Some interesting links 04.20.18

Crash Symbols is one of my favorite cassette-only music labels, releasing left-field electronica and more. They just released a compilation/sampler and I’m all over it. Check out Touched by an Angle.

Here’s Weird Al Yankovic covering “What Is Life” by George Harrison

Everybody should read the stories flooding Twitter under the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack. Daily indignities.

This amazing 47 minute video essay on the four versions (so far) of Body Snatchers:

Remaking Fear: Evolution of the Body Snatchers from Peet Gelderblom on Vimeo.


Some Interesting Links 04.19.18

Rebecca Solnit on how the white male narrative is always privileged in media.

More Americans work in museums than work in coal, but coalminers are treated as sacred beings owed huge subsidies and the sacrifice of the climate, and museum workers—well, no one is talking about their jobs as a totem of our national identity.

This amazing collection of Russian experimental music from the 1920s can be streamed here. I’m particularly fond of the first piece by Arseny Avraamov

This Nerdwriter mini-doc on Lauren Hill connects the dots between Nina Simone and Cardi B:

Some Interesting Links 04.18.2018

Here are things I read today:

Kottke is still blogging and he’s made the point that post-Facebook, post-social media, you gotta own your own material. Recently he asked others if they were still blogging. And yes, yes they are. I particularly liked the mjtsai blog on tech

This track was used in a loop on a 2006 Joe Frank episode I was listening to:

We’re nearly finished with Season 3 of Better Call Saul. I enjoyed this convo with Michael McKean (so good!) and showrunner Peter Gould.

Exploring an abandoned Chinese fishing village by drone.

How #metoo is affecting the world of stand-up comedy. Tiny violins for guys who can’t make crap sexist jokes anymore, bwaaaaa.


Girls Trip, 2017 – ★★★

Girls trip

Five stars for the first half, which had the freewheeling abandon of watching four friends just enjoy each others’ company and go nuts in New Orleans. I unapologetically laughed many times out loud, esp. due to Tiffany Haddish, because, yes, she’s a rising talent for a reason.

Two stars for the second half that had to bring in conflict and problems so that we could come out of it learning “friends are important,” which was plainly obvious in the first half. “Oh what a falling off was there!” as Shakespeare said.

Broad City does this shaggy-dog friendship so well, it’s a shame these lessons aren’t learned more.

Vía Letterboxd – Ted Mills