The Verge's legendary video crew came to town this week for Google I/O, and I got to do all kinds of fun stuff with them. On Friday they decided to pay homage to one of my favorite 1980s sitcoms, and the results were hilarious and wonderful.
So this happened.
I wrote about Fantasia Barrino's new album and her long, hard decade after winning American Idol:"Side Effects of You arrived in April with little fanfare from the Pitchfork set but much to recommend it. This is an album of lush, immaculately produced R&B with pulsing undercurrents of funk and soul. It’s highly listenable from start to finish, but I adore it primarily for 'Get It Right,' which Fantasia was born to sing. Her bright, high voice navigates the tight curves of the melody with ease; and when the song pauses for some call-and-response, she is a magnificent emcee. 'I said give the mothafuckin’ drumma some!' she howls at one point, campy as ever, irresistible."
Today I broke the news that Square will use payments data to make local recommendations a la Foursquare Explore:
"'We can tell you that people who like X might also like Y — and it's a true representation of what you've bought,' said Ajit Varma, who Square brought on last year as its first 'Director of Discovery.' Lots of apps and web services make recommendations for places to eat, drink, and shop, but Square is betting its payment data will give it a decisive edge. 'I think we can do something a lot better,' Varma said."
1. "Jailbirds," Cold War Kids.
2. "Power Lines" / "Empathetic People" / "Ghosts and Creatures" / "Lean on Me" / "Ever True" / "Island #4," Telekinesis.
3. "Hope of a Lifetime," the Milk Carton Kids.
4. "I'd Rather Be High," David Bowie.
5. "Daydreaming," Paramore.
6. "Caught in the Briars" / "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" / "Grass Widows," Iron & Wine.
7. "Get Lucky," Daft Punk.
8. "I Love It," Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
9. "Wildest Moments," Jessie Ware.
10. "Oblique City," Phoenix.
11. "Come Here," Talib Kweli feat. Miguel.
12. "Q.U.E.E.N.," Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu.
13. "Pretty Boy," Young Galaxy.
14. "Get It Right" / "Side Effects of You" / "Change Your Mind," Fantasia.
15. "What I Like" / "Stay Away" / "Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)," Charli XCX.