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 this insthant! Here are a few reasons why:

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 thumbsup 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.

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.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Music of the Sphere: White Fence - Hard Water

Just found/why wait?
Thanks, Rollo. You, too, Grady.

Colour Me Wednesday on . . . Yessssss!

Woo and hoo, right day this time, although we stick by our previous assertion that any dotw is right for listening to this terrific Hillingdon houtfit. We've been enjoying "Purge Your Inner Tory" for a couple of years now and just came across a pleaser we missed June a year ago. Click through to that previous post to hear/download "Tory" and gain passage to lots of sites to read and listen at. We really enjoyed their frequently-asked answers and are particularly intrigued by the revelation that "Yes, we all have nice boobies . . .," especially considering their excellent drummer is male. Something in the Thames?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

From The Active Listener: House of Fire, Rainy Afternoons, Mark Alan Lofgren, Shadow Folk, Coloured Clocks, Galileo 7, Roaring 420s, Frantic Chant

Apparently old (or young) Nathan Ford does more posts and label stuff eating his corn flakes than we do in a month of pseudobloggery. Yes, it's the latest installment - #22 by number - of The Active Listener's excellent compilation series. Here are our favorites from a particularly high-class comp. And as always, we thank Master Nathan Ford for his ever-abundant thoughtfulness, generosity, and psychspertise.

And at the risk of further highlighting our personal bloggerly inactivity (except over/up there in Songdrop, where we've been dropping like flies in a Raid raid), here are some we shoulda but didna post here previously. (It is, btw, a risk we are somewhat willing to take.)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Rosebuds Back in Bloom

We've been pleased to post on them several times, but it's been awhile. Here is the second, excellent, free and legal single from Raleigh, N.C.'s The Rosebuds' forthcoming sixth LP, Sand+Silence, due to bloom on August 5. You can get the first single+other Western Vinyl releases for free at the WV Soundcloud page. Read+view more at Facebook.

Click here to download.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Raveonettes' New Sisters

We're darned excited to have just received an email from dynamic Danish duo The Raveonettes announcing a new freely downloadable song and forthcoming (September) U. S. tour. The former is below. It might help you decide about the latter. Click here to visit them at Facebook.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just in Time: The Kickstand Band

Yep, just 13 days short of

Not too long ago (okay, early last year) we enjoyed posting an excellent song by Detroit's The Kickstand Band (klicky klicky). Had we been better attuned, we would have noticed that about a year ago they put out an excellent little EP, appropriately called Summer Means Fun. Our two faves are "Promenade" and the title cut. You can probably figure out how to get the rest.

And here's that first one we posted. (The other's still available at our previous post.) We still get a kick from that doggone pic.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

eMusic pppurcha$e$ - Second Quarter 2014

Yes, here 'tis, the "feature" you've (singular) been waiting for: our cash-based grabs of powerpop, indiepop, shoegaze, psych, garage, etc., tunes at eMusic during April, May, and June of this year. We've been finding that Songdrop app to the (upper) right a helpful reminderer of stuff we'd like to buy. Click here to see our list. Happy hunting.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Def In It for Blush Response

Wonderful gazepop from down Adelaide way. More here and here.

Friday, July 04, 2014

DoublePlusGood Live Up to Their Name

We soar yet remained pleasantly grounded and centered and such by The Brothers Kite-ish feelings this Portland trio induces. That makes little sense without the music, so go ahead and seehearfeel for yourself. Sample and read more herehere, and here. That download arrow means you can, you know, do it.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Moon Sounds, Sunspots Kindling Our Desire for More Kindling

We're def fired up by this excellent new ditty from Easthampton, MA's "413 alternative diy fuzz pop indie pop indie rock jangle pop lo-fi post-punk shoegaze" duo Kindling. "Fiber in your java, fizz in your pop," that's what we always say (now that we've finally said it). Read, hear, dl, etc., more hereherehere, and here.

Here are a couple of less fizzy numbers we're very much enjoying from their February LP, Spare Room, available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I (Don't) Wanna Stay Away from The Black Tambourines

These Cornishlads put out one of our favorite songs last year (see/hear below), plus a bunch of others we loved, grabbed, and bought. Below is their latest, excellent, free and legal Art Is Hard single, taken from a forthcoming LP of which we don't yet know the name but will let you know when we do by simply editing this post to make it look like we've known all along.

See our previous glowing post for free and legals from their Chica EP and go to their Soundcloud page for even more. We might suggest hovering over those download arrows at Soundcloud because while some of the songs are of relatively low megabytage, others are up in the 33.3-57.5 MB range. Read, hear, and buy more here, here, and here.

Here's a low-MBer we "dig" off their first LP.

And, yes, this one just goes all through us nice and goood. Wow.