I don’t personally miss record stores that much. Sure nostalgia has distorted our true memory of the ’90s, but for me, I always found record shops expensive, intimidating (rude clerks who thought they knew everything), and inconvenient. So don’t expect this to be a “technology ruined everything!” post. I’ll keep my Spotify, thankyouverymuch. However, one thing iTunes and Spotify can never replace is the aesthetically pleasing experience of standing in a record store, and by that I mean the feeling of being physically surrounded by music. I’ve always liked the look of records stores–all the posters adorning the walls, the stacks of records, the shiny shrink-wrapped CDs. It’s gorgeous, especially the smaller indie ones located in cramped spaces. It’s like stumbling into a music geek’s incredibly tidy and organized hoard.
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This weekend before you go out and have a drink or two (or three), remember this one fact: alcohol will kill you. It will, gee willikers! At least it will according to this ’50s PSA about alcohol. Typical of most PSAs from this era, it’s incredibly cheesy and outdated, which makes them hilarious to watch in this decade. Despite its rare occurrences of good points (drunk driving), all points are lost in a sea of awkward dialogue and stilted scenes. It’s actually a bit more open ended than you would think. For more scaremonger-y PSAs, there’s this one and this one. Some Oscar-caliber acting here, folks.
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Made for Ruin Jam, a game jam that embraced the demise of the video game industry at the hands of social justice warriors and minorities, Social Harassment Simulator 2014 is the kind of experience that isn’t so much a game as it is real life. You play as the anonymous protagonist, a girl minding her own business. There are really only three options: exercise, eat vegetables or donuts, and go to work. But food and work are located at the opposite end of a path lined with jeering men, forcing you to subject yourself to their catcalls every day and night.
It’s simple and short without much variation in the catcalls. The creator, Hishalea, mentions that the taunts are drawn from her everyday experience and that she has heard every single one of them directed at her. Anyone who’s been subjected to street harassment will agree–they ring uncomfortably close to reality.
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The Beach Boys are my favorite band of all time, so I’m always up for something surfy, fun, and filled with sunshined harmony. The Yetis are a four-piece band from Allentown, Pennsylvania. You might be saying, “But there’s no surfing in Allentown,” and you’d be right. But The Beach Boys couldn’t surf either, so does it really matter all that much? The band’s latest track “Little Surfer Girl” hits all the expected marks: heavily reverbed vocals, lists of surfing cities in the lyrics, simple chord progressions, thick harmonies, crunchy guitars. But those aren’t negatives. “Little Surfer Girl” is catchy and fun; it makes you dance and it makes you fall in love with the little surfer girl too. What’s great about those early Beach Boys tracks is the sense of wonder and optimism. It’s not the surfing as much as the idea of surfing as escapism, freedom, love. That’s what happens here on “Little Surfer Girl.” The Yetis are dreaming of a life of traveling from city to city with their little surfer girl. They know she’ll miss home, but “surfing’s not the same out in the snow.”
“Little Surfer Girl” is part of a double-A side single coming out on Septmeber 30th. Pre-oder it here.
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In Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka’s manga The Heroic Legend of Arslan, a reluctant young prince named Arslan is destined to rule the city of Pars, but he fears he’ll never be the king his father was. However, at the age of 14, his entire life comes crashing down when his kingdom is destroyed in a bloody war and Aslan is forced to become the leader he was born to be in order to restore Pars to its former glory.
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Every once and a while you stumble across something that’s unexplainable in its uniqueness. Not to say its particularly hard to describe illustrator Cristian Robles‘ work. Robles has a colorful, odd sense of style that’s equal parts surreal and childlike. But her work also has a strong narrative component, with lots of drawings featuring scribblings and writings. Unfortunately, most of Robles’ texts are written in Spanish, and since we barely passed Spanish in college, we have to judge Robles’ work purely on the expressive nature of her illustrations. Fortunately for us, that’s not very hard. From her wide-eyed monsters to her accurate break-down of the works of Haruki Murakami to drawing all the characters from Twin Peaks, Robles shows she has a knack for mixing humor, fan art, and commentary in a way that hints that we’re seeing more than what we’re really seeing. Her new comic, Ikea: Dream Makers, should be coming out soon.
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You’ll probably recognize Third Eye Crime even if you’ve never heard of it. The game opens in a world outlined in heavy ink, sultry music pouring in through your headphones. A protagonist who says “yer” instead of “your” and wears a trench coat. Baby, it’s film noir.
Rathko is a thief, and an excellent one at that. Sure, some of it has to do with his physical abilities, but he’s got an edge that makes him nigh untouchable–he’s psychic. And he’s content pilfering paintings from museums until a redheaded dame with pouty lips slinks through the door and hires him to steal something for her. But all is not as it seems…in fact, when is it ever?
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