First of all my heart is mourning with Paris. I am sending up prayer after prayer for peace for those who lost loved ones tonight, for a city that suddenly became not so magical and turned into a nightmare under acts of senseless violence. I do need to say though, I believe that prayer is powerful and important but it should NEVER be a cop out. If you have money to donate to various organizations, if you can be there for some one who needs you, then you better freaking do that. Here's a list of organizations.
2. ANDRA DAY
Soul crushing vocals, a super good jazzy lil band (I was told they use ALL vintage sound equipment and starting setting up at 9 am for a 6 pm show, crasy), the lady has impeccable style and lyrics that make you FEEL. When Andra is pissed, you're pissed, when she's sad, you're sad and when she's in love, you're in love (with her, duh). Listen.
My spirit animal, Shia Lebeouf's latest art installment was the ultimate internet age incident of self-awareness and connectivity. Shia breaks down the walls of "celebrity" by inviting anyone to watch all of his movies with him for free, for three consecutive days. I spent way more time watching this than I'm willing to admit—just staring at Shia, stare at himself. Shia rises, once again. Best part, you can watch all three days here.
This Aziz Ansari show just deserves applause on so many levels. Just mad props for the way he is addressing race and other things that people just aren't talking about, at least not on a Netflix series with an amazing soundtrack. I can go on all night about the show but instead, here's some tweets from my twitter feed this week about the show (and Aziz):
Sorry, Justin. Sorry, 1D. I haven't heard either of your albums yet because I have been listening to "Pilgrim's Paradise," the new release from Toronto-based Daniel Caesar non-stop today.I discovered Daniel a little late in the game through the track "Paradise," a collab with BadBadNotGood and Sean Leon. "A Cappella" gives me chills and made me want to go listen to some Oh Land after. Of course, I also really like the clean minimal vibes of his visuals (if you don't know, now you know, I'm a SUCKER for album art). You're welcome for introducing you to your new favorite chill music. Also S/O to Paris, this track is from last year but the eerie "A kiss is just a kiss/A sigh is just is just a sigh/The fundamental things apply, as time goes by/Woke up in Paris/Now it's occupied/By Nazis and terrorists" feels oddly relevant to tonight.
BONUS ROUND. CIVIL COFFEE
Check out the coolest new coffee shop opening up in Highland Park tomorrow. We even brought up the g-word in this feature: interview and photos by rayneutron for TYPICAL MAG.