While we continue to await news of Joel Hodgson’s long-teased reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Shout! Factory continues to do us MSTies right with its latest four-disk reissue. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIII features giant spiders, two helpings of antisocial teenagers and a cardigan-wearing spy with a streak of grey in his hair, and Popdose MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek are on hand, as ever, to give you the scoop. Daddy-O (Episode #307) Tony: The first movie in this set is season 3’s Daddy-O. “(Old) teenagers on the wrong side of the law” was a popular genre for the show, and this is one of their best, from the vocal stylings of Dick Contino to the gutsy young woman willing to match him toe to toe, (“Want some?”), to the great jazz score by John Williams. The movie is preceded by the wonderfully random short Alphabet Antics. Host segments include the catchy “Hike your Pants Up” song, in honor of Contino’s almost impossibly high waistline. Also notable this episode was the ending, where the button to …
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 lacked in budget. Released in 1981, at roughly the height of its director’s most fertile period, Escape from New York is probably Carpenter’s most enduring work after Halloween. But whereas the singular effectiveness of that film has been repeatedly diminished by countless imitators and its own dreary sequels, Escape (despite its own inferior sequel) remains as simple and engrossing as it was 34 years ago. Its premise is pure Carpenter, all high stakes and no bullshit: New York City has been converted into a prison. The President of the United States is trapped inside. He has a cassette tape that’s vitally important for world peace, for some damn reason or other. And only one man can rescue him, recover the tape, and save the world. Enter our hero, Snake Plissken. Snake is a rare …
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII, available March 24, comes to us without a theme or anniversary tie-in — just another slate of four pretty-funny-to-outright-hilarious outings with Joel, Mike, Crow and Tom Servo, ranging from forgotten ’70s TV pilots to an actual, bona fide Academy Award winner. Without further ado, Popdose MSTies Tony Redman and Dan Wiencek give you Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII!
Popdose’s resident “Mystery Science Theater 3000” gurus Dan Wiencek and Tony Redman review the “MST3K Turkey Day Collection”. Will these turkeys fly high or fall like a rock?
The Popdose staff discusses Pink Floyd’s swan song.
Popdose’s resident MSTies Dan Wiencek and Tony Redman team up to review “Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXX”!
This article can be summed up in one quote: “I will pay someone to shoot you, Walsh.”
Andy Partridge thought XTC’s breakout album never sounded right. Now it does.
Animation’s most hapless family returns.
What if Macca didn’t play anything by the you-know-whos?
What can you learn from a 944-page book on the Beatles? Let’s start with these seven things.
One Popdoser’s personal best-of playlist.
Get ready for the fifth season of TV’s most convoluted cartoon.
A Silent Film talks about America, having fun onstage and rattlesnakes. (Not in that order.)
Beneath this hat/I am wearing a tie.
Don’t judge this book by it’s cover. (Really, don’t.)
Flops you can blame on the jerks in marketing
A closer look at Janis Joplin’s swan song.
Do what you want to do — just get the f#%&ing note right.
“Recording the Beatles”: no Fabs library is complete without it.
A guide for the perplexed.
Much like our 100 Greatest Covers post last year, this was a collaborative effort for the Popdose staff. Although our list of nominees was a bit smaller – only 300 songs – the voting was every bit as competitive, with our #7 and #8 songs being separated by just one tenth of a point. As a collective, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, whether you’re a member of a Bizarre Love Triangle, a pair of Two Hearts, or even if you’re a member of the Lonely Hearts Club. Love to all. — Zack Dennis If you’re listening on Spotify, you can find a link to versions of all of the songs here. 100. “You Belong to Me” – Bob Dylan. Of all the things that can cause friction in a relationship, physical distance can be one of the hardest to endure. It softens a couple’s strengths, and makes every single problem – even the smallest ones – harder to address. Without a definitive end in sight, very few long-distance relationships survive. And yet, almost …
30 years ago, XTC seemed poised for their commercial breakthrough. Appearances were deceiving.
Dan Wiencek serves up a double-size helping of Beatle-y goodness
The recordings that started it all. (More or less.)
Last week, we published a compilation of the 100 greatest cover songs of all time, as voted by the Popdose staff. Of course, our way of tabulating the results (you can see the original spreadsheet here, if you’re really, really, really curious) meant that plenty of worthy songs were going to be left off the final list. So we decided to include a few more songs that some of the staff felt deserved an “honorable mention.” Each of the songs below is special to at least one of us, and even though none of these had broad enough appeal to make our Top 100 list, we thought they were good enough to at least get a tip of the cap. Opelousas (Sweet Relief) – Maria McKee. Originally performed by Victoria Williams. Taken by itself, Maria McKee’s cover of Victoria Williams “Opelousas” isn’t all that remarkable of a song. It’s a nice update to the low-key original, with a much bigger sound and scope, but what makes this cover great, and the reason why I included …
Look, Ma! We can count to a hundred!
Sarah Jarosz avoids the sophomore slump — mostly — on her latest release, Follow Me Down.