At this point in the news cycle, no one should be surprised to learn that, according to the world's preeminent wine experts, a bottle of 1953 Vega Sicilia, which costs around $1,000, would leave a tangible "horse manure character" on the palate of the discerning taster. Oxford and Cambridge have been holding an annual competitive wine-tasting competition for 60 years. It's an event where a human being might say something like, "If you misread astringency as acidity, you get it wrong." And another human being might nod along, and jot down notes, while secretly judging the first human being for "seeming to think that this constituted a coherent explanation.[...]
A reunited Pulp spent the winter holidays playing shows on a cruise ship called the S.S. Coachella (uhh …) but also got together with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to record this perfect disco-hopping/shopping track called "After You." And here it is, in all its cheesy-synth-hook droll Jarvis Cocker glory.
Released on Boxing Day, but apparently not yet for sale, the song is the first new thing released by Pulp in a decade. Also, on the cruise ship, Jarvis did Power Point presentations on the songwriting process and James Murphy led a wine-tasting class.
Have you heard the new slang term for cocaine? It's "Kenny Powers," named for the "disrespectful white" character played by Danny McBride on the HBO comedy, Eastbound & Down. The white part, I understand. But the description of a drug as being "disrespectful" is confusing. Though, I once drank some red wine that was described on its bottle as "mischievous." I guess it's no more confusing than that. And anyway, N.O.R.E. has been simultaneously confusing and charming his fans since he rapped about running laps around the English channel back in 1998. His latest mixtape is called Crack on Steroids, which is awesome and hilarious. [...]