Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Two Door Cinema Club
I’d heard enough songs by Two Door Cinema Club I liked that I finally decided to give them a shot. Their sound is a mix of pop and rock, and for every catchy tune they have, they’ve got two forgettable ones. That’s not to say they’re bad by any means; they just don’t rock my socks off. That feels weird to say considering how much I like Do You Want It All? and What You Know from their debut album. Their sophomore album, Beacon, didn’t strike a chord with me.
Vampire Weekend is the perfect example of a great band with a terrible image. I mean, Vampire Weekend? Could there be worse band name? Regardless of what it’s called, Vampire Weekend is a talented band, though their genre is almost impossible to nail down. Their tone and style seems to change with each song, which definitely keeps the variety and surprises flowing. Strangely, its their latest third album that I enjoy least, while the band’s first two albums are brimming with great songs. I recommend Giving Up the Gun (their most popular tune), Diplomat’s Son, Ya Hey, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, as just a sample of Vampire Weekend’s many great tracks.
Broad City stole my heart and ran with it when it debuted last year. Abbi and Ilana’s chemistry on screen is palpable, and no TV comedy I’ve seen has ever depicted true friendship quite the way Broad City has. The first ten episodes of season one were consistently strong thanks to the duo’s insatiable talent for being able to turn mundane activities into hysterical laugh riots. No character or dialogue is wasted; everyone from Abbi’s absent roommate’s boyfriend Bevers to Ilana’s booty call Lincoln serve some purpose and push episodes to greater comedic heights, but the focus is never pulled far from the women’s interactions. Whether they’re booking it across New York to make it to a wedding or drinking on a stoop and making quips about life, Broad City constantly delivers. After such an incredible debut season, I was worried season two wouldn’t live up to the hype, but the girls’ sophomore year debut episode was just as strong as ever. I can’t wait to see where the show goes.
Broad City and Workaholics actually have a lot in common, but while Broad City takes everyday situations and makes them loveable, Workaholics turns what should be menial tasks into outrageous events. Last season wasn’t nearly as strong as the show’s first three (the only funny episode that comes to mind is one where the boys try to steal beer kegs from a moving truck to impress some chicks), so I was worried season five would move even farther downhill. I’m happy to say that the debut episode of season five brought back the classic shenanigans that I loved in full force. Considering my Wednesday nights are now highlighted by Workaholics and Broad City, I’m a pretty happy camper.