The-Softies

whether you’re a complete Softie™, a Total Badass™, or None Of The Above™, we are all worthy human beings who are good ppl deserving of love, support, and positive vibes, and that’s what the ethereal net is all about!

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the band
  • Despite the flashy confidence and calculated scheming that makes Kuroo the ideal lead guitarist, is the brain of the band. He blatantly flirts with anything that moves, and plays up the bad-boy image, but he’s a giant nerd and huge softie, especially when it comes to a certain pudding head.
  • Bokuto is full of loud, energetic exuberance and always bouncing off the walls, which makes him a killer drummer, plus, much to Akaashi’s chagrin, it makes him the butt of many drummer jokes. He’s also prone to moments of self-doubt and wallowing, and only one person can ever pull him out of his funk.
  • While Oikawa’s charismatic, slightly narcissistic personality stars in his role as the band’s lead singer, it’s his ability to take control from the background and provide a steady foundation that makes him the best possible choice as the bassist. But he doesn’t always like being the center of attention and often depends on his childhood friend to hide him away.

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anonymous asked:

My girlfriend (an nb lesbian) is so so beautiful and wonderful and artistic and clever and they're really punk rock and when we first met I was absolutely terrified of them because they're really intimidating. They're really tall and they've got a really strong jawline and amazing cheekbones and honestly they're so scary but oh my god here's the best part 9 months into our relationship and as it turns out they're a hUGE NERD AND ALSO THE LITTLE SPOON AND THEYRE SO FREAKIN CUTE AHHHH

Ohhhh I have a weakness for people with really hard and intimidating exteriors that turn out to be complete softies! You’re one lucky gal to have them

witchlightsands  asked:

im never going to shut up about alec with a dog ok never its a welsh sheepdog mostly white with a black patch on his back and his name is cafall and he is a huge softie

(those are actually border collies but they looks extremely similar and i could find white of the other kind so shhhhhh)

but YES!!!!

Alec got this dog (i couldnt decide which i liked more so pick and choose yall) when he was 12 and he absolutely loved it!  It was his birthday gift! He taught Cafall basic commands like sit, lie down, shake, and speak but with this breed being highly intelligent,,, it took a lot of practice (and treats) He tried playing fetch a few times and learned fairly quickly that this dog did Not like bring the ball or frisbee back to him :/  

And like you said, Cafall is a huge softie!! He sleeps at the foot Alecs bed every night and and occasionally sneaks his way up towards Alecs face and sleeps pressed against his back (Alec doesnt mind much and he always grins when he feels the bed sink down next to him) 

This dog grew up with Alec throughout the years and has helped him out A Lot with his mental health. Cafall always knows when Alec is having a bad day and he will bring Alec one of his stuffed toys and just cuddle with him until he feels better and will try licking his face :’)

This dog is Very energetic,,, being a herding breed and all. So there are days when Alec gets home and Cafall just Runs. He runs and runs around the house and yard, knocking lamps over and crashing into everyones knees as they try and find a safe spot against a wall where this dog wont hit them!

But Alec always loves this dog because he means so fucking much to him! He cares about this dog almost as much as he does his sister and brothers and treats him as part of the family

Softie

Septiplier-[Jacksepticeye x Markiplier] About Septiplier, I know it’s not an actual thing. It’s called fanFICTION for a reason. Just enjoy the story and it’s characters!

Summary: Jack, Mark’s big, strong, punk boyfriend thinks he’s so tough, but Mark’s gonna show him how cute Jack can really be.  [WARNING THIS IS A TICKLE FIC]

I love feedback! Critique is greatly appreciated! Not happy at all with how this turned out, I trashed literally 6 other story lines to get to this one because I’ve been very out of it lately. I needa pump out some fics and get back into the swing of things. So here’s a shitty fic! I’m so sorry! But Agents & Alternates is being worked on right now so it should be finished up soon. (I use “soon” very loosely here. Also it’s stupidly short. And I apologize for that too.

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the1goddessofpink  asked:

Random question time!!! What are a few of your favorite quirks of Wander and Sylvia

Okay lessee…

Wander: Cuteness, Positive, Cuteness, Literal Angel sent from the heavens/stars, cuteness, The one who has the power of the BANJO, cuteness, did I say cuteness? :3 <33333

Sylvia: Badassness, sassiness, softie, her tails a third hand/fist? (Yeah you read that right!) Softie, Just as adorable as her pal, softie, ONLY A SOFTIE AROUND HER BUDDY ; v ; <33333

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tagged by @runicmagitek <3 :)

1) What’s your favorite genre of video games?
RPG’s all the way, hands down. I love storylines and character growth, so simple shooters or button mash games don’t intrigue for long if at all.
2) Has there ever been a popular game that you’ve never been able to wrap your head around?
The Halo series, Fallout stuff, Call of Duty…. Mostly because these games are more first person fighter style, and I just can’t seem to enjoy them. I’ve tried Halo, and royally sucked anyway haha. The other two don’t appeal to me at all.
3) What type of character trope do you fall in love with again and again and again?
The ‘Bad guy’, sarcastic asshole with a redemption arc and secret softy side(See Seifer and Damon), or the free spirited, under estimated, female protag(See Rinoa) and always the Broody loner, who pretends not to care but actually cares a lot(Yeah I’m looking at you Squall). I tend to like a lot of characters really, but I always fall hardest for the first one, every time.
4) What game have you replayed the most?
Final Fantasy VIII. If there’s a year where I haven’t played it at least once, then I was probably half dead
5) Why do you read fanfiction? Or if you don’t, what are your impressions on fanfiction?
I read fanfiction because it lets me re-enter the worlds I love with new/alternate scenarios. In some cases, it even takes characters and adds new depth that the game didn’t approach on. There have been a few cases where a fic actually made me look at the original content in a completely different light, or make me question certain arcs in the story that I hadn’t normally thought of before. It’s a bit like…. going back to your favorite restaurant but every time there’s a different cook, most of the time food is good, every now and again it’s a little disappointing, but once in a while you get a meal that reminds you why you love this place so much. Does that make sense?
6) Which gaming experience do you prefer: a straight forward narrative that’s over in under ten hours or an open environment you can sink countless hours into.
Ohhhhhh noooooo…. I love storyline, but quick play games can be so awful… And I do love to explore. I mean, I guess I’ll go with the exploration, but I would prefer a combination of both(with a longer story playthrough).
7) What character do you love aesthetically, but can’t stand otherwise?
Ah, I really don’t know? Like I’ve been on this question for 30 minutes and I can’t think of a single character that fits that criteria. The only thing I can really think of is characters that I hated in the beginning of their content but then loved later?? Like my initial thought was you’re too pretty to be this awful and then hours later into the game/show/whatever, I’m like Oh no, you’re also awesome and I misunderstood, let me hold you. I’m a character hoarder.
8) What’s the best non-combat oriented game you’ve ever played? Or if you haven’t played one, how do you feel about games where the focus isn’t on combat?
Does Okami count? Haha, brush strokes and dog gods! Really the only thing I can think of right off is, well, DDR or nintendogs. :/ Games like that are fine, and I’ve seen a few, but I usually end up with ones that have battle as part of the main content somewhere. Not sure what that says about me personally, whoops.
9) What’s a topic you wish would be explored more in video games?
Hmmmm…. Trauma, and how it’s handled. One thing I really enjoyed about DA:I was in Cullen’s romance, how your character is helping him overcome survivor’s guilt and an addiction. And it shows him having a really bad time with it on occasions too, like when he practically hits you in the head with stuff when he throws it off his desk. PTSD, addiction, and other horrible things that happen to characters, will have lasting effects that don’t just poof away once the content is over. I want to see how they overcome those situations, or even in some areas, how they fall to those issues when they don’t have the help or support they need.
10) You can make one pairing canon - who would you pick and why?
Ah…I uh… don’t know??? Most of my favorite pairings are really already canon, or very HEAVILY implied in canon, so there’s not really a need for extra verification. If I had to really choose though, I mean I would probably go with the one pairing that still doesn’t make sense for why it’s NOT canon, and it would be Katara and Zuko from ATLA. It’s not a video game, and it’s oddly also the only big pairing I’ve ever had that didn’t end up canon by the end. I was so thrown when she went with Aang, because I’d never gotten the vibe that she liked him that way. His crush was obvious, but I felt like she and Zuko connected much more. Eh. :/

tagging @little-insanity @nocturnalsymphony @cryptic-alchemist @bonpri @irishais @lunamanar @shownomercynary @louminx @jadetarsier @heywizards(only if you guys want to)

with these questions:

1)If there’s one fictional world you could live in, which would it be?
2)Do you prefer to cook or bake? 
3)What is your favorite song to listen to when trying to be productive?
4)Something that you’re most looking forward to?
5)What is your current most treasured memory?
6)Favorite de-stressing technique/activity?
7)If you were in a video game/fantasy world, would you be a melee fighter, long-range, or a magic user? What would be your weapon, if one of the first two?
8)What is your favorite pairing to read Fanfiction/look up art for?
9)What pokemon would you own in real life if you could?
10)What would be your ‘canon outfit’ if you were in an anime/video game?

i haven’t made a mix in a while so i decided to finally post the winter time mix i’ve been working on for the past month ^-^

1. dolly mixture - winter seems fine

2. balam acab - big boy

3. teenage jesus & the jerks - orphans

4. julie doiron - heavy snow

5. björk - hunter

6. memory cassette - last one awake

7. kate bush - waking the witch

8. annelies monseré - these streets

9. grimes - caladan

10. the microphones - i want to be cold

11. houses - lost in blue

12. madeline - 1982

13. amiina - bláskjár

14. the softies - winter pageant

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He'll Never Have To Know
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The Softies were born out of the ashes of Tiger Trap: Jen Sbragia, a Portland native, was a fan of the band who struck up a friendship with Rose Melberg.

“Coming out of the Tiger Trap experience which was a lot of stress and a lot of difficult relationships … the greatest thing about the Softies was my relationship with Jen. Our friendship evolved as our music evolved,” Melberg said in 2006. “We played music together basically the first or second time we ever hung out.”

The two wound up being roommates for a year in Portland, where they spent their free time writing, rehearsing and developing a defiantly gentle aesthetic.

“That’s like, how I learned to play guitar and how I learned to write harmonies, just by doing,” Melberg said, crediting Sbragia – who, it bears remembering, hadn’t just spent a year co-fronting a seminal indie-pop band – as the member with “skill.”

“I am not a proficient musician at all. I play very little of each instrument that I own,” she said. “I take the three notes that know or the three chords that I know and I just sort of use that to the fullest that I can.”

Humility aside, the Softies would use more than three chords on their deceptively spare songs. With a few notable exceptions (which I promise to note!), the duo’s sound was strict: two distortion-free electric guitars, two voices, a touch of reverb. Aside from the occasional overdubbed vocal, that was it. On most songs, Melberg would strum and sing lead as Sbragia harmonized or called out wordless counter-melodies while playing downcast guitar melodies over Melberg’s chords; occasionally, the two reversed roles. (“I’m not too inspired,” Sbragia told CMJ New Music Monthly in 1996. “Someone has to really hurt me before I’ll write about it.”)

Acoustic guitars likely never occurred to the duo. Instead, they played matching pink Fender Duo-Sonics. The Softies were not to be a folk project or a singer-songwriter affair: they were an indie-pop band, and proud of it. Though their music was about to expand the definition of what twee-pop could be, audiences weren’t necessarily ready for music that required a more patient ear.

“I thought, I hate this, I hate playing on rock stages, no one understands,” Melberg told CMJ of a badly received UCLA performance on a mid-‘90s tour, taking heart in a better all-ages show that followed. The rare mainstream review would compare them to jangly “cuddlecore” (the chillwave of 1997) acts such as Heavenly – bands that more obviously resembled Tiger Trap or Go Sailor, if they weren’t borrowing directly from them. For better or worse, the Softies were on their own. (That review, by the way, was part of a two-album essay – remember those? – that also covered Elliott Smith’s Either/Or! Both got 7/10s. I give them both 10s. But it got one thing right: “Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia make music for indoor introverts–solitary souls who still write letters.” More on Smith and the Softies’ parallels in real life, and my heart, to come.)

But let’s get to the songs. The Softies’ debut release on the ever-supportive K was 1995’s “He Will Never Have to Know” 7". Calvin Johnson himself recorded the songs at Dub Narcotic Studios, and if the tape hiss is a little rough, the music is remarkable. “He Will Never Have To Know” is a huge stylistic leap from Melberg’s previous material, instantly establishing the band’s trademark style and showcasing melodic tricks that would remain Softies standbys. It’s a jazz cliche to say it’s not the notes you play, but the ones you don’t: in this case, it’s a pregnant pause, appearing toward the end of the line, “Just one last thing now to un–pack.” The pause gives the song a moment of sudden poignance, a chance to take in the heartbreak. It helps that Melberg follows with a lovely descending melodic triplet as Sbragia enters, in a higher register, with a similar phrase. There’s another one inserted deftly into the quietly crushing chorus: “If he never calls her then she’ll never have to – know-oh-oh.” Musically, the emotional tragedy breezes by with all the ferocity of a kite idling in the wind, but the knife twists nevertheless.

The band had also recognized the power of major 7ths, a chord common in bossa nova and the songs of Burt Bacharach. (And America’s yacht-rock classics “Tin Man” and “Ventura Highway.”) Rather than offer the gritty, bluesy sound of its cousin the dominant 7th, the major version offers a gentleness, a certain unfinished quality that doesn’t demand resolution. It lends itself well to melancholy and balladry and opens considerable harmonic possibilities; in the Softies’ hands, it sounds like Arthur lifting the sword from the stone.

This all happens, of course, in the song’s first 42 seconds – not bad for a single. The magic of the Softies’ writing, Melberg’s in particular, lies in their mastery of understatement. While some artists sing about love and relationships with the florid language of fireworks, eternity, heaven, etc., the Softies hide the depth of their feelings behind half-smiles and meaningful glances. The lyrics go hand in hand with the music, which rarely offers an obvious emotional tone when an ambiguous one’s available. You won’t find “He Will Never Have to Know” in the dictionary under “Subtlety,” but someone should really put a footnote on the Wikipedia page.

The rest of the EP unrolls with further charm: “Nothing Sincerely” floats on airy harmonies, “C.K.M.” nearly bursts with unrequited feeling (“If you’d been watching the things I do/You might have noticed that I loved you,” a line placed crucially in past tense) and the Sbragia-sung “Lambretta Boy” opines over a too-young love interest with a scooter and a taste for the Who. (Years later, it received a sequel, or at least a reboot, in Standard Fare’s “Fifteen.”) There’s humor there, though you have to keep an eye out for it.

Before we go any further, one thing should be clear: the Softies spoke volumes in a whisper. On any level, their music is gorgeous and tuneful, but the full power of the songs requires both attention and a heart that gets a little weepy under the influence of the right love song.

“He Will Never Have To Know” was preceded by the four-track “Loveseat” 7", released by Slumberland in the summer of 1994. The recording is scratchy and treble-heavy to the point of discomfort, with both women’s vocals buried in a muddy mix; the songwriting feels embryonic compared to the triumphant identity of the next single. It sounds like the bridge between Tiger Trap and the Softies, but the destination would be more rewarding. It’s a prime candidate for a remaster, if Slumberland’s current success ever urges the label to turn its attentions to the archives.

Full disclosure: My MP3s, downloaded in the pre-digital store era, are probably from a first-generation vinyl rip. My copy of “He Will Never Have To Know” has actual skips, as you’ll hear above. The four tracks can be had from K for $.99, which I hope you’ll join me in purchasing now.

The Softies wore their intentions on their sleeves with It’s Love, their 1995 full-length debut – though actually, the album’s recording followed the sessions for their self-titled 10" release, which would come out on Slumberland six months later. I’ve always considered The Softies less essential than the inspired second EP or the finely tuned act that would emerge on It’s Love, though the band’s not completely to blame. The midrange on “Snow Like This” and many of the tracks that follow is turned to 11, leaving the songs to stare up from the bottom of a rippling pool. That treble-y indie-pop edge is sanded down; the clarity of the harmonies is lost.

MP3: The Softies - “Selfish”

The band recorded the s/t’s eight tracks in a brisk two days. I feel like I’ve read about troubles with the sessions or a necessitated re-recording of the songs, which Google is no help for today and I might be making up. The songs themselves are fine, of course – “Postal Blue,” one of Sbragia’s best, is a tender, clever lament that finds its singer’s love returned to sender. I’d analyze further, but the band’s albums to come have a head-start of several hundred listens, so let’s leave it until tomorrow, when we’ll discuss It’s Love and Winter Pageant and your blogger will exhaust the thesaurus entry for “amazing.”