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The Culture Gabfest “Quinquennial Strut” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Love & Mercy, songs of summer, and Summer Strut 2015.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Love & Mercy, the new biopic about the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. How does it stack up against other music biopics? Next up, music critic Chris Molanphy helps sort through contenders for Song of the Summer. Is there a clear winner? Finally, it’s the fifth anniversary of Summer Strut! The gabbers review listeners’ picks for Summer Strut 2015.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:


Some 2015 Summer Strut favorites below:

Kinks Shirt” by Matt Nathanson
On the Regular” by Shamir
10,000 Emerald Pools” by Borns
REALITI” by Grimes
Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club
Sexual Healing” by Hot 8 Brass Band
Need Ur Luv” by Charlie XCX
Eleanor Rigby” and “The Weight” by Aretha Franklin

A playlist of listener strut submissions on Spotify.

Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014


Dana: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Julia: A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Chris: Miguel’s Wildheart and President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, plus a segment from Bill Moyers on “Amazing Grace.”

Outro: “Friday I’m in Love” by the Cure

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