What Do I Get?

The godfather of DIY, pop punk's patron saint, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, the legend, Pete Shelley.
1955 - 2018. RIP.

2019 Grammy Nominations

Leading the pack of Grammy nominees this year are Kendrick, Drake, and Childish Gambino - as if anyone really needed a reminder that, yes, rock is dead. But that's not really what's interesting. All big four categories are full of young, badass women creating objectively great art. This after years of withering criticism directed at the Grammys - and more broadly the music industry - for really reactionary gender inequality. The top categories include Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., and Janelle Monáe, and the best new artist category includes Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Let's just take a moment to appreciate how much truly great music came out this year... the best of it by women.

Bourbon & Bass

When musicians get into a business outside of making music, the results are usually mixed. Passion, though, can go a long way. There's little doubt, for example, that Willie Nelson's cannabis company, Willie's Reserve, provides a quality product. Bob Dylan's iron gates, too, are quite striking (if not overpriced, presumably). So it's not surprising that Metallica's new whiskey brand, Blackened, is quite well reviewed. Though artist liquor labels have long been successful (hello, Ciroc) what's interesting about Blackened is that they blast the whiskey barrels with super loud Metallica music... and it actually changes the taste of the whiskey. They spent a few months in a lab figuring out what was going on, though marketers realized much quicker. "You can taste the music," was just too easy.

It's Always The Millennials Fault

According to conventional wisdom, Millennials are economic assassins. The demographic group is reportedly responsible for killing off myriad American institutions, everything from department stores to mayonnaise. The latest victim is canned tuna, the murder weapon a can opener - or rather lack thereof. “A lot of Millennials don’t even own can openers,” according to a marketing exec at StarKist. Never mind the ridiculousness of this statement. It does, however, illustrate a familiar impulse to blame Millennials. But this is incorrect. According to a new report by the Fed, "Millennials do not appear to have preferences for consumption that differ significantly from those of earlier generations." No, it's not differences in taste, rather "Millennials are less well off than members of earlier generations when they were young, with lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth." They're not killers. They're playing the hand they were dealt.




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