NY, VA, & NC ❤️ JJ

Google Trends currently has a map of which states are searching for which musicians ahead of the Outside Lands festival. As you can see, The Weeknd dominates out west, Future’s king in the South, and then there’s New York, Virginia, and North Carolina, the outliers in searching for Janet Jackson. While New York’s old school coolness doesn’t surprise me, this revelation gives me new appreciation for North Carolina and Virginia. Literally.

Anyway, on that note, here’s Janet with 1989’s “Escapade,” an underrated song and one that’s perfect for Monday:

 

“Daybreak,” Over and Over.


You may not know the name of this image, but you’ve almost certainly seen it — or a variation of it, at least.

Entitled Daybreak, it was created in 1922 by Maxfield Parrish, the legendary artist whose 148th birthday was yesterday. An instant viral sensation, the painting’s popularity only grew as the century unfurled, becoming, like Benji Franklin’s “Join, or Die,” a sort of pre-internet meme.

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Friday Vibes Video: Nirvana Covering Bowie, Unplugged


In honor of “National Day of Unplugging,” the apparently annual 24-hour period in which we’re all encouraged to disconnect and detox from our devices and internets [advice many of us don’t take], here is perhaps the greatest MTV Unplugged performances of all time: Nirvana covering David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.”

Have great weekends y’all! And tune in next week for pieces on the Girl Scouts, White House press briefings and a very timely, perhaps prescient “Etymological Adventure.”