Blu-Ray Review: “Escape From New York, Collector’s Edition”

From the mid-70s to the late 80s, John Carpenter was an industry unto himself, variously writing, directing, producing, scoring and/or appearing in a string of well-executed genre entertainments that relied on atmosphere and colorful performances to make up for what they ...

TV on DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXXI

Ah, Thanksgiving — that yearly ritual of coma-inducing food, awkward conversation with scarcely seen relatives and, if you come from a certain kind of family, hours and hours of cheesy movies, expertly skewered by Joel (or Mike) and the ‘bots on Mystery ...

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXX

Mystery Science Theater 3000 continues its post-cancellation afterlife with another new set of four episodes, released on July 29 — the 30th such set since the show began appearing on DVD back in 2000. For this landmark release, Popdose’s resident die-hard MSTies Tony Redman and ...

Popdose Music Roundtable (June 2014)

Gather up your cattle because it is time for the monthly roundup once more. Witness as the very knowledgeable and worldly Popdose Staff talks you through what they were listening to in June, attempt to redeem the honor of The Knack, ruminate ...

CD Review: XTC, “Skylarking (Corrected Polarity Edition)”

Corrected what now?

Skylarking was XTC’s breakthrough album in the United States, and a deeply troubled production in every sense of the word. Every fan knows about group frontman Andy Partridge’s sour working relationship with producer Todd Rundgren, which he likened to ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Venture Bros., Season 5″

The biggest advantage an animated series has is its immunity to the passage of time. Actors may age, but their animated counterparts don’t: Bart Simpson is well into his third decade in the fourth grade, and Stewie Griffin can travel back in ...

25 Great Songs of 2013

I tend not to be a big year-end list kind of guy — that is to say, I like reading them, but almost never write them. There’s just too damn much out there, and I never feel qualified to offer any kind ...

Catching Up With The Venture Brothers

One of television’s sharpest, funniest and most convoluted animated series, The Venture Brothers returns for its fifth season on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block beginning June 2. It was originally scheduled to return two weeks earlier on May 23 but was delayed ...

The Popdose Interview: A Silent Film

“All right, Chicago,” says Robert Stevenson, “let’s make this magic.” By this time in A Silent Film’s February 15 performance at Lincoln Hall, the group’s front man is about to lead the near-capacity crowd through a singalong to “Harbor Lights,” a track ...

Movies Ruined By Their Own Marketing

There are a lot of reasons why films flop. Some are ahead of their time, others are under-appreciated until later and many, of course, are just plain bad. Often times, there’s nothing about the movie itself that causes it to ...

CD Review: Janis Joplin, “The Pearl Sessions”

“Look, I really love you very much and I’d like to be with you, but let’s fuck on tape.”
— Paul Rothchild, producer, to Janis Joplin (quoted by Bruce Botnick)

Pearl, the album that became Janis Joplin’s swan song, ...

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah #02: “Recording the Beatles”

Another book about the Beatles?” ask Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan. “This many decades later, how much more of their story needs to be told?” A worthwhile question, and all the more so because the two men asking it wrote ...

The “Freebird” Irony Scale

You are attending a concert and yell “Freebird.” How ironic are you being?

Level 0
The band you are seeing is Lynyrd Skynyrd or a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute act. You actually want the band to play “Freebird” and would be delighted ...

Popdose Flashback ’82: XTC, “English Settlement”

Originally released February 12, 1982.

1982 was the year it was all finally going to happen for XTC. They had been working a hard grind of touring, recording and promotion for the better part of five years, and the dividends ...

The Popdose 100: The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

It’s generally agreed upon that if you don’t have any new flavor to add to the original, you shouldn’t bother doing a cover.  But what exactly are the ingredients for a great cover?

There’s no secret recipe.  Some of the songs below ...