Matt Besser, as Björk, Sings Heartrending Instructions for Using a Ladder: Links You Need to See


Matt Besser’s Björk impersonation is nothing new, but it certainly never gets old, and in the past it’s been a mere matter of vocal skill: he’d done it on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, but last night he debuted a brilliant, full-bodied imitation on the IFC series. He arguably outdoes other past attempters of the difficult feat — notably Wynona Ryder and Kristen Wiig — whose efforts on SNL were valiant, yet simply weren’t as captivatingly unpredictable as last night’s dose of Bjësser. In the clip below, he sings a heartrending, experimental ballad that doubles as an instructional guide to using a ladder. Bjësser is certainly confident in his work: on finishing his string-accompanied ladder song, “Caution,” he claims it’s “better than anything Taylor Swift has ever written.” Watch:

And while Björk became the subject of Besser’s off-kilter humor, /Film reports that Paul Thomas Anderson has taken on another innovative musical subject. He’s secretly made a new documentary about Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, who scored The Master and There Will Be Blood. The doc, which runs just under an hour, follows the musician to India to record an album with an Israeli composer. It’s called Junun, and will premiere at the New York Film Festival as one of the festival’s special events, alongside Noah Baumbach’s Brian De Palma doc and Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog. In other movie news, Entertainment Weekly has posted the first scene of the Elisabeth Moss-starring Alex Ross Perry film, Queen of Earth. The entire scene is a close-up of Moss’ face in escalating pain and fury, while an offscreen, obnoxiously calm boyfriend(?) explains why he’s leaving her.

The image you see above, weirdly, is not a still from a likewise disquieting scene from a film, but rather an image of a “sky pool” that’s being constructed in London that, as The Verge put it, “will let the super-rich swim through the air.” It’ll stretch across the Embassy Gardens development, 10 stories above the ground, and will allow residents of the particularly expensive condos to swim between a rooftop bar, spa and orangery. It seems, with this in mind, like a perfect time to take another look at this piece on the housing divide in London.