1. Wavves, King of the Beach (album)
The best way to describe Wavves’s music is to categorize them as a noise-pop/surf punk band. Based out of San Diego, California, Wavves is a band that represents everything that I kind of can’t stand about this generation of 20-year-old boys (and not just because I recently dated one), and yet I can’t stop listening to this album. King of the Beach is full of songs that are danceable and singable, and while they’re certainly an acquired taste–my mother hates them–once you’re hooked, you’re hooked. The album’s eponymous song is the one that my best friend and I most frequently dance around his apartment to, but I also really love “Post-Acid” and “Linus Spacehead.”
2. The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family
This show is pure camp, and I am absolutely in love with it. Based on a series of YA novels by Liz Braswell, the show is about 16-year-old Chloe King, a girl who discovers that she has special cat-like powers, including 9 lives, super-speed, agility and night vision. She’s a descendent of an ancient race (called the Mai), and it’s up to her to protect other Mai from a secret society that wants to destroy them. The cast is pretty diverse, the writing is sometimes clunky and sometimes really funny, and the racially diverse cast is better than most on the major networks. Perfect summer TV, you guys.
Here’s the thing about Kreayshawn, a female MC who hails from the West Coast: I can’t quite figure out if she’s for real or if she’s being ironic. In her debut single “Gucci Gucci,” she takes aim at females who wear designer labels, gets in a few well-placed digs at Nicki Minaj, and talks about how she’s got the “swag and it’s pumping out [her] ovaries.” The video features Kreayshawn and a bunch of dudes hanging out on a street, riding along in a car, and dancing at a party. She sports pink sequined Mickey Mouse ears and eye liner that I’m pretty jealous of. The video is basic and yet oddly compelling. Her hooks are addictive; her lyrics mostly smart. I still can’t shake the feeling that she’s in on a joke that I haven’t quite gotten yet, though. What do you think?
I was nervous when I heard about this book a few months ago. When Brashares ended her Traveling Pants series with the fourth book a few years ago, I felt that it was the perfect goodbye. The idea of adding a fifth book to the series and having it take place about 10 years later, when the girls are in their late twenties made me really, really nervous. When I got a copy in the mail a few weeks ago for review, I dove right in, and I finished it quickly. I’m not going to lie, you guys: the book is sad, and I cried through a lot of it. Parts of it were problematic, but overall I really loved it. It says something that I’m still thinking about the characters weeks later. I’ll review the book fully sometime soon, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying the fact that Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget are sitting with me still.
5. Amy’s Organic Mac and Cheese
This one is more than a little embarrassing, but it is what it is. Recently, I discovered the wonder that is Amy’s Mac and Cheese. It’s a frozen single-serving of mac-and-cheese (the kind with real, thick cheese), and it is delicious. I don’t own a microwave, so when I want to eat it (which is usually about once a week), I have to really want it, you guys. I usually make it for lunch, and when I pull it out of the oven (I like it a little burnt at the edges), I grind a little pepper over it and go to town. I am never disappointed. It is delicious. This is turning into an ad for Amy’s products, so I’d best stop.
Now I want some mac and cheese.