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The sun still shines: vacations reflect the best of summer culture

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Nothing makes me scream back at school more than wishing it was still summer. Whether you’re listening to the same album until the sun rises or bingeing through the dumbest reality TV, the Recess staff have rounded up their favorite culture of the season when it’s all about brain-corrupting in the most nurturing ways. . Welcome to campus! I know you’re excited about all the schoolwork you have to do now…

“Minions: The Rise of Glue” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

I spent that summer working as a camp counselor and caring for my 10-year-old. So one theatrical release ruled my summer. “Minions: The Rise of Gru”. I saw the film on the recommendation of a camper (and enjoyed it!!), but what really stood out was the soundtrack curated and produced by Jack Antonoff. Featuring Antonoff’s own act Bleachers, it features an all-star line-up of artists including Phoebe Bridgers, Diana Ross, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Caroline Polachek, Thundercat, Kari Uchis, HER and Brockhampton. In addition to the collection, the soundtrack expertly mixes 70’s covers with classic and original music to create a very exciting body of work. Combined with period-appropriate music throughout the film, such as Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dews” and KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Get Down Tonight”, the soundtrack stands out throughout the film. While intended to serve as a backdrop for the antics of the Minions, this collection truly stands on its own as a fun and varied listening experience to enjoy. I’m here.

— Sasha Provost, Social Media Editor


The most innovative, heartfelt, riskiest, and weirdest piece of media this summer was Nathan Fielder’s “The Rehearsal.” Every Friday I listened to HBO not knowing what to expect. Because this show is a true experiment of what happens when a TV network gives a man a blank check to create a TV show inspired by the depths of his imagination. Fielder’s previous show, “Nathan For You,” was a great show, but it truly showed the brightest flash of absolute brilliance in its dangerous and experimental finale, “Francis’ Discovery.” root. I’m very pleased that Fielder has decided to follow suit with something comparable, if not more creative, in their next project. Our only recommendation is to drop something to watch right now.

— Rhys Banerjee, Music Beat Writer

Fred again..

This summer I found myself listening to a lot of dance music. One of her favorite up-and-coming artists is Fred again. Producing With his long list of credits, Fred has been in the music industry for over a decade and has worked with artists such as; Ed Sheeran and he was active as Halsey, but his solo career as a DJ has been gaining momentum since last year. The “Boiler Room” set, with its contagious energy and feisty crowds surrounding Fred, raised his music’s profile in the United States, and his music became a staple of lounges and clubs throughout the second half of the summer.

— Ben Smith, Staff Writer

imogen heap

Before Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, there was Imogen Heap. If you haven’t heard of her, you’ve probably heard Grande’s cover of “Goodnight and Go,” which Heap co-wrote, or Swift’s “Clean.” Heap creates her magic in pure pop, and her effervescent and often electronic sound is just as vibrant this summer as it was when she first started making waves in the early 2000s. I was. My favorite song currently on repeat is (surprise) “Goodnight and Go”. Yes, I am part of the new generation who discovered her Imogen Heap. In this day and age, it means it’s only a matter of time before one of Heap’s decades-old songs goes viral on TikTok.

Megan Liu, Campus Art Editor

“Selling Sunset”

I’d love to say I’m beyond reality TV, but I can’t lie about my obsession with “Selling Sunset.” I know this real estate agent drama reality show in LA’s busiest neighborhood is undeniably trashy, but I swear it’s what makes it addictive. I don’t mind that all dramas are more likely staged than proper sitcoms. I live for it! I live to gaslight Heather after Christine didn’t get her wedding invitation. Become a fashion critic.Because how can you become a real estate agent who earns such high commissions and spends money on ill-fitting and expensive clothes and bags.Girls who dress up? It’s a disgrace, honestly. All I can say is thank God for the season 6 and 7 updates.

— Anna Rebello, Cultural Editor

Lauv’s ‘All 4 Nothing’

Is ‘All 4 Nothing’ the greatest album ever? No, it’s still everything I need this summer and more. Cohesive (a first for Lauv) and made for driving with windows down at sunset (“Better Than This”? “Summer Nights”??) is packed. You’ll find me listening to this album for a long time.

— Jonathan Pertile, Recess Editor

“Metropolis” (1927)

My favorite culture that I have consumed this summer was Metropolis (1927) at Kino Babylon in Berlin. They screened in an original style with a live orchestra band playing in the foreground. Fritz Lang’s visionary understanding of technology and humanity makes this classic look modern and still relevant today.

— Catherine Zhong, Local Art Editor

“Fboy Island” Season 2

I love watching shitty reality TV shows, but only in a hate-watching way, right? ‘Fboy Island’, now on its second season, has fully fueled my guilt-riding TV cravings. It not only satisfies me, but also completely my constant need to convince myself that the media I consume has an A Point and that it’s not all just rotting my brain. It will fill you up. The premise is formulaic: 26 men — self-proclaimed “nice guys” and half self-proclaimed “fboys” — vie for the attention of three beautiful women for the chance to finally win money, and a luxury island resort. is set on the stage. Not good for local residents. But what’s interesting is that the sheer veneer artificiality of “looking for love” is the fulcrum of the show. Contestants who lose out on “Fboy Island” are far more disappointed in losing money than in relationships. It’s incredible summer TV.

— Tessa Delgo, Editor-in-Chief