The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Albums discussed in this column:

  • Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  • Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress
  • Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin
  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • Ryan ...

The Friday Five: October 3, 2014

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

A Fan’s Notes: The Bob Gaudio Interview

 

 

 

 

In conjunction with this interview, one very fortunate reader is going to win a treasure trove of Four Seasons and Four Seasons-related music. The prize package includes:

Top 12 Christmas Albums of All-Time

Christmas music, as we currently think of it, didn’t really get going until about the 1930s, when a number of Yuletide numbers became jazz standards. And to listen to most radio stations when they switch over to their all-Christmas music format around ...

You’re Dead to Us…Movies Starring Pop Stars

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. 

Teen idols come and go, but the concept never leaves ...

5 Musical Genres Overdue for a Comeback

In our lifetimes we’ve already seen ’80s New Wave/dance pop, ’70s garage rock, and ’60s chamber/Baroque pop enjoy a revival of sorts. And surely we all remember the heady days of the Swing Revival of the mid-1990s, yes? Those were some ...

The #1 Albums: Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night”

History is written by the victors, so the music history of the mid 1960s generally focuses on the Beatles, Motown, the growing importance of the album, and the triumph of rock as an art form. History does not often acknowledge that the ...

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date) Tonight

Sorry, everybody. Due to other commitments, Leslie Liberatore will not be providing the Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date) Tonight this week. However, she asked me to fill her suede, knee-high stiletto platform boots, which I am honored to do, ...

Thank You for the Music!

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on all the things we’re thankful for, be it large or small. As such, it occurred to me that we often neglect to properly thank the people in our lives that helped shape our ...

CD Review: Barbra Streisand, “What Matters Most”

Last month, I had the best weekend I’d had in months. It started off on Friday afternoon when I learned that I had gotten the job I had interviewed for the day before. I spent the next few days celebrating ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 10

If you’ve been reading this series since the beginning, you’ve seen two names pop up more than any others — Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Throughout the 1960s they were perhaps the most prolific and successful songwriting duo in American music, ...

TV on DVD: “The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show”

It’s easy to be cynical about a show like The Dean Martin Variety Show. For a modern audience, a show like this one could seem very old fashioned. However, what I gained from digging into a couple of hours of Dean ...

CD Reviews: “Sin-Atra” and Amon Amarth

Various Artists, Sin-Atra (Armoury)
U.S. Release Date: March 29th

You know it’s kind of a slow week when the top review goes to a disc where metal artists are covering Sinatra tunes. Clearly indicating that all metal is “Sin”-ful, Armoury records ...

Basement Songs: “The Manchurian Candidate”

“Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

The Korean War. An Army unit is ambushed while on patrol in the countryside, their interpreter has double crossed them. The soldiers ...

Listmania: Popdose’s Favorite “SNL” Sketches


When the indefatigable Dw. Dunphy asked Popdose’s writers to come up with a list of ten classic Saturday Night Live sketches, we quickly got bogged down in trying to rank them — by theme, by season, by cast member, etc. ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “When Harry Met Sally…”

Well, here we are: the final Soundtrack Saturday of 2010. To close out the year, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss a film whose story not only spans many years in its characters lives, but also sees them through ...

Soul Serenade: Lorraine Ellison, “Stay With Me”

This is the way it happens sometimes. The other night I was watching the film Pirate Radio (aka The Boat That Rocked). I had seen the film before, but I hadn’t stayed around for the end credits. I usually don’t at ...

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