Rant: Monthly Dee-Lights (2/22)

Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):

The Linda Lindas (circa 2021)

– NPR’s World Café channel posted a live 4x song set by The Linda Lindas, recorded last month, featuring tracks from their hotly-anticipated debut album Growing Up, which is due to drop in April.

– I found The Book of Boba Fett pretty unsatisfying, not least because the title-character’s story was rudely shoved aside for (roughly) 2x of its 7x “chapters”, so that the writers could shoehorn a couple extra eps of The Mandalorian in there instead! Still, the reason I bring it up here is that it did lead me to discover the wonderful Star Wars Explained channel, which helped to fill in the backstory and identify the “easter eggs” that I (as a casual fan) was otherwise oblivious to. Bless!

Jenny Slate and Charlie Day braved the Vanity Fair “Lie Detector Test”, in order to promote their new rom-com, I Want You Back.

Róisín Murphy posted a triple-helping of endearingly-eccentric acoustic performances (“Incapable” (link), “Murphy’s Law” (link), and “Something More” (link)), featuring rather distracting Groucho-esque eyebrows!

Sarah Yarkin as 'Melody' in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (2022)

Sarah Yarkin gave a great (lead) performance in Netflix’s new Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) sequel, then did a bunch of press for the movie (including this video-“chat” she had with JoBlo), and also released her debut single, “Rosy Glasses”!

The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino conducted a fantastic interview with Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, touching on everything from the author’s early aspirations and struggles, to her opinion of the SatC TV series and its recent reboot/sequel. I was intrigued to discover that she was directly involved in shaping the first two seasons of SatC, which may explain why ‘Carrie’ (Bushnell’s self-insert character) is so much more likeable in those early years, and why they’re vastly superior to anything that came afterwards (especially its movie spinoffs). There’s a lot of juicy stuff in this article, but my fave quote was Bushnell’s response to being asked how her vision of happiness had changed over the years: “It’s really what it’s always been. Having a roof over your head, having something to write, and not having to worry.” Ditto!

David Byrne sat for a highly entertaining and informative Wired “Autocomplete” interview (which includes a gratifying shout-out to St. Vincent).

Kat Dennings shared her “luxurious yet simple” skincare routine with Harper’s Bazaar (Spoiler: She’s not a big fan of sunbathing).

Miku Kobato (aka "Cluppo") (circa 2/22)

Miku Kobato (of Band-Maid) posted a third promo video (“Pogo!”) from her solo project Cluppo, and also celebrated “Twin Tail Day” (which should really be an international holiday, imho) on her Insta.

John Mulaney returned to SNL for his fifth stint as host in ep #47.13, delivering a confessional opening monologue, and starring in the brilliant “Monkey Trial” skit. Fellow five-timer Paul Rudd also returned, to gripe about his own celebrations being truncated by a Covid-scare, alongside Tina Fey, and Elliott Gould (allowing for an amusingly dismissive call-back to Mulaney’s critically-reviled 2014 sitcom, in which Gould also appeared). Sadly, a satirical sketch about a disgruntled man (Mulaney) receiving a toy “podcast set” (to help him vent his frustration without getting “cancelled”) was cut for time, but lives on via YouTube!

– Perennial faves include Meg Tilly‘s Cozy Tea Time chats, Ryan George‘s Pitch Meeting skits, Bailey Meyers‘s gaming streams, and Screen Junkies/Jon Bailey‘s Honest Trailers!

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