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Our Restraint // The Tampa Trip

As I am writing this the former Musical Archives of the "Old Milk Lounge" are being wiped. Hundreds of songs are gone and no longer to be downloaded from The Milk Lounge, it pained me to do this, but it felt like the right thing to do. In the last post Riley mentioned that we are no longer going to be putting up music for "Download" however this isn't true. If the music is given on free release by the artist to us then we will provide it in a download form. Also if the music is a remix by an artist of an original work this may also be downloadable (is that even a word?). I hope you guys enjoy the new Milk Lounge as I'm going to. Lets begin with the first post...

The Tampa Trip

31 JAN 2008

Riley and myself depart from our Art Appreciation class (or as Riley so mundanely calls it "Fart Appreciation"). We opt against going to Sbarro's for the traditional after class pizza lunch and better decide to go to our rooms and sleep to prepare for what is to come. We both agree that we'll be skipping our Drugs & Crime class which we never seem to have anyways.


Packing what little things we can for the road (Beef Jerky, Water, Hookah Supplies) we depart towards the Leuthold residence so that Riley can get some money from his parents. We were also treated with a delicious meal.


We arrive at Richie's house to wait on Autumn, Danny and Selena. Khalid and Melony take a separate car, we load up on energy drinks and road munchies for the ride hop on I-95S and our journey begins. Smoking hookah while listing to custom mix tapes for the trip we ride.

10:00PM - 10:45PM

We arrive in Ybor City, Florida which is located somewhere North, South, East or West of Tampa. I make an immediate dash to the nearest club / gathering-place to, for lack of a better word, pee. After all that has been completed we decide to cruise around Ybor looking for food because many of the others with us were hungry. The place that we chose to go into first was without first notice a store for gays. Looking at the gay get-well-soon cards Riley and I realize that we were left alone in the Gay Store; soon finding that our friends had left and found a pizza shop around the corner. They eat, I smoke. We are approached by a young man who asks us, "Have you heard the good news!?" - This leads to him telling us that our salvation lies with Christ and badgering us of if we were to die tonight if we would go to hell or heaven. After dismissing the zealot we begin waiting in line outside of the Czar Bar to get our will-call tickets for Girl Talk. A few cigarettes, drinks and side-conversations later we are in the club anticipating the performance to begin...

11:00PM - 1:00AM

This happened:

It was a blast, Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk was an amazing and "totally worth it" show. If you find out that Girl Talk is coming anywhere near your town I incline you go enjoy the performance. It's something everyone should experience.

Grizzly Bear - Knife (Girl Talk Remix)

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Legitimacy: An Exercise In Restraint

As shameful and terrible as it may be, I have not posted since Halloween. A culmination of doubts, laziness and apathy is to blame, and I will now detail these reasons and discuss future plans for The Milk Lounge.

As much as I enjoyed writing on this mp3 blog, it began to become a chore. Writing every thursday and once or twice in between was an unspoken expectation between Pipe and I, and not one I looked forward to. This laziness caused me to search for an excuse to stop posting, and what I came up with has really made me think twice about the entire mp3 blog community. Don't get me wrong though, I love what these little journals and downloads can do for an under-appreciated band or forgotten source of nostalgia, but something still bothers me.

We were getting hundreds of views per day, which was very exciting for us, but I personally feel that many of these site visits were unfairly received. Free mp3s are very popular these days, and putting them up on The Milk Lounge surely attracted quite a few viewers, especially when we are included in such (wonderful) aggregators as and hype machine. But how many of these downloaders actually read our articles? Is it fair to offer free mp3s? Not only is it illegal, but when thinking about it, I begin to feel like one of those sleazy used car salesmen that advertises free hot dogs during car shows. And I'll let you in on a little secret: I used to go to these car shows JUST FOR THE HOT DOGS.

Basically what I'm getting at is that I don't think we should post free mp3s anymore. Pipe and I had a discussion last night in which we made plans for the future of the site. Most importantly, we want to start posting often again, but with less expectation. We want to keep it casual, but worthwhile. And soon, we plan on deleting all the mp3s in our archives. This may upset a bunch of readers, but we would rather have our hits come from those that are genuinely interested in our articles, not just the freebies. But don't expect the music to go away completely! Pipe is currently researching ways to have streaming music on the site, instead of downloads. This way there would still be music, we would still be providing the service that music blogs are designed for (sharing and exposing music), and we would no longer be breaking the law.

I would also like to thank the (as of now 3) people that commented on yesterday's sympathy post. You actually REALLY HELPED encourage us to continue this little hobby we have. We have never and will never lose our love for music and the desire to share it with others. I believe this is a big step for us, and will be a very mature decision on our part. While we will most likely get less hits, the visits we do get will be more valuable, because they will be from people that want to hear what we have to say. Thank you very much for your continued reading and support, and hold tight while we sort out exactly what it is we do next.



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