Culture Hound

The best movies, TV, books and music for September

By The Editors
September 1, 2017 9:00 am

Welcome to Culture Hound, InsideHook’s deep dive into the month’s most important cultural happenings, pop and otherwise.

PREP: “Origins” Chapter One: Curb Your Enthusiasm
A new podcast that explores the “epochal beginnings” of pop-culture landmarks. Up first: A five-part history of Curb Your Enthusiasm, featuring convos with Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Ted Danson and more. A good primer for Curb’s return in October. (9/6)

The on-going BUILDSeries is an ever-changing roster of notables from comedians to influencers to the glitterati — live — in an immersive and unedited experience. Coming up this week, the talks will feature Dylan O’Brien from American Assassin, Elisabeth Moss from Top of the Lake: China Girlthe forever dry, belly-busting Tig Notaro a la One Mississippi and more. (9/5 – 9/7)

BINGE: American Vandal
A Netflix spoof of Serial/Making a Murderer that asks the important question, “Who drew all the penises on those cars?” (9/15)

WATCH: The Deuce
David Simon (The Wire) and a mustachioed James Franco (playing twins!) dramatically tackle New York’s thriving sex industry during the ‘70s in HBO’s next big thing. (9/10)

SEE: Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Live
The live game show and podcast hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics is coming to Joe’s Pub. Expect entertaining and inquisitive, occasionally ridiculous, conversation with an on-hand real-time human fact-checker. Guests this go-round include Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, Alex Wagner, CBS News correspondent and contributing editor at The Atlantic and more. And you can even throw your own hat in the ring to be a contestant here. Tickets are on sale now, but they’ll fly fast. (10/5 – 10/7)

LAUGH: Burning Man Hate Week
Vicious commentary on the desert gathering you love to despise. Sample: “With a Future Islands song in her heart and her front camera deployed, this truth seeking Etsy saleswoman attempts to ‘commune’ with the still unidentified signal discovered by SETI earlier this week.”

(For a more serious take on the gathering, check out the new photo journal Nothing Left Behind.

CRUISE: The Road To Table Culinary Experience
Your excursion begins with a drive in a shiny new Cadillac CT6 to Amber Waves Farm in the Hamptons, where you’ll harvest vegetables with Lauren Bush Lauren and Chef Christopher Kostow. Afterward, you’ll attend an intimate dinner party inspired by the day’s finds. And to boot, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to FEED Supper to fight hunger in America. (9/8, 9/10)

PERUSE: Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds
Every single Playmate of the Month from 1953 to February 2016 — 734 in all — in an 844-page hardcover tome for your coffee table. It’s art, dammit. (9/5)

LISTEN: LCD Soundsystem
David Bowie and Suicide’s Alan Vega both passed away in 2016. And while their legacy lives on in the stacks of infinitely playable records they each left behind, it finds new life in the “discopunk” sounds of LCD Soundsystem, who return — after a massively controversial hiatus — for their fourth studio album this month. Standout tracks include slow-burning opener (and Vega homage) “Oh Baby,” funky second track “Other Voices,” the spaced-out psych rock of third track “I Used To” … who are we kidding? The whole album is a standout. Put it on repeat from now until October. (9/1)

Plus, enjoy our Spotify playlist of the 30 best new songs of the month.

And don’t forget: Jerry Before Seinfeld revisits the comic’s earliest material (Netflix, 9/19) …  … Old gamers, rejoice: Revamps of the Sega Genesis, Super NES and Atari 2600 are on the way … New gamers, immerse yourself in the epic Destiny 2 (9/6) or the bonkers cartoon antics of Cuphead (9/29)You like Eddie Vedder? You like whiskey? You’ll lap up Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond Festival (9/23-9/24) … Salman Rushdie aims for a modern Gatsby (with a Trump twist) in The Golden House (9/5) …  Fall TV means the return of Narcos (9/1), American Horror Story (9/5), You’re the Worst (9/6), BoJack Horseman (9/8), (surprise!) MTV Unplugged (9/8), Broad City (9/13), Better Things (9/14), a new Star Trek (9/24) and Nathan For You (9/28) … Oh, and South Park (9/13), which returns for its 21st year after an eight-day marathon of past seasons.

Film buffs: Be sure to check out our 2017 Fall Movie Guide.

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