Staff Picks: What We’re Into This Week (12/13)
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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.

Gigie Hall – Editorial Director and “resident outdoor dirtbag”

recommends: Thomas Fire Relief / United Other Incense

“Last week I watched as my hometown of Ojai went up in flames, with most maps showing the downtown area as an island in a sea of destruction. Many lost everything and it’s been hard to watch from afar. But fire takes many forms, and I’ve been lighting United Other’s Nightly incense in this time of healing. Each Tibetan-styled incense rope is crafted with the utmost care and made right in LA, with every ingredient selected and combined with intention. As the name suggests, I light mine right before bed so I can fall asleep to a dreamy mix of cedar, lavender and breu resin. So please consider donating to those affected by the Thomas Fire, and make sure to take care of yourself as we all process this wild time we’re living in. “

Molly Kodros – Project Manager and “resident bowler and karaoke extraordinaire”
You Must Remember This podcast

“They delve into forgotten/untold stories of old Hollywood. I just listened to an episode on Lauren Bacall and a series of episodes on the Manson murders–super interesting.”

Alan Miller – Founder and “Portland Pickles #1 fan”
recommends: Sasa Bune Sushi

“The best sushi when in L.A. Always go with the ‘trust me’.”

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

“I saw Crazy Spirit’s (Brooklyn’s finest punk band!) last show ever when I was in New York last week. It was the best DIY show I’ve been to in ages. The bands were all incredible (shout out to La Misma and Pobreza Mental!), the crowd was wild, and the ever present sound of a tattoo gun scratching out free Crazy Spirit tats for all comers between songs brought the whole vibe together. Incredible night with incredible bands. If you never saw them, you really missed out.”

Leah “Jeeves” hobbs – Artist Relations

“I’m REALLY into Morrissey canceling KROQ Acoustic Xmas day of.  Who needs soap operas in Spanish!? Also the Instagram account nochillvines and the app Ski Tracks. It records your max speed, distance, how many runs you’ve done, incline, maps your day – it’s insane. I’m really into these bio-peel face pads by Neogen.”

Gillian Driscoll – Editorial Assistant and “Resident pop culture maven and Harry Styles fan”

recommends: Net Neutrality

“This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on repealing net neutrality. Meaning Internet speeds would be commodified. Small business owners, your blog about your experience backpacking through Europe, that random gif, etc will be impacted and much more. While major corporations like Verizon and Comcast would be free to divvy up the net and charge for access to different uses/experiences. Call, protest, petition. Make your voice heard and lets keep the Internet equally accessible to all.”

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

recommends: Pho

“I guess it is because winter has arrived here on the East Coast, but my Pho consumption is reaching an all time high. All kinds. I don’t discriminate. There are so many good options in Philly it is hard to go wrong. Even the burbs has some gems that push out a great Pho.”

Monique Gilbert – Business Dev/Project Manager and “Celebrating the Larry David in all of us”
recommends: Three Billboards

“Two words: Three Billboards”

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

recommends: Anna Maria Maiolino at MOCA (Grand Ave.)

“Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino is exhibiting a large survey of her work at MOCA until the end of the year, and it’s the very first major retrospective of her work in the United States. From prints to sculptures, drawings, films, and clay installations, this multimedia show–spanning five decades– is a window into Brazilian art, identity, and politics.”

Wes Martin – Marketing and “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”

recommends: Car Seat Headrest ‘Beach Life-In-Death’

“It wouldn’t be a year that ends in a number if Car Seat Headrest didn’t make some sort of best-of, end-of-the-year list of mine. And here he is, in just under the wire with a 13 minute epic of a song, “Beach Life-In-Death.” While not a new track (he originally released it in 2011, before any of us knew him), this re-worked version is cleaner, more finely tuned (thanks to life experience and the use of readily available studio time, as well as a budget). The end result is an essential piece of listening:”