Popculturediedin2009 is an archive of the early 2000s tabloid culture. Scrolling through it has a bit of a time machine effect–you’re suddenly transported to a time when Paris Hilton was still the most famous person in the world, Nicole Richie’s weight was a national concern and Lindsay Lohan’s sobriety was called into question on a daily basis. In conversation with the site’s anonymous founder, Troy discusses old young Hollywood, yesterday’s tabloid culture and the inspiration behind the project.
If Coachella is about youth and base tastes and hordes and fake flowers and bikini tops and high-waisted shorts and casual sex and molly and indie rock, then it’s a thing of its time — this time. It has generational importance, and people older than 24 can go, but they need to know they’re no longer the target audience. Steely Dan may have been that target when this all happened for the first time at Woodstock or ’90s raves, but if they’re old enough to remember those things, Coachella isn’t really about them.
Put on some Steely Dan, let them shepherd you home.
Sometimes long drives through the concrete jungle make you feel existentially lonely, and because the music spoke, if not in lyrics then in tone and allusion, to existential loneliness, it made Deborah feel, somehow, less alone, accompanied by an empathetic friend who knew what it felt like.
For those of you who blast Rio on a loop and want to try something new, here are 8 deep cuts that deserve more love.
What’s “Kid Charlemagne” without that guitar solo but a tune about a drug lord in San Francisco?
Embrace the sulk and enjoy these ten Smiths/Morrissey outtakes that should have been officially released but never were.
Donald and Walter adopt this passive-aggressive, “hey, everything’s cool, man” attitude while faux lambasting Owen to his brother, Luke but offering him a chance to play bongos with them should he be so inclined.
The fall of her junior year, Deborah found herself in a counter-culture English class with a disgruntled, former Beat-poet-turned-lecturer. In it, she read Junky and Naked Lunch, and found out about the “steely dan from Yokohama” for the first time.
Deborah has loved Steely Dan for about 20 years. Here, she explores her love for The Dan, unpacks her thoughts on their music by meditating on the self and the passage of time.