (George Harrison, in particular), and that was during a time when brit pop was pretty big, even if the band is from Texas. Worth a check, stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5H5mbNL7FI&t=569s.
|Currently a sterile processing technician for a hospital, a job i do love and hope to stay at.|
Worst job was by far doing fire/water mitigation for a company called Servpro. Mcdonalds was a close second.
|nice try FBI|
|i'm a music production student and will likely be pursuing pathways in the music industry after|
i do work in the summer as a youth leader for 15-16 year olds, it's hella stressful 80 hour weeks but it's so rewarding seeing some kids really open up and enjoy themselves and discover new sides to theirselves that they didn't know of, so if come end of degree I have a hard time that's also something i might go for full-time
worst job ever, if it counts, was when I interned at the local newspaper. it's the most poorly run thing I've ever seen, the editor was a massive tool who didn't know who his audience even was, just a symbol of a dying industry really. didn't help that the paper was a laughing stock to everyone in the city. completely put me off anything to do with journalism since
|Nice. I once was an intern for a local thing like that back in college, and that sucked in general as well. Actually, i get the feeling a lot of real world journalism seems god awful as a vocation. More stress than its worth.|
|The answer to your question is actually a bit of both. As long as it's up to me, I'm going to stay in broadcast meteorology until retirement. The aim is always to move up though. My contract at my current place ends soon and I'm looking to take a position in a larger market. I may make another hop after that.|
|i work as a mail carrier right now. it is quite nice but it is only until i can start a master study in biology, hopefully after summer. |
4 looks really good, will give it a try
|Good luck on the biology thing. I enjoyed my classes in that, but the ultra long lab sessions often attached to them bored me to tears. Cool, 4 is amazing if any of the descriptions peak your interest you should find a lot to love there.|
Roguenine, meteorology sounds like an interesting job, with pretty good pay I would imagine.
|thanks and yeah biology lab work/classes are not for everyone. description for 4 sounds like my kind of thing so should be good|
|In the private sector it often does. In television.....yeahhhhh no.|
|i've been working in the software industry in various capacities for almost 10years now. it's okay. working at a desk crushes your soul a little bit, but the money and people are good. i work from home, so i get to spend a lot of time with my new kid and the wifey. i really can't complain when i compare myself to my peers. but, i ask myself - can my back take another 10years in a chair? i'm 30 and my body is falling apart. |
by 2029, i want to have sold this house and bought a hobby farm. i'm learning how to keep bees and the wife is a horticulturalist. i want to start a small business (or two). something traditional and blue collar. something that we can build together.
worst job - i owned a student painting franchise. it was really fucking tough, but that work and responsibility was a blessing at that age. i've also been involved in a couple now defunct software start-ups. watching someone's dream die in realtime is pretty fucking horrible.