Mix Six: My College Years

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The other day, I was messing around with Spotify’s “related artists” tab after listening to a song by The Smiths. And I found that in short order I was back listening to music that brought me ...

Listening Booth: Ash Reiter

 Ash Reiter Heatwave (2011)

California dreaming, or rather a dreamy California sound is what Ash Reiter’s music evokes from the opening of “Oakland”—the first track off of Reiter’s EP, Heatwave.  The phasing effect in her wispy voice adds to the ethereal ...

Mix Six: “Wizards of Oz”

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Remember in the 1980s when Australia was just, well, everywhere?  In music, movies, TV, and of course, the radio.  No?  Well, I do, and the other day I was sitting around listening to music on my ...

On the Radio: The Popdose Interview with Scott McWilliams

I’m sure you’ve heard the news:  radio is dead.  This is not a new pronouncement, for there have been “death of radio” stories surfacing for years (if not decades) in the press.  Despite all the premature obituaries, commercial ...

Mix Six: “Demos”

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Ah, the demo. It’s a recording created to demonstrate how the song should sound to a producer or even to other band members.  Each band works differently, and unless you’re Pete Townshend (who often comes into ...

The Twelfth Day of Mellowmas: Why We Don’t Like Ted

Jason: So on my Melllowmas spreadsheet, today’s song is listed as “Sent to us by that douchenozzle Ted.”

Jeff: This is turning into a problem.

Jason: Right?

Jeff: People keep sending us Mellowmas stuff. Last year, Will Harris sent ...

Mix Six: “Happy Hanukkah”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE I’ll be upfront about this: I’m not a religious person, but I do celebrate the holidays.  By “holidays” (And yes, I’m talking to all you “War on Christmas” alarmists), I’m talking about Hanukkah and ...

Mix Six: “Thanksgiving 2010″

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Maybe because we’re still reeling from the Great Recession, it seems that Christmas for many retailers started in early October. I was seeing Christmas/Holiday decorations at some stores in late September, and even before ...

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 ...

CD Review: Michelle Branch, “Everything Comes and Goes”

For me, working in the radio industry has its hazards, and one is being bombarded with music from artists who are clearly more product than performer. In early 2001, coming off a trend of carefully constructed boy bands and Barbie doll ...

Introducing Songwork: A Popdose Mini-Series

Writing a song is easy. You just bang out a chain of chords, always driving to the chorus as fast and as often as possible. Then you throw on some lyrics; nothing fancy, nothing fluffy. “Oh girl, you are my ...

Listening Booth: Iron Maiden, Steel Train, Rush

Some singles have just arrived on our doorstep, so now’s as good a time as any to scan what’s sailing ’round the horn.

To kick things off, let’s talk about “El Dorado” from Iron Maiden, which is available at the band’s site, ...