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Oh hi. Do you like our new look? We feel this one is more accurate, mainly because we do all actually have that much chest hair (yes, even Jason) and Jeff actually sported that haircut a couple of summers ago (humidity is not his friend). Special thanks to Dw. Dunphy for creating it for us!

So it’s been a few months, and we sincerely apologize. We recorded a kick-ass episode last month, but unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented us from being able to post it. We’re especially sad because it featured the phenomenal author (and Popdose contributor!) Brian Boone, who has written a fantastic new book entitled I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll (Except When I Hate It): Extremely Important Stuff About the Songs and Bands You Love, Hate, Love to Hate, and Hate to Love. Go out and buy this book today, people. You know when you look up an artist on Wikipedia and forty minutes later, you’ve disappeared down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole? That’s what it’s like to read this book. You’ll finish it in about an hour and you will be desperately clamoring for a sequel the minute it’s done. It makes a perfect holiday gift for the music nerd in your life, or even just the casual music fan — they’ll be a music geek like the rest of it by the end!

Anyway, we’re back, and we thought it’d be fun to tackle another Billboard Top 10. Please join us for another episode of:

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 22: CHART ATTACK! Revisited! (1:19:12, 72.8 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Happy Black Friday! If you’re a sensible human being, you’re reading this post shortly after waking up instead of reading it on your way back from a four-hour shopping spree at Best Buy. Perhaps you’re at work today, silently cursing your colleagues who made Thanksgiving a four-day weekend. Or maybe you’re lying on the couch, slightly comatose, wondering if it’s too early to eat your third turkey-related meal in the past two days. Perhaps you’re hiding from family in the other room, checking your e-mail for the seventh time in ten minutes. Or perhaps you’re getting ready to get in the car and drive back home to a world of sensibility, devoid of awkward conversation about government conspiracies and your grandmother’s incontinence problem. (If it’s not immediately clear from this paragraph, I have slept very little in the past two days.) In any case, my point is this: it’s a great time — nay, the perfect time — to listen to this fine, shiny new episode of The Popdose Podcast.

As Thanksgiving is a time when we get together with family, perhaps those we haven’t seen in a while, we decided an appropriate topic for this episode would be Reunions. We’re talkin’ ’bout the reunions we remember the most, for both good and bad reasons, the bands we still want to see reunite, the bands that should have stayed broken up, and…well, dammit, just listen to the podcast. It’s great.

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 15: Reunions (1:14:50, 68.6 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

What's the easiest way for a record company to take your money every holiday season? Box sets! Join Jeff Giles, Jason Hare and Dave Lifton for a discussion of the best and worst compilations on the most recent episode of the Popdose Podcast!

Some artists are world renowned for their hit songs, others may never have had a hit at all, but they’ve recorded music that has lasted and has accrued considerable fan following. Popdose is pleased to present a feature we hope will shed light on those often overlooked recordings, but don’t forget — these aren’t their greatest hits, they’re Popdose’s Greatest Bits.

“Finding yourself” was the motto of the early 1970s. Billy Joel found himself out of his band Attilla, a duo with drummer Jon Small that played overdriven hard rock. Their one album for Epic Records crashed hard and so did Joel, into a severe depressive state. It was one of many ups and downs in the span of his pop music career, a career that seems to be over barring the occasional concert tour. Inside of that frame of time, he would be both adored and reviled by critics, find romance and heartbreak, make many bad decisions in business and in judgment, but come out the other side alive and often with a wealth of life experience from which to draw upon.

The thing that generally typified the music of Billy Joel, when set against others in the singer/songwriter movement of the early 1970s and on, was that he seldom buried his Long Island roots, the signature regional diphthongs of his voice (which, incidentally, he’s gone on record often in saying he dislikes intensely) and a degree of blue-collar toughness that is submerged in the song-stories he tells. This was quite different from his contemporaries who were labeled with the term “sensitive” in the strictest pejorative sense. Oh, he could be sensitive enough – “Just The Way You Are”, “She’s Got A Way”, even one of his last big hits “River Of Dreams”  show a degree of tenderness. At the same time, “Movin’ Out”, “Big Shot”, “My Life” and even his signature “Piano Man”, drunken singalong that it has become over the years, drive on the roads of outcasts, misfits, regular joes and angry young men. Critics see his “happy” period as his weakest, finding fame, success, love with a supermodel and a modicum of acceptance from his detractors robbing a level of fire from his compositions. And yet, even on these latter recordings, Billy Joel had a way about him, sneaking in a couple tunes that reminded you why you couldn’t forget him or write him off completely.

Not that you would ever want to. For this month’s edition of Popdose’s Greatest Bits, we go deeper into his output to look at tracks you may have missed. You might be surprised, you may be shocked, but you certainly will come away with an altered perspective of the musical artistry of William Martin Joel.

While there may not be a specific topic for Episode 10 of the Popdose Podcast, we promise you more intriguing and immature conversation between Jeff Giles, Jason Hare and Dave Lifton, culminating in an analysis of prosthetic

If you’re a regular listener of The Popdose Podcast, we can safely assume two things about you:

1) You’re passionate about music, and you enjoy listening to other people talk about that passion.

2) You enjoy jokes about our mothers.

As always, you can expect the latter (we did record this on Mother’s Day, after all), but in this Very Special Episode of the podcast, we really concentrate on the former. That’s because we’re joined by Steve Almond, author of a fantastic new book entitled Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.

You may have read Jeff’s fantastic “Letter From the Editor” post last month praising the book, and hopefully you went out and purchased it — if not, there’s no time like the present. We think you’ll enjoy the podcast without having read the book, but there’s no doubt that you will enjoy the hell out of the podcast if you’ve read it — and vice versa! Besides, we know that Popdose readers meet at least some of Steve’s criteria for being what he terms a Drooling Fanatic — and as such, this book is required reading.

This show is longer than our usual podcasts, but that’s because Steve had so many beautiful and fascinating thoughts to share at every turn, and really inspired the Drooling Fanatic in each of us. We think he’ll do the same for you. Like listening to an album on vinyl, your patience will be rewarded.

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 9: Drooling Fanatics (1:51:37, 89.5 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton with special guest Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us (with Bitchin’ Soundtrack).
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Holy crap! Is it February already? It seems like only yesterday your three favorite idiots from The Popdose Podcast were blathering on about…what did we talk about last month, anyway? No matter. It’s a new month, and time for a brand new topic — and this one’s pretty great, if we do say so ourselves.

Loyal listeners of Ye Olde Popdose Podcast know that, when possible, we like to focus our discussions on a specific holiday: Thanksgiving, Christmas, etcetera etcetera. But here’s something particularly awesome about February — we have a holiday that lasts a whole month! Yes, it’s Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate it than with a trio of pasty white dudes? Please, join us for The Popdose Podcast, Episode 6: Awesome Black People! And before you start shaking your head, wondering if you can possibly listen to our usual irreverent banter with a clear conscience, we’re proud to announce our very first guest on the podcast — none other than Popdose’s own Mike Heyliger, an Awesome Black Person in his own right, who challenged us to come up with as many offensive questions for him as possible. Were we successful? Did he hang up on us? Am I writing this from jail? There’s only one way to find out. So click away, or do so on iTunes (link below), and speaking of iTunes, don’t forget to leave us a review. You’ll be our favoritest Valentine.

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 6: Awesome Black People! (1:07:00, 76.7 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton, with Gordon’s friend from Sesame Street, Mike Heyliger.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro: Jason reminds everyone he’s in Acoustic ’80s, and then we’re off on this month’s topic, which is (in case you forgot already) Awesome Black People.

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When it comes time for your three favorite schmucks to gather ’round their computers and record themselves talking for a couple of hours, usually they’ve already spent at least a week discussing possible topics that will truly engage and amuse their listeners.

Not this time.

See, because of the holidays, we’ve gotten a little off our regular monthly schedule, so in order to knock us back on track, we present you with this very special (read: unrehearsed) Bonus Episode of The Popdose Podcast, in which the three of us get together and just talk about whatever we want. Don’t worry, you’ll still get your fill of mother jokes (if you didn’t get your fill of Dave’s mother last week…ZING!) and comments about Mellowmas, Michael McDonald, and, of course, Wing. Just think of this episode as the aural version of us going commando, and then proceed to erase that image from your mind so you can get through lunch.

So please, have a click, won’t you? You can do so here or on iTunes (link below), and speaking of iTunes, don’t forget to leave us a review if you like what you’ve heard!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 5: The Bonus Episode (1:08:46, 78.7 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro: Jason & Jeff applaud themselves for another harrowing season of Mellowmas, discussing Lindsay Lohan, the “best” Mellowmas track, Jason interviewing New Yorkers about Bob Dylan, and the awesomeness that is the Popdose mic cube. We also discuss the volume of snail mail Jeff gets on a daily basis, yet he can’t seem to snag a screener of Crazy Heart.

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Thanksgiving 2009 has come and gone, and chances are you’re feeling that all-too-familiar bloated feeling — the one that can only come from stuffing yourself full of turkey and suppressed familial anger. There’s only one cure for your condition: The Popdose Podcast, Episode 3!

As you might expect, much of this episode focuses on Turkey Day, but as you might also expect, the conversation between the three of us devolves quickly enough to a point where none of us can breathe from laughing so hard. We hope we’re not the only ones who find ourselves so amusing.

So download away! You can do so here, or subscribe in iTunes (link below). We’d love to accompany you on your Black Friday trip to the mall, while you decorate your Christmas tree (too soon!), or on your drive home from your family get-togethers. Please leave us your thoughts in the comments, and if you like the show, please leave a review on iTunes. And here’s a promise from the three of us: no soup was defiled during the recording of this broadcast. Enjoy!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 3: Edible Merkins (1:04:21, 73.7 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro, including discussions on Black Friday, scented candles, and A Very Special Prepared Statement From Dave Lifton Regarding Last Month’s Unfortunate Soup Discussion.

Theme: Dysfunctional Thanksgiving Memories

7:37 Jeff recalls inappropriate conversations at the Thanksgiving table with his grandparents, which leads into childish giggling (surprise) and a discussion of Macaulay Culkin’s The Nutcracker and Macaulay Culkin just sitting around cracking nuts on television.

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Wow! You like us! You really like us! The numbers for Episode 1 of The Popdose Podcast were so high that we knew we had to come back for a second episode. (In all honesty, we were coming back regardless. We had too much fun last time, and none of us know how to take a hint anyway.)

With Halloween just a week away at the time of this recording, we decided to ask ourselves: what scared the crap out of us as children? Although our therapy bills this week have definitely skyrocketed, we hope you’ll find our confessions entertaining — and if not, you can count on plenty — plenty! — of digressions into other topics on the way.

So listen away! You can download here, or subscribe in iTunes (link below). Please leave us your thoughts in the comments, and if you like the show, please leave a review on iTunes. Enjoy!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 2: Dixie Carter’s Laundry (1:01:36, 56.5 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro, including an unfortunate digression into having sex with soup.

Theme: Things That Scared the Crap Out of Us as Children