Parking a trailer is still not my speciality.
Prompts is a joint creative exercise between my friend Matt W. and I. We will choose a different subject at the beginning of each week and post no more than 500 words on said topic on Fridays. This post is a holdover from two weeks ago. Matt and I took inspiration from Esquire’s “What I’ve Learned” series.
The Biggest Lesson I Learned In 2013: You Can Handle It
Big Freedia comin’ one more time!
Keeping in tradition of sports web sites who anoint next season’s favorite after the previous season wrapped the night before I am submitting to you, dear reader, my way too early Coachella 2015 wishlist. I limited my list to acts who did not play Coachella 2013 and are not scheduled to play Coachella 2014. Also, I took into consideration artists expected to drop new albums in 2014.
Big Boi circa 2010.
Wednesday night’s Coachella 2014 lineup announcement confirmed arguably the worst-kept secrets in the festival’s history – namely, reunited hip-hop icons Outkast and Grammy Award-winning art-rockers Arcade Fire would serve as headliners. The festival’s third headliner, Brit rock act Muse, had also been a name kicked around the blogosphere in recent days.
Who cares about surprises when the words “Outkast”, “Arcade Fire” and “confirmed headliners” are used in the same sentence? My mind launched into cartwheel mode upon seeing the official Coachella poster. And not just because Outkast and Arcade Fire adorned it. This lineup is hotter than the California desert in early April. Last I recall that’s 106 degrees and rising.
Below are my 10 Coachella 2014 Must-See Acts. I’ll be in Indio, Calif., for the festival’s first weekend April 11-13. These are the performers whose sets take precedent over any time conflicts with other performers (and there will be plenty of these) or my never ceasing desire to wait in line for dungeness crab fries – my death row meal. Also, I focused on acts I haven’t seen live.
Bringin' the heat inside the NYSE
Prompts is a joint creative exercise between my friend Matt W. and I. We will choose a different subject at the beginning of each week and post no more than 500 words on said topic on Fridays. This post is a holdover from two weeks ago.
My Favorite Thing About New York City: The Experiences
Look ma, I'm on a billboard in Times Square
Prompts is a new joint creative exercise between my friend Matt W. and I. We will choose a different subject at the beginning of each week and post around 500 words on said topic on Fridays.
My One-Word Philosophy For 2014: Celebrate.
Ringing in 2014 with Vampire Weekend
As the final hours of 2013 vanish I am enjoying my warm apartment’s comforts for a while longer before going out into the cold clench of death that is the New York City winter night. All that last sentence means is today I am doing what I should have done weeks ago – posting my favorite albums of 2013.
Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100 is a periodic series chronicling my experiences and observations as a New Yorker. Today’s post – No. 35, if you’re keeping score at home – details a day in my life in New York City.
December 19 started with twins and closed with a Yankee.
Titus Andronicus at Brooklyn Bowl
Here’s a partial list of places I witnessed amazing live music in 2013: a bowling alley; a glorified parking lot; a swamp-like island decimated by a tropical rainstorm; a record store with a capacity of 60; a legendary baseball stadium that seats 50,000+; and a courthouse square. None of these locales represent traditional concert forums. Perhaps that’s why they produced some of my most indelible live music memories this year. The element of surprise matched with the uniqueness of venue, whether indoors or outdoors, and, of course, the talent of the musicians involved resulted in moments of joy in which time froze.
Kinda like 2013 in Spanish Harlem!!!
While sipping a mocha on this bitterly cold New York City afternoon I decided to list my favorite songs of 2013. I started a numerical list, only to abandon it. Instead I handed out the type of arbitrary awards bestowed upon middle/high school kids. My middle school picked me most likely to succeed. Little did they know my idea of success on this second Thursday in December 2013 would be writing this list. Guess I got the last laugh.
Here’s to expectations! And lists! And 2013!
The view from the cheap seats
This post is dedicated to my dad. Also: Thanks to Matt W. for editing.
On the midsummer night I witnessed Jay Z and Justin Timberlake electrify Yankee Stadium, more than 50,000 city residents slept on the streets, in the subways, or elsewhere without a home. I know this because in recent weeks and months media outlets like The New Yorker and The New York Times shined a light on the city’s shameful homeless record. I met one such man – a self-described Iraq vet suffering from PTSD – on my walk from the working-class Dominican community of Washington Heights to Yankee Stadium under a full moon on July 20. Ironically, four months after our brief encounter, I still think about the man – and what he represents – more so than I do the concert of the year.