Friday media round-up: 8/16

breaking bad

Here’s what the Heave staff has been into this week:

Bill Jones

First of all, Breaking Bad. How could anybody be doing anything else on Sunday evenings for the next few weeks? (Okay, I’m probably watching SummerSlam this weekend.) I’ve also been catching up on Homeland On Demand before that starts again on Showtime in September. I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, though the finale felt a bit contrived. The second season, so far, has not been quite as good, but still entertaining in a 24 sort of way. Also, tons of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and the final season of Showtime’s Dexter, which I’ve so far found to be, how do you say, “meh.”

Tim Munroe

Modern Hut recently put out his debut, Generic Treasure, on Don Giovanni Records, and it’s one of the best releases I’ve heard all year. Joe Steinhardt, formerly of New Brunswick’s pop-punk band For Science, creates some great lazy, lo-fi folk songs, produced by Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females, Noun). What’s not to like about it?

Amy Dittmeier

One of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible, seems to love Chicago. The podcast focuses on design in everyday life, and so far has touched on Chicago architecture and our awesome flag. Their most recent episode is about how we reverse our lovely river so as to not dump poopie in un-ideal places.

Trent Zuberi

It’s hard to think that before he was a cheesy actor, LL Cool J was a badass rapper.

Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

In addition to getting excited for SummerSlam on Sunday, I’ve also officially had that moment that all formerly angry suburban kids have somewhere in their 20s: I finally really enjoy Wilco. I’ve been listening to nothing but Yankee Hotel Foxtrot after at least three late-high school/early college years indiscriminately making fun of it just because of the way people talk about it. But yeah. It’s been making the slow wane of summer go down a bit smoother, at any rate.