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Popdose Giveaway: Win an Expanded Reissue of Van Morrison’s “Moondance”

Van Morrison’s 1970 triumph Moondance initially peaked at just No. 29 on the Billboard charts; its title track barely made the Top 100. Still, over time, the stature of Van Morrison’s third solo album has skyrocketed. These days, Moondance is not only certified as a triple-platinum smash, it’s considered to be Van Morrison’s masterwork. So, an opportunity to dig deeper into this 10-song cycle is welcome, indeed: Warner Bros. Records’ will release an expanded two-disc set on October 22, 2013, featuring polished-up editions of the classic tracks, plus a slew of outtakes — and even a never-before-heard song. Better still, Popdose is offering one lucky reader a chance to win one. Here’s how to enter: Simply email Dave Lifton with “Van Morrison” in the subject line and within the text of your email, remind Dave that it’s always a “fantabulous night to make romance.” We’ll randomly select one winner. The expanded edition of this new Moondance box set is available for preorder now through Amazon. There is also a deluxe edition featuring 4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray …

Basement Songs: “Hey, Hey, Julie!” … A Mixtape

Two years ago, when I was working on this column’s debut, I wrote about Bruce Springsteen’s “Book of Dreams” and what the song means to Julie and me. During the first month of our courtship I created my first mixtape for her, entitled HEY, HEY, JULIE! On that tape was the Springsteen song, one that’s grown to have profound meaning in our relationship. We began dating in August of 1992, and soon thereafter, I threw this tape together in a flurry of inspiration, wanting to give Julie something that came from my heart. I don’t recall the actual minutes spent in my parents’ basement picking the songs or laying them down on a Maxell cassette (my brand of choice), but looking back on the list of songs, I’m happy to see they still add up to 90 quailty minutes of music. Before Nick Hornby wonderfully wrote about what makes a good mixtape in High Fidelity, I assembled exactly the right combination of hip, well known and somewhat obscure songs from my small music collection. Combining …

The Friday Mixtape: 7/24/09

The more things change… Adam Again – Ain’t No Sunshine from Ten Songs by Adam Again (1988) Deliverance – Beauty And The Beast from Camelot in Smithereens (1995) Jacob’s Trouble – Tell Me What You See from Door Into Summer (1989) Lost Dogs – I’m A Loser from Little Red Riding Hood (1993) Mortal – Nowhere Man from Wake (1994) Passafist – Street Fighting Man from Passafist (1994) Phil Keaggy – When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God from Crimson and Blue (1993) Rez – Presence Of The Lord from Silence Screams (1988) Terry Scott Taylor – Long, Long, Long from A Briefing For The Ascent (1987) The 77s – Over, Under, Sideways, Down from 88 (1991) The Choir – Behind That Locked Door from Wide-Eyed Wonder (1989) This Train – Baby Baby from You’re Soaking In It (1995) You can download art for this mixtape here…

Mix Six: “Songs in the Key of Autumn”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Booyakisha!  This week’s mix is about a season that seems to get very little love in the world of song.  And before you run to the comment section and say: “Hey Ted, don’t you know that autumn started last month?” I should remind you that yours truly lives in the Golden State of California, and we get days that top out in the 90-100 degree range right up until the end of October.  But sometimes the weather turns to autumn early (like it did last week) where the leaves fall, the air feels a bit different (in California it’s a very subtle difference), and the smell of fires burning in the fireplace is prevalent. Okay, are you in an autumn mood? Then let’s get going with this week’s mix! “September in Seattle,” Shawn Mullins (Download) Full disclosure: I have a tough time warming up to artists whose songs I used to play over and over when I was working in radio.  Mullins’ “Lullaby” was one of those songs that never …

Freshly Unwrapped: New Music Releases, 6/30/08

Alkaline Trio, Agony & Irony (Epic) purchase this album (Amazon) These Chicago-bred emo pioneers have been gradually sanding down the rough edges of their sound for years — and with their Epic debut, a glossy sheen is officially all that remains. Longtime fans are already grousing about Agony & Irony, but the album’s FM-ready sound is already yielding dividends for the band: Alkaline Trio was featured on an episode of The Hills in May. That won’t be of much comfort to those pissed-off purists, but it should give a pretty big boost to the band members’ bank statements. By their next album, their transformation into the emo version of the Goo Goo Dolls should be complete; in the meantime, they should get a semi-credible hit or two out of Lit-esque tracks like “Love Love Kiss Kiss.” (MySpace) James Brown, Gravity (Volcano) purchase this album (Amazon) Not James’ finest hour, to be certain — but it does contain his last major Top 40 hit, the Rocky IV soundtrack anthem “Living in America,” and it probably represents …