Author: David Medsker

David Medsker used to be 'with it.' But then they changed what 'it' was. Now what he's 'with' isn't 'it,' and what's 'it' seems weird and scary to him. He is available for children's parties.

Dizzy Heights, Music

Dizzy Heights #60: Run Betsi Run (a 2003 Beat Mixtape, Digitized and Expanded)

It's alt-y, it's poppy, and it's trendy. This is me. ...

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Dizzy Heights #59: A Touch of Tuesday Weld — “New” Songs

New World Man takes his New Girl Now, dolled up in a New Dress, for a ride in a Brand New Cadillac. ...

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Dizzy Heights #58: Contemplating a Crime — Animals, Vol. I

Basically, it's First Wave, Lithium, and Alt Nation in a blender, at a ratio of about 4:2:1. ...

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Dizzy Heights #56: Let’s Stay Friends Forever — The Wind and the Rain

"Great song, Bob, but it suggests that you might be gay. Better change the words." Jesus. ...

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Dizzy Heights #55: They Will Never Find Me Here — The Sun and the Moon, Vol. I

Tears for Fears fans know where the next show is going. ...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Howard Jones

We have a new favorite phrase, and it is ‘virtuous spiral.’ ...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Stine Bramsen of Alphabeat

"Touring with Katy Perry was a great opportunity to try to enter the US scene, but that would also mean that we had to spend two more years...

Dizzy Heights, Music

Dizzy Heights #54: Watch the World Argue — Songs About Dancing

I’ve been sitting on this idea for about a year. It felt too obvious, but then I ran into a really busy stretch, and then suddenly...

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Dizzy Heights #53: Gold

This one's for you, Ponyboy. ...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Single Premiere: Alphabeat, “Shadows”

Danish band makes their long, long overdue American debut. ...

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Dizzy Heights #52: Someday We’ll Be Happy Again — Breakup Songs Part 2 (The Ballads)

If the first show was a Hormone Monster, this one's the Depression Kitty. ...

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Dizzy Heights #50: Heat Beneath Your Winter — Dreams, Vol. I

The idea came, as a lot of my ideas do, from a Duran Duran song. Do I have enough songs to do a full show about dreams? As I quickly...

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Dizzy Heights #49: Hot Dog, Jumping Frog, Albuquerque — Royals, Volume I

I thought there would be tons of songs about princesses. I had maybe four....

Current Events, News

Don’t Tell Others How to Share Their Trauma

There are a number of reasons why someone might wait years or even decades to tell a traumatic story, and they have absolutely nothing to...

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Dizzy Heights #49: Days of the Week, Vol. I

Thursday needs to fire its publicist....

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Dizzy Heights #47: Don’t. Just … Don’t (“Don’t” Songs, Vol. I)

Tell me you love me. Change. Go. Disturb this groove. Or, you know, do the opposite of all those things. Your call. It's cool. ...

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Dizzy Heights #46: Never, Ever, Always, and Forever

Proof that there is always something good that can come from even the worst of things. ...

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Dizzy Heights #45: The Alliteration Show

There is an alternate universe version of this show with Spinal Tap and Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots. Be thankful that we don't live in...

Dizzy Heights, Music

Dizzy Heights #44: “Blue” Songs, Vol. I

Man, why are all of these songs with "blue" in the title so melancholy? Oh, right. ...

Dizzy Heights, Music

Dizzy Heights #43: It’s So Fresh! Popdose Flashback ’88 (Mostly) — The Beat Mix

Yes, I opened a 1988 beat mix with a song from 1987. ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Tom Bailey, “Science Fiction”

Many of Bailey’s ‘80s-era peers have been trying to write songs this good as far back as 1984, and here he is, 34 years later, besting...

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Dizzy Heights #42: With the Prepositions, Vol. I

Followed a song by Bowie with a song about Bowie. I am not deep. ...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Tom Bailey

I have an all-female band. And my big joke is that every time we hit a town, if it was guys, they’d be saying, “Where’s the guitar...

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Dizzy Heights #41: When You Think It’s All Over, It’s Not Over — Questions, Vol. I

In which I execute a pivot so sharp that only John Cleese can effectively prepare the audience for what's about to happen. And so he does....

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Midge Ure, “Orchestrated”

The idea of an orchestral album by Midge Ure isn’t a question of when, but rather why it took this long for it to happen....

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Dizzy Heights #40: I Know That Dude — Songs About Famous People

In which I get absolutely owned by my Facebook friends, and an idea is born... *maniacal laugh*...

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Dizzy Heights #39: The Devil Take Your Stereo — “(This) and (That)” Songs, Vol. I

I am not afraid to admit that the themed shows are better because my friends' song suggestions are better than mine. ...

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Dizzy Heights #38: Pico to Colorado to Las Palmas — The Garrett & Amy Show, Vol. II

A true sign of parental love and sacrifice: letting your daughter play Fergie on your podcast. ...