Smart ladies love lists, Pop-culture-a-go-go, December 2, 2016

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Every week month Whenever the hell I feel like it, I post what I have been listening to, watching and reading lately.

Listening

While Tinashe’s last record came out just two years ago, I feel like I have been waiting for ages for Joyride, but we got Nightride instead. It’s another in a long list of challenging R&B records created by a woman that has been released this year.

It’s weird how even when a band releases records on a label you regularly get emails from, you can be completely unaware of them, which is why I discovered Captured Tracks’ EZTV in this powerpop post from Bandcamp. Both this year’s High in Place and 2015’s Calling Out are fantastic.

My Spotify Discover Weekly has been a bit off lately (so many rock dudes with nasally voices, which is not what I listen to AT ALL), but this Tom Brosseau song was a definite hit.

I randomly found Khalid on a Spotify playlist, and while he doesn’t have many songs posted, the few that are available are great.

Future note: I definitely plan to put out a favorite records list this year, and I’m aiming for sometime between the 16th and the 22nd! I always wait to see when other people put theirs out–I don’t want to be too early or too late, either!

Watching

Stop what you’re doing and watch this weird, hilarious “self-help talk show” (really, I have no idea what this is parodying, nor do I care) Womanhood, starring the delightful Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. This is the last episode, so if you want to watch them in order, start with number 12 in this playlist.

Good Behavior tries so hard to be a feminist Justified but it’s more Rizzoli and Isles, which is totally fine with me. I have watched all four available episodes of this show since Monday. It is addictive and wonderful. I spent the first episode wishing Michelle Dockery was Keri Russell but I am at peace with the choice now. Now airing on TNT–all episodes are onDemand.

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I was sure PJ would like The Get Down, but we didn’t have much time to watch it until the weekend after Thanksgiving (you know, when I was actively ignoring Gilmore Girls for fear of disappointment). I think the show is terrific, if not a little dopey (those intros with Nas rapping while Daveed Diggs moves his mouth? YIKES), but Shameik Moore is everything. EVERYTHING. Streaming on Netflix.

Don’t listen when people compare Good Girls Revolt to Mad Men. The two shows are nothing alike, besides some of the fashion. The show GGR actually reminds me of the most is, strangely, The Newsroom. Both center around real-life events, and create stories that are likely completely fictional around those events, though it should be noted that GGR is based on a nonfiction book. It’s a little weird to see Silas from Weeds all grown up, but the three female leads (Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp and Erin Darke) are all fabulous, as are Joy Bryant (future DC congressperson Eleanor Holmes Norton) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Finn Woodhouse, editor of fake Newsweek, News of the Week). Streaming on Amazon Prime.

Reading

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For book club we’re reading Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair. I love both her podcasts 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys, so picking this up was an obvious choice (in fact, I already owned the book when it was selected!). It’s really funny and smart and gives me new things to think about in regards to black culture in America.

Speaking of that very topic, Angela Davis’ 1983 classic Women, Race & Class was mentioned as necessary reading after the election by a lot of people I respect. It’s a little more academic than what I am used to–as soon as I finished grad school I switched to mostly memoirs and pop-py nonfiction (outside of book club)–so it’s a little slow going, though I think it’s definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who wants more insight into the current political climate.

Progressive fundamentalism: how Hollywood and the media fortify the bubbles we all live in by Todd VanDerWerff, Vox. Todd grew up in a small, very conservative town and now he lives in LA and writes about culture so he is uniquely qualified to write this thought-provoking piece.

Everything mattered: lessons from 2016’s bizarre presidential election by David Roberts, Vox. This is a great, in depth piece for those of us who are still scratching our heads and wondering WTF happened.

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer by Max Chafkin, Bloomberg. Confession: I love articles where writers try celebrity trends–weight loss weekends, sweatboxes, whatever–and this is in that same vein.

Directions for making a 2016 Dumpster Fire ornament. Therapeutic.

What pop culture have you been  getting into lately?

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