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Teen Tastemakers: March Picks


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Teens, Idea Exchange | March 1, 2020

March Break is just around the corner so if you’re looking for some great recommendations for your off-time, read on for our recommendations:

MUSIC (Charlotte):

As we enter into a new decade, we can get ready for lots of new music. In preparation, here are three great albums from the previous decades of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

  • The Velvet Underground & Nico by the Velvet Underground: The debut album by the band that was somewhat responsible for sparking the punk movement, this ‘60s album is totally punk rock while still employing catchy riffs and danceable tunes. Best tracks: I’m Waiting For The Man, Femme Fatale, Run Run Run
  • Pearl by Janis Joplin: Janis Joplin’s last album, released in 1971 after her death, it features her incredibly skilled and recognizable singing prowess, and a great band playing bluesy rock and roll that makes you want to dance. Best tracks: Cry Baby, Half Moon, Mercedes Benz
  • She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper: The iconic debut album by the iconic Cyndi Lauper is a new-wave explosion of fun, where both the instantly recognizable hits and the deeper cuts are all great. Whether singing original material or a Prince (!) cover, Lauper’s voice is a shock of imperfect perfection. Best tracks: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, When You Were Mine, I’ll Kiss You


Sometimes you don’t want to read a book or watch TV. Sometimes you want something new. And that new thing might just be a podcast! Similar to a radio show, podcasts are an audio-only medium where people talk about anything and everything under the sun. Here are some of my favourites to introduce you to the world of podcasts:

  • Welcome to Night Vale: This podcast is done in the style of a faux-community radio show, providing updates on the supernaturally bizarre town of Night Vale, from mysterious lights in the sky above the Arby’s to what to do if you encounter a hooded figure in the dog park. Welcome to Night Vale is very entertaining, with a large ensemble cast of interesting and unique characters.
  • Buffering the Vampire Slayer: Structured as a conversation between two friends - Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo - as they discuss and recap every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both women are unquestionably hilarious, providing thought-provoking and creative new ideas for long-time or new fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • The Magnus Archives: Somewhat similar to Welcome to Night Vale in terms of content, The Magnus Archives is the story about the new Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute, investigating supernatural occurrences through statements provided by people who have experienced such occurrences. This podcast is firmly in the genre of horror, with a darker tone than the other two on the list. But for fans of horror, the writing on this podcast is top-notch. 

FOOD (Olivia):

According to Trip Advisor, the top 5 pizza places in Cambridge are Amici, Andy’s Pizza, Piatto Pizzeria, Samosa Corner Pizza and Wings, and Capri Pizza. I’ve read a few of the comments on the pizza places’ websites and the majority of people like these places because of the thin crust. Another thing people seem to like about these top pizza places are that they are very affordable. One man had said in his review, “Two pizzas for $20 Canadian, what a bargain.” People also liked to compare these pizza places to the “typical” pizza places like Dominos and Pizza Pizza, some even said it was better.

Personally, even though this isn’t on the list, I really enjoy Pizza Pizza. Sometimes it can be a little pricy but I do find every time I have it it’s always fresh and made to order; in other words, it’s made for my liking and what I asked it to be. Feel free to click the links for more information on these pizza places and the reviews. 

TELEVISION (Madeleine):

I’m a huge fan of TV shows. Movies are amazing as well, but they end too soon! So if you are looking for a new show to binge, here is the list for you:

  • Agent Carter: If you’re a Marvel fan and you love Peggy Carter, then this is the show for you! While it only got two seasons, those two seasons were amazing. What’s better than watching Peggy Carter beat up bad guys? No super powers needed.
  • Father Brown: I never would have expected to like this show as much as I do, but Father Brown’s childlike curiosity and kindness won me over very quickly. It’s set in the 1950s in England, so we get to see many beautiful clothes. We also see many murders being solved!
  • Sherlock: Speaking of solving murders… this modern version of Sherlock Holmes also has that! The characters are genius (no pun intended), which isn’t surprising with actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
  • Stranger Things: I’m not a fan of horror, but I loved this series. It’s not as scary as most horror shows, but it’s just creepy enough to keep you interested! Who doesn’t want to watch teenagers in the ‘80s run around trying to escape monsters and solve mysteries?

MOVIES (Benjamin):

The Batman franchise has been the grandeur of the film industry for six and a half decades. The vast amount of acting and preparation it takes to play the role of Batman properly is very impressive.

The best Batman actor to ever reach the big screen was Christian Bale. The best Batman films were all with him at the helm. Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are the greatest Batman movies of all time. The legendary Heath Ledger was a huge reason why the films became so memorable and unique. If you’re a superhero fan or simply enjoy action movies, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins are the right picks for you. To get access to these films for free visit Idea Exchange!

Do you like to write? Do you have exceptional taste in books, movies, and music? Would you like to be involved with the library, gain valuable resume experience, AND earn volunteer hours? It’s not too late to join the Teen Tastemakers! Join us at our upcoming meetups at Idea Exchange Preston (435 King St E), select Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm: March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, and June 1st.