A tale of two stores
On an unusually warm day for New York City (~40°F) I found myself in a Samsung Galaxy store for a few minutes.
Ugh, look at that horrible check-ins card thing. If I could, I’d go back in time and de-invent Foursquare.
I first saw Giant Drag in Chicago in 2004. It was the first big-city real-venue rock show I ever got to go to, and they were on the bill with Pretty Girls Make Graves & The Gossip. At the time I didn’t know what to think of Annie Hardy, but I bought their album because I felt so complicated about it. She presented herself as both an ingenue and a really powerful & sarcastic siren. I’ve kept spinning that album at least once a month ever since. I followed the break-ups and reunions and the whispers of music that would appear from time to time until they called it quits.
Well, in March 2013 a new album appeared, the band got back together, and they played New Year’s Eve in LA. This is my favorite track off of the new disc, and the whole album is really special. Go buy it at bandcamp, fer cryin’ out loud.
The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.
"Hey Joe, what’s a thing you think about a lot?"
"That we should triple the property tax on second residences, make cap gains rates the same as income tax, eliminate the carried-interest exception, and then spend all that money on housing & food grants."