2014 Music Wrap-Up, Lest We Forget

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Christmas. I mean it is the time of year when reviewers look back on all the materials they received in the year, and have to come up with their Top Ten Lists, ...

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 ...

The Popdose Interview: Susanna Hoffs

One of the real joys about the albums that Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have done together (using the alias of Sid ‘N Susie) is that they feel truly curated by music fans for their fellow music fans. As we dug into ...

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 ...

Popdose Flashback ’82: XTC, “English Settlement”

Originally released February 12, 1982.

1982 was the year it was all finally going to happen for XTC. They had been working a hard grind of touring, recording and promotion for the better part of five years, and the dividends ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 2/4/11 — In Love At Last

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to a couple who told me that the first time they met, they couldn’t stand each other.  Or they saw each other but there was no spark; ...

Popdose Roundtable: Penultimate Songs

Dave Lifton: I was just skimming through my iTunes library and “Poor Places” by Wilco jumped out at me. I thought about how perfect it is as the second-to-last song on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, simultaneously bringing resolution to the themes of ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 58

It’s the next to last week for Bottom Feeders but a grand week it is as it includes one of the most eclectic artists of the series and a true favorite of mine.  Without further ado, let’s get to the ...

The Popdose Guide to Be Bop Deluxe

The story of Be Bop Deluxe is essentially the story of Bill Nelson in the 1970s.  Born in Wakefield, England in 1948 and educated at the Wakefield College of Art, Nelson released his first solo album, Northern Dream, in 1971.  It drew ...

The Friday Mixtape: 10/15/10

It’s October and the downhill run into the end of the year and I, for one, welcome it openly.

I was singing a different tune earlier this year, once winter had finally taken its claws out of us. ...

50Prog50: The Best Prog Albums, Part Two

Last time, I hinted that Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery wasn’t going to be on this list. Perhaps an explanation is in order. First and foremost, this list is about some of the prog albums that stay in high ...

The Friday Mixtape: 7/2/10

I’ve had this one brewing for a bit. I recall putting a similar mix together in the mid ’90s, trying to work within the confines of a 60 minute memorex, Side A has an almost claustrophobic feel to it. It also ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 101

Since I don’t like to combine letters in this series, today’s post covering the letter X is, well, tiny. Sorry, no X-Japan, Xavion, Xavier, Xyster, or Xymox here, but we do have XTC, so enjoy one track from the bottom three-fifths ...

The Friday Mixtape: All Souls Edition, 10/30/09

Welcome back.

Are you feeling comfortable? Good. Right about now, you’re sitting casually in your seat, perhaps in a chair staring at the monitor, perhaps bundled up on the couch, wrapped in ...

Mix Six: “Beatlesque”

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Call this mix the postscript of Beatles Week at Popdose … a postscript that’s a couple of weeks late! But better late than never, right?  There’s been a lot of talk about the marketing savvy ...

Lost in the ’90s: Sam Phillips

In 1988, Leslie Phillips turned her back on a successful career as a Christian Contemporary artist, changed her performing moniker to “Sam,” and recorded her first mainstream pop album, The Indescribable Wow, with producer and soon-to-be husband T Bone ...

The Popdose Interview: Andy Partridge

He denies being the man who murdered love, but he is one of the men who served as a member of XTC. That’s right, he’s Andy Partridge, and this upstanding musical legend was kind enough to take on the daunting task of ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Fake Deux!

No time for love, Dr. Jones. The fakes await! As I mentioned last week, this post is devoted to the cinematic musical alter egos (and some non-cinematic ones as well) and as Jon Cummings mentioned last week, he ...

Mope Like Me: One Final Mix Tape

This will be the last Mope Like Me column.

In truth, I didn’t think I would be saying this, at least not this soon after launching it. I’m a sucker for sad songs, and God knows there are plenty of them. What ...

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