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”

Favorite Songs Of 2015

On the last episode of 2015, Kurt Trowbridge and Scott Interrante are joined by Kira Grunenberg and Annie Dineen to discuss our favorite songs of the year. Kurt picks Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me,” Annie picks Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” Kira picks Little May’s “Home,” and Scott picks Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Let’s Get Lost.”

For more reading:
Annie Dineen, “Interview: Chris Stapleton Talks ‘Traveler,’ Writing Process, and a Changing Nashville” The Shotgun Seat.
Kira Grunenberg, “Music Collections Everywhere Will Find Great Company in Little May’s Debut!” Throw The Dice and Play Nice.

Talking About Pop

How do we communicate our thoughts and feelings on pop music? What is mainstream pop music’s cultural position and in what ways is that related to gender? On Episode 16 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by fellow pop music podcasters Ellen Mayer and Charlie Harding to talk about talking about pop.

Be sure to also check out Pitch and Switched on Pop.