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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

2B - Thursday, October 13, 2011
Each week, one Ann Arbor staple menu item becomes a
battlefield as Daily Arts editors butt heads over
which restaurant makes it best.


334 Maynard Street
The hash is formed into a patty with a
nice texture: soft and tender inside with
a nice crust on the outside. The focus is
the mashed meat. Some sort of vegetable
chunks are visible, but limited. This is
unfortunate, because more vegetables
might distract from the nagging thought
that your plate was accidentally swapped
with the dog's.
215 South State Street
Corned beef hash isn't the sexiest food.
Most of us would prefer bacon, the prom
queen of breakfast meats. Still, like an
expensive stylist, Mr. Greek's does its
best with the plain Jane of corned beef,
adding a tangy blend of spices and flavor-
ful onions to the beef/hash mixture. It
almost works, except every other bite is
sort of bland. Add hot sauce.

1100 Catherine Street
The potatoes are the star of Angelo's
version of corned beef hash. The meat is
delicious, but acts as more of an adorn-
ment than an equal one half of the dish.
It's the tinsel, not the tree. It's a fried
mass, crispy on the edges but not too
greasy, and it's all complemented by deli-
cious eggs and the world-famous scrump-
tuousness that is Angelo's toast.
300 South Ashley Street
Technically speaking, Fleetwood Diner's
hippie hash isn't cornedbeef hash at all and
should be disqualified. But the stuff is just
so unflinchingly addictive - the crunchy
potatoes, the crispily cooked veggies, that
perfect touch of feta - this Ann Arbor sta-
ple can't be left off the hash-lover's menu.
Maybe we don't live in the best corned beef
town, but hippie hash makes up for it.

And the winner is: Fleetwood Diner

There's no shortage of sun-
soaked nostalgia among indie
rockers these days, but it's
always a
relief to *'*'**-
hear it done
well. While Youngerthan
others Yesteda
Surfer Real Estate
Blood, Best
Coast, etc.) Deminto
seem to rely
more on texture or bratty atti-
tude, Real Estate uses more
familiar - and at times eclectic
- ways to capture the sunlight.
Taking most of its cues from
'80s dream pop (think The
Church or the Go-Betweens),

"Younger than Yesterday,"
from the band's anticipated
new release Days, finds sing-
er Matt Courtney winding
wistful lyrics around breezy,
slow-strummed guitars, the
band adrift in a sea of jangling
reverb and echo.
"Younger than Yesterday"
transplants turn-of-the-'70s
British folk changes with shoe-
gaze at its most melodic; the
track's hypnotic, repeating
guitar lines could be Fairport
Convention in slow-motion.
It's a well-worn vintage sound,
but thanks to Courtney's eye
for detail it sounds more out of
time than stale. While it lacks
the touchstones of psych-folk

B-Side Buzz
Arnetha Beard
Michigan Union custodian
Why do you read the Daily?
It keeps me aware of what's going on up on the campus. And if
there's something going on nationwide, you have that in there also.
Have you ever been to the opera?
I have, but it was done by a lot of students though. I thought it was
good. It was different, to try to focus on something that was done
professionally, I thought they did a great job.
Do you ever sing opera?
Sometimes, I do.
Can you give us a sample?
Excerpts are taken from the B-Side Buzz video,
which can be found on MichiganDaily.com.
Interview by Jeff Waraniak
The savage-but-sexy trailer
for "The Rum Diary" signals a
film as uncouth as the hilari-
ously dark
Hunter S
novel it's The Rum }
based on. -
ny Depp FilmDistrict
("Pirates of
the Caribbean") headlines as
jaded journalist Paul Kemp,
who snags a gig at a screws-
coming-loose newspaper in
'60s-era Puerto Rico. On an
alcohol-infused jaunt, Kemp
rubs elbows with a shady busi- FILMOISTRICT
nessman, Sanderson (Aaron
Eckhart, "The Dark Knight"), ied, Steve Buscemi-eyed Depp the-border "Hangover." Nev-
whose smoldering fiance, that introduces the trailer. ertheless, Robinson manages a
Chenault (Amber Heard, "Drive Robinson's narrative choices particularly svelte, intoxicating
Angry 3-D"), tempts his spirits- are of greater concern: Hardly aesthetic that mutes any visible
soaked heart. visible is Kemp's internal strug- discrepancies and, perversely,
There's little doubt Depp can gle to remain relevant as his makes Thompson's dystopia all
handle the Kemp - this much is youth fades. Instead, the trailer the more beckoning.
apparent by the shot of a blood- unfurls as an emptiersouth-of- -STEPHEN OSTROWSKI
The first extended look at
Marvel's superhero extrava-
ganza, "The Avengers," is out,
and boy, is it
dynamite. By *****
the second
chain reac- TheAvengers
tion of vehic- Paramount
ular inferno
21 seconds in (rewind it as
many times as you need, it gets
better each time) the doubts
over bringing Joss Whedon

("Firefly") on as director are
already quashed - and that's
before a single superhero is
The Avengers are then trot- PARAMOUNT
ted out, set to Nine Inch Nails's
invigorating, appropriately geek whose jaw has become al "I'm a God" aloofness - and
chosen "We're In This Togeth- permanently unhinged. setting up Loki as a legitimately
er" - Captain America, Iron The very sight of Earth's formidable opponent.
Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black mightiest heroes sitting togeth- With this two-minute teaser,
Widow, Hawkeye and Samuel er in the same room unleashes "The Avengers" has already
L. Jackson as Nick "I have one an unprecedented level of sheer exceeded expectations to
eye but I'll still blow you the exuberance, but the trailer tops infinity and beyond. When the
hell up" Fury - each getting a itself by also giving a glimpse of Avengers finally assemble in
rousing split-second to flaunt their internal dynamic - Tony May, it should be an astonish-
their swagger. Now, a moment Stark's snack, Captain Ameri- ingly good time.
of silence for every comic book ca's fortitude and Thor's gener- -KAVISHEKHAR PANDEY




forebearers the Byrds - whose
album of the same name was a
staple of Summer-of-Love psy-
chedelia - Real Estate's lat-
est is a lusty wash-over, never
completely revealing the gor-
geousness beneath the surface
like a sunset in soft focus.


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