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Meta, Music

mccartney and spam

All that McCartney ranting yesterday, and hey, the new single ain’t bad: Paul McCartney – Fine Line (download) Huh. I’m...

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Music

bootleg city: paul mccartney & elvis costello, “demos in the dirt”

I was all set to do a review of the new Herbie Hancock today, but it turns out there really isn’t all that much to say about the new...

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Music

listening booth: nada surf, our lady peace, rolling stones

Nada Surf – The Weight Is A Gift (2005)click here to purchase this album I didn’t listen to the radio at all in 1996, so...

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Current Events, Music

just a little

Like pretty much everybody else, I’ve had New Orleans on my mind lately. Haven’t said much, because I’m not as eloquent...

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Music

listening booth: bob dylan, “live at the gaslight” and “no direction home”

Bob Dylan – Live at the Gaslight 1962 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 6.5) (2005) Bob Dylan – No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The...

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Music

the lovemakers

Can we please declare this tired New Wave revival over already? Gah....

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Music

listening booth: david gray, kate earl, lori mckenna

David Gray – Life in Slow Motion (2005) There was a time when I thought David Gray’s music was insufferably boring. Either I...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Rush, Part One

Note: As I mentioned last night, today’s Guide was written by my good friend Ted, who has been patiently and tirelessly defending...

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Meta, Music

and now for something a little different

Two announcements: 1. Tomorrow’s Complete Idiot’s Guide will be Part One of Two. 2. It will be about Rush. 3. It’ll be...

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Popdose

god bless you, judd apatow

Saw it Friday night. I had to twist Leah’s arm, but only a little — she laughs at The Daily Show just as hard as I do. Anyway,...

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Music

listening booth: shaw/blades, “hallucination”

Shaw/Blades – Hallucination (1995) Though his work with Night Ranger and/or Damn Yankees never has or will win any awards for...

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Music

listening booth: mike stern, “odds or evens”

Mike Stern – Odds or Evens (1991) The words “jazz fusion” have become a sort of sneering code phrase for crappy...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"life was so simple then/a kind of playtime/you made it easy then/we had a great time"

Like many a budding homo, I was quite the little fashion plate in high school. Yes, that’s me with the grey pleather pants, white...

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Meta

resurrection

New day, new host, new lease on life for this place. The mp3s’ new home actually provides more room and more transfer than I’d...

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Meta, Music

the day the music died

I apologize for the current mp3 outage:we’ve been heavily linked this week, our traffic spiked, and our host noticed what we’ve...

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Music

listening booth: clapton, new pornographers, kanye west, stryper, richard thompson

Eric Clapton – Back Home (2005) It’s been a long time since the world sat up and paid attention to a new album from Eric...

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Music

barry gibb let me down

Oh, goddammit. Hi, my name is Jeff, and I’m a Bee Gees fan. Not a “cool” one, either — I’m not down with all...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to the Replacements

“The radio, that was my big influence … Bands that were faceless, that didn’t really have anything other than what you...

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Music

listening booth: def leppard, “yeah!”

I don’t know whether or not they still publish it, but when I was a kid, Marvel Comics had a title called What If? that answered...

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Books, Music

two hearts and one crummy book

Hey, have you read this book? Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts — The Definitive Biography, 1972-2003 by Dave Marsh I’m a sucker...

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Music

listening booth: Darden Smith, “Sunflower”

Darden Smith – Sunflower (2002) Having spent large chunks of my life around musicians and other assorted music geeks, I’ve...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"down in alabama they like home-cooked fare, yeah! / so we’re gonna strap you to the frying chair"

Joe Strummer was not a very popular guy when 1986 rolled around. The year previous, he, alongside a new crew of imposters, had taken a nice...

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Popdose

bite me, imax

We took The Boy to the Tech Museum in San Jose last Saturday. This isn’t the kind of thing I’ve ever really given much thought...

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Music

bootleg city: brian wilson, “sweet insanity”

No Idiot’s Guide this week, amigos — as the list of artists about whom I am qualified to expound at length continues to...

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Music

beautiful dreamer

I’ve just finished reading the most informative and entertaining biography of Stephen Foster ever written: Doo-Dah! Stephen Foster...

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listening booth: hootie, pelican, shelby lynne, imogen heap

Hootie & The Blowfish – Looking for Lucky (2005) Once, when asked to explain his fondness for Beavis & Butt-Head, David...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"it’s raining / my sisters why can’t we realize / that it won’t be long?"

“Contentious” is probably the word I’m looking for to describe the recording of the third (and at the time – har...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

Silly conejo! Trix is for los niños!

So I’m pouring The Boy’s cereal this morning, and I notice something a little different about this week’s box of Trix: It...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

the great cereal gross-off: peanut butter cookie crisp edition

During their Biblical forty years of wandering in the desert, the Jews subsisted on a miracle food that fell from the heavens each night....