In addition to posting music that I'd put in my rotation on Fridays, I think I’m going to post internet videos/content of note on Sundays. We’ll see how this goes.
First We Feast’s Hot Ones is probably one of my favorite interview shows because of its seemingly simple premise: let’s eat some spicy food and bullshit for 25 minutes. In that simplicity, it makes the interview subjects compellingly vulnerable through the relatable discomfort of biting off more than you can chew. It succeeds in making the interview subjects vulnerable without putting them down. Best of all, the vulnerability is real. The sweat, discomfort, the pure heat is honest.
In a world where interview shows seem so manufactured and/or sanitized for the benefit of sponsors, where you get systematic and forced fun out of Jimmy Fallon and Ellen Degeneres—Hot Ones occupies a space more akin to Graham Norton’s eccentric-yet-casual fun.
I’m glad to see that they were able to open their most recent season with an increasingly uncomfortable Gordon Ramsay, who was entertainingly prepared for the task at hand.
There’s something entrancing about watching artists go through their creative process, and with this vide, it’s simply a lot of fun to watch artists react to each others’ work. All of these producers are given a short music excerpt that they’re tasked to sample and build a song with. Each of these musicians has a wildly different style, and it’s worth hearing how a 15 second piano riff could be manipulated in different ways. Andrew Huang seems to have a knack for creating music from places you wouldn’t expect it.
Also on the subject of flipping samples, Mass Appeal has had a long running series featuring hip-hop producers grabbing three random vinyl records and having them create a beat from those records. It’s particularly thrilling when you see a producer grab a record that seems like there’s no way to find anything worth sampling, and then they quickly build a hot joint off of it.
I lost my Game Boy when I was a kid, but I still remember how iconic of a gaming device it was. There’s something incredibly serene about watching The Retro Future refurbish broken Game Boys. He has recently branched out into refurbishing Walkmen, and has done refurbishments of other gaming controllers, as well. That being said, if you enjoy seeing the inner workings of retro electronics or if you enjoy the simplicity of seeing neglected electronics getting cleaned up, this is a lovely series to watch.
I’m writing this the day after NXT TakeOver, and just hours before WWE’s Royal Rumble. Given my proclivities toward scripted combat, I’d be remiss not to reference it at least once on this list today. Josiah Williams has made a name for himself by flipping various wrestler entrance songs and laying verses down over those beats. In his most recent edition, he raps over the entrance music for Matt Riddle, who is coming fresh off of the independent wrestling circuit and had a heated match at last night’s TakeOver event.