25 November 2011

Song of the Day - 25.Nov.11

Much like yesterday, there is really only one song that can be today's Song of the Day, though this one is pretty much good for the whole weekend. Hooray for leftovers!

24 November 2011

19 November 2011

Monthly Top Five - November

Hey, remember the What's Weekly Top 5 feature? So do we. The only problem is that it rarely came on a weekly basis, so we're switching gears. In  High Fidelity, the characters compare their top fives in a variety of categories. Being big fans of both the film and novel, we here at the What bring you our Weekly Monthly Top Five, a feature focused on five fantastic things that you should become familiar with.

Fall Beer

Though we are less than a week away from the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, it is still fall, and there is still plenty of time to enjoy some fall beer. Seasonal beers are always interesting, but there is something special about the fall varieties that stand out. Last year's Fall Beer Tasting was a blast, and while 2011 boasts no official tasting, we here at the What have still done our civic duty by going out and enjoying beer.

5. Saint Benjamin Evening Wheat Dunkelweiss - So maybe a dunkelweiss is not technically a Fall beer, but this brew's overwhelming popularity at the Elfreth's Alley Museum's Brew Fest was undeniable. This up and coming Philadelphia brewery has been making a name for itself by providing exceptional, full-flavored beers like this one at a number of events around the City of Brotherly Love. Saint Benjamin will return to Elfreth's Alley for Deck the Alley with a colonial-style porter, so be sure to check them out!

4. Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Märzen - Sometimes it is easy to get confused by brewery names that are similar like Flying Dog, Flying Fish, and Dogfish Head. Luckily, all three are known for their quality brews. Dogtoberfest is no exception. Nor is Flying Fish's Oktoberfish, for that matter. Admittedly, as you will see after the jump, I was focused on pumpkin beers this year and did not devote enough time to Oktoberfests, but you can rarely go wrong with Flying Dog.

12 November 2011

Song of the Day - 12.Nov.11

Normally, the song of the day is posted without any rhyme or reason, it's just whatever song pops into my head at the moment. Today, however, there is a very good reason these two songs popped into my head. Today, my cousin Jeff is marrying his lovely fiancee Amanda, and today's Song of the Day is dedicated to them! First, the obvious one:
And now, the one that was actually stuck in my head:

11 November 2011

Mixtape Madness #9: 33 Songs for 11.11.11

According to the novel High Fidelity the making of a good mix tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. Furthermore, a good mix is never finished. You never know when you will come across a song that changes the dynamic of the mix you just completed. There is a litany of intricacies to crafting the ideal mix no matter what the mix’s intended purpose should be. This feature is merely a guide on the cosmic highway of mix making, and while experienced, the writer does not claim to be an expert.
33 Songs for 11.11.11
People seem to making a big deal over today's date. 11.11.11. Quite frankly, I'm not impressed. Call me on February 22, 2222 and then I'll be impressed. Mainly because that would only be possible if I was still alive and kicking just27 days short of my 238th birthday. But that is beside the point. The point is, I will now share with you 33 songs that I have been enjoying recently.
1- "My Body" by Young the Giant: I was lucky enough to catch these guys in concert toward the end of summer, and this is one of several catchy tunes they have.
2- "Faster" by Matt Nathanson: Matt debuted this song last October at a concert in Aston, PA that I was at. While I liked that raw, unfinished version better, this radio cut is pretty cool (and reminiscent of George Michael's "Faith")
3- " I Wanna Be The One" by fun.: After being told how great fun was all summer, I finally started listening to them about a week ago. I wish I started earlier.
4- "She's Got You" by Cosmo Jarvis: Ever since I got a ukulele, I've noticed how many great uke songs are out there, and this is one of them.
5- "Hold Me Up" by Live: This was the perfect song for the sex scene in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which is probably the only place you would have heard it.
6- "When I'm Small" by Phantogram: The summer of 2011 was a great one for discovering new music like this super cool track.
7- "Ruby Blue" by Roison Murphy: I had this song in constant rotation a couple of years ago and it is starting to make a comeback.

09 November 2011

The Checklist - November 2011

The internet is full of magical, mystical things. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes hard to sift through all of the crap to get some decent information. In the interest of providing you with colorful ideas for everyday life, we here at the What present the Checklist so that you may find some helpful information from other sites.

Sex Position of the Month
Women's Health Magazine
Ah, where would we be without a magazine telling us how to have sex? Nevertheless, sex is important for a healthy life and a healthy relationship, so why not spice it up a bit with the Ballet Dancer? After a glance at the illustration, another appropriate name for this one may be the tripod. No matter what they call it, Women's Health chooses a different position each month, so check it out!

Seasonal Styles
Primer Magazine
Every so often, Primer Magazine publishes a feature called the Get Up. Usually focused on a season or a situation, this is the perfect guide for guys who are trying to dress a bit better. I mentioned how I changed my style at the outset of 2011, and articles like the Get Up were a handy way of doing so. The most recent post highlights what to wear on an early winter Wednesday. 

07 November 2011

Song of the Day - 7.Nov.11

I have been a big fan of this song for awhile now, but only this summer discovered this version. It's basically Yeasayer and a few friends hanging out, playing music. There are two people on the piano, and the rest chime in with singing backup and drumming out a rhythm on chairs, the ceiling, and the floor. It works.