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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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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist – #Mood: Mope//Hope

Our latest Mood mix is here to get us all through the coming week(s)!!!

Mope//Hope is “A playlist for those oscillating #quarantine emotions, with an electro-pop twist.” says curator Jen (@designjenquinn). And it’s definitely encouraged me to set some light goals starting this week to take more deep breaths, stretch, and take at least two quick walks outside. Find us on Instagram @indiedigs and let us know how you’re doing?

Listen to #Mood: Mope//Hope now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow @indiedigs to stay up to date on new playlists, concert announcements, and what’s next.

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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: 00s Indie Pop

Our latest playlist 00s Indie Pop is now live! Listen on Spotify and Apple Music. Hope y’all have a lovely day ❤

Follow @indiedigs on Spotify, Apple Music, and Instagram.

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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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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: “90s R&B”

Never Say Never is my favorite album of childhood. It was on constant repeat in my CD player for the entirety of 1998 and 1999.

I remember summer of ’98 being at YMCA summer camp and instead of playing basketball with the other kids in the gym during lunch, I sat alone by the vending machines to eat my turkey sandwich in solitude and listen for probably the fifth time that day.

Brandy made me feel seen. I mean, we both wore braids and we’re both Aquarius! She just seemed like a good friend and I deeply required her insight to help manage “the feelings”. In fact, she inspired many the choreographed song & dance for both the stage and my bedroom mirror. Anyway, all your favorite icons are on the playlist too!

LISTEN NOW AND GET IN YOUR FEEEELSS

Check out 90s R&B on Spotify and Apple Music.

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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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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: A Grand Scene for a Pandemic

A true product of the 2000s emo / pop-punk scene, I grew up listening to stories about coming to terms in the wake of destruction. It seems as though our generation was built for this. Y2k, and then came everything, and here’s…now…

The evergreen lyrics of Thursday, MeWithoutYou, The Early November, Brand New…and nowadays Drug Church, Prawn, The World is a Beautiful Place…offer deep examination into our interpersonal relationships, wrestling with reality vs expectation, and the possibility of a greater force to be reckoned with. At this point, I need these bands to help remind me what this era can mean for the world, what we have to do to make things right, and how we can support each other through the warnings we have ingested through headphones for the last two decades. And ya know, I had to throw a few light bops on 🍬

Here’s A Grand Scene for A Pandemic (homage to the Norma Jean track 😉). Listen on Spotify & Apple Music.

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New Digs – March / *Special Edition*

Hey friends,

So, in light of what’s going on with COVID-19, I changed it up this month in an effort to pay homage to what Bandcamp did last Friday to support artists during this pandemic and all the wonderful new music I came across thanks to their roundup message to the community.

Check it out. Stay safe. 💛

Listen to to New Digs on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

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playlist for being stuck inside during a pandemic

Please, everyone stay safe. In practicing social distancing, we are taking care of each other. Hope this mix is any bit as helpful to you as it has been to me today.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Music.