#192: Perfectly Imperfect
Tyler Bainbridge and Alex Cushing on The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Chopped Levi 569s, The Color Navy, Technology Detoxes, and more.
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I’ve talked about my love of The Radio Dept. and that era of indie rock on the newsletter before, but I somehow totally missed the boat on the band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and their self titled record until recently. They use a similar flavor of vocal effect mixed with punchy lofi instrumentation and I’m a total sucker for it. I think this sound, and guitar music overall, are going to come back in a big way.
☀️ Banana Boat SPF 4 Tanning Oil
Life is too short to care about maintaining perfect skin. I’d rather lather up in this wonderfully smelling natural concoction of coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, banana fruit, and carrot root, than some spray from Big Sunscreen. Someday I’ll be a leathery old man full of sun dazed memories (hopefully sans Melanoma). Oh and don’t buy any of the other brands (I’m looking at you H*waiian Tr*pic), it’s not the same.
☕ Appreciating What You Had Once It’s Gone (Coffee T-Break)
I was feeling kinda tired and shitty so I tried quitting coffee to see if I’d have more natural energy and…wow, that was a miserable few days. I guess it takes roughly 9 days for the extra receptors to fade away before you start feeling “normal” again, but I only made it 4 days. And let me tell you, my relapse coffee hit in a totally new way. So take a break and come back with a deeper appreciation for the most popular psychoactive substance in the world.
👖 Chopping Vintage Levi 569s into Jorts
It feels sacrilegious to tamper with anything old (aka history) in a way that feels upcycle-y and ruins the original thing, but everyone has exceptions to their own rules. I know we’re moving past shorter shorts now that every straight bro is doning tiny inseams, but since I’m stuck in my old ways I chopped these with a ~5 inch inseam. And to me they fit perfect.
🚿 Cold Showers
For some reason I thought cold showers were proven to be better for you, but I wanted to confirm that before spreading lies on this prestigious publication. And, well, it turns out warm showers also have health benefits. But I will say; I feel incredible after a cold shower, not so much during, but definitely after. It’s also great for your hair and skin, and circulation, I think. When did humans started bathing with hot water anyways, I’m not going to look it up, but it has to be recentish right? So reject modernity and take a cold shower like God intended.
In 2001 the Texas-based band, Life To Experience, made an epic shoegaze concept album that casts Texas as the Promised Land for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I’ll tell you what, NYC hyper-online Catholic posters might not have you converting any time soon, but this sincere and powerful display of spirituality drenched in sonic feedback just might.
🍻 Brooklyn Social Club
I’m hesitant to potentially blow up my neighborhood spot, but how can I hold back recommendations when I have the nickname “T-Recs”. I guess there’s nothing particularly notable about this bar, but that’s exactly what makes it special. Too many bars these days try way too hard to have a “thing”. The staff at BK Social pour a delicious Guinness, the music is solid, the cocktails are above average, the decor is pleasant, the lighting is warm, there’s a seldomly used pool table, and the bartenders are kind. That’s why at least once a week you’ll find me posted up there.
📺 We Live In Public (2009)
KJ of The Ion Pack told me that two of his favorite episodes they’ve done are with Josh Harris, the subject of this Ondi Timoner directed documentary, so I went home and watched the whole doc that night. I feel like the less you know about his story the better, but I’ll sell you in the same way I was sold. Josh saw the future of the Internet before anyone else and burned his early fortune on crazy live streaming projects that doubled as art pieces and proto reality tv experiments providing commentary on where humans are heading.
This plate is so beautiful. The glaze coloring really pops, and the thick bubble pattern around the edge is super fun. I want a cabinet full of these... and the oyster platters, AND the mugs. You can go classic with the off whites, or playful with the bright colors, and load up your place settings with mix-matched styles and colors ideal for a lighthearted group gathering. For some reason, I get mega Mediterranean-patio-family-dinner vibes and I love it.
🟦 Navy is the new Black
I've started to wear navy ALL the time, usually in place of black. Black trousers? I’m slapping on the navys. navy socks, navy hats, navy tees! It looks better with most colors and there’s tons of beautiful variants in tones (I love a deeeep navy that feels like the depths of midnight). I don't know why it took me so long to realize this?? Navy with tan-tones is timeless and the most pleasing of color combos to my little eyes. I'm trying to think NAVY first from now on.
🛁 🛌 Tekla bed & bath gear
The Tekla gospel isn't anything new to me, I've been hearing of the beautiful linen sheets and the luxorious towels for a few years now. What’s kept me hesitant is the price of entry. Enter the ssense sale — enabling me to dip my toes into the world of Tekla in the form of pajamas and a bathrobe. Quickly I realized what makes investing in “bed-and-bath-wear” so worth it. I now go way out of my way to lounge in that super cozy terry robe after showering. Kick back with a coffee, pull out the sudoku book, and relax a bit. It definitely encourages a slow lifestyle which I’m all about. The pajamas are a light and airy cotton, they fit well, and don't feel too heavy for the season at all. Plus they work for when I take my dog out in the morning before I’ve changed.
🛥️ 🌊 Shipwreck Stories
The seas are terrifying, and there's so many tales, both tragic and heroic, of just how terrifying they can be. I feel like I don't give enough credit to their unpredictability and immense power. Spend some time watching and reading some of these stories - or even storm chasers on youtube and think about what some of those storms could do in the middle of an ocean, hundreds of miles from land, where unsuspecting people are traveling on a vessel dwarfed by the surrounding treachory. Scary stuff (that I just cant get enough of).
I got one of these to frame a little picture of my wife with my daughter. Framing memories with loved ones is priceless, and there’s something extra special about doing so in cute little pieces of history like these. It’s along the same lines as keeping a locket necklace with a loved ones photo in it; poetic.
The best place for the coolest exhibition posters and art prints. I love browsing the selection here, and find myself losing hours of time admiring the selection.
📵 Forced technology detox
Yearly, I vacation at a family cabin in super rural Vermont. It’s a several hour drive into the depths of the northeast kingdom, and even once you get to those classic american small towns with rolling hills, a hundred farms, and shirtless dudes cooking lunch on their foreman grills on the front porch, you still have some driving to do! We’re located down an unpaved road, with a big hill, in a clearing of a forest on a lake. The closest town with any shopping is about a 20 minute drive and the closest reliable cell service is about the same. I look forward to this trip every year, not only for the family time and lake living, but because of the forced internet detox it provides. My phone is no longer in my pocket, my worries are all gone for the week. It’s the most refreshing thing in the world.
🫖 London Fog drink
I drink my coffee black and hot, if I ever drink tea it’s just basic lipton tea, and I go to dunks for my morning coffee, but I recently discovered through my brother in law just how good the starbucks london fog is. it’s just an earl grey latte with vanilla syrup, and it tastes like a treat, so treat it like that. Get it for yourself when you feel you deserve that delicious little change of pace!
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