Spring supposedly started Wednesday, but it’s still dreary winter weather here at the Pittsburgh branch of our Popblerd offices. Spring can’t come soon enough. But while you’re waiting, we have your weekly dose of tunes that the Popblerd staff have had spinning this week. Give a listen, and let us know what’s been caressing your ears lately!
When David Bowie released his previous album, Reality: Senator John Kerry was challenging incumbent George W. Bush for the presidency; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube didn’t exist; The war in Iraq was but six months old; Michael Jackson was alive; So were Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; TV broadcast signals were transmitted through the airwaves; Eminem won an Oscar for 8 Mile. It seems like a long time ago in a pop culture far, far away. And in some senses, […]
After pummeling record buyers with three albums between 1969-1973, The Stooges quickly dissolved yet left a remarkable legacy as one of the most influential bands of the era. While Iggy went on to a successful solo career, the concept of a full on Stooges reunion seemed pretty implausible, especially in light of original bassist Dave Alexander’s death in 1975. Suddenly, The Stooges reemerged in 2003, with the legendary Mike Watt taking over bass duties. Following a series of well received […]
In early January, we got the news from left field that David Bowie would be issuing his first album in a decade this Spring. My night owl lifestyle has paid off once again, as just moments ago Bowie’s YouTube channel posted a second video from the upcoming The Next Day LP. Whereas “Where Are We Now” harkened back to 1999′s …hours album (admittedly not one of my favorites), “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is more in line with Bowie’s two most recent albums, Heathen and Reality. And of […]
Following the death of Ian Curtis, the remaining members of Joy Division decided to embark on an entirely new project, although it would take some time for the group to find its own voice. Formed in 1980, New Order augmented the trio of Sumner (guitar, vocals), Hook (bass), and Morris with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (Morris’ then-girlfriend and now-wife). The band went on to have a fairly prolific career, although the stream of releases slowed significantly by the mid- 1990s, partially […]
Happy Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras to you all! I am not a New Orleans native, but like millions of others, I’ve fallen in love with the allure of the Crescent City’s rich history and culture. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, but from what I gather it’s much more of a tourist affair than a local one (at least in the French Quarter). Even so, Mardi Gras gives us an opportunity to openly and proudly celebrate one of America’s […]
Congrats folks – we’ve collectively made it through another week! As you decompress and recharge, take a listen to what the Popblerd staff have been digging this week. This edition of The Carlton Shuffle is a little more rock heavy than usual, though I’m not complaining. No, instead I’ll complain about the fact that there are no Black Sabbath records on Spotify. Alas! What have you been grooving to this week? Let us know in the comments!
There are quite a few releases that I’m looking forward to in the first quarter of 2013. The first to hit shelves is Beta Love, the third full-length LP from indie darlings Ra Ra Riot. Following 2010′s The Orchard, the last time we had a new release from the band was their excellent cover of Steve Winwood’s “Valerie” a Record Store Day 2012 exclusive release. Just over a month ago, the band leaked “When I Dream” in advance of the album. As I noted in our Singles Bar post on the track , “When […]
Here it is folks – this week’s serving of what’s been moving the molecules around in the Blerdosphere. Although there’s not a strict theme this week, many selections reflect current events – I’m sure you’ll catch the pattern soon enough. What have you been listening to this week?
Two words I was fairly certain I would never see again: “New Bowie.” He hasn’t released any new music since 2003′s Reality. And aside from a very few one-off appearances, he’s pretty much evaded media attention since the closing of the Reality tour in 2004 (which incidentally, was the highest grossing tour that year). In fact, the last leg of the tour had to be canceled due to the discovery of a clogged artery that required an emergency angioplasty. That […]
Hello again! For this week’s Carlton Shuffle, we decided to put together a playlist featuring some of our favorites from 2012. So grab yourself a magnum of champagne, sit back, relax, and check out some of our favorite tracks from the past year. And while we’re at it, a big hearty “thank you” for visiting, reading, and listening to what you find here at Popblerd! We’re tickled that you’re here, and look forward to providing you with more music and […]
Big Money couldn’t make this special holiday edition of the convo, but the good news is that our pal Mike Duquette from The Second Disc joined in for some yuletide cheer! – Gonzo: Well lets strap on some bells and get this sleigh rolling! Mike Duquette: What shall we be a-wassailing tonight? G: Last year, you joined us for a convo about Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” which has apparently been covered by everybody in the last 50 years. MD: There were a lot, as I recall. G: One of the […]