Culture Checklist: October 28, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 28, 2016

Want to hear eight great Beatles-esque songs in only ten minutes? We’ve got you covered. And what’s more relaxing than a new Werner Herzog documentary about volcano exploration to ease you into a lazy weekend? We’ve also got a great piece by Andrew Sullivan about information addiction (guilty), an easy fall recipe to knock out, and if you’re gonna drink a pumpkin beer to get in the Halloween spirit, you could do a lot worse than this one. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Tony Molina – Confront the Truth 

on Spotify.

Watch this: Into the Inferno

on Netflix.

Read this: I Used to Be a Human Being

via New York Magazine.

Eat this: Creamy Autumn Pumpkin Pasta

via Yummly.

Drink this: Warlock (10% ABV)

by Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Culture Checklist: October 21, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 21, 2016

It’s been 17 years since this band’s last album which means any of our millennial readers who dabbled in emo at it’s peak will want to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane today. There’s also great new music that you should check out from Leonard Cohen & Agnes Obel this week, too. Speaking of long-awaited, our favorite near-future sci fi series returns with six new episodes today. We’ve also got a longread you should dig into this weekend about one man’s plan to stop Silicon Valley from addicting us to our phones, a breakfast recipe from a world famous chef, and a good fall beer to check out (we’ve been digging a lot of saisons lately). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: American Football (LP2)

on Spotify.

Watch this: Black Mirror Season 3

On Netflix.

Read this: The Binge Breaker

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Chef Eric Ripert’s Go-To Crepe Recipe

via Eater.

Drink this: Fall Saison (6.3% ABV)

by Blackberry Farm.

Culture Checklist: October 14, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 14, 2016

Listen…it, it’s been a week huh? There really isn’t much to say about it that has not been said yet. So, take the weekend. Relax, listen to the new Kings of Leon album on your coffee run Saturday morning, watch a pretty funny new show (Mascots) Saturday night, do some heavy reading on your favorite dark poet, eat some fall themed chili and open that bottle of wine. It is time for some #SelfCare right? Also, don’t turn on CNN, just don’t. It’s not worth it anymore.

Hear this: Kings of Leon – Walls

via Spotify.

Watch this: Mascots

via Netflix.

Read this: Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

via The New Yorker.

Eat this: Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

via Bite Me More.

Drink this: 2015 Château Cambon Beajolais, France

by Chateau Cambon.

Culture Checklist: October 7, 2016

Culture Checklist: October 7, 2016

This indie singer songwriter recorded an album in less than 48 hours and you can hear it a week before it comes out. Forget Sunday Night football, Hills and Donny face off once again, this time town hall style (shout out to Mashable for the Trillary Photoshop pictured above). When was the last time you picked up a book? You can’t go wrong with any on this shortlist. Tis the season for delicious autumn foods, including this recipe for the world’s best soup. Oh, and Patagonia (yes, the one you’re wearing right now), started brewing beer. So, yeah. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Conor Oberst – Ruminations

via NPR First Listen.

Watch this: The 2nd Presidential Debate 

live Sunday night at 9pm EST.

Read this: Anything on the 2016 National Book Award shortlist

via Vox.

Eat this: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

via Thrive.

Drink this: Long Root Ale (5.5% ABV)

by Patagonia Provisions.

Culture Checklist: September 30, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 30, 2016

There’s one album that you need to hear this week, even if you probably won’t end up liking it the first time through. It’s a grower. Lot’s of love for the new Luke Cage series on Netflix, but since we’re still suckers for the true crime genre, we’ll be checking out this new documentary instead. Also, love him or hate him, you need to read this Obama interview. Since it’s finally starting to feel like fall, why not try to make your own cider donuts? And last but not least, a fall beer that has nothing to do with pumpkin. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

on Spotify.

Watch this: Amanda Knox

on Netflix.

Read this: Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview

via Vanity Fair.

Eat this: Apple Cider Doughnuts

via NY Times Cooking.

Drink this: Tesla Hop Charged Lager (7.1% ABV)

by Sixpoint Brewery.

Culture Checklist: September 23, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 23, 2016

It’s another solid music week with new releases from Devendra BanhartHow to Dress WellWarpaint, & LVL UP out today but our hands-down fav is the new album from Rostam of Vampire Weekend and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. In TV, Transparent returns with season 3 today but our recommendation is for the highly acclaimed new show on FX from Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka that guy from Community. It’s 4 episodes deep already and currently the “it” show of the moment. Want to read something this weekend? How about a piece asking “How Much Do Parents Matter?” Yes, please. Instead of giving you a suggestion for something to cook this weekend, we think you should spend $5 on an individually packaged single chip that’s so spicy the company is betting you can only eat one. What a time to be alive. You’ll need a good beer to wash it down, too. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

on Spotify.

Watch this: Atlanta

on FX (airs Tuesdays at 10pm).

Read this: How Much Do Parents Matter?

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness Chip

from Paqui.

Drink this: Hop Hop and Away (4.6% ABV)

by Aeronaut Brewing.

Culture Checklist: September 16, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 16, 2016

You probably think of The Beatles as a studio band, right? This new doc by Ron Howard will have you thinking otherwise. A new op-ed asks a question you’ve probably wrestled with yourself as you come to terms with being an adult. There’s also some new country rock that will set the mood for fall. Fall. Sigh. Where did summer go? Speaking of summer, did you miss out on the biggest food trend of the summer? Catch up this weekend with the easiest Poke Bowl recipe we could find. And since the weather is starting to feel a little more like fall, here’s a hard cider brand you should know. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die

on Spotify.

Watch this: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years

premieres on Hulu 9/17.

Read this: Can You Have a Good Life if You Don’t Have a Good Job?

via The New York Times.

Eat this: Tuna Poke Bowl

via POPSUGAR.

Drink this:  Rojo (5.4% ABV) / Wunderkind (6% ABV) / The Americain (5.2% ABV)

by Bantam Modern American Cider.

Culture Checklist: September 9, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 9, 2016

After a light summer of good music options we got a lot to choose from this week. Notable releases include M.I.A’s latest LP (at the very least check out “Freedun” – our jam right now), the long-awaited return of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, a collection of acoustic recordings from Jack White, the major label debut from The Head and the Heart, and new releases from indie rock stalwarts Local Natives & Okkervil River. But if you only have time to check out one new album this weekend, make it the one listed below (that album art tho). Tig Notaro’s new dark comedy series launched on Amazon Prime today and it’s definitely something you’ll want to add to the queue since you’ll obviously be watching football all weekend. Speaking of football, skip the traditional nachos and try out this new recipe to start the season off on the right culinary foot. And beer? Yes, beer. We’re still in denial that summer has unofficially ended so we’re still drinking gose – and you should be too. Lastly, we all want our children to excel in life so read this article about a 45-year study of smarty-pants kids and try to pick up a couple pointers along the way. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Wilco – Schmilco

on Spotify.

Watch this: One Mississippi Season 1

on Amazon Video.

Read this: How to Raise a Genius: Lessons from a 45-Year Study of Supersmart Children

via Scientific American.

Eat this: Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

via Damn Delicious.

Drink this: Gose Gone Wild (4.3% ABV)

by Stillwater Artisanal.

Culture Checklist: September 2, 2016

Culture Checklist: September 2, 2016

Our favorite rap duo is back with a new track for Gears of War 4, four more episodes of exquisite food porn are here (all featuring the best French chefs), a recap of the election according to children, some bomb street food even you can make at home, and beer that will, ahem, take your breath away. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Run the Jewels – “Panther Like a Panther (I’m The Sh*t)”

via Pitchfork.

Watch this: Chef’s Table: France

premieres today on Netflix (so does Season 2 of Narcos BTW).

Read this: The 2016 Presidential Election, According to 8-Year-Olds

via New York Magazine.

Eat this: Korean Rice Cakes with Red Chile Sauce

via NYTimes Cooking.

Drink this: Maverick & Gose (4.4% ABV)

by Second Self Beer Company.

Culture Checklist: August 26, 2016

Culture Checklist: August 26, 2016

Wu-Tang Clan & Interpol both earned a soft spot in our hearts during our musical coming of age so we’re pretty stoked to check out the long-awaited collaboration between the RZA and Paul Banks that dropped today (you don’t really need to hear the much-hyped return of Britney Spears anyways). Speaking of long-awaited, the limited series finale of the most hyped and talked about show of the summer wraps up on Sunday so don’t miss it. Also, make sure you carve out some time this weekend to read about a restaurant in upstate New York that is booked for reservations until 2025 (and we’re guessing after the popularity of this piece, it’s now even later than that). Reading about such gastronomic extravegence will probably inspire you to try your hand at something new in the kitchen so we found an easy recipe sure to hit all the pleasure centers of your belly. And we know it’s not quite dark beer drinking weather yet but The Beer Connoisseur just rated this one a 96 and we’re already salivating for it. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Banks & Steelz – Anything But Words

via Spotify.

Watch this: The Night Of

Finale airs Sunday 8/28 at 9:00 EST on HBO.

Read this: The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America

via The New Yorker.

Eat this: Kimchi Omelet With Sriracha Syrup

via NY Times Cooking.

Drink this: Vanilla Bean Stout (10.8% ABV)

by Avery Brewing Company.

Oh, you thought we forgot? We figure everyone in America already knew this but maybe you’re a new dad and have your hands full with other things – that’s really your only excuse. So ICYMI, Frank Ocean dropped another instant classic last week and if you should probably check it out before it’s old news.

Culture Checklist: August 19, 2016

Culture Checklist: August 19, 2016

When the editor-in-chief says you have to listen to an album you oblige, of course. Boy are we glad we did this week, Michael Kiwanuka’s new album Love & Hate sounds like it’s from decades ago and given much of it’s message that is not necessarily a good thing. Never the less you need to give it a spin this weekend. Amazon also pushed out a few more of those awesome Pilots you can vote on. Take an hour and check out Jean-Claude Van Johnson and let us know what you think!  If you enjoy dark secrets, who doesn’t, check out the tale of an island off the coast of Maine while you swing in your hammock this weekend. In NYC August is street fair season and you can’t escape the smell and allure of street corn. If you can’t make it to NYC worry not you can make it at home too. Has 2016’s election season made you need a beer? Yeah, us too. No matter what side you relate to Half Moon’s Alection IPA has your brew. You’ve gotta…

Hear This:  Michael Kiwanuka ‎– Love & Hate

via Spotify

Watch this: The New Amazon Pilots,  including “Jean-Claude Van Johnson”

on Amazon Prime Video

Read this: The Dark Secrets of This Now-Empty Island in Maine

via Atlas Obscura

Eat this: Mexican Street Corn

via Serious Eats

Drink this: Alection IPA’s 

From Half Moon Brewing

 

Culture Checklist: August 12, 2016

Culture Checklist: August 12, 2016

We picked a lot of stuff outside the norm for you this weekend. First, listen to a visual list of every #1 song since 1958 (trust us, that sentence makes sense). And we know we focus a lot on beer and the occasional cocktail around here but we still love a good wine which is why we’re checking out this new Hulu docu-series starring Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys. If you read this article you will never look at bounce house the same ever again. And to eat and drink? The two biggest announcements that made waves this week that you really need to incorporate into your imaginary healthy diet. You’ve gotta…

Hear This: Every Top 5 Song From 1958 – 2016

via Polygraph.

Watch this:  The Wine Show

on Hulu (premieres 8/13).

Read this: Bouncy houses are actually bubbles of dangerous, megahot air

via Ars Technica.

Eat this: RXBAR ($26)

Drink this: Soylent Coffiest ($39)

Culture Checklist: August 5, 2016

Culture Checklist: August 5, 2016

We are officially in the dog days of summer kids. It’s hot here on the east coast and we found an amazing watermelon mojito you need to perfect this august. While the Olympics are in full swing we doubt you will watch much else but if you do check out the much-anticipated doc on HBO, Hitchcock/Truffaut, two of the greats squaring off, it should be fascinating. On your lazy Sunday morning take a listen to the godmother of post-punk who helped shape a movement in its hour of conception. It’s amazing. Also, about those killer hangovers you have been getting since, oh, 27ish…yeah, there is an explanation. If only there was a cure. You’ve Gotta…

Hear this: Vivien Goldman Resolutionary (Songs 1978-1982)

Via Spotify

Watch this: Hitchcock/Truffaut (8/8)

via HBO

Read this: Why Your Hangovers Just Keep Getting Worse With Age

Via New York Magazine.

Eat this: Roasted Artichoke with Anchovies & Aioli

Via House & Garden

Drink this: Watermelon Mojito 

Via Bite Me More

Culture Checklist: July 29, 2016

Culture Checklist: July 29, 2016

Last weekend was the Newport Folk Festival which we’ve told you before is the best music festival to bring your whole family to. But assuming you missed it (as we did this year) you can still enjoy some of this year’s memorable sets thanks to NPR Music. Our biased personal favorite set, however, was Ryan Adams performing bluegrass versions of his long list of fan favs as well as Slayer and Black Sabbath covers for good measure. So damn good. There’s also a new Netflix original series debuting today that’s getting a lot of buzz. Think of it as a real life docuseries in the same vein as Friday Night Lights. Do you want to be a better parent? Just read this article and you will be!* We’ve also got a delicious recipe that you can easily knock out this weekend and if you’re glad to put the past two weeks of political conventions behind you then try to get your hands on this new small bath limited release from Stone. At 12.7% ABV you’re sure to forget some of the ridiculousness that occurred (drink responsibly – you’ve got kids now). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Ryan Adams & the Infamous Stringdusters Live at Newport Folk Festival

via NPR Music.

Watch this: Last Chance U

on Netflix.

Read this: Five things that can make you a better parent right now

via the Washington Post.

Eat this: Dark Roast Coffee Pork Sliders

via Tailgate Traditions.

Drink this:  Bastard’s Midnight Brunch (12.7% ABV) American Strong Ale (w/ Coffee, Maple Syrup, Barrel Aged Bourbon)

by Arrogant Brewing.

*If only it was that easy.

Culture Checklist: July 22, 2016

Culture Checklist: July 22, 2016

While it feels like the only thing that happened this week was the RNC, it wasn’t and we’re here with your weekly reminder of things you might have missed. For example, Wilco’s back with a great new song you from their forthcoming 10th studio album that you need to hear. Also, Netflix is now streaming one of the most talked about psychological thrillers in years so get the kids to bed early tonight. And while you escape the heat and hide out indoors this weekend, read up on why you lose friends in your 30’s then cheer yourself up with a beer and a watermelon granita (i.e. a no-recipe dessert even YOU can make). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: “If I Ever Was a Child” by Wilco

via Spotify.

Watch this: The Invitation

on Netflix.

Read this: Why 30 is the decade friends disappear — and what to do about it

via Vox.

Eat this: The Easiest Frozen Dessert You Can Make Without a Recipe

via Epicurious.

Drink this: Gose with the Flow (4.6% ABV)

by Tin Roof.

Culture Checklist: July 15, 2016

Culture Checklist: July 15, 2016

Fully aware of all the terrible things in the news the last couple weeks, we’re going to continue the approach of last week’s Culture Checklist by acknowledging that important things going on in the world that you should be paying attention to, but you’re an adult and don’t need Relevant Dad to tell you how to digest the news. Instead we’ll once again be focusing on some of the good stuff to come out what’s new in culture this past week and hopefully help you find something to enjoy this weekend. First, there are certain artists that, regardless of your taste in music, you should pay attention to whenever they drop new songs. Since it’s kind of a soft weekend for new music anyway we thought we’d include this new earworm from M.I.A. Then follow that up with a new Netflix original series of escapism that dropped today and prepare to stay up late binge-watching after the kids are in bed. Also, we know you’ve secretly been waiting for someone to explain this week’s phenomenon-of-the-moment, Pokemon Go, to you. So, yeah. We’ve got you covered there. Also, we’ve got a great recipe for a killer sandwich and some new bottled nitro cold brew coffee (to help you stay awake for the aforementioned binge-watching). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: M.I.A. – Go Off

via Spotify.

Watch this: Stranger Things

on Netflix.

Read this: Pokémon Go, explained in fewer than 400 words

via Vox.com.

Eat this: Charred Caprese Sandwich 

via Epicurious.

Drink this: Califia Nitro Cold Brew  

by Califia Farms.

Culture Checklist: July 8, 2016

Culture Checklist: July 8, 2016

Culture. “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.”

I was up way too late here on the East Coast watching the horror play out in the streets of Dallas. This was after staring at my screen all day on Thursday reading about the horrible killings in St. Paul and Baton Rouge as well as the bombings in Baghdad and what were the other things? I can’t remember, which is a problem. When horrific news events begin to stack up one upon another with such aggressive frequency they begin to not mean anything. Yet, they always mean everything in the moment. For 24 hours at least until something just as sinister takes their place in our minds.

Culture. “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement….” Walking to the office this morning I knew that I needed to create this week’s culture checklist and I spent a lot of time thinking about the culture that we all live in today. On one hand Donald Trump, email servers, violent shootings, terrorism and pop up reminders of grim news greeting us constantly on our phones turning those black mirrors into instant stressors. On the other hand, incredibly moving music, beautiful prose, people perfecting their crafts and sharing their success willfully with the world to consume and adore. These bits of culture are the better parts of us, the most of us, the real us. When the tension is palpable (manufactured or not) it’s hard to see the beauty around us. But we have to try.  We here at Relevant Dad wholeheartedly believe that our American culture is still beautiful. So now more than ever – You’ve gotta…

Hear this: NPR Music’s Top Songs of 2016 So Far.

Via Spotify

Watch this: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Via PBS (not available in all regions) Buy: Amazon

Read this: America by Claude McKay

Via Poets.org

Eat this: Pop’s Pastrami

Via Harry & Ida’s New York City

Drink this: Puff (Limited Release)

Via Sixpoint Brewery

-RD Shawn

Pinterest

Culture Checklist: July 1, 2016

Culture Checklist: July 1, 2016

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone. Summer has officially hit and we could not be happier. We are all taking a few days off next week but we have a great #CultureChecklist for you today. Remember that chillingly awesome piano and organ piece for the first 10 minutes of the GOT finale? It’s now up on Spotify and you can chill out to it all weekend, just don’t pull a Tommen okay? We also want you to rent one of the most important documentaries out there this weekend. “Daddy Don’t Go is a tough but tender journey that illuminates the everyday struggles of disadvantaged fathers.” It is a must watch no matter what your family situation is. We lost a giant earlier in the week. The Ringer has a great piece on how legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt transcended her sport and shook the world. Of course for the holiday weekend, we leave you with an easy to make angel food cake and strawberry recipe and a beer that is peak 2016 Trump era American. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Light of the Seven by Ramin Djawadi

Via Spotify

Watch this: Daddy Don’t Go

Via Vimeo

Read this: Pat Summitt Transcended Women’s Sports

Via The Ringer

Eat this: Strawberries On A Cloud

Via CDK

Drink this: #Merica!

Via Surly Brewing Company

Culture Checklist: June 24, 2016

Culture Checklist: June 24, 2016

As we Brexit the crazy week that has given us non stop news every day let us take a moment to reflect on some of the finer things you can partake in this weekend. The Avett Brothers just released their new studio album True Sadness and critics are raving about it so far. Netflix has a charming Paul Rudd movie that you and your significant other can dive into once the kids have crashed. We also want to suggest that you take a moment to read Charles Pierce’s This Whole Thing Is About the Right to Be Heard, which is a fantastic piece on the house democrat’s sit-in and gun violence in general. We also have a salad from Cup of Jo that is perfect for the summer and a beer that is an ode to Brexit 2K16. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: The Avett Brothers – True Sadness

Via Spotify

Watch this: The Fundamentals of Caring

Via Netflix 

Read this: This Whole Thing Is About the Right to Be Heard

Via Esquire

Eat this: Halloumi, Peach and Cherry Salad

Via Cup Of Jo

Drink this: Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter

Via The Old Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

Culture Checklist: June 17, 2016

Culture Checklist: June 17, 2016

With Father’s Day this Sunday chances are you won’t have much time to yourself this weekend. In case you do, here are a few suggestions. Ever want to watch a movie written entirely by a AI software? Now you can! RHCP dropped a new album today and even though it’s textbook “dad rock”, admit it – you want to ignore it but your 14 year old self still wants to check it out. Feeling low? This checklist of simple things might actually lead to a happier life. We don’t exactly have a recipe for you this week. Instead, here’s a list of the best 50 restaurants in the world. If you’re in the NYC area, you’re in luck. Otherwise you might have to catalog the rest for future visits abroad. And since we’re gonna be hanging with pops by the grill this weekend, we have a no-frills lager a little classier than the swill he’s used to drinking (but not so fancy he’ll start insulting you). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers

via Spotify.

Watch this: Sunspring | A Sci-Fi Short Film Starring Thomas Middleditch

via The Scene / Ars Technica.

Read this: Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

via Inc.

Eat this: Here’s the 2016 ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List

via Grub Street.

Drink this: House Beer Lager (4.8% ABV)

via House Brewing Inc.

P.S. Don’t forget Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons premieres Wednesday, June 22nd on HBO.

Happy Father’s Day, guys. Have a great weekend. Enjoy that family time.

Culture Checklist: June 10, 2016

Culture Checklist: June 10, 2016

We don’t want to hype this up too much, but this might be our best Culture Checklist yet. We’ve got a podcast episode that will resonate with dads everywhere, the premiere of an eight-hour 30 For 30 documentary garnering universal acclaim, a short piece of fiction featured in The New Yorker this week that, again, will resonate with any dads reading this, a meal you can cook for your family that will impress the hell out of your spouse, and a beer that you’re going to love (if you can get your hands on it). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Episode 89: Family Snapshot

on The Memory Palace.

Watch this: O.J.: Made in America

Episode 1 premieres on ABC this Saturday 6/11 at 9pm EST before moving to ESPN for the remaining 4 episodes.

Read this: “Fable” by Charles Yu

via The New Yorker.

Eat this: Chicken & Cauliflower Bowls with Cilantro Lime Sauce

via The Simple Foodie.

Drink this: Space Juice Double-IPA (8.7% ABV)

by Long Trail Brewing Co.

Culture Checklist: June 3, 2016

Culture Checklist: June 3, 2016

Sixteen years ago, The Avalanches released an album that is arguably one of the best records of our lifetime. This week they released their first new music since then, and it doesn’t disappoint. Six new binge-worthy episodes of one of our favorite shows just became available today, too. But when you’re not busy playing with the kids this weekend (or binge-watching Netflix), try to squeeze in some time to read this great story, upgrade your fried eggs and make yourself a Michelada. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

on Spotify.

Watch this: Peaky Blinders Season 3

on Netflix.

Read this: Dad’s raw, beautiful post about wife trying to get pregnant delivers every single emotion.

via someecards.com.

Eat this: A Genius Way to Upgrade Your Fried Eggs

via Slate.

Drink this: ‘Gansett Michelada

via Narragansett Beer Co.

Culture Checklist: May 27, 2016

Culture Checklist: May 27, 2016

This Memorial Day Weekend, rock out to new punk music, drool over food porn, figure out your teenager, up your burger game, and crush some cans. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: PUP – The Dream Is Over

on Spotify.

Watch this: Chef’s Table, Season 2, Part 1

on Netflix.

Read this: Who are these kids? Inside the race to decipher today’s teens, who will transform society as we know it

via The Washington Post.

Eat this: Power Burger

via NYT Cooking.

Drink this: Booming Rollers IPA (6.8% ABV)

by Modern Times Brewing Co.

Bonus: The Strokes surprised us with not one, not two, but three new songs yesterday. The whole EP, Future Present Past is streaming now at Spotify.

Culture Checklist: May 20, 2016

Culture Checklist: May 20, 2016

The debut studio album (even though it’s his 13th full-length album) from indie rock’s Next Big Thing is out today, Metacritic says this new comedy series is the best Netflix Original of the year, Jonathan Franzen goes to Antarctica, an easy taco recipe that has our mouths watering, and the beer to trick you into thinking it’s already summer. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial 

on Spotify.

Watch this: Lady Dynamite Season 1

on Netflix.

Read this: The End of The End of The World

via The New Yorker.

Eat this: Sizzling Pork Tacos

via NYT Cooking.

Drink this: Mandarina Tart Farmhouse Ale (4.3% ABV)

by Almanac Beer Co.

Culture Checklist: May 13th 2016

Culture Checklist: May 13th 2016

Don’t you feel like setting off on an adventure? Maybe it’s the gloomy weather outside of Relevant Dad HQ today but we have the itch to escape. That might be caused by the super nostalgic 90’s-esq dreamy new album, Tired of Tomorrow by the Philly band Nothing. This will seriously bring you back to sitting in your room with those big foam headphones on just forgetting everything for awhile. We also hope you carve out some time to watch fellow dad Casey Neistat’s daily vlogs. This guy is living out a dream and is taking us along for the ride. When you get a free second you should also read why you and your toddler need to hit the road together. End your Sunday with some Italian Pork Chops and a smooth coffee inspired beer from Modern Times and you have a great weekend ahead. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow

via Spotify or NPR

Watch this: Casey Neistat’s Vlogs…from the beginning.

on Youtube

Read this: Why Every Father Should Bring His Toddler Out For A Mini Adventure

via Stefen Chow on Medium

Eat this: Italian Pork Chops

via Dad In The Kitchen

Drink this: Mega Black House

By Modern Times Beer

Culture Checklist: May 6, 2016

Culture Checklist: May 6, 2016

The latest surprise album you need to hear, the French House of Cards, an article for those still wrapping their head around Trump becoming the GOP’s presumptive nominee, something light & healthy to eat this weekend, and a beer for the start of pool season. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: James Blake – The Colour in Anything

via Spotify.

Watch this: Marseille Season 1

on Netflix.

Read this: The political scientist who saw Trump’s rise coming

via Vox.

Eat this: Healthy Turkey & Cucumber Lettuce Wrap

via Just a Pinch.

Drink this: Poolside Ale (5% ABV)

By Bells.

Culture Checklist: April 27, 2016

Culture Checklist: April 27, 2016

We’re going to assume you’re sick of hearing about Beyonce’s “Lemonade” as much as we are. Instead, roll the windows down and blast this indie rock album that sounds like the start of summer, watch President Obama’s last trip to the Nerd Prom, read a Princeton professor’s list of life failures, eat the world’s best breakfast sandwich, and, in case of emergency, drink beer. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur

on Spotify.

Watch this: The 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

on C-SPAN (or livestream here) Saturday 4/30 at 6pm EST.

Read this: Johannes Haushofer’s CV of Failures

via Vox.

Eat this: The Best Breakfast Sandwich

via Framed Cooks.

Drink this: Emergency Drinking Beer Pils-style Session Ale (4% ABV)

by Wild Heaven Craft Beers.

Culture Checklist: April 22, 2016

Culture Checklist: April 22, 2016

Country/Americana/Whatever-it’s-just-good music, a huge weekend of HBO premieres, why emojis signal the coming of the apocalypse, healthy food that looks good and tastes great, and coffee. Sweet, sweet cold-pressed bottled coffee. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

on Spotify.

Watch this: Game of Thrones season 6 & Silicon Valley season 3 Premieres

Sunday night 4/24 on HBO.

Read this: If Emoji Are the Future of Communication Then We’re Screwed

via New York Magazine.

Eat this: Green Smoothie Bowls

via Yummly.

Drink this: Pure Black Cold-Pressed Bottled Coffee

from La Colombe.

Culture Checklist: April 8, 2016

Culture Checklist: April 8, 2016

He blew us away with his cover of Sufjan Stevens’ “Blue Bucket of Gold” and he’s just released a debut LP that doesn’t disappoint.  When we’re not watching The Masters this weekend, we’ll be squeezing in new episodes of one of our favorite shows from 2015 while we guzzle canned moonshine and Italian food. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Gallant – Ology

on Spotify.

Watch this: Catastrophe – Season 2 

on Amazon Video.

Read this: When Are You Really An Adult?

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Asiago Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

via Yummly.

Drink this: Canned Moonshine

by Stillhouse.

Culture Checklist: March 25, 2016

Culture Checklist: March 25, 2016

One of rock and rolls most legendary artists teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme to release a fantastic new album (and possibly his last), Pee-Wee returned to the small screen and it’s time to turn your kids onto the entetainment you grew up on, Twitter turned a robot into a racist, oh, and it’s Easter weekend so figure out what to cook and drink something with high alcohol content to get you through it. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop

on Spotify (dive deeper with this excellent interview with NPR’s All Songs Considered and hear Iggy and Josh breakdown “American Valhalla” on Song Exploder).

Watch this: Pee Wee’s Big Holiday

on Netflix.

Read this: How Twitter Taught a Robot to Hate

via Vox.

Eat this: Ham or Lamb?

via Dad Cooks Dinner.

Drink this: Boskeun (10% ABV) 

by De Dolle.

Culture Checklist: March 18, 2016

Culture Checklist: March 18, 2016

Ease into the weekend with some great new indie rock from the former Smith Westerns frontman, a 2nd season of superhero escapism, an inspirational read, and nurse your St. Paddy’s Day hangover with some Irish soda bread and canned cold brew coffee. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Cullen Omori – New Misery

on Spotify.

Watch this: Daredevil Season 2 

on Netflix.

Read this: Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are

via Medium.

Eat this: Real Irish Soda Bread

via Serious Eats.

Drink this: Blue Bottle Coffee Cold Brew

at Whole Foods.

Culture Checklist: March 11, 2016

Culture Checklist: March 11, 2016

A collection of lost recordings and covers (including Bob Dylan, The Smiths,  Sly & The Family Stone, and Led Zeppelin) from a voice gone too soon, a new sketch comedy series consisting of eight 30-minute episodes that are actually worth your time, a story about science confirming what you already knew after you cried reading The Dreaming Tree to your children, a great recipe for adult-style grilled cheese, and, in honor of Bernie’s surprise win in Michigan, a “slightly sour and forward-thinking ale.” You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Jeff Buckley – You and I

on Spotify.

Watch this: Netflix Presents: The Characters

on Netflix.

Read this: Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you, new research confirms

via Quartz.

Eat this: Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches With Mortadella, Pesto, and Artichokes

via Serious Eats.

Drink this: Bernie Weisse Tart German Wheat Ale (3.2% ABV)

by Zero Gravity Brewery.

Culture Checklist: March 4, 2016

Culture Checklist: March 4, 2016

Surprise, surprise. The king of hip hop just dropped an unexpected album on the world last night. Also, your favorite political drama returns for a fourth season to binge-watch after the kids are in bed. In honor of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Academy Award win last Sunday (and since we could all use a palate cleanser after the political events of the past week) check out this short piece about Leo’s “Wolf Pack.” Also, stuff your face and wash it down with these two indulgences because, let’s face it. You’ve earned it this week. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.

on Spotify.

Watch this: House of Cards Season 4 

on Netflix.

Read this: Inside Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Wolf Pack’: The Pussy Posse Is Back and Bolder Than Ever

via The Daily Beast.

Eat this: Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bars

via Buzzfeed.

Drink this: La Colombe Draft Latte

by La Colombe.

Culture Checklist: February 26, 2016

Culture Checklist: February 26, 2016

Remember that scene in High Fidelity when they play that Beta Band track and everyone in the record shop starts bobbing their heads? Well, the new solo album from one-half of the Beta Band has some more head-bob jams (and mellow jams) for 2016. Also, we can pretty much guarantee that the new Full House spin-off/revival is destined to be a dumpster fire of TV entertainment – and that’s exactly why you should watch (and question how you ever stomached the original as a kid). There was also a great op-ed this week about diversity in children’s books that you should read. Finally, you should give your wife a break this weekend and cook the world’s simplest breakfast for the family then celebrate by washing it down with an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Steve Mason – Meet the Humans

on Spotify.

Watch this: Fuller House

on Netflix.

Read this: How Two “Slavery With a Smile” Controversies Are Changing the Conversation About Diverse Children’s Books

via Flavorwire.

Eat this: Potato Hash With a Fried Egg

via NY Times.

Drink this: Sunday Morning Stout (11.3% ABV) 

by Weyerbacher.

Culture Checklist: February 19, 2016

Culture Checklist: February 19, 2016

A debut from a New Zealand singer-songwriter that straddles folk, country, soul, bluegrass and the blues, a great cocktail to go with it, a new binge-watchable series on Netflix from Judd Apatow, an exploration of something we’ve always wondered about, and ice cream (because if your family is anything like ours, everyone wants ice cream on the coldest day of the year). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

on Spotify.

Watch this: Love

on Netflix.

Read this: Why Teenage Girls Roll Their Eyes

via The New York Times.

Eat this: Cookie Monster Ice Cream

via Our Family of Seven.

Drink this: Country Life Cocktail

via Brottle.

Culture Checklist VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION: February 12, 2016

Culture Checklist VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION: February 12, 2016

So… some of this stuff is V-Day related, and other stuff not so much. For example, the long awaited Kayne West follow-up to Yeezus just dropped and the new HBO series from Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger debuts on Sunday. Neither of these are appropriate for your Valentine’s Day with your significant other. Seriously. On the other hand, read this heartbreaking essay, make this stay-at-home dinner, or savor one (or some) of these cocktails and don’t forget to tell your wife you love her. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

on Tidal.

Watch this: Vinyl 

on HBO.

Read this: The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word

via Esquire.

Eat this: A Valentine’s Day Dinner You Can Make at Home

via New York Times.

Drink this: The 10 Best Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

via The Telegraph.

Culture Checklist: February 5, 2016

Culture Checklist: February 5, 2016

Louis C.K. surprises fans with a new webseries, a double LP of new indie shoegaze music from Brooklyn, a good read for new dads, and stuff to eat and drink while you’re watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: DIIV – Is The Is Are

on Spotify.

Watch this: Horace and Pete

on LouisCK.net ($5 to download and worth every penny).

Read this: What Little Babies See That You No Longer Can

via Scientific American.

Eat this: The 11 Most Sought-After Super Bowl Recipes, According To Google

via Huffington Post.

Drink this: Patty’s Chile Beer (4.2% ABV)

from Wynkoop Brewing Company.

Culture Checklist – January 29th, 2016

Culture Checklist – January 29th, 2016

It’s been a wild week online. Between the Republican debate, Kanye vs Wiz, the football playoffs, Barbie and Lego getting hip to the times and Rihanna dropping her new album there has been too much to keep up with. That is why we sift through the muck and find some gems guys. This week a promising new podcast dropped on Gimlet Media, Sampler picks the best moments from all those podcasts that you just haven’t gotten time to listen to yet. It’s witty, fun and saves you valuable time. We also have been obsessing about the new BBC America show London Spy, it’s really, really, good. If you follow us you heard the news already that Mattel has updated Barbie’s body with a plethora of new shapes and sizes. Time Magazine has a great read on the iconic doll got it’s much needed update. PSA – Madi Gras is a little over a week away so you better get cracking on baking up that King Cake brother. If you have never had one before tryit out, you are in for a treat. Wash it down with the official beer of the party Abita Madi Gras Bock. You’ve gotta…

Hear this:  Sampler – (Gimlet Media)

Watch this: London Spy – (BBC America)

Read this: Barbie’s Got A New Body – (Time)

Eat this: King Cake – (Southern Living)

Drink this: Abita Madi Gras Bock – (Abita Beer)

P.S. Last time someone here at Relevant Dad found the baby in the king cake they had a real baby 10 months later. Careful fellas!

Culture Checklist: January 21, 2016

Culture Checklist: January 21, 2016

If you live on the East Coast like we do all you have heard about for 72 hours has been this blizzard that is coming. You may have missed a few gems but fear not we culled them from the steady content stream that is the internet these days.  To listen to we have a beautiful two song album from Alohaha that will make you want to down a Mai Tai and weep. Did you catch Billions pilot on Showtime? If not fire up the Apple TV after the kids have gone to bed and devour it. We’re hooked already and you will be too. Then you can finally read The Big Short and get even more mad about the financial crisis. In honor of our friends and lovers down in thick of the blizzard to eat we have a Chesapeake Chowder that is perfect for snowy weekends. Then and finally, to drink we suggest Grimm’s Super Spruce the perfect beer for after shoveling out and salting your driveway. Cheers to snow in the pines. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Alohaha – Alohaha (Spotify)

Watch this: Billions – Showtime

Read this: The Big Short – Michael Lewis

Eat this: Chesapeake Chowder – (Shrimp, Crabmeat, Potatoes and Cream)

Drink this: Grimm Super Spruce – Grimm Artisanal Ales

 

Culture Checklist: January 8, 2016

Culture Checklist: January 8, 2016

Bowie returns with a new album,  a new documentary about Allen Iverson,  a baby-making switch installed in your scrotum, a healthy-ish dish for those with “eat better” New Years resolutions, and a coffee-flavored Belgian quad from Scotland that’s off the charts. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: David Bowie – ★

on Spotify.

Watch this: Iverson Documentary

on Showtime.

Read this: Goodbye Vasectomy, Hello Sperm Switch

via Inquisitr.

Eat this: Quinoa and Rice Bowl With Kale, Kimchi and Egg

via NYTimes.

Drink this: ABSTRAKT AB:16 Belgian Quad (10.6% ABV)

by Brew Dog.

Culture Checklist: December 31, 2015

Culture Checklist: December 31, 2015

Well, friends. We made it. 2015 is in the books and that has us feeling, well, kinda old.  So, for the most part, we’ll skip the whole New Years Resolution and Auld Lang Syne song and dance and feed you some distractions instead. Like a new collection of Sam Cooke covers, Jerry Seinfeld shooting the shit with the Commander in Chief, a good read to frame your thinking heading into 2016 (we said we wouldn’t skip this completely), a good cookie recipe to tackle with the kids, and a beer with your name at it (and the reason you need to work out more next year). You’ve gotta…

Hear this: The-Dream IAMSAM

on Soundcloud.

Watch this: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 7 Premiere featuring President Obama

on Crackle.

Read this: How To Consciously Evolve in 2016 (& the rest of your life)

on Medium.

Eat this: The Best Gingersnap Cookies

via Serious Eats.

Drink this: Fatso Imperial Stout (9.3% ABV)

by Good People Brewing Co.

The Best of The Best of 2015 Lists

The Best of The Best of 2015 Lists

We did this last year and since FiveThirtyEight is back with another aggregated Best Of “Best Of” List, we thought we’d do it again. Basically they rounded up all the year end lists by the top print and online publications for movies, TV shows, books, and music and generated a master list ranking the top movies, TV shows, books, & albums that appeared on the most year-end “Best Of” lists. You can check out the whole list here or let us provide the Cliff Notes (as if the image above wasn’t enough of a spoiler alert): Carol was the best movie, Master Of None & Fargo tied for the best TV shows, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” was the best book, and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” was the best album of the year. If you haven’t heard of any of these, you’re either a new parent or pretty out of touch. If you fall into the latter category, we can help. Just follow our weekly Culture Checklists to help you stay culturally relevant in 2016.

Culture Checklist CHRISTMAS EDITION: December 24, 2015

Culture Checklist CHRISTMAS EDITION: December 24, 2015

Before we dive into this special Christmas edition of our Culture Checklist, we have a public service announcement: The Beatles’ music catalog is now available to stream for the first time so spend some time over the holidays enjoying the Fab Four with your family. Virtually all streaming services from Spotify to Apple Music to Amazon Prime Music (and others) now have the discography available.

Aside from that fantastic news, and since it is Christmas tomorrow and all, we’ve also got our new favorite Christmas album you probably haven’t heard yet, the debut of the Black Mirror Christmas special on Netflix, a great read about “what a failed doomsday prophecy taught psychologists about the nature of belief,” a super-easy Christmas morning recipe for the kids, and a beautiful new brew from the UK to try and get you hands on. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Like A Gift From God or Whatever by Chris Farren

on Spotify.

Watch this: Black Mirror, “White Christmas” Special

on Netflix (available Christmas Day).

Read this: The Christmas the Aliens Didn’t Come

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Santa Pancakes

via Meet the Dubiens.

Drink this: Naughty & Nice Limited Edition Chocolate Stout (7.5% ABV)

by Vocation Brewery.

Culture Checklist: December 18, 2015

Culture Checklist: December 18, 2015

Some dark hip hop to close out the year with, a true-crime saga now ready for binge-viewing on Netflix, a devistating letter from Scott Weiland’s ex-wife on behalf of his two children, a gluttonous breakfast recipe, and a beer that literally has your name on it. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude by Pusha T

via Spotify.

Watch this: Making a Murderer Season 1

on Netflix.

Read this: Scott Weiland’s Family: ‘Don’t Glorify This Tragedy’

via Rolling Stone.

Eat this: Sweet potato & sprout hash with poached eggs

via BBC Good Food.

Drink this: Rhinegeist Dad Hoppy Holiday Ale (6% ABV)

by Rhinegeist.

Culture Checklist: December 11, 2015

Culture Checklist: December 11, 2015

One of our favorite shows and one of our favorite podcasts both returned with season 2 premieres this week. We’ve also got a good read for those who need to accept being second best. You can then “eat your feelings” after reading it with this gluttenous breakfast recipe and wash it down with some hard cider. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Season 2 Premiere of Serial

here.

Watch this: Transparent Season 2

on Amazon Video.

Read this: I’ll Never Be My Wife’s Equal by Hanif Abdurraqib

via Medium.

Eat this: Scrambled Emu Eggs Benedict

via Munchies.

Drink this: Downeast Cider Winter Blend (6.5% ABV)

by Downeast Cider.

Culture Checklist: December 4, 2015

Culture Checklist: December 4, 2015

Good culture this week. This mixtape is essentially a 36-minute remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” but, oh how it works! Also, a Bill Murray Christmas special directed by Sophia Coppola, hilarious comments on this parent’s FB post, “kookies” to leave out for Foodie Santa on Christmas Eve, and a limited craft beer to drool over until you can find it. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: But You Caint Use My Phone – Erykah Badu

on Spotify.

Watch this: A Very Murray Christmas

on Netflix.

Read this: The comments section below a child’s drawing of Santa 

on Facebook.

Eat this: Momofuku Milk Bar “Kookies” 

via momofuku milk bar.

Drink this: Twenty Five Imperial Vanilla Porter Aged in Rum Barrels (9.8% ABV)

via Breckenridge Brewery.

Culture Checklist (Thanksgiving Edition): November 25, 2015

Culture Checklist (Thanksgiving Edition): November 25, 2015

Considering we’ve never been able to figure out what constitutes “good Thanksgiving music” we’re going to go really left-field and recommend some new world music from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s collaboration with an Israeli/Indian composer (you can check out the trailer for the Paul Thomas Anderson directed documentary of this project here, too).  If that’s not your thing, maybe you’d enjoy binge-watching Marvel’s new dark and gritty superhero drama that’s getting rave reviews. Of course, the long holiday weekend seems like a good time to catch up on some reading. Amazon has a FREE Kindle edition collection of 14 short stories and essays from The 2015 Best American series. We’ve also got the best morning-after Thanksgiving leftover recipe and a new brew from Brooklyn to search for. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express — Junun

on Spotify.

Watch this: Jessica Jones

on Netflix.

Read this: The Best American Series: 14 Short Stories & Essays

via Amazon (free).

Eat this: Thanksgiving Leftovers Toast

via Gear Patrol.

Drink this: C.R.E.A.M. Cream Ale Brewed with Coffee (7.2% ABV)

by Sixpoint.

Culture Checklist: November 20, 2015

Culture Checklist: November 20, 2015

This twenty-seven year old singer just dropped one of the best pop albums of the year (and, no, we’re not talking about Adele), a new series you need to watch if you ever wondered what life might be like if the Nazis won WWII, an incredibly entertaining article about “Europe’s most virile man,” a bunch of new recipes compiled by NYT’s Sam Sifton you should check out in case you still have no idea what to make for Thanksgiving, and an easy drink recipe for a crisp autumn weekend. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Grimes – Art Angels

on Spotify.

Watch this: The Man in the High Castle

on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Read this: How to Have 106 Babies (and Counting)

via GQ.

Eat this: New Recipes for Thanksgiving

via New York Times.

Drink this: Mulled Red Wine Sangria

via Food Network.

Culture Checklist: November 13, 2015

Culture Checklist: November 13, 2015

Lots of good stuff to watch, hear, and read this week, but we’ve hand-picked some favorites for you. Over seven hours of new Bob Dylan outtakes from ’65-’66 (i.e. “Peak” Dylan) are now available on 6 discs for your listening pleasure. Spotify has a 15-track version available highlighting all the gems and it’s a real treat to hear all the classics with completely different arrangements. Aziz Ansari also launched a new series that everyone (including us) has been gushing over this week. With only 10 twenty-something-minute episodes in the series, it’s a show even the busiest moms and dads can binge on after the kids are in bed. We’ve also got a must-read article that’s kind of a follow-up to last week’s Culture Checklist recommended read, some damn good tacos and some damn good limited release beer. It’s gonna be a good weekend. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966

on Spotify.

Watch this: Master of None

on Netflix.

Read this: People’s Deepest, Darkest Google Searches Are Being Used Against Them

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

via Gimme Some Oven.

Drink this: Backwoods Bastard Limited Release Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels (11.6% ABV)

by Founders Brewing Co.

BONUS: Looking for a movie to watch this weekend? Ex Machina, our favorite movie of the past year, is available to stream for free on Amazon Prime Instant Video starting tomorrow 11/14.

Culture Checklist: November 5, 2015

Culture Checklist: November 5, 2015

This week we’ve got a hip-hop collaboration you need to hear, an article you should probably read if you’ve ever wondered what the trade off is for all the amazing technology we have in our pocket, a how-to-make guide for one of the best things you’ll ever eat, and a drink suitable for cartoon royalty. Today also marks the launch of Amazon Pilot Season (where 12 new pilots are opened to the public and we get to vote on which we want to see greenlighted for full seasons). There are six primetime shows and six kids programs so there’s plenty for the whole family to check out this weekend. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder – Indie 500

Out tomorrow 11/6 but you can stream it early at Soundcloud.

Watch this: The New Batch of Amazon Pilots

via AmazonPrime Instant Video.

Read this: If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Momofuku Pork Buns

via Rainy Day Gal.

Drink this: The Flaming Homer

via Punch Drunk.

Culture Checklist HALLOWEEN EDITION: October 29, 2015

Culture Checklist HALLOWEEN EDITION: October 29, 2015

You guys, Halloween is here. Are you ready? Forget about ghost stories and creepy costumes, is there anything more scary than your kids hopped up on sugar and up past their bedtime on the weekend we also set the clocks back? Is the Parenting Trifecta of Terror, honestly. Here’s some stuff to help you get into the holiday spirit. We’ve got five old Halloween records ripped to YouTube that you can stream while greeting trick-or-treaters at the door, a quick little Halloween spoof video you can probably relate to, a great read about what it feels like when other people dress like you for Halloween, some vegan chili that get’s an A+ for Halloween presentation, and three cocktail ideas to enjoy after the kids are (finally) in bed. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Spooky Vinyl – Halloween Records for Kids

via Modern Vinyl (includes links to stream on YouTube).

Watch this: Millennial Horror Story

on YouTube.

Read this: What It’s Like to Become a Halloween Costume

via Vanity Fair.

Eat this: Super-Scary Spicy Vegan Chili

via One Green Planet.

Drink this: Halloween Cocktails – 3 Drinks to Celebrate the Holiday

via Cupcakes and Cashmere.

BONUS – View From the Overlook: Crafting The Shining (30-min documentary on Vimeo).

Culture Checklist: October 22, 2015

Culture Checklist: October 22, 2015

This week we’ve got the catchiest/not-afraid-of-pop album we’ve heard in ages, a short-form doc produced by the Michael J. Fox Foundation that has nothing to do with “Back to the Future Day”, an article for those who haven’t realized that working more doesn’t equal working smart, a recipe for Relevant Dad staff comfort food, and the cheap seasonal beer we’re enjoying at the moment. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: BØRNS – Dopamine

on Spotify.

Watch this: Faces of Parkinson’s

on YouTube.

Read this: Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

via 99u.

Eat this: Traditional Beef Pho

via Serious Eats.

Drink this: Allie’s Donuts Double Chocolate Porter (5.5% ABV)

by Narragansett.

Culture Checklist: October 15, 2015

Culture Checklist: October 15, 2015

Fall feels like it’s in full swing now and we’ve got the soundtrack for it, an oscar contender to watch on a cold autumn night, required reading for anyone with a child and an iPad (i.e. all of us), a great dip for Football Sunday, and an old standby porter we never grow tired of. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?

Out tomorrow, October 16th. Preorder the colored vinyl from Matador Records.

Watch this: Beasts of No Nation

Premieres tomorrow on Netflix.

Read this: The iPad and your kid—digital daycare, empowering educator, or something bad?

via Ars Technica.

Eat this: Very Green Avocado-Tahini Dip

via Tasting Table.

Drink this: King Titus American Porter (7.5% ABV)

by Maine Beer Company.

Culture Checklist: October 8, 2015

Culture Checklist: October 8, 2015

We’ve got an eclectic round-up for you this week: the latest hip-hop song you need on your running mix, an immersive theatrical experience for couples in NYC, an incredibly written Missed Connections post on Craigslist, the wold’s easiest recipe even cooking-inept dads can handle, and a “stiff take on a whiskey sour.” You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Run The Jewels’ New Single “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)”

via Diffuser.

Watch this: Sleep No More

via Punchdrunk.

Read this: This Might Be the First Craigslist Ad to Win a Pulitzer

via Wired.

Eat this: Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

via Red Sky Food.

Drink this: Baltimore Bang

via Saveur.

Culture Checklist: October 1, 2015

Culture Checklist: October 1, 2015

In case you missed it, this week everyone has been talking about Hamilton, the new hip-hop musical period piece based on the biography of Alexander Hamilton (seriously). Somehow, this bizarro concept actually works. In fact, creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, just won a MacArthur Genius grant for it. Before you check out the soundtrack below, you should read this and listen to this in addition to checking out HBO’s mini-documentary capturing Obama’s visit to a federal prison, read why it’s OK to let your kids make a mess (kind of), enjoy a great autumn sweet, and our favorite beer of the moment. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

via Spotify.

Watch this: Vice Special Report: Fixing the System

via YouTube.

Read this: The Value of a Mess

via Slate.

Eat this: Homemade Butterfinger Bark

via Cookies and Cups.

Drink this: Roadsmary’s Baby Pumpkin Ale Aged in Rum Barrels (6.8% ABV)

from Two Roads Brewing Company.

Culture Checklist: September 24, 2015

Culture Checklist: September 24, 2015

To celebrate the start of fall we have some new indie rock tunes, a reminder to set your DVRs for the much-anticipated premiere of the new Daily Show, an article that explains that you really don’t know your kids at all, and, one of the best things about fall: pumpkin stuff. Give us all the pumpkin stuff. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom

Out tomorrow 9/25 (stream it now at NPR Music).

Watch this: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Premieres Monday, 9/28 at 11:00 pm EST on Comedy Central.

Read this: Parents Just Don’t Understand

via Psychology Today.

Eat this: Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

via Epicurious.

Drink this: Pumpking Imperial Ale (8.6% ABV)

from Southern Tier Brewing Company.

Culture Checklist BONUS: Ryan Adams Covers Taylor Swift’s Entire ‘1989’ Album

Culture Checklist BONUS: Ryan Adams Covers Taylor Swift’s Entire ‘1989’ Album

We listen to a lot of Ryan Adams over here at Relevant Dad. And while his Pax Am 7” series has been a lot of fun to follow since last year’s excellent self-titled LP (which also happened to be one of our favorites of the year), all recent artistic achievements are at least temporarily overshadowed by the fact that he’s covered the entirety of Taylor Swift’s mega-hit album “1989”. Let us all collectively lose our shit. Since your wife and kids probably know the words to all the songs already, we thought we’d break from our Thursday afternoon Culture Checklist tradition to give you this, our first ever, Culture Checklist BONUS so that you’re “in the know.” It all started back in early August when Ryan Adams was posting teases of Taylor Swift covers on Instagram. The guy spends virtually every day in a recording studio when he’s not touring so some people thought he was just having fun until Swift was tipped off on Twitter, Adams confirmed it, and Swift, rather adorably, geeked out. He’s done this sort of thing before (it’s been confirmed that he also recorded The Strokes’ Is This It before scrapping it completely) so we’re just really happy we get to hear it this time. It’s available to download on Amazon & iTunes and streaming on Spotify & Apple Music right now while a 2xLP is supposed to be released sometime down the road. Admit it, dad. Deep down you were hoping that someday someone would make it acceptable for you to sing along to Taylor Swift songs.

Culture Checklist: September 17, 2015

Culture Checklist: September 17, 2015

We’ve got an interesting round-up for you this week. Ever wonder what Radiohead would sound like reworked as soul/R&B? Is your family ready for the return of The Muppets? Have you noticed how portrayals of sex on screen have evolved over the years? Looking for something a little more exciting to eat and drink this weekend? We’ve got you covered. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Roman GianArthur – OK Lady

stream or download it for free via Soundcloud.

Watch this: The Muppets

Series premiere next Tuesday, 9/22 at 8:00 pm EST on ABC.

Read this: How TV Sex Got Real

via Time.

Eat this: Heirloom Tomato Pie

via Tasting Table.

Drink this: Cold-Brew Italian Coffee Bottled Cocktail

via Brottle.

Culture Checklist: September 10, 2015

Culture Checklist: September 10, 2015

It was a pretty big week! Assuming you watched Colbert’s “Late Show” debut and have already seen the latest viral video making the rounds, allow us to suggest some new indie rock/world music tunes, remind you that tonight kicks off the NFL season, recommend a must-read article written by the husband of Anne-Marie Slaughter (author of the now-classic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” piece), offer up a DIY condiment for your epic burgers, hotdogs, and pretty much everything else, and tip our hats to the makers of the most unique beer we’ve seen in awhile. You’ve gotta…

Hear this:  Beirut – No No No

on Spotify.

Watch this: NFL Kickoff (Patriots vs. Steelers)

8:30 EST tonight on NBC.

Read this: Why I Put My Wife’s Career First

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Homemade Bacon Marmalade

via Tasting Table.

Drink this: HefeWheaties American Pale Wheat Ale (4.7% ABV)

via Fulton Brewery.

Culture Checklist: September 3, 2015

Culture Checklist: September 3, 2015

An album of covers that will ease you into the autumn season, required reading if you’re still using baby monitors, French comfort food, and wine in a can that’s actually good (for real)… there’s a lot to like this week. However, we want to bring a little more attention to what to watch this weekend than we usually do. Assuming you aren’t already going to be watching the US Open all weekend, we’re recommending binge-watching a series you probably missed when it was released earlier this year. It’s the 2nd highest rated new comedy of the year according to Metacritic with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes alone and there are only 6 half-hour episodes so you can easily knock out the season after the kids are in bed. It will bring back memories of the stressful and confusing times you experienced when your partner was pregnant and we seriously can’t recommend it enough. Come for the sex humor, stay for the heart. You’ve gotta…

Watch this: Catastrophe Season 1

on AmazonPrime Instant Video.

Hear this: Yo La Tengo “Stuff Like That There”

on Spotify.

Read this: “9 baby monitors wide open to hacks that expose users’ most private moments”

via Ars Technica.

Eat this: Provençal Vegetable Tian (a.k.a. That Dish From the Ratatouille Movie)

via Serious Eats.

Drink this: Underwood Wine in a Can

from Union Wine Co.

Culture Checklist: August 27, 2015

Culture Checklist: August 27, 2015

As summer comes to a close we’ve got a new album from indie rock royalty, the latest from the artist of our generation, an age-old myth debunked, an LA street food classic, and a refreshing and healthy (alcohol-free) drink that everyone’s talking about. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Beach House Depression Cherry 

via Spotify.

Watch this: The trailer for Banksy’s Dismaland theme park

via YouTube.

Read this: No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

via The New York Times.

Eat this: Danger Dogs

via The 99 Cent Chef.

Drink this: Maple Water

via Happy Tree.

Culture Checklist: August 20, 2015

Culture Checklist: August 20, 2015

Got some good stuff for you this week. We’ve got the debut album announcement from a super producer turned artist to watch (and personal favorite), the premiere of a new HBO miniseries (the only series dads have enough time to watch) from the creator of The Wire, a new book of short stories (the only books dads have enough time to read) being called one of the best collections of all time, a delicious indulgence from the creator of the “Cronut,” and a cream ale with coffee & vanilla too good to pass up. You gotta…

Hear this: Debut track from BOOTS upcoming LP, Aquaria 

via YouTube.

Watch this: Show Me a Hero

on HBO.

Read this: A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

via Amazon.

Eat this: Cookie Shots by Dominique Ansel 

via Pop Sugar.

Drink this: Calm Before The Storm Cream Ale (5.5% ABV)

by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Culture Checklist: August 13, 2015

Culture Checklist: August 13, 2015

This week we have a live set from the singer-songwriter of the moment, a movie trailer that will have you counting down the days ’til Christmas, a story that will make you want to up your game on your kid’s next birthday party, the best way to celebrate #NationalSmoresWeek, and a recipe for Brazil’s national cocktail (can you believe the summer Olympics in Rio are only a year away?). You gotta…

Hear this: Jason Isbell’s full set from the Newport Folk Festival

via NPR Music.

Watch this: Teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest, The Hateful Eight

via YouTube.

Read this: Mom Throws Dream Party for Personal Injury Lawyer-Obsessed Toddler

via WSJ.

Eat this: S’mores Pancakes

via Fake Ginger.

Drink this: Caipirinha

via Esquire.

Culture Checklist: August 6, 2015

Culture Checklist: August 6, 2015

Another week, another Culture Checklist to help you stay relevant. This week brings us the long-awaited Dr. Dre follow up 16-years in the making (P.S. Detox is never gonna happen), the return of the funniest show on TV that you probably aren’t watching, an article about the effects Disney and Nickelodeon are having on our children, a gluttonous off-menu Shake Shack burger, and a new dry-hopped session lager to taste this weekend. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Dr. Dre – Compton

Exclusively via Apple Music (stream it for free tonight at 9pm EST until midnight before the official release tomorrow, Fri 8/7).

Watch this: Review – Season 2

via Comedy Central (new episodes Thursdays at 10pm EST).

Read this: What Tween TV Teaches Kids

via The Atlantic.

Eat this: Secret Menu Peanut Butter & Bacon ShackBurger

via Hack the Menu.

Drink this: Yacht Dry-Hopped Session Lager (4.2% ABV)

by Stillwater Artisanal.

Culture Checklist: July 30, 2015

Culture Checklist: July 30, 2015

Helping you stay relevant, this week’s Culture Checklist includes the psychedelic baby-making indie rock album from Australia you never knew you wanted, a Netflix series prequel to a 14-year-old cult comedy, a great article by one of our favorite writers (Jon Ronson) about actors who play terrorists on film/tv, the world’s best pancake recipe, and a drink to take the edge off this summer heat. You’ve gotta…

Hear this: Tame Impala – Currents

via Spotify.

Watch this: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

on Netflix. (All 8 episodes are available to stream starting tomorrow, 7/31.)

Read this: You May Know Me from Such Roles as Terrorist #4

via GQ.

Eat this: (Relevant Dad Approved) Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

via Serious Eats.

Drink this: Ramos Gin Fizz

via Epicurious.

Culture Checklist: July 23, 2015

Culture Checklist: July 23, 2015

Aside from striving to be an exceptional father and husband, a key element to being a relevant dad is keeping up with what’s cool every week. We try to bring you great products and experiences every day but felt we were neglecting an opportunity to tell you about the best album we heard this week, or an amazing craft beer to try, or an indie flick that’s finally streaming that you’ve gotta see – you know, culture stuff. Well, we’re not going to pass up those opportunities anymore. Introducing Relevant Dad’s Culture Checklist – five things you need to check out as you head into the weekend. We’ll follow the same format every week so it’s easy to scan through and even included a new section in our navigation bar in case you miss a week and want to catch up. Want to stay relevant? You’ve gotta…

Hear this: White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

via Spotify.

Watch this: Jurassic Park: High Heels Edition

on Youtube.

Read this: Want a good public education for your kids? Better be rich first.

via Vox.com.

Eat this: Street Food Recipes for Your Workplace

via The Guardian.

Drink this: Boom Sauce 7.4% ABV America IPA

by Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

 

Relevant Dad’s 25 Favorite Albums of 2014

Relevant Dad’s 25 Favorite Albums of 2014

Music is subjective and year-end lists can be a pointless exercise arbitrarily deeming one album better than the previous. How does one even compare a hip hop record to an album from a singer-songwriter? It’s absurd. But the silver lining of year-end music lists is the opportunity it gives people to discover new music they might have otherwise missed. We know the relevant dad is a busy guy so that’s why we’ve put together a list of our 25 favorite albums of 2014 (keyword: “favorite”). We’re not saying #1 is better than #25. We simply ranked them based on what knocked us out on the first listen but kept us coming back for repeat plays throughout the year. Links to stream on Spotify, download on iTunes & buy on vinyl from Amazon are listed below and a giant Spotify playlist of our favorite 50 albums (yes, 25 more than what we’re listing below) can also be found at the “buy” link below. Enjoy!

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