Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Childish Gambino & More

Must Hear Music Podcast featuring Taylor Swift, Childish Gambino, Big K.R.I.T. & Jaden Smith

Must Hear Music Podcast featuring Taylor Swift, Childish Gambino, Big K.R.I.T. & Jaden Smith

Big week on the Must-Hear Music podcast! We tackle Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" -- her epic synth-pop anthem with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff -- as well as Fall Out Boy's hair metal-esque contribution to a Disney movie, Big Hero 6.

And it just gets weirder from there. We also chat about the spoken word track Childish Gambino created with Jaden Smith, not to mention the sci-fi anthem Big K.R.I.T. wrote for an imaginary planet of his creation, "Cadillactica." New York newcomer Verite gets a shout-out, too, for her impressive new song, "Echo."

Download (and rate!) the podcast on iTunes or listen to it below. Beneath the SoundCloud, you can listen to the songs we dissect and check highlights from our conversation. Taylor Swift: "Out of the Woods"

Jason: I spoke with Jack Antonoff about writing this song, and he started with the idea of making everything progressively bigger with this song. He actually said he was thinking about My Morning Jacket while putting this together, but instead of guitars piled on guitars, it's synths piled on beats.

Joe: I'm still not a fan of 'Shake It Off,' but if 1989 ends up being closer to "Out of the Woods," I will be relieved. This is thoughtful pop -- the stuff that fans outside of country music grew to love her for.

Erika: It's super catchy but not annoying. I liked 'Shake It Off,' but I like this better -- it's more personal.

Fall Out Boy: "Immortals"

Joe: They're straying far from pop-punk on this one. The music is closer to hair metal and the singing is more about vocal acrobatics. It'll be interesting to see if fans will follow them in this direction.

Jason: I'm skeptical of this, but then again, maybe this is a stopgap single. But I don't love this or "Centuries," their last one.

Childish Gambino ft. Jaden Smith: "Late Night in Kauai"

Erika: This song fits perfectly into Gambino's new EP. There's bongos in the beginning, it has a chill feel -- and he's getting much better at singing. And it shows Jaden's strengths -- he's freestyling about stuff you'd hear him saying on Twitter.

Jason: It would have been so easy for Jaden or Willow to follow the teen star role, but this makes them so much more interesting.

Joe: This is more '50s beat poetry and college bohemia than rap, and I think that's great. Maybe even an intentional choice on Gambino's part to comment on the 'coolness' of it.

Big K.R.I.T.: "Cadillactica"

Joe: Big K.R.I.T. was in the Billboard offices recently to talk about this, which is the title track to his upcoming second album. Cadillactica is this planet he's created to tell the story of a boisterous youth growing up to take responsibility for himself. But it works because the music is incredible. He's spitting fast, and it gives me ATLiens vibes.

Erika: He's a great producer himself, but I'm glad he's working with new, interesting producers on this instead of merely what's hot right now. I like when he gets a little competitive on his tracks, and we get this here.

Verite: "Echo"

Jason: She's keeping it on the DL, but people looking for strong indie pop with a strong voice needs to check her out. I really like the way this song floats along and then clamps down on the listener.


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