Archives: 2014 June

Archive for June, 2014

What Did Jay Call Bey Before The Wedding?

Thanks, Tessa!

It Ain’t Easy Being Teen

Thanks, Jules!

The X-Men Cartoon’s Theme Song Holds Up

As you will see below, the X-Men cartoon of the 90s had maybe the best opening of any animated show of its era. Twenty years later, the jam holds up. Kudos to Ron Wasserman, who also did the theme for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I wouldn’t be totally against this music piping out of speakers in public parks every morning.

Bootleg Cover Art Is Better

The Eiffel Tower from the Vegas hotel? McConaughey’s face on Brad Pitt’s body? Explosions everywhere? Don’t know which True Detective lives on these two critically acclaimed discs, but definitely can’t wait to find out.


They Only Come Out At Night

Thanks, Jody!

Sir Patrick Stewart Captures The Mood Of A Nation

And he also inspired that logo:

Thanks, Matt!

Parental Guidance

Can You Kick It?

Today begins the 20th World Cup in Brazil. If we’re lucky we’ll see some international sportsmanship and corner kick diplomacy. If we’re really lucky, someone might stop to tie a goaltender’s shoelaces:

Thanks, Johnny!

Sir Ian Magento

Thanks, Nim!

Mike D Let Me Interview Him

(via Sideshow)

In the mid-90s, rappers from the East Coast to the West convinced an entire generation to consume malt liquor in “40s”— 40-ounce glass bottles that delivered the alcohol equivalent of a six-pack in one serving. Songs like N.W.A.’s “8 Ball” glamorized the cheap, potent beer alternative. The brewery that made St. Ides exploited the rap-malt liquor connection, putting all the stars of the era in commercials, from Ice Cube to Notorious B.I.G. to Snoop Dogg, who memorably slow jammed his tribute to 40s:

At their peak, 40s made headlines and spawned editorials. The Los Angeles Times in 1992 explored the widespread backlash to malt liquor, claiming that “shrewd advertising in ethnic neighborhoods” had “turned it into a status symbol.” Soon, though, 40s disappeared from hip-hop. “Right in the mid- to late-90s, rap culture took a serious turn from sitting in the hood drinking a 40 to sitting in the club drinking champagne,” says Besha Rodell, an LA Weekly food writer who penned the first history of the drink, “40 Ounces to Freedom.” “Rap culture became about having money. There’s nothing fancy about drinking malt liquor.”

But the 40 survives. I still like my high school drink of choice — Olde English malt liquor mixed with orange juice, a concoction known as the Brass Monkey. I was introduced to it by friends who pointed out that it was the subject of a Beastie Boys song, also called “Brass Monkey.” But when I called Mike D to talk about his inspiration, he was confused: malt liquor? In a Brass Monkey? It turns out that the Brass Monkey he was singing about was a cocktail comprised of orange juice, vodka, and dark rum, which came premixed in a can. “Homeboy,” Mike said, “have you ever used Google in your life?”