All posts tagged: Gin Blossoms

Greatest Un-Hits: The Posies’ “Going, Going Gone” (1994)

Back in the 1990s, there were these things called non-sequel movies, and the people that made these movies promoted them with youth-marketed soundtrack albums, shiny round objects containing primarily filler and unused album cuts from bands and singers enjoyed by the movie’s target demographic. In the weeks leading up to the film’s release, one would be bombarded with ads for both the film, as well as MTV and radio airplay for the soundtrack’s first singles, which are also ads for the film. It was largely irrelevant that in the actual movie, these much-hyped soundtrack songs would usually  muster about three seconds of screen time, blaring out the window of a passing cab approximately three blocks away from the main action of the scene. Some of the biggest, most iconic hits of the ’90s are songs that were “featured on the hot soundtrack,” sometimes even backfiring and becoming way, way more popular than the actual movies themselves. The forgotten street basketball melodrama Above the Rim produced Warren G.’s classic “Regulate”; Bjork’s “Army of Me” came from a film …

The Popdose Interview: Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers

New albums from a classic band or artist can sometimes be a dodgy proposition. But when I saw the news last year that The Doobie Brothers had a new album on tap, their first release of new material in 10 years, I was intrigued. The Doobies had an ace up their sleeve – they had coaxed (and as you can see from the conversation below, one could argue that it was the songs) legendary producer and longtime Doobie associate/friend Ted Templeman (Van Halen, Aerosmith, Little Feat) out of his semi-retired state to produce what would become World Gone Crazy. Since the album’s release in late 2010, the Doobies have been turning heads, notching a top 40 debut on the Billboard Top 200 charts and even generating radio airplay which came initially via the first single “Nobody,” a song that was rescued and re-recorded at the suggestion of Templeman from their original self-titled 1971 debut release (and it holds special significance as being the first song and also the first album they ever recorded with Templeman). …

The Friday Mixtape: 9/18/09

Remember that mixtape from last week? One hundred Beatles covers? That thing was EPIC! It was freaking magnificent! Yup… That was… really something. Well, then. Midnight Oil – Under The Overpass from Capricornia (2002) fun. – Benson Hedges from Aim and Ignite (2009) The 77s – The Treasure In You from More Miserable Than You’ll Ever Be (1990) Roland Orzabal – Dandelion from Tomcats Screaming Outside (2001) Porcupine Tree – Black Dahlia from The Incident (2009) Velvet Crush – Hold Me Up from Teenage Symphonies to God (1994) Elton John – Something About The Way You Look Tonight from The Big Picture (1997) Gin Blossoms – Till I Hear It From You from Outside Looking In: The Best Of Gin Blossoms (1999) Yngwie Malmsteen – I’m My Own Enemy from Fire & Ice (1992) Toto – Drag Him To The Roof from Tambu (1996) The Smithereens – Behind The Wall Of Sleep from Especially for You (1986) Elvis Costello And The Imposters – American Gangster Time from Momofuku (2008) The Balls Of France – Message …

Bootleg City: Marshall Crenshaw

When the economy’s bad, crime get worse. That’s why I decided to hire a new lawman to clean up this one-horse-because-of-all-the-horse-thieves town. I know what you’re thinking: “It’s called Bootleg City. If you outlaw the outlaws and start doing everything by the book, aren’t you defeating the purpose of the place? Isn’t there some sort of town charter you’d be violating? Seriously, Mr. Mayor, how stupid can you be?” The thing is, I agree with you. (Well, except for that rude rhetorical question you tacked onto the end of your thought. That seemed unnecessary.) After all, the welcome sign at the edge of town says the following: BOOTLEG CITY — A PLACE FOR BOOTLEGGERS AND SCOUNDRELS AND EVEN RAPISTS, AS LONG AS IT’S JUST THE VIKING KIND OF RAPE WHERE YOU WANTONLY DESTROY THE LAND, BUT BE A DEAR AND JUST DESTROY THE POOR SIDE OF TOWN, OKAY? WE’VE BEEN MEANING TO LAY WASTE TO THAT EYESORE FOR YEARS NOW. THANKS, AND ENJOY YOUR STAY! Even so, crime is out of control here, so I’ve …