Wild Lonliness

New Superchunk album! Guess what, it's great!

Majesty Shredding

I mentioned in my previous Guided by Voices post that I have been obsessed with power pop lately. But I'm having the hardest time finding the right power pop for me! But one band that has not done me wrong is Superchunk. Another band that I've passed off my whole life (what a dumb name! Superchunk???), these guys just got on my radar two summers ago, when they released a single "This Summer," was was so big, so dumb, but so great, that I realized something was up. (That plus my introduction to their drummer, Jon Wurster, on The Best Show on WFMU, as a true comedic genius and sidekick to Tom Scharpling, who also drums for the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, let me know that if that dude was involved with a band, they have to be at least interesting). So like GbV, I've started with their newer stuff. Majesty Shredding. And I kind of love it. It's power. It's pop. It's big fat guitars and catchy choruses and smart chord changes and a vocalist that sounds like the lead singer of the coolest cartoon band you've ever heard. This isn't life changing or mind altering music, but it's fucking great.

Chun YangQueens
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.