The Roundup 28.01.18
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 leg work.
LISTEN: 'Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'The End Of The F***ing World'
'Three Billboards' and 'The End Of The F***ing World' are both damn great, but you don't need me to tell you that. I devoured both in one day this week like the ravenous culture leech I am (also known as 'lazy', sorry what?), and was evidently too tired to focus much on plot. Instead, my ears wandered to the perfect soundtracks to both, which have more similarities than you'd expect.
The most obvious unifier is how 'American' they sound; 'Three Billboards' leans into its rich Southern country heritage, and UK-set 'End Of The World' goes wildly anachronistic with 60s doo-wop and retro soul. I also really loved how each was bookended by one defining track. 'Billboards' indulges in two dialogue-free-plays of the haunting 'Buckskin Stallion Blues', and the repetition of Graham Coxon's 'Walking All Day' stops 'End Of The World' from feeling too scattered and chaotic. I recommend back to back viewings immediately.
Listen to Amy Annelle 'Buckskin Stallion Blues' from 'Three Billboards' here.
Listen to Graham Coxon 'Walking All Day' here.
WATCH: Halsey, 'A Story Like Mine', The Women's March 2018, New York
The Women's March this year was a miserable soaking wet day in London, and I'll be the first who went last year to put my hand up and confess to missing it. This poem from Halsey cuts through the noise back down to what matters: women and girls, rich and poor, being raped and assaulted. Black dresses and Time magazine covers are cute and all, but we can't allow Hollywood to forget the voices of women who can't speak, from child brides to silenced domestic workers. An important 5 minutes from your Sunday.
Watch Halsey deliver the poem here.
WATCH: The Post
Academy Awards season is upon us so, as usual, I’ve set myself the goal of seeing all the best picture noms before 4th March. This week it was the turn of The Post. I’ve never been one for newsroom drama but this is far more than that. The Streep-Hanks combination is compelling, but it's undoubtedly an ensemble piece, with a particularly excellent performance from Tracy Letts as Kay’s trusted advisor. Spielberg’s direction gives the film its oomph, and the final moments in which the printing-presses are personified, elevating them to prima ballerina-esque beauty, are really something.
Watch the trailer here.
READ: Jes Skolnik, ’The Ugly Truths of Loving the Fall’s Mark E. Smith’ (via Pitchfork)
On 24th January we lost Mark E Smith, best known as the frontman of Manchester’s post-punk band The Fall. Smith formed the band after attending the infamous Sex Pistols concert at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, and at 60 he was still making music and performing. There were a number of obituaries to choose from but this from Pitchfork’s Jes Skolnik is particularly telling. “To parse Mark E. and his work,' writes Skolnik, 'we should listen to those who loved him and those who loathed him in equal measure', Although Smith was clearly a musical icon who leaves behind him a distinct thumbprint on the post-punk scene, his destructiveness shouldn’t be left out of the narrative.
Read the piece here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: ‘How Timbaland Revolutionized R&B + Hip-Hop and then Reinvented Himself After Addiction’ (via Complex)
To kick off 2018, Blueprint host Noah Callan-Bever chatted to hip-hop icon Timberland. Taking it back to the very beginning, Timbaland discusses beat-boxing, Casio-keyboards, and working with Missy Elliot while still in high school, all the way to new music with long-time collaborator Justin Timberlake. Despite his success, Timberland’s fame has gone hand in hand with addiction, numerous plagiarism allegations and the frustrating unavailability of numerous tracks made in collaboration with Aaliyah. He may have come across like a complete twit on MTV's My Super Sweet 16 when planning his son’s birthday (remember that?) but here he’s genuine, frank and delivers some charming snippets of his working relationship with Jay-Z.
Watch the documentary here.