Listening to the Internet and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”

On Episode 6 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Doctoral student Brad Spiers to talk about online streaming, its affect on music consumption and the industry at large. Then we discuss the newest single from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” focusing on its postmodern pastiche of styles and the sociopolitical implications of the music industry’s retromania.

People in this episode:

Brad Spiers

Brad Spiers is a Doctoral student at the University of Chicago in Musicology whose research focuses on the crossroads of music and mass culture: technology, mass media, economics, and cinema sound.

Kira Grunenberg

Kira Grunenberg is a music journalist and the founder of the Throw The Dice and Play Nice blog.

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to He is the founder of and the host of the Crowncast.

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