This is a solid list. My list includes:
- The Rock
- Maura Tierney
- Stephen Merchant
- Ryan Reynolds
- Selena Gomez
- Sung Kang
- Shiina RIngo
- John Taylor
- Philip Glass
- Maya Rudolph
- Colton Haynes
- Tatiana Maslany
- Ksenia Solo
- Susan Sarandon
This is a solid list. My list includes:
1980-1988: radio (WTIC; WKSS)
1982-1992: TV (MTV; HBO Video Jukebox)
1989-1992: magazines (Rolling Stone; Musician)
1992-1994: Columbia House
1994-1998: college radio station people (not the actual radio station)
1998-2004: magazines (EW)
2002-2006: mp3 blogs
2006-2012: nothing / ”the internet”
2012-present: Shazaming songs overheard in stores (Froyoworld; Old Navy)
I just did the first 5 I could think of, no order, no reason.
Almost Home cookies
These were a humungous deal for a very short period of time. They were marketed as fresher-tasting than other cookies, but that had more to do with advances in preservatives than actual breakthroughs in cookie science. They were the worst cookies. Just awful. No one liked them, no one laments their absence. The people who created them had to begin new lives under new names.
Gatorgum (aka Gatorade Gum)
Pretty fucked up commercial but this was the best gum. But it was never available anywhere with any regularity or reliability whatsoever, so when you found a pack at the store, you were super psyched but first you had to fight your brother for it. It did not actually quench your thirst but you would still spend so much time chewing away and being like “Yeah? I think I am less thirsty?”
Chicken McNuggets Shanghai
I mean, oof, but kinda dope that you got chopsticks and different sauces.
Frank N Stuffs
Frank N Stuffs were hot dogs with chili INSIDE them. They are literally the best food that has ever existed. They disappeared from the market very quickly (due to a minor razor blade scare) and it is INSANE to me that no one has rushed in to fill his huge, huge vacancy in the chili-intubated hot dog marketplace.
OK. History lesson. Doritos didn’t use to be so insanely cheese-powder covered. At first they were just a kinda chill nacho cheese chips. But then they changed the formula and got WAY cheesier and powderier. The first time I tried the new ones I was like WHAT? NO! and I was so sad b/c Doritos had always been the go-to. I hated HATED Doritos for years and was afraid to eat them and then eventually out of desperation I tried them again and I was like OK actually yeah.
NOTE: this is NOT the flavor change Wikipedia lists has having happened in the mid-90s. There was ANOTHER flavor change, it happened in the 80s, I was there, and it has apparently been suppressed from the historical records. I was there. I remember. It marked me, changed me irrevocably.
This was kind of a weird dumb year for my writing where I feel like I spent most of my time spinning my creative wheels BUT that’s more about my Mental Problems, the Actual Truth is I sat down to write more days than I didn’t, which is a success to be celebrated.
So: here is the stuff from the past year that I kind of like! Or at least doesn’t cause me physical pain to think about:
That’s all. Thank you so, so much to everyone who read things I wrote this year. There are already too many things competing for your time and attention in life and on the internet, and it means everything to me that people read my stuff and tell their friends about it and do tweets and reblogs and Facebook posts about it and ask me to contribute to their weird cool projects.
I know “the writing” is supposed to be its own reward, but it’s not, it’s the response and reaction from friends that is the reward, so thank you for a rewarding year.
Songs I Listened To A Bunch But They Didn’t Come Out Between 12/2012 - 11/2013
Special Category: Favorite Nicki Verses (because songs should be 3 minutes and Nicki Minaj raps in the middle)
I wrote some recommendations for Bygone Bureau. They include Aaliyah and creative drinking and Teen Wolf.
The short list of things I wanted to recommend but didn’t have space to write about included:
but anyway the stuff I did recommend is pretty solid.
Off the top of my head, no particular order
This thing Zan wrote about canvassing in Ohio.
This thing about Moneyworth and having the courage to just DO YOUR THING even when you feel like probably no one else in the world is going to be into it.
Jigga getting paid to put words into Stephen Fry’s mouth? What planet do we even live on.
tothesound updating again. Do you remember blogs, do you remember posting words into the void of the internet.
Doing the Pool Palace in my kitchen. Not one music critic has written about the fact that Beez in the Trap represents a possible resurgence in snap music this is important to me you guys the best musical styles are forever.
This bottle of Pappy Van Winkle that is in my house.
This happened last week while we were under water and out of electricity but Matthew lifeserial went ahead and launched this weird & beautiful new thing.
Nathan Kotecki talking about the things he had to fight for and the things he had to let go in order to get his book The Suburban Strange published.
I’m into other stuff too, I have many interests but you get the idea