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this one dude i saw on the news had been waiting on the street for two days to get into the red hook ikea to get free furniture

jhøshea, Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

it was crazy

jhøshea, Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

The only way you could compare music to IKEA would be if, say, the download cost you $.99, but then you had to pay another $.10 to load it into your iPod, another $.10 to put it in a playlist, $.50 for the metadata, another $.50 for the album art, etc...

You gotta love a business model that sells you the table separately from the legs. Genius.

pshrbrn, Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

more like you have to buy percussion separately.

deej, Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

"hi hats are an extra .10"

deej, Thursday, 19 June 2008 22:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

exactly! i guess that's sort of the radiohead model for those remixes stems, no? i wonder how many of the contest remixers scrimped and didn't buy, say, the bass.

pshrbrn, Friday, 20 June 2008 00:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Isn't it good? Scandanavian wood

Steve Shasta, Friday, 20 June 2008 00:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

What's odd is that the music review references to Ikea always make the furniture sound more glossy and professional and, well, sturdy than it actually is.

Like, the real IKEA pop would be Robyn - not because she's from Scandanavia, but because there's that same sense of rickety el cheapo construction aspiring to ape the high-tech and high-cost fashions of the day.

Tim F, Friday, 20 June 2008 00:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

This is just what happens when the generation who watched Fight Club too many times during adolescence grows up and becomes music writers.

adamj, Friday, 20 June 2008 01:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

(I know because I am part of that generation)

adamj, Friday, 20 June 2008 01:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

You gotta love a business model that sells you the table separately from the legs. Genius.

That's great because you can choose what color legs to go with what color table!

dan selzer, Friday, 20 June 2008 13:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

paint would be cheaper. and more versatile!

pshrbrn, Friday, 20 June 2008 16:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

What these writers really mean to say is "This music reminds me of IKEA because they play stuff like it at IKEA."

Hurting 2, Friday, 20 June 2008 16:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

mostly they play stuff like it at urban outfitters but nobody wants to admit they shop there once they get their first job

also THE CONTAINER STORE people
fills more inches and is less done

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

do they play stuff like this at IKEA? the ones i've been to are playing kinda normal supermarket/mall sort of music. i think.

tylerw, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Actually I haven't been to IKEA in years so I don't know.

Hurting 2, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure the first time I'd ever heard of IKEA was via the Pavement song "Date w/IKEA."

jaymc, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

jaymc always with the really random cultural blind spots!

some dude, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

What these writers really mean to say is "This music reminds me of IKEA because they play stuff like it at IKEA."

-- Hurting 2, Friday, June 20, 2008 12:53 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Link

they play soft rock/pop radio at ikea

and what, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

not the alt/indie peter bjorn & john style soft rock but like air supply and shit

and what, Friday, 20 June 2008 17:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

It was 1997! They hadn't yet penetrated the Midwest.

jaymc, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'm with jaymc, that too was my first exposure to IKEA.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it looks like the Schaumburg store opened in fall 1998.

jaymc, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

ironically, the first time i heard of pavement was at an ikea.

Granny Dainger, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

You should've borrowed my Walkman on the National Honor Society field trip to Navy Pier.

jaymc, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

i hate on ikea cause its a horrible place to be inside

Sometime around 1999 I think I nearly had a relationship end entirely because of the stress of a day at IKEA. You can walk in at 10am and find yourself at 5pm, still there, wanting to murder everyone around you, you and your companion both convinced that the other is the most irritating soft-headed pain in the ass ever to have walked the earth. There should be some sort of Survivor-style reality show set in an IKEA.

(I think the only reason the girlfriend and I didn't wind up killing one another that day was that I managed to carry a 7-foot circular rug through crowds and down three flights, which gave me immunity.)

nabisco, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

i wasn't in NHS! just NJHS. (and i was lying. i'd heard of pavement in Spin)

Granny Dainger, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

some dude, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

xp For some reason I think I knew that. (The first part, I mean.)

jaymc, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

The best part is that if you go in the morning and do all your slow strolling and looking around and considering options, by 2:30 or so you'll be tired and snippy and running around trying to gather things up and get the hell out of them -- except then there'll be an afternoon crowd of couples strolling happily around considering options, and you will probably want to punch them all in the face and tell them that love is an illusion and they'd better get the hell out of your way because this is the real world and you are putting your foot down, getting the original lamp, taking it home, and strangling yourself with the cord. It's like an instant aging process between the morning and afternoon crowds: "Remember back at 11 when we were like that, so happy and full of dreams? These poor bastards have no idea what will happen to them in two hours."

nabisco, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

it's been very freeing to purge myself of all my ikea crap, though i've found it very difficult to find a new dining table on craigslist because it's all ikea bullshit.

omar little, Friday, 20 June 2008 18:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

say what you want about ikea but if you have a shitlaod of books like i do their cheep bookcases are a fuckin godsend

s1ocki, Friday, 20 June 2008 19:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Not to mention that by late afternoon you're liable to start buying a bunch of random cheap crap from the housewares section that will uselessly clutter up your apartment.

Hurting 2, Friday, 20 June 2008 19:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

(xpost)

Hurting 2, Friday, 20 June 2008 19:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

actually wait, the only thing i haven't purged is the EXPEDIT, which was a bitch to put together but it was totally worth it and it looks pretty good, too. it fits records perfectly.

omar little, Friday, 20 June 2008 19:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I was thinking about getting some EXPEDIT for our new place when we move

Hurting 2, Friday, 20 June 2008 19:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

I found myself the other day missing my JERKER (OOP)

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 June 2008 19:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

I prefer to get my houseware clutter from Crate & Barrel and World Market

milo z, Friday, 20 June 2008 20:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

Obviously most of the people on this list are too young to have had to remodel their tenants' kitchen without going broke. Ikea is essentially irreplaceable for that.

dlp9001, Friday, 20 June 2008 20:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

I don't object to the cheap, normal furniture, I object to the drill-camp stores.

I also commend them on the obviousness/honesty of that whole ad campaign where they were like "hey, IKEA shoppers, you're older and got promotions and want nicer stuff, so we've started making it in order to keep you from shopping anyplace else."

nabisco, Friday, 20 June 2008 20:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

say what you want about ikea but if you have a shitlaod of books like i do their cheep bookcases are a fuckin godsend

-- s1ocki, Friday, June 20, 2008 3:17 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Link

just a lonely guy thinking baout a shitlaod of books

and what, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

BRAGGIN 2008

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

say what you want about ikea but if you have a shitlaod of books records/CDs like i do everyong on ILM does their cheep bookcases are a fuckin godsend

stephen, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

if you have a shitload of CDs and DVDs you really need to grow up and get some of those pleatherized case logics

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

records obviously another story but seriously those "limited edition digipaks" are just silly

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

That all said I am a big MARKOR fan

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

i want a pleatherized case logic for my books so i can rip out the pages and be done with them

s1ocki, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

also THE CONTAINER STORE people
fills more inches and is less done

-- El Tomboto, Friday, June 20, 2008 5:01 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Link

OTM

plus shit is even cheaper

all my records are in container store boxes now

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

i want a pleatherized case logic for my books so i can rip out the pages and be done with them

El Tomboto, Friday, 20 June 2008 21:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure the first time I'd ever heard of IKEA was via the Pavement song "Date w/IKEA."

Same here, and I thought it was about a girl!

marc h., Friday, 20 June 2008 21:41 (6 years ago) Permalink


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