It’s no secret Texans love their barbecue. It’s also a verifiable truth that H-E-B is one of the mot beloved grocery stores in the state, and maybe even America. Put the two together, and you’ve got a winning formula.
That’s right, Texas. H-E-B is about to introduce drive-thru barbecue stands to certain stores starting in August, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Customers will be able to enjoy meals from True Texas BBQ, the grocery chain’s barbecue brand. The restaurant will also serve breakfast tacos, because of course it will.
“Even if families don’t need to necessarily do a full shop, the True Texas BBQ will be a spot where families can go and dine together and enjoy what is arguably some of the best barbecue in Texas,” H-E-B spokesperson Dya Campos told the Express-News Wednesday.
Sadly for Austinites, it looks like we’re still stuck waiting in line at Franklin. So far, the only store to feature the True Texas BBQ restaurant will be in San Antonio, as part of a new 118,000-square-foot H-E-B in the southwest corner of Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road.
When did Mötley Crüe become classic rock? Sometime around the time when radio stations started using data to craft their playlists, according to a FiveThirtyEight post.
These days, Mötley Crüe, Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osborne are considered classic rock. But they weren’t always. And, as any Gen Xer (or Millennial) who’s heard Pearl Jam or Green Day on their local classic rock station can tell you, there comes a time when they ask, “When did ‘Longview’ become ‘classic?'”
According to FiveThirtyEight, radio stations these days use a lot of data mining to figure out what their listeners like, and then they cater to that when they make playlists.
“The standard in the industry these days is an online music test or an auditorium music test where you just gather a sample and have them rate songs based on the hooks — the most familiar parts of the song — and you just get back a whole slew of data,” Clear Channel classic rock brand manager Eric Wellman said in the blog post. He added that the year a song was released has nothing to do with it becoming a “classic rock” song. Instead, the classic rock genre’s ability to grow based on listener reviews and data is what makes the genre last so long.
As a result, companies like Clear Channel ask fans of classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin what else they listen to, add songs to the playlist based off of that, and then cater to different geographic regions based on taste. For instance, in FiveThirtyEight’s data set, Bad Company and Heart songs are played more in San Antonio and Houston, respectively, than anywhere else in the country.
Mötley Crüe is also played 4.3 times as much in San Antonio compared to average.
Other areas in the South tend to listen to “harder” classic rock, like Metallica and KISS. This, Wellman told FiveThirtyEight, is because of immigration.
“The Hispanic influx across the southern United States vastly changes the rock landscape,” he told FiveThirtyEight. “The common conventional wisdom is that Hispanics who listen to English-language rock like a significantly harder brand of English-language rock. In markets where that is an influence, you’ll see that.”
As Gen Xers and Baby Boomers grow older and Millennials begin to take up more of the advertising market share, however, the classic rock genre might skew younger based on what younger listeners add. So, we’re probably going to start hearing a lot more Green Day, My Chemical Romance, blink-182, The Strokes and other 1990s-2000s rock bands hit their “classic” phase soon.
Check out the full article and all of its methodology here.
It’s pretty clear to see the common theme of the ads. With a depth chart of players from Argentina, Spain, France, Latvia and Australia, the Spurs brought their international appeal to the small screen.
In the “Farmers Market” spot, new guy on the team Pau Gasol hawks Taylor golden pears from Spain, while Kawhi Leonard explains what the California plumcot is. Point guard Tony Parker even speaks French while describing strawberry shortcake, a staple at the Poteet Strawberry Festival.
Aussie Patty Mills makes an appearance in the “Origami” clip, in which Parker walks in on the team surrounded by folded paper art. The ad promotes H-E-B’s line of stir-fry kits, but it’s Mills crocodile (not a alligator) that steals the show. Steve Irwin would be proud.
The title of the third ad, “Fluent” speaks for itself. Danny Green and Mills walk up to Manu Ginobili and Gasol grilling an obnoxious amount of meat. When asked what they’re cooking, the grillmasters respond in Spanish, explaining that they’ve got fajitas (among other things) and it’s all delicious. Mills reminds the pair that they don’t speak Spanish, but after he and Green try some fresh-off-the-grill meat, we get to hear what an Australian speaking Spanish sounds like. Green also does his best to describe the rich flavor of the meat in Spanish.
According to a Facebook comment by H-E-B on its official page, more commercials are dropping on Saturday, when the Spurs play their first home court regular season game of the NBA season. Until then, check out the teasers for the remaining commercials, including the highly-anticipated appearance of recently-retired Tim Duncan alongside other Spurs alumni.
The day finally came. The Big Fundamental is retiring.
After 19 seasons spent with the same team in the league, Tim Duncan has said goodbye to the San Antonio Spurs. The announcement about the five-time champion’s retirement was delivered in the most Duncan-esque way. No press conference, year-long farewell tour, articles or a letter on a sports website, but rather a simple press release and video from the Spurs organization.
That sound you hear? Teardrops on our guitars, because Taylor Swift didn’t drive far enough up the highway to say hello during a weekend trip to Texas.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the pop megastar visited San Antonio this weekend to attend the wedding of a friend. According to the report, a photographer hired to shoot the wedding caught Swift in celebratory action.
The singer, currently serving up a bleach-blonde bob, might have been in town for the wedding of backup singer Eliotte Nicole Woodford, according to the Daily Mail.
We have to admit that we’re disappointed that Austin did not score a visit from Swift while she was in the area. We’d also be lying if we said we weren’t chafed that the Alamo City got the coveted Taytay bump. Our cross-city, taco-inspired sibling rivalry needs no further fuel.