🫐 i'm so over being blue — s3e6
The return of Jon Stewart, the sound of sea glass, some displaced people, and webs.
a great deal of fuss or attention given to a minor matter
a weekly zine featuring the monday media guide and the weekend edition
your friendly neighborhood digital media conglomerate published by The Independent Variable.
I'm not sure if it'll be super noticeable in the letter, but I've rolled out a new logo for foofaraw from the superb Andy Carolan. I was originally planning to hold off until I had new banners ready as well, but I'm too impatient. This little guy is aptly called "the foof" and you'll be seeing him around in the header/preview images moving forward.
Lastly, I have a new feature that I'm really excited to roll out in this weeks weekend edition so stay stuned.
Let's get on with it!
A good spattering of some new and returning shows this week. A little something for everyone.
📺 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart S29 (CC/Paramount) — 12 Feb
A lot of people have been talking shit about Jon Stewart returning to the Daily Show on Monday's (and only Monday's), but I'm jazzed about it. He basically admitted he just wanted a place to get his thoughts out there during this election cycle and he's still a smart and funny person. (I won't be tracking this in the schedule.)
📺 The New Look S1 (Apple) — 14 Feb
Ben Mendelsohn hasn't had a breakout role since Bloodline, but this could be it. He stars as Christain Dior alongside Juliette Binoche, Maisie Williams, and John Mlakovich, in what looks like a very expensive show.
📺 The Vince Staples Show S1 (Netflix) — 15 Feb
Vince Staples is such an enigma to me. He's pretty funny and this looks like it will follow the Dave, Ramy, Mo playbook, so definitely worth a look.
📺 Life & Beth S2 (Hulu) — 16 Feb
Season 1 of this was fine, but now that Michael CeraVe has truly shot to stardom, it's going to be hard to pass this up. On a serious note, this is a fine show to keep in the background when you are caught up on your favorites.
📺 Last Week Tonight S11 (HBO) — 18 Feb
The king of late night is back.
Days based on streaming availability for the majority of people
Criminal Record (Apple) 1:7
Death and Other Details (Hulu) 1:6
The New Look (Apple) 1:1-3
Feud (Hulu/FX) 2:4
The Vince Staples Show (Netflix) S1
The Woman in the Wall (Showtime) 1:5
Masters of the Air (Apple) 1:5
Genius (National Geographic/Hulu) 4:5-6
Life & Beth (Hulu) S2
Monsieur Spade (AMC) 1:6 (Finale)
True Detective (HBO) 4:6 (Finale)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) 12:3
Last Week Tonight (HBO) 11:1
Way too many good albums this week. I won't be able to do this week justice, but make sure to at least sample all the goods.
Release of the Week
💽 A Walk Through the Woods by Sea Glass
I had never heard of Sea Glass prior to throwing this on, but this really blew me away. It appears to be a project of New York-based producer Jake Muskat, who brings in other singers and musicians for a truly killer vibe in the indie rock/pop space. This was a last minute audible as I had the next album as my pick up until publishing time...
Other Great Releases
💽 Forgot About Me by Pouty
If you've been following along for awhile, you know my love for Waxahatchee and this definitely has the feel, but a little more poppy in the vein of last years top five album from Clash D.
💽 What Happened to the Beach? by Declan McKenna
Going in a completely different direction, McKenna's third album is stellar. UK singer-songwriter indie-pop. There's a hint of pscycadelia that makes you want to move a little bit, but would also be great for laying down in a field, and just enjoying some sun.
💽 Harm's Way by Ducks Ltd.
Ducks sophmore album shows the band growing in a polished manner without losing the sound that makes them enjoyable. It's indie rock that brings a tangled combination of upbeat and calm.
💽 Blasted by Mean Jeans
💽 PHASOR by Helado Negro
Other Good Stuffs
💽 Chimera by Orgone
💽 What Now by Brittany Howard
💽 COMING HOME by Usher
💽 She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She by Chelsea Wolfe
💽 Weird Faith by Madi Diaz
Bits and Bobs
Tons of books this week. Although I think I'll only be picking up one #1.
The Displaced (Boom) #1
Ed Brisson is the best crime writer in comics (outside of Brubaker) and he is back with a mystery in the style of The Leftovers with some fantasical elements. He is joined by Luca Casalanguida on art.
Creepshow: Joe Hill's Wolverton Station (Skybound) #1
I'm a big fan of Joe Hill and he is joined by Silver Coin artist Michael Walsh in this one-shot adapting one of Joe Hill's short stories.
Blue Book: 1947 (Dark Horse) #1
The Deviant (Image) #4
Transformers (Skybound) #5
Masterpiece (Dark Horse) #3
Kill Your Darlings (Image) #6
I Hate Fairyland (Image) #11
Faceless and the Family (Oni) #4
Zawa + the Belly of the Beast (Boom) $4
The Weatherman (Image) #2
The Hunger and the Dusk (IDW) #6
Petrol Head (Image) #4
Our Bones Dust (Image) #3
Batman (DC) #143
Fall of the House of X (Marvel) #2
Wolverine (Marvel) #43
Batman: City of Madness (DC) #3
Batman and Robin (DC) #6
Search and Destroy (Fantagraphics)
We actually have some movie releases this week that might be worth checking out.
Speaking of enigma's, Dakatoa Johnson stars in this Sony/Marvel/Spider movie about a character I'm sure most people have never even heard of.
I think this is a vehicle for Ewan McGregor's daughter, Clara, who is also credited as writer, to shine. And the trailer actually looks really solid. This one might fly under the radar given the small budget and nepo-baby factor, but I'm going to try to watch this one.
I love biopics, Bob Marley, and think Kingsley Ben-Adir is a solid performer, but I'm a little nervous about this one delivering to the height it should for this legend.
🎥 Players (Netflix)
A little Netflix rom-com for those in the mood for something like that.
I'll talk about this more next week (I was too excited about the logo), but I have a little pop-up newsletter foofaraw[+] that I'm using as a little testing ground for some new and different things. Do with that information what you will.