The Roundup 11.03.18
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.
LISTEN: Johnny Greenwood ‘You Were Never Really Here’ OST
Talk about being an overachiever. Radiohead guitarist and Oscar-nominated composer Jonny Greenwood has just scored his second film of the year and it’s only March! Sadly, he lost out on the Academy Award for his Phantom Thread soundtrack to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water, but surely we have a contender for the 2019 title on our hands with his score for forthcoming Joaquin Phoenix movie You Were Never Really Here. It’s far removed from the romance of Phantom Thread and far wonkier thanks to its anxious, microtonal strings provided by the London Contemporary Orchestra. It’s going to be another big year for Jonny.
Listen to the soundtrack here.
READ: ‘Alex Garland interview: his latest movie Annihilation can only be seen on Netflix’ by Jonathan Dean in The Sunday Times
We’ve been waiting in anticipation for the release of Annihilation, Alex Garland’s follow up to the 2015 sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and, finally, tonight’s the night it drops on UK Netflix. But while I’m excited to watch it without having to leave the house, it is a little confusing that the film hasn’t been given a proper cinematic release. This interview with Garland goes some way to uncovering why it’s happened the way it has, but still only begins to scratch the surface of the way cinema and streaming will develop in tandem over the coming years.
Read the interview here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Lovesick via Netflix
So after a bit of a Netflix lull after finishing Gilmore Girls for something like the seventeenth time, I randomly clicked on Lovesick and hallelujah that I did! The premise: Dylan is diagnosed with chlamydia and has to call every woman he’s ever slept with to tell them - every episode is a flashback to each individual romance (and the demise thereof). I’ve only just finished season one but lemme tell you it is EXCELLENT, and not just for the reasons that it stars Johnny Flynn and that it only changed its named to Lovesick for season two, and before that it was called Scrotal Recall. Yep, you heard me.
Watch the season one trailer here.
LISTEN: George Fitzgerald All That Must Be
We've featured a fair few of George Fitzgerald’s tunes in our Singles Of The Month round-ups - tracks like ‘Burns’ and ‘Roll Back’ are gifts that keep on giving. The album delivers much of the same; it's synth-heavy and melodically driven with an emphasis on beat diversity that keeps each track individual. Fitzgerald has spoken about his eagerness to create music that he can perform live so make sure you try and catch him before he heads off to the US in May.
Listen to the album here.
READ: 'Number of Illegal Raves in London Doubles in A Year' by Nicola Slawson on The Guardian
More than half of London clubs shut between 2005 and 2012 according to Resident Advisor. Despite that, London clubbing has been somewhat bolstered by the arrival of Printworks and the re-opening of Fabric. However, gentrification means it harder to get late licenses and even if they are acquired, a night out is likely to be very expensive. Are raves the way forward?
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: I Am Not Your Negro
Inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, I Am Not Your Negro provides a stark insight into the memories, policies and differences of his close friends and major Civil Rights leaders’ Martin Luther King Jr, Malcom X and Medgar Evans. Directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this documentary moved me to my core and inspired exploration of some of Baldwin’s other work.
Watch the trailer here.
READ: 'The Male Glance: How We Fail To Take Women's Stories Seriously', Lili Loofbourow in The Guardian
International Women's Day is underwhelming. I said it so you don't have to!! Increasingly commercialised and undermined with cute 'girl power' Instas, I waltzed through Thursday expecting things to feel... different? Alas, it's just another day and the bullshit continues. This Guardian Long Read narrows in on the ways women's art and creative output continues to be dismissed and judged on a wholly different scale to men's. In Lili's own, superior words:
"The male glance is the opposite of the male gaze. Rather than linger lovingly on the parts it wants most to penetrate, it looks, assumes, and moves on.". Booo.
Read it here.
SCROLL: Tabloid Art History, Women & Pop Culture Thread (Twitter)
There's nothing more embarrassing than men who pretend not to know how to pronounce 'Kardashian' or insist they've never heard of Love Island. The babes at Tabloid Art History are sick of your shit and compiled a perfect lil thread on why reading the Iliad and Kris Jenner's autobiography are not mutually exclusive. Boy, bye.
Take a look at the thread here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Malcolm Gladwell
Um, so I think I'm in love with Malcolm Gladwell?? Like most people under-25 I discovered Malcolm backwards: podcast first, then a rummage for any thing else I could get my hands on. The lovely Mr G doesn't have the reputation he deserves over here (looking at you £8.99 New Yorker), but his books are well stocked. I've started off with 'Blink'; an easy read for some tricky themes. Gladwell's writing is so journalistic and enjoyable though, pick any of his 5 books and you're good.
Buy 'Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking' here.