Popdose Music Roundtable (July 2014)

Another month has come and gone as we hurtle, cannonball-like, through the summer. That means it is time to catch up once again with your Popdose Pals to find out what we were all listening to in July.

Robert Ross – Some ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Paul & John – Inner Sunset

With a name that knowingly evokes the Beatles and the pinnacle of pop songwriting, The Paul & John set expectations sky-high for their debut album. In Inner Sunset, the fruit of a collaboration between Paul Myers (The Gravelberrys, Flam!, A Wizard A ...

Popdose Music Roundtable (February 2014)

Robert L. Ross – It’s been a very musical month for me – from The Beatles to Booker T and everything else, plus revisiting my own band’s catalog, so I’m sonically awake.

Michael Parr – I have not been able to stop listening to ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 88

With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and ...

The Popdose Interview: Susanna Hoffs

One of the real joys about the albums that Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have done together (using the alias of Sid ‘N Susie) is that they feel truly curated by music fans for their fellow music fans. As we dug into ...

The Popdose Interview: Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet may not be the king of pop – the title was pretty much taken before he was ever in contention – but he certainly knows his way around a pop song, and he’s proved it plenty of times over, both ...

CD Review: The Big Sweet, “Ultraviolet Rain”

Ohio-based indie band the Big Sweet are very young, they’re teenagers even, but they rock a very sophisticated sound, which is that finely tuned, happily fussed about power pop sound that should be more popular among the general population, and not ...

Free Music: Matthew Sweet, “Modern Art”

During a career that stretches back to the mid-’80s, Matthew Sweet has never followed trends, though his landmark 1991 album Girlfriend was responsible for starting one—its bone-dry, caterwauling sonics opening up a wild and picturesque new terrain for restless singer/songwriters to ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 18

Greetings and salutations! This month’s episode of The Popdose Podcast is a sequel of sorts to Episode 17 — which, if you may recall, featured an interview with Gorman Bechard, the writer/director/producer of Color ...

The Popdose Holiday Mixtape 2010

Last Christmas, we gave you our heart, but you were too busy doing real stuff.

Hey, it’s perfectly understandable. We launched a “special gift” on Christmas morning 2009 with zero fanfare. Is it any wonder that so few knew something was waiting ...

The Friday Mixtape: 7/2/10

I’ve had this one brewing for a bit. I recall putting a similar mix together in the mid ’90s, trying to work within the confines of a 60 minute memorex, Side A has an almost claustrophobic feel to it. It also ...

Basement Songs: Matthew Sweet, “Girlfriend”

The summer of 1992 continued. Thanks to my good friend, Sally, I had found a worthwhile job working at The Bin, a nonprofit Natural Foods Store that trained mentally and physically handicapped adults basic jobs skills; a stepping stone ...

Infinite Play: Big Star, “September Gurls”

It’s been a few months since I’ve done an Infinite Play column. It’s kind of like an exercise regimen, once you stop it can be tough to start again, no matter how much you enjoyed doing it. So the untimely and unexpected ...

DVD Review: “Mellodrama”

In 1978, a band I was working with was recording an album at A & R Studios in New York City. In the studio was the keyboard called a Mellotron. We never did use it on the album, but I liked to ...

The Friday Mixtape: 9/04/09

Last week marked the final edition of Tom Werman’s run on our Producers column and, in the course of his finale, he mentioned a special mixtape disc he made for his family and friends. Many readers replied wanting to ...

Bootleg City: Top 17 Songs of the ’90s

For this special edition of Bootleg City, I’m spotlighting the top 17 songs of the ’90s, a decade we can all officially start nostalgicizing on January 1, 2010. Until then we’re in limbo, if you’ll pardon the expression — the untimely deaths ...

Calling All Questions: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

After the success of our request for reader questions to Andy Partridge a few weeks ago, we decided we’d give it another go and let our dedicated Popdose readers have the opportunity to offer up queries to another pair of pop music ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

I should begin this post by telling you that I’ve only seen two episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. I’ve never read a single volume of the Twilight or Sookie Stackhouse books, I’ve never seen an ...

Hooks ‘N’ You: Wonderboy, “Napoleon Blown Apart”

I can still remember the first time I became acquainted with the band known as Wonderboy. I was writing for Flash Magazine – the Hampton Roads entertainment publication formerly known as RockFlash – and I’d stopped by their offices to shoot ...

Bootleg City: Material Issue in Cleveland, May ’91

Back in 1992, my girlfriend received a 16th-birthday mix tape from a friend of ours named Tai. There were no artists or song titles listed on the cassette label, making the tape something of a mystery gift. My girlfriend and I listened ...