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Mix Six: “Popdose Best of 2010 Sampler”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Are you tired of all the year end lists yet?  Well, here at Popdose, we love our lists — and it seems our readers do, too.  But one list that was begging for a Mix Six was our Top 20 Albums of 2010 that ran last week.  Punning Pundit of Indignant Desert Birds — who’s one of our faithful readers — lamented that we didn’t include any music samples in our Top 20. So in order to rectify that omission, I thought I would put together a little sampler from said list.  Now because I’m constrained by the whole “Mix Six” format of this feature, you’re only going to get six songs that I thought really mixed well.  So, with a lot of help from my Popdose colleagues, here we go with a sampler culled from the Top 20 Albums of 2010!

Mix Six: “Brass Kiss”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Since musical styles come around again and again, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before horn sections start to be part of popular bands once again.  The ’70s was a kind of golden age for the horns in pop music, and many of the recordings here capture the fullness of the horn section in the songs.  Perhaps it’s that age old battle between digital and analogue, but listening to the late ’60s/early ’70s recordings (even in crappy mp3) reveals such a richness of sounds. I would love it if recording artists today could take a page from the production values of the early to mid 1970s and apply it to their own work, but considering how ProTools shaves off that “warm sound,” it’s highly unlikely that bands of today (using a more homebrew method of recording) will be able to duplicate that ’70s sound.  Nevertheless, what we have here is a rather funky mix in which various brass instruments reach out and kiss your eardrums. “Beginnings,” Chicago (Download) …

Mix Six: “Songs in the Key of XX”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE As is often the case, ideas for this feature seem to pop up while driving to and from work – which is when I do most of my music listening.  Because I’m one of those annoying people who has an iPhone, and am a slave to Apple products, I have the so-called “Genius Mixes” loaded onto the iPod portion of my phone. Lately, there’s been an abundance of Yaz on there, and while I do like the group, it was one too many songs — which gave rise to fidgety fingers on the audio controls.  After scrolling through song after song from Yaz, I settled on one by Vanessa Carlton (featured in this mix) —  which started me thinking about all those late ’90s early 2000 singers who were so earnest and confessional back in the day. So get comfy ’cause it’s time to have a good cry. . “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week,” Mandy Moore (Download) I still can’t get over how Mandy Moore’s …

Mix Six: “Music Festivals”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Over the weekend, my iPhone was blowing up with Twitter updates about the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.  I’ve never been, but from numerous tweets I was getting from various people I follow, it sounded like it was a great close out to summer.  In San Francisco, summer comes twice a year for a couple of weeks (October and April), so to use of the term “summer” is a misnomer since the weather in The City is often cold, foggy and windy.  But a little thing called weather doesn’t get in the way of people having a good time, and so it was the case with the number of music festivals around the country this year. Sure, the weather in S.F. was cold, but in other parts of the U.S., it was a swampy cocktail of humidity, blazing sun, and dehydration. Long live rock, eh? Anyway, this week’s mix tries (in a small way) to capture the action on the main stage and on the smaller stages at music …

Live Music: Rush in Mountain View, Calif., 8/9/10

Rush –the world’s most famous cult band — brought their Time Machine Tour to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA for a marathon set (or should I say, two sets) of old and new songs that spanned their 30+ year career.  I’ll say one thing for Rush: in this era of evaporating disposable incomes, Rush gives their fans their money’s worth.  Now, even in more economic flush times, the band has been performing three hour sets, but this show seemed like the group really rolled out all the bells, whistles, smoke and lights to enhance their music.  Not that the group really needs all the extra flourishes, since their music is pretty dynamic to begin with, but while the production values aren’t quite at KISS levels, they are impressive for Rush. Before getting to the music, I have to mention the stage show.  The boys have always been a goofy lot, but their comedic skills were on full display with three short films that were placed at the beginning, middle and end of the …

Mix Six: “Chart Toppers of 1994”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE By the early ‘90s, the musical terrain was fracturing.  As hip hop and grunge ascended, country music also saw their star rising in the popular culture.  But what about pop music?  Well, that was starting to fall by the wayside in terms of market share.  Radio was scrambling to find the hits to play, but most of what the music industry was dishing out was a steady stream of acts whose style was too rough around the edges for mainstream programmers. Nevertheless, amid the sea of flannel, do rags, and cowboy hats, some pop gems rose to the surface that both had rough edges and softer, more hook-heavy, sounds that our pop conditioned ears are used to. “Cantaloop,” Us3 (Download) This is one of those songs that tried to soften the hard shell of hip hop by building the tune around jazz samples – mostly through the use of Herbie Hancock and of course trumpeter, Gerard Presencer — with a 4/4 beat.  It was funky, urbane, pop, and ripe for …