Author: JohnValbyNation

Enjoy the Early-’00s Nostalgia Wave—It Might Be the Last Revival

Earlier this month, LCD Soundsystem released one of its first proper singles in nearly seven years: “American Dream,” a shiny bit of sad-sackness that, like many of the group’s best tracks, feels both elegiac and ecstatic. “In the morning, everything’s clearer/when the sunlight exposes your age,” sings 47-year-old frontman James Murphy, as groggy synth-beats and…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

And Lo, With Russell Westbrook, Humanity Outpaced Science

Consider the gravity. Monday night, Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard whose manic, irresistible brilliance made him one of the NBA’s most divisive figures, was awarded the league’s highest individual honor: Most Valuable Player. The coronation was in some ways a fait accompli; the closest rival for the award, James Harden, could only…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Blame Taylor Swift's New Song on the Internet

From the very beginning, Taylor Swift's songs were all about us. Her self-titled debut album, released in 2006, was bolstered by a pair of warm-blooded singles—the sprightly "Our Song" and the love-worn "Tim McGraw"—that instantly established Swift as both confessor and confidante; she let listeners in on all of her secrets, while also giving them…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Game of Thrones Recap: The Kids Are All Right

In the very first episode of Game of Thrones in 2011, the very first scene at Winterfell was about the children: Septa Mordane praising Sansa for her elegant embroidery; Bran trying and failing to land an arrow in a target while his brothers laughed; Arya showing him up from twice the distance, hitting the bullseye…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0

Inside Lego’s New Tricked-Out Denmark Playscape

In the quaint town of Billund, Denmark, 30 teens have the ultimate after-school job: disassembling the thousands of creations that will be built each day by visitors to the Lego House, opening September 28. (Hear that? It’s the clattering of 25 million Legos under one roof.) Designed by hotshot Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the 40,000-square-foot…

By JohnValbyNation March 20, 2019 0