If your palms don’t get sweaty watching Netflix’s “F1: Drive to Survive” somebody better check your pulse
Now that we are slaves to the screen for the foreseeable future why don't we start off by taking a deep dive into what's hot to watch right now:
The Documentary dons at Netflix have just dropped the much anticipated second season of its epic docu-series covering what might just be the most incestual, cunty and high drama sporting leagues in the world: Formula 1.
Hold onto your performance flat brims (and tight polos) as Netflix teleports you to 21 races spanning 5 continents with mind blowing onboard cinematography and behind the scenes footage showing exactly what it takes to be one of the top twenty drivers in the world.
The “F1: Drive to Survive” series is a must-binge for even the most pedestrian streamer. Despite Formula 1’s annual TV audience of over 500 million worldwide the sport is still relatively under appreciated in the United States, compared to say NASCAR, but Netflix has done a phenomenal job of pulling back the curtains on a sport that's traditionally been cloaked in secrecy. Not keen to miss out on a party F1 behemoths and bitter rivals Mercedes-AMG and Scuderia-Ferrari have agreed to let the cameras in on the action for Season 2 which, for any F1 purest, was a major storyline that was glossed over in the debut season.
However it's not all glitz, glamour, fame and champagne in the crown jewel of motorsports: Unlike Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari who dont blink twice at blowing through budgets of up to half a billion dollars, the real pressure is felt by the bottom tier teams who are constantly under siege. Like staving off a committee of ravenous vultures, the grittiness of the show really stems from the scrappy independent teams left fighting tooth and nail to appease impatient title sponsors, looming threat of insolvency all the while making sure their homegrown driver talent isn't plucked up by their deeper pocketed competition.
Click in your three-point harness as you watch some of the biggest divas in sports push the barrier of speed, square off with their own team teammates and angle traitorous backdoor deals in the middle of the season. Credit to F1 and Netflix for continuing this awe-inspiring series because this will certainly help to invigorate a whole new legion of fans bored of watching stock cars go left every sunday.
Pro tip: This show is meant to be an experience so be sure to watch it on a big screen with robust sound. Don’t be a jabroni and watch it on your ipad...or god forbid your phone.
On his 3rd and most complete album yet, British producer, song-writer and vocalist, Chris Ward aka 'Tropics', combines a sexy blend of downtempo synth, late night jazz and a healthy dose of surf rock that will be sure to set the mood on that romantic getaway weekend to your beach bungalow. The lead track 'Never Letting Go' sets the tone of the album with a fresh infusion of killer vocals and psychedelic melodies that channels the likes of Pink Floyd and a tripped out Al Green.
Ward's 'Nocturnal Souls' is a breath of fresh air for your Tame Impala fans waiting for those unreleased tracks.
the rooftop at pier 17: manhattan's best new outdoor venue kicks off its rooftop concert series august 19
Manhattan has been in desperate need of more outdoor concert space and, luckily for us, the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan has come to the rescue.
The Rooftop at Pier 17 is set to open up its "Rooftop Concert Series" at the end of this month with a heavy hitting line-up that boasts 2 nights of St Lucia, 2 nights of STS9, Slash, Sting (and Shaggy...), Ziggy Marley w/ Steel Pulse and Thievery Corporation just to name a few. Perched on top of 4 stories with 1.5 acres of usable space The Rooftop at Pier 17 provides the ultimate music viewing experience. Like a metropolitan version of Red Rocks, the astroturf deck is set amongst an awe-inspiring, stadium-like backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo waterfront.
Concerts are scheduled to run until mid-October so The Rooftop at Pier 17 is sure to be your temporary cure for those post Labor Day blues.
Editors note: If you are up for it...the bad boy move is spending the day at Rockaway Beach, taking the NYC Ferry (regular subway fare) directly into the Seaport and catching a show to cap the night off.
Recently released on Amazon prime: "Eat. Race. Win" is a must watch for athletes and food enthusiasts, alike. The 6 part mini series follows "The Queen of Performance Eating" and classically trained chef, Hannah Grant, as she and her team race between stages, foraging fresh ingredients and setting up their state-of-the-art mobile kitchen as they feed Australian pro cycling team "Orica-Scott during the 2017 Tour De France.
Often dubbed "The World's Toughest Race", Tour De France teams are constantly seeking an edge over the competition. The grueling month long stage race calls for a constantly evolving daily menu taking into account everything from calorie intake, local ingredient availability and rider preference. "Eat. Race. Win." combines Hannah Grant's passion for cooking and gripping race cinematography which should be enough to inspire even the laziest viewer to get out and live a healthier lifestyle.