Flush It Friday: Bracing for List Season

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It is now Friday afternoon. Prepare some snacks.

My dudes, it is not yet even Halloween and already I’m seeing multiple Album of the Year lists. What in the hell is that about? Tons of print publications have demanded that their writers hand in their best of lists already. Fuck you, albums that drop any time in the last quarter of the year; no one’s gonna put you on their very special list now.

You all know me. You all know that ol’ Joe Thrashnkill isn’t too crazy about top-10 lists as it is. To be frank, they seem like an exercise in pointless masturbation at best and gatekeeping taste elevation at worst. Did you REALLY enjoy that obscure Icelandic dissonant death metal album more than the new Mastodon? Be honest. No seriously, be honest. Because literally no one cares about what you put on your Album of the Year list except for you. We’re all so busy imagining a gallery of true metal fans silently judging our finely curated selections that no one stops to look around and see that they’re all too preoccupied with their own list to care about yours.

Nuts to all that.

Joe Thrashnkill’s Top 10 Nuts of 2017.
10. Almond
9. Brazil Nut
8. Peanut
7. Cashew
6. Pistachio
5. Pine Nut
4. Pecan
3. Macadamia
2. Hazelnut
1. Deez

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  • tigeraid

    The Good: Good weather this weekend, I guess.
    The Bad: Wife got laid off. Times will be tight, yet again.
    The Ugly: The wife might want to move back up North, upending my life.

  • Dubby Fresh

    Pistachios should be higher, tbh.

    • Rolderathis

      I knew Joe was a poser when I saw he had pecans higher on the list than cashews. Is nothing sacred (son)?

    • Too much work, fuck that

      • Dubby Fresh

        You need to acquire a poolboy to shell them for you. Your enjoyment will increase significantly.

      • Bert Banana

        They can buy them shelled now.

      • Choo-Choo

        You can buy them shelled, QED.

  • Rolderathis

    G: No plans this weekend besides maybe going out to a pub in Brookline with a shitload of beers on tap. Probably going to start a new book soon, thinking of Forge of God by Greg Bear.

    B: Been in a depression pit all week. Feelin’ dat anhedonia.

    U: Apparently the flying insect biomass of the planet is falling like 6% a year as of late. Wonder how long before we have to engineer little drones to pollinate flowers 🙁

    • Choo-Choo

      I have been in the pit this week myself. Good vibes to you from across the internet void.

      • Rolderathis

        *waving thrv portal ov Void* Same to v.

    • JWG

      I’d wager there’s definitely at least one tech death album called “flying insect biomass”, or I’d write that down to use later…

  • Hans

    Joe droppin dem mf truth bombs. Death, taxes, and no one reading your year-end list are the only certainties in life.

    Also, like in any year, year-end list mania will give way to “albums we overlooked on our year-end lists” list mania, which will give way to “early contender for AOTY” mania – and still, no one will fucking care. What is it with lists?

    Anyway, fuck peanuts only clocking in at number eight. Straight bullshit right there.

    • Joaquin Stick

      The only good peanut is a butter-fied peanut.

      • Wait, what is that? Is that like a circus peanut?

        • Joaquin Stick

          Like a peanut that has been made into a butter-like substance. You know. Peanut butter.

  • JWG

    I may wait until January to make my Best Of list known. I’m as far in as figuring out which albums I bought and listened to at least once over the year. Now I’m stuck at trying to decide whether or not to just discard the ‘one listen’ ones – because I feel I can’t really fairly judge them unless they totally leaped out as stellar on that one listen.

    You’d probably then ask me how I could give a ‘stellar’ (by my own estimate) album only one listen. I don’t really have an answer. This whole year was a weird time warp of inconsistent dimensions. Some days I found time for multiple albums. Others, on days that should have had the exact same workday I could barely get in an EP.

    Anyway. Even just at the stage of “what I bought then listened to” it’s a surprisingly small list compared to last year, not because there wasn’t a lot of good stuff to explore (even just counting albums mentioned on this site alone) but rather because I didn’t spend nearly as much as I did in previous years on CDs and Bandcamp. And oddly, that wasn’t even intentional.

    • Joaquin Stick

      So many albums I really liked after 1 listen, but just really don’t feel like spinning again. It’s a weird feeling and I don’t know how to rate those.

      • JWG

        I am also definitely impacted by ease of access – I could replay any album on Bandcamp with a few taps on my phone (whether downloaded or just from the app).

        But my CDs have to wait until I am home because my otherwise-obscenely-high-end-at-the-time laptop was sold without an optical drive on the theory that nobody installs from (or stores data to) discs anymore so there’s no need to have a drive.

        Perhaps they forgot music discs because as soulless techies they clearly have no use for art.

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Why not buy an external CD drive? They are pretty cheap

          • JWG

            I probably should, as it’s a relatively obvious solution. Even the external Blu-Ray drives are down a lot.

            I just tend not to buy computer stuff unless it’s for work purposes directly, so it keeps slipping my mind that’s even an option.

  • Howard Dean

    tfw you spent the entire week traveling or trapped in meetings and trainings and all you really wanted to do was space out and read random shit on the internet:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e5c5e8bd9503bdc4c336e91bbfcb45a2db7fdccf440b43856d4d9bb261886dd.gif

    • Bert Banana

      I totes just stole this

  • JWG

    Wait. Macadamias less than Hazelnuts?

    I mean, I love hazelnuts. I even like that probably-not-even-close-to-real hazelnut flavour that gets sold to coffee shops (most often that major chain with the fishy lady mascot).

    But macadamias are in a class of their own. Especially when fresh from the plantation.

  • Joaquin Stick

    I sorta like Top 10s so I can sample a whole bunch to make sure I didn’t miss anything important. Especially if it’s something on multiple lists.

    I got bored and started a list last week, more as an attempt to remember what the hell I enjoyed this year so far. There’s a lot of like 8/10 albums, but very few I am actually excited to put on a list.

    • Rolderathis

      Seems like I’m in the minority, but I love list season 😛 I just like analyzing which albums pop up on which lists, and their positions in the lists. Also, definitely a good way to find some hidden gems!

      • Carlos Parlo

        Me too. Always learn of things I missed. My friends and I always trade lists and check each other’s recommendations out which is nice since some of my friends listen to vastly different music than I do. I revisit my own top 10s years later and I remember why I liked an album, the memories associated with it, etc. It helps me organize my thoughts and catalog my year.

        • Rolderathis

          It’s an excellent way to get a look into scenes/sub-genres that you’re not super familiar with, totes agree.

      • Joaquin Stick

        Agreed. People who write novels about their justification for each pick are wasting their time though. I listen to the suggested track then fuck off to the next pick.

      • Óðinn

        Yup. During the years when I don’t pay attention, I like the lists at the end of the year.

  • JWG

    G: I got in with a new GP in an incredibly short amount of time. Basically my sister said she’d go to her appointment on Wednesday and ask if her GP had open slots. Thursday afternoon I got a call to schedule with them, so evidently there was space to take me on (or he waived it). I’ve got an appointment set for 2 weeks today.

    I’m still waiting on the referral to a GI specialist from my (current now former) GP, so I’ll probably have to go see him to check on the status of that inquiry. At that point I can say I’m switching to a new guy. I’m working on the most diplomatic excuse to avoid dropping the truth-bomb that he just wasn’t any good. I think I can probably work in that since his specialty technically is older adults and the new guy is more focused on (a) my age group and (b) patients with complex histories (which I definitely fit) it just made more sense. I’ve got to word it right though.

    B: Still sorting out the technology issues that started a few weeks ago which are threatening to derail the Labs in my Department (officially “School”). At least it’s giving me something to work on, but at the same time it tends to result in my working more than I’m paid for instead of less; and there’s no sign that the University will recognize the School’s contention, any time soon, that I need to be paid for more hours (which they made clear months ago).

    U: Not lately TBH. I’m insulating myself deliberately from ugly news.

  • KJM, Blood Farmer

    pointless masturbation >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Howard Dean
      • Rolderathis

        Your Google searchbar must be a den of iniquity

        • Howard Dean

          Hahahaha. I avoid it with liberal use of the Incognito tab feature.

          But for real, I actually searched for “Texas Tech Bell Ringer Gif” because I knew exactly what I was looking for. This one here is a classic.

      • Óðinn
    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Masturbation is never pointless

  • Óðinn
  • KJM, Blood Farmer

    I have about 3-4 albums from this year that I’ve been listening to a lot. Other than that? This year has been quite boring except for Twin Peaks.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Good:
    Went to a Ghostemane gig on Tuesday and FUCK THE HATERS, that shit was tight! $uicideboy$ coming up in February!
    I was about to state that 2017 was a damn disappointment for (relatively speaking) “big” metal releases, but the recent Spectral Voice release and today’s Amenra release have joined The Ruins of Beverast in a list of nothing-to-fuck-with ‘bigger name’ metal releases (with Pagan Altar and Akercocke probably rounding up the top 5). I don’t really see anything dethroning these for me in what’s left in 2017.

    Bad:
    Nothing in particular.

    • Rolderathis

      What do you think of those ambient noise sections throughout that Spectral Voice? The 3 minutes of it at the end of “…Psychic Dismemberment” really bug me…probably enough to prevent me from buying it, because I feel like that stuff takes up a lot of the runtime.

      • After listening to the album on repeat 4-5 times it’s A-OK with me.

        • Rolderathis

          I wish I liked it more, Blood Incantation takes the cake for me between those two though, no question.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Oh they don’t bother me. Fits the mood to be honest.
        “…Psychic Dismemberment…” is some of the greatest metal I’ve heard all year.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      I’m 99% sure Akercocke will be my album of the year

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Great album for sure, even though after listening to it more than a few times I don’t feel it bests Goat of Mendes, Choronzon or Words That Go Unspoken… for me.

        Amenra’s newest is shaping up to me metal AOTY for me. Tugs on the ol heartstrings.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zly7vQeXOCw

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    Tfw almonds at last place. They are delicious and healthy

    • they produce the best milk. PERIOD!

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        ALMOND MILK>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • God

    I never can categorize my favorites in a ranking for that year. It’s always just a bunch of albums I’m constantly spinning. If I were to make a list though, the new Archspire and Vulture Industries would be on it for sure.

    • more beer

      Exactly if I like something, I like it if I don’t, I don’t. But there is no numerical order to any of it.

  • KJM, Blood Farmer

    I have rediscovered fresh ground peanut butter. YUM.

    • God

      That is the absolute best!

    • JWG

      For some strange reason I was wondering what “fresh ground” thing was put in the peanut butter to call it that.

      I feel like experimenting with coffee grounds in peanut butter now. Bet it’ll be totally awful right up until I find that one magic balance (and type) of peanut, coffee and sweet additives.

    • more beer

      I never liked PB&J as a kid, it was only after I started smoking weed that I began to like it.

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Good: Manilla Road live. Absolutely incrdible.

    Good: List season in 2 months.

    Good/Bad/Ugly: I am morally obligated to make a list. The power of the list compels me. I am subject to the list.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I already know the top 2 albums on my list.

      • Bert Banana

        Are they the 2 Krallice albums that are getting released in a few weeks?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          No. My list has no trve metal on it.

          • Bert Banana

            Lol @ Krallice being fucking trve

        • Bert plz! one is a Neil Diamond reissue and the other is the new solo record by the guitar player or … the drummer from Ten Years After

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Jimmy plz! Ten Years After’s new album isnt even on my list!

          • KJM, Blood Farmer

            Teaming up with the guitar tech from Foghat.

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    Hope everyone has a good weekend, unfortunately i have to work this whole weekend, not so much work, more of travel there is a convention on Atlanta so we got to go and is about a 10 hour drive, only good thing is 3 people going so we can split time on wheel, and then head back Sunday afternoon so we can be here in Miami around 1AM, so i will download couple of shows on Netflix and try to finish reading Book, Sapiens about humanity history.

    “In the U.S., peanuts and peanut butter are the most popular nut choice and comprise 67% of all nut consumption.” Also everyone knows that the #1 answer is Peanut Butter and is not up for debate.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Sounds like Joe knows his nuts

    https://youtu.be/KGmNqzbsuiY

    • I love this movie

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        Definitely one of my favorites. I’m big on all his movies

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Good: I have off tomorrow, the new Gwar album, the new LA Guns album, the Whitesnake and George Michael reissues

    Bad: none

    Ugly:none

    • Bert Banana

      LA guns are still around?

      Moreso…there are people who care about the fact LA Guns are still around?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns reunited and released a album under the LA Guns name. It’s so good.

        • more beer

          You have a very loose definition of the word good.

      • KJM, Blood Farmer

        JJD lives in a temporal bubble where it’s always 1990;

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          That is accurate. Also D’lo Brown was supposed to do a a signing near me but he cancelled. Now the guest is Shane Douglas on December 9th. They’re also announcing another signing which may or may not be Scott Hall.

      • more beer

        They played here a couple of weeks ago in a little dive bar. I was driving home from work and saw their tour bus and their roadies loading them in. Their bus was almost bigger than the bar. I don’t know how they can afford a bus playing shows like that.

  • God

    Good: Shadow of War 😀

    Bad: my dog died 🙁

    Ugly: 7 month old has a new game he likes to play where he is up for 3 hours in the middle of the night every night.

    • Bert Banana

      RIP Dog

      …wait…cant you bring him back to life?

      • God

        I wish

    • JWG

      Sorry for your loss of your dog. I’m still apparently not 100% over the loss of my BFF (best feline friend) so I sympathize.

      Hashtag #OTRB, even though that’s probably more Oðinn’s style than ‘God’.

      • God

        Yeah he was a good boy. My two other dogs are feeling it too. I knew doggy depression was a thing but I can hardly get them to eat as of late.

  • nbm02ss

    Going out with a friend for his birthday shindig tonight. I haven’t had a drop of alcohol since the week of 4th of July. This will be brutal.

    • ooooooooh, that sounds exciting!

      • nbm02ss

        As long as the night wraps up in a Whataburger with jalapeno biscuits and gravy, I’ll be happy.

        • ok, now i’m gonna double the amount of “exciting” i anticipated a few moments prior…

  • Óðinn

    Have you ever eaten a supermassive burrito, ultimately resulting in simultaneous anal release of flatulence and feces so powerful that it tears a hole in the space-time continuum?

    • God

      Do I! That’s how the universe was created!

    • KJM, Blood Farmer

      Supermassive Burrito = Stoner Funk band

  • Spear

    Yes, Joe, I DID enjoy that Icelandic dissonant death metal band more than the new Mastodon. What kind of plebeian taste do you think we sport around here? On that note:

    Good: the new Trivium album
    https://youtu.be/ugga-tQvW5Y

    • JWG

      Mastodon LP might get one more listen near year end if it pops up on a list and I wonder why.

      I much prefer the EP even though it’s technically just more-of-the-same constant race away from metalness that characterizes later Mastodon. It just somehow gets it ‘right’ in a way I can’t perfectly articulate.

      EPs aren’t generally allowed on AOTY lists though…

      • Spear

        Agreed with you on the EP versus the last LP. I’m a hundred percent fine with them moving away from metal as long as they keep writing good songs.

  • Óðinn

    GOOD: Getting lots of auditions.

    BAD: Gord Downie passed away this week.

    UGLY: General Kelly lies to the American people for Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders doesn’t know that the military is subject to civilian oversight, and that the media should absolutely question Kelly’s lies. He’s a public official.

    • Howard Dean

      Lahey last week, Gord this week. Been a rough stretch for Canada.

  • Rick Chard

    good: The Birthday tomorrow. Eat cake and get smashed.
    bad: Pulled my back doing deadlifts. Old man soreness.
    ugly: my cat has the shits and is skidding her ass on the carpet.

  • The Mighty Thorange

    FUCKING AWESOMELY GOOD: I met Bruce motherfucking Dickinson at his autobiography signing event in Glasgow. Got a signed copy and shook his hand. Now getting completely shitfaced at a friends engagement party and bragging about meeting Bruce motherfucking Dickinson to anyone who cares. I also have all weekend off work.
    BAD: Fuck all.
    UGLY: Fuck all.

  • Brazil Nut?? That’s racist!!

  • Kyle Reese

    No pepitas and criminally under-rated pistachios. Cashew should be higher since it can be turned into a very convincing “queso.”