The Roundup 10.06.18
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 legwork.
READ: Rosie Wilby, Is Monogamy Dead?
This week I was most likely to be found missing tube stops thanks to comedian Rosie Wilby’s funny, thought-provoking treatise on modern dating and monogamy. It’s at once a highly personal account of the effects of monogamy on Wilby herself, and a statistic-laden exploration of social difference in relationship boundaries. At its core, Is Monogamy Dead? invites its reader to celebrate those differences: no two of us are exactly alike, and that’s a GREAT thing.
LISTEN: KIDS SEE GHOSTS, KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Just over the last couple of months, GOOD Music has delivered DAYTONA, Ye, KIDS SEE GHOSTS and, as if that’s not enough, there’s a Nas album on the way. The most recent album is, so far, the best of the lot. This Kanye West and Kid Cudi album feels like years in the making — it’s a collab they’ve been talking about for years and, we’ve gotta say, it delivers. Last week when giving his first response to Ye, Jacob asked, ’where’s the rest of it?’ It turns out Kanye’s been saving his best beats for KIDS SEE GHOSTS. It has the confidence and sampling acumen of Watch The Throne and the stadium-sized beats reminiscent of MBDTF. Perhaps this, rather than Ye, is the Kanye release we needed.
Listen to the album here.
WATCH: Tig Notaro ‘Happy To Be Here’
I wasn’t aware of Tig Notaro’s work until this year, but after she was mentioned on a recent episode of The High Low, I soon brushed up. She’s an American stand-up comic, writer and actor who made waves back in 2012 when, during live a stand up show at Largo in LA, she told the audience she’d just been diagnosed with cancer. Fast forward six years and she’s got a new lease of life — one spent with her wife Stephanie, twin sons, and an adorable kitten called Fluff. ‘Happy To Be Here’ celebrates the minutiae of married and maternal life and if you want 50 minutes full of light and joy (and you'd be a psychopath not to), this is the show you need in your life.
Watch 'Happy To Be Here' here.
WATCH: Christine and the Queens performs ‘Girlfriend’ on Later…with Jools Holland
Back in April 2016, Christine and the Queens gave one of those Jools Holland performances that captured imaginations across the country and cemented her as one of the most exciting artists out there. Now, in 2018, Chris has made her triumphant return to Later… to perform ‘Girlfriend’, one of our favourite singles of last month. Suffice to say she smashed it outta the park. That attitude! Those body rolls! Those MJ-referencing couple of inches of ankle skin! We’re in love.
Watch the performance here.
LISTEN: Âme, Dream House
The debut album from dream team Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer, AKA Âme, feels about as quintessentially 'Innervisions' as it is possible to be. However, this is not a hit list of club-ready bangers — instead this is a far more introverted, moody offering. Dream House moves solidly through melancholic gears with an emphasis on the after-hours scene. This is 5am music to be listened to in the dark. This will no doubt get a spin when it comes to the Innervisions takeover at The Royal Albert Hall – have you copped a ticket yet?
Listen to the album here.