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Belieb the hype?

it absolutely kills me to say this, but Bieber's new album is actually not completely and utterly terrible. That being said, it seems like everybody is going crazy about and raving about how "amazing" it is, and I'm here to tell you that it's just not true. Don't belieb the hype. 

What I will say is this: there are, in fact, 2-3 bangers on this latest album and maybe one slow jam that's pretty good, and the rest is just borderline nonsensical garbage. Keep in mind that all of these songs are written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore, Jaosn Boyd, and an entire team of paid songwriters not named Justin Bieber. 

The underlying theme of the album seems to be apologizing for being a dumb adolescent, complaining about a teenage relationship between two pre-pubescent idiots, and asking people to understand that the life of a celebrity is real hard and that we should be more understanding of celebrity screw ups, blah blah blah..... welcome to adulthood, Mr. Bieber. 

But like I said, there are some bangers. So here are the only songs on the album worth listening to:

Where are you now?


What do you mean?

mark my words

summary: a great songs surround by some garbage aimed at making a statement with some cheesy "purpose"


- james


ellsworth & clyde review.

And then I tried this clip, now I'm a believer. Our friends at Ellsworth & Clyde hooked me up with a gorgeous wood and leather tie bar to try out for myself, and I must say, I'm impressed.

One of the things I noticed and respected about the company right off the bat was the attention to detail. Even the packaging shows extensive time and thought being put into their craft, and for me, that says a lot about a company. 

The way I see it, any company could start crapping out cheap tie bars and packaging them in little tiny ziplock bags to save on production costs and get every single cent out of customers. For a company to spend extra time, extra money, and extra care on the packaging and overall quality of a product...i dig that.

Ellsworth & clyde offer three main color and styling combinations: teak and brown leather, ebony and black leather, and rosewood and black leather. I went with the rosewood because I felt that it blended formal and casual looks without leaning too far in either direction. 

The idea behind these tie bars is actually super simple: two pieces of wood, one strip of leather, and four brass pins, all treated and assembled by hand by a 98 year old man in an antique work shed (okay the part about the old man isn't true, but they really are handcrafted). Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. I've heard that the best things in life are free, but I've also learned that you get what you pay for, so let's just agree that the whole "free" concept isn't really a good idea when it comes to menswear.

After wearing the e&c clip a few times, it was apparent that the functionality on this thing is on a whole other level. a strong magnet pulls the wood together, holding your tie against your shirt. The magnet strength is spot-on too--not too strong to where the tie is pinched tight, but also strong enough to stop your tie from flapping around in the wind.

the other brilliant feature is the adjustability. The clip features two pieces of wood of different lengths. No, it's not an oversight; this just means that you can wear it on ties of various widths without a problem. It fit my 3" ties like a glove, and my 2.5" ties like a different, but equally perfect, glove.

I've had the clip for a few weeks now, and i've worn it on numerous occasions. It hasn't worn down at all. Nothing is falling a part or fading or breaking. I guess it just goes to show you, making stuff with your bare hands, when done correctly, adds a bit of longevity to product lifespan. Translation: this thing is going to last forever. 

I really can't say enough positive things about this tie bar, which probably means I should stop while I'm ahead. I'll just say this: these tie bars are awesome and I highly recommend you stop by their website and pick one up right here


 - james



foals - holy fire.

This is absolutely in my top three albums of 2013, and possibly my overall favorite. It's absolutely brilliant.

Even the album structure and song layout is carefully organized and progressive. THe album begins with 'Prelude'--a four-minute instrumental track that progresses into a claustrophobic mix of reverb and effects in the song 'Inhaler'--until vocalist Yannis Philippakis declares "and I can't get enough... SPACE!" at 1:51 into the song and the instrumentals break into a heavy, grunge-influenced groove. 

foals - prelude

foals - inhaler

The rest of the album continues to mix technical chops with solid rock grooves and unique blends of effects and voice. The Oxford-based group has labeled this their comeback album, and for me, it's easy to see why. I highly recommend you pick it up. 

foals - my number

foals - everytime

Listen to the tunes we've provided and then buy the album direct from the source by clicking here and going to the official Foals websiste. From there, your life is made simple in four easy steps:

  1. Listen
  2. Enjoy
  3. Repeat
  4. Drip Drip

foals - holy fire - full album



- james


Agent18 x dripcult.

Our friends over at Agent18 hooked us up and sent over a few phone cases for us to try out. We picked out our favorites and a within a few days a box arrived on our doorstep filled with goodies. We passed a few out for different opinions and then got together for Taco Tuesday to dicuss what we thought. 

Taylor went straight for the herringbone design. It was the first one to catch his eye, so he ripped open the package and slapped it on his phone. It was really easy to snap on, but what really surprised us was how easy the case was to get off. We've all had a gnarly case that requires a blowtorch and a monkey wrench to pry off of our phone. R.I.P. Joshua, I didn’t mean to break you. These won’t make you work for it, just push from the side and they pop right off. Another thing we love about these cases is how slim they are. Nobody wants a random protrusion coming from their leg. We rock skinny jeans so it would definitely get noticed. We believe that turning heads is a good thing, but not when it's due to a phone bulge that resembles some sort of leg deformity.

We went with the plastic snap cases because they're mega easy to get out of your pocket, unlike anything made of rubber. We can't stand it when you struggle for 3 minutes just to get your phone into your hand. When it finally leaves your pocket, out comes the pocket lining and any lint you may have had hidden in the depths of your jeans as well – awkward. After using these cases for the last few days, pocket removal has been a breeze. The last thing you want is a phone case that acts like a neglected child never having had the privilege of partaking in Slip'n'Slide fun, and henceforth refusing to slide for the rest of its life.

Everyone and their mother has iPod capabilities in their car these days; it’s crucial for any successful road trip and a basic necessity for the day-to-day driving. Well good news cult members: this case let’s you plug in and get down. You don’t have to remove the case to play your music, which we all now is one of the biggest hassles known to mankind. I have always hated, and will always hate having to remove a case in order to use the full functionality of whatever I'm protecting. The whole point of a case is protecting my stuff while I'm using it. What happens when you take off your case to use your phone for a second? It always drops and your beautiful, pristine screen is now broken and shattered. Quick shout out to all my Apple store buddies for replacing all my iPhones, what up Hodge! Agent18’s iPhone 4/4s cases let you plug in without removing anything. Works on most auxiliary cables, skinny or fat, and even the cassette tape deck cables. So what we're saying is they've got all your bases covered. 

All that aside, you wanna be sure you look good when you whip out your phone. Agent18 has some great designs out there to ensure your phone looks just as good as you do. Don't settle for buying some boring case from that tool with the fauxhawk at the kiosk in the mall. Get something you actually like without spending an arm and a leg.

Go out and grab a case from Agent18. Swoop some Agent18 gear Here. Tell ‘em drip cult sent ya. 


tw: @agent18

- dripcult


The Counter.

Have you ever heard of The Counter? Better question; Have you ever eaten at the counter? If you have then pat yourself on the back and relish in the memory of that delicious burger you ate. That is if you ate a burger, they offer more than just burgers. For those of you that don't know about The Counter or know about it and have yet to enjoy their offerings, listen up because this next part's for you. The Counter is a restaurant that offers options. They give you a traditional menu that you can order off of, but the true options come on the 'Build Your Own Burger' menu. It is exactly what you think it is, you build your own burger. You get to choose your burger, your cheese, your toppings, your sauce(s), and your bun. Sounds amazing right? Well it is. 

The Counter includes everyone. They will leave no man or woman's stomach aching in with hunger pains. They offer beef, chicken, turkey, veggie and whatever the market selection is (which can be anything from pork to seafood). There is no excuse to not come and enjoy The Counter. Creatation is encourage and you may even name your creation if you feel it's deserving. Pineapple Express if you were wondering. That's what the name of my burger up top with the grilled pineapple is called. I went with a 1/3 lb. beef patty top with grilled pineapple, grilled onions, a lettuce blend and soy ginger glaze on a hamburger bun. Smart. 

The only warning I give to you is choose wisely. Think your selections through. Don't just start checking boxes. Really take the time and make sure that each and every one of your choices will compliment the next. Remember, at one point, this is going to be eaten by you so make it good. With that being said, don't be afraid to experiment. I know I just kinda told you to play it safe, but that's boring. I'm not saying go crazy and get weird with it, but definitely try some things you would never think to try. Don't be afraid to ask you waiter or waitress, they are there to help you on your journey and will steer you in the right direction. 

Get over there fast my friends. Go enjoy a taste of greatness.

- Taylor 


The Hunger Games.

The movie is coming out, everyone is reading it and then telling me to read it, so I do--I'm always down for a good book, but to be honest, I'm not impressed. Now before you finish saying "Whaaaaaaat?" and write me off, allow me to explain.

It was entertaining and definitely kept me interested. 

The idea was good and the story was set up well.

I'm a guy though and love stories just don't do it for me--you're correct in assuming I didn't read twilight.

I get that there are violent and war-like aspects for the gentlemen, but that only goes so far.

Other than that, it really doesn't offer much for me. 

I'm not too interested in the rest of the series, and I most likely won't read it.

If you loved it and are obsessed, good for you, I support that 100%!

Maybe it was all the hype and my expectations were too high, I don't know.

I do want to see the movie, however, it won't be because I'm a super fan.

I'm just curious as to how they'll do it. 

I'm going classic with my next book, I'll post it when I'm done.

- Taylor


Childish Gambino - Camp. The Debut Album.


Childish Gambino finally drops his debut album titled Camp. With all the hype his EP built, he full length is one of the most anticipated records for this artist. Take the jump for more...

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