The Roundup 12.11.17
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.
READ: Leandra Medine, ‘A Different Kind Of Pregnancy Announcement’ (via manrepeller.com)
Jacob is a long-suffering witness to mine and Anna’s love of Leandra Medine and all things Man Repeller. Once described as ‘doomed to be stylish groovy and hilarious for the rest of her life’ she needs no real intro from us. Our embarrassing keenness was exposed in public this week as we read this moving and raw pregnancy announcement. Twins! We welled up. Just us?
Read the piece and have a sob.
READ: Artnet, “What Is the Greatest Michelangelo? The 10 Most Iconic Works by the Renaissance Titan, Ranked”
Sometimes an artist is so great and iconic we can forget to educate ourselves. We all KNOW Shakespeare is The One, but, uh, has anyone actually read Troilus and Cressida? This Artnet list neatly (and v comprehensively) whips you through a Top 10, smartly curated by ‘most Googled’. Never too late to learn, kids.
Read the piece here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: First Choice, ‘Love Thang’
Soooo I wish there was a cooler discovery for this disco jam, but here goes: I was eating pizza in a cosy Italian restaurant in Hoxton and Shazam’ed it. Perhaps the only coolness here is my ear for a badass four-to-the-floor over the sensory overload of 10/10 pizza, but there you go. It’s eight minutes of pure disco gold, and I will of course be telling everyone I found it on a rare 7-inch.
Listen to the track here.
LISTEN: Eminem ft Beyonce 'Walk on Water'
On Friday Marshall Mathers released the first single from his ninth studio album entitled Revival set for release later this year. Fortunately, it’s more a ‘Stan’ than ‘Ass Like That’. It’s lucky Beyoncé is at his side; expertly contrasting his harsh and aggressive tales of woe, drugs and self-discovery (a lot of which, let's be honest, we've heard before) with heavenly gospel tones. I’m particularly into Rick Rubin’s production with samples of tearing paper and razor sharp changes from verse to chorus.
Check it out here.
LISTEN: Benji B Radio Show - Duval Timothy in 3 Records
Benji B is the DJ’s DJ. His Thursday night 1-3 am show on BBC radio one has long been a go-to for all your underground music needs and this Thursday was no different. This week Benji B introduced multi-disciplinary artist Duval Timothy. Working and living between London and Freetown (Sierra Leone), Timothy musical output defies convention and recently released his third studio album on the independent label: Carrying Colour. Get this in your headphones and settle in.
Check out the show here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: My Scientology Movie
We've all seen a lot of Louis Theroux docs, but nonetheless the gaping scientology-shaped hole needed to be filled. Whilst the insight to the religion itself is not as good as 2015 doc Going Clear, My Scientology Movie more than makes up for it with Theroux’s eccentric interviewing technique and charming assault on figures of authority. Casting actors as famous members of the church may not sound appealing but it’s a clever device that offers a unique take on scientology’s ability to imprison.
Watch the trailer here.