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  1. JamesMichael liked The_Pioneer's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    I don’t hate the Greta track, but I kinda wish the record had a little more bite and political commentary to go along with it.

    May 24, 2020 at 3:16 PM
  2. JamesMichael replied to the thread Band The Academy Is....

    Wow there's no way that's William. He looks so different then how I remember him. Admittedly I've not kept up to date with his solo stuff since the demise of The Academy Is.

    May 24, 2020 at 10:42 AM
  3. JamesMichael replied to the thread Band Angels and Airwaves.

    Box Car Racer was 18 years old on the 21st of May... Wild!

    May 24, 2020 at 4:49 AM
  4. JamesMichael replied to the thread Band Acceptance.

    It's a massively underrated album that deserved more attention. I'm ready for more Acceptance.

    May 23, 2020 at 1:17 PM
  5. JamesMichael liked K0ta's post in the thread Band Acceptance.

    Just listened to Colliding By Design today too haha. Such a great album

    May 23, 2020 at 1:16 PM
  6. JamesMichael liked contra11mundum's post in the thread Band Acceptance.

    Took a break from 1975 to listen to Colliding By Design and it can’t be overstated how much I love that album.

    May 23, 2020 at 1:16 PM
  7. JamesMichael liked unbornwhiskey's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    how. fucking. good. is. the. birthday. party.

    May 23, 2020 at 8:30 AM
  8. JamesMichael liked matthaber's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Their acoustic tracks have always been the stuff least engaging to me, but playing on my mind is really one of my fav songs on this. The melodies on that are perfect

    May 23, 2020 at 1:31 AM
  9. JamesMichael liked SpyKi's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    I'm ready for that Drive Like I Do record.

    May 22, 2020 at 4:38 PM
  10. JamesMichael liked Jason Tate's post in the thread Building Chorus.fm 3.0 – The Design Process.

    I have an unnatural hatred for Electron apps on the Mac because I'm a weirdo. They don't quite work like native apps should and it always ends up offending me. Heh. I have tried Figma though, but I can't get over it being "ugly" to me in that way. If I did more work with other people or needed cross platform stuff, I'd probably look at it more, but I just have one computer and am reticent to change and learning new things. :crylaugh:

    May 22, 2020 at 4:11 PM
  11. JamesMichael liked artbynickferran's post in the thread Members of Acceptance on New Podcast.

    Some cool Acceptance news in here for those curious – they have 13 to 15 songs finished for a new album that will end up being 10 to 11 songs. Record will probably come out in October, but they will start releasing singles in June. The new songs are more deep and emotional than Colliding in Design was, and "will probably take a few listens for people to really 'get' the songs." Mostly produced by Aaron Sprinkle; songs were written over the past 5 years. They will most likely do a short tour in the future once they're able to.

    May 22, 2020 at 12:13 PM
  12. JamesMichael replied to the thread TV Show Riverdale (CW).

    There was a huge spoiler about Hiram in the last episode of Katy Keene which is set 5 years after Riverdale.

    May 21, 2020 at 2:20 AM
  13. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album All Time Low - Wake Up Sunshine (April 3rd, 2020).

    Awesome story!

    May 20, 2020 at 11:21 PM
  14. JamesMichael liked maryp1603's post in the thread Album All Time Low - Wake Up Sunshine (April 3rd, 2020).

    Rian has been super active on insta recently. If you have an account, you could probably tag him in a post about this and he’d get a kick out of seeing it.

    May 20, 2020 at 11:21 PM
  15. JamesMichael liked AlwaysEvolving21's post in the thread Album All Time Low - Wake Up Sunshine (April 3rd, 2020).

    A friend just sent this photo to me. It's my first time seeing it and its from 2005. All Time Low was suppose to play a show in a town near by and the venue got shut down the day off because of health code violations. Me and my friends in the photo offered the guys to come play a house show that same night, we would charge each person entry and all the money would go to them. They agreed to this and were psyched. So that day we gathered, what seemed to be around 50+ people, to come to a random house show. People showed up and paid without knowing who they really were besides some pop-punk band. We got a call from, If I remember right, Rian that same night saying they weren't able to make it because they got in an accident heading onto the highway, messed their trailer up or something, and they needed to find someone to repair it order to make their next show in Chicago. So, they didn't end up playing that night and we had a local band offer to play instead. The boys in All Time Low called back later that night saying they felt really bad and wanted to make it up to us. They ended up coming over the following day and hung out with us all day before heading to Chicago for their next show. I kept in touch with Rian for awhile after that, but haven't talked to him in YEARS. What a memory! Super happy to see where they are today and how great of an album Wake Up, Sunshine is.

    IMG_2476.jpeg May 20, 2020 at 11:21 PM
  16. JamesMichael liked Melody Bot's post in the thread Building Chorus.fm 3.0 – The Design Process.

    <div class="import_notice">This article has been imported from <a href="https://chorus.fm/features/articles/building-chorus-fm-3-0-the-design-process/">chorus.fm</a> for discussion. All of the <a href="http://forum.chorus.fm/help/rules/">forum rules</a> still apply.</div> <br> <div class="ch_import"><p>It’s been a little over a week since I launched the <a href="https://chorus.fm/features/articles/introducing-chorus-3-0/">new version</a> of Chorus.fm and I’ve been pretty blown away by the positive response. I think it may be the best reaction to a redesign of any website I’ve ever built. For fun, I pulled out a bunch of the initial sketches I made during the process, as well as some of the various other designs I played around with before actually building the website. I thought some might find the entire process interesting.</p> <h2>The First Sketches</h2> <p>It all starts with a blank canvas and some poorly drawn lines.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/yeckhtwa_46822.png" alt=""></figure> <p>My first idea was changing up the feature header, and I tossed that together in <a href="https://concepts.app/en/">Concepts</a> with some horrible handwriting.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/ntqitfzn_46972.png" alt=""></figure> <p>I almost immediately tried to make it a little more structured to see if I liked it, and started thinking about what the news posts themselves could look like. I knew pretty quickly I wanted to integrate images and comment counts on the posts but didn’t have a good idea about spacing at this moment.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/btksayqn_47087.png" alt=""></figure> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/vsfzcmot_47214.png" alt="" width="267" height="264"></figure></div> <p>The next stage was a bunch of various brainstorming notes on how the homepage would actually work and various technological and design challenges I would potentially face. I was confident I wanted quick sort and search, but I still wasn’t sure how to handle featured stories and reviews at this time.</p> <p>I did throw together a quick idea for a responsive version of the homepage as well. I knew I wanted the mobile version of the website to retain as much of the desktop functionality as possible. </p> <p>I struggled the most with trying to come up with what the <a href="https://chorus.fm/tag/fall-out-boy/">tag pages</a> and some of the various sub-pages could look like. I knew I wanted to do some sort of bigger hero image for the <a href="https://chorus.fm/features/">latest feature</a>, but tried a bunch of different sketches to try and find something that looked right.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/dsustgcn_47509.png" alt=""></figure> <p>And tackling the tag pages was just throwing stuff at the wall for the longest time. I must have sketched out twenty different variations throughout trying to find something that would look right. This was one of the more “head-against-the-wall” moments of the entire process.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/oibtclhb_47581.png" alt=""></figure> <p>I finally decided to start trying to put more detailed prototypes together in <a href="https://www.sketch.com">Sketch</a> and figured I’d come back to some of the sub-pages and tag pages later. I ended up designing a good portion of the website here and making notes to myself about various interactions and how I envisioned the website actually working as a live entity.</p> <h2>Moving to Sketch</h2> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/cqkrfqvq_47761.png" alt=""></figure> <p>Even though things seemed to fly along for most of the various sections. I still could not get a design I liked for the tag pages. I tried so many different things that just never felt right.</p> <p>There was the giant hero image version:</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/ugikgtkc_47944.png" alt=""></figure> <p>Another attempt at moving around the pieces:</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/zcgnoemb_47992.png" alt=""></figure> <p>And I don’t even know what I was doing here:</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/wzqnelmz_48026.png" alt=""></figure> <p>I got so frustrated I even pulled out a pen and paper and <a href="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/myciaqze_48673.png" class="sb">tried</a> <a href="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/aqytatwc_48727.png" class="sb">drawing</a> various different ways it could be laid out.</p> <p>The final version, that you <a href="https://chorus.fm/tag/blink-182/">now see</a> on the site, was the very last thing I did and it was designed while coding. One night I just had a weird spark of inspiration and decided to try something completely different than everything that had come before. Almost immediately, I knew it was what I was looking for. I knew the header image with reviews and interviews on the side, with quick sort buttons right under, was the look that was eluding me. I think putting the content in the little rounded boxes was what finally clicked right my brain.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://chorus.fm/wp-content/uploads/cdn/ncswcjcc_48153.png" alt=""></figure> <p>Some of these images stretch back into the early part of 2019, and I sometimes can’t believe I’m actually “done” with this part of the process. Launching the website last week, spending a bunch of time fixing bugs, and getting to the spot where I don’t have any more launch day bugs on my task manager, was a huge milestone. I still have a lot more that I’d like to work on, and quite a few new fun features and content related things I’m preparing to launch next, but this step, this version of the website, is now officially out into the world. </p> <p>The past week of using it has brought a smile to my face daily. I hope all of you have enjoyed it as well.</p></div> <div class="expand"><span id="ex">more</span></div> <br> <div class="import_notice_bottom">Not all embedded content is displayed here. You can <a href="https://chorus.fm/features/articles/building-chorus-fm-3-0-the-design-process/">view the original</a> to see embedded videos, tweets, etc.</div>

    May 20, 2020 at 2:24 PM
  17. JamesMichael replied to the thread Building Chorus.fm 3.0 – The Design Process.

    Thanks for the insight! I used to use Sketch but I moved to Figma last year and I've never looked back. I'd recommend giving it a try if you haven't already as they're constantly adding new features and their team is fantastic. They have a desktop app but it also runs in the browser making it really easy to jump on projects from one machine to the other. You can import your Sketch files as well without loosing layers and components.

    May 20, 2020 at 2:24 PM
  18. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album Haim- Women In Music Pt. III (June 26, 2020).

    Can't wait!

    May 20, 2020 at 1:09 PM
  19. JamesMichael liked ComedownMachine's post in the thread Album Haim- Women In Music Pt. III (June 26, 2020).

    Haim and Levi’s just makes sense

    May 20, 2020 at 1:09 PM
  20. JamesMichael liked iCarly Rae Jepsen's post in the thread Album Haim- Women In Music Pt. III (June 26, 2020).

    [MEDIA] [MEDIA]

    May 20, 2020 at 1:09 PM
  21. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Well it’s suppose to be a ‘night time’ record so it makes complete sense for it to have less vocals in my opinion. Maybe it’s a bit too play out though.

    May 20, 2020 at 3:50 AM
  22. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Yeah I was expecting more different genre breaking songs from them on this after ‘People’. It just feels a bit out of place compared to the rest of the album.

    May 20, 2020 at 2:31 AM
  23. JamesMichael replied to the thread Band Acceptance.

    No way! I can’t wait. As much as I liked the last album, I’m really hoping for a modern Phantoms with this one. Their last album was criminally underrated though. Possibly from lack of big touring?

    May 19, 2020 at 4:18 PM
  24. JamesMichael liked iiiii623498's post in the thread Band Acceptance.

    Per Garret’s Instagram story, a new song will be out in three weeks!

    May 19, 2020 at 4:16 PM
  25. JamesMichael liked sawhney[rusted]2's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Lmao that’s 3.5 hours of music wtf

    May 19, 2020 at 4:35 AM
  26. JamesMichael liked Petit nain des Îles's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    I can't wait to put A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships and this one back to back on a summer road trip... one day... when uh... I feel safe doing that again.

    May 19, 2020 at 4:35 AM
  27. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Is it weird I prefer the live music video version of If You’re Too Shy? The album version caught me off guard as I’ve listened to the live version loads (I actually thought that was the album version till now). Something about the album version feels too clean to me? :shrug:

    May 19, 2020 at 4:19 AM
  28. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Nothing Revealed / Everything Denied and Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy) give me huge jazz vibes. Easily two of the standouts for me so far (not at the end yet).

    May 19, 2020 at 4:04 AM
  29. JamesMichael replied to the thread Album Ariana Grande - Thank U Next (February 8, 2019).

    Justin definitely missed having a huge song like ‘What Do You Mean’ on there.

    May 19, 2020 at 3:47 AM
  30. JamesMichael liked Ferrari333SP's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    [IMG] [IMG]

    May 19, 2020 at 12:13 AM
  31. JamesMichael liked Kyle Max's post in the thread Album The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form (May 22, 2020).

    Would be cool if they started their next era in a few years with 4 EPs

    May 18, 2020 at 3:04 PM
  32. JamesMichael liked mescalineeyes's post in the thread Band The Night Game - The Night Game (September 7, 2018).

    Also i felt like the last album didn’t have the impact it deserved so it’s better to try something else.

    May 18, 2020 at 12:20 PM
  33. JamesMichael liked Ferrari333SP's post in the thread Band The Night Game - The Night Game (September 7, 2018).

    [IMG] [IMG]

    May 18, 2020 at 11:38 AM