Switched on Pop

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Hosts are so knowledgeable, and entertaining to boot!


What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

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Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, & The Shifting Sound of R&B — with Oak Felder
The sound of R&amp;B is difficult to pin down. Since the 1950s, the label has been used both as a genre and as a catch-all for the entirety of black popular music. Soul, funk, disco and even hip-hop have at times been covered by this "R&amp;B" umbrella. On Chance The Rapper's new album, <em>The Big Day</em>, all of these influences come through—and he's not alone. On recent Kehlani records, 90s R&amp;B and 2000s trap both play a role. But both these artists are a far cry from the 50s R&amp;B sounds of Sam Cooke. To understand how R&amp;B has changed over time, we consult with Trevor Anderson, manager of Billboard's R&amp;B/Hip Hop chart. Then we speak with R&amp;B super-producer Oak Felder to understand how R&amp;B is progressing and what it might become.<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><ul><li>Chance The Rapper - Hot Shower</li><li>Chance The Rapper - I Got You</li><li>Sam Cooke - You Send Me</li><li>Elvis Presley - Crying In the Chapel</li><li>The Temptations - I Can’t Get Next To You</li><li>Mtume - Juicy Fruit</li><li>Biggie - Juicy</li><li>Toni Braxton - Breath Again</li><li>Janet Jackson - That’s The Way Love Goes</li><li>Boys II Men - I’ll Make Love To You</li><li>Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)</li><li>Diddy - I’ll Be Missing You (feat. Faith Evans &amp; 112)</li><li>Nelly - Dilemma</li><li>Kehlani - Distraction</li><li>SWV - Weak</li><li>Aaron Hall - I Miss You</li><li>Usher - You Make Me Wanna</li><li>Brandy - Sittin' Up In My Room</li><li>Dru Hill - In My Bed</li><li>Silk - Freak Me</li><li>Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry</li><li>Jodeci - Cry For you</li><li>Mariah Carey - Vision of Love</li><li>Kehlani - Everything Is Yours</li><li>Chance The Rapper - All Day Long</li><li>Queen - Fat Bottom Girls</li><li>Diana Ross - I’m Coming Out</li></ul><br>For an in depth history of R&amp;B on Billboard, read Chris Molanphy's feature on&nbsp;<a href="https://pitchfork.com/features/article/9378-i-know-you-got-soul-the-trouble-with-billboards-rbhip-hop-chart/">Pitchfork</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 13, 2019
Beyoncé's Gift To Africa (with Ivie Ani)
For the live action remake of the Lion King, Beyoncé, (who voices Nala in the film), recorded and curated a companion soundtrack called <em>The Gift</em>. She worked with leading Afropop stars to expose the music of the continent to a global audience. In her piece, “<a href="https://www.okayplayer.com/music/beyonce-the-lion-king-the-gift-review-east-africa.html">Diversity Is in the Details: What Beyoncé’s 'The Lion King: The Gift' Gets Right and Wrong</a>,” Okayplayer music editor Ivie Ani argues that the album highlights music while unintentionally treating the continent as a monolith. Ani joins Switched On Pop to break down this album and what it means for Afropop. <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><ul><li>Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Oumou Sangaré – MOOD 4 EVA</li><li>Oumou Sangaré – Diaraby Nen</li><li>Burna Boy – JA ARA</li><li>Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy</li><li>Fena, MDQ, Mayonde, Kagwe, Blinky Bill – PARTY NATIONListen to Blinky and Ivie’s East African&nbsp;</li></ul><a href="https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6K8dBDoN6Fx6dM97OcezO8?si=iPFp7Y9dRLGzg6UfmN0Olg">playlist</a> recommendations<br><br>Leave us a voicemail about your favorite songs of summer: 385-626-6179<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 06, 2019
LCD Soundsystem and the Unbearable Sameness of Restaurant Playlists
Why is it that every hip restaurant plays the same music? When Eater restaurant editor Hillary Dixler Canavan kept hearing similar songs while dining for work assignments, she compiled a playlist of what she heard. It included songs by LCD Soundsystem, M83, Grimes, Biggie, Beck and the like. Her subsequent article about this music, “<a href="https://www.eater.com/2019/2/5/18210964/this-is-every-cool-restaurant-indie-music-playlist-spotify">This Is Every Generically Cool Restaurant’s Playlist</a>,” went viral. <br><br>She’d captured the elusive sound of small plate dining. But what left her guessing was why this sound? And how did it reach so many restaurants in cities across the U.S.? She brought this question to Switched On Pop to understand why this 00s mostly indie sound was the ideal background for post-industrial chic establishments. <br><br>Investigating the issue, she discovered a small bubble of music selectors who curate these lists for businesses. She spoke with Yvette Bailhache, a D.C. based music selector for restaurants and bars about how these lists are made. And she asked Jonathan Shecter, founder of the Las Vegas based background music service Playback Prodigy, about what makes an ideal background sound. What she discovered is surprising. The sounds in the background may dictate more of our foreground than you’d expect. <br><br><strong>Music Discussed</strong><ul><li>LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change</li><li>M83 - Midnight City&nbsp;</li><li>Grimes - Genesis</li><li>Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day</li><li>Wu-Tang Clean - CREAM</li><li>This Will Destroy You - Kitchen</li></ul>Listen to Hillary’s&nbsp;<a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/1218193039/playlist/4AEt6vXGJYmyOEE8zzgvjQ">Every Restaurant Playlist</a>&nbsp;and for more stories and news on food, subscribe to Eater's podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-eater-upsell/id992181345">Upsell</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 30, 2019
The $50M Beat Marketplace That Broke the Billboard
Lil Nas X licensed the beat for “Old Town Road” from an e-commerce platform. He originally bought a non-exclusive copy of the backing track for just $29.99 from a 19 year old Dutch record producer called YoungKio. And he’s not the first hitmaker to do so. Desiigner, Bryson Tiller and Queen Naija have all made hit songs from internet beats. These beats are big business. The arguable market leader, BeatStars, has paid its producers over $50M since its inception in 2008. The platform allows producers to market their beats to MCs and singers, boasting 340,000 active sellers and 1.5M tracks. BeatStars CEO Abe Batshon originally created the company to connect artists who may not live in the music industry hubs in L.A., N.Y., Nashville and Atlanta. His global ambitions were realized—producers on the platform come from all over the world. They release a steady stream of new music, marketing their original and sound-a-like beats to aspiring and emerging artists everywhere turning into ad music, Instagram stories and even Billboard Hot 100 hits. While BeatStars increases access to music, could this commoditization of music devalue the creative process? We speak with Abe as well as producers on the platform—songwriter Breana Marin and producer Dansonn—to understand how online beat selling is effecting the sound of pop music. <br><br><strong>Music Discussed:</strong><ul><li>Lil Nas X - Old Town Road</li><li>Bryson Tiller - <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/3pXF1nA74528Edde4of9CC?si=aKba-IFHQQO2DRh3GeZhWQ">Don’t</a></li><li>YBN Nahmir - <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/1QRJb5VY3sIkCKcTuIKCrk?si=HagXiH0PQPmfGrI3hcxuuA">Rubbin off the Paint</a></li><li>Desiigner - <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/5YEOzOojehCqxGQCcQiyR4?si=wY1KJw-hS9SddCZI_tyVfQ">Panda’</a></li><li>Queen Naija - Medicine</li><li>CERTIBEATS - <a href="https://www.beatstars.com/beat/mojo-2022144">Mojo</a></li><li>BEATDEMONS - <a href="https://www.beatstars.com/beat/noho-330676">Noho</a></li><li>Brytiago ft Bad Bunny - <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxkd0Q21BpM">NETFLIXXX</a></li><li><a href="https://www.beatstars.com/lovepulsemusic/feed">Breana Marin’s</a> BeatStars page</li><li><a href="https://www.beatstars.com/dansonn/feed">Dansonn</a>’s BeatStars pageListen to “</li></ul><a href="https://www.beatstars.com/charlatan/feed">Bouncing On The Band Stand</a>” by Marian Hill’s Jeremy Loyd (Clear Eyes) and Charlie (Charlatan). You can even license it for $29.99 for your own production. <br><br><a href="https://www.podcastawards.com/app/signup">Vote</a> for Switched On Pop in this year's People's Choice Podcast Awards!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 23, 2019
Shawn Mendes and the Rhythm of Rhyme
Shawn Mendes’ hit song “If I Can’t Have You” is so ridiculously catchy that Charlie had it stuck in his head after the first chorus. How is that possible?! <strong>Declamation</strong>, or the way that text is set to music, is a big part of the song’s appeal—every word that Mendes sings is perfectly in rhythm. In this episode we use Mendes’ latest track to explore creative declamation throughout history. How do artists from Whitney Houston to Queen to Taylor Swift keep finding new ways to sing the word “somebody”? Why did the composer Georg Friedrich Handel get in trouble for a bit of awkward text setting in one of the most famous pieces of Baroque music? And, does Beyoncé even know how to pronounce “sandcastles”? Finally, Mendes’ hit leads us to ask: is “incorrect” declamation is something to celebrate, or criticize?<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 16, 2019
Space, The Final Frontier: Madonna, Stephen Puth and Street Studios
Find out how music creates a feeling of space in this three part episode. First, we may not realize it when we listen to Madonna's new record, but the location of her music is essential. In exploring her catalogue we hear the sound of different eras by just the space evoked in a song. Second, the same is true for Stephen Puth who uses spacial effects for brilliant creative purposes on his song "Look Away." When music is recorded in a studio with perfect acoustics, engineers manipulate that audio to place it in a 3D virtual space using reverb, delay, volume, panning and filters. Each of those effects changes our relationship to the music, and in Steven's case, the lyric. Finally, when we get outside the studio, like with Found Sound Nation and Make Music Day's “Street Studios”, music can echo the geography it is made in. Take this wild journey with us and truly expand your listening.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 09, 2019
What BTS's "Boy With Love" ft. Halsey Can Teach Us About K-pop
How should we listen to K-pop? This music has become a global phenomenon, charting on the Billboard Hot 100, taking over social media feeds, and touring the world. In particular, the group BTS has captured the ears of millions, building an Army of fans along the way. As uninitiated listeners, the language and culture barrier left us uncertain about how to approach listening to, let alone breaking down their music. So we sought out the support of Dr, Suk-Young Kim, Professor of Critical Studies and the Director of the Center for Performance Studies at UCLA, and KCON's Vanessa Augsbach. Dr. Kim's research on K-pop helps to expand our ears and understand the genre's history and aesthetics, while Augsbach helps us better appreciate the fandom. Applying their insights, we listen to "Boy With Luv" as a&nbsp; first foray into the wonders of K-pop. <br><br><br>Read Dr. Kim's book <a href="https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=29375"><em>K-pop Live: Fans Idols, and Multimedia Performance</em></a>, <br>Watch Vox's Netflix series <a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80216752">Explained</a> on the history of K-pop<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 02, 2019
"Prince Ali" and Why We're All Music Theorists
Fans are not happy with Will Smith's update of the classic Disney song "Prince Ali" in the live-action <em>Aladdin.</em> Their complaint? The new "Prince Ali" is slow, sluggish, and dull. Indeed, the Smith version is 8 BPM (beats per minute) slower than Robin Williams's 1992 original—a subtle musical detail. We dig into the properties of <strong>tempo </strong>and <strong>key</strong> to understand why people have such a visceral reaction to a relatively small change and consider whether it suggests that we—meaning all of us humans, from musicians to amateurs—are more musically literate than we think.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 25, 2019
Jamestown and the Quest to Build a Utopia in America (with Avery Trufelman)
<a href="https://pod.link/1462324602">Nice Try!</a> is a new podcast from <a href="http://curbed.com/">Curbed</a> and the <a href="http://podcasts.voxmedia.com/">Vox Media Podcast Network</a> that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufelman on her quest to understand the perpetual search for the perfect place. Enjoy this special preview of the first episode, <em>Jamestown: Utopian for Whom</em>, and <a href="https://pod.link/1462324602">subscribe to Nice Try!</a> for free in your favorite podcast app.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 23, 2019
Why Does Every Intro Sound Like It's Underwater? (Live)
Ever notice that wobbly, drunken and underwater sound common in so many contemporary pop songs? In an era of pristine recording quality, music producers are referencing old and impure technologies to add character to their recordings. Digital cassette hiss, tape wobble, and vinyl crackle are intentionally added to productions as a facsimile of "authentic" recording technology. Why the sudden nostalgia? Where does this underwater sound come from? What does it mean? How is it made? Find out on a live episode of Switched On Pop, recorded at Recode's annual Code conference with guest host Estelle Caswell, creator of Vox's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ8cMiYb3G5fyqfIwGjH2fYC5fFLfdwW4">Earworm</a> video series. <br><br>Listen to Estelle's <a href="https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ROrJBu2lmvpjCKPP2VQRy?si=YLD0MHtFRLOascSBYBTPLA">Spotify playlist</a> of underwater intros.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 18, 2019
The Man Behind the Rocketman with Giles Martin
Rocketman is a spectacle the size of Elton John, four films in one. It contains a biopic, jukebox musical, addiction recovery story and a romance between friends. The soundtrack ties the story together by taking historical liberties to tell a fantastical story about one of the best living songwriters. Charlie is joined by Vox’s film critic, Alissa Wilkinson to breakdown the film and deconstruct how its melodic themes create an emotional arc. He also speaks with Giles Martin (son of 5th Beatle George Martin) who music directed the film and soundtrack about how he assembled an entire life’s work into a singular narrative.<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed<br></strong><br><ul><li>Taron Egerton - Rocketman</li><li>Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody</li><li>Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road</li><li>Kit Connor &amp; Gemma Jones &amp; Bryce Dallas Howard &amp; Steven Mackintosh - I Want Love</li><li>Taron Egerton - Crocodile Rock</li><li>Taron Egerton - Your Song</li><li>Taron Egerton - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word</li><li>Mozart - Requiem</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 11, 2019
The Greatest Pop Stories Never Told (with Jessica Hopper)
On the KRCW series <a href="https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/lost-notes">Lost Notes</a>, Jessica Hopper plumbs pop music history for the most important stories never told. She brings us a bevy of lost gems, from Fanny, an all-female quartet of rockers that was one of David Bowie's favorite bands, to the Freeze a late-70s punk outfit now coming to terms with the offensive lyrics of their youth. Tune in to discover another side of pop, one that's rarely been heard.&nbsp; <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:</strong><ul><li>Fanny - Charity Ball (Live Version)</li><li>Fanny - Ain't that Peculiar</li><li>The Freeze - I Hate Tourists</li><li>Cat Power - The Greatest</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 04, 2019
Should You Care About Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber?
A pop star collaboration is a foolproof way to grab the attention of two audiences at once. But do more collaborators actually make a better song? Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber put this question to the test in their new song "I Don't Care." The track takes us inside the head of an antisocial party hopper, who'd rather be back home with his lover. Nate and Charlie investigate how the songwriters works that message into their music and speak with Ross Golan about Ed Sheeran's songwriting brilliance.<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><br>• Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber - I Don't Care<br>• Ed Sheeran – Shape of You<br>• Justin Bieber – Love Yourself<br>• Kygo ft. Ella Henderson – Here For You<br>• Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know<br><br>Check out And The Writer Is… With Ross Golan: <a href="https://www.andthewriteris.com/">https://www.andthewriteris.com/<br></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 28, 2019
The Smooth Sound of NPR Morning News
What do Bach and smooth jazz have in common? Both score the unmistakable theme song for NPR's flagship show <em>Morning Edition</em>, listened to by millions across the country every day since 1979. This is undeniably pop music, a daily soundtrack to the lives of many. So why does it sound the way it does? And why, after forty years, why does NPR want to change it?<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>BJ Leiderman - Morning Edition&nbsp;<br>Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good<br>Herbie Hancock - Chameleon<br>George Benson - Breezin'<br>Kenny G - Songbird&nbsp;<br>Don Voegeli/Wycliffe Gordon - All Things Considered<br>Take 6 - All Things Considered<br>Phish - All Things Reconsidered<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 21, 2019
Is There An Indie Rock Conspiracy? (Featuring Joywave)
Many people write us with musical maladies and conspiracies. A recent one caught our attention. Daniel Armbruster, lead vocalist of indie band Joywave, has been hearing the same melody in tracks across the Alternative Songs charts. He believes that this hook could be the secret to securing a spot on the Billboard 100. Nate and Charlie investigate this issue, traveling from the contemporary charts all the way back to a fundamental musical scale. The stakes are high: is it possible to hack your way into a hit alt-rock song? <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed&nbsp;</strong><ul><li>Young The Giant - Superposition</li><li>Cold War Kids - First</li><li>Sir Sly - &amp;Run</li><li>Joywave, KOPPS - Tongues</li><li>Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger</li><li>Lady Gaga - Bad Romance&nbsp;</li><li>AJR - Burn the House Down</li><li>Twenty One Pilots - Chlorine</li><li>The Black Keys - Lo/Hi</li><li>Billie Eilish - Bury A Friend</li><li>Catfish and the Bottlemen - Longshot</li><li>Cage The Elephant - Ready To Let Go</li><li>Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes</li><li>SHAED - Trampoline</li><li>Oliver Tree - Hurt</li><li>The Lumineers - Ho Hey<br><br></li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 15, 2019
Lizzo And The End of Genre (with Sam Harris of X Ambassadors)
On her new album, <em>Cuz I Love You</em>, Lizzo shows off her genre bending musicality. We speak with X Ambassadors lead singer, Sam Harris, who helped co-write three songs on the album, including its eponymous track. We discuss how Lizzo's songs glide across sixties soul, seventies rock rock, eighties new wave, and nineties hip-hop. But we find that her music is much more than a history lesson in genre. Lizzo's writes vulnerable and courageous lyrics about self love, body positivity, female empowerment, and black identity. Rather than craft a singular sound for her album, Lizzo utilizes the genre that best fits the message of any given song. Her subversion of genre to the mood of her lyric matches changes in music consumption. According to <a href="https://blog.chartmetric.io/spotify-the-rise-of-the-contextual-playlist-c6f2c26900f4">Chartmetric</a>, more people than ever are listening across genres to context based playlists. Does this mean genre no longer matters? Nate and Charlie try to find out with the help of Lizzo's genre busting music.<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><ul><li>Lizzo - Better In Color</li><li>Lizzo - Cuz I Love You</li><li>Lizzo - Juice</li><li>Lizzo - Tempo</li><li>Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On</li><li>Lizzo - Jerome</li><li>Radiohead - Creep</li><li>Led Zeppelin - Royal Orleans</li><li>Prince - When Doves Cry</li><li>Lizzo - Exactly How I Feel (ft. Gucci Mane)</li><li>Aretha Franklin - Respect</li><li>Aretha Franklin - Say A Little Prayer</li><li>Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools</li><li>Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting</li><li>Eurythmics ft. Aretha Franklin - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves</li></ul>Listen to our Lizzo <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/4qOJ4e35c730c5S3ElPJLE?si=oJA8Q-xiTGSSoDxtuowPAA">playlist</a> that pairs each song on her new album with a song from the past.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 07, 2019
Taylor Swift Causes a PANIC!
When a listener asked us about the "sorcery" behind Taylor Swift's new song "ME!" we knew we had to investigate. And because the track features Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco, we couldn't resist digging into their concurrent hit "High Hopes." Along the way we cover baby talk, dreamy augmented chords, drumlines, and songs with exclamation points in their titles — all to explain why you can't get these two out of your head.<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie - ME!<br>Swift - Shake it Off<br>Swift - The Way I Loved You<br>Gustav Mahler - Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!<br>Shania Twain - Up!<br>Panic! At the Disco - High Hopes<br>Western Carolina University Drumline - High Hopes<br><br>Check out two great pieces on "High Hopes," one by <a href="https://www.top40theory.com/micro-blog1/panic-at-the-discos-high-hopes-dreamifying-a-iii-vvi">Top 40 Theory</a> and the other by <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/panic-at-the-disco-high-hopes-radio-success-786722/"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a> article citing Flypaper's Dean Olivet.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 30, 2019
Sounds Like Teen Spirit (with Elle Fanning)
Pop is inseparable from reality TV singing competitions. From Eurovision to American Idol, scores of stars got their start in singing competitions. We’ve long overlooked this influence on pop, but were inspired to look into the phenomenon by the release of <em>Teen Spirit</em>, a pop-musical film about a fictional singing competition . <br><br>What is the history of these shows? Who got their big break on one? Is there a singing show musical aesthetic? We hit the books and records to find out, and the answers might surprise. Finally we speak with Elle Fanning, who plays contestant Violet in the film, about what it takes to train to be a singer primed for national fame. <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><ul><li>Elle Fanning - Dancing On My Own</li><li>Frank Sinatra with The Hoboken Four on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour</li><li>Gladys Knight on the Original Amateur Hour</li><li>Abba - Waterloo</li><li>Celine Dion - Ne Partez Pas Moi&nbsp;</li><li>Alanis Morisette on Star Search&nbsp;</li><li>Girls Tyme with Beyoncé on Star Search</li><li>Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This</li><li>Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing</li><li>Nina Simone - Feeling Good</li><li>Janis Joplin - Piece of My Heart</li><li>Susan Boyle - I Dreamed A Dream</li><li>Elle Fanning - Don't Kill My Vibe (originally by Sigrid)</li></ul><strong>Recommended listening</strong><ul><li>Mavis Staples - Anytime</li><li>Anderson Paak - Ventura</li><li>The Beths - Future Me Hates Me</li><li>Max, Quinn XCII - Love Me Less</li><li>Khalid, John Mayer - Outta My Head</li></ul>* Correction: Though non-European countries do compete in Eurovision, Canada has not competed in the contest. Celine Dion represented Switzerland in her performance of "Ne Partez Pas Moi Celine" in 1988.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 23, 2019
Lil Nas X: Country at the Crossroads
Lil Nas X currently holds the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his surprise hit “Old Town Road.” But though the song is dripping with country twang, you won’t find it anywhere on the country charts. That’s because Billboard removed it, on the grounds of not having enough “musical elements” of country—a move that in turn left many wondering if the vanishing had something to do with Lil Nas X, a black artist, venturing into a field dominated by white musicians. We dig deep into the history and musical matter of “Old Town Road,” then pit it against other country hits to test its deep fried bonafides. <br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><ul><li>Lil Nas X - Old Town Road</li><li>Nine Inch Nails - 34 Ghosts IV</li><li>Beba Rexa - Mean to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)</li><li>Kelsea Ballerini - Miss You More</li><li>Sam Hunt - Speakers / Ghetto Cowboy - Bone Thugz N' Harmony</li><li>Filmore - Love That About You&nbsp;</li><li>Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)&nbsp;</li><li>Mason Ramsey - <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOZT-UpRA2Y">Walmart Yodeling Kid</a></li><li>Hank Williams - Love Sick Blues</li><li>Emmett Miller &amp; His Georgia Crackers - Lock Sick Blues&nbsp;</li></ul><br><strong>Other Links</strong><ul><li>Tanya Texas Tucker's <a href="https://twitter.com/BOONAPALISTA/status/1114744304910647297">list</a> of Black artists and their collaborations with country stars</li><li>Jezebel <a href="https://jezebel.com/what-everyone-is-getting-wrong-about-the-yee-haw-agenda-1833558033">interview</a> with Bri Malandro, originator of the "Yee Haw Agenda"</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 16, 2019
Billie Eilish is a Different Kind of Pop Star (ft. FINNEAS)
On a trajectory to be one of the biggest pop stars for this generation, seventeen year old Billie Eilish is not, however, your typical pop star. Her music speaks to the real anxieties of young people without any veneer. She sings from the perspective of monsters and villains. Her hushed voice, baggy style, and direct demeanor subvert the norms of the pop princess. And her music is dark, but still catchy. Billie co-writes and produces her sound with her older brother Finneas O’Connell. Together this family duo have crafted the second biggest selling album of 2019, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”&nbsp; On this episode, we examine how Billie and Finneas crafted a cultural phenomenon, why their message speaks to this generation, and we speak with Finneas about the creation of their hit song “Bad Guy.”<br>Songs Featured:&nbsp;<ul><li>Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes</li><li>Billie Eilish - Bored</li><li>Billie Eilish - You Should See Me In A Crown</li><li>Billie Eilish - Bad Guy</li><li>Billie Eilish - Bury A Friend</li><li>Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People</li><li>The Doors - People Are Strange</li><li>Nine Inch Nails - Closer</li><li>Billie Eilish - ilomilo</li><li>Billie Eilish - All Good Girls Go To Hell</li><li>Billie Eilish - Xanny</li><li>Frank Sinatra - Dream A Dream</li><li>Billie Eilish - I love you</li><li>John Carpenter - Halloween Theme</li><li>Billie Eilish - Bellyache Watch Billie Eilish and Finneas break down “Bury A Friend” on&nbsp;</li></ul><a href="How%20Billie%20Eilish%20Is%20Redefining%20Teen-Pop%20Stardom">The New York Times</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 09, 2019
BONUS: Bhi Bhiman's 'Peace of Mind' Episode 1
Switched on Pop is pleased to present Episode 1 of Peace of Mind --<br>the new album (released as a podcast) by singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman.<br>In this episode Bhi digs into the fear and madness that characterizes<br>so much of this crazy time in America. Guests include author Dave<br>Eggers, Snap Judgement's Glynn Washington and renowned social<br>psychologist, Lee Ross. The song for this episode is “Brother Can You<br>Spare Some Peace of Mind?” Subscribe to Peace of Mind here:<br><a href="https://fanlink.to/PeaceofMind">https://fanlink.to/PeaceofMind</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 08, 2019
Bhi Bhiman Puts the Music Before the Message
Bhi Bhiman joins to explain the "nerd punk rock" behind releasing his new album <a href="https://www.bhiman.com/media">Peace of Mind </a>with an accompanying <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/range/peace-of-mind-with-bhi-bhiman">podcast</a>. Since Bhiman explores issues like deportation on the track "Beyond the Border," there's a lot to say about each song. Even though he tackles tough topics, Bhiman make sure he puts music before the message. "Beyond the Border" summons a vast range of funky influences, from Van Halen to the Allman Brothers, to ask what America really means. <br><br>Featuring<br>•Bhi Bhiman:<br>Beyond the Border,<br>Moving to Brussels,<br>Bread and Butter,<br>There Goes the Neighborhood,<br>Guttersnipe<br><br>•Van Halen - Jump<br>•Allman Brothers - Ramblin' Man<br><br>Listen to our <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/2wITvdX3DVgu9l9Bjw4oVD?si=qx-arnvcQsCCHl9qmWKoOA">Spotify playlist</a> of contemporary politically motivated music.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 02, 2019
Comeback Kids: The Jonas Brothers are Back
After a six year hiatus, Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas are back with a new single and the stakes couldn't be higher. With each brother attaining a higher plane of celebrity during their time off, the three must achieve pop success or face public humiliation.&nbsp;<br><br>How do they do it? With three ingredients that ensure a hit song in 2019: 1) whistle while you work, 2) Homer the funky drummer, and 3) tune in, turn in, drop out.&nbsp;<br><br>Songs Featured:&nbsp;<ul><li>Jonas Brothers – Sucker</li><li>Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home</li><li>Flo Rida – Whistle</li><li>Daya – Sit Still Look Pretty</li><li>Sharon Jones – How Long do I Have to Wait for you?</li><li>Bruno Mars – 24k Magic</li><li>Emily King – Remind Me</li><li>Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me</li><li>Rina Sawayama – Cherry</li><li>Post Malone and Swae Lee – Sunflower</li></ul><strong>Survey</strong><br>We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than three minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF<br></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 25, 2019
Lost & Found: The Drama of Pop Form with Emily King
Live from SXSW: Grammy nominee songwriter Emily King didn’t set out to write a perfect pop song with “Remind Me.” Instead, she bent the rules of song structure to fit her message: the magical feeling when you find something you’ve been long missing. Mirroring this theme, the chorus doesn’t come when you expect it. The climax arrives late, after an “aha” moment that fills in the forgotten details. Each instrument fits perfectly together like a lost memory coming into focus. Even after she finds what she’s been missing in her life, she deceived us once again with a diminutive ‘down chorus.’ At every turn, King shows how songwriting mastery opens up immense creative freedom, even within the constraints of a prototypical pop song.<br><br><strong>Featured Songs:</strong><ul><li>Emily King - Remind Me</li><li>Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - The Middle</li><li>Sam Smith, Normani - Dancing With A Stranger</li><li>Taylor Swift - Delicate</li></ul><strong>Survey</strong><br>We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than three minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF<br></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 19, 2019
How Streaming Changed the Sound of Pop
Streaming hasn't just changed the way we listen to music, it's changed the way that pop music sounds. After years of losses due to the death of the CD and the rise of file sharing, the music industry has finally found a profitable business in streaming services. Streaming has overtaken all other music sales. Digital music platforms are the new Virgin megastore. But these services are more than just a distribution mechanism, they have created a whole new music economy. Album sales have been replaced by "album equivalent units," a business fiction that equates 1,500 streams to one physical sale. Artists are now effectively paid by the song. With ad-supported and subscription based business models, these platforms have upended incentives so significantly that it can be heard in the songwriting. Songs are getting shorter, albums are getting longer, and there is an entirely new section of the song that draws from the classical past: the "pop overture." In this episode, Nate and Charlie are joined by Aisha Hassan and Dan Kopf to unpack the sound of pop in the streaming era.&nbsp; Be sure to check out their article on Quartz: "<a href="https://qz.com/quartzy/1438412/the-reason-why-your-favorite-pop-songs-are-getting-shorter/">The Reason Why Your Favorite Pop Songs Are Getting Shorter</a>."<br><br><strong>Songs Featured</strong><ul><li>Lil Pump - I Love It</li><li>Benny Blanco - Eastside ft. Khalid &amp; Halsey</li><li>Kodak Black - Calling My Spirit</li><li>Post Malone - Better Now</li><li>Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story Overture</li><li>Dua Lipa - One Kiss</li><li>Drake - God’s Plan</li><li>Post Malone - I Fall Apart</li><li>Ariana Grande - Nasa</li><li>Tommy Dorsey - All The Things You Are</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 12, 2019
Top 40 Activism with Justin Tranter
Can political protest exist within the confines of commercial popular music? Songwriter Justin Tranter is equal parts songwriter and activist. You've likely heard his contributions to songs by Britney Spears, Julia Michaels, Selena Gomez, Janelle Monae and Ariana Grande, but unless you were paying close attention, you may have missed the essential subtext in his work. As an LGBTQ activist and board member of GLAAD, Justin brings his activism into Top 40 pop music lyrically and otherwise. On this episode, he breaks down his newest hit "Swan Song" which was co-written with Dua Lipa. This song is a triple threat serving as the end credits for the film <em>Alita: Battle Angel</em>, a Billboard hit, and a protest against the silencing of marginalized people. Justin shows us how representation in songwriting is inseparable from politics. And he's creating an open mic for new voices and stories that have been historically ignored by the pop industry. <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Dua Lipa - "Swan Song"</li><li>Charlie Puth - "Attention"</li><li>Selena Gomez - "Good For You"</li><li>Imagine Dragons - "Believer"</li><li>Taylor Swift - "Love Story"</li><li>Halsey - "Bad At Love"</li><li>Haydn - "Farewell" Symphony No. 45</li><li>Shea Diamond - "Seen It All"</li></ul><br>Listen to D. Orxata's <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/1feOZNXqfIupEXzqtUH9fF?si=AfYO4OLISres2e0K11qdmw">Queering Pop Music</a> playlist.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 05, 2019
What Makes An Award Winning Song?
What if music awards were given out for only musical qualities? It may seem like celebrity and spectacle are more important than ever at the 61st Grammy Awards, but we believe many of this years winners earned their accolades with noteworthy music. Still, we thought the winners should be heralded by new, more musical categories. Find out how<br><br><strong>And The Awards Go To:</strong><br>Best Chord Progression: H.E.R. - "Hard Place" &amp; "Focus"<br>Best Throwback: Silk City &amp; Dua Lipa ft. Diplo &amp; Mark Ronson - "Electricity"<br>Worst Metaphor: Lady Gaga ft. Bradley Cooper "Shallow"<br>Best Conceptual Song: Childish Gambino - "This Is America"<br>Best Bridge: Kacey Musgraves - "Rainbow"<br><br><strong>Also Featured</strong><br>The Weeknd - "Often"<br>Khalid - "Location"<br>Alison Limerick - "Where Love Lives"<br>Cher - "Strong Enough"<br>Elton John - "Mellow"<br><br><strong>Bonus</strong><br>Listen to Ezra Klein's <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jill-lepore-on-americas-two-revolutions/id1081584611?i=1000426928480&amp;mt=2">discussion</a> with Jill Lepore on America's two revolutions<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 20, 2019
What Makes a Song Sexy?
Author Courtney Smith joins to offer her expertise on an urgent topic in advance of Valentine's Day: Can we abstract the sexiest songs of all time into a universal list of arousing musical qualities? We try our best by examining five decades of pop sexiness, discovering lyrical lingerie, and consider the most (and least) seductive instruments.<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Nina Simone - I Want Some Sugar in My Bowl<br>Donna Summer - Love to Love You Baby<br>INXS - Need You Tonight<br>Portishead - Glory Box<br>Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire<br>The Weeknd - Often<br><br>Check out Courtney's article <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-sex-music-works">Let's Talk About Sex, Baby: Every Trick You Need to Seduce Someone with a Playlist </a>on Refinery29<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 05, 2019
The Deep History of '7 Rings'
"7 Rings" is Ariana Grande's latest smash, a glittering banger that owes much to Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1959 classic "My Favorite Things." 60 years later, Grande updates the track for a modern audience, making her the latest artist to repurpose this anthem from the "Sound of Music." When it comes to Ari's flow, however, questions of appropriation arise. Author Lauren Michele Jackson joins to break down who has the right to repurpose sonic history. <br><br><strong>Featuring</strong>:<br>• Ariana Grande - 7 Rings<br>• Julie Andrews - My Favorite Things<br>• John Coltrane - My Favorite Things<br>• The Doors - Light My Fire<br>• Lauryn Hill - Black Rage<br>• Migos - Bad and Boujee<br>• Princess Nokia - Mine<br>• Two Chainz - Spend It<br>• Soulja Boy - Pretty Boy Swag<br><br><br>Check out Lauren Michele Jackson's article, <a href="https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/a-deep-dive-into-ariana-grandes-7-rings.html#_ga=2.115009863.15813670.1548626746-1982422834.1525262833">"To Whom Does '7 Rings' Owe its Sound?,"</a> hear more connections between Coltrane and the Doors in this <a href="https://www.npr.org/2000/08/28/1081248/light-my-fire">NPR</a> story, and discover the triplet Migos flow on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3la8bsi4P-c">Vox's Earworm</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 29, 2019
Do You Believe in Life After Autotune?
Auto-Tune may be the most divisive effect in music. Artists have protested it publicly at the Grammys, and critics have derided the effects for its inauthentic reproduction of the voice. And yet, nearly a decade since Jay-Z prophesied the death of Auto-Tune, the sound is alive and thriving in contemporary pop and hip-hop. Journalist Simon Reynolds has written a definitive history of Auto-Tune for Pitchfork that fundamentally changed how we hear this sound. This deep dive criss crosses geology, technology, and the evolution of pop as we know it. <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:</strong><ul><li>Cher - Believe</li><li>Katy Perry - Firework</li><li>Rihanna - Diamonds</li><li>Future - F*ck Up Some Commas</li><li>Emma Robinson - Stay (Cover)&nbsp;</li><li>Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek&nbsp;</li><li>Zapp &amp; Roger - Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)&nbsp;</li><li>T. Pain - Chopped N Screwed ft. Ludacris&nbsp;</li><li>Lil Wayne - “How To Love”</li><li>Kanye - “Heartless”</li><li>The Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”</li><li>Jay-Z - Death Of Auto-Tune</li><li>Elvis - Mystery Train</li><li>The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows</li><li>Whispering Jack Smith - Baby Face</li><li>Kesha - Tik Tok&nbsp;</li><li>Bon Iver - Woods</li><li>Future &amp; Juice WRLD - Jet Lag ft. Young Scooter&nbsp;</li><li>Shek Wes - Mo Bamba</li><li>The Carters - Apeshit</li></ul><br><strong>Further Reading:</strong><ul><li>Simon Reynolds - “<a href="https://pitchfork.com/features/article/how-auto-tune-revolutionized-the-sound-of-popular-music/">How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music</a>"&nbsp;</li><li>Simon Reynolds -<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Flash-Journey-Through-Culture-ebook/dp/B007HOO5VM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1548226899&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Energy+Flash%3A+A+Journey+Through+Rave+Music+and+Dance+Culture%C2%A0"><em>Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture&nbsp;</em></a></li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 23, 2019
Slay Bells, All Year Long
This winter season unwrap a deep dive through a pop subgenre of monumental importance: non-holiday songs that feature sleigh bells, from Bonnie Tyler to Nas, On Side B, we rebroadcast our episode on Mariah Carey's classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You"...and more sleigh bells.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>•The Beach Boys - God Only Knows<br>•Gustav Mahler - 4th Symphony, I<br>•Michael Jackson - Jam<br>•Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart&nbsp;<br>•Miles Davis - On the Corner<br>•Nas - Halftime<br>•Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell - Firestone<br>•Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 26, 2018
Look What You Made Us Do
Four years into Switched On Pop, Charlie and Nate finally reveal what was behind the entire series. We may have not been totally honest with you from the beginning. Back in 2014 we were more pop skeptics than fanatics. The genre was, to some degree, the sugar that made the musical analysis medicine go down. And then something happened. Just as people started to listen to the show, we too began to open our ears. Now, in our 100th episode, Charlie interviews Nate about how transforming the way you listen to pop can truly make life better. And we get raw about the constraints of pop and where we plan to go in our next 100 episodes.<br><br><strong>Songs discussed:<br></strong><br><ul><li>Beethoven's 7 &amp; 9</li><li>Santana - "Smooth"&nbsp;</li><li>Martha and the Vandellas - "Heat Wave"&nbsp;</li><li>Zedd - "Stay"&nbsp;</li><li>Pink Floyd - "The Great Gig in the Sky"&nbsp;</li><li>Adelle - "Hello"&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 11, 2018
Entering Beard Phase with Mike Posner
Mike Posner has written hits for himself like "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," and for stars from Justin Bieber ("Boyfriend") to Maroon 5 ("Sugar"), so he has insights for days on what makes a pop song work. <br><br>We dig into Mike's excellent new track "Song About You," which leads to an exploration of songs that reuse the same melody for verse and chorus—from Prince to The Boss to Post Malone. Last, we consider "beard phase": a moment of artistic reinvention that every artist has in their career, whether you're Mike Posner, Ludwig van Beethoven, or Taylor Swift.<br><br><strong>Featuring</strong>:<br><br>Mike Posner - Song About You<br>Jean Ritchie - Barbary Allen<br>Original Sacred Harp Singers - New Britain (Amazing Grace)<br>Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover<br>Prince - Let's Go Crazy<br>Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.<br>Post Malone - Rockstar<br>Beethoven - String Quartet No 1 Op. 18/1<br>Beethoven - String Quartet No 10 Op. 74/III<br>Beethoven - String Quartet "Grosse Fuge"<br>Taylor Swift - Teardrops on My Guitar<br>Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together<br>Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?<br>Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever<br>Dennis Wilson - River Song<br>Peaches ft. Iggy Pop - Kick It&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 27, 2018
How Dirty Projectors Make You Feel Energy (with David Longstreth)
Dirty Projectors are known for their kaleidoscopic soundscapes. They make strange bedfellows of&nbsp; music techniques like 14th vocal harmonies and African guitar rhythms. But in the backdrop of their obscure orchestrations you will hear the indelible marks of pop music. Longstreth has recently collaborated on songs with Solange, Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney. On his new track "I Feel Energy" we can hear that pop influence shine through. Together we break down his unpredictable 808s to see what gives you energy. We also build connections between Dirty Projectors and other artists in the top 100 including Marshmello, Ella Mai and Khalid. <br><br><strong>Songs Featured:</strong><ul><li>Dirty Projectors - I Feel Energy</li><li>Dirty Projectors - Up In Hudson</li><li>Marshmello ft. Bastille - Happier</li><li>Ella Mai - Trip</li><li>Khalid - Better</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 13, 2018
Stairway To Hell: Greta Van Fleet’s Scorching Album Review That Went Viral
Classic rock climaxed a half century ago, yet it still survives in two places: FM radio &amp; Greta Van Fleet. The later are an upstart of four boys from Michigan who have found stardom by dusting off the mantle of guitar driven rock. Their latest album, <em>Anthem Of The Peaceful Army</em>, bares an uncanny sonic resemblance to Led Zeppelin. Jeremy D. Larson, senior editor of Pitchfork, gave the album a 1.6 out of 10 calling it "stiff, hackneyed, overly precious retro-fetishism." His vicious and hilarious takedown went viral and caused a rift amongst music fans on the internet. We ask Jeremy to join us to reveal what it means to earn such a bad review. After, we do something we've never done before: a track-by-track album breakdown. In a game of musical Pictionary, Charlie challenges Nate to find every Led Zeppelin reference on the album to answer the question: is it a copy or an homage? We have a feeling this will be a divisive episode... <br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:</strong><br>Greta Van Fleet - Age of Man<br>Led Zeppelin - Rain Song<br>Led Zeppelin - In The Light<br>Led Zeppelin - What Is And What Should Never Be<br>Led Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna Come<br>Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song<br>Led Zeppelin - Kashmir<br> Greta Van Fleet - The Cold Wind<br>Led Zeppelin - Custard Pie<br>Greta Van Fleet - When the Curtain Falls<br>Led Zeppelin - Wanton Song<br>Greta Van Fleet - Watching Over<br>Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You<br>Greta Van Fleet - Lover, Leaver<br>Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love<br>Spirit - Taurus<br>Muddy Waters - You Need Love<br>Small Faces - You Need Love<br>Willie Dixon - I Can't Quit You Babe<br>Greta Van Fleet - You're the One<br>Led Zeppelin - What Is And What Should Never Be<br>Greta Van Fleet - The New Day<br>Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away<br>Greta Van Fleet - Mountain of the Sun<br>Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day<br>Greta Van Fleet - Brave New World<br>Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand<br>Greta Van Fleet - Anthem<br>Led Zeppelin - Tangerine<br>Lover Leaver (Taker, Believer)<br><br>Read the Pitchfork <a href="https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/greta-van-fleet-anthem-of-the-peaceful-army/">review</a> of Greta Van Fleet's Anthem Of A Peaceful Army<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 30, 2018
Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s
Charli XCX and Troye Sivan conjure late 90s nostalgia in their latest banger. "1999" drips with lyrical nostalgia for the last decade of the millennium — but does the music follow suit? We think the pair are missing prime opportunities to bring back some neglected musical tricks from the early oeuvre of Britney Spears. <br><br>The 90s bug goes beyond Charli and Troye. Anne-Marie and Lauren Alaina also pine for the Clinton era in their millennial bops. Which makes one ask: is the present so bad that we miss the paranoia of Y2K? As usual, Prince has the answer. <br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Charli XCX ft Troye Sivan - 1999<br>DJ Bobo - Somebody Dance with Me<br>Real McCoy - Another Night<br>Paradisio - Bailando<br>Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time<br>Britney Spears - Oops! I Did it Again<br>Anne-Marie - 2002<br>Lauren Alaina - Ladies in the 90s<br>Prince - 1999<br><br>Check out Megan Lavengood's examples of the <a href="https://meganlavengood.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/maxmartin.pdf">complementary chorus</a>.<br><br>Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body" from 1986 might be the ur-source of the ubiquitous 90s house piano. Jefferson recorded the original in his Chicago prophet on a <a href="https://www.gearslutz.com/board/q-a-with-marshall-jefferson/194515-move-your-body-history.html">Prophet 2000</a>, but never got the rights to the song and saw little proceeds from its success.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 16, 2018
Sicko Rap and Drunk Country
Four songs on the Hot 100 pop chart reveal the new directions in which music is headed. Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode" boasts an unprecedented formal structure that points to the future of hip hop. Meanwhile, in the world of country, Jason Aldean, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Dan + Shay are putting a modern spin on one of the style's oldest tropes: drinking bourbon. Together these tracks make up the vanguard of their respective genres, but are fans willing to take the plunge?<br><br><strong>Featuring:</strong><br>Travis Scott - Sicko Mode<br>Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites <br>John Zorn - Cat o Nine Tails<br>Jason Aldean ft Miranda Lambert - Drowns the Whiskey<br>Mitchell Tenpenny - Drunk Me<br>Adele - Hello<br>Justin Bieber - Sorry<br>Dan + Shay - Tequila<br><br>Recommend Reading: <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-accidental-wisdom-of-chris-jansons-drunk-girl">Kathryn Schulz on Chris Janson's "Drunk Girl"</a><br>Recommended Viewing: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4uejcRP1as">Rich Redmond's studio drumming </a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 03, 2018
The Side Effects of Pop Music with Emily Warren
Emily Warren is one of the great rising stars of contemporary songwriting. Her song "Side Effects" with The Chainsmokers is currently rising up the charts. You’ve also heard her writing on Dua Lipa’s "New Rules." She’s collaborated with many of the best performers in music earning her a Grammy and multi-platinum success with “Don’t Let Me Down.” She's also recently released her single "Paranoid." Emily is a real songwriters songwriter. Her process is as much therapy as art. Together we break down her latest work and uncover her creative process. Her album "Quiet Your Mind" is out on October 5th. <br><br><strong>Songs discussed</strong><ul><li>The Chainsmokers - Side Effects</li><li>Bach - Prelude in F# Minor from the Well Tempered Clavier</li><li>Emily Warren - Paranoid</li><li>bülow - You &amp; Jennifer</li><li>Teyana Taylor - Gonna Love Me</li><li>Nick Jonas - Touch</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 18, 2018
Drake vs Drake
Drake, per usual, has been inescapable this summer. "In My Feelings" and "Nice For What" top the charts, but there's depth to these bangers. We argue for hearing one as a meditation on fragile masculinity, the other as a paean to NOLA Bounce. <br><br>Continue the conversation with us on Instagram and Twitter: @SwitchedOnPop<br><br><strong>Songs discussed:</strong><ul><li>Drake - In My Feelings</li><li>Drake - Nice For What</li><li>Lauryn Hill - Ex Factor</li><li>The Showboys - Drag Rap (Triggaman)</li><li>Cameron Paul - Brown Beat</li><li>Cheeky Blakk - Let Me Get That Outcha</li><li>Beyonce ft. Big Freedia - Formation</li><li>Big Freedia - Karaoke ft Lizzo</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 06, 2018
Summer Heat of the 2000s: Beyoncé and Black Eyed Peas (Pt. II)
The final episode of our Switched on Summer throwback series finds us deconstructing more early aughts bangers. <br><br>Under consideration: two of the biggest hits since Y2K, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and the Black Eyed Peas' "I Got a Feeling." Tune in to dig how these tracks keeps the temperature rising through harmonic suspension, and to ask if will.i.am cribbed "Chopsticks."<br><br><strong>Switched On Summer Winner: Slow Dance</strong><br>Congrats to Slow Dance for winning our Switched On Summer contest with their song "I'm Your Guy Tonight." Listen to the whole track here: https://soundcloud.com/slowdancemusic/im-your-guy-tonight<br><br>You can get all of our song of summer chord loops, song packs and listen to the awesome entires to our Splice Firestarter competition on &lt;a href="https://splice.com/"&gt;Splice&lt;/a&gt; here: http://splice.com/onpop<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:<br></strong>• Beyoncé - Crazy in Love<br>• The Chi-lites - Are You My Woman<br>• Jay Z - 99 Problems&nbsp;<br>• Black Eyed Peas - I Got a Feeling<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 23, 2018
Summer Heat of the 2000s: Nelly + Katy Perry (Pt. 1)
What made summer jams of the aughties like Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" so hot? The answer: big, sweaty, doses of <em>harmonic tension</em>. Specifically, each track relies on the Baroque technique of the <em>ground bass</em>. Wait, we mean: the Baroque technique of <em>PEDAL POINT!</em>&nbsp; When the chords in these songs don't match up with their bass notes, the ratcheting tension adds heat—fueling both dance moves, and controversy.<br><br>Featuring:<br>Nelly - Hot in Herre <br>Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl<br>Katy Perry - Teenage Dream<br><br>All summer Switched On Pop &amp; Splice have been diving into the DNA of summer hits, and now we want you to show us what you’ve learned. Get inspired by sound packs and chord progressions created by Switched on Pop and share your best song of summer with us and the world. Hosts Nate &amp; Charlie will be listening and will choose their favorite submission to win a year of Splice Sounds and have their track played on the podcast.<br><br>Check out all the details at <a href="http://splice.com/onpop-fire">http://splice.com/onpop-fire</a><br>And, read Owen Pallett's excellent article on the use of harmonic tension in <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/03/katy_perry_s_teenage_dream_explaining_the_hit_using_music_theory.html">Teenage Dream</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 09, 2018
Why is 90s Pop so Bizarre?
The Switched on Pop Summer Throwback Series continues! This time, with a deep dive into the musical detritus of the 1990s. <br><br>In true 90s fashion, our episode is inspired by a pair of classic VH1 shows; "Behind the Music" and "Where Are They Now?"<br><br>Our subjects are two songs representing the lunatic fringe of 90s culture, "Cotton Eyed Joe" and "How Bizarre." <br><br>In the course of our musicological investigation, we uncover dark truths about these seemingly anodyne hits that will make you question everything you know about pop music. <br><br>And in the end, we reach a definitive answer to a perennially vexing question: "WTF was 90s music so weird?"<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><br><br>Rednex:<br>Cotton Eye Joe<br>Pop in an Oak<br>The Way I Mate<br><br>Cotton Eyed Joe:<br>Fiddlin John Carson<br>Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys<br>Karen Dalton<br>Chieftains<br>Nina Simone&nbsp;<br><br>OMC:<br>How Bizarre<br>Right ON<br><br>Start making your summer hit track on Splice and check out our chord pack at splice.com/onpop-chords<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 27, 2018
The Resistance is Dancing in the Streets
Our Switched on Summer Throwback Series continues with "Dancing in the Street," the 1964 Motown hit by Martha and the Vandellas that was co-written by none other than Marvin Gaye. <br><br>Over 50 years and countless covers later, we explore how this song still manages to get people off their feet and onto the streets—not just to dance, but also to raise their voices in joy, catharsis, and protest. <br><br>Also, start making your own summer hits with our Switched On Summer repack on Splice at <a href="http://www.splice.com/onpop-pack">www.splice.com/onpop-pack</a> and use promo code ONPOP for a 1 month free trial.<br><br><strong>Featuring:</strong><ul><li>Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street</li><li>Marvin Gaye - Stubborn Kind of Fellow</li><li>The Mamas and the Papas - Dancing in the Street</li><li>The Grateful Dead - Dancing in the Street</li><li>Van Halen - Dancing in the Street</li><li>Mick Jagger and David Bowie - Dancing in the Street</li><li>Kendrick Lamar - Alright</li><li>Pharrell Williams - Happy</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 12, 2018
Switched on Summer: Getting Around with the Beach Boys
Our Switched on Summer throwback mini-series begins in the heart of the 1960s, with the Beach Boys' perennial school's-out jam "I Get Around."<br><br>We explore how every aspect of Brian Wilson's two-minute-long masterpiece is perfectly calculated to literally "get around"—harmonically, melodically, and lyrically—creating that unbeatable feeling of cruising all over town with the top down on a hot summer's night.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 28, 2018
The Pure Pop of Charlie Puth + Carly Rae (ft Hanif Abdurraqib)
Part I: The Doctors Are In! We diagnose a listener's musical malady, namely: "why does Charlie Puth's new jam 'BOY' make us feel so weird?!" <br><br>Part II: Guest Hanif Adburraqib, author of <a href="https://twodollarradio.com/products/they-cant-kill-us"><em>They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us</em></a><em>, </em>helps break down Carly Rae Jepsen's epic "Cut to the Feeling" to understand why CRJ is a different kind of pop star.<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>•Charlie Puth - BOY<br>•Ismael Miranda - Recordando<br>•Sharon Jones &amp; The Dap Kings - Nobody's Baby<br>•The Beatles - She's a Woman<br>•The Cars - Since You're Gone<br>•Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No 5 in C Minor, I<br>•Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut to the Feeling<br><br>Check out more of Hanif's work at his <a href="http://www.abdurraqib.com/">website</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 14, 2018
Afrofuturism in Kali Uchis & Clipping (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes)
Parliament Funkadelic has had waves of influence on popular music. Their Afrofuturist message and infectious grooves built the backbone of 70s funk, was revived in the 90s with Dr. Dre's G-Funk, and is once again in vogue with in the music of Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Kali Uchis. Bootsy Collins, bass player of Parliament Funkadelic, collaborated with Kali Uchis and Tyler the Creator on the track "After The Storm," which draws on the P-Funk sound. Similarly, Clipping pay homage to the P-Funk lineage through their Hugo nominated song "The Deep," which was produced in collaboration with This American Life. The story explores a mythology created by the band Drexciya. In the story, an underwater civilization birthed from African slaves crossing the Atlantic battles their makers to save their habitat. Listen to hear what makes both infectious tracks so effective. &nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 31, 2018
Finding Equanimity In 'No Tears Left To Cry'
Ariana Grande has returned with a track that is jarring yet simultaneously catchy. She uses sophisticated musical techniques to tell a story of healing, resiliency, and hope after the attack at her concert in Manchester. Listeners will learn techniques like tempo rubato, modal interchange and amen breaks, which weave together this equanimous narrative.<br><br><strong>Songs featured:</strong><ul><li>Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry</li><li>Ariana Grande - Into You</li><li>Ariana Grande - Break Free ft. Zedd</li><li>The Winstons - Amen Brother</li><li>The Prodigy - Minefield</li><li>N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton</li><li>Oasis - Do You Know What I mean</li><li>Futurama Theme Song&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 17, 2018
Can AI 'Algorhythms' Write Pop Songs? (With Taryn Southern)
There is a lot of scare about the impending future of artificial intelligence making humans irrelevant. Musician Taryn Southern examines this narrative through her song “Life Support,” written with the aid of AI composition tools. We dispel current myths about AI music and discuss its future opportunities. In the second half of the show we run a musical 'Turing test' to see if you can identify music made by a bot from that composed by the hand of a human.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 03, 2018
Listening Differently to Lorde | with MARIAN HILL
Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd are songwriting duo Marian Hill and they are here to share their annoyingly sharp insights on music. They come bearing the wistful pop of Lorde's "Ribs," and we deconstruct its primordial roots in classical composers like Scelsi, Beethoven and Haydn. Then, we turn to Marian Hill's new single "Differently" to uncover the subtle musical shifts that outline a complex dialogue lurking among the track's sparse, funky textures.<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:</strong><br>Lorde - Ribs<br>Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit<br>Giacinto Scelsi - Memories<br>Ludwig van Beethoven - 9th Symphony<br>Franz Josef Haydn - Creation<br>Kid Rock - All Summer Long<br>Miley Cyrus - Party in the USA<br>Marian Hill - Mistaken<br>Marian Hill - Differently<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 19, 2018
Kacey Musgraves Gives Us Butterflies
On her single 'Butterflies,' Kacey Musgraves demonstrates a tour de force of songwriting. This song is a wild success because it incessantly reinforces one core emotional concept: that queasy anxious feeling in your stomach. No we're not talking about your leftover lunch, we're talking about love. But this is not just a simple little love song. It is a masterclass of creativity. Musgraves uses every element of music to reinforce her core idea. The lyrics fold back onto themselves with dual meanings as the harmony, melody, orchestration and rhythm all interweave to literally give the listener butterflies. Caution: this song may induce feeling of tender sorrow and longing for mutual crushes and anxious kisses.<br><br><strong>Songs Discussed:</strong><ul><li>Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go Round</li><li>Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 05, 2018
Gucci Gang and the Neural Substrate of Subjective Time Dilation
In which Nate tries to convince Charlie that Lil Pump's SoundCloud Rap hit "Gucci Gang" warps the perceptual present.<br><br>Featuring:<br>Lil Pump - Gucci Gang<br>Gustav Mahler - Der Abschied / Das Lied von der Erde<br>Franz Schubert - String Quintet / Adagio<br>Conlon Nancarrow - Study for Prepared Piano 21<br><br>Check out Jonathan Berger's article on musical time in <a href="http://nautil.us/issue/22/slow/how-music-hijacks-our-perception-of-time-rp">Nautilus</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 22, 2018
How to 'Make Me Feel' with Lizzo
"Make Me Feel," is the first hit from Janelle Monáe's upcoming album <em>Dirty Computer. </em>It is a sensual song about the fluidity of desire. In the pre-chorus, the singer proudly expresses that she is a "sexual bender." Fans have embraced the song for breaking free of normative sexual expectations. But these non-binary statements aren't limited to the lyrics. The message is reinforced with musical concepts drawn from the blues, Prince and Michael Jackson. To help break down this track, Nate and Charlie are joined by singer/rapper Lizzo. She and Monáe both collaborated with Prince, making Lizzo uniquely qualified to unwind his influence on the song (Prince was recently named as a collaborator on the track). We also discuss Lizzo's song "Truth Hurts" and her podcast "Good As Hell" where she talks to the queens of hip hop. Hands down, Lizzo is one of the most talented, knowledgable and fun guests. You don't want to miss this episode.<br><strong>Songs Discussed</strong><ul><li>Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel</li><li>Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel</li><li>Michael Jackson - Beat It</li><li>Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill</li><li>Prince - Kiss</li><li>Ying Yang Twins - Wait (The Whisper Song)</li><li>Lizzo - Truth Hurts</li><li>Sister Nancy - Bam</li></ul><strong>Bonus Material</strong><ul><li>Get tickets for Lizzo's Sister Sister Sister tour with Haim: www.lizzomusic.com</li><li>Don't miss Lizzo's podcast "<a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/3MvSQyfY9S2PhIjTI2aWyr">Good As Hell</a>" on Spotify</li><li>Also if you haven't read it, <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/quincy-jones-in-conversation.html">Quincy Jones Vulture interview</a> is utterly mad</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 08, 2018
808s & Havana Heartbreak
In Camila Cabello's "Havana" we hear both her Cuban roots and the modern sounds of Atlanta. Though the singer and featured guest Young Thug reference these two geographic identities, the song says so much more through its core musical elements. A Roland TR-808 kick drum evokes an entire repertoire of Atlanta Hip Hop, while the track's supporting piano <em>montuno</em> descends from a Cuban style lamenting the loss of one's traditional home.&nbsp;<br><br>Also in this episode, we discuss Camila's unlikely path to number one with writer Hannah Steinkopf-Frank — and the musical glass ceiling that holds so many young women artists back.<br><br>Recommendations<ul><li>Switched On Pop recommends the podcast about sound: <a href="https://www.20k.org/">Twenty Thousand Hertz</a>&nbsp;</li><li>Hannah recommends the book: <a href="http://www.powells.com/book/girl-groups-girl-culture-popular-music-identity-in-the-1960s-9780415971133/17-0">Girl Groups Girl Culture</a> by Jacqueline Warwick</li><li>Check out more music and writing from Kwami Coleman at his <a href="http://kwamicoleman.com/">website</a></li><li>You can listen to you playlist of <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/5QJYe5pFXF3cNV6ujbmJU6?si=6gToKrAGS_CAtzBwbH93_Q">808s and Montunos</a> on Spotify</li></ul><br>Featured Songs<ul><li>Camila Cabello - Havana</li><li>TI - Whatever You Like</li><li>2NE1 - I Am The Best</li><li>Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing</li><li>Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri - Always Be My Baby</li><li>Outkast - So Fresh, So Clean</li><li>Lil Jon - Get Low</li><li>Gucci Mane ft. Migos - I Get The Bag</li><li>Compay Segundo - Guajira Guantanamera</li><li>Cuarteto Caney - Guajira Guantanamera</li><li>Big Mama Thorton - Hound Dog</li><li>Elvis - Hound Dog</li><li>Little Mix &amp; Missy Elliott- How Ya Doin?</li><li>The Shangri Las - Leader Of The Pack</li><li>Sleater-Kinney - I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone</li><li>Spice Girls - Wannabe</li><li>Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life</li><li>The Ronettes - Be My Baby</li><li>The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow</li><li>TLC - No Scrubs</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 22, 2018
My My My! Troye Sivan + Queer Pop (w Gina Delvac, Darryl Bullock)
Gina Delvac of the <em>Call Your Girlfriend</em> podcast and Darryl W Bullock, author of <em>David Bowie Made Me Gay</em>, join Nate and Charlie to dig into the poetry of Troye Sivan's "My My My!", the history of LGBT pop music, and the songs we love to hate. <br><br>And also be sure to check out: <br>Darryl Bullock's <a href="http://thequietus.com/articles/23153-playlist-david-bowie-made-me-gay">playlist of LGBT pop</a>, from his book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/David-Bowie-Made-Me-Gay/dp/1468315595">David Bowie Made Me Gay</a><br>and the brilliant <a href="http://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/">Call Your Girlfriend</a> podcast, produced by Gina.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>•Troye Sivan - My My My!<br>•Taylor Swift - Style<br>•West Side Story - Cool<br>•Billy Murray - Pretty Baby<br>•Ma Rainey - Prove it on Me<br>•Irving Kaufman - Masculine Women, Feminine Men<br>•Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me<br>•Jackie Shane - Any Other Way<br>•Lavender Country - Back in the Closet Again<br>•John Grant - Glacier<br>•Alex Clare - Too Close<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 08, 2018
90s Nostalgia in Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth
The 90s are back. It is as if pop music entered a black hole and came out 25 years in the past. Today's artists are reviving the new jack swing and vocal R&amp;B, creating a wave of 90s nostalgia. Uncover how they trick us into somehow loving those days when we got beat up in the middle school parking lot. <br><br>Spotify 90s Nostalgia playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/3beUwxOxzbTZ8M3aymZlg5<br><br><strong>Featuring:</strong><ul><li>Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B - Finesse</li><li>Charlie Puth ft. Boyz II Men - If You Leave me Now</li><li>Guy - Groove Me</li><li>Eternal - Stay</li><li>Bell Biv Devoe - Poison</li><li>Cardi B - Bodack Yellow</li><li>Christopher Williams - I'm Dreamin</li><li>Boyz II Men - Motownphilly</li><li>Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee</li><li>Hamilton - The Room Where It Happened</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 25, 2018
Justin Timberlake's Identity Crisis
What's up with Justin Timberlake? Two years ago he gifted us the ebullient family-friendly jam "Can't Stop the Feeling," now he's on the cusp of a deeply <em>serious</em> new record called "Man of the Woods," whose first single, strangely, is a bit of electro-funk snarl expertly produced by long-time collaborators Timbaland and Danja. What's going on here—who is JT trying to be? We listen deep to his latest, "Filthy," to try and understand its creator's conflicting musical worlds.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Justin Timberlake - Filthy<br>Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River<br>Bernard Hermann - Psycho<br>Ken Nordine - My Baby<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 11, 2018
Dua Lipa's Minor Mantra (w Emily Bootle)
Charlie talks laments, Baroque opera, and gender politics in Dua Lipa's sleeper hit "New Rules" with <a href="https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/j5d8j3/dua-lipa-new-rules-didos-lament-essay">writer</a> Emily Bootle.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 28, 2017
All I Want for Xmas is a Year in Review Episode
Charlie and Nate breakdown Mariah Carey's classic "All I Want for Christmas is You" and revisit their favorite tracks of 2017. Sleigh bells abound. <br><br>Featuring<br><br>• Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas<br>• Laura Marling - Semper Femina<br>• Lorde - Melodrama<br>• Khalid - Location<br>• Dua Lipa - New Rules<br>• Logic - Everybody / <a href="tel:(800)%20273-8255">1-800-273-8255</a><br>• Childish Gambino - Redbone<br>• Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the piano in my mothers house<br>• Father John Misty - Pure Comedy<br>• Jay-Z: 4:44<br>• Perfume Genius - No Shape<br>• Aimee Mann - Mental Illness<br><br>And more...<br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 14, 2017
Björk's Emotional Landscapes
Björk is uniquely both a pop star and avant-garde composer. Though her music often challenges our ears, underneath her records you'll find more in common with today's pop music than you'd expect. Pieced together, you'll hear that she paints emotional landscapes composed of all the complexities of human experience. We give you a way to enjoy listening to her music. Using this hybrid pop/modernist method, we deconstruct her latest album Utopia. Plus Nate &amp; Charlie fall in love all over again. <br><br><strong>Featured Clips</strong><br>Björk - Losss<br>Björk - Human Behaviour<br>Björk - It's Oh So Quiet<br>Björk - Hyperballad<br>Björk - Joga<br>Björk - Thunderbolt<br>Björk - Lionsong<br>Björk - Arisen My Senses<br>Björk - Stonemilker<br>Björk - Quicksand<br>Björk - Notget<br>Björk - Utopia<br>Björk - Blissing Me<br>Björk - The Gate&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 30, 2017
Taylor Constructs A Darker Reputation
Taylor Swift unveils a new, darker identity on her latest album "Reputation," and many have read the lyrics on her latest as not-so-subtle volleys in an ongoing celebrity feud. Still, a question remains: how does Swift cast this dark personality in music? Two songs offer evidence. Melodic drops and temporal gaps in "I Did Something Bad" signal the album's themes of descent and decay. On "Getaway Car," however, some of Swift's old songwriting tricks may betray her new persona.<br><br>We also dug into Reputation and other great listener questions in our <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7cp8jz/were_charlie_harding_and_nate_sloan_of_switched/">Reddit AMA</a>.<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Taylor Swift:<br>• I Did Something Bad<br>• Getaway Car<br>• Trouble<br>• Love Story<br>• You Belong With Me<br>• Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys - Away Out There<br>• Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek<br>• The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 16, 2017
Unlikely Mashups: Taylor + Cardi B | Clean Bandit + Berlioz
At the top of the pop charts, Taylor Swift and Cardi B, two artists with seemingly little in common, exploit the same compositional technique to hook listeners in. Meanwhile, across time and space, electro producers Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels, channel the thematic tricks of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz in his 1830 Symphonie Fantastique. <br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do&nbsp;</li><li>Cardi B - Bodak Yellow</li><li>Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy</li><li>Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels - I Miss You</li><li>Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique performed by Berliner Philharmoniker</li><li>Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique performed by <a href="http://www.dupagesymphony.org/">DuPage Symphony Orchestra</a></li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 02, 2017
Kendrick Lamar's HUMBLE deconstructed w. guest Amber Mark
With Charlie off the grid, Nate sits down with singer/producer Amber Mark to explore the different levels of Kendrick's hit HUMBLE.. Then, they turn to the diverse influences (including house music, Carnatic samples, and autodidactic piano chords) behind Mark's own track "Lose My Cool."<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.<br>Amber Mark - Lose My Cool<br>Amber Mark - SPACE<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 19, 2017
Demi Lovato is Not Sorry
Demi Lovato's latest, "Sorry Not Sorry" is at once an unapologetic anthem of defiance and a super catchy mashup of multiple genres. As we'll see, every small musical choice is here for a reason, together fostering Lovato's message of ascension—or even, transcendence. And as we pick apart "Sorry Not Sorry," we'll go to some surprising places ourselves including: Klezmer melodies, spiritual pretzels and musical dementors.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>•Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry<br>•Cardi B - Bodak Yellow<br>•Dave Tarras - Freilach Yidelach<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 06, 2017
How to 'Feels' the Groove
How does a song with nonsense lyrics capture our attention, making us want to move? It is called the groove. Enter Calvin Harris' "Feels" (ft. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean). Known for mainstreaming EDM, Harris throws out the software and picks up hardware instruments on this track. Upon first listen, this might seem like a sleeper hit, but as the loop repeats, you're going to want to move your feet. With intricate rhythmic interplay, the bass, drums, keys and guitar seem to talk to each other. Listen closely to hear how he does it. Also, we'll reveal why Katy Perry is so into going fishing.<br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>Calvin Harris - Feels (ft. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean)</li><li>James Brown - I Got The Feeling</li><li>James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing</li><li>DNCE - Cake By The Ocean</li><li>George &amp; Ira Gershwin - Blah Blah Blah (performed by 2012 Original Broadway Cast)<br><br></li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 22, 2017
Anthems of Resilience - Kesha and Imagine Dragons [LIVE]
This episode of Switched on Pop comes at you live from Block Island, RI, recoded in front of an audience of friends and family following a solar eclipse. Fittingly, the two songs discussed that day formed their own kind of syzygy. Kesha's "Praying" and Imagine Dragon's "Believer" are inverse anthems of resilience. Both tracks seek catharsis - one through prayer, the other through pain.<br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>Kesha - Tik Tok</li><li>Kesha - Praying</li><li>Mozart -&nbsp; The Queen of the Night Aria</li><li>Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You</li><li>Mariah Carey - Emotions</li><li>Lalah Hathaway - Something</li><li>Imagine Dragons - Radioactive</li><li>Imagine Dragons - Believer</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 07, 2017
The Many Worlds of "Despacito"
What has catapulted Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" to the top spot on the Billboard charts? Sorry, typo—to its status as the biggest song in the world? Your hosts explore the many worlds of "Despacito" in search of an answer.<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Lusi Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee - Despacito<br>Luis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee y Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)<br>Luis Fonsi y Juan Luis Guerra - Llegaste Tú<br>Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber - Cold Water<br>Los Del Rio - Macarena<br>Daddy Yankee - Gasolina<br>Avril Lavigne - Complicated<br>Toto - Africa<br><br>Further reading:<br><br>Petra River-Rideau Interview in <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/05/despacito/527403/"><em>The Atlantic</em></a><em><br></em><a href="http://remezcla.com/features/music/despacito-roundtable/"><em>Remezcla</em></a><em>&nbsp; </em>Roundtable on Despacito w Isabel Herrera and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 10, 2017
Selena Gomez: Bad Liar, Psycho Songwriter
Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar" stands out on the charts by doing things a little differently: it's a subtle, at times even awkward, summer surprise. Breaking down this pop morsel reveals it has teeth, though—and not just because it borrows a bass line from the Talking Heads' macabre "Psycho Killer." This is a fun one. Come along for the ride.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>• Selena Gomez - Bad Liar<br>• Julia Michaels - Issues<br>• Selena Gomez - Same Old Love<br>• Talking Heads - Psycho Killer<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 13, 2017
Breaking Down Alanis Morissette (and our own Preconceptions) with guest Andrea Warner
Author, critic and podcaster <a href="https://twitter.com/_andreawarner?lang=en">Andrea Warner</a> joins for a throwback episode exploring politics in Lilith Fair, harmonic anger in Alanis Morissette's iconic "You Oughta Know," and the blind spots in your host's assessment of women in rock.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>•Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know<br><br>Artists mentioned by Andrea Warner:<br>SZA<br>Ibeyi<br>The Overcoats<br>Lizzo<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 29, 2017
Morgan Page Reveals the Rule of 3 in Julia Michaels and Maroon 5
Your brain can only hear three things at the same time. What you may not know is that musicians use this cognitive limitation to guide your listening all the time. Charlie and Nate are joined by Grammy Nominee music producer Morgan Page to reveal the secrets of this ubiquitous technique. Listening to Julia Michaels' hit "Issues," we unveil how the rule of three is used to draw our attention and keep us free from sonic distraction. And we look at how Maroon 5's "Cold" uses the same technique but creates an exceptionally different sound. Of course, it wouldn't be Switched On Pop if we didn't dig into the classical past to find out if this rule really holds up in the history of music.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:&nbsp;<ul><li>Morgan Page - Fight My Way</li><li>Julia Michaels - Issues&nbsp;</li><li>Julia Michaels - Issues (Acoustic)</li><li>Maroon 5 - Cold ft. Future</li><li>Skrillex - First Of The Year (Equinox)</li><li>Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You</li><li>DJ Khaled - I'm The One</li><li>Selena Gomez - Bad Liar</li><li>The Beatles - When I'm Sixty Four</li><li>Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire - III - Der Mondfleck</li><li>Dead &amp; Company - Live at the Hollywood Bowl 6-1-17</li><li>The Beatles - A Day In The Life</li><li>Ike &amp; Tina Turner: Deep River Mountain High</li><li>Swedish House Mafia - One</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 16, 2017
DJ Khaled - I'm The One... six... four... five
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo from Migos and Lil Wayne have allied for a new smash hit: "I'm The One." Despite the star power present, the resulting track is less than the sum of its parts—repetitive, derivative, uninventive. And yet, the lackluster "I'm The One" sits comfortably at the top of the charts, which raises the question: why?? Our answer: because Khaled and company understand the bewitching power of tonal harmony, and they've utilized the most surefire chord progression in pop history to ensure their success, a simple sequence of chords that has captivated listeners for almost a century: I - vi - IV - V. <br><br>Check out our <a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/1rOq1UDZXIKgobDCQ2okty">playlist of songs using this progression </a>— and please send us any others that you identify!<a href="https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/1rOq1UDZXIKgobDCQ2okty"><br><br></a>Featuring:<br>• DJ Khaled - I'm The One<br>• Dean Martin - Blue Moon<br>• Ben E. King - Stand By Me<br>• Hoagy Carmichael - Heart &amp; Soul<br>• The Police - Every Breath You Take&nbsp;<br>• Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You<br>• fun. -&nbsp; We Are Young<br>• Justin Bieber - Baby<br>• Jean-Philippe Rameau - Les Sauvages<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 01, 2017
Musical Architecture in Charlie Puth + HAIM
Two new songs have captured the attention of your hosts—Charlie Puth's "Attention" and HAIM's "Want You Back." On the surface, these two songs appear to have little in common. A closer look, though, reveals the subtle musical architecture undergirding each track, a perfect balance of symmetry and asymmetry that keeps reeling us in for more.&nbsp; <br><br>Featuring: <br>• Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor - Marvin Gaye<br>• Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again<br>• Charlie Puth ft. Selene Gomez - We Don't Talk Anymore<br>• Charlie Puth - Attention<br>• Haim - Want You Back<br>• <a href="https://musopen.org/music/2118/antonin-dvorak/carnival-overture-op-92/">Dvorak - Carnival Overture (United States Marine Band)</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 18, 2017
The End Of Pop Music As We Know It: Fall Out Boy & Charli XCX
Is it true that all pop music sounds the same today? For the past year the “pop-drop” has dominated the airwaves. This new form of EDM infused pop came out of DJ culture and has infused its sound with every mainstream act like Lady Gaga and Coldplay. Tiring of this sound, some artists are finding creative ways to parody this pop trope. The rock outfit Fall Out Boy’s “Young And Menace” demonstrates equal parts mastery and mockery of the pop-drop. And PC Music, a rising art-music label out of London, skewers the whole of pop cliché on their mixtape collaboration with Charli XCX. After this episode, we promise you’ll be ready to move on to new sounds. Luckily, listeners have collaborated to create a new favorites playlist to help you cleanse your palette.<br><br><strong>Featuring:</strong><ul><li>The Chainsmokers - Closer</li><li>Kygo &amp; Selena Gomez - It Ain’t Me</li><li>Lady Gaga - The Cure</li><li>Fall Out Boy - Sugar We’re Going Down</li><li>Fall Out Boy - Young And Menace</li><li>Jay Z - D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)</li><li>Ariana Grande - Into You</li><li>Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm</li><li>Drake - Passionfruit</li><li>Postmodern Jukebox - Sugar We’re Going Down Swinging</li><li>Britney Spears - Oops! I Did It Again</li><li>Skrillex - Bangarang</li><li>DJ Snake - Middle</li><li>Beyoncé - Love On Top</li><li>Icona Pop - I Love It (feat. Charlie XCX)</li><li>Iggy Azalea - Fancy ft. Charli XCX</li><li>Selena Gomez - Same Old Love</li><li>Charli XCX - 3AM (Pull Up) (feat. MØ)</li><li>Hannah Diamond - Every Night</li><li>Bronze - Thy Slaughter</li><li>Danny L Harle - Super Natural (ft. Carly Rae Jepsen)</li><li>SOPHIE - JUST LIKE WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE</li><li>A.G. Cook - Superstar</li><li>Ariana Grande - Side To Side</li><li>Coon Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra - I'm Gonna Charleston Back To CharlestonSpotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/1LeUhwRJfMGdlPkSMR9Uxu</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 04, 2017
Harry Styles, Eschatology and Teen Girl Fandom
One Direction wunderkind Harry Styles has just released his first ever single, "Sign of the Times," and it's a doozy. Strap in for a discussion of the apocalypse, late Beatles, teen wisdom, and the amen cadence—among other demons exorcised in this most peculiar pop tune.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>•Beethoven 5th Symphony - Scherzo<br>•Harry Styles - Sign of the Times<br>•Prince - Sign o' the Times<br>•David Bowie - Space Oddity<br>•Zayn Malik - Pillowtalk<br>•Steve Aoki + Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On<br>•John Lennon - #9 Dream<br>•George Harrison - All Things Must Pass<br>•The Beatles - The End<br>•British Pathe Broadcast<br>•Meg Says YouTube Channel<br>•Megan Elizabeth YouTube Channel<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 20, 2017
What's to Love About Ed Sheeran? (guest Ross Golan)
Songwriter Ross Golan comes over to start up a conversation, encouraging us to follow his lead and give Ed Sheeran's chart-annihilating record "Shape of You" a chance. Ross, a studio vet with multiple #1 hits (including&nbsp; numbers discussed on this very podcast, such as Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman" and Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love") is the ideal guest to convince a skeptical Charlie and Nate that Sheeran might have a song handmade for somebodies like them. Plus, Ross takes us behind the scenes of his own podcast, "And the Writer Is...", in which the industry's best writers break down their trials and triumphs on the way to the top. <br><br>Featuring:<br>• Ed Sheeran - Shape of You<br>• Justin Bieber - Love Yourself<br>• Kygo ft. Ella Henderson - Here For You <br>• Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know<br><br>Check out And The Writer Is... With Ross Golan: <a href="http://www.andthewriteris.com/">http://www.andthewriteris.com/</a><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 06, 2017
Zedd + Alessia Cara - Stay (w special guest Grey)
Charlie and Nate sit down with up-and-coming producer duo Grey—fresh off their hit "Starving" with Zedd and Hailee Steinfeld—to uncover the secrets behind Alessia Cara and Zedd's dramatic dance track "Stay" and Grey's own deep cut "I Miss You" (ft Bahari). Snare drums as currency, Game of Thrones samples and screaming into the void are all discussed in this deep dive into the world of pop orchestration and 21st century songwriting.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>Zedd + Alessia Cara - Stay<br>Hailee Steinfeld + Grey ft. Zedd - Starving<br>Grey ft. Bahari - I Miss You<br>Earth, Wind and Fire - Kalimba Story<br>Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know<br>Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition<br>Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition<br>Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition<br>Grey - Do You Remember (Remix)<br>Grey - You're Not There (Remix)<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 23, 2017
Chained to the Green Light: Katy Perry + Lorde
Two artists who haven't released new music since 2013 recently remerged into the limelight: Katy Perry, with her dystopian disco banger "Chained to the Rhythm" and Lorde, with the melodramatic-yet-uplifting anthem "Green Light."&nbsp;<br><br>Listening carefully, a fact becomes apparent, despite Lorde's insistence that she "hears new sounds" in her mind: there's something familiar lurking beneath both these tracks. And indeed, both were co-written and produced by key figures of the modern pop music firmament. Who are they, and how do we detect their fingerprints on the latest from these two low-voiced chanteuses? Tune in and test your acumen in a high-stakes game of musical forensics.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>Katy Perry - Chained to the Rhythm<br>Lorde - Green Light<br>...and some secret songs<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 10, 2017
Oscar Week!: La La Land ft. Genevieve Koski
With the Academy Awards around the corner, Charlie and Nate try something new: a break down of the movie musical <strong>La La Land</strong> through two of its key songs, "City of Stars" and "Start a Fire." These numbers, one by composer Justin Hurwitz, the other by Hurwitz and John Legend, might represent the two poles of the film's dramatic structure. But a deep dive into their musical construction reveals leitmotifs and left turns that leave us staggered at the different levels to La La Land's score. Special guest Genevieve Koski, deputy culture editor for Vox and co-host of the film podcast The Next Picture Show, joins to help our hosts journey through the uncharted terrain of cinema. <br><br>Featuring:<br><br>• Start a Fire - John Legend<br>• City of Stars - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone<br>• John Legend - Ordinary People<br>• Backstreet Boys - Everybody<br>• Ariana Grande - Side To Side<br>• Die Walkure, The Ring Cycle - Richard Wagner<br>• Engagement, Planetarium, Epilogue, Mia + Sebastian's Theme - Justin Hurwitz<br>• Générique, Dans le magasin de parapluies, Final&nbsp; - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg<br>• Tie Fighter Theme - John Williams<br><br><br>Check out Genevieve Koski's writing on <a href="http://www.vox.com/">Vox</a> and her great podcast on La La Land <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/058-pt-2-the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg-la-la-land/id1057714949?i=1000379415332&amp;mt=2">here</a>.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 24, 2017
Zayn, Taylor Swift & The Grammys
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever," the new track from Zayn and Taylor Swift, finds two members of the pop pantheon joining forces with producer Jack Antonoff to craft an inexorable hit song. But this duet—between a former One Direction heartthrob aiming to avert the sophomore slump and a megastar returning to the limelight—is far from triumphant. Instead, "Forever" delves into themes of loss and separation—emotions in turn embedded in the very structure and melody of this most unusual duet. Also, Charlie and Nate discuss what upcoming Grammy nominations have them most excited, From Chance the Rapper to Radiohead, Bowie to Solange, there's much to celebrate from 2016. Musically speaking, that is.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>• Zayn &amp; Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever<br>• Giovanni Gabrieli - Symphoniae Sacrae II<br>• Solange - Cranes in the Sky<br>• Chance the Rapper - All We Got<br>• David Bowie - Lazarus<br>• Radiohead - Burn the Witch<br>• Tycho - Glider<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 09, 2017
The Puzzle of Ariana Grande's "Into You" (with K. Flay)
"Into You" was one of the biggest hits of 2016, the stellar production of reclusive legend Max Martin combining with the acrobatic vocals of Ariana Grande to create an undeniable, ubiquitous earworm. With "Into You" still burning up the charts, we dive deep to uncover the insane puzzles, Trompe-l'oiel tricks and Baroque games that lie under the surface of this morsel of pop perfection. <br><br>PLUS, brilliant rocker and rapper K. Flay joins to discuss the mysteries of Ariana Grande and takes us through the composition of her own, bass-heavy anthem of catharsis, "Blood in the Cut."<br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><br>• Ariana Grande - Into You&nbsp;<br>• K Flay - Blood in the Cut<br>• Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive<br>• J.S. Bach - A little hocket example<br>• Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman<br>• The Chainsmokers - Closer<br>• The Rolling Stones - Can't Get No Satisfaction<br>• The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 27, 2017
Seduced by the Sound: The Weeknd + Daft Punk
"I Feel it Coming" might be the slowest burning jam to hit the charts in ages, in which the Weeknd enlists the robotic hum of Daft Punk to help craft a perfectly calibrated climate of desire. Brilliant, sexy songs don't just appear out of thin air, though, so we reveal how this song's perpetual excitement is hard-won through references to past stars of sultriness like Michael and Marvin while employing its own bag of tricks to turn up the heat.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>•The Weeknd + Daft Punk - I Feel it Coming<br>•Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On<br>•Michael Jackson - Rock With You<br>•Chic - Good Times<br>•Ike and Tina Turner - Doin' It<br><br>For an excellent playlist of listener-submitted sexy songs, direct your dirty self here:<br>http://spoti.fi/2ieEeul<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 12, 2017
Dreaming Of A White Christmas
White Christmas holds the Guinness World Record for most singles sold and has been covered over 500 times. Pop stars from Elvis to Ella have recorded it, with interpretations from doo-wop to country to punk rock. With new covers each year, it seems listeners have not grown tired of this Tin Pan Alley chestnut. We use our scientific formula for holiday hit success to break down what makes this song so timeless.<br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>Bing Crosby - White Christmas</li><li>The Beatles - Christmas Time Is Here</li><li>Whitney Houston - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas</li><li>Jackson 5 - Santa Clause Is Coming to Town</li><li>The Beatles - In My Life</li><li>Frank Sinatra - White Christmas</li><li>Kenny G - White Christmas</li><li>Nashville Cast - White Christmas</li><li>Lady Gaga - White Christmas</li><li>The Drifters - White Christmas</li><li>Elvis - White Christmas</li><li>Ella Fitzgerald - White Christmas</li><li>Beach Boys - White Christmas</li><li>Dean Martin - White Christmas</li><li>Katy Perry - White Christmas</li><li>Kelly Clarkson - White Christmas</li><li>Rascal Flatts - White Christmas</li><li>Michael Bolton - White Christmas</li><li>Michael Bublé and Shania Twain - White ChristmasCarol Of The Bells by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Artist: http://audionautix.com/</li></ul><br>Deck the Hall, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Angels We Have Heard by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?collection=004&amp;page=1Artist: http://incompetech.com/<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 16, 2016
How to Listen to Music in 4 Easy Steps
50 episodes in, hosts Charlie and Nate take a step back to think about how they listen to music and try to define what might be called The Switched on Method™. "Hallelujah," by the late, great Leonard Cohen, acts as a perfect test case for breaking down listening into four key layers: 1) The Liner Notes, 2) The Needle Drop, 3) The Scratch, and 4) The Remix. Through this patented process, artistic revelations are all but guaranteed, with Cohen's opus no exception — his modern classic is not all it appears to be.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>•Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 01, 2016
Playing it Cool: How Tove Lo Aims High
On the surface, Tove Lo's new hit "Cool Girl" boasts a snappy, earworm chorus and an empowering message of self-reliance. Beneath its chill exterior, though, Lo's song burns with a passion bordering on rage, and sinister sonic undertones suggest an unreliable narrator who doesn't always mean what she says. The more layers one pulls back from this song, the more Lo's source material—the novel and film "Gone Girl"—comes to the fore, turning "Cool Girl" into the kind of pop smash that sticks in your head in more ways than one.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br>Tove Lo - Cool Girl<br>Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster<br>Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 17, 2016
Made In America: Toby Keith & Jay-Z
Back in 2011, two pop songs dropped with the same patriotic title: "Made in America." But the similarities pretty much end there. Toby Keith's country smash and Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean's soulful hip hop anthem have little in common except a firm conviction that each song knows what it really means to be American. Five years later, these tracks have a lot to tell us about the role music plays in shaping our national identity, and begs the question: does music truly bring us together? <br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>Toby Keith - Made In America</li><li>Jay Z and Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean - Made in America</li><li>Sisqo - Thong Song</li><li>Usher - Yeah!</li><li>Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons</li><li>Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel No. 9</li><li>Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys - Ida Red Likes to Boogie</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 03, 2016
Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal
Host Charlie spent the last two weeks listening to every song on the Billboard Hot 100. What did he discover? That the sonic similarities of most chart-toppers sound closer than ever. Except for the #1 song in America, as of this episode's release - "Closer" by The Chainsmokers, ft. Halsey. This one is different than the rest...or is it? We dive into the styles of the moment to re-learn the old maxim that "great artists steal" - whether that artist is a 2016 DJ duo or an 18th century Classical master.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>•Tory Lanez - LUV<br>•Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better<br>•Frenship - Capsize<br>•Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know<br>•Cheat Codes - Sex<br>•The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - Closer<br>•Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez - We Don't Talk Anymore<br>•Jack U ft. Justin Bieber - Where Are U Now<br>•Drake - Know Yourself<br>•Amine - Caroline<br>•MO - Final Song<br>•Mike Posner - I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb remix)<br>•The Weeknd - I Can't Feel My Face<br>•The Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan - All We Know<br>•Antonio Vivaldi - "La Primavera" Concerto<br>•Vivaldi - Giustino<br>•Vivaldi - Dorilla in Tempe<br>•Vivaldi - Orlando Furioso<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 20, 2016
The Most Popular Song In The World
The Nokia ringtone used to be heard more than a billion times per&nbsp;<br>day, making it one of the most popular songs in the world. We tend to&nbsp;<br>consider cellphone rings as somewhat antithetical to&nbsp;<br>music. There is a whole subset of YouTube videos dedicated to the perverse thrill of&nbsp;<br>watching a delicately beautiful musical moment ruined by the harsh cry&nbsp;<br>of a default ringtone. In this episode, we zoom in on one of these&nbsp;<br>annoying melodies to see if there's not some hidden musical craft&nbsp;<br>present in the ubiquitous bleeps and bloops that envelop us. Later,&nbsp;<br>Charlie shares a piece made solely of this sonic detritus, and a data&nbsp;<br>scientist locates surprising musical patterns in a most unexpected&nbsp;<br>source.<br><br>Featuring:<ul><li>The Nokia Tune</li><li>The Beatles - She's So Heavy</li><li>One Direction - Live While We're Young</li><li>Francisco Tarrega - Gran Vals</li></ul>Links:<ul><li>Charlie Harding - <a href="https://soundcloud.com/charlieharding/bowl-arrow">Bowl Arrow</a></li><li>Jonathan Berger's Article in Nautlius: <a href="http://nautil.us/issue/22/slow/how-music-hijacks-our-perception-of-time-rp">How Music Hijacks our Perception of Time</a></li><li>Famous Cell Phone Rings Played on the Piano by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft2cFHpts4E">Tony Ann</a></li><li><a href="http://grex.nyc/">Greg Hochmuth</a>'s work</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 06, 2016
Lady Gaga Is A Perfect Illusion
Lady Gaga's new single "Perfect Illusion" is the apotheosis of her artistic statement. She is well known for her visual style that too often overshadows her music. But when taken together, it is evident that Lady Gaga is playing all of us because the non-conformity of her outward appearance is reflected back in her compositions. On first listen, her songs may sound like just another catchy pop tune and this is intentional. Gaga lures us close with the sound of pop fame and then hooks us and reels us into into her dungeon of monstrous sounds.<br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>Lady Gaga - Perfect Illusion</li><li>Lady Gaga - Just Dance</li><li>Lady Gaga - Government Hooker</li><li>Queen - Radio Gaga</li><li>Lady Gaga - Love Game</li><li>Lady Gage - Scheisse</li><li>Michael Jackson - Thriller</li><li>Phantom Of The Opera - Overture</li><li>John Carpenter - Halloween Theme (Main Title)</li><li>Lady Gaga - Bad Romance</li><li>Lady Gaga - Alejandro</li><li>Ace Of Bass - I Saw The Sign</li><li>Lady Gaga - Speechless</li><li>Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now</li><li>Lady Gaga - So Happy I Could Die</li><li>Natasha Bedingfield - Pocket Full of Sunshine</li><li>Lady Gaga - Born This Way</li><li>Madonna - Express Yourself</li><li>Lady Gaga - Teeth</li><li>Lady Gaga - Bloody Mary</li><li>Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark</li><li>Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga - Anything Goes</li><li>Tony Bennett - I Wish I Were In Love Again</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 22, 2016
How Beyoncé to The Beatles Modulate Your Emotions
Certain pop songs have <em>that moment</em>, when everything seems to change but still remain the same, when the drama gets ratcheted up, when the tension increases and our emotions take an elevator ride to the heavens. From Beyoncé to Johnny Cash, savvy pop songwriters know a well-placed harmonic modulation can leave listeners reeling. But what is this mysterious musical trick, and how does it work? Tune in and let us take you higher, and higher, and higher, as we explore the wild world of modulation. <br><strong>Featuring</strong><ul><li>One Direction - Night Changes</li><li>Taylor Swift - Love Story</li><li>Backstreet Boys - I Want it That Way</li><li>Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me Off my Feet</li><li>Beyonce - Love On Top</li><li>Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You</li><li>Mozart - Queen of the Night Aria</li><li>Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror</li><li>The Beatles - Penny Lane</li><li>Johnny Cash - Walk the Line</li></ul><br>Hear more of Dru Cutler's work at <a href="http://www.drucutler.com/">www.drucutler.com</a><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 09, 2016
Pop Drops and Chipmunk Soul
A strange syndrome is wreaking havoc on the voices of our biggest pop stars. From Rihanna to Justin Bieber, no one is safe from having their beautiful vocals chopped up, screwed down, repitched and repurposed. As dance music takes over the charts and new software grants vocal manipulation at the click of a button, this uncanny production technique has become nearly ubiquitous. But is this ultramodern sound really that new? We dig deep into the roots of the sound of the moment.<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>• Kiaara - Gold<br>• Coldplay - Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb remix)<br>• Hailee Steinfeld ft. Grey &amp; Zedd - Starving<br>• Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna - This is What You Came For<br>• Mike Posner -I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb remix)<br>• DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You<br>• Cold Crush Brothers - MC Battle (Live)<br>• Cerrone - Rocket in the Pocket<br>• Wu Tang Clan - Tearz<br>• Wendy Rene - After Laughter<br>• Kanye West - School Spirit<br>• Whistle - Just Buggin<br>• Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 25, 2016
The Gideon and Hubcap Show
This episode marks something of a departure from the norm. With Charlie away, host Nate, aka "Hubcap," takes us on a home-show tour of the Scottish Highlands with his traveling minstrel act, The Gideon and Hubcap Show. It's an entirely different kind of summer music spectacle.&nbsp;<br><br>Featuring:<br><br>•13,000 Miles - Gideon Irving<br>•Oh Wow - Gideon Irving<br>•Ida Done - Gideon and Hubcap<br>•Safe Word - Gideon and Hubcap<br>•Hebrides Overture – Felix Mendelssohn<br>•Mouth Music - From the Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Scottish Drinking and Pipe Songs<br>•Breabach - Gig Face<br>•Cuyahoga - Gideon and Hubcap<br><br>Check out www.mynameisgideon.com and www.gideonandhubcap.com for more.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 15, 2016
Breaking Down The House
The fingerprints of house music are all over mainstream pop, but much of its sound has been whitewashed. That ubiquitous four-to-the-floor kick and synth bass sound draws from Chicago's queer, black and latinx warehouse club culture. Micah Salkind is working on a book on the history of these communities. Together we break down the sonic origins of this music through a modern track that fully embraces its cultural nexus: "Hideaway" by Kiesza. Micah takes us back to Chicago in the 1980s, and we explore how this sound came to be and where it is going today.&nbsp;<br><br><br>FEATURING<ul><li>Kiesza - Hideaway</li><li>Loleeta Holloway - Love Sensation</li><li>Black box - Ride On Time</li><li>Madonna - Vogue</li><li>Mr. Fingers - The Juice</li><li>Kanye West - Fade</li><li>Rythim Is Rythim - Strings Of Life</li><li>Paul Oakenfold - You Could Be Happy</li><li>Frankie Knuckles - Your Love</li><li>MFSB ft The Three Degrees - T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)</li><li>Jesse Saunders - On and On</li><li>Diplo - Be Right There&nbsp;</li><li>Justin Bieber - Sorry</li><li>Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For</li><li>Shaun J. Wright &amp; Alinka - Love Inspired&nbsp;</li></ul><br>MORE STUFF<ul><li>Find more of Micah's work at micah-salkind.squarespace.com/about/ and his DJ sets at www.mixcloud.com/micahjackson</li><li>Listen to Shaun J. Wright &amp; Alinka on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aalinkaa/shaun-j-wright-alinka-love</li></ul><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 01, 2016
Around The World With Drake
How do you create a hit that both breaks sound barriers and chart records? Drake has done this with a unique mix of international sounds from Africa, the Caribbean, the U.K. and Canada. But is his chart topping success musical appropriation or celebration? A deep listening reveals diverse influences and musical rhythms that have crossed oceans centuries before "One Dance" was even conceived. Plus, we debut Blinky Bill's "So Strong," his first single off his upcoming solo album.<br><br><strong>FEATURING<br></strong>- Drake - One Dance (feat. Whizkid &amp; Kyla)<br>- Ojuelegba Remix - Wizkid ft. Drake &amp; Septa<br>- 2Baba - Coded Tinz ft. Phyno, Chief Obi<br>- DJ Maphorisa - Soweto Baby feat Wizkid &amp; Dj Buckz<br>- Crazy Cousinz - Do You Mind ft. Kyla<br>- The Revolutionaries - General For General<br>- Barrington Levy - Dance Are Changing&nbsp;<br>- Joh Thomas - Ghetto Dance<br>- Papa Biggie - Youth Them Have To Grow<br>- Yellowman - Adam &amp; Eve<br>- Mighty Diamonds - Love Me Girl<br>- Drake - Hotline Bling<br>- Timmy Thomas - Why Can’t We Live Together<br>- D.R.A.M. - Cha Cha<br>- Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX - Take Care Of You<br>- Drake - Take Care ft. Rihanna<br>- Drake - JunglePaul Simon - Graceland<br>- Paul Simon - I Know What I Know<br>- Moby - Natural Blues<br>- Vera Hall - Trouble So Hard<br>- David Guetta - Hey Mama (ft. Nicki Minaj)<br>- Sangkala - Gamelan Degung<br>- Joel Francisco Perri - Las llamas de Potosi<br>- Habib Koité - Africa<br>- Kwaa Mensah - Odo Me, Me Sum No DoChico O’farrell - Sin Titulo<br>- Trio Matamoros - El Que Siembra Su Maíz&nbsp;<br>- Joseph Kabasele - Africa Bola Ngombi<br>- E.T. Mensa &amp; The Tempos - Fom Fom<br>- Fela Kuti - Lagos Baby<br>- Fela Kuti - Elbe Moi (Carry Me)<br>- Fela Kuti - LadyWizkid - Show You The Money<br>- Blinky Bill - So Strong<br><br>Check out Blinky's music at www.soundcloud.com/blinkyb<br>Supported by Casper and Amazon Prime Music's Song of Summer Playlist Amazon www.amazonsongsofsummer.com/pop<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 14, 2016
When Good Music Happens To Bad People
We have more information about pop stars lives than ever before, but this transparency is not always uplifting for music lovers. Just as we may enjoy following the intimate lives of celebrities on Instagram, we simultaneously uncover how stars abuse their power to marginalize others, commit heinous crimes and inspire mass atrocity. Sometimes skeletons in the closet turn our to be literal skeletons. As listeners, this undoubtedly colors the way we hear our old favorite songs. Join us as we explore how to listen to good music that happens to bad people.<br><br><strong>FEATURING<br></strong>Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire<br>The Righteous Brothers - You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling<br>Garry Glitter - Hey<br>R. Kelly - Ignition (Remix)<br>Wagner - Ride Of The Valkyries<br>The Ronettes - Be My Baby &nbsp;<br>Queen - You’re My Best Friend<br>Drake - Keep The Family Close<br>Wagner - Tristan Und Isolade: Prelude<br>Wagner - Tristan Und Isolade: Liebestod&nbsp;<br>Wagner - Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 30, 2016
Justin Timberlake Goes Medieval
Summer heat is upon us and so are the jams. Our ears are hooked on Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling." What you may not know is that this song leans on the success of mononymous giants: Pharrell, Michael and Handel. If you think that pop is a modern phenomenon, you may be surprised by medieval references and techniques comped by JT. Join us as we break down the hidden hooks and musical tricks that make this song an ear worm.<br><br><strong>Featuring</strong><br>Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!<br>Pharrell Williams - Happy<br>Michael Jackson - Thriller<br>Michael Jackson - Rock With You<br>Elvis Costello - Allison<br>M.C. Hammer - U Can't Touch This<br>Electric Six - Improper Dancing<br>Nicki Minaj - Feeling Myself ft. Beyonce<br>Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around<br>Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River<br>Bernart De Ventadorn - Can Vei La Lauzeta<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 16, 2016
All About Those Baseline Assumptions About Femini$m in Pop
With Meghan Trainor's new singles "No" and "Me Too" ubiquitous on the radio dial, a larger discussion about the uneasy relationship between social movements and selling records takes a feminist bent. Memories of the polarizing 2014 hit "All About that Bass" come to the surface, reigniting debates over whether Trainor's songs express radical thought or package it for mass consumption. Or is that distinction a distraction, forgetting that manufactured pop can still pack a political punch? That might depend on how you listen. Andi Zeisler, author of "We Were Feminists Once," professor Robin James, blogger Jenny Trout and writer Andrea Warner join for a dive into the complexities of feminist pop politics. FEATURING Meghan Trainor - Me Too Meghan Trainor - No Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass Spice Girls - Wannabe Big Sean - Dance (A$$) Taylor Swift - Shake It off Demi Lovato - Confident Grimes - Flesh Without Blood The Slits - Typical Girls Sleater-Kinney - #1 Must Have Jonathan Hoyle - Never Ending Road Lizzo - Good As Hell&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 06, 2016
Jonas vs. Jonas: Or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Boy Band
A battle between brothers is playing out on the pop charts, a sibling rivalry the likes of which the music industry hasn't seen since 1987, when Michael and Janet Jackson's 1987 "Bad" and "Let's Wait Awhile" jockeyed for peak position on the Hot 100. Today, Nick, the youngest of the Jonas Brothers, looks for redemption from their boy band past in the moody, adult love song "Close" ft. Tove Lo, while middle brother Joe and his band DNCE use the explosive, retro "Cake By the Ocean" to replace a squeaky-clean look with a profane party anthem. Tune in to learn how these two songs, sounding so different on the surface, have something very surprising in common. Then, stick around for a deep dive through the wonders of the Jonas back catalog, along with a detour to the life and music of another troubled child prodigy named Wolfgang, that will leave you thinking of the frère Jonas in a whole new light. FEATURING - Nick Jonas - Close - DNCE - Cake By The Ocean - Beach Boys - Misirlou - Jonas Brothers - Mandy - Jonas Brothers - Burnin’ Up - Demi Lovato - La La Land - Mozart - Laureate Dominum - Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart - Batiene Und Bastienne - Mozart - Bona Nox! bist a rechts Ox, K. 561 - Jonas Brothers - Bounce - Mozart - Requiem in D minor K626: I Requiem - Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Overture: Wiener Philharmoniker&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 19, 2016
Purple Lemonade: Prince & Beyoncé
It has been a period of musical loss and celebration. On the same week we lost Prince, the world was gifted Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Both artists contain multitudes of musical traditions, collaborators and themes that weave throughout their song. In the first half of the show, we break down Beyoncé's “Hold Up,” an exemplary piece about Lemonade's main theme of marital distress. But the song is not as simple as it may seem. Its compositional restraint suggests more complex ideas about love. Speaking of love, Prince may have published more songs on the subject than any other recording musician. In the second half of the show, we speak with scholar and Musiqology contributor Matthew Valnes about Prince’s musical legacy. Featuring - Beyoncé - Pray You Catch Me - Beyoncé - Freedom - Beyoncé - Formation - Beyoncé - Love Drought - Beyoncé - Sorry - Beyoncé - All Night - Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons - Beyoncé - Hold Up - Major Lazer &amp; DJ Snake - Lean On - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps - Vampire Weekend - Obvious Bicycle - Beyoncé - Don’t Hurt Yourself - Prince - Musicology - Joshua Redman - How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore - Prince - How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore - Prince - When Doves Cry - Sly &amp; The Family Stone - Thank You - Prince - Super Bowl Press Conference Performance - Marcus Miller - Jean Pierre (live at North Sea Jazz Festival) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Q8Ual3coM You can read Matthew Valnes' article "When Doves Cry" over at Musiqology: http://musiqology.com/blog/2016/04/25/when-doves-cry-prince-and-black-popular-music-history/ Also check out Behind The Linear Notes’s latest episode on the history of the Castrati featuring a clip from our episode on One Direction: http://www.betweenthelinernotes.com/episodes-1/castrato&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 05, 2016
Pablo And The Wolves
The Life Of Pablo is Kanye West’s latest album. Despite its lack of hits, it has been at the fulcrum of pop music for months. With its gradual online release and its changing track lists, this shapeshifting album is difficult to grasp. We recruit Andrew Marantz from The New Yorker Magazine to break down Pablo and the “Wolves,” a song that embodies the multiplicities of West’s larger project and connects his work to the classical past of Bach and Prokofiev. Featuring: - Kanye West: Wolves - Jay Z: Where's Th e Love - Kanye West: All Falls Down - Kanye West: Gold Digger - Kanye West: Heartless - Kanye West: All Of The Lights - Kanye West: Black Skinhead - Gary Glitter: Rock N Roll Part 2 (Hey!) - Kanye West: I Love Kanye - Bach: Canon Perpetuus - Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf (narrated by David Bowie) - Paul McCartney: Driving Rain - Drake: Jumpman (featuring Future) - Missy Elliot: Work It - R. Kelly: The Zoo - Justin Timberlake: Give Me What I Don't Know - DJ Snake: Birdsong - Pink Floyd: Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 22, 2016
The Populist Pop of Twenty One Pilots
Out of nowhere, Twenty One Pilots has rocketed to the top of the charts with their surprise hit "Stressed Out." Charlie and Nate pull this millennial anthem apart to discover a deep political resonance, the kind that rarely hits the Hot 100. Tracing this sound back in time reveals further connections, to Compton, Motown, and the alternate universe of Parliament/Funkadelic. And, a trip further down the chart suggests that political pop still has no party affiliation. Featuring: •Twenty One Pilots—Stressed Out •NWA—Alwayz Into Somethin' •Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg—Nuthin' but a G Thang •Parliament/Funkadelic—Aquaboogie •Stevie Wonder—Livin' for the City •G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha—My Myself and I •Iggy Azalea—Team&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 06, 2016
American Oxygen
How do you collaborate with five people to write a song that captures that national temperature? The stakes may seem high with stars like Alex Da Kid, Candice Pillay, Kanye West and Rihanna, but Sam Harris from X Ambassadors has unlocked the secret. Having penned much of Rihanna's hit American Oxygen, Sam gives an honest account of his process to create a hit and capture the American Dream. And we also get an exclusive peak at X Ambassador's version of the song. Featuring X Ambassadors - Renegades Rihanna - American Oxygen Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. Radiohead - Pyramid Song X Ambassadors - American Oxygen You can download X Ambassador's newly released version of American Oxygen from Interscope Records and KIDinaKORNER on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/AmericanOxygenXA&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 23, 2016
Say Hey
Listen carefully to almost any hit song these days and you’ll hear musicians screaming “Hey!” What’s the matter with them? Do they really need our attention? We uncover the reason and history behind this phenomenon with guest host Alex Kapelman, producer of the narrative music podcast Pitch. We also listen to new music by Aoife O’Donovan in a new segment called Off The Charts. And we have the fourth and final installment of Nate’s journey back into the popular music of the 20s and 30s. Featuring Katy Perry - Roar Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You Grimes - Venus Fly (ft. Janelle Monáe) Arian Grande - Break Free (ft. Zed) One Direction - Steal My Girl Scenes from the film Get On Up James Brown - Cold Sweat James Brown - Get Up Off That Thing Little Richard - Hey Hey Hey Hey The Lumineers - Hey Ho Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks Edward Sharpe and the Magnetics - Home One Direction - Perfect Kanye West - Black Skinhead Justin Bieber - Sorry Duke Ellington and Ivie Anderson - Raisin’ The Rent Harold Arlen - We’re Off To See The Wizard Ethel Waters - Stormy Weather Frank Sinatra - I’ve Got The World On A String Maxine Sullivan - Primitive Premadonna Check out Pitch at www.pitchpodcast.org Listen to the Say Hey playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/2w4BPUPQBMWhMeVefSMDvr&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 10, 2016
Now I Sia, Now I Don't
One of the biggest voices in pop music has no face: Sia. She started her career as a ghostwriter for stars like Rihanna and Beyoncé. Recently she found pop star success with her hit "Chandelier." So with her new album, "This Is Acting," you'd expect to see her front and center. Instead, she hides her face from the media spotlight, covered by wigs, hats and other foreign objects. Lindsay Zoladz from NYMag joins us to discuss Sia's the musician and Sia the media spectacle. Featuring: Sia - Chandelier Rihanna - Diamonds Sia - Alive Sia - Reaper Rihanna - Work (ft. Drake) Sia - Bird Set Free Duke Ellington - Cotton Club Stomp Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle-O Duke Ellington - Ko-Ko JC Burnett - Amazing Grace Charlie Johnson - The Boy In The Boat&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 26, 2016
B Side: Singing With Mama Jan
What do Usher, The Band Perry and Bieber have in common? They all sing with Mama Jan, one of the best vocal coaches and producers in the music business. On this mini episode, Mama Jan talks about what happens backstage before the biggest performance of a lifetime.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 18, 2016
Call Your Girlfriend
Is it a love song or is it a breakup song? Charlie joins the women of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast to break down their namesake song by Robyn. Also, advice on how to build the perfect wedding playlist. And we check back in with Nate to listen to Cab Calloway on a time traveling adventure back to the 1930s. Featuring Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend Whitney Houston - Dance With Somebody (cappella) Eddie Johns - More Spell On You TLC - Waterfall (Bixel Boy's Remix) Village People - YMCA The O’Jays - Love Train David Bowie - Lets Dance Daft Punk - Get Lucky R. Kelly - Ignition (remix) Beyoncé - Love On Top Elvis Presley - Hound Dog Don Redman - Gee Ain’t I good to you Don Redman - Gotcha Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher Cab Calloway - Kicking The Gong Around Cab Calloway - Reefer Madness Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary Frankie “Half-Pint” Jackson - Willie The Weeper Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray Check out more Call Your Girlfriend at www.callyourgirlfriend.com Listen to Zach’s DJ sets at soundcloud.com/zachseely&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 12, 2016
Click With Dick And Other Campaign Anthems
What do presidential candidates, professional wrestlers and improv comics have in common? Walk on theme music. As the primary season heats up we dig into the history, meaning and controversies of campaign anthems. Also, comedian and guest co-host Chris Duffy shares some of his favorite lyrics with hidden humor. And we time travel with Nate to 1931 to visit late night Harlem jazz clubs. FEATURING Baha Men - Who Let The Dogs Out? String Quartet No. 19 in C Major K 465 IV Ride Of The Valkyries - Wagner Conducted by George Szell John Williams - The Imperial March Howard Da Silva - Tippacanoe and Tyler Too Oscar Brand - Rockabye Baby Peter Janovsky - Get On The Raft With Taft Woodie Gutherie - This Land is Your Land The Police - Every Breath You Take Tom Petty - Won’t Back Down Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run Metallica - Enter Sandman Mozart String Quartet No15 D Minor K. 421 I. Allegro Moderato Metallica - Master Of Puppets Kelly Clarkson - Stronger Zac Brown Band - Homegrown REM - End of the world Phantom of the Opera (Single Album Version) Carly Simon - You’re So Vain Beck - Devil’s Haircut Brad Paisley - Working On A Tan Quindon Tarver - Free To Wear Sunscreen Neil Young - Rockin’ In The Free World Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein Lil’ Jon - Get Low Lil’ Jon - Snap Your Fingers Rihanna - What’s My Name (ft. Drake) Van Halen - Why Can’t This Be Love Pitbull - Give Me Everything David Guetta - Sexy Bitch (ft. Akon) Don Redman - Song Of The Weeds Don Redman - Shacking the African Sir Mix Alot - Big Butts Nikki Minaj - Anaconda Flo Rida - Low Project Pat - Twerk It Don Redman - Nagasaki Don Redman - Song Of The Weeds Don Redman - The Man From Harlem Don Redman - Gee, Ain’t I Good To You&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 29, 2016
The Life Changing Magic of Music in 2015
Charlie and Nate reveal the life changing magic of how to tidy up the music you missed from last year. Annually, hundreds of publications release best of lists. These lists are supposed to make it easier to discover and celebrate the year in music. But with so many lists how can we know what is truly the best? Well we’ve found the definite source what’s great: Rob Mitchum’s Top Albums in 2015. Also, the major trends you might have missed and Jake Birch’s Mixed On Pop about The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Featuring: Wiz Khalifa – See You Again Taylor Swift – Blank Space Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk Adele – Hello Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face Duke Ellington – Prelude To A Kiss&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 17, 2016
Linus & Lucy
Celebrate 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas and his eponymous holiday album. If you’re feeling worn out on holiday music, this one never wears old. Its gone triple platinum and charts almost every year on the holiday Billboard. Join us as we dive deep into the brilliance of Vince Guaraldi, the pianist and composer behind Linus and Lucy. We bet you might be hearing the song all wrong. Featuring Vince Guaraldi – What Child Is This, Christmas Is Coming, Linus and Lucy, O Tannenbaum, Christmas Time Is Here, El Matador, Cast Your Fate To The Wind The Supremes – Oh Holy Night Leonard Bernstein – Carol Of The Bells Bobby Timmons – This Here Lee Morgan – The Rumproller Julian “Cannonball” Adderley – One For Daddy-O (featuring Miles Davis) Jack Gleason – Unforgettable This episode was sponsored by VNYL. Subscribe at my.vnyl.org.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 17, 2015
Same Here
Two unlikely anthems of individuality are rocketing up the charts: Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” and Alessia Cara’s “Here.” One is from an established star, the other from a total unknown, but both use similar musical techniques to make their voices heard against the madding crowd. Tune in to hear how the radio dial is richer for the presence of such non-conformist and anti-social jams. Featuring: Lady Gaga – Just Dance Selena Gomez – Same Old Love Alessia Cara – Here Michael Jackson – Billie Jean Kesha – Tik Tok Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) George Bizet – Carmen Suite No. 2. Habanera Purcell – Dido’s Lament L’Arpeggiata – Amor&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 02, 2015
Searching for Max Martin
The most omnipresent figure in pop music is also the most elusive: Karl Sandberg, AKA Max Martin, the mad Swedish genius who’s ruled the charts for 20 years. With the help of New Yorker writer John Seabrook, author of The Song Machine, and comedian Chris Duffy, host of You’re The Expert, we go deep into a 21st century pop classic to try and locate the secret formula behind Max Martin’s success. FEATURING Taylor Swift – Blank Space The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way Kelly Clarkson – Since You Been Gone Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You Katy Perry – California Girls Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together Ariana Grande – Problem N’Sync – It’s Gonna Be Me Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again Taylor Swift – Bad Blood Icona Pop (ft. Charlie XCX) – I Love It Tove Lo – Talking Body Backstreet Boys – We’ve Got It Going On&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 19, 2015
Hotline Hello: Drake and Adele
Drake and Adele are two megastars who may not seem to share much in common on the surface, but their recent hits exhibit some surprising parallels. Both revisit past relationships over the phone and both conceal inner anguish beneath subtle musical shifts. Featuring special appearances by the game Snake, Lord Byron and Drake and Adele themselves*, you don’t want to miss this episode. Plus, we check in with Justin Bieber as he completes his epic existential pop suite. For more songs about love on hold, check out our Spotify playlist. And check out Sean Rameswaram’s final episode of Sideshow on Studio 360. Featuring Drake – Hotline Bling Adele – Hello Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together Justin Bieber – Sorry Jack Ü – Where Are Ü Now? Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean? Breakmaster Cylinder &amp; Charlie Harding – Why Am I Here? *not really&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 04, 2015
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
As much as we might have crazy love for pop music, pop music also loves to drive us crazy. Earworms that grab you and won’t let go; cookie-cutter compositions that bedevil in their unoriginality; strange new sounds that vex, rankle, confound. How does pop music possess the unique ability to get under our skin? We pull apart some of the stickiest songs to try and find out. And listen to our playlist of songs that drive you mad on Spotify. FEATURING The Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy The Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way Katy Perry – California Girls Kesha – Tik Tok Mozart – Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 Grady Smith – Why Country Music Was Awful in 2013 Grady Smith – Country Stars Who Don’t Like Their Own Records Fletcher Hederson – The Stampede Skrillex – Bangarang Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 22, 2015
Justin Bieber’s Existential Suite
Bieber’s two new hits, “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean,” showcase the prodigal pop star’s soberer side. In each, his realization of the fictive nature of relationships is musicalized through slippery piano chords and disembodied voices. But just two songs does not make a true existential suite, so we collaborated with the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder to propose a third stanza for Bieber’s epic poem of love and loss. FEATURING Jack Ü – Where Are Ü Now (ft. Justin Bieber) Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean Justin Bieber – Boyfriend Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk Want to finish Justin Bieber’s trilogy? Listen to “Why Am I Here?” and download the track on Breakmaster Cylinder’s Soundcloud. Then, record your vocal and send it to submissions@switchedonpop.com. We’re looking at you Justin.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 07, 2015
The Weeknd: Dance of Deception
The Weeknd’s deliriously funky chart topper “Can’t Feel My Face” has sparked sweat-soaked dance sessions across the country, but dark notes lurk at the outskirts of this ebullient jam. Chromatic intrusions and Classical laments crowd the scene and invite more clandestine interpretations. What’s this song really about? The secret lies in the scale. FEATURING The Weeknd – Wicked Games The Weeknd – Earned It The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face L’Arpeggiata – Monteverdi ‘s Amor (Lamento Della Ninfa, Rappresentativo) Skrillex &amp; Diplo – Where Are Ü Now (with Justin Bieber) * You can find more deceptively addictive songs in our Spotify playlist. **Alex Ross’s great chapter on the long lineage of the Lament is indispensable. Find it in his book Listen to This and a précis of it at his blog The Rest is Noise.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 23, 2015
Let’s Talk About Sax
The sax is back. This surprisingly funky reed keeps popping up in pop hits from Derulo to Grande. But where did the sax come from? And where did it go? Tighten your embouchure, because we journey to the center of sax in this week’s episode. Also, songs featured in this episode and other great sax tracks are in our Spotify Playlist. *In this episode we incorrectly identified Mr. Sax’s home country as Germany (face palm). He was a native of Belgium. Our apologies to the Sax family. FEATURING Katie Perry – Last Friday Night John Coltrane – Giant Steps M83 – Midnight City Bill Clinton on Arsenio Hall Ariana Grande – Problem Flo Rida – GDFR WAR – Low Rider Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street George Michael – Careless Whisper George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue conducted by Leonard Bernstein Jules Demersseman – Fantasie Sur On Theme Original Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five – Muskrat Rumble Fletcher Henderson – Stampede Duke Ellington – Prélude To A Kiss King Curtis – Sister Sadie Sonny Rollings – St. Thomas Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty The Klezmer Lounge Band – Hava Nag ila Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna – Bhajare Sriramam – Vakulabharanam Sami Shawa – Jordan – Mawam Bayati Selim Sesler &amp; Orchester – Saniye’m Spanish Tapas Bar, Vol. 2 – Malaguena Balkan Beat Box – Hermetico Fifth Harmony – Worth It Too Many Zooz – To The Top The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 09, 2015
Kacey Musgraves: Transgressing Country
Can you be a country star and critical of the country at the same time? Grammy Award Winner, Kacey Musgraves, has two hit albums that challenge the small-town clichés of modern country music. Is she bucking the trend of big trucks and dirt roads, or embracing an old tradition of transgressing social norms? To answer […]&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 14, 2015
Song of Summer: LIVE!
In the first-ever LIVE edition of Switched on Pop, Charlie and Nate enter an epic debate over what track should be crowned 2015’s definitive Song of Summer. Charlie’s candidate is the retro anthem “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, while Nate argues for Jason Derulo’s hot and heavy “Want to Want Me.” Meanwhile, the studio audience on Block Island has their own ideas about what makes a true Song of Summer, raising the stakes even higher. Who will emerge victorious? Only one song can beat the heat and rule the dog days of August. You don’t want to miss this epic Summer Jam Showdown.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 30, 2015
The Dual Meaning of Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen
Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen is an unlikely contender for the top 10. It straddles genres between hip-hop and pop in subtle yet mesmerizing ways. Is it a drug song? Is it a love song? Or is it both at the same time? Join us to find out why you can’t get this ear worm out of your head. FEATURING Fetty Wap – Trap Queen Dr. Dre – Still Dre Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 15, 2015
One Direction: Our Modern Day Castrati
One Direction is one of the biggest bands in pop, but unless you’re a preteen or the parent of one, like us you’ve probably never heard a second of their music. Until now. Let’s see if we’ve been missing out, on the latest from Switched on Pop. FEATURING One Direction – Story Of My Life One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful One Direction – Live While We’re Young One Direction – You And I One Direction – Night Changes The Wanted – Glad You Came Alessandro Moreschi (The Last Castrato) – Ave Maria&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 29, 2015
The Final Dropout
How does a good pop song end? With a bang, right? As it turns out, explosive endings are kinda over. Songwriters are instead opting to end with a final dropout. Even the biggest pop anthems close with a quiet final moment. In this musical short, Nate, our resident musicologist, offers some theories as to why. FEATURING Taylor Swift – Blank Space One Republic – Counting Stars One Direction – Kiss You Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music Mozart – Symphony No.41 in C K.551 “Jupiter” 4. Motto Allegro Taylor Swift – Trouble Lady Gaga – Alejandro&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 15, 2015
Hidden Sounds in FourFiveSeconds
FourFiveSeconds is one of the more surprising collaborations in recent pop history. Rhianna, Kanye, Sir Paul McCartney. The motley lineup doesn’t dissapoint, serving up one of the most unexpected songs of the year—though not for the reason you’d think. Tune in and wile out while we wax on this whale of a power ballad. FEATURING Rihanna, Kanye West &amp; Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds Kanye West – Gone Rihanna – We Found Love Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music The Beatles – Revolution 9 &amp; I’m So Tired (in reverse)&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 06, 2015
Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
Carly Rae Jepsen might be the patron saint of Switched on Pop, the show first hatched by Charlie and Nate on a trip down CA-1 while the stereo blasted “Call Me Maybe.” So when we heard she had a new single out we knew we had to stop everything, put off our taxes for one more day, and dig into “I Really Like You” to see if Saint Jepsen could ward off the beguiling sophomore slump. You’ll really really really really really really like this one. Special thanks to the high school students from Nate’s “Why Music Matters” course at Stanford University Summer Institutes, who helped develop the analysis of “Call Me Maybe.” FEATURING Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe The Cardigans – Lovefool Don Henley – The Boys of Summer&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 15, 2015
Hozier’s Waffling of Faith in Take Me To Church
Written in the Hozier family basement, Take Me To Church has risen up to be one of the biggest pop hits of the year. But this is not a typical pop song. The unsettling music and provocative lyrics about faith and relationships irk many listeners. But this marriage of form and content also strikes a chord with our own foibles of faith. FEATURING Hozier – Take Me to Church Wintley Phipps – Amen&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 02, 2015
Taylor Swift’s Beethovian Blank Space
Taylor Swift’s Blank Space is about emptiness of the heart. This motif of Blank Space is contained through the entire piece: from the drums, to the melody, to the lyrics. We pull away the sonic structures to show how Taylor recreates that empty feeling and explores the predictable devolution of fiery romance.<br><br>FEATURING<br><br>Taylor Swift – Blank Space<br>NY Magazine – Why You Keep Mishearing That Taylor Swift Lyric<br><br>This episode first broadcast on the Very Loose Women podcast on Resonance 104.4FM<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 26, 2015
A Cappella Dreams
A cappella, Italian for in the style of the church, refers to music for unaccompanied voices. Just a decade ago it was nowhere near the radio dial. Now it’s everywhere: college campuses, Hollywood blockbusters, prime time reality television, and the Grammys. A cappella hasn’t been this big since Gregorian chant. Why has a cappella returned with such a vengeance? We try to find out why in this four part episode. [Introduction] The Tallis Scholars – Missa Brevis: Kyrie Middlesex A Cappella – Sound of Silence Pentatonix – Daft Punk [Act 1: Undercover Barbershop, featuring journalist Kevin Roose] Buffalo Bills Barbershop Quartet – The Only Girl In The World Dion &amp; The Belmonts – I Wonder Why Barbershoptags.com – I Love to Sing ‘Em The Barbershop Singers – My Wild Irish Rose Buffalo Bills – As Time Goes By Vocal Spectrum – When I See An Elephant Fly OC Times – Come Fly With Me [Act 2: How To Become A Youtube Star In 3 Easy Steps, featuring musician Matthias Harris] Halestorm – Bad Romance (Lady Gaga cover) Matthias Harris – Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye a cappella arrangement) The Stiff Dylands – Ultraviolet Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) Mike Tompkins – Teenage Dream &amp; Just The Way You Are (Katy Perry a cappella arrangement) Matthias Harris – Boyfriend (Justin Bieber arrangement) Matthias Harris – Home [Act 3: Sing On / Sing Off featuring Manjula Raman from Element] Element – Royals (Lorde a cappella arrangement) Element – Raise Your Glass (Pink a cappella arrangement) [Act 4: A New Golden Era] Pentatonix – Daft Punk&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 16, 2015
Radio Africa
Reporting live from Kenya, we search for African pop that is making its way into global dance music. The barriers to producing high quality audio are reduced to merely owning a laptop. Now, regional artists are reaching a global audience. We speak to Blinky Bill, leader of the dance/pop/hip-hop group Just A Band, about their unique sound that attracts fans from Tokyo to Nairobi. And we also speak to Jeff Maina, lead designer at Waabeh, the Spotify for African content. FEATURING Fuse ODG – Azonto (learn the dance!) Sauti Sol – Sura Yako Diplo – Crown Just A Band – Looking for Home Just A Band – Life of the Party Just A Band – Probably for Lovers Just A Band – Huff + Puff Just A Band – Dunia Ina Mambo Charlie’s high school a cappella group – Give Up the Funk&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 19, 2015
Star Spangled
Did you know the melody to the Star Spangled Banner was once a British drinking song? In preparation for the Super Bowl, we uncover how the national anthem has been co-opted and reinterpreted by mega pop-stars. Our understanding of how this song sounds has been shaped by sporting events and the spin pop artists put on it has altered our conception of the national song. FEATURING Beyoncé, Jose Feliciano, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner Iceland Symphony Orchestra – Finlandia, Op. 26 Ensemble Almageste – La Mantovana Songs from the the Star Spangled Music Foundation Sura Yako – Sauti Sol&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 28, 2015
Mark Ronson: Funk Politics
Did you know the melody to the Star Spangled Banner was once a British drinking song? In preparation for the Super Bowl, we uncover how the national anthem has been co-opted and reinterpreted by mega pop-stars. Our understanding of how this song sounds has been shaped by sporting events and the spin pop artists put on it has altered our conception of the national song. FEATURING Beyoncé, Jose Feliciano, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner Iceland Symphony Orchestra – Finlandia, Op. 26 Ensemble Almageste – La Mantovana Songs from the the Star Spangled Music Foundation Sura Yako – Sauti Sol&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 15, 2015
The Imperative Jingle Bells
You’ve heard it a million times, you know how to sing it, its ubiquitous during the holiday season, but you’ve never heard a definitive recording. Where does it come from, why is it so catchy, and why of all holiday songs is Jingle Bells the most widely played song? FEATURING She &amp; Him The Cast of Glee Nate Sloan’s Madrigal Singers&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 20, 2014
To Be Young
Pop music and youth go together like peanut butter and pickles. The music we hear when we’re young shapes our identities forevermore. In this episode we take three songs that promise an eternal adolescence and put them under microscope to see what makes them tick. Featuring Kesha – Die Young Fun – We Are Young Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild and Free&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 11, 2014
Boom Bang Pow
We look at the Rhythms that make us dance, those primal beats, the “Boom Bang Pow” that make us want to move. We’ll ask what makes them work and why is that we’re hearing that untz untz everywhere we go from the dance floor, to the coffee shop, to the insides of our minds? FEATURING Charli XCX – Boom Clap Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! Jessie J – Bang Bang The Blacked Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow Little Richard – Tutti Frutti John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom Cher – Bang Bang Richard Savino &amp; El Mundo: Il primo libro di canzone: Ciaconna The King’s Singers – La Guerre&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 14, 2014
The Oeuvre of Taylor Swift
We uncover the common songwriting techniques and chart the musical evolution of Taylor Swift. Featuring songs from her early country period, transitional indie period and her latest pop album, 1989.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 28, 2014
Why do we love listening to heartbreak songs? What do songwriters do to emote such strong feelings?<br><br>FEATURING<br>Adele – Someone Like You<br>Kacey Musgraves – I Miss You<br>CeeLo Green – F*** You!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 28, 2014
Why You Should Get Switched On Pop
Welcome to Switched on Pop, a show about how popular music works and why it matters hosted by musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding. We break down the music in pop hits to help you find those "a-ha" moments. Whether you’re a pop fanatic or skeptic, teenager or octogenarian, non-musicians or professional composer, every music lover will discover something ear-opening in Switched on Pop&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 27, 2014