The Bay Area's latest release grapples with his frustrating search for a real intimacy.
Petticoat's latest single, "Fantasy," is an electro-dance surge, a pop white-knuckler—and a last-gasp plea for emotional authenticity.
Petticoat is the brainchild of Bay Area native David Halsey, a musical persona that combines an '80s-indebted earnestness with a modern electronica starkness. As Petticoat, Halsey pulls from New Wave, house, and anti-pop for a sound and style that's as mysterious as it is inviting. "Fantasy" is his newest foray into sonic contradictions, with distorted vocals and hairpin turn as he pleads for real intimacy."
On "Fantasy," looping claps and bassy drums sew themselves under a sparse machinery beat. Petticoat makes his way through a multitude of bodies in a dark and crowded room, both literally and metaphorically. There's no shortage of options for a quick hookup, given the sotto sensuality of the song's percussion, but Petticoat's looking for something more. It's a song about looking for a true moment with someone new and the disappointment that comes with another missed connection. The unforgiving tempo reflects that frustration well, as the synths feint and dodge between the staccato drums. "Tell me what you're thinking of," he insists, as "all the people start to look the same."
"Fantasy" is an appeal bordering on prayer. Halsey desires a new lover to make themselves known. The search is still ongoing by the track's end; but as a tantalizing glimpse into what's in store i Petticoat's career, it's a good start.
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.