Premiers Symptômes

For 24 years, I've been saying "one of these days I'll listen to Premiers Symptomes." And I'd never actually done it. It's as if I've been saving it for some occasion; like I somehow knew it would be great, and as soon as Air released enough bad albums, I would have it in my back pocket to go and enjoy for one last thrill.

Air has released plenty of bad albums since 1998, but for whatever reason I've never bothered to do it. Well this week I did it.

It was mostly a fluke, I was going through some cheap used CDs at a record store, and this was there and I just figured it was time. And after 24 years of anticipation: it's kind of a bust.

I know it's not actually an 'album,' just a singles collection. But I was surprised that this whole thing sounds almost like a sketch, or a series of demos, for what would become Moon Safari. Some similar melodies, plenty of similar instrumentation. But that's really all it is. Really there's not much reason to listen to it in 2022 when Moon Safari is still right there, and still rules in every way. At least I tried.

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Toffee cheese foam cocoa latte

Best toffee cheese foam cocoa latte I've ever had.

Taiwanese pork chop sandwich

This place Partea (formerly Play Date, I don't know if the rebranding is a step up or down), is right in the heart of Flushing, and is basically an arcade that only contains claw machine games. I'm sure if you're into that thing it's probably pretty fun. But up front, they also serve bubble tea, and an assortment of fried chickeny things, and fries, and maybe some simple dumplings. I never thought much of this place walking by it, until one day they were advertising this new Taiwanese pork chop sandwich. Now, I'm sucker for a fried pork loin sandwich, which basically are impossible to find here, and I did once have a Tawainese pork chop (also in Flushing), and thought it was delicious. So yes, I was immediately interested. A few weeks later I was finally in the right place at the right time, so here we go!

You might notice above that I posted a picture of the advertisement, rather than the actual sandwich. This is because the actual sandwich I was served looked perfect. Exactly like the professional photo. It was remarkable really. And it tasted nearly as ideal. Subtle, not some extreme taste explosion, but just a really nicely marinated and seasoned pork, some five-spice flavor vibes, fried just about perfectly, topped with some cole slaw and that was it. Honestly, it was good enough that a restaurant could basically use it as the cornerstone product of the entire menu. Like "Omg you have to go to this new Taiwanese pork chop sandwich place!" The fact that it was just a new menu item at this place that sells boba tea and hosts claw machine parties is pretty wild.