When I listened to Light Up Gold, my first introduction to the Brooklyn-based indie/garage rock band Parquet Courts, I can remember exactly where I was.
Fryer oil turns plain old potatoes into delicious french fries. It powers our biodiesel cars. And, now, it's being used to turn the dusty surfaces of rural Canadian roads into stable makeshift asphalt—AND THEY SMELL LIKE FRENCH FRIES. God bless our obsession with that infernally unhealthy liquid.
You might not realize it, but quitting our addiction to oil means more than just finding something besides gasoline to put in our cars. If we really want to stop using fossil fuels, we have to change the way we make roads—and cooking oil might just be the answer.
As a surface for wheels, pavement does its job well enough. Asphalt concrete is flat, smooth, and solid (usually). But there is a price we pay for the convenience of paved roads and parking lots everywhere—a price paid in heat, noise, and polluted runoff. We went in search of better pavement and found these potential…
I'm something of an uncultured swine when it comes to jazz, so weird little Pavement songs are about as close as I get to the real stuff. That being said, "5-4=Unity" is just tops for a swine like me, and maybe you'll dig it too.
The days are getting longer, the weather's getting warmer. It's this time of year that anyone and everyone could use some killer strollin' music to strut to. Might I suggest the hidden Pavement not-exactly-a-classic-but-damn-well-should-be "The Sutcliffe Catering Song"? You just have to like it.
In high school, I was big into The Offspring, Catch 22, Operation Ivy and the like, but as time has gone by, my love of those has been mostly supplanted by my love for Pavement. As I was wondering when the hell the deluxe edition of Terror Twilight will finally drop the other day, I was listening to Crooked Rain,…