Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hail, White Fence, & All Thy Works!

Tim 'n' Ty

We try not to play favorites here at Powerpopulist, but . . . wait, that's absurd, as that's all we do play here at Powerpopulist. Let us start over.

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.

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Sunchymes' Summer Mix of "Through my eyes"+

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.

Super Time with SuperTempo

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.

Botany (Bay) Battle: Black Zeros vs. Buzz Kull

Many thanks to Happy blog for the headsup on Sydney surfpoppers, Black Zeros. Their cover of Sydney darkwavers Buzz Kull's "Fallen Flower" sets up a nice little artificial battle of the bands where none is neither needed nor sought. But, relentless agitpoppers as we are, how could we possiblly leave well enough alone? The two contendahs actually seem all friendly and peaceful-like, but for how long? Mwah-ha-ha.

Swiggin' & Ziggin' with The Zags

A recent hot afternoon walk became even pleasantly hotter when Portland's The Zags popped up on the potable playuh. We drank it right down, being nowhere near a bridge nor water nor 1987, smacking and smiling through the sweat. The rest of their excellent Small Bags EP is available for name-ya-price download at Bandcamp. Face off here.

Back to the Apple with The Washington Squares

That preceding post on Bernard/Normal Person has put us in a "New York frame of mind." So here are some beloved songs from one of our favorite groups from the late 1980s, neofolksters The Washington Squares. Left-click to listen, right-click to download. More information, videos, and free downloads are available at their official website. Buy more here.

We're Enjoying Normal Person

A New Yorker called Bernard records under the bandname Normal Person, and we very much like what he's doing in the realm of music. As do many of us, Bernard kind of bounces back and forth between "normal" and "manic." Numbers 1 & 3 below are kind of the former, while Nos. 2 & 4 are more the latter. (Maybe.) No. 5 kind of begins in the former and transitions into the latter. (If you're still remembering which is which, kudos to ya). We're not completely sure which No. 6 is, and that leaves you room to decide. Actually, feel free to decide about any of them. We were contemplating calling Nos. 1 & 3 the latter and Nos. 2 & 4 the former, just to, you know, mess with ya, but changed our mind(s) in consideration of your psychic well-being. And in consideration of your psychic well-being, you probably took charge and stopped reading this "post" quite early-on, in which case kudos, blessings and honor and glory and power be unto you, be unto you that sitteth upon the throne (at your drumkit, in your throneroom, your loo, wherever).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Glenn Robinson, Man of Providence (and Rock and Ro-o-olllll)

Guessin' that's Glenn on the throne

Nor are we completely sure how we found out about this Rhode Island rocker, but it was obviously providence. And our recent Bandcamp purchases playlist just now reminded us how blessed we are. And then we found out the songs we purchased were available for free on a different EP. And then our Last.fm profile revealed he had thoughtfully planted a baker's handful (with an extra thumb or finger) of free downloads at his Last.fm page. And so, yes, the cybergods of thunder are doing righteous work today. Offer thanks at Bandcamp and read scripture here and here. And, yes, we ask forgiveness for this ridiculously worded post. But we expect none. And so we just go on sinning and sinning and sinning and can't seem to st

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Aerial - Why Don't They Teach Heartbreak At School?

Actually, "they" didn't need to teach me anything about it, as I was relentlessly self-taught and have in fact proven to be a tireless, lifelong learner. For example, . . . 

Oh, yeah [blush], kinda forgot, this isn't about me, it's about them, not the bozos at Dystopia High but the fabulous Aberdeenian powerpop trio, Aerial. After a thirteen-year hiatus, these high-flying Scots are right on the verge of takeoff for their second LP, the title of which we somewhat thoughtfully provided in the postitle above. Guitarist Steve Henderson was kind enough to let us know of the Monday, September 1 launch, as well as to let us host the excellent opening cut from WDTTHAS. You can hear a sampler at Soundcloud and do a bunch of in-depth research here and here. Frankly the month of September just got a whole lot better, and it hasn't even started yet.

Right-click here to download.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Soarin' with The Persian Leaps (No Faith Required)

Lower hand, dude.

Yeh, Kierko, the evidence is right where we need it. St. Paul, MN men The Persian Leaps kindly sent us their forthcoming EP, Drive Drive Delay, and we can highly recommend your noting its release in the 12sept14 slot on your calendar. "Pretty Boy" is pretty awesome, so hep yourself. The widget says "buy," which please do, if so inclined, but if you want it for name-your-price download, click here. BTW, thanks, Leaps!! Visit them here and here. (BTW, we're pretty sure it was Oct 29 of last year.)

Here's our favorite from previous EP, Praise Elephants, available in its entirety for free download at Bandcamp.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tiger Waves Update

For your deja-vuing pleasure

If you enjoyed any of the Southern Boutique/Tiger Waves action in Monday's post, go see the update to hear/get two excellent songs, "Weekends" and "Sundressed," aka "I Love You George Harrison."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hurry Again: Great Psychpop by Beaulieu Porch & Spider 72

A year ago February we alerted you to some excellent Britpsychpop masterpieces by UK bands Beaulieu Porch and Spider 72 but then found out we were on the verge of being too late to the post. And so it's nice to have a chance at absolution, although once again, we don't know how long this offer stands. Tilsamanns Records have made several full LPs by the bands available for free download, so get thee hither, thither, and yon thith inthtant! Here are a few reasons why:

Update: So, yeh, like we said, we weren't sure how long they'd be free; it's 8/30/14, and they no longer are. They're most definitely worth buying, though, so take it from here.

Learn more about Beaulieu Porch hereSpider 72 here, and Tilsamanns Records here. Will you be surprised to learn that we were alerted to the Beaulieu Porch deal by the ever alert 'n active Nathan Ford at The Active Listener? Of course you won't. And profusely do we thank Master Nathan Ford and Tilsamanns Records, forevah and evah.

Tiger Waves Roll Down, Down, Down South, Set Up Boutique

Grinning madly, we waved right back at Austin/Chicago duo Tiger Waves early on and posted quite a few of their songs. Now they've set up shop as Southern Boutique and, yes, we're most definitely "buying" their new wares, with big flapping pp waves and thumbsups of customer satisfaction. Here are a few of our favorites from SB's debut, self-titled LP, downloadable for free at Bandcamp. BTW, we've known about some initial action by SB for a couple of months now but would like to thank Master Nathan Ford at The Active Listener for the headsup on the entire LP.

Update, 8/20/14: While "researching" the Tiger Waves portion of this post, we came across a two-song "single" called "Weekends." The second song, "Sundressed," sounded very much like a most wonderful number we love called "I Love You George Harrison." We had posted it via Bandcamp widgets no longer consumable by human flesh but just now found it and "Weekends" in downloadable mp3 format over at Turntable Kitchen. Apparently not all things must pass. Hari Hari Hari.

We checked back on our Tiger Waves posts and found all the Bandcamp widgets had gone poof. But then we went over to Soundcloud, and - voila! - found a denful/seaful available for FREE DOWNLOAD, including the much cherished "Down, Down, Down." Bargain City, Babes In Toyland, Bargain City. Again, here are a few of our faves; an additional 27 free and legals await you at Soundcloud.

Friday, August 15, 2014

King Kartel's Jaunty Jangle

Seriously skinny legs

We said it before and we'll say it again: "Jaunty Jangle" . . . from three Newrymen and a Mancunian. We had a hard time resisting the urge to sing along (but just managed, having only heard the song once). Spend more quality time with them here, here, and here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thumbs Up, Ty Segall

We're thinking about glamming three dots under our right eye(s), too. 
Not sure about the lipfrost, though. Thoughts?

The first, excellent, psychpop psingle from San Francisco rocker Ty Segall's forthcoming (August 26) seventeen (17)-song LP Manipulator is all over the webs today, mainly thanks to Seattle's KEXP blog. So thanks (mainly) to Seattle's KEXP blog.

And in case you missed it, here's Ty and band performing "Feel" on Conan last night. (It's fun watching long-time sidekick and ppfave Mikal Cronin bassing the groove. That recent freeb we posted is still there, as are a bunch of his songs we linked you to.)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Guided by Winter In Moscow

From songtitles to vox to instrumentation, this Shoreditch foursome (two Matts - or maybe one Matt and a Richard -, Gareth, and Tom) are obviously guided by voices most pleasant to our ears as well. Nor are they loath to admit it: "Our influences are many and varied but to name a few they would include Guided by Voices . . . Dinosaur Jr . . . Pixies." They also mention REM  and the late Jay Reatard , to which we loudly scream, "Pip pip." (True, they cite a couple of others that make us go "Meh," but hey, that's cool, so what? We love 'em on their own terms.) We're widgeting the whole EP but particularly like #'s 1, 4, & 6. Many thanks to The Mad Mackerel for the headsup on this and a bayful other excellent new bands/artists.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Humpday Handful: Vaselines, Proper Ornaments, Shoreline Dream, Walking Bicycles, Death of Pop


Let us celebrate with the following. Some are new, some are older, all are loved.

From their forthcoming LP, V for Vaselines

Two years old; three more free and legals at Soundcloud (one's only four months old)

Huge (31.5 MB) wav. file, so look you out.

Click here to download. Three TDoPs we previously posted are still available here.