Recently a lot of press has been given to the fact that more people preferred to be an online fan of an inanimate pickle than of the modern rock band Nickelback. This has made newspaper second-pages across the country and even solicited ire from the band themselves. But what did this exercise really prove? Was Nickelback’s reputation sullied at all? If anything, people that had never heard of Nickelback before this instance may actually become fans of the band. All that was proven was this:The general public tends to polarize into bland, isomeric factions based on personal preferences.
Nickelback is not necessarily a terrible band. By some terms, Nickelback is a great band. They have high production value, they’ve sold an unbelievable amount of records, and their songs have become cultural mainstays. Whether you like it or not, Nickelback has a devoted following, and those people probably think that your love for Animal Collective or the Velvet Underground makes no sense at all. It actually does make sense that Nickelback is so popular, however: their easy-to-remember melodies, straightforward lyrical content, and polished pitch and timbre are all very average and digestible, which makes them a common denominator to anyone that likes to listen to music. Nickelback is designed to be background music for some people, be pumped loud from a pickup truck by some people, and be go-to music when a diverse crowd of listeners exists. +Continue Reading
Annui Sui is an American fashion designer whose Fall 2010 collection was recently showcased during New York Fashion Week.She described this collection as highlighting a “witty layering of vintage prints shot with shimmering metallic thread; deco tulips, cubist flowers, woodblock peonies, chrysanthemum paisleys, floral fireworks … often in my signature combo collages.” +Continue Reading
So the time was Fall 2006, when Aaron, myself, and that Colombian pal of ours (we’ll call him “Pablito”) were getting into DXM* (please see footnote) for psychedelic experiences. You can get a bit wacky on that stuff, and Aaron seemed particularly susceptible in that regard. One night, about an hour after taking it, Pablito and I left for the store to pick something up. Aaron, meanwhile, didn’t hear (or comprehend) our announcement, and, starting to succumb to the effects of the drug, was very confused/puzzled that we were gone. Alone and on the Internet, Aaron soon encountered a post on usfbullshit.com by our friend Gina reporting that her hamster had died. His name was Thom:
THIS JUST IN: FLORIDA NOW 35% COVERED IN WRITHING, ANGRY SNAKESPet pythons placed in peri-urban waterways have found their way to the Everglades, and are thus slowly winding their way around Mother Nature’s pale, exposed throat, settling in for a joyless, reptilian kill. Many thought it a hoax when five years ago, a difficult to comprehend photograph surfaced on the internet… one in which a fifteen to twenty foot long snake had apparently consumed a sizable alligator, but in the last frantic throes of the insanity of death, the alligator had exploded from the gullet of the snake, leaving behind a pile of gore the likes of which not seen since Vietnam. Mankind is now embroiled in a war with an enemy which society has used as a symbol of evil since the dawn of time, and the battleground is America’s last bastion of child-friendly entertainment. +Continue Reading