🛌 tis the season — β9
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a weekly zine featuring the monday media guide and the weekend edition
your friendly neighborhood digital media conglomerate published by The Independent Variable.
This week will be the last Monday media guide of the season/year before new media freezes over for the winter and I take a little break before kicking things back up again on Jan 8th. We should still have one more album review from Will before we go completely dark though.
Feel free to reach out if you need some recs over the break or if you still want to be kept in the loop if anything really exciting ends up coming out. (Now I've got all of these ideas of starting a little invite-only email list or personal media concierge service...)
Anyways, I recently started a mini-newsletter, The New Grub Times, that likely won't interest anyone here, but if for some crazy reason the idea of getting a sketch of my grub character and a little note from me every day sounds appealing, check it out I guess...
what's on tv this week
The winter freeze has fully taken over in tv...
Since we won't be back next week, I figured I'd give a shout out to Carol & The End of the World, a new Netflix animated show I'm really excited for which hits the service next Friday, Dec 15th.
Days based on streaming availability for the majority of people
A Murder at the End of the World (Hulu) 1:5
Fargo (Hulu) 5:4
Hard Knocks: In-season (HBO) 3:3
Slow Horses (Apple) 3:3
Bookie (HBO) 1:3-4
Rap Sh!t (HBO) 2:6
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (Apple) 1:5
For All Mankind (Apple) 4:5
Last Week Tonight (HBO) 10:20
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim) 7:9
Fellow Travelers (Showtime) 1:7
The Gilded Age (HBO) 2:7
The Curse (Showtime) 1:5
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (HBO) 12:4
this past Friday's best album releases
As things die down for the year, so do the music releases. That doesn't mean some cool stuff doesn't get released still. I'm always discovering new (to me) artists and there are quite a few of those this week. Nothing this week is going to make my top ten, but there are still some interesting sounds to check out.
Release of the Week
💽 Rejected Fish — ShitKid
I can't put my finger on it, but ShitKid's sound here reminds me of something... it's a nice lofi, fuzzy, alternative/punk sound. It's just a fun head boppin' album—as dumb as the name ShitKid is, you can tell they have some real personality.
For those about to roll
DJ Jazzy Jrue
In front of a live studio audience...
Live at Sydney Opera House — Khruangbin
Bits and Bobs
Talk Talk (EP) — Ant, Atmosphere, and Slug
this weeks best comic releases
Comics never really stop so we have some new number ones and some steady favorites out this week.
Our Bones Dust (Image) #1
Long time Mignolaverse collaborator, Ben Stenbeck, goes out on his own for his first Image series. I don't really know much else about it other than the cover which is well designed and it's only a four issue miniseries, which should make it a nice and contained story.
Lone (Vault) #1
I'm getting some strong Scott Pilgrim vibes from the art. Cool to see Vault do something a little different than their usual style of book.
Bloodrick (Image) #1
Another Image four issue miniseries from someone I know nothing about, Andrew Krahnke (he previously did art on Tartarus for Image).
Creepshow Holiday Special (Skybound)
Invasive (Oni) #1
The Sacrificers (Image) #5
Transformers (Skybound) #3
Batman (DC) #140
Subgenre (Dark Horse) #2
Fantastic Four (Marvel) #14
Poison Ivy (DC) #17
Blood Commandment (Image) #2
Birds of Prey (DC) #4
X-Men (Marvel) #29
Daredevil (Marvel) #4
Avengers (Marvel) #8
movies hitting the big screen this week
This actually is movie season with all the reward bait getting releases, but I just haven't been able to get myself pumped up enough to actually go to a theater lately.
This looks absolutely terrific. Yorgos Lanthimos (director) and Tony McNamara (writer) back together again after their excellent collaboration on The Favourite, which was my movie of the year way back in 2018. Poor Things also stars Emma Stone along with mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Jerrod Carmichael, and more.
The Zone of Interest
From A24, this Jonathan Glazer joint, based on the Martin Amis novel, won the Grand Prix award at Cannes earlier this year.
Leave the World Behind (Netflix)
Lastly, this film from Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot creator) starring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Mahershala Ali, and Myha'la has me extremely excited. Esmail has such a distinct visual style, but he has spent too much time these past few years producing rather than directing.
Hope you enjoy a little reprieve from these Monday issues. But like I said in the intro, reach out if you need some recs or want to continue to be kept in the loop of new media (on a more haphazard schedule) over the next month or so. Happy to tailor some stuff to whoever reaches out (to an extent).