current obsessions | may & june 2015

Hey guys!

Summer is here, which means I have more time to catch up on all things pop culture. Here’s what I’ve been watching / listening to / reading recently…

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  • Daredevil

I’m not well versed in comics, but comic book TV/movie adaptations are just so damn entertaining.  Daredevil is no exception — this show is essentially a 13-hour movie that delves straight into the essence of who Matt Murdock is and how he eventually evolves from “The Man in the Mask” into the titular Daredevil. It’s a lot darker and grittier than the other TV shows/movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that’s one of my favorite things about the show — it’s grounded in a sort of realism that most other comic-based movies and shows lack. The show features great work from cast and crew alike — Charlie Cox is great as Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio gives a truly compelling performance as villain Wilson Fisk. Also, keep an eye out for some kickass fight scenes — there’s an especially cool one at the end of the second episode.

  • Sense8

This high-concept show is from the same people behind The Matrix (and also the beautiful trainwreck that was Jupiter Ascending). It’s a little difficult to explain, but essentially eight strangers from different parts of the world are brought together after they each witness a woman’s suicide. From that moment on they’re reborn as sensates, who share thoughts, abilities, and emotions. Things get a little confusing (so when they talk to each other it’s all in their head and to other people it just looks like they’re talking to themselves? Who is this mysterious Jonas guy? Who is this weird old man hunting them down?), but the show redeems itself by really delving into each of the sensates’ lives and fleshing out their characters.

Aside from great character work, there are some really awesome action scenes. Again, hard to explain, but there are some fight scenes where one sensate steps into the other’s shoes, so to speak, and… well, just watch this. It’s really cool.

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  • Of Monsters and Men – Beneath the Skin

I love Of Monsters and Men and I’ve been eagerly awaiting their follow-up album for years. Beneath the Skin doesn’t disappoint — it has the same qualities that I love about OMAM, but it sounds different somehow; bigger, but not over-the-top. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, vocalist Nanna Hilmarsdóttir described their last album as being very much about monsters, but this album is “very much men,” which I found interesting. Give it a listen!

Favorite tracks: Human, Hunger, Empire, I Of The Storm

  • Hilary Duff — Breathe In. Breathe Out.

QUEEN HILARY IS BACK. I was obsessed with her as a kid and had a huge ‘A Cinderella Story’ poster hanging in my room. (Man, remember that movie? I love that movie.) Now she’s making music again! Breathe In. Breathe Out. is chock-full of radio-ready pop hits. Get ready to dance.

Favorite tracks: One in a Million, Lies, Tattoo (which apparently was written by Ed Sheeran?!)

  • Zella Day — Kicker

I first heard of Zella Day when her song ‘Hypnotic’ was a free single on iTunes. Now she’s out with a full-length album. Zella Day’s voice has this kind of mysterious, husky quality that makes you think of spontaneous road trips, dirt roads, and ghost towns in the desert. Think Lana del Rey, but a bit more upbeat.

Favorite songs: East of Eden, Mustang Kids, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Sweet Ophelia

  • Ryn Weaver — The Fool

I’ve had this album on repeat for about two weeks and I’m listening to it as I write this. I don’t even know how to describe this album, but I love everything about it. Weaver’s unique voice, unexpected musical elements, and beautiful lyrics come together to create something that’s unlike anything I’ve heard before.

Favorite songs: Traveling Song, New Constellations, The Fool, Promises, Sail On, Pierre. (Oops, I basically just listed half the album.)

Also, if you feel like crying today, check out the music video for ‘Traveling Song.’

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A friend recommended this to me and I ended up staying up until 4 a.m. reading it because I just couldn’t put it down. I hadn’t had a lot of time to read for leisure in a while, but this was a good book to get back into the swing of things. The book follow practical, hard-working Feyre, who is forced to go to the mysterious and dangerous land of faeries after killing one of them. What follows is a tale of love, war, magic, and sacrifice — and this is just the first in a series. Looking forward to the next book!

I’m a little late to the party for this one, but if you’re into post-apocalyptic sci-fi, this is the book for you. The story deals with the aftermath of an alien invasion that wiped out electronics, unleashed a deadly virus, and sent the remaining humans into hiding, separated and mistrustful of each other. As a reader, you’re not always sure who the bad guy is, and it keeps you on your toes. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are multiple POVs that intersect in interesting ways. The final book in this trilogy won’t be released until next year, but until then, you can busy yourself with the first two! (Also, a movie adaptation is in the works.)

What have you guys been obsessed with lately? Let me know in the comments!

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