Posts tagged with ‘lists’

List: Celebrities who could crash my party - →

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
  • Solange
  • Ksenia Solo
  • Susan Sarandon

A Personal History of Music Discovery Platforms

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)

1999-2000: Napster

2002-2006: mp3 blogs

2006-2012: nothing / ”the internet”

2012-present: Shazaming songs overheard in stores (Froyoworld; Old Navy)

My 5 Favorite Parts of Soldier of Love by Sade

1. There are at least 3 different guitar parts in this song, but the loudest one, with the noise gate on it. How the lines cut in and out, dancing around the drums, like glimpses of the safety of love, promises that vanish as soon as you speak them.

2. I’m at the borderland of my faith, I’m in the hinterland of my devotion. Maybe one of the best lines in any song, ever? So deep and pure and complex and true that I can’t even think about it too much. It destroys me to contemplate what those words even mean.

3. I’m doing my best b/w I’m still alive. Proclamations of determination and an absolute unwillingness to give up (on love? on life? on oneself?) despite history, despite the odds.

4. The gang vocals (WHOA) and handclaps on the bridge. You’re not in this alone. We have each other.

5. The song is basically over at 4:00 but the music continues for another 0:59. Like, look: settle in for a long ride. This is life. Still waiting for love to come.

Random 80s Food Reviews

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.

Original Doritos

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.

Best Of Me, 2013

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.

Favorite songs of 2013

No partic:

  • Ariana Grande - Honeymoon Avenue, The Way, RIght There
  • Austin Mahone - Banga! Banga!
  • Cassie - Numb
  • CHVRCHES - Lungs
  • Ciara - Body Party, I’m Out
  • Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
  • Ellie Goulding - Tesselate
  • Goldfrapp - Stranger
  • Haim - The Wire
  • Jojo - We Get By
  • The Joy Formidable - Bats
  • Kacey Musgraves - My House
  • Kelly Rowland - Freak
  • Kilo Kish - Goldmine
  • KT Tunstall - Carried
  • Miley Cyrus - We Can’t Stop
  • Paramore - Still Into You
  • Shlohmo - Bo Peep (Do U Right)
  • Zendaya - Heaven Lost An Angel, Putcha Body Down

Songs I Listened To A Bunch But They Didn’t Come Out Between 12/2012 - 11/2013

  • Ananda Project - Heaven Is Right Here
  • Lianne Le Havas - Au Cinema
  • Lorde - Love Club
  • Omarion - The Truth
  • Shiina Ringo w/ Soil & “Pimp” Sessions: The Assassin’s Assassin
  • Taylor Swift - Begin Again

Special Category: Favorite Nicki Verses (because songs should be 3 minutes and Nicki Minaj raps in the middle)

Guest Recommendations: Kevin Fanning – The Bygone Bureau →

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:

  • Internet Misandry
  • Writing in text files
  • the Rule 34 tag on tumblr
  • Ariana Grande’s twitter
  • Fruit Adventure Tic-Tacs

but anyway the stuff I did recommend is pretty solid.

Places I Used to Live, no particular order

Specific Things I Like

Off the top of my head, no particular order

  • the coconut slices? strips? whatever they are at Trader Joe’s
  • the screechy horn synth stabs in “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
  • the spoken word bridge on Van Halen’s “Unchained” (“Hey man that suit is YOU!”)
  • Driving on Memorial Drive at night, the stretch between the BU and Longfellow bridges
  • the Lion’s Tale (bourbon & St Germain) at Park in Harvard Square
  • the scene at the Halloween party with Brendon and Laura in Brick 
  • Janet Jackson’s laugh
  • Dickie Bennett saying “I ain’t afraida Frankfort!” on Justified
  • Jess, in the Parking Spot episode of New Girl: “Yes, I know nothing about men. That’s why I’m wearing a short skirt and wool tights.”
  • The celebration of the emotional component of sex (rather than (or beyond?) the mere physical) in Ciara’s “Body Party”
  • Thundercat into Kilo Kish on this mixtape by sosupersam
  • Bed


Things I’m Into

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.

Basically everything Nora and Lily post on twitter, every day.

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