Keeping up with pop culture can feel like a chore, especially if you find yourself in crowds where making casual reference to what you watch and listen to is part of day-to-day communication. Some aspects of the culture are just too vast to ever totally simplify. (Call me old, but I can never keep track with how quickly pop singers come into huge popularity and then seem to disappear.)
But more manageable than music are movies, which don't tend to get to reference-able level until it has not only saturated the audience, but also soaked deep into our memetic fibers. But in some cases, this takes a long time, and some of the films people
In honor of Groundhog Day, the holiday (?) occurring every February 2nd (that's today), and the 1993 cult film Groundhog Day, Randy of the Instructables Design Studio managed to created his own take on Groundhog Day alarm clock. The hack results in a DIY'd version of the one of the film's most iconic images, the clock radio on Phil's nightstand that awakes him each morning at 6:00a, playing Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe."
"Wetter is better." Never has a marketing campaign worked so well on yours truly. The original Super Soaker 50 was the true great gift lust (well, that and a by-then unpurchaseable Fireball Island game) my version of Ralphie's Red Ryder. And nothing was sweeter than that moment on my [9th? 10th?] mid-June birthday...which is a pretty great time to get a giant pressurized neon water gun.
Remember as a kid, when a movie came out, and everyone saw it? Standing in line in the heat, drinking from your matching collectable cup from whichever participating fast food restaurant. People in the Batman logo t-shirts, or listening to the big hit song from the soundtrack...on the radio?
Mental Floss just published a fascinating look at television from the last two and a half decades. But rather than just mention all the great cable dramas and 90s powerhouses that you might expect, they take a different approach in their selection. A process that, interestingly, means you've probably never heard of most of them.
There are those men who have completely incorporated the bow tie into their public persona, so much so that when they wear anything else, they look quite strange. Can you imagine Orville Redenbacher in a crew neck sweater, or James Bond in a polo shirt?
Noise pop is used to describe that genre of songs that find the perfect balance between messiness and ear candy, "a certain yin and yang of melody and dissonance."
The creators of Noise Pop Festival and the Noise Pop Podcast have picked the 100 songs that best represent the genre, and they're letting you listen to them, for free.
You wouldn't think it'd be possible to do more than two or three, but a musician who dubs himself "Dustin Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and remixes as Team Goldie has created the most esoteric Tumblr imaginable: Clever Kanye West lyrics superimposed over matching Saved By The Bell screenshots.
Okay, I admit it. I, like nearly every other touch phone owner, have a bit of a problem with Angry Birds. It's not that I play it very often, during every second of free time, it's that when I do open it up, I have a hard time putting it down. For, like, hours. I've forbidden myself from starting after 9:00p.
"As a physics-based game, Angry Birds is similar to those well worn '90s games Worms and Lemmings, and lends itself well to a retro reimaging with blocky pixels," says London-based Penny Designs, and they've done just that.
The 1980s may have brought us MTV as the definitive place to display promotional videos from record companies, but we hold the 1990s as the peak of the artform - the clever storylines and memorable visuals often stick in our minds much better than a song's lyrics or album title, and evoke that last moment before the complete takeover of Clear Channel and the YouTube era, where you could actually discover something new by staying up late and watching Alternative Nation, or the Buzz Bin. (sometimes...)
The Pitchfork Staff have assembled their favorite fifty from the decade, and it's a pretty fine list. There are the quintessential entries from directors who've gone on to create major motion pictures - Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek, F. Gary Gray - and those from music video mainstains like Chris Cunningham, Adam Bernstein, and Hype Williams. Plus, a healthy dose of electronic and dance artists that never quite hit heavy rotation in the states.