The A&E blog covers a span of cultural artifacts as wide, fascinating, and bizarre as the internet itself, from reviews of the cheapest coolers at the liquor store to the best concert to see at the Triple Rock, with a bit of speculation at the meaning of it all stuffed in between.
Wed, 10/29, 11:57am (1 day ago)
Everyone has seen that guy. This is the guy who wears sweatpants and appalling graphic tees to class everyday. Women love him for seemingly no reason. On the weekends you can find him at Blarney’s taking shots and arm-wrestling his buddies. Maybe someday he will graduate into the real world,…
Sun, 10/26, 5:45pm (4 days ago)
Whether you’re killing time on a boring Sunday afternoon or yearning to find something “before it was cool,” Forgotify and Petit Tube have got you covered.   According to the Forgotify team, they found that 20% of Spotify tracks - roughly 4 million songs - had never been played. “A musical…
Sun, 10/26, 4:07pm (4 days ago)
Pop-Tart ads have become known over the years for their darkly humorous scenarios in which anthropomorphic pastries unexpectedly meet their fate.  They appear in various situations, whether as a closet yodeler, monster or treasure hunter. Real life Kellogg's Pop-Tarts have also inspired experiments and art projects. For your viewing pleasure,…
Sat, 10/25, 11:42pm (5 days ago)
In 1972 Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild hosted a surrealist ball at the Château de Ferrières, one of the many pieces of property owned by her husband Guy. Recently, photos from the secret event, which the internet deems an “Illuminati ball” due its cultish aesthetic, leaked to the internet. After scrolling through…
Fri, 10/24, 10:26am (6 days ago)
In researching for my “Daily Apple” college kitchen article, I came across some eerie information about the most “all American” of fruit: it is not native to North America. Apples were brought over by colonists in the 17th century. This detail complicates Johnny Appleseed’s seed-spreading pioneering: did the fruits just…
Fri, 10/24, 9:27am (6 days ago)
Angry birds. Fruit ninja. Candy crush. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. What’s the fuss with diversion apps? In my limited relationship with these games, I have found them all aesthetically unappealing and unsatisfying to play. I admit, there’s an addictive element, but the fun does not extend farther than that nagging, “I…
Wed, 10/22, 11:43pm (1 week ago)
Rolling Stone announced this month that Green Day is among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions in 2015 after gaining eligibility for the 25th anniversary of their first release, the “1,000 Hours” EP in 1989.   In honor of the Hall of Fame nod, here’s a look…
Sun, 10/12, 3:43pm (3 weeks ago)
Undeterred by losing Kim Deal in 2013, the Pixies proved last night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis that the band still packs a punch (or 32) live.   The band’s sprawling set, which consisted of tracks spanning their entire discography, including classic LPs “Surfer Rosa,” “Doolittle” and 2014’s “Indie Cindy,” pummeled…
Sat, 10/11, 2:13pm (3 weeks ago)
Forget pumpkin spice: the beauty of entering the fall season is that, if you’re lucky enough, you will be granted a perfect autumn day.   In Stillwater last weekend, Aamodt’s Apple Farm hosted the distant sunshine and a balmy, apple-scented breeze that sifted through the orchard of my quintessential fall experience.   Plucking fresh…
Sat, 10/11, 2:11pm (3 weeks ago)
Even if you’re not a fan of Radiohead — which would be inherently silly — singer Thom Yorke’s surprise solo album released last month will intrigue and delight the casual left-of-center electronic music listener and die-hard ‘Head fans alike.   For “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich used a similar…
Thu, 10/9, 5:10pm (3 weeks ago)
My friends and roommates give me flack for wearing a robe. Granted, my $19.95 white terrycloth Ikea number isn’t the most flattering option, but I’m a 50-year-old man trapped in a 21-year-old’s body. I must have a robe, even if it’s a bathrobe. They’re warm, debonair and are a reminder…
Thu, 10/9, 2:06pm (3 weeks ago)
  It’s that time of year again — the Ivey Awards have come and gone, completing a decade of celebrations. This was the first year I got to attend. In all honesty, I had very few expectations. What can you expect when it involves Twin Cities theater? The possibilities are endless. Had I…
Thu, 10/2, 11:22pm (4 weeks ago)
Good grief! 64 years ago today, Charles Schulz’s very first “Peanuts” comic strip debuted in seven newspapers.   The first “Peanuts” comic printed in newspapers, via ComicBook   Since that day in 1950, Charlie Brown and his gang have appeared in over 2,500 newspapers, spanning 75 countries and 21 languages. 15 years later…
Tue, 9/30, 6:58pm (4 weeks ago)
“The Alabama Song” sits right next to Sinead O’ Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (a song written by Prince,) in the hall of popular covers. The German ballad has many names, including “Moon of Alabama” and “Whiskey Bar.” Its most well-known adaptation, recorded by the Doors in 1966, is often…
Tue, 9/30, 5:15pm (4 weeks ago)
Besides National Homemade Cookie Day, Oct. 1 this year marks the release of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Via YourTango As Decider originally reported, all seven seasons will be available starting tomorrow. The show wrapped seven years ago, but given their reaction, it appears viewers haven’t forgotten the fast-talking, hilarious, charming…
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