Episode 110: Miranda July, a Stolen Smile, and the Waterguns of Brixton

Miranda July/Courtesy of Miranda July

This week: Filmmaker and artist Miranda July reveals her secret identity…The Mona Lisa takes an Italian vacation…And Bobbies crack down on super-soakers. Plus, a joke from musician Forrest Day and a mesmerizing tune from Lana Del Rey.

Icebreaker: Forrest Day
San Francisco’s arty party-rockin’ maestro Forrest Day, whose self-titled album drops in October, fishes for a joke.

Small Talk: Adam Felber
Adam Felber, writer for “Real Time with Bill Maher” and a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” tells us about the waterguns of Brixton(well, actually Essex).

A History Lesson with Booze: Liberating Da Vinci & “The Mona Lisa in Florence” 100 years ago this week, the most famous painting in the world turned up missing. Learn about brazen thief Vincenzo Peruggia, who claimed he did it all for his mother country… then celebrate art with this Italian take on the “Mona Lisa” cocktail — pioneered by a bar right next to the Louvre called Le Fumoir.

“The Mona Lisa in Florence,” as framed by Francesco Roccato, general manager at Fusion Bar in Florence, Italy:

Into a tall glass, add:

  • 1 part Alkermes, an Arabic-turned-Florentine liqueur from the de Medici era.
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 3 parts Champagne

Secret the drink away to your native land, hide it in your apartment for two years, then attempt to sell it for big bucks. Or just sip it, with an enigmatic half-smile. (If desired, Francesco also suggests “staining” this pretty picture with a little creme de cassis.)

Guest of Honor: Miranda July
Performance artist, writer, artist artist, director and actor Miranda July’s new movie is called The Future — in which she portrays a thirty-something LA-ite paralyzed creatively and emotionally. It’s clearly not autobiographical. July tells Brendan about her swimming pool daydreams, her inner life, and her childhood name.

One For The Road: Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
The misleadingly-titled “Video Games” is not another indiepop song full of synths and bleeps. Instead, Lana Del Rey (a.k.a. Lizzie Grant) pours out a melancholy meditation on modern love, with harps, piano, and violins backing her sultry vocals. Best listened to when no one’s paying you any mind.

Music On This Week’s Show:

Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

Aphex Twin – “Boy/Girl Song”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

Glen Gould – “Italian Concerto”

Deep Purple – “The Painter”

Barry Manilow – “Mandy”

Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”