Staff Picks: What We’re Into This Week (1/10)
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.

Monique Gilbert – Business Dev/Project Manager and “Celebrating the Larry David in all of us”
recommends: Oprah’s Cecil B. DeMille Award Acceptance Speech 

Alan Miller – Founder and “Portland Pickles #1 fan”
recommends: The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden

“Looking forward to reading Jeff Haden’s just-released new book, The Motivation Myth.”

Gigie Hall – Editorial Director and “resident outdoor dirtbag”
recommends: Touchstone Climbing

“This is something I’m always into, but as of late my addiction has reached new heights. Since the new year, my local Touchstone climbing gyms (Cliffs of Id and Hollywood Boulders) have become an integral part of my schedule. By anyone’s standards, I’m still a noob. But climbers are a pretty supportive bunch, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to push my bouldering limits. I highly recommend jumping on the wall — you’ll probably surprise yourself.”

Maria ‘Yuko Kitchen Extraordinaire’ Sauer – VP, Biz Development

“Album/Tour: David Byrne upcoming album, American Utopia and Tour
Reading: Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman
Travel: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Saje Peppermint Halo Essential Oil”

Gillian Driscoll – Editorial Assistant and “Resident pop culture maven and Harry Styles fan”
recommends: David Hockney Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“I saw this show when I was in New York City during the bomb cyclone snowstorm, and it brought me back to LA’s beaming rays and playful palms. Hockney captures Los Angeles through a delightful lens of color, glamour, serenity and lighthearted brushstroke depicting pools, splashes, the countryside and more.”


Gabrielle Costa – Social Media / Marketing and “Vibe Manager”
recommends: Monday Is Okay Mix by Gregg Kowalsky

“This playlist compiled by Gregg Kowalsky for The Ransome Note has been keeping me company over the last few weeks. It’s nearly an hour of ambient selections that will make you feel calm, refreshed, and grounded upon listening. Transport yourself into the clouds by pressing play.”

Leah “Jeeves” hobbs – Artist Relations
recommends: Slotface and Caroline Pennell

“I’m really into this Slotface show at the Echo on January 11th. Also really into this Caroline Pennell EP, Phases, releasing on Friday (Jan 12).”

Robben Barquist – Intern and  “Resident Dungeon Delver”
recommends: Pâlemort

“This week I’ve been obsessing over the debut demo by Quebecois black metal act Pâlemort. Three tracks of some of the most authentic sounding second-wave black metal worship I’ve heard in ages. It was one of the many incredible releases from Tour de Garde last year, a label whose seal of approval speaks volumes to the quality of the music contained therein after over 15 years of putting out stellar underground black metal demo tapes.”

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

“This week I’ve been diving into Godless on Netflix. It’s filled with a balance of great story telling and just total carnage. Some of that carnage at the hand of man, but so much also from fate. Check it out.”

Megan “McCredes” McCredie – Project Manager
recommends: David Ehlrich’s movie countdown

“Every year, David Ehlrich releases a video countdown of the year’s top 25 films. The clip is edited very well and quite entertaining to watch! CHECK IT:”

Wes Martin – Marketing and “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”
recommends: David Byrne – “Everybody’s Coming To My House

“New Single. New album – American Utopia – out March 9th. There’s only one way to describe how this makes me feel.”