Sunday Sesh: Ringing in the New Year

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It is 2017. You are probably hung over, desperately searching for some greasy Mexican food and/or a little hair o’ the dog to take off the edge. What song are you using to ring in the new year?

Are you the kind who likes to celebrate the new year as a season of new birth, one ripe with both possibilities and excitement? If so, you may be opting for more jovial, melodic tunes resplendent with energetic vocals and major keys. You survived another year! For many, that alone is reason enough to party, so shake off the shackles of yesteryear and look forward to January 1st with the sun in your face and the wind at your back! To you, we raise our glasses. 2017 is going to be one big party, so why not start things out right with Mr. Andrew W.K.?

For others, the new year is a reminder of loss and grief, just another day in the endless cascading sands in the glass, no more significant than any other grain in the drift. Perhaps you spent your NYE alone in the dark, nursing a tall glass of gin and thinking about what might have been and the faces who should be there in the empty spaces. Perhaps there was too much lost in the margins of the previous year to find any reason to celebrate. I personally know many members of our community are facing loss and heartache today, so to them we raise our glasses in solidarity. Today, as ever, we are here for you, a fellow traveler in the dark.

Last year, I encouraged each of us to spend more time in careful reflection. How did that go for you? I may have failed to spend as much time doing yoga and contemplating my deeds as I would have liked, but the beauty of self-reflection is that there is always room for improvement. If you typically find yourself examining both past and future every new year and seeking to better the self through more gratitude and selflessness, may I suggest more meditative Black Yo)))ga as your soundtrack?

However you choose to ring in 2017, whether in revelry, sorrow, or quiet contemplation, know that you are welcome here. Share your burdens, joys, and aspirations in the comments below.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    As the clock ticked past midnight, I was watching this with my wife.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=957N7EAtpY4

    • more beer

      I didn’t even make it ti midnight last night. After 2 extremely brutal weeks at work. I was done. I passed up going to see the Dwarves last night. But I have the next week off.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Damn dude! I’ve been working like crazy for the past few weeks as well but I think your work is more intensive than mine, for sure. I hope you can have a nice relaxing week to start your year!

        • more beer

          Thanks man hope your new year is good as well..I have your beer packaged. I will hit the post office on Tuesday. I just didn’t have time to stand in those crazy holiday lines. Work was intense because none of these builders have their shit together. So everything was rush,rush,rush at the last possible minute.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Thank you sir!
            All is good, man. You will get no rush from me, other than the band of course. Sorry to hear about those builders, I hate relying on other people when it comes to work. they can never get it right.

          • more beer

            It is all extreme greed on their part. They try to build and close more houses than they are really capable of this time of year. If you ever buy a new home. Don’t buy a house that is finished between October and December. The work done on them is horrible.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            That is A+ advise!

          • GoatForest

            Also, buy your air conditioner in the late fall/ early winter. Companies usually have their best prices at that time.
            By the way, my new year song is “A New Light” by Funeral Mist.

          • more beer

            That makes a lot of sense. Buy it when people are worrying about heat. Those companies need to sell things so why not at a discount. I will bet it works the opposite with furnaces. May thru August.

    • Eliza

      Neat. I was watching YouTube videos at around 1 am.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        That’s about how late we stayed up, Judas Priest binge!!!

        • Eliza

          I managed to stay awake til 3, and then slept for 10 hours. Didn’t have a lot of fun on New Year’s Eve, but I saw some fireworks, which was cool.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Hahaha, dayum!!

            My New Year’s eve was no different from any other regular day really. Listened to music, watched a movie, drank a beer.

          • Eliza

            Same. My family watched Tv, but the New Year shows are so terrible I just couldn’t. I listened to the radio before falling asleep, and it was much better.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Ugh, any kind of holiday programming is usually bad.

            Proper radio? or your choice?

          • Eliza

            It was the national radio station, and they just played random songs. Later on, a radio drama started, but I only got to listen to the very beginning.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Very cool

          • GoatForest

            No sci fi channel Twilight Zone marathon?

          • Eliza

            Nope, unfortunately.

          • GoatForest

            Harsh.

          • GoatForest

            Man, I couldn’t even drink. I was laid out all week with a sickness that was causing my stomache to eat itself.

          • more beer

            I was knocked out by 9:00 last night. Work was brutal for a few weeks. But I am making up for it now. Sick with stomach issues is the worst

          • GoatForest

            Oh yeah. I think I’m cool now, but I still have to dodge alcohol for another week.

          • more beer

            You gotta take care of your health. Before anything else.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            You alright man?

          • GoatForest

            Yeah. I’m fine now. Thanks for asking though.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            That’s good man, your situation didn’t sound very good.

          • GoatForest

            On the plus side, I lost 15 pounds.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Bad way to do it, but alright!

          • GoatForest

            I just need to make sure the sacrifice was not in vain.

      • Shakes 999

        I was binge watching MST3K til 3 in the morning. In a year where just stayed in the apt dicking around most of the time, it was a fitting end to the year.

        • Xinen

          Great show, I regularly bounce between it and Rifftrax.

          • Shakes 999

            Rifftrax lost the thread with me after a while. It’s just not the same but I’ll still watch em every now and then. The live stuff they do is phenomenal thou.

        • Eliza

          I’m a glad there are MST3K episodes on YouTube, I put one on whenever I don’t have anything else to watch, and I always have a great time.

    • Max

      Still one of their catchiest songs.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Most assuredly!

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    • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Now, that’s a good caveman.

    • Eliza

      Can’t go wrong with Maiden.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Eliza: the wise and powerful!

        • Black Unbeard

          you might even say . . . Ewisa

          • Eliza

            I’d say Elwisa.

          • Black Unbeard

            im not even rly awake rite now

          • Eliza

            I totally understand. I was apathetic all day too.

          • Black Unbeard

            nah i was literally still laying in bed.

            im awake now, the worlds gonna be ok

          • more beer

            You’ll be okay. The world probably not so much.

          • Black Unbeard

            youre probably right

          • Eliza

            Lol, the only reason I got out of bed was a need for food

          • Black Unbeard

            the cats kept meowing. my girlfriend left a light on in her car so i got to push her car out of the garage and jump it in the cold and rain at 6 this morning. then i had to let the dog out around 9. no rest for the weary

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I met John Perez not too long ago, he works at a record store a few towns over. Supper cool dude.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Cool man!
        First 3 Solitude Aeturnus albums >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Jack Rabbit

    Hope everyone has a nice day.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxAQc5NQTvk

  • Eliza

    Now that 2016 is officially over, I’m trying to compile a list of my favourite albums of the year, and I have been listening to one of the entries again. https://spaceslug.bandcamp.com/album/lemanis

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Start your 2017 right with some free USPM compilations!!!

    https://aflameinthedark.bandcamp.com/

  • I’m over at my brother’s place, no tunes, just Thai food and podcasts with dirty swears.

  • Spear

    Started my year off with some Carcass. https://youtu.be/0qtWlvu1YoA

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Excellent way to start off the year. They are the best band ever

      Me personally, I received the New Year with some Pink Floyd they were playing at the bar I was at

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69E8lTlobWI

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        ECHOES>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

          Indeed. The bar had a huge TV and they played the Live In Pompeii movie over and over again. Imperial Ales and the Floyd, a great wait to say fuck off to 2016

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            My God, that is perfect.

      • Spear

        You could certainly do worse than Floyd.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          But not better.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    A number on a calendar changed, it’s going to affect exactly zero things on it’s own.
    Definitely a Crypt of Silence dude myself.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      It means a whole new year of new music to be behind on.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        No news from the Eastern front, mate.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Keep me updated, I will report back to HQ.

          • more beer
          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Oh, yeah! I like Murphys Law

          • more beer

            A Murphy’s Law show is just one big party. Always fun. Part of their rider is beer and Jagermeister to share with the crowd. I saw them on 420 weekend a couple of years ago. Jimmy G was loving it in Colorado. Smoking weed nonstop on stage.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Hahahaha!!

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            A family friend of mine is married to a guy who makes independent films. Murphys Law was in one of those films.

          • more beer

            Jimmy G is in almost every NYHC documentary there is, as well as American Hardcore.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Out of all my fave albums last year I was expecting only 3. I wonder what will take me by surprise this year.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Anything on the look out for 2017?

          • KyleJMcBride

            I know Monolord is working on a new one for release this year but, other than that, I got nothin’.

      • Black Unbeard

        i finally jammed the new Fief and some other DS from last year. wow is that album phenomenal

  • EsusMoose

    Playing Chon’s Grow album, just feeling like hearing pretty sounding shred this morning

  • I’m starting out the new year unemployed and listening to cattle decapitation.

    • Black Unbeard

      i wonder if theres a correlation

      • Nah no correlation, I’m just not capable of being the dishonest fuck that car sales required me to be.

        • Black Unbeard

          those dudes make some decent money tho. i dont have a very . . . trustworthy look to be selling cars

          • That’s actually a common misconception. They don’t make very good money. I’ll make more doing uber full time.

          • Black Unbeard

            i guess it depends what cars youre selling and where

        • more beer

          I was with a friend of mine. She went to this ghetto ass used car lot. We went for a test drive with one of the salesman. He was telling her turn here turn here. We ended up in a trailer park. He said wait here. He then jumped out of the car and ran into a trailer. He comes back jumps in the car and starts smoking crack. He was definitely shady enough to be a used car salesman.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Fuck that.

          • more beer

            That’s what I said. As I made my friend take the car back to the lot.

          • Xinen

            Ha holy shit dude! That’s crazy.

          • more beer

            Albuquerque is a crazy city.

          • Shakes 999

            I applaud his efficiency.

          • Black Unbeard

            sometimes you just gotta smoke crack

          • more beer

            I had no issue with him smoking crack or even scoring on the test drive. But at least he could have finished the test drive first. Before getting high That would have been the professional thing to do.

          • more beer

            Yea, talk about multi-tasking.

  • Shakes 999

    Doing the same thing I did when i ended the year. Marathoning Mystery Science Theater on one screen and jamming Dillinger, and tending my farm on Stardew Valley on the other screen. What am I doing with my life?

  • Rob M

    Im in a very atmospheric black metal mood right now, so….Drinking stouts, playing Arkham Knight, and contemplating ordering pizza tonight while I listen to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2BBxLfQjqU

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    I saw Rogue One and celebrated last night by listening to Neil Young and Human League