What I’m Listening To 2

As the school year has started back up and we move away from the air-conditioner and towards fuzzy blankets, I thought I’d share what I’ve been listening to lately. I hope you all have been well in my absence. This quarter seems to be kicking my ass so far but I’m going to try to post on here as much as possible. Please enjoy 🙂

 

INDIE:

“This Song” by RAC

“Mother & Father” by Broods

“Back to You” by Selena Gomez

“What You Need” by BAYNK

“Circles” by BABE

“Poolside” by BAYNK

EDM:

“Embrace” by NGHTMRE

“WANT U” by ARMNHMR

“WOW” by Tiesto

“Out of My League” by Fitz & the Tantrums (Peking Duk Remix)

“Headbang Gang” by Trampa

RAP:

“Drip Too Hard” by Lil Baby

“Rap Diablo” by MRTN

“Gimme Got Shot” by YG

“Jameson” by Luke Christopher

“RENTAL” by BROCKHAMPTON

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver has a unique ability to make you care, deeply, about the smallest glimpses into someone’s life. It could be the moment that a husband pushes his wife through a window or just three couples at a dinner party discussing what it really means to love someone – you will become invested. His short story collection, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” is the book that first made me feel that I could be a writer. They are stories with short timelines that exist as character-driven stories with deep insights into the interactions between people. Every stir of a glass or placement of a hand holds a deep significance. Carver’s amazing skills of observation are evident throughout these stories in which the intricacies of human behavior are put under a blinding spotlight. The film “Birdman” revolves around a play that is based off one of Carver’s short stories. The insanity that the main actor dissolves into throughout the film is a reflection of the underlying madness that ruminates in all of Carver’s stories. His cuts to scene versus summary are genius and give the best focus on what the characters see as important. What little action there is, gets buried in the dialogue-heavy stories to more importantly reveal the character drive behind these actions. His essay, “On Writing” is a clear insight into his thoughts behind his own writing and his value in stylistic integrity. Any fan of stories that get to the point with scape-like precision will enjoy his work.

Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Question:

What’s the leading cause of dry skin?

Punchline:

Towels.

 

I am normally not one for poetry. I find it is at times trite, overcomplicated or using so much flowered language that I wonder if there is any substance under all those gossamer images. However, there is one exception and so far only one exception to this. Kaveh Akbar. I read his poetry for a class last year and fell deeply in love. The passion and sharp truth behind his words makes me tear up every time I read them. I was fortunate enough to FaceTime with him in class and the opportunity to ask him questions and hear him read his own poetry propelled my love ever deeper. His first full-length book was released at the end of 2017 and every poem is ridiculously impressive.

I think I enjoy his work so much because it reminds me of good fiction. Every word and line serves a specific purpose and any fatty bits have been skillfully removed with a scalpel’s precision. He says what he means and means what he says and I have great respect and admiration for that intense honesty. Going through the book I myself find underlining and highlighting most lines to the point of excess but I just can’t help it, they’re all SO GOOD. His imagery is solidly rooted in this material world so it is easily accessible and easy to connect with making it hit that much harder. Alcoholism, sorcery, Islam and a fading of tradition are all explored in this magnificent collection – even if you don’t like poetry I really recommend trying his because it is truly like nothing I have ever read before.

What I’m Watching

Question:

Why did the one-handed man cross the street?

Punchline:

To get to the second-hand shop.

 

Easily one of my favorite ways to relax at the end of the day is to snuggle up with a fuzzy blanket and watch Netflix. Depending on the show,  I either watch intently or zone off and let my mind run through the days’ events but either way, there are particular shows that are my current go-to’s. If I have less time then I turn to YouTube for some shorter videos so I’ll also list some of my favorite Youtubers.

Shows

Stranger Things:

If you haven’t at least heard of this show I don’t know where you’ve been the past two years. This show has taken the Western world by storm and for good reason- it has comedy, incredible young actors and a strong heart running through it. With a second season even better than the first, it shows no signs of dying off anytime soon.

Manhunt Unabomber:

The Unabomber case never really interested me until this show popped up on my Netflix recommended list. Immediately after starting it, I found myself completely engrossed in this super unique case that was solved in an unprecedented fashion. I finished the season in two days and would have finished it even faster if things like classes and homework didn’t get in the way.

Bates Motel:

Undoubtedly on the darker side, this show is a fascinating look into the damaged family that lead to the development of Norman Bates of the thriller film Psycho. It is beautifully shot and set in a small woodsy town where it always seems to have just finished raining. The acting is phenomenal to the point that you start to really hate Vera Farmiga and have to remind yourself that she’s just playing Norma.

Nathan For You:

If ridiculous comedy is your cup of tea then this is the show for you. It’s lead by Nathan Fielder who assists struggling business with his “unique” plans to bring in customers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more awkward person in front of a camera and this combined with the exceedingly elaborate nature of his plans is enough to make me laugh until my face hurts.

Mad Men:

An incredibly shot show with remarkable character development, this is a show that never gets old despite it being set in the 1960s. The plot is riveting but slow-paced enough that you truly get to know the characters and you’ll care enough that you’ll be yelling at the screen when they are making choices that you know will get them into trouble later.

YouTube Channels:

David Dobrik:

I love his daily vlogs because they are all four minutes and twenty seconds which is perfect for someone with a short attention span like mine. You get to know the “characters” so the more you watch, the more you enjoy it.

Cody Ko:

Ever since getting a new intern to film and edit his vlogs, they have reached impressive quality. Cody is a great comedian who laughs at both himself and his fans so his channel isn’t exactly for those who err towards the sensitive side.

Casey Neistat:

A quintessential Youtuber who seems to be everywhere and doing everything with everyone every day: Casey Neistat is all about the constant grind.

What I’m Listening To

I’m the type of person who is almost constantly listening to music – whether I’m walking, doing the dishes or studying, my Spotify is always open. I like a wide variety of music and love hearing new music from my friends so I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’ve been listening to on here. With the holiday season now upon us I also find myself driving back and forth between home and school semi-often and for those long drives, there are some podcasts that I like to listen to.

 

Music

Okay by Holy Ghost!

Lost by Frank Ocean

Better Off by Lil Peep

Stung by Quinn XCII

Rapture by Blondie

Get Offa My Cloud by The Rolling Stones

Owe Me by Big Sean

Used to it by Ashe

Silvertongue by Young the Giant

You by Lines

Black Magic Woman by Fleetwood Mac

Master Plan by Ivy Sole

Let it Bleed by The Rolling Stones

Catching On by Elephante

 

 

Podcasts

Timesuck by Dan Cummins:

This podcast is amazing because not only is it educational but also hilarious. Dan Cummins is one of my favorite comedians so when I heard that he was starting a podcast focusing on random and interesting conspiracy theories, serial killers and modern hot topics- I was sold.

My Favorite Murder by Karen Kilgraff and Georgia Hardstark:

If you weren’t already aware, I have a strange fascination with interesting murder cases. This podcast is super fascinating and the stories are told in a way that makes them digestible. They discuss famous murder cases, little-known cases and hometown murders sent in by listeners.

Insanely Chill by Cody Ko:

This one might not be for everyone but I find it utterly hilarious. Cody rambles about his life – sometimes lead by pre-planned notes and often not. Once a week he releases a “weekend edition” podcast that features hilarious special guests.

GirlBoss Radio by Sophia Amoruso:

If you’re in need of a little motivation/ ass-kicking inspiration then you need to listen to this immediately. As if Sophia wasn’t enough of a role model, each week she interviews powerful businesswomen who have started their own companies, carved their own spaces in male-dominated fields or have not-so-simply found a way to keep everything together.

The Grand Budapest Hotel: a Grand and Great Film

Most every scene in this film could be paused, screenshotted, printed and hung up and your friends would question where you found such beautiful artwork. Wes Anderson’s creative style is best showcased in this film’s explosion of color, comedy and surprising action. 

The settings (especially the hotel) make you feel like you’re truly in a doll house, the camera panning around the room rather than cutting back and forth. This is Anderson’s signature filming style, showing the audience just how much set was actually built for the movie to be possible. The characters are magnetic in both attitude and dress and the audience is sure to become immediately entranced by their various plights. 
The comedy is quick and dry- if one talks at just the wrong moment, they are sure to miss a joke and never even know it had been said. The film moves quickly and you are sure to catch on to more and more with each viewing. 
This is my favorite Wes Anderson film and one where I feel his vision is the most clearly presented. I highly recommend this film to anyone willing to pay attention because the payoff is truly spectacular. This is the movie you’ll bug your friends to watch because they simply “won’t get it” until they’ve seen it for themselves.