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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

657 Ratings
Average Ratings
407
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Jon

By Me766bbeg - Mar 27 2020
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John C. is anti-prententia, which is why some don’t like him. I love his no holes barred takes

Love the pod!

By Sebestian Merryweather - Jan 19 2020
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If you want some interesting insight into music and its criticism definitely give it a listen!

iTunes Ratings

657 Ratings
Average Ratings
407
94
40
51
65

Jon

By Me766bbeg - Mar 27 2020
Read more
John C. is anti-prententia, which is why some don’t like him. I love his no holes barred takes

Love the pod!

By Sebestian Merryweather - Jan 19 2020
Read more
If you want some interesting insight into music and its criticism definitely give it a listen!
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Popcast

Latest release on Jul 09, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

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Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.

Oct 27 2014

38mins

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Rank #2: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

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Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.

Nov 14 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: ASAP Rocky Returns to a Haze

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Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica discuss ASAP Rocky’s new album.

May 29 2015

21mins

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Rank #4: Popcast: Beyoncé Serves Up ‘Lemonade’

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New York Times critics and writers discuss the singer’s new album.

Apr 26 2016

39mins

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Rank #5: Popcast: The Influence of ‘808s and Heartbreak’

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Times music critics discuss the influence of Kanye West’s album on current musical styles.

Oct 09 2015

37mins

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Rank #6: Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns

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A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.

Aug 25 2016

52mins

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Rank #7: Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries

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A Coachella set stunning in scope and execution. The first Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t from classical or jazz. A conversation about the two artists’ triumphs.

Apr 25 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #8: How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel

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Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles. Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz

Dec 08 2018

47mins

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Rank #9: Popcast: The Return of Adele

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Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles discuss her new album, “25.”

Nov 13 2015

32mins

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Rank #10: Popcast: Beyonce and Rihanna Take a Different Approach

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Times critics discuss the recent music releases of each singer.

Feb 12 2016

52mins

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Rank #11: Carly Rae Jepsen Grows Up

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With “Emotion,” the singer known best for “Call Me Maybe” embraces a seductive side to her music.

Aug 21 2015

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Rank #12: Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?

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Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Aug 27 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #13: The War Over ‘La La Land’: Gotta Hear Both Sides

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The toast of Hollywood has divided our culture writers. Two of the movie’s boosters go to battle with two of its critics in this week’s Popcast.

Jan 27 2017

49mins

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Rank #14: Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated? Discuss

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In the mid-2000s, the pop singer had platinum albums and an MTV reality show. Hear the first of two conversations about Ms. Simpson’s misunderstood career.

Mar 09 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #15: Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

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A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.

Dec 31 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: Debating the Best Albums of 2019

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How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Dec 20 2019

57mins

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Rank #17: Popcast: Justin Bieber Is Back. Thank Poo Bear.

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The Times’s pop music squad on the unlikely songwriter behind “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean?”

Oct 16 2015

13mins

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Rank #18: How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment

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“Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; VF.com's Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.

Aug 28 2018

58mins

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Rank #19: Is Billie Eilish the Future of Pop?

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The 17-year-old musician has been revising the rules of young stardom. But she may be more of a classicist than her aesthetic would suggest. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; Meaghan Garvey

Apr 19 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey: How to Make a Pop Album in 2017

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Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.

Jun 16 2017

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The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels

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Killer Mike and El-P’s anti-government and pro-justice hip-hop feels like it anticipated the current moment. Guest: Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce.

Jul 09 2020

1hr 5mins

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Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?

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A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.

Jun 30 2020

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Lil Baby Is Warming Up to the Spotlight

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His protest song “The Bigger Picture” marks a high point in his evolution from reluctant up-and-comer to one of hip-hop’s reliable superstars. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Jun 21 2020

42mins

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The Long, Complicated History of ‘Urban’ Music

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As the music industry reckons with racial inequality, one of the first old structures to fall has been a term that dates back to the 1970s. Guest: Nelson George.

Jun 15 2020

58mins

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How Did The Source Cover the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings?

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Two former editors look back at the magazine’s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.

Jun 07 2020

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After Missteps, Pop Stars Apologize … and Sometimes Push Back

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Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.

Jun 01 2020

1hr 14mins

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The Many Lives of Doja Cat

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The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.

May 18 2020

46mins

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Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm

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Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.

May 11 2020

1hr 1min

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The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade

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A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.

Apr 30 2020

53mins

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Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?

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Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.

Apr 19 2020

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Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader

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The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.

Apr 11 2020

47mins

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Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders

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Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.

Apr 05 2020

56mins

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What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.

Mar 27 2020

57mins

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What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?

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Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.

Mar 20 2020

1hr 17mins

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How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?

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The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.

Mar 19 2020

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The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala

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How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.

Mar 08 2020

43mins

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The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

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The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Feb 28 2020

58mins

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Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

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One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.

Feb 21 2020

1hr 1min

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Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

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The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Feb 14 2020

1hr 8mins

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Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

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The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Feb 07 2020

1hr 3mins

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iTunes Ratings

657 Ratings
Average Ratings
407
94
40
51
65

Jon

By Me766bbeg - Mar 27 2020
Read more
John C. is anti-prententia, which is why some don’t like him. I love his no holes barred takes

Love the pod!

By Sebestian Merryweather - Jan 19 2020
Read more
If you want some interesting insight into music and its criticism definitely give it a listen!