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The B-Sides is a podcast for progressives who love pop music. Subscribe today wherever you listen to get biweekly musings from hosts Becky, Hannah, and Mimi on 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.

The B-Sides The B-Sides

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The B-Sides is a podcast for progressives who love pop music. Subscribe today wherever you listen to get biweekly musings from hosts Becky, Hannah, and Mimi on 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.

    47. Selener's Celebrity: Reviewing "My Mind & Me"

    47. Selener's Celebrity: Reviewing "My Mind & Me"

    This week we've got just one more review for you, and then we'll move on to our not-reviewing-a-new-album-or-film-every-episode programming.

    We watched Selena Gomez's new documentary, "My Mind & Me," and now it's time to share some thoughts on the fallacies of celebrity activism, great expectations, managing relationships within pop stardom and child stardom, passing bills through Congress, and more — including the ever-present soulless enterprise we all know as capitalism. Here's a quote we read aloud on the pod and said we'd post here, from A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason Moore:

    “Often in visualizations of the spread of capitalism, the image that offers itself is an asteroid impact or the spread of a disease, which starts at ground or patient zero and metastasizes across the planet. Capitalist frontiers require a more sophisticated science fiction. If capitalism is a disease, then it’s one that eats your flesh — and then profits from selling your bones for fertilizer, and then invests that profit to reap the cane harvest, and then sells that harvest to tourists who pay to visit your headstone. But even this description isn’t adequate. The frontier works only through connection, fixing its failures by siphoning life from elsewhere. A frontier is a site where crises encourage new strategies for profit.”

    We promise that the episode is both connected to this quote and somehow fun at times. It contains multitudes!

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    46. We Came Back For You, Baby: Reviewing "The Loneliest Time"

    46. We Came Back For You, Baby: Reviewing "The Loneliest Time"

    We came back for you with a full episode review of Carly Rae Jepsen's newest album, The Loneliest Time. The album – which was released the same midnight as Midnights – is a moonstruck album, chock-full of the suns and stars. 

    First we do a quick recap of Carly Rae's rise to fame, and then play a fun superlative game about what is most Carly and which lyrics we couldn't understand. We hope you go find yourself or WHATEVER (as long as you listen to this podcast on your journey). Be sure to catch our review of her concert here, too.

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    • 58 min
    45. It's Us, Hi: Reviewing "Midnights"

    45. It's Us, Hi: Reviewing "Midnights"

    The B-Sides is BACK for Season 3! (We came back for you, baby!)

    We are the *most* excited to launch season 3 with a review of Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album, Midnights.

    There’s a lot we would’ve, could’ve, should’ve said, but these are our immediate reactions after our first day of listening. We can’t wait to hear what you think - make sure to get in touch with your reactions.

    We give out superlatives and awards like: The "That's So Tay" Award, The Cringiest Lyric Award, and The Miss AmericaNO Award. Find out what wins ;) 

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    BONUS: Carly Rae Jepsen Concert Review

    BONUS: Carly Rae Jepsen Concert Review

    The B-Sides season 3 is COMING!

    Until then, enjoy this bonus episode. Your friendly neighborhood B-Sides hosts went to see Carly Rae Jepsen live in concert at Radio City Music Hall for her So Nice Tour. Today’s episode is an in-depth review of the magical show - even if you didn’t see the concert, our review will help you Cut To The Feeling.

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    • 57 min
    44. The Long 2009

    44. The Long 2009

    Welcome to our season 2 finale! We're wrapping up 2021 with a nice long chat about the long shadow of 2009 in pop and pop culture. Such power, such impact. It's time to revisit the brash and soaring sound of music, the final cohort of ubiquitous artists, and the transformative technology that ushered in our modern hell scape. Should be fun, so settle in!

    Here was the syllabus for this episode, which we dropped a few days in advance in our discord group:


    Punch, Interview: DJ Earworm
    The Crimson White, 10 Year Column: One DJ distilled pop music into five minutes
    B-Sides Newsletter, The End of Ubiquity
    Vox, How the Taylor Swift-Kanye West VMAs scandal became a perfect American morality tale

    We also promised to share the Miley and Mandy YouTube channel... pls enjoy.

    And thank you for listening, subscribing, and leaving reviews! Here's how to keep up with us in the off season:

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    43. The Ethics of Speculating about Taylor Swift's Sexuality

    43. The Ethics of Speculating about Taylor Swift's Sexuality

    Today we’re going to talk about Taylor Swift. We know it’s not ethical to speculate on celebrities’ sexualities. But it feels so intoxicating - and in some moments, righteous - to speculate on Taylor Swift’s personal life, especially when she invites deep speculation into her discography and all the text she puts out into the world. What’s a progressive to do?

    We’ll tackle this in four parts:


    Part 1: Why it is actually harmful to speculate about anyone’s sexuality
    Part 2: Taylor’s own history on this issue and what her easter eggs have done to melt our brains
    Part 3: Some history, including the history of closeted celebs and open secrets
    Part 4: Trying to land on some actual truths about Taylor
    Then we’ll end with our new favorite segment, what are you listening to?

    Here was the syllabus for this episode, which we dropped a few days in advance in our discord group:


    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rE33nMNB8twCdPLVQudM4kN0N5gv7UnnYQfYy0t3ObI/edit#slide=id.g3b692fe12f_0_0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp3XS0q06Wk especially minute 2:50
    https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-danger-with-speculating-someones-sexual-identity
    Extra credit: an episode of taydar pod. Really any, but especially https://taydarpod.libsyn.com/episode-2-we-are-the-foxes-0

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

bfg333 ,

Edutainment in its purest form

I love the B-sides for soo many reasons. I love having a forum about pop music. I love that it feels like I’m just chatting with friends. I love that it challenges me to think about how music is reflecting the good/bad/ugly of our culture. Such a fun and thoughtful listening experience!

feathered ,

bad audio quality, weird takes

This show was recommended by a podcast critic I follow so I gave it a try. I can’t recommend it for two reasons. I am not usually a stickler for sound quality, but I guess my standards are higher for podcasts about music because it really bothered me in this one. The audio quality is poor, silences haven’t been edited out, and there weren’t any clips in the episode I tried. In a music podcast! The huge silences made me think my podcast app had actually broken. It’s painful to listen to.

I could overlook it if the content was stellar, but the show also has some incredibly bizarre takes. Like, they imply that Taylor Swift is a predator or something because she occasionally writes about the sexualization of young people, especially in the entertainment industry? and say she must stop? when it’s just a thing that is relevant to Swift’s life and career? Fair if you just dislike a lyric, but to make insinuations about a pattern is beyond. It’s such a strange take that I wonder if this supposed “progressive”‘podcast is some sort of op…or if the hosts lack critical thinking so profoundly that they have been taken in by the right wing ops that push puritanical ideology through fan culture. Either way, I won’t be listening to or recommending this show.

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!

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