A promising opening salvo that points to bright futures.
Win the self-titled new CD from Def Leppard.
“Okay, hot shots. Prove it.”
By 1983 and ’84, several of the changes that Al Stewart began on the 24 Carrots album (1980) had settled in for better or worse. There seemed to be a calculated attempt to reach a wider audience without alienating older fans. Efforts that tried being danceable came off as mechanized and strained, but were nonetheless a bid for relevance to the times. And even when the fit wasn’t always perfect, Stewart’s elegant, cinematic musicality and scrupulous wordplay remained largely intact. “Murmansk Run/Ellis Island” and “Rocks In The Ocean” were a callback to his historical folk prior to the hit-making years with Alan Parsons as producer. But 24 Carrots underperformed, just as its leadoff single “Midnight Rocks” did, even though it was closest tonally to the approach of the Parsons albums (Modern Times, Year of the Cat, and Time Passages respectively). Stewart was off the Arista label, provoking a considerable gap in time as he found a new (very brief) home on Passport Records. That sole album was Russians & Americans. The effort, as one might …
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You know Joe Jackson mainly by three songs. Here are ten others you should be aware of.
It turns out “a Jane-Getter” is a person named Jane Getter, and she’s a pretty great guitar player.
Hunting music for a movie about a hunt.
“Problem” does not now nor will ever rhyme with “solve them.”
Pugwash is a band that jumped in the time machine in 1969 and, fortunately for us, arrived right on time now.
You will never get a moment’s peace because you’re terrified your hottie will be debriefing someone else’s private files.
What influences the musicians that go on to influence others? Popdose invited John Arthur to add his Top Ten All-Time albums to the pantheon.
When you realize past-tense that something’s not as good as you remembered it, that’s Retrosuck!
Doesn’t suck, but lacks bite.
Does that suggest this is the last Iron Maiden album?
Big hair? Check. Izod shirt and Members Only jacket? Check.
Well, kids, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.
Oh no! Bad words!! Wash my eyes with bleach!!
And now for something completely different…Twenty-five years in, Chris Rael’s group Church of Betty mixes Indian instrumentation and rhythms with a Western pop sensibility. The group’s new album Swirled World is now available and they will be taking to the road to show it off. Joining them on various stops are friends of Rael’s, Stew and the Negro Problem. (Stew is the mastermind behind the Broadway hit Passing Strange.) Also joining on a few stops will be Dublin Ireland pop sensations Pugwash. The Swirled World track “I Remember You” has been given the video treatment by media artist and filmmaker Joan Grossman. Popdose is pleased to bring you a listen to the music and a first look at this video. You can find out more about Chris Rael and Church of Betty at Rael’s website: http://www.chrisrael.com
Former Veil of Ashes vocalist Sean Doty fronting The 77’s as a powerhouse backing band: what could possibly go wrong?
Crash Test Dummies sing about sex…I think.
We don’t know what exactly what “Midwest symphonic, dream-prog duo” actually means, but The Receiver’s newest is worth a listen nonetheless.
Wilco unleashed the blinking kitty last week on an unsuspecting audience. Does it blow blow up your Death Star or just scratch away at the kitty litter?
Thankfully, no inescapable earworms so far…but is this a good thing?
For a very limited time, Popdose readers can get an exclusive download of the new Brandon Schott track “Seeing You In Stereo”.
Writer/Director Amy Russo discusses the painful genesis of her upcoming short film, and why she is compelled to make it.
Hey, do what you like. Go ahead and waste your money, Hollywood financiers. Use it like toilet paper, for all I care.
Two new releases prove the indie pop sound is where the action’s at.
Get ready to re-engage with the interconnectedness of all things.
This is not about the Mad Men finale.