Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Place to Bury Strangers --- Strange Moon

Seeking gainful employment on my end has been a rather tough one for a lot of reasons I would rather keep to myself, but the good news is that I've finally found a brand new job after what seemed like forever. The bad news though is that aside from there'd be even less time for me to write posts[1], I would have to say goodbye to this blog a lot sooner than I thought as a portion of its tagline just so happened to be my current employer's official business name[2]. I hate to say this, but this would be my very last post for Obsessive Listening[3]. However, I'll do my very best to come up with another blog on this very same platform[4] that would be an outlet for me to write not just about music but also movies and TV shows that I really like, which would definitely be an improvement over what this blog has to offer. I'd also be transferring just about everything I've written here as well as in my old Wordpress blog to my upcoming blog, now that I got myself a slightly faster connection that would be really for both my work-related and personal writing.

Anyways, for my final post here in Obsessive Listening, I'd like to feature an EP from 2013 by noise rock/shoegaze band A Place to Bury Strangers called "Strange Moon" where the band covered these 7 songs taken from garage punk band Dead Moon's entire discography:
  1. Don't Burn the Fires
  2. The 99's
  3. I'm Wise
  4. Dead Moon Night
  5. Graveyard
  6. 54 40
  7. Don't Look Back
You can listen to "Strange Moon" in its entirety by playing the video below:

There are two reasons why I decided on posting "Strange Moon". One is that APTBS had just announced their 2017 Asian tour, and one of its legs will be held right in this very country on Dec 19 over at Mow's[5].
A Place to Bury Strangers Asian Tour 2017 poster
The other reason is that Dead Moon vocalist Fred Cole passed away just a few days prior to writing this post. Having died at the age of 69, I would like to believe Cole has pretty much lived a full life when he was still around. RIP, sir. You will be dearly missed. 😭

RIP Fred Cole (1948-2017)
RIP as well to this blog. It was fun while it lasted. I just hope I could put my new blog up before 2017 comes to a close. Wish me luck!

1 You see, my new day job has to do with writing for clients of various sorts all in the comfort of my home as long as my Internet connection could keep up, and there's a lot more work I'm doing now compared to my previous job. Whereas there were days in my old job when I'd just pretend to be busy when in fact, I'm pretty much doing nothing at all because my boss didn't assign me at all to any project, my current one requires me to work fast and work smart as management expects me to reach a specific weekly word quota. I can't really say my writing is good enough as my current job made me realize the hard way that I write really slow in that I am still unable right now to come up with a 1000-word article. I'm currently finding ways to work on it as it might prove to be useful not just for my day job but for my new personal blog as well.
2 Which might be one reason why I got hired, but I can't let myself get too close to my  current employer. I still want to achieve a healthy work-life balance after all despite having to work longer hours to keep up with my weekly word quota. Good thing I can put up with having to do extended working hours as the remote nature of my current job doesn't require me to render overtime in an office and then endure long hours of commuting on my way home.
3 I have yet to come up with a name for my upcoming blog. Just give me a bit of time to think of one that would hopefully catch on.
4 It has been great posting using the original platform where I first learned how to blog. I don't think I'd be going back to Wordpress anytime soon.
5 As I only officially started with my new day job last Oct 31, I still have no leave credits to my name. If I understood my current employer's house rules correctly, I'd start having leave credits to my name by the end of the month, the first day of next month at the latest. Gonna have to double-check that with my employer's human resources officer though, just to be sure. My employer's house rules would also require me to file leaves at least two weeks before the very day when I'll be out on vacation. I'm planning to file even just a half-day vacation leave to catch my breath and get some rest after moshing along to APTBS on Dec 19. I really hope my vacation leave would be approved.

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