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.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Music of the Sphere: Cousin Dud, Colleen Green, Flesh Lights, Big Cosmos, Teenage Fanclub, Rat Columns, NO/NO, Son of Rams, Lace Curtains, King Tuff
Big neck, too.
Cousin Dud - Illinois - Indie Rock Cafe
Colleen Green - Pay Attention - Austin Town Hall
Flesh Lights - Middle Age & Just About Due - Side One Track One
Big Cosmos - Fade Into You - Newtown Radio
Teenage Fanclub - Radio - Polaroid
Rat Columns - Walking Back - Polaroid
NO/NO - Crooked Faith - Rollo & Grady
Son of Rams - One Psycho Seven Slider - Rollo & Grady
Lace Curtains - Pink And Gold & Saint Vitus - Rollo & Grady
King Tuff - Demon From Hell - Rollo & Grady
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
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 here, here, 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.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Music of the Sphere: Gulp, Literature, Mentalease, Purling Hiss, Diarrhea Planet, Viet Cong, Nothing, Francisco The Man, Mogwai, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Many thanks to the excellent bloggerers for making the following 'earable and 'loadable. And, of course, multiple ta's to the bands.
Gulp - Vast Space - Rollo & Grady
Literature - The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything - Polaroid
Mentalease - 4 Heavy Eyes - Austin Town Hall
Purling Hiss - Learning Slowly - 3hive - Spiva voonerisms!
The first four of these are in the same post at SOTO. Likewise the last two.
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - A Million Random Digits - Side One Track One
Diarrhea Planet - Bamboo Curtain - Side One Track One
Viet Cong - Continental Shelf - Side One Track One
Nothing - July The Fourth - Side One Track One
Francisco The Man - It's Not Your Fault - Side One Track One
Mogwai - Teenage Exorcists - Side One track One
Friday, October 17, 2014
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
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!
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.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Music of the Sphere: The New P's, Flesh Lights, B. Mould, W. Blair, B. Francis, Wand, Western Medication, I. Dhaaf, Twerps
Pure pop pic.
The New Pornographers - Dancehall Domine - Fluxblog - our favorite from their new Brill Bruisers
Flesh Lights - Just About Due - Side One Track One
Bob Mould - Hey Mr. Grey - Indie Rock Cafe
Wyatt Blair - Ba Ba Ba (Life's a Bitch) - Rollo & Grady
Black Francis - When They Come to Murder Me - Rollo & Grady
Wand - Generator Larping - Rollo & Grady (pic)
Western Medication - Reflections (Demo) - Rollo & Grady
Iska Dhaaf - Everybody Knows - Rollo & Grady
Twerps - Raft - Rollo & Grady
Sunday, September 28, 2014
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.
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 . . .
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
That's 11/03, Yanks.
The pride of Davyhulme, Jim Noir, aka "Alan Roberts," returns with his fifth LP, Finnish Line, come November 3. We were happy to receive his email announcing such and to be given access to the free and legal download of "The Broadway Jets." Check out the widget and if you like what you're hearing, click the link below it to initiate downloading activity. We did and did and are glad we did. BTW, Jim, we tried to embed the widget you provided but kept getting an error message. Forgive?
Click here for free download.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Tim 'n' Ty
In case we haven't made it fairly clear, White Fence are one of our very favorite bands and have been for some time now. And of course before Fencemeister Tim Presley got out the whitewash, we were loving what he was doing in the more somber but highly uplifting settings of Darker My Love.
So it's a no-brainer (convenient for us) that when we just now came across Famous Class's Less Artists More Condos (LAMC) issue #12, we would drop all we were doing (sorry 'bout the dishes, Darling) and post it prontito. If you haven't yet picked up the most recent WF triumph, the Ty Segall-produced For The Recently Found Innocent, you should start to click most ricky tick. (And of course, check out LAMC #11, with Segal bandmate Mikal Cronin here.)
Perhaps we're not yet enamored of the work of White Fence touring guitarist Jack Name (aka John Webster Johns) quite as much, but that doesn't mean we won't be or you shouldn't be. So check out the second widgeted tune below if you're so inclined.
Enough jabber. Cue the ears.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Music of the Sphere: Resonars, Conspiracy of Owls, Frowning Clouds, Part Time, Sister Flo, Comet Gain, Alvvays
Wish we looked this good. Sigh.
We're doing this one quick and dirty, whatever that means. Many thanks to the fabulous bloggenhostenheimers.
The Resonars - If He's So Great - Rollo & Grady
Conspiracy of Owls - Three - Rollo & Grady
The Frowning Clouds - Move It - Austin Town Hall (pic)
Part Time - I Want to Go - Austin Town Hall
Sister Flo - White Noise - Austin Town Hall
Comet Gain - "Sad Love" And Other Stories - Polaroid
Alvvays - Atop A Cake - Polaroid
Monday, September 01, 2014
Less than a month of summer/winter left but no worries, Northampton one-man chimer Aaron Hemington sounds great year-round. Listen below, read a spate of bloggerly encomium here and here (click "See More"), get another freesong here, and buy some here. If you overlook the G. Harrison cover widgeted second below, you might well . . . tear up.
We found this Venetian band at one of our favorite Italian music blogs, Polaroid, and couldn't resist their primo powerpop. Our favorites are #2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13, & 14, but there isn't a dud in the lot.