MIRANDA - tbh I've mostly just been listening to the same ten One Direction songs on repeat but... Watched what I thought was going to be a bad Canadian made for TV teen hockey movie this week which turned out to be an amazing Canadian made for TV teen hockey movie. Called Hockey Night. Highly recommend if you like hockey or sensitive depictions of teenagers or wholesome, well-made Canadian films.
I Got So High That I Saw Jesus: Noah Cyrus, mostly famous for being the younger sister of Miley Cyrus, has quietly been building an oeuvre of really good indie folk pop over the past couple of years. Her newest song is lovely. Pair it with Laura Marling's cover of A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall and Delete Forever off of Grimes' new album for a starter playlist of women who know that things are bad right now and also know that they're going to be okay.
If you're looking for something to read, all I have to say is that there will never be a more perfect time to stop fighting it and finally pick up Infinite Jest.
JORDAN - With March Madness canceled the same year that my Alma mater, Hofstra University was set to make their first NCAA tournament appearance in 19 years, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't heartbroken. My heart aching for that missed, albeit small chance at March madness joy, I, of course, go to one of my favorite sports documentaries of all time, ESPN Film's 30 for 30: Survive and Advance. The legendary tale of North Carolina State's "Cardiac Pack."
In their epic quest to the top of the NCAA Pyramid, The Wolfpack squared off and defeated a Michael Jordan-led UNC, Virginia, who featured one of the greatest college players of all time in Ralph Sampson, and the infamous Phi Slama Jama led by future NBA hall of famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem the Dream. The story is carefully woven around the tale of the Pack's Legendary Coach Jimmy Valvano and his fight against cancer, along with the launching of the V Foundation and his unforgettable ESPY's speech. This documentary brings me to tears of both grief and joy, and best of all it gives me that taste of March Madness that I miss.
Films - Knives Out: Will keep you guessing from start to finish, and the pay-off is fantastic. Uncut Gems: You will be anxious throughout the entire 2 hours and 15 minutes you are watching this film.
Video Games - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the first genuinely good Star Wars video game in over a decade. If you're a fan of the series you will love the story and the attention to detail the developers have put into this. Luigi's Mansion 3: The most creative level design I've ever experienced and the game feels like a throwback to the Gamecube era in the best way.
Music - The Echo Grass Playlist on Spotify. Piano adaptations of the best relaxing music from your favorite video games including tracks from Final Fantasy, Mario 64, and Ocarina of Time.
Movies - I have been mourning the passing of the creator of my favorite cartoon/comic as a child by rewatching a couple of old Asterix films. "The 12 Tasks of Asterix" and "Asterix in Britain" were my favorites growing up. Also, I learned on Twitter that in an Asterix strip published in 2017, he chariot races a gladiator named Coronavirus. In this way, we are all the the Gaulish warrior.
Books - "Figuring" by Maria Popova. It is ambitious and dense and I have had to start reading it twice, but it promises to be quite the read.
Music - Last week I plugged Knxwledge's mixtapes and this week I am plugging his new album. 1988 releases Friday, but like so many albums leaked online already.
TV - Along with the rest of the world I have devoured Tiger King on Netflix. Seven episode docuseries on Joe Exoctic and company. Each episode is exponentially crazier than the last. If you haven't watched it, watch it. And on YouTube, if you are hungry for some football, I'd recommend "Gazza's Italian Diaries", a 1994 BBC featurette on Paul Gascoigne's time at Napoli. It is a soft-spoken, yet wild ride.
JW - THIS SONG from Samm Henshaw gives me Energy: Mourinho... Hellllllllo. Also, last week I plugged Brian Fallon's new songs. This week, the whole album, "Local Honey," is out HERE. Why shoot the breeze about it when you could be about it?