Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:
Carl: Maybe you know the Harlem Shake meme (which has just gone to no. 1 on Billboard singles charts), maybe you know that’s not the “real” Harlem Shake, maybe you’ve seen smart people talk about it in the real Harlem, or on the real Soul-Sides. But if smart talk about the Harlem Shake were a Harlem Shake meme video, Ann Powers’ essay on NPR Music would be the bass drop. It’s like a master class in how to read culture.
By the way, here’s another angle on the appropriation issue that comes up in the Harlem Shake case…with the Beatles and Lord Woodbine.
The Believer confirms my creeping belief that all things are better in podcast form with the premiere of its new ‘cast, The Organist.
It turns out that Nick Drake’s mom was also a singer-songwriter, who made some beautiful recordings.
Chris: “Rock Stars on Craigslist,” a poem.
Very happy to see that Steph Davidson is working on this promising and subtly updated version of Sailor Moon.
Margaux: The girl with half a brain.
Just had a fun trip to Oakville and the water’s edge to see the show Where I Lived, and What I Lived For at the Oakville Galleries. Unfortunately, it’s too late to direct anyone there since the show just closed, but I can tell you it was a great show. I especially loved a video by Arthur Lipsett – his last. Either all the art in the show was better than normal or all art should be titled Where I Lived, and What I Lived For. Would be helpful.