A Connecticut teenager has forced McDonalds to finally address the casual sexism that has long been a part of Happy Meals.
This impressive narrative comes courtesy of Antonia Ayres-Brown, who first approached the fast food chain five years ago when she was barely a tween. She wanted to know why the chain automatically assumes a girl will want a doll-type toy while a boy will want something more stereotypically masculine, like an action hero. In December, she finally received an answer — from the chain’s corporate office, no less.
everything you’re feeling is common even though you’ve never felt so alone i could probably catch a ride to your house and borrow a bike to get back home she says you gotta promise not to break no matter how far you are bent she says you gotta shift your position and try to get comfortable again.
Happy 105th Birthday Queensboro Bridge! (aka the 59th Street Bridge, Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge)
Construction on this cantilever bridge began in 1901 and opened to the public on March 30, 1909. The bridge connects Long Island City, Queens with Manhattan at 59th and 60th streets. In 2010 it was renamed in honor of former New York City mayor Ed Koch.
THIS IS THE 59TH STREET BRIDGE SEEN FROM THE EAST SIDE DRIVE MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY. THE INNER CITY TODAY IS AN ABSOLUTE CONTRADICTION TO THE MAIN STREAM AMERICA OF GAS STATIONS EXPRESSWAYS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND TRACT HOMES. IT IS POPULATED BY BLACKS, LATINS AND THE WHITE POOR. THIS PROJECT IS A PORTRAIT OF THE INNER CITY ENVIRONMENT OF PEOPLE AND STRUCTURES, 08/1974
When Jim James, the lead singer of My Morning Jacket, learned that his band wouldn’t be recording an album as Muppets, he’d already written several new songs. His band had been tasked with writing as if they were the Muppets’ Electric Mayhem band — fitting, since several members of My Morning Jacket closely resemble Animal. But when Disney thought better of the album, James claimed the songs for his own record. One of those songs was “Wonderful.” It was the best track on Circuital.
There’s a reason that, when James tried to write as a Muppet, he came up with his best recent work. While the Muppets’ influence on American culture runs deep in puppetry and children’s television, it arguably runs deepest in American music. It sounds insane to say it, but the Muppets and their Electric Mayhem Band are some of the last great American musicians.
The group itself represents a vibrant strain of American music that’s been absent of late: the weird, anarchic strain found in old blues, folk and rock. It’s the swampy American sound of Dylan and The Band’s basement tapes, the druggy jams of the Grateful Dead, the caustic humor of Randy Newman and the honky tonk of Jimmy Dean in a time capsule. As American popular music became homogenized in sound and subject, the Muppets and the Electric Mayhem Band only became weirder.
Remember in 2010 in Boston when Justin of Motion City Soundtrack lost his voice so a bunch of other artists including Max Bemis, Kenny Vasoli, and Chris Conley filled in on vox for Motion City Karaoke?
Chris Conley singing Hold Me Down, still one of my favorite shows I’ve attended.
BOSTON! You can WIN a pair of tickets to see Dropkick Murphys play Lansdowne Pub on St. Patrick’s Day; all you have to do is donate!
If you attend any of Dropkick Murphys’ House of Blues shows this week, donate travel-sized toiletries (with your name & phone number attached) in the designated boxes. The items, which go to BAGLY, will be assembled into care packages for Boston-area homeless youth.
A winner will be chosen and contacted by us March 16th, don’t forget to attach your name and phone number to your donation!
(A huge thank you to the band for donating their space and tickets for this cause!)
Hi Boston friends this is a thing for my work to support an organization that’s incredibly important to our community, please pass it on if you know anybody going this week.