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1972 Gran Torino | Photo by Neokrisys

Popspotting #108: “Songs of 1972” (Aug. 17, 2011)

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1972 Gran Torino | Photo by Neokrisys

You want more music shows? You’ll get more music shows! As Jen celebrates yet another 29th birthday, we arbitrarily choose the year 1972 to highlight with a top five list. Then, we share some music recommendations from our listeners. Here’s the playlist:

  • Sylvia’s Mother (Dr. Hook)
  • I Saw the Light (Todd Rundgren)
  • Coconut (Harry Nilsson)
  • School’s Out (Alice Cooper)
  • Still In Love With You (Al Green)

Plus:

  • Barton Hollow (The Civil Wars)
  • John Prine (Illegal Smile)
  • Dark Blue (Jack’s Mannequin)

We’d love to feature more picks from our listeners, so please don’t hesitate to share your favorite tunes and artists! Just keep sending them in… we’ll figure out a theme later.

Photo by Neokrisys.

Natalie Ai Kamauu

Popspotting #90: Hawaiian Music Artists (July 13, 2011)

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Natalie Ai KamauuYou want more music? You’ve got more music. This week, Jen highlights five Hawaiian music artists that have caught her ear lately. Fresh from the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards), we look at some younger acts with a bright future in Hawaiian music:

Of course, there are as many different kinds of Hawaiian music as there are colors in a rainbow. And the local music scene is always changing and evolving. It probably won’t be long until our next Hawaiian music show… but we’re betting you won’t mind.

Luna

Popspotting #75: California Songs (June 22, 2011)

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LunaWith less than a month to go until Comic-Con in San Diego, Jen is in a California state of mind. So going back to our “Pith of Pop” roots (the segment she used to do on HawaiiUP more than five years ago), we explore a musical Top Five for today’s “Wildcard Wednesday.”

Today she shares her top five songs about the Golden State. Her picks include Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and The Runaways. She’s even got a couple of runner ups!

Wikipedia lists hundreds of songs about California, so we know we’ve missed a few great ones in our list. Have you got your own favorites? And have you got a suggestion for our next top five theme?

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Popspotting #60: Foo Fighters & Lady Gaga (June 1, 2011)

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Foo Fighters - Wasting LightFor our first music show (apparently confirming Wednesday as being our wildcard slot), we get Jen’s take on two big recent releases: “Wasting Light,” the seventh studio album from the Foo Fighters, and “Born This Way,” the omnipresent second album from Lady Gaga. Though new, both conjure up a healthy serving of nostalgia, the Foo Fighters for their rough-and-tumble early years, and Lady Gaga for the ’80s (and for Madonna).

Jen also shares two singles that have been getting heavy play on her iPod, both tied to the similarly omnipresent phenomenon known as “Glee.”

Next week brings back the book talk, which generated an impressive proportion of the feedback we’ve received here on Popspotting. But if you’d like to hear us talk about something you like hearing, please make your music recommendations today!

Popspotting Preview: “Composing for Sci-Fi TV & Movies” at Comic-Con (Aug. 10, 2010)

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Comic-Con 2010From the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, audio from the “Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Film & TV” panel, featuring Michael Giacchino, Wendy & Lisa Coleman, Nathan Barr, Jim Dooley, John Ottman, and Jeremy Zuckerman.

The official synopsis:

Award-winning composers Michael Giacchino (Lost), Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Heroes), Nathan Barr (True Blood), Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies), John Ottman (Superman Returns), and Jeremy Zuckerman (Avatar: The Last Airbender) have all composed for Comic-Con’s fan-favorite movies and TV series and are here to share a behind-the-scenes perspective on creating music for television and film. Together they will discuss their respective projects and how they got their big break into the music composing industry. Q&A following the panel plus exclusive giveaways for attendees. Moderated by BMI executive Anne Cecere, director of film/television relations and CW3PR vice-president Chandler Poling.

Prehistoric Pop: Brother Love (Oct. 8, 2006)

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From the archives. Jen’s appearance on Episode 47 of “HawaiiUP” for Oct. 8, 2006. We talked about Jen’s recent music buys: “Summertime” by Brother Love, “Greased Lightnin’” from Grease, “Ku’u Home o Kahalu’u” by Hui Ohana, “Love Comes Tumbling” by U2, “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, Straight Outta Lynwood by “Weird Al” Yankovic.

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Prehistoric Pop: Music Picks (Sept. 2, 2006)

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From the archives. Jen’s appearance on Episode 44 of “HawaiiUP” for Sept. 2, 2006. We discuss Jen’s recent music purchases: “Hyperballad” by The Twilight Singers, “66″ by The Afghan Whigs, “Back of Your Car” by Ryan Starr, “Remember” by “Black Lab,” and “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode.

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Prehistoric Pop: Shambala (March 11, 2006)

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From the archives. Jen’s appearance on Episode 53 of “HawaiiUP” for March 11, 2006. “Shambala” by Three Dog Night, “Help” by Julian Coryell, “Summer in the City” by Lovin’ Spoonful, “Mama” by Country Comfort, “Whiplash” by Cake or Death.

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Prehistoric Pop: Four Concerts (Jan. 1, 2006)

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From the archives. Jen’s appearance on Episode 36 of “HawaiiUP” for Jan. 1, 2006. We discuss concerts that Jen’s attended: AC/DC and King’s X, The Big Mele, Tony Bennett, and Motley Crue.

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Prehistoric Pop: Power Ballads (Aug. 13, 2005)

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From the archives. Jen’s appearance on Episode 21 of “HawaiiUP” on Aug. 13, 2005. We discuss Jen’s Top Five Power Ballads. “Silent Lucidity” by Queensryche, “Don’t Cry” by Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Carrie” by Europe, “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger, and “I Remember You” by Skid Row.

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