The Roundup 15.07.18
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.
WATCH: ‘God is a woman’, Ariana Grande
Ugh so it's been A Week. In between semi finals, political crises, a heatwave and my baby sunflowers starting to grow, cultural absorption has been low. Taking refuge in pop music, I'm very grateful to our queen Ari for releasing ‘God is a woman’. A slow builder like ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ with a lil more edge, the video is kinda epic. A CGI/symbolism heavy affair, I'm trying not to over analyse, but very much enjoying Ariana as God in Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. Here for it.
READ: ‘How the psychology of the England football team could change your life’, The Guardian
A shock to anyone who knows me, my football smarts are lacking. I knew England were GOOD this year, but couldn't begin to tell you WHY. Instead of embarrassing myself with soundbites about Kane or Southgate, my new approach is to give all the praise to Pippa Grange. The team psychologist, Pippa has moulded our boys into thoroughly Nice Lads, and it turns out optimism and kindness are a winning formula. Who knew!
Read the article here.
LISTEN: ‘Palo Santo’, Years & Years
Years & Years have always been low-key background noise for me. Pleasant bops but nothing groundbreaking, probably on the credits for the BBC Glasto coverage or something. Maybe I listened to their new record because Anna asked me to, but I've had it on repeat all week. At times it all blends into one, but there are bops aplenty - ‘Up In Flames’ easily the standout track.
READ: ‘On learning to write personally’ by Jazmine Hughes in thecreativeindependent.com
We at The Tung love a bit of advice from an industry expert (see our recent How To series), and so this piece by Jazmine Hughes, an editor for The New York Times Magazine special sections, is right up our street. In it she answers Thora Siemsen’s questions about professionalism, journalism-as-art, interview technique and mentorship with openness and candour. If you’re interested in perfecting your own skills as a personal writer, this is the ideal piece for you.
Read the article here.
WATCH: Father John Misty ‘Date Night’ video
Father John Misty cracks me the f up. He’s such an unabashed maximalist, and that’s very much borne out in his most recent video for indie banger ‘Date Night’. Aliens are just the same as us, guys! They go on unsuccessful dates, they’re addicted to their phones, they have their dead skin eaten by flesh-eating worms (yep no we do literally do that too, we’re gross). It’s a weird, wonderful 2 and a half minutes — I urge you to dive into FJM’s world immediately.
Watch the video here.
READ: ‘Why well-meaning mental health awareness campaigns should stop’ by Sathnam Sanghera in The Times
This is a super interesting read, particularly when paired with Hannah Jane Parkinson’s recent piece for the Guardian on the clichéd comparison of mental health issues to a broken leg. In Sathnam’s piece, he argues that the recent proliferation of TV ads that seek to dispel the stigma around poor mental health, though probably well-intentioned, can ultimately do more harm than good when nuance between mild and severe mental illness is lost. Brands love a bandwagon to jump on — we all know that — but more care needs to be taken when dealing with issues as complicated as this one.
Read the article here.
LISTEN: Quiet Man by Quiet Man
I had the pleasure of attending the record launch of Quiet Man’s eponymous debut EP at The Curtain Hotel on Friday night. Whilst I was not a fan of the venue, I really enjoyed watching this musical enigma strut around the stage channelling his inner James Brown with new material and well-known covers. This guy is one to watch and we can’t wait to hear more.
Listen to the 4 tracks here.
WATCH: Wahyu Ichwandardi’s This Is America Animation
I wonder if even Donald Glover knew just how massive 'This Is America' was going to become. Best known for its music video featuring Glover’s eclectic dancing and violent executions, it has now been painstakingly transferred into pixilated animation using software from 1985 by animator Wahyu Ichwandardi, also known as Pinot. It’s oddly mesmerising and fortunately Mashable have done a full break down of Pinot's process as detailed by his twitter feed.
For Mashable’s full breakdown click here.