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The Friday Five: May 1, 2015

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 guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments. The Five: “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna (from True Blue, 1986) Okay, so here’s the deal: it’s Thursday night and I know that I have a hellacious Friday ahead of me, so here I am, iPhone in hand, ready to crank out a Friday Five. That means I’m shuffling from a smaller, albeit more familiar, deck. That said, on with the Five! Oh, 1986, we were so innocent. Hell, Madonna only had to evoke some vague Christian imagery combined with some out-of-wedlock pregnancy to stir up controversy. “She’s the Woman” by Van Halen …

Popdose Deluxe Edition Roundup

Hot New Deluxe Editions: Are Extra Tracks Worth The Extra $?

Spring is here and some of the big releases come in even bigger “deluxe editions”. So, if you pony up the dough, is it worth the extra show? POPDOSE places a few recent releases into the ring: Madonna • Rebel Heart (Super Deluxe Edition) I’ve been with Madge since day one and she rarely disappoints — but when she does, whoa Nelly. I blew $20 on the deluxe edition of MDNA thinking there is no way it could be worse than Hard Candy but boy was I in for a shock. Rebel Heart marks a move towards redemption. There’s a 19-track deluxe edition and a 25-track super deluxe edition (let’s just call it “Super” from here onward). If you buy the latter and trim the fat, you have Madonna’s best album since the criminally underrated American Life. Rebel Heart only misses the mark when Madonna is chasing her younger colleagues instead of leading them. The word “Bitch” shows up in three songs and is needed or welcome in none (same goes with Rihanna’s new single — seriously, …

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POPDOSE Top 40: 2014’s Best Rock and Pop Albums

Most year-end “Best of” lists are about wrapping up the year in a tidy bow and moving on, this list celebrates amazing albums that deserve new fans, continued spins and deeper listening long into 2015 and beyond. If this list missed your favorites, add them in the comments section below — and be sure to check out the faves of Rob Smith in the Vinyl Diaries and DW Dunphy’s Music Wrap. See also, our list of the year’s essential reissues. Why separate rock and pop albums? Same reason the Golden Globes separates Drama and Comedy. Comedies rarely get Oscar nods and barely ever win. Rock is about thunder, fury, angst and catharsis. Pop is about joy, love, sex, slow dancing and booty shaking. So here we go… Best ROCK Albums of 2014 #1: Against Me! • Transgender Dysphoria Blues My personal Top 10 History: New Wave (#1 in 2007), White Crosses (#1 in 2010), Black Crosses (#6 in 2011) From her emergence in a 2012 issue of Rolling Stone to her 2014 AOL series True Trans, a lot of hype has been …

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The World’s Worst Music Snob Can’t Get Laid

I can rarely predict where a column about music is going to raise my ire next. I’ve all-but stopped reading Lefsetz recently in the name of self-preservation, and on those rare moments when I bothered to open his e-mails I’ve simply laughed at the awfulness of the first few paragraphs before deleting. Fortunately, there is my sister, who is usually awesome and I love her dearly. But right now she’s dead to me. Yesterday, she tipped me on to a column that’s appearing in today’s New York Times Magazine. She tagged me in the Comments section of its Facebook post without any explanation, so I’ll assume she thought, “Oh, here’s an article written by a music fan. Dave will like this.” It’s called “Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift” by Dan Brooks and it’s…wow, I can’t even describe it. After reading half of it, I was hoping it would be ignored, but then Duquette tweeted it out, and Annie responded by asking if it was a joke. So here I am. Let’s begin. It’s hard to …

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The Popdose Interview: The Paley Brothers

If you’re a fan of catchy pop tunes and you aren’t familiar with the Paley Brothers, prepare yourself: you’re about to get an education. Andy and Jonathan Paley released their lone album – a self-titled effort – on Sire Records in 1978, just on the heels of the punk rock explosion, featuring a cover photo of brothers looking like they were born to be teen idols, but their music, while certainly not as raw or rough-and-tumble as their labelmates the Ramones, also wasn’t just your typical disposable pop fare. But despite the best efforts of label head Seymour Stein and even with fans like Brian Wilson and Phil Spector in their corner, the Paley Brothers never managed to take off in a big way. Heck, they didn’t even get a chance to suffer through a sophomore slump! Andy and Jonathan soon began working independently of each other, with Andy gaining considerable press for his production work a few years later, and although they’re still tight, they’ve never managed to release another album…until now. Sort of. …

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‘Mad’ about De Verre: Alice Day Undresses The Year’s Steamiest Song (Free MP3)

A decade after Justin Timberlake brought the SexyBack, a new Southern California band, De Verre, takes the SexyHigher with their captivating debut single, ‘Mad’. Now if there’s one thing I hate, it’s gratuitous sex in the MTV videogames. Pour some sugar over Britney, Miley, Xtina or Robin Thicke til the cows come home; it feels more calculated and manufactured than racy or provocative. That said, my inner Church Lady initially dismissed this alluring, sensual, decadent… shocking and saucy clip — until the moment I turned up the volume and fell in lust and (after 20 or so viewings) mad passionate committed love with the soundtrack. Imagine Sia, Vanessa Paradis, Goldfrapp, Brazilian Girls and Lana Del Rey rolled into one sensual musical delicacy — now that’s what I call a spicy meatball! After a long, cold shower, POPDOSE caught up with Alice Day, De Verre’s bombshell lead singer, for a little pillow talk… For starters, where is the band from? My guesses (ranked in order): New York. London. Paris. Orlando. ALICE DAY: No, we’re not that cool. …

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Download Now: Charli XCX drops a new EP for FREE

This summer, I’ve been so into the new Charli XCX album, True Romance, that I’ve all but given up listening to anything else. It’s the perfect forward-thinking retro 80’s goth pop dancefloor dive bar makeout mixtape — one that gets better and better with loud, constantly repeated plays. Charli draws heavy inspiration from the likes of Lene Lovich, Siouxsie Sioux, Nina Hagen, Pat Benetar and Danielle Dax while sitting pretty among contemporaries like Lily Allen, Marina + The Diamonds, Robyn and Icona Pop (for whom she wrote the global chart topper, ‘I Love It’). Here’s hoping some of the ‘I Love It’ sales mojo rubs off on True Romance — there is not a dud song in the bunch. I rank it with Madonna’s Music, Britney’s Femme Fatale, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster and Robyn’s Body Talk  among the 2000’s best pop platters. It’s refreshing to see someone exude both club cool and emotional and romantic vulnerability — all while riding monster hooks, fresh beats and slinky, throbby, sizzling synth beds. If you go old …

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10 Movies…Directed By Rock and Pop Stars (To Prepare You for Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’)

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 …

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Fight Courtney, F*** Winona, Be the Biggest Rock Star of All Time: A Scientific Analysis

Hole founder, rumored songwriter behind Live Through This, and all around difficult human being Courtney Love once remarked that, “you’re nobody in rock unless you’ve fought me and fucked Winona Ryder.” Love has always been funny and pretty on-point with a lot of her musings; that one is the most coherent thing to come out of her if you don’t count Frances Bean. Love indeed always seems to always be fighting with some celebrity or another, more often than not an emerging alt-rock icon; Ryder, meanwhile is less famous for Heathers and shoplifting than she is for dating cute, dirty-haired indie rocker boys. But what if she’s right? I mean, you look at the lists of the recipients of Love’s vitriol, and Winona Ryder’s What’s Your Number list-meets-the Wikipedia entry for Sassy’s “Cute Band Alert,” and you’ve got some real contenders for Biggest Rock Star in the World (or at least you would circa 1996). So then if you compare the lists, and use math – the associative property, the transitive property, looking at things …

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Download Now: Yulianna “Don’t Take Your Love Away”

One of the hottest topics debated around the POPDOSE roundtable is the severe lack of quality pop stars coming from Kazakhstan. Well, that’s all about to change with the February 13th release of Californ-i-a, the sophomore outing from Yulianna. Like Madonna, Rihanna and Sha-Na-Na before her, Yulianna proves you don’t need a last name to make a lasting impression. She is Jane Mansfield and Lady Gaga morphed into a beautiful bombshell. Tired of those anorexic Disney Channel Princesses? Yulianna will keep the dancefloor packed while they hit Subway to eat a freaking sandwich already. Yulianna has been in the States for some time but has clearly cultivated fans around the world (her website is also offered in Russian). She got a Masters from the California Institute of the Arts and won the Best Music Video award at the Colorado Film Festival for the very imaginative single “Race Car” from her first album La-La-Land: Californ-i-a and La-La-Land share a love for the Golden State and hyphens because being a multi-hyphenate is a prerequisite for living in Los Angeles. That …