Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

CATEGORY: Music
A podcast all about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture. From Vulture and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
  1. November 22, 2022
    36 min
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    The Art of Flow
    In hip-hop, what draws us to an artist is not just the content of their lyrics but how they deliver them. Along with tapping your foot to the rhythm, understanding something called “flow” is essential to unders…
  2. November 15, 2022
    26 min
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    Willow Smith rocks harder
    Coping Mechanism, Willow's new album, is her heaviest music yet. Charlie and Willow chat about the making of the new record and the many multitudes of rock music.Music DiscussedThe Anxiety - Meet Me At Our Spot…
  3. November 08, 2022
    33 min
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    The Sound of Sapphism
    Tegan & Sara and King Princess have found themselves placed under the banner, "sapphic pop," a term recently coined referring to music by and/or for sapphics (a.k.a. women or femme folks attracted to other femm…
  4. November 01, 2022
    33 min
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    Scary Pockets funkify pop classics (with Lizzy McAlpine)
    Scary Pockets is the musical collective that has been transforming pop classics into funk anthems for over half a decade. Each week they release a new cover on YouTube featuring razor-sharp instrumentalists and…
  5. October 24, 2022
    38 min
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    Up late with Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’
    A Taylor Swift album is just not a collection of new music, it’s an exploration of a theme. For the last eight years, each release has embodied a single idea. Reputation marked a turn to the dark side, Lover a…
  6. October 18, 2022
    34 min
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    Steve Lacy brings bedroom pop to the Billboard top
    It’s the song that launched a thousand TikTok videos – or over 500,000 to be exact: Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit.” The track is a smooth, psychedelia tinged ode to yearning, currently spending its third week on the…
  7. October 11, 2022
    47 min
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    Why it hurts to release a record (with Sylvan Esso)
    Earlier this year, the members of Sylvan Esso took a gamble, making their "most free and wild and strange" album yet: No Rules Sandy. And to add to the overall theme of lawlessness, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanbor…
  8. October 04, 2022
    26 min
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    Santigold sings Spirituals
    After a four-year hiatus – and a name drop on a Beyoncé remix – musical polymath Santigold is back with a brand new album. Known for her signature blend of genre-defying songcraft, the artist’s fourth studio al…
  9. September 27, 2022
    33 min
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    The future of music pt I
    In part 1 of our Vergecast: Future of Music series, Alex Cranz talks with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding about the trends in music today that make new songs out of old material, and whether it's foreshadowin…
  10. September 20, 2022
    32 min
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    Lady Gaga & The Pequeños Monstruos
    After an enlightening experience at Lady Gaga's Chromatica Ball, producer Reanna Cruz takes a look at the connection between Gaga's music and the Latin sounds she's engaged with over the years, from traditional…
  11. September 13, 2022
    26 min
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    Invasion of the Vibe Snatchers
    Why do so many songs sound familiar? Because the number of chart topping interpolations — songs built off of old hits — has roughly doubled in the five years. It’s everywhere, you can’t escape because many peop…
  12. September 06, 2022
    17 min
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    Into It: Song of Summer 2022
    Who had the song of the summer? Sam Sanders chats with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Reanna Cruz about whose song (and album) is in the running: Beyoncé, Bad Bunny, Lizzo, or Kate Bush? Learn more about…
  13. August 30, 2022
    32 min
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    Learning to love the Killers (maybe)
    Are you like Nate? Is there one artist that, every time you hear them, you can't help it—you start to grimace, sweat, seethe. You can't explain it, but there's something about them that you just. can't. stand.…
  14. August 23, 2022
    34 min
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    K-Pop Chartbreakers: BLACKPINK, Girls’ Generation, NewJeans, IVE
    A lot has happened in the world of Kpop this summer, from Girls’ Generation sugar coated banger “Forever 1” marking a triumphant return from a five year hiatus, to the ascendance of newcomers NewJeans, whose R&…
  15. August 16, 2022
    25 min
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    Demi Lovato Searches for "Substance" In Pop-Punk Perfection
    Demi Lovato has found herself in many avenues over the past few years – from releasing a tell-all documentary to uncovering extraterrestrials – but 2022 finds them traveling back in time to the sound of the lat…
  16. August 09, 2022
    31 min
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    Beyoncé's ‘Renaissance’ Era
    Beyoncé’s new album Renaissance is one of her most ambitious albums yet. On this week’s episode of Switched On Pop, we discuss Renaissance with beloved guest Sam Sanders, host of the new Vulture podcast Into It…
  17. August 05, 2022
    39 min
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    Into It: The Business of Beyoncé
    Subscribe to Into It with Sam SandersListen on Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3vE4jqfListen on Spotify: https://bit.ly/3bB7VmfListen elsewhere: https://bit.ly/3BI0Nz0Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podc…
  18. August 02, 2022
    30 min
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    "It's About Damn Time" for Another Lizzo #1
    In the middle of a long, hot summer 2022, the people have spoken, and the people want to dance. Lizzo's "About Damn Time" just replaced Harry Styles's "As It Was" to become the top song on the Billboard Hot 100…
  19. July 26, 2022
    23 min
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    Elvis, Big Mama Thornton, Doja Cat, and the Long Legacy of “Hound Dog”
    Baz Luhrmann’s hit box office hit biopic Elvis has spurred new interest in the music of The King. Elvis Presley’s streaming subscribers has grown by two million listeners on Spotify since the film’s release acc…
  20. July 19, 2022
    30 min
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    We Won’t Go Back: Pop Music and the Fight For Reproductive Rights (w MILCK and Ann Powers)
    On June 24th 2022 the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v Wade and asserting that the Constitution of the United States does not confer a right to abortion.The d…

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