2014 PICKS – A PLENTIFUL YEAR

Since I didn’t do this last year, I’m throwing my hat in with every one of the fine folks here at Popdose as 2014 was one of the most interesting, diverse and fruitful years – especially musically.  So rather than ...

Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Maltese Falcon

I’ve always enjoyed the concept of the “MacGuffin,” which is a story element – some “thing” that’s used to propel the narrative – that we never get to actually see. Modern audiences are probably most familiar with it from Quentin Tarentino’s “Pulp ...

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Winter’s Tale

Ever since I picked up a paperback version of Mark Helprin’s “Winter’s Tale” while spending my summer vacation on a lake in New Hampshire, I’ve always had a hard time articulating why I liked it so much.  I never particularly cared for ...

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Ghost Story

I’ve always been a big fan of concept albums. More specifically, I’ve always loved albums that try to craft an actual story – a true beginning-to-end narrative. Classics like “Tommy”, “The Wall”, and “Ziggy Stardust”, have always been among my favorite albums, ...

Book Review: “Love for Sale”

I’ve known Cliff Thompson for years. We both contribute to Cineaste magazine, and you can read his typically thought-provoking review of Django Unchained in the spring issue, which is available now. But I didn’t really know Cliff until I read

Book Review: Gary K. Wolf’s “Typical Day”

So I’ve read a lot of articles over the last three years or so about the exciting, brave new world of e-book publishing, almost all of which used the term “brave new world.” But like any new, yet-to-be-tapped technology (read: monetized) ...

Sugar Water: Please Judge These Books by Their Covers

Spurred on by the extraordinary sales of E.L. James’s “adult” romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 60 million copies worldwide since its initial publication in Australia last year, Clandestine Classics has issued new e-book editions of ...

Book Review: The World Almanac Book of Facts 2013

Are almanacs still necessary? Yeah, I think they are. Even though you can find exactly the thing you  need on the Internet instantly, on your goddamn phone with Bing and Hotbot, an almanac is still an authoritative source of information, if ...

Top 5 Music Autobiographies That Need to Be Written

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley recently admitted that he’s working on his autobiography, making him the last of the original four members to do so. I’m guessing that as far as the ratio of honest insight to revisionist bullshit goes, the Starchild’s ...

Reading Is Fundamental: “Hollywood Myths”

The book “Hollywood Myths” attempts to get the story behind the story regarding some of the most scandalous situations in film history…like whether Rock Hudson was bumpin’ uglies with…Jim Nabors? Gooollllly!

Summer Reading Recommendations from the Deedle Deedle Dees

Last week, we noticed a tweet from Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees saying he was compiling his list of summer reading recommendations. Naturally, we thought Dadnabbit would be the perfect place to run Lloyd’s list, and boy, were we right ...

Book Review: Phill Brown, “Are We Still Rolling?”

If I had to pick one person involved in the record business to craft a compelling story spanning several decades, it would not have been Phill Brown. Nothing against Brown, mind you, but the most interesting music tell-alls are usually written by ...

Book Reviews: Hammer Horror Leads Reads for the Holidays

What’s the next best thing to going to the movies, taking in a play, or watching TV? Reading good books about movies, theatre, and TV, of course. And there’s still a couple of days left to stuff a few stockings with these.

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