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Music: “Little Dark Age” by MGMT

This new album by electro-pop duo MGMT is a testament to the sound they have cultivated since they formed in 2002. This is one of the first full-length releases MGMT have done in recent years and, following the success of their 2007 release “Oracular Spectacular”, this was a highly anticipated release. To say the least, this album did not disappoint. It is full of the MGMT electronica, synth-driven experiments. The lyrics are notably dark and surreal. The tracks are diverse and atmospheric. It is everything we would expect an MGMT record to be and more. My favorite tracks include “Little Dark Age”, “Me and Michael”, “Tslamp”, and “Hand It Over”.

“The Night We Met” by Lord Huron

Lord Huron, Michigan/Californian indie rocker, released this song as the end track of his album “Strange Trails”. Inspired by man’s relationship with nature, this album is incredibly intuitive and empathetic, riddled with rustic and acoustic layers. This album is full of hauntingly beautiful tracks, but the stand out single is definitely “The Night We Met”. The melody is incredibly simple, yet the poetic lyrics and lilting harmony convey depths of meaning- think major “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen vibes.

 

Television: Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

There are few things I love more than the Olympics. International camaraderie, uplifting emotional moments, competitive events…the Olympics have it all. Paired with the tradition and ceremonial history, the Olympics never disappoint. Even though this year was the year for the slightly less popular Winter Games, there was plenty of show stopping moments. A unified North and South Korean Women’s Hockey Team, Shaun White and Chloe Kim’s jaw dropping snowboarding, the rise of global figure skaters Medvedeva and Zagitova from Russia and (my favorite) Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan, and even more over the seventeen days of competition was exactly the kind of escapism I needed this February. South Korea hosted a beautiful games and, if you missed the spectacles, check out some of the highlights on YouTube or anywhere across social media.

 

Style: February is also Fashion Month across the world which means that designers all over the world are making the debuts of their Fall 2018 Collections. Fashion Weeks take place all over the world, the more famous ones occurring in New York, Milan, London, and of course Paris. Although I am always amazed and the innovation and beauty of the designer collections, especially Dior, Chloé, and Valentino, my favorite part of fashion weeks each year is admiring the people invited to the shows. The street style during Fashion Week is one of my favorite things in the world and this year, the real showstoppers for me were the coats and boots- here are some of my favorites as documented by Phil Oh for Vogue.

https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/paris-fashion-week-fall-2018-street-style

 

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Music:

“Your Favorite Coffeehouse” Spotify playlist-  This is a very interesting/different music pick for me this month, because it’s really like background music. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but sometimes it’s really nice, because of how calming it is. The music itself is pretty good as well when you really take the time to pay attention to what is playing. It’s really perfect for studying or reading to. What I really like about the playlist is that it’s really good music to just think to, and not let it distract your thoughts. Personally part of what I love about Coffeehouses is the music, because it’s so chill and easy to relax to. If you have a racing mind this music will help without boring you.

Dance:

Since Dance is a huge part of my life, I love watching different dance forms. Whether it be competition, the professional level, or just improve/freestyle studio work. Hopefully you enjoy as much as I do!!!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmtPYXN4dyU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDWlDVAzBhI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMSRNYvGy8

Dance Photo of the month!

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Books:  Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)-  Born a Crime is an autobiography by Trevor Noah who also happens to be the host of The Daily Show on comedy central. It tells his life story and explores his “unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.” Born a Crime is incredibly well written and equally as funny as it is touching. Born a Crime is also making its way to the big screen as a film is being made that Lupita Nyong’o is  both producing and starring in it as Noah’s mother. I definitely recommend reading it before you see it in theatres!  

Theatre: “Gruesome Playground Injuries”- I acted in this play my Sophomore year at Rodriguez, and it’s held a special play in my heart ever since. It tells the story between Kayleen and Dougie,two best friends, and there tumultuous relationship and lives as their stories intertwine for over thirty years. The play is written by Rajiv Joseph, and it tells a story that you can both find and lose yourself in. I definitely recommend that you check this out!

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