Soul Serenade: Darlene Love, “Marshmallow World”

I love the annual showing of It’s A Wonderful Life at this time of the year. It’s become a holiday tradition for me, along with other films like A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version please), and more recently, Polar Express.

What really ...

Top 12 Christmas Albums of All-Time

Christmas music, as we currently think of it, didn’t really get going until about the 1930s, when a number of Yuletide numbers became jazz standards. And to listen to most radio stations when they switch over to their all-Christmas music format around ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Heavy Blinkers, “Health”

Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the unexpected comeback (your move, Dr. Dre). For lovers of lush, harmony-laden orchestral pop, the most pleasant return ...

No Concessions: The Lineup

Ah, spring break. Remember those magical weeks of cheap drugs, plentiful booze, and abundant sex? Well, I don’t; in college 30 (sigh) years ago I’d fly from thawing Chicago to somewhat less frigid New Jersey and home, usually with course-related reading material ...

The Friday Five: March 15, 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 ...

Soul Serenade: Candy & The Kisses, “The 81″

Dance crazes. There were a lot of them in the ’60s. Chubby Checker sparked a national frenzy with his version of “The Twist,” which was originally recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. Joey Dee & the Starliters had a variation ...

The #1 Albums: The Beatles’ “Let It Be”

“I’ll finish you all now! You’ll pay!” So said Paul McCartney to Ringo Starr when Ringo tried to convince Paul to hold his solo album release so it wouldn’t conflict with the release of Let It Be. In a court affidavit describing ...

The Friday Five: December 21, 2012

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 ...

Soul Serenade: Darlene Love, “All Alone On Christmas”

It’s been a difficult week. Frankly, it’s been tough for me to find inspiration for this column, or any of my other writing assignments. I’ve tried to stay away from the news, but it’s impossible to forget what happened last ...

Soul Serenade: The Drifters, “There Goes My Baby”

Ok, strap in. The story of the Drifters is a long and complicated one. Back in 1953 there was a prominent vocal group called the Dominoes, which had been formed by Billy Ward. The group’s lead singer was a guy ...

The Popdose Guide to the Beach Boys

To fairly and accurately tell the story of American popular music in the 20th century, you cannot overstate the impact or importance of the Beach Boys. If there was one band that could stand toe-to-toe with the Beatles for pop supremacy ...

Soul Serenade: Jerry Leiber, 1933 – 2011

Monday was simply a terrible day for the world of music. It was on that day that we lost two of the greatest songwriters in the history of popular music. Both Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford were best known for their ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 1

Welcome to the first installment in our latest music extravaganza, Digging for Gold: The Time-Life AM Gold Series! Over the course of the next thousand or so entries, your beloved Popdose staff writers will listen to and chat about the roughly ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Concert For George”

Perhaps I should tell you this before we go any further; in the age-old John vs. Paul debate, my answer is George, and as the years go by that conviction only grows stronger in me. It’s not just the music, ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 16

 

Merry Christmas, everybody! Wait a minute…shit, we missed Christmas. We missed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Valentine’s Day, too. What the hell is wrong with us? Don’t we know we have a responsibility to provide you with ...

The Fourth Day of Mellowmas: Spektormas

Before we kick off today’s round of exquisite Mellowmas torture, how about some discount music and a contest? Our friends at Rhino are celebrating the Twelve Days of Chri — er, Rhino, and for the fourth day, they’re not only offering ...

TV Review: American Masters, “LENNONYC” (PBS)

I don’t know about you, but 30 years after his death the mere sound of John Lennon’s voice is still enough to fill me with emotion. An enormous talent was lost to the world on that long ago December night, ...

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 19: The Brother Kite

For as long as I have known The Brother Kite, starting when my old friend Matt Rozzero became their drummer in 2004, I have been waiting impatiently for TBK to make a west coast appearance. After seeing them perform ...

Unsolicited Career Advice for … The Ramones

As I’ve mentioned previously, Uncle Donnie’s been writing these things for years—decades, even. Lev brings over another box of them every once in a while. This one dates back to 1974, and is notable for the absence of Donnie’s can’t-miss bit of ...

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