I can't say anything particularly exciting happened in the month of June. It's too cold to do anything! Not that I do a whole lot during my summers either, but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to get out of my toasty warm bed in the mornings and then when I eventually do, I just want to lounge around in my dressing gown all day! This doesn't bode well for blogging and I need to start waking up earlier on my days off work so I can take advantage of what very little sunlight I have. I've only taken about two blog photos in the past two weeks! I know I complain a lot during winter, but seriously, it's the worst. I just want Daylight Savings and lots of peonies like the other side of the world has! One month down, two to go!
Music in June was a month filled with both wonderful new releases and wonderful rediscoveries. Ladyhawke's Wild Things and BROODS' Conscious were two killer albums filled with dance bangers - I loved them both and I feel like it's been a good while since I listened to a super catchy dance album. When I first read that BROODS' new album would be more upbeat, I was a little doubtful at first because I absolutely loved their previous work, which was more on the downtempo, chill side, but once I gave Conscious a couple more listens, I got really into it. Peter Bjorn and John's new album, Breakin' Point had some solid tracks on it, though I'm definitely no where near as big a fan as I was in the early 2000s. Young Folks was the song of 2006, but Up Against the Wall was more my jam! Blood Orange's album, Freetown Sound, was set to be released next month, but it came out early and I couldn't wait to listen to it! I feel like his new record is one that's deeply personal (it focuses quite a bit on his family), but it also deals with hard-hitting social issues such as race and feminism. Well worth a listen.
Last year in November, I discovered an amazing up and coming Aussie band called Lastlings and I only just found out this month that they'd released an entire EP called Unreality back in January! Usually I'm so good at keeping up with new music releases. Anyway, I finally gave it a listen this month and it's absolutely mesmerising. Wavelength is totally this year's winter jam. To me, their music is faintly reminiscent of Cocteau Twins and if you're into dreamy, atmospheric, super chilled out tunes like I am, you'll just adore this band. I've also been listening to a lot of Prince lately, whose music I'd never really appreciated before, but better late than never, right? I'm particularly obsessed with Diamonds and Pearls, which is such a '90s banger.
In old favourites, I rediscovered my love for The Horrors and Washed Out. I mean, I never forgot how much I loved them, but gosh, their music still fills my heart with so much love the way it did all those years ago. My favourite new album release this month though has to go to Nite Jewel's Liquid Cool. I love me some dreamy synth pop! Everything I love I pretty much always describe as "dreamy", but it's just the perfect word to describe my personal brand and aesthetic!
Film and television
June has been a cold, dreary and miserable month, you guys, and not just because it's winter now, but because I also finished watching all 11 seasons, all 263 episodes of Frasier. All I can say is wow. Brilliantly written and superbly cast, this show was intelligent, witty and all six main characters (we can't forget Eddie!) were just absolutely charming and hilarious. I thought it would take me a lot longer to watch, but once I got into it, I never wanted it to end! In fact, I could've finished it a hell of a lot sooner, but when I reached the last couple of seasons, I had to savour each and every episode for as long as I could! It's completely taken over Parks and Recreation as my second favourite TV show and it's even the closest I've ever come to loving a show almost as much as Friends! Sitting down to dinner each night is not the same without watching Frasier and I'm feeling so emotional, lost and alone right now! Am I the only one who gets this emotionally invested in TV shows? I mean, it's not like a movie where it's done in two hours - with television, you spend more time getting to know the characters, watching them develop and falling in love with them. Then when it ends, it's like, "NO! DON'T LEAVE ME!" (yes, I'm slightly crazy). To me, the true mark of an excellent TV show is how much I adore the characters and how emotionally attached I become. Frasier was right up there as excellent and if you've never seen it, please go do yourself a favour.
To delay the inevitable of finishing Frasier, I also watched the latest season of Girls this month and I really enjoyed it. Hannah is a total hot mess and I kind of love it. I'm probably going to watch Orange is the New Black next and I really want to start The Office too. I love myself a good sitcom and I hear good things about Jim and Pam. You know me, I love TV couples! My housemate and I just started rewatching The O.C. a few days ago and I can't believe I ever forgot how much I loved this show! Sandy/Kirsten and Seth/Summer are forever OTP. It's definitely one of the better shows of the trashy teen drama genre and my housemate and I are having the best time making fun of Marissa and Summer's hideous early 2000s outfits. We like to play a little game called 'Which outfit would you rather wear?' while we watch and it's the best.
I haven't been interested in watching movies at all these past few months since I first started watching Frasier, but now that I'm finished (sob!), I can hopefully make the time to see the few that I've been wanting to watch for ages now. I did, however, catch Spotlight this month, which tells the true story of how a newspaper uncovered the scandal of child molestation cover-ups within the Catholic Church. It sounds super intense and it is, but it was gripping, enthralling and just made your heart sink all at the same time. A really good watch.
Around the web
- A fascinating article on how deaf people experience music.
- Someone spent a year uncovering the identity of Ugly Naked Guy and I'm not the most pathetic Friends fan, after all.
- One of my favourite musicians, Caroline Polachek of Chairlift fame, shares her beauty secrets on Into the Gloss.
- I loved this article from Elle: Can Beauty Culture and Feminism Co-Exist?
- Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES performed on stage with Death Cab for Cutie to sing Brothers on a Hotel Bed and it's absolutely beautiful.
- Léa from My Slumbering Heart wrote a really interesting post on Finding Your Voice in the Blogging World.
- Sigur Rós have released a beautiful new song called Óveður. Hopefully a new album will follow suit soon!