Hot Local Singles

Josh & Juan

Hot Local Singles is a podcast about level-headed opinions on pop music. Hear the bonus episodes at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles.

Josh and Juan discuss Spotify pop, stan culture and more – all within a rating binary of ‘hot’ or ‘local’ – as pop music continues its decade-long shift from ubiquitous culture machine to niche subgenre.

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Today on Patreon let's hide behind CGI to talk shit about our coworkers... We discuss the real reason Lana del Rey deleted social media, Teyana Taylor’s retirement, Lana versus Lorde in the court of law, Grimes’ network TV moment, Pinkpantheress finally coming out of the shadows and more. PS: we're going away for a while but we'll be back when you need us most... in the meantime you can hear this episode and the entire Patreon back catalog at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Sep 24

5 min 27 sec

We need a Disney princess who works at SSENSE... Anyways today we accidentally obliterate every song that has come out in the past month. Enjoy (Sweet Love) Episode playlist on Spotify hotlocalsingl.es

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Sep 11

1 hr 13 min

Today we start with blind items about a former A+ list tween, a closeted male singer and an underage-sexting DJ. Then: Aaliyah's streaming launch, Halsey's new Trent Reznor vibe, Lorde's A-list media tour, Kanye's old Kanye vibe, and is it getting middlebrow in here? Episode playlist on Spotify hotlocalsingl.es   Links: Aaliyah, Britney, and the Commodification of an Artist’s Legacy Lorde, Billie Eilish, And The Reluctant Pop Star Ryan Tedder: Classic songs are strangling new music   Over on the Patreon extended cut we talk about Azealia's Interview spread and Josh's collection of her magazine covers

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Sep 1

57 min 6 sec

Today Josh & Juan talk to one another in and about a little town we like to call Montreal. For SEO purposes here is a list of keywords: bohemian, sweat shorts, Mabel on Love Island, sad girl indie, "song of the summer", homophobia in rap, and movies (2021). Episode playlist on Spotify  hotlocalsingl.es 

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Aug 10

54 min 51 sec

Today on Patreon: celebrities act badly, "They cry too easily but they funny," we wonder if pop music sold us on consumerism and Juan and Josh individually lay themselves bare.  In this clip we talk about a feud. Subscribe at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles for more of this stuff hotlocalsingl.es 

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Jul 28

5 min 21 sec

Join us in the pop music trenches as we dodge controversies, decode lyrics and rate new music by Caroline Polachek, Billie Eilish, BIA ft Nicki Minaj, Isabella Lovestory and more. This week's playlist on Spotify hotlocalsingl.es

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Jul 21

34 min 11 sec

We're back to rate brand new pop shockers by Tinashe, Normani ft Cardi B, Azealia Banks, Shakira and Peppa Pig. Episode playlist on Spotify  Later this week we rate new music by Caroline Polachek, BIA ft Nicki Minaj, Isabella Lovestory and more. Part 2 is out early on Patreon now! hotlocalsingl.es 

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Jul 19

52 min 10 sec

The highly regarded HLS advice special is back to help with year-long crushes, Twitter romances, getting back with an ex, advising a breakup, feeling inexperienced, relationships affecting your mental health and.. coffee addiction :) Plus over on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles there's two bonus questions at the end for our wiglets, thanks for listening! hotlocalsingl.es

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Jul 14

51 min 31 sec

Today we're rating and reviewing the latest pop derangements from Bad Gyal, Iggy Azalea, Ava Max, Shygirl ft slowthai, J Balvin ft Skrillex, Kelly Rowland x CeCe Peniston and Sugababes x Blood Orange. Episode playlist on Spotify The Love Line is coming back – if you need advice about ANY topic get your questions in asap. Try us: ask.hotlocalsingl.es hotlocalsingl.es 

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Jul 8

1 hr 12 min

Today we discuss what's up, just chilling, 'The Scary of Sixty-First'*, Doja Cat's new album 'Planet Her', Courtney Love againzt Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Fox as self-identifying LGBTQIA icon and our new sexualities.   *this spoileracious segment ends at 29:40 if you wanna skip   Need advice? Ask us anything for the Love Line's comeback: ask.hotlocalsingl.es   hotlocalsingl.es  

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Jun 29

1 hr 3 min

Today Josh and James (didn't see that one coming eh) discuss the gay cold spreading across NYC for pride month, Slayyyter’s mostly ignored debut album “Troubled Paradise”, the plague of Jack Antonoff productions, Lana del Rey's birthday party, Juan's viral tweet and more. hotlocalsingl.es

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Jun 23

44 min 29 sec

Today: Nadia's Hot Like Wow (2008) is in Josh's corner, Juan has Farrah's My Teenage Dream Ended (2012). Together we'll listen to clips of each to get everyone caught up and then discuss their baffling and contrasting receptions, the musicians and entire genres they may have inspired, the mystery lurking behind their careers and what it all means for POPTIMISM™. In this trailer we listen to a stunning sync of a Nadia Oh song in Gossip Girl. Hear this and all of our bonus episodes on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles hotlocalsingl.es

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May 31

1 min 37 sec

We're back to discuss the Zionists AGAINZT the Hadids and Dua Lipa, plus we rate and review new music by Dawn Richard, St Vincent, CHAI, Jessie Ware, Paul Oakenfold ft Azealia Banks and Benny Benassi, Bleachers, Lana del Rey and more. Episode playlist for the full week on Spotify hotlocalsingl.es

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May 27

1 hr 7 min

Today: Josh and Juan discuss the latest Gen Z music content and popular millennial songs by Olivia Rodrigo, WILLOW, Bella Poarch, Dixie D'amelio, Erika de Casier, City Girls, Lil Nas X and Nicki Minaj. But first: your Eurovision recap of Italy's coke, Britain's cuck and Israel's geopolitical snub. More HLS coming later this week (or tonight for Patreon wiglets) Episode playlist on Spotify  hotlocalsingl.es 

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May 24

58 min 31 sec

The mother of all AGAINZT battles is here. Which album will you choose? Today we talk about the character assassination at the heart of these two albums' critical receptions, plus how they've aged and who they inspired along the way. Episode playlist on Spotify    This episode premiered April 9th for the wiglets on Patreon (new episode out now) hotlocalsingl.es

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May 17

1 hr 11 min

Europe’s Vision? Well she must be blind! We're just happy to be back... just in time to discuss Jesy "Balegdah" Nelson's first interview after leaving Little Mix, the potential of a Spice World sequel AND like 10 of the most European entries from Eurovision Group 2. Over on Patreon we reserved the preshow explicitly for the return of Real Housewives of New York and The Big Shot with Bethenny! Thanks for listening. hotlocalsingl.es   The Eurovision entries in question: France (Barbara Pravi - Voilà) – LOCK Spain (Blas Cantó - Voy A Quedarme) – LOCK United Kingdom (James Newman - Embers) – LOCK Switzerland (Gjon's Tears - Tout l’Univers) Iceland (Daði og Gagnamagnið - 10 Years
) Bulgaria (VICTORIA - Growing Up Is Getting Old) Finland (Blind Channel - Dark Side) San Marino (Senhit - Adrenalina) Greece (Stefania - Last Dance) Moldova (Natalia Gordienko - SUGAR)

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May 10

43 min 51 sec

This week on Patreon: the guys discuss the current state of retail, THE HOUSEWIVES ARE COMING, we break down Dr. Luke's girlboss popaganda and Zac Efron threatens to go gigachad with a new face. Any day now... And in this trailer we talk Bethenny Frankel's new show, The Big Shot. Over on Discord this week: we're giving away a month of free Patreon access to 4 people (details in the #hls-updates channel) hotlocalsingl.es

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Apr 26

1 min 4 sec

Today we're back to rate and review the latest tracks and rave smashes, ripe for the dancefloor and the psychiatric ward. We go euphoria mode and discuss new music by Basside, Gummy Bear (Gummibär), Doss, LSDXOXO, CFCF ft Sarah Bonito, and Cornelius.  But first: an update on the ARTPOP II movement. Episode playlist on Spotify Get more HLS on Patreon hotlocalsingl.es

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Apr 22

46 min 10 sec

Today we're rating and reviewing beautiful songs, gorgeous music and utter cringe by Troye Sivan, Rina Sawayama ft Elton John, Chet Hanx, Marina without the Diamonds, Doja Cat ft SZA, Karol G ft Nathy Peluso, Brockhampton, and Tirzah. But first: Troye's house in Architectural Digest + HBO's Stylish with Jenna Lyons. Episode playlist on Spotify Hear the deluxe edition at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles hotlocalsingl.es   PS: An essential fact check from Kayla on Discord – the "this is in different areas" meme is from this particularly legendary Love & Hip Hop Atlanta episode

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Apr 19

54 min 19 sec

Today on AGAINZT: Josh is Team In The Zone (2003), Juan is Team Blackout (2007). Together we discuss the sound and legacies of these albums and their producers: Danja, Max Martin and new Swedes in the room Bloodshy & Avant. We also get into how Britney Spears' struggle within the music machine might have been reflected in her discography. Spotify playlist for this episode   Plus... arguably our most essential album battle yet, Lady Gaga AGAINZT M.I.A: ARTPOP vs MAYA just dropped on Patreon. We 'dive' 'into' the wholehearted character assassination that defined the reception of both albums. Please join us wiglets omg... hotlocalsingl.es

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Apr 12

45 min 36 sec

You ready to pivot? Ariana Grande, Chase Icon, Lil Nas X and Addison Rae have us wishing we had Scooter Braun to plan our next career move. Join us as we discuss their trajectories and how the nature of fame has changed with the internet. But first: we’re including this week’s Patreon preshow before we get down to business. Enjoy the extended cut and we’ll talk soon... hotlocalsingl.es

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Apr 5

58 min 3 sec

Today we're listening to songs from the first group of Eurovision semi-finalists and projecting our feelings about Europe onto them. I'll bite, what's Eurovision? Why are Australia and Israel involved? And now that a country's been disqualified can Canada come? Let's investigate...   Links to the music videos: Germany: I Don't Feel Hate - Jendrik  Italy: Zitti e buoni - Måneskin  The Netherlands: Birth of a New Age - Jeangu Macrooy  Malta: Je Me Casse - Destiny  Sweden: Voices - Tusse  Lithuania: Discoteque - The Roop  Cyprus: El Diablo - Elena Tsagrinou  Russia: Russian Woman - Manizha  Romania: Amnesia - Roxen  Israel: Set Me Free - Eden Alene    As always hear the extended cut on Patreon. We discuss the resurgence of ‘2 On’ by Tinashe and more hotlocalsingl.es

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Mar 29

40 min 49 sec

In this clip: "H.E.R. Always. Wins." Industry plant or what? This week we talk TV (from RPDR UK and the Grammys to Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23 and Girls), Justin Bieber vs Justice, Josh’s mom againzt AstraZeneca, Zara Larsson vs Pitchfork, the first mp3 players we owned and more. Support HLS to hear every bonus episode and extended cut + get every free episode early: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles hotlocalsingl.es

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Mar 22

1 min 10 sec

Today: we rate the latest singles by St. Vincent, Twin Shadow, serpentwithfeet, Dizzy Fae and Doja Cat x Disclosure... but first: Azealia Banks orchestrates, Zara Larsson girlbosses and Ryder Ripps loses a client. Plus our final takes on Danny L Harle's Harlecore and Madison Beers' Life Support! All while asking: blonde or brunette? Put THAT in your blender! Merch idea? Hello Full episode playlist on Spotify  Hear this week’s extended cut and every bonus episode at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles hotlocalsingl.es 

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Mar 17

53 min 36 sec

Today we talk Vulture's SOPHIE 'wake' and AG Cook's Dream Logic mix. Then we rate new music (No Rome/Charli XCX/The 1975, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Tinashe, Smerz) and Lana del Rey's leaked 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club'. COCC is revealed to be one of Juan's favourite tastes. And not only that, latch hooking feels amazing. The fabric of society might be Spinning out of control but we’re here to Slow Clap for all frontline podcasters and their listeners... this is just part 1, we'll be back with another dose on Wednesday. The full extended cut including the pre-show is up now on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles, join us there if you're in the mood Episode playlist (in order) on Spotify  hotlocalsingl.es

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Mar 15

55 min 12 sec

We're unlocking AGAINZT: Lily Allen's in Josh's corner, Juan has Uffie. Judged on Sophistication, Uniqueness, Confidence and Karma, which iconic hipster-era album will S.U.C.K. more? PLUS we just released another battle on Patreon: Britney AGAINZT Britney: 'In The Zone' vs 'Blackout'. hotlocalsingl.es

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Mar 8

50 min 2 sec

Today a himbo and a PhD candidate examine the cultural role of the 'bimbo' (a retro trope that's angling for a comeback) with the help of a few classic pop songs: "Barbie Girl" by Aqua, "Stupid Girls" by Pink, and "Stupid Hoe" by Nicki Minaj. Links to the pieces on 2020s bimboism in Rolling Stone and i-D. Over on the Patreon pre-show we talk first impressions of new albums by Madison Beer and Danny L Harle (more on this another time) plus movies, sugar, and we ease into the bimboist waters... Support the besties and hear months of bonus episodes and extended cuts: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Mar 1

44 min 39 sec

On this week's rager we talk workout injuries, RuPaul's Drag Race UK, the problem with reality TV, Josh's vs Juan's sense of humour, Reply All’s reckoning, the first podcast we listened to, the podcasts we try to listen to now, record label streaming tactics like those new mood-based EPs on Spotify artist pages, Now That’s What I Call Music, "Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok" and more. Hear this episode on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles! hotlocalsingl.es

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Feb 22

1 min 27 sec

Fresh from the pop music conversation pit we're debating the merits of 10 new singles by artists like "Friday" hitmaker Rebecca Black, That Kid, Danny L Harle, Dua Lipa, Xiu Xiu, Rochelle Jordan, Club Eat, "Anywhere" songstress Rita Ora and more. Plus: Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Ariana Grande and autist saviour Sia want our attention to an almost militant degree so we're going to give it to them, if only for the length of their new music videos. Join us... unless? Episode playlist on Spotify Hear the extended cut and every bonus episode on Patreon! hotlocalsingl.es

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Feb 16

1 hr 3 min

On the first ever HLS advice hour we answer your questions about long-distance nudes, ex-girlfriends, being a relationship virgin, dealing with the apps, dong size, fear of men, sex music and more. Thanks for getting in touch, we hope our tough love helps. We want to do this again so if you need advice or have any updates get in touch at ask.hotlocalsingl.es. Love, podcast bf and podcast bf hotlocalsingl.es   PS: you can hear the extended cut plus our next hot-local binary episode on Patreon now

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Feb 14

56 min 35 sec

NEXT WEEK: We're opening up the Love Line for Valentine's Day. Submit your questions by February 12 and we'll give you really beautiful, actionable advice for sure. Don't delay, LOVE IS LOVE! But first on AGAINZT: Lily Allen's in Josh's corner, Juan has Uffie. Judged on Sophistication, Uniqueness, Confidence and Karma, which iconic hipster-era album will S.U.C.K. more? Listen on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles and join us on Discord

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Feb 8

1 min 7 sec

In memory of SOPHIE We needed to mourn together, maybe you feel the same. Tracklist: "It's Okay To Cry" "L.O.V.E." "I Wanna Be With U" "Just Like We Never Said Goodbye" "Immaterial" RIP SOPHIE. If you want to chat, come say hi in the Hot Local Singles Discord server ♥️

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Jan 31

41 min 1 sec

Let's dissect the fog that hung over the past week... Jennifer Lopez and Gaga for Biden? Memes are worse than ever? Is counterculture dead? What's left..? ...Who can never know :) While we work that out, play against us on SongPop 2, a phone game: joshcore and juancvb.      Hear this and all our other bonus episodes at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles.   Join us for the inauguration of THE HLS DISCORD SERVER, a new group chat for us by us. Come say hi + tell us what channels and emojis to add next. I will even make you a mod. Kisses...

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Jan 25

50 sec

Today: Ariel Pink loses the plot, a Backstreet Boy goes alt-right, Zayn admits nobody's listening, Ashnikko's an industry plant, Danny L Harle switches labels, and we have a new fave... busy week at Hot Local Singles! As always, support the besties at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles for more and we'll see you soon.

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Jan 20

45 min 53 sec

An unknown musician goes #1? Playboi Carti in straight guy shocker? Lana del Rey keeps saying "Trump"? And what about Azealia Banks’ music career? Today we’re rating a bunch of new singles 'hot' or 'local' as an excuse to discuss all the ways musicians behaved badly this month. Full tracklist on Spotify. There’s more HLS coming on Wednesday. Hear the extended cut now on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Jan 18

35 min 58 sec

This week on VERZUZ: in vs out, Nicki Minaj vs Tracy Chapman, Ariel Pink vs MAGA, CIA vs Ryder Ripps, techno vs house, Josh vs Juan. Get the full episode when you subscribe on Patreon: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Jan 11

2 min 52 sec

The Grammys really do this with a straight face every year and we're still CHAINED to the rhythm.  January is Grammys month so we're unlocking our conversation about The Weeknd vs The Academy (ie the industry at large), the slow rise of Kaytranada (he's gay) and the very real curse of Best New Artist (sorry Megan). Plus, highlights and lowlights across all the award categories, "Urban Contemporary" vs "Melodic Rap" and a comparison of our predictions vs YouTuber AJayII's. This episode was posted on Patreon on November 29, 2020, just after the nominees came out and just before we announced the 1st Annual Floppy Awards. It had the title "Now That's What I Call Grammy Nominations" which was a bit long to be honest. Hear new episodes on Patreon FIRST: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Jan 4

54 min 16 sec

It’s everything time. On this Patreon exclusive unmoderated debate we discuss: The Juendy Juilliams Show, Josh’s theory about Joe Biden and Grindr, post-cringe, the corniness of Tinashe and Kaytranada, Basement Jaxx, pull-up bars, Akira, Lana’s favourite mesh mask, an Abercrombiecore travel show from 2008, Mariah Carey’s Rarities, the first hot guys we saw on the internet, gay guys' death drives and more. YouTube link to see Juan ‘on’ the Wendy Williams show, bottom row. (This week we're busting open the Hot Local Vault and unlocking this Patreon episode from October 11, 2020. Subscribe for more: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles)

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Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min

Welcome to the 1st Annual Floppy Awards, also known as the Gay Grammys and the Locals’ Choice Awards, coming to you live from [FILL IN CITY NAME WHEN WE FIND A VENUE BROKE ENOUGH TO SAY YES] sponsored by Ford Motors, Tesla Motors, etc! Tonight we recognize the best, the worst and the eww-est of 2020 as we dive deep into the moments and music that defined the most traumatizing year in modern history! With the help of special guests, Josh and Juan announce YOUR winners in a comforting, psychosis-inducing award show format that suggests democracy really works! These are HLS listeners’ favourite pop albums, EPs, singles, remixes, collabs, videos and flops of the year. Don’t miss the most glamorous moments of the season: Charli XCX is still apologizing for Grammy night while Chloe X Halle ask their manager if they can leave their tennis court. HRH is fighting Lana Del Rey about who's the most anti-mask and we have it on good authority Halsey's planning a terrorist attack, so heads up tonight! Slay yes mama! And how could we forget the queen of pop herself, The Blessed Madonna! Wait who were you thinking of PS: We sat Perfume Genius and Christine and the Queens next to each other and now we can’t tell them apart. Support our long-term research strategy on this and other matters at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles   CREDITS Please clap for your co-hosts and announcers for the night, starring previous collaborators and many of our own Little Locals and Hotties: Slay Yes Mama Award for Moment of the Year: Christian @TheReal_Xtian / @christiancatalano Video of the Year: Miss Andy Baby Collab of the year: The hosts of High T on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! – Madelyne @madabeckles / @bellhoox – Leah @layschu / @dameleahschulace Longevity Award: Anna @annaraponi Flop of the Year: Erik @e98461801011223 / @erik_worldwide Future Popstar: George @grgmell / @grgmell Smash of the Year, Local: He returns! Smash of the Year, Hot: Leyla @ooooleyla

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Dec 2020

1 hr 5 min

This week: our Hot Local Regrets, the male singers straight guys had crushes on in 2020, Gwen Stefani’s eternal comeback, the Britney estate’s deluxe edition of the Glory Deluxe Edition and more, including: “Alex G reminds me of how straight men love discovering music.” This clip is cut from the first 10 minutes of the full episode, hear it on patreon.com/hotlocalsingles. The 1st Annual Floppy Awards are coming. Final days to vote! PLUS: – Listen to us laugh at Pitchfork year-end lists on Thot Topics (Spotify)  – Listen to us lose it about moments of the year on High T (Spotify)  – Listen to BOTH to hear Juan’s complete Taylor Swift PR press tour. Thanks for having us besties!

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Dec 2020

8 min 22 sec

Today on your favourite podcast about Escape Room (genre): Josh calls Bladee an “old head,” Juan says “Her vocal chords, her choice – but her choices were bad” (that's a blind item) and we both enact A&R on some very expensive pop music. But first, Spotify Wrapped needs unwrapping no? So, the hot/local binary is back and we're rating 8 new pop singles + 2 albums, 'Plastic Hearts' by Miley Cyrus and 'Nightmare Vacation' by Rico Nasty. The full track list is also on Spotify: 'Swimming In The Stars' by Britney Spears, 'God' by Bladee, 'Hitman' by Kelly Rowland, 'LUCID' by Rina Sawayama, 'In The Morning' by Jennifer Lopez', 'football game' by Silver Sphere, 'Slow Dancing' by Aly & AJ and 'La Noche De Anoche' by Bad Bunny and Rosalia. VOTE! In Hot Local Singles' 1st Annual Floppy Awards at vote.hotlocalsingl.es. We reveal a few current frontrunners at the end of this episode. And subscribe on Patreon for the extended cut: we rate new Christmas songs by Mariah Carey with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, 100 gecs, Sabrina Claudio with The Weeknd, and future Grammy-winner Poppy.

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Dec 2020

58 min 8 sec

The Grammys really do this with a straight face every year and we're still CHAINED to the rhythm. Listen to the FIRST 10 MINUTES of this week's bonus Patreon episode: Today we discuss The Weeknd (ie the industry at large) vs The Academy, the slow rise of Kaytranada (he's gay) and the very real curse of Best New Artist (sorry Megan). Plus, highlights and lowlights across all the categories, "Urban Contemporary", "Melodic Rap" and a comparison of our predictions vs YouTuber AJayII. The 1st Annual Floppy Awards are coming soon. Subscribe at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles to hear this whole episode and VOTE EARLY

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Nov 2020

11 min 34 sec

This week we talk about Grimes and the government, eurodance and Ava Max, Future's age, tons of new singles and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Good News’. Here's the episode track list, playlist on Spotify: 'My Head & My Heart' by Ava Max, 'Regardless' by RAYE and Rudimental, 'Prisoner (ft Dua Lipa)' by Miley Cyrus, 'Holiday' by Lil Nas X, 'te pongo mal' by Kali Uchis, 'Man's World' by Marina, Megan Thee Stallion's 'Good News' album, 'Bitch Bites Dog' by Cecile Believe, 'Throatzillaaa' by Slayyyter, 'OHFR?' by Rico Nasty, 'Because of You' by Future and Lil Uzi Vert, and somehow 10 OTHER TRACKS... Over on the Patreon pre-show we start the episode by talking some shjt. For extended cuts, tough love and bonus episodes subscribe at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

Wait... was ‘Let’s Get R*tarded’ by Black Eyed Peas a dream? Why is 'Smack My B*tch Up' in so many movies? And did we just cancel M*donna's entire career by accident?  Oh god, you asked for it... it’s Cancellation Police part 2! We’re serving justice today with our powerful, unf*ckwithable associates Madelyne and Leah from HIGH T PODCAST.  On the docket are six controversial songs we're going to declare either CANCELLED or VALID: 'i wish you were gay' by Billie Eilish, ‘Vogue’ by Madonna, ‘I Kissed A Girl’ by Katy Perry, ‘What Do You Mean?’ by Justin Bieber, ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ by The Prodigy, and ‘Let’s Get Retarded’ by Black Eyed Peas.  Catch Leah on Instagram and Twitter, Madelyne on Instagram and Twitter, plus their podcast High T on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and where ever else you'd like!  Get in touch with HLS: voicemails at 647-847-8904 and voice notes to hotlocalfeedback@gmail.com And as always subscribe on P*treon for more: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Nov 2020

1 hr 7 min

PATREON CLIP: Is poptimism a symptom of millennials? And what does Spotify's "Lorem" playlist tell us about Gen Z? In this Patreon bonus we question if pop is still high-brow post-2010s and consider the new and familiar ways record labels are positioning their artists. But first: Kylie Minogue really brought back disco with this one  And: Dua’s London ‘Fever’ dream, chad surgery, election, depression, dating! Hear this bonus episode and all the rest at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Nov 2020

3 min 20 sec

It's the return of the HOT LOCAL SPEED ROUND. We have 8 new pop singles on the docket just BEGGING to be assigned labels on the HLS binary... plus a major(ly reviled) new pop album we need to discuss. There’s some reflection up top on the past week in culture and what’s to come. And as always, we save some of the mess for the Patreon pre-show.  After Witness-ing the Ariana Grande album backlash last week we have some questions: Where are the R&B fans? Did ‘Positions’ cement the end of tRaP-pOp? And if lyrics are relentlessly sexual, is it a concept album about sex? Hit play already and let’s talk.  Full TRACKLIST for this episode as a Spotify playlist. Singles by Lana, CocoRosie and friends, Erika de Casier, Bebe Rexha with Doja Cat, Oneohtrix Point Never with The Weeknd, Salem, Dua Lipa with Angele, Little Mix, AND Junglepussy with Gangsta Boo.  GET IN TOUCH: leave a comment at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles or send us a voice note at hotlocalfeedback@gmail.com

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Nov 2020

57 min 24 sec

PATREON TRAILER starring our new French-Canadian AI voice actor Celine. Subscribe to hear this bonus episode: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles Today we examine the intersection of ‘movies’ and ‘being offended’ like only Sacha Baron Cohen joints could allow. We’re talking Borat 2, Borat 1, Brüno and Ali G, so don’t listen in the van with the kids. THEN we catch up and go over “the most important news” of the week according to renowned content mill Billboard dot com. Reviewing and rating us 5 stars on Apple Podcasts – IN Superspreading this little podcast to friends – IN Paying us 1 coffee or drink a month to hear our bonus episodes – IN Pop culture being fun – OUT

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Oct 2020

2 min 23 sec

Today Josh and Juan investigate five skinny white boys, all signed to major labels seemingly out of nowhere. And they all play guitar and have millions of listeners! Has anyone heard of this?? ROLE MODEL, YUNGBLUD, Alexander 23, Powfu, Lauv and Conan Grey. That's the hit list. Later we recommend beabadoobee and Jaden as respectable alternatives to this era of – and we need to call it what it is – rock's comeback. Spotify playlist here. This week's bonus pre-show topics include: what is going on with my career? Plus: the music at Laser Quest, coding bootcamp, a boy, getting too many compliments, Fleshlights, pain down there and more. Hear it at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles

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Oct 2020

34 min 31 sec

PATREON TRAILER: It’s everything time. On this exclusive unmoderated debate we discuss: the (alleged) corniness of Tinashe and Kaytranada, The Juendy Juilliams Show, post-cringe, Josh’s theory about Joe Biden and Grindr, Basement Jaxx, pull-up bars, Akira, Lana’s favourite mesh mask, an Abercrombiecore travel show from 2008, Mariah Carey’s Rarities, the first hot guys we saw on the internet, gay guys' death drives and more. Happy Thanksgiving to 28.44% of you!  Hear the whole episode at patreon.com/hotlocalsingles  PS: YouTube link to see Juan ‘on’ the Wendy Williams show, you can't miss him

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Oct 2020

1 min 8 sec

For the first time ever on Hot Local Singles, a podcast about level-headed opinions on pop music, Josh and Juan ask for help. @TheReal_Xtian is here to hold TRUTH to POWER...  Today we’re rating songs with our HOT vs LOCAL binary. Play along with us :)  We talk new music by: Miley Cyrus, Zayn, Shygirl, Isabella Lovestory, Roisin Murphy, Kylie Minogue, BLACKPINK with Selena Gomez, Jonsi with Robyn, Megan Thee Stallion ft Young Thug and the episode’s record-breaking FOURTH gay guy Shawn Mendes. Get the full Spotify playlist here.  As always, there’s MORE from this episode on our Patreon. It’s science, and scientific proof. It’s biology: patreon.com/hotlocalsingles.  (We also play a clip of ‘levitating but megan thee stallion is featuring’ as mashed up by @justice4glitter on Twitter.)

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Oct 2020

59 min 1 sec