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I can’t handle Jon’s sanctimony and misogyny.
love the hot takes
Sometimes I get the feeling that they they are contrarian just to be contrarian. Gets more hits that’s way I guess 🤷🏻‍♂️


Used to love this podcast. Now it’s just them being mean and complaining. Next.
The host is so bad. He talks over women constantly and never lets them finish their thoughts. Why does a straight man get the privilege to host a podcast about pop music? This isn’t a genre for him and he doesn’t need to be here.


By Nadnerb
Hot takes tbqh
Love this podcast. In these times of Corona boredom I’ve been perusing the Taylor Swift catalog. Would you be willing to rank all of her catalog and defend your rankings.
This show is informative funny and awesome. It’s great to listen to and I love the music commentary!!


John C. is anti-prententia, which is why some don’t like him. I love his no holes barred takes
i’m unsure as to why the NY Times insists on having Jon Caramanica as their representative of music criticism. his insistence on being “edgy” is grating, and belies his Peter Pan syndrome. Jon, you’re 45 years old; stop acting you’re like a walking “How do you do, fellow kids?” meme.
I've been listening for several years, largely as a NYT loyalist, but it's time to step away. The focus is oddly narrow, and returns to the same Taylor, Drake commentfest literally every week. It's cringey and sad when there is so much music being produced right now, good, bad, innovative and rehash- whatever - it all would make for interesting criticism. I wish John P or Karen G had their own shows, because the perspectives are articulate and educated, but mostly I wish that John C would stop trying so hard to be hip, stop the incessant snark, and stop cutting off others. I know his actual age, but I feel like I'm in the radio presence of a 14 year old boy whose trying to make sure everyone knows he's cool, he knows Brooklyn, he's lived in London, he knows more than any girl in the room, and he thinks he is so funny.
I love listening to critiques on art, on music, on the nuance of newer artists. The insistent Billie “Eyelash” pronunciation — why? What does it add to the conversation? I felt compelled to listen longer, for the clever and fresh outlook by the female critic. But the dude repeatedly and purposefully mispronouncing Eilish — I don’t get it. I was hoping to subscribe to another music podcast, to listen to while I paint. Going to just stick to the respectful speakers of Switched on Pop.
Why John? Just why.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for a year now and I’ve always found the host to be a hater who talked over his guests to state his own grating opinions, but kept listening because I do like guests such as Karen and Joe. I’m writing this review because of the host’s comments on Billie Eilish. I’m not even a huge Billie fan. But reducing her accomplishments by saying any teenage suburban white girl with a mental illness can become her...I’m in shock the New York Times would allow their critic to say those things about a teenage girl. The reason why Billie was apologizing for sweeping the Grammys is because of men like you who claim she’s only successful because of a schtick.
If you want some interesting insight into music and its criticism definitely give it a listen!
Much better than all songs considered
A word of advice— let the woman host on this episode discuss ‘The Man’! Consistently interrupting and speaking over her as she tries to talk about the message of the song is quite ironic.
Love the podcast! Can’t help but notice it’s almost impossible for a female guest to finish a sentence without being talked over. I’m sure it’s not intentional but more work needs to be done there.
Please fire the guy and get someone who actually talks about pop music. If I wanted a straight out of touch guy to talk to me about pop music I would ask my dad about Taylor Swift
All of the people on this podcast sound jaded and faded and tired. I consider it less reviewing and critiquing- mostly complaining and poking fun at everything they particularly don’t have exposure to.... and for that, I can’t take it too seriously. Sounds like TMZ.
I really enjoy the conversations that are had and the guests that come are always top notch! Jon is very cynical and judgmental in a way that makes the listener feel alienated, but he kinda makes up for it by the breadth of knowledge he has. I just wish he didn’t feel the need to remind the listener and interrupt his guests to let them know that
I love this pod! I’ve been diving into to the whole catalogue and have been consistently entertained and informed. My fav thus far has to be the treatise on Ashlee Simpson (parts 1 & 2). It showed how well-versed and open-minded and critically curious Jon and his amazing guests are. It made me think contextually about music and also realize how many bangers “Autobiography” actually had, lol. It was before its time!!! Jon is awesome and thoroughly passionate and he always brings on some of my favorite music writers and journalists — it’s so cool to hear them aloud. I don’t believe they’ve done this before, but I request a Lana deep dive if possible! Would love to hear their thoughts.
F###&$$ FIRE THIS GUY ALREADY. 🔥 NYT, you can do better. Nearly unbearable listen every time.
That podcast is to long I can not just sit there for like an hour watching one podcast I mean i watched part of it but I had to do other things so I had to leave it that’s why the bad review
I've really enjoyed Jon Caramanica's efforts to transform this podcast into a more free-flowing, less stuffy dialogue on music that's relevant and deeper issues that underly conversations about popular music.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for two and a half years now and have listened to nearly every episode released. Lately the topics over the summer of 2019 haven’t been ‘as’ interesting to me personally, but I love the commentary and back and forth banter with the hosts. I think Jon tries to bring in more experienced cohosts when he isn’t as knowledgeable on things (jazz, Brazilian music, female punk pop). Don’t get let down by the negative reviews, just focus on what you’re good at and do your research! Will continue listening for life!
My first experience with music podcasts. I wanted more musical discussion. Otherwise, what's the point? They just talked about quietness and ended with ASMR.
I’m surprised about how the one-sided opinions of the host (and I’m assuming producers) are blindly accepted as fact or truth without need for consideration. I love The Daily and wanted to see what other podcasts were put out by the NYT. The two podcasts are worlds apart with respect to standards of journalism. The topics are interesting, and I like to hear opinions that differ from my own (ie Air Pods, country rap), but the lack of acknowledgement of counter-opinions is frustrating and not respectable. I subscribe to the NYT to support The Daily. I hope that none of that money goes to this podcast.
I don’t always agree with the host and guests, but they always leave me thinking about aspects of music culture from a perspective I had not yet considered. Yes, John C. can sound like he’s Trying To Be Cool when he forcefully inserts the latest youth slang into his dialog, but the guy at least has a well-considered take on most issues and provokes his guests into a natural debate. Would love to hear more critics from outside the NYC bubble, especially when discussing aspects of music culture from the south.
Pedro finally on the mic! I’ll rate and review now. Five stars
Really did the listeners dirty on this episode. I’m stunned.
It takes a lot to ruin a podcast about music, but the most annoying podcast host I’ve come across manages to do just that on a weekly basis. Get over yourself Mr. Caramanica; drop all your interruptions and everything else that you do to hear yourself talk. Give your guests and the listeners some breathing room.
While these hosts have clearly gone to school to be able to critique music for the NYT, the main host (Caramanica I believe) lacks any sort of insight on the culture that he soaks up the majority of these hour-long episodes critiquing. On top of that, the episodes I've heard featured exclusively male voices that unsurprisingly spoke of women musicians rarely and more negatively than their male counterparts. There truly isn't much substance to be found in this "popcast" as these critics are so far removed from mainstream youth culture that they can't accurately cover what the mainstream youth are listening to, never mind provide any real insight. It's hard enough to find podcasts about music that don't sound like they were recorded through a soda can, so it's especially disappointing to see the New York Times put its name on something so subpar (and that word choice is generous).
I love this show! I've been a fan from the beginning and I love all of the guests, hosts, topics on the show- really loved this weeks episode on Gospel + Rap. Also, Pedro + Headstepper you're great! I am fascinated by some of the one star reviews! We don't have to agree with everything everyone says on every podcast to still love it. Keep it up!!
I listened to the Maggie Rogers review and was dumbfounded by how narrowminded and ridiculous you sound. Jon asked, "Pharrell, have you never heard music before?". Are you serious? He has multiple Grammy's and has recorded in various genres. Yes, he's heard music before. He wasn't comparing Maggie with Wu-Tang, as if they are "the same". He was referring to their uniqueness. No one in America is really doing what she's doing. PLUS, she stood out from the other students he had just listened to, providing constructive criticism. Telling them to find their own sound, as they each came off as carbon copies of artists they admire. When he heard Maggie's song, also a student, he was blown away by the lyrics (he complimented her folk background) and the structure of the song, from the beats, to the harmonies, and the break. "Alaska" was exactly what he was trying to convey to the rest of the class, in that it was unique and it was her own thing. Also, it doesn't matter how many times you've listened to the song, it's still a great song. Yet, these clowns want to talk about everything but, like gossipy mean girls. If you enjoy listening to pretentious, narrow-minded podcasters who think they're funny, this one is for you. If you prefer reviews with substance, skip this and find something else.
I super love that Jon C can have fun moments about Charlie Puth and then also go in with reporting on latest episode about Ryan Adams. Keep it up fab people!
This podcast is excellent. Extremely knowledgeable people discussing and dissecting the current Music landscape. Caramanica (the host) is great and smart. Coscorelli (reporter on sometimes) is beyond excellent. Cannot recommend it enough. I even listen to episodes about topics I don't care about just to hear their take.
I really wanted to like this podcast but it’s very cringey listening to Jon using AAVE. Like I get it your a hip-hop fan but for a 43 year-old, white guy it just comes off as you’re trying too hard to prove to black people that you’re “down”. I also tried to get into your actual NYT articles and lately every other article is about Cardi B. I can’t wait until Wesley and Jenna come back from their hiatus.
Jesus Christ i’ve been trying with this podcast for a while but the only episodes i like are the ones with Wesley Morris, who is actually a good podcaster because he explains what he’s talking about. Jon Caramanica assumes you have the knowledge of a music critic when it would take like 5 seconds to explain everything he is assuming you know. Once they called Miasma the sound of 2018, and I found myself frantically googling to figure out what that meant, that’s when I knew to Delete from Library forever.
But not in an obnoxious / pretentious way. Ily NYT popcast!
....the host would recognize that the podcast is NOT about him. So many interesting artists and topics, and lots of fantastic guests, but the host just keeps getting in the way, always making it about himself. Too bad. Sometimes I just have to skip forward because of this, and occasionally I couldn't listen the whole way through.But at least we get to hear some Jon Pareles (who most definitely is there to talk about the music an NOT himself).
Ok but what about arctic monkeys, no mention of them!? They have been the most successful and experimental rock band of the last 10 years. Each album number 1 in the UK, many accolades more recently 2018 mercury prize - sold out concerts all over the globe. Alex turner is the most compelling write and lyricist, his your rock star - he s a method actor he becomes a new character with each new album.
I love music and love the chemistry and passion of those discussing the various music related artists and topics. Always insightful and an entertaining listen!!
I’ve tried a couple of times to listen to this podcast, because the guests have a huge depth of musical knowledge and I’d love to stay up and what is current. But the host of the show is absolutely intolerable. He inserts himself into every guest’s comments, always bringing it back to him and fancying himself a comedian– – who cares?? And he embarrasses himself trying to be hip, throwing out phrases like “that’s fire” and “ cool AF” unsubscribed.


ok love you guys but I’m 54 and referring to aretha at that ages as an old lady (w/ nothing left to give the world) was just inaccurate and, frankly, mean. i have plenty left to give this world.
In your most recent popcast on Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, you mentioned a fellow podcast “penny something” about the music streaming industry. Would you happen to have the full name of that podcast? I love your show! You provide a great cultural insight into a lot of the nuance of the current music scene. Keep up the amazing work!