Listened + Watched: Week of 18 Jan

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Listened

  • Girls — Season 1: I mean, of course TV is more of a “watch” than a “listen”, but I’ve been listening as background noise this weekend. I watched the first few episodes when the show aired and hated it, like much of the Internet. I’m not going to pretend I didn’t give it a try just because of Adam Driver, but I’m enjoying it thoroughly. Lena Dunham is much smarter and more self-aware than I (and many critics) give her credit for. The series is problematic without question, but I think it’s worth another shot (…as background noise) if you’ve previously written it off.
  • Bodega Boys — #13: Blizzard Baes: Few things make me laugh harder week by week.
  • DAOKO — DAOKO I absolutely can’t get enough of Daoko. She’s 18 and raps & sings poetic lyrics in a sweet soft voice on top of downtempo hip-hop beats. If you are an anime-fan weeaboo, you probably know her from her recent viral collab with Teddyloid. Her first major label release from Spring 2015 was my favourite album of the year and her first nationwide Japanese tour is this month. She’s going to blow up.
  • 99% Invisible — #196: The Fresno Drop: The history of credit cards, set in a small city in California in the middle of the 1900s.

Watched

  • Open Ended — #35: Peach Scissor Eggplant Emoji LIVE episode with Sharlene King. We’re switching up listen/watch podcast/tv this week, strangely enough! I’m mega biased here because James and Sharlene are my buddies, but this is a fantastic conversation about online and queer dating between people of color.
  • Masterchef Junior — Season 4: THE GREATEST SHOW OF ALL TIME I CRY EVERY EPISODE AND ADDISON IS THE BEST OKAY.
  • Limbo (2015 dir. by Fangso Liu): The best 15-minute short film based on a Reddit comment you’ll probably ever see.