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  • A bunch of Youtube commenters are complaining that “Cough It Out” isn’t the classic Front Bottoms sound and they don’t like the changes, but I think this song and video get at some of my favorite things about the Front Bottoms from before they were “big”. I remember one of their early songs from before they were signed with an crappy music video that was just the drummer Mathew running as hard as he could down the street for the whole song, and I loved it to death. I’m actually sad I can’t find the old video right now, but this video takes me back. I think the lyrics have all of the Front Bottom’s bare honesty that makes me love them, and the singer Brian’s voice doesn’t sound as harsh as usual which works for me.


  • In small towns and rural areas, however, Wal-Mart is less a symbol and more a staple. In cities and city-adjacent places, people can refuse to shop at Wal-Mart as a political or aesthetic choice. In rural areas, that’s much harder to do. In some towns, Wal-Mart may be the only grocery store, or the only pharmacy, or the only place to buy books and DVDs. Wal-Mart’s supercenter stores are open 24 hours; in many small towns, they’re the only store with lights on after dinner time. All of this, of course, is part of the Wal-Mart plan: They move in, push other stores out of business while simultaneously expanding their services—at some supercenters you can get new tires, new glasses, and a teeth cleaning—until suddenly you find yourself buying everything at Wal-Mart because there’s nowhere else to buy it.
    How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in Rural America (via azspot)


  • How to open a book


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