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HoboFactory last won the day on November 22 2016

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    200 years ago this week, Washington D.C. officially became the seat of the U.S. Government, it's interesting that they call it 'the seat of the U.S. Government.' I guess that's because it's where all the asses are. -Jay Leno
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    Symbolistic White Walls

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  1. Abbotsford was thoroughly awesome, he sounded quite awesome singing as usual but seemed pretty mumbly when speaking and definitely kept the banter to a minimum compared with other shows I’ve attended (all completely understandable of course). I meant to take notes on the set list but got too focused on the performance to bother.
  2. Latest MG Instagram post (I think from this morning) states he is leaving the hospital and intends to play the last two shows of the tour. He asks for understanding for any potential hiccup that may occur. In awe of his fortitude and truly hope it goes well. I do have tix for the Abbotsford show so I am a little nervous, not about the prospect of cancellation but that MG may be pushing himself too hard.
  3. Haha, it sure is. I can drive to Abbotsford fairly easily, would have flown to Halifax.
  4. Scheduling issues were such that I had to sell my tix for the Halifax show which is kinda lame. Will be able to make the Abbotsford show instead though.
  5. I don't have a very impressive collection whatsoever. The only physical copy of any of the music I have is the In a Coma deluxe edition, everything else is the digital version. I have a t shirt and a hoodie from the I Miss New Wave tour. Have a signed poster from the Lights of Endangered Species acoustic tour and a signed copy At Last There is Nothing Left to Say.
  6. Ah, I didn't know about any of that and you're right there is a difference between lending your work to a different creative project like a film or TV show and doing an advertisement.
  7. Wonder if MG would ever have gone for something like that or would that be selling out?
  8. Not in my case, I generally liked Force Awakens. I'd say to go from not being a kids' movie to being a kids' movie is enough of a change in tone to ruin it for me. The original trilogy had artistic merit and there were grave doubts about whether the first film would even be a financial success. Some of the actors were convinced it would a footnote in film history that would likely go straight to television. This latest film just rides on the coat tails of Star Wars brand recognition and panders to a target market (for example the cutesy space penguins, the attempts at comedy, etc.) Imagine if for some reason they made a Dark City 2 and it was now a slapstick comedy, that's kinda how this flick feels.
  9. I'd give it a C-. The story wasn't very compelling, but my biggest objection was that the it's basically a children's movie. While the original trilogy was mostly appropriate for kids it wasn't made for kids, this film definitely was. It almost felt like everything was dumbed down somehow, for example the heavy use of comic relief... which by the way, usually seemed entirely off-key. It just didn't feel like a Star Wars film. Pretty disappointed.
  10. I don't think there is a definitive, universal right answer to the general question, at least not always. Sure one can look at things like the severity and veracity of the offense along with contextual factors, but different people will find different places to draw the line within those factors. Sure some cases are clear cut; Polanski should never receive another dime from anyone, for example. However what of murkier instances? Mike Smith of TPB fame was accused of domestic battery by a third party, however even the alleged victim denies the offense took place. In this case, Smith probably doesn't cross my line, but others feel differently. Or suppose the artist is from a different historic and/or cultural context. Does one avoid Dostoyevsky because of his antisemitism, or does one consider that this attitude was extremely common in 19th century Russia and most people apparently didn't know better? Does it change things that he's been dead for well over a century and thus isn't personally made wealthier from book sales? Again, in my case I don't have a problem reading Dostoyevsky, some do. In contrast, I would take issue with buying anything from a modern-day antisemite.
  11. Admittedly some pre-MGB stuff would be thoroughly awesome but in any case I've never gone to any MG show with any set of expectations. When you have a career that spans decades it's just not possible to appease everybody.
  12. Got tickets for the Halifax show. I've been to Canada many times but it's always been either Vancouver or Victoria... figured I'd like to experience something different for once. Pretty stoked.
  13. I guess I'd echo many of the others here: missing out on live shows during earlier periods in MG/B history. I got into it when I was a high school kid in Oregon. I think it was around 2003 and his music influenced me probably more than any other artist in my 8000+ song music collection. But I couldn't have traveled to Canada at the time and his few shows in the US tended to be in 21+ venues. I don't think I was finally able to attend an MG show till the Vancouver tour so I missed a lot. It's why I was so pleased with the Beautiful Midnight revisit, felt like there was my chance to experience some of that.
  14. Made another nostalgia visit just to remember those good ole days.
  15. It started as a fairly compelling show, but then slowly the characters all became caricatures of themselves. The last season was especially bad on top of awkwardly being loaded with obnoxiously bad left-wing propaganda.
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