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Spotify Playlist: Night Ranger Picks Their Favorite Tunes

Veteran rockers Night Ranger might be celebrating their 31st year as a band, but that doesn’t mean that they’re slowing things down one bit. The band just released their 11th studio album High Road on June 10 and they’ll be on the road playing shows around the globe for the rest of 2014. For some good road trippin’ music, we asked bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis to give us a Spotify playlist of some of their favorite songs and they were happy to oblige. They chose a rockin’ list of tunes with some of their favorite songs from their own catalog spiked in, including several songs from the new album. Enjoy the playlist and read the band’s comments on each song below! “White Room” – Cream Love the timpani in the intro. It is one of the most unusual sounding vocal tracks. One of the coolest ‘Wah Wah’ solos in the history of rock ‘n roll in the 2nd verse…”I’ll wait in the cue”….. love it! “Burn” – Deep Purple Glenn Hughes and …

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Popdose Rides Again! The Return of the Ultimate Road Trip Mixtape

She watched him as his taillights disappeared around the bend The road goes on forever, and the party never ends — Robert Earl Keen We chose those lines as the epigram for our Ultimate Roadtrip Mixtape, first posted five years ago as a three-disc soundtrack for your summertime travels. With that project — later expanded with an autumnally-themed fourth installment — we saw the best aspects of the Popdose experience come together. It was a collective effort, with involvement from our whole stable of writers (the original post is still very much worth reading if only for Jon Cummings’ introductory essay), and marked the flowering of an idea that’s really come to the fore in our Conceptual Theater series — that art is an integral part of the experience of living, and that careful curation can elevate pop music from background noise to something like a companion, whose presence enhances even a task as mundane as a long car ride. Or, to put it another way: With the right soundtrack, your everyday life can feel …

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Desert Island Discs with Sam Morrow

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of Sam Morrow, whose latest album, Ephemeral, is out April 29. Visit his official site and watch the trailer for his new single, “War,” below — and then read his Desert Island picks, of course! Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing This is a record that I can always come back to and it will find me right where I am. It’s just honest rock n’ roll. David Ramirez: Apologies This record is what made me really step up working on the art of writing songs. It made me fall in love with just writing damn good songs. Songs that are good with just an acoustic guitar and a vocal, or with a full band …

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A Songwriter’s Story: The Americans, “Gospel Roads”

Visit the Americans at their official site, and hear more music — including their latest release, Home Recordings — here. There’s an old story I remember, maybe in a book I read as a kid, about a boy with a preacher father. They’re a traveling act just scraping by, pitching their modest tent in each town and taking donations. His father starts doing some odd things – buying second­hand suits, sanding down his shiny shoes, and otherwise disheveling their appearance. Donations increase as locals take pity on the preacher and his boy. Spurred on by their success, they go to greater lengths to fleece their followers. Washington Phillips was a real­life roaming preacher unaffiliated with any denomination. His surviving musical works ­­– sixteen songs preserved on 78 rpm discs between 1927 and 1929 ­­– are among the most expressive and unusual of their era. One tune, “Lift Him Up, That’s All,” sings the virtues of spreading the gospel. But in the context of that old story I heard it twisted into an advertisement for the …

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Desert Island Discs with Johnny Beauford

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of Johnny Beauford, whose latest album, A Pig Eating Past Love, is out now. Visit his official site and watch the video for the new record’s title track below — and then read his Desert Island picks, of course! To help narrow the scope of this scenario, I’ll have to choose a theme to work from. The number one band on my short list at the moment is called the Greenhornes. My cousin Ben Gastright gave me their album Four Stars as a gift sometime in 2011, and I have been in love with the record ever since. Since my cousin, with his exceptional musical taste, and the band in question are both from Cincinnati, …

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Jonathan Rundman Crowdfunding New Album “Look Up”

Minneapolis-based folk/pop songwriter Jonathan Rundman will end a decade-long break between studio albums of new material with a new album, entitled Look Up, in 2014. The record is currently being crowdfunded at PledgeMusic.com. For Look Up, Rundman convened at the Library Studio in Minneapolis with producer Matt Patrick (John Mark Nelson) and a band that included drummer Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles), guitarist Tyler Burkum (Leagues), guitarist Jasper Nephew (Owl City), and bassist Ian Allison (Jeremy Messersmith). Guest stars include power pop legend Parthenon Huxley (ELO, Eels) and neuroscientist/musician Daniel Levitin (author of This Is Your Brain On Music). via press release: The last time Jonathan Rundman released a studio album of all-new songs was in 2004. After moving to Minneapolis from Chicago, Rundman declared his Minnesota citizenship with the launch of Public Library, recorded with Americana stalwarts the Silos. The album generated much acclaim in magazines like Paste and Performing Songwriter, and it appeared on the City Pages Top-10 Local Albums of 2004 list. After the release of Public Library, Rundman became a new father, …

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Stones Throw Documentary “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton” Going on Tour

Stones Throw Records has long been a reliable outpost for hip-hop fans, and the label is getting its documentary due this year with the upcoming film Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. It isn’t due to arrive in theaters until March, but if you’re lucky enough to live in or around a handful of select cities, you can catch an early glimpse — along with special post-screening Q&As with with label head Peanut Butter Wolf and/or director Jeff Broadway, plus after-party performances by Peanut Butter Wolf along with Stones Throw label artists J.Rocc, Jonwayne, and Knx. The film itself features features original music by Madlib and exclusive interviews with Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Common, Mike D, ?uestlove, Talib Kweli, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Ariel Pink, Flying Lotus, Geoff Barrow, A-Trak, J Rocc, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, and other members of the Stones Throw Family. Movie tickets to the sneak previews and Q&A’s, dates and locations for which are listed below, are now available to fans on the film’s official website at www.ourvinylweighsaton.com. “We’re very excited …

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Popdose Giveaway: Win a “Devil’s Due” Poster and Something Extra

We here at Popdose love to provide to our readers, we love to give. And nothing says “giver” than a theatrical poster of the latest horror film and a condom. Devil’s Due opened this Friday and in honor of the latest found-footage horror film to release its terror on the general public, Popdose has  theatrical posters and branded condoms (you know, to prevent the antichrist) for three lucky readers. Nice, huh? The film stars Allison Miller and  Zach Gilford as Samantha and Zach, newlyweds on their honeymoon in an exotic location. After a mysterious, lost night, they finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, Zach begins to notice odd behavior in Samantha that they initially write off to nerves. As the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Wow! Gives you chills just reading it. To qualify for this giveaway, submit your name to Mr. Malchus@popdose.com by Wednesday, January 22 at 5:00 PM ET. The winners will …

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Popdose Giveaway: “Trap for Cinderella” on SundanceNow

Iain Softley, the acclaimed director of Backbeat and The Wings of the Dove, has written and directed new film  that is currently available on digital platforms, including SundanceNow. Trap for Cinderella follows the rekindled friendship of two young women, Mickey and Do, that starts as fondness but soon grows into obsession. Here’s a synopsis: Micky is a fun-loving photographer, living a party lifestyle in London until a chance encounter with childhood friend, Do, changes her world forever. The opposite to life-and-soul Micky, Do is a quiet bank clerk, with little by way of a social life. Yet much to the annoyance of her DJ boyfriend Jake, Micky is all too delighted to reacquaint herself with Do, embracing her old friend with typical gusto. But when they return to the tranquil French villa where they spent so many happy summers in their youth, tragedy strikes. A fire engulfs the building, leaving Do dead and Micky badly burnt and blighted by amnesia. Unable to even recall her own name, Micky is forced on a shocking journey of …

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Desert Island Discs With Neurotic November

Comprised of vocalist Dirty, bassist Bear, Yoshii and Nig on guitar, and Paiste on drums, the members of Neurotic November come from all walks of life and value free-thinking and open-mindedness above all else. The Florida-based metal band recently released their debut album, Annunaki, and their lead vocalist Dirty (Dee Dee) stopped by with his five Desert Island Discs. Camp (Childish Gambino) I know what you thinking and NO I don’t love it because he talks about is Asian women, even though that does help. I love it  because I feel when he’s rapping it’s about me and my life. I was that black kid that that everyone said acted “white” and weird. This album really helped me feel proud of who I am and have become. (Self Titled) As Tall As Lions I’m a sappy kid, so this album speaks to me because it’s so romantic and so depressing at the same time. This album really shows me the roller coaster of love. When it’s good, it’s GREAT, and when it’s not, it’s so, …