Resources and Recommendations | My Favorite Underrated, Charming, and Feel-Good YouTube Channels

Hiya cool cats!

How’s it going? I hope wherever you are, things are well and that you’re doing okay.

When I’m in a funk and can’t watch anime, I almost always reach for my go-to YouTube subscriptions. Out of the over 200 YT channels I subscribe to, the ones below are the ones I have alerts for and never miss a video because they’re just that important to me. There are a couple others, too, but these are the underrated ones. The ones that I feel deserve some extra love.

 

8. My Analog Journal

Coffee Break Sessions with My Analog Journal is how I love to start my day. He’s a DJ from Istanbul (I think), but is based in London. His selection of tunes is so eclectic and lovely and just awesome. I’m a person who likes all sorts of different music, from all sorts of countries and decades. As I write this, I’m listening to 1930’s Russian music, and I’ve grabbed a lot of my favorite jams from this dude. He’s a must-listen for background tunage.

7. Brian the Bootmaker

Brian the Bootmaker works out of L.A., and resoles boots. There’s something lovely about the simplicity of his videos, the unflashiness of them. Plus the boots are gorgeous. What’s not to love, really?

6. Flatbush Cats

Despite the fact that their videos always make me cry (mostly happy tears), Flatbush Cats of Brooklyn is doing a service and a half. They mainly trap, spay/neuter and return cats in the area, but they also put some into foster homes and help them find forever families. Y’all know I love cats, and with two rescues of my own I’m a sucker for a well designed cat video. Prepare fur the feels.

5. Silently Cooking

Silently cooking doesn’t have any of that questionable commentary and standard over-saturated, too-loud, YT we’re all too familiar with. What it does have is great camera quality and delicious recipes. I like to watch these during my lunch breaks.

 

4. Foo the Flowerhorn

I’ve never been super into fish. I mean inherited a beta once, but they’ve never been my choice of pet. Foo the Flowerhorn’s videos make me seriously question that. This is my go-to channel for insomnia and panic attacks. There’s something so soothing about watching the fishies swim about, while listening to that same piano/guitar song that makes me feel at peace. Plus I love that his setups usually have plants involved (I think that’s called bioactive??).

3. TEWAZA (伝統工芸 青山スクエア)

Something about old, Asian craftsmen put me to sleep like a baby. Seriously, I love watching the detail and care and effort that goes into making one piece— the true artisanship which doesn’t feel overproduced. Plus I learn something along the way.

2. BEK

BEK is probably most famous for their throat singing video, but all of their others are great as well. There’s something to be said for a bunch of lads getting around and singing that fills me with this evangelical zeal. Talk about peaceful and profoundly moving. They do all this with no-fuss camerawork and brilliant audio.

1. The Crafsman – Steady Craftin’

This. Is. My. Favorite. I love the Crafsman so much. His videos are informative, supportive, hilarious, creative, witty, spunky, charming and full of such delicious ambiguity that I just can’t get enough of them. I first started watching his stuff while I was sick in Scotland, and I’ve never missed and upload since. If you’re not watching him tinker with resin, rapping or making dubbed versions of Star Wars, what even are you watching??

 

 

That’s it for me this time.

What are your go-tos on your bad days? Let me know in the comments below!

Watch on and take care, Annieme-niac!

Annie

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