Stephen Klein, Colorado, 21, Guitar, Skulls, Owls, America, Facial Hair Extraordinaire @Vertical_Tiger

 

lesbianaunt:

millika:

Who’s Alex?
Billboard demonstrating gender stereotypes as most people automatically assume that Alex is the boy.

kick ass

Yeah, it could be that, OR it could be the placement of the boy on the left, with the name “Alex” written right above his fist. Or maybe that it’s a photo that clearly emphasizes the boy’s presence over the girl’s; the shot makes her look like a sidekick, or worse, a trophy wife. Could it also be due to the fact that for many people, the name “Alex” is a predominately male name? Honestly, I didn’t even read the future titles before I assumed the boy was Alex, mainly because HE IS CLOSEST TO THE NAME AND THE ENTIRE BILLBOARD MESSAGE. If this is trying to prove something about gender stereotypes, it does so only retroactively for those who don’t realize that the visual design of the ad is severely suggestive.

lesbianaunt:

millika:

Who’s Alex?

Billboard demonstrating gender stereotypes as most people automatically assume that Alex is the boy.

kick ass

Yeah, it could be that, OR it could be the placement of the boy on the left, with the name “Alex” written right above his fist. Or maybe that it’s a photo that clearly emphasizes the boy’s presence over the girl’s; the shot makes her look like a sidekick, or worse, a trophy wife. Could it also be due to the fact that for many people, the name “Alex” is a predominately male name? Honestly, I didn’t even read the future titles before I assumed the boy was Alex, mainly because HE IS CLOSEST TO THE NAME AND THE ENTIRE BILLBOARD MESSAGE. If this is trying to prove something about gender stereotypes, it does so only retroactively for those who don’t realize that the visual design of the ad is severely suggestive.

Day #30: A song that you haven’t heard in a while

Could there be a better song with which to conclude this year’s round? The answer is NO. “Pump Up the Jam” better be the only song that Technotronic ever made. Even if it’s not, it’s the only one that will forever be one of the greatest dance songs to grace my ears. I hope you guys liked this challenge again; I know that I did. I REEEEEAAAALLLYY wish that some other people would do this, too. I a very interested in the effect that music has on people, and this list is a great way to learn about you all. Happy October, folks. Now pump up this jam.

Day #29: A song currently stuck in your head.

I know NOTHING about the Molemen, but I just received their album in the mail, which contains this track: “Put Your Quarter Up.” It features rappers Slug, Aesop Rock, and MF Doom. I shouldn’t have to tell you how important the latter two are to underground hip-hop. Anyway, this awesome song is featured in Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, where I first encountered it, and I’ve loved it ever since. And it’s been stuck in my head for a while because I heard it recently and thought the third rapper may have been El-P (turns out it was Doom). Please enjoy this retro tune.

Day #28: A song that reminds you of your significant other.

I don’t have one right now, but to sum things up, I want a girl in my life who makes me feel the way this Rhye song makes me feel. “Open” is such a difficult song for me to comprehend; sometimes it sounds lonely, sometimes it sounds optimistic, sometimes it sounds like nothing at all, but I love it every time. I would love to be a part of a relationship in which, even through changing times and emotions, both of us care for each other regardless of uncertainties. Resilience is so important. "I wanna make this play…oh, I know you’re faded, but stay, don’t close your hands.”

Fun fact: Rhye’s vocalist is a MAN. I still can’t believe that.

Day #27: A song that you make fun of (that’s terrible grammar).

Migos does not make good music. But dammit, they make GREAT MUSIC. People are busy eatin’ up Bobby Shmurda and OG Maco, meanwhile “Hannah Montana” is still the jam. By reading the title, you already know the core of the song’s lyrics; that’s a beautiful thing. I can’t tease their music enough, but this twerk remix is especially vulnerable. The dude singing the first verse has some really funny voice inflections (“Can’t HANDLE HER” and “in the PANAMERA”). This music is obviously goofy as hell, but I cannot get enough. Everyone needs some meaningless pump-up jams. Listen to “Hannah Montana” and see if it doesn’t do it for you.

Day #25: An acoustic song that you love.

When I did the list last year, I was just dipping my toes into the world of Bon Iver, and now that I am fully submerged, I give you this song. “Beach Baby” is so comforting. It contains very few words, and they seem very sorrowful (as do most by Bon Iver), but I can’t get enough of this tune. Also, there is an instrumental outro with some instrument that is clearly electronic, but the song still feels acoustic all the way through. Please enjoy, and if anyone knows what instrument was used for that sound, please let me know.

Day #26: A song by your favorite band.

Yes, Angels & Airwaves is still my favorite band. That’s not likely to change. This song is called “Sirens.” I don’t know what else needs to be said for this one. Give this a listen.

Day #24: A cover song

Frank Ocean is fantastic. I could stop this post there and let the rest of you figure it out on your own, but that’s not how this works. I’m excited but also nervous for his next album; at this point he has made two masterpiece albums and I’m worried that he won’t live up to his own hype. Then again, it’s Frank Ocean so I’m sure it will be glorious. “Strawberry Swing” is an obvious cover of the original by Coldplay, and this even includes some vocal samples from the original. I’ve listened to both, and just like with Frank’s “Nature Feels,” I prefer the cover. Frank puts so much more depth and talent into the vocals, and each of his reimagined versions has more memorable and quotable lyrics. I’m sure many people have at least heard ABOUT “channel, ORANGE,” but go back just a bit and listen to “nostalgia, ULTRA” and you will find even more reasons to become a fan.

Day #23: A song that makes you angry.

Here’s the ScHoolboy Q track I promised. “My Homie” makes me angry every time, and that’s no accident. The song is all about one of Quincy’s childhood friends who turned into a snitch and used Q’s loyalty to get him sent to prison. Who wouldn’t be angry if this happened to them? “Man, we did everything together.” Surprisingly, Q seems more reflective than angry. He’s obviously hurt by this betrayal, but he’s giving his friend the “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed” treatment. This is a great song from perhaps my favorite rap album of all time. Listen to the story Q has to tell, and try to contain your own anger and disappointment.

Day #22: A song that would be the theme to a TV show about your life

First things first, if there was a TV show about my life, the entire introduction and credits sequence would look EXACTLY like this scene of Mad Men, with me listening to “Tomorrow Never Knows” and all the auxiliary characters doing their things. I’m not a huge fan of the Beatles; a lot of their stuff is really bland and boring. But I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the greatest songs of all time. Listen to it as Don Draper does, reclined in a leather chair (I have a nearly identical green chair in my bedroom, foot rest and all). And if you, too, are not a huge fan of the Beatles, perhaps this tune will change your mind forever.

Day #21: A song you want to dance to at your wedding.

Who would pick a Kanye West song to dance to at their wedding? Really? No one? Okay, fine, just me then. Honestly, my wedding would never be more important than the woman involved, but “Devil in a New Dress” is THAT JAM. It’s so intimate and comforting, and even though it contains the lyrics “we ain’t married,” it feels perfect for a wedding. Of course it’s an unorthodox choice, but that’s the point. I need to marry someone who would love to slow dance to this song with me. It’s become too predictable to talk about how amazing “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is, but as I continue to play through this album, the credit seems more and more deserved. This is one of my favorite songs on one of my favorite albums of all time. Who better to share it with than my wife over our first dance?