This week, we said goodbye to a rock legend, so we had a lot of rock n' roll blasting through our headphones. But that didn't stop us from finding some new music, an upcoming thriller, and a few fun pieces of internet content to round out the Friday Five. So pour one out for Charlie Watts, and enjoy the rest of Volume 35!
Jonah Hill's "10 Things I Can's Live Without"
One of our favorite comedy icons has undergone yet another evolution, and this week, he told GQ all about it. Jonah Hill has starred in raunchy comedies, been nominated for Oscars, and directed his own film. This week, he sat down with GQ to break down his latest stage in life, which involves a lot of surfing and a lot of work on passion projects. He took part in the “10 Things I Can’t Live Without” series, which we really enjoyed, because we love seeing what makes other creative people tick. His “Director Starter Pack” was especially interesting, because it’s how he creates the kind of vibe he needs on set to get the best work from his actors. Hill’s interview with director Adam McKay is also a must-read, and we could look at the pictures from his cover shoot all day. It’s really cool to see a star find fulfillment while chasing their passions, and that’s really what the Jonah Hill GQ stuff is all about. Now, we’re off to go find the cool speaker he carries around.
Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
The music world was saddened this week by the loss of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who was a true rock icon. Naturally, we ended up listening to a lot of the Stones this week, and the album we gravitated towards the most was Let It Bleed. It kicks off with one of our favorites from the band, the hard-rocking “Gimme Shelter.” The guitar riff is iconic, and the vocals are killer, but like any great rock song, it wouldn’t go anywhere without the drums. Let It Bleed really shows off the diversity of the Rolling Stones’ sound, covering rock, blues, and honky tonk, so it gives us a lot of different opportunities to see how versatile Watts was. You can’t go wrong listening to any of the big Stones albums this weekend, and while we’d recommend Let It Bleed, just make sure you go back and revisit some of the classics in Watts’ honor.
The Card Counter
The summer blockbuster season has hit a bit of a lull in terms of quality movies, which means it’s time to start getting excited for all the fall trailers we keep seeing in theaters. This week, we finally saw a preview for Paul Schrader’s new movie The Card Counter on the big screen, and we are extremely ready for its September release. The movie, which stars Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish, had a ton of buzz around it before production got shut down due to Covid. It feels like it has gotten lost in the shuffle a little bit, but that definitely hasn’t dulled our excitement. We love good crime thrillers, gritty casino movies, and gambling mishaps; this movie seems to cover all the bases. The fall movie slate is absolutely massive, with a number of big-name directors putting out Oscar contenders that were delayed during the pandemic. Hopefully, Schrader (with an assist from Martin Scorcese) kicks off the season with a bang. All we know now is that we’ll definitely be in a theater for it ASAP.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - “Survivor”
If you haven’t noticed by now, we are suckers for anything new from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. This week, we got a cool new single from them called “Survivor.” The song is a little bit of a slow burn, showing off the grit in Rateliff’s voice, and leaning into their blues inspiration. It feels a bit like a throwback to a different era, and we definitely don’t mind. The horn and sax parts are great, and because the rest of the song is so understated, they really get to shine through. “Survivor” isn’t as upbeat as some of the other Night Sweats tracks that we love so much, but that didn’t stop us from playing it on repeat this week. And we can already tell that as the weather starts to cool down, this song will end up in heavy rotation, more than likely accompanied by a nice glass of bourbon.
Good F*cking Design Advice
Sometimes, we all need a good kick in the ass. This week, we wanted to feature an account that adds a lot of midweek motivation to our Instagram feeds. Good Fucking Design Advice, while geared towards creatives, is really just a great follow for anyone looking to add a little pep to their step. As long as you can get past the requisite, emphatic expletives in every post, GFDA gives lots of good, simple reminders about living life that can snap us out of our mindless scroll. Advice like “strive for excellence,” “face your fears,” and “show compassion” isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but the little things can be easy to forget in the shuffle of our day-to-day grind. Especially with all the distractions and negativity that can come with social media, it’s great to have an account that can bring us back down to earth, and inspire us to get out and do something productive. If you’re looking to add some positivity to your feed, as well as reminders to get off of Instagram and enjoy life, look no further than @GFDA!