The Hit List: best of the new releases April 26 – May 2, 2017

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep. Photo: Supplied

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep. Photo: Supplied

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Veep

Pity the political satirist. Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (pictured) as the former US Vice-President (and all-too-brief POTUS), has traded on its acidly funny portrait of a White House staffed by narcissists and incompetents. These days, we call that a documentary.

To compensate, the program-makers have broadened their range of targets, pushing the characters out into the world beyond Washington DC. Grimly amusing, the new season feels something like Curb Your Enthusiasm meets The Newsroom.

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Dear Sugar Radio

There’s no shortage of podcasts tackling love and sex – The New York Times’ Modern Love offers celebrities reading short stories and essays about intimacy, while Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast untangles listeners’ sexual hang-ups.

But few give as balanced and thoughtful a take on matters of the heart (and loins) as Cheryl Strayed (whose memoir Wild was a bestseller and film) and her co-writer Steve Almond. Answering audience questions, the pair offer solace, sanity and salve to the heartbroken.

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Cruden Farm Garden Diaries

A cup of tea is the starting point for this lush record of one of Australia’s most impressive gardens. Gardener Michael Morrison dropped by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm in 1971, looking for work. After sharing a cuppa, he secured a job and went on to become a lifelong companion to both Dame Elisabeth and her cherished garden.

His diaries are interspersed with anecdotes and tips, while lavish photography brings the extraordinary grounds to life. The next best thing to a long walk in the country.

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Image: Supplied

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Tash Sultana

Melbourne’s Tash Sultana has had quite a year. After winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition, she went on to sell out a world tour (this month’s hometown shows sold in a flash) and has been in demand from every festival that matters.

Released a couple of months ago, her debut LP is now getting a 12” vinyl release. Blending loops, reggae, folk and indie, songs such as Jungle lose none of their impact on wax, while the addition of live tracks gives proof of her her powerhouse performance style. Watch her rise.

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Win A Place To Call Home DVDs

Thanks to Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have five DVD boxsets of A Place To Call Home: Complete Seasons 1-4 to be won.

Go to theweeklyreview.com.au/competitions and leave a comment identifying the book reviewed in this week’s mag. Closes midnight Sunday, April 30.

TWR 26 Apr GIVEAWAY A place to call home

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