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. February 02, 2023
    24 min
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    A History of Whammies at the Grammys - Into It with Sam Sanders
    It's Grammys weekend and Sam Sanders, host of Vulture's Into It podcast, is ready for disappointment! Sam is joined by Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Reanna Cruz to break down the Grammys' history of ton…
  2. January 31, 2023
    34 min
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    Wonders: Bobby McFerrin
    In 1988, Bobby McFerrin recorded a song a cappella with a simple message: not to worry, and just enjoy life. That song, aptly titled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” topped the charts and become one of the most well kn…
  3. January 24, 2023
    34 min
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    The New Wave of Paramore
    Six years after their last record, Paramore is back with new music, and their upcoming record seems to have an uncanny connection to the era of new wave. But what is “new wave” anyway? Is it just a period of ti…
  4. January 20, 2023
    1 hr 22 min
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    Taylor Swift and the music industry's next $20
    Streaming feels like it's both at its height and on a precipice. Musicians are fed up at getting paid fractions of a penny, and the whole business model seems precarious. Switched On Pop co-host Charlie Harding…
  5. January 18, 2023
    29 min
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    SZA's Endless Melody
    Why does SZA's latest album SOS hit different? It's the way her melodies don't repeat where you expect them to, defying all the rules of pop songwriting. We break down how her endless melodies echo the intimate…
  6. January 10, 2023
    28 min
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    Too Fast? We’re Curious: The sped-up remix phenomenon
    Over the past few months, you may have heard your favorite song pop up on the Internet – just slightly faster. You’re not alone: the phenomenon of the “sped-up” remix has taken over social media, with everyone…
  7. January 03, 2023
    38 min
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    ICYMI 90s Music Canon
    Matt Daniels, editor of the publication The Pudding, wanted to find out what songs from his youth would last into the future. So he designed a study that would test if Gen-Z had a grip on 90s culture. Hundreds…
  8. December 27, 2022
    27 min
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    ICYMI: We *do* talk about Bruno
    The number one song on the charts is a bit of a mystery. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is the unlikely hit from Disney’s sleeper animated musical Encanto. Set in a mountainous village in Colombia, the film was a…
  9. December 20, 2022
    27 min
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    Anitta & Rosalía on the borders of Latin pop
    When it comes to distinguishing what exactly Latin music is, what makes the cut? To some, it’s simply music from the Latin American region, and to others, it’s any music that is sung in Spanish – but much like…
  10. December 13, 2022
    34 min
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    How Bad Bunny won 2022
    For Switched On Pop’s end of year coverage, we just have one superlative: who won 2022? The answer, of course, is Bad Bunny. This year alone, the prolific Puerto Rican artist has topped charts worldwide, became…
  11. December 06, 2022
    32 min
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    The soft sounds of Kali Uchis (live from Vulture Fest)
    Through crafting a unique, cross-cultural sound, Kali Uchis has emerged as one of indie music’s most promising talents. From playing in jazz band as a kid to collaborating with Bootsy Collins and Kaytranada, th…
  12. November 29, 2022
    27 min
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    Why do new Christmas songs fail?
    In case you missed it last year: why are there no new Christmas songs? One one hand, there's more holiday songs than we’ll ever need. Every year pop stars drop countless holiday-themed album.But despite the ann…
  13. 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…
  14. 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…
  15. 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…
  16. 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…
  17. 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…
  18. 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…
  19. 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…
  20. 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…

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