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Track Talk is a weekly podcast in which Baleigh and Nathan discuss popular music through literary criticism.

Track Talk is a weekly podcast in which Baleigh and Nathan discuss popular music through literary criticism.
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Track Talk is a weekly podcast in which Baleigh and Nathan discuss popular music through literary criticism.




'70s and Structuralism

Time for some more theory! This time, we're digging deeper into Structuralism with the help of some fantastic 70s artists like Queen, Gloria Gaynor, The Sex Pistols, Chic, and more. This week's episode includes a refresher on Structuralism, a discussion of the state of culture in America during the 70s, and a blow-by-blow application of the theory using some of our favorite songs from the decade. We wrap everything up with a discussion of the nature of thought, the importance of input, and...

Duration: 00:39:14

The '60s and Feminism

This week on Track Talk, Nathan and Baleigh go even deeper into the music and zeitgeist of the 1960s through a feminist lens. They discuss how gender roles, power dynamics, and oppression were defined and rejected in the music of the decade. Who is your favorite female singer from the '60s? Let us know! Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email: Facebook: SoundCloud: Become a patron: Do you enjoy Track...

Duration: 00:47:31

'60s Interview

To learn more about the culture and music of the '60s, Nathan and Baleigh sit down with Robert, a music-lover in his 70s with plenty to say about the music of his day, the emergence of rock 'n' roll, and the rebellious spirit of the decade.

Duration: 00:21:06

The '50s and New Criticism

Track Talk is back with a very special premier of the new Decades series! This week, Baleigh and Nathan discuss New Criticism as it pertains to the music of the 1950s - Elvis, Muddy Waters, the Andrews Sisters, and much more. They get into how we can listen to Elvis without thinking about Elvis's image, close readings of some of the most iconic music of the '50s, and even some of their own personal issues with New Criticism! Who's YOUR favorite artist from the '50s? What are your...

Duration: 00:57:00

Couch Chat 2: The First Mind Feed Podcast

It's time for another couch chat! Come get comfy with Baleigh and Nathan while they talk about their personal playlists and how literary theory makes everything better. Featuring Young the Giant (Deconstruction), Joey Bada$$ (Critical Race Theory), Panic! at the Disco (Reader Response), Terror Jr. (Psychoanalysis), Luis Fonsi + Daddy Yankee (New Historicism), and Wordsplayed (Structuralism). Stay tuned til the end to hear what's coming up in the next Track Talk series. Hint: It's gonna be...

Duration: 00:45:39

Folk and Deconstruction

Today marks the fourth and final installment of the Genre series: folk music and Deconstruction! Baleigh and Nathan try to tackle one of the most nuanced and difficult theories out there with one of their favorite music genres. Enjoy! How would YOU deconstruct folk? What's your favorite folk band (old or new)? Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email: Facebook: SoundCloud: Become a patron:

Duration: 00:18:55

Metal and Reader-Response

Today's Track Talk episode brings you Part 3 of our Genre series! This week's topic: metal music and Reader-Response Criticism. Baleigh and Nathan discuss a genre they know nothing about and interpret their own responses. Brush up on Reader-Response theory with "Love Yourself" first: How does metal music make YOU feel? Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email: Facebook: SoundCloud:...

Duration: 00:40:13

Country Music and Structuralism

After a refreshing week off, Baleigh and Nathan dive head-first into Part 2 of the four-part series exploring genres more deeply with criticism. This week, they discuss country music (with which your Track Talkers had absolutely no previous experience) through the theory of Structuralism! Brush up on Structuralism first with "Closer": What's YOUR favorite country song? Why do you love (or hate) country? Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email:...

Duration: 00:43:22

Couch Chat: What We're Jammin'

This week, Baleigh and Nathan keep it casual with a quick chat about what they've been listening to (and the theories they've had on their minds, because that's just who they are). Check out our episode on New Historicism and show tunes: What have YOU been listening to this week? Give us your thoughts! Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email: Facebook: SoundCloud: Become a patron:...

Duration: 00:32:03

Why Do We Even Bother?

We're back! This week, Baleigh and Nathan talk about the importance of literary criticism, their favorite (and least favorite) theories, and share some intriguing case studies. Featuring special guest: Actual Music! Let us know why YOU care about literary criticism (or don't)! Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email: Facebook: SoundCloud: Become a patron: What should we do in the next few weeks?

Duration: 00:27:09

Ep. 10: Love Yourself

In the final episode of our Top 10 Songs of 2016 series, your favorite Track Talkers delve into our own responses to Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" through Reader-Response Criticism. Things get *personal*. Let us know your OWN Reader Response to this song! Twitter: @tracktalkshow Email: Facebook: Become a patron:

Duration: 00:33:37

Ep. 9: Sorry

In episode 9, Baleigh and Nathan welcome their first SPECIAL GUEST, Whitney, to talk about Justin Bieber's "Sorry" through the lens of Critical Race Theory! Review them on iTunes and they'll give you a special shoutout on the air.

Duration: 00:37:38

Ep. 8: One Dance

"One Dance" by Drake, ft. Wizkid and Kyla, gets a dose of New Criticism courtesy of Baleigh and Nathan.

Duration: 00:21:27

Ep. 6: Stressed Out

In this week's episode of Track Talk, Nathan and Baleigh discuss the No. 5 song of 2016, Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" through a Post-Structuralist and Deconstructive lens.

Duration: 00:24:36

Ep. 5: Panda

On the fifth episode of Track Talk, Baleigh and Nathan critique our first rap song on the podcast, the No. 6 song of 2016, "Panda" by Desiigner. We look at "Panda" through a New Historicist lens to the best of our abilities and would love to hear what you think. Become a patron so we don't cry: (Do you want to see us cry?!)

Duration: 00:27:01

Ep. 4: Hello

In this week's episode of Track Talk, Nathan and Baleigh discuss Adele's immortal "Hello" and scratch the surface of Queer Theory.

Duration: 00:27:05

Ep. 3: Don't Let Me Down

This week, Nathan and Baleigh discuss the No. 8 song of 2016, "Don't Let Me Down" by the Chainsmokers ft. Daya through a Psychoanalytic lens. Welcome to Track Talk Therapy.

Duration: 00:22:51


This week on Track Talk, Nathan and Baleigh discuss Justin Timberlake's "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" and Feminist Criticism.

Duration: 00:12:40

Ep. 1: Closer

In the first episode of Track Talk, Baleigh and Nathan use Structuralist theory to dig deeper into "Closer" by the Chainsmokers ft. Halsey.

Duration: 00:14:29