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The B-Sides is a podcast for lefties who love pop music. Want to talk about the moral necessity of Carly Rae Jepsen albums to pull us through the careening emergency that is American politics? Subscribe today to get biweekly musings about pop’s place in our world, and the music you should put in your ears to fuel your reckoning with the trashfires all around us.

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The B-Sides is a podcast for lefties who love pop music. Want to talk about the moral necessity of Carly Rae Jepsen albums to pull us through the careening emergency that is American politics? Subscribe today to get biweekly musings about pop’s place in our world, and the music you should put in your ears to fuel your reckoning with the trashfires all around us.

    Folklore: The E(mergency)-Sides

    Folklore: The E(mergency)-Sides

    Folklore just dropped.

    Let's talk about it. Welcome to: The E-Sides!

    Our wary quarantine minds and bodies needed this album more than we realized. Our moodiness found purpose when Taylor Swift gave it a body of work to hold onto.

    But some people are using Taylor's "acoustic" project as a way to diss her earlier, pop-y work. We won't stand for it! Let's talk about that. Let's talk about *how* to talk about Karlie Kloss. Let's talk about how we think this album stacks up to others, and let's talk about each song one by one.

    The conversations gotta continue with each and every one of you, so make sure to follow us on insta: instagram.com/listentothebsides and join the facebook group: bit.ly/bsidesfbgroup

    We are in between seasons 1 and 2 right now - if you subscribed rn you would seriously be helping Hannah, Becky, and Mimi so much.

    Thank you for subscribing and leaving a review!

    Find us everywhere you find your podcasts! Including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    • 52 min
    Mini Episode: The Death of Pop

    Mini Episode: The Death of Pop

    How do you record an album in quarantine?

    Find out in this special interview with Frass Green, a DC band that Hannah had the honor of interviewing for the pod.

    Frass Green's EP, "Death of Pop," drops TODAY, May 29. Our interview covers what the album means to them, what it's like to be a DC band that some people think might be pop, what impact the violin solo in "Ocean Avenue" had on the band's musical journeys, and whether or not you have a moral imperative to listen to an Ariana Grande album in order.

    Informed in equal parts by the rambling energy of early garage rock coupled with the simple sounds and harmonies of the 1960’s, Frass Green, comprised of Joe Antoshak (rhythm guitar, vocals), Tyler Rippel (bass, keys, vocals), Antonio Peluso (drums) and Matt Lachance (lead guitar, violin, vocals), makes basement beach pop from the heart of Washington, D.C.

    We are in between seasons 1 and 2 right now - if you subscribed rn you would seriously be helping Hannah, Becky, and Mimi so much.

    Thank you for subscribing and leaving a review! Make sure to follow us on insta: instagram.com/listentothebsides and join the facebook group: bit.ly/bsidesfbgroup

    Find us everywhere you find your podcasts! Including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    • 45 min
    18. It Was the End of a Decade, But the Start of an Age

    18. It Was the End of a Decade, But the Start of an Age

    On our season finale, we take a trip down memory lane. We recap our favorite artists, songs, and theme from this past decade and make perditions about 2020. Who will be president? Whose album are we most excited for? Listen and let us know!

    Thank you for subscribing and leaving a review! Make sure to follow us on insta: instagram.com/listentothebsides and join the facebook group: bit.ly/bsidesfbgroup

    Find us everywhere you find your podcasts! Including Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-b-sides/id1466173939
    And Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KLSwKrVhgCwbIuIfTwRNS?si=MQCputEnROSjluLxe21h-g

    • 59 min
    17. The Rise And Rise Of Kesha

    17. The Rise And Rise Of Kesha

    Kesha is a queen. But did we always appreciate her as such? We dig into not only Kesha's talent and resilience, but start to shed a spotlight on the toxic music industry that fed on her success and ended up hurting her greatly. But of course - she took the Higher Road. As always we have three segments: - A-Sides - 9:15 - B-Sides - 20:10 - U-Sides - 57:43 Here are some links 4u: 1. THE B-SIDES ZIIIINE! bit.ly/buybsideszine2019 2. The B-Sides NEWSLETTER! bit.ly/listentothebsides 3. The second B-Sides newsletter EVER in Feb. 2017 about Kesha and Dr. Luke: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=8b3473bed77cfff96ccea4435&id=b99ec94ccd&e=13fa5c1d60 4. A timeline of Kesha and Dr. Luke. This one is from 2016 so it's old but it has some helpful context: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/kesha-and-dr-luke-everything-you-need-to-know-to-understand-the-case-106731/ 5. And finally, because we're incredibly proud, here's the link to the Bello Collective Top 100 podcasts which, spoiler alert, we’re on: https://bellocollective.com/100-best-podcasts-of-2019-7f4c083d43f7 Thank you for subscribing and leaving a review! Make sure to follow us on insta: instagram.com/listentothebsides and join the facebook group: bit.ly/bsidesfbgroup Find us everywhere you find your podcasts! Including Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-b-sides/id1466173939 And Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KLSwKrVhgCwbIuIfTwRNS?si=MQCputEnROSjluLxe21h-g

    • 1 hr 1 min
    16. Music, Activism, and Accelerated Capitalism w. Special Guest Dan Baggarly

    16. Music, Activism, and Accelerated Capitalism w. Special Guest Dan Baggarly

    This week's episode is pure B-Sides: we're devoting the whole thing to an interview with a very special guest, Dan Baggarly of Philly-based bands Trash Boy and Little War. Dan has been a versatile musician and progressive activist for most of his life, and the thoughts that spill from his brain are well worth your time and ours. Together, we talk through questions like How do we align our music consumption with our politics? Accelerated capitalism's influence on the music industry is bad, no? What does it mean to care without giving in to despair? Should we be dunking on Spotify more often? Is indie pop a defined sub-genre? and Who will take the trash out when we're gone?

    Songs played:
    20:36 - Government Skatepark by Trash Boy
    1:08:19 - Hellaware by Trash Boy

    For more of Dan's music and thoughts:
    Check out any/all streaming apps under "Trash Boy"
    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - @trashboyphilly
    &
    Littlewarhxc.bandcamp.com

    And lastly, thank you for subscribing and leaving a review! Make sure to follow the B-Sides on Instagram: instagram.com/listentothebsides and join the Facebook group: bit.ly/bsidesfbgroup
    You can find the B-Sides everywhere you find your podcasts! Including Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-b-sides/id1466173939
    And Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KLSwKrVhgCwbIuIfTwRNS?si=MQCputEnROSjluLxe21h-g

    • 1 hr 10 min
    15. From Broadway to Beverly Hills

    15. From Broadway to Beverly Hills

    On this week's b-sides we take you from Broadway to Beverly Hills. Focusing in on three "stars" (Ben Platt, Lea Michele, and Ariana Grande), we take down the winding road that lead them from the broadway stage to (maybe) platinum studio albums. Why did only one of these three make it in the pop world? Can Lea Michele read? Why does Ben Platt dance like Robyn in the RAIN video? Listen to find out!

    As always we have three segments:
    - A-Sides - 4:02
    - B-Sides - 15:42
    - U-Sides - 48:19

    Thank you for subscribing and leaving a review! Make sure to follow us on insta: instagram.com/listentothebsides and join the facebook group: bit.ly/bsidesfbgroup

    Find us everywhere you find your podcasts! Including Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-b-sides/id1466173939
    And Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KLSwKrVhgCwbIuIfTwRNS?si=MQCputEnROSjluLxe21h-g

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

ThatHawkwardGuy ,

One of my favorite podcasts!

The B-Sides have quickly become one of my favorite casts of 2019. They embrace pop music as more than "guilty pleasure" music, and talk frankly and honestly about how it impacts our lives. They also foster a really great online community on Facebook and Instagram!

VEC4 ,

So funny so sharp

These hosts know exactly what they’re talking about and they’re so relatable! Love it. If you like real pop music you’ll like this podcast.

rihannon17 ,

Keep it up!

This podcast rules. It sits at the intersection of pop and politics, and the gals who host it provide innovative topics and incisive commentary. No doubt they'll help us through the next Taylor Swift album release, the 2020 election, and the major pop cultural events in between!

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