With the constant release of new entertainment content daily, it can be easy to lose track of where your favourite bands and shows stand. Not wanting my fellow Badgers to be left out of the loop, I’ve compiled a short list of some of the albums, films, and Netflix shows coming to screen and stereo this month, from the rising stars to the biggest names around.
Jack Johnson: All the Light Above it too
— September 8
Jack Johnson has never been anything other than chilled out, but his role in our Spotify playlists is one no one else can fill. He’s the artist for all your lazy Sunday mornings, and your end of summer campfires. The new singles for his latest effort suggest that hasn’t changed at all, and that’s comforting. Who would ever ask anything more of Jack Johnson?
Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold
— September 15
Trying not to be charmed by the Foo Fighters is a losing battle. Even as their creativity inevitability dipped over the last few years, every note they churn out still feels earnest. By the sounds of lead single ‘Run’, they’re headed back to their heavier roots, which will be a welcome return to form for lifetime listeners. For the latter-day fan, however, the more recent ‘The Sky is a Neighbourhood’ is more operatic and reminiscent of 2014’s Sonic Highways, with a dazzlingly colourful and freaky music video to go with it. So far I’m impressed, and with some very under-wraps guest appearances promised, this could be their most exciting effort yet.
Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps
— September 22
If you haven’t yet heard of Phoebe Bridgers, I don’t blame you. So far her biggest credits are a 7” released by Ryan Adams’ PAX AM Label, and a few minor supporting tours. Recently signed to Dead Oceans record label, Bridgers is set to release her first full length album, and its two singles so far have been promising; ‘Smoke Signals’ packs years of heartbreak into a slow, soulful 6 minutes, and ‘Motion Sickness’ has a delicate groove that both betrays and blends with the bleak nature of the lyrical content. This promises to be one of the most heart aching entries of the year. Fans of Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Mother will find plenty to enjoy.
It — September 8
Stephen King is a household name, and IT ranks among his most recognizable, revered, and horrifying masterpieces. The early word on this latest adaptation indicates that it’s every bit as terrifying as the trailers make it seem. It doesn’t take much to make a clown in a sewer pipe (or even just a clown) scary, but for a red balloon floating through a classroom to send the same chills down your spine? That’s something special. Good luck.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle — September 22
The first film in the Kingsman franchise was not only uproarious fun, but it introduced the world to the delightful Taron Egerton. For the sequel, it seems the absurdity of this world of spies, as well as the Britishness of its main cast (which also includes Colin Firth and Mark Strong) have been heightened significantly. I’m very okay with that.
Bojack Horseman: Season 4 — September 8
Don’t let the marketing for this show (or indeed, the first few episodes) fool you; Bojack Horseman is not an easy going comedy. Sure, it’s colourful and there are animal puns galore, but its satirical wit is as sharp as its heart is dark and twisted. Bojack himself is a terribly broken person, and the show does not forgive him easily for the awful things he does. As we head into season four, it seems Bojack may have finally burned all of his bridges with the few people he considered friends,. Expect that particular thread to be heartbreaking, but anticipate hilarious shenanigans from Aaron Paul’s lovable goof Todd, and Paul F. Tompkins’ beyond delightful Mr Peanutbutter, now running for office in Hollywoo (no, not Hollywood). Expect coverage of the season to come!
American Vandal — September 15
Netflix struck gold with its hit true crime drama Making a Murderer, and now it appears to be mining for more gold in people who are sick of true crime dramas. American Vandal, developed by the minds behind the YouTube channel Honest Trailers, is the story of a high school student expelled for lewd graffiti, and the student filmmaker who believes he is innocent. The trailer is silly enough to be entertaining, but whether or not the joke can last for a whole season remains to be seen.
First They Killed my Father — September 15
This selection from the Toronto Film Festival is based upon the real memoirs of a 5-year old girl caught on her own in Cambodia during the sudden and violent overthrown by the infamous Khmer Rouge. The trailer is light on details, but makes it very clear that this will be an unflinching look at one of history’s bleakest moments. Directed by Angelina Jolie. First They Killed my Father promises to serve as a dark reminder of how low we can fall, and is not the best choice for the faint of heart.