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Switched On Pop

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Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.
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Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

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English


Episodes

Summer Heat of the 2000s: Nelly + Katy Perry (Pt. 1)

8/9/2018
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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 harmonic tension. Specifically, each track relies on the Baroque technique of the ground bass. Wait, we mean: the Baroque technique of PEDAL POINT! 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. Featuring: Nelly - Hot in Herre Katy Perry - I Kissed a...

Duration:00:27:33

Why is 90s Pop so Bizarre?

7/26/2018
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The Switched on Pop Summer Throwback Series continues! This time, with a deep dive into the musical detritus of the 1990s. In true 90s fashion, our episode is inspired by a pair of classic VH1 shows; "Behind the Music" and "Where Are They Now?" Our subjects are two songs representing the lunatic fringe of 90s culture, "Cotton Eyed Joe" and "How Bizarre." In the course of our musicological investigation, we uncover dark truths about these seemingly anodyne hits that will make you question...

Duration:00:51:13

Summer is for Dancing in the Streets

7/12/2018
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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. 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. Also, start making you own summer hits with our Switched On Summer repack on Splice at...

Duration:00:32:48

Switched on Summer: Getting Around with the Beach Boys

6/28/2018
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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." 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:13

Announcing Switched On Summer Throwback Series

6/21/2018
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This summer we’re going to be doing a Switched On Summer series, breaking down your favorite summer pop hits from the 60s to the present. We’re talking about Beach Boys to Beyonce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:01:29

The Pure Pop of Charlie Puth + Carly Rae (ft Hanif Abdurraqib)

6/14/2018
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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?!" Part II: Guest Hanif Adburraqib, author of They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, helps break down Carly Rae Jepsen's epic "Cut to the Feeling" to understand why CRJ is a different kind of pop star. Featuring: •Charlie Puth - BOY •Ismael Miranda - Recordando •Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Nobody's Baby •The Beatles - She's a Woman •The Cars -...

Duration:00:47:30

Afrofuturism in Kali Uchis & Clipping (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes)

5/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:56

Finding Equanimity In 'No Tears Left To Cry'

5/17/2018
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Ariana Grande has returned with a track that is jarring yet simultaneously extremely catchy. She uses sophisticated musical techniques to tell a complex story of healing, resiliency, and hope after the attack at her concert in Manchester. Listeners will discover techniques of tempo rubato, modal interchange and amen breaks, which weave together in this equanimous narrative. Songs featured: Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande - Into You Ariana Grande - Break Free ft....

Duration:00:37:59

Can AI 'Algorhythms' Write Pop Songs? (With Taryn Southern)

5/3/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:55:41

Listening Differently to Lorde | with MARIAN HILL

4/19/2018
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Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd are songwriting duo Marian Hill 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 forthcoming "Differently" to uncover the subtle musical shifts that outline a complex dialogue lurking among the track's sparse, funky textures. Songs Discussed: Lorde - Ribs Broken...

Duration:00:43:14

Kacey Musgraves Gives Us Butterflies

4/5/2018
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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...

Duration:00:29:27

Gucci Gang and the Neural Substrate of Subjective Time Dilation

3/22/2018
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In which Nate tries to convince Charlie that Lil Pump's SoundCloud Rap hit "Gucci Gang" warps the perceptual present. Featuring: Lil Pump - Gucci Gang Gustav Mahler - Der Abschied / Das Lied von der Erde Franz Schubert - String Quintet / Adagio Conlon Nancarrow - Study for Prepared Piano 21 Read more about musical time in Jonathan Berger's Nautilus article. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:21

How to 'Make Me Feel' with Lizzo

3/8/2018
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Janelle Monáe's "Make Me Feel" 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...

Duration:00:51:17

808 Havana Heartbreak

2/22/2018
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In Camila Cabello's "Havana" we hear both her Cuban roots and the sounds of East Atlanta. Though the singer and her featured guest, Young Thug, collectively represent these two identities, the song says much more in its musical references. The Roland TR-808 kick drum evokes an entire repertoire of Atlanta Hip Hop. The supporting piano rhythms descend from Cuban mountain towns, through sorrowful songs that lament the loss of one's traditional home. Also in this episode, we discuss with...

Duration:00:57:00

My My My! Troye Sivan + Queer Pop (w Gina Delvac, Darryl Bullock)

2/8/2018
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Gina Delvac of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast and Darryl W Bullock, author of David Bowie Made Me Gay, 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:00

90s Nostalgia in Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth

1/25/2018
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The 90s are back. It is as if pop music entered a black whole and came out 25 years in the past. Today's artists are reviving the past through nostalgic reference to music of their childhood. Uncover how they trick us into somehow loving those days when we got beat up in the middle school parking lot. Spotify 90s Nostalgia playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/switchedonpop/playlist/3beUwxOxzbTZ8M3aymZlg5 Featuring: Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B - Finesse Charlie Puth ft. Boyz II Men - If...

Duration:00:34:00

Justin Timberlake's Identity Crisis

1/11/2018
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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 serious 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...

Duration:00:37:28

BONUS: Dua Lipa's Minor Mantra (w Emily Bootle)

12/27/2017
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Charlie talks laments, Baroque opera, and gender politics in Dua Lipa's sleeper hit "New Rules" with writer Emily Bootle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:04

All I Want for Xmas is a Year in Review Episode

12/14/2017
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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. Featuring •Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas •Laura Marling - Semper Femina •Lorde - Melodrama •Khalid - Location •Dua Lipa - New Rules •Logic - Everybody / 1-800-273-8255 •Childish Gambino - Redbone •Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the piano in my mothers house •Father John Misty - Pure Comedy •Jay-Z: 4:44 •Perfume Genius -...

Duration:00:40:53

Björk's Emotional Landscapes

11/30/2017
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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 & Charlie fall in love all over...

Duration:00:39:02