~TGIF~ & thanks for tuning in to week 4.
Without further ado—
Edgar Gonzalez is one of my favorite new designers— he makes protest clothing with beautiful designs that don’t feel overly virtue signal-y. Most importantly, 100% of the profits go to a mutual aid community fund benefiting undocumented folks around the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. It’s a win-win, your $$ is going towards a great cause & you get a one-of-a-kind garm.
Tkay is right- last year was weird, but this year is weirder. This is one of the most progressive pop rap albums I’ve heard in a minute. It’s got bright & fun pop joints like You Sad (which has a great video) and industrial hip-hop bangers such as Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA) & Shook. This thing’s got something for everyone— Tkay is definitely an exciting artist to look out for.
Tender Buttons is criminally slept on. It’s an enchanting mix of indietronica & psychedelia that blends lo-fi hazy synths, guitar, drum machines, and hypnotic melodies to create a truly unique dream pop record. A great example of this formula working it’s magic is on Black Cat, a track that kicks off with a synth emerging from what sounds like analog feedback & transforms into a delightfully odd lil tune that’s bound to put you in a trance.
“Walt Disney Pictures presents a film by David Lynch”, an opening credit I never thought I’d see. Lynch has always displayed a deep affection for small-town America, however in this G-rated film there’s no evil underbelly— just a straightforward story that’s as heartwarming as it is sad. Come for the cute old man driving a lawn mower on the road, stay for the tender & moving journey.
This is a documentary based on Timothy Treadwell, a very troubled man who spent 13 summers alone in the Alaskan Wilderness living with Grizzly Bears. It’s a film about escape, protecting wildlife, what it means to be human, and so much more. Werner Herzog carefully avoids making Timothy’s story merely a spectacle & derives something profound. One of my favorite docs.
It goes without saying that this beer pairs perfectly with Thai food. It’s light, crisp, a tad bit sweet, and super refreshing after those Drunken Noodles. I ordered a Sapporo from my local spot, but was served a big ol’ bottle of Singha. Everything happens for a reason as this has become one of my new go-tos.
📕: Good Reads
❗: But wait! There’s more!
That’s it for me! ✌️
First of all if you don’t know Tyler Childers, you can basically check out anything from his discography without going wrong. This one’s almost entirely instrumental, filled with “oldie fiddle classics”. That fiddle goes hard here, guiding you through a range of emotions without the need for singing. Without spoiling anything about the real hard-hitter to this album, i’ll say this — just listen, and listen all the way through. As a companion — pleeease check out his explanation. Heads up, it’s powerful.
So I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect book to scratch my recent “dark/evil folklore” itch. I got the audiobook for The Fisherman on a whim after seeing it recommended a few times on GoodReads, and it is just the thing i’ve been looking for. You follow the story of a man who has nothing left in life to bring him joy except his newfound passion for fishing. What starts out as a heartwarming story of overcoming depression and loss quickly evolves into the dark & twisting tale of “Dutchman’s Creek” and the checkered history surrounding it. This was a pretty long listen, but I couldn’t get enough of it.
I’ve been following Avery since his early YouTube days years ago, blessing everyone with his Chick-Fil-a hack. Since then he’s moved on from YouTube, started a couple brands, and had a shift in his lifestyle towards sustainable living. Avery drops by as a guest for this pod, and talks about his time on YouTube, and since. If you’re already a fan of his work, or if you want to become one, give it a listen. (I plan to rec more from Avery in the future so keep those eyes peeled 👀)
📷: Cary Fagan
Coming back again this week with another film photographer rec. — You may know Cary Fagan as the guy who shot A$AP Rocky’s Te$ting album cover, but he’s been killing it for a while now. My favorite of his collections is When I Get Home, which is from his work with Solange on her album with the same title. For this collection, Cary documented and photographed some of the crew involved in the album, while working on a shoot in Texas. He sells his work in prints and puzzles at Timeless Goods.
Ever throw together a sandwich at home and wonder what’s missing? I have the answer for you — it’s these peppers. I don’t know quite what it is, but ive been adding these to literally everything and loving it. the spice and salt combine so well with the pickled peppers to stand out on any sandwich. If you like hot stuff, you’ll love it .
Okay, hear me out. I’m all for the cozy shorts and hoodie season, but for someone who grew up in New England, September is a bit too early for hoodies for me. Light flannel shirts are the perfect in-betweener for me to because they’re so versatile. I like to layer them with a tee so I can take it off if it gets a bit too warm.
LL Bean’s Chamois Shirts are my go-to because they’re a bit oversized so there’s more room to layer. Another brand that does overshirts really well is Our Legacy. They explicitly make their overshirts boxy and oversized + they have really interesting patterns for their flannels (no, not the black and red checkers).
If you’re tired of the typical floral, fruity, and baked goods candles, please give a few of MALIN+GOETZ’s candles a shot. They make super interesting candles and scents like dark rum and leather. And no, they don’t smell like dark rum or leather, they’re inspired by it.
If can’t smell these in person and still want to expand your scent palette, Nordstrom has a smaller set of their dark rum, leather, and cannabis.
This recipe by Marion’s Kitchen has to be up in my top 5’s this year. It’s super quick, easy, and very forgiving (it’s really hard to mess this up). Fair warning, the combination of the garlic and Thai chili will uppercut your nostrils the minute it hits the pan, but it’s well worth the pain.
This nostalgic dish’s aroma takes me back to the sidewalks of an Southeast Asian food stall, best paired with a cold glass of Singha 😉🍻
This anxiety-inducing Thai horror, mystery, and thriller made its way to Netflix recently and it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I’m not a big fan of horrors because I’d like to avoid a cardiac arrest whenever I can, but I really appreciated this movie and chugged along because of the amazing cinematography and storyline. If you’re into horror, photography, mysteries, thrillers, and you’re looking to practice your subtitle reading skills, this one’s for you!
Gus is…unique. I started listening to this bowl-cut wielding, bedroom pop artist last year, and he’s probably up there in my top 10 list. He released his new album Orca recently and I’m really glad he kept the vibe and music style the same. Usually I get really bored of artists who don’t switch up after each album, but Gus has his own sound and he’s owning it.
Aside from the sound, Gus also has unique style and I really appreciate the aesthetic he’s going for, it goes really well with his music.
🗞: Extra Extra!
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