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Topics - Rapture Ready Blowhard

The Hold Steady
Mumford and Sons
The Shins
Fleet Foxes
New Pornographers (caught the last few seconds of one of their songs on the Best Show a while back, still haven't heard a full song)
Scott Walker
Agnostic Front
Mark Lanegan
General / PIX Board Language Learners?
June 17, 2014, 08:09:51 AM
Anyone on the board currently learning a language, or have experiences learning languages that they didn't grow up speaking?  How did you learn, how well have you retained it, and what resources worked best for you?

It's always been a dream of mine to learn how to speak Spanish.  I took a couple years in high school and one class in college, but didn't apply myself and felt I learned nothing.  The past few months, however, have been pretty productive for me; I felt like I relearned everything I'd forgotten in school almost immediately and for some reason a lot of the things that were once super tricky (por vs. para, preterite vs. perfect, just straight up conjugating past-tense) are increasingly intuitive for me.  I read at least a couple of news articles in Spanish every day and that's usually not too difficult, but my listening comprehension is not good, especially if someone's speaking fast.  I've been able to help Spanish-speakers at my job twice, but I don't really have many opportunities to practice with actual people.  Has anyone else been in the same place?  Any advice?
General / Drums, Bass, and Karen Carpenter
June 13, 2014, 06:51:26 PM
I've been a Carpenters fan for a while now, but I've only recently heard these:

Seriously, Karen Carpenter had the most beautiful voice, and the more spartan mixes somehow make her sound even better.  Favorite Carpenter's songs, y'all?