The Roundup 25.03.18
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.
READ: Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman
It's a book! Not just a film! Who knew! In theory I should probably know these things but I'm serving my duty to admitting cultural ignorance - it's ok not to know every reference ever. Until this week I'd taken my failure to see the film yet as a tragedy but thank GOD I read the book first. It's a total dream, entirely capturing the mania, lust, and heartbreak of that first big love. A snappy lil number, I absorbed it in three days and am planning to see the film approx 9 times.
Buy the book here.
WATCH: The Nerdwriter, YouTube
Evan Puschak writes essays and turns them into videos when really he should be doing podcasts. Once you get over the misnomer and confusing medium, it turns out Puschak has a whole lot to say. Tackling culture from the top down, he's not afraid to take on topics as varied as the use of a cigarette in a Munch painting, why Rihanna's 'Work' isn't tropical house, and how Brexit snuck up on us.
Watch the Rihanna analysis here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: 'A Lover's Holiday - A Jim Burgess Mix' by Change
Not for the first time, here's another delicious disco 7" from yours truly via my 2018 equivalent of crate digging - tuning Spotify radio to obscure disco groups (Stargard in this instance, FYI). I don't wanna overanalyse, but this ticks all my boxes: a tight lil groove, mixed with a fun piano chord melody and interesting baseline. You need to play it really loud, obvs. *dancing red dress emoji*
READ: ‘Museums have a duty to be political’ by Jillian Steinhauer in The Art Newspaper
Barely three months after the New York Times celebrated director of the Queen’s Museum Laura Raicovich for being ‘as political as the art,’ she resigned from her position. Although a museum spokesperson stated this week that Raicovich’s departure had nothing to do with her politics, rumours are rife that Raicovich’s attempts to make the Queens Museum truly progressive caused her to butt heads with the board. Whether that’s true or not we cant know, but what’s for certain is that arts-based institutions can’t be afraid to take a political position. ‘Neutrality is a fiction’ tweeted Raicovich last year; museums are a public good, and boards need to be braver.
Read the article here.
WATCH: Picasso’s Last Stand (BBC)
The Tate Modern is currently hosting its first ever Picasso retrospective focusing on the artist’s intensely creative 1932 period. To give a bit of contrast, this new BBC documentary focuses on the last ten years of the artist’s life told through the testimonies of his nearest and dearest. It was a strange period for Picasso — his health declined and his new works were not received with anything like the same enthusiasm as he’d enjoyed earlier in his career. However, his spirit remained and, as he gradually came to terms with his own mortality, he began to produce some of his most compelling and sexually frank works.
Watch the doc here.
LISTEN: Four Tet's Essential Mix
Four Tet’s pretty unstoppable right now. He’s just come to the end of a sell-out tour, his last album New Energy was met with critical acclaim, and that ‘Opal’ remix has been whirling around Tung HQ on repeat since its release, much to the annoyance of our neighbours. His new Essential Mix - his third to date if we include his 2015 collab with Jamie xx - is a perfect two-hour blend of unreleased singles and golden oldies from Destiny’s Child to Ben Klock and everything in-between.
Listen to the mix here.