Monday, September 29, 2008

Looney Lunes: Rollo Treadway, Unbunny, Happy Hollows, Tigers Can Bite You, Laureates, Legends, Celestial, et. al. . . .

¡Ay caramba! what a day.
Maybe good tuneage
will make it okay
or, failing that,
just go away.
We begin with
The Rollo Treadway - Kidnapped mp3 - from their self-titled debut album, one of the best I've heard so far this year; due to drop 16 Dec.. . . Here's one more off'n it.
Unbunny - Water and the Spanish Tongue mp3 - from Sensory Underload: Uncertain Trks 1996-2008

Happy Hollows - Tambourine mp3 - from Imaginary EP - We're still loving this next one, too.
Tigers Can Bite You - Hawk mp3 - from Taking And Running Away EP due out mañana (30 Sept.)

The Laureates - Tomorrow Today mp3 - from There Are No More Gentlemen - You can download the Chicago band's free EP here.

Hot Lava - Apple Option Fire mp3 - on Lavalogy, due for release 7 Oct

The Legends - Seconds Away mp3 - from the eponymous single, due out 5 Nov. Thanks to Christian Lilja at the fabulous Labrador. It would be remiss of me to omit reposting these next two.

Celestial - Crystal Heights mp3 - from Crystal Heights, due out 8 Oct. - Can't help it, gotta repost the following:
Lake Como (remix) mp3
Nothing Happens; Twice mp3

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

13 by 3: High Dials, Rosebuds, Broadfield Marchers

Kentuckians at parade rest
I've recently come into happy possession of new-to-newish songs by several groups previously included in posts here at Powerpopulist. Here are the newbies, accompanied by their elders.

The High Dials - Killer of Dragons mp3 - from Moon Country, which dropped yesterday; Previously posted or recently found (thanks to the superb label, Rainbow Quartz!):
The Holy Ground mp3

The Rosebuds - Life Like mp3 - from Life Like, due out 7 Oct.
Previously posted:

Broadfield Marchers - Watchful Hill People mp3 - from The Inevitable Continuing, out 2 Sept.
Previously posted or recently found - Thanks again to Rainbow Quartz!:
Raul mp3
Grease of Freedom mp3 - I'm pretty sure this was mislabeled (as "Kingdom for Lions") at the 2007 SXSW site. No matter, the song's slick, whatever its name.

As always, click green band names for more info.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Clever Postitles Can Offput

(See 'em?)
As can pseudosnappy intros, so let's get to it.

Little Death - Baby, Can You Dig Your Man? mp3 - from self-titled self-release, due 28 Oct.
The Cute Lepers - So Screwed Up mp3 - from Can't Stand Modern Music
New Grenada - January 1st mp3 - groovy Camper van Loweryesque vox

Land of Talk - Corner Phone mp3 - from Some Are Lakes - rings 7 Oct. - and in case you missed this recently posted one:
Pidgeon - California mp3 - from Might as Well Go Eat Worms - out 23 Sept.
Dressy Bessy - Simple Girlz! mp3 - from HOLLERandSTOMP - good song, we like it, etc., but this earlier-posted one's e'en better (IOHO).
Side Two mp3

Afternoons - Say Yes mp3
Chop Chop - Northern Armies mp3 - from Screens

Click song titles to hear songs, artist names for additionals.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Groups o' Groups

Theirs is workin' overtime.

We got our mojo workin', just hope it works on you.
We Landed on the Moon! - Re: Your Letter mp3 - From These Little Wars, due to break out Dec. 16. Thanks to Team Clermont!
The Mojomatics - Clean My Sins mp3 - From Don't Pretend That You Know Me - Buono, Venezianos! - Thanks to Fanatic Promotion.

Keep it poppin'. . .
The Parson Red Heads - Got It All mp3
The Kooks - Kids (MGMT cover) mp3 - Maybe I prefer the original, but this is nice.

Out to the gay-rage. . .
The Cynics - What She Said mp3
Brimstone Howl - A Million Years mp3 - I'm hearing a bit o' Joey Ramone, you?
The Real Losers - Treat Me Bad mp3

Heading upward and inward. . .
Gris Gris - Year Zero mp3
Colourmusic - Put in a Little Gas mp3 - Oklahoma psych (and you know what that's like) - with little Association interludes - from their full-length debut, f, monday, orange, february, venus, lunatic, 1 or 13 - Thanks to World's Fair.
Koushik - Bright and Shining mp3 - Donovany cowbell psych from Out My Window, opening September 30.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Music of the Sphere

My long, accidental layoff from blogging/surfing has forced me to face the formidable (if pleasant) task of catching up. This will take awhile, but I'll post what I find and like, in case you might, too. The first couple of items I found back before the hiatus. And then there's Molotov at aPoA. Sheesh, what a mensch/cherub, all 135 lbs. of him.

The Asteroid No. 4 - Flowers of Ours & I Look Around (Rain Parade cover) & Hold On - Obscure Sound

The Kinks - Till the End of the Day & All Day and All of the Night & Come Dancing - a PLAGUE of ANGELS - The Kinks, Part 2 - "Till the End of the Day" is my all-time fave by one of my all-time fave bands. Both these Kinks posts have lots of other great songs.

Old 97's - This Beautiful Thing - a PLAGUE of ANGELS


The New Pornographers - Your Daddy Don't Know - a PLAGUE of ANGELS

Monday, September 08, 2008

Restoration Project, Part 2: Swedish Polarbears

A new kub seems to have joined the den, but this pic rocks.
These Karlstadt kubbies were also one, nay, two, of my earliest posts. Their listed influences are The Byrds, Teenage Fanclub (as you might guess from the second song posted below), The Posies, The Beach Boys, Big Star, Weezer, and Neil Young. "Worship This!" (off the eponymous EP) absolutely knocked me out when I first heard it back in. . .whenever it was I first heard it, and myriad repeated listenings have only increased affections. The song links I posted disappeared for awhile and then reappeared, hence this celebration. Their new EP, Polar Beats, awaits release, but you can hear its "Rewinder" at their MySpace site. I left one more excellent downloadable at their bandsite, so go pay them a visit. Not bragging, but I'm a proud member of their official fanclub. Skoal!

Volvo mp3

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Restoration Project, Part 1: Tesco Chainstore Mascara

Katie 'n David (l to r)

When I started this bloggy thing almost two years ago I had no idea what an emotional rollercoaster I was mounting. The first time I found links removed on some favorite songs, I almost reached for the blade, especially with the two groups I intend to post the next couple of days. Imagine my euphoria to find them restored. Right, you can't.

Tesco Chainstore Mascara were one of my earliest posts. I had loved "Just the Weight You Are" as well as other of their tunes favebloggers brought to my attention. I shared Indie-MP3's Tom's worries about the Staffordshire duo's whatabouts and decided to write them. TCMer David wrote me back with explanations you can read over at their MySpace site and gave me permish to post any songs I like. It would be porcine to do that, as I like them all, so I'll narrow it to the following and encourage you to go to their MySpace(s)--here and here-- for the rest. If you don't have a MySpace account, it would be worth it to get one just to get the songs. And, no, my only MySpace friend, Tom, (not Indie-MP3's Tom...sorry this is getting so complicated) isn't paying me to say that. Far be it from me to venture an opinion, but the fact they remain unsigned is more unconscionable than the Republican ticket. (Well, okay, almost.) 100-proof pop.

That Thing You Do (The Wonders cover) mp3
Mamma Mia (ABBA cover) mp3 - Guess whose version I prefer.

I don't do a lot of vids, but this one of "Writer's Block" is fun.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Humptag Hijinks

The little 'uns played here.
Here are some potential opening lines for this post. Take your pick.

Who am I? Why am I here?
My, but I've been quite the delinquent lately. Fortunately it doesn't matter.
Just when I think it's over, it isn't.
I've got nothing to say, but it's okay.
Hi.

The Stolen Minks - Consecutives mp3 - Thanks to Matt Charlton at pigeonrow.com.