Lane can’t get enough of Bleachers’ new song and Thrifting Hauls on YouTube, Michelle is still thinking about her 13 Reasons Why binge this week, and we’re both pretty blown away by HBO’s stellar programming.

Lane

1. Bleachers

Jack Antonoff’s music project Bleachers released a new single this week. It’s a major jam. Coupled with his sweet Instagram about girlfriend Lena Dunham and thoughtful post about his new single, I couldn’t help it, I’ve been listening to Bleachers all week. I revisited the 2014 album Strange Desire and danced on the way to the bus stop. I love Jack Antonoff and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the new Bleachers album.

hi. today i'm releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i'm dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album – some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i'll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don't take the money is the front door to this house. it's a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it's not about actual money. it's about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it's become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don't take the money i'm taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? when you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that's when it's all clear. as much as i say don't take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that's what i'm doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i'm working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers. ok. i'm in bed and just woke so i'm very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i've missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i'm ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here's the first – and here's tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much. jack x dttm x

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2. HBO Sunday Lineup

Both Michelle and I have written about HBO’s Sunday night lineup in the past but this week featured another exceptional (and emotional) episode of Girls, the finale of Big Little Lies, and another solid episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I’ve been thinking about Big Little Lies a lot and it seems like the internet has, too. I’ve seen links to a lot of think pieces since it’s such a powerful female-driven show with a seemingly satisfying ending. I talked to a coworker who had actually read the book and I’m so intrigued about the changes made in its adaptation that I’m going to read it soon. Perhaps I’ll write about that in the future!

3. Thrifting Hauls on YouTube

My 2017 New Year’s resolution is to buy all of my clothes secondhand. But, I still get the urge to online shop. I’ve found its really gratifying to watch other people’s thrifting hauls on YouTube. It satiates the shopping compulsion. I especially like the ones where they curate “looks” and outfits from their haul and show off how they style things. Yet another weird YouTube rabbit hole binge for me.

Michelle

1. 13 Reasons Why

Netflix released their latest original series 13 Reasons Why this past weekend. I was hesitant to start it because although I have never read the novel it is based on, I knew the premise. If we’re being honest, I think I was cautious because I’m really trying to step away from watching YA television and film. Well, I caved on Tuesday and binged the entire series, and to my surprise I not only enjoyed it, but I was impressed by it. Netflix has provided the creators of the show an open platform to explore some of the shows darker topics in a more graphic, realistic way and I think that lends a lot to the profound nature of the show. To be brief, the show centers on the suicide of a teenager named Hannah Baker. Before her death, Hannah set up a 13 tapes explaining the reasons behind her death. The tapes land in the hands of fellow classmate Clay Jensen, and the show follows through his experience with the tapes, the reveal of secrets, the emotional conflict within himself, etc. The show does get pretty heavy and it can be somewhat problematic at times, so consider that your disclaimer. I had my problems with it like “How has no one come across a bulky shoe box of cassettes and discover these tapes?” “Why hasn’t the wound on Clay’s head healed yet and why is it so yellow?” or “There is absolutely no way these kids would listen to Joy Division” and even “What made Hannah resort to cassettes to tell her story?” However, I do recommend you at least try it out, because there’s something about remembering that time in your life, no matter how far away from it you may be. 13 Reasons Why reminded me a lot about my high school experience. I saw people I knew, stories I had heard, parties I had been to, and the heartbreaking guilt I had felt when I received the news of students passing. Notable mention to the actor who plays Hannah: Katherine Langford is from Australia and this is technically her first job, and based on that information alone, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of her. Another example of how teen/young adult dramas have the best soundtracks, you can listen to this well-crafted soundtrack here.

2. Diet Cig’s new album Swear I’m Good At This

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This album technically came out today, but I’ve had a copy of it for two weeks now from their management company. I’ve listened to here and there but this week I decided to throw it on and really focus on it ahead of its release. Swear I’m Good At This tells the story of youth, growing up, recalling those moments we thought we forgot, figuring ourselves out, and more. Told to the backdrop of fun pop/garage/punk, these songs are delivered with a punch that sometimes results in being winded afterwards. Personal favorites from the album are “Sixteen”, “Link In Bio”, “I Don’t Know Her”, and “Leo”. The album is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

3. Jemima Kirke’s performance in last week’s episode of Girls/the Diner Scene

Both of these scenes in last week’s episode of Girls titled “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?” were the best acting the show has seen in a long time. It seems as though this series which kicked off as a comedy, thrives in the sadness rooted within its characters. Think about it. Some of the most pivotal, influential moments on the show were devastating (Adam and Hannah over “Sample’s” incubator, Marnie talking to Desi after a crazy night with Charlie, Jessa jumping into the tub with Hannah, Shoshanna and Ray’s breakup, etc.). So it comes as no surprise that this episode had TWO heartbreaking moments as we approach the last two episodes of the series. Jessa rarely gives us breakdown moments, and most of her explosive emotions are anger. However, in this particular scene when a semi-manic Jessa strolls into a bar and ends up picking up a stranger to share their affection with her, all of her suppressed emotions and loneliness surfaces in what becomes visually one of the saddest scenes in Girls history. Following suit, a moment between Hannah and Adam, who have just briefly rekindled their relationship (and by brief I mean maybe 7 hours), in a diner made me ugly cry. The two realize that they could never be what they were ever again, and this scene feels like the forever goodbye we knew was coming. Lena Dunham and Adam Driver just bring so much to this scene including blotchy skin, lip quivers, micro movements to avoid crying, talking over tears, and the engaging eye locking that exchanges their farewell.