The Weekly Mixtape: 1/14/11

There are plenty of voices in popular music that could sing the phone book and still make you want to listen, can get you hot ‘n bothered, or chilled out like an iceberg. Those voices barely need backup by a ...

Popdose Tribute: Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

It was with a heavy heart that I found out Gerry Rafferty lost his battle. Only a month or so ago, it seemed he was at death’s door, and then he started making improvements. It was not to be. While he has ...

Recollections of 2010: Guided by Voices

If there was an event in this passing year that I wish I could have attended, it would have been the “classic” lineup reunion tour of Guided By Voices. This would have been the line-up most recognized for the albums Propeller ...

50CCM50, Part Three

Well, this is getting to be a pretty lousy habit, now isn’t it? Coming into the middle part of December, I had severe computer and Internet connectivity problems, my car’s radiator was leaking severely, my dog ate my homework, I ran ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Crawling Through a Winter Wonderland

Hey, East Coast, are you feeling a little European today? It’s the last great Blizzard of 2010, folks.

I have just finished digging out our driveway (thanks to the neighbors for the snow blowing, shovel assistance and the salt) and the sun ...

Popdose 2010: Dw. Dunphy’s Top Albums

2010 was a difficult year for music, despite there being so much of it to choose from. Some high profile albums made no mark on me, while some that crept in under doorway became obsessions. There were albums ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Trailers Gone Wild

There’s one thing you have to say about the editors of movies and their trailers, and by extension, those who score the movies afterward. Even if the director has an iron hand and insists on leaving his mark indelibly on a production, ...

CD Review: Michael Jackson, “Michael”

In time travel movies, the big difficulty the characters are always  concerned about is the paradox. Don’t do this, this or that or else you’ll bring on a paradox, it’ll destroy time-space and we’ll all cease to exist, etc. and so ...

Popdose Tributes: Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner

The Reaper respects no holiday, and so it is that two film luminaries passed this past weekend. The first, Leslie Nielsen, needs no introduction. While he first came to notoriety as a dramatic actor, with the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet jumping ...

CD Review: Cee-Lo Green, “The Lady Killer”

The biggest fault with The Lady Killer is its viral sensation, the track “Fuck You.” It is an effervescent, light-spirited Motown-styled pop song that needs to have it’s mouth washed out with soap. So many other records should have it so good. ...

CD Review: INXS, “Original Sin”

There has been a wave crashing over the entertainment industry, not just music but movies, television, books, just about any sector that has enjoyed a sense of history. This wave is one of a lack of necessity, not necessarily of “a ...

CD Review: Daft Punk, “Tron: Legacy” Soundtrack

The movie Tron: Legacy arrives at a point of very good fortune, and it is the most unlikely of comebacks. First off, it’s a sequel that never should have happened. In its original release in the early-1980’s, it was a bona ...

50CCM50, Part Two

Welcome back! Apologies to all who have been waiting for Part Two to arrive in a timely manner. It’s been, shall we say, an interesting few weeks at Dunphy Central, but let’s step away from the train tracks and sit a ...

The Popdose Interview: Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Empire, the chart-topping album from Queensrÿche, and 2011 will begin the band’s 30th year. While both celebrations are notable, they’re not what keeps lead singer Geoff Tate going. In fact, Tate seems to have a ...

Don’t Give ‘Em Any Ideas: “Zach to the Future”

We all know Hollywood is bereft of ideas and has been for a good long time. There’s still no reason why we should lead them to awful choices, and yet Popdose insists — nay, demands! — to speak the name of atrocity ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Killogies: When Sagas Turn Soggy

There is no specific term for a film franchise that is directly undermined by later installments of itself, but there should be. If there are so many trilogies out there that have crippled themselves by simply not walking away while the getting ...

TV Preview: Ready Or Not, Here Comes Coco

So, what have we to talk about this week? The non-news that after scoring ridiculously high ratings, AMC has greenlit a second season of The Walking Dead? How about the box office for Dreamworks’ latest animated film Megamind? What of the ...

TV Review: “$#*! My Dad Says” Is Still $#*!

How did I end up here, on a Thursday night, flipping through the channels and suddenly landing on CBS; y’know, the Tiffany Network, or more accurately as of late, the network where the cops are hunting down the killer/abductor/threatening presence against ...

Dw. Dunphy On… The Kids Are Not Alright

Sometimes nostalgia can sicken a person. Here’s an example: remember when you could get into a fight in school and only get your nose broken? Now you could get your head blown off for crossing some line you didn’t even know ...

CD Review: The Walkmen, “Lisbon”

The most frustrating aspect of reviewing music is the point where you appreciate something but aren’t entirely enthused about it. You’ve heard something enjoyable, but once it is over, you can’t say why you enjoyed it or whether you’d be inclined to ...

CD Review: Keith Richards, “Vintage Vinos”

It would be wildly inaccurate to say Keith Richards’ solo work (and that with backing band, the X-Pensive Winos) was light years ahead of the Rolling Stones stuff from roughly the same time. In fact, both organizations were found to be ...