The World’s Worst Music Snob Can’t Get Laid

I can rarely predict where a column about music is going to raise my ire next. I’ve all-but stopped reading Lefsetz recently in the name of self-preservation, and on those rare moments when I bothered to open his e-mails I’ve simply laughed ...

Punk: A Braindump

You know the rest of the Twenty-Teens will be a hard slog when even the quality of our rebellion is mediocre. Look at the so-called “rebels” in today’s pop culture and what you really see are an endless stream of media frenemies, ...

Album Review: Ash Reiter, “Hola”

While observers continue to talk of the album format being all but dead in the age of digital downloads, Ash Reiter represents a subset of independent artists who still hold the art form of the album in high ...

CD Review: Life in a Blender, “Homewrecker Spoon”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was there ever any occupation quite as cool as being a music reviewer? (Okay, there likely were, but go with me on this.) You got CDs for free, a place in which to ...

Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: 3/21/12

HEY YOU GUYS! What’s up? The last time we spoke, it was NYE and you were all getting ready to do things you would regret until at least March. How’s everyone been since then? Did you enjoy your non-winter? I live ...

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 36: Bells

As a band they’re quite young, having had their first live public performance only eight months ago. Hearing them play together, however, you’d never know it. This, and perhaps a certain unnameable intangible something else, could be the reason why

Weeknight ’80s Dance Party: 8/3/11

I don’t have much to say about this week’s mix except that it’s just fun. You’ll probably notice that a lot of the artists come from the bottom of the alphabet and that’s because I started at the end of my ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 18

Greetings and salutations! This month’s episode of The Popdose Podcast is a sequel of sorts to Episode 17 — which, if you may recall, featured an interview with Gorman Bechard, the writer/director/producer of Color ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 50

We’re winding down with the Rock End of the ’80s here. We’ll get a few weeks with the letter T, but I have a feeling the rest of this Rock End is going to move quite quickly. So catch ‘em ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 1/14/11

There are plenty of voices in popular music that could sing the phone book and still make you want to listen, can get you hot ‘n bothered, or chilled out like an iceberg. Those voices barely need backup by a ...

Mix Six Six Six: “Halloween 2010″

What up, witches!  It’s another year and another Halloween.  Last year, I was all boo-hoo over the fact that no one comes to our abode to trick or treat.  Sure, we buy candy, and sometimes we wait for the kiddies ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 89

It was a long journey through S, wouldn’t you say? Unfortunately, now that we’re through the largest letter of the alphabet, it’s kind of hitting me that we’re reaching the end soon. However, we’ve still got a couple of pretty big ...

The Friday Mixtape: 9/25/09

Feel that tension building in your neck, that stress in the spinal cord that feels just like a piece of rope with the twine extra-wrapped? Feel that chafe of fraying fibers, rest to snap inside there? Let it go, ...

CD Review: Wilco, “Wilco (The Album)”

Wilco has reached that point in their career when it becomes trendy for the hipster brigade to slag each new release as “not as good as (fill in album name here).” That’s a shame, because the Chicago-based band is making ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Darn Floor Big Bite

Have you read the entertainment news today? Oh boy. A particularly dreadful tune is set to break some major records for sales, this week’s new movies arriving under a mantle of critical kudos have been trounced at the box office by The ...

The Popdose Guide to Material Issue

The Beginning

Mike Zelenko (drummer): “I met Jim through an advertisement in the Illinois Entertainer (a local monthly music magazine) right out of high school.

He called me a couple days after the ad started running and told me to come out ...