Between the VMA’s and Yom Kippur, we’ve got our own version of the high holidays here at Pop Rocket: The SUMMER JAMS episode! We will anoint OR NOT anoint the title of Song of the Summer to the most banging artist of the past few months. And yes, the band is back together again. The full panel – Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell (don’t forget) Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler – put on their Grammy judge hats and measure up the best cuts from music makers this past season.
What criteria make a tune a summertime anthem? Is it the dance beat? The song’s ubiquity? The convertible factor? A dark city feeling? Does the magic of Cardi B’s “I Like It” rest solely on its sample of Peter Rodriquez’s I Like It Like That? Is Zedd, Marren Morris, Grey’s “The Middle” too much negotiation and not enough sex, love, and urgency? Find out which song made Silas get down like no one was watching and which panelist has a knack for converting jams into pet cat lullabies. Shout outs also go to honorable mentions and listeners’ suggestions that didn’t quite make the cut.
Margaret is all about Mandy Moore’s newly remodeled mid-century modern home in Pasadena.
Wynter is all about TV writer and producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter where she channels a glowing fury and details the misogynistic bullying she faced from disgraced former CBS CEO Les Moonves. Les Moonves, Go fuck yourself!
Karen is all about the post-BBC reboot of The Great British Baking Show.
Guy is all about Cynthia Nixon’s appearance at the old school, crusty Brooklyn gay bar The Metropolitan before the New York Governor Primary.
Summer Jam Finalists:
Summer Honorable Mentions:
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In this episode...
- Guy Branum
- Karen Tongson
- Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
- Margaret Wappler
About the show
Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic, and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
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