Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Don Covay left us recently. He left behind a splendid resume that reflected his work as a singer and songwriter. Covay never allowed himself to be pigeonholed into one genre or another. His music reached out to fans of soul, R&B, and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Paul & John – Inner Sunset

With a name that knowingly evokes the Beatles and the pinnacle of pop songwriting, The Paul & John set expectations sky-high for their debut album. In Inner Sunset, the fruit of a collaboration between Paul Myers (The Gravelberrys, Flam!, A Wizard A ...

Soul Serenade: Hall & Oates, “She’s Gone”

There are several soul music capitals in the United States. Each scene, whether it’s New Orleans, Memphis, or Detroit, has its own sound. There’s one particular city that I focus on quite often in this column and that’s Philadelphia, renowned for the ...

CD Review: XTC, “Skylarking (Corrected Polarity Edition)”

Corrected what now?

Skylarking was XTC’s breakthrough album in the United States, and a deeply troubled production in every sense of the word. Every fan knows about group frontman Andy Partridge’s sour working relationship with producer Todd Rundgren, which he likened to ...

REVIEW: An American Underdog/Brandon Schott, “The A/B EP”

I’ve been unbelievably fortunate to have the opportunity to hear/be exposed to new artists who know how to craft great pop material in the tradition of those performers who I’ve loved over my musical lifetime – McCartney, Rundgren, ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: The Tubes, “Outside/Inside”

The Tubes were a much different band before David Foster met them. They were originally the sex-addled crossbred spiritual offspring of Zappa and The Mothers and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, a punk/cabaret/performance-art conglomeration that liked ...

Top 10 Colin Moulding XTC Songs

Although he may not have been quite as prolific a songwriter as Andy Partridge, XTC’s Colin Moulding penned some of the great songs of the New Wave era and beyond. It would be rather easy, in fact, to put together a few unofficial ...

Thank You for the Music!

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on all the things we’re thankful for, be it large or small. As such, it occurred to me that we often neglect to properly thank the people in our lives that helped shape our ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 1

Welcome to the first installment in our latest music extravaganza, Digging for Gold: The Time-Life AM Gold Series! Over the course of the next thousand or so entries, your beloved Popdose staff writers will listen to and chat about the roughly ...

Big Songs: The Left Banke, “Walk Away Renee”

Pop music hasn’t tackled unrequited love nearly as often as one might believe, and certainly not as often from the male perspective. The more I study this, the more amazed I am that the species didn’t just  cease to exist from the ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 44

We finally get to the end of R and I have completed my revisiting of the Rush catalog. Enjoy more songs from the rock charts that failed to cross over into the Billboard Hot 100.

The Romantics
“Rock You ...

Soul Serenade: Anniversary MegaMix 1

When I began writing the weekly Soul Serenade column for Popdose six months ago, my aim was to share some of my favorite soul records with you. Writing this column about the music I love has brought me more joy ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 13

Hey there! Did you miss us? We missed you. Or rather, I should say that I missed you. Apparently Jason and Jeff don’t even care enough about you to show up, so they sent fellow Popdosers Michael Parr and ...

Cratedigger: Todd Rundgren, “Back to the Bars”

It was 1969. One warm summer night I found myself parked on a quiet street not far from my Atlantic City home. The girl’s name was Dorothy. We could never seem to find a place to be alone, so the car ...

Cratedigger: Runt, “Runt”

Todd Rundgren is one of rock’s great auteurs. Along with artists like Emmit Rhodes, Paul McCartney, and Prince, Rundgren has the ability to put together entire albums on his own. He writes the songs, plays nearly all the instruments, and produces his ...

Sugar Water: The Best Album of the Decade

Per Second, Per Second, Per Second … Every Second (Aware/Columbia), the 2003 album by Boston-area band Wheat, is the best album of the decade.

Now you know.

This is a totally subjective opinion, of course. I haven’t listened to ...

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