Staff Picks: What We’re Into This Week (1/24)
staff picks

The COLLiDE team consumes all things culture at a high velocity. Each week we’ll be sharing What We’re Into from music, books, film, and travel destinations to bars, restaurants, products and more. Scroll down to discover what we’re into this week, and get in on what’s good.

Alan Miller – Founder and “Portland Pickles #1 fan”
recommends:  Editors – Violence

“Stoked for a new Editors album: ‘Violence’ is the sixth album from Editors, and follows 2015’s acclaimed top 5 ‘In Dream’. It is produced by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Florence & The Machine, Frightened Rabbit) and Editors with additional production from Benjamin John Power (Blanck Mass, Fuck Buttons) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend, except ‘Hallelujah (So Low)’ mixed by Alan Moulder.”

Megan “McCredes” McCredie – Project Manager
recommends:  SunBasket

“Learning some basic cooking skills/recipes through the meal delivery service, SunBasket! This helps me channel my inner Ina Garten on a weekly basis…Bon Appetit!”

Monique Gilbert – VP Account Management and “Celebrating the Larry David in all of us”
recommends: Jessie Reyez

“Don’t be surprised to see Jessie Reyez at many COLLiDE on Rainey events at SXSW. Obsessed.”

Richard Pace – Business Development Director and “Seeker of Anything Fun”
recommends: Peaky Blinders

“I know I’m way behind here, but just started watching Peaky Blinders. It’s fantastic.”

Gigie Hall – Editorial Director and “resident outdoor dirtbag”
recommends:  Peak Design Pro Capture Clip

“Finally grabbed myself one of these doohickies and stoked about the possibilities. This tiny little piece of metal allows me to clip my DSLR to my backpack strap or belt, making it infinitely easier to hike and shoot. No more lugging my camera on a strap (which means no neck pain, yay!) and banging my lens on every rock I pass while scrambling around. A test drive is definitely in order.”

Robben Barquist – Intern and “Resident Dungeon Delver”
recommends: Battering Ram – “Let Me Fight where I Lay…”

“Three weeks into the year and I finally found the first good demo of 2018. I’m talking about the debut release by RVA street-rockers Battering Ram entitled “Let Me Fight where I Lay…”. This one’s a real ripper – sounds like the best back alley NWOBHM single you never heard of (think Jaguar meets Tank) with a dash of real old school street punk a la the Dolls and Heartbreakers. It’s that punk edge that gives Battering Ram a leg up over the droves of throwback heavy metal acts these days – dirty ‘n’ dangerous, just the way I like it. It’s the inaugural release by Anonymous Cave Cassettes, the new cassette imprint by the inimitable Beach Impediment Records. Don’t sleep on this one, it’s name your price on bandcamp for 3 original ragers and an incredible ZZ Top cover.”

Wes Martin – Marketing and “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”
recommends:  Twiga – “Million $$$ Dream” and Frank Black “Hang Onto Your Ego”

“Twiga is a Brooklyn band that I just found out about this week, and I can’t stop listening. Their Million $$$ Dream EP is out now, and perfect. Karaoke Song of the Week: Just added Frank Black’s “Hang Onto Your Ego” to my ongoing list. What’s not to love? ”

Leah “FLY, EAGLES, FLY” Hobbs – Artist Relations

Restaurant: It’s DineLA, go try all of them! Granville in Studio City was great, their pre-fixe menu comes with a drink, which isn’t usually apart of the deal. Score. Shout out girls night. This week: Connie & Ted’s.
Shows: Thursday – St. Vincent at the Palladium, Friday – Hippo Campus at The Fonda (SOLD OUT)
Activity: Modo Yoga LA – Been going here for years and I F*****G love this place. If you’re in town take a class with Dalton at the La Brea studio, he does whole classes to great albums from Zeppelin, Bowie etc.
Instagram account: @nitrousparty – festival memes for days
Music: J Hus “Did You See”The Shacks “Audrey”Marlon Williams “What’s Chasing You”Curtis Roush (of The Bright Light Social Hour) “Real Love”

Maria ‘On Tour’ Sauer – VP, Biz Dev
recommends: Phish Summer Tour

“Notable Locations: The Gorge – George, WA; Dicks Sporting Goods- Denver; Bill Graham- SF; The Forum-LA”

Gabrielle Costa – Social Media / Marketing and “Vibe Manager”
recommends: Zebulon 

Equal parts bar, cafe, and music venue, Zebulon first got its start in Brooklyn circa 2003 and became known for programming the best in jazz, experimental, and avant-garde (as well as giving smaller, independent bands a platform to have their music heard). The NYC location closed its doors in 2012 and eventually, the owners moved out west. Five years later, Zebulon opened its doors in Los Angeles and has quickly become my favorite venues in the city. Whoever is responsible for the talent buying/show bookings at Zebulon is doing an amazing and thoughtful job on building some of the dreamiest lineups that I could ever imagine. They also host film screenings, literary nights, and free dance parties. Oh, and did I mention the super charming, dimly-lit restaurant with Mediterranean-inspired offerings and the cozy outdoor patio (which is accessible to the public – no need for a ticket to the show), making it the perfect place to meet up with friends?” 

Gillian Driscoll – Editorial Assistant and “Resident pop culture maven and Harry Styles fan”
recommends: The Grammys

The 60th annual Grammy awards are this Sunday, and promises to be a good one with performances by Lady Gaga, Elton John and Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars and Cardi B, Kesha, and many more. Cue the imminent memorable highs, cringeworthy awkward moments, and viral memes/giphs.

photo by: courtesy of the artist