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.
Over the course of six albums since 1993, Chicago-based quartet the Sea and Cake have developed and refined their stylish post-rock sound — a tight, jazz-inspired reworking of rock song structures and time signatures. While their 2000 album, “Oui,” was noticeably leaner and less improvisational than previous recordings, on “One Bedroom” the band takes another step toward shorter, downright perky pop tunes.
As ever, John McEntire’s driven, repetitive percussive lines and Sam Prekop’s warm, breathy vocals are perfectly complemented by the intricate guitar work of Archer Prewitt and the bass progressions of Eric Claridge. It’s the gurgling electronic underpinnings and distinctly cheerful ’70s synth chimes that make the difference here, adding needed texture and distracting from overly rigid rhythmic structures.
The catchy “Shoulder Length” and “Mr. F” exemplify the band’s more playful approach and their willingness to try out classic pop arrangements. As a result, “One Bedroom” is their most fully realized and charmingly elegant effort to date. Nonetheless, it’s the exquisite remake of David Bowie’s 1977 hit “Sound & Vision” that steals the show.
“One Bedroom” is out now on Thrill Jockey.
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.