Before I became one with the Starbucks brand, I used to find comfort and delight in a cup of coffee from my corner deli: There were no changes and no surprises. It was sustainable and utilitarian. It did its job. Then came Starbucks, that great paper cup of coffee that came in three different sizes, a huge range of flavors that could accommodate any mood, and that was available any time of day. What a concept! It was a cup of coffee that came with great music, free Wi-Fi, and the opportunity to support worthy causes. Who wanted the old beat-up cup of coffee anymore? A cup of Starbucks coffee gave comfort and status.This is real. There are people who talk like this sincerely; and at least one of them is an architect.
In other news, here is the Verlaines promo to which Lyndon alluded and Russell referred earlier; you can tell it is shot in Dunedin because people are wearing coats indoors; besides, you can see their breath. On Perfect Sound Forever here is an appreciation and on Point That Thing here is a photograph.
Bonus track: Catherine Bennett warns Kate Middleton.