Life Lately: February
February was a wonderful, magical and glorious month all because of one significant life moment: I saw Slowdive live! I'll talk more about Laneway in the music portion of my monthly update, but all I'll say for now is that two weeks on, I am still on cloud nine. There is truly no greater joy in life than live music.
Apart from seeing one of my all-time favourite bands live, February genuinely was a good month. I started a social media internship at a marketing agency, which I guess you could call another big life moment, and I'm really enjoying it so far. There's even an office dog! I feel really in my element working in social media and with all my struggles finding a job and attempting to leave behind the retail world, I feel like I've finally made a positive step in the right direction. They're baby steps - I think that's just the way my life has always been - but it's given me something to be hopeful for, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot and seeing where the next three months take me.
My friends and I celebrated Galentine's Day with a vegan taco night and the most fitting movie of all, Spice World. I remember my mum taking my sister and I to see Spice World at the cinemas (while my dad and brother saw Flubber) when it first came out and then we'd constantly rewatch it when it was released on VHS. Although I hadn't seen the movie in years, I've always remembered it quite vividly, but I've only now just come to realise how bloody random it is! I mean, what's the backstory behind the pregnant friend? And the aliens?! We probably could've made it into a full blown movie night, but we got caught up chatting away and laughing, and overall, it was such a fun evening.
Whenever there's a birthday in the family, our tradition is to go out for a fancy dinner out and for my brother's birthday, we booked a reservation at Epicurean, a buffet style restaurant at Crown Perth. Suffice to say, I ate a lot (I particularly pigged out on the sashimi!) and it was a great night out, especially with all the Lunar New Year decorations.
I can't say February was too eventful, but all that mattered was that I saw Slowdive live and I may as well just cancel the rest of 2018 now because it isn't going to get any better than that. Plus, summer is over as of tomorrow and although we're still a long way off from cold weather, I'm just not ready for it to be officially autumn!
As I mentioned above, I went to St. Jerome's Laneway Festival earlier in the month and it was such a fantastic day out. Sunshine, friends and music - what more could you ask for? My friend Shaun and I got there pretty early as there were a lot of bands on the lineup he was keen to see (ones which I hadn't really listened to), but I was happy to make the most of my ticket and discover some new music. Speaking of tickets, we got upgraded to VIP! Some random worker at the festival approached us and even though we didn't get much use out of it (we'd rather be watching the music than hanging out in the VIP area), we did get some nice VIP exclusive cocktails!
City Calm Down, S U R V I V E, Slowdive (obvs) and The War on Drugs were the bands I was at Laneway to see, but I ended up watching Shame, Dream Wife, Wolf Alice and Bonobo too. I was hoping to see Pond, but they unfortunately clashed with The War on Drugs and it made more sense to see an international act than an Australian one. Two of the members of S U R V I V E, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, are the geniuses behind the music in Stranger Things, so I was hoping to hear the theme song live, but alas, they didn't play it. Nevertheless, they put on a great show and two of the members of Dream Wife were watching them too, so Shaun and I got to say hi and have a little dance with them!
Slowdive were one of the last bands to take the stage and I was dying of anticipation! I had felt like that all week! I got to the stage early to get a good spot (I made it to the second row!) and once they came on, I was in my own little world and it was pure bliss. They played a wonderful array of old and new, and songs I had never really paid much attention to - Slowdive, Catch the Breeze and Golden Hair - I've completely fallen in love with now. The smoke and wind machines, and even the visuals, all added to the dreaminess and otherworldliness of their music and Rachel Goswell was a real life angel on stage (who, by the way, liked and commented on my Instagram photo!!!). A part of me was kind of heartbroken I couldn't make it to one of their sideshows because they play more songs at standalone gigs (damn not living in Melbourne anymore!), but I said to Shaun that once we've seen them live, we probably won't even care and I was right. We were absolutely blown away by how perfect their set was and we immediately hugged afterwards because that's what a momentous occasion (not only because they make amazing music, but because they released their first album in 22 years) such as seeing Slowdive deserves!
On a high from Slowdive, we didn't think the night could get any better, but The War on Drugs were right up there with them and closed things out. I was at very the front the first time I saw them live two years ago, and this time around, I couldn't have been further from the stage, but it was kind of cool to experience the band in two completely different ways. They're the first band I've seen in both Perth and Melbourne too!
Without rambling about music for too much longer, February's playlist is obviously very Laneway-centric with a few '80s tunes and new song releases thrown in. I never expect anyone to listen to my playlists, but if you do, enjoy!
Film and television
I didn't watch any movies in February and instead, the month was dedicated to binge-watching Broad City. If you've never seen it before, the TV show is in the same vein as Girls, but there's two main characters as opposed to four and it's a lot funnier and a little less white. I finally got around to watching the newest season (season 4), which came out late last year and while I wouldn't say it's my favourite (that would be season 1), there were definitely still some highlights; I totally fangirled over Peri Gilpin (Roz from Frasier) as Abbi's mum, Fran Drescher as Ilana's aunty and there was even a guest appearance from Shania Twain!
After finishing season 4, I decided to go back and rewatch the last three seasons and I was in fits of laughter. There's something about a sitcom set in New York City that just does it for me! Although I love both Abbi and Illana, if I had to pick a favourite, I'd probably say Abbi. She's so painfully awkward and loves Friends (I love when there's a Friends reference in the show!), so I totally see myself in her. If you're after a good laugh with two empowered 20-something women trying to make in the world, I highly recommend giving Broad City a watch.
Around the web
- This mashup of the Stranger Things theme song with Tame Impala is a combination of two of my favourite things in life.
- Blogs I've been loving lately: Jess of Sunbeams Jess, Jasmine of Jasmine Harding Makeup and Hannah of Hannahlouisef.
- Rodarte's Fall 2018 collection is simply beautiful. I especially love the pieces worn by Kirsten Dunst, Grimes, Kim Gordon and Chloe x Halle.
- This user on Instagram who creates album art from Lego figurines has excellent taste in music.
- The Spice Girls are getting back together and I could not be more excited for the girl power reunion.
- New song releases I loved: Get Out by CHVRCHES and Lemon Glow by Beach House. 2018 is going to be a good year in music!
- Thom Yorke soundtracked a short film called Why Can't We Get Along by fashion label, rag & bone. Even if you're not into Thom Yorke, this is a really slick and artistic piece of work.
- HAIM have announced US and UK/Europe tour dates and their Instagram promos are simply the best. I'll be patiently waiting for their Australian tour!
- Tim Hoey of Cut Copy looks back on touring with Daft Punk in the summer of 2007. This was my first ever live music event and I feel so lucky I've been able to see a band as pivotal and elusive as Daft Punk. Reading this article brought back such great memories of mid-2000s indie electronic music too!