Sunday, December 14, 2014

Perfect for Monday: Dead Albatross, Skategang, CATNAPS, hot shorts, Fat Children, Super Medusa

These recent finds are perfect for kicking your Monday aspirations into gear. So what if it's actually Sunday.

We also like #'s 6, 4, 2, 1, 3, & 5 by these Paris poppunks. - from our buddy Alex Twist's excellent Requiem Pour Un Twister label; thanks to Faster and Louder for the headsup and the kind of in-depth analysis you would never hope to find at our sleazy little pseudoblog.

Go here for more 'nip o' the 'NAPS. Ja, sure, we should've waited till val's Day, but, hey, it's yuletide! Speaking of which:

#1's the 1 we like. Your parsecage might vary (but probably won't).

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Sunchymes Say Thanks (And So Do We)

Near the end of the Summer/Winter we posted a nice new mix by Northampton's The Sunchymes. Now as we near the end of Fall/Spring, we're happy to receive a gift from the one-manner thanking us for our support. So of course we want to share it with you, with thanks for yours and thanks to the band for many sunny tymes. We're excited to hear they're hoping to release their third LP sometime next year. You can still buy a copy of the excellent LP Let Your Free Flag Fly at CD Baby.

Soothing Sounds of The PseudoSurfers

How would some shoething soogaze sound right about now? To find out, wick the clidget below. We thank the excellent PSYCHGAZER for the headsup on this Roman band. We particularly like #'s 1 & 2.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Popscotch: Sugar Stems, Legendary Wings, Rotten Mangos, Marvelous Beauhunks, Stellarscope, Everywheres, Walking Who, Dutch Barn

We enjoyed that last hopscotch episode so much we're going to try it again. The setup is simple: we start with recent tunes we've found (and loved) and work our way backwards for x number of months or years. We do not adhere to strict chronological order. Is that all right? Hope you find something you like.

You'll find a number of fine tunes on that Dirtnap Records 2014 Sampler. In fact, here's another one that plunked our twanger:

We're very much liking several numbers on this Austin's band's EP. Thanks to The Proper Yarn for the headsup.

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Well Wishers Tweak "Father Nature"

Tweakin's tiring.
The Well Wishers' chief Wisher, Jeff Shelton, has been tweaking the final song on this year's superb LP A Shattering Sky and is making it possible for all of "us" to profit thereby. We pp's don't usually make "Best Of" lists, but if we did, A Shattering Sky would most definitely be on ours for 2014. Does that mean we're on the verge of shattering tradition, that for the first time in our blog's eight-year history we're gonna succumb to year-end listomania? Nnnnnnnnnnmaybe, but don't hold your breath.

We do, however, want to expend both breath and cyber in thanks to Jeff for making this free download available. The entire LP is available for purchase here, here, and here. Faceoff friendlily here. Some of our previous Jeff-sanctioned posted freebies can be found here.

Click here to get the name-your-price download.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Flowers, Wires, Soda, Matthew Melton, Pleasers: Some Past, Present, and Future Incarnations of . . . Matthew Melton

Not sure if you noticed Matthew Melton's excellent new solosong, "Painted Sign," over there in our Songdrop Currents mix, but if you're into any of the Tennessee-to San Fran-to Austin pleaser's other bands - Snake Flower 2, Bare Wires, Warm Soda, or the forthcoming Pleasers - you might wanta check it out. (Click on all those green artist names for further exploration.) A little research at the Southpaw Records Soundcloud page turned up a handful of freebies we're posting below. We might not be evincing sufficient emotion here, but we've been absolutely loving this guy's music for several years now. Oh, one other thing: we put another Snake Flowers 2 song in our Currents mix even though it came out around five years ago. If offended, please shoot us (email, comment, finger, whatever).

Free download at Southpaw Soundcloud page (Scroll down.)

Free download here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

From The Active Listener's Tribute to Love's Forever Changes: Red Plastic Buddha, Smoking Trees, Doug Tuttle, Flower Drums, Chemistry Set, 39th & The Nortons

The Active Listener has just posted an excellent 17-number compilation tribute to Forever Changes, the heralded album by Sixties flower power heroes Love. Below are our favorites from a most redolent bouquet. Forever Changing is available as a free download for a limited time, so take a whiff and act accordingly.

Traditional eyerester (wink)

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Ghost Wave Revisited

Tip o' the headgear to Rollo & Grady for the nogginlifting on this one. We've enjoyed this Auckland band for quite awhile now, not least due to previous alertings by the aforementioned R&G. So thanks, R. You, too, G. BTW, most of those previous R&G alertings are still downloadable. Check out more by and about Ghost Wave herehere, here, and here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From New Planting Seeds Comp: Mark Crozer, Static Daydream, Lovetones, Young Sinclairs, Seeers, Super Vacations

We would have told you about this sooner but only just now got word of it ourownself. The most excellent Planting Seeds Records have released a 14-song compilation  of freebies by a number of our favebands or members thereof. (The postitle enumerates the names of our very favorites, with songs posted below.) Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, & Infinitely Vol 2 will be available for free download until November 17 (of this year), so you have a pleasant cushion of time available for checking them out and deciding what, if anything, to do next. Many thanks to PSR for the, you know, implant.
Update: PSR removed the widgets, as promised/threatened. We still say, though, "Many thanks." Time to go buy-buy.

Monday, October 27, 2014

From The Active Listener Sampler 25: Prince Ruperts Drops, Chemistry Set, Dowling Poole, Delia Haunt, Halasan Bazar, Greek Theatre

Nathan Ford's done it again, and in more ways than 13. This month's TAL Sampler is pretty darned fab, and we've had to exercise an iron grip to keep our fidgety widgeting tendencies in check. (Kind of painful is that iron grip, but at least it's our own.)

Of course you've probably already discovered that for some time now, Bandcamp's been putting all of an EP/LP's playable songs in the same widget, but we like to post the songs individually so you can get right to them. Quirky? Not really and not really important.

But enough of this, let's get to it. We like all the songs, love ten, and are posting our six most favorite. And of course we most humbly and heartily thank Mr. Nathan Ford for his stellar work, no matter how doofusish it makes us look by comparison.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Freebs: Daddy Issues, Dollyrots, Marvelous Beauhunks, alicetales, Radiator Hospital, Freeks

What we're gonna do here is kind of hopscotch our way back and forth through several months of our "mp3 possibles" list. By the time you get to the bottom, you might be thinking, "This is oldstuff, pp." But then again, you might not.

We especially like #4 as well. (See pic, duh.)

Not sure what they're saying but sure love the way they say it.

Well, we just discovered this last one's no longer a freeb. Please shoot us. (Thanks in advance.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eyelids' Open and Shut Case

Those widgeted ditties from this Portland band's just-released 854 LP have got our 'lids simultaneously shut in groovy bliss and open in wide-eyed wonder. (This can be tried at home, but out on the road? Caution, please.) Explore further here, here, here, and here.

Free download here.

Free download here (right-click to download). (Note: download is 20.1 MB, if that matters to ya.)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Compilation of Compilations by The Active Listener, Popboomerang, & Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More

In the mood to sample and freely download 95 powerpop and psychpop tunes? Yeh, thought so. Well, we've had the good fortune to learn of and freely take from several excellent compilations of late, widgeted cornucopias of which are posted below.

From the ever-faithful, ever-active Nathan Ford comes The Active Listener Sampler 24. Our favorites are Nos. 5, 11, & 15, but that one widget below contains all fifteen free and legals.

From fabpop Australian label Popboomerang comes the sixteen-song comp, Up To Our Eyeball In it: A Popboomerang sampler. Our favorites are #2, 6, 7, 10, 12, and 13, but for some reason, Bandcamp has decided you WILL kick it off with #8. But, hey, it's free, they're all in the widget, so who's complainin'?

And last but way the opposite of least comes the extremely tasty supercomp from Mr. Wayne Lundquist Ford, of powerpop blog/Podomatic radio show Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More!. Wayne got permission from 63 artists to post 64 free and legals, so we're pretty sure you're going to find quite a few handsandfeetful of great stuff. We downloaded and sampled all 64, OF COURSE, but our favorites are (deep intake of breath) 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28, 29, 35, 36, 39, 40, 45, 48, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 60, and 64. We thought about posting a separate widget for each of our faves, but then thought, wellllllll, perhaps not.

Needless to say, but we will anyway, unspeakable but typeable thanks to these generous souls for so bounteously passing out the pop!

pppurcha$e$ at eMusic, Bandcamp, & Amazon - Third Quarter 2014 & Earlier

Let the tri-monthly excitement begin. If you find yourself liking some of the same music as we numbskulls, - yeah, that Wesley Wolfe LP's thrice plunked our twanger - you might want to check out our buydown$ of powerpop, indiepop, shoegazepop, psychpop, garagepop, and whateverpop at eMusic during July, August, and September of 2014. Many's the grin induced thereby, and we hope they're infectious. And for even more gins - and possibly a few griggles - we added some recent and not-so-recent purcha$e$ at Bandcamp and Amazon. Lots of primo tuneage in those stashes as well.
to be whisked.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vegas With Randolph's Fabulous Freebie

Please please yourself and freely scarper off with this top-notch number from D.C.-area favepoppers, Vegas With Randolph. Three more singles are due out soon, all aiming to whet the appetite for their forthcoming LP, A+1, due out in 2015. (Personally, ours is, like, totally whetted.) Read and hear more here, here, here, here, and here.

Jonny Polonsky's Vision

We've been buying this LA popper for quite a few years now and are very much enjoying his just-released EP of mid-paced rockers, Vision. Pick it up for name-your-price download at Bandcamp and check out the other JP product available there as well. Gather more sights and sounds here, here, here, and here. We begin with our favorite from Vision, but the other three are in the widget as well.

And here's one we bought that always gets us going going . . .