With the turn of the new season comes an influx of fresh cuts of a little bit of everything. With so many new influences to choose from, I’ve decided to keep my eyes on the best that music, podcasts, and books have to offer. I present to you the best of the backlisted and backordered. While there are so many new influences to pay attention to and stay updated on, there are also gems that have been circulating for longer that are still just as worth indulging in (if not more) than when they were first dropped. Enjoy!
Backordered: Divided States of Women with Liz Plank & Hitha Herzog. After diving headfirst into the world of podcasts, I’ve found that my favorite ones have been those that have addressed and thrived on tension. This podcast is absolutely no different. Here we have two intelligent, gritty, opinionated women who engage in political debates about important issues going on in the world. To add to the intrigue, one of these women, Plank, is a proud liberal and the other woman, Herzog, is a confident conservative. This podcast curates an intersectional, thought-provoking discussion on topics relevant to every American woman, and should be at the top of your queue.
Backlisted: Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. This is one of the first podcasts that I listened to and one of the reasons I’ve been hooked ever since. In this podcast, Baldwin gets personal with actors, politicians, musicians, business moguls and everything in between. Most of these interviews lie somewhere within the realm of an hour and sound like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation with two old friends. Baldwin’s raspy, enticing tone draws in both audience and interviewee to discover something new about their work, their passion and the mastermind behind it all.
Backordered: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book has been garnering buzz from every avenue of social media, podcasts, lit reviews and booksellers for its culturally relevant subject matter and honesty about a country divided. This narrative features a high school student named Starr Carter who lives in a poor community while attending a suburban prep school. Starr witnesses the death of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hand of the police while he was unarmed. This unanimously acclaimed novel grips its reader from beginning to end and will have you wishing you bought another copy for a friend just so you have someone to rave about it with.
Backlisted: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Capote’s novel paints a harrowing portrait of a crime committed in rural Kansas in 1959. A perfect read for the arrival of chilling weather, this novel will engulf you into a sympathetic view of the victims, the law enforcement investigating the case and even the perpetrators of the heinous incident. If you’re a fan of true crime and appreciate meticulously built suspense, this book is a must-read. Can’t get enough? Catch the critically acclaimed film Capote featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Backordered: “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith. Though only a single, Sam Smith’s new release brings back high praise from loyal fans and piques the interest of those who may have forgotten about him in his absence. Featuring the classic unrequited love theme and melancholy croon that fans have come to love and expect, with an upbeat flare and sass that make the repeat button so easy. After listening to this track, you’ll be begging for the album to drop.
Backlisted: About U by MUNA. This album has been out for months but is still one that I listen to every day. MUNA’s girl power vibe and vulnerable lyrics are an eternal mixtape that anyone seeking love, justice, and equality in the world are sure to vibe with. This queer-identifying trio are a voice for the underrepresented and their LGBTQIA+ anthem “I Know a Place” is a dancefloor bop that doesn’t get old. Check them out wherever you listen to music and on Twitter and Instagram as @whereismuna.