Episode 25 – “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

For Episode 25 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge continue their discussion of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds by breaking down the musical structure of one of the album’s best-known songs, “God Only Knows,” and exploring the surprisingly difficult question of what key it is in.

For more reading:
Daniel Harrison, “After Sundown: The Beach Boys’ Experimental Music,” in Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis, eds. John Covach and Graeme M. Boone.
Philip Lambert, Inside The Music of Brian Wilson: The Songs, Sounds, and Influences of the Beach Boys’ Founding Genius.
Greg Panfile, “Mind of Brian 1: God Only Knows,” Surfermoon.com.
Henry Tozer, “Harmonic Language and Tonal Organization Within the Songs of Brian Wilson,” Academia.edu.

Episode 23 – Take It To The Chorus!

On Episode 23 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge talk about choruses. They discuss the development of the modern pop chorus from the Tin Pan Alley AABA structure, look closer at some of our favorite choruses, and explore the baffling section labels of Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”

For more reading:
Mark Spicer “(Ac)umulative Form in Pop-Rock Music,” twentieth century music(1/1).
Megan Lavengood, “Max Martin’s Complement Chorus (Poster),” Academia.edu.

This episode features:
Fred Astaire – “They Can’t Take That Away”
Judy Garland – “Over The Rainbow”
Herbie Hancock – “Watermelon Man”
Buddy Holly – “Everyday”
The Beatles – “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
Fifth Harmony – “Sledgehammer”
Phil Collins – “Can’t Stop Loving You”
John Mayer (ft. Taylor Swift) – “Half Of My Heart”
Hailee Steinfeld – “Love Myself”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Warm Blood”
Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
Britney Spears – “Oops…I Did It Again”
Chumbawamba – “Tubthumping”
Cam – “Burning House”
Ga-In – “Bloom”
The Cardigans – “Lovefool”

Here’s a Spotify playlist with all these songs and more. Let us know in the comments or on twitter what your favorite choruses are and we’ll add them to the playlist.

Episode 22 – Who Is Larry Stylinson?

On Episode 22 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge explore the popular conspiracy theory known as Larry Stylinson, which suggests that Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles from One Direction are in a romantic relationship, forced in the closet by their management. We talk to Helena Dare-Edwards, who recently received her Ph.D. in Media Studies and has written extensively about Larry and One Direction, Caitlin Foster who co-hosts the Talk Direction podcast, Jessica Leski, a documentary film-maker working on a film called I Used To Be Norma: A Boyband Fangirl Story”, and MaryClare, whose tumblr Louis and the Alien has a post exploring the mysterious gay teddy bear mascots of One Direction. Scott and Kurt also talk about the sensitive subject of questioning the validity of Louis’s recently born son.

For more reading:
Aaron Butterfield, “We Need To Talk About One Direction,” Breathe Heavy.
Ellie Woodward, “There’s a Wild Conspiracy Theory That Louis Tomlinson’s Baby Is Fake,” Buzzfeed.
Louis Tomlinson Going To Be A Dad! One Direction Star Expecting Baby With Briana Jungwirth,” People.com.
Lou Woodley, “Why Harry Styles’ ‘Not That Important’ Is Massively Important,” Huffpost Teen.
The Harry+Louis Treatise, theharrylouistreastise.tumblr.com.
RBB & SBB For Dummies,” louisandthealien.tumblr.com.
Master Posts on 1arry-isnt-rea1.tumblr.com

Episode 20 – Free Kesha

Trigger Warning: Emotional and Sexual Abuse.

On Episode 20 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by MTV News writer Sasha Geffen to talk about the legal situation going on between Kesha and Dr. Luke. Then, previous guests of the show send in audio tributes to Kesha discussing her music and what she means to them. Contributors include Kira Grunenberg, Megan Lavengood, and Taylor Myers.

For more reading:

Sasha Geffen, The Inexhaustible Warrior Power of Kesha: Nothing Can Break Up, MTV News.
Katherine St. Asaph, Some Reporting Questions For The Kesha Court Case, Medium.

You can play Crystal Warrior Kesha here.

February 2016 Pop-Up: Let’s Talk About Love

On this Pop-Up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge get in the mood for Valentine’s Day by discussing some of their favorite love songs. Scott shares his thoughts on two older hits, “Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys and Dolly Parton’s classic “I Will Always Love You” while Kurt goes with two lesser-known songs by contemporary artists in John Mayer’s “City Love” and Celine Dion’s French-language hit “Je t’aime Encore.” The two then preview next week’s 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards episode by predicting who will win the four major categories.

January 2016 Pop-Up: Double Choruses

On this pop-up episode of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge explore different types of choruses that deviate from the norm: songs with choruses and post-choruses, songs with long, multi-part choruses, and songs with two distinct choruses.

For more reading:
Gary Ewer, “Why a Double Chorus Might Work Better Than a Pre-Chorus,” Secrets of Songwriting.

Songs discussed in this episode:
Maroon 5 – “Maps”
Fifth Harmony – “Sledgehammer”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Boy Problems”
Beyoncé – “Single Ladies”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Nick Jonas – “Jealous”
Girls’ Generation – “Party”
Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Allen Stone – “Fake Future”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Phoebe Ryan – “Mine”
Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”