Hey

Did one of these last month and here’s another one. Got a variety of things here, something for you too perhaps. Hope you enjoy it. Take care.

MUSIC

Here’s a playlist of stuff I’ve been listening to throughout the month:

The playlist is quite eclectic and has it’s moments of melancholy but it’s probably way more uplifting than last month’s one (which focused on sad music by women I adore). Songs are literally just in the order of when I was listening to them and added them so it’s like a progression of my month instead of being curated into a specific order thus I guess you could listen to it on shuffle but I quite enjoy the heterogeneous state of it all. It’s very long, I know. I also don’t care.

Also, here’s my album/long form selects:

  • I can’t praise Fiona Apple or her new album, ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ enough. She’s the realest and always has been. 
  • I’ve been following ASAP Mob affiliate, Chynna’s career for a while and was saddened to find out about her recent passing. Her EP, ‘in case I die first’ came out in December – ‘asmr’ is a personal favourite track. Also check out Flo Milli. She’s released something like 5 songs and is 5 for 5 so far.
  • Westside Gunn’s album, Pray for Paris. This guy and the whole of Griselda reallly RAPS. The album also has some of the best, guttural gunshot adlibs you’ll ever hear. 
  • Gil Scott-Heron’s We’re New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven. The Chicago drummer and producer does a masterful job of transforming Gil Scott-Heron’s final album into something really special.
  •  Yves Tumor’s new album, Heaven To A Tortured Mind. Probably their best, most accomplished work so far. They’re also just so effortlessly fucking cool tbh.
  • Tales From The Loop (Original Soundtrack) by Paul Leonard-Morgan & Phillip Glass. I don’t know if I’ll ever actually watch this show but I know I’ll listen to this soundtrack a lot more. I’ve loved Philip Glass’ work ever since being blown away hearing Glassworks for the first time as an impressionable teen. Perhaps the serenity we need rn.

MOVIES

Gabbeh (1995, Iran)
A strikingly colorful cinematic meditation. I had to rewind on a few occasions just to see some of this shit again 😍.  Like many of director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s work, this movie was banned in his home country, Iran for being ‘subversive’. Makhmalbaf is like the dark cousin to his fellow countryman and neorealist, Abbas Kiarostami.  Perhaps not the easiest watch to get into but definitely a rewarding film (if you are basic then the visual aspect alone is worth it tbh) and with a running time of just over an hour it’s not going to cost you much. On YouTube.

Tongues Untied (1989)
Halfway through this beautifully poetically constructed documentary about the black queer experience I already knew that this was one of the most raw, unapologetic and moving cinematic experiences of my life. 

P.S. This is only about 55 minutes long and on YouTube.

Meshes of The Afternoon (1943)
This short film is 18 min long and was made in 1943 but it’s influence is ever lasting (Here’s looking at you, David Lynch). Also Maya Deren is a total babe who believed movies aren’t necessarily about telling a story per se, but rather about the experience and feelings it conjures. Probably on YouTube.

Babe (1995)
Probably the best family (as in the movie genre as opposed to a film about family) movie ever made. Available on Netflix

Being John Malkovich (1999)
Written by Charlie Kaufman who may be the most interesting screenwriter living today.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
A first time watch and now one of my favourite P.T. Anderson movies, unlike anything else he has done and a star turn from Adam Sandler long before Uncut Gems.

La Jetée (1962)
Made almost entirely from still photos. One of the best sci-fi short films you’ll ever watch. Perhaps the best. You can find this on Vimeo.

True Romance (1993)
Written by Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott with an immaculate cast, brilliant story and some of the best scenes you’ll ever watch. This movie is worth it for Brad Pitt as a slacker stoner alone.

Spirited Away (2001)
Alongside Princess Mononoke, Ghibli head Miyazaki’s most complete work. These as well as many other Studio Ghibli anime is currently on Netflix

TV SHOWS

Fleabag & Killing Eve
Phoebe Waller-Bridge hey wow 

Midnight Gospel
Your new favourite animated show includes virtual reality, philosophical  musings (topics include drugs  and meditation) and zombie apocalypses. And that just some of the first episode. On Netflix 

The Last Dance 
New Netflix show that’s 2 episodes in so far of one of the greatest sports teams of all time, the 90s Chicago Bulls team which featured the likes of Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen.

Limmy’s Show
Scottish comedy sketch show by Brian Limond. We all need a bit of a laff I rate. Start with Season 3 Episode 2 if it doesn’t do it for you then it’s probably not for you unfortunately. Also on Netflix.

BOOKS

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
Short, quick important read.

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Read a chapter a day to savour this treat.

Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis
BEE’s debut which he released at 21 was really good. 

Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny: My Autobiography by Limmy 
Watch the show, read the book. Why not.

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Patrick has a thorough knowledge of pop & youth culture. He used to host Frankly my deary which was cult movie screenings and YOH! Currently, he runs a multidisciplinary brand called OH OK and hosts Night ShowMulti Love and Strictly 2000s.

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