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.
Is Drake Tired of Drake?
“Certified Lover Boy” dominated the charts, but something seems to have shifted in the most influential pop star of the past decade. Guests: The Ringer's Charles Holmes and Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza.
Miss the Old Kanye? Try the New Kanye.
West has always been dreaming big, speaking loudly, courting controversy and channeling all of that into music. But one thing has changed. Guests: Vibe's Datwon Thomas and The Ringer's Justin Charity.
Lorde Steals Her Sunshine Back
How successful is a sunny new phase of her career, and what does it mean to choose to move away from the expectations of superstardom? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
The Style of Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Era
How West has used fashion to signify musical evolution, how he’s been regarded by the fashion industry and how other musicians are following in his footsteps. Guests: GQ's Rachel Tashjian and Vogue's Steff Yotka.
The Lox, Triumphant at Verzuz
A conversation about New York hip-hop in the 1990s and early 2000s, and a night that brought the spirit of battle back to the pandemic-era staple. Guests: Jayson Rodriguez and Jayson Buford.
Billie Eilish’s New Pop Perspective
How has the teenage phenomenon’s songwriting, and her relationship to the larger music machine, evolved between albums? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
Keeping Music Journalism Alive
This podcast is one of the best sources of music discussion on offer - New York Times Chief Pop Critic Jon Caramanica leads an utterly fantastic show that applies consistently fascinating and diverse opinions - always delivered with an unfailingly hilarious sense of humour - while never forgetting to hit the nail on the head and keep music journalism fresh, exciting and, above all, honest. And the show isn’t afraid of those hot takes! From specials on Ashlee Simpson to regular check ins on what’s happening with Queen Taylor to celebrations of musicians lost that, frankly, nowhere else is doing - Jon and the gang have created an incredible community for music lovers across the globe. Every episode is a joy.
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).
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.