The Band

Holy shit, Fuck put a new album out 3 years ago and I had no idea! Fuck! The band!

I was weirdly into this band back in the late 90s and early 00s; despite their ridiculous name and occasionally goofball song titles and lyrics, they were always way more thoughtful and subtle than you would expect—something like the slowcore of Low warped with the indie fuckery of Pavement. Their run of albums from 1997 to 2001, Pardon My French, Conduct, and Cupid's Cactus are prime, formative albums for me. And I swear they still hold up. Seriously solid albums.

What I always forget though is they released one or two after that, which were not nearly as solid.

And the same goes with The Band. Surprisingly, it still absolutely sounds like Fuck. It's been like 15 years, but they sound like it could be 1998 still, for better or worse. I was just hoping, at best, they could bring some old-man weariness to the thing. But not really, it's just some okay indie rock tunes. Which, when you look at what Genghis Tron did last year, coming back from a decade long absence with a completely fresh, adult outlook on their work (which had previously been, I'd say, completely batshit), is a bit of a disappointment. Ultimately, the best thing about the Fuck reunion is making me go back for the first time in years and listen to their old stuff.

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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.