If there is one thing our team prides ourselves in, it is good taste.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of recommendations to make your September a step up across the board. Enjoy!
The K recommends a show…
High Fidelity (Sarah Kucserka & Veronica West, 2020)
At this point in quarantine I’ve flipped through every single streaming service in existence, and can proudly (or not) say I can put down a whole season in a day if I set my mind to it. High Fidelity was one of those shows that suffered that fate, not because I was too lazy to change it, but because it’s fantastic. A story set in NY with a backdrop of record shops, venues, and too many music references to count? Check. A lineup of characters experiencing their own unique highs and lows of life, but still very relatable to everyone? Check. An incredible soundtrack ranging from classics, hidden gems, and new soon-to-be classics? Check. The Incredible Zoë Kravitz? Check.
Kravitz as the main character Robin hits the highest of highs and the lowest of lows as we all do at some point, but her anchoring to music keeps her grounded and intact (somewhat) through it all. Multiple storylines weaving between her and her core group of friends keep every episode interesting and lively, and for the music nerd in all of us, there’s plenty of cool bits of dialogue and subjects to keep me entertained. Although some pricks at Hulu went ahead and killed season 2 for the time being, it’s very deserving of a watch, if only used to lightheartedly break up the endless supply of murder docs and Sopranos episodes.
The K recommends a film…
Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón, 2002)
Y Tu Mama Tambien is a Mexican film that pairs perfectly with the current heat wave. It’s a steamer of a film, oh my goodness shits hot, but weird hot. Don’t watch this with your parents, dear god that would be a horrifying mistake. The film chronicles two best friends, Tenoche, a child of Mexico’s political elite and Julio, a working class kid who embark on a road trip to a fictitious beach with Tenoche’s far older cousin’s girlfriend Louisa.
They take drugs, drink and delve deep into sexual exploits, unveiling secrets and acting upon deep fantasies. It’s a deeply homoerotic and emotionally masochistic journey through rural Mexico and its political climate of the late ’90s. The colors are beautiful, everything is sweaty and warm, tropical and grand. It’s the road trip you always fantasized about, a beautiful and heartbreaking coming of age story. Two boys at the cusp of manhood attempting to figure themselves out with the help of the deeply pained Louisa. A perfect late-night flick. Just please don’t throw it on the living room TV at your folk’s house. This one necessitates a more private viewing.
The K recommends self care…
Right now, as self care is a whole lot sweatier than preferred, it’s seemingly hard to find things that make us feel healthy and well. With the heatwave of all heat waves crashing at the shores of our indoor adjusted lifestyles, yoga routines and baking endeavours are impossible in our AC-less apartments. So, as we step outside, we want to ensure that everyone is being, well, healthy. And what is the essential to sweltering heat besides our H20 filled hydroflasks, you ask? Sunscreen, of course.
Yes, it’s an obvious one, but I implore you to think about sunscreen in a whole new UV-10 light. If you are someone who spends hours searching Youtube for skincare routines, I can hear you screaming “say less” at your screens. But, for those who haven’t rabbit holed into the skincare stuff, we must talk SPF! In particular, allow me to put you on to my new favorite sunscreen by CocoKind.
From Copertone to Neutrogena to sitting in the shade because I’m sick of feeling sticky, I consider myself a sunscreen connoisseur. That said, it wasn’t until I got into skincare that I learned the importance of swiping on some SPF religiously. Cocokind’s new daily SPF is a god-send, as it is not only a summer essential but a healthy-skin-staple. And, not only are you saving your own skin, but Cocokind’s commitment to a totally sustainable standard of beauty means you’re basically saving the planet too. I’ve added Cocokind’s SPF as the sixth step to my morning skincare routine after all of their other all natural products which I’m happy to get into another time (when I am not overheating at my keyboard). Try it for yourself and send the K some selfies of your skin looking as clean as it is sunburn-free.
The K recommends a cocktail…
Boozey ‘House’ Milk Tea
Looking for that perfect drink to sip on while watching Ben Bohmer’s Cercle set? What better way to listen to some great house music than with this boozey ‘house’ milk bubble tea! Here’s a super easy spiked take on your favorite bubble tea:
- 1 Cup Dried Black Tapioca Pearls (found in most Asian supermarkets or on Amazon!)
- 8 Bags of Black Tea
- 2 Oz Bourbon (But you’re arguably going to want more)
- 4 Cups Water
- Simple Syrup to Serve
- Whole Milk to Serve (Or your choice of dairy-free!)
- Wide-mouth straws (Highly recommend to drink properly)
Step 1: Prepping The Boba
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the little tapioca pearls in. Stir gently until those pearls float to top of water. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the desired level of soft squishiness. Once done, remove the pearls with a slotted spoon or strainer and rinse immediately. CRUCIAL STEP: Soak the cooked pearls in a bowl with bourbon for at least 30 minutes to an hour!
Step 2: Prepping The Tea
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and steep the tea bags accordingly! Pretty simple, can never have too much tea lying around either (great for ice tea the next day!)
Step 3: Combining!
Now that we’ve got our fixin’s, we can get to assembling our boozey house milk tea. In a large cup or shaker with ice, combine & stir/shake together 1 cup tea, 1 & 1 ½ tablespoons milk, 1 & ½ tablespoons simple syrup, and bourbon-soaked tapioca pearls to preference. Most importantly, add 2 Oz of bourbon right at the end and celebrate because you’ve just made yourself a boozey bubble tea!
Please drink responsibly.
The K recommends a record…
The Avalanches’ Since I Left You
As a long time vinyl collector, I’ve acquired a strong reverence for original pressings. At the risk of sounding like a boomer, I feel the strong need to reuse and buy old copies, not just because fuck your Urban Outfitters reprint, but because I want a truly aged relic from the era itself. But if you’re dealing with music from this century, you gotta pay more and get that shit brand new. It was admittedly pretty tough to get myself to fork over thirty bones for this Avalanches debut album, but holy jesus, it was so worth it. Looking back, I would’ve given a kidney for it.
Medium aside, this album is an absolute masterpiece of electronic music, featuring an estimated 3,500 samples incorporated throughout. The way Darren Seltmann and Robbie Chater so intricately fuse these classic sounds into their own context is beyond enchanting; they imaginatively resurrect lost voices into bright, expansive new worlds. A full listen to Since I Left You (which plays together seamlessly as one track) is to travel lightyears, both literally through musical time periods and through vastly dynamic sonic depths. There is truly no music that achieves this level of ambition or transcendence of time. The Avalanches’ other sample heavy electronic contemporaries (Moby, RJD2, Fatboy Slim) are groovy and infectious, but nowhere near as immersive. It also came out on January 1st, 2000: which is literally the turn of the century. This thing sells itself.
This album inherently demands a listen on vinyl, as the countless samples were initially spawned on vinyl before being spun to the era of the 21st century. It is only fitting to see the sounds return to their original form. The result sounds amazing, as the record still maintains some of the beautiful hums, cracks, and whirs of its first lives. Since I Left You is a breathing document by nature, and therefore needs the physical presence. There’s also the beautiful cover art, which is especially striking in person. To quote the title track, and myself since buying this bad boy: “I’ve found the world so new.”
The K recommends a book…
Published in 2020, this book should be required reading for all people who consider themselves champions of womxn and womxn’s rights. Mikki Kendall expertly illuminates the blindspots of modern feminism by highlighting the nonnegotiable basic human rights that Black and brown womxn are still fighting to have in America. While mainstream feminist dialogues have continued to center whiteness and prioritize privilege for the small sector of womxn who are privy to it, issues such as housing and food insecurity, clean water, living wages and education have all been overlooked at the critical expense of the communities who need these basic rights the most. While the feminist movement dances around the political ring, the survival of these womxn and their families is on the line. Kendall writes, “As feminists we need to take critical, radical measures in listening to women in the poorest communities about what they want and need instead of projecting narratives of ignorance onto them. We must work to unlearn the harmful narratives we’ve been taught and that we created in response to white supremacy.” Kendall’s fierce debut is a searing call to deepen our understanding of the feminist movement and embody our progressive values through ethical action in the ongoing fight for womxn’s rights.