The Popdose Interview: Steve De Jarnatt

Not every creative professional can claim to have badgered Ringo Starr on network television, ushered the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie onto the big screen, and directed a nail-biting cult classic of ’80s cinema before having his first published short story, ...

Popdose Giveaway: “The Beatles in Mono” Vinyl Box Set

UPDATE: We have a winner!  Congratulations to Maria H. of Alexandria, VA!   Let us all take the next moment or two to seethe with jealousy.

Wasn’t that fun?  Thanks to all who entered. – RS

I want this box set. But I ...

Soul Serenade: Dr. John, “Right Place Wrong Time”

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m exhausted. Last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival was a whirlwind of great music, but the festival also requires a lot of moving around from stage to stage if you’re going to try to experience the ...

Thomas Land is coming! You’ve been warned

Yes, there were times as a toddler when my son Tim, now 12, would have fits in the supermarket, or demand to be carried for hours on end, or point at things and grunt and expect immediate service, like some rich mute ...

Soul Serenade: Wilson Pickett, “Hey Jude”

Unless you’ve been off terraforming a planet in a distant galaxy, and thus out of the communications reach of earth, you’ve probably heard a little something about the Beatles recently. The celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival in ...

10 of the Strangest Officially Licensed Beatles Products Ever

Long before Kiss set the gold standard in licensing their band (brand?) to death, the Beatles were the kings of merchandise. And while some Beatles products made sense — pins, wigs, lunch boxes, posters, and the like — there was some really ...

Blu-ray Review: The Beatles, “Help!”

In 1965 I was living in a magical place known as Atlantic City. Although the city remains, much of the magic is now gone. In that city was an equally magical place called Steel Pier. It was a place where horses flew ...

10 Movies About…Cavemen (To Prepare You for ‘The Croods’)

Dreamworks’ CGI caveman spectacular The Croods comes out on Friday. It’s the first big animated movie of the year, but it’s hardly the first time a bunch of modern(ized) stone-age characters have hit the big screen. Here are 10 more of the ...

The Friday Five: March 1, 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 ...

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 #1 Albums: “McCartney”

It must be great to be Paul McCartney. All that fame, all that money. And it must be terrible, too, because you have to compete with Paul McCartney, and a reputation that will last until the end of time.

It’s been that ...

Blu-ray Review: The Beatles, “Magical Mystery Tour”

I had never seen this film before. That sounds kind of odd coming from someone who has always considered himself a big Beatles fan and even saw the band live once, back in 1964. Of course I’ve heard all of ...

The Boy: Remembering Songwriter Robert Sherman

It’s not fair that it sometimes takes a death to rouse us from our collective unconsciousness and pay respect to someone who deserves it. Before the news cycle started spinning today, many may have not known or forgotten the name of Robert ...

Greatest Un-Hits: Paul McCartney’s “Young Boy” (1997)

The Beatles are kind of always in the not-distant background, as they are the goddamn Beatles. But every five years or so, there’s a major resurgence in Beatles interest, popularity, and nostalgia. It generally revolves around a new reissue (the 1 ...

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 ...

So Who is Harry Nilsson, Anyway?

Fewer people are asking that question these days thanks to the 2006 documentary which, against all odds, John Scheinfeld spent several years assembling and which seemed to take even longer before it finally started playing- first at film festivals, then ...

The Very Guest Of…Brian Wilson

In celebration of the former Beach Boy’s 69th birthday, Popdose offers up a super-sized version of “The Very Guest Of…” and takes a look and a listen back at 15 occasions when Brian Wilson has stepped into the background and offered his ...