Ch. 2 Rusted Wagon

While terrorists didn’t scare me much, the thought of freshman year did. On a muggy Friday morning, with the nation still stunned, I packed up my things and prepared to write the next chapter of my life.

I had crammed all of my worldly possessions into the back end of our ‘88 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser station wagon, baby blue with rusty fake wood paneling (as though wood could rust). A high school teacher of mine, Mr. Buenavista, once told my European History class that if we should ever see him behind the wheel of a vehicle with fake wood paneling, we could throw a brick at his head. I’m certain he was serious.

Our woody was (approximately) thirty feet long. Some people might call it a boat. There was an extra seat in the way back where I’d sit with my siblings when we were little, facing the car behind us, waving at the driver. If he was nice and waved back, we’d say we had made a friend.

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British neo-psychedelic band mixes trippy baroque pop experimentation and classic Beatles-y craftsmanship. Debut album, Sun Structures, out today – sounds like it floated here through space from four decades behind us.

“Colours to Life”

“Move With the Season”

“The Guesser”

Hipflix, Winter 2014

Four recent Netflix picks you might not have seen…


Crystal Fairy
A self-absorbed young American traveling in Chile plans a journey with his pals to find a legendary hallucinogenic cactus. But when he invites the free-spirited Crystal Fairy along, they find themselves locked in a battle of wills.


Drinking Buddies
Workmates at a small Chicago brewery, Luke and Kate are romantically involved with others but also the best of friends — on and off the clock. Things get complicated, however, when the couples spend a weekend together at a lakeside retreat.


Frances Ha
Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, Frances pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. The rest of the time, she and her sardonic best friend, Sophie, put off growing up for as long as they can.


Prince Avalanche
While repainting traffic lines along a burnt-out stretch of rural highway, a mismatched pair — straightlaced Alvin and his girlfriend’s harebrained brother, Lance — form an unlikely bond that builds upon their differences.

13 Hippest Songs of 2013


A baker’s dozen of the best songs you probably haven’t heard this year. My tastes as of late are skewed toward a retro sound.

1. “Always On” Brazos, Saltwater

2. “The Body in Rainfall” Wild Nothing, Empty Estate

3. “Colours to Life” Temples, single

4. “Come Save Me” Jagwar Ma, Howlin

5. “Falling Bough” Kiev, Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth

6. “Hold Me” Milosh, Jetlag

7. “It All Feels Right” Washed Out, Paracosm

8. “Lover Yeah” The ACBs, Little Leaves

9. “No Destruction” Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century…

10. “The Old and the Young” Midlake, Antiphon

11. “On Blue Mountain” Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century…

12. “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II

13. “Where’s the Time” Caveman, Caveman