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THINKING INSIDE THE BOX SET: Cherry Red Producers Tell All

  Long before Prince’s death, fans were wildly discussing if and when the vast contents of his audio library – the legendary vault – would be officially released. While former labels, associates, band members and distant relatives jockey for position as the estate ambles through probate, one can only hope they archive, release and celebrate his work as well as London’s Cherry Red Records has been doing for years in a wide variety of musical arenas. Box Sets are nothing new; from the bloated “scrape the archives” cash-ins that just about every major artist puts under the Christmas tree to focused niche sets like Nuggets and Children of Nuggets. Cherry Red has been digging gold out of the 1970s and 1980s alternative underground they way Nuggets celebrated psychedelia. A few years ago, they released the stunning 5CD set, Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie Pop 1980-1989. The set brilliantly restored more than 100 tracks that in many cases were never issued on CD or digital platforms, or if they were, they weren’t prominent …

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What The World Needs Now: The Incredible Music and Story of Cait Brennan

Cait Brennan has an amazing story. One of conquering incredible odds of gender identity, disease, abuse and homelessness, getting her shit together, rising up, becoming a stellar live performer and giving birth to not one, but two amazing albums with a third on the way. But that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here about the music. Cait Brennan makes AMAZING music. Songs steeped in 50 years of music history that sound urgent, current and eternal. Songs that the moment you hear them, you can’t imagine how you lived so long without them. Cait Brennan isn’t some jaded hipster Millennial whose main currency is Instagram followers, she has lived herself some life – and that life is captured in her debut album, perfectly titled to document her coming out on an international stage. Debutante. Debutante, a sparkling album produced by Brennan and Fernando Perdomo, is right up there with the great “drenched in blood, sweat & tears, leave everything on the table, conquer the world” albums like Against Me’s New Wave, Guns & Roses’ Appetite …

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Honor “The Artist”, Feed An Artist, Gift Your Favorite Little Prince

Last summer, POPDOSE talked with Seattle artist, Troy Gua, about his years-long celebration of a funky lil musical genius named Prince — and the lawsuit, global press coverage and short film (pun intended) that followed. Read the full interview here. As 2016 kicks off, we reconnect with Gua to discuss his latest project, one that could land your hands on this limited edition gem of a poster (see below): What inspired the Le Petit Prince poster project? LPP for those in the know. It was an end-of-the-year Instagram app that culled your 9 most popular posts of the year and compiled them into a grid for posting. I guess it should have come as no surprise that all nine of mine turned out to be LPP pics. I posted, someone said it would make a great poster, the wheels turned. Does this mark the end of the LPP era? It’s not the end of an era, but I had concentrated on an entirely new 80’s period series earlier this past year, so I thought a compilation would make sense and …

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Popdose’s Unintentionally Retro Heavy Top Albums of 2015

Give 50 music writers a forum to tout their top 50 albums of the year and you’ll probably see 45 or so unique bands and albums on every person’s list. You’ll immediately doubt your hipster credentials because you’ve likely never heard of 35 to 40 of the artists on each list. Every year there will also be one album that everyone’s afraid NOT to like. Typically this honor goes to Kanye West, this year it’s all about Kendrick Lamar. A lot of the artists in my 2015 list also ranked high in my 1985 or 1995 lists — or at least sound like they’re of that era. 2015 was a year of comebacks and throwbacks. Some beloved artists returned to greatness. Some new artists embraced old sounds while boldly diving into the new. So if you’re not a jaded millennial and want to discover some 2015 albums you’ll actually enjoy listening to in 2016 and beyond, let’s hop into the Delorean and crank up the Discman: 45: Against Me! – 23 Live Sex Acts! Laura Jane Grace & a relatively new lineup celebrate the …

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Artist Vs. The Artist — Le Petit Prince Rides Again

Troy Gua isn’t the first artist to run afoul of the Artist currently known as Prince, we all remember that dancing toddler who was served with a Cease & Desist letter in 2007. However the wet towel snap of the law stung a little bit more for Gua for he had been an ardent fan of Prince for close to 30 years at the time (read SPIN‘s account of the drama). Gua’s work(s) of art, Le Petit Prince, featured a 1/6th scale marionette of the musical super genius posed in re-creations of landmark Prince album covers, video moments and film clips. The project went viral, gaining fans around the world including ?uestlove of the Roots who frequently wears an LPP shirt while DJing and sported one of Troy’s custom-made  ‘<3’ emblems on his lapel the night Prince played Fallon. You would think that Prince would be honored, but we all remember, Prince has similarly refused to grant “Weird Al” Yankovic permission to parody his songs for years. Under the protection of the law, Weird Al …

(Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during his "HitnRun" tour at Sony Centre For Performing Arts on May 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

CONCERT REVIEW: Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON, May 19, 2015 (11:00PM show)

Well, he owed Toronto this much! No, Prince Rogers Nelson does not really owe anything to anyone, of course, but after speculation and confusion over two rumoured shows at Massey Hall last November that never happened and sent hundreds of disgruntled fans home after waiting in the rain for hours, there was an almost palpable feeling of anticipation and excitement as more than 3,000 concertgoers filled the Sony Centre on Tuesday for Prince’s second sellout show of the night, perhaps sensing that the singer would try to make up for that disappointment. Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL (which includes Toronto’s Donna Grantis on guitar) took the stage shortly after 11:30pm, opening with an 8-minute “reloaded” version of “Let’s Go Crazy” that included some heavy blues riffing and a nod to the Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein”. While his powerful trio of backing singers and the audience did the heavy lifting on vocals during “Raspberry Beret” and “U Got the Look”, Prince seemed happy to let his fingers do most of the talking, coyly asking, “Can I play my guitar?” during the …

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The Friday Five: May 1, 2015

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 guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments. The Five: “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna (from True Blue, 1986) Okay, so here’s the deal: it’s Thursday night and I know that I have a hellacious Friday ahead of me, so here I am, iPhone in hand, ready to crank out a Friday Five. That means I’m shuffling from a smaller, albeit more familiar, deck. That said, on with the Five! Oh, 1986, we were so innocent. Hell, Madonna only had to evoke some vague Christian imagery combined with some out-of-wedlock pregnancy to stir up controversy. “She’s the Woman” by Van Halen …

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30 years later, ‘We Are The World’ album still stinks

“We Are The World,” the charity single to end all charity singles (except it didn’t), was recorded 30 years ago this week. It was an instant sensation when it was released that March, but less well-remembered is the “We Are The World” album, which followed in April. One reason for that could be that it’s horrible. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating slightly — but it certainly wasn’t good, at least not most of it. Since I’m willing to bet that even those of us who threw ourselves behind the movement to end famine in Africa — primarily by buying “We Are The World” and watching Live Aid on MTV — haven’t spun it in decades, I thought the 30th anniversary would be a good excuse for me to revisit it track-by-track, so you don’t have to. It’s worth noting that the tracks actually appear in a different order on the album than they’re listed on the cover, which indicates the degree of attention given to this money-grab for starving people. Which is a good reason to …

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POPDOSE Top 40: 2014’s Best Rock and Pop Albums

Most year-end “Best of” lists are about wrapping up the year in a tidy bow and moving on, this list celebrates amazing albums that deserve new fans, continued spins and deeper listening long into 2015 and beyond. If this list missed your favorites, add them in the comments section below — and be sure to check out the faves of Rob Smith in the Vinyl Diaries and DW Dunphy’s Music Wrap. See also, our list of the year’s essential reissues. Why separate rock and pop albums? Same reason the Golden Globes separates Drama and Comedy. Comedies rarely get Oscar nods and barely ever win. Rock is about thunder, fury, angst and catharsis. Pop is about joy, love, sex, slow dancing and booty shaking. So here we go… Best ROCK Albums of 2014 #1: Against Me! • Transgender Dysphoria Blues My personal Top 10 History: New Wave (#1 in 2007), White Crosses (#1 in 2010), Black Crosses (#6 in 2011) From her emergence in a 2012 issue of Rolling Stone to her 2014 AOL series True Trans, a lot of hype has been …