Why U Love 2 Listen 2 Prince (with Anil Dash)

https://switchedonpop.com/episodes/why-u-love-2-listen-2-prince-with-anil-dash

Anil Dash is obsessed with Prince. Since he’s the host of the tech podcast Function, he has a unique perspective on the Purple One’s complicated relationship with technology. Anil joins the show to break down the many ways that Prince predicted the sound and science of modern pop, from drum machines to online distribution to internet culture. We’ll discuss how Michael Jackson jacked Prince’s electronic experimentation for Thriller, why Prince liked to lurk in fan chat rooms, and how he found ways to change his sound without ever sacrificing his integrity. We’re only beginning to understand Prince’s legacy, but Anil takes us one step closer to fully appreciating the ahead-of-their-time talents of a once-in-a-century artist.

Anil Dash discusses both the man and his music. Of particular interest was Prince’s use of technology, as well as his influence on others, such as Michael Jackson.

Listened Dolly Parton’s America (with Jad Abumrad) by an author

There are icons, and then there’s Dolly Parton. The country singer-turned-actress-turned-cultural phenomenon has produced a nearly unparalleled body of work, in both quantity (Parton is the sole or co-author of more than three thousand songs) and in legacy. Despite releasing her first album over 60 years ago, Parton’s songs are still covered and performed live by today’s pop artists. Presidential candidates are still selecting her songs as official walk-on music. So what is it exactly that makes her music so enduring? Today, we select four essential Dolly songs for dissection and try to answer that big question with the help of composer, longtime radio-maker and host of the new hit podcast, Dolly Parton’s America—Jad Abumrad. Whether or not you identify as a Dolly Parton fan, or even a country music fan, we think you’ll love this one.

Replied to Who’s Afraid of the Sound of Tik Tok? (w Cat Zhang)

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Bass distorted to the edge of audibility; voices croaking out dark and violent lyrics; a hacked-together DIY aesthetic. This isn’t a fringe musical movement, this is the sound of Tik Tok, the video app used by millions in Generation Z. And soon enough it might also be the sound of pop as…

After listening to your discussion with Cat Zhang about TikTok, I was left wondering whether Hudson Mohawke’s production of BANKS recent album reflected this dirty aesthetics or if this is in fact a reference to SoundCloud rap?
Replied to Total Request Live! Taylor, Lana, Kim, and More (with Sam Sanders) (Switched on Pop)

NPR’s Sam Sanders stops by to break down the tracks that Switched On listeners have been loving. Swedish dancefloor confessionals, songs that stop time, the specificity of Lana Del Ray, and the awkwardness of descending fourths: it’s all on the table in this freewheeling conversation of deep musical nerdiness.

Sam Sanders discussed Taylor Swift’s vocal up tick in Cruel Summer. This is something she does in Getaway Car. Both tracks feature collaboration with Jack Antonoff. Interestingly, this is a technique used in Antonoff’s own music with The Bleachers on tracks Everybody Loves Somebody and Don’t Take the Money. I therefore wonder if it is something that he has introduced to Swift or even vice versa?
Listened Mastering Music (with Dallas Taylor of Twenty Thousand Hertz) from Switched on Pop

Dallas Taylor, host of the stellar sound design series Twenty Thousand Hertz, stops by to fill Nate in on the science and style of mastering: the subtle art that explains why Metallica had to re-release a controversial album, Kanye sounds so crisp, and why the best pop really pops.

In this episode, Dallas Taylor discusses the intricacies involves in the mastering process which involves processing the completed track. This is in contrast to mixing. What was interesting is that different mediums require different masters. This is another interesting take on covers and the ‘original’ song.