The end of April is upon us – have you been a fool this month?
This week has been a slow one for news, with ABBA reforming, some very sad celebrity deaths, and both North and South Korea ending their decades-long dispute. Perhaps the biggest news in this “slow week” is police having finally, after 40 years, caught California’s Golden State Killer. This case is a huge one for anyone who self-identifies as part of the true crime community, and is well worth researching if you don’t know anything about it. A hearty shoutout to the podcast My Favorite Murder for the destigmatisation of the grisly nature of true crime.
On to the Round-Up!
The Funeral | Stephen Tries
STI is coming. We repeat, STI is coming. Mayday, mayday! Oh, he stuck the landing. Nice.
Stephen Tries is the funniest person on YouTube – there, we said it – and he’s back with another sketch. This one revisits Rob Baxter, a man without a job or any future; he’s a man with no plan or mam. He’s someone you’d love to meet, just so you know you’re doing alright and eating dry cereal by the handful at midnight isn’t that bad of a life choice in comparison to the mess in front of you.
There’s a coffee joke that’s goddamn brilliant. Sometimes you just can’t no sleep, y’know? Watch the video to find out what the hell all of that means and much more.
my singing voice | doddlevloggle
Did you know dodie is a singer, and a damn fine one at that? Her Top Ten spot in the UK album charts will show as proof. Something else that will is this very video.
She talks us through her voice in terms of being able to manipulate it to become a stronger singer. For all those singing nerds out there, she talks about chest voice, head voice and her mix voice, and shows us through clips of older videos where those different types of voices came into play and it’s staggering to see that level of craft at work.
We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge Of Space, Then Ate It | Tom Scott
Garlic Bread? GARLIC BREAD? The food that started a thousand memes and a world-class standup set from Peter Kay. An icon. That icon is now not just ours, it also belongs to the crazy alien people who live in space. They didn’t know what to do with it, so they gave it back.
Tom Scott is known for videos that teach us things, but this one is different. With the help of Barry Lewis from My Virgin Kitchen, who prepared the carbohydrate delight, they rigged up a weather balloon with a camera and a secure box for the bread and, throughout the video, we see it soar higher and higher before the balloon bursts and it all comes crashing down.
This is a fascinating video that does something new with the whole “sending stuff into sort of space” idea. Have you boys got any of the garlic bread left, though?
The Fletchers Do Disney | Tom Fletcher
The Fletchers are a YouTube dynasty at this point. The family are not backward at coming forward with their unashamed love of all things Disney. A Fletcher family trip to the most magical place on Earth is something the audience is always happy to see. This time, it starts with the cutest reaction to the news of the trip we have ever seen, which, sorry Tom Fletcher, is not you. It’s Buzz being the sweetest kid you’ve ever seen, running and shouting about it, being bloody happy!
This recap of the trip is one that’s seen through the eyes of the kids. As they both get older, it’s easier for them to enjoy and tire themselves out. It’s a wonderfully simple and happy video, things that can be almost guaranteed when a Fletcher uploads.
Avengers: Infinity War – The Idiots Guide to Infinity Stones | Sneaky Zebra
This week has seen the almost worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s breaking all sorts of records already and it’s bloody good. In it, there’s this thing called the Infinity Gauntlet, which is capable of holding all six Infinity Stones, which is a bad thing. It’s all super confusing for anyone uninitiated to the cult of Marvel, so the boys over at Sneaky Zebra have created a handy video explaining the stones and what they do. It also happens to be hilarious. Don’t you love it when that happens?
Watch for a cameo from a certain Merc with a mouth.
Why stop at just five?
Reb Day has come through with an anthem for those who aren’t where they thought they’d be in their mid-twenties. A Very Musical Meltdown is a song that speaks to many on a very real, very deep level. It just so happens to be all nicely wrapped up in a pop tune that’s so catchy and well put together that we can all sing it when we are drinking wine on our bathroom floors. The video for it is so well put together, directed by Reb herself, showing it to be something she should definitely explore as an avenue of self-expression.
Coachella is a thing. It’s what anyone who’s anyone was talking about this month, especially when Beyoncé was, well, Beyoncé about the whole performing thing. Something else that’s a big part of the Coachella experience is the outfits. Given the festival is just outside LA in the baking hot sun, wellies are not an option. People go overboard. They lose their goddamn minds in the glitter and feather section of their local Walmart. It’s definitely a sight to behold. Lewys Ball had a good idea to react to the outfits of the famous people who attended, some rocking it better than others.
#FilmTwitter is a thing. It’s filled with critics, both paid and unpaid, spouting their opinions about the latest films. “Infinity War is an absolute feat of screenwriting”; “Batman vs Superman is a good film” – not all opinions are equal, it would seem. It can be a bit overwhelming and leave people in a place where they feel uncomfortable sharing their own opinions. This is where Zannah Perrins currently sits, trying to push herself to share her thoughts on three films that she likes: City of God, When Harry Met Sally and Scream. Choices that sit across the spectrum of film, and she speaks about them with a lot of passion.
One Direction have broken up. Don’t say TenEighty doesn’t bring you the freshest news. This breakup means all of the members have released solo music. Many would argue, correctly, that Harry Styles’ eponymous debut album was the pick of the bunch. On the album is a song called Sweet Creature, which Rebecca Need-Menear of Anavae beautifully covers, really opening it up and bringing something different to it than the original. A really wonderful rendition.