Monday, June 29, 2015

Second Quarterly

Built to Spill is the disappointment of the young year, with My Morning Jacket second.   I guess that's what I get for liking jam bands.  Gotta accept a lower batting average for the viiiiiiiiiiibe

Braids is weirdly approachable---unnerving after their previous work and because it is emo as balls.

Jamie xx's album came and did not disappoint--a sponge bath for the brain.

I haven't seen many movies these last few months.  Fury Road was the most fun I've had at the movies in years and Jurassic World felt like an alien reproduction the whole time, like there's an AP Meta narrative going on.  But when you cast BDH, you've already sort of thrown in the towel on acting.

Community ended its sixth season without its trademark zippiness.  With the extra six minutes Yahoo! affords it, we still got less laughs than the 22-minute Mr. Toad's Wild Ride of the past, but a good deal of expert pathos and character-building.   The skits at the end of each episode were often the funniest and punchiest writing. If you stopped watching, at least give the penultimate wedding episode a try.  It is the season's best-- funny, bold and Garrett.

Game of Thrones was 90% great and 10% shitty Dorne-storyline...making for their best season yet.  The Americans continued their downhill slide in Season 3 and I think I'm hopping off.  Inside Amy Schumer is pretty damn great, as was Silicon Valley.  I didn't dig Veep quite as much--Patton Oswalt continues getting weird, distracting guest parts.

Wolf Hall was mesmerizing and Thomas Cromwell was played note-perfect.  Mark Rylance deserves some serious hardware.

New on the podcast front (the only subject to which I have any expertise these days) is SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins, which is astoundingly good long-form improv storytelling, showcasing The Notorious PFT in all his GODMODE glory and a rotating cast of brilliant improv vets.

WOMP It Up! is a spinoff podcast from Comedy Bang Bang and features the two greatest characters the show has ever created: Marissa Wompler (Jessica St. Clair) and Charlotte Listler (Lennon Parham) and it is absurdly fun.

The Adventure Zone continues to be the podcast I most look forward to and I am not ashamed.

ps Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is really good so far!