Some weeks on the podcast, things are pretty leisurely. Often we can spend the whole hour talking about just one or two things, casually chatting about the small number of pop culture events that caught our attention over the last few days. This was not one of those weeks.
No, in the seven days since we last checked in with you, dear Monitor listeners, we lost one of pop music’s greatest icons with the passing of Prince, got an entire new album and visual experience from Beyoncé, and started a whole new season of Game of Thrones. Seriously, it’s been nuts.
Yet it’s podcasts like these that always have the best conversations. Favorite Prince memories? We’ve got those. Thoughts on the impact Beyoncé and/or Tidal can have on the music industry? That’s in the mix, too. We’re also tapped into our favorite moments from Silicon Valley and Veep, both of which returned to HBO this weekend. So strap in, this week’s Monitor is going to be a helluva ride.
A few helpful links for things we talk about in the podcast:
-David Pierce’s piece on the future of Prince’s unreleased music
-The best Prince videos you can watch on YouTube
-Brian Raftery’s appreciation of Prince
-K.M. McFarland’s story on Tidal’s legal troubles
-WIRED’s weird cameo on Silicon Valley
-Angela Watercutter’s Game of Thrones death pool
-WIRED’s piece on Confirmation director Rick Famuyiwa