Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wild Smiles or Wild Frowns?


The longer we stare at that widget, the shakier we get. (I.e., where be the smiles?)

No sooner do we plop the new song by Southampton trio Wild Smiles into Songdrop than we find it is available for free and legal download. (Well, there was a 24-hour gap, but whatever.) We're kind of facing a dilemma, though. Wild Smiles want to give you the song in exchange for a Facebook like. If you've got a Facebook account, that's very easy to do. Just click here.

We have one, even though it's really kind of a fake one we set up under a pseudonym in order to get a Spotify account. (Shhhhh.) So we used it to "like" (even though we actually "love") WS and happily downloaded the song. As a result, we now have a link you nonFacebookers can use to get the song. Do you think that might turn WS into WF? We really hope not. (But just in case: Shhhhh.)

BTW, our earlier post on WS still has a very nice f&l, in case you're interested. Unfortunately, the widget to get "Tangled Hair" no longer works. In fact, it's been transmogrified into some other widget we don't even recognize.

Sorry for all the wordage in this post. It won't happen again.

Oh, and while we're at it, here's the video of a WS song we love and previously put in Songdrop. (Rollo & Grady still have it, too.)



And here's the video of "Tangled Hair." (Loved.) Buy here and here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

eMusic pppurcha$e$ - First Quarter of 2014

There is perhaps only one other human in this whole wide universe who actually cares about this little "feature" of ours, but, hey, that's 100% more than enough. (Maybe there are some in other universes, but that's beyond our ken, as currently configured.) Click here to see the list of our powerpop, indiepop, shoegaze, psych, garagepop, etc., buys at eMusic during the first quarter of this year. We've been hypergrooving to that song by Minor Alps called "Mixed Feelings."  It's over/up there in the Songdrop widget, in case you'd like to check it out.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Delphines: Feral

Would it make you angry, feral even, to learn we've been enjoying this Milwaukee band for a year or two now and just hadn't told you about them? Well, it should. The following is from their upcoming Milwaukee Record full-length, Hush.



There's much excellent free and legal action at their Bandcamp page.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Keys Offer You Bad Girls

Keys 
Facts:

Cardiffians

Former members of 

"Bad Girls" is fact-based (just ask Matth).

We love it.

From forthcoming Ring the Changes LP

Sometimes they're "The," sometimes they're not.

Learn more/hear more herehere, and here.

Click the down arrow to pick up "Bad Girls".

Friday, March 28, 2014

From The Active Listener's Latest Activation: Sunchymes, Dandelion Seeds, Green Tambourine Band, Red Plastic Buddha, Earthling Society


Shall we do our usual riff on just how freaking active Nathan Ford is over at Active Listener land? We-e-e-e-l-l-l-l-llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll . . . no, let's not, not this time; maybe next, though, promise. We do declare, however, and quite boldly, that TAL Sampler 18 is chockfull of fabulous psych and powerpsychpop. Below are a few of our favorites. The whole sampler is available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp, and for that we gratefully thank Master Nathan Ford.









Coasting with Bill Pritchard

He's been around for awhile (haven't we all?) but is new to us. We're grateful to Indie Pop Saved My Life for alerting us to the Staffordshire lad's new one. A calm, beautiful voice and gentle jangle provide a perfect segue into the weekend (unless you're going mudwrestling, headbanging, or PETAconventioneering). Pritchard's A Trip To The Coast was released March 7 by Hamburg's Tapete Records.


Click downarrow to download.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mikal Cronin's Soul In Motion


We've been spurting celebratory cyber about this San Francisco rocker for several years now and were delighted to find a new release available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp. It's the latest installment in Famous Class's Less Artists More Condos (LAMC) series. "Soul In Motion" starts off kind of funky but quickly finds its groove. BTW, here's an article from SF Weekly we enjoyed reading last year and you might, too.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

CreaturoS' Digital Delights

Sure, we love pictures of bloody, chopped-off fingers holding a fading fag as much as the next guy, but that's not the only reason we're posting this Boston band's groovy widgeted digitals. More listenables and readables here and here.



We don't often do videos, but we like this one (a lot).


Much More Than Swell Are Violet Swells


The Tasmanian angels' debut "single" has two wingsful of excellent psychpop, one of which we previously posted. Listen/download below and learn more at Facebook.

Little Racer's Vanessa

Wrong pic, but it suits us.

We usually like 'em faster, but the voice and bass and beautiful echojangle of this Brooklyn trio/quartet's***/* "Vanessa" more than compensate. You can learn more at Facebook and freely download another at Bandcamp.


Free download here (or click the downarrow)

***/*We've seen it both ways.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Freaky Friday with Psychomagic

More pictures, please.

The Voice sometimes rises more than a tiny bit to the Khaurysphere, but we love even that – and most everything else –  in this Portland band's li'l freakout of a song. We liked some of the other freebies at their Bandcamp page, and you might, too. As they so eloquently and succinctly put it: "Psycho. Magic. What else you gots to know?"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Zombies of the Stratosphere


We were intently choosing and listening to a bunch of lovedtracks (Beatles, Plasticland, Brandos, Book of Love, Ether Aura, Jesus & Mary Chain, Midnight OilHouse of Freaks) – documented here – when a momentary diversion let our 'tuner take over and randomly select a song by these NYC psychpoppers. And man/woman/whatever, are we glad it did, as you can see/hear/download below. It's kind of a retroish way to return from a two-week, non-sxsw-related hiatus, but so wot, what? We've got some more-recents queued up for posting, but for now . . .


Free download here

Friday, March 07, 2014

Gettin' Sloppy with Cocktails


We imbibed, with pleasure, Austin Town Hall's interview with these San Francisco sloppoppers (they also use "power," so calm down, purists) and are enjoying their music even more. They'll be playing some Father/Daughter Records showcases at the  SXSW Festival in Austin next week and seem pretty darned excited about it. More info and streams here and here.


Free download here

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Weak Nerves' Strong Slack


Free download here

This London trio slacks vox to the point of indecipherability, but you know what, so what? We love the big sound. Grab another song at Soundcloud and info and such at Facebook. If you prefer Bandcamp, click it. Slack post.

La Sera - Losing to the Dark

Goodman (L) & bandmate Todd Wisenbaker (R)

Not sure who's "losing" here, but it certainly isn't anyone with ears to hear this lovely longplayerlauncher. Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman returns May 13 with her third LP as La Sera, following up estimable sophomore effort Sees the Light with Hour of the Dawn. According to La Sera's Hardly Art bandpage, Goodman is "waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day," hence the lead-off tune, "Losing to the Dark." OK, that's enough analysis, let's just kick back and listen. And while we're at it, check out the two much-loved songs we're reposting from Sees the Light. Wachet auf, people.




Pastel Colours - She Can't Decide, . . .

Okay, who's missing?

. . . but we sure can, and it's definitely ten thumbs up. Many thanks to Exeter label Art Is Hard for cluing us in to this Falmouth (Cornwall) quintet's latest/excellent poppsycher. See, hear, feel, read, and download more here and here.


Free download here
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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Sharp Things' Playing The Benelux . . .And More


You might've noticed this fun little slab 'o bytes over in our Songdrop widget (glance to the right, or, if it's now one or more posts later, to the upper right). We liked it so much, we included it in our most recent eMusic purchases. Now we find the Brooklyn chamberpoppers' November 2013 LP, The Truth Is Like The Sun, is available for name-your-price download over at Bandcamp. So how does that make us feel after having spent our hard-earned on same? Good.


Speaking of Songdrop, you might enjoy paying a visit to our homepage there. We're enjoying our own playlists as well as those of Songdroppers we're following. In addition to our Currents playlist, embedded here at the blog, we've got playlists of current Powerpop, Early Powerpop, Indiepop, Shoegaze, Psych, Garagesurfpunk, Alternative Heyday, etc., etc. Songdrop has a free app, should you want to listen on a portable device.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hear Hear The See See!


We've been enjoying this London band's loverly paisleypop for several years now and were prompted by a visit to the excellent Songdrop page of Power Pop Review's knowledgeable Debra47 to see if Soundcloud might have any free and legals. Well, guess what. Explore and purchase here, here, here, here, and here. Their U.S. full-length debut drops March 8 on the Sundazed label, as celebrated here and here.


Download here.


Download here.

The next three are full-fledged fabs in our ears, but you might want to know that they are largish .wav files (in the 25.5-38.4 MB range). Most computers can accommodate files this size quite comfortablly; ours certainly did, and our lives are much the better for it.


Download here.


Download here.


Download here.