- 2 weeks ago
- 1 month ago
From the Indiana Daily Student, the last days in the life of a Waffle House in Bloomington, Indiana.
Most of the students had stopped visiting years ago. The smoking ban forced out the puffers. Many of the regulars grew so old that they died or went to nursing homes.
Once Bud decided to…
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- 1 month ago
Musically, 2013 was a bad year for me:
The Walkmen began their ‘extreme hiatus’. I saw some reviewer write The National were our generation’s Bruce Springsteen, or at least making a play for that mantle, with their lyrics capturing the ennui of the early part of modern adulthood. This is probably a close enough description for me, and their only real competition is Arcade Fire. Along the same lines, I’d argue The Walkmen should be our generation’s Johnny Cash, full of love and toughness and doing more with an off kilter drum or vocal than most bands can with an orchestra. (In case it is not clear: The Walkmen are probably my favorite band of my lifetime, maybe ever.)
And this is the year I started to lose grip on new music. I used to listen to (at least the first few songs of) any album that was well reviewed by any of the established indie music blogs. Obviously this was a big investment. But current-music radio mostly plays deplorable garbage, and the social media for music sharing has spotty coverage … and recommendations: Lorde? Come on, guys. So, where does everyone get quality recommendations? My friends do a good job with a few good picks each year, but I have my own unique tastes. Does no one else have this problem?
Last year was a shallow year for new releases, but this year was incredible making this year’s list hard to make. I have never before had such well-established indie bands miss the cut for my top tier. Maybe this volume is what’s making it so hard to keep up?
Anyway here is, without further old-man complaining from me, a list of albums and songs I listened to this year:
Albums, in sort of order:
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Trouble Will Find Me, The National
The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
Moonrise Kingdom Soundtrack (2012), Various
Ores & Minerals, Mazes
Impersonator, Majical Cloudz
Paracosm, Washed Out
Pedestrian Verse, Frightened Rabbit
Yeezus, Kanye West
We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen
MCII, Mikal Cronin
Dreams In The Rat House, Shannon and The Clams
Night Time, My Time, Sky Ferreira
Vieux Farka Touré, Mon Pays
"Shot At The Night" by The Killers
"Teenage" by Veronica Falls
"Time & Place" by Oak Island
"Terror In The Canyons" by Phosphorescent
"White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane
"My Girl" by Otis Redding
Honorable Mention, in no order:
Kurt Vile - Walkin On A Pretty Day, Jacuzzi Boys - Jacuzzi Boys, Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities, Pusha T - My Name Is My Name, John Wizards - John Wizards, Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City, James Blake - Overgrown, The Arctic Monkeys - AM, Repave - Volcano Choir, Tides End - Minks, Connections - Private Airplane, Phoenix - Bankrupt!, The Men - New Moon
Fahrenheit is a scale of zero to 100. Zero degrees is freezing your fucking ass off. It’s the most a typical human being can bear outside. And 100 is unbearably hot.
Zero to 100: super-ass cold; super-ass hot.
Celsius … zero is the freezing point of water and 100 is boiling. Who gives a shit? Who gives a shit about what temperature water boils at?
When you’re talking about the weather, Fahrenheit makes so much more sense than Celsius. Celsius is terrible."
- 2 months ago
- ”#.” R.I.P., early Twitter feature. We’ll bury you next to your friend, the FourSquare check-in.
- adverbs. Ban all adverbs. They’re
mostlyjust gulp words , really.
- "all the things."
- "because [noun]": (i.e. “because science.”)
- “brogurt.” No.
- "controversial tweet." There’s just no way to make this sound dignified, and besides, it leads to think pieces.
- "derp." It’s been an emotional ride, but it’s time to send this one off on the ice floe.
- "disrupt." Luxury car apps aren’t disruptive.
- "Donald Trump is considering a run for…" No, he’s not. He just isn’t. And if you’d like to get him unearned publicity, you should at least get some stock options out of it.
- "doubled down." Unless the candidate did it while biting into a delicious sandwich, let’s just say the candidate “reaffirmed his/her position” on transportation funding or burrito drones or whatever we’ll be discussing in 2014.
- "…favorited a tweet you were mentioned in." No one has ever wanted to know this.
- "gaffe.” It’s going to be a long-enough election year as it is.
- "game-changer." What you’re describing probably won’t change the game. But if it does, would you want to spoil the moment with a cliche?
- "Guy Fieri." What if we all decided to just never mention him again? Would he disappear?
- "hashtag." This refers to the spoken utterance of the word “hashtag,” often accompanied by air-quotes. People can see you doing this.
- "hipster.” Wearing glasses is not something people do because they’re hipsters; it’s something people do because they’re nearsighted. People don’t drink hot chocolate because it’s a hipster thing to do; they drink hot chocolate because it’s literally liquid chocolate. Yes, I wrote “literally.” That’s what happens when you use a word so casually and carelessly in think pieces as to render it meaningless.
- "I can’t even." You can. Dig deep. Find your Kentucky.
- "impact." (When used as a verb.)
- "…in .gifs."
- "…in one chart." We’re aiming high in 2014. Two chart minimum!
- "listicle." This is the last one.
- "literally the worst." Actually, while we’re at it, let’s ban "literally." Literally is the "not the Onion" of fake things.
- "millennial." Young people are living with their parents because their parents’ generation destroyed the global economy. Next.
- "nondescript office park." As opposed to the Frank Gehry ones.
- "not the Onion.”
- "Rethuglicans, Repugs," "Republikkkans," "Demoncrats," "Dumbocrats," and every other variation thereof. Please just use the normal proper nouns; you can add whatever modifier you like before or after.
- "selfie." But what do they tell us about our society, in the digital now? Let’s ask James Franco.
- "Snowfall." (In the future, a high-cost digital production that doesn’t live up to the hype shall be known as a "Skyfall.")
- "the Internets." This was a George W. Bush joke or something, right? You can still use the Internet—just drop the “s.”
- "This Town."
- "thought leader." Mostly beaten out of existence, but don’t think we didn’t notice that Paul Allen interview, Wired. You’re on notice.
- #YOLO. Seriously.