This was going to be a simple followup to yesterday'sAustin Town Hall archives post (and basically still is), but we thought we'd include a couple of recent finds as well, while we're at it. Hope that's okay with youse.
We checked and found that our mp3 link to that fabulous IWaK debut is still working, but what the heck, ATH deserved your custom. You might enjoy the live video we posted there, so let's post it here as well. Great performance, plus you get to practice your Norwegian.
On a whim we betook ourselves to the very first post at Austin Town Hall, one of our favorite music blogs, and began to work our way from past toward present. We actually had time to make it through only the first year of ATH's existence but along the way encountered a number of pleasure-giving aural opportunities to which we wish to alert you. In a separate post we will publish the rest of what we've found so far but wanted to lead with our very favorite song by Windy City favebandThe Smoking Popes. Sample it below and if you like, click this ATH link for enhanced activity. Buy some here and here.
Well, it's another month (it always is . . . eventually) and therefore another top-notch compilation from the top-notch blog/daily fix known as The Active Listener. Spotlighted below are our four favorites, but within each widget is each of the seventeen mindblowers in this 41st sampler. ( When we saw that number, we felt a flicker of farback flummox. For some reason, in one phase of our wasted youth, we and our fellow dingbats always used to smirk nastily at the number 41. Like if your P.E. shorts were number "41," everyone else would smirk while you (we) blushed. Never actually figured out why, but we smirked (and blushed) with the best (or worst) of 'em. When we moved to a bigger city we never encountered this particular numerical taboo again (although "maturity" put us in touch with other, rather pleasurable, ones.))
Note: Click on the comptitle to go to its Bandcamp page, which has links to the bands in the sampler.
I guess we missed the original that so inspired good manGoodman, but we love this cover he's made 'n' dropped for nyp download. We've been enjoying this nyp (new york popper) for several years now, so what better way to celebrate Primary Day in the Empire State?
While we're at it, here's Goodman's "Telegram Girl," one of our very favorite powerpop tunes from 2015. Sure, we dropped it into a Songdrop widget long ago, but maybe you missed it? Oh, and a hearty huzzah now that Songdrop has reappeared! Be still my hearts.
These actually dropped but so, apparently, has Songdrop, as in "outtasight." We hope it's just temporary, but in case it isn't, we wanted to post these outtasight little numbers we found at that psuperb Psychgazer post .106 we referenced yesterday.
We looked back through our mp3 "green room" and found a shocking number of SoundClouders we haven't posted. We're starting at the present and working our way back to sometime in December of last year. If this is overwhelming, well, you're welcome. Better sated than sorry.
Below are our four favorites from The Blog That Celebrates Itself's excellent tribute to 90s Liverpool popgazers The Boo Radleys. We've posted them in a kind of order, but they're actually the first four songs on the comp, should you prefer hearing them that way.
P.S.: Songdrop seems to be going through one of its periodic cockups, so we apologize for that hideous one-eyed widget action in the upper right of this page. Maybe by the time you read this, it'll just be a bad memory (for us).
Uptempo psych in a big WAVE file, so you might want to convert to mp3. Found at Psychgazer post .106, which has some pretty pstunning pstuff. More freebies at Londoners' SoundCloud page. Facebook 'em 'ere.
We tried to feed these to Songdrop, but for some reason it wouldn't ingest. We like-or-love-'em so much we wanted to make sure you hear them, so voila.
By the way, as you may know, on the left-hand side of this page we generally try to feed you free and legal downloadables, but this might be changing. A highly valued longtime visitor said such punctilio isn't really necessary in an age of subscription music platforms. We would very much like to know how much you value the freely/legally downloadable aspect of this and other blogs, so drop us a comment if you care to weigh in. Thanks.
We've loved Providence, RI'sThe Brother Kite since this blog's early days and are excited to find high-flying BrotherPatrick Boutwell has dropped a superb LP, Hi, Heaviness, for name-your-price download. It's got jangle, it's got crunch, it's got TBKitean uplift, and, as you might expect, it's got Boutwell's megafab vox. We love pretty much every song but are posting each of our very favorites in its own personal widget. (The entire LP is accessible in each widget.) Many thanks to highly valued musicfriend Bill Curran, whom we first met at the sadly defunct Turntable.fm, for the headsup on this highly valued find.
Long-time powerpop favebandThe Posies have announced their 8th LP, Solid States, is due to drop April 29th. The Seattlites are making the wonderful song below available for free download; please help yourself.
So are we excited? Is the Pope a Catholic? Is the Dalai a llama? (Correct answer: the one about the Pope.) Many thanks to Terry Emm of Cannonball PR for the emailed headsup.
By the way, here's a little flashback from the very first post we ever did at this here blog name o' Powerpopulist:
Are we beginning to seem like a wholly unowned subsidiary of The Active Listener? Would that be a bad thing? Check out TAL's excellent compilation, The Great British Psychedelic Trip Revisited for more groovy psychpop. In addition to the one in the widget, we particularly liked #5, Rob Clarke & The Wooltones' cover of The Monkees' "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone," and #8, Holy Glories' "In Your Tower." Actually, they're in the widget, too.
Our compliments to two of our favorite sites for continuing to release great name-your-price compilations of psych and psychpop tuneage. Some of the following have been previously dropped into our Songdrop widgets, so we're quite ecstatic to find they are now available for free and legal download. One or two (e.g., The Isabelles) we've already posted but are doing so again in case you missed them the first time. Pretty good way to pspend a Psunday (or any of the other six). Oh, and if you get to this post sometime after The Psychedelic Underground widgets no longer say "download," click here for possible relief. As always, we're posting only our very favorites. There's lots of great stuff still available where these came from.
Please note there's another Magic Shoppe ditty available in that first TAL widget below. Bandcamp Facebook