Rob Smith explores some fine 2014 vinyl releases.
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In which we list the 12 best albums to put you in the Christmas mood, which means you aren’t allowed to argue with us.
Holmes and Dunphy take on the revival of a true music icon in 1973.
Before We Was Fab checks in for the first time with the Chairman of the Board, circa 1955.
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 us, because there will always be hormonally crazed young people with questionable taste in music. Sometimes the pop star breaks free of their teen idol years and becomes a legitimate artist (Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, Justin Timberlake); the rest are temporary, ephemeral, and cheesy: Fabian, Andy Gibb, the DeFranco Family, Rick Astley, Philip Glass, etc. Right now, we’ve got quite a few, and a solid 25 percent of social networks would appear to be teenagers just saying that they enjoy the music and/or appearance of, variously, One Direction, the Wanted, Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, three more that have become popular between when I wrote this article yesterday and it published this morning. And these pop stars, up until the moment in which they choke under the pressure of fame and their souls, minds, …
Lots of musicians decide they are famous and attractive enough to act, but it takes a special kind of hubris to take a break from making music to direct a movie. Sometimes it works out, as with the fruitful horror filmmaking career of Rob Zombie, whose The Lords of Salem comes out this week. Here are some others who gave it a shot. The Education of Charlie Banks The guy who got an Oscar nomination for The Social Network was once directed by Fred Durst, the guy who wrote the line “gimme somethin’ to break / how ‘bout your fuckin’ face.” But he does know what it’s like to be a violent thug, so there’s that. Yentl Streisand has one of the greatest voices ever, and she’s a good actress, too. And then there’s this literal vanity project, in which the 41-year-old Streisand directs her own performance as a teenager, who disguises herself as a boy to attend a yeshiva. Falling From Grace Ol’ John Cougar made himself up a movie-film real good like, with …
You can either nuzzle up in the bosom of St. Valentine this evening, kids, or you can stick your head in it and slowly suffocate. But wait. Tomorrow’s another date and it ain’t Valentine’s Day, sweetie.
It seems just about every musical style gets recycled whether it deserves it or not. Here are five genres that definitely do.
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The Chairman of the Board is not finished, by a long shot.
Dave Lifton fills in for Leslie Liberatore for this week’s Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date).
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As our Time-Life “AM Gold” series rolls on with the next batch of tunes from 1964, let’s all take a moment to recognize the genius of the Bacharach/David team.
In which Bob Lefsetz tries to turn Five Guys’ success into a metaphor for the music industry and fails miserably.
Put your headphones on and your cares away, and come back with us once again to the world of Time-Life’s “AM Gold” — 1963 style!
Popdose soldiers on with our Digging for Gold series and looks at another six tracks from Time-Life Music’s AM Gold: 1962.
The Dean Martin Variety Show offered a little something for everyone. There was music (well, duh) and plenty of laughs, but there was also a lot of style. Everyone on stage who joined Dean carried with them a sense of class. Most important, everyone on the show seemed to be having a great time, often at the expense of Dean.
The second installment of Digging for Gold explores more of 1962’s hippest tunes. And Gene Pitney.
Dave Steed reviews the new Frank Sinatra metal tribute album and the eighth record from Amon Amarth.
Scott Malchus explores the paranoid delusions of “The Manchurian Candidate” in the latest Basement Songs.
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The Popdose Staff reminisces about 15 of its favorite sketches from the past 35 years of Saturday Night Live.
… because Ted didn’t want to. DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE When Nabokov concluded back in the 1950s that some of his American students’ ears were merely ornamental, I’m sure many adults believed that he was referring to the kids’ musical taste. It’s no wonder. These people grew up in a world where Frankie Laine was considered progressive. The refined and mannered style of swing era vocalists was gradually being replaced by the raw emotion and indecent body language of young belters inspired by the dark forces of the blues. As rock ’n’ roll took over the airwaves, the concept of ‘easy listening’ was introduced when some radio stations continued playing traditional pop music aimed at mature audiences. The Billboard Easy Listening chart debuted in July 1961, paving the way, at least for a while, for old-timers like Perry Como and Frank Sinatra who were no longer able to crack the pop charts, and at the same time creating a market for new acts like Herb Alpert, Bert Kaempfert and the Baja Marimba Band. Follow …
Kelly Stitzel closes out 2010 with one of her favorite Soundtrack Saturday columns ever about the classic romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally. We hope you’ll have what she’s having.
Ocean’s 11 (Warner Bros., 1960) They’re a pop culture institution — hell, they’re heroes to some people — but the Rat Pack really didn’t make that many movies as a unit. Only two, to be exact, and of the pair, only 1960’s Ocean’s 11 has retained any lasting value. (Sergeants 3, released two years later, is a Gunga Din remake that’s as wretched as it sounds.) The kind of movie that’s considered a classic for reasons having little to do with the movie itself, the original Ocean’s may not be an objectively great film, but it’s turning 50 in style, with this new Blu-ray transfer. Synopsis: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Roulette wheels spin, cards snap, slots chime, champagne fizzes, the shows go on…and the lights go out. It’s the perfect time to steal a kiss or a $25 chip. But for Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and his 10 partners in crime, it’s the perfect moment to steal millions. Sinatra and off-screen pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and more …
In 1966 the legendary songwriter/producer Jerry Ragovoy found himself with a full orchestra and free studio time. He certainly made the most of it.
Rod Stewart has made another crappy standards album. “Rob Smith Can’t Say No,” but he CAN suggest some alternative listening.