31 October 2010

CD Review: Angie Mattson, "Skeleton Arm" | Popdose

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Let’s face it, being the opening act on a show is a pretty thankless job. Yes, it does give an artist an opportunity to reach an audience that she otherwise could not reach, but more often than not, that audience doesn’t care to listen. It’s rare indeed when an opening act manages to cut through the ennui (and sometimes outright hostility) and impress an audience. So a couple of years ago when I went to Atlantic City to see Justin Currie on his first solo US tour a couple, I really had no expectations, and even less interest in the opening act, a singer/songwriter by the name of Angie Mattson. As you’ve probably figured out by now, it turned out to be one of those rare nights. Mattson delivered a memorable set under difficult circumstances, and made a bunch of new fans.

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Soul Serenade: Solomon Burke, "Got To Get You Off My MInd" | Popdose

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In July, 2002 I was in Philadelphia for WXPN’s Singer/Songwriter Festival. Now the great radio station always throws a good party, but there was a very special reason for being there that year; the King of Rock n’ Soul himself, Solomon Burke, was appearing in what amounted to a late-career homecoming show. King Solomon was born in Philadelphia in the year 1936, 1938, or 1940, depending on who you believe.

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John Lennon: Real Love, The Artist At 70 | Popdose

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John Lennon would have been 70 years old today. It’s been nearly 30 years since his tragic death in New York City, and the world continues to mourn his loss. Some of the Popdose staff has gathered together to pay tribute to the man who meant so much to us.

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Cratedigger: Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, "Lonely Avenue" | Popdose

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The news of an impending collaboration between indie music darling Ben Folds and the acclaimed British novelist Nick Hornby was intriguing to say the least. That collaboration has now resulted in an album called Lonely Avenue, and I’m pleased to report that it more than lives up to expectations.

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, "Does Your Mama Know About Me" | Popdose

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I think I’ve mentioned the great WBGO radio show called “Rhythm Review” that Felix Hernandez does every Saturday. The guy is a virtual encyclopedia of soul music, and he’s turned me on to countless records. Among them is this week’s choice, audio_mp3_play“Does Your Mama Know About Me”, by Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers.

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Soul Serenade: Dionne Warwick, "Anyone Who Had A Heart" | Popdose

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In 1962, Burt Bacharach and Hal David signed Dionne Warwick to their production company after Bacharach heard her sing background on a Drifters song that he had written. Bacharach and David were in turn signed to Scepter Records. Together, their amazing string of hit singles began with the November, 1962 release of “Don’t Make Me Over,” which reached #21 on the pop chart, and #4 on the R&B chart. But it was Warwick’s fourth single, audio_mp3_play“Anyone Who Had A Heart”, that became her first top ten hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January, 1964. A few months later, in April of that year, the follow-up single “Walk On By” made Warwick an international star.

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CD Review: Robert Plant, "Band of Joy" | Popdose

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I’ve never been as much of a Led Zeppelin fan as, well, pretty much everyone that I know. Oh sure, there are definitely Zeppelin songs that I like, but that often has more to do with something Jimmy Page plays, or the epic power of John Bonham’s drumming, than it does with Robert Plant’s vocals. There are exceptions. For example, I think that Plant’s vocal performance on the live version of “Since I’ve Been Loving You” from The Song Remains the Same is fantastic. But overall, Robert Plant has never done much for me.

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CD Review: Justin Townes Earle, "Harlem River Blues" | Popdose

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Not long ago, Justin Townes Earle took up residence in New York City. When I interviewed him awhile back, he sang the praises of the city, and seemed to be very happy with his move. However when it came time to record his third album, Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot Records), he returned to his hometown of Nashville to record at the House of David studio.

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DVD Review: "Legends of the Canyon" | Popdose


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Another week, another great Popdose contest. Read through to the end to find out how to win your very own copy of the Legends of the Canyon documentary.

Legends of the Canyon is a new documentary based on the memories of the great photographer Henry Diltz. The film traces the history of the Laurel Canyon music community, one of the most successful and important such communities in the history of American music.

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