I adored The Matrix when it came out. One of the only movies I have ever gone to see two nights in a row in a cinema (I’m from an era before online streaming) and it was so enjoyable. The sequels were hugely disappointing and really didn’t add much for me. The less said about them the better. But I have to say, despite that, I am genuinely excited about this new instalment. Keanu continues to impress in his latter years and this looks really visually compelling & creative. The website is also pretty slick and offers two different entry points depending on which pill you select. Can’t wait!
I absolutely love the creativity of the food here. Spicy Chicken and Waffles!
Made it up to the wonderful mountains of Appalachia and stayed in the charming city of Asheville. This mischievous mural caught my eye on the side of the legendary Orange Peel music venue.
I have been listening to The Midnight Miracle podcast and I cannot recommend it enough. Some of the smartest, coolest, creatives in the world talk about music, politics, and a whole lot more – all mixed together with amazing musical interludes. No surprise that they are going to release these podcast broadcasts on vinyl soon – they are little self-contained gems. I got a subscription to Luminary just for these and it’s 100% worth it (as it happens I have also found a bunch of other fascinating podcasts on there incl. Trevor Noah and Russell Brand). If you are even a tiny bit of a fan of the mighty Dave Chapelle, Yasiin Bey (mos def) or Talib Kweli, this is an absolute must listen. Next level learning for aspiring creative people
Bo Burnham’s Inside is still resonating deeply. His creative mind is at the peak of its powers. And it is such a brilliant snapshot of the digitally connected world we live in, as well as being a profoundly thoughtful exploration of the pandemic and our place in it. This song is a superb standalone slice of genius, and also a great calling card for Bo Burnham’s mighty mix of humour and musical mastery. I have to admit I pegged him completely wrong and assumed (incorrectly) that he was not for me. After seeing this I will watch anything he makes. If it wasn’t obvious already. I urge you to watch it . It is pure creativity and simultaneously it is a study of the creative process. So much more than meets the eye.
I watched Inside by Bo Burnham on Netflix last night. It was like nothing I have ever seen and I was utterly blown away by it. It’s listed as a comedy special but that doesn’t come close to describing it. It’s a meditation on life during the pandemic, it’s about creativity and the creative process, it’s about mental health, it’s about the digital world we live in, and ultimately it is a really beautiful, clever film. It is time very well spent in the company of a unique mind. Give it a watch, I’m going to watch it again.
Deeply inspired by this book by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) – a hero of mine.
Thanks for the crazy ad today, dearest internet. As Nicolas Cage himself said in the classic movie The Rock – “”Uh, yeah, okay, that’s about the most awful thing I’ve ever seen.”