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Popdose’s Unintentionally Retro Heavy Top Albums of 2015

Give 50 music writers a forum to tout their top 50 albums of the year and you’ll probably see 45 or so unique bands and albums on every person’s list. You’ll immediately doubt your hipster credentials because you’ve likely never heard of 35 to 40 of the artists on each list. Every year there will also be one album that everyone’s afraid NOT to like. Typically this honor goes to Kanye West, this year it’s all about Kendrick Lamar. A lot of the artists in my 2015 list also ranked high in my 1985 or 1995 lists — or at least sound like they’re of that era. 2015 was a year of comebacks and throwbacks. Some beloved artists returned to greatness. Some new artists embraced old sounds while boldly diving into the new. So if you’re not a jaded millennial and want to discover some 2015 albums you’ll actually enjoy listening to in 2016 and beyond, let’s hop into the Delorean and crank up the Discman: 45: Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts! Laura Jane Grace & a relatively new lineup celebrate the …

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5 Must Have Limited Editions To Gift Your Music Nerd

Cyber Monday is here, that time of the year where people who would never dream of camping outside of a Target in sub zero temps finally get around to holiday shopping in between updating their Facebook statuses and pretending to work. If you have a music nerd on your shopping list, you know how challenging it can be to get them something special that truly knocks their socks off. By nature, they likely already have everything and you’re unlikely to ever beat them to the punch with something new. For this same reason, I don’t buy clothes for my wife. But I am here to help. So grab your credit cards, let’s go shopping! New Order • Music Complete 8LP Vinyl Box Set In September, New Order released their best album since 1989’s Technique. Music Complete kicks off a new era of their career with Mute records and Mute is going all out to keep the party going long into 2016 and beyond. I listen to the album most of the time on MP3 and it’s great — …

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Brooke White Gathers Her Friends For Surprise Charity Album

2014 has been an amazing year for new music, and my very last purchase of the year will hopefully arrive this Friday — that said, we could still use a little help from our friends to make it happen. The album, Never Grow Up, is the latest platter of potential pop perfection from singer, songwriter, actress, girl with glasses, fashionista and friend of POPDOSE, Brooke White. It’s a collection of lullabies and happy songs that promises to be the sonic elixir we need to heal from just about everything in the news. This isn’t the first time Brooke’s fans have enjoyed a White Christmas. In 2012 she released her first holiday album, one what was good enough to avoid the wrath of Mellowmas. Read the complete POPDOSE holiday interview here. This time around, Brooke enlists a little help from her friends: Idol alumni David Archuleta and Carly Smithson, country star Deana Carter, Jack Matranga (half of White’s stellar duo Jack & White) plus Leigh Nash, Mindy Gledhill, Daniel Tashian (The Silver Seas), Lucy Schwartz, John Hanson and Chris Seefried. It’s a fundraising affair, 80% of proceeds go …

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The Popdose Interview: Brooke White (free holiday MP3)

Brooke White is one of the sharpest, most prolific singer/songwriters in pop music today — her natural beauty, charm and style are simply sprinkles, whip cream and Cap’n Crunch atop an already perfect sundae. Sure a certain TV juggernaut catapulted her to international fame in 2008, but of the 120 American Idol Top 10’ers to date, she’s one of the few who still has bankable name brand recognition more than a season later. You can read all about my beef with the show here — but in a nutshell, what is now a popularity contest used to be about talent, and talent is something White has in spades. I drank the Brooke White Lemonade long before Idol. I bought her self-released debut CD, Songs From The Attic, at a rousing club show in LA two years before she went face to face with Simon, Randy and Paula. Attic steadily became one of my favorite pop albums of the decade; it is packed with powerful, exquisitely produced, full band originals that would have sounded as good …