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Sweeter in Her Story: The Ultimate Gabriella Cilmi Interview — Free MP3 Download

What would you say to one of your favorite musicians if you were given the chance to hang out for a while? For me, this would be Aussie singing sensation turned European pop star Gabriella Cilmi — for her, it would be Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. Who fared better? Read on and judge for yourself. POPDOSE was given the opportunity to hang with Ms. Cilmi (pronounced “chill me”) via SKYPE from the recording studio where she’s putting the finishing touches on her third album. It was so refreshing to chat with an artist while she’s deep in the creative process — the results of which you can enjoy for free with a track giveaway below — instead of during the typical press junket. The absolutely charming Ms. Cilmi laughed throughout our 33 and 1/3 minutes together. Perhaps this was because of my sparkling wit and charm; more likely, she’s like this all the time. Then again, I bet her bandmates were miming to her though the studio glass. Even if you’re new to the …

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Book Review: “Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy”

If the idea of Ozzy Osbourne writing a health-and-wellness column seems ludicrous — I mean, this is Ozzy we’re talking about, the inchoate wet-brain that you’ve seen shambling across your teevee screen — well, that was the general idea. The Sunday Times and Rolling Stone figured it was stunt-casting when they signed Ozzy for the job. It was a conceptual goof, on a level with hiring Larry King as a marriage counsellor. But who’s laughing now? I mean, have you seen Ozzy lately? It’s been almost a decade since The Osbournes debuted, cementing the public image of Ozzy as a palsied, gibbering wreck unmanned and distraught by the rigors of a task as basic as making a cup of tea. But no jive, Clive — the 2011 model Ozzy is jacked. He’s dried out and tightened up, ditching the booze, pills, cigarettes, and red meat and logging some serious time in the gym. At 62 years old, the dude runs a buck seventy-five, for cryeye, and still plays a hundred shows a year at three …

Mix Six: “The New Wave Effect”

I was too young to experience many of the groups and performers featured here when they were in their prime. Sure, I heard the music of Led Zep, Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, et al growing up, but I didn’t own any of their albums until the ’80s when I starting my serious record collecting phase — which tends to happen when you get older and get a job. Musicians, like everyone else without a trust fund, have to make a living, too — even those who made millions in the ’60s and ’70s. By the late ’70s/early ’80s,  many “older” rockers tried to stay relevant by incorporating stylistic flourishes that later became known as New Wave.  New Wave often (though not always) meant that that soulless contraption known as the synthesizer would find a way to weave itself into the fabric of a song.  Sometimes having synth sounds or electronic drums would be great; other times it would miss the mark and sound kind of, well, crappy. Whatever the case, here are six …

Popdose Gets ‘Faced: The Ultimate Drinking Mixtape

A couple months ago, Jeff mentioned to me that he was thinking of putting together the Ultimate Drinking Mixtape in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I got so excited that I persuaded him to immediately open the floor to suggestions from the Popdose writers. And the song requests flowed in. As the resident souse of the Popdose staff, I felt it was my responsibility to filter through the ideas that emerged and weave them together into something slightly more coherent than the drunken rantings I’d occasionally find typed out on my computer during the extensive beta-testing process. Later, during gamma-testing, the songs started to find their ways into groups. Finally, when I reached the delta-testing phase, things had been organized into chapters that celebrate the many different aspects of that delightful elixir that can lift or lower our spirits, make us in turn beautiful or ugly, and loosen or tangle our tongues with equal abandon. Here’s the full tape – 116 minutes of pure malt goodness, with some wonderful words of wisdom sprinkled in.  Just …

Bookshelf: Holiday Gift Ideas

So you say that your finances are under more pressure than Rod Blagojevich and you still have gifts to buy for the holidays? Join the club. When you think about it, books make a really sensible gift. In addition to providing hours of pleasure for your loved ones, they cost very little in the scheme of things, and with online discounters like Amazon offering free shipping for orders over $25, well, it’s somewhat of a no-brainer. I completed most of my list last week by spending less than ten minutes online, and the order arrived at my door two days later. No malls. No lines. No parking nightmares. This year there are a lot of good book options for the music lovers in your life. None of the books that appear here cost more than $30 on Amazon, and most are considerably less expensive. There are coffee table books, and interesting biographies. Know someone who is not that interested in music? I’ve provided some good choices for them as well, with a couple of excellent …

The Friday Linkfest: 11/14/08

Slacktivist chimes in on the Prop. 8 debacle, and Keith Olbermann delivers a moving (and restrained!) special comment:

Hip new music on Alabama public television? Yes indeed — check out We Have Signal, live from Birmingham; Jeff Vrabel braves his local megaplex for a viewing of Madagascar 2; Topless Robot recounts how exactly it happened that a town in Turkey decided to sue Chris Nolan; Stereogum kicks off its partnership with Amazon’s MP3 store by offering Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand for $3.99; The Onion A.V. Club catches up with the Nirvana Nevermind baby; Funky16Corners pays tribute to the recently departed Miriam Makeba; Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, passes away; Rolling Stone compiles a list of the 100 greatest singers of all time and the 50 best rock & roll videogames of all time; The Faces contemplate a most unexpected reunion; JamsBio compiles a list of 25 great closing tracks; The mysterious chord that kicks off “A Hard Day’s Night” is identified at last; AudioTuts identifies …