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Review of Adidas Superstar II shoes (shell toes)

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This is the classic color scheme. I say go with this type if you want to look sexy as fuck.

History: These shoes were first made popular in the 80’s by the rap group Run DMC. They even had a song about the shoes called “My Adidas.” Actually, even before Run DMC started promoting what came to be known as Adidas most popular shoe, a lot of NBA players were wearing them on the court. I don’t think the history is of the shoe is really that important though. Tao-te-ching and shit, you know? Let’s get on to the here and now.

Style: I’m going to start with this, because this is what you all really care about. The main reason you’ve come to this article; You want to know if a pair of superstars might be able to boost your style. Personally, before my recent shoe purchases I always would just wear loafers and casual shoes. I had been looking online for a pair of clean sneakers to take my swagger rating to the next level without having to potentially take my credit rating to the next level at the same time, and I had become a bit disheartened. I never even thought about, or considered, Adidas superstars. In the end, I was fully prepared to go out and spend over $100 on a new pair of Nike Air Maxes. Oh, but yeah, it is the space not the glass that makes the cup, Tao and shit. Back to the point.

This is an actual real life picture of me wearing my actual real life pair of shell toes.

So to make a short story even shorter, I ended up seeing some Adidas Superstar II’s at the store for $75, and I decided to get them instead of the Nikes. They didn’t have a lot of colors at Hibbets or Foot Locker or wherever I bought them, but if you look online you’ll see that these shoes come in a HUGE variety of colors and designs. There is literally something for everyone. Whether you like classic laid-back style shoes or loud ass try-hard shoes, Adidas should have something to fit your needs. I just got the original white with black stripes version. I think this is the best looking pair that I’ve seen. They look great with jeans and decent with shorts.

They come in all kinds of flashy styles with all kinds of patterns and shit. I think the simpler colors look best.

Durability: Well, I haven’t had any problems with mine so far. But then again, I’ve only worn them a handful of times. The quality definitely seems promising though. The rubber “shell toe” feels strong, and the rest of the shoe seems to have above average structural integrity as well. The tread on the sole looks deep enough to last for a good many miles before wearing down.
Price: For the classic white with black stripes Superstars (or any other standard style), like the ones I got, you can expect to pay $75-$80.  I’ve seen them on the internet for as low as $50, but I think that was a sale price. You might want to shop around.

Sizing/Fit:They fit true to size. I got the same size that I usually wear and they fit fine.

This pair is tame compared to some of the superstars out there.

The low down on Adidas Superstar II shoes:

  • They look great with jeans and pretty good with shorts.
  • They won’t break your bank. If you’re lucky, you can find some for as low as $50, but you’ll probably be paying about $75.
  • I can’t say for sure how durable they are, but they look and feel like they’ll last for a good while.
  • They fit true to size. Buy them in whatever size you usually wear.

Written by danielperry99

October 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Review of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)

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Score = A+

scroll down to listen to this entire album on youtube (embedded in this blog post)!

It’s like the Grateful Dead, but more restrained, but notably of it’s time (2001).  Wilco’s highly acclaimed, and well deserving, album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, mixes psychedelic rock with a hint of country resulting in a sound that is jam band-ish; except without the lengthy jams.

I’ve only listened to the album 3 times now (I am on my 4th listen as I type this), but already I like it a lot. Turn this album on and get ready for 51 minutes of easy listening. Give it all of your attention, or give it none – you’ll appreciate it just the same. YHF could be the centerpiece of a shroom trip or maybe road trip music for a family vacation on the way to visit relatives. There is just such a simple, ageless vibe to the music. In fact the genius is so simple that you might not realize it at first (would that make it, in reality, complex?). The first time I listened to some songs off YHF I thought, ‘Boring!’ I gave it another try a few months later and it hit me like an epiphanizing epiphany: this will go down in history as a classic album.

There’s no adrenaline pumping hype songs, no thought provoking brain boggler songs, no frills at all really. What you get with Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is about an hour of laid back ‘just kickin’ it’ music. Feeling hyped? Listen to old-school Three 6 Mafia. Feeling depressed? Listen to The Bends. Feeling normal and just wanting to relax on a Sunday night? Listen toYankee Hotel Foxtrot. It’s that kind of music. Somehow, YHF manages to evoke in me a strong feeling of nostalgia, even though I’ve only recently started listening to it.

The stand-out songs on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot are:

  • “War on War”
  • “Jesus, Etc.”
  • “Heavy Metal drummer”

Here is the entire album for you to listen to (hosted on youtube!):

I love the outtro ambiance. “Reservations” is spectacular closing.

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January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

Review of The Gay Parade (1999)

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Score = B+

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. “I ain’t gonna listen to no faggot gay parade!” But honestly, this is a pretty good album, especially for kids (yes, seriously). And it’s not gay as in homosexual. It’s just a HAPPY parade. I’m not sure why the band, Of Montreal, decided to call their album The Gay Parade though. I mean, obviously a lot of people are going to get the wrong idea. I think, perhaps, that their intention was to keep ignorant rednecks and similar types from listening; but then again, I think they’ve got that covered just by being Of Montreal. Or maybe they chose the title, because the word “gay” (in the sense of happiness) carries a certain connotation that the word “happy” just doesn’t quite convey. Whatever the reason, please just look past it. I know you don’t want to go running to your friends to tell them all about the awesome gay parade, so if nothing else just at least listen and keep it to yourself.

This is quite possibly – no – quite CERTAINLY the most upbeat album I have ever heard. When you listen to the album, you’ll probably think “This really is a gay parade!” The music consists of gleeful piano progressions and happy guitar rhythms. It really seems quite simple compared to some other Elephant 6 albums.

Many of the songs feature lyrics based around the story of a fictional character’s life. “Jaques Lamure” is a ballad about a volunteer fireman that faces a heartbreak and subsequently leaves his hometown forever – and he’s better off for it. “The Autobiographical Grandpa” is about an old man and his daily routine. “My Favorite Boxer” is about a guy who looks up to and finally meets his favorite boxer, Hector Ormano. These three are just a few of the stories based upon the lives of fictional characters found on this album. Other songs feature lyrics on a broad range of topics; however, the clear lyrical theme of this album is that of daily life and all of the loneliness and normality that ensue. “My Friend will be Me” stands out to me as a particularly powerful song lyrically (and musically). Even though many songs on The Gay Parade cover topics such as loneliness and feelings of inadequacy, it all still sounds very upbeat and celebratory. That’s what this album is – a celebration of normal every day life.

This is “My Friend will be Me.” Whoever uploaded it named it incorrectly.

The Gay Parade is very clean, as in there is no cursing or controversial lyrics. The lyrical cleanliness coupled with the fact that the music is so happy sounding makes this a terrific album for children. Sure, it’s called The Gay Parade, but I highly recommend that any parents reading this right now buy a copy of this album for their young kids to listen to. You might want to burn it onto a blank cd and sharpie on a new title though, Something like The Creed of Satan: Volume 666 should be appropriate enough.

Now let me summarize:

  • Of Montreal’s 1999 album, The Gay Parade is an extremely upbeat celebration of everyday normal life.
  • The lyrical content is great and unique. I can’t think of another album like it.
  • No curse words and a lack of controversy make this a great album for little kids to listen to.

NOTE: It was difficult to find the songs I wanted on youtube, so I just posted some songs from the album that I could actually find.

Written by danielperry99

January 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

The surreal aesthetic

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The surreal aesthetic – it is a very specific peculiarity that attracts one to this system of expressed introspections. Not just any man has the intellectual capability to recognize artistic persponderance in the same astrospect as I; alas, my comrade, Mr. Perry, has hired me for this very reason. He is more apt to gaze at an impressionistic Monet or to fondle a fleshy breast, whereas I, the gentlemanly Geoffrey Madagascar, fully appreciate the great Dali – for hidden and blatant image alike – while at the same time having an affinity toward sand of the driest quality.

If you think this is surreal, traveller, just imagine all that is not pictured!

But why should I, or any other squiresome indulgants for that matter, acquire a fondness for that which is surreal? Well, there is a menagerie of reasons; one of which is not known by  many – that is that we all are a part of the cosmos. Yes, it is verily! From the smallest quark, to the largest quark, even to the largest and most vacuous of solar bodies, there is a creed. That creed shines forth as a beacon, beckoning the astrally projected. Onward, I shout! I employ all youthful bodies to swim for a raft composed of eyelash and quail legs. Once free of all prejudgments and presuppositions, one gains a hint of self-awareness – something that says “hey, I’m a scholar of this world, and I intend to scholastigate until I am desired no more!”

To live amongst the surreal is to alleviate animalistic procrastination. This concept is illustrated in Bernard Van Gogh's depiction of purgatory.

I implore that even the softest spoken of those with a taste for the bizarre should find superiority in a realistic realm – whether real or imagined. You see, it is not all at once that I come to such bold conclusions as these. Inasmuch, I verily say that once passed through the threshold, an innumerable amount of drivel may consequently invade the respiratorium of communal health. Alas, such is the risk we must – NAY we should – be willing to cower from. For what is it that makes a voracious quest worthwhile? Some would say the shedding of common anxieties; some might say to defeat that savage beast of depression. But I? I say that no adventurer is quite as accomplished as he whom has conquered the vigilance of desperation. And in this, one may learn to interrogate the unextinguishable – FLAMING FIRES ablazen with serendipitous transpondance.

An inferno is not necessarily to fear. See here, an inferno is vanquished without even lending an ear. Now that's what I call music!

Well, I pray that this brief expose has garnered within any reader at least more than a subtle glance. For it is not that one should kilter the helter skeltor. On the contrary, there are several, even few, magazine articles and periodical elephant inductions that will lead a finger to an exclusive trance. This state of mind is claritous even amongst calamity. No more of that though, it is nearly time to begin.

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January 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

Review of Tubthumper (1997)

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Score – C-

Chumbawamba are best known – well almost only known – for there hit single “Tubthumping.” I got the Tubthumper cd for my 7th or 8th birthday, and I can remember jamming out to every single song while I played Waverace 64. Now that I’ve listened to it at an older age, I can’t help but feel silly for liking it so much back then. It’s an ok album, but not worth paying for (unless you find it for $3, which you probably could).

The album starts off with the one hit song, “Tubthumping,” an electro-punk-pop jam, and then continues on with more electro-punk-pop. There is definitely some ska influence as well. Well, some of the songs are more creative than that. I don’t know how to classify “Drip Drip Drip,” but I can tell you that punk has no part in it.  “Smalltown” has a kind of house vibe to it; the beat is pretty cool. “Scapegoat” has a fun, yet far too simple beat.

The lyrics on Tubthumper sound like a conversation between two conspiracy-theorist anarchists. I sung along with them when I was 8, but then again I also thoroughly enjoyed the taste of play-do when I was 8. The vocals that deliver these mediocre lyrics suck. I hate to be so blunt, but both the male and the female vocalists of Chumbawamba are annoying.

To summarize:

  • Tubthumper is ok, but not worth more than $3.
  • The album features the hit song “Tubthumping.”
  • Chumbawamba’s musical sound is like electro-ska-punk-pop. It sounds about as good in reality as it does in theory.
  • The lyrics aren’t too good and neither are the singers.

Written by danielperry99

January 20, 2011 at 6:32 am

Review of Wu-Tang Forever (1997)

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Score – A-

For their second release, the Wu-Tang Clan knew that they had to do something big to live up to 36 Chambers. So for Wu-Tang Forever RZA produced almost 2 hours worth of cerebral head busting bangers in an expansive double disc for his clan to rap over. Unfortunately, the bar had just been set too high. Regardless, Wu-Tang Forever is still one of the hottest rap albums to come out of the 90s, or any time really.

Lyrically, Forever is much less focused than 36 Chambers. Most verses on this album are heavily laden with non-sequitors. It’s like they’re just trying to say a bunch of smart-sounding shit without worrying about whether or not it makes any sense. U-God and Cappadonna are especially guilty of this. Personally, I don’t mind at all – it sounds dope regardless.

RZA amazes the musical world once again with his unforeseen genius. The production here isn’t too much like 36 Chambers or Only Built 4 Cuban Linx; it’s more of a bass heavy classical string influenced style. It sounds great, and RZA keeps it up throughout the whole album.

In summary:

  • Wu-Tang Forever doesn’t have the same cult appeal as 36 Chambers, but it’s a great album in it’s own right.
  • The production is something else. You won’t hear beats like this on any other album.
  • The album is long, and at times the lyrics fall off a tiny bit – nothing too detrimental. The beats are superb throughout, however.

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January 20, 2011 at 5:49 am

Review of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998)

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Score – B+

Neutral Milk Hotel are weird. It’s like Jeff Magnum was trying to make an album combining stereotypes of old-timey instrumental music and new-age lo-fi pop-rock. Well, whether or not he was trying to do that, that’s what it sounds like. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea grew on me after a few listens; I didn’t like it much at all at first. This album is very interesting. I don’t quite know what to think of it. Right now, I’m thinking it’s a bit overrated (Pitchfork gave it a 10), but it seems like one of those albums that might contain a hidden genius that sneaks up on you.

The album starts with a couple of songs called “King of Carrot Flowers pt 1” and then “King of Carrot Flowers pts 2 & 3” (that’s one song). Jeff Magnum jumps straight into it on KoCF part 1 by singing a bunch of nonsense that certainly doesn’t mean much to anyone but himself. This style of unorganized inner-thought lyrics persists throughout the entire album. Also, this is just a side-note, but Magnum sings about semen way too often; the word “semen” appears in at least 2 songs – ridiculous. Magnum’s straining voice gets a little bit of additional grit thanks to the lo-fi recording process. I didn’t like the vocals much at first; in fact, the vocals were my main beef with the album. After my last few listens, I came to appreciate them a more. Magnum does sound like he’s forcing it at times, but there are a couple instances on In The Aeroplane Over the Sea where the vocals stand out. On “King of Carrot Flowers pts 2 & 3,” Magnum’s incessant belting out of “I love you Jesus Christ” is odd yet uncannily aesthetic. In the last bit of “Oh Comely” Magnum uses his voice as an extra horn for the ensemble. It sounds cool as hell.

The music itself is rather interesting. It combines old timey r&b with punk. It comes off as mostly a folk album though. The instrumental song “The Fool” stands out to me as by far the best song on the album. It’s a rare number with an amount of soul that you just don’t hear too often these days.

I can’t understand why so many people claim that this is the best album of the entire Elephant 6 collective discography. It doesn’t touch anything by Olivia Tremor Control, but it is good enough to be worth a listen.


  • In The Aeroplane Over the Sea is an extremely highly acclaimed indie album with an interesting sound.
  • It’s overrated, but still pretty good
  • The music is a lo-fi production combining elements of folk, punk, and genres so old I don’t know what to call them.

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January 19, 2011 at 4:42 am