CD Review: Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”

I’ve admitted, to my embarrassment, just how jazz-illiterate I am. Yes, I had Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew since the late-1980s, and I knew of the crooners that skirted that jazz/standards/pop division from the ’30s to the ’50s. I recognized Dave Brubeck’s ...

Top 12 Christmas Albums of All-Time

Christmas music, as we currently think of it, didn’t really get going until about the 1930s, when a number of Yuletide numbers became jazz standards. And to listen to most radio stations when they switch over to their all-Christmas music format around ...

The Popdose 50: Our Favorite Holiday Songs

Leave it to the Popdose staff. Any other collective of jaded music geeks might have stampeded toward a recent-vintage slab of Xmas irony as our all-time fave holiday hit – “Fairytale of New York,” say, or “Christmas ...

Desert Island Discs with Calhoun

I continue to find new examples every day that the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” really is true. In this case, it relates to the Fort Worth bred band Calhoun, a project that from ...

Mix Six: “Thanksgiving”

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The thing I love about Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) is that it’s a holiday devoid of the trappings of Christmas. You don’t have to buy gifts for people, no worries about “the pressure” felt this ...