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Bash On Pop – March 2015

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Bash On Pop – March 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, the past couple of months have been a very rough road. As many of you know, I suffered a heart attack on January 27, and had to have two arteries unblocked and two stents inserted into my heart. Ever since then I’ve been in recovery, which involves going to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills three times a week to do cardio exercises, along with several appointments with my Internist and my Cardiologist (yikes, I never thought I’d have one of those). As of this writing my heart seems to be doing well, and I thank...

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Bash On Pop: David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2014

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Bash On Pop: David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2014

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re doing well. I thought I would make my first Bash On Pop column of 2015 a list of my favorite albums of 2014. I’ve decided to make Bash On Pop a monthly thing; beginning in February the columns will be news regarding what’s happening in pop music, including recaps of various IPO festivals,and/or reviews of new releases/reissues. Until next month, enjoy this recap of 2014! As is my usual custom, I’ve broken my lists into several categories, as I’m just not comfortable ranking unlike...

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IPO Volume 17 reviewed by The Second Disc!

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IPO Volume 17 reviewed by The Second Disc!

Holiday Gift Guide Review: “International Pop Overthrow volume 17” written by Ted Frank and originally posted in The Second Disc on December 18, 2014   We’d like to extend a big welcome to the newest member of our Second Disc family, author Ted Frank. Ted, a self-described “power pop-a-holic,” kicks off his contributions to The Second Disc with a review of the latest collection from the fine folks at The International Pop Overthrow Festival. The Festival’s seventeenth volume (yes, seventeenth – congratulations,...

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My Top 10 Songs of All Time

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My Top 10 Songs of All Time

My Top 10 Songs of All Time by David Bash   Without any ado, and with no reservations whatsoever…   10. Chalkhills and Children-XTC (1989): The first of two “last song on their album” in my Top 10. Andy Partridge and company had recently tackled that “Beach Boys influenced thing” on their Dukes of Stratosphear guise with “Pale and Precious”, and while I think that one is great as well, I love this one even more, maybe because it doesn’t seem as much like a direct cop. It’s...

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David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2013

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David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2013

  Hi Everyone, Here are my lists of favorite albums of 2013. 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   Those marked with an * are LP-only releases, those with a **are download-only.   I. Top 100 Albums   As always, I listened to a lot of albums this year, and there were significantly more than 100 which I thought were quality discs.  I could have extended this list to 200 and still...

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The Greatest Thing: 20 Must-Hear Elvis Costello Tracks

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The Greatest Thing: 20 Must-Hear Elvis Costello Tracks

The Greatest Thing: 20 Must-Hear Elvis Costello Tracks by John M. Borack and Olivia Frain   As co-producers of the upcoming tribute collection Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello, we are obviously dyed-in-the-wool Costello fanatics. Many a day has been spent burning up the phone lines discussing and spinning Elvis discs, with each of us interjecting a “Listen to this lyric!” or a “How does he DO that?” as we discuss the man’s extensive, varied and always entertaining back catalog.  Whether it’s...

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David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2012

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David Bash’s Favorite Albums of 2012

Hi Everyone, Here are my lists of favorite albums of 2012. 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   Those marked with an * are LP-only releases and those marked with an ** are download-only releases.  I’m hoping I didn’t forget to include some of the download-onlies: my filing system for them isn’t too efficient.   I’ve probably obtained more albums in 2012 than I have in three or four years,...

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Roll Up for the Magical Mystery Tour (again)

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Roll Up for the Magical Mystery Tour (again)

Roll Up for the Magical Mystery Tour (again) By Aaron Kupferberg www.powerpopaholic.com   On September 1967 The Beatles embarked on making their third film, with help from Richard Lester who directed A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Help! (1965). The band was in uncharted waters after the death of long time manager Brian Epstein, and to prevent additional tax levies by the the government the band formed Apple Corps.  “Magical Mystery Tour” was the first film project directed by the entire band under that banner. It was a...

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The Shoes Still Fit

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The Shoes Still Fit

The Shoes Still Fit By Aaron Kupferberg www.powerpopaholic.com   Some say that the 1980’s were a “lost decade” for power pop, with the decline of Badfinger, Big Star and The Raspberries, there was yet to be a band that could pick up the mantle for the genre. The influences of punk and new wave were just starting to take hold of the public’s attention in 1977. It’s into this that Shoes emerged with “Black Vinyl Shoes,” a homemade demo album that generated such critical praise it started the next...

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My First Concert

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My First Concert

My First Concert By David Bash   In early 1972, The Carefree Sugarless Gum Company (remember them??) had a contest where they asked junior high schools within a 50 mile radius of New York City to send in as many of their product’s wrappers as they could, and the school which sent in the most wrappers would receive, as their prize, an appearance by none other than The Grass Roots!  Even though by 1972 their best days were behind them, we the students of Clarkstown Junior High School in New City New York still dug them, and wanted to win...

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