How’s today for you so far? I think the combination of too much news and too much coffee is making me a bit overwhelmed. So here’s some other things I’ve been focusing on. Distraction is good (yes, yes, as long as you’re staying home, washing your hands, etc.)
Here are some things to check out today while exploring the great indoors, and thank you for doing that. As always, I’m on air 1 – 5pm soundtracking your afternoon should you want to call or text in 416-588-0881 or say hi @indie88toronto @lanagay
Carl Sagan Blue Dot
On February 14th, 1990, after completing their mission and about to leave the Solar System, astronomer Carl Sagan requested NASA to turn the Voyager 1 space probe’s camera around to take a photo of earth from 6 billion kms away. The result: earth, our whole planet, the size of pixel in the depths and vastness of space. Carl Sagan went on to coin the phrase “Pale Blue Dot” in reference to that photo, and wrote a book of the same name. This video, which is the preface of his book, is memorable and poetic and worth your three and a half minutes.
Like the movie Groundhog Day? Actor Natasha Lyonne? The writing of Amy Poehler? Great – do I have a perfect one season show to binge: Russian Doll. It’s surprising, funny, dramatic and tells the tale of character Nadia who gets stuck in a loop of one day to try and get it right. You don’t have to take my word for it, It was nominated for 13 Emmys! Thoroughly enjoyable.
It’s a Band Shirt Friday miracle!
— Lana Gay (@LanaGay) April 10, 2020
It’s still Thursday, I hope that wasn’t confusing… but the great Holy F*ck have resurrected Cowboy Cat! Yes, the beloved merch item not available for years and years is back. And don’t forget about Band Shirt Friday, you still have a few days to pick out your favourite shirt.
Holy Fuck also released an awesome record called Deleter earlier this year, check it out.
Try a new cocktail
If you enjoy a cocktail in life, you could upgrade your bartending skills while at home. Bartender Atlas is based in Toronto, but is a worldwide community of bartenders for bartenders and cocktail lovers. Once you can travel again be sure to check out their international list of bartenders to visit. They also have great tips for the home bartender and so many cocktail recipes to try at home.
According to their Twitter account, they’re working on something new with non-alcoholic alternatives, I’ll keep you posted when that’s out.
Podcast: Burn Out by Anupa Mistry
One of my favourite arts and culture writers, Anupa Mistry, launched this project when she was burnt out and looking for inspiration from friends and community. These short interviews with creatives have a realness and vulnerability to them that make you feel like you’re part of the conversation about creative sustainability. Another bonus is that each episode is a beautiful intro to albums, books and art that may not have been on your radar.
That’s it for today, I hope you’re feeling well and taking care over there. If you want to check out some more suggestions, check out past editions of Indoor Recess: