Dw Dunphy’s Top 10 Albums Of 2014

It’s that time of year again, when music reviewers attempt to convince you that their ten favorite records either are better than your ten favorites, or serve to justify your opinion of your own taste, or more likely justify your discrediting music ...

Dunphy Knows It All: Fixing Broadcast TV

Welcome to what I hope will be an ongoing series of columns wherein I freely shoot my mouth off. The only difference between this column and business-as-usual is that you might actually agree with my viewpoint here.

I am no stranger to ...

Dw Dunphy On…The Wayne Coyne Issue

A couple of things have led me to think about Wayne Coyne, the leader of the psychedelic band The Flaming Lips. The first is not as consequential as the second.

You would think that the firing of Kliph Scurlock, drummer, would be ...

Reality Check: Star Wars VII – It’s Only One Photo!

Nobody’s going to talk about it? (Groan.) Fine.

So, in what has become only the second most annoying photograph distributed this year, behind Ellen’s freaking selfie, a photo of a script-read behind the scenes of Star Wars VII surfaced. In it ...

Rise Of The iHoles

Don’t look now, because they’re not. You can ask them to look up anything on their smartphones, but they’ll never actually look up at you. In fact, the zombie apocalypse would be preferable to this because at least the zombies acknowledge your ...

Of Heather Langenkamp, Whom I Knew Not

One of the most curious aspects of pop culture is the advent of “fandom,” and how it does and does not survive over time. Literally, the word “fan” is short for “fanatic” and there is plenty of fanaticism to be found in ...

Alice Cooper’s Most Perverse Trick

KISS gets a lot of stick for decisions they’ve made over the years, and some of that is deserved. One I always felt was uncalled for was the antipathy, and often downright hatred, for the song “Beth.” Those who discount that track ...

Dw Dunphy On…The Fuzzy L’il Rocker Bros

Discussions arise in the Popdose back channel. Some of them are the kind of office banter and snark you expect. Others are, as you might surmise from a clutch of music nerds like us, very music nerdy. And occasionally a few cross ...

Popdose Flashback 1963: The Singing Nun, “Dominique”

The Number One hit for the entire month of December 1963 was “Dominique” from The Singing Nun. Just think about that for a moment.

Jeanine Deckers was the singer of the tune about Saint Dominic, a Spanish-born priest and founder of ...

In Praise Of “Twilight Zone Version 2.0″

I don’t think I need to say much about The Twilight Zone that hasn’t been already said. The original series was that rare combination of actual geniuses (mainstays Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson; and others like Ray Bradbury ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Yes, “90125”

Debuting in November 1983, there probably isn’t anything about Yes’ 90125 that hasn’t already been said. A longtime favorite of the prog rock set, Yes was known for album-side song-suites that showcased a high degree of musical virtuosity (that some ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: “Got Milk?” Debuts

I remember seeing someone leave a movie theater, grousing about what he had just seen, and asking anyone aloud, “Who gave that guy the money to make a __________movie?”

“That guy” was action director Michael Bay, the movie was either ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: The Animated G.I.Joe Debuts

Warfare is not the easiest subject matter to adapt to children’s television. Neither is terrorism, and post 9-11, the concepts seem absurdly unthinkable, and yet here we are. The animated G.I. Joe mini-series debuted in syndication in ...

The Case For Pinetop Seven

Just figuring to mention it if you hadn’t noticed, the folk/Americana sound is pretty big right now. At least, a version of it is popular. As with so many things that linger in the public fascination, there are degrees of lineage, with ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Huey Lewis and the News, “Sports”

Personal maturity is not necessarily about leaving behind the stuff of youth. It is most often about embracing the stuff of youth and having the confidence and sense-of-self to say, “I don’t really care what you think of my choice ...

Songs I Learned This Summer

“So what was your summer jam this year,” they asked me. Blueberry, I replied.

Honestly, how old is the phrase “summer jam” anyway? What is this, 2002? And besides, I cannot immediately think of a song that so overwhelmed and encompassed ...

Punk: A Braindump

You know the rest of the Twenty-Teens will be a hard slog when even the quality of our rebellion is mediocre. Look at the so-called “rebels” in today’s pop culture and what you really see are an endless stream of media frenemies, ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: The Fugitive

Landing on August 6, 1993, nobody expected much from The Fugitive. It was directed by Andrew Davis (previously director of Steven Seagal action flick Under Siege) and written by David Twohy (later of ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: American Graffiti

There’s a lot of ire thrown in George Lucas’ direction. Star Wars meant a lot to many, many people and a great many felt the franchise was best served when Lucas only had tertiary input into it (otherwise known as the ...

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Rodriguez?

In what came as a surprise to no one, Baseball commissioner Bud Selig threw the book (some would argue it was more of a paperback novella given how effective it would ultimately be) at the Yankees’ embattled Alex Rodriguez for his role ...

Popdose Flashback 1993: Billy Joel, “River Of Dreams”

Dw Dunphy – Think about this. How bad might it be that, for a whole third of your career, your muse for your creations is permanently tied to them. Those who recognize you for what you’ve done will constantly bring ...