Monday, January 14, 2019

Spaced-Based Powerpop Playlist


Over at the Facebook I Love Power Pop group, Adrienne Meddock of The Beef People issued a challenge: "Can you pick 5 power pop songs with a space theme for my contest over at my blog?" The answer: Why, yes, yes, we can, and then some. Since she herself came up with a list of 13, so did we. It could have been much, much longer, but this'll do for now. BTW, we realize that final song isn't really pure double p, but it's close enough and besides, it touches our tiny, alienated hearts.

Update, a few hours later: A hearty "ribbit" to one TubaFrog for the recommendation of Zolar X, now snuggled into and pushing the number of songs in the mix to 14.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2018 Powerpopulist Faves

Good moves from Bad Moves - and lots of others.

Behold and behear our very favorite powerpop, janglepop, indiepop, psychpop, and whateverpop songs from 2018. We decided to list these alpha songs in alpha order, with one exception: our favorite song of the year, Bad Moves' "Cool Generator," is at the top of the list. All the "The" bands' songs are down in the "T" range. As sometimes happens, Playmoss wouldn't accomodate several songs, so we've put them in their own widgets under the Playmoss widget. Songs Playmoss wouldn't identify by Artist Name and Songname are listed below the widget. Sometimes Playmoss balks at playing songs from Bandcamp, so if this happens, just click on the Bandcamp play arrow, and things should work out fine.


#2 - Ama - Love Demons
17 - Dot Dash - TV - Radio
19 - The Left Outsides - Clothed in Ivy Obscured by Dust
33 - J.F.K - Feel It Again
40 - K7s - Go Away
41 - K7s - It's The CIA
42 - K7s - Listen to My Heart
50 - Michael Simmons - No More Girls
59 - Rabbit Holes - We've Got Drugs, We've Got the Power
61 - Sauropod - Ripping
72 - Swingin' Utters - Human Potential
86 - The Faux Derix - Little Annie Meggs
97 - The Orange Kyte - Anti-Establishment Haircut
121 - Van Go - Live Through This







For you of the Spotify persuasion, we're also posting a widget for that site. Not all of the songs available at Playmoss were also available at Spotify, but most were. Spotify put the songs in a slightly different alphabetical arrangement, but this shouldn't cause many problems.




It's been a fun year musically, and we hope you find lots of songs you already like and some that might be new to you. As happened last year, we'll probably find some goodies we overlooked once some of our favorite music experts post their fave lists, so we'll be updating accordingly. (Truth to tell, we've already been doing that, so shhhhhh.) Please feel free to give feedback and make further suggestions of your own faves in Comments.

Happy New Year and here's to continued musical discovery.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

End-of-Year Free-Download Extravagonzo: Ballard, Glenn Robinson, Green Buzzard, Prince Rupert's Drops, Jetstream Pony, The Dandelion Seeds, Sir Robin & The Longbowmen, Burning House, Ben Woods, Vista Blue, Sloucher, The Faux Derix, The Love-Birds, Sauna Youth, Tiger Waves, Fritz, Super Paradise, Ex Norwegian, Thee MVPs, The Brother Kite, Bubble Boys, Charlie Foxtrot, Matt Shane, Murray Darling, Go Violets, Ruby, The Unswept, SCK CHX, Slime

Smile, bae. Your ship's about to come in.

In the spirit of what's generally going on this time of year, we bestow below a bounty of free and legally downloadable songs we've found and liked or loved but just haven't gotten around to posting yet. To download, click the light blue link (bandname or songtitle) or the additional download information we've provided. Of course, it's really the artists themselves (or their labels) who have so beneficently bestowed, so multiple thanks, hugs, etc., to THEM! Hope you have a very merry!



Free download here. Actually, this is by Green Buzzard, one of our very favorite Ozbands discovered in the last couple of years. Cool video here.

Actually by the quite groovy Prince Rupert's Drops; free download here.


The songtitle is "Crazy Sun."


Fun-ish video here.


Pause to take a breath. Okay, back to it.




Free download here. Song's by The Love-Birds.







Another breath. OK, GO!

Thanks to Bill Curran, aka Racer-X, for the headsup.

Thanks to Thibault at Still in Rock for the headsup.

Free download here. Thanks to Wub-Fur for the headsup.







Song's not as oookie as the bandname suggests. Rather Tom Yummy, in fact. Click the down arrow to, like, download.

Are you okay? Have we posted enough this time? We know we've been a bit remiss at posting this year, so we're trying to atone. Did we? (Rhetorical questions, these.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Faves of the Faves - September/October 2018: The Rallies, Car City, The Chills, The Persian Leaps, Ben Woods, Lisa Mychols, Greg Pope, White Fence, Mike Krol, Ty Segall, Lions Of Dissent, Eyelids, More Kicks, Broncho, Timothy Eerie


Here's a little playlist we put together of our very favorite powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, and woteverpop songfinds during the ninth and tenth months of the current calendar year. We sincerely hope you find some tuneage that meets your impeccable standards of taste. If you'd like to see the full playlists for September and October, click here or here. The November playlist's a-building here.



Monday, September 24, 2018

Bob of the Pops Pops Back In and, Like, WOW!


Yes, they've done it again! Messrs. Boryng Bison (aka Gyro Bobins, aka Robyn Gibson of Leicester band The Junipers) and Keith Klingensmith (of Futureman Records) have ginned up a third superb album of covers, all available for free download at Bandcamp. All thirteen songs on Free! Bob of the Pops Vol. 3 are simply terrific, but posted below are our very favorites. Our previous post on Free! Bob of the Pops Vols. 1 & 2 can be found here. Many thanks to Messrs. Gibson & Klingensmith for their abundant talents and for sparing us our precious few.

The Hollies cover


Marmalade cover


The First Class cover


Kaleidoscope cover


The Rutles cover


XTC cover


Elliott Smith cover

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Faves of the Faves - July/August 2018: Dot Dash, The Speedways, Tired All The Time, Last Great Dreamers, Lisa Mychols, Summer Magic, The Chills, The Laissez Fairs, Ty Segall & White Fence, Sauropod, JEPH, Tony Molina, Straight Arrows, Shy Boys, Bad Moves, Baits, The Wit, Sonic Blume, Waves of Dread, The Feens, Ghosts/Signals



Below are our very favorite songfinds of powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, and otherpop during the months of July and August. Playmoss continues to have "issues" with songs from Bandcamp, so we've put all of those at the bottom of the widget. Da 'Moss won't take SoundCloud at all, so we've put several of those in widgets at bottom of the post. The entire July 2018 and August 2018 playlists are on other pages at Playmoss. (Clicky clicky.)

We do hope you find some songs to like or love. As of post-time, the very first song in the Playmoss widget, Dot Dash's "Unfair Weather," is available for free download at Bandcamp. That Ghosts/Signals song is available for free download at SoundCloud. (Click the down arrow in the widget.)

As sometimes happens, Playmoss didn't provide all the info for a couple of songs, so here it is.

#2 - Dot Dash - TV - Radio
#11 - Sauropod - Ripping






Friday, August 31, 2018

Favorite Flavors from Ice Cream Man's Summer 2018 Compilation (Installment 3): Mythical Motors, Christopher Jameson, The Stone Lyons, Trip Wire, Golden Fang, The Sitting Tenants, Dave Sheinin, Tomas Nilsson, The Outryders, Mud Fox Tribe, The Brand New Luddites, Kurt Baker Combo



And now to the third and final installment of our favorite songs from Ice Cream Man Wayne Lundquist Ford's superduper Summer 2018 compilation, Songs We Learnt At Sundae School. So popular has this comp been that it has twice reached its quota for free downloads and been rescued by Futureman Records. You can of course pay for the whole LP or individual songs if you like, but if you want the free download, you will need to download all 163 numbers at once and then sort them out according to your own particular impeccable preferences. Many thanks to Wayne Lundquist Ford, Futureman Records, and the contributing artists. Previous posts in this and previous summers' comps can be found here.

(Some of you will be bitterly disappointed to find we are using larger widgets for individual songs, but here's why: when we used the smaller widgets, as in previous posts, the artist names did not appear, and we can't have that now, can we? Answer: we can but we don't want to.)














Something To Break Up The Intimidating Mass O' Widgets











Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Favorite Flavors from Ice Cream Man's Summer 2018 Compilation (Installment 2): Tommy Sistak, Vista Blue, Psychotic Youth, Empty Hours, PoP, Badass Mother Fuzzers, Gretchen's Wheel, Geoff Palmer, Kristofer Åström, Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders, Pink Beam


Below is the second installment of songs we particularly liked in the recent monster (nice monster, fab monster) compilation by Ice Cream Man Wayne Lundquist Ford, Songs We Learnt At Sundae School. (See background information here in Installment 1). Once again we're putting the  FREELY DOWNLOADABLE full comp first, followed by our favorite songs. If you want to do the FREE DOWNLOAD of a particular song, click the songtitle to go to its download page at Bandcamp. Happy listening and grabbing and stuff. Once again, and OF COURSE, thanks, Wayne!!!

If, by the way, you find the compilation and songs are no longer available for free download at any of the links provided. you should still be able to do a free download courtesy of Futureman Records.














Pause to cool down (or up).











Friday, July 27, 2018

Favorite Flavors from Ice Cream Man's Summer 2018 Compilation (Installment 1): Mark And The Clouds, Andy Klingensmith, Michael Slawter, Nick Piunti, The SD5, The Turnback, Dropkick, Stephen's Ruin, Propeller, Roger Arvidson, The Box Dwellers, Glenn Robinson


The inimitable Wayne Lundquist Ford, aka "Ice Cream Man," has done it again. For the fourth summer in a row, the tireless Cool One has put together a stellar compilation of powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, rockpop, and otherpop songs and made them available for free download at Bandcamp. We've been eagerly anticipating Songs We Learnt At Sundae School for months now and got right to sampling all 160+ as soon as we found them posted tonight. We're posting widgets of the entire compilation, plus our very favorite songs in two installments.

If you want to download the entire comp, click "Download" in the first widget below. To download any of our faves, clicking the song title will take you to its download page. To go to the Bandcamp page of the entire compilation, click here.

We would again like to thank Wayne for his effort, expertise, and generosity in making these excellent songs available. Thanks, too, to the artists who participated in the project. Be sure to check out Wayne's Ice Cream Man blog and give ear to podcasts of his excellent weekly radio show. You can check out our posts of the previous Ice Cream Man compilations here, here, here, and here.

Update, 1aug18: Free downloading of the entire compilation is now available courtesy of Futureman Records. (<==Clicky clicky.) If you click on the individual song titles below, the page you go to will show a fee until 8aug18. Many thanks to Futureman Records for stepping in to maintain free downloads.














Pause here to prevent brain freeze. Resume when ready.











Friday, July 20, 2018

Faves of the Faves - June 2018: The Action, Talkies, EUT, Burning House, Shy Boys, Elsa Lester, The Smittens, Mikey Collins, Mozes and the Firstborn, J.F.K, ORB, Drawing Boards, Doug Tuttle, Tony Molina, Tape Waves


Behold and behear our favorite musical discoveries of the month indicated in the postititle.  Playmoss chose not to include artist names for several songs, so here they are:

#4 - Burning House - Peach
#7 - Send Medicine - Corduroy
#10 - J.F.K - Feel It Again
#13 - Doug Tuttle - Twilight

Friday, July 13, 2018

Let Your Free Flag Fly: Monster Summer of '18 Extravagonzo of Psych


Monster, yes, but don't let that scare you. As we don't quite know what the future of this blog will be, we decided to go through our backlog of "songs in waiting" and offer up a bunch of our favorite psych songs for free and legal download. If this goes as planned, we might well do the same with some powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, etc., in the near future.

This post is built for speed (of posting), so we're eschewing extraneous comment (Hey, pp, all your "comment" is extraneous, so who're you trying to kid??? <== Hurtful, maan/womaan, hurtful.) and getting right to the business at hand. If you like a song and want to download it, clicking its title should take you to its Bandcamp download page. Further clicking at Bandcamp can usually take you to the home LP or EP from which the song comes, with more songs, Facebook and bandpage links, etc. available. We hope you'll find some songs to like, love, and own.

These finds come from many sources, but we'd especially like to pay tribute to Psychgazer for numerous clue-ins. You rock, maan/womaan!

BTW, the songs are in reverse chronological order, beginning with our most recent finds and stretching back to approximately May 2017. Actually, this isn't all the psych we've found, so we might do another monster psych thing someday.












Take a breather, maan/womaan; you've earned it.








Name Your Price download for this & the next three songs at Compilation page




Puff, puff, puff. Tired yet?












Only 27 (or so) more to go.





Name Your Price download at the LP page


Name Your Price download at the LP page





Home stretch, bae.












The Final Putsch!





Name Your Price download at the Single page





Sunday, July 08, 2018

New Soft One From FUR + A Fave from 2017


The Brighton lads' retroish "If You Know That I'm Lonely" was one of our very favorite songs of  November/December 2017, indeed for all of last year, and now they have a new one. Tracking down "What Would I Do?" led us to their SoundCloud vault, where we found that "Lonely" plus several earlier tunes are available for free download. Explore below, see what you think, and take it from there.






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

Dog gone simian.

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.

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