Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and bullshit the night away. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.
@70sdinnerparty on Instagram
Sometimes I need to seek out new Instagram accounts just to break up the constant scroll of black lab puppies in my feed (don’t judge). This week my discovery is @70sdinnerparty, an account devoted to the most horrifying creations of a pretty weird culinary decade. Shrimp aspic or cabbage Christmas tree, anyone? [Kate Bernot]
“Sober Up” feat. Rivers Cuomo by AJR
This is a happy song that popped up on the alternative radio station here in Chicago (Q101), and now I can’t stop listening to it. AJR’s “Sober Up” starts out with a hypnotic cello hook, and like the trio’s previous hit, “Weak,” it wrestles with substance abuse issues (“Won’t you help me sober up / All the big kids they are drunk / And I want to feel something again”). I find the song so (ironically) addictive that I was not surprised to find out that it features Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo; if only he’d used some of his genius here on his regular band’s latest album. Still, if he had, then “Sober Up” wouldn’t exist, and that would be terrible. Give it a listen, and then see how many nanoseconds it takes for you to hit replay. [Gwen Ihnat]
Magician Jerry Andrus
Watch what magician Jerry Andrus does with a rubber ball, a sheet of plastic, and a piece of cardboard. It’s unfathomable. [Kevin Pang]