Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.
Explaining the viral Yanny vs. Laurel clip
Despite the fact that—according to my birth certificate—I am a hip millennial, I sometimes straight-up don’t understand internet phenomena. So when I saw seemingly the entire world sharing this “Yanny vs. Laurel” audio clip, I didn’t understand how it became such a sensation. Essentially, it’s a two-second audio clip of a voice actor saying the word “laurel” for a dictionary website, but some people (like me) hear the word as “yanny.” Debate rages on! Anyway, thankfully Wired came along to explain where the heck this clip came from and how it spread so rapidly. The internet is weird, man. [Kate Bernot]
The trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring the greatest rock band in the world
(Kate, I’m definitely a “yanny,” for sure. But then I only ever saw the gold dress, so.)
My clip is also pretty viral today, but I can’t think of a trailer that has filled with me such glee as the one for Bohemian Rhapsody. The only religion we have in our house is that we are teaching the kids that Queen is the greatest rock band of all time. Our family song is “Don’t Stop Me Now.” “Fat Bottomed Girls” is my karaoke go-to, although occasionally I have even been beer-fueled enough to attempt the high-wire act of karaoke, the song this movie is named after. Luckily for a die-hard Queen fan like myself, the trailer looks incredible, with all the actors playing band members extremely spot-on, especially Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Not sure if he’s actually singing or not (I kinda doubt it) but who cares? I’m even impressed with how the trailer mashes up different Queen songs together, like “Killer Queen” over the baseline of “Another One Bites The Dust.” Guessing I’ll probably watch this hundreds of times before the movie actually opens on November 1. [Gwen Ihnat]
Michael Jackson’s drummer plays “Smooth Criminal”
“Smooth Criminal” features a fairly simple, straight-ahead drum pattern, but man, it takes decades of skill to play it with atomic clock-precision. Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett, who’s toured with everyone from Elton John to Madonna, is one such drummer. Dude is tight as a snare head. [Kevin Pang]