Saturday, May 02, 2015

Music of the Sphere, Still in Rock Edition, Installment 3: Warm Soda, Matthew Melton, Jacco Gardner, Pretty Greens, Meatbodies, Madcaps, Numb Bats, Broncho

Here's our third and final salvo of initial finds at the excellent, new-to-us blog, Still in Rock. We've already encountered a ton of great music at Thibault's lair and look forward to ever more discoveries over the days and centuries to come. You'll be seeing them in our periodic Music of the Sphere offerings. The first two posts can be found here and here. With grateful hearts do we say, "Thank you, SiR."

Warm Soda - Young Restless Hearts - Still in Rock
Warm Soda - Tell Me in a Whisper - Still in Rock
Warm Soda- Lola & Jeanie Loves Pop - Still in Rock
Warm Soda - When Your Eyes Meet Mine & The One I Need - Still in Rock - Post has an excellent interview with bandleader Matthew Melton
Matthew Melton - Outside of Paradise & Promise It to Me - Still in Rock - Our humble little Matthew Melton retrospective is here. That Snake Flowers 2 ditty is still downloadable, in case you were wondering.

Jacco Gardner - Find Yourself & Hypnophobia - Still in Rock
The Pretty Greens - First Time - Still in Rock
Meatbodies - Disorder & The Master - Still in Rock
The Madcaps - High School Trouble Maker & I Knew It All - Still in Rock
Numb Bats - To Do - Still in Rock - Scroll down to #72.
Broncho - It's On - Still in Rock - Scroll down to #52.

Those last two are from Still in Rock's Best Tracks of 2014 post. There are several more great ones we've already posted (e.g., Meatbodies' "Tremmors" and Wand's "Flying Golem"), so please do check out the entire list.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Trevor Forever

This excellent popper is from the forthcoming SSLYBY LP, The High Country, due to drop June 2 on Polyvinyl. We just now noticed Side One Track One has it available for download, in case someone's interested.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Music of the Sphere, Still in Rock Edition, Installment 2: Guided by Voices, Doug Gillard, Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Fuzz, White Fence

Okay, so there is a kind of theme here in Installment 2: Les collaborateurs! The first two below were both guided by voices, while the next four were and are more gloriously intertwined than we have the power to suss out. The fact that Thibault of Still in Rock loves them all, too, is one of the many reasons we love Still in Rock. (And thanks, Thibault, for the courteous note.) Installment 1 is still available here.

Guided by Voices - Planet Score - Still in Rock

Doug Gillard - Ready for Death - Still in Rock

Mikal Cronin - Shout It Out & Apathy & Gone - Still in Rock

Ty Segall - Tall Man Skinny Lady - Still in Rock
Fuzz - 21st Century Schizoid Man - Still in Rock
Ty Segall - They Told Me Too Thank God For Sinners - Still in Rock

White Fence - Like That - Still in Rock - Post has fun interview with Tim Presley.
White Fence - Sandra (When The Earth Dies) & Arrow Man - Still in Rock
White Fence - White Cat & Chairs In The Dark - Still in Rock

By the way, we didn't want to deprive you of the joy of the hunt: Thibault has quite a few other numbers by some of these artists, so tally-ho!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Music of the Sphere, Still in Rock Edition, Installment 1: Eeries, Milk 'N' Cookies, Resonars, Triptides, Mountain Bike, Creation, Winter, Calypso, Paperhead, Magic Castles

It's always exciting to find a blog new-to-us and posting quantities of music we already like, along with much we hadn't yet come across. That happened last week at the Brooklyn-based, French-language blog, Still in Rock. So much did we find there that we will post our favorites in at least three installments. We initially spent four or five happy hours at SiR, and are now visiting every day, but perhaps your schedule will not afford you such leisure. (Frankly, we recommend you carve out such leisure, but hey, "it's your life and you can do what you want" - within whatever delimitations might apply.)

We've kind of organized the three posts thematically, but to try and explain the "logic" involved probably isn't worth the effort. So here we go.

The Eeries - No Fun & Till I Come By - Still in Rock
Milk 'N' Cookies - Broken Melody - Still in Rock
The Resonars - Definitely Crescent Ridge (mono version) - Still in Rock
Triptides - Clementine & English Rain - Still in Rock
Mountain Bike - Russian Roulette Casino - Still in Rock

The Creation - Making Time & Try And Stop Me - Still in Rock
Winter - Crazy - Still in Rock
Calypso - Is Not Now - Still in Rock
The Paperhead - None Other than - Still in Rock
Magic Castles - Dragonfly - Still in Rock

We might also mention that SiR is helpfully organized, with all kinds of interesting classifications that merit consideration and, perhaps, occasionally, amicable cavil. It is also beautifully written, with depths of insight of which we are neither capable nor wont to plumb. Additionally, reading through Google Translate adds an element of droll whimsicality of which a more thorough familiarity with the Gallic tongue might well rob us.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Recents: Charles Howl, Las Sultanas, Tenkiame, Red Cords, Nancy, Lady

Beavering away in the blogosphere, we turned up the following. Hope you like.

From the psychedelicious Active Listener Sampler 31, as you prob noticed . . .

Maybe you already saw it in our Songdrop widget, but here's the video that first attracted us to these guapas Alicantesas.

Not sure what they're saying word-wise but the overall effect is eloquent. We also especially like song #3, "You." Found at The Blog That Celebrates Itself, which has a fun interview.

According to Bandcamp, this band is from "USA." (Internal evidence suggests the Northeast, possibly the NYC area.) And here's the one we placed in our Songdrop Currents widget and later found to be a name-your-pricer. We went ahead and paid 'em anyway. (So much for rational choice theory.)

We like #6 a whole bunch, too.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gettin' Meducated at Tiger High

Is it a feline-mascoted institution of lower learning or a state of elevated, ailurophilic consciousness? You'll have to listen and decide for yourself (or just let it go). We did the latter and have been enjoying these Memphis psychpoppers for several months now, as you possibly noticed in a couple of our pppurcha$e$ posts and Songdrops. The freebie below comes from their recent Volar/Trashy Creatures release, Inside The Acid Coven. The other two we purchased at Bandcamp, which you can, too. The LP can be listened to in its entirety here and here.

Free download here. (It's a big ole wav. file, so you might want to convert it to mp3 in iTunes or whatever you play with.)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Celebrating a Blog & Monomyth

We know they call themselves "The Blog That Celebrates Itself" (emphasis added), but we sure hope they don't mind if we join in on the celebration 'cause they consistently turn us on to mighty fine music.*** Music like that from this here Halifax band of psychpoppers called "Monomyth." Monomyth put out "pure pop for noun people," and we really dig it like. We went through all the songs available at Monomyth's Bandcamp pages and chose our faves from some singles and E/LPs that have name-your-pricers. Read the short but sweet interview at TBTCI, visit the band at Facebook, and explore more of their music at Bandcamp.

We also really like #s 2 & 4.

***as evidenced the day before yesterday

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ridin' A MARC Train Home & Elsewhere, Including The Telyscopes & Lenclair

Obviously we don't know Jack (or jack, as you've no doubt noticed), but we think he's on the left in the first two pics and in the middle in the third.

We climbed aboard at The Blog That Celebrates Itself and had a fun couple hours' ride, following various group members to various side projects and such. We found lots of satisfying free and downloadables and also ended up buying some quite tasty pop. The various band members hail from the D.C./Alexandria, Virginia vicinity. We especially want to give props to "the Train's" bassist, Jack Hubble (or Hubbell - we saw it both ways and maybe it's two different homonymic humans, though we kind of doubt it), who has some wicked good powerpop and psychpop in his several solo projects. (We dropped his  "Kaleidoscope" into the Songdrop widget, in case you want to take a listen.) Anyway, here we go.

We like this better than the original. (No offense, Milkers.)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

White Reaper Make Me Wanna Die (with Pleasure)

Wow, no sooner do we drop this Caintuck groover into our Songdrop Currents mix than we find it available at Side One Track One. Need we say more?  Thank you. Face off here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Music of the Sphere: Manhattan Love Suicides, Toro y Moi, Part Time, Two Gallants, Surf City, Safes, Sugar Candy Mountain, Eyelids, Salme Dahlstrom, The Asteroid No. 4, Belle Sounds, Hobbes Fanclub, Luxembourg Signal, Lunchbox

Ell & Sam

Yes, the first several are excellent, but so are the final ten. We got to clicking over at Magnet Mag's blog and just couldn't stop. Well, eventually we did, but we plan to go back. In the meantime, thank you, bloggers all.

The Manhattan Love Suicides - Nowhere Bound - Polaroid - Polaroid's still got their superb "Kessler Syndrome."

Toro y Moi - Run Baby Run - Side One Track One
Part Time - Fallin 4 U - Side One Track One - The second new one by Tame Impala's there, too, but frankly it didn't move us. It might you, though.

Two Gallants - Incidental - KEXP Blog
Surf City - Spec City - KEXP Blog

Sam Vicari - All And Everyday - Magnet - An excellent song, and not even our favorite off the Chicago popper's new LP. Check it out here.
The Safes - Hopes Up, Guard Down - Magnet
Sugar Candy Mountain - Soak Up The City - Magnet
Eyelids - Forget About Tomorrow - Magnet - The two freebs we posted are still available here.
Salme Dahlstrom - Love + Shine - Magnet

The Asteroid No. 4 - Back Of Your Mind - Magnet
The Belle Sounds - Black Stone - Magnet
The Hobbes Fanclub - Stay Gold - Magnet
The Luxembourg Signal - We Go On - Magnet
Lunchbox - Give A Little Love - Magnet

pppurcha$e$ - First Quarter 2015

Looking for music to beg, borrow, buy, or cadge? Well, here's what we acquired by the third means during the first three months of this particular year we're experiencing. Our blog heading gives a fairly accurate idea of the categories in which we mainly invest: powerpop, indiepop, shoegaze, psych, garage, whatever. We've gotten some nice feedback from visitors who find this useful, so thank you. We'll point out again that we've been finding our Songdrop mixes most useful in reminding us of songs we've liked, so you might, too. Previous pppurcha$e$ posts can be accessed here.

to hit the sheets.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Propeller's Pure Powerpop

Greg/Propeller thought the San Fran band's new single might be right up our alley, and G/P is right. Of course, he might have gotten a clue from our 4th Quarter 2014 pppurcha$e$ post, although, yeh, we kind of doubt it. Whatever, this is quite excellent, quite pure powerpop, ioho. (That "h" might mean "haughty," but as previously stated, whatever.) Thanks, G/P, for the headsup and excellent Propellerpoppers. Oh, and youse visitors will find more to listen to at Bandcamp and informational-style data and pictures and such at Facebook.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Warm Soda - I Wanna Go Fast

Just yesterday we prontodropped faveband Warm Soda's excellent new one into some of our Songdrop mixes. Just now we found the excellent Side One Track One has made it available for download. So should we wait until we've got five or eight tunes for a "traditional" Music of the Sphere post? Na. So thank you, SOTO, thank you, Jennifer, thank you Matthew Melton, for making some of our favorite music of the past several years. The new Warm Soda LP, Symbolic Dream, drops May 4 on Castle Face Records.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Findings: Bishops, Averkiou, Levitation Room, Ballard, In Her Eye, Lindberg Hotel

Here are a few recent finds we're loving and you might.

We also especially like #s 2 & 3 on this comp from Twin Cousins Records. More The Rozwell Kid here and The Warm Fuzzies here.

We don't have the foggiest how the Gainesville band pronounces their name, but #5 also plunks our twanger.

We've been rooming with them for a couple of months now and float blissfully. We also very much like #s 15 & 16 on this comp from The Psychedelic Underground Foundation.

It's always good to hear from Britbud "Ballard," aka "Darren." Song #1 was the main one we wanted to post, but Bandcamp took over and put #3 first. #5 is quite naughty. More excelentes here.

We've been on this Ride for a long, long time, now, and this tribute comp from The Blog That Celebrates Itself is well-deserved. Our other favorites are #s 1 & 11. Do we rue the lack of all-time fave "Twisterella?" Not necessarily.

We're pretty sure whose Fanclub these hoteliers are in.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Someone Still Loves You Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin . . .

. . .and some of the someones are we. Also Side One Track One, which has the new one for free download. Someone might have seen it in our Songdrop widget since Friday, but maybe not. We eagerly look forward to the June 12 Polyvinyl release of SSLYBY's forthcoming The High Country. Intensive archival research indicates free downloadables are still available here, here, & here. Facebook 'em here.

Free download here (as previously noted, duh).

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Music of the Sphere: Built to Spill, Gap Dream, Echo Lake, Low Profyle, Public Service Broadcasting, Fireworks, Trust Fund

Here's what we hunted down during recent peregrinations with our pet peregrine, Tim. Tim and I would like to screech preyerful thanks to the generous bloggers who provided the tasty prey.

Built to Spill - Never Be The Same - Side One Track One

Gap Dream - Fantastic Sam - Newtown Radio Blog

Echo Lake - Waves - Indie Rock Cafe

Low Profyle - Substitute (The Who cover) - Killed By Death Records

Public Service Broadcasting - Go! - KEXP Blog - Not our usual sort of fare, & we might lose cred (had we any) for posting it, but we're far too exhilarated to care.

The Fireworks - Runaround - Fingertips

The Fireworks - Tightrope - Polaroid
Trust Fund - Cut Me Out - Polaroid

Tim (l) 'n galpal Lulu in a little post-prandial Frenching

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dot Dash: Earthquakes & Tidal Waves

We've been enjoying D.C. powerpoppers Dot Dash for several years now and were pretty darned excited to get their email announcing a new LP just out on the Beautiful Music label. After listening to Earthquakes & Tidal Waves, we were Richter scalishly shaking in our booties. We in fact loved every song and mega-loved six of them (#s 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, & 9 below). Ten for ten doesn't often happen in these particular ears. Of course we weren't totally surprised, seeing as the LP was produced by one of our all-time favorite music men, Mitch Easter, and recorded at his Fidelitorium in North Carolina.

Although DD generously made song #3, "Rainclouds," available for free download, nervous and quivering and stuff, we officiously/humbly asked whichever Dot Dasher had written us if we might host 'n' post our very favorite from the LP. Hence our pleasure in planting "The Winter of Discontent" below. You need to know, though, that it can only be available for free download for one week. After that the link goes "poof." So here it is and below that is "Raincloud" and below that is a fabulous album we feel certain will be one of our very favorites of the year.

Dot Dash - The Winter of Discontent mp3
3-31-15, 4:13 P.M. - "poof"

Update: The ever generous Dot Dash have widgeted a freely downloadable file of "The Winter of Discontent." Bravo, guys!

Free download here.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Everything's Exploding, Installment 2: Mazes, Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo, Bloody Knives, Ceremony, Apteka

About a moon-and-two-thirds ago we began what was intended to be a series of songs we loved from compilations posted by the excellent blog/label Exploding in Sound. But then, true to form, after Installment 1, we stalled.  Let us therefore reignite. So, like, boooom.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Mile-High Psych from Plum

Don your paisley and groove sixtily to these Denver psychpoppers. If interested, you can visit and Like and stuff  at their Facebook.

BTW, we have no way of knowing if size and format matter to you, but the first song is a biggish 35MB wav. file. We downloaded it to iTunes, right-clicked & converted it to a 3.96MB mp3 file, and recyclebinned the wav. The second is an m4a file, but we found it available in mp3 format here. Perhaps you're plum(b) tuckered out by all this low-level technobabble, so we'll cease and desist.