Three Reviled Men Who Need To Have Their Due

Three Reviled Men Who Need To Have Their Due

Three Reviled Men Who Need To Have Their Due By David Bash   As most passionate Beach Boys fans would agree, Murry Wilson, Mike Love, and Eugene Landy have been villified, castigated, even reviled for having done so many heinous things over the years, several in particular which have adversely affected Brian Wilson.  I’m not here to take issue with any of that, other than to say that while these attacks are not errors of commission,...

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Who Will Be The Next Beatles?

Who Will Be The Next Beatles?

Who Will Be The Next Beatles? By Aaron Kupferberg www.powerpopaholic.com   Trick question. With the onset of years, the more we look back, with more certainty we can say that no one will ever approach what the Fab Four have done. You can argue that Michael Jackson had more #1 debuts, or Madonna had more top ten singles, but none will make the same musical, cultural, and social impact. It goes well beyond Beatlemania to the way an rock...

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A Very Good Thing: An Appreciation of Material Issue

A Very Good Thing: An Appreciation of Material Issue

A Very Good Thing: An Appreciation of Material Issue By John M Borack   Power pop was in sort of an odd place in the early ’90s.  Most of the bands that are now considered pioneers of the genre were long gone, and many of the titans of the second wave (20/20, Plimsouls, stc.) were dormant.  It would be a few years before Jordan Oakes’ Yellow Pills fanzine and L.A.’s Poptopia festival would bring melody-based...

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International Pop Overthrow Vol. 14

International Pop Overthrow Vol. 14

  International Pop Overthrow Vol. 14 Written on October 25, 2011 by powerpopaholic in Power Pop Review If there is one person I could pick at the forefront of power pop opinion, it’s IPO founder David Bash. The IPO festival is dedicated to bringing to the public the latest bands and unsigned talent, and next week he hits New York City (where I’ll make my annual pilgrimage). The festival’s 14th compilation has been out and it’s...

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David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2011

David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2011

  David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2011   Hi Everyone,   Here are my lists of favorite albums of 2011. As is my usual custom, I’ve broken this down into several categories, as I’m just not comfortable ranking unlike entities on one list.   Contemporary Categories   The year 2011 marked the emergence of LP-only releases, as well as download-only releases (I’m not in favor of the download-only model, but I...

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