Anousheh doing a Homemade Knives cover with Wil Loyal on guest vocals. Fucking rad.
This girl next to me is knitting during this show! And here I thought my iphone made me a champion awkwardness-avoider at shows—I’ve got nothing on this lady.
Nick Woods is playing at Gallery 5. The place isn’t empty, but there’s major opening-band semicircle of timidity going on. I’m in the front row even this far back—which makes me part of the problem, I know.
3) Subway commercial for Dijon Horseradish Melt (Fox Sports Net, July 13)
One “Jim” (“a Dennis Miller-type of guy who tells it like it is,” says Subway publicist Les Winograd) pulls up to a burger joint in a car full of buddies. He’s about 40, tall, well exercised: “Turkey breast, ham, bacon, melted cheese, Dijon horseradish sauce,” he says in the drive-through, exuding an aura of Supermanship all out of proportion to the situation. “That’s, like, not on our menu,” says the young, pudgy, confused person taking orders. “It’s not only not on your menu,” Jim says, “it’s not on your radar screen!” “Do we have a radar screen?” the clerk asks a supervisor as Jim peels out. “Think I made that burger kid cry?” Jim says to his pals, all of them now ensconced in a Subway with the new Select specials in front of them.
It seems plain that, finally, George W. Bush is making himself felt in culture. The commercial takes Bush’s sense of entitlement — which derives from his lifelong insulation from anything most people eat, talk about, want or fear, and which is acted out by treating whatever does not conform to his insulation as an irritant — and makes it into a story that tries to be ordinary. But the story as the commercial tells it is too cruel, its dramatization of the class divisions Bush has made into law too apparent. The man smugly laughing over embarrassing a kid is precisely Bush in Paris attempting to embarrass a French-speaking American reporter for having the temerity to demonstrate that he knew something Bush didn’t. (Real Americans don’t speak French.) Even someone responsible for putting this talisman on the air may have flinched at the thing once it was out there in the world at large, functioning as public discourse, as politics — the last time I saw the spot, the final punchline had been dropped."
— Greil Marcus, “Real Life Rock Top 10" (Salon, 2002.07.23)
‘everything can stop us now (part 1)’ by Default Genders
"I used to think—I used to dream—that if you loved me, that’s all I would need."
Don’t look now but there’s a new Default Genders LP on Bandcamp and I’m really, really excited about it.