Author: Matthew Bolin

Matthew Bolin discovered popular music could be a good thing at age 13. During a field trip to a local college library, he found Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums, 1967-1987" issue, and a great and glorious world opened up. In the years since, Rolling Stone has shrunk, but Matthew has moved up in the world, and will eventually claim his title as "America's Librarian" sometime in the next decade.

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Music News: Lindsey Buckingham Fired From Fleetwood Mac

Can’t the “classic” version of this band stay on good terms for more than a few months at a time without everything...

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Over the Covers: Ten Artists Who Covered Their Own Songs

The first article in the new series "Over the Covers" focuses on artists who re-recorded their own songs, thereby covering themselves. ...

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What You Need to Know: The Streaming Beatles

At 12:01 AM this morning, the world was gifted by The Beatles' music appearing on virtually every available streaming service. But what...

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Songs of Freedom: Episode Seven — 2014 So Far

Matthew Bolin & Lyana Fernandez are back with the 7th episode of Songs of Freedom, as they use protest music associated with events of the...

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Songs of Freedom, Episode 6: Appropriation

The sixth episode of Songs of Freedom focuses on the subject of cultural — especially musical — appropriation, using the inexplicable...

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Music Notes: I Wish that I had Jessie, Girl?

Postmodern literary theory trends toward the idea of subjugating original authorial intent for one crafted by the audience. In plain...

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Songs of Freedom: Episode Five

The fifth episode of Songs of Freedom continues the discussion from the last episode on politics and female recording artists....

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Songs of Freedom: Episode Four

The first of two parts on female artists in popular music and their relationships to the political, either through their music or image....

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Paul McCartney’s Top 10 Solo Deep Cuts

A day late and more than a dollar short, here are my choices for the Top 10 Paul McCartney solo deep cuts....

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The Ten Best Cover Songs (You Didn’t Know Were Covers)

Wait.....I thought THAT was the original version!...

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Fuck You Friday: “The Robots”

Leave it to some German guys back in 1977 to predict our transition into obedient cyborgs...

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Fuck You Friday: “People Suck”

Not just a pig, but a pig with two wooden legs....

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Fuck You Friday: “I Want You to Hurt Like I Do”

Randy Newman helps out in the first in a series of weekly middle fingers to the world....

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Songs of Freedom: Episode Three

Episode 3 focuses on MTV: the role of politics in its history and programming, and the politically motivated artists who've been a part of...

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Songs of Freedom: Episode Two

For the second episode of “Songs of Freedom”, Matthew Bolin and Lyana Fernandez focus on the Occupy movement, especially its beginning...

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Popdose Presents: Songs of Freedom, Episode Two–Playlist

Here you will find mp3s for the artists and songs featured in Episode Two of the Songs of Freedom podcast....

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Popdose Presents Songs of Freedom: Episode One

In the first episode of "Songs of Freedom", Popdose music contributor Matthew Bolin and Lyana Fernandez look at R.E.M., P.J. Harvey, and...

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The Weekly Mixtape: 4/15/11 (Wedding Songs)

Yes, yes, June is the traditional month of the year associated with weddings, but your brother isn’t getting married this Sunday is...

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Popdose Flashback ’91: Sting, “The Soul Cages”

In 1991's The Soul Cages, rock legend Sting simply became Gordon Sumner again, a boy grieving over his father's death....

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Wilson Phillips, “Wilson Phillips”

I blame Mike Love. Yes, it’s so easy to blame the guy for everything wrong in music. I mean, he’s egotistical, gave money to...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Lou Reed/John Cale, “Songs for Drella”

It's been 20 years since Lou Reed and John Cale set aside their differences to pay tribute to their former manager, Andy Warhol. Matthew...

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Popdose Flashback ’90: Fleetwood Mac, “Behind the Mask”

As Popdose’s editor in chief Jeff Giles (y’all) would probably agree, Lindsey Buckingham is still probably one of the most...

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When Good Albums Happen to Bad People: John Fogerty, “Centerfield”

John Fogerty was responsible for some of the best rock music of the '60s -- and, as Matthew Bolin discovers in his latest column, he was...

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Redeeming Rod: Once in a Blue Moon

A lost Rod Stewart album...from the '90s? It's gotta be awful, right? Not so fast, says Matthew Bolin....

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Redeeming Rod: Soulbook, the Faces, and Further Nails in the Coffin

One minute, twenty-two seconds. That’s how long Rod Stewart’s new album, Soulbook, actually gave me some hope that it might be...

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My God … It’s Full of Awesome: Ronnie Milsap, “She Loves My Car”

There come times in the pop culture universe where an item is so solidly packed with cheese, befuddlement, and WTF? moments that it falls...

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When Good Albums Happen to Bad People: R. Kelly, “R. Kelly” (1995)

Break out your umbrellas, ladies -- Matthew Bolin is back with a new column, and he's brought R. Kelly with him....

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Dr. Michael and Mr. Jackson

Stay tuned throughout the weekend as we continue our tribute to Michael Jackson, with reflections and remembrances from the Popdose staff....

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Popdose Flashback, or When Good Albums Happen to Bad People: Don Henley, “The End of the Innocence”

This week's Popdose Flashback doubles as the return of a much-missed series -- Matthew Bolin's When Good Albums Happen to Bad People -- and...

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Popdose Lost Classics: Jeff Giles, “Hot Nights/Cool Sounds” (2002)

Our first installment of the new Popdose Lost Classics series is an album from earlier this decade by none other than our own Popmeister,...