Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Music of the Sphere: Toma, Terror Watts, Skeggs, Bryan's Magic Tears, The Gizmos, Ride, Moon Duo, The Besnard Lakes, Rose Elinor Dougall, Jay Som
Hard to believe we began this list back in early February. Tuff stuff, though, so we do not carp but, rather, thank the superb bloggers who finessed these songs into downloadability.
Toma - Going Nowhere - Fingertips
Terror Watts - So Alone - Rollo & Grady
Skeggs - Spring Has Sprung - Still in Rock
Bryan's Magic Tears - The Hand Of Summer - Still in Rock
The Gizmos - 1978 & Pay - Still in Rock
Ride - Charm Assault - The KEXP Blog
Moon Duo - Creepin' The KEXP Blog
The Besnard Lakes - Laura Lee - The KEXP Blog
Rose Elinor Dougall - Colour of Water - The KEXP Blog
Jay Som - 1 Billion Dogs - The KEXP Blog
Friday, April 21, 2017
For some reason some body just followed us on Twitter, and through them we were led to a really fun power pop radio show blasting out of Northwestern University's WNUR in Evanston/Chicago. It's called The Power Pop Shoppe Radio Show, and make no mistake, DJ Gil serves pretty pure platters of the double p.
We were arrested midshow by Chicago band The Peeves and found it necessary to track them down and see if they'd cooked up any downloadables. Well, guess what: we found the very one that got us chuffed and cuffed, along with three more name-your-pricers, all available within the widget below .
Saturday, April 15, 2017
We have our reasons for using this picture, but we're opting not to reveal them at this time.
Frankly, we don't exactly remember how we discovered these compilations by Sean Bohrman of Burger Records. It probably has something to do with the periodic updates Burger sends us. Ultimately it matters even less than these words we're writing. (Yes, these words, not words like "Sean," "Bohrman," "Burger,," "Records," and "periodic," for those words matter very much indeed.)
Anyway, Sean has put together at least four compilations over at Bandcamp, and we're posting our favorites from three of them. (We opted out of his Tiny Tim comp for the time being.) We encourage you to read his informative, droll comments at Bandcamp, but for now, we're focusing on the music. All the comps are available for name-your-price download.
Baroque Pop Compilation
Psych Pop Compilation
Bubblegum Pop Compilation
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Ever since Absolute Powerpop first turned us on to PEACHFUZZ back in 2007, the Malibu powerstonerpop flower trio have been one of our very favorite bands. We've bought tons of their songs, repeatedly recommended them to friends, put them in oodles of faves mixes, and happily posted on them back in 2008 when we found some freebies at Last.fm (no longer available).
Imagine our excitement, then, when within the last hour we received word that their just-released-today LP, On Pop Of The World, has been made available for name-your-price download via Peachpoint Productions and Outstanding Unit Records. That's right, you can't, but that's okay because here it is for your listening, downloading pleasure.
For what it's worth, our favorites are #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8.
At Bandcamp you can also buy PEACHFUZZes on Catch Your Snap, the LP on to which AbPow first turned us. Here's a little sampling of some of our faves.
Here's a few we recently purchased and love from their 2012 LP, Fall Down Dreaming.
And here's another longtime fave, the title cut from their 2003 LP, About a Bird. It's available at Amazon, eMusic, and iTunes.
Doublechecking those links reminded us of a quandary we and some friends encountered years ago when tracking down PEACHFUZZ songs. There is another band called Peachfuzz, from London, Angleland. They're pretty good, too, but definitely not the same band. We'll give you their Bandcamp link so you can distinguish between the two bands and hear and buy whatever you like.
Finally, here's one more particular fave from About a Bird:
Saturday, April 01, 2017
The lion has transmogrified into a lamb, i.e., March 2017 is done for, so it's time to take stock. Below is a Playmoss playlist with 19 of our very favorite songs found during the windy month. If you'd like to check out all 50 songs we added during March, click here.
Actually, a couple of numbers we would have added got balky at Playmoss, so we're adding them as videos. And for gins and griggles, we're posting the Forty February Faves playlist we didn't get around to posting at the end of Shortmonth. Hope you enjoy. Oh, not to be presumptuous, but Playmoss has an app (iPhone, Android) you can download to your portable device in case you'd like to listen on the go.
BTW, the March playlist is in order from first of the month to end. The February list is in reverse chronological order. Why? WDK.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' at Belly Button Records: The Jagged Frequency, Monster Youth, The Black Cult, MOAR
The Jagged Frequency
We also especially like #4 & #5. Facebook
Facebook (We think. These are Groningeners, but Holland's contiguous with Belgium, yeah?)
Saturday, March 25, 2017
SoundCloud 9: Echo Ladies, HYLA, Spinning Jennies, The Sky Drops, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Viv and The Sect, The Phantom Sound, Hollow Trees, The Colors
Looking over our list of free and legals from SoundCloud we discovered a bunch we like or love but, to our horror, hadn't yet posted. So here they are, beginning with the most recently found (although not necessarily most recently recorded). They cover quite a range of genres and moods, so be prepared. Click the down-arrows to download, except as noted.
From: Malmo - Facebook
From: Perth - Facebook
From: San Francisco - Facebook
Many thanks to Jeff Shelton of The Well Wishers for making this longtime fave available.
From: Wilmington, DE - Facebook
From: Los Angeles - Facebook
From: Mexico - Facebook
For free download, go here and click ". . . More--Download."
From: London - Facebook
From: Austin - Facebook
The Colors - When Worlds Collide - Go here and then click ". . . More--Download." - from their 2016 LP Teenage Furniture on Nacional Records - As soon as we nail down further info, we'll put it here.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Yeah, we used it before but that's because we like it.
And if you missed last year's Easy Queezy Squeezy EP, check it out below and buy it at iTunes. We did both and are darned glad we did. While you're at it, check out pretty much all the rest of Green Buzzard's artistry at their SoundCloud page.
Finally, we push their "Phantasy Girl," video every chance we get because frankly, it's rock perfection, aurally and visually. (In Our Haughty Opinion.)
Saturday, March 11, 2017
We got in on Austin faveband Cotton Mather's projected 64-song I Ching project early on and are excited to find leader Robert Harrison has now completed 30 songs. Following last year's highly praised LP Death of the Cool, CM/RH are set to release followup LP Wild Kingdom next month (7apr17, to be exact).
Below are two freely downloadable songs we love from the new one, plus another we found at Fanatic Promotion's SoundCloud page. In fact numerous Cotton Mather songs are available for free download there. To find out which ones, just hover . . . oh, fudge, here they are: #1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22. And here are most, if not all, of our Cotton Mather posts.
Many thanks to Fanatic Promotion's Josh Bloom for that initial alert and all subsequent updates, including this latest.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Covers by The Kickstand Band, Chris Richards and the Subtractions, Bertling Noise Laboratories, The Legal Matters, Static Daydream, My Expansive Awareness, The Radiation Flowers, Joe Giddings
We've come across a bunch of enjoyable, downloadable cover versions of songs we like or love and thought you might like to have a listen-hear. You will find in the widgets other covers of other bands, dozens of them, in fact. We've posted our favorites, but your kilometrage might vary.
The Kickstand Band cover The Sunrays (1965)
Chris Richards and the Subtractions cover Cheap Trick (twice) & The Who
Bertling Noise Laboratories cover Todd Rundgren, The Romantics, & Elvis Costello
The Legal Matters cover The Beatles
Static Daydream cover Guided by Voices
My Expansive Awareness cover The Castaways
The Radiation Flowers cover The Stooges
Joe Giddings covers KISS (and a whole lot more)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Walkies - 22.ii.17: Diamond Hands, Crocodiles, Warm Soda, Andy Ketch, Listen Lady, Milk Maid, Low Doses, La Luz, SMUT, Tape Waves
Berto was with us in spirit, if not in person.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
'twould appear kiso island are dining at Kiso Island.
A big sloppy merci and happy digestoburp to our Bandcamp buddy lolo of Nimes for the headsup on Vancouver, BC band kiso island. ((We shall wear denim all day (and all of the nighta) in honor, tribute, and gratitude.)) k. i. went three-for-three on this one, and there's more at Bandcamp. Not a lot more, but more. Oh, we've been reading more shtuff about how to be a better blog, so here are ALL the tags the band used at Bandcamp (AND THEY'RE CLICKABLE!): alternative evil pop pnw power pop rock sushi Vancouver. Wow, we feel better already.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Once again, Playmoss hasn't included bandnames in some of the songs we've recently widgeted, so here they are. (Don't worry, Mossy, we still love you.)
We love Mind Meld's self-titled LP so much, we'd like to point you toward the entire album, which you can hear at SoundCloud. (It dropped Thursday, 16feb17.) In addition to the two songs above, we particularly like #s 8, 9, & 10
Monday, February 13, 2017
Yes, yes, do take a bow, as do we for eschewing allusions to snowballs, snow, or balls.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Based on the picture Thibault provides at Still in Rock, the leader of this New Orleans band is pretty nice looking, but our postitle refers to the jangler below, which Thibault has made available for free download. He's also made another song available for download, along with interesting insights into Freddy Beach's oeuvre to date. We don't know if Google Chrome Translate limns the full measure of what Thibault wants to depict, but we very much enjoyed the concluding sentence of the post: "And then we now have two EPs to put in the tooth for a total of 9 pieces which, I'm sure, will make your neighbor cocaine a little lamb in search of his mom for a nap."