There's Nothing Ironic About Show Choir

Featured Late HW today: the latest episode of Raina Deerwater's podcast, There's Nothing Ironic About Show Choir: A Glee Podcast.

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Listen on iTunes: Episode 2.22 "New York" (Feat. Ashley Stauber)

"Despite having grown up without actual television, my teen years were heavily informed by television. Not having gone to a 'normal' high school, there was something fascinating and entrancing about teen TV shows.

A big one for me (and so many others as I've found out) was the 2009-2015 critically acclaimed and critically dragged musical television series GLEE. It's glorious and it's godawful and filled with mind blowing songs and despicable songs and despicable social issues and I haven't met a single person who doesn't have an opinion on it.

I've chosen to spend my relative adulthood going through every episode of this enigma, talking to people about how this show informed our young lives, or how they despised it, or how the cover of 'Faithfully' still makes them cry.

The result is 'There's Nothing Ironic About Show Choir,' a weekly podcast that delves into the songs, the moments, and the lessons of GLEE. I've been doing it for two whole seasons as of today and have no plans of stopping (doing the podcast or believing')," -Raina Deerwater.

Check out all the other episodes of Raina's podcast here!

Emily Bateman

Playlist-maker extraordinaire Emily Bateman put together a soundtrack for your life, called Fleeting Youth. Enjoy it while you gaze upon the accompanying collages she also made, and ponder the years gone by. 

Fleeting Youth

"These pieces encompass the incredible highs (staying out past curfew, the joys of toys) and the extreme lows (anxiety that can come with self discovery; sudden hyper-awareness of money, your body, 'the future', etc.) of growing up. As Ben Folds says, 'Everybody knows it hurts to grow up / But everybody does / The years go on and / We're still fighting it'" - EB

Check out more of Emily's playlists (she does one for each horoscope season) on Spotify!

Mariami Bibilouri

Our featured music this week is by the artist Mariami Bibilouri. Enjoy!

Best Friend

This song is about breaking up w/ BAE and shedding a layer of skin and becoming a new person. It takes that concept (which is rather deep) and makes it fun + light hearted. 

Mariami penned Best Friend as an ode to a love lost. This upbeat summer anthem is a soulful and bubbling testament to her ability to start fresh and growth thick skin when she needs to! Best Friend appeared on her sophomore GATES, which Apple music featured in their 2016 WWDC Keynote.

Mariami’s second EP, VORTEX, is a visceral, atmospheric journey of nostalgia and a progressive exploration of the self—the truest form of the phrase, ‘I am’. Her fusion of Eastern Europe (she is a Georgian native) with a striking urban influence is all too unfamiliar, yet not at all incongruous with today’s sonic palette. Mariami’s voice and total offerings hover over the most popular sounds of our time—she is easily accessible, yet refreshingly out of reach from the mainstream. 

While painting the vivid image of a past life, Mariami experiments in world-bridging as she pairs her Georgian roots with elements of the urban modern.

The Life I Always Fantasized

This song is about immigrating from my country. My family fled a war when the Soviet Union collapsed and this song I wrote for my new EP, Vortex, is about growing up an immigrant, going for my dreams, and feeling different but loving the shoes I'm in.

Check out the rest of Mariami's freshly released EP, Vortex on SoundCloud and learn more at her website.

Mom & Magz!

Our featured podcast this week is episode 1 of Mom & Magz! by comedian and friend Maggie Cannan. It's a listen you won't regret. 

Mom and Magz! is definitely a piece of Late Homework I’ve been hoping to put out for quite some time.  Growing up, and to this day, my mom has been the funniest person I know, and the reason I’ve chosen to pursue comedy.  So, what better way to meld two of my favorite things then to sit down and crack some jokes with my favorite lady!  Through the podcast, I hope for my mom and I to learn more about each other, how we see the world, and the ways in which we continue to grow together.  I’m also hoping that this lil' ol' pod’ might resonate with other badass mom-and-daughter duos out there, and encourage them to sit down, talk, and figure out how to get mom a legal weed card—whoops, spoilers for this episode! Which you should listen to now!

—Magz!  (aka Maggie Cannan, exclamation point)