The Roundup 25.02.18
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: Janelle Monáe 'Make Me Feel'
This latest release from Queen Janelle unwrapped itself to me slowly over a tedious Friday like a beautiful lil onion (??). My alarm is set to 6 Music so I woke up to this song, thought it sounded like Prince, and moved on. A commute re-listen confirmed its status as a bop, and tweets throughout the day/my friend Pete's assertion that it was our song of the weekend awoke me to its wokeness. A pre-bedtime look at the video confirmed its status as a bisexual anthem, and I think I love her now. Whatta journey!
Watch the video here.
READ: 'The White Darkness' by David Grann in The New Yorker
In the modern manic news cycle, there is little room for genuine stories to emerge, and the death of Henry Worsley in January 2016 has been mostly forgotten. This (very very long) piece from The New Yorker came via a recommendation tweet from Louis Theroux (thanks babe), and is the perfect icy Sunday read. David Grann has written a remarkable tribute to Henry Worsley, honouring his memory by reminding us to always push just a little further, Antarctic expedition or otherwise.
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (via Netflix)
I've finished Queer Eye and I'm bereft. A sad Netflix scroll led me to this, the documentary to accompany Damian Hirst's exhibition of the same title in Venice last year. To the unaware, the show was a wildly extravagant take on concepts of belief and fiction, based on the fake discovery of a fake ship of ancient treasures. Hirst created hundreds of sculptures, artworks, coins and visual effects to validate the myth, with references to Rihanna and Pharrell and Disney thrown in for good measure. It was weird. This mockumentary is silly and wildly expensive, but also totally fun if you can suspend your disbelief.
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN / WATCH: Wolf Alice covering Charli XCX’s ‘Boys’
In December of last year, Charli XCX covered Wolf Alice’s ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ for triple j’s Like A Version and now, in a neat completion of the cycle, Wolf Alice have given Charli’s ‘Boys’ the same treatment. Both released, for me, some of the best tunes of last year, so this is a working relationship I can really get behind.
Watch Wolf Alice do their thing here.
READ: ‘“Senior year burns brightly. There is a vividness in worlds coming to an end”: Lady Bird’s aesthetic of memory’ by Anna Leszkiewicz in the New Statesman
Music critic Laura Snapes said of this piece that it’s ‘one of the few truly original pieces of criticism’ that has been written about Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut and lawd is she right. Anna Leszkiewicz views Ladybird as a coming-of-age film told through the vaseline-rubbed lens of memory — a love story to people and to place told through the haze of hindsight.
Read the piece here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Cowspiracy (via Netflix)
Yeah when I say ‘Late To The Party’ I really do mean late. One chilly evening this week I decided, after many years of dodging the infamous Netflix doc designed to make a vegetarian out of its viewers, to finally sit down and watch the thing. I’ve got to admit: the reason I hadn’t watched Cowspiracy when it came out was simply I wasn’t ready to know just how badly I needed to put the kibosh on my at-least-one-burger-per-week habit. Pretty badly, it turns out. See ya, cheeseburgers, hello bean patties.
LISTEN: Christopher Nolan on Desert Island Discs
Desert Island Discs or D.I.D. as no one calls it is my go-to podcast for nearly every occasion. Its longevity is something to behold having been on the airwaves since 1942. Christopher Nolan was the latest guest to be left aghast by Kirsty Young’s meticulously researched knowledge of every detail of his life, both personal and professional. As might be expected by a man who counts Hans Zimmer as a work pal, Nolan’s choices are wonderful with a rich blend of classical and classics.
Listen to the episode here.
WATCH: ‘How Did Garage Become Dubstep?’ via Resident Advisor
While Resident Advisor’s music reviews can often feel inaccessible and sparse, their video features are the total opposite. 'How Did UK Garage Become Dubstep?' is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, exploring the millennial evolution of two-step largely thanks to Horsepower Productions. At only 9 minutes long, it's a bite-sized peek into the evolution of a genre.
Watch the film here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: A Cross the Universe
Filmed over the course of Justice's 2008 North American Tour, A Cross the Universe documents for posterity Justice's now-dying bad boy image (I think we can all agree that, ten years on, they're about as inspiring as a Pret filter coffee). Directed by Roman Gavras (whose work includes the Jamie XX’s ‘Gosh’ video) this 65-minute film is repulsive, electrifying, intimate, loud, offensive and appealing all at once. It’s also a much-needed reminder of how hard Justice hit the world in the face with a French-electro shaped bat.
Watch the trailer here.