Our Spilt Milk: Andy Shauf's Wintry "Skyline," the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's "Tempest," and New BadBadNotGood

The semi-wintry temperatures must be taking effect because all I’ve been wanting to do lately is cocoon myself into a ball of blankets on the couch and sip a warm cup of tea. Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect music to preface a long nap: Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s new concept album, The Neon Skyline, which came out last Friday. Shauf is a crafty storyteller.

Our Spilt Milk: Wrestling with Roots, Bedouine's "Bird Songs," and a Return to "Song Exploder"

I used to be a regular Song Exploder listener, but politics elbowed a few podcasts out of my feed and Song Exploder was one. Since coverage of the impeachment depresses me, I’ve revisited some old listening loves and am back on board. Song Exploder is a nerdy deep dive into one song as host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews musicians and their producers, then edits himself out of the episodes so that they sound like musicians explaining the stories behind their songs directly to the listeners.

More Mac Miller, a New Maggot Brain, and Patrick Cowley's "Mechanical Fantasy Box"

This week, Mac Miller fans received something akin to a divine message from the grave. Miller’s estate released the late artist’s first posthumous single, “Good News,” from his unfinished sixth-studio album, Circles, which is set for release today.  Both tender and gloomy, “Good News”’ creeps along steadily, strung together with sleepy guitar-picking over polished textures.

Our Spilt Milk: Carly Rae's Heartbroken at a Hotel, and the Scooby Gang's Got a Big Mystery to Solve

Carly Rae Jepsen released a new single, “Party For One,” and it’s on time and on brand. Jepsen’s brand is a combination of bubblegum pop, hopeless romantic, and self-empowered badass, and these all come through beautifully in her new song and accompanying music video. 

Sandro Perri's Other Life and Dirk Gently's Over the Top

Sandro Perri’s In Another Life mirrors my morning routine. I floated out of my bed this morning in a blue-gray fog. I showered, brushed my teeth, and scrolled through my phone, moving through monotonous motions with a strange sense of bliss. When I’m so robotic, how can I be sure that I’m alive?

Our Spilt Milk: Versace, Jackie Shane, and 30 Amp Circuit Goes to Mexico

FX is bringing back the big guns for Season 2 of American Crime Story. Season 1, a somewhat sensationalized but intensely thorough retelling of the O.J. trial, featured excellent performances by Cuba Gooding Jr. (as O.J.), Sarah Paulson (as state prosecutor Marcia Clark), Sterling K. Brown (as state prosecutor Christopher Darden), and Courtney B. Vance (as Johnny Cochran), not to mention solid supporting work from John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) and David Schwimmer (as Rob Kardashian).

Our Spilt Milk: Punk is D.O.A.; "Raffish" Writers Look for Self-Realization

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage is a guerrilla film down to the spelling mistake (I assume) in its title. The 1981 documentary on British punk by Lech Kowalski appears to have been improvised, starting with its pretentious opening with a bird’s eye view of a child being christened, juxtaposed with a woman with chipped nail polish putting a stack of singles on a turntable.

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