Steve Irwin Gets Autotuned in a Delightful Musical Tribute
The late Steve Irwin was known for his boundless enthusiasm for wildlife, and he’s perfectly captured in this fun musical tribute by Symphony of Science creator John D. Boswell, also known as Melodysheep.
“Wildest Things in the World” is a cleverly remixed romp that highlights the conservationists’ buoyant personality, featuring an appropriate abundance of exclamations and yawps. Enjoy.
Is the New Godzilla an Environmentalist Parable?
Back in October, a teaser for the 2014 version of Godzilla featuring J. Robert Oppenheimer’s famous account of witnessing the first detonation of an atomic bomb leaked online. (Oppenheimer, you may recall, said the explosion reminded him of a line from the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds.”)
That bit of promotional material suggested that perhaps this Godzilla, with its rather stunning cast—which includes Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and many more—would return in some way to the trauma that motivated the original: Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Now the first official trailer has arrived, and, well, maybe not so much.
Who Is Hiding the Dirtiest Secrets on Scandal?
This Thursday marks the winter finale of Scandal, the addictive show that dominates social media (and which you might be able to “watch” just by reading Twitter). The show’s 2½ seasons have already included more scandals than an ordinary fan could possibly keep track of—it’s hard to say, at this point, whether there’s anyone left on the show that can still don a white hat, to borrow the show's favorite metaphor.
So we’ve decided to settle the matter. For now.
Will the Wachowskis Bounce Back With Jupiter Ascending?
Last year’s Cloud Atlas, directed by the Wachowski siblings, was ambitious even bytheir standards, tackling several intricate stories across multiple worlds and time periods, with double-casting, elaborate costumes, and an invented language. But many critics—and even fans—felt that the storytelling was muddled and the result a bit of a mess. (Though the movie does have its defenders.)
Nonetheless, the Wachowskis are not dialing down their ambitions any: The trailer for their latest effort, Jupiter Ascending, is here, and the sci-fi film looks to be roughly as sweeping and strange as their last movie.
In Season 5 of Community, Jeff Can’t Leave Greendale Behind, Apparently
In a surprise twist earlier this year, Community was renewed for a fifth season, with the majority of the remaining cast members on board for the entire run (Donald Glover excepted), as well as previously ousted show runner Dan Harmon. When we last left the study group, Jeff (Joel McHale) had finally graduated from Greendale Community College, and the new trailer for the upcoming season gives us a hint as to how the show might attempt to accommodate this new development—namely, by making him a teacher.
Chance the Rapper Gets a Big Break From Justin Bieber. Hear “Confident.”
Chance the Rapper has spent the last few months quietly blowing up. After releasing Acid Rap this spring, he’s made guest appearances on tracks by the likes of James Blake, Childish Gambino, and Lil Wayne, and last week Spin gave the mixtape a well-earned No. 2 spot on their list of the albums of the year. Back in August, the 20-year-old Chicago rapper even placed on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart, just because so many people were selling his free mixtape without permission.
But today Chance gets what might be his biggest break yet, from one of R&B’s biggest stars. I’m talking, of course, about Justin Bieber.
Have a Lo-Fi Christmas With Dr. Dog
When the holiday season rolls around, I always keep an ear out for new Christmas songs—or old ones that I haven’t already heard a million times and which don’t get played to death this time of year. “Joy” by Tracey Thorn, say, or “Jesus Christ” by Big Star.
St. Vincent Is Back With a New Album. Hear “Birth in Reverse.”
Music fans and critics might be busy looking back on the year in music this week, but St. Vincent has me already looking forward to 2014. On Twitter this morning she announced her self-titled major label debut, her follow-up to her 2012 collaboration with David Byrne, and shared the first new track off the album, “Birth in Reverse.”
Fans worried that working with a major label may lead Annie Clark to sweeten up her sound can be reassured by “Birth in Reverse.” Over frantic drumming, fuzzed-out bass, and jagged riffs on her electric guitar, Clark sticks to her usual feisty, swaggering lyrics: “Oh what an ordinary day/ Take out the garbage, masturbate/ …I’m still holdin’ for the laugh,” she begins.
Minecraft, the Opera
One of the most influential software programs of all time is now an opera, too: OPERAcraft was conceived by Ariana Wyatt and Ivica Ico Bukvic of Virginia Tech, and carried out with K-12 students, who wrote the libretto with the help of an English professor. The whole thing was scored to Mozart and performed (and livestreamed) last week. Enjoy.
How You Know You’re a Grown-Up: You Look Forward to Cabbage
Dinner vs. Child is a biweekly column about cooking for children, and with children, and despite children, originally published on Food52 and now appearing on Brow Beat.
Today: Nicholas convinces us that tender, oven-braised cabbage can surprise us all. Even our children.
There is no vegetable more ascetic than the cabbage.
There are vegetables that are more infamous (broccoli, Brussels sprouts). There are vegetables that are more alien (kohlrabi, celery root). There are vegetables that are more likely to make you think, Wait, who bought this anyway (turnips, rutabaga).
But there is no vegetable that bespeaks moral purity like cabbage.