Transgender Dysphoria Blues isn’t too bad either. And by isn’t too bad I mean another one of the best albums made in years.
The Lawrence Arms-Metropole
I know I haven’t posted in forever but I have returned to tell you all that the new Lawrence Arms album is the greatest thing known to man
“The real “war on Christmas” is when Americans spend $450 billion on Christmas; however, it would take only $20 billion to ensure that all people in the world could have access to clean water for a year.”
I have chills after reading this post. I literally feel like im going to throw up.. I will always reboot this.
real, actual issues in the world right now
This is happening in the world but people are worried about what a celebrity is going to name their child.
For people to think this is okay is sickening.
But living it at 24+ when you have real life obligations and MUCH less resilience is a really admirable and underappreciated art form.
Anonymous asked: I think this time it's just a straight forward record about davey being heartbroken and just general angst. I mean it's always kind of been that way, but that's just how I'm choosing to look at/ listen to the album at the moment
It’s not all angsty though…I mean, given that pretty much every AFI song post 1997 is either angsty or depressing in some way, I can’t say that songs like The Face Beneath the Waves or The Embrace conjure nearly as much darkness for me as, say, …but Home is Nowhere, This Time Imperfect, The Despair Factor or Coin Return.
I would really like to read the lyrics. I mean, I didn’t think Too Shy to Scream or Veronica Sawyer Smokes were dark songs either until I knew the words.
I mean, yeah, I get that it’s a dark and angsty record, that Davey would think of it that way and might have been disappointed that they didn’t make something totally new and different in that respect. He is notorious for wanting not to look back on the things they’ve done, trying to distance himself from them and be constantly looking ahead to a new direction
But take away The Sinking Night, I Hope You Suffer, Heart Stops, The Face Beneath the Waves (and maybe Anxious if you want) and can you even say that it’s a dark album at all? Especially when you look at SYMAOYE, Black Sails, Sing the Sorrow, etc.?
I think the underlying theme of the album is having already gone through a bunch of pain and suffering and being haunted, not being able to escape and move on. But I think there’s also a sense of NOT going through the pain any more, of at least being free of that. At least that’s what the album does for me.
I could go on and on about this.
Anonymous asked: It’s literally impossible to live a 100% cruelty-free-in-every-way life without an unlimited income and many more independent companies. And as one final note, sometimes wool gathering does kill the sheep, especially on larger farms where machines do most of the shearing. If I had to sum up your question, I would say that vegans are like anyone else: some care about more than others, some do it for status, and some go to bed panicked every night that they aren’t doing enough. Hope this helps!
Those were wonderful and informative responses, Anon. I hate to be posting them so much later. The reason is because I did not get any notification that I had new messages, and I did not see your great response until someone else sent me a message about something else!
I agree with most of what you said, and there was a lot that I learned. It makes a lot more sense to me now. There’s just one little thing I don’t understand, still.
It’s the hard-line approach, basically. It’s great that there are many vegan companies that produce ethically sourced material, but there are obviously some that do not. If given a choice between buying something vegan made in a third world country known to have sweatshops and buying something probably not vegan but made in the US (assuming that one of the wonderful companies is out of price range), I think we can both agree that nearly all vegans would take the vegan option without question.
I’m not saying that’s always the wrong option, but I’m asking, if you go through all the work to be vegan, why wouldn’t you at least CONSIDER the choice? Humans are animals too, no? If given the choice between something that probably was made in a sweatshop and definitely doesn’t have animal products, or something that probably has animal fibers and definitely wasn’t made in a sweatshop, shouldn’t you at least consider which one does less harm? I know that I would rather give all my hair for life to make someone else’s clothing than work in a sweatshop. I also know that it’s not nearly that straightforward, and that these decisions aren’t made in a vacuum. But that’s exactly the point, that the vegan options nearly always win out, without the choice being considered when it comes to factors like human suffering or the environment, as if veganism is a vacuum.
If you’re going to change your life to better the world, I don’t see how being so hard-line about one issue and not considerate of the others is going to be effective. This is me nitpicking a smaller issue within a larger understanding, but it’s also the gist of my confusion in the first place. Again, I really appreciate your informative response.