What We’re Into This Week: Wes Anderson, James Joyce, and Moon Hooch

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Wes Anderson

This summer, I’m catching up on all the movies I didn’t have time to watch during the school year. And the books I didn’t have time to read. And the music I didn’t have time to listen to. Wes Anderson is my starting point in the movie category. I’d seen Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore, but that was it. In the last two days, I’ve watched The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited, and The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou is next. Anderson is such a visual director—a saturated color palette, quirky characters, and stylized camera movements are signature Wes Anderson—and the guy seriously knows how to sell a story.

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Upside Down Mountain

Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City was last year’s album of the summer, and Upside Down Mountain will be the one I play all summer this year. I’m a huge Conor Oberst fan—Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, The Mystic Valley Band, Commander Venus, etc. He’s so talented at squeezing a huge story into a three- or four-minute song with deft phrasing and clever songwriting, and he’s been doing this since he was in high school. Conor makes music seem so effortless, and this album bounces around from soft, acoustic tracks like “You Are Your Mother’s Child” to faster, louder songs like “Kick” and “Governor’s Ball.” “Desert Island Questionnaire” and “Enola Gay” are two of my favorite tracks, but there’s not a song on here that I don’t like. Put everything down, close your eyes, and listen to the album all the way through. It’s one of those records that deserves your full attention.

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Dubliners by James Joyce

I wasn’t expecting to like Joyce. Modernism is my favorite movement in literature, but Joyce is known for being difficult. (Ulysses, anyone?) This collection of short stories isn’t. Joyce uses such poetic language and the climax of these stories is typically an epiphany. All the stories are about middle-class citizens of Dublin and simple, everyday happenings. That doesn’t mean they’re boring.

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Moon Hooch

Moon Hooch is a Brooklyn-based band made up of two saxophonists and a drummer. And they’re incredible. Their debut album came out last year. Since then, they’ve begun adding contrabass clarinet, tubes, and vocalists. The trio began as buskers in NYC parks and subways to pay for college tuition. They were banned from performing at the Bedford Avenue stop off the L line in Brooklyn for “starting too many dance parties.” Check them out.

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Humans of New York

Follow this page on Facebook. It is New York in snapshots, short quotes about real people—and it’s beautiful. Definitely a great place to go when you need inspiration. Or a little hope.

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