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.
Like their ancestors from the first wave of punk rock, present-day trailblazers such as the Liars and Yeah Yeah Yeahs favor the visceral over the intellectual. They temper their razor-blade rhythms and rabid vocal fits with intentionally simplistic arrangements, lending a sense of immediacy that complexity would only muddle. It was just a matter of time before this burgeoning punk sound generated an artier rebuttal to its unspoken code of strict simplicity.
The Watchers play the Talking Heads to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Ramones. On their debut album, “To the Rooftops,” the Chicago quintet presents a sophisticated blend of punk-funk rhythms, synthesized strings and crunchy guitar slices, but avoids the obvious pitfall of overintellectualizing their music.
On “Two Worlds,” jagged guitar collides with a thumping bass, as vocalist Michael Guarrine channels the irony of David Byrne; bongo shots fire off below the groove, lending a worldly funk to the attack. Elsewhere, the Watchers mine the depths of soul (“The Dirty Sponsor”), infuse dub-styled bass lines (“Strays”), and play straight funk (“My Cube”) — all with their punk core intact.
“To the Rooftops” is out now on Gern Blandsten.
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.