Staff Picks: This week’s hidden gems


"Broken Brain" courtesy of The Frights.

By Alexandria Alejo

Listen to This! — Hypochondriac | Album

The Frights released their album “Hypochondriac” in 2018 after gaining considerable traction from their prior album, “You Are Going To Hate This” in 2016. Fans were itching for another surf punk album from the San Diego locals after falling in love with their gritty, garage rock reminiscent style. However, the band ditched their angsty, garage punk style in “Hypochondriac” for a more clean and honest approach.

Mikey Carnevale, lead singer of The Frights, addresses issues of mental health and relationships in the album, along with pointing out issues like addiction, unhealthy relationships and use of medication to treat depression and anxiety.

Carnevale broke down the band’s tough punk exterior in “Hypochondriac.” Acoustic melodies replace distorted riffs while mellow vocals replace the band’s usual angsty yelling — although, there are a few of each sprinkled in here and there. The album title even alludes to Carnevale’s obsessive anxieties. He opens up about his fears, many failed relationships and struggles with prescription pills. He addresses issues nearly everyone faces, putting into words some of the deepest and darkest dilemmas of the human condition.

“Hypochondriac” can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud and Spotify Also, check out the Best of The Frights Spotify playlist by MC Music.

Read This! — National Geographic November 2019 Edition | Magazine

Photo courtesy of National Geographic.

National Geographic’s November 2019 Edition, “Women: A Century of Change” is remarkable, as it’s the first issue with entirely female contributors, photographers and editors. The issue features articles from a plethora of exceptional women leading in various fields and setting out to change the future for women.

“Women: A Century of Change” focuses on various topics, such as how women in India are challenging the government on women’s safety and how women are leading the fight for peace on battlefronts all around the world. This issue also gives an inside look at how women have been portrayed throughout time from National Geographic’s photography archives. These photographs date back to the beginning of the National Geographic in 1888, and even showcases photographs from their very first female photographer and contributor to the magazine, Eliza Scidmore.

Photo by Eliza Scidmore, National Geographic’s first female photographer. Featured in “Women: A Century of Change”

National Geographic also asked women six questions regarding the future of gender equality and what it means to be a woman. Throughout the magazine, there are honest and profound answers from diverse women around the world such as Jane Goodall, Oprah Winfrey, Roxane Gay, Laura Bush and many more.

For women and supporters of equality alike, this issue is worth the read. While it delves deeper into the troubles women face daily around the world, it also empowers women by highlighting various triumphs in the face of inequality.

“Women: A Century of Change” can be found at local retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Target and local grocery stores. You can also subscribe to National Geographic here.

Try This! — Fabulous | App

Photo courtesy of The Fab Story on Instagram

“Fabulous” is an app designed to help reset and form healthy habits; it’s basically your own personal wellness coach right in your pocket. “Fabulous” was created in the Duke University Behavioral Economics Lab where innovators combined science and wellness to produce an app that redirects and creates behaviors to form a healthier lifestyle.

The app helps create “rituals” for self-improvement, and begins with helping users create a healthy morning routine. The first step is the goal of drinking a glass of water every morning. The routine can be tailored to every user’s personal needs, and starts out slowly so users can seamlessly begin their “Fabulous” journey without getting too overwhelmed. Users can set notifications to remind them to reinforce healthy habits in their daily routines. As users continue achieving their goals, bigger and more impactful habits can be set, such as starting out the day with a healthy breakfast or creating a nighttime routine.

The app is meant to challenge users to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves. With features like the “Journey Roadmap,” users are able to monitor personal achievements, and a discover page with mini-challenges which gives users the chance to practice gratitude and mindfulness. This app is a foolproof way to kick-start a more productive lifestyle, one healthy habit at a time.

“Fabulous” can be found on Google Play and the App Store.