June 10, 2016 1:47 pm

As a recent graduate with lots of free time on my hands, I spend a great sum of it looking at different things that might peak my interest. While most of those things do seem to be job related, some of it has to do with style. Admittedly, I’ve never been one to know anything about fashion, let alone some kind of style icon. Yesterday I wore this old grey Pokemon shirt that has ketchup stains from middle school still on it. It is one of my most prized possessions.

While there are various sources to seek tips on how to be stylish- or even how to be a “man”- Inside Hook is definitely one worth taking a peak at. While it mostly markets to an older demographic, I’m 22 going on 23 and I find it useful. It is definitely one to consider.

The site has a sleek and modern design, and it’s content is actually pretty entertaining. I just spent the past few minutes looking at their “Culture Hound” pieces that give you an insight into that month’s pop-culture “happenings.” Now I don’t know about you, but I love me some pop-culture. This month they included some movies to watch and while I disagree with their recommendation of Independence Day, (that movie does not need to be re-done I’m not going to go into a rant, I’m not going to go into a rant, I’m not going to go into a rant) I do agree with some of their other ones. I even came across something new when they recommended the Star Wars “Floating Disk Vinyl.” Why is that a thing? I don’t know! But doesn’t it sound oddly cool?

While some of the site’s content can be great, other stuff just might not apply to you. For example their “Father’s Day Gift Guide” includes a horseshoe set that seems more useless than a tie, but costs over 900 dollars. I am not included in their demographic if they think that I can A.) afford that and B.) think that that kind of monstrosity is a good gift idea. Another thing that bugged me about the site is that on their latest “Where to go on dates” section they had a piece about “Netflix and Chilling” while watching A Clockwork Orange. Now I’m just going to blissfully assume that you, my dear reader, have watched this masterpiece and therefore understand why this is definitely not a good date movie. Your date will likely not be comfortable watching a little bit of that ultra violence that occurs in that beautifully fucked-up film.

While I can’t say that my journey to seek sources that will assist in my becoming the man that I can be is over, I can say that I will consider Inside Hook for light suggestions. While it may be a little bourgeois, that’s definitely not enough reason to overlook it. It is a site that you should also consider, male reader. Or female reader. Or person that would like to be a little more like Rob Lowe.

March 15, 2016 10:20 am

Hipsters rejoice! Boy have I found the new, underrated, old school music delivery service that “you’ve probably never heard of.” VYNL is a vinyl membership program, think fruit of the month club but with records.

VNYL hand pics for you a series of records according to your musical taste. You make a profile and select a “#vibe” and according to that, the team at VNYL handpicks the record, or records, that will get sent to you for that month.

Now dear reader, I know what you’re thinking. *vomit noise*. “#” motherfucking “vibe”?! That sounds like the stupidest thing! Reader, you are totally right, it is. Also the name, VNYL? I know its supposed to be vinyl, but to me it just sounds like “va-nill”.

hipsterNow I am not anti-vinyl, I’ll admit I don’t have the romanticized idea that most of the vinyl lovers do, I am not very picky when it comes to choosing a way to listen to music. I love the vinyl sleeves and I think that they are amazing and hold great artwork that you don’t get when you receive a downloadable copy of an album. Just like I love the art that they had on some VHS tapes, you just don’t get that kind of stuff on Blu-rays you know? In any case, the point is that I don’t hate vinyl.

That being said, a service that recommends you records to add to your collection sounds like a service that no one needs. If I were to ever start a record collection I know that there would be a back catalog of over 50 years of music that I need. Beatles, Stones, Dylan, motherfucking Fleetwood Mac. Hell, even the Bee Gees. I do not need some recommendation for a small indie band from Portland that some little scruffy-looking, plad-wearing, quinoa eating, Father John Misty loving hipster from California loves. Not that I am against Father John Misty, the dude can fucking sing.

I understand what VNYL is trying to do, but I don’t think it is necessary. But since I am not paid to write about what I think, I will also tell you the good parts about VNYL.

It is a membership program that makes sense if you do buy that much vinyl, and if you are open to hearing new things. It is curated at a reasonable price, for something that unnecessary. One new record a month for $22 and three new records a month for $39, they’ve got two more rates but these are the most common ones. I mean, there are plenty of old record stores that have records for less than $2…I’m just saying.

At the end of the day, if you love vinyl and discovering new music and quinoa, then you will absolutely love VNYL. If you are me, you would probably take that money and invest in a Spotify account, which understandingly might not have everything, (fuck you T-Swift) but it has enough to hold you over and keep you from feeling like a pretentious fuck.