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Switched on Pop
Switched on Pop
Vulture

A podcast all about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain... more

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Episodes

Why do new Christmas songs fail?

In case you missed it last year: why are there no new Christmas songs? One one hand, there's more holiday... more

29 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
The Art of Flow

In hip-hop, what draws us to an artist is not just the content of their lyrics but how they deliver... more

22 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Willow Smith rocks harder

Coping Mechanism, Willow's new album, is her heaviest music yet. Charlie and Willow chat about the making of the new... more

15 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
The Sound of Sapphism

Tegan & Sara and King Princess have found themselves placed under the banner, "sapphic pop," a term recently coined referring... more

08 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Scary Pockets funkify pop classics (with Lizzy McAlpine)

Scary Pockets is the musical collective that has been transforming pop classics into funk anthems for over half a decade.... more

01 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Up late with Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’

A Taylor Swift album is just not a collection of new music, it’s an exploration of a theme. For the... more

24 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Steve Lacy brings bedroom pop to the Billboard top

It’s the song that launched a thousand TikTok videos – or over 500,000 to be exact: Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit.”  The... more

18 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Why it hurts to release a record (with Sylvan Esso)

Earlier this year, the members of Sylvan Esso took a gamble, making their "most free and wild and strange" album... more

11 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
Santigold sings Spirituals

After a four-year hiatus – and a name drop on a Beyoncé remix – musical polymath Santigold is back with... more

04 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
The future of music pt I

In part 1 of our Vergecast: Future of Music series, Alex Cranz talks with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding about... more

27 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
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