New Electronic Music Discoveries

Check out these tunes if you like electronic dance music.

In this blog, I’m going to highlight electronic music that has recently been released, as well as those that are soon to be. Mark your calendars and open your music libraries because you will definitely find some good music in here!

Upside down (feat. Grouplove) – Whethan, Grouplove

I love Whethan and I love his new song! It’s definitely a happy beat to listen to.

Get By – Medasin, Cautious Clay

This was the first single released from Medasin’s upcoming album. I really love the vibe of this song, and how Medasin and Cautious Clay combined their sounds into it.

“Es Isso” – Habstrakt, Asdek

If you like bass house, you’ll love Habstrakt’s new song! It definitely gets you hype.

Free Your Mind – Big Gigantic

I really love Big Gigantic’s new album! It is so pretty and highlights Big Gigantic completely. Definitely give it a listen!

“Every Color” (with Foster the People) – Louis the Child, Foster the People

I really liked this song. I like the collaboration between these two artists, because they fit together! Foster the People and future bass are an awesome combo.

“Never The Same” – STRFKR

This song is definitely a chill vibe. One of my new favorites.

“Ghosts” (feat. Hana) – Tchami, HANA and “Proud” (feat. Daecolm) – Tchami, Daecolm

Tchami is one of my all-time favorite house music artists. Both of these songs are so good and I’ve listened to them nonstop! Check these out if you love house music vibes.

RIPPLS – Medasin (album released March 6)

Medasin comes out with his new album RIPPLS on March 6! I read other people’s tweets reacting over his listening premiere and they have only good things to say about it. I am excited to see his creativity and soul projected in this album.

“The Difference” – Flume, Toro y Moi (song released March 11)

For those of you that don’t know, Flume is my absolute favorite electronic music artist. I am so excited to see what he has to show us with this new song — I heard it was drum and bass!

I hope some of these songs have expanded your music library! Check out these artists for some awesome new music.

Written by: Alexandra Gex

Time to Read

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” This quote by author and activist James Baldwin has altered the way that I view reading. What was once an activity that I lost passion for after being overwhelmed by reading for school, became essential to the path of developing greater compassion for others and myself.

Slow Down and Read

For many people, especially students, reading can feel like extra work that’s adding to our already busy schedules. We are used to moving fast in a world that’s filled with instant gratification, so taking part in the slow process of reading can be difficult. When I finally forced myself to read during my free time, I learned about how rewarding the experience can be. I have connected with characters who have very different lives from my own, which allowed me to figure out that one does not have to have the same life as me in order for us to understand each other. Through reading, I have gained more compassion for people living with mental illness, incarcerated people, the lonely, the afraid, and those who are confused about their place on this Earth. These circumstances and feelings are often not talked about, which can cause us to forget about people who experience them or if we are the person experiencing them then we feel like we’re alone in our struggles. Reading helps us recognize others while feeling known.

People of Color have Stories too

As a person of color, I often felt frustrated by reading stories about people of color but told through a white lens. Although people of color have our own individual experiences, we have more personal insight on issues that people outside of our communities do not have. I recently began to read books by Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. Their books didn’t simply tell me that “racism is bad,” something that I already knew, but they put words to the pains of being a Black woman, they guided me to feel my resilience that was sent down to me from past generations, and they helped me to know that I exist beyond oppression. Angelou and Morrison are two important figures who made room for other writers of color to tell our stories, but our stories are often still placed in the shadows. In order to prevent this from continuing to happen, we must uplift writers of color, which is what Noname’s Book Club is doing

Noname’s Book Club

Noname is a rapper from Chicago who started the book club to elevate the voices of people of color. Each month, two books by writers of color are selected and participants in the book club are strongly encouraged to access the books through libraries and local bookstores, rather than supporting large and exploitive corporations. The book club has an online community, but the goal is to have in-person discussions and to build chapters in various communities, including prisons. I have been the owner of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis book, but I never took the time to read it until I saw that it was selected by the book club. Before reading Persepolis, Iran seemed like a distant place that I would never know anything about. After reading Persepolis, I began to care deeply about Iran and the people who call the country home. This shows another reason, and possibly one of the most important reasons, for the necessity of reading: in a world pervaded by apathy, reading forces us to care. 

Written By: Maya Dixon
Photo by: Catapult

FoodieBooty: Love Letters to Mexico at Holy Paleta

Hello, my lil’ snacks!

This is FoodieBooty once again and I know I have been going on and on about ice cream but I promise you this will be the last one for a WHILE. Hopefully anyways.

Today I will be talking about a place that is dangerously close to my place of residence. A place that is a true MECA for Mexicans and ice cream lovers alike. A place that delivers love, nostalgia, and flavor, all in one skinny wooden stick. I am talking about Holy Paleta! A tiny but mighty storefront in the heart of Bonita in the Chula Vista area.

If you have any Mexican or Latino in you, your mouth is already salivating. Or as we say where I’m from “se te está cayendo la baba.” But if you don’t have that, don’t worry, pictures of these pops will get anyone salivating in no time.

So, what is a paleta?

Paletas, according to Morelia’s Gourmet, are “a Mexican frozen treat made from fresh natural fruits such as strawberry and mango or made from rich creamy ingredients such as Chocolate and Sicilian pistachio.” I am a little biased but if you asked me I’d tell you that a paleta is heaven on a stick. They can be your savior on a hot day, a friend under the covers on a cloudy day, a moment to share laughs and licks with your best friends, or a quick escape to your memories feeling like a tropical queen enrobed by pink hammocks and sun-kissed skin. A paleta is not just a popsicle; it is a burst of happiness that can take on so many different tones, shapes, and flavors. It is a quick moment of peace, joy, and whatever flavor you could possibly imagine!

In Tijuana, I was used to seeing paletas everywhere. Michoacanas (home to paletas and snacks galore) can be spotted every 2 to 4 blocks and Oxxos (Mexican 7-11s) carry a pretty nice selection of tasty paletas. However, when I started living on the U.S. side of the border, I noticed that good paletas were much harder to come by and thus a treat I had to reserve for weekends back home. Holy Paleta has changed that.

The Experience

Located very close to Rohr Park on Bonita, Holy Paletas has its storefront snugly fit in between a hip hop dance studio and a Mexican fruteria called “Frutas.” You can spot it right away by the huge paleta design that covers its entire front window. When you walk in you immediately notice two things. First, how stunning, vibrant and delicious their paletas are. Second, how impressively small the store is. It is a serious no fart zone.

Let’s get back to the paletas though. Two huge freezers take up most of the space, with one carrying all the non-dairy flavors and another carrying those with dairy flavors. Flavors such as avocado, coffee filled with condensed milk, mazapan, acai, and chamango, fill your eyes with excitement but also so many questions of what to order. 

When I went for the first time, I wanted ALL the paletas. I wanted a dozen of the avocado, a couple of the mazapan, a bunch of the arroz con leche (rice pudding), and one of the chamango, to break the sweetness obviously. But then, I saw the true jewel of service which Holy Paleta offers. They not only sell mouth-watering, high quality paletas, they also let you BATHE the paleta in the chocolate and crunchy toppings of your choice in whichever ratio you deem appropriate!! They have some arrangements already set in their menu such as the “Pop Spicy” which is a mango paleta topped with dried chili mango and drizzled to the death in chamoy, and the “Cookie Monster” which is a cookies and cream paleta dipped in milk chocolate, topped with chips ahoy and oreo crumbles and also drizzled to the death with milk chocolate. However, you can order whatever paleta and configuration speaks to your heart on any given day!

My first time I had an avocado paleta with dark chocolate dip and chocolate crispearls as a topping. It was incredible. The paleta without any of the dips and toppings is creamy and has a beautiful avocado taste that is the perfect balance in between sweet and savory. If you’re afraid of sweet avocado taste, don’t be. Paired with the dark chocolate and chocolate crunchies, the flavor combination covered my mouth with sweet avocado contrasted with the depth of the dark chocolate dip.

Ever since that first time, I have gone back repeatedly with friends, family and the dip to my paleta, Eduardo. I have tried every combination imaginable like strawberry with chili and dried mango, key lime pie with dark chocolate and pistachios, and coffee stuffed with condensed milk smothered in dark chocolate. As you can see, the first couple times I  tried to do the math on how many toppings and dips I could possibly fit into one paleta and I recommend it to anyone who is a first-timer at Holy Paleta. However, I have found that so many toppings fog up the paleta experience as the chocolate or crunchies overpower the taste of the amazing paleta. Holy Paleta makes amazing paletas that you might think don’t stand on their own because of all the “fru fru” that they offer to jazz them up. But, the naked paletas are just as good as the most amazing looking paleta you could possibly make.

Now, when I go to Holy Paleta I either order two bare paletas or one with a simple chocolate dip. I love their paleta flavors and textures as they remind me of home whilst adding a layer of fun novelty and innovation. My favorites are the avocado, key lime pie, sandia con chile, and creamy coconut paleta.

The Verdict

Holy Paleta is a fun, grab and go paleta store that I highly encourage people to visit at least once. Although it might seem like pure novelty, it is a place that has delicious, creamy, and refreshing high quality paletas accompanied by a taste of joyful Mexican culture. When I think of Holy Paleta, I think of love, family, and yes please! I give it 4 out of 5 booty points. I would give it a closed 5 but I reserve that for the paletas in Acapulco.

Until later my dear snacks! Love u! 

P.S. Holy Paleta is opening up a new location in Little Italy soon so keep an eye out for that! They also sell chocolate-covered frozen bananas and conchas filled with ice cream if paletas are not your jam.

Holy Paleta

4230 Bonita Rd suite b, Bonita, CA 91902

Holy Paleta Instagram

Written by: FoodieBooty

The Invisible Man: Movie Review, Why It Works

Does The Invisible Man live up to the hype? Well seeing is believing (and although you can’t see the antagonist of this film), The Invisible Man breathes life into this once thought dead style of horror with compelling characters and suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging to see more! 

WARNING: IF YOU WANT TO GO INTO THIS FILM WITH ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA OF WHAT IS HAPPENING READ CAREFULLY. THERE WILL BE A SPOILER WARNING WHEN MAJOR PLOT POINTS ARE DISCUSSED BUT IF YOU WANT NOTHING ABOUT THIS FILM TALKED ABOUT, COME BACK AFTER YOU WATCH THE MOVIE.

If you are still here, I commend you for your bravery. Let’s get into The Invisible Man.

Overview

The Invisible Man was released on February 28, 2020. It stars Elizabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass, a troubled woman who escapes an abusive relationship from Adrian Griffin, this manipulative scientific inventor played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Once she escapes, Cecilia is so terrified of being found by Adrian that she can’t even walk outside. This all changes when she finds out that Adrian has passed away and can’t hurt her anymore. She is able to start living her life without the constant fear of being watched… or so she thinks.

What this film does so well is that it plays with the audience’s perception of what’s happening to Cecilia. The first forty minutes of the film are a slow burn of odd happenings that take place in the house. From the stove turning on with no one near, to a knife falling off the table without a sound. As you watch this film you think at any moment this invisible entity could kill Cecilia. But the film makes it clear that it is not their goal to kill her. It’s to torment her.

Someone is torturing Cecilia throughout the story and the film uses that to make you feel just as paranoid. No one is willing to believe what is happening with Cecilia which infuriates you because you know she’s not crazy. You are rooting for her to prove that there is someone there, but the film makes you question maybe Cecilia is imagining this all. Then the film takes a hard left and makes it very clear to the audience and Cecilia that her suspicions were right.

What Makes It Work

The elements that make this horror/thriller movie work more than the atrocious The Mummy (2017) and Dracula Untold (2014), is that it does not try to be more than it is. Tom Cruise’s The Mummy wanted so badly to be the next big cinematic universe that would rival Marvel. But that was the film’s goal. Not to scare us, or to tell a unique story. It was to make money and be the next big thing. The Invisible Man is doing what I’m sure most modern horror films wanted to be, truly scary.

This film knows it’s a thriller that has a classic monster attached to it, so it tells a modernized version of what would make that idea so terrifying. A controlling and abusive partner that no one can see. If that isn’t symbolism, I don’t know what is.

If you are looking for a truly entertaining film that makes you question everything that you are watching on screen, go see this unseeable monster movie!

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~If you watched the film and would like to see what I felt worked well and what didn’t, or you simply don’t care about spoilers, feel free to read below~

*SPOILER WARNING*

With a film called The Invisible Man, you know there is going to be some way the film explains how a person can be invisible. Magic? Invisible Spray? John Cena? Nope. This universe’s answer to how to make a man invisible is shown in the first scene in the background. A suit comprised of cameras that can cloak itself into its surroundings and be invisible to the unseen eye. Sure this is still a stretch. But it is the most believable reason to have a man be invisible in this modern revamp.

What Worked

I thought the premise of having Adrian be so determined to make Cecilia think he willing to fake his own death sickening. It made him more terrifying than any paranormal beings that have been put to screen over the last five years. Cecilia is also not an idiot and thinks her plans through which makes the movie so much better. She is so clever that at certain points in the film you have no idea what she is going to do!

What Did Not Work

At a certain point in the film, the invisible suit gets damaged and is shown that it is broken and can not become fully invisible anymore. But in the very next scene the suit is in perfect condition again. The invisible suit is covered in so much plot armor it is unstoppable, unless the film wants the suit to brake. It just made the final conflict a little inconsistent with what was established in other shots.

Hopefully, these mild spoilers were not enough to ruin the film for those of you who were daring enough to read this section before watching the film. Thank you for reading and I hope you come back for my next review, take care!

Written by: Danan Pacheco