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Pop Goes the World: Derek Webb, “Jena & Jimmy”

This week in Pop Goes the World, David Medsker takes us to church -- sort of -- with a look at a track from Derek Webb's latest album....

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Pop Goes the World: “Ruby Trax,” Disc 3

This week, David Medsker reaches the third and final disc of the NME's 40th birthday compilation, featuring covers both ridiculous and...

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Pop Goes the World: “Ruby Trax,” Disc 2

David Medsker has returned with the second disc of the NME's wonderfully strange covers compilation, featuring the biggest artists of the...

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Pop Goes the World: “Ruby Trax,” Disc 1

In 1992, to celebrate their 40th birthday, NME enlisted 40 bands to cover Number One hits by other artists, and the results were nothing if...

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Pop Goes the World: Sugarbomb, “Bully”

That sound you just heard was the hearts of a million power pop fans skipping a beat. There probably isn’t anything that happened to...

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Pop Goes the World: Blink, “The Girl with the Backward Skin”

This album and band brings out my innermost old codger (which isn’t nearly as inner as it should be), because it has me telling...

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Pop Goes the World: Icecream Hands, “Sweeter Than the Radio”

It's time for another week of Pop Goes the World -- and a look at what David Medsker calls "the best album Crowded House never made."...

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Pop Goes the World: The Dissociatives

Whatever you may think of Frogstomp (1995), the oh-so-timely slice of grunge lite that turned three Australian teenagers into superstars,...

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Pop Goes the World: Scritti Politti, “Umm”

The ’90s were dark times for fans of the punk rockers-turned synth soul popsters Scritti Politti. They — and by...

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Pop Goes the World: Tribe, “Sleeper”

The sophomore album. I hear it’s tricky. So begins the second and final chapter on our tribute to one of Boston’s finest. It...

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Pop Goes the World: Tribe, “Abort”

I’ve written literally hundreds of pieces for various web sites and newspapers, but nothing I have ever written has produced as much...

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Pop Goes the World: Super 700, “Second in Line”

To say that I have a soft spot for musical melodrama would be a great understatement. “Unfinished Sympathy” by Massive Attack,...

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Pop Goes the World: Thomas Dolby, “Eastern Bloc”

Our Lord Jefito surely has a dozen stories on Giant Records and the litany of mistakes they made as a company – he seems to have at...

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Pop Goes the World: Trash Can Sinatras, “The Genius I Was”

He describes their music as "like oxygen," so it's only fitting that David Medsker should devote an edition of his Pop Goes the World...

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Pop Goes the World: Alphabeat

Props to Will Harris for bringing this Danish group to my attention. God, I miss bands like this. Let’s not mince words about the...

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Pop Goes the World: Cheap Trick, “All We Need Is a Dream”

The fantasy of owning a time machine is a fun one, isn’t it? Most people would go back and stop Hitler. Patton Oswalt would go to...

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Pop Goes the World: Attic Lights

Welcome to my brand-new column Pop Goes the World, which aims to serve as an antidote of sorts to the sad, sad, sad world of Mope Like Me....