This week's picks are field-tested entertainments for the avid knitter. After all, this is the goal of Lazy Sunday: get your knit on.
It is safe to say that nobody likes a fully committed knitting video more than we do. Katy Perry
, you have met your match. Stephen West
, you have our undying admiration.
Alec Baldwin is that combination of wonderful and awful, depending on the kind of day he's having. His WNYC podcast Here's the Thing
is Baldwin at his most lucid. Here he is with cartoonist Roz Chast
. Food for thought: The New Yorker
rejects 90 percent of her submissions. Dozens of other conversations to knit to—Chris Rock will be my next pick.
Knitter Lori sends along "Squirrel Cop
," from NPR's This American Life
. The cop telling the story is so great.
Two Bands to Know
Oh, the fruits of Parents Weekend. Great to see the boy, even better to get hot music tips from my son and his roommates. The boys in Grays Middle are giving Mama Shayne an education in what to listen to.
Band Number 1: Vulfpeck.
They are so, so crazy talented. Out of Ann Arbor and some mystical nether-region of awesomeness, they are the funkiest, soulfulest band I've heard in ages.
Here is "Funky Duck," featuring a killer singer, Antwaun Stanley. Stanley is a speech pathologist when he's not singing these totally amazing improvisations.
Another great song: "1612" is the passcode to his heart.
The Wall Street Journal reviewed their new album
, "Thrill of the Pack," which they produced for $10,000.
Band Number 2: Margarine.
Wicked smart band from the Boston area. One of them is David's roommate, Alasdair MacKenzie (top right!), who is encyclopedic about music (Beatles and Beach Boys among many others). You hear it in what they're creating.
I don't get how they can create music this textured and complex and simple all at once. So creative and inspiring to me.
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Like both bands on Facebook. Or Bandcamp. Or Spotify. Or iTunes. Or whatever it is the kids are using these days.
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