Popdose Giveaway: Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces”

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Reader Steve M. of Kannapolis, NC!  Thanks to all who entered. – RS

For years, Joni Mitchell was steadfast in her adamant rejection of record company entreaties to please, please, pretty-please put out a volume ...

Songs of Freedom, Episode Seven: 2014 So Far

After a whole year away, Matthew Bolin and Lyana Fernandez are back with the seventh episode of Songs of Freedom, as they use protest music associated with events of the first half of 2014 (specifically the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup) ...

Top 10 Musically Satisfying Solo Careers

Going it alone is hard, even when you’re incredibly talented. I learned this the hard way every weekend for my entire high school life. But sometimes a musician breaks away from the band and not only doesn’t fall flat on his face, ...

Popdose Presents: Goin’ Country

 

Country Music. Mention it in certain circles and eyes roll. I was one of those people. During my formative years in the 1980s my idea of country music was twangy singers with bad mustaches and permed mullets who sang ...

The Popdose Interview: Sixto Rodriguez

By now you’ve probably heard the story of Sixto Rodgriguez. He recorded two fine albums for Sussex Records in 1969 and 1970, but neither one made any impact on the charts. Rodgriguez backed away from the music scene and went to work ...

The #1 Albums: “Deja Vu” by Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Their long musical partnership has been good to David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. During the period when they added Neil Young to the group, it was very good indeed—although those good days were relatively short.

The partnership among the four ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 72

Well, this is the end my friends. After 72 installments running over 16-plus months we at Popdose have listened the good, the bad, and the mediocre songs from Time-Life’s AM Gold series. Despite the notable lack of many of the biggest ...

The Popdose Interview: Steve Berlin of Los Lobos


As music fans, bands find their way into our song-obsessed hearts in a variety of ways and some of the best experiences come about very unexpectedly.

I think we all have those early albums that we remember hearing that ...

Looking Back on Outside Lands: A Reckoning

I didn’t intend for this lapse to happen, but it’s taken me over a week to get around to writing my Outside Lands coverage. Yeah, I happened to have a really busy week and my laptop was out of commission ...

Fiery Pit Of Hell Discs with Judd Madden

Fiery Pit of Hell Discs is the same exact concept as Desert Island Discs, only you know…evil.  After all, a metal artist seems more likely to be stranded in the bowels of hell than on a sandy beach anyway, right?

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New Video: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Oh Susannah”

There are wide swaths of the Neil Young catalog that I’m never going to have any use for, but when I heard he was cutting traditional American folk songs with Crazy Horse and a children’s choir, well…I mean, how can you help ...

Popdose Presents: Songs of Freedom, Episode Three

In this third episode of “Popdose Presents: Songs of Freedom”, Matthew Bolin and Lyana Fernandez focus on MTV: the role of politics in its history and programming, and about the politically motivated artists who have been a part of ...

Soul Serenade: The Band (With Van Morrison), “Caravan”

35 years ago tomorrow, one of the most important events in the history of rock and roll took place at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was on that Thanksgiving night that Bill Graham presented the Band in what was ...

Desert Island Discs with Scotty Alan

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music ...

Desert Island Discs with Gaston Light

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music ...

Desert Island Discs with Alyssa Graham

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 58

It’s the next to last week for Bottom Feeders but a grand week it is as it includes one of the most eclectic artists of the series and a true favorite of mine.  Without further ado, let’s get to the ...

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 ...

Desert Island Discs with Henry Wolfe

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music ...

Soundtrack Saturday Special Edition! Best Original Song, 1994

Hello again, everyone! Welcome to week three of revisiting past Best Original Song nominees! I hope you had as much fun reading last week’s post about the 1985 nominees as I did writing it. What a crazy year for Best Original ...

Product Review: NuForce Icon uDAC-2

Since the advent of recorded music, there’s been a more or less constant tension between the audiophile segment of the marketplace and the great unwashed hordes of transistor-toting plebes who have always purchased most of the albums. High-end hi-fis, quadraphonic speakers, deluxe ...