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2010s in Film: Why I Love #23 “Blue Jay”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#23 Blue Jay (2016)

Writer: Mark Duplass | Director / DP: Alexandre Lehmann | Music by: Julian Wass. Starring: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager

I love this movie because of the unspoken connection between Jim and Amanda – two adults who really know each other, and at this point in their lives might be the only people for one another who truly fit that bill.

Immediately, #IYKYK they go way back with a slick reference to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.

Time has passed, they see each other, and all the care comes rushing back. You don’t even have to put it into words – it’s all in their eyes, smiles, and the space that’s left in conversation.

Loss is difficult, and it can throw you all over the place emotionally, so I’m pleased to see Jim experience active grief onscreen.

Then there’s Amanda, pausing to take in Jim’s childhood house – the pictures on the wall – that’s the boy I knew. Going through the closets, smelling clothes, reading letters. 

Always trying to keep it on the up, the couple staves away the looming “talk” all night, replacing it with fun trips down memory lane, dance moves, inside jokes, and playing back tapes – which the 90s kids know is a landmine waiting to happen.

Ex-couples dream of this kind of experience. Happenstance leading to resolving all of your past issues in one brisk, fun-filled day overlooking the beautiful scenics of the town that grew you both.

Blue Jay. I mean, it’s a fantasy, right?

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #24 “Lady Bird”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#24: Lady Bird (2017)

Writer / Director: Greta Gerwig | DP: Sam Levy | Composer: Jon Brion | Music Supervisor: Greta Gerwig

I’m writing this on the two-year anniversary of moving to the area to be with my mom when she got sick and I’m still recovering, clearly. I started a blog making playlists because music is the only thing we ever talked about and now I have no one to talk to anymore that really gets it quite the same *cue A Grand Scene for a Pandemic*

Ladybird is, thankfully, one of the last movies we got to watch together that year, before everything, and I was elated to showcase that my favorite writer, Greta Gerwig – who I’ve followed painstakingly since college, has made a story so close to our socio-economic experience with such breath of the times.

It was hard for my mother to watch. She was like “I’m not like…that…am I?” But I was like, “no, not exactly just some of the interactions. The way we fight sometimes but we love each other. It’s sweet!”

It’s not all us, but a lot of it is, and that means a lot. 

This was also the year my bf and I moved down to Atlanta, my home. I’d premiered my first feature film that summer alongside my creative partner for a group of friends and family in the city, and I was just feeling like all the stars were aligned that particular Thanksgiving weekend at the Tara. Like, this is the fuel you need to keep going. Greta’s going to inject it right now.

Aside from all that, there’s the multi-dimensional representation of catholic school teachers

#dramaclublife and the boys: the singing “Danny” that takes your breath away (former Drama Geek over here, so, know all about that).

the “Kyle” reading political non-fiction while smoking alone at a coffee house table and saying “tight” a lot.

And it’s the idolization of the rich girl, with her SUV and her experience, just wanting her to see you.

I had two friends like this in High School – one who drove a nice mid-sized, white, sports car and I thought she was a goddess, the other drove a jeep and threw all of the parties. Thankfully, they were both nice to me so I never had to deal with any bullying or ass-kissing, but I was thankful to have a mediator to relate to the preppy boys at parties who terrified me.

Yeah, for me, Ladybird pretty much nailed 2002. 

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New Digs – April

April New Digs playlist is here, featuring Nashville duo Twen with their latest track “Thrice“.

Here are all of the artists to watch this month:

Purr - Giant Night
Saintseneca - Winter Breaking
NTE - Buscabulla
Twen - Thrice
Patricia Labor - Sleep Talk
Egyptian Blue - Four Is The Last Four
Los Siberianos - Nieve Bonaerense
herbal tea - Garden
Riarosa - Change
Ditch Days - Baltimore
Bathe Alone - Champagne
Vasudeva - III

Check out the April 2020 New Digs playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new music, more often of the independent variety.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email: indiedigs@dinosaurhawk.com

Happy listening!

CJ

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RSD Round Up, Pt. 1: Top 5 Record Shops, plus New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist

On what would have been Record Store Day, 4/18 I posted a video in our Instagram stories featuring some favorite records from my home collection, particularly to spark joy! #mariekondo, And celebrate my top five record shops from all the places I’ve called home. ICYMI, here’s links to those record shops – all of which are open online! + Instagram post and the playlist. See you all on the rescheduled date, June 20th! 🙂

5 Recommended Record Shops w/ Online Stores:

  1. Waterloo Sunset Smyrna – Smyrna/Atlanta, Ga (my hometown! ✨)

2. Goodboy Vinyl – Wilmington, DE

3. Creep Records – Philadelphia, PA

4. Generation Records – New York, NY

5. Antone’s Record Shop – Austin, TX

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #25 “Bachelorette”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#25: Bachelorette (2012)

Writer / Director: Lesley Headland | Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fischer. | DP: Doug Emmet | Composer: Sebastian Arocha Morton | Music Supervisor(s): Jim Black

Bachelorette follows a group of high-school friends affectionately known as the “B-faces”, played by Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson, on the eve of the wedding of the one in the group they used to bully.

It came to me out of nowhere one night via Netflix while I was 25, living in a basement room in Bushwick with my cat, Bloom, eating a red velvet cupcake and drinking whisky in bed.

This script is quick-witted and every character in this film is stunning. From Regan’s dress to Gena’s tangents to Katie’s eternal highness.

And, the story is made only more uniquely kettled by the unapologetic stares, portrayal of selves, and perfect matches offered by Trevor, Clyde, and Joe.

Joe as a concept makes my heart melt and Marsden is conflictingly hot; an icy depiction of how “that kind of thing” works if you, like Regan, offer the same.

Clyde and Gena’s backstory was a surprise (it was also great to see Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan back together again after Party Down) and the fact that the Damone reference can sum up everything for that tense conversation on the train is a very comforting, generational thing to include in a story like this.

Ultimately, what I love about Bachelorette is that it’s a wedding hi-jinx movie that’s really good with presenting behaviors of true compatibility.

The B-faces approach their “demons” and meet their matches, but most importantly – due to sheer adrenaline to not fuck up in the biggest way for this accepting friend to whom they have been truly shitty – they come through for each other and themselves, solving internal and external catastrophes barely in time for the ceremony. It’s a perfect wedding.

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Episode: Self-Guided S1E1 – “Clueless”

The first video in our periodic Self-Guided series is up now on Youtube. Check it out!

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Show: Origami Angel 5/20 @ Voltage Lounge

Origami Angel was featured on our January New Digs refresh w/ their track “Doctor Whomst“. You can catch them live at Voltage Lounge in Philly on May 20th: https://bit.ly/3cFr4PG

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New Digs – February

Closing out the month with the February New Digs playlist featuring Brooklyn band Ultra Major with their latest track “Disaster”.

Here are all of the artists to watch this month:

Dua Saleh - pretty kitten
The Tissues - Formation 99
Sonic Fuzz - Cool Blue
Hey Cowboy! - Try...Die
Gouge Away - "Consider"
Ultra Major - "Disaster"
Sorry - More
Velvet Negroni - Baguette
Oliv Blu, Brittney Carter - Fall 4 You
Hayes Peebles - "When I Find My Love"
Mopac - "Rose Gold"
Elkin - Win Win

Check out the February 2020 New Digs playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new music, more often of the indenpedent variety.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email: indiedigs@dinosaurhawk.com

Happy listening!

CJ

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IndieDigs Presents: Best of the Decade – Top 100 New Voices

We’re counting down our favorites of the decade! and kicking it off with our Top 100 New Voices.

The 2010s have been such an incredible decade. One of great change and growth in music and culture. Indie exploded and expanded into so many facets it’s nearly intangible, and we’ve thankfully gained impactful lyrical artists like Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Kacey Musgraves, for example, to refresh the perspective. I really feel like we’re doing the damn thing, you guys. Can’t wait to hear what’s next for music and society as a whole moving forward. Heavy… anyway!

Check out the playlist now on Spotify and Apple Music and stay tuned as we countdown more favorites of the 2010s. ✌🏾

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Art: yasiin bey: “Negus” Listening Installation beginning 11/15 @ Brooklyn Museum

Go: https://bit.ly/32S4H48