It can be tough, when faced with the eat-sleep-work-repeat grind, to keep on top of capital C Culture. That's why, every Sunday, the Tung team has a lil tete-a-tete in which we discuss all the podcasts, articles, songs, films, and TV we've loved over the past week. We choose our favourites and package them up in The Roundup to save you the leg work.
READ: 'What does a $450m Leonardo mean for the Old Master market?' (via theartnewspaper.com)
Only 12 paintings have ever sold for over $100 Million at auction. On 15th November Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old painting titled Salvator Mundi sold for $450 Million (including auction fees) shattering the previous record held by Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger which made $179.3m. Has the world gone mad - it sold for $300 million less in 2013! The Art Newspaper’s Anna Brady reckons the ‘sale says less about the Old Master market and more about the ease with which the super rich will spend colossal sums on a trophy’. So where do we - or rather where can we - go from here?
LISTEN: Boiler Room Podcast - Burial 'Untrue.' with Benji B & Blackdown
It’s been ten years since the release of Burials' seminal electronic music album. There aren't many contemporary electronic producers who wouldn't name Burial as a vital influence, yet just as many have struggled to match the now synonymous pitched-up, time-stretched sound. Joining Boiler Room’s Gabriel for a probing conversation about Burial's legacy is the DJ’s DJ Benji B and Keysound Recordings head honcho Blackdown. This podcast is musical education at its best; even if you think you know the album back to front, it's a must listen.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Daft Punk 'Alive 2007'
Ten years ago, almost to the month, Daft Punk released a live recording of their performance at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Arena in Paris. The 2006-2007 tour changed the way electronic music was performed (an unfortunate byproduct of which was a lot of terrible EDM). It kicked off with the now infamous Coachella Performance in April 2006. Remember, Justice’s Marshall amp mountain, Deadmau5’s 30 screen cube, and Eric Prydz’s lightbox are all homages to Daft Punk's incredible setup. Huge budgets for theatrics, visuals and lighting are now so much the norm that it's impossible to imagine precisely the euphoria of being in that crowd when the curtain dropped to reveal a 30 ft emblazoned pyramid. But with this Grammy award-winning live album you can come pretty close.
We're living in a 'Golden Age of Listening' according to The Drum, and the voices of women have always been the first in my ears. This neat lil piece from The Pool articulates what it is about overhearing the conversations between women that I find so soothing, whilst exploring nuances of why podcasts are becoming the medium of choice for women in an age of online harassment.
LISTEN: 'Fallin' 4 U', Will Heard
Since 'breaking through' in a vanilla Youtube vid with Cara Delevigne in 2013, Will Heard has had the hard task of regaining some musical integrity. A follow up to 'I Better Love You', 'Fallin 4 U' doesn't fall far from the thematic tree, but it makes me wanna dance round the kitchen in my undies so WHO CARES. Escapism pop executed well.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Cardi B
I'm convinced we're all late to the Cardi B party - she was living her best life while we all snoozed on. Getting recognition at last, young Cardi came into my life via her Instagram notoriety (I was born in '94, let me LIVE). Keen to be literate in all things zeitgeisty I of course swiftly moved onto her single releases. Cue an accidental 45 mins of every version of 'Bodak Yellow' on repeat, and imma Cardi B convert.
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