I think we can all agree when I say that Pokémon Go pretty much took over the entire world this month. I wouldn't call myself an obsessive player of the game as I am yet to specifically go out Pokémon hunting, but when it starts to get a little warmer in Melbourne, I'm definitely looking forward to going on some Pokémon adventures! I live in a busy inner-city suburb, so I've actually got two Pokéstops right near me that I don't even have to leave the house to get to and I'm quite surprised by the substantial amount of Pokémon I've managed to catch in my apartment! It's a lot of fun and I was definitely a little bit of a Pokémon nerd as a kid! I remember my sister, brother and I getting ready for school each morning watching Cheez TV and Pokémon was always my favourite show (we'd always be late for school because my brother had to watch Dragon Ball Z after!). I had so many Pokémon toys (including the Pokémon Edition of the Nintendo Game Boy Colour!), made my own Pokémon zine and when I eventually grew out of it, I sold all my cards for $13 and thought I was loaded! Also, one of my friends had the biggest crush on Ash Ketchum. What a time to be alive.
The end of the financial year is always a good one for me as I love that glorious sum of money that comes in the form of my tax refund! I did treat myself to a couple of beauty purchases (you'll hear about those all in good time!), but honestly, the purchase I've made that's excited me the most is my Dyson vacuum cleaner. Living in a carpeted apartment with a black and white cat, we needed something heavy duty and I've never had good experiences buying cheap appliances from Kmart (as great as it is). The Hoover I bought lasted a mere few months before it gave in and completely lost its suction! The next appliance I'd like to buy is a SodaStream. I find it so much easier, especially in winter, to drink soda water as opposed to regular water and it would be more cost effective and environmentally friendly to eventually invest in a SodaStream. I don't know if it'll happen any time soon, we'll see. I just really want to be living my dream life in a beautiful hardwood floored apartment with my fancy appliances!
One of my good friends from back home was in town this month and we caught the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. I'm not all that familiar with Australian fashion designers, to be honest, but it was really interesting to see how fashion had evolved throughout the decades, particularly going from the '50s to the '60s, which saw the most dramatic change. The attention to detail in the garments on show was really spectacular too.
After a sixteen-year long wait, The Avalanches finally released a follow up to their debut album called Wildflower. Considering the success of Since I Left You, their first record, the second has been highly anticipated for a long, long time, in fact, I've been reading news about it for the past five or so years! Was it worth the wait? Probably not, for me, but nevertheless it's a solid effort with some really great hits (as well as a couple of misses). It's hard to compete against such an incredible first album, which to me, is one of the greatest Australian records of all time. Bat for Lashes also released a new album this month called The Bride, but similarly to The Avalanches, I much prefer her previous work.
The most important thing that happened to me this month, not only music-wise, but in general life, was seeing The Cure live. When they played at Vivid LIVE in Sydney back in 2011, I thought I had forever missed my opportunity to see them and earlier this year, it felt like a dream come true when their Splendour in the Grass sideshows were announced. My friends and I got in early to get tickets and now I can't believe it's all over. I mean, I got to see THE CURE live! They're definitely one of those once-in-a-lifetime bands and performing for a mesmerising three whole hours, it was beyond anything I ever imagined. They opened with one of my favourite songs of all time, Plainsong (the song that also got me into The Cure), and I was so overcome with emotion! What a privilege to have seen one of the greatest bands in the world perform live.
As I didn't listen to a lot of new music this month and the fact that I'm still buzzing from The Cure, July's playlist will be combined with August's. Plus, I just really want to share with you one of the greatest albums ever by The Cure, Disintegration. If you've never listened to it before, boy, are you in for a treat! It's absolute perfection.
Film and television
My housemate and I continue to watch The O.C. and we're still loving it more than ever. We're up to season 3 already and while during my high school years, Seth was always my favourite character, it's definitely Julie (aka Juju) now. She's such a crazy bitch and I love it. We also even have a go-to snack while watching the show - the Nando's Smokey BBQ chips! Seriously, go try them if you haven't already, though I think they're only available at Woolworths, not Coles.
I watched some really amazing movies this month. First was Sisters, but I mean, how can you go wrong with the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler dream team? I love those two. Plus, it was awesome to see some familiar faces from 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation pop up! Room and Steve Jobs were two really gripping Oscar-nominated movies and I can definitely understand why Brie Larson won Best Actress for the former. From start to finish, it was thoroughly engaging. My friends and I went to the movies to see Mustang and I absolutely loved it. It was heartbreaking, yet so beautiful and reminded me a lot of one of my favourite films, The Virgin Suicides. The final movie I saw was The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which was a refreshing depiction of female sexuality and I thought both this and Mustang were two really empowering films centred around young girls. There aren't many good coming-of-age movies with a female protagonist, but this one nails it and is a must-watch.
Around the web
There was so much cool stuff on the Internet this month!
- The Spice Girls' Wannabe has become the new feminist anthem for the international gender equality campaign, The Global Goals.
- A really awesome video on The Simpsons' movie references throughout its 27 years.
- One of my oldest blogging friends, Han of Han Valentine, has a new blog on Squarespace and it looks fabulous!
- Jennifer Aniston penned a heartfelt personal essay called For the Record. Regarding the objectification and scrutiny towards women in the media, as someone who feels quite indecisive and indifferent towards marriage and kids, I really resonated with this. Plus, no matter how rich or famous, no one deserves this kind of disrespect and invasion of privacy.
- Junkee's The 60 Greatest Australian TV Shows of All Time is such a nostalgia trip! How blessed we were to have grown up with Play School, Round the Twist, A*Mazing, At the Movies, Sale of the Century, Rove Live, Summer Heights High and Kath & Kim.
- The Avalanches made a super cool visual accompaniment to their new album, Wildflower, called The Was. See how many movies you can spot!
- This Romain Gavras-directed music video for Jamie xx's Gosh is so slick.
- Cool new music: Hyper Dark by Sleigh Bells, OB1 by Jagwar Ma, Get Real by Chairlift and Fuck with Myself by Banks.
- Rebecca of From Roses included my Pretty Packaging post in hers called 5 Posts to Read This Weekend. Rebecca is one of my favourite ladies here and to have her constant support means the world. Be sure to check out the four other amazing posts she shared!
- BROODS covered Drake's One Dance for Triple J's Like a Version.
- New Pokémon Go updates are coming and they're HUGE.
- This article on pets that can see Pokémon is actually the cutest thing ever.
- Kiki G on YouTube turned herself into Ron Swanson.