259 episodes

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

    The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler

    The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler

    The NYT pop music team fights (nicely!) over the 2020 Grammy Awards.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

    How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

    Radio hits are different from TikTok smashes. And the shift is having an impact on songwriting.

    • 53 min
    In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them

    In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them

    Breaking down the best jazz of the past year.

    • 56 min
    Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

    Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

    Our critics get grilled about their best-of lists from the past decade.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Debating the Best Albums of 2019

    Debating the Best Albums of 2019

    Who made the best LP-length statements of the year? The team has a few different ideas.

    • 57 min
    Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame

    Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame

    A generation of musicians is finding fame without the resources to deal with the traumas it can bring.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

ThirdPrize ,

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Great podcast, even if it is just a bunch of white middle aged dudes talking about how much they love Taylor Swift and hip hop (and country and jazz).

myonetrackmind.com ,

I LOVE THIS

I can't believe I have just discovered this. I've listened to just about every episode in a month!
Such great insight. Credible and relatable.
If I could have dreamed up a podcast, this would be it.

Bookblob ,

Top two best podcasts

I absolutely love the NYT Popcast. It’s the only place you can find this level of analysis of this broad a range of genres, covering so much of popular music from hip hop and pop to country and emo. I find Jon Caramanica a charming and charismatic host and the guests are a really good, often female (yay!) mix of writers from the New York Times and elsewhere. I’ve learnt so much from listening and have devoured the archive. I even listen to episodes where I don’t actually like the band or genre they discuss.

FYI my joint first other favourite is In Our Time, which covers lots of topics in great detail and is a similar sort of pleasure for me: expert but entertaining discussion on a wise range of topics. Would listen to a Bragg/Caramanica crossover podcast.

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