Pop Anniversaries and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”


On Episode 13 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Atlantic Records A&R consultant and music blogger Adam Soybel to celebrate the podcast’s 1 year anniversary by discussing pop anniversaries and pop nostalgia. The panel then talks about the latest single by The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” and its relationship to Apple Music.

Resilience, Melancholy, and Rihanna’s “American Oxygen”


On Episode 12 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Robin James, to discuss her new book ‘Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism’ and Rihanna’s “American Oxygen.”

For more reading:
Robin James, Resilience and Melancholy: Pop Music, Feminism, Neoliberalism, Zero Books.

Brian Wilson’s ‘No Pier Pressure’ and Veteran Pop Artists


On Episode 11 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music blogger Bill Smith and undergraduate Music & Culture student at University of California, Riverside Missy Kyzer to talk about the latest album from Brian Wilson, No Pier Pressure, and the phenomenon of the aging pop star.

Max Martin and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”


On Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Melbourne, Australia-based pop podcaster Daniel Gregg and Music Theory Ph.D. candidate Megan Lavengood to talk about legendary pop producer and songwriter Max Martin. We then delve deeper into his most recent hit, Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and close with a special Max Martin themed Unmuted Pop Songs segment.

Signifiers of Korean Pop and 4Minute’s “Crazy”


On Episode 9 of Pop Unmuted, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by New York-based Korean artist and Columbia MFA student Bora Kim and Seoul-based American writer Jakob Dorof to talk about K-pop. We discuss what makes K-pop unique from Western pop and the potential CL of 2ne1 has in crossing over to an American audience. Then we shift our focus to the latest 4Minute single “Crazy.”

Chart To Chart and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds”


For the first episode of 2015, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge discuss the importance and meaning of charts both Billboard and personal with fellow bloggers and chart makers Adam Soybel and Bill Smith. The group then discusses the recent out-of-left-field collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds.”

Check out Kurt’s personal chart at KurtTrowbridge.com,
Adam’s personal chart, “Adam’s Top 40” on POP! Goes the Charts,
and Bill’s personal chart on the BillCS Music Blog.

Big Booties, Big Sales, and Feminism in 2014 Pop


For the final episode of Pop Unmuted in 2014, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Ph.D. Music Theory student Taylor Myers and Music Theory Master’s student Aurora Montgomery to talk about women in pop in 2014. We talk Beyonce, Booties, and Taylor Swift, along with some of our own personal favorite moments of women in pop.