• Official Mixes for the Masses 2007 Halloween Mix!

    30 Oct 2007, 21:47 by MrModernRock

    2006 Halloween Mix

    Mixes for the Masses proudly presents the Official 2007 Halloween Mix.

    In modern cinema, especially in horror films, the production has shifted its focus away from the character and their portrayal to more action-oriented, gore-filled fests. While all the torture/gore-porns can be unnerving, I personally don't find the visual glorification thrilling, or suspenseful, much less scary. Bone-chilling, yes, but not for the reasons that I enjoy horror films. I admit I do like seeing a zombie ripping somebody's intestine's out and then snacking on them seconds later, but the movie shouldn't be centered around it. I guess I could say zombies are my favorite subgenre of horror, since most of the horror films I own are zombie films and its mainly because I like the obvious social commentary as it provides a cool conflict which poses the question of which is really the monster, the zombie or the society? Dawn of the Dead is probably the best example of this as the zombies clamor to the mall and the shops…
  • Varied Musical Taste

    23 Apr 2007, 03:33 by SmilinSkullRing

    I see some people doing this, so I thought I might as well.

    First, make a list of your top-20 artists overall. Then, for each of these artists, add the 8 most similar artists to your list. Delete any duplicates, count up the number of entries on your list and this will give you some idea of how eclectic your listening habits are. A score of 9 represents an extremely unvaried musical taste while a 160 represents an extremely varied one.

    Top 20 Artists

    1. Pete Townshend
    2. Bruce Springsteen
    3. Pearl Jam
    4. Johnny Cash
    5. The Who
    6. Nine Inch Nails
    7. Eric Clapton
    8. Alice in Chains
    9. Bob Dylan
    10. Jesse Malin
    11. Stone Gossard
    12. R.E.M.
    13. The John Butler Trio
    14. Ryan Adams
    15. Bright Eyes
    16. John Hiatt
    17. The White Stripes
    18. The Smashing Pumpkins
    19. Midnight Oil
    20. U2

    Similar Artists

    1. Peter Gabriel
    2. The Cars
    3. Joe Jackson
    4. George Harrison
    5. The J. Geils Band
    6. John Mellencamp
    7. The Police
    8. The Rolling Stones
    9. Neil Young
    10. The Beatles
  • November 28th: On this Day

    28 Nov 2006, 10:17 by tenderbranson69

  • Most Obscure Band

    5 May 2006, 01:06 by MrModernRock

    Once or twice a day I check my recommended reading. While there are actually *gasp* some journals that are actual journals and record a person's thoughts on a band, musician, or music as a whole, the majority of my readings are useless, tasteless surveys aka memes (could someone explain why they're called memes as well?). I'm not upset that people are making them, but when they start linking them to bands and show up on my readings, I get a little frustrated trying to sift through them. Honestly, I care less if a person answers all their questions with Green Day, Radiohead, Metallica, or Coldplay songs. It's a little fun to see what is the "hot" survey so to speak. Lately everybody has fallen in love with the "how mainstream/obscure" tests, which is just baloney. I find it funny people actually pride themselves on listening to music simply because a majority of people haven't heard of the band. It just seems like a weird angle to take when looking for and listening to music, but maybe I'm the odd one?
  • Ten G's Son!

    30 Apr 2006, 03:38 by MrModernRock

    Well, I hit 10,000 plays last night by my estimation, but I didn't realize it until today (now actually). I'm not even sure what song was THE 10,000 song, but as it stands, it shall be Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill A Man." I'm not sure if this is an accomplishment or something I should frown upon. I guess with or without last.fm I would have listened to 10,000 songs since October. All of those listens come from behind the computer. Its a shame none of my car or mp3 player listenings can be uploaded somehow. I'm pretty sure my top 10 would look drastically different. Also, I'm positive my charts aren't up to date, but they're pretty close, so I'll push forward with my endeavor. I wish I would have done a 5,000 update to see how my top ten has changed...

    On to the main event, THE TOP TEN SHOWCASE!

    Top 10 After 10,000 Listens

    #10 Chuck Berry - 212 Plays (Fell down 5 positions from #5)
    Good ol Chuck Berry. …
  • I was a subscriber once

    25 Mar 2006, 17:30 by Serpent_axed

    I notice about 33 hours ago my subscription ran out. This was about 15 hours before some other scrobbling friends decided to alert me to the fact. I recently got a new replacement bank card and tried to activate it at a deli in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I was unable to purchase my Blue Heron sandwich(They name all their sandwiches after birds at Isaacs-The owners Dad was a bird watcher).

    I later attempted to subscribe with the unactivated card, but was left hanging. I called in to the automated voice system to help me activate the bank card over the phone. This is when I achieved activation. I later tested out my newly activated card in the real world with my brother at Mt. Rose Beer and Soda in York. I purchased a variety case of Mendocino Ales which contains: Eye of the Hawk select ale-8.0% Red Tail ale -6% Black Hawk stout-5.5% and White Hawk ipa - 7%.

    I rose later than usual this morning fully rested and feeling a little guilty like I had overslept. …
  • My Ultimate Dream Band - The End All

    21 Mar 2006, 22:10 by MrModernRock

    Okay, I already make two dream band journals; one for classic rock and one for modern rock. While I still believe I made up a pretty good line-up (even if there are some cop-outs in there) I still felt like something was missing. While I could imagine both bands coming together and having an awesome sound and producing awesome music, something never really clicked with me. Call it passion, soul, chemistry, I'm not sure what it was that wasn't clicking, but the more I thought about them, the less I was intrigued by it. So, for once and for all, I've decided to come up with MY no-holds-bars ultimate dream band.
    *Note: This list is based on my favorite artists/bands and as such I doubt very many people will agree with the choices. Oh well*


    John Fogerty of Creedance Clearwater Revival - When I made up the classic rock dream band, John Fogerty completely jumped out of my mind and went to have a drink, only to come back and remind me that I had forgotten him. …
  • My Dream Band - Modern Rock Edition

    20 Mar 2006, 04:05 by MrModernRock

    Earlier today I did a journal about my dream classic rock band. Now I shall pick and chose which artists get the pleasure of being in my dream modern rock band.

    My Dream Band - Modern Rock Style
    Since my classic rock super band dealt with the mid-80s on back, my modern rock super band will be composed of artists who produced the majority of their music from 1986 to today.


    Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave - One of the best rock vocalists in rock music and still one of best, even if he has declined the past several years. Tons of power and passion and one hell of a range.

    Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam - You know all the post-grunge bands on the radio? Yeah well, they're all trying to sound like Eddie Vedder. A voice that recalls classic rock, Eddie's voice takes you on a trip through his tortured past and its as if you were there too.

    Layne Staley of Alice in Chains - If you don't know the meaning of haunting, go look it up and you'll see a picture of Layne Staley. …
  • Musical Performance of the Week

    3 Mar 2006, 05:12 by MrModernRock

    Last week's musical performance of the week: Queens of the Stone Age get a little more cowbell on SNL for their performance on Little Sister. http://youtube.com/watch?v=vtGai68cF40

    This past week, I finally pulled the trigger on a couple live albums from none other than Seattle rockers Pearl Jam. The live albums, which consist of the July 8th & 9th 2003 shows in NYC and the July 11th, 2003 show in Mansfield, MA, are fantastic, somehow capturing the spirit of the band only using audio. Eddie Vedder's crazy-mofo personality (if you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the music video for Jeremy) definitely shines through, especially during the encore breaks. Of course the Pearl Jam songs are fucking amazing, however, the highlights are the covers and the final encores. Not on the CD, however, and featured as an easter-egg on the Live in the Garden DVD is Pearl Jam and Sleater-Kinney's performance of Temple of the Dog's Hunger Strike. I hope you all enjoy!
  • Band Trees

    29 Jan 2006, 16:47 by MrModernRock