The Roundup 01.10.17
Life is busy. It’s easy to make it to Sunday night without having engaged in much past the eat - sleep - work - repeat grind. Here to make it easier for you to find little cultural nuggets to brighten up the week are the Tung Team - Anna, Jacob and Sarah - who have kept our ears to the ground from Monday to Sunday, rooting out our favourite bits and pieces from the week, so you don’t have to.
READ: What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton - Guardian Digested Read
This week I’ve come face to face with the fact that I’m never going to read ‘What Happened' - that Trump is in office is bad enough without rubbing the salt of Hillary’s flawed campaign in the wound. Thanks to Guardian Digested Reads, I don’t have to. John Crace summarises and satirises Hillary’s (presumably largely ghost-written?) campaign post-mortem. Key takeaway comes in the form of this quotation: ‘And I take full responsibility for everything that went wrong apart from those things that were other people’s fault.’ Read it here.
PODCAST: Song Exploder - Lorde ‘Sober’
I totally accept that Song Exploder is probably widely known and loved, but if just one The Tung reader has their ears opened to this absolute gem of a podcast as a result of my lateness to this particular party then great. Each week, a (most often well-known) artist spends 20 minutes talking freely about the process behind just one of their songs. This week it’s the turn of Lorde, taking her listeners through the story behind ‘Sober’. It’s totally illuminating and endlessly charming. Get involved.
CATCH UP: Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
In preparation from the drop of Wolf Alice’s second studio album Visions of a Life, I took a little time and reminded myself of the songs that broke their way through the quagmire of staid British indie two years ago. I so love that vocalist and guitarist Ellie Rowsell refuses to take on any one persona, flitting between sugary sweet and snarling from track to track, and ’Bros’ is still the perfect flickering slideshow of young friendship that makes me wanna call my best pal every time. Listen here.
EXHIBITION: More Dimensions Than You Know: Jack Whitten, 1979 – 1989
Hauser and Wirth play host to Jack Whitten’s first ever London solo show. This is quite remarkable if you think about it, considering his career has spanned some 50 years and has been under the stewardship of some of abstract art’s most famous names. Ode To Andy: For Andy Warhol was one of many highlights with its sparse explosions of violent colour. Find out more here.
SONG: Armand Van Helden, Butter Rush 'I Need A Pain Killer'
Armand takes us straight to back to the 90s with his latest release. ‘I Need A Painkiller’ is nothing like the Duck Sauce project (thank god)! At three minutes long I’m hoping for a longer mix soon, but we needed this as a little reminder of what the Strictly Rhythm staple can do when he isn’t remixing Katy Perry or Sam Smith. If you needed further reminding, make sure you check out his back-to-back with Jackmaster for Boiler Room.
"Well, that was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen" was the first sentence that left my mouth when leaving the Vue cinema on Wednesday. Darren Aronofsky’s latest psychological thriller has proved more divisive than Marmite. Some have praised its bold and brash filmmaking whilst others have recoiled in horror at the on-screen violence. Oddly' I'm kind of in the middle on this one. Whilst I certainly didn’t love it, it was important I saw it. Go and see it - mainly because I want to hear what you think! Watch the trailer here.
SONG: Rex Orange County, 'Edition'
South London cutie Rex just turned 19, and is churning out as much material as his youthful energy will allow. I'm trying not to sound patronising, but Rex is truly adorbs. Comparisons to Frank Ocean are particularly evident on latest track 'Edition', taking with them the pinch of salt that his white, straight, middle England heritage might prevent much groundbreaking nuance. Still cute tho. Listen here.
MISC: Beyoncé's Instagram
Ummm, bear with me, I've had a week, and Beyoncé's Instagram now counts as capital 'C' Culture - let me live. She's got this badass new theme of lil compilation vids, with images timed to the music, and tons o' low res selfies mixed with pro shots. I don't know who she paid or how full her camera roll is by now, but I'm here for it. This and this are particular faves.
LATE FIND/ART: Mouni Feddag
Confession: this piece was someone's Facebook cover photo, and I did a reverse Google image search. Sorry not sorry, it's 2017, this is the hideous new normal. I dug some more and learned she's a UK based artist and all round good egg. Mouni produces a range of vivid colour pieces, bold illustrations, and you can check out more of her work here.