Recently I have been obsessed with the late 90's sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I remember watching episodes here and there growing up but it never glued me to the screen until this summer. With every episode available on Amazon Prime and Hulu, I have been watching the show chronologically and I will admit that I'm starting to feel attached to the characters.
The tv series is based off of the Archie Comics series,
Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch, that was first published in 1971.
Both stories follow 16 year old Sabrina Spellman; a half-witch who faces challenges
in the mortal and witches realm.
Each episode is just 22 minutes long and it seems like each season flies by in the blink of an eye. I'm currently in the middle of the fourth season out of seven I can already tell I'm going to be sad when it is over.
I first saw the beauty of old magazines when I picked up a few copies of National Geographic dating back to the 60's at a thrift store. They were only half the age of National Geographic's very first issue, published in 1888, but I was drawn to the grainy photos and outdated ads. Each page was unlike anything published in magazines today.
Some might say I destroyed them when I started cutting them up to make gifts and collages, but with nearly 12 million copies of each issue in circulation, I figured there are plenty of copies left out there for the true collectors.
Recently, I discovered that Google Books has a lot of magazines available to view for free, including every issue of Life Magazine. I've been taking screenshots of cool photos, like the one above from the article "Trolls Take Over", and storing them in a folder on my computer for future use.
Several clicks deep into my recommended videos on Youtube, I came across the group Baby's Gang. According to the little information about them online, they were an Italian musical disco project during the mid 80's.
What made Baby's Gang stand out from all of the other videos Youtube recommended were their monochromatic sweatsuits and the shaky VHS camera quality of the video still.
I clicked on their video "Challenger" and watched 11 girls sweat it out doing synchronized dance moves in a parking lot for nearly 5 minutes. I'm not sure what role each of them had in the project but it's cool to see that so many women were involved.
My favorite thing about their music is the child-like vocals in both "Challenger" and "Happy Song".
I wish I could find more information about the creation of Baby's Gang and who was a part of it.
I picked up this compilation CD earlier in July while visiting Reckless Records in Chicago. When I'm not looking for a specific title at the record store, I always love to pick through compilations to find something I might have not listened to otherwise.
I grabbed this one, recognizing the title taken from one of Kas Product's hit songs. Checking out the track list they were the only band I recognized, so I was excited to hear some new groups.
It's a really great selection of new wave and cold wave groups - a cool introduction to French post-punk, an era that featured a lot of powerful women in music.
Kas Product is a long-time favorite of mine, but I found some new hits on this comp.
I had heard of Metal Boys before, but never actually checked them out. Their song Carnival (also credited as Paranoia Carnival) immediately caught my attention with its almost toy-sounding synth and gentle vocals. It's a sweet and short track that I could listen to about ten times over.
The other track I loved was Disco Rough by Mathématiques Modernes. It has interesting vocals over top lots of different sounds and synth parts.
This CD has been living in my car player and providing my day-to-day soundtrack for the past few weeks. There's a good mix of softness and intensity, and a great representation of the electronic underground music of the time. Check out the YouTube playlist!
I really enjoyed watching the new Netflix series inspired by the actual 80s women's wrestling show GLOW. The show was created and mostly directed by a crew of women. In reading some interviews with the actors it seems like it was really an empowering atmosphere for them, as well. The Netflix series is a fictionalized account of the creation of GLOW.
I honestly had never heard of the real thing before watching the fictional show, but I was so fascinated by it all, I had to learn more! Conveniently, Netflix is also currently streaming a documentary about GLOW.
Both the show and the documentary were super interesting to see, especially in contrast to each other. It seems like the creators of the show plucked quite a bit of their inspiration from the interviews with the original GLOW ladies in order to create the Netflix series.
The series received mixed feedback from the actual cast of the 80s GLOW, but I think it's an entertaining watch as long as you remember it's not based on the actual experiences of those ladies.
This month I’ve loved following @sceneinbetween on Instagram - a feed featuring rare photos of punk and underground culture from decades past. From my understanding, a lot of it comes from the personal collection of the curator, Samuel Knee.
He also created a book with similar content, photos and interviews capturing the style of underground music subculture of the 1980s.