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Nate Sloan

Nate Sloan is a musicologist and performer who researches jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and popular music.


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Prelude & Feud on a 'G' Thang: Biggie vs Tupac
The East Coast / West Coast hip hop feud between Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls is full of tragedy and conspiracy, but what did it really sound like? For the third season of of the hit podcast Slow Burn, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson dig up untold stories about this infamous rivalry, and they join Nate and Charlie to break down boom bap, G Funk, and the surprising points of overlap between two titans of rap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Pop is the Sound We Need Right Now (with Electric Guest)
Electric Guest (Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton) take a left turn towards pop on “Dollar" — a song about making more out of less, something too many people find themselves to do right now. The music follows the same principle, turning cheap synths and canned horns into a symphony of sound. We chat with Asa about how the track — equally inspired by Stevie Wonder and Bertolt Brecht —came to be and why pop can be a balm in dark times.Songs FeaturedElectric Guest - DollarStevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When Pop and Classical Collide (with James Bennett II)
Once upon a time, classical music was pop, so today it's worth stepping back and asking: where does one genre stop and the other begin? Can classical ever be popular again? And why do only some classical tracks makes for good samples? Luckily James Bennett II of classical station WQXR is on hand to break down these and other musical conundrums, including but not limited to: killer opera clowns, Bach hip hop hybrids, and the namesake album of this very podcast.Songs discussed:Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra - ChaconneEnrico Caruso - Vesti la GiubbiaMario Lanza - Because You’re MineWendy Carlos - Prelude and Fugue in C MinorJackie Evancho - Nessun DormaJackie Evancho - BurnLindsay Stirling - UndergroundVitamin String Quartet - ShallowFlorence Price - Symphony 1Nas - I CanBlack Eyed Peas - Back 2 Hip HopVictoria - ImpropreiaKanye West - GoneCheck out more of James's writing here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Unlocking the Rhythms of Rosalía
Back in the fall of 2017, our producer Megan Lubin went for a stroll near her house, popped in earbuds, and heard a song that’s stuck with her ever since: “Si Tú Supieras Compañero” (“If you only knew, my friend”), by the Spanish pop star Rosalía. Since then, Rosalía’s star has continued, especially after the 2018 release of “El Mal Querer,” Rosalía’s genre-blending album of R&B and flamenco. On this episode, we dig into Rosalía’s sound to try and figure out what stopped Megan in her tracks back then, and what keeps us coming back. With the help of New York Times Magazine writer Marcela Valdes, we break down key elements of the flamenco tradition, like the hard-to-define magic of duende, and count out some of the diabolical rhythms that keep us dancing. Songs Discussed Rosalía - Si Tú Supieras Compañero Rosalía - BAGDAD (Cap.7: Liturgia)  Rosalía - PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ (Cap.3: Celos) Episode Spotify Playlist: “Rosalía’s Incredible Journey from Flamenco to Megastardom” by Marcela Valdes: Rosalía performing “Me quedo contigo”: coverage of Rosalía from The FADER magazine:**A previous version of this episode claimed that Alicia Key's "Fallin'", Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man", "Marvin Gaye's "Here, My Dear" and Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" were all written in 3/4 time. That was in error, and we've edited the episode to reflect that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Rihanna Party! (with Gina Delvac)
Last year, NPR Music ran an audacious headline: "Rihanna Is The 21st Century's Most Influential Musician." Millions and millions of fans the world over agree, and while we try to avoid overt expressions of pop favoritism, we think they’ve got a strong case. It’s for that reason and a dozen others that we were thrilled to welcome Gina Delvac of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend back to the show to discuss the legendary career of one Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty. As we all await her ninth studio album (R9), join us for a virtual* blunt-smoke-laced tour through the hit songs that defined her early sound, and a delectable deep dive into her most recent album, ANTI.*Zero blunts were enjoyed at the time of recording.Songs DiscussedRihanna - Pon de ReplayRihanna ft. Jay-Z - UmbrellaRihanna - What’s My NameRihanna ft. Calvin Harris - We Found Love Rihanna - Cheers (Drink to That)Rihanna - You Da OneRihanna - B*tch Better Have My MoneyRihanna ft. Drake - WorkRihanna ft. SZA - ConsiderationRihanna - Needed MeCheck out Jenny Gathright's NPR article “Rihanna Is The 21st Century's Most Influential Musician” here: find even more work from our wonderful contributors this week down below:Gina: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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