Photo: Maximum Fun It was the summer, and John Moe was giving serious consideration to getting out of the game. Last June, American Public Media announced that it was laying off a good chunk of its workforce, citing financial strain due to the global pandemic. Moe was among those who lost their jobs, and as part of that, the company also ended production on his show, The Hilarious World of Depression , which served up frank conversations with various notable people about mental health and drew a passionate following over the years for its work raising awareness around the issue. When Moe learned about the dismissal, he figured the severance pay would offer him some runway to meditate on what comes next. A veteran on-mic personality who’s worked around the public radio system for over two decades, he was getting tired of the constant anxiety that the business brings. “It was always nerve-wracking,” he said. “The idea of constantly wondering what the listener reports would … [Read more...] about Welcome (Back) to
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Photo: Photo courtesy of Jensen More than 15 years ago, before he was host of the popular Earwolf podcast Get Up on This and co-owner of L.A.’s pop-culture-focused Gallery 1988, Jensen Karp was Hot Karl, an up-and-coming rapper who parlayed competitive freestyle success into a record deal. His rap career never took off, but he did come away with some juicy tales. Now you can read the best of those stories in Karp’s new book, Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories From a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big , which is out today. As a taste, Vulture has the exclusive excerpt from the title story. The day after I became the most unlikely hundred-thousandaire in hip-hop, I began working at Baseline, a now-defunct multiroom studio where, at the time, Jay Z was recording The Blueprint next door. No matter what time of day it was, you could see any of the biggest rappers in the world working or just walking room to room to say hello. Baseline would be the epicenter … [Read more...] about When Kanye Was the ‘Urkel’ of the Studio: A Former Rapper Writes About Meeting West in His Youth
Photo: Alpgiray Kelem/Getty Images The Undervalued Work of the Audio Producer By Skye Pillsbury Earlier this year, eleven producers, editors, and engineers who had been hired by Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) to create weekly flagship podcasts for its WIRED , Vogue , and Pitchfork brands posted an open letter detailing the experience of working for, and eventually leaving, the media company. The letter alleged a work environment in which management had little understanding of the resources and time required to produce high-quality podcasts, where staff was consistently left in the dark in regards to long-term planning and job security, and employees were viewed as interchangeable and easily replaceable. “It was very chaotic,” Ninna Gaensler-Debs, who was hired to work on the Get WIRED podcast, told me over the phone last week. “There was a lot of confusion over what the roles were going to be. We were very much making it up as we went along. We were just … [Read more...] about Are Podcast Producers Properly Valued?
Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman in Mank . Photo: Courtesy of Netflix The 93rd Academy Awards, after an unprecedented 14-month eligibility season and a pandemic that shut most of the nation’s movie theaters, will finally be handed out on Sunday, April 25. Exactly how normal this ceremony will feel — and how normal the industry should view it as being — is up for debate: Some see it as the firm-handed continuation of a tradition that began with Douglas Fairbanks handing Clara Bow the Best Picture statuette for 1927’s Wings and has endured without interruption through all manner of national calamity ever since, and others as the weary end point of a year like no other. But beneath both positions — this is the year the show must go on and this is the year the show didn’t go on — lurks a degree of dread about this year’s “Oddscars” — the fear that they aren’t so anomalous after all. Surely, at some point, things will be the way they used to be again, right? Doesn’t that have … [Read more...] about Who’s Really Winning This Year’s ‘Oddscars’?
April 28, 2018 - 17:27 BST Chris Butland-Steed The TV celebrity and his husband Tony opened up about the tragedy to HELLO! Gogglebox celebrity Chris Butland-Steed has shared the devastating news that their beloved dog Fred has passed away. Writing in his own words, with husband Tony, the TV star has opened up about his heartbreak and paid a loving tribute to his dear canine friend, who was an integral part of their famous on-screen family. Writing from the heart, Chris has opened up about how hard it was to make the decision that Freddie's suffering had reached the stage that it was the kindest thing to let him go. Read Chris and Tony's emotional message below. Freddie with his pals Rusty and Buddy (nickfordphotography.co.uk) At 11.30 this morning , we had to say an agonising goodbye to our dear old Freddie. At 13 and a half, he was already well beyond the usual top age of 11 or 12 for a bassethound, so we were … [Read more...] about Gogglebox’s Chris Butland-Steed shares devastating news