Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Faves from The Co-Op Communiqué Volume Four: The Well Wishers, Pseudonym, The Click Beetles, The John Sally Ride, Jonny Weathers, John T. McMullan, Wicked Immigrant


We recently received an emailed communique from Mr. Dw. Dunphy announcing the latest compilation of songs "to break the stalemate between an eager audience and the distribution channels that cannot come together." And break it he certainly does, and with a loud and very satisfying pop. You can read all about it at Bandcamp, but in the meantime, here are our very favorites from the latest, 57-song menu, all available for free download. We might mention that after sampling all 57 and noting our favorites, we found when it came time to post that some of the playing order had been changed. We hope the songs posted below conform to the list of artists we named in the postitle.







Dog Date Waise the Woof


We bought some excelentes by this New Joisey band a couple of years ago but are quite grateful to Dr. Thibault Schrepel over at faveblog Still in Rock for the headsup on their latest release over at Bandcamp. Def got our tails waggin', and did we mention they're available for name-your-price download?

These first two are our favorites from their latest LP, Little Cowboy, just out on the June 1, 2018.





Then we went exploring, and oh, lordy, what a trove we found at last year's superb Flying Fortress! There's really no need to post individual widgies, as we loved #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, & 8 and vml'd (very much liked) #6. So have at it.




Burning House's Fanclubesque "Peach"


Most of Southampton band Burning House's songs at Bandcamp sound rather shoegazy, but their tags there also include the following: "power pop" and "powerpop." Their just-released juicy little number below proves they aren't kidding. Fans of Teenage Fanclub will most likely agree. So far, all of their songs at Bandcamp are available for name-your-price download, so get ye hence, an ye be willing/able.


We also very much like this Guided by Voices cover (originally authored neither by Mr. Pollard nor by Mr. Sprout, but by Mr. Doug Gillard).


And speaking of Mr. Gillard, we are very glad we bought this one several years ago.

Faves from Wassup Rocker Radio Comp: The Why Oh Whys, Lucy And The Rats, Private Function, Killer Hearts, Latte+, Stufft Crust, The Connection


Here are our favorites from the compilation, Wassup Rocker Radio Presents: Sick Sounds. All are available for Free Download. Many thanks to Faster and Louder blog for the headsup. We were most favorably affected by the more mellow songs, so if you wanta get more raucous, you'll find many opportunities to do so.













Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Faves of the Faves - April 2018: The Connection, Wimps, Linus of Hollywood, Ash, Zombie Girlfriend, Triptides, Mick Trouble, Tommy Lorente, Honey Radar, Mystery Flavors, Spires, Melody's Echo Chamber, The Dead Ends, The Chemistry Set, The Jim Mitchells, The Junior League, D.A. Stern, Sam Evian, Peach Kelli Pop, Plains, Billy & Dolly, Hover Bored

A captcha from the Triptides vid. 

Phwewwww, just in time do we post our 24 very favorite finds of powerpop, janglepop, psychpop, and otherpop from last month. In time for what? Good q.

You'll find the full list of April 2018 finds over at Playmoss, along with lots of other playlists of songs we love. Occasionally the Playmoss widget balks at playing a song, especially if it's imported from Bandcamp. If this happens, just click the Play arrow and things should groove. As always, we do hope you, too, find music to like or love.



And here's a song we loved that Playmoss would not accomodate.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Faves of the Faves - March 2018: Bromide, Michael Simmons, Wyatt Blair, The Well Wishers, Bad Moves, Be Like Pablo, K7s, The Lazy Lies, GRDNS, The Orange Kyte, Black Lizard, The Kumari, Parliamo, ta toy boy, Starman Jr., Boys Forever, Jo Passed, The Love-Birds, Ama, Nick Eng, Jack Perrett, The Color Waves


Posted below are our very favorite powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, whateverpop songs found during the month of March. For some reason, Playmoss didn't digest all the information about some of the songs, so we're providing it just above the widget. If either of the two Bandcamp songs don't immediately play, click the play arrow to activate. Click if you'd like to hear the full March 2018 playlist at Playmoss. We do hope you'll find some songs to like.

#2 - Michael Simmons - No More Girls
#7 - K7s - Listen to My Heart
#8 - K7s - It's the CIA
#12 - The Orange Kyte - Anti-Establishment Haircut
#18 -  Boys Forever - If You Don't Mind



Playmoss and SoundCloud just aren't "gettin' it on" anymore, so here are two more songs we'd like to include.


Friday, March 02, 2018

Faves of the Faves - February 2018: Sloan, Tommy Sistak, Famous Problems, Hurry, Beat Degeneration, Trust Fund, Fugly, Deadheads, The Prefab Messiahs, Warbly Jets, The Hungry Onions, Paisley Sundae, Hot Shorts, Dream Giant, Dirty Sidewalks, Bat Fangs


Below is a clickable, earable playlist of our very favorite songs found during the month of February. You can hear the full February 2018 playlist at Playmoss. Hope you find some songs to like. In case any the four Bandcamp-housed songs don't immediately play, click the song's play arrow and it should activate.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Recent & -ish Finds by The Sunchymes, The Kundalini Genie, Coywolf, Diamond Hands, The Hungry Onions, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Pseudonym, et. al. . . .


Here are a few recent and not-so-recent finds, most of which are available for either free or name-your-price download. In fact, that's the order (more or less) in which they're posted, so those of you looking for retro action might want to scroll way down.

The Sunchymes


Just got the above in an email yesterday. We've been enjoying these UK charmers/chymers for several years now, including this fairly recent EP we shoulda but didna post. Each song's a winner.



The Kundalini Genie & Coywolf


We also very much enjoyed #s 10, 14, & 17. The last of these is by Oakland band, Coywolf, a bunch of whose songs we bought at Bandcamp, including #17 itself ("Star Drool"). So how does this make us feel, after plunking down hard-earned and then finding it available for free? Good. Really good. So here's one we bought.



Diamond Hands


We also love #s 7 & 10 from the L.A. band's latest (released 9feb18), not to mention (but we will) this previously posted favorite from their 2016 debut.



The Hungry Onions


Also recommended: #s 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11. We found this Austin band among some recent purchases by a guy we follow over at Bandcamp. He had bought goodstuff from their 16feb18 LP, She's a Mod, which we intend to do as well. Here's one we intend to buy. (The others are #s 1, 6, 7, 9, & 10.)



Frankie and the Witch Fingers


We simply cannot believe this L.A. faveband's whole LP is available for nypdl at Bandcamp, especially after having spent money on some of it previously. (How does that make us feel? Take a guess.) The song featured above was one we bought. The previously posted song below was one of our favorites from 2016. It's a beautiful world, maaan.


We also especially liked #s 4, 8, & 13.

Pseudonym


This San Francisco band's 2017 LP Pack of Lies was one of our very favorites of that year, and a couple of its songs were on our 2017 Powerpopulist Faves playlist. Rooting around in their Bandcamp Discography turned up more entertainment, including the song above and, #s 1 & 2 below.



Okay, we're wimps and we're tired, so TTFN. We'll be back with more, promise?


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Faves of the Faves - January 2018: On and Ons, Eyelids, Emperor Penguin, Ups and Downs, Well Wishers, Calva Louise, Lucille Furs, Maharajas, Strangers In A Strange Land, Serpent Power, Jay Som, Hurry, Bee Bee Sea, Red Cities, Honeyrude, American Darlings, Moniker, Kindling, Coywolf, Trevor and The Joneses, Peyote Coyote, Flower Graves, Rotten Mangos, Olden Yolk, Ty Segall, Overlord, Waking Hours, Triptides, Crazy Squeeze


Below is the playlist of our very favorite songs discovered during the first month of 2018. It was a rich month indeed, partly because of new songs released but also because of songs encountered on various end-of-year lists by bloggers and aficionados whose tastes we admire. Sure, we'd posted our own 2017 Powerpopulist Faves playlist but found a number of songs elsewhere we had either overlooked or not attended to closely enough.

So thanks to Absolute Powerpop, Power Popaholic, I Don't Hear A Single, Ice Cream Man Powerpop And MorePowerpopnews, Jeff Shelton, David Bash, John Borack, Pablo Ferrayra, and Jack Rabid/Big Takeover for helping us supplement the 119 songs on our list and for helping make January a most merry musical month.  (As usual, this is not a ranking but more of a discovery-based chronology.)


Song #6 is by Calva Louise.

Faves of the Faves - November/December 2017: First Base, Peyote Coyote, The Galileo 7, The Dayoffs, The Keep Left Signs, Paul Messis, The Successful Failures, Salad Boys, Latvian Radio, Caddy, Third of Never, FUR, Soda Fountain Rag, Susan


We were just about to post our Faves of the Faves for January 2018 when to our (feigned) horror we realized we hadn't yet A) made one for November/December 2017 or B) published one for November/December 2017. There were all kinds of reasons, mostly technical, why we hadn't done so but they are of no interest whatever, not even to us. So here's the playlist. Click and listen away! We hope you find music to like. (By the way, this is not a ranking but more of a discovery-based chronology.)

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Comp of Comps: The Darling Buds, Chemtrails, Geodesic Ivy Dub, The Beginner's Mynd, Sweet Jane and Claire, Whimsical, The Mongrelettes

Chemtrails
Here are a few favesongs from various compilations we've come across lately and not-so-lately. All are available for free or name-your-price download as of this posting. Each widget has all the songs on each compilation, in case you want to do further exploration.


We also like the HOLY song (#7), which has been popping up on lots of faveblogs of late.

The original was the first downloadable we ever posted at this here little blog of ours. Sigh.

We also really "dig" the ones by The Luck of Eden Hall (#1), and Os Noctambulos (#11).


We also are enamored of #7 and #9.

Got a whole lotta gas-and-oily-smelling fuzz on this comp.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Music of the Sphere: Alvvays, Tristen, Shake Some Action!, Superchunk, White Reaper, Faith Healer, Langhorne Slim, Ages & Ages, Pinact, together PANGEA, Wand, Wyatt Blair, Basketball Shorts, Soaked, Warm Soda, TH da Freak


It's been awhile since we've done one of these MotS things, which makes this an almost optimal time to do so. We like some of these songs so much they made it onto our 2017 Powerpopulist Faves playlist. Many thanks to the two blogging entities for making them available.

Alvvays - In Undertow - The KEXP Blog
Tristen - Glass Jar (feat. Jenny Lewis) - The KEXP Blog
Shake Some Action! - Waiting for the Sun - The KEXP Blog
Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - The KEXP Blog
White Reaper - The Stack - The KEXP Blog
Faith Healer - Light Of Loving - The KEXP Blog
Langhorne Slim - Zombie - The KEXP Blog
Ages & Ages - How It Feels - The KEXP Blog

Pinact - Oh & Separate Ways - Still in Rock
together PANGEA - Friend of Nothing - Still in Rock

The following are from SiR's 100 Best Songs of 2017 post. The numbers indicate rank and are proffered to facilitate quickfind.
54 - Wand - Bee Karma - Still in Rock
52 - Wyatt Blair - Jesse's On Fire Again - Still in Rock
38 - Basketball Shorts - This Summer - Still in Rock
24 - Soaked - Backseat Heat - Still in Rock
23 - Warm Soda - I Don't Wanna Grow Up - Still in Rock
09 - TH da Freak - Morphing - Still in Rock

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Powerpopulist Faves

Tired of end-of-year lists? No? Well goody goody 'cause here's one we think you'll like. We sure did because it's, like, ours, duh: our very favorite powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, whateverpop songs of 2017. Every song's a personal eargasm, so that's a groovy skyrockets-in-flight kind of thing. As suggested below, this is not a ranking but more of a chronology by release and discovery.


"Whaaaaaaat, only 109 songs??? You're a piker, pp."

Yeah, but we've listened to (or sampled) thousands of new songs this year and cried crocotears leaving out dearly beloveds from the list. So this is actually quite a winnowing, a harvesting, a curation, if you will. Only the choicest numbers for y/our delectation. Plus also there's actually more than 109. (See below.) Plus you can go to our Powerpopulist Playmoss Collection to see/hear monthly favorites and genre-specific playlists. Oodles of them.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy. The songs are listed pretty close to the order in which we discovered them, although songs by the same artist are grouped together. And btw, Playmoss wouldn't show the artist name for some of the songs, so here is that valuable information

#8 - Tobin Sprout - Future Boy Today/Man Of Tomorrow
40 - R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner - Horror Show
42 - Wiretree - J. F. Sebastian
45 - Alain Pire Experience - The Sun Don't Shine
78 - Walker Brigade - Voodoo Doll

Also, Playmoss wouldn't smoothly play some of our faves, so we're adding them below. So, yeah, there are actually more than 109.


Bandname = Free Machines











Here's wishing you a Great New Year, musically and otherwise.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Faves from Drunken Sailor Compilations: Marvelous Mark, First Base, The Cowboys, Malos Modales, Wonk Unit, Flamingo 50


Ahoy (hic!), maties. Our reshent posht on the fab new LP by First Base led us to some other fun name-your-price downloadables courtesy of Drunken Sailor Records. We've sampled all 56 songs on three DSR compilations and post below our very favorites. The dipso mariner tends toward the fast, fuzzy, and furious, but our selections tend toward a more poppy mode. Each widget below has all the songs on each comp, so if we've been a bit tame for your taste, dive right in and get falling down happy. Click here to view the full Drunken Sailor discography.


We've posted previously on this top-notch Torontan, and some of the songs we posted are still available for name-your-price download (including this very next one).



You probably wondered why we left this one out of that aforementioned First Base post. (Sure, pp, sure, we pay infinite attention to everything you do.) Well, we were saving it for this post.









First Base Hit A Grand Slam


We merrily posted songs by Toronto band First Base two times previously and were pumped to find their new Drunken Sailor Records LP is not only Not That Bad but pretty much rockingly excellent from start to finish. You can either buy the whole digital album at Bandcamp or download each song individually on a name-your-price basis. Below are our very favorites from the new LP. To go to a song's name-your-price download page, simply click the song title.





If you go to our previous posts, you'll find a couple of songs still available for free download, (Some songs that were previously available have mysteriously disappeared, hence the ugly black lacunae at one of the posts.)

At the First Base SoundCloud page you will find a bunch of cover songs available for free download, along with some that are strictly for streaming. To discover if a song is downloadable, click ". . . More" and see if the drop-down menu says "Download."

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