Being Lee DeWyze: Singer, Songwriter, Director, Puppeteer

Lee DeWyze isn’t the first person to hear the soon-to-be-disproven words, “your life is about to change forever” on a reality TV show, nor will he be the last. It is what it is, a short term boost of name recognition. You ...

Soul Serenade: Jerry Butler, “A Brand New Me”

I’m going to Philadelphia tomorrow. It’s exciting for me, so exciting that I’m writing the column a day early so that I can go. I haven’t been there since I moved to Rhode Island, which is closing in on four years ago ...

The Friday Five: January 3, 2014

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 ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 81

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 Friday Five: August 16, 2013

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 ...

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 ...

Boxed In: The Top Music Reissues of 2012

Every year, while lording over an impressive amount of music catalogue news and views at my site, The Second Disc, I think the same thing at the end of every year: this is it. This is the year the reissue/remaster/repackage ...

SXSW: It’s Not All About Music, But Almost

Austin’s SXSW festival has earned its unruly reputation for the five-day bacchanal of live music that ends this spring event each year. Many people who’ve come to town in past years seemed truly surprised that SXSW also consists of ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Better Off Dead”

For the last of the Soundtrack Saturday reruns, I thought I’d resurrect one of the first posts. You guys enjoyed this the first time around (it was posted more than three years ago), so I hope it still holds up. ...

Popdose 2011: Ken Shane’s Favorite Albums of the Year

In many ways 2011 was like most other recent years. There was a LOT of music released. Included in the massive pile was some really great stuff, but as usual, you had to wade through a lot of crap to find it. ...

Desert Island Discs with Megan Slankard

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 Jaime Michaels

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 ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 17

Hey, we’re back after only a month off. This podcasting thing could become a habit. But it’s a little bit of a different show this time. Jeff and I spend a good chunk of the show interviewing Gorman Bechard, the writer/director/producer ...

CD Review: Paul Simon, “So Beautiful or So What”

The late Frank Zappa was fond of a quote from the equally late Edgar Varese. The French composer said “the modern day composer refuses to die.” It’s been on my mind a lot recently.

There is a lot of music out there ...

Cratedigger: Simon & Garfunkel, “Bookends”

1968 was one of the most epochal years in American history. There is no need to go into the history again here, but believe me, it was a whirlwind. While most of the events of that year – war, assassination, the ...

CD Review: Peter Gabriel, “Scratch My Back”

I have developed a reputation as someone who hedges his bets when it comes to criticism, and Peter Gabriel’s first full album in a very long while (since 2002’s Up, in fact) is no different. In fact, it will read like ...

CD Review: Vampire Weekend, “Contra”

Indie rock’s relationship with the blogosphere is, at best, fickle — something Vampire Weekend has learned all too well. On the eve of the release of the band’s sophomore release, Contra (XL Records), the tastemakers who catapulted the band to the ...

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