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.
LISTEN: The Royal Court Podcast Season 2 Episode 1: Alice Birch
What an achievement it is that I’ve been anxiously waiting for the return of the Royal Court podcast like it’s the literal 9th season of Game Of Thrones. It’s finally here, and although I waited a couple of days to listen to it, nervous it wouldn’t live up to expectations, yesterday I finally walked to work instead of taking the tube and listened the whole way. Alice Birch, writer of the recent (and devastating) Anatomy Of A Suicide, speaks to Simon Stephens, whose voice is so full of boyish energy for theatre I could listen to it pretty much forever.
Listen to the podcast here.
LISTEN: The Miniaturists Podcast
At the risk of this week’s roundup becoming a theatre-specific podcast list (though I don’t know, maybe you guys might be in the market for one of those?) I’m gonna go ahead and recommends this new podcast of short radio plays from short-form theatre company The Miniaturists. This week saw the first of a five-part season, each showcasing a short play by a compelling writer, opening with the immersive and wrenching ‘Stanley Road’ by Al Smith.
Listen to the first episode here.
READ: Unraveling the Sexism of Emo’s Third Wave (via pitchfork.com)
In the wake of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey, I think a lot of us have had to confront some problematic fave issues head on. This great article not only explores our relationship with the music as it stands now, but more so as it stood then, in the early 00s, when we were young teenagers taking for granted (or missing altogether) the misogyny espoused in the lyrics of our favourite emo bands. If only I knew then what I know now.
Read the piece here.
WATCH: Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond (via Netflix.com)
When you think of the great method actors Jim Carrey is probably not particularly high on that list. Indeed, when he landed the lead role in biopic Man on The Moon, few predicted he would take it so far. ‘Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond’ is built on behind the scenes footage of Carrey’s transformation into comedian Andy Kauffman and at times it is genuinely terrifying. Carrey is so invested in the character he ceases to exist. He only answers to ‘Andy’, picks fights with wrestler Jerry Lawler and crashes cars into studio equipment.
Watch the trailer here.
READ: Lil Peep’s death and America’s Opioid Epidemic (via cnn.com)
This week American Rapper Lil Peep died of a suspected painkiller overdose - he was only 21. I could have picked any number of heart-breaking and revealing ‘Rest in Peace’ articles for the Roundup, but I've settled instead on this informative piece by CNN’s Deena Zaru. Drugs were integral to Peep’s music, as was his fragility and willingness to discuss his depression and addictions: ‘Lord, why do I gotta wake up?’ he states on ‘White Wine’. During 2015, there were 52,404 overdose deaths in the United States, including 33,091 (63.1%) that involved an opioid; and there is nothing to suggest the issues are being tackled.
Read the piece here.
LISTEN: Rolling Stones ‘Blue & Lonesome’
After re-watching the excellent Crossfire Hurricane documentary I thought I would have a good old Rolling Stones listening party for one, particularly since - until now - the Blues & Lonesome record had somehow slipped under my radar. Released in 2016, the Stones have taken it back to basics. Jagger and Richards first bonded over a love of Little Walter and Howlin Wolf and never is this bond more evident than when they perform classics like ‘Just Your Fool’ and ‘I Gotta Go’. Yes it’s all covers but they've done a stellar job of putting their intoxicating Stonesy spin on each and every track.