Man, between all of the football updates on Facebook and the weekend double shifts, January is roaring by in a wave of shows, sports, and little time for socializing. On top of that, I’m joining a few dedicated friends in the Always After New Year’s Detox Month, complete with zero libations and a lot of free time past five ‘o’clock. What’s a twenty-something to do?! Drool listlessly whilst keeping up with said Kardashians? Nope, here’s a little list of things to check out in the next couple of days to make your week better. Believe me, when your punch cards collide, you’ve gotta have a few links to like:
1. Mac DeMarco has new songs! Trailing the “Best Of” lists wrapping up 2013 is the “Most Anticipated” albums of 2014. Topping my list is Mac DeMarco, who gave a witty, disarmed performance on New Year’s eve in Studio A at CKUA. He sips coffee, wah-wahs guitar solos, and performs the title track off his upcoming album “Salad Days.” It takes a look at the jaded bull-shittery that permeates our day-to-day efforts, such as ‘smiling when required,’ ‘acting like your life’s already over.’ Get some real relationship guidance from his final song, “Let Her Go.”
2. Target has everything I need for apartment shopping. Signing on for a 12-month lease is the ultimate mini marriage. The studio apartment in question may not be prince charming; there is laundry…in the basement. And there’s an elevator…from 1921 (holds up to three people at a time, no lies). But charming, it is. It has exactly what I want: hardwood floors and a door that locks. I’ll take it. And with my new real estate venture, Target is my design guru. I can get a new coffee maker for 29 bucks. Don’t sell me on that “gently used” nonsense – if it smells like stale coffee, it’s gonna taste like it. Beyond kitchen accoutrements, there’s decor galore and a host of storage options that a 490 sq/ft studio requires. So thanks, Target, you have filled my Pinterest with oodles of ideas.
3. TheRealReal.com. If you’re also a Man Repeller, you’ve seen Leandra Medine’s post featuring the online consignment site that makes hours of eBay searching seem wasted. The site has consignment prices with a netaporter.com layout. Searching by designer is a cinch, but also by any random creative category, such as “A-List Afterparty,” “Color Lab: Navy and Gold” to simply, “Christian Louboutin and More.” It’s a treasure trove of gently worn items, and worth scoping out if you have an hour to kill.
4. Freaks and Geeks. It’s hilarious. I know everyone is on a Girls hype this week, but why not pull a Netflix and check out a whole new series that you can shamelessly indulge in one episode after another? This go around, it’s Freaks and Geeks. Just watching a high school hallway fill with students with NO CELLPHONES IN HAND is utterly fascinating to me. Soon to be all-star cast aside, the show is a benchmark for high school angst, dealing with bullies, and watching the guidance counselor sing Alice Cooper in order to reach teens. As I said, hilarious.
5. Moe 20 Neumos 10th Anniversary shows! Alright, so this one is strictly a personal win, but I’ve been working with publicity and marketing at Neumos to put on 8 fantastic shows to commemorate a collective 20 years in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Opening the weekly celebration was Telekinesis, followed by a sold out show by The Posies. Wrapping up the festivities are Hey Marseilles and The Thermals. If you’re in the Seattle area, check out the site for ticket info.
And there we are, five things that will make your week (or at least, have made mine). Power through Monday!