Sunday, March 2, 2008

Where it's (not) at...


Okay, there is only ONE instance in which I will tolerate the word at hanging out at the end of a sentence/phrase, and that instance is in the Beck song "Where It's At." Even though Beck is one of those nutty Scientology types, he's still my favorite musician ever, and so I'll forgive him for that evil, evil misuse of the word at in his song. He's so damn fabulous that I can overlook the mistake.


However--despite the fact that every time I go to Whole Foods I see oodles of eye candy, and despite the fact that I love their chocolate rice milk and their free-range chicken soup and their oatmeal bread, and I like how their cashiers are the friendliest grocery store cashiers I've ever met--I cannot forgive them for this at abuse. It actually brings a tear to my eye that the same folks who provide me with yummy frozen coconut chicken and organic gala apples cannot provide me with decent grammar. Sniffle.


Thanks to AIMEE for spotting this flyer!

8 comments:

Secret Drinker said...

I knew there was a reason to like you (beyond your hatred for bad grammar)!

I am also a HUGE Beck fan! I've seen him 3 times and each show was better than the last. He's truly one of the only artist's that can reinvent himself over and over and come up with something new each time.

Wanna be friends? ;)

Karen said...

I really want to think it's in reference to the @ symbol in the name Fl@vors. Sort of a pun. Otherwise, using "at" at the end of a sentence is enough to make me scream !

The Grammarphile said...

Ooh, that's a clever thought...that makes sense.

But the "at" at the end of the sentence still makes me want to plunge sharp objects into both my eyes! :)

The Grammarphile said...

Damn right we can be friends! I've seen Beck ten times, met him three times, own basically all his albums (including the super-duper-rare *Golden Feelings* cassette...and the *A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight* vinyl with original fingerpainting)...Beck's been my favorite musician for 12 years now. I'm slightly Beck-crazed. :) I love how much of a chameleon Beck is with his music--always reinventing himself, always trying something new (or something retro that he recycles into something new). ...What's your favorite Beck album?

Justin on The Point said...

Thanks for making me hungry.

Secret Drinker said...

Picking a favorite album is tough. But, if I pressed for an answer I'd have to go with Mellow Gold. It's the album that got me hooked.

As far as a favorite song? I really enjoy "Hot Wax" from Odelay and "Elevator Music" from The Information.

The last time I saw Beck he was at KU in Lawrence, KS on the Sea Change tour. The Flaming Lips opened for him- and then served as his backup band for the rest of the show.

The best part? I worked at a radio station here in Springfield, MO and played tracks from Sea Change against my boss' wishes. I was the only on in our market playing it. It got noticed by a Geffen rep and he sent me tickets for 3rd row center. I was in heaven.

It was the first time my wife had seen me react in such a way towards anything. I think it scared her a bit at first. lol

The Grammarphile said...

Mellow Gold rocks! There are so many gems on that album. My fvorite Beck album is Mutations, then Sea Change, then Odelay, with an honorable mention for One Foot in the Grave. I couldn't possibly pick a favorite Beck song, but I know that "Lazy Flies," "O Maria," "Hotwax," "Sissyneck," "Asshole," "Beercan," and "Lord Only Knows" would be a few candidates for my favorite Beck song.

I'm embarrassed to admit I've barely listened to The Information. I had a tough time getting into it...

The last time I saw Beck was when he opened for the Rolling Stones in Hershey, PA. That was kind of surreal. My favorite Beck show was when I saw him on the tour with the Flaming Lips...I saw him at the Beacon Theatre in NY on Halloween of 2002. That was an incredible show...I was in college radio at the time and good buddies with the college radio rep from Interscope, who got me second-row seats to the show and took me back to meet Beck. It was AMAZING. Since it was Halloween, I was wearing these cute little sequined devil horns. Beck came up to me and told me he liked my devil horns. I almost died right there. :)

I've been trying to find a way to get my boyfriend into Beck, but I'm not sure how to do that. He doesn't really get into weird-sounding music, or much modern music at all (his favorite band is Pearl Jam--and he's not a fan of many other modern/current bands). I'm not sure what album would be a good "gateway album" to getting him to listen to more Beck...

The Secret Drinker said...

"Gateway Album", ha! There isn't really anything that pairs well with Pearl Jam.

That said, you should definitely give The Information more of a chance. To me, it's not really "weird-sounding music". It's a pretty straight forward, easy going album with plenty of rhythm.

That's not a very good description but you get the idea. It seems that the more I listen to it the more I find that I like about it. It's slowly creeping up the Best Album Scale.