GLADWELL THAT ENDS WELL

Need the sugary mental jolt of some easily digestible brain candy? In June, best selling pop sociologist author and The New Yorker scribe Malcolm Gladwell launched a podcast called Revisionist History, which looks at times when we as a society have taken away the incorrect lesson from events in the past (or as he describes it, a "podcast about things forgotten or misunderstood"). Last week's episode, Hallelujah, focused on two different paths from which creativity emerges: conceptual innovation (people with early, instant, almost easy bursts of genius) and experimental innovation (genius through sometimes unclear, perfectionist, revisions that take long periods of time). To illustrate the idea, Gladwell turned to music—specifically Elvis Costello's "The Deportees Club" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." If you're at all interested in artistic creativity (and one would hope you would be seeing as you're reading Culture Fiend), its worth your time.

(P.S. Revisionist History's first episode, The Lady Vanishes, centers on the idea of moral licensing—through another artistic subject—and should be required listening. It's essential.)

YOU ARE PUNK AND I'M TELLING EVERYONE

With its raw, heady sound and principled moral code, there's little doubt that the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene of the 1980s was one of the most important American music scenes of the past 50 years. Dischord Records was the scene's home. The independent DIY label founded by Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson featured a roster of insanely influential bands like Minor Threat, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, and numerous others. Last week, Dischord Records put its entire catalog on Bandcamp for free streaming and/or cheap purchase. It's worth a deep dive. Here are a few starter points for the uninitiated...

AND THEY WOULD FLY A THOUSAND MILES

The Rio Olympics should probably be canceled for a number of serious reasons, but also because there won't be a moment of triumph that's going to be able to top DeMar DeRozan's Instagram of the US Men's National Basketball Team singing along with Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles." There's just no chance. Carmelo Anthony's reaction at the end is a 10 out of 10.

 

Melo ain't having it...😂

A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on

GOOD TWEETS OF THE WEEK

These are good tweets, y’all... (Oh, and here's the context for #3.)

GIF SPELLED BACKWARDS ISN'T GIF

While Tacocat may have songs railing against certain aspects of the internet, that didn't stop Seattle's funnest pop punk band from heading to LA office of leading GIF search site Giphy to create some special Tacocat GIFs. The whole lot can be found at the bottom of the group's official Giphy page, but here are a few favorites...

On the Nose

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Consider the Lobster

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Bottle Service

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Glee in Reverse

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Pizza Party

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The Cat Caller Special

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