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Switched On Pop

Switched On Pop

Author: Nate Sloan & Charlie Harding

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Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.
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Stairway To Hell: Greta Van Fleet’s Scorching Album Review That Went Viral
Classic rock climaxed a half century ago, yet it still survives in two places: FM radio & Greta Van Fleet. The later are an upstart of four boys from Michigan who have found stardom by dusting off the mantle of guitar driven rock. Their latest album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, bares an uncanny sonic resemblance to Led Zeppelin. Jeremy D. Larson, senior editor of Pitchfork, gave the album a 1.6 out of 10 calling it "stiff, hackneyed, overly precious retro-fetishism." His vicious and hilarious takedown went viral and caused a rift amongst music fans on the internet. We ask Jeremy to join us to reveal what it means to earn such a bad review. After, we do something we've never done before: a track-by-track album breakdown. In a game of musical Pictionary, Charlie challenges Nate to find every Led Zeppelin reference on the album to answer the question: is it a copy or an homage? We have a feeling this will be a divisive episode... Songs Discussed:Greta Van Fleet - Age of ManLed Zeppelin - Rain SongLed Zeppelin - In The LightLed Zeppelin - What Is And What Should Never BeLed Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna ComeLed Zeppelin - Immigrant SongLed Zeppelin - Kashmir Greta Van Fleet - The Cold WindLed Zeppelin - Custard PieGreta Van Fleet - When the Curtain FallsLed Zeppelin - Wanton SongGreta Van Fleet - Watching OverLed Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving YouGreta Van Fleet - Lover, LeaverLed Zeppelin - Whole Lotta LoveSpirit - TaurusMuddy Waters - You Need LoveSmall Faces - You Need LoveWillie Dixon - I Can't Quit You BabeGreta Van Fleet - You're the OneLed Zeppelin - What Is And What Should Never BeGreta Van Fleet - The New DayLed Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far AwayGreta Van Fleet - Mountain of the SunLed Zeppelin - Celebration DayGreta Van Fleet - Brave New WorldLed Zeppelin - Achilles Last StandGreta Van Fleet - AnthemLed Zeppelin - TangerineLover Leaver (Taker, Believer)Read the Pitchfork review of Greta Van Fleet's Anthem Of A Peaceful ArmyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Dave Lawlis

A mere two songs from one decade does not a deep dive make. Anyway to sum it up, the music industry completely dropped the ball and failed to cash in on "alternative" music and college rock in the 1980s. Encouraged by Nirvana's popularity they basically went apeshit in the 90s, taking any act that wasn't quite mainstream and flinging them like so many turds at the wall in the hopes that some of them would stick.

Sep 20th
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Julie McLaughlin

it's a clicky pen, with which she'll write your name. duhhh.

Aug 2nd
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Sofia Zepeda

The episode on "The Deep" was amazing!

Jun 15th
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