Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thirdimension, Fallen Penny, Ikons, Maximo Park

At Fallen Penny's Video Shoot, Oberammergau
Here are a few I'm enjoying. Thanks to Music of the Moment, Hot Stof, and Coast is Clear, who have more by the first three bands. Multiple attempts to put a space between this paragraph and the songs have utterly failed. Maybe writing this will help. We shall see.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New New Pornographers


Exciting news and a link from one of my very favorite bands just greeted me at my email box: Vancouver supergroup The New Pornographers have just released the first song off their forthcoming album, Challengers. The following will not be surprising: I love it. Sure, I could say more, but if you've got a functional hearing mechanism, "Use It" and decide for yourself. You can join their mailing list at the bandsite link above. I might mention that when I tested the link, it balked a couple of times, but persistence paid off. If yours doesn't, click on the link above and go directly to the band's site, where your luck might change.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Mixed: Sunset Valley, XTC, Black Tambourine, The Ballet

Mixed baggery here today. Have a great week, everybody.

Non-Hostile Takeovers

One of Robert Pollard’s latest projects, The Takeovers, are set to release their second album on June 12. The twelve-tuned, tautologically-titled Bad Football features input from a constellation of indie rockers, including Guided by Voices bandmate Chris Slusarenko, Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, and members of Mudhoney, The Decemberists, Tad, 44 Long, The Dharma Bums, and Invert. Circus Devils, another Pollardian joint, are set to release Sgt. Disco on July 24. The Takeovers have posted three downloadables at their bandsite and another at their MySpace site. Here’s my favorite so far.
The Takeovers - Bad Football - My Will mp3

Sunday, May 27, 2007

My New Friend

Once again, I’ve got a new blogfriend. He’s jimweed over at The House of Leaf and Lime. As usual, my new friend doesn’t actually know me, but that’s okay because sometimes unreciprocated—if that’s how it eventuates—friendship is best. I’m basically shy and wear thin and he’d only reject me in the end and I’d be frustrated. But I’ll tell you what, after spending several hours going through his entire archive Saturday afternoon, one thing is certain: jimweed's got a ton of top-notch tuneage, and I was smiling out loud at his pert(inent), pithy repartee. Below are links to my favorites. Thanks, jim, and keep up the great work. Oh, and btw, as a token of admiration and gratitude, instead of coding your blog name in the customary orange, I'm shattering Powerpopulist tradition and coding it in a special leaf-&-limepeel green I asked Blogger to mix up for me. jim, I know from spending so much time in da House yesterday, you are the kind of feller that might well burst into tears at such a gesture, so please, go right ahead.

Flop - The Great Valediction - The House of Leaf and Lime
Sparklehorse - Almost Lost My Mind - The House of Leaf and Lime
Baby Lemonade - Clap Your Hands - The House of Leaf and Lime
Scrabbel - Sena Song - The House of Leaf and Lime
BC Camplight - Blood and Peanut Butter - The House of Leaf and Lime
The Sugarplastic - Autumn All The Time - The House of Leaf and Lime

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Spectacular Fantastic: Their Name is True

I got pretty hopped up a few minutes ago to hear from Mike Detmer of Cincinnati band, The Spectacular Fantastic, who have just released their latest full length, Outer space is nothing but a lie. In the case of this excellent outfit, “release” has special meaning: they offer up their entire catalogue for free at their bandsite. How uncapitalistic, and you will never see a better cost-to-profit ratio on this terrestrial ball, nevermind the great out-there. As I indicated in one of my earliest posts, I’ve loved the band since early '06. For a couple of months “You” held the honored opening-song slot on faves CDs I made for friends. You’ve maybe noticed (not that it matters) I tend to like my songs uptempo; this is one of the few bands that can move me at any speed. Here are four favorites from Outer space. I hope you’ll be joining me at TFS’s bandsite to take advantage of their system of a-downloadin’. Also, please to explain “Outer space is nothing but a lie.” Close attention might pay off.

The Spectacular Fantastic - Outer space is nothing but a lie
Out of time mp3

Friday, May 25, 2007

The's: Raveonettes, Brother Kite, Fags, Lodger, Family Cat

Tense?
Here are a few words to make it look like I'm saying something when all I really want to do is post some songs. (Oooh, a sinister turn.) Blogging is weird.

The Raveonettes - Dead Sound mp3 - Ta to Adult Swim: It ain't just cartoons anymore.
The Fags - Truly, Truly mp3 - Ta to Chris at Music of the Moment.
The Family Cat - Concrete mp3 - Ta to Peter at Coast is Clear, where three more kittytwangers await.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Die Tryin': Hives, Millencolin, Pristine, Bishops, Sounds

While making his daily rounds, Dr. Pplist got no further than the middle of the alphabet. There he discovered that Chris over at the venerable Swiss blog, Music of the Moment, had apparently stolen his "Around the Blogosphere" theme and posted some really nice finds from the 'sphere. (Totally kidding, Chris, totally. You've been at this game far longer than the doctor and are a model for him, not vice versa, mkay? Kid-ding. Cheesy Grin City. Yuk-yuk, etc., etc.) Well, to continue, MOTM directed Dr. P to a German indie blog called Die Stagediven. (Although one could well snuff it in such risky recreation, the doctor's elementary knowledge of Deutsch suggested that "Die" in this instance actually means "The." He could be wrong but he's not.) Much as Dr. P needs to come up with new terminology, "goldmine" pretty well sums up what he found at Die Stagediven. Not only are DS's current posts juicy with jewels, the 63 pages of mp3 archives are a veritable torrent of. . .juice. Anyway, the doctor extends thanks to these two excellent blogs. Posted are some favorites he found at DS. Sure, the first one's ancient, but he's been looking for a link to it for a long time. More will be decanted over the coming weeks. But, hey, go find some for yourself, if you're so inclined. Doctor's orders.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Coltrane Motion

This just in from Fanatic: pleasing whacked out sixtiesish psychy fuzz pop from ex-Daytonian Chicagoans. “Coltrane Motion” they’re called. Gratifying it is to find these heads so firmly planted in the here and now and then.

Coltrane Motion - Songs About Music
How to Be mp3
Ex-Girlfriend in a Coma mp3
Twenty-seven mp3

David & The Citizens, Tinker, Dylanlevine, Okkervil River, The Waking Eyes

Again, we must be in more of a listening than writing mode. We really like these songs, though.

David & The Citizens - Let's Not Fall Apart mp3
Tinker - Tonight And Me mp3
Dylanlevine - Slow Motions mp3 - Thanks to Peter at Coast is Clear, where rest two more of these Jesus and Mary Chainesque numbers. And What Would Jesus And Mary Chain Do? Merz can show you.
Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe mp3 - Thanks to Pitchfork.
The Waking Eyes - Beginning mp3

Monday, May 21, 2007

Club 8, Aberdeen City, Apollo Sunshine, Experimental Aircraft

Laconic we have been of late, and current obligations will continue to curb the word count for awhile. We'll make very effort, though, to continue posting music we find and like and hope you do, too.

Club 8Whatever You Want mp3 (pic) - Thanks to Pitchfork.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Spaceshots

Great songs, great price: zero. I couldn't believe it either the first time I came across Boston's The Spaceshots. I liked every song on Siren Sounds and appreciated these sentiments at the CherryDisc/Hearbox site: "The artist has agreed to the free distribution of this music. Feel free to download the album, copy it to your MP3 player, burn CDs, play loudly in cars, and distribute with wild abandon." Needless to say, my abandon knew no bounds. It is slightly more hedged this early morning, so I'll post four and encourage you to let your own abandon get as feral as you like. Go here and pay zip, download and unzip.

The Spaceshots - Siren Sounds
For some reason, Blogger have decided to doublespace whenever they like. This note is to appease you whose sense of stylistic consistency is offended.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Themed Post: The Ladybug Transistor, Finishing School, The Essex Green, Elliott Smith

Ooh, ooh, a couple of themes have emerged for this one, and my glee is immense. Brooklynite (lots of them here this week) Sasha Bell is the driving force behind Finishing School, as well as a member of The Ladybug Transistor and The Essex Green. Impressed? Sure, but wait, there's more. The late and ever-to-be-cherished Elliott Smith does the fourth and fifth songs below. "High Times" is from his recent, posthumously released album, New Moon, and "Between the Bars" happens to be my favorite song by him. Gee, those online "Blogging For Dummies" courses are giving me my money's worth.

High Times mp3 - Thanks, oh mighty Pitchfork.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Eskimo, Dolphin, Moonbabies, Perspex Whiteout, The World Provider

Apologies to you logophiles, but today we must get straight to the music (which, happily, does contain words as well).

Eskimo - Arrow mp3- Thanks to Music of the Moment, which has two more by these Kiwis. (pic)
Dolphin - No Question mp3
Moonbabies - War On Sound mp3
Perspex Whiteout - You Turn On My World mp3
The World Provider - Big City Girls mp3

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Goldmine at Our Fingertips: New Pornographers, Teenage Fanclub, Trembling Blue Stars, Trashcan Sinatras, Copeland


While out on explorations last week I stumbled onto a goldmine over at the Fingertips Master Artist List. I still haven't worked the vein fully but will share a few I've found over the next couple of posts. Take your own pick and pan and go dig it yourself. As promised, I'm also including some of the goodstuff I found at SXSW 2005. Be still, my heart.

The New Pornographers - Graceland mp3 - Sample while you can. It's been balky.
Teenage Fanclub - It's All In My Mind mp3 (pic)
Trembling Blue Stars - Helen Reddy mp3
The Trashcan Sinatras - Welcome Back mp3
Copeland - Pin Your Wings mp3

Around the Blogosphere: Beulah, Sloan, Manic Street Preachers, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, French Semester, As Friends Rust, Alkaline Trio

Why do I keep posting AtB's so often? Because they're usually hosted linkably for limited amounts of time. ¡Muchísimas gracias, meinen hostenheimers!

Beulah - If We Can Land a Man on the Moon, Surely I Can Win Your Heart - Heartache with Hard Work
Sloan - Before The End Of The Race - 5 Acts
Manic Street Preachers - Your Love Alone is Not Enough - 5 Acts
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Orchard of My Eye- Mira el Péndulo
The French Semester - Arrowheadings & Paradise &The Day of the Barrel - For The Eardrums
As Friends Rust - Won't Be The First Time - Can You See The Sunset From The Southside?
Alkaline Trio - Jaked On Green Beers - Can You See The Sunset From The Southside?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Obligatory Title: Palomar, Uncut, Bishop Allen, Feable Weiner

Good newweek to you. "We" offer today a mix of new, newish, and oldish (like, two whole years old). You've maybe noticed we've been quite aroused by Brooklynites Palomar lately and just might have to do a special post pulling together all we've been able to find so far. (Clickin' those "Labels" doodads down there basically accomplishes the same thing.) Brooklynites Bishop Allen and Torontans Uncut are doing us good as well. The second Uncut song is one of the ones that excited us at the SXSW 2005 site we've been posting stuff from the past two weeks or so. (Sorry if we haven't been regular enough about it. We'll try to do better.) Tennesseans Feable Weiner may have a funny name, but this song is quirky, too. Ya'll have a great week, ya heah. We goin' ta teach ya'll ta tawk suthen, and I don't mean no Lambeth neither. (Speakin' o' London, that pic shows the Weiner "way on down south.")

Palomar - You’re Keeping Us Up mp3
Uncut
Kiss Me mp3
Day Breaks Red Light mp3
Bishop Allen - Rain mp3 - Danke, Pitchfork.
Feable Weiner - San Deem Us Ready mp3

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Around the Blogosphere: Elephants, Prayers, Black Tambourine, Palomar

I've seen some of the hosts sniffing around to see who's this pplist punk who keeps sending visitors their way, so I sure hope it's okay. Actually, a couple have extended the bloggy hand of friendship, which is cool. One thing that bothers me is that the posts look kind of like I'm trying to take credit for posting the songs, which I'm not. I only do that to maintain the visual cues I use to make it easier for visitors to find what they're looking for (green for artists' names, purple for song titles, and orange for other blogs, etc.). Anyway, I get excited by certain songs I find hosted elsewhere and want others to know about them as well. There, I feel better. Plus I generally remember to say thanks. So thanks, hosts.

The Elephants - Caroline Knows - Hits in the Car
The Prayers – Puppet Clouds - Mira el Péndulo
Black Tambourine - Black Car - mp3hugger
Palomar - Bury Me Closer & The Air Between Us - Can You See the Sunset From the Southside?

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Quant

I followed a link over at the excellent Power Pop Action and discovered Spanish gold. Quant are from Galicia and are assayed as "perfectly pure." Between the Pirates and this lot, the smile lines seem pretty much permanent. All angsty, exi cred is kaput. This is charming, sparkly pop, and I left a bunch there, if the prospecting tempts you. (Click on "CANCIONES MP3.")

Quant
Girls, Girls, Girls!!! mp3
Margot Tenenbaum mp3
Summer is Cancelled this Year mp3 - Don't panic, it's just a song.
I´m fallin´in luv with my friend´s girl mp3

Friday, May 11, 2007

Salty Pirates' Chestsful of Booty


Terminally winsome Halmstaders/Gothenburgers Salty Pirates return to port with rich booty, chested in a new four-song EP available (along with many more of their songs) for free at their bandsite. I feigned horror last time but can’t keep the schtick up for this post, especially after emerging from a couple hours’ listen with permanent smile lines etched into my face. I was right about one thing: resistance is futile. They'll pet your pussy, serve you pizza, and steal your heart. Arr. . .rrright! Here are "Common Sense," my favorite from the new EP, plus four others from previous caches.

Update: The links below no longer work, but here's "Shark Attack" via Grooveshark.



Salty Pirates
Shark Attack mp3 I Was Lost Where You Were Found mp3
Common Sense mp3

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Offerings to Thor: Uncut, Adam Franklin, Tears Run Rings, My Teenage Stride, Lush

Visitors looking for thematic coherency will be confounded. You might like some songs, though. (Thankfully, blogging does not require professional certification.)


Uncut - Day Breaks Red Light mp3
Adam Franklin - Seize The Day mp3
Tears Run Rings - World Upside Down mp3 - Thanks to Peter at Coast is Clear, where more TRR awaits.
My Teenage Stride - Ears Like Golden Bats mp3
Lush - Ladykillers mp3 - (pic) - Thanks to Missy and Woon at Filthy Little Angels. You cannot believe the incredible downloadables these generous cherubs have waiting for you. Go get filthy rich.

This just in: Thor accepts (barely) and blesses. Phwewwwwww````````````.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Humptaggers: Fields, Mary Timony Band, Palomar, Noodles

Yes, someone actually found this blog this week using a Google Search for "Humptag." Whether they found what they were looking for I might never know. But where was I? Right, nowhere, so let's go where. I just found the Fields song earlier this evening at AOL’s Spinner.com, which I strongly encourage you to visit for more great music. I really liked their "If You Fail, We All Fail," which I posted on April Fools' Day (really), and am very glad to have today's tune as well. I sent some of you scurrying over to another blog to get The Mary Timony Band song last month and delight in finally having it here. Palomar have also given pleasure here (and here ) before and I suspect will do so with "Woah!" I nabbed it with Pitchfork. We conclude with a SXSW 2005 fave by a band new to me called Noodles. You can read more about all these bands by clicking on their names. Personally, I like to listen first and read later, but suit yourself, I'm easy. I hope both sides of the hump prove good for you this week.

Fields - Song for the Fields mp3 (pic)
The Mary Timony Band - Sharp Shooter mp3
Palomar Woah! mp3
Noodles - Fuzz Hill mp3

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Krinkles

Chicago’s The Krinkles are set to release their third full-length on May 29th, and 3: The Mordorlorff Collection is well worth the wait. The sixteen excellent powerpop/glammers on 3 are sure to please longtime fans and new. Thanks to the band for getting in touch and letting me post two songs for one month. Come the 29th, you'll be able to purchase the rest at CD Baby. (As usual with the Baby, you can hear two-minute samples right now.) Update, 11:50 A.M. CST: And this just in: Drummer Matty Favazza of The Krinkles just let me know that you can buy the album at CD Baby NOWWWW!!! Thanks, Matty, and good luck!

The Krinkles - 3: The Mordorlorff Collection
Gimme Gimme
Stay With Me

Around the Blogosphere: The Bang, Tornister, Madison Strays, Terrene, The Detroit Cobras, Normandy

Found and much enjoyed in the last 24 or so. And much appreciated, hosts.

The Bang - Shiny - The Muso
Tornister - Big Fake & Pale Blue Paper - Coast is Clear
Madison Strays - Harmony - Coast is Clear
Terrene - Andromeda - For the Eardrums
The Detroit Cobras - (I Wanna Know) What’s Going On? - Obscure Sound
Normandy - Sweatshop & Kentucky Isolation - Can You See the Sunset from the Southside?

Monday, May 07, 2007

Saturday, May 05, 2007

From popboomerang: Splurge & Splittsville

popboomerang. Hmmm, now where might that be from, one onedered, espying the email to the Audities discussion list. One certainly liked what one heard. Some of the evidence, so far:

SplurgeSong of Love mp3
Splitsville (pic)
Forever mp3
The Popular mp3
Tears Are Cool (Teenage Fanclub cover) mp3
Our Love Was (Who cover) mp3

Click band names for further evidence.

Friday, May 04, 2007

From the Mailbox: Acute, Icicles, Patrick Wolf

Thanks to Robbie over at The Musebox for sending me links to a couple of songs by LA-indiepoppers, Acute, who on Wednesday released their debut full-length, Arms Around a Stranger. I'd previously posted "Follow You Home" and will do so again, along with another I very much like.

Acute
The City mp3
Follow You Home mp3

It is with acute embarrassment that I officially become the last blogger in the 'sphere to post these wonderful songs by Grand Rapids, Michigan's wonderful The Icicles. I've shown them my love before, and it's only grown warmer (not, I hope, to their discomfort). Thanks to Mark at Fanatic Promotion.

The Icicles
Whirling mp3
La Ti Da mp3

I might be lagging a bit as well with London piano popper Patrick Wolf, so please to forgive. (Sigh, fallibility, thy name is pplist.) Thanks to Stephanie at The Musebox.

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position mp3

Around the Blogosphere: Olivia Tremor Control, Squeeze, Thailand, Miracle Fortress

Here are a few much-liked downloadables hosted at sites I visit. Hosts, I appreciate you. OTC are pictured. I'll be back later today with more directly downloadable fare.

Olivia Tremor Control - Fireplace - Idolator
Squeeze - Cool For Cats - extrawack!
Thailand - Ocean of Fire – Obscure Sound
Miracle Fortress - Little Trees - Said the Gramophone

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Sinister Turns

It’s hard to feel sinister grinning from ear to ear as they drive and hook and cook and – sorry, but it must be said – rock both heart and brain, pouring goodness out and on and in. If they’d just bite off a bat’s head or growl blackmetal Cookie Monster threnodies, maybe I could hang a left and get in touch with the dark side. But with this lot of hasty college puddin’s there’s a bit too much pure delight going on to twist the handlebar with a “Mwah ha ha.” I recently posted “The Last Time” and see no reasonable objection to reposting it alongside some terrific tunes further research just turned up. (More here.) They say they’re sinister but they do it right.

The Sinister Turns - Turn to the Left
The Last Time mp3
I Support Women in Science mp3
Anatomy Assessment mp3

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Sounds

Feedback indicates people are seeking The Sounds but not necessarily getting to the posted song. Hopefully, this will help.

The Sounds - Song with a Mission mp3

Eugene Edwards, Parallax Project, Sugarplastic, Tendril, Friends of Lizzy

None of this is particularly right up-to-date, but I'm hoping you won't mind. Your impeccable tastes keep this blogger on his toes, I tell you what. Oh, in case you missed yesterday's post, the final two below are the next installments of 50 to 60 nice ones I found by digging further at the SXSW 2005 site. I'll be posting a couple per day for the next few weeks.

Eugene Edwards - At Your Place (demo) mp3
Parallax Project - To The Moon mp3
The Sugarplastic - The Runaround mp3
Tendril - The Love Is Dying mp3
Friends of Lizzy - 10 to 1 mp3

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Ash, Starky, Young Galaxy, Kelly's Heels

So much music, so little time. Over the weekend I dug back into the SXSW 2005 site and found another 50 or 60 songs I rated at three stars or better. (Translation: I like 'em a lot.) For the next several weeks I'll be working in a few per day, along with current goodstuff I happen upon. Thanks to visitor "John's" recent tout, Ireland's Ash have been for me one of the most exciting close encounters of the heard kind in many a moon. Imagine if you dare (and why not) my embarrassment/excitement to find them right there as one of the SXSW Showcasing bands back in 2005, which is by way of saying we lead off with them. Next we're calling Sydney for a song by Starky I've liked for a year or two now. (I posted Starky's "Hey Bang Bang" at Big Bloc 4, which I must confess is one of my favorite posts since I started blogging.) Then we get a bit more au courant with a goodun by Montrealers Young Galaxy, brought to earth at the excellent AOL Spinner.com. We close this set with a pleaser brought to our attention by a representative of the London band, Kelly's Heels. Thanks, Katy! Click the artists' names for more info, music, etc.

Ash - Meltdown mp3
Starky - Girl Talk mp3
Young Galaxy - Outside the City mp3
Kelly’s HeelsInvisible Hold mp3 (pic)