Tag: Big Star

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Rich Tupica, “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”

As time passes, it gets harder to write about something you love, especially like a band – you veer between adoration, hero worship,...

Stax Singles, Vol. 4

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: “Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest”

A new box-set delves deeper into the Stax catalog than any previous reissue...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room”

Dear God, this is amazing.  Not because it’s Big Star – let’s make one thing clear from the outset:  I...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “I Am the Cosmos” (Expanded)

So there have been a few occasions where I had been asked to write about Chris Bell’s I Am The Cosmos album – and I’ve...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star”

This wonderful, 22-track compilation is just part of the work Chris Bell did before he dug his heels in with Big Star in 1971. ...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Seventeen

Radio City with Jon Grayson and Rob Ross:  Seventeen Seconds…  (!) Once again, Jon and Rob sit down and get it done –...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “The Best of Big Star”

So here’s the short version – Stax Records, in conjunction with Ardent, has finally released a sensible compilation of Big...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Ten

Radio City with Jon Grayson and Rob Ross hits hard and heavy – naturally! This week, Messrs. Grayson and Ross run the gamut from the...

CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, Music

DVD/CD Review: “Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s ‘Third’ Live … and More”

Forget objectivity, because you won’t find it here – not from me.  And certainly not about these live, orchestral,...

Music

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. ...

Music

WHAT I LISTENED TO DURING THE HOLIDAYS…

Two-plus weeks at home is a lot of time to unwind, if one doesn’t have travel plans.  And come the holidays, I...

David Bowie

A Fan's Notes, Music

A Fan’s Notes: Notable Albums of 2016

Ken Shane lists his favorite albums of 2016...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Legal Matters, “Conrad”

Two years ago, Popdose introduced you to The Legal Matters, the brilliant Michigan-based trio of Keith Klingensmith, Chris Richards and...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Fabrice Couillerot and Donna Ranieri, “Big Star: Isolated in the Light”

This beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book is the result of a five year labor of love from publisher Fabrice Couillerot and photographer...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Big Star, “Complete Third”

The first thing I want to disclose before going further is to say that in the canon of the three albums Big Star, one of my favorite bands...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Those Pretty Wrongs”

You may be tired of me saying “I’m not going to pretend to be objective”, but what’s the point of a review if...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Never Goodbye”

When Burger Records released the “Lucky Guy”/”Fool Of Myself” single last year, I was thrilled to share it with you...

Album Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: PRIX, “Historix”

I’m not going to pretend to be cool, professional or objective – this album is simply stunning.  And for all the right...

Music, News

Music News: Anticipating the Imminent Reemergence of Paul Melancon

Like Harry Lime with a thumbdrive, here comes Paul Melancon....

Music

Record Store Day Special: Big Star, “Jesus Christ”

I’ll keep this simple – a timely package:  the iconic artwork of the three wise men looking at the neon Big Star...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: A Fragile Tomorrow, “Make Me Over”

I love this band and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  It doesn’t make me biased – if anything, it makes me want to...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists

Album Review: The Orange Humble Band, “Depressing Beauty”

First, I’ll let you freak out over some of the names of the players who make up the current incarnation of The Orange Humble...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive Single Premiere: Loveland Duren, “Johnny Boy”

This is something very special; very powerful and totally from the heart.  Memphis legends Vicki Loveland and Van Duren, collectively...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: The Old Ceremony, “Sprinter”

One of the band’s I’ve grown fond of over the last two or three years is Durham, North Carolina’s The Old Ceremony...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stamey, “Euphoria”

What can be said about the work of Chris Stamey that hasn’t already been said?  The brilliance and precision of his writing and...

Music, Single Reviews

SINGLE REVIEW: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Lucky Guy”

You are going to love this.  Seriously.  I’m not gushing or emitting any kind of bluster or hyperbole.  From the...

Music, News

Music News: John Fry, Founder of Ardent Studios, Dies at 69

Ardent Studios founder and legendary producer John Fry has died. The man who gave a base of operations to the band that became Big Star...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

Cycles Per Second: A Look At The dB’s “Repercussion”

If there’s one album that I can automatically point to/at which helped me – helped to shape me as a songwriter and start to...

CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, Music

DVD/CD Review: Big Star, “Live in Memphis”

As I did with the recent re-issues of Big Star’s #1 Record and Radio City, I went into listening and watching Live In...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists

Album Review: The Legal Matters, “The Legal Matters”

You could make the argument that this is one of those reviews that just writes itself.  On first hearing the name of the band, I...