Swaying room as the music starts: this week on Fresh Powder

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The lede

We are living in a world where everyone gets their own podcast (even us), which is to say: “What started as a quiet digital backwater is now increasingly growing in prominence, drawing the attention of audiences and moneyed interests alike. In all probability, the medium is heading into a future where it firmly becomes part of the broader entertainment industrial complex. And the story of how we got here can be told via two major turning points: The first was everything that happened before and after 2014. The second turning point is happening right now.” We’re entering the era of Big Podcasting, reports Vulture.


“They were building conversations in communities and those were the people who are breaking out. So why not apply that to our brand?” Recode: How Complex Networks CEO Rich Antoniello learned to stop worrying and love YouTube. (Or: The common answer to all SNO video support questions, “Just use YouTube.”)


Deploying music of the time to establish setting — or what’s so beloved about shows like “Stranger Things” and “GLOW” — is the exact idea used in “Hustlers,” a movie set in a more recent time. Writes Jia Tolentino in the New Yorker, “The music, like the costuming, immerses you in the temporal setting: if you’re above a certain age, 2007 is recent enough to feel like yesterday, until you see Destiny in a bedazzled top from Bebe and hear the sound of Sean Kingston’s ‘Beautiful Girls.’” (Ahh, high school…)

. . . Sara Moonves is “The Most Watched Editor at Fashion Week” (NYT)


“When my car turned the last switchback into the valley toward Area 51, the car radio, theretofore static, suddenly started blasting Smetana’s Má Vlast in eerie, crystal-perfect sound. The aliens, it seemed, were classical music buffs.” For The Guardian, a reporter “stormed” Area 51.


When you need something for everyone: The Ringer is breaking down reasons to watch every single NBA team this season, one team at a time.

Thinking ahead

That collab was too good to be true. “Tedder said he was “utilizing ‘sarcasm’, ‘kidding’ and a ‘joke’ simultaneously” when he told a journalist there would be “one song featuring Beyoncé and Adele with a Chris Martin piano solo on the bridge” on OneRepublic’s forthcoming album Human.” (EW)

This also happened last week: In SNL’s season premiere, musical guest Billie Eilish danced on the ceiling, a trick made famous by Fred Astaire.