I'd wager that when most people first pick up a mortar and pestle, their first thought is something like, "you can't be serious!" Very rarely is there a tool that you can buy at, say, Williams-Sonoma––perched alongside the electric pepper mills and the seasonally-themed waffles irons––that has not really changed since the invention of the wheel. A gigantic, blunt mineral rod and a heavy rock bowl is, quite literally, stone age technology. And for anyone who has not yet seen the magic and serious power that this tool puts into your hands, there is an instinct to look for electrically-powered appliances that can replace it: A food
Do you wish your kids were in a cool rock band? Do you wish you were in a cool rock band? Well, Rock Band Land can help with one of those things. At first glance, the San Francisco-based youth band camp might seem like just another ridiculous example of the artisanal-string-cheese-eating, urban-outfitted, hipster parenting you love to hate. But actually, it's a pretty awesome way to get kids involved a creative, artistic, collaborative expression.
And songs about cockroach villains who turn humans into sausages so they can sell them for a profit:
Ten years ago. Summer of 2001. I graduated high school...(and no, Facebook friends, I'm not going to the reunion.) And that summer, as it should be, was a time of serious transition...getting ready to go to college, saying goodbye to the folks you know you'd probably never see again, and putting away, as they say, the childish things. That was also the summer that i gave pop radio it's last chance to...you know, not suck. This was before mp3 players, and certainly, our carshighschoolerscanafford didn't have CD players. This was the summer of Lifehouse, Good Charlotte, Creed, and Train. But, there was one record, one that was worth keeping on the Top 40 just in case, before switching over to 97x or all those mixtapes.
That record was the Strokes' Is This It, which celebrates its ten year anniversary this summer. What was interesting most to me, is that it represented the emerging garage rock/post-punk revival of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hives, The Vines, etc. We were all into punk rock in high school, so it followed that the music that first followed the original punk rock movement found a new energy after we all kinda grew out of mohawks and safety pins.
A few years ago, the classic three-gesture selection game got a five-part update in the form of "Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock." The geeks had a heyday (including this famous little tyke explaining the updated relationships), and then we went back to the regular old kind for all sorts of tasks: deciding who has to go pick up that one grocery store item you forgot, or winning national touraments.
Illustrator Christoph Niemann has decided to give the random-selection tradition a contemporary update, to reflect the current mire of political conversations in the US.
"If you’re sick of hearing Frank Sinatra tell you that he wants to be a part of it, or Alicia Keys gushing about how these streets will make you feel brand new, then rejoice – here’s an alternative musical history of the Big Apple."
Flavorwire has made fairly complete guide to Manhattan via the rock and roll lyrics it inspired. The above infographic is nice, but the actual by-neighborhood guide is much more juicy: