Double Day & Mexican Coke

I had been thinking about Mexican Coke for a little bit, especially after it was briefly mentioned on the latest Hammertime episode of Adventures in Design. I used to get it all the time at this gas station when I lived in Ypsilanti. I don;t think it was as popular back then because I only knew a couple places where you could get it, and it was always in old bottles. I remember one time going in and they had two different logo styles printed on the bottle, Pepsi probably had 5, and another 2 or 3 from Mirinda. Now it’s a lot more accessible, but there’s not really any more variety in the printing on the bottles.

This was a big thing for me, because even though Mexican Coke was the best. I was also, and have always been, interested in printed bottles. It seems like it would have to be such an interesting process. Especially the ones with very particular shapes. I collected them for a long time, but in recent years have parted with almost my entire collection. Only a few rarities and antiques remain.

New Music Friday 9/15

New music? At first glance, I’m seeing a lot of older stuff I’m somewhat interested in hearing; Foo Fighters, Weezer, Björk, Marilyn Manson… We’ll see though, it’s gonna take some time to wade through the rest of the bull–ish. Welcome to this weeks episode of New Music Friday.

Arrows – Foo Fighters

“I only write hits” I could tell in the first few seconds that this was something reminiscent of a time that once was. This song is great, it’s got this dark Gary Neuman feel… and the chorus is a typical Dave Grohl style thing.

Misbehaving – Labrinth

This song is pretty interesting, but it really makes the list because of the little breakdown in the middle. Reminded me of what you would think a church is like down south. With no A/C… in the summer… just sweating, and wishing you weren’t at church.

Beach Boys – Weezer

Ha! This guitar riff is so quirky… I thought this was Cake. I hate the Beach Boys though, I’d say that my favorite Weezer song about an old band was in the Garage, when they talked about Kiss. As far as the whole “nerd” thing talking about hip-hop stuff… I think it’s a little tired. What I would really love to hear is a new Rentals album.

The Last Of The Real Ones – Fall Out Boy

For a minute I thought there wasn’t really anything too terrible in todays mix, then this happened. Maybe I only remember the one radio song they had, but when did Fall Out Boy become an all out pop group? I saw them at the Shelter once and I swore they sounded like Bad Religion. It’s amazing how time works sometimes. This song is super generic… no Sir, I don’t like it.

Out of It – The Story So Far

I don’t know much about this band, but this is also pretty generic.

You’re The Best Thing About Me – U2 Vs. Kygo – U2, Kygo

I think this may win the garbage of the week… I couldn’t even listen to the entire song. It was like Bono was singing a strobe light to an epileptic ear.

Bust Down – Trippie Redd

Gross of the week. This is shit.

New Comics Day 9-13

It’s a pretty damn awesome lineup for comics this week!

Harrow County #25

Harrow County’s back with a new story arc with #25. Hard to believe I’ve been reading this one for a couple years now. I first picked it up with issue #5, and it’s been a pretty solid read the entire time. This is one of my favorite’s from Cullen Bunn, though The Sixth Gun is also worth checking out. Anyway, let’s see what else looked good this week…

Grass Kings #7

Another from today’s comic grab-bag I’m pretty excited for is the new Grass Kings. The first Tyler Jenkins book I remember seeing was Snow Blind. I bought the entire series before I read it because I was immediately impressed with that style of artwork. Tyler’s watercolors are beautiful. They have sort of a sketchy illustrative sense, like Jeff Lemire in a way, but a little more confident in his line work. In addition to that, Matt Kindt has written some pretty amazing stuff. Right now, I’m pretty deep into Dept.H (no pun intended), as well as Grass Kings. I think these guys work really well together, and I’m really excited to see more from Tyler in the future. Lastly, this week we were greeted with another addition to miss marvel. I feel like over the years I read less and

Ms. Marvel #22

Lastly, this week we were greeted with another addition to Ms. Marvel. I feel like over the years I read fewer and fewer Marvel comics. I thought it was kinda weird and they did a lot of normal everyday things with their superheroes. I did really enjoy the Vision books and this one though. Ms. Marvel is like watching a high school teen movie, with a lot of interesting multi cultural nods. It’s interesting seeing the stress of being a teenager and trying to maintain a second “secret life” as part of the Avengers. I guess it’s sort of like trying to be a Boy Scout and also be in public school. Which I remember having conflictions with as a youth.

New Music Friday 09/08

This week leads off with a video by Sam Smith (whoever that is.) It looks like it was shot with a vertical cell phone, which is a look I’m not super into. Anyway, looking forward, there’s some interesting looking stuff by Beck and Foo Fighters on the list this week. Let’s forage on and see what’s good.

God, I wish I had a Nesbitt Honey Lemonade right now.

Dusk Till Dawn – Radio Edit – ZAYN, Sia

This is, also, not a song about a movie with a ridiculous plot twist. To learn more about what I’m talking about, click here.

No Limit – G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B

This song, might just win garbage song of the week. It had that cheesy No Limit style high hat at the start, which sealed the deal that I was in for something magic. Then the actual words started when I began to considered it. Then the girl started singing, and I’m pretty sure that this song is literally about being a prostitute (and it glamorizes it like crazy.)

Up All Night – Beck

Having listened to Beck since Loser first graced 120 Minutes, it’s no surprise that this was going to sound a lot different than anything he’s done in the past. My big surprise was that it sounded a lot like everything else. The beginning of this just sounded like any other pop music coming out these days… only, it was Beck’s voice for some reason. Either way, the hook is pretty solid, and it does have that dance-ability that we all know and love. I was just expecting a bit more of that “ahead of it’s time” thing.

Quicksand – SZA

I got pretty excited about this, because it totally sounded like muzak or vaporwave until it turned out to have vocals. Then it turned into some chopped & screwed garbage. Apparently, it’s from a soundtrack to an HBO series called Insecure.

So, I had this dream -2017.01

In my first dream, I had to guest host an episode of Adventures in Design. Sort of a “Thanksgiving Special” episode where Genevieve and I were having Thanksgiving at one of her friends houses. All I remember was there was one point where just about everybody was naked except for us and a couple other people. There were probably about 15-20 people all together. The people who were naked seemed really upset that we didn’t want to do whatever it was they were trying to do. We ended up staying the night there in one of the spare bedrooms, and there was an opening in the wall that went right into an alleyway. We noticed because it had rained in a little bit, it was really weird.

So I Had This Dream
For my second dream, a couple of my Whole Foods friends got jobs working at Meijer. Of course, the Meijer was located inside of a mall directly across from the Whole Foods. I saw them walking into the store so I followed them in and we were talking about something I don’t remember. Probably work, seems fitting. Then I saw my grandpa, and he was standing along the aisle in one of the softlines departments, shaking peoples hands. My friend, Shannon, seemed to know him, so she walked up and he said “Hey, how are you?” He didn’t see me at first, but I followed around and I gave him a big hug and said “How are you? It’s been so long since we’ve seen each other.”

At this point, I can’t remember what he said to me, but I remember that it was a question about my life. Something I had done somehow put him at peace with his. That’s the weird thing about dreams. It always seems like the most important part is the part that you forget. Which makes you think, did I forget it because it was so important? Or was it that important because I forgot it?

After that he immediately fell over dead and that he was wearing his own obituary pinned on his shirt like a name tag.

It Came From the Bins – 2

Picked some pretty interesting “new” music today…

My first stop was the Bins, which is typically good spot to find old records. I’ve even found some really great LPs there from time to time. Not this time. There was some guy there indiscriminately grabbing everything, and yelling at everyone around. For fear they might break some of the records. Either way, I got away with:

  • a Hall & Oats album
  • Cat Stevens, the album about the cat.
  • a couple Linda Ronstadt albums
  • Johnny Rivers
  • Ina Gadda Da Vita (however that’s spelled) by Iron Butterfly. I had owned once before, but that was years ago.

Those were the few albums that were missed in the blind record grab. I can only imagine what great things I had missed out on. So, after that failed attempt, I stopped by the Salvation Army. …and they were closing in five minutes. I ran to the back and dug through their short stack with no avail ultimately deciding to stop by the local Goodwill on my way home.

Best decision I made all day. I came out with some pretty good stuff:

  • Buck Owens LP that we didn’t already have.
  • a Willis Brothers album I’d never seen
  • Fool on the Hill, by Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66. I’d had owned this album previously, but lost years ago
  • a Percy Faith album with one of the best album covers I’ve ever seen
  • a sweet 80’s rock compilation of great stuff like Ozzy and Krokus

The cover of the compilation looked like some super 80’s cheese, but the music on it was great. I listened to it multiple times over the weekend, and at this point I’m going to say that it was probably the best album of the overall pick. Compilation LP’s are always good, they’re like a stack of 45’s that you don’t have to flip every 2 minutes.

Fuck you record grabber guy, I just won the day!

 

New Music Friday 09/01

New Music Friday this week is plaged with a bunch of comeback genres. I’m still not sure what the thing is with all the vocal effects… it only leads to disappointment… or maybe I’m just old. Anyway, here’s what’s happening this week…

If I’m Lucky – Jason Derulo

This song sounds a bit like some weird salsa-esque song about dating someone in the afterlife… or the next incarnation… or just hooking up in one of those timelines? Either way, all I know is that unlike I had initially thought… this song is not about having sex in graveyards.

Plot Twist – Remix – Marc E. Bassy, Hailee Steinfeld

This song is not about that movie, the Sixth Sense. It’s about a “player” who falls in love, and wants to get married. Spoiler Alert: at the end you do not find out that the “player” is Bruce Willis,however, just like the Sixth Sense… this song sucks.

Gucci Gang – Lil Pump

This is total garbage… reminds me of Ratchets – Lil Debbie, only I liked the Lil Debbie song for some reason. If cassingles, or 7″ compilations were still a thing, you could be this would be the Ratchets B-side on the jukebox at your local Malt (liquor) Shop.

Punk (Feat. Travis Barker & Juicy J) – Yelawolf, Travis Barker, Juicy J

Not that I’m any authority on Punk, but… having a general idea of who these people are… based on jobs I’ve done in the past. I gotta say, this is very WTF?!? …apparently, southern punks pop their collar.

Deathless – Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington

I think the person singing sounds like they’re trying to sound like Björk. Subject matter is interesting though, like the audio version of Dead Like Me or Final Destination… only everyone lives. Apparently, young people never die… no matter how much dumb –ish we do. I really love the horn section in this song, reminds me a lot of the ska that was coming out in the early days of Hell-cat records.

Selfish Love – Jessie Ware

This song reminds me of a Cardigans song, the way the vocal progression works. The music itself is a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, I enjoy the way the vocals sort of wrap around each other in the pre-chorus. That hard stop directly before the words “Selfish Love” really drives that Sergio Mendes thing home for me. Other than that, it does have a bit of a samba feel… It’s looking like this is going to e the favorite of the week. I’m a huge sucker for 90’s music and Brazilian jazz, and Sergio Mendes é meu favorito.

References for Selfish Love:
Lovefool – Radio Edit – The Cardigans
The Joker – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

New Chair Day

“I’m very excited to spin in the new chair.” —Genevieve

I’ve always had dumpster dive chairs for my computer desk at home. They’re -ish, and always break within a year. Then one day I came across the most amazing chair I’d ever found, and It took years to break …but when it finally did, the most amazing thing happened.

Can I Use This Chair?

I first discovered the chair going out for a cigarette one evening before bed. There was a slight drizzle, and I noticed it by the light of the porch; sitting at the curb of a neighboring apartment stoop. I’d never seen a chair that color or shape before, I instantly had to have it…

“It effin matches my Ikea end table!”

I sat in it for a bit, admiring the way it reclined. I pushed the wheels with my feet only to notice that it would return to center instead of spinning in circles like the lost soul that it was…

“It’s so clean, why would anyone in their right mind throw this away?!? …it’s perfect.”

Next thing I know, I’m attempting to pull this obsession up the narrow staircase to my apartment.

…all forty plus pounds of it…

The chair at the first apartment.

I would refer to it as my $400 chair. Originally, I had planned on using it for my drawing table, but it quickly graduated to computer chair status. I would relinquish to people the story of how I came upon it, and they would awe in the wonder of it’s greatness. Offering to take it off my hands had I ever grown tired of it, as if that were some sort of logical possibility. We had been through multiple clients, projects and apartments, ultimately transitioning into the house I live in today. Then, all of a sudden, whilst adjusting the seat in preparation for a new project, the back gave way…

…and that…

…my friends, was a dark…

 

…dark…

 

…dark…

 

 

…day…

New Comics Day 8/30

So, today the comics I’m coming home with are a bunch of really great issues of really amazing things I’m not going to read any time soon. All three of the books are on their second story arc, and I plan on doing their “second season” Netflix style. (Sorry in advance for the lack of review, imagination and storytelling.)

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Rebels: These Free & Independent States #6

First up is Rebels, and I’m pretty sure this story is supposed to finish up in about two issues. The first arc was amazing, I’ve referred to it as “fake history” in the sense that it reads like fictional stories involving factual characters. I remember getting super into the first issues, and I’ve just been hooked from the beginning. Even though it’s a little more wordy than comics I typically read, I am really excited to get into this arc in another month or so.

Lady Killer 2 #5

Joëlle Jones did an amazing job with the first five part series, the artwork and story are all amazing. We even have a couple prints that we picked up at Boston Comic Con a couple years back that she did as promotional ads for the story. It’s got a retro vibe, a hitwoman/murder vibe, and a fun plot that sort of reminds me of Mad Men at times.

Black Magick #7

I heard a rumor that this series got picked up as a television show, then it sort of disappeared. So, I was happy with the first five issues… but, then when I saw that it was coming back, I literally bought it. The series, in case anyone hasn’t read it, is about a police officer who is a practicing witch with a lot of powers… if I remember correctly, there’s (spoiler alert) a murder in the witch community, and the killer is trying to out our heroine. How will this next chapter play out?

Sorry for such a poor introductory volume of New Comics Day, hopefully next time I’ll get a little time to actually read one… that’s doubtful though. It may take me until winter when I go on my comics bender.

It Came From the Bins 08/29

This week at the bins, I found a couple books of CD’s…

Misfits, AFI

…which are pretty worthless these days, but it’s not always about the money when it comes to picking. So, let’s talk about the nostalgia of compilations, weird music listening habits, and stupid things I think are cool for whatever reason… Sometimes the things that I never would have expected to have any value to me end up having some kind of worth when I stumble upon them in a different light.

2PacWhy I like CD’s

In this digital age I’ve tried over time to keep a decent record of everything I listen to online. I find it interesting to see what I was listening to heavily a few months back as well as what I may have been listening to a few years back. It’s also neat to see how much time I spent listening to music, or making music on certain days of the week. I was pretty addicted to Last.fm the first time I saw the site, but it’s also good to have some guilty pleasures… and Last.fm can’t track my CD player (or my record player for that matter.) So, bring on the garbage music…

Phantom Planet, Birdman

New Music Challenge

Over the years I’ve challenged myself to expand what I listen to by finding new music through unconventional means. This was another aspect of Last.fm that I loved… and now the way I use Spotify. There have been a few other New Music Challenges over the years, but the most recent one involves the bins, and works a bit like this…

When I find CD’s (or records,) I just grab them indiscriminately, then I force myself to listen to them. All of them (…at least once.) In addition, I have a rule that I only allow found CD’s in my car. Nothing that I’ve paid new prices for… I feel like CD’s in the car usually get messed up or broken, so it’s a pretty good rule to have only CD’s that we’re extremely cheap be allowed to ride shotgun.

So here’s some interesting stuff that I found in my most recent trip to the bins…

Incubus – the album they came out with after S.C.I.E.N.C.E. that I (for some reason) always refer to as Pardon Me
Boo-Tay – This is a compilation, that may as well be a 2 Live Crew album. It does, however, have Hip Hop Hooray, which makes it amazing.
Poison the Well – I used to listen to these guys for a bit, here and there, back in the day… never got too into them, but this is the 2nd one of their albums I’ve found whilst picking, and I gotta say… I don’t know the names of any of it, but this is some good -ish.
Norma Jean – The cover is black on black, just like the music… the only thing I don’t like is 13 minutes into track 5. I’m wondering why any of these tracks needs to exceed 3-5 minutes.