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What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

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What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

    The Many Colors of Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’

    The Many Colors of Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’

    Lady Gaga’s 6th album is a conceptual release about a future that is neither utopian nor dystopian. Despite its sci-fi visuals, the album looks more to the past and present than the future. Chromatica gives us a world that sounds like 90s house music made for this summer’s cancelled Pride parties. It is lyrically somber, but musically upbeat, a productive tension that inspires hope. Gaga shared that she made this album to help her and her ‘little monsters’ dance through the pain. So we called on our listeners to dig up the most meaningful moments on the album and help us tour the world of Chromatica.
    SONGS DISCUSSED

    Lady Gaga - Chromatica I, 1000 Doves, Alice, Bad Romance, Stupid Love, Fun Tonight, Paparazzi, The Fame, Rain On Me, Since From Above, Babylon

    Gwen McCray - All This Love

    Cassius - Feeling For You

    Avicci & Sebastien Drums - My Feelings For You


    MORE
    "Welcome To Chromatica" playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6nIb85jPqtjhjuOB3DUI49?si=Vy9LLNWcSAeih_V2Amq6Aw
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    • 35 min
    I Am America (w Shea Diamond and Justin Tranter)

    I Am America (w Shea Diamond and Justin Tranter)

    Shea Diamond has experienced so many facets of America as a black trans woman, and with songwriter Justin Tranter, she's woven those experiences into "I Am America," a blistering, funky anthem about community and belonging. Her track is also the theme song for the new HBO show "We're Here," which follows a team of a drag queens bringing drag shows to small towns across the country, challenging our assumptions about who makes up the "real America."
    We sit down with Diamond and Tranter to discuss singing as preaching, what it means to release this track during Pride month, why the flat seventh hits so good, and how the horns on the song feature producer Eren Cannata's dad Richie on sax, making this bop a true family affair.
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    • 22 min
    Baz Luhrmann’s “Sunscreen Song” — The 90s’ Most Unlikely Hit (with Avery Trufelman)

    Baz Luhrmann’s “Sunscreen Song” — The 90s’ Most Unlikely Hit (with Avery Trufelman)

    In 1999 filmmaker Baz Luhrmann released the song “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen,” a 7-minute-long graduation speech set to downtempo electronic music. It was a highly unlikely hit that made its way across continents and eventually into the ears of a young Avery Trufelman via the album NOW That’s What I Call Music Volume 2. For over 20 years, Trufelman has applied the song’s advice to her daily life: “wear sunscreen… be nice to your siblings… do one thing every day that scares you.” This unusual song has left a lasting impression, and yet for Trufelman, it makes no sense that “The Sunscreen Song” was commercially successful. We investigate the song’s many architects — novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and Baz Luhrmann himself — to unpack one of the internet’s first conspiracy theories that turned into Billboard’s greatest outlier. 

    SONGS DISCUSSED
    Baz Luhrmann - Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
    Think - Once You Understand

    MORE
    The BBC documentary on “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszvtr
    Another speech set to music, Byron MacGregor/Gordon Sinclair’s “Americans,” peaked at #4 in 1974
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    Jacob Collier on staying creative and his 646 track song “All I Need”

    Jacob Collier on staying creative and his 646 track song “All I Need”

    Quarantined in his family’s music room, musician Jacob Collier has been remarkably productive. Known for his polymathic musical talents, Collier has used this time to reflect on, and release new music. His latest song “All I Need,” was created with new technology that let him record remotely with his collaborators Mahalia and Ty Dolla $ign. The song is uplifting. It modulates into arcane keys that evoke the euphoria of newfound love. Collier’s also been convening live streams with artists like Tori Kelly and Chris Martin where Collier seemingly defies the laws of physics to collaborate, in time, over long-distance video chat. Collier is a hopeful voice, demonstrating how music can boost our spirits in dark times.
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    • 35 min
    What it means to make music in 2020

    What it means to make music in 2020

    The pandemic has upended the art and business of making music. Producing, performing and releasing — every aspect is new and uncharted. The need for social distancing means that it’s unsafe to collaborate in small studios or perform for large crowds — not to mention finding the right thing to sing about in such a charged moment. We’re telling three stories about how artists are working within these constraints: Ricky Reed and John-Robert have found a way to generate a creative spark remotely, Jacob Collier has defied the laws of physics to master live performance over the internet, and Dua Selah has released a powerful new track that helps support the protests in Minneapolis. Everything is radically different than it was a few months ago, but these stories shine a light on why making music matters more than ever in 2020. 

    SONGS DISCUSSED
    Lizzo - Juice
    John-Robert, Ricky Reed, Zach Sekof - Favorite Boy
    Bill Withers - Lean On Me performed by Ty Dolla Sign & Jacob Collier
    Jacob Collier - All I Need
    D’Angelo - Feel Like Making Love
    Stevie Wonder - You And I performed by Tori Kelly and Jacob Collier
    Dua Saleh - Body Cast
    Dua Saleh - Sugar Mama
    Dua Saleh - Moth
    Dua Saleh - Smut
    Sister Rosetta Tharp - This Little Light Of Mine

    MORE
    Watch Nice Live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC24tNtu1NuD9yZ9t2YUATIQ
    Dua Saleh's "Body Cast" BandCamp campaign: https://duasaleh.bandcamp.com/track/body-cast
    Listen to Dua Saleh's new album Rosetta: https://duasaleh.bandcamp.com/album/rosetta
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    • 35 min
    Big Floyd And The Influence Of Houston Chopped N Screwed Music

    Big Floyd And The Influence Of Houston Chopped N Screwed Music

    In a Rolling Stone article titled “He Shook The World: George Floyd’s Legendary Houston Legacy”, writer Charles Holmes reveals the musical past of the man who has become an international symbol for justice since his murder. Known as “Big Floyd” in his Houston community, he was part of the city’s Screwed Up Click, a hip-hop collective centered around the now-legendary producer DJ Screw. This underground scene created a style of slowed-down “chopped and screwed” hip-hop that seeped into mainstream hip-hop, and has even been appropriated by bubblegum Top 40. In this episode we unpack how this chopped and screwed sound took over pop and shine a light on George Floyd’s involvement with the Screwed Up Click.

    MORE
    Read Charles Holmes’ Rolling Stone article: '”He Shook the World': George Floyd's Legendary Houston Legacy”

    SONGS DISCUSSED

    DJ Screw - Sittin On Top Of The World ft. Big Floyd

    Mike Jones - Still Tippin’

    Mikes Jones - Back Then

    Chamillionaire - Ridin

    Chamillionaire - Roll Call

    Paul Wall - Sittin Sidewayz

    Nelly - Grillz ft Paul Wall

    Kanye West, Paul Wall - Drive Slow

    Drake - November 18th

    A$AP Rocky - Purple Swag

    The Weeknd - Initiation

    Beyoncé - Bow Down

    THE SCOTTS - THE SCOTTS

    Travis Scott - Sicko Mode

    Travis Scott - R.I.P. Screw

    DJ Screw - In The Air Tonight


    E.S.G. DJ Screw - Swangin and Bangin

    DJ Screw - Screwed Up Click - Red pt 2

    DJ Screw - 3 In The Morning

    DJ Screw - June 27th Freestyle


    DJ Screw and Lil’ Keke - Pimpin Tha Pen


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    • 32 min

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