April 2018 Other

This playlist:

Is there a connection between Confidence Man’s “C.O.O.L. Party” and Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies? And is that intentional or just a total coincidence?

From “C.O.O.L. Party”:

It’s the party of the year and I know because I’ve been to heaps of parties
I’ve been to costume parties, no costume parties, day parties, full moon parties, I even went to a party where a guy shoved a light bulb up his ass
And to be honest this one is the best you know?
It’s the party of the year

From Vile Bodies:

‘Oh, Nina, what a lot of parties.

(… Masked parties, Savage parties, Victorian parties, Greek parties, Wild West parties, Russian parties, Circus parties, parties where one had to dress as somebody else, almost naked parties in St John’s Wood, parties in flats and studios and houses and ships and hotels and night clubs, in windmills and swimming-baths, tea parties at school where one ate muffins and meringues and tinned crab, parties at Oxford where one drank brown sherry and smoked Turkish cigarettes, dull dances in London and comic dances in Scotland and disgusting dances in Paris—all that succession and repetition of massed humanity. … Those vile bodies …)


TV

Current shows: A.P. Bio, Atlanta, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Champions, Derry Girls, Good Girls, Imposters, Jane the Virgin, Killing Eve, Legion, Riverdale, Taskmaster (US), The Americans, Travel Man, Trust, UnREAL

Non-current shows: Schitt’s Creek

Pilots tried: Toast of London, Wannabe

Stand-up: James Acaster: Repertoire, Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast, Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher: The Honeymoon Stand Up Special


Movies

I can’t be bothered to have thoughts about these oops

Other People (2016)

Totally unmemorable Netflix-y movie. Too much cancer, not enough Zach Woods

2 Days in Paris (2007)

Sure, whatever

The Last Five Years (2014)

Nope, not into this. Like all of the worst aspects of La La Land with none of the redeeming aspects of La La Land (and I think I did actually like La La Land when I saw it, although of the critical wank may have turned me against it)

Such not catchy music and no non-musical dialogue! Super unnecessary and unearned time jump structure. Who even cares about the central romance and its dissolution

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Probably not the ideal movie to watch on a plane–pretty sure I missed like half the dialogue and felt super embarrassed at the more intimate scenes. But this was…fine, I guess?


Baking

This but with blackberries instead of blueberries, 1 stick of butter instead of 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and in a 9×9 pan for 45 minutes instead of a loaf pan.

Delicious, although I can’t actually handle the acid because I apparently now have the digestive system of a 75 year old


Concerts

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra @ Strathmore, April 8

Look at that fucking program!

  • lol @
    • that Sunday 2pm audience, which made me feel so Young and Vital
    • the sheer Jewiness of the first half of the program
    • an Arthur Fiedler name-drop garnering audience applause (I get it, though–I stumbled upon Pops Caviar in a used record store bargain bin in college and I still feel so #blessed)
    • old dudes standing and clapping along for the duration of Stars and Stripes Forever
  • So into the drums on the swing songs (the Ellington and the Williams from 1941)–maybe it’s time to get into swing music?
  • What is the future of orchestral music concert attendance??? The audience for this was so old–not even that many people with children!–and this was a super populist program (“Cantina Band” from Star Wars, orchestral arrangement of “Dancing Queen”, etc.), so what happens when they all die? Will the audiences then only consist of aging band geeks? Or better question: when and why do people–other than band geeks–get into classical music? It doesn’t seem as Important as cultural capital in the broader sense as it might have…at some time, but maybe it still is in some circles? (Doubtful.) Maybe the audience make-up of the 7 pm concert was different, though.

The HillBenders present The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry @ The Hamilton, April 12

  • The opening act, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles: as much as I love Phish, this prob made me understand where people who hate jam bands are coming from (not that this was a jam band per se). I was open to each song as it started, and there were good bits that made me think I might like a 4-minute studio album version of each song (although let’s check out their studio album and see if that’s actually true), but they all felt so pointlessly and purposelessly long. Really started questioning my life decisions halfway through their set. Like, what the fuck genre even were they? Bluegrass? Jazz? Something involving both a banjo and a saxophone.
  • The main act, The HillBenders playing through the entirety of Tommy: incredible. I mean, it’s super talented musicians covering an amazing album, so kind of hard to fuck up, especially since it was mostly just a change to the arrangement and not the actual notes/rhythms/etc. But yeah, turns out Tommy sounds great with bluegrass instrumentation.
  • yoooo this guy. The pomaded hair + beard + sunglasses + overalls was such a Good Look (and rocking out on the Dobro didn’t hurt).

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