29 January 2012

Song of the Day - 29.Jan.12

Ever since making the first part of Mixtape Madness' celebration of 90's music, I have been on a huge 90's kick. Watching the Sublime documentary hasn't helped. At any rate, I first became aware of this song from Sublime's song DJs (which was spectacularly covered by No Doubt and Gwen Stefani's abs) but have come to enjoy it on its own. It also supports my argument that we need ska back in a big way.

23 January 2012

Mixtape Madness #11: 90's Revue Part I

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.

90's Revue Part I - Rock
We have been riding the wave of 1980's nostalgia for awhile now. Don't get me wrong, it's been fun, but I think it is time we moved on to the 1990's. Some of the best music of the past thirty years was created in the decade between the Exxon Valdez and Y2K. Because of that, we here at the What will take a three-part look at the music of the 1990's.
PART II - Hip Hop
PART III - Pop - Coming Soon!

1. "Bittersweet Symphony" by the Verve (1997) - By now, everyone is aware of all of the controversy surrounding this song. Whether or not the Verve intended to lift a hook from the Rolling Stones or not, this is an amazing song and it's a shame that the legal fallout from it ruined such a promising band.

2. "Spiderwebs" by No Doubt (1995) - Am I the only one itching for No Doubt to put out a new album that returns to their Ska/SoCal punk roots? Of course not. Aside from being a great tune, this is more than likely the song most widely used in answering machine messages.

3. "Come As You Are" by Nirvana (1991) - In their short time as a band, Nirvana left us with a litany of great tracks, but "Come As You Are" has always been my favorite. Both Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic tuned their instruments down a step for this song, giving it the familiar, distinct sound throughout.

4. "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" by REM (1994) - As you will see over this three-part Mixtape Madness, 1994 was an incredible year for music. With the ability to look back on the now-ceased career of REM, I can easily pinpoint this song, with its interesting back story, as my favorite. 

5. "Got You (Where I Want You)" by the Flys (1998) - The unmistakable plodding march of the rhythm section carries the lyrics well throughout this quintessential 90's tune. The Flys may have only had the one hit, but at least they got Katie Holmes to be in their video.

22 January 2012

Song of the Day - 22.Jan.12

Shuffle is a wonderful thing. From its beginnings of automatically switching between tracks on your five CD changer to iTunes randomly selecting tracks, it sure has come a long way. Occasionally it leads to the rediscovery of a fun song like "Ghetto Superstar." Hooray for shuffle. 

21 January 2012

Song of the Day - 21.Jan.12

Music is pretty fantastic. Even with the fantastic variety of musical selections, everyone has a few favorites they never tire of listening to. One of those songs for me is "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters. Enjoy!

Foo Fighters - Everlong

This mp3 found @ www.mp3club.co

Simple & Delicious - Fat Bottomed Girls

As always, the What is dedicated to presenting you with colorful ideas for everyday life. Many of our ideas are food-related, because we love food. Learning how to cook for yourself now that you no longer have your mom or your meal plan to provide your meals can seem like a daunting task. We at the What are here to show you that cooking can be fun, easy, and rewarding by offering up recipes like this from our personal cookbooks. As is the case with most of our recipe-based ideas, this one is simple and delicious, just like us.
Fat Bottomed Girls

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know who they are, but I do know that Freddy Mercury said that fat bottomed girls make the rocking world go ‘round. What do those two quotations have to do with this recipe? Well, at Christmas, my Mom tossed together these scrumptious little breakfast treats with scrambled eggs and bacon that I began referring to as “Piggy Chicks.” A friend asked if Piggy Chicks was code for a portly lass, and instantly a fantastic name was born. Without any further ado, here is the recipe for Fat Bottomed Girls.

18 January 2012

Song of the Day - 18.Jan.12

It was only a matter of time before "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" made it to Song of the Day. This is one of very few songs that has appeared in more than one Mixtape Madness, showing up one both #1 and #6. The whole song is great, but my favorite part is definitely the fourth section with the lyrics in Spanish. Enjoy!

17 January 2012

The Checklist - January 2012

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.

Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Cool Material
Everyone knows that Zombies will run free in search for tasty brains when the world ends this year. So you had better be prepared. Thanks to the crew over at Cool Material, now you can be ready to fight back with a small rag-tag group of fellow survivors. While I am sure that the Zombie Combat Manual has great advice, this handy little survival bundle from Think Geek is actually quite useful in situations not involving the walking dead.

Comprehensive Guide to Sweaters
Primer Magazine
Is it really necessary to have a guide for sweaters? Absolutely. As a guy who has ruined 90% of his sweaters on hangers, this Primer Magazine article was a beacon of hope. Thanks to Grant Harris of Image Granted, no longer will my V-Necks resemble half pipes. Gents, you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not reading Primer.

11 January 2012

Song of the Day - 11.Jan.12

Though I have been campaigning to skip the 80's nostalgia and move on to reminiscing about 1994, I can't help but love this track, a clear throwback to the 80's and one of the best songs of 2011.

Midnight City by M83