It's been too gotdamn long but they finally made something to soothe the ears. Darkstar's back with their third studio album called "Foam Island". I find their sound to be very refreshing compared to what I have heard this past year in the "R&B, electronica" style of music. James and Aiden composed dance tracks with subtle elements of house, experimental and soul. I enjoy what they create in their music, its distinctive and powerful. Cheers to UK and European artists for going for individuality.
I made a mix of sounds that were inspired by my time spent with my favorite band, Chargaux.
On this mix we have Kate Bush, Bjork, Jai Paul, Square Pusher, Aphex Twin and a few more notable artists and snippets to say the least. Through this journey of sound are influences that not only capture the greatest elements of music but incorporates the spiritual and viral aspect as well.
Two hours and twenty nine minutes of crazy! Gone Girl is one of the better films for the American cinema. It's edgy, soft and powerful. I can't wait to read the novel. I first learned about this movie from briefly watching an interview on a cable channel. Seeing Tyler Perry in the same frame with Ben Affleck struck my interest and the way he spoke about this film also gave me curiosity.
How much of this film is actually true, I may never know. I will admit it drew parallel to fears I have about myself in my womanhood, being married and in love. Seeing this woman plot against a man who allegedly cheated and "abused" her was excruciating. I didn't know who I wanted to survive by the end of it. It was a great depiction, every actor brought their A game for this film. I was ecstatic to read Reese Witherspoon produced this film. GONE GIRL!
Seriously, this work questioned the way I view relationships on alot of levels. Seeing where I am emotionally I could be an Amazing Amy if I just scrolled a little bit more through social media to stalk boys. Watch this movie and talk about it with your friends. See who wins.
As we reach the middle of 2015, so many things have surfaced to pop culture. From gender identity, ISIS operations, plastic surgery and Bluebell ice cream recalls one could say this is a year of a different drum. Some years in pop culture seem obscure while others seem like just a blip away. How far have we come? Have we even made a distance? Who the fuck knows, but here are a few things to note:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Whether you have a life or you're extremely anti-social you should take a few hours and indulge in Netflix. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a great comedic gem about a sheltered woman who finds her voice while living in New York. Ellie Kempner and Titus Burgess deliver hilarity at an all time high. Tina Fey is still grooving and I'm glad she's still making great work.
Reality television is something I love and despise all in the same breath. I love it for obvious reasons, over the top plots, the weird camera angles and scripted yet non-scripted monologues. Lately I've found myself really enjoying VH1's new series, "Barely Famous". The Foster sisters are a crazy duo who take on Hollywood one free Birkin at a time.
Music this year has been interesting, with SXSW come and gone I haven't found myself to cling to any noteworthy albums. But here are a few honorable mentions thus far:
Party Supplies and Bronsolino do it again in their masterpiece entitled, "Mr. Wonderful" . If you're into gourmet meals and rap this is your album. Cohesion at its finest.
Sremmlife gives a glimpse of the millennial rap that is coming of age. Swae and Slim crank some jams on this album to get you from the club to the gym and on to a new THOT. Who knew Mississippi had more out there?
I've read this shit and heard it a hundred times, but somehow you can't resist it. Mr. Graham keeps that mixtape juice flowing as this is his 4th one. I'm happy he still gives to the EP crowd a very good move by the OVO family.
More importantly, I'm anticipating the release of R8. Which I hope drops soon because summer is coming and if I'm still being force-fed this kinda rap I might as well be a thot in real life.
On the virtual wave, I have found many things of pleasure. My most prized meme at the moment is Pepe. Pepe is a frog of many identities who comes in and takes the lives of plebs and internet trolls. I love him and bless those who keep his image alive in a good way.
As a young Texas woman who loves female art, its no suprise I enjoy Beyonce's talents. I may not agree with every image she portrays or sing every song but I have a special place for this woman in my heart of art.
When I indulge into the deeper international political realms of art, a female group named Pussy Riot is found. This is where I found my joy, looking at these women demonstrate their views on religion and society in Russia. How amazing was the Pussy Riot documentary?
I did recognize a few similar things in the structure of Pussy Riot and Beyonce. Pussy Riot, who wears a mask while performing to cover their identity to PROTECT themselves (allegedly) from officials while Beyonce choses to wear her mask for......? As the story of Pussy Riot came to buzz around 2012 the word feminist wasn't really being thrown around just yet to America. Could one say Beyonce is riding the Pussy Riot wave? Is she showing her allegiance to the army of womens rights? If so, I think shes got to go further aesthetically.