Episode 34 – The Chilean Pop Scene


On Episode 34 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk with Argentinian writer Juana Giaimo about the current scene in Chilean pop music.

Songs discussed in this episode:
Javiera Mena – “Los Olores Tu Alma”
Gepe – “En la Naturaleza (4-3-2-1-0)”
Francisca Valenzuela – “Estremecer”
Dënver – “Revista de Gimnasia”
Alex Anwandter – “Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón”
Planeta no – “El Campo”

Hear these songs and discover more Chilean pop music with this playlist created by Juana on Spotify or Google Play.

Episode 32 – E·MO·TION Side B


On Episode 32 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge embrace their love of Carly Rae Jepsen. With music writer and Maura Magazine managing editor Brad Nelson, writer and photographer Zan McQuade, and host of ALL CAPS with Kate and Bri Bri Mattia, they discuss Carly Slay Jepsen’s latest release E·mo·tion Side B

For more reading:
Brad Nelson, “How Carly Rae Jepsen Draws Listeners Into Her Emotional Universe,” The Guardian.
Brad Nelson (ed), Emotional, Maura Magazine (featuring essays by Zan McQuade and Scott Interrante)
Bri Mattia, “E•MO•TION Side B” brimattia.com

Episode 30 – Where Have All The Bangerz Gone?


On Episode 30 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss this Summer’s lack of “bangerz.” With Katy Perry’s “Rise” and Britney Spears’s “Make Me,” it seems as if the era of battling for the Song Of The Summer is over. Guess you win, Justin Timberlake’s Troll song.

For more reading:
Michael Cragg, “Britney Spears’ Make Me and the New Slow Pop Movement,” The Guardian

Episode 29 – Timbre & 80s Synthpop


On Episode 29 of Pop Unmuted Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Music Theory Ph.D. student Megan Lavengood, who is writing her dissertation on timbre and the Yamaha Dx7 synthesizer. They talk about the role timbre and sound plays in defining genre and why so much music released in the 2010s is called “80s inspired.”

For more reading:
Mark Spicer, “(Ac)cumulative Form in Pop-Rock Music,” in twentieth century music vol. 1, 1.
Theodore Canterforis, Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s, University of Michigan Press.
Marissa Larusso, “Shura’s ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ Video Celebrates Teen Crush Team Work,” npr.org.

Episode 28 – Pop Unmuted Turns Two


To celebrate two years of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge look at songs from two years ago and then songs from those same artists that have come out this year. Kurt discusses Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Cheap Thrills” while Scott recommends Mitski’s “First Love / Late Spring” and “Your Best American Girl.”

Thanks for sticking with us for two years! If you like the podcast, show your appreciation by leaving a rating and review on iTunes so more people can find us. Here’s to two more!

K-Pop Unmuted Episode 1 – Tiffany vs. Jessica


On the first episode of our new K-Pop Unmuted podcast, Stephen Knight and Scott Interrante discuss the solo debuts of current and former Girls’ Generation members Tiffany’s and Jessica.

Songs in this episode:
Tiffany – “I Just Wanna Dance”
Jessica – “Fly (ft. Fabolous)”
Girls’ Generation-TTS – “Twinkle”
Wonder Girls – “I Feel You”
Tiffany – “What Do I Do (English Version)”
Tiffany – “Yellow Light”
Jessica – “Falling Crazy In Love”
Jessica – “Love Me The Same”
Jessica – “Dear Diary”
AOA – “10 Seconds”
Oh My Girl – “Windy Day”

After this first episode, K-Pop Unmuted will not show up in the Pop Unmuted feed. Subscribe to the new show if you want to keep following along!