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: Wolf Alice, 'Don't Delete The Kisses - Live'
Full and terrible disclosure - I’ve not actually listened to the new Wolf Alice album yet. Thankfully their marketing team are on steroids, and this dreamy Jools performance finally grabbed me. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a girl with a guitar, but Ellie Roswell is such a mega babe in this live performance. The sweet optimism of ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ was the soft intro to ‘Visions Of A Life’ I needed. Go watch.
LISTEN: Phoebe Bridgers 'Motion Sickness'
Phoebe Bridgers is an LA songwriter from the old-school tradition of raw emotion and simple melodies. With obviously folky vibes influenced by her love of bands like Feist, ‘Motion Sickness’ is the kind of break-up song I’m already bookmarking for future heartbreak, in a similar vein to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ‘You Got Lucky Babe’. Listen here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Lavinia Greenlaw 'The Importance Of Music To Girls’
This was one of those books I picked up Waterstones based on jazzy cover and compelling title alone. Setting myself up for a fall, this decade-old musical memoir was a cute surprise. A collection of short chapters of prose and poetry, Greenlaw charts her life in music in a way that feels authentic and unpretentious, from first loves to the songs we inherit from our parents. Buy the book here.
READ: The Con Ex: Covers review by Laura Snapes (via Pitchfork)
Laura Snapes gets it. In her latest piece for Pitchfork, she uses the recently released The Con covers album pretty much as a framing device to write about her love for the original and I am here for it. Tegan and Sara’s The Con was highly formative for me - it was the first album I uploaded to my iPod, and once there it got me through some rough teen moments ( read: months ). We might not have needed a covers record, but it’s reminded me to take a deep, nostalgic dive back into the original. Read the article here.
SCROLL: Every Outfit On Sex & The City (via Instagram)
Don’t pretend you haven’t seen every single episode because I know you have. To slot your obsession into your daily life, follow @everyoutfitonsatc on Insta and remind yourself of some classic SATC moments accompanied by some properly cutting captions. As if the great women behind the account haven’t given us enough already, they’ve also designed a 10/10 ‘We Should All Be Mirandas’ tee which has just been featured on Vogue, and which we hear even Cynthia Nixon is hankering after. Head to the feed.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Talking In Circles Podcast
I first came across Laura Miller through her ‘Raw, Vegan, Not Gross’ series and instantly fell in love. I spent the next three years or so lurking on her social media, and became aware through her candid confessional posts of her twenty-year long struggle with mental health. In her podcast Talking In Circles, now on its seventh episode, Miller records conversations at her kitchen table with various interesting, creative people who fight similar battles. I can’t recommend the episode featuring her husband, the music producer Ricky Reed, highly enough. They discuss the year in which Laura fell pregnant unexpectedly whilst experiencing the worst depression of her life, and its pretty revolutionary. Listen here.
WATCH: Why We DJ - Slaves To The Rhythm
We all know wanna DJs. Whilst the likes of Diplo, Skrillex and Aviici made it look pretty glamorous, it has become alarmingly apparent that you need to be made of strong stuff to last in this occupation. Lots of travelling, lots of loneliness and monumental pressure to make amazing, unforgettable memories for thousands of people night after night. DJsounds have made a great 30 minute documentary on the physical and mental tolls of being a superstar DJ, with frank and insightful interviews with Luciano, Carl Cox, Btraits, Seth Troxler and more. Watch the doc here.
LISTEN: Stuff You Should Know Podcast
When the TED talks are just not cutting it and the new Netflix documentaries are just rehashes of older and more successful ones (here is looking at you ‘The Keepers’) this is just the podcast for you. Inhale the most pointless facts around with this excellent podcast from across the pond. This week they explore internships, but a highlight for me was last week’s ‘How Buildering Works’, and yep, ‘buildering’ is a word. Listen here.
LISTEN: A Blaze Of Feather 'A Blaze Of Feather'
My recent binge of Walking Dead season 4 (no spoilers, please!) has been soundtracked by dulcet tones of Ben Howard. It reminded me of a) Howard's existence, and b) that he hasn't actually released anything in ages (since 2014 to be precise). So, where's he been? Forming a band called A Blaze Of Feather, it turns out. Their eponymous album dropped in June and it’s actually pretty good. It might not be breaking any boundaries, but Howard’s undeniable writing talent runs deep through the album. Top tracks include ‘Behold’, ‘Six Years’ and album closer ‘Raise A Glass’. Listen here.