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.
WATCH: 'SITTING', a short film
Mitski is excellent for a great many reasons (including this years album release Puberty 2), but this week she's added another string to her bow by starring in 'SITTING', written and directed by Emily Yoshida. She plays a woman who babysits people after giving them a mind altering drug that allows them to see God in more than just a 'poetic sense'. It also features her track 'Thursday Girl', making the film something in between a short film and a music video.
Watch the film here.
READ: The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith (via nytimes.com)
Look, I don't like Sam Smith's music very much. He has a beautiful, rich, soulful voice, he's inimitably talented, but his songs aren't really for me. I've been quick to dismiss him, not just for his tunes, but as a package, and reading this article made me regret that a little. This piece is deeply humanising, hugely empathetic, and a welcome reminder that everyone is fallible, celebrities are human, and that this particular human was just 22 when he become enormously famous. I'll be giving him more of a break from here on out.
Read the piece here.
RE-VISIT: Pearl Jam at Pukkelpop (1992)
Following on from Sarah's excellent flashback to Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in last week's Roundup, I'm gonna take the grunge baton and run with it. One of my major teenage crushes was Eddie Vedder (I still hold a candle, gotta say), and this 45 min recording of Pearl Jam's set at Pukkelpop in 1992 is basically the reason. If you don't have 45 mins to spare, that's fair enough, but I beseech you to watch from the 30 min mark for the greatest stage dive you'll ever see.
Watch the set here.
READ: 'The Lonely Death Of Delhi's Jungle Prince', BBC News
It's easy to assume that India's assimilation into a 'BRIC' economy and rapid hurtling toward modernity has smoothed the rough edges of colonialism. This BBC piece focuses on the lonely life of Prince Cyrus, an adamant heir to the throne of Oudh, examining the power and destruction of self belief and the brutal impact of British rule on Indian history.
Read the article here.
LISTEN: Stranger Things 2 Soundtrack
In our recent Tung's Take on Stranger Things 2, I raved about the boppin' soundtrack, and I'm here to rave some more. I know Netflix are keen to promote the official score by Kyle Dixon, but let's be real who wants to listen to two hours of tense vibesy synth. Instead I've spent a week jamming to a delightfully eclectic mix, from Kenny Rogers to Metallica, and it's been way more fun.
Listen to the soundtrack here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Maureen O'Hara, News Report 1945
You don't need me to tell you that it's been a rough year for women in the media, and at times the enormity of the offences and abusers can feel overwhelming. This anecdote from Maureen O'Hara is depressing and encouraging in equal measure; another name on the #MeToo list, a reminder of how far we've come, and a warning that these problems are historic and entrenched.