Staff Picks: What We’re Into (4/4)
What We're Into
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.

Leah  “National CHAMP” Hobbs – Artist Relations
recommends: Villanova Wildcats

“VILLANOVA WINNING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!  What I’m not into so much is them missing the over by a few points but it’s a small trade off.  Shout out to #VUFH!”

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

“You can always count on Lizzo to bring the fierceness, and Lord does she dial it up on her latest single “Fitness.” Hello queen, hello self-love, hello body positivity. And that mantra “I don’t do this for you,” because doing the work is all about feeling good. And when your feeling yourself, it’s game over. Thanks Lizzo for the declaration…and the latex.”

Monique Gilbert – VP Account Management and “Celebrating the Larry David in all of us”
recommends: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

“I’ve always liked Garry Shandling but did not know enough about him to consider myself a true fan.  This documentary is touching and inspiring in ways I did not expect.”

Shira Yevin – Biz Dev
recommends: Pussy Riot

“I’m into PUSSY RIOT! I saw their show at the ECHO this weekend, inspiring! Loving their latest single “Bad Apples.”

Tori Adams – Editorial Intern and “The Human Shazam”
recommends: Kacey Musgraves – “Slow Burn”

“Kacey’s latest album, Golden Hour, is stunning. It builds off of her past work with clever lyricism and country twang, while adding new touches of electro-pop production. My favorite song off the album is “Slow Burn.” On the opening track, the country star embraces a singer-songwriter aesthetic while adding hints of psychedelia. The sparse song is about taking your time and enjoying life as it comes, whether that be a drink, a romance or a joint: “Good in a glass, good on green, good when you’re putting your hands all over me.”

The song takes a nod from Kacey’s lyrical message and takes its time as well, slowly layering in new instruments as the song progresses. It begins with a delicate acoustic guitar playing the rhythm section while a banjo takes a turn at a simple lead melody. On the second verse, the drums come in. They are later joined by an electric piano and lastly, a violin. The song is intimate and effective. While driving down Hollywood Blvd., I suddenly became okay with cruising at the traffic induced 20 mph pace. I guess this is Kacey’s way of telling us to stop and smell the roses.”

Wes Martin – Marketing and “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”
recommends: Amen Dunes – Freedom

“Damon McMahon has always had one of those voices that just sets me in the right place. Got some anxiety today? Throw on some Amen Dunes. Freedom, his new album, is his best work yet.”