The Music Video Podcast

The Music Video Podcast

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Every week on The Music Video Podcast, hosts Ryan Burkett and Chris Coffin discuss and dissect all the good, the bad, and the green-screened the genre has to offer.


Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello (w/Andrew Lemna)
May 25 • 73 min
This episode we’re focused on pop’s newest maybe-power couple Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Andrew Lemna joins us to suss out all the drama, cliches, and almost-kisses of Shawn and Camila’s oeuvre, alone and together. Whether they’re almost-nailing the…
Other Boy Bands (w/Michael Erickson)
Apr 10 • 96 min
We’ve covered ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys, and now it’s time for…the “other” boy bands: B and C (and sometimes D) listers like 98 Degrees, Five, and O-Town! Michael Erickson joins us to analyze every oversized costume, beginners’ CGI, and lazy innuendo of…
Music Video Crushes! (w/Deanna Ortiz)
Mar 17 • 79 min
This episode we’re joined by the Crushes Podcast’s own Deanna Ortiz to confess and dissect our Music Video crushes. From Huey Lewis over-dressed at the beach, to the glam sci-fi jumpsuits of The Darkness, to literally every friend of Janet Jackson circa…
TLC (w/Phylicia McLeod)
Feb 24 • 70 min
Put on your silkiest pajamas and hire an entertainment contract lawyer, because this week we’re digging the girl power, dance moves, and drama of TLC! Superstar guest Phylicia McLeod joins us to analyze every crazy, sexy, and cool moment from T-Boz, Left…
Theme Songs…James Bond Theme Songs (w/Derek Martz)
Feb 7 • 87 min
This episode we’re shaken AND stirred from watching every single music video from the James Bond film series. Bond expert Derek Martz joins us to sort through all the tuxedos, green screens, and silhouetted innuendos from the likes of Duran Duran, Sheryl…
Live From the 2020 Grammys! (w/The Gab To-Go!)
Jan 27 • 89 min
The Gab To-Go’s Jake Wallach, Lisa Albano and Garrett Williams join us to talk about all those Grammy moments! We go through the nominees for Best Short Form Video (The Chemical Brothers put a dog in space and FKA Twigs danced on a pole!) and later, recap…
Annie Lennox (w/Adrienne Teeley)
Jan 19 • 74 min
This episode, we’re taking on one of the original music video influencers: Annie Lennox. Whether solo or with her band Eurythmics, Annie is answering all your questions about period pieces, gender politics, and of course, searching the haunted surf…
New Year New Hits! or: The First Top 10 of ‘20 (Except the Christmas Ones!)
Jan 6 • 59 min
Happy New Year! This episode kicks off 2020 with the videos sending us into a new year: the current Billboard Top Ten. (Well, sort of: we skipped the Christmas ones. That’s over!) From Lizzo’s marching band mentor to Post Malone’s medieval journey to at…
Selena Gomez (w/Lisa Albano)
Dec 13, 2019 • 78 min
This week we’re joined by comic, friend, and Selenator Lisa Albano (The Gab to-Go) to finally finish what Nicki Minaj started: keeping an eye out for Selener! We cover Selena Gomez from her work with The Scene (when she wears a fancy dress in “Who Says”…
A Very Normal Holiday Special! (w/Maggie Dempsey Pinkawa)
Dec 6, 2019 • 78 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (to watch some of the weirdest music videos of all time)! Holiday expert Maggie Dempsey Pinkawa joins us to watch way too many Christmas music videos, from TLC to Wham! to Mariah to ALL THREE versions of Do They…
Dixie Chicks (w/Caleb Hearon)
Nov 21, 2019 • 65 min
This episode we’re making nice with our guest Caleb Hearon and his favorite band: Dixie Chicks! We chart the Chicks’ journey from small-town dreamers, to brides on the run, to country music’s most outspoken activists (with of course a little murder in…
OK Go (w/Sean Coyle)
Nov 15, 2019 • 68 min
This episode we’re renting a warehouse, getting math degrees, and color-blocking our outfits to celebrate the videography of OK Go. Sean Coyle joins us on treadmills, zero-gravity flights, and giant Rube Goldberg machines to deconstruct the videos of…
Earnest Videos, or Videos Being Earnest (w/Paula Skaggs)
Nov 8, 2019 • 84 min
We’re digging deep, speaking from the heart, and getting earnest with our guest, Paula Skaggs (Being Earnest Podcast)! Paula helps us identify our most honest, open-hearted, and cringingly earnest artists, from Hall-n-Oates to Jewel to Lisa Loeb. Listen,…
90s Country Pt. 2: Women (w/Cody Ziler)
Nov 1, 2019 • 79 min
For part 2 of 90’s Country, we’re joined by known expert Cody Ziler to analyze the videos by the era’s legendary women. We answer all questions, from “Whose ‘How Do I Live’ is better?” to “Is Reba McEntire our greatest living actor?” We hope you listen…
90s Country Pt. 1: Men (w/Nick Davis)
Oct 18, 2019 • 81 min
We’re headed way down yonder for this episode, to a land of tractors, tight jeans, and unreliable sepia-toned memories: 1990s Country! In part one, Nick Davis joins us to tackle the guys left in the CMT wake of Garth Brooks: boot-scooting charmers like…
Movie Tie-Ins (w/James Dugan & Ray Glass)
Oct 11, 2019 • 89 min
This week we’re joined by not one but TWO guests — the amazing James Dugan (improv! directing!) and the incorrigible Ray Glass (Home Sweet Home Alabama! Welcome to Potbelly!) — to talk about the videos that soundtracked some of your favorite (or maybe…
The Jonas Brothers (w/Kennedy Baldwin)
Oct 4, 2019 • 67 min
The Music Video Podcast returns to tackle 2019’s biggest Pop comeback: The Jonas Brothers! Superfan Kennedy Baldwin joins us to sort through all the sibling rivalries, purity pledges, and of course, the search for the perfect honeymoon castle. We’re…
BONUS! 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Recap
Aug 27, 2019 • 37 min
It’s a very special episode of the Music Video Podcast as we recap all the wet, flying, confusing moments of MTV’s annual Video Music Awards. From decoy Missy Elliotts to an all-Lil Nas X future to at least one Shawn Mendes performance too many, we…
Brandy, With and Without the “Norwood” (w/Devin Henderson)
Aug 23, 2019 • 76 min
This episode The Music Video Podcast does a deep dive into one of pop music’s most esteemed one-named wonders: Brandy! Guest Devin Henderson brings the receipts on his all-time favorite singer, and teaches us all about what it takes to be a Brandy…
Actors Who Tried To Sing (w/Pete Byrne)
Aug 16, 2019 • 80 min
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned Hollywood “triple threat.” Who doesn’t love a a classic acting-singing-dancing dynamo like…Bruce Willis? Or, um, Jeremy Renner? Or who could forget the musical stylings of Mr. Kevin Costner? This episode, The Music Video…
The First TRL Top 10 (w/Eric Totheroh)
Aug 2, 2019 • 92 min
When you think of the show TRL, you probably think of Carson, Britney, and of course, Monster Magnet and The Goo Goo Dolls, right? Anyone? This week we revisit the first Top Ten videos list from TRL! Eric Totheroh joins us to brave the space invasions of…
Our Favorite Summer Videos (w/Kristen Hallen)
Jul 19, 2019 • 87 min
Summer’s here! Join us down at the beach with Lana Del Ray, Hanson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and of course, our guest Kristen Hallen! We’re listing our ultimate music videos of summer, featuring Madonna’s mermen, Rihanna’s prescription side effects, and the…
Jack White, etc. (w/Jake Wallach)
Jul 12, 2019 • 84 min
This episode Jake Wallach (The Gab to-Go!) stops by to dissect the music video career of our favorite petty perfectionist, Jack White. In a career that spans twenty years, three bands, and fifteen albums, Jack is one of pop’s busiest video artists. From…
Iconic Choreography (w/Casey Johansen)
Jun 28, 2019 • 91 min
On a very special episode this week, we welcome professional dancer Casey Johansen (La-La Land! Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance! The Alejandro video! The Emmys! The Oscars! So much more!) Casey has seen and done it all in the music video world, and he…
Pop Punk! (w/Ray Glass)
Jun 21, 2019 • 82 min
Sharpie up those Converse and stock up on some guyliner because this week we’re tackling Pop Punk! Special guest Ray Glass (Long Time Gone) stops by to reflect on all the sweatbands, skate parks, and awkward angst that circulated in the mid-2000s and…
This Week’s Billboard Top 20
Jun 14, 2019 • 60 min
This week we’re living in the moment and counting down the songs of the Billboard Top 20 and learn that having a good video is not a chart consideration. From the genre fusion of Old Town Road to the general confusion of I Don’t Care, to wigs good (Katy…
The Lonely Island (w/Matt Huppert)
Jun 7, 2019 • 86 min
The Music Video Podcast takes on one of their most challenging topics so far: the intentionally-funny The Lonely Island. From their pre-SNL days of DIY videos to the big screen career of Conner4real, the Lonely Island has produced more good videos than…
Beyoncé Before BEYONCÉ (w/Nicole Lang)
May 24, 2019 • 90 min
Before Formation, before Partition, before Drunk In Love, Beyoncé was just a simple legendary superstar dusting her Grammys. Nicole Lang joins the Music Video Podcast to celebrate everything Beyoncé before Beyoncé. From the Freaky Friday cop-swap of If I…
Goin’ Solo
May 17, 2019 • 83 min
There’s strength in numbers, but that doesn’t stop some members of pop’s biggest groups from sneaking into the solo spotlight. From Sporty Spice to JC Chasez to the other girls of Destiny’s Child (no, the other ones. The other-other ones.), we break down…
Ariana Grande (w/Garrett Williams)
May 3, 2019 • 83 min
Garrett Williams (The Gab to Go) visits the Music Video Podcast this week to discuss all things Ariana Grande. From high ponies to fake trumpeting to being the CGI center of the universe, Ariana has had the busiest six years of anyone in the music…
Jagged Little Pill (w/Jamie Patton)
Apr 26, 2019 • 79 min
This week we flash back to 1995 and all the rage (it turns out, very little), silk shirts (so many), and run-on sentences (the most ever) of Alanis Morissette‘s Jagged Little Pill videos. Guest Jamie Patton helps break down the meaning behind the…
Nü Metal (w/Adam Wynn)
Apr 19, 2019 • 94 min
Turn your cap backwards and try not to break anything, because it’s Nu Metal week here at the Music Video Podcast. Chris and Ryan welcome Adam Wynn to the mosh pits, apocalyptic hellscapes, and of course, bedroom-wall-poster-portals of bands like Korn,…
Featuring Nicki Minaj (w/Rebekah Trombley)
Apr 12, 2019 • 85 min
This episode Chris, Ryan, and special guest Rebekah Trombley sort through all FIFTY-TWO (so far) of Nicki Minaj’s music video guest appearances to find her best rhymes, wigs, shoes, and of course, threats to her host artists. Watch along as Nicki travels…
But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct (Something Much Bigger) (w/Chris Arneson)
Apr 4, 2019 • 79 min
In this week’s episode we examine the humble music video beginnings of some of Hollywood’s biggest directors. Before hitting the silver screen, David Fincher helped Madonna work through her Catholic guilt; Spike Jonze taught Bjork the ole…
Music Videos In Bathrooms
Mar 21, 2019 • 59 min
From the beaches of Maui to the neon streets of —JK, these disgusting videos are all set in public restrooms. From Jewel’s cynical busker to George Michael’s randy cop to Lorde’s classic introvert, these pop stars are getting down, opening their hearts,…
Backstreet Boys vs. ‘N Sync (w/Sam Beaver)
Mar 14, 2019 • 101 min
Oh my God, we’re back again. The nicest man in comedy, Sam Beaver, joins us to talk everything ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys as we get incredibly deep into the the two premiere boy bands of the TRL era. Who can and cannot dance? Who is and is not allowed to…
Pop Operas (w/Ashley Ganski)
Mar 7, 2019 • 98 min
Comedian, magician, and podcaster Ashley Ganski (Love/Hate) brings us the question: “What is a Pop Opera?” and gets zero satisfying answers. Light the nearest candelabra and listen along as we get tangled the sheer curtains, lightning strikes, and haunted…
No Small Parts (w/Erin Keif)
Feb 28, 2019 • 76 min
There are no small parts, but acting in a music video comes close. The talented and hilarious Erin Keif (Hey Riddle Riddle) joins the podcast this week to rate the short-form chops of Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and of course, Mr. Keanu Reeves.
Duets (w/Virginia Muller)
Feb 21, 2019 • 95 min
On a very special episode, Chris and Ryan are joined in-studio by a very special guest, the truly spectacular Virginia Muller, to talk about a very special theme: duets! Is any partner worthy of Beyoncé? Is an animated cat the opposite of a human woman?…
Not Yet A Woman
Feb 14, 2019 • 76 min
This episode, Chris and Ryan grow up a little by tracking the sweaty, dirty journeys of Miley, Christina, and every other pop star who dared enter adulthood by pushing the envelope. From Control to Criminal, find out which kids are all right, and which…
Other Jacksons
Feb 8, 2019 • 97 min
In Episode 2, we explore the videos of the “other” Jacksons, the third-through-ninth most successful members of the legendary musical dynasty. How many times will we see the staircase at Hayvenhurst? What exactly does it mean for a woman to call herself a…
Mariah Carey
Jan 29, 2019 • 78 min
In Episode 1, Chris and Ryan dive into the pools, oceans, lakes, and rainstorm-soaked metaphors of “Songbird Supreme” Mariah Carey and her nearly three decades long videography! Is Butterfly a horse? Does Mariah really have a good side and a bad side?…