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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 pontificate on the “why”, etc., I’m going to jump right in with both feet and revisit some of the music, et al., that stood out for me from January to now…: Albums by “new(er)” artists: LITTLE CHIEF:  Lion’s Den This wonderful, solid piece of work is the debut album from a recently-formed band out of Fayetteville, Arkansas.  I was immediately drawn into its warm, almost-understated production; the sharp on-pointness of the harmonies and the lushness of the arrangements.  Rarely have I ever been so moved immediately but Lion’s Den has lived with me from the first listen. JIMMY STEPHENS JR & THE BLUES CITY ROAD DOGS:  Road Ready The most explosive, pure rock & roll album to enter my consciousness in years.  Jimmy Stephens, Jr. is as fine a singer, songwriter, bass player (and guitarist) …

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24 current reasons to be thankful in 2014

Sure, the government’s a mess, the environment is spiraling out of control and American cities are actually burning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take time to consider some of the reasons we all have to be thankful. So everyone, please put down your torches and pitchforks long enough to appreciate the following blessings: 1) Your job doesn’t require you to balance anything on Kim Kardashian’s big shiny butt. 2) You’re not married to Robin Thicke, probably. At least not anymore. 3) Statistically, if you get pulled over by a police officer you still have a very good chance of not being shot to death. No matter what Nancy Grace says. 4) You’re not on Nancy Grace. 5) You’re not a Red Sox fan. Oh, you are? Er, sorry. 6) You weren’t in the last “Expendables” movie. Oh, you were? Er, sorry. 7) You didn’t let yourself get too attached to “Selfie.” 8) Your professional success doesn’t rely on cooperation from the Republican Party. 9) You didn’t have everything riding on that damn Benghazi report. 10) You …


Film Review: “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records”

Initially conceived as an outlet to release the music of the late MC – and friend of label co-founder Chris Manak (Peanut Butter Wolf) – Charizma, Stones Throw Records has grown over the last 18 years to become the label of choice for hip-hop mavericks, funk weirdos and pop outcasts. In Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records, director Jeff Broadway (Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story) weaves together home footage, archival clips and new interviews with members of the Stones Throw family as well as a host of hip-hop luminaries (including ?uestlove, Common, Kanye West, Mike D, A-Trak, Talib Kweli, Tyler, The Creator, Flying Lotus and Prince Paul) to tell the story of the label and several of its genre-defining releases. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton covers a lot of ground over a brisk 93 minutes, taking us from Manak’s days as an aspiring DJ making tapes of imagined Top 50 countdowns with friend – and eventual Stones Throw co-founder – Steve Helmer (Baron Zen) to the burgeoning hub of …