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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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My Top 10 Beach Boys Songs of All-Time

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My Top 10 Beach Boys Songs of All-Time

My Top 10 Beach Boys Songs of All-Time by David Bash   10. Time To Get Alone-I don’t waltz, but if I ever learn, this would be the song to which I’d do my first! I love all the counterpoint, which had become a Beach Boys staple not long before and would flourish even further in the next few years. The echoed “Deep And Wide” just kills me, as do the strings after the final “aren’t you glad we got away”. Check out Redwood’s (earlier) version, which is also on You Tube; in case you...

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Three Reviled Men Who Need To Have Their Due

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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, they are definitely errors of omission, because each of these men, and I’m not exaggerating...

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Who Will Be The Next Beatles?

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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 group is conceived. Prior to the Beatles, bands were put together by powerful record labels, and ruled...

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A Very Good Thing: An Appreciation of Material Issue

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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 guitar-pop back to a small-yet-rabid following in a (relatively) big way.  Sure, there were pop acts...

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International Pop Overthrow Vol. 14

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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 loaded (3 CDs worth) so I’ll highlight some of my favorite tracks…   Starting on disc 1 is...

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