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Popdose Giveaway: Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Captain Beefheart Vinyl Bundle

Did the Easter Bunny only bring you Peep flavored milk? He did for me, and now I have gross taste in my mouth. Lucky for you, our good friends at Rhino Records have a pretty sweet giveaway that wouldn’t have fit in your Easter basket anyway. Heck, I’m not even sure this would fit under your Christmas tree. THE GOODS: 14 vinyl records!  The Eagles Eagles: The Studio Albums 1972-1979: a six-LP set of the Eagles’ original Asylum Records studio albums, including each of the albums released between ’72 & ’79 on 180-gram vinyl: Eagles Desperado On The Border One Of These Nights Hotel California The Long Run Each LP features replicas of the original album packaging with two special artwork upgrades – the sleeve of the debut album, Eagles, will finally be released as the band originally intended, with no glue flaps, so the cover folds out into a poster. Hotel California will include a replica of the poster from the original issue with band photos by Norman Seeff. Buy via Amazon. Fleetwood Mac Then Play …


You’re Dead to Us…Blockbuster Greatest Hits Albums

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads.  In the ‘50s and early ‘60s, the singles market and the albums market were two separate entities and rarely did they meet. Logically, singles (or 45s) were cheap, and directed at teenagers, because teenagers don’t have much money. Albums cost more, and directed at adults. That’s why Elvis Presley had #1 hit after #1 hit, while Harry Belafonte and Broadway cast albums dominated the album chart. Today, singles essentially serve as a taste of an album – they’re promotional tools. Like the single you heard on the radio, or YouTube, or Spotify? Then you’ll love the rest of the album, which will have that leadoff single on it. That wasn’t a universal in the middle of the 20th century. An artist released singles, and then they released albums of completely different material. In 1958, some evil genius at Columbia Records had a brilliant …


5-Plus Albums That Are Song-For-Song Covers of Other Albums

Every year, Record Store Day brings us new musical releases to surprise and delight. One of the most delightful surprises this year was a live recording by onetime Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, performing Can’s 1973 album Ege Bamyasi in its entirety. It wasn’t an entirely unexpected move for Malkmus — he has long spoken of his love for the German experimental scene, and Can in particular — but still, it led us to wonder: When did this become a thing? Bands have been covering each other’s songs since the beginnings of recorded music, of course, and many bands have put out entire albums of covers wherein they pay tribute to their influences. (David Bowie’s Pin Ups might have been the first — as he has been first at so many things — but everybody does it, now.) And there have been compilations that recreate classic albums with each track performed by a different artist (the British music press loves to organize these; New Musical Express masterminded Sergeant Pepper Knew My Father, which brought together Sonic …

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Popdose Contest: Win the New Expanded Edition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”!

Who doesn’t love Rumours? (The “iconic Fleetwood Mac album” kind, not the “Jeff Giles‘ wedding song was Rod Stewart’s ‘Love Touch’” variety.) This week, Warner Bros. reissued the greatest pop/rock album recorded while its members were enduring painful romantic splits with each other – a triple-disc affair featuring Rumours and non-LP B-side “Silver Springs” on one disc, another disc of live cuts from the band’s ensuing tour and a third disc of demos, early takes and other studio ephemera loosed from the vault for the first time. (None of the songs on that disc featured on the bonus disc from a different expanded edition in 2004, so there’s much less guilt than usual to be had about double-dipping!) To add this nice little package to your collection, it’s simple! Send esteemed Popdose Editor Dave Lifton an e-mail with the subject line “Lindsey Buckingham’s Open-Collared Shirts” and provide your best theory as to why the Mac’s iconic 63-year-old guitarist is still able to get away with such an outré fashion choice.

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The Popdose Interview: Steve Berlin of Los Lobos

As music fans, bands find their way into our song-obsessed hearts in a variety of ways and some of the best experiences come about very unexpectedly. I think we all have those early albums that we remember hearing that were different. They were different, because top to bottom, the listening experience provided a sonic knockout because of the quality of the songs and in some cases, where the band took those songs. Kiko by Los Lobos hit the mark on both of those points. Spanning 16 tracks, it was a remarkably filler-free listen that found the band reaching new creative peaks throughout. Los Lobos were extremely inspired during the recording sessions for Kiko and that comes through in the vibe of the songs which made it to our ears in album form. And yet, it wasn’t an easy time for the band. They began the sessions for what would become Kiko surrounded by feelings of frustration. The creation of their previous album The Neighborhood had been somewhat of a soul sucking experience on many levels …


Greatest Un-Hits: Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” (1983)

“Holiday Road” was the theme song of National Lampoon’s Vacation, an insanely popular movie, the kind of ’80s comedy classic that gets run on cable and local stations with a frequency matched only by Caddyshack or Arthur. This is a well-known song, and from what I can tell, an agreeable, well-liked song, which makes it kind of confusing that this song was not actually a hit. Perhaps it’s because of the incredibly depressing music video that doesn’t offer any clips of the movie, which was the style at the time, nor does it match the song’s bouncy tone. It does, however, reflect the song’s dark lyrics—this is, after all, a Lindsey Buckingham song with nobody from Fleetwood Mac around to reign him in.

Adding to this song’s lack of success is that it’s from 1983. This was a period of renewed interest in and popularity for Fleetwood Mac and its members, not seen since Rumoursmania swept America’s over-30 and cocaine-using populations six years prior. The band itself had …