If you’re a fan of horror, especially gothic horror rooted more in the supernatural than gore, Moreno-Garcia is the book for you. It was reminiscent of the gothic horror from the film Crimson Peak (excellent film, would recommend), except that Mexican Gothic is set in 1950s Mexico. We follow Noemí as she embarks on an adventure to try to figure out what’s going on with her newly-married cousin. What she finds is much worse than she could expect and before long, Noemí finds herself tangled up the same family mess that ensnared her sister. Moreno-Garcia’s writing is excellent, the story is extremely gripping, and the ending equally as satisfying.
Rating: 10/10 – if you like any sort of gothic/historical horror and a well-written story, I can highly recommend Mexican Gothic.
⇒ Music to listen to:
Joey Alexander’s newest release. Joey is a young jazz pianist who is exceptional. You can find his music on Spotify and Apple.
⇒ YouTube video to watch:
WIRED has these great videos on YT where experts in specific fields review relevant scenes from movies/tv shows. This week’s selection are two videos by hacker Samy Kamkar. Below is the first time he was on and he did another one recently, which you can find here.
Matsuda’s book is a collection of stories, translated from Japanese, that take Japanese ghost stories/folktales and retell them – often in a modern setting. Each story stands alone, but as you read the book, there are threads that connect the stories together. I am not a huge fan of short stories, but I am a big fan of Japanese ghost stories and this book did not disappoint. Although ghosts are often associated with horror – this book is not a horror novel, though there are some slightly suspenseful aspects. There’s an added bonus at the end of the book: there’s a short summary of each the ghost stories/folktales referenced in the book, as well as which story it pertains to.
Rating: 10/10 – would recommend to everyone who likes a good retelling.
June is an R&B (?) singer part of a crew called PLT (he’s in it with one of my favorite singers, Gaho). He released an EP in July called Ending that is absolutely fantastic. In fact, all of his music is really good.
Another singer I found through YouTube. He’s singer/songwriter and producer with Amoeba Culture. He also worked with EXO-SC (a duo made up of Sehun and Chanyeol from the KPOP group EXO) on their first (and excellent) album. He’s got a really chill vibe to his music, which everyone by now knows that I love. Below are a couple of recent videos of his, as well as a music video for a song he released earlier this summer.
Another one of those random singers that I stumbled upon on YouTube. I don’t know much about INNERLAW, except she’s a Korean singer/songwriter (follow her on IG here). I really, really love her sound. It’s very soothing and I’m delighted that her music is on Spotify.
Here’s her newest single, which is how I discovered her music.
Almost all of the new music I listen to I find one of two ways: NPR and YouTube. I know it seems weird that I would find new music from YouTube, but I subscribe to a lot of music channels that post music videos/performances by a lot of different artists (from indie bands to rappers to soloists). If I listen to something and I like it, then I follow them, if possible, on Spotify. One of these recent “finds” is NIve, who it turns out has been around for a while. You can learn more about him on Wikipedia.
I really like his sound, it’s somewhat pop mixed with singer-songwriter. It’s good music for working or writing (and probably driving, but who is driving a lot these days? Not me). I hope you’ll give him a chance!
Some of you might remember that last summer I went to see the kpop group Block B in Washington DC. Some of you might also remember that the musical (aka Block B) part of the experience was not the greatest and I promptly fell out of love with Block B. Yeah, that hasn’t changed, sorry about that. But, instead, one of their supertalented singers has finally release a single! I wish it was an album, but I’ll take what I can get. The following is the music video for Taeil’s single. Sadly, he isn’t in the MV, which is so-so, but the song is amazing. So, enjoy!
There’s a kpop group named Teen Top and while I’m not interested in them as a group, one of their singers, Niel, released a solo album which is actually pretty great! It’s called oNIELy (I know, really) and this is one of the songs off of it. I don’t have feelings one way or the other about the music video, but I like the song a lot.
I’ve (recently) starting fangirling YG’s newest (soon to be second newest) boyband. They were the winners of a YG reality show called Win. The group’s name is Winner and I really like their music. This video is from a performance of theirs and includes Different, my favorite of their songs.
If you’ve watched Unbroken (note: I haven’t), you might recognize Japanese singer/guitar player Miyavi. Or you might not, because his tattoos were covered up for the movie. He’s pretty great, tbh. Enjoy one of his music videos. I can’t recommend his music enough.