CultureCow: It’s Always Sunny in Wellington

first_imgThis week marks the much-anticipated return of one of the greatest comedies in modern TV history, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  It’s Always Sunny lived in obscurity for most of its existence until the last few years when it finally broke into the main stream to everyone’s enormous pleasure.The serialized plot revolves around the same five characters, known as the gang, as they hatch a scheme to some evil ends until their infighting and lack of discipline eventually collapses on each other and ruins everything.  It’s like a traditional sitcom, except the main characters are all terrible people in their own specific and special way.  Sunny also achieved cult classic status because each episode usually carries a hidden level of meaning just below the surface, whether it be a social critique or a thinly veiled statement about TV-writing itself.It’s that reputation for double-meaning that made season 13’s opener such a stellar way to kick off the year.  With the title “The Gang Makes Paddy’s (the name of the bar the show takes place at) Great Again,” you’d be expecting some great synthesis of the toxic political culture we live in, or perhaps even a Donald Trump like character to enter the story. Instead, the gang subverts everyone’s expectations and does an entire episode dealing with the departure of co-star and co-writer, Glenn Howerton’s exit from the show at season 12’s finale.  It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the last breath of inventive concepts on cable TV and each season proves the gang hasn’t run out of steam and condenses their formula into tighter scripts and more self-aware plot lines year after year.  There are rumors that Sunny is trying to break the record of 15 seasons for longest running comedy and live action sitcom so if we’re all lucky the gang isn’t going anywhere any time soon. 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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down aleaves 26p · 96 weeks ago I love It’s Always Sunny and its ability to subvert cultural expectations! I still feel so sad about Mac Miller even now. He was gone way too soon. I relate to him with the struggle with purple drank I just wish he could have made it out. 🙁 Report Reply 0 replies · active 96 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments In these articles, I’ve written about Michelle Wolf, Colin Kaepernick, and a number of other controversial people, but there might be none more divisive than the man who released another album this week: Russ.  His fans love him, his critics love to hate him, but one thing’s for sure Russ is here to stay after finally proving himself to be a bankable artist by reaching #2 in rap album sales (few can dethrone Slim Shady) in the opening week of his new album Zoo.If you haven’t been following the embattled life of the young man, Russ is a self-made artist who rejects traditional means of success and the traditional style that defines most new rappers.  Instead of gangbanging and trap slanging, Russ turned to his softer side and raps about relationship troubles and the challenges of becoming your own brand of artist and producing all your own music, all the while dealing with the massive hate coming from all sides.Whether you think he’s soft or not (hot take: he is), even the haters need to admit that he has flow and a real knack in making beats.  I have the utmost respect for people like Tyler the Creator or Kanye West (well maybe that’s a bad example…) that can entirely craft their own music from beat to bar and Russ has firmly cemented himself in that caliber of craftsmen.  There’s nothing wrong with being soft as long as you have talent and he has that in spades.center_img Have you ever heard of Mitski?  Would it surprise you that she’s an acclaimed Japanese-American indie-rock artist with an impressive 5-album resume? If you answered yes to the former and no to the latter than feel free to skip this portion of the article because you already know what I’m gonna say, but for everyone else (like me) whose answers were flipped, stick around because I might just introduce you to your new favorite artist.Mitski is a petite, polite woman I first saw interviewing with Trevor Noah on the Daily Show about her new album Be the Cowboy.  Her humor and personality are infectious and she seems like a true artist that really cares about what her music represents as well as how it sounds.  In Be the Cowboy, she is trying to re-appropriate the feelings of pride and defiance of the Malboro Man and the Sam Elliots of the world for all races and genders.  Her album takes those perceptions and boils them down into tiny morsels of sound that anyone and everyone can appreciate.Most of the songs on the album top out at around two minutes so each one of them seems more like a lingering thought or passing feeling than a full-fledged idea Mitski is pushing onto you.  The entire album is just over 30 minutes so it’s really impressive the amount of feeling and sound she can pack into the short time.  Her style is unique in its pairing of piano, guitar, and synthesizers that give her songs a smooth and tempered identity like an electric-hymnal.  Take a chance on Be the Cowboy and you just might surprise yourself.Finally, we once again have to say goodbye to a musical superstar, Mac Miller who overdosed this week at 26.  Mac was important to so many people, not only for the music he made, but for all the people he introduced to the genre.  Many people never took a chance on rap until they heard the kid from Pittsburgh on the track and it’s a real shame that he’s gone so soon.Meme of the weekI unfortunately can’t look at every meme that dominates the internet every week, so if you see a meme and think it should be the meme of the week please send it to: [email protected] you disagree with my analysis, have a grievance or any other complaint please visit hereFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more