ICYMI: Under the Radar Hits

In Case You Missed It: Under the Radar Hits

by Maryssa Beale

To quote the great Chance the Rapper, “When the praises go up, the blessings come down.” Well, we must have praised the music Gods a lot due to all of the fantastic albums consistently falling in our laps.  Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye have all dropped some of their best albums this year. Even the elusive Frank Ocean decided to emerge from his hidden studio to release two albums last month. All of this to say, that there may have been some killer hits that you missed during all of the surprise album releases.

All That Junk’s In Case You Missed It’s mission is to inform you of the things that you might have failed to notice in music, movies, tv, and all things pop culture. Join us this week as we reveal tracks that haven’t gotten their fair shakes.

1. Best to You by Blood Orange

Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes has written for larger acts such as Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, and The Chemical Brothers which like other singer/songwriters could overshadow his solo career. But Hynes’ terrific album, Freetown Sound, looms over his prolific song writing career and will be on multiple Best Of  lists in December.

2. Higher by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen will never have another hit bigger than Call Me Maybe. This is a fact. However, Jepsen has a strong and loyal fan base, albeit smaller than most pop idols, that keeps her from being a definite one hit wonder. Higher is one of the catchiest tracks from Emotion B Side. After listening to the B sides, make sure to revisit the original album.

3. Collect on My Love ft. Alex Newell by the Knocks

Listen to this song. It is joyous and wonderful and yet you probably haven’t heard of it. That is all.

4.  Parking Lot by Anderson.Paak

How many rappers do you know can jump on the drums halfway through performing? The answer is none and even if they did none can command the stage from behind their kit better than Anderson.Paak. You might’ve heard of him on Dr. Dre’s Compton but Paak’s latest album, Malibu is where he really shines. Our suggestion is to try to catch him live next time he’s in town.

5. Strive ft. Missy Elliott by A$AP Ferg

The latest album title from A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper, sounds like a catchy name for a self-help book, which is fitting since Strive featuring Missy Elliott is the most motivational song on this playlist.

6. Youth by Glass Animals

This band’s tracks have been described as a “tropical fantasyland” to just being down right wacky. Despite the noticeable shift in tone for their sophomore album, we hesitate to predict that they’ll be in a slump.

7. Real Love Baby by Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear was one of our favorite albums of 2015 and Real Love Baby plays like the track that got removed at the last minute. Father John Misty isn’t expected to release an album in the near future but this track will hold us over until then.

8. 33 God by Bon Iver

If the tracklisting is any indication, this is set to be one of Bon Iver’s weirdest albums but this song shows that it might be a good thing.

9. Fountain of Youth by Local Natives

I would enjoy this song even if the message wasn’t to listen to us kids. This song and other tracks from their upcoming third album display growth and a much needed change from the somber tracks of their sophomore outing.

10. Running with the Wolves by Aurora


In this case, we saved the youngest for last but we don’t say that to diminish the talent of this young artist hailing from Norway.

Keep An Eye Out For:

Warpaint, Heads Up
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Phantogram, Three

#ICYMI Bonus: Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music.

 

Sounds of Summer

Sounds of Summer 2016

 

by Maryssa Beale

Summer is right around the corner and All That Junk has the ultimate playlist for you to enjoy all summer long.

1. The Internet- Get Away

This soul band is known more for its members Syd tha Kid and Matt Martains who are apart of the rap collective Odd Future but this album serves as a reminder that they should be known for more than being apart of Tyler the Creator’s squad.

2. Alicia Keys- In Common

This girl continues her streak of putting out songs that are on fire. If this song is an indicator of the direction her new album will follow then we can’t wait for the rest of the album to be released.

3. Ariana Grande- Side by Side (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Baby Mariah strikes again. Dangerous Woman is a strong album filled with numerous tracks that could easily be on this list including Let Me Love You featuring a verse from Lil’ Wayne. However nothing can top a great feature from Nicki.

4. Christine and the Queens- iT

I can’t think of catchier lyrics that deal with gender identity than the ones you’ll be singing along with in this song. Released a year ago this song was thrown into popularity after being featured in a recent episode of Girls.

5. Miike Snow- Genghis Khan

Comparing your jealously to a ruthless Mongolian warrior and emperor is extreme but as long as long Miike Snow sticks to singing instead of conquering we should be fine.

6. KAYTRANADA- VIVID DREAMS

KAYTRANADA’s debut album, 99.9%, is an accurate title for an album that encompasses a blend of almost every genre. This is our favorite song off the album but every track is worth a listen.

7. Flume- Never Be Like You (Disclosure Remix)

How does one improve upon a Flume track? Add a remix by one of the hottest DJ duo’s out there right now.

8. Pools- Blue

No playlist is complete without a song that doesn’t let you chill and catch your breath for a bit.

9. Santigold- Who Be Lovin’ Me (featuring ILOVEMAKONNEN)

The video for this track was shot during Santigold’s set at Jay-Z’s Made in America festival. The visuals and the song are just pure joy.

10. Rihanna- Consideration

Rihanna‘s Anti is considered to be her best album yet. This track won’t get as much play as Work but it’s her opening track and our closer for a reason.

Honorable Mentions

Cheap Thrills by Sia

Panda by Desiigner

This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

One Dance by Drake

Champagne Problems by Nick Jonas

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The Summer Movie Madness of 2015

The Summer Movie Madness Of 2015

by Maryssa Beale

The summer is when studios love to release their biggest blockbusters and this summer is no exception. Summer 2015 is gearing up and we here at All That Junk HK have picked what movies we’ll be watching.

1. Avengers- May 1

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Joss Whedon
Why We’re Excited: The first Avengers was an action packed thriller and the sequel looks to build on that momentum.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road- May 15

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
Director: George Romero
Why We’re Excited: Umm…I thought we just told you. Hardy and Theron look amazing in the trailer and Romero is the perfect choice for this re-boot.

3. Pitch Perfect 2- May 15

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Why We’re Excited: This sequel sounds aca-mazing just make sure that you don’t sing too loudly in the theatre.

4. Spy- June 5

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Bryne
Director: Paul Feig
Why We’re Excited: The comedic duo of McCarthy and Feig team up for the third time in this espionage themed comedy.

5. Jurassic World- June 12

Starring: Chris Pratt
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Why We’re Excited: Pratt continues his path towards super stardom and we’re loving every second of it.

6. Dope- June 19

Starring: Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori, Zoë Kravitz
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Why We’re Excited: This film was a breakout hit at Sundance this year and we’re excited for the release of this hectic coming of age story.

7. Inside Out- June 19

Starring: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader
Director: Pete Docter
Why We’re Excited: The plot to Inside Out sounds ridiculous but that only means good things when describing a Pixar film.

8. Paper Towns- July 24

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Justice Smith
Director: Jake Schreier
Why We’re Excited: This movie is based on the novel by John Green, the guy responsible for The Fault in Our Stars, so we’re excited that this film isn’t a tearjerker.

9. Southpaw- July 31

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Why We’re Excited: Saying goodbye to Gyllenhaal‘s gaunt appearance circa Nightcrawler and saying hello to a ripped Jake.

10. Fantastic Four- August 7

Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell
Director: Josh Trank
Why We’re Excited: The Fantastic Four signed up for the Christopher Nolan-Dark Knight treatment and we’re intrigued to see the results.

Honorable Mentions:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl– June 12
Magic Mike XXL– July 1
Terminator Genisys– July 1
Pan– July 24
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation– July 31

The Best Shows On TV That You Aren’t Watching…Yet

The Best Shows On TV That You Aren’t Watching…Yet

by Maryssa Beale

Summer 2015 has the best line-up of shows in ages, we suggest you watch some of our summer picks. So you waited all year for Orange is the New Black, watched all thirteen episodes in 2 days and now gearing up for another re-watch. Instead of watching Piper Chapman complain about her woes for the umpteenth time, check out new shows to watch in our television version of our “Best of Summer” list series.

1. UnReal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTV_Y5b72Hk

Why You Need To Watch: Even if you don’t love the Bachelor/Bachelorette and all of their counterparts this series is still the best show airing this summer. Co-creator Sara Gertrude Shapiro was a former field producer on The Bachelor which allows for the story lines to feel grounded in reality. I have only watched two full episodes of Bachelor (my friends were obsessed with Juan Pablo) and I hope to never watch another minute but UnReal has me hooked.

2. BoJack Horseman

Why you need to watch: Yes, the Wet Hot American Summer series will be premiering later on this summer but this list is for shows you aren’t watching not the shows you’ve desperately been waiting for. The first season of BoJack Horseman debuted on Netflix last summer and it’s easily their best comedy (sorry not sorry Orange is The New Black fans). The show is about an anthropomorphic horse that used to star on a hit show in the 90’s and how he’s coping with his fall from stardom. The plot sounds crazy but Will Arnett is excellent as Bojack plus with Alison Brie and Aaron Paul as his supporting cast, you can’t go wrong.

3. Catastrophe

Why you need to watch: This is your typical story of boy meets girl until boy has to move to London after getting his weeklong fling pregnant. Catasrophe may sound like the British version of Knocked Up but it is far better than that. Season 1 is a tight six episodes that leaves you desperate for more. If the trailer alone isn’t enough to convince you please read one of the dozen think-pieces proclaiming this show as the best rom-com TV show.

4. Hannibal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pNXLmDdrL0

Why you need to watch: Even though NBC announced that they would no longer be airing Hannibal after this season, there is still a very,very small chance that it might be picked up elsewhere. However, this shouldn’t deter you from catching up on the first 2 seasons and realizing what a horrible mistake you’ve made by not tuning in earlier. It’s what I’m currently doing since as I type this I’m only halfway through season 1. Also this is the only show that’ll make you question what your new friend is serving up for dinner.

5. Chef’s Table

Why you need to watch: Since we’re on the subject of food, now is the best time to mention the great show that is Chef’s Table. The main reason to watch is because of all the food porn. Who doesn’t want to watch some of the most talented chefs preparing gorgeous plates of food in high definition? There also is learning about how each chef runs their kitchen but the food is the main attraction for this show.

6. Rectify

Why you need to watch: Season 3 premiered on SundanceTV, July 9th and its stellar opening episode shows why it continues to live up to the hype. Rectify follows Daniel Holden as he returns home after serving almost twenty years on death row. It’s a visually stunning show that is well worth your time.

7. Wentworth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dzbjoVaAVw

Why you need to watch: If none of these shows are scratching your Orange is The New Black itch, may we direct you to Wentworth. This show follows the lives of women incarerated in the pressure cooker that is prison. However, this show is located in the land down under aka Australia. Wentworth has been described as Orange’s darker, moodier cousin but despite a similar plot it’s in a league of it’s own.

Our Don’t Laugh and Take This Show Serioulsy Pick: Pretty Little Liars

Why you need to watch: Look before you roll your eyes, please hear me out. This show may have started out as your run of the mill teen soap opera but what Pretty Liars has evolved into is far more nuanced. Season 5 wasn’t stellar but Season 6 has been a return to form and is definitely one of the best shows that I know you aren’t watching. I binge watched the first 4 seasons on Netflix last summer in a week and while I don’t recommend doing that, you should start watching the past seasons ASAP. Rumor has it that the illustrious “A” will finally be revealed in the summer finale.

The Show That You’ve Should Have Watched Years Ago: Friday Night Lights

Why you need to watch: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose. If you’ve nver heard those words spoken by Coach Taylor then you’ve seriously have been missing out. Friday Night Lights is the one of the best dramas and it should be a crime that more people didn’t watch it. Thanks to Netflix, you can watch the whole series online and join the cult of Tami Taylor.

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