Favorite bands :
Green Day- if only for 'American Idiot,' the album that got me into music in the first place.
My Chemical Romance, for not only writing great music, but for being a band that got me into music.
Sonny Moore-era From First to Last- Also, a lot of music that I grew up with, and besides just liking their music, there's a huge nostalgia factor.
Marilyn Manson, because he's fucking Marilyn Manson.
The Faceless- Michael Keene's guitar playing is phenomenal.
Guthr ie Govan- The best fusion ghitarist ever, I don't care what anyone says.
Periphery- Melodic and absurdly heavy, not a combination that usually works, but they've made it awesome.
I think anything Craig Owens touches turns into gold. Not JUST because it's Craig, but because he consistently puts out good music, whether he's with Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S.
'Hold Me Up' by Live is, to me, the perfect pop-rock song. The vocal harmonies are absolutely beautiful. It's a shame, but I haven't found any other song of theirs that hit me like this one did, so I can't really say I like the band that much, only this song.
The Beatles, definitely. Any musician after them learned SOMETHING about melody from that band, and anyone who says otherwise is a fucking liar.
Favorite guitarists :
Michael Keene, Guthrie Govan, Misha Mansoor, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, Tosin Abasi recently, among others...
Favorite bassists :
Not knowledgeable about bassists, so I can't really say. Billy Sheehan's good.
Favorite books :
Catcher in the Rye, for being the most human piece of fiction ever written. Not too melodramatic but not so lighthearted as to be unrealistic. Fiction always seems to hit one extreme and has no humanity for it, at least to me.
The God Delusion, for solidifying my atheism, even if in retrospect I've come to see Dawkins as something of an asshole.
Friedric h Nietzsche is by far my favorite author/philosopher. My ideas are almost completely reflected in everything of his that I've read.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, COMPLETELY reversed the way I look at capitalism, making me a 100% advocate of it.
The Genius of the Beast by Howard Bloom, also completely upturning the way I look at capitalism, solidifying my 100% advocacy of it.
Anthem, also by Ayn Rand. Not only did it PRECEDE George Orwell, it was also millions of times better than Orwell, if only because Rand held no illusions about the nature of collectivism.
Favorite tv :
TV that takes itself seriously bores the piss out of me, similarly to my take on fiction. South Park provides a good balance between ideas and humor. Workaholics is FUCKING awesome, and I can't wait for season two.
The Whitest Kids U' Know are pretty clever every now and then.
Tosh.0 is good, too. Not intelligent at ALL, but it makes me laugh, and I enjoy the show for it.
Favorite movies :
Kevin Smith's movies consistently hit home, with the exception of Cop Out, which was a piece of trash. I'm taking the quote out of context, sure, but Smith himself compared the film to a "retarded kid." Zack and Miri, however, is my favorite movie, ever. I'm lame, I like love stories, when done with the right amount of humor.
Heathers used to hold the spot that Zack and Miri holds now, for its awesome dialogue, and the association I have of Heathers and a particularly shitty period in my life.
Christopher Nolan's Batman movies are great, although my personal preferences don't really lend themselves to superhero movies. I prefer comedies, because humor almost always makes a work more human.
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