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Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year

Rarity – I Couldn’t Be Weakeri-couldnt-be-weaker

I found a lot of comfort in this album during the past year. I remember seeing Rarity play a few then-new songs about a year ago. I just listened, and was struck with this feeling that someone actually gets it. Someone actually knows what my struggle is like. That was when I knew this band would be so important to me. This past year, I was a lot more open and honest about possible mental health issues. It was scary but so freeing at the same time. I would listen to I Couldn’t Be Weaker while trying to calm down from a random breakdown. It was like someone putting a hand on my shoulder and letting me know I’m not alone in this, that they’ve been there, that it’s going to get better even when things seem dark. This album helped me realize that it’s okay not to be okay. That’s something I need to remember every day.-Jasminne

worryJeff Rosenstock – WORRY.

Released in October, WORRY. may just be the most poignant album of 2016. It’s full of lyrics about the terrors of capitalism, existential dread, and the joys of love and friendship. Jeff Rosenstock has a habit of writing genuine and uncomfortably relatable music and WORRY. is the epitome of that talent. Rosenstock pairs his playfully painful lyrics with an infectious sound that will have any listener dancing along, whether they came for the ska song, the hardcore song, or reasons they don’t entirely understand.This album saw us through the last few months of 2016, and I’m sure it will continue to help us moving forward. – Samlin Continue reading Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year

10 Tips For Playing Pokemon Go With Your Partner

In a world where babyboomer after babyboomer criticizes millennials for their “obsession” with smartphones, Pokémon Go challenges the norm by getting 20-somethings out of the house to enjoy churches, museums, parks, malls, and other local areas. Not only could PoGo effectively solve retail issues and has provided a healthy experience for those with depression and anxiety, but it also provides a way for people to genuinely connect with each other—yeah, even with their noses in their smartphones.

As a singular person playing in Los Angeles, I’ve interacted more with the neighborhoods where I live and work in my first week of Pokémon training than I had in six months of actually living and working there. Most of this has been due to the strong FaceBook and Reddit communities dedicated to helping each other find the Pokémon missing from our collections. But surprise human interaction has happened on the street, too—once, when I was battling a gym in a mall, a guy at a food kiosk gave me some water even though we were on opposing teams. A few days later a woman and I caught an Arbok at the same time on the same street corner and cheered each other on while we did it.

And last weekend my boyfriend and I had our first ever Poké-date. That’s right. We had a date… dedicated to Pokémon.

While that might be the most cliché 90’s thing you’ve ever heard, for us it was perfect. If you’re like us and work over 40 hours a week, having something that motivates you to get out of the house and explore your city together is worth pursuing. With the world as the game board, you and your S/O can have a fun, competitive, but relaxing date walking around exploring your surroundings—here are some tips to help your experience playing with your partner as enjoyable as possible. Continue reading 10 Tips For Playing Pokemon Go With Your Partner

Bojack Horseman: An Animated Portrait of Mental Illness

The following contains spoilers for Bojack Horseman. Proceed with caution.

Netflix recently announced that the third season of its adult animation series, Bojack Horseman, would be available for streaming on July 22. I’m not ashamed to say that multiple people posted on my Facebook timeline or privately messaged me to make sure I heard the news. There are a lot of amazing things I could say about Bojack Horseman. The vocal cast is incredible, from Will Arnett to Paul F. Tompkins to Amy Sedaris, just to name a few; the running gags, including the many appearances of character actress, Margo Martindale, and a multitude of animal-themed puns, never fall flat; and, while at first glance, Bojack Horseman may seem like your typical Seth MacFarlane-style adult cartoon, the humor in the show is intelligent and often addresses deeply-entrenched societal issues, one of which is mental health. Continue reading Bojack Horseman: An Animated Portrait of Mental Illness

NCIS Bids Farewell to Tony DiNozzo

WARNING: This post contains spoilers. Proceed with caution.

For thirteen years, NCIS has been a pillar of the basic cable line-up.  Boasting the top notch stars Mark Harmon and David McCallum, millions of people tune in every week to see the wonderful on-screen chemistry between Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Timothy McGee, Abby Sciuto, and Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo.  At least…that’s how it was until last week’s season finale bade farewell to Michael Weatherly’s character.

To say that NCIS has lost an iconic figure is an understatement.  Aside from the episode “Homefront” in season 13, Weatherly had appeared in every episode of the show.  Weatherly’s DiNozzo, known primarily for his encyclopedic knowledge of film and quick wit, said goodbye to the show and 18 million people who tuned in last Tuesday, and opened a new chapter in his life: that of a father. Continue reading NCIS Bids Farewell to Tony DiNozzo