It’s Friday, which is my favorite day of the week for obvious reasons. Sadly, Katy Perry and Rebecca Black have eternally blemished a day we should thank God for, but I try to ignore bad pop songs and focus on the positives.
As I anxiously wait for the weekend, it’s only appropriate to wrap-up some of my bests of the week; five favorites if you will.
1. Visions by Grimes
Grimes’ upcoming album,Visions, is streaming on NPR: First Listen this week and I’ve listened to it at least three times a day. Do yourself a favor and do the same. Or wait and buy the album next Tuesday, you won’t be sorry.
Grimes – Oblivion
2. White Girl Problems by Babe Walker
If you don’t follow @whitegrlproblem on Twitter than you are so 2000-and-late. Babe Walker is the almighty originator of all trivial “problems.” You can probably thank her cultural influence for all of those mildly racist and not very funny Shit (enter ethnicity) Girls Say Youtube videos populating your news feeds. Walker’s hilarious fictitious memoir details the perils of being a rich Caucasian female in Los Angeles. She addresses everything from losing her virginity to her gay best friend to falling in love with her personal chef, which ultimately leads to a full-blown breakdown in a Barney’s fitting room. I’m fortunate enough to have a signed copy from Babe herself – wishing me a happy, lucrative life in Texas’ lush oil fields. Love her. Mean it.
3. Bonny Bear
Grammy-winning Bon Iver strips down a few of their songs and these haunting renditions will give you shivers. Accompanied by nothing more than a piano and a metronome, these gorgeous vocals could make grown men weep.
4. The Other F Word
This documentary is as heartwarming as it is funny and entertaining. The film follows a few of the punk scene’s most radical, free-spirited individuals and their confusing transitions from reckless anti-establishment values to the scary, yet fantastic world of Fatherhood. Tony Hawk, Mark Hoppus, Fat Mike and Jim Lindberg from Pennywise share how their careers affect their personal lives and how their adorable children have helped them grow.
5. Usher – Climax feat. Diplo
Usher (the man can sing) + Diplo (the man can produce) = Climax (hot jam)