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May 2017

Listen, Watch, Read: May 7th, 2017

LISTENING

I’m an audio drama addict, so I’m surprised it took me so long to learn about Bronzeville, a fictional podcast set in post-WWII Chicago’s black metropolis neighborhood of Bronzeville. It’s great for a number of reasons. The script is well-written and wonderfully acted, and the sound design places us in the 1940s. The plot revolves a young, smart black man named Jimmy Tillman working his way up through a less-than-legal organization run by the Copeland family. The Copeland brothers are all involved with illegal activity, but their sister Lisa is straight-edge. She’s incredibly smart, conventionally and on the street, and ridiculously brave. The series follows the cast of characters as they try to adjust to a rival boss from St. Louis popping up in town and white authorities trying to stifle the growth of the neighborhood.

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Listen, Watch, Read: April 30th, 2017

LISTENING

I got sick recently and during a 24-hour lay in bed sleep/wake cycle I binge-listened to my new favorite podcast: Wolf 359. I quickly fell in love with this podcast after hearing about it through another of my faves, Ars Parodoxica. Wolf 359 is about a crew on a small space station orbiting a red-dwarf star 7+ light years from Earth. Weird things begin happening. It’s part Odd Couple, part Solaris. The show features an extremely small cast, unlike Ars Parodoxica, but still manages to do interesting things narratively, running the gamut from comedy to heart-wrenching drama. 10/10 would highly recommend to my audiofiction and my sci-fi friends.

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Listen, Watch, Read: April 23rd, 2017

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Deerhunter is a band I first heard of in college from Star Slinger remix of their hit “Helicopter.” I digged the song back then, but didn’t really listen to much more than that. The track “Never Stops” came on my Spotify Daily Mix and reminded me of Deerhunter. I spent a whole day bingeing their discography and it’s great stuff. They’re accurately described as psychedelic garage indie, which is an amazing genre. Add in the fact that Bradford Cox, frontman and main songwriter, seems like an awesome weirdo (who was in Dallas Buyers Club!).

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Listen, Watch, Read: April 16th, 2017

LISTENING

I watched Under The Skin (Glazer, 2013), the film about a mysterious woman kidnapping men in Scotland. The film was interesting and a bit too slow and cerebral for me, but the reason I continued watching the film was entirely because of the score, which is the most inventive score I’ve heard in years, from Mica Levi.

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