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Old 05-24-2017, 10:10 PM   #1
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Walrein's Walrus mk. II - REVEAL

FULL FINALIZED FOR REAL PLAYERLIST:
-Adam (MU)
-Texas Cloverleaf (Smogon)
-RODAN (Smogon)
-KnightsofCydonia (Smogon)
-Zack (MU)
-Fable (MU)
-4maskwolf (MU)
-Lord Gaius (Smogon)
-zorbees (Smogon)
-Myzozoa (Smogon)
-Bloobird (POG)
-Drawesome532 (Smogon)
-TraceOfLife (Smogon)
-Inawordyes (MU)
-Fort Colorcastle (Smogon)
-LightWolf (Smogon)
-lute (MU)
-Nego (MU)
-Yeti (Smogon)
-vonFiedler (Smogon)
-Xicor (MU)
-Empoof (Smogon/MU) (and POG too I guess?)
-Priptonite (POG)
-RAORoman (POG)
-Owner of a Lonely Heart (MU)
-Alette (MU)
-Pidge (Smogon)
-Paperblade (Smogon)
-Martin (Smogon)
-Blazade (Smogon)
-NeedMoreManasi (MU)
-t om (MU)
-Dave (MU)
-shubaka17 (Smogon)
-Thingyman (MU)

reminder of the categories:
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DISMANTLE THE PATRIARCHY: A song with no male vocalists.
San Fermin - Sonsick || Florence & the Machine - Dog Days || Sithu Aye - Spiral

MEDIA CULTURE: A song from a film score, TV or anime intro or credits, or video game OST
Hans Zimmer - He's a Pirate (Pirates of the Carribbean) || Gravity Falls theme || Cowboy Bebop - Tank! || F-Zero - Fire Field

BORN IN THE WRONG GENERATION: A song from before you were born.
Rush - 2112 || Boston - Foreplay/Long Time || Soundgarden - Spoonman

THE LUTE CATEGORY: A song about something morbid or gothic.
Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath || The Police - Can’t Stand Losing You || Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

ANTHONY KIEDIS: A song with nonsensical lyrics.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can’t Stop || alt-J - Tessellate || The White Stripes - Icky Thump

CONFESSIONS: A song you’re somewhat embarrassed that you enjoy.
Elle King - Exes and Oh’s || Maroon 5 - This Love || Biz Markie - Just A Friend

THE HYDRA’S RETURN: Either a song with horns (trumpet, saxophone, etc.) or a song with strings (violin, cello, etc).
The Main Squeeze - Mama Told Me || Diablo Swing Orchestra - Kevlar Sweethearts || Nemes - Butterfly

REGIFTED: A song by an artist that was first introduced to you by someone else.
Caravan Palace - Dramophone || Portugal. The Man - So American || Fox Capture Plan - Butterfly Effect

Additionally, each player may choose to substitute one of these categories for the following:
****POST: ****post at me, musically. Make note of which category you're substituting for.
Category 1, DISMANTLE THE PATRIARCHY, will be revealed in about 50 minutes. In addition to posting the songs here, I'll be playing them live in this Discord server.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:27 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:04 PM   #3
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Category 1: DISMANTLE THE PATRIARCHY
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:08 PM   #4
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35th place, earning 1 point: vonFiedler

T-Baby - It's So Cold In The D
1/10

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Old 05-24-2017, 11:09 PM   #5
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34th place, earning 3.5 points: Fort Colorcastle

Zara Larsson - Lush Life
3/10

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Yeah, no. This isn’t for me. The generic pop beat, the sickeningly overproduced vocals, the bog-standard “live in the moment” message… none of this is resonating with me. This sounds like every song that’s on top 40 radio at any given time, and that’s not a good thing. She maybe sounds like she could sing decently well underneath all the production? That’s about all I can find as far as redeeming qualities go. Not my thing.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:12 PM   #6
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33rd place, earning 3.5 points: RODAN

Lucinda Williams - Still I Long For Your Kiss
3.5/10

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I’m guessing you probably anticipated a score something along these lines. This one’s entirely a stylistic miss - the talent’s clearly there. Unfortunately, my upbringing has resulted in a visceral reaction against anything that could be classified as country-western. I’ll give you props for submitting one of the less bad country songs that I’ve heard - this is definitely better than the swill that my parents have been trying to peddle for the past 21 years. That’s enough to push you past Fort and not much else.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:14 PM   #7
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32nd place, earning 4.5 points: TraceofLife

Lana del Ray - Young and Beautiful
4.5/10

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I’ve heard like 3 Lana del Ray songs now, and they all sound about the same - that is to say, incredibly boring. She can sing, certainly - I just wish she was on a song that would let her cut loose and show it off. The backing track is pretty solid, and probably bumps it up from a hard 4, but overall it pretty much failed to capture my attention in any way.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:16 PM   #8
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31st place, earning 4.9 points: shubaka17

Hayley Kiyoko - Pretty Girl
4.9/10

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As expected, shubaka sends something super gay. Heh.

This is a song that never goes anywhere. It opens minimalistically enough that it sounds like it might do something to break out of the malaise that it sets itself into. Then it doesn’t. It just sort of sticks with the same airy, empty-spaced focused artpop feel the entire time. I keep waiting for the song to do something, and the something never comes, and it pisses me off.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:19 PM   #9
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30th place, earning 5 points: Alette

Alicia Keys - New York
5/10

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So you know I’ve never been to New York, right? Like, a big sweeping ballad about this place I’ve never been isn’t exactly going to inspire a grand emotional response from me. The song itself is perfectly average if you remove the context from it. It’s a little boring until the last chorus, and then it gets a bit livelier, which is gonna even out right around a five. At least you didn’t send me a BAD song.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:22 PM   #10
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29th place, earning 5.2 points: Martin

Quok - Atariwave
5.2/10

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Well, it certainly lives up to its name. I kinda struggle to come up with comments for this one - it’s pretty far outside what I ordinarily listen to. It kinda just fades into the background for me, so it feels disingenuous for me to rate it much higher than a 5. I will say that I kinda like the tone of the synths, but they don’t really do enough with it to make me a big fan of the song. At least you’re not singing about a city I’ve never been to.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:23 PM   #11
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28th place, earning 5.5 points: Dave

Jess Glyne - Take Me Home
5.5/10

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Another fairly generic pop ballad, except this one’s a bit more OK than the rest. She has a good voice, but it doesn’t sound THAT different from every other song of its ilk. She also sort of almost sounds autotuned? Idk I should really like her as a singer but something about the production detracts from the vocal quality. Other than that it’s not that engaging of a song. Pretty bland stuff.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:26 PM   #12
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27th place, earning 5.8 points: Owner of a Lonely Heart

Suzanne Vega - World Before Columbus
5.8/10

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So here’s the deal. Sentimentality is generally not what drives me to enjoy a song. It’s not that I don’t pay attention to lyrics, it’s just that a tragic emotional connection to said lyrics isn’t the primary thing I’m looking for in my music. And with that being said, this song doesn’t really excel in any other aspect. It’s a pretty meandering ballad, and not one that grabs the attention outside of its lyrics.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:29 PM   #13
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26th place, earning 5.9 points: zorbees

Demi Lovato - Remember December
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I won’t lie, this wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Generic mid-00s pop rock isn’t great, but it’s a lot better than the generic mid-00s bubblegum pop that I thought I was gonna get. This could have maybe scored higher, but there’s something about the vocal harmonies in this song that really bugs me. I know it’s nitpicky, and I can’t really put my finger on why exactly it bothers me, but them’s the breaks.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:31 PM   #14
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TIED FOR 24th place, earning 6 points: myzozoa

St. Vincent - These Days
6/10

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This placement will be contentious, because St. Vincent is clearly very talented as both a singer and guitarist. Again, however, sentimentality isn’t what gets me. So while I’m sure this song is beautiful or whatever, and it was plenty pleasant to listen to, it’s not really the sort of thing I’d like to listen to on a daily basis. It scores better than Owner’s purely because St. Vincent’s guitar skills are sick as hell.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:34 PM   #15
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ALSO TIED FOR 24th place, earning 6 points: Adam

Fleetwood Mac - Landslide
6/10

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Remember what I said about sentimentality? Yeah. Stevie’s every bit as good a vocalist as St. Vincent, but in a very different way. With Fleetwood Mac, however, I tend to prefer their songs where the whole band gets in on it. This one could easily just be Stevie Nicks on a stool with a guitar, and while that’s great and all, it doesn’t really do it for me.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:36 PM   #16
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23rd place, earning 6.1 points: Empoof

Autolux - Asleep At The Trigger
6.1/10

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I don’t think I’m hip enough to truly appreciate this song. It’s got a nice base, and then it piles a LOT of stuff on top of it. It’s one of those songs where the vocalist sounds high off their ass for no reason (well, unless actually being high off their ass counts as a reason), and that’s not really a sound that appeals to me. There’s enough good song in here to get it this far, but I’m not really a fan of all the bells and whistles on top of it.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:38 PM   #17
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22nd place, earning 6.2 points: Priptonite

St. Vincent - Chloe In The Afternoon
6.2/10

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Another St. Vincent song, and another song that I think I’m not hip enough to understand. There’s a lot of elements in this song that are pretty cool individually, but they’re all sort of tossed in haphazardly. The guitar work, as is par for the course, is really good, but it’s sort of scattered about the song randomly. I think I would like this a lot more if it were a bit more coherent.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:40 PM   #18
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21st place, earning 6.3 points: Yeti

Tegan and Sara - I Couldn't Be Your Friend
6.3/10

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I like Tegan and Sara. I’m not such a huge fan of Tegan, feat. Sara, and that’s kind of what this song feels like. I like the energy, and the harmonies are still there to an extent, but there are Tegan and Sara songs that are so much better than this one. I also tend to prefer songs of theirs that aren’t quite as heavy on the electronic poppy elements, and are more traditional or alternative. Not a bad song, but a disappointing submission all things considered.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:42 PM   #19
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20th place, earning 6.5 points: LightWolf

Elise - Oratorio The World God Only Knows
6.5/10

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This was a difficult one to rate. I think in the end my inner weeb won out, because this could have gone lower. The second half of the song elevates it - the first half was probably a 5.5 tops, and got fairly annoying at times, but the more rock-influenced portions of the song were much more enjoyable. I imagine the vocals will bug some people. I didn’t mind them.
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welp, knew I was doomed when the other St. Vincent song didn't score too well lol

I was debating between a St. Vincent song and

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19th place, earning 6.6 points: KnightsOfCydonia

7 Year ***** - Hip Like Junk
6.7/10

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This rates highly because it’s cheesy as hell. It’s so quintessentially 90s punk that you kinda can’t help but chuckle a bit. The bassline is pretty killer, too. Where it starts to struggle is where a lot of punk starts to struggle: a decent portion of the song doesn’t actually sound very good. It’s antiestablishment and all but the choruses of this song do not comprise a song that I actually wanna listen to.
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18th place, earning 6.7 points: Lord Gaius

Halestorm - Familiar Taste Of Poison
6.7/10

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Perhaps the highest you’ll catch me rating a song of this ilk. I love Halestorm’s voice. Her name isn’t Halestorm but idk what it actually is so I’m going to call her Halestorm, and I love her voice. The sheer power behind her delivery elevates this song to an above average rating, and it’s more of a brooding track than one dripping in that dreaded Sentimentality.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:51 PM   #23
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17th place, earning 6.8 points: Xicor

Koven - Breathing Me In
6.8/10

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I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little triggered by MonsterCat just because it's all my freshman roommate listened to. But I really like the energy in this song. There's a maximalistic quality to the backing track that I tend to enjoy, and the vocals are pretty good too.
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16th place, earning 6.9 points: lute

Metal Gear Rising - A Stranger I Remain (Sly Shinobi Mix)
6.9/10

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Pretty much contractually obligated to give 6.9 to lute.

This is a little much for me. A little too middle school, if you will. It's cool and all, it's just a bit... over the top. I like the energy, though. Tone it down a bit and this is a great song.
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15th place, earning 7 points: Drawesome532

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
7/10

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I'm a sucker for classic rock and you know it, and the fact that you found one that I hadn't actually heard is just a bonus. I really like the vibes this puts out - really cool almost mysterious sort of atmosphere. I'm assuming you plan on listening to this on LSD lmao.
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