The Roundup 11.02.18
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 leg work.
WATCH: Nike, 'Nothing Beats a Londoner’
TRUST me I was the first to want to hate this, too. 'Advert' and 'Nike' don't sit easy in a cultural roundup, but this 3-minute ode to tryna be remotely active in London is spot on. Basically, it's a pain in the arse, council-funded facilities are grim, and everything is a 40 min tube journey away. Nonetheless, we soldier on, sketchily running through Peckham at night and swimming in frozen rivers.
With a cute cameo cast including Skepta, J Hus, and over 250 young Londoners, check it out here.
SCROLL: @MatthewACherry, #GifHistory
Lemme tell you, this thread is an absolute gift. Having slaved through a History degree, I'm a sucker for some good source verification, and self-identified 'GIF Connoisseur' Matthew Cherry brings the goods. A true public servant, this thread provides links to the original videos from your fave GIFS, including 'Michelle Obama's Sassy Hand Bop' and 'White Guy Blinks Sarcastically'.
See the thread here.
LISTEN: Weird YouTube edits
We all fall down the YouTube hole occasionally. My flatmate recently confessed to being in the middle of a 'Downton Abbey Most Romantic Moments' spiral. I got luckier, tumbling into the nonetheless weird sub-genre of atmospheric song edits. 'Sign Of The Times' has never sounded better 'from a neighbours house, with rain and thunder', and I never knew I needed to hear Arctic Monkeys 'in a bathroom making out with someone at a house party'. Don't judge me.
Start here and explore.
LISTEN: bren Mal Verano EP
As the rain poured down outside my window literally every day this week, my attention was turned to singer-songwriter bren’s light-as-air ukelele tunes on four-track EP Mal Verano. I’m getting strong Jack White doing ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’ vibes, particularly on opening track ‘The Weatherman’. Crack it on one stormy night, and let it warm you like a blanket.
Listen to the EP here.
READ: Joe Muggs, ‘Johann Johannsson: the late Icelandic composer who made loss sublime’ (via The Guardian)
On the 9th February this week Johann Johannsson, the composer best known for his film scores for the likes of The Theory of Everything, Arrival and Mother!, sadly died at age 48. Although Johannsson was certainly a successful film composer, here Joe Muggs takes care to highlight his earlier and classical work, the intrinsic darkness of which shows ‘that loss can be beautiful, and that in appreciating that, we can preserve something terrifyingly fragile but intensely human, and very, very important.’ It’s a great piece about a great musician.
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: David Fincher’s Panic Room
This is a bit of an odd one, but Jacob and I were recently discussing David Fincher (not in a pretentious way—in fact we momentarily got him confused with David Lynch lol) and ended up deciding to watch a film of his we hadn’t seen before. In this 2002 thriller, Jodie Foster is the newly divorced mother of a teenage Kristen Stewart whose new house in broken into on their very first night. Luckily they have a….you guessed it! a panic room. It’s not Fincher’s best, but the camera work is cool, and Jared Leto is electric as the corn-rowed douche-bag baddie.
Watch the trailer here.