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No list of the Seventies’ best albums is complete without Pink Floyd, right? Well, we got two of their albums here!
It’s 11:00 AM, do you know where your Friday Five is?
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.
Cold outside? Why not stay warm with the Friday Five?
If you had to pick only 10 albums from the entire history of jazz with which to start a collection, these would be great choices.
A new coffee-table book takes a look at the life and career of the incomparable Miles Davis. Does the book match up with the legend?
Kick of the first day of Fall with the Friday Five!
Counting down the minutes until 5:00? Pass some time and join in this week’s Friday Five!
A little classical, a little jazz, a little Leonard Cohen…singer/songwriter John Common gives us his five Desert Island Discs.
Kelly Stitzel revisits another post from A Soundtrack Saturday Christmas, this time the Bill Murray classic, Scrooged.
Last week Ken Shane had the opportunity to speak with Shelby Lynne about her new record Revelation Road, the most personal album of her career.
This week’s Popdose mixtape, presented by Chris Holmes, offers up 20 of the greatest jazz songs ever recorded.
More than just the guy who plays keyboards for David Letterman, Paul Shaffer is really one of the more underrated musical icons of the last 35 years — something illustrated in Shaffer’s new autobiography, We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives, as well as his Popdose Interview with Will Harris.
He’s got more than a dozen albums and multiple Grammy nominations to his credit — but Mike Stern’s latest release, Big Neighborhood, is still something really special. Read his wide-ranging Popdose Interview with Michael Burke to find out why.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the rarest of breeds in the music world: the protest remix.
It’s unclear which is more inconceivable today: that a major label would release a stinging protest song aimed at the government of an extremely wealthy country, or that the song would crack the Top 40. But thanks to the overwhelming good will that came from Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in late 1984 and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World” a few months later, benefit fatigue had thankfully not yet kicked in, and “Sun City,” shepherded by Steven Van Zandt, became a surprise hit in late 1985. Now consider some other curiosities about the track:
– Two of the verses feature rappers, a full six months before Run-DMC and Aerosmith would drop their game-changing collaboration.
- The production was by New York big beat maestro Arthur Baker, who was adored by musicians but not exactly known as a hitmaker.
- The majority of the artists who sang on the record hadn’t scored a Top 40 hit of their own in years, if ever.
Indeed, “Sun City” is about as hipster a benefit/protest record as you’re likely to find. Daryl Hall and John Oates, Pat Benatar and Bruce Springsteen are easily the biggest commercial names at the time to appear on the record, while socially conscious artists like Gabriel, Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett and, of course, Bono would find mainstream success in the coming years. The rest of the contributors are a who’s who of New York cool. Joey Ramone, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC, Duke Bootee, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Stiv Bators and Lou Reed all make appearances, as do Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, George Clinton, a pre-comeback Bonnie Raitt, Temptations David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Wolf, and Herbie Hancock. (Jackson Browne contributes as well, though getting him to work on a protest song back then was like shooting fish in a barrel.) Bob Geldof’s name appears on the 12″ single’s back cover, though one wonders if that was the benefit record equivalent to giving Berry Gordy writing credit on a Motown single; whether he contributed to the track or not, you gotta put Bob’s name on it.
Ken Shane is back with another week of Cratedigger, and this week’s trip to the vinyl vaults produces a pair of jazz sides: Miles Davis’ 1965 release, E.S.P.
The Dio-era lineup of Black Sabbath is back together and rockin’ again with a new album. They’re calling themselves Heaven & Hell, and in his latest How Bad Can It Be?, Jack Feerick discovers which side wins out.