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.
ESSAY: Ruby Tandoh’s Tiny Letter
To be honest, most of what Ruby Tandoh puts out into the world could be considered important content. Her Twitter alone is a thing of beauty - equal parts sweet and spicy. But for even more Tandoh goodness, sign up to her Tiny Letter and get a weekly musing on ‘food (etc)’ straight to your inbox. Last week it was ‘All about the concept of waffles’, and this week it’s ‘sunny side up’, a riff on Dutch artist Tjalf Sparnaay’s hyperrealist painting of the perfect fried egg as a physical embodiment of the multi-sensory approach she likes to take to food. In a society obsessed with clean eating, it couldn’t be more refreshing to just be encouraged to eat. As a result of Ruby’s Tiny Letter I bought myself a five pack of doughnuts this week and I’m not going to insult your intelligence by suggesting I did anything other than eat three in one sitting and the last two a couple of hours later. 🤷 Sign up here.
ALBUM: Kelela Take Me Apart
Warp Records signee Kelela’s most recent album has been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived and my god what sweet sweet music. There are hints of Aaliyah and Destiny’s Child here, but filtered through futuristic production and self-assured maturity. Singles ‘LMK’, ‘Frontline’ and ‘Waitin’ give a good impression of the general direction Take Me Apart takes, but it rewards focused listening from beginning to end. Get this one in your headphones and settle in. Listen here.
ARTICLE: Just Like Us: The Rise, Fall, and Future of Taylor Swift, America’s Relatable Sweetheart by Devon Maloney
We’re nothing if not committed to the T Swift saga over here at Tung HQ. Sarah wrote a biting takedown of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, the first single from her forthcoming album Reputation, and since then we’ve been waiting patiently to see what her next move will be. So too has culture journalist Devon Maloney, whose recent Medium post identifies the specific moments Taylor’s star began to lose its shine, and places the blame firmly on Taylor herself (contrary to the narrative of victimhood she’d have us believe). Read it here.
DOCUMENTARY: End Of The Century
Whilst reading a free evening newspaper I came across an article entitled ‘London’s Iconic Music Performances’. They pinpointed The Ramones, specifically refering to their performance at the Round House in 1976. Realising I knew so little about such an iconic band, I turned to Jim Field’s and Michael Gramaglia’s End Of The Century. Filled to the brim with interviews from rock and punk’s finest, this will give you the ultimate insight into the group of misfits from Queens who inspired everyone from Blondie to Green Day. Watch the trailer here.
ALBUM: Giggs Wamp 2 Dem
Cross-atlantic partnerships are pretty commonplace: Kanye had pretty much the entirety of the British Grime scene on stage for the Brits and Drake’s who’s who of Boy Better Know on More Life is comprehensive. Giggs is the latest to follow suit with big appearances from 2 Chainz, Young Thug and Popcaan on his new album, Wamp 2 Dem. It’s raw, bass heavy and a must listen – even if its just to hear the ‘Nutcracker’ sample in ‘Gully N*****’. Listen here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Blade Runner
Not having watched Blade Runner is one of those things I’ve had to apologise for for as long as I can remember. There have been ‘must watch’ films I’ve bitten the bullet and sat down with that just haven’t lived up to the hype (here’s looking at you, Casablanca, you’re so boring) but Blade Runner’s happily not one of them. I’m not a big sci-fi gal, but my god this is a cool film, dealing with a lotta big themes, shot beautifully. Chances are you don’t need me to tell you all this, but just in case you haven’t seen the original and are considering going to see the ridiculously well reviewed Blade Runner 2049, probably give the original a little time first. Watch the trailer.