Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Freebs: Daddy Issues, Dollyrots, Marvelous Beauhunks, alicetales, Radiator Hospital, Freeks


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

Eyelids' Open and Shut Case


Those widgeted ditties from this Portland band's just-released 854 LP have got our 'lids simultaneously shut in groovy bliss and open in wide-eyed wonder. (This can be tried at home, but out on the road? Caution, please.) Explore further here, here, here, and here.

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!

pppurcha$e$ at eMusic, Bandcamp, & Amazon - Third Quarter 2014 & Earlier


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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vegas With Randolph's Fabulous Freebie


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.

Jonny Polonsky's Vision


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

At Second Blush Response

Pawgazer.

We didn't say much about this excellent Adelaide gazer back in July but that doesn't mean we didn't love the music. Oh, no, quite the reverse. Well, Blush Response is back with more, and even though the EP's got "Dead Air," there's definitely no dead air. Oh, no, quite the reverse. Nos. 2 & 4 are our favorites. Read an excellent interview at Sounds Better With Reverb and keep learning more at Facebook.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jim Noir - The Broadway Jets

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

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 begin anew.

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 one 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, mouse-scroll-wheel-click to do what we told you about here. 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.