I think H and I first heard this on a mixtape from the awesome Laura Theis (of Badass Snow White fame, amongst others). And it became a song that we both used if we wanted to dislodge a particularly nasty earworm. (If memory serves me correctly, it was one of three — the others being Blank Space and Shia LeBeouf.) I think I read somewhere that this was Fiona Apple in her ‘icons of the 1940s’ (particularly Billie Holiday) phase. Most of it is just her voice and timpani. And it is, if you’ll excuse the expression, catchy as fuck.
Current Favourite Part:
“I’m a hot knife, Iyyyyyyy-m a hot knife… I’m a hot knife he’s a pack of butter…” (repeat until death)
Okay, I’m very late to the party on this one, as it was pretty much the biggest hit of last year. And now it’s nominated for 4 oscars (best picture, best director, best actor, best original screenplay). Now, I haven’t seen Lady Bird yet, and there have been so many ecstatic reviews of it that I hesitate to say that Get Out is the best movie of this oscar year that I’ve seen. But I think it’s fair to say, it’s the best I’ve seen so far, and knocks the socks off best picture rivals Dunkirk (which I liked) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (which I really didn’t). Continue reading
Another day, another Netflix series. And, as ever, their production values are really high. (I mean… time was when I was all about the BBC4, but those days really do seem to be long gone.)
Last month, a blog post slightly shook the internet — or at least the YouTube cinema criticism corner of the internet, which probably amounts to about 40%. The post was by two people: Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos. And it reported the demise of their YouTube video essay series that, I would argue, reinvented the video essay for the modern age. Continue reading
There ought to be a German compound word for ‘an artist working primarily in popular music, but for whom their music videos, album art, clothes, iconography and general sense of style are almost as important’.
‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ comes close, although that describes the art itself, not the artist. Anyway, if there isn’t a German word, there’s definitely an Icelandic one: Björk. But others include Madonna, Prince, Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae… and Canadian musician, songwriter, record producer and visual artist Grimes. Continue reading
If you were to approach me (and you wouldn’t, but if you did) and say you wanted to make a video with you rapping in a park surrounded by 20 of your mates, I would tell you not to do it. And that’s not a reflection on your rapping skills. I mean, you might be terrible, but that’s not the point. Even if you were really good. I would tell you it’s a really bad idea. Continue reading