Here is what NPR’s Pop Tradition Comfortable Hour crew was taking note of — and what you must try this weekend.
Um, Truly on Dropout
On the streaming service Dropout, which is run by the CollegeHumor people, there’s a present referred to as Um, Truly, which I like. It’s a recreation present the place three contestants learn a press release with some piece of nerd trivia, however someplace within the assertion is a small and a few would possibly say nitpicky factual error. So the contestants need to buzz in once they have recognized the factual error and should state the right truth, they usually should precede with their assertion with the phrase ‘umm, truly.’
It’s concerning the nerdiest factor I’ve seen in an extended whereas, and I like each very last thing about it. I particularly love when the contestants get actually passionate and even indignant about these obscure trivia questions as a result of that’s so humorous and so true to the spirit of the present. —Glen Weldon
Charli XCX’s new album Crash
Charli XCX dropped a brand new album final Friday referred to as Crash, and I’m obsessive about it. I’ve been a giant fan of Charli since her characteristic on ‘I Love It‘ in 2012 and her first album, True Romance, a yr later. However recently, she’s been slightly hit and miss for me. Her tone will be in all places, and I recognize that for her as an artist, however as a listener, I sort of simply need the earworms.
Fortunately, Crash is giving us the earworms. It’s actually going again to the eighties and nineties pop vibe. Certainly one of my favourite songs on the album is ‘New Shapes’ which is a collaboration with Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek. It is so enjoyable and I’m so glad she’s again. —Aisha Harris
SASAMI’s new album Squeeze
Certainly one of my favourite albums of 2022 thus far is by the singer Sasami Ashworth, who goes by SASAMI. Her newest album is named Squeeze, and it represents a leveling up of the variability that I actually didn’t count on when she got here up a couple of years in the past as a solo artist. Partly, it is as a result of she’s leaning into traditional nu-metal and updating it for 2022. The way in which she twists these sounds and works the nineties guitar onto this album is absolutely catchy and enjoyable, and in 2022, feels very, very completely different. I like to recommend it. —Stephen Thompson
Is It Cake? on Netflix
Is It Cake? is a recreation present hosted by SNL forged member Mikey Day. It entails bakers coming in and making what they name “hyper-realistic desserts” which might be alleged to seem like completely different non-cake objects.
Then judges are available to have a look at this stuff from, as an instance, 15 toes away and attempt to decide which hamburger or money register from the group in entrance of them is definitely a cake. So it is slightly bit cooked when it comes to whether or not you may truly idiot folks, because you’d most likely have the ability to inform which one is cake in case you went and stood proper subsequent to it. However there’s something about how goofy this present is, how gentle it’s that I actually take pleasure in. Is It Cake? is streaming on Netflix and in case you resolve to observe it, you’ll know throughout the first episode whether or not that is for you or not for you. —Linda Holmes
Extra suggestions, from the Pop Tradition Comfortable Hour publication
Kim Masters is at all times an amazing learn on Hollywood, and she’s received a narrative up about how onerous it has been for anyone to inform Tom Cruise no about something.
I appreciated the second season of Bridgerton, which is now streaming on Netflix. It is positively extra about craving than doing, in case you get my which means.
It has been a very long time since Atlanta had a brand new season, but it surely’s lastly received one! And it is one which has arrived with surprisingly little noise round it. You possibly can test it out on FX or on Hulu. —Linda Holmes
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