What you should be watching, reading, and listening to this week

I watch a lot of TV. I listen to a lot of music, and I read… a lot of things that don’t matter, if we’re being honest.

So I’ve decided to share some of that with you.

Here’s my weekly look at things you should be watching, reading, and listening to right now.

You should be watching Only Murders In The Building

Hulu’s new whodunit series, Only Murders In The Building, feels like a classic 60s detective show, but much brighter and modernized for the 21st century. It’s honestly like nothing else I’ve seen on TV today.

In a semi-swanky New York City apartment building, two older men, played by Steve Martin and Martin Short, and a young woman, played by Selena Gomez, find they have one thing in common with each other and about 50 million other people in America – they’re obsessed with true crime podcasts.

So when a true crime hits their building, they go from listeners to detectives, trying to piece together clues for the culprit behind the crime.

The show is really well written, but it’s made great because of the cast. Martin and Short of course have a great report, but Gomez slides in perfectly in the trio.

I’ve always really thought Gomez was a great comedic actress, ever since her days on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Not that I don’t enjoy her music, but I’ve preferred her acting, and I’m really happy to see her back in this role, specifically. Her character, Mabel, honestly feels like her WOWP character, Alex Russo, all grown up. She plays the resident millennial among boomers perfectly, with a mix of attitude and reverence to her elders, bringing charm to what could be a stereotypical “rough around the edges” New Yorker.

Hulu has released the first three episodes of OMITB, with new episodes every Tuesday. It’s Knives Out with Steve Martin’s quirkiness and Martin Short’s endless energy. And the twist at the end of the first episode is more than enough to keep you coming back every week.

You should be reading DeuxMoi

Oh my gosh, do not read DeuxMoi. But, read DeuxMoi.

Do I sound super uneducated for suggesting you read an Instagram account rather than a real book? One hundred percent, but honestly, in this short life would you rather slog through another novel or know all the restaurants in this country where celebrities were spotted this week? Anyone who knows me knows which I’m choosing.

DeuxMoi is real life Gossip Girl. It’s an Instagram account that allows people to send in tips, pics, and blind items about the rich and famous. Every Sunday they have “Sunday Spotted,” on their stories, running down all the messages they received about people seeing famous people out in the real world.

Do I need to hear from the friend of Jennifer Aniston’s makeup artist what’s her go-to moisturizer? Yes. Do I need to know what restaurant the cast of Riverdale ate at together last week? Probably not. And there’s a very good chance it wasn’t even them since “Statements made on this account have not been independently confirmed” But it’s still fun, real or not. And it was from DeuxMoi that I learned Channing Tatum is dating Zoe Kravitz, Harry Styles is dating Olivia Wilde, and there is a famous rapper (name redacted) who would cry HARD every time he went to this tipster’s tattoo parlor. It’s a huge time suck but, honestly, I love it.

I also learned on DeuxMoi about a month ago a certain rising A-list popstar would be collabing on a song with this music icon. Anon pls.

You should be listening to Cold Heart (PNAU Remix), by Dua Lipa and Elton John

What rising A-list popstar is collabing with this music icon? Dua Lipa and Elton John (Thanks DeuxMoi!).

Elton John announced this week he will be releasing a new album, The Lockdown Sessions, a 16 song album of all collaborations with legends like Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, and Eddie Vedder, as well as new artists Charlie Puth, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, and Dua Lipa.

The first song, with Ms. Lipa herself, was released last month and it’s just a great summer pop song.

Cold Heart samples Rocket Man as well as three other John songs, with Lipa’s voice fitting perfectly in the new mix. The only thing is, I knew it was Elton John the first time I listened to it, but if I didn’t know that I would not have guessed it’s him. Weirdly, he sounds like Jimmy Fallon putting on a British accent.

But, that doesn’t diminish how cool the song is. Whenever music legends from the 70s and 80s put out new music in their later years it’s typically… not good. That’s mean. It’s good, it’s fine, but it’s just not radio ready or up to the standards of what we expect from those legends. This Elton John song, though, fits perfectly in 2021, and sounds like something you’d hear on any Top 40 station or club today, even if it does sample a 50 year old song.

It also makes me very excited to hear the rest of Elton’s new album. He’s embracing modern electronic music while sticking to what he’s known for. It’s what makes him such a legend.

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