Author: Dan Wiencek

Dan Wiencek is a writer, editor, reader, listener and observer. He lives and works in Portland.

Television

First Look: “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet”

Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns with a short, but punchy, batch of new episodes. Should you dare attempt ... The Gauntlet? ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Lucius, “Good Grief”

The Brooklyn five-piece returns with a hook-filled second album, Good Grief....

Television, TV Reviews

TV Review: “Downton Abbey” Shuts Its Doors

After six seasons, 52 episodes and innumerable dinner parties, put-downs and plot twists, Downton Abbey comes to an end....

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: A Silent Film (2015)

With a new album coming in October, A Silent Film reflects on its present, its future and the joys of making music with your heart on your...

Blu-ray Reviews, Film

Blu-ray Review: “Escape From New York: Collector’s Edition”

From the mid-70s to the late 80s, John Carpenter was an industry unto himself, variously writing, directing, producing, scoring and/or...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: XTC, “Skylarking” (Corrected Polarity Edition)

Andy Partridge thought XTC's breakout album never sounded right. Now it does....

Television, TV on Blu-ray

TV on Blu-ray: “The Venture Bros.: Season 5”

Animation's most hapless family returns....

Music, Popdose

No More Yesterdays: A Beatles-Less Paul McCartney Concert

What if Macca didn't play anything by the you-know-whos?...

Book Reviews, Books, Popdose

Seven Fun Beatles Facts from Mark Lewisohn’s “Tune In”

What can you learn from a 944-page book on the Beatles? Let's start with these seven things....

Music, Popdose

25 Great Songs of 2013

One Popdoser's personal best-of playlist....

Popdose, Television

Catching Up With The Venture Brothers

Get ready for the fifth season of TV's most convoluted cartoon....

Music, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: A Silent Film

A Silent Film talks about America, having fun onstage and rattlesnakes. (Not in that order.)...

Music

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah #04: How Dylanesque Were the Beatles? (Part 1)

Beneath this hat/I am wearing a tie....

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Bob Dylan, “Tempest”

Don't judge this book by it's cover. (Really, don't.)...

DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records

Want the whole story? Here it is, come and ... oh never mind....

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Janis Joplin, “The Pearl Sessions”

A closer look at Janis Joplin's swan song....

Music

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah #03: The “Think for Yourself” Session

Do what you want to do — just get the f#%&ing note right....

Music

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah #02: “Recording the Beatles”

"Recording the Beatles": no Fabs library is complete without it....

Music

The Life and Times of “Comfortably Numb”

How a classic was born, and kept on going....

Music, Popdose

The “Freebird” Irony Scale

A guide for the perplexed....

Music, Popdose Flashback '82

Popdose Flashback ’82: XTC, “English Settlement”

30 years ago, XTC seemed poised for their commercial breakthrough. Appearances were deceiving....

Music

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah #01: How Compleat Was “The Compleat Beatles”?

Dan Wiencek serves up a double-size helping of Beatle-y goodness...

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings 50th Anniversary Edition

The recordings that started it all. (More or less.)...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Sarah Jarosz, “Follow Me Down”

Sarah Jarosz avoids the sophomore slump — mostly — on her latest release, Follow Me Down....