2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
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After numerous collaborations, the trio of Sonic Youth member Jim O’Rourke and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche has a name. On previous outings — most notably Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” which was engineered by O’Rourke — the musicians have worked as either O’Rourke or Wilco, but on Loose Fur’s self-titled debut the trio becomes a whole greater than its parts.
It’s tempting to think of “Loose Fur” as a companion piece to “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” but here O’Rourke and Tweedy split the songwriting duties. Their distinct lyrical styles are easy to spot. O’Rourke sings “If I said I love you/ I was talking to myself” on “So Long,” a meandering folk ballad that devolves into a tangled mess of guitar and cymbal splashes, unraveling in a chorus of “dah dah dahs.” “Summer comes/ And the gravity undoes you,” Tweedy counters in typically breezy fashion on “Laminated Cat.”
Each song on “Loose Fur” is meticulously arranged. The elegant harmonies play with the spare, mostly acoustic instrumentation and under the bits of noise and discord is the sound of three musicians coming together.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.