January saw me flying back to Melbourne after spending a lovely two weeks back home during the holidays. My Jetstar flight got cancelled for some reason, but I was upgraded to Qantas, which was nice because I got in-flight entertainment and a meal! Modern Family is always my go-to show when I'm flying and I need to remind myself to properly get into it because it's just hilarious. Perth will always be home and I know for sure I want to move back someday, but my sister is visiting me next month (we're going to St. Jerome's Laneway Festival!) and then the whole family is coming in March. I'm so excited!
I caught the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition a couple of weekends ago with my housemate and our friends, and I absolutely loved it. It showed the parallels between the two artists' work and their commentary on society, but my favourite part? The kids room dedicated to both Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei's love of cats! The exhibition was followed by an amazing lunch at Laksa King where I had the most amazing vegan laksa. I can't stop thinking about it.
Well, I'm about twenty years late jumping on board the bandwagon, but I have finally started reading Harry Potter! The comments I've been getting on Twitter and Instagram are hilarious because no one can't quite believe that I never read them as a kid, so let me explain! When Harry Potter first became a thing, my sister was super obsessed with it, but instead of reading the books for ourselves, my brother and I made fun of her instead (so much so, her nickname is still Wiz to this day!) and back then, I was also a lame kid who was all, "Reading sucks". I mean, I read a few books at my own leisure as a child, but I've never been super into reading. It's something I'm working on!
Harry Potter is one of those classics I've been meaning to read for a few years now, but the thought always overwhelmed me because there are just so many of them... and the fourth book is terrifyingly huge! My housemate and other friends have said they're a really easy read though, so about six months after my housemate lent me her very well-loved copy of the first book, 2016 is the year I've finally began my Harry Potter journey. I'm absolutely loving it and I've never read this fast before, so this was a good place to start to get me into reading. I keep wanting to find out what's going to happen next! It's so jam-packed full of action and though I'm not one who usually enjoys the fantasy genre either, this little boy wizard is just so damn enthralling! I've already taken the Pottermore quiz and I was sorted into Gryffindor, which I totally wasn't expecting. I thought I'd be a Hufflepuff, for sure!
Many of you have also said to me that you wish you could go back and read it for the first time again, and I think it's so incredible how huge an impact Harry Potter has had. I've never seen the movies either (we did go on a school excursion to see either the first or second when I was in Year 8, but I never paid attention because I thought it was lame back then!), so I'm thinking of watching each movie as I finish the respective book.
It's only January and there have already been so many awesome new album releases this month. DIIV's Is the Is Are and Chairlift's Moth are the two standouts, though I did really enjoy Matter by St. Lucia and Hymns by Bloc Party too. With two of the original band members having left Bloc Party, I know a lot of people are skeptical to listen to them now, but I definitely think their new release is so much better than 2012's Four. I also got into Still Corners who make beautiful dream pop music, Warpaint's, JennyLee, who released an amazing solo album called Right On! and caved and listened to Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan. I fell in love with Wild after hearing it at work and I was expecting it to be a one hit wonder compared to the rest of the album, but it's all so good! I also really love the track, Ease, featuring BROODS. Wild is definitely still my favourite though - such a banger and so '80s! I also discovered the up and coming artist, Day Wave, and the band, Wet, who I think we'll definitely be hearing a lot of this year.
At the beginning of the month, my friend Jodie and I went to see Jamie xx live and his show was insane! It was a two-hour DJ set, which was a little disappointing because he didn't play all of my favourite tracks from In Colour, but I think his remixes of Everything in Its Right Place by Radiohead and Since I Left You by The Avalanches made up for it. January also unfortunately saw the passing away of one of music's most iconic figures, David Bowie. As I mentioned in this post, I'm not entirely familiar with all of his work, but I know he shaped and influenced so much of the music I listen to today and I'm so glad I got to learn more about him at the David Bowie is exhibition a few months ago. In my January playlist, I've included a couple of my favourite songs of his, as well as an awesome cover of Heroes by TV on the Radio.
Film and television
I'm going to talk about the TV shows I've been watching lately in a separate post of its own because this one is already getting long enough, but movies! My housemate and I watched The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride and Mulan because she was shocked that I'd never seen them before. It can be difficult to get sequels right, though I do think Disney does them well. We also watched Anastasia, which I'd also never seen, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the former two.
I'm seeing Nick Offerman live next month (!!!), so I watched Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It's in a similar vein to The Fault in Our Stars, though less cheesy and a lot more witty. In other Parks and Recreation actors, I also saw Jurassic World, which I thought was super entertaining and full of action and Chris Pratt. What a babe. I think I prefer the Jurassic Park movies more because I grew up watching them every time they were on TV, but I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store next for the franchise. Finally, I also saw A LEGO Brickumentary, which if you couldn't guess, is a documentary all about LEGO. Narrated by Jason Bateman, it's a fascinating look into the story of the popular toy and the diehard fans from all around the world.
Around the web
- Dick Page's Ultimate Nude Eye on Into the Gloss is so beautiful and so '90s. Love it.
- Still on Into the Gloss, is anyone else here dying to try Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser? Need. International. Shipping. NOW.
- Rashida Jones misses the '90s just as much as I do and collaborated with her nephew, Sunny Levine, to bring us the ultimate homage to the best decide ever, Flip and Rewind.
- Yumi Zouma remixed Japanese Wallpaper's song, Forces, and I'm so in love.
- I mentioned in my Hello 2016 post that I'd been spending some time discovering and commenting on blogs, so here are a few of those lovely ladies I highly recommend checking out! Chloe of Status.Chlo, Tasha of Shiwashiful, Chantalle of Cece & Grace, Cindy of Cindyhyue, Divya of The Conscience Fund and Daphne of Subgenre of a Dream.
- My favourite band, Cut Copy, who also inspired my blog name, favourited this Tweet of mine and this new photo of the Friends cast (it would be perfect with Matthew Perry in it and not The Big Bang Theory - one of the most terrible shows ever) is giving me life. Fangirling so hard.