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#751 Sindra

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:04 PM

 I also provided a bunch of equipment for the practice room, and the practice room was such an afterthought that not all of the bands including my own got a slot. Bummer.

 

A.) Thank you for doing all that.

 

B.) The rehearsal/practice room was not originally planned and was thrown together kind of haphazardly at the 11th hour. In my case I was letting music-av know when my bands were good to practice and slotted them times, but come to find out some of those slots got moved around without my being informed. I'm not going to throw anyone under the bus for that or anything since it was awesome the space could be provided at all - it's just something that should and will be worked on for next year to make sure it goes much smoother and accommodates performers better. Sorry you got the short end of the stick on that, Robby.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:07 PM

 I also provided a bunch of equipment for the practice room, and the practice room was such an afterthought that not all of the bands including my own got a slot. Bummer. I guess my band just isn’t really geared towards that environment, we work better gettin grim and grimey in dive bars and basements. I’m sad most of you have not seen us in that context.

btw, your gear was an absolute lifesafer where practice room was concerned.

 

my understanding was that the practice rooms they intended to have were originally not available due to lack of space and then there was a scramble to find an alternative and that's how the old green room idea came up. that it wasn't an afterthought but more of a "we have a situation, something we planned can no longer happen, how do we fix it, GO".  other people with more ties to the back end of things can probably speak to that better than i can but that was the impression i walked away with: practice rooms were a thing, then they were taken away by the hotel, then magfest folks got creative and came up with what they could on short notice.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:28 PM

Yeah we didn’t need to practice all that badly because we normally don’t play together outside of shows, but it would’ve been nice to have some warmup time. I mostly meant it on others behalf.

I think that with magfest featuring so many traveling performers and such it really should be a priority. Like give the jam space the boot before the practice room or something, I dunno.

I don’t want it to seem like I’m all that negative towards how everything went, too. Those were just my mild gripes.

And yeah, I’m glad my gear could be of use. I’m also glad everyone wanted to use my drum kit! The battletoad kit should be a mag staple! I talked to some music dept heads about having it as the main kit next year. I only had time to set up the lights for kirby, but between that and the sick battletoad head Shredna made that thing looks so dope.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:09 PM

My only problem with the practice room situation is I am now completely dissatisfied with my bass rig at home.  I've been obsessively researching that Darkglass amp ever since, and wondering which of my organs and/or limbs I can do without.  I've got a Vintage Microtubes pedal, which I love, but that amp is tone city.  I got a tone bone.  Thank you.

Related, I neglected to turn my pedal on during our set, and I feel super dumb.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:42 PM

I flipped a lot of gear to get that thing and have not regretted it! There’s a smaller 500w one too, I think it’s the same except for having 2 way instead of 3 way mid switches?

Oh! one thing I loved visually is the bad VHS tracking that they did on the cameras and stream. Or was that something that was only done for a few bands?

The LRS and KDB visuals were real fun and goofy as well.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:17 PM

The ... KDB visuals were real fun and goofy as well.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:17 PM

The bad VHS tracking was an effect done by Nate I believe
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:49 PM

correct.  the VHS tracking was done by nate and rendered into the visuals for effect.  it worked.  he's a bleedin' genius


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:55 PM

nate rules.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:58 PM

My only problem with the practice room situation is I am now completely dissatisfied with my bass rig at home.  I've been obsessively researching that Darkglass amp ever since, and wondering which of my organs and/or limbs I can do without.  I've got a Vintage Microtubes pedal, which I love, but that amp is tone city.  I got a tone bone.  Thank you.

Related, I neglected to turn my pedal on during our set, and I feel super dumb.

total agreement. the darkglass was insane.  everything you could ever need in a tiny container that can be carried with one hand, vs a nice ampeg svt that needs both hands and a couple of neighbor's kids to carry.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:20 PM

a nice ampeg svt that needs both hands and a couple of neighbor's kids to carry.


these can also be swiftly transported by one mig. just FYI.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:22 PM

 

a nice ampeg svt that needs both hands and a couple of neighbor's kids to carry.


these can also be swiftly transported by one mig. just FYI.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:27 PM

Between my Darkglass and 2x10 with neodymiums, I was able to carry my head, cab, and bass to my car a few blocks away while walking my dog. The future is now.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:29 PM

I've got a rackmounted Ampeg B2R and a 4x10 with casters, and even with a bass case with backpack straps I am so jealous.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:37 PM

GRIPS+++++++++++

 
-Zamboni cosplay.  The people on the riding vacuums in the Gaylord made me feel like I was being chased in a campy 80s fantasy movie, or like I was beholding Zamboni cosplay.
 
-Hanging out in Katamari’s room and listening to him and their Steel Samurai homie whose name I forget arguing about what Moore’s law is (Katamari was right).
 
-Katamari letting me borrow his guitar to rehearse Zelda tunes by myself for a few hours, as Bit Brigade was slated to leave for a Zelda tour (which I am now on) a few days hence and being at MAGFest meant they were at home rehearsing without me.  Thanks buddy, even though mass communication breakdowns meant that it caused you and darmock stress later that evening.  I hope there are no hard feelings.  Jamspace also let me borrow a BC Rich Warlock for this same purpose on Sunday which was real swell of them.
 
-I have the phrase “two slippery boys” written down on a list of grips I was jotting down throughout the weekend but I can’t remember why.
 
-Braving the intense, will-crushing cold with cohort Bryan Aiken (of Lazer/Wulf; formerly Bit Brigade) to find that Chipotle, feeling embittered, only to end up having the most emotional and positively impactful conversation of the weekend therein, probably for both of us.
 
-Slogan for Mig’s Old Grandad brand bourbon:  “He spanks the butt.”
 
-My first sighting of the San Diego crew being a total fluke, them exiting an elevator on some floor as I just happened to be walking down the hallway at random.  The immediate and identical reaction among us was indicative of true Magfest Miracle status.
 
-Playing battle mode on Bomberman 64 with Bryan in the console room at about 7am Friday morning and being reminded of what a strange and magical game that version of Bman is.
 
-Sindra’s gorgeous outfit for the Pink Ball.
 
-Hanging with the Super Nice Boys and their Michigan crew a lot of the weekend, true blue Shizzies at heart although none of them ever post here except obviously Steve occasionally.  Of special note are the insane dance circles we had with them during KDB and the chiptune rave.
 
-The chiptune rave.  This was probably the best-sounding thing I’ve ever heard at a MAGFest, and the energy was insane.  It doesn’t hurt that I like dancing to modern EDM.  But the vibe in there was unbelievably positive and amped to the max.  It reminded me, in a sad way, of the horrible-sounding George and Jonathan performance at Mag 9, which by no fault of their own had no center fill and no subs and was laughably quiet.  They ended up leaving Mag early because the whole thing seemed like a joke to them.  I wish this had been their experience instead.  Maybe in the future.
 
-Breakfast buffet at 6:30am with Karl and Sam.  Karl ate like $30 worth of smoked salmon and got real grim.  Seeing the sun come up behind you boys in the atrium was the sort of slow, contemplative MAGFest experience that has come to define the event just as much as the partying for me, if not more.
 
-One.  Main.  Stage.  This made the concerts feel like so much less of a slog, plus the new orientation of the room made it feel more intimate while also improving the sound drastically.
 
-All bands.  Everyone smashed it this year.  Viking Guitar was the best I’ve ever heard them by far, congratulations on that boys.  Vic Viper (aka “Dick Diaper”) was hyper, and I always appreciate you guys going for that Ys 2 song no matter how psychotic it is.  Mountain Chiefs are my lords and saviors for having the cajones to play so many originals, and it was so awesome to see you guys on such a huge stage.  During Solar Jetman, I got knocked into hard while in mid-air and ended up frog-splashing the barricade between the crowd and stage, bruising a rib that is still killing me but feeling like it was worth it.  Super Nice Boys put on one of the greatest performances in Mag history, and Nate “5th Beatle/3rd Nice Boy” Horsfall’s visuals were probably my favorite showing of his ever.  Super Marcato Bros. live was a dream come true.  Deep cuts or die.  Marshall Art surpassed high expectations of camaraderie and fun, especially by busting out that Super Russian Roulette tune and the “holy shit”-inducing surprise of robocop.mp3!  LRS crushed with kindness as always.  That Vince DiCola set was next-level although I felt like the crowd were kind of being dicks constantly chanting “Rocky IV! Rocky IV!” Like, yeah…no shit he’s gonna play some Rocky IV, it was like hearing someone yell “Freebird!” over and over after a certain point.  Retro Active Live wasn’t quite what I expected but it was awesome, and that Yamagishi Famicom medley at the end was some of the best pure vgm of the weekend.
 
-Dancing next to a dancing Maiko during Retro Active!  While everyone else was dancing “in a couple” at a certain point it was nice pretending that we were “coupled” in our solitude.
 
-Changing “All the notes!  All the notes!” chant to “Hall & Oates!  Hall & Oates!” during Vic Viper without pingo seeming to notice.
 
-Helping Erich get some drums set up in the crush-rush set change before Vic Viper, as well as helping Monte squeeze into his jumpsuit during said flurry.  You guys ever need a tour manage, I’m yr guy.
 
-Bringing the true meaning of old school LET back to MAGFest during Super Marcato Bros.  Top quality dancing it off with Erich, yardgnome, LindaLindaLinda, Daemon, cmaneddie (that Air Man hair spin!) and everyone else brought back shades of Hilton mag dancing.
 
-Being graced with a good place to stay in the Gaylord in a pinch (thanks Freedom Joe).
 
-The SiIvaGunna panel just for how hard their main dude laughed when he was saying something about how there are “a lot of awful nsf uploads where people put reverb on them and shit” and then Mig yelled “fuck you, WiiGuy!” I mean, <3 u WiiGuy the person/nsf archivist but SiIvaGunna guy completely lost his shit at that and it owned.
 
-DoD listening panel with a nice group of stalwart Shizzies as always.  I only caught the last little bit but got some quality time in with Hat and streifig.
 
-Playing Killer Queen late at night with a bunch of strangers in the arcade room, one of whom happened to be one of the creators (he sucked at it but was also crazy vodka-drunk.) 
 
-Trying to find Openium to give him his Double Ferrari shirt:  I’d heard he was at the pool, so I went there to try to find him, but the pool had just closed and everyone was exiting.  Yardgnome said he was on the 7th floor so I headed that way.  The door opened on the 4th floor on the way up and he was just standing there, so I beamed him in the face with his shirt unexpectedly.  #magfestmiracle
 
-Storming the gazebo Saturday night to claim it as the official Shizz suite.  We pulled it off so convincingly that people asked our permission before taking pictures of their friends in there.  To say there was photobombing would be an understatement.  This is also where I met angry_polar_bear, who kicks ass.
 
-Taking that stupid inflatable donut that kept hitting me in the head and rolling it into the zonked lamebro “pit” that broke out during Vince DiCola.  It rolled to a stop in the middle of the pit, at which point an annoying man walked backward into it, fell in butt-first, and with an I-swear-to-god-there-was-a-timpani-boom spazzmosis, bounced out in a backward barrel roll.  Shoe and I’m pretty sure Karl saw it, and Robby saw it from about twenty feet away and came over.  We were all laughing so hard we were crying, and Robby said, “that was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen at a MAGFest.” Well, objectively, it was at least the most America’s Funniest Home Video thing I’ve ever seen at a MAGFest.
 
-Karl finding the valve to the doughnut after the Baby Go Boom-Boom incident and Shoe, Karl, and I dance-deflating it with our feet and knees.  Eventually security came and “rescued” the doughnut, escorting it away as though it were an injured person.  Guess it belonged to a MAGFest staffer, probably Brandon or someone important. 
 
-Snapchat!  I really got a kick out of some of the snaps; it especially made me feel less far away from people like Shoe/DBJM/Ken Oh who were stuck in auxiliary hotels a lot of the time.
 
-Running into an old Athens friend, non-shizz or magfest related, on our plane home, someone I love and miss dearly but haven’t seen in about five years.
 
-I feel like this was the year of Unification for the old and nu shizz.  We are now just One Shizz in a very palpable way.  The feeling of “family” is stronger than ever.  I also think we, as The Shizz, have finally come to accept the Gaylord MAGFest as its own thing rather than pining for the Hilton days and comparing it to Mags of old.  
 
-Most victoriously of all, this is the first MAGFest I’ve ever been to where I never blacked out.  I almost have TOO many memories!
 
RIPS-------------
 
-Not enough quality time with Danimal.
 
-That huge cable snake tripping everybody right down the middle of the crowd in the concert hall all weekend.
 
-My favorite game is Ice Cold Beer, and the only working cab they had was a sort of knock-off that was in okay shape and was only available at a random one-or-so hour a day when the kooky guy who owned it was down there supervising it.  “It’s really just here for the tournament on Saturday” he said.  I get it sort of but it was such a tease.
 
-Getting a ton of guff for exiting the wrong way from the concert hall by accident.
 
-Aforementioned bruised rib making it almost impossible for me to stand up from a chair on my own or get up from the floor I was sleeping on.
 
-Hearing my host talk about how Obama ruined his life.
 
-No close one-on-one time with any of the KDB/VV crew.  I've been missing those guys for almost two years now and it's not getting any easier.
 
-Shizzies that ended up in hotels out of walking distance from the Gaylord.  The disconnect was felt.
 
-The gazebo hang was awesome but the absence of a real suite was notable.  People like to rip on the suite for being sOoOo CrAzY but it also provides a place where actual quality conversations are inherently facilitated, something about the suite that I think has been taken for granted over the years.  I talked with almost no one for longer than 60 straight seconds.  Having the suite to do that in, or break away from deliberately in order to do that outside of, has been crucial in the past.  We had no anchor.  I get it though.  The suite has been a disaster for everyone who has been responsible for it for a decade running.
 
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All things considered, this was the best Gaylord MAGFest so far by a long shot.

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