Archives: 2013 November

Archive for November, 2013

The Reflektors, Hollywood Palladium, Halloween 2013

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Missing The Pointz

After a good fight, the New York City graffiti mecca 5 Pointz appears to be in its last days. Instead of mourning the ever-shifting warehouse canvas, it might be better to marvel at how amazing it is the site lasted as long as it did.

The Long Island City building, home to low-rent artist studios, has attracted the world’s premiere street and graffiti artists for over a decade. Murals have been overseen by an in-house collective — all with the approval of the building’s owner, David Walkoff, who now wants to sell the building for some hundred-million dollar residential opportunity. Can you blame dude? Probably, gentrification, circle of life, blah blah blah.

There’s silver lining: no one’s going to forget 5 Pointz any time soon, and those who live and love it will surely find a new site worthy of their spray. The writing’s on the walls.

Good Mascot: The Toronto Raptor

Thanks, Grantland.

The Dismemberment Wife

Around the turn of the century, when Travis Morrison was in his 20s and early 30s, he was the frontman for a Washington D.C. rock band. They were called The Dismemberment Plan, and they were kinda big in an underground way. Critics loved the band’s albums, “The Plan” drew crowds at every stop, toured with Pearl Jam and co-headlined with Death Cab for Cutie, but never quite became household names. In 2003, as bands do, they broke up.

The Plan’s drummer went to NASA, the bass player became a teacher, and Travis fell back on his second love, the internet. As a web programmer, he ended up at this little startup called The Huffington Post. That’s where he met Katherine Goldstein, who was an editor there. She fell in love with Travis, thinking he was a mild-mannered tech guy. Little by little, she realized she was dating a rock star.

THIS IS THEIR STORY IN RADIO FORM:

Double Down: A Long Time Ago, In A Pretty Close By Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade’s paintings are technically great — utopian, escapist, bucolic, but they lack a certain personality. If history (and Banksy) has taught us anything, it’s that you can elevate the quality of any piece of art. Just add something. For Jeff Bennett, that something was the characters and spaceships of Star Wars. Well played, sir!

Thanks, Tessa!

Good Marketing

Whoever rocked promotion for the new Carrie movie deserves a raise.

Good Quotations: Be A Teacher

“Please? Please be a teacher. Teachers are the most admirable and important people in the world. You don’t have to do it forever, but if you’re in doubt about what to do, be an amazing teacher. Just for your twenties. Be a primary school teacher. Especially if you’re a bloke – we need male primary school teachers. Even if you’re not a Teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas. Don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn, and spray it.”

Tim Minchin, in a wonderful commencement address that’s worth watching

Thanks, Melloy!

Subway Riders Make Jokes (For Subway Operators)

New York City subway operators have to do this silly thing every time they pull into a station. Some nice folks played a practical joke and made their lives a little more interesting (and funny) for a day.

Thanks, Jody!

Life Is More Fun In Costume