Every week, I will post what I have been listening to, watching and reading lately (& maybe an “other”).
I’m lucky to generally life my life without much knowledge of popular radio music. Have you heard this Andy Grammer song? It’s worse than Jason Mraz. And the video is so dopey. I saw an EW article about him, so I looked him up on youtube and instantly regretted it. Even worse than that, I’m sad that I didn’t hear this song until this week:
Apparently it’s the most added track in the history of radio, shattering the record previously held by Justin Timberlake. All I previously knew of Jason Derulo was his now-defunct relationship with an American Idol winner. Dude, I am SO SORRY. “Cheyenne”? Also KILLER:
I dig the whole record, actually, which features a song with the most beautiful woman in the world Jennifer Lopez and another with Megan Trainor, who does not muck it up with her Megan Trainor-ness.
Speaking of amazing R&B songs:
Wildheart comes out on Tuesday and I have a strong feeling it’s going to be one of my top records this year.
Maya Rudolph as Rachel Dolezal has been cracking me up for DAYS:
Also, last night was the NBA Draft (though it was hard to tear myself away from OITNB). I watch it every year, it is the NBA’s gift to me. It’s so exciting! I love events with pomp and circumstance and very specific rules. There’s also crazy politics, last minute trades, fancy suits, and tear-jerking moments where a player with a genetic disorder is fake drafted. Most of all, everyone is is freaking HAPPY. Also? This Grantland post about last night’s winners and losers is HILARIOUS.
Morrissey with Cats tumblr and this article about NBA Catwatch, where I learned that Carmelo is afraid of cats and I will never pick him up on my fantasy team EVER. Because, like the rest of the internet, I love cats.
How a Makeup Mogul Liberated Women by Putting Them in a Pretty New Cage. Collectors Weekly writes some of my favorite long-form pieces, and this bio of makeup mogul Helena Rubenstein is so comprehensive and full of beautiful vintage ads and gilded compacts.
Want Mindblowing Mint Chip Ice Cream? Ditch the Bottle of Extract on Serious Eats. I have a giant peppermint plant this year and this might be a good way to use it. Unfortunately, I can’t have ice cream (do coconut and mint taste good together?) and my husband only eats mint chocolate chip if it’s green. I do not understand wanting MORE artificial coloring.
Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict the Song of the Summer 2015 on Stereogum. I will 100% credit this interview, which I discovered after Mitski posted about it, for helping me to (re)discover Jason Derulo. But I love that the site got two musicians together in the same room to talk about pop music. They are both knowledgeable but are also outsiders to pop music.
Cherry Berry Buttermilk Crumb Cake on How Sweet it Is. This is one of my favorite food blogs, because she also posts about makeup and has a huge recipe collection for various grilled cheeses. I love cake for breakfast and I could definitely get away with it if I make this.
So, shorter this week. I have a really depressing birthday coming up and I always get sad this time of year. I have an exciting weekend planned that includes pizza, record shopping, thrifting, going to the movies, and beer–ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS.
What pop culture have you been getting into this week?