Introducing The Friday Download, T+L’s weekly roundup of books, music, and apps that promise to carry you through the weekend, whether your itinerary is jam-packed with travel or you’re staying put, staycation style. This week, get transported to the Heart of Dixie by a Southern rock band, experience Nigeria in the 1990s through a bracing new novel, and more.
Sound & Color
The highly anticipated sophomore album from Southern rock band Alabama Shakes is a bit of a departure from 2012’s Boys & Girls, but don’t take that as a criticism. From the ethereal title track to a radio-ready first single in “Don’t Wanna Fight,” the record is full of emotional, experimental music that deserves to be the soundtrack to your next road trip. Stream it through Spotify below, or kick it old school and burn it to a CD via iTunes.
The Messy Business of Reinventing Happiness
Turning the Magic Kingdom into Tomorrowland? It was hardly a walk in the park. Fast Company reporter Austin Carr explores the history of Disney’s MagicBand technology, the struggle to implement it, and what’s next for Mickey and co. Check out the full story here.
Take a trip back in time this weekend with an app that mimics a disposable camera. Snap 27 frames sans preview, then send the roll off to be “developed.” Ten business days later, the prints arrive at your door, ready for framing. The best part? Since no one can veto a photo or ask for a retake, it forces you to enjoy your surroundings, and stop staring at your screen. The app is free to download; one “camera” of prints costs $13.
Set in Nigeria during the 1990s, Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel grips readers from the very first chapter. Both an allegory for the modern-day African nation and a Cain-and-Abel tale of brothers perhaps fated to destroy one another, The Fisherman serves as an engrossing escape from an uncomfortable airplane seat or a chatty neighbor. Download it to your Kindle now; you’ll be hooked.
Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.