Arcade Fire grew to prominence as an indie-band, releasing the critically acclaimed Funeral in late 2004. Since then, they’ve released Neon Bible (2007), Grammy Award-winning The Suburbs (2010), and, most recently, the double album Reflektor (2013). This year, they’ve embarked upon a gargantuan arena tour, recently playing two nights at Chicago’s United Center on August 26th and 27th. Alex and I were lucky enough to find cheap tickets, and attended the concert in all of its stadium-esque glory.
What does it mean to be a “bad feminist”? Author Roxane Gay defines the term in the intro of her book of essays of the same title. She admits she may not be as up on feminist texts as she’d like and sometimes she finds herself singing along to pop music she knows is bad for women. But she also supports equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health with unfettered access to health care. A “bad” feminist accepts that she or he cannot be a perfect ideal and example of feminism at all times.
A lot has happened in baseball of late: Mo’ne Davis proving there’s no crying in baseball … except for the kids she strikes out; Jackie Robinson West advancing to the tops of the Little League World Series; and continuing struggles in the race for October. Starting September, I’ll update every week regarding the playoff race. For now, the new TV station FXX is marathoning every episode of The Simpsons, and the baseball/softball tribute/parody “Homer at the Bat” grabbed my attention, if only for the sterling line-up of major league guest stars. The episode aired twenty-two years ago, either two too many or three too few for a proper anniversary tribute, but I wanted to check in on what the Springfield Power Plant softball team stars have been up to.
Welcome to The Addison Recorder’s football Pick ‘Em column. Each week Alex and a guest writer will predict the outcome of the most intriguing games on the slate. He will try to be as expert as possible, but we make no guarantees for his guests.
Appalachian State at Michigan
Bean: Fuck this game. I hate Michigan’s AD, Dave Brandon, for scheduling it. I’m sure he did it because it will draw interest in a cheap way (his reason to exist, apparently) and could exorcise the ghost of The Horror. But it won’t. All it does is bring up memories of that fiasco and even if Michigan wins in 2014 they cannot erase the loss from 2007. Not ever. Playing this game is so stupid I want to explode. Michigan will win, because ASU isn’t as good as they were in ’07. But neither is Michigan. <sighs angrily all day> Wolverines by at least 20 points.
Travis: This game is the best thing since sliced bread. This game invented the wheel. This game painted the Mona Lisa, with enough time left over to make creme brulees for the entire coaching staff and roster of App State. This game is a thing of beauty, a tribute to all that is good and right with the world. Also, Michigan is going to dominate. Wolverines by 21.
#21 Texas A&M at #9 South Carolina
Bean: A conference match-up between two Top 25 teams on the very first night of the season? That’s awesome. It’s only available on ESPN’s new SEC Network? Much less awesome. The game itself should be pretty entertaining. These two teams should both be great on offense, so I’m hoping for a shootout. That sort of game favors the home team, especially since A&M will be starting a true Freshman at QB. Gamecocks by 7.
Travis:I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch the SEC beat up on each other right out of the gate? My only regret is that Jadaveon Clowney can’t knock Johnny Football into next Thursday’s game…oh wait, that can happen over in the NFL. Whee! Gamecocks by 10.
#14 LSU vs. #13 Wisconsin
Bean: It’s not far-fetched to imagine this being the 2011 National Championship Game if the world was more fair. As it is, both of these schools will be looking to start a run to national prominence with this game in Houston. LSU is the more talented team on paper and will be debuting their phenom Freshman RB Leonard Fournette. Wisconsin will be the same team it’s been since the 90′s: relying on their awesome running game and playing stout defense. I think I lean towards LSU, but if the Badgers can get Melvin Gordon going then watch out. LSU by 4.
Travis: Um, I just want to see Les Miles lose? Also, Bean and I can’t pick the same teams over and over again. That’s just weird. Badgers by 3.
#16 Clemson at #12 Georgia
Bean: A rematch of last year’s opening week barn-burner that launched victorious Clemson to their Orange Bowl victory 4 months later. The Tigers have lost both longtime QB Tajh Boyd and All-Everything WR Sammy Watkins. Georgia lost their own longtime QB starter, but return a ton of other talent on offense. Considering that and the fact that the Bulldogs are hosting, I think they’ll take this one. But it should be another back-and-forth scoring fest. Which is just fine by me. Georgia by 3.
Travis: I can, on a good day, tell you where Clemson is on a map. This is not a good day. Georgia by 4.5.
#1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State
Bean: The Seminoles start their National Title defense with an intersectional game against the Okie State Cowboys in Jerry Jones’ future cenotaph. OSU was a pretty great team last year, but they lost a lot of starters to graduation. They’ve been so consistently good for the past few years that it’s hard to doubt another run at the Big 12 title. But they’re starting against a Florida State team that absolutely steamrolled its schedule last year. Tough to say if they can be that good again, but the Seminoles still have Jameis Winston at the helm and blue-chippers at every position on the field. They should win this handily, though the Cowboys will keep it closer than most other teams could. Florida State by 14.
Travis: Ka-pow! FSU by 28.
If you’ve ever wanted to see if joining Chicago’s live lit scene is for you, you can find out in a stage setting anxiety-free this fall. Story Club host and founder Dana Norris is continuing a series of storytelling shows and classes at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and Oct. 20 at Holiday Club on N. Sheridan Rd.
Thirty-five years ago, Americans believed a man could fly. Today, they believe a talking raccoon and an anthropomorphic tree can save the universe, and they can accomplish this while listening to songs that ruled the airwaves when Superman was in production.
Guardians of the Galaxy has already become one of 2014’s biggest blockbusters despite being based on Marvel characters almost no one was familiar with except hardcore comics fans. (FYI, a combination of terrific actors, a few stirring emotional moments, and a brilliantly funny script go a long way.) In my opinion, what is even more unexpected than the film’s success is that of its soundtrack. Awesome Mix Vol. 1, the mixtape Peter Quill/Star-Lord constantly listens to as he flies through space, is now in its second week at number one on the Billboard charts. It’s worth exploring both why this success is unusual and why this soundtrack in particular has struck such a chord with people.
Selfie , a new ABC sitcom that debuts on September 30th, sounds like a disaster of a show. It stars Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan as a social media-obsessed pharmaceutical sales rep who realizes that her online life has left her lonely and bereft of friends in reality. John Cho, best known for the Harold and Kumar and Star Trek films, plays a marketing genius at her firm who takes her on as the ultimate turn-around project. Aside from the legions of sci-fi geeks thundering around because the presence of those stars the appeal of this seems limited. It’s a generic romantic comedy set-up that rips off/pays homage to of Pygmalion. Worse, the first trailer made the show look condescending towards the social media generation it aimed to send up. [Read more...]
“The Best Four Days in Gaming” only ended last week, and I already want to go back.
Addison Recorder editor Karen Martin and I (along with many others) attended this year’s Gen Con, the biggest tabletop gaming convention on this side of the Atlantic. The difficulty in doing a recap of such a huge con is that each attendee will have a unique experience; with over 56,000 people attending four days that pack almost 400 vendors and over 14,000 events into a few city blocks, you almost need to read an aggregate of recaps (including this one from Shut Up & Sit Down) to get the full picture.
Here is one such recap: My recounting of Gen Con 2014. [Read more...]
Hello, Whovians! The eighth series of Doctor Who begins tomorrow with a brand new Doctor, and more than a few of us at the Recorder are excited for its return. Karen and Chris sat down to talk about the upcoming series and what they hope (or dread) to see.
A special screening of Sundance favorite, “The One I Love,” was offered at Landmark Century Centre Cinema Wednesday night, and a Q&A with director Charlie McDowell and co-star Mark Duplass immediately followed. The event was put together by The Dissolve in partnership with Pitchfork and was offered to a limited audience in anticipation of the film’s Aug. 22 release.