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Hello there friends.
Experimenting a bit with in issue with some design stuff and two new mini-sections. A key (to me at least) of this newsletter is keeping it quick and skimmable. But I think there's more value that I can provide throughout, given I have the time. If you have a preference in terms of more thoughts vs less, let me know. Hopefully we can eventually find a good middle-ground.
Introducing some mini-reviews of shows that are ~3 episodes in this week. I leave a lot of stuff on the schedule that doesn't always deserve a spot, so I want a regular check-in to go over how I'm feeling about some of those shows and whether they are truly worth checking out if you've been holding off.
True Detective: Night Country
This is a masterpiece. One of the few shows airing right now that is actually worth talking about. I skipped season 2 after one episode and begrudingly watched season 3, but this is on another level. A true equal to the first season.
Masters of the Air
3 episodes in and this is more of a mess than anything. Austin Butler is set-up to be the main character, but there is no meat on the bones. He's just boring. I find some of the airborne war stuff interesting, but there is just so much lacking in this show. I'll probably stick with it, but I can't recommend it at this point.
Feud: Capote vs the Swans
Another show that's mostly a mess. The first epiosde was a disaster as it failed to introduce and establish most of the characters in any meaningful way. The second improved slightly with the exception of a scene between Capote and his dead mother that felt like it dragged on for an eternity.
Days based on streaming availability for the majority of people
Criminal Record (Apple) 1:6
Death and Other Details (Hulu) 1:5
Feud (Hulu/FX) 2:3
Hazbin Hotel (Amazon) 1:9-10
The Woman in the Wall (Showtime) 1:4
Masters of the Air (Apple) 1:4
Genius (National Geographic/Hulu) 4:3-4
Monsieur Spade (AMC) 1:4
True Detective (HBO) 4:4
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) 12:2
Release of the Week
[💽] Prelude to Ecstasy — The Last Dinner Party
Another pick that felt a little unexpected for me. I had heard Nothing Matters, somewhere, somehow, before, but it was Caesar on a TV Screen that really caught my ear. It's pop, yes, but it also feels like something out of the 80's that helps set it apart from a lot of the more boring stuff nowadays.
[💽] The Three Times by Flight Mode
Some midwest emo that would've truly grabbed me if I were back in high school.
[💽] Peacemaker by Vera Sola
Some soulful, jazzy, r&b singing. This will never be on repeat for me, but I enjoyed the listen through.
[💽] Patchwork by Shannen James
[💽] The Interrogator by The Paranoid Style
[💽] Art for Our Sake by Reconciler
[💽] Mere Survival by Joe Wong
Bits and Bobs
[🎶] Sick Llike a Kid (EP) by underlay
New Image book from Ram V and Thundercats from Declan Shelvey. Pretty exciting stuff. Tough to follow up the mega IP launch of Energon with Thundercats, but hopefully they can deliver.
The One Hand (Image) #1
Thundercats (Dynamite) #1
If you are not reading the first three comics below, you are truly missing out.
Beneath the Trees Where Nobody Sees (IDW) #3
Pine and Merrimac (Boom) #2
Kaya (Image) #15
The Cull (Image) #5
Once Upon a Time at the End of the World (Image) #12
Gone (DSTLRY) #2
Batman (DC) #142
X-Men (Marvel) #31
Fantastic Four (Marvel) #17
Poison Ivy (DC) #19
[🎥] Lisa Frankenstein
The directorial debut from Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams) with a script from Diablo Cody (Jennifer's Body, Juno, and more). This feels like it could be a fun blend of Warm Bodies (which was super underrated) and Jennifer's Body.
I keep tinkering with the idea of having a news section in this newsletter. Something akin to Feed Me or The Trend Report, but obviously around media and entertainment. I didn't put much time into saving links during the week so this is a preview of what that could look like... it feels too long. Maybe it'd be better as a mid-week issue rather than jamming in here...
🏆 2024 Grammy Winners — NY Times
Taylor Swift won the album of the year with one of her worst albums, Killer Mike won three and got arrested. Quite the eventful night.
🎭 Alana Haim, Teyana Taylor, and Junglepussy to Star in New Paul Thomas Anderson Film — Pitchfork
This in addition to Leo DiCaprio.
🎤 Schoolboy Q Announces New Album Blue Lips — Pitchfork
I've got a love/hate relationship with Q.
🧸 Dead & Company Announce Las Vegas Sphere Residency — Pitchfork
Seems like a perfect pairing and way to wind down the band.
📻 NTS announces new baile funk compilation funk.BR - São Paulo The Fader
NTS is one of those things so many people like, but I've never been able to get into...
🪕 Lana Del Rey says her country album Lasso is due later this year — The Fader
Curious how her sound will translate to a more country vibe.
That's a wrap!