Popcast

Popcast

Popcast

CATEGORY: Music
The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.
  1. June 29, 2022
    53 min
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    Where Is Jazz Most at Home?
    The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which the music is most likely to grow. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and WBGO's Nate Chinen.
  2. June 22, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Drake Hits the Nightclub
    How did the rapper arrive on the dance floor? And what subcultures and expectations might he experiment with next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and The Baltimore Banner's Lawrence Burney.
  3. June 15, 2022
    43 min
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    Digging Into Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s Archives
    Attempting to uncover unknown things about very well known people. Guest: Ben Sisario.
  4. June 08, 2022
    1 hr 8 min
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    Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return
    The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical concerns and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
  5. June 01, 2022
    57 min
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    Can Harry Styles’s Music Catch Up to His Fame?
    How his time in One Direction and a powerful online fan base have shaped the pop star’s career. Guests: The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany, and Lindsay Zoladz.
  6. May 24, 2022
    58 min
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    Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Era
    During his five-year pause between albums, the rapper has been reckoning — with his own evolution, and the narrative that’s been constructed for him. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza; New York magazine and Vu…
  7. May 18, 2022
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    How Gossip Is Remaking Online Hip-Hop Media
    Actual music can seem like an afterthought as digital coverage of the genre has tilted toward tabloidism. Are there other paths forward? Guests: HipHopDX's Jerry Barrow; Complex's Andre Gee; and Genius's Rob Ma…
  8. May 11, 2022
    56 min
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    Why We Collect
    A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold. Guest: The New Yorker's Hua Hsu.
  9. May 08, 2022
    1 hr 8 min
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    A Decade of Drill Rap
    Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in different directions. What might come next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and David Drake.
  10. April 27, 2022
    46 min
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    Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot
    After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that had roots in SoundCloud rap, and a champion in Travis Barker. Guests: Meaghan Garvey and Arielle Gordon.
  11. April 21, 2022
    47 min
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    Will Smith, Before the Slap
    Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s remarkable journey up to that point? Guest: Andscape's Soraya Nadia McDonald.
  12. April 05, 2022
    59 min
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    The 2022 Grammys: Let’s Discuss
    What are the awards at this point, and who benefits from them? Guests: Jon Pareles, Wesley Morris and Lindsay Zoladz.
  13. March 30, 2022
    46 min
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    Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop
    The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties as well as spirited conversations about her ambitions and aesthetic innovations. Guests: Hazel Cills and Shaad D’Souza.
  14. March 23, 2022
    53 min
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    The Many Worlds of Rosalía
    The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most sonically ambitious and critically dissected pop artists today. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
  15. March 15, 2022
    40 min
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    The Sounds of Ukrainian Pop
    A conversation about some of the country’s stars, the musical traditions they work within and how they have grappled with the war. Guest: Vogue's Liana Satenstein.
  16. March 08, 2022
    53 min
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    Reggaeton’s Global Expansion and Wide-Open Future
    As the genre grows in worldwide popularity, it is engaging with the pop music mainstream and stratifying into subsets, introducing new opportunities and dilemmas. Guests: Isabelia Herrera and Katelina Eccleston…
  17. March 02, 2022
    52 min
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    The Enigma of Big Thief
    A conversation about the space the breakout Brooklyn band occupies in contemporary indie-rock circles, and its latest album. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan and Pitchfork's Sam Sodomsky.
  18. February 23, 2022
    49 min
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    Remembering Betty Davis, a Futuristic Funk Force
    A conversation about her unique music, her short career and the path that led to her rediscovery. Guests: Jon Pareles, Maureen Mahon and Oliver Wang.
  19. February 16, 2022
    49 min
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    Mitski, In and Out of the Spotlight
    The indie-rock musician’s albums inspire deep feelings and attract ever-bigger audiences, but in many ways she remains a mystery. Guests: New York's E. Alex Jung and Pitchfork's Cat Zhang.
  20. February 09, 2022
    57 min
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    Spotify’s Ongoing Joe Rogan Problem
    The controversy over the star podcaster and misinformation raised thorny questions about the streaming service’s role as a platform, and exacerbated its conflicts with musicians. Guests: Ben Sisario and New Yor…

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