Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 6

Yeh, so this is the final installment in our series acquainting you with some of the riches we recently found over at Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Maybe we've overdone it a bit, but once you get there, you'll see we've only scratched the surface. Mr. S plunks our twanger bigtime, and we sure hope he gets to yours as well. We visit his fab blog on a regular basis now and expect to charge our musical loving cup many times in future. We'll say thanks again and look forward to good times ahead. We'll also remind you that once you get to MSMMW, be sure to click the post titles to launch the songs.

The Soup Dragons - Hang Ten! - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - long-time faves
The Quick - Pretty Please - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Corner Laughers - The Commonest Manifesto - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - With their kind permission we posted these San Franciscans early and lovingly. You can hear more here.

Holiday - Who's Gonna Find Out - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Icicles - Snappy - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Sleeper - Bedhead - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Permanent Green Light - We Could Just Die - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Nirvana Devils - Some Foreign Shore - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Graduate - Elvis Should Play Ska - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The English Beat - Big Shot - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Eight Miles High - See My Way - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 5

Behold more of the excellent songage we found at Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Links are ready and rarin' and but await your touch. Thanks, Mr. S!

Locksley - Let Me Know - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Len Price 3 - Rentacrowd - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
American Breed - I'm Gonna Make You Mine - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Generation X - One Hundred Punks - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Black Carnations - Black Carnations - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Long Tall Shorty - Win Or Lose - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Action Now - When Wednesday Comes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Pretty Things - Midnight to Six Man - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Mark & The Spies - But I Do - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Ace-Tones - In Your Eyes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 4

Thanks to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World for letting us hear the following. (When you get to Mr S's, be sure to click the post titles.)

Material Issue - Something's Happened to Catherine - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The On/Offs - This Town - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Baskervilles - Everybody Looks Not Everybody Finds - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We love Baskervilles and prove it here. Be sure to check out other downloadable tracks from their Twilight 14 series here. Superb stuff! (It's been kinda fun to find Mr. Suave likes a lot of the same groups we like!)
The Primates - I Ain't Like You - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Parties - Gotta Get Out - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We previously posted songs by The Parties here and here, along with songs by other excellent groups.

Svengalis - Soda and Cigarettes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Couple - Love You Yes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Young Sportsmen - Metropolitan - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - The Young Sportsmen tune I posted is still here, along with songs by some other stellar Seattle bands.
The Kickovers - Black and Blue - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Jolt - I Can't Wait - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 3

Thanks to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World for posting the following. Click and check 'em out, if you like.

The School - I Want You Back - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Bicycles - Oh No It's Love - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Pinkees - Say What You're Thinking - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Mando Diao - And I Don't Know - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Cute Lepers - It's Summertime Baby - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We posted another by the Leps here. It's still viable, along with a buncha other gooduns.

The Pranks - Modern Communication - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - We posted this one previously. It isn't working now at our place, but "Spending Time" is, along with some other good songs by some other good artistes.
Graham Day & The Gaolers - Pass That Whiskey - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Now - Baby I'm Bad - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The V.I.P.'s - Need Somebody to Love - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Satelliters - Lost in Time - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 2

Yeh, we know, you were right, you can't trust pp to ppost anything in a timely manner these days. We therefore, in rapid-fire succession, ppost the rest of the incredible stash of things moderniste we most liked at Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. We didn't mention last week that Mr. S has been doing a "Mod-A-Day" thing this entire fast-fading last year of the decade, so there are literally hundreds of items you might like even better than the below and those we previously posted. Once you get there, be sure to click on the post title to launch the song. And once again: thanks, dear dear Mr. S!!!

The Groovie Ghoulies - Criswell Predicts - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Squire - Debbie Jones - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Frank Popp Ensemble - Live Wire - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Plasticland - Flower Scene - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Trotsky Icepick - Bury Manilow - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - A fun, long-time favorite. We also dig "A Little Push at the Top of the Stairs," if you can find it.

The Tranzmitors - Dancin' In The Front Row - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Things - Can't Get Enough - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Cola Jet Set - El sueño de mi vida - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Hush Puppies - Hot Shot - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - Some mods liked to wear Hush Puppies. Also desert boots!!!
The Music Explosion - Little Black Egg - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Music of the Sphere: Mod Edition, Installment 1

I've got a new friend (who, as usual, doesn't actually know me). His name is Mr. Suave, and he's a mod. There's a lot more I could tell you about him, but you can easily read and hear all about it at his fantastic blog, Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. For our immediate purposes, the main thing you need to know is that Mr. S has posted an incredibly large and most excellent buncha songs by mod and mod-influenced artists. Mr. S is not a stickler for genrefication, so his repetoire is deep and wide and includes powerpop, psych, garage, ska, r&b, and other genres. I've found so many ace songs I'm going to spread my favorites out over several posts. ("Uh oh," you say, "when pp says stuff like that, we reach for grains, maybe even pillars of salt, not to mention the fact he hasn't even posted for A FREAKIN' MONTH!") And you are very wise to do so. But, please, be moderate. Give pp a chance. Let's just see what happens, mkay?

Lined up below, like so many eager Vespas and Lambrettas, are the pleasure vehicles of Installment 1. Click them to scoot over to MSMMW. I rather think you won't be disappointed. Oh, I should also say that once there, you can either click Mr. S's post titles or the blue mini-players to hear and possibly download the songs. Click his blog name at the top to go to his homepage and check out his fun-filled modcasts. Of course, many thanks to The Suave One for turning us on to so much great music. And many thanks as well to the most excellent Peter over at Peter's Power Pop, where I discovered Mr. S in a comment.

The Madd - You Can Be My Baby - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Anydays - On My Way - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Mystic Eyes - My Time To Leave - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Sorentinos - Summertime - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Modest Proposal - Already An Angel & Seen Your Face Before - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World


The Attack - Feel Like Flying - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
The Buzzcocks - Nostalgia - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Julie Ocean - At The Appointed Hour - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - I previously posted an excelente by Julie Ocean here. There are other extant excelentes in that post as well.
The Naomi Star - She Told Me - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World
Shoes - Your Very Eyes - Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - I previously posted a couple of songs by this, one of my all-time favorite bands, here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The June in November



their August 2009 Rainbow Quartz debut

We love the Parma trio's psychy Beatlesqueries and have reserved a large chunk of the debut for this month's buyfest over at eMusic. Another excellent Junetune awaits you at the band's Rainbow Quartz page should you care to partake.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Music of the Sphere: Icecream Hands, Nines, Even, Wellingtons. Hummingbirds, Church, XTC, Stealers Wheel, Squeeze, Beatles, Guadalcanal, Ramones, &c.

Picture Credit

I really hadn't planned on doing another spherepost so soon, but if you were to miss these, I would be very sad, and we can't have that. Be sure to thank the hosts, as I do most fervently. (Click to visit.)

The Hummingbirds - If A Vow - Peter's Power Pop - Long-time favorites always give me a (love) buzz.

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night - Peter's Power Pop - Excellent new-to-me's with an extensive back catalogue. I will definitely be checking them out.

The Raveonettes - Heart of Stone - Dead Flowers - I only placed them last so they could be close to themselves. (See most recent post below.)

The Raveonettes: "The Chosen One"


Bonus track to Danish duo's October Vice Records release,


In our laconically raving way we previewed the LP back in August. Realizing, though, that some of you might not enjoy the retrofitting process, we hereby post all the free and legals we've got and strongly encourage you to visit eMusic for more. It's gonna sound kinda trite, but we don't care: Rave on.






(Thanks to Tonia Samman at The Orchard for the bonus!)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sambassadeur: Always Happy Days

I've expressed my deep love for this superb Swedish band on previous occasions and put my kronor where my mouth is. I tingled to learn a new LP is forthcoming in January on the fabulous Labrador label. Here's the new single.

Hmmm, "Days." Now what does that remind me of? Oh, yes, of course, hence a slight but very important diversion. (We're still in Gothenburg, though.)

MySpace | Thanks to the most excellent Shelflife.


Now back to Sambassadeur.

From Sambassadeur (2005):


From the New Moon EP (2006):


From Migration (2007):



Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Nuzzle Muzzle & Pris & BTO, The Treatment, Common Heroes, Tolkien, etc.

Welcome to Powerpopulist, where all talk is small talk, especially when we got our Muzzle on.

Muzzle - Jenna Fine mp3

Muzzle - What a Bore mp3

And just who are - or were - Muzzle? Well may you ask. Please read on.

Muzzle were a 90s Seattle band drummed for by Burke Thomas, aka “BTO.” Thomas – or “Burke” – is a highly talented musical savant associated with a number of bands, including Pris. Pris were the powerpoppin' media through which I came upon him, so to speak. I bought a baker’s handful of their songs back in February, a fact fairly well, if not conclusively, documented here. So when I started hungering for more information on the four-letter word, I arrived here and found these from 2004's The Kiss Off:



Of course I already had one of those, as documented, but maybe you don't and now we do!

Plus I found these:



Yummy.

But wait, there’s more (mp3s). (Clicky clicky.)

And if what you really crave is more of the story of the various bands with which BTO has been associated, click here.

And that's all I'm gonna say, for now.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Music of the Sphere: Elvis C, Sloan, Wellingtons, Seekers, ELO, The Move, Midnight Oil, Rough Bunnies, Elephant Stone, et. al.


We got starry-eyed and laughin' when a wonderful blog we subscribe to, My hmphs, introduced us to the superb antipodean blog, Peter's Power Pop. The tunes below are but a small measure of the treasure that awaits you down under.

First, a few by some groups we didn't know and now want to.


Next, a few by some we do.


Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya - Peter's Power Pop
The Move - Do Ya - Peter's Power Pop
Midnight Oil - Dreamworld - Peter's Power Pop - Peter also has a live version; we saw MO do this one in Austin on the Diesel and Dust tour back in '88. What a night! (eMusic has a bunch of their lps here.)

Finally, here are a few other nice things we found oot and aboot.



Elephant Stone - How Long & I Am Blind & The Straight Line - Obscure Sound - We hope it won't seem officious to mention that back in April we posted a song by Elephant Stone here, along with five songs by Rishi Dhir's former band, The High Dials, all highly recommended.

Thanks to all the hosts!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Black Hollies Give Good Gloom

The Black Hollies - Gloomy Monday Morning mp3

from Softly Towards The Light, released last week

Maybe we should have waited until mañana to post the above, but what the hey. We've been enjoying this Jersey City band for quite some time now, including this previously posted fave.


(That post, this post, and this post have some other nice tuneage as well, if you're interested in that kind of thing.)



Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Elusive Parallelograms

Elusive Parallelograms - Orange mp3

released 9 June of this year

Almost a tautology, as I have always found it difficult to express adequately the strange allure of the parallelogram. This Milwaukee band's attractions didn't elude at all, though, and I've already staked out claims to a number of numbers over at eMusic. Would you like to know which ones? No? Okay, 'scool. Go check 'em out if you like. I left the other free and legal mp3 back at the incomparable Rainbow Quartz site, too, so you might want to pay at least two visits presently.

MySpace | Bandsite | Buy

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Dog Day Evening

Dog Day - Synastry mp3

from their Elder Schoolhouse EP

We got this tonight and already we're woofin' and waggin'. Thanks to Matt Charlton at Pigeon Row.

We're still very much enjoying these Halifaxers' previously posted songs from Concentration, released earlier this year.



Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Love Kills Theory - Suicide Girls mp3


Machine-gun drumming and perfectly timed right-to-left-ear action are but two of the weapons in this NYC gang's well-stocked arsenal.


Black Whales


from Origins EP, released last mo.

We dig the way they sound.

MySpace | Bandsite | Buy

lAPPINg up tHe sWIMMERs


from pEOPle aRe sOFt, due 3 Nov.

I mUSt cONFESs to eNJOYINg tHEIr lOWEr cASE/CAPITALs tHINg, tOo.

Thanks to Lauren at Sneak Attack Media.

And we're still enjoying this previously posted number.


And He Made ME Do This

Saturday, September 19, 2009

D.A.D.

This blast from the past certainly fluffs my pillows.


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Another Beauty by The Voyces


Sure, I recently posted several by these retransplanted Californians, but I just received another by them, and it's quite neato, so I felt you'd want to hear it. Lord hep me if I'm wrong. Click "recently posted" to go to the earlier post for songs, info, and suchlike.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Golden Bloom Glows

released 18 August

Thanks to Janelle Rogers at Green Light Go Publicity. Janelle was kind enough back in the early days of this little blogisode to let "us" post two songs by Golden Bloom frontperson Shawn Fogel. We've been grooving on them awhile now and kinda think you should, too. Janelle also let us post groovers by The Dilettantes, Terrene, and Static of the Gods. They're all still there, so hotchachá, peeps.



Chris Richards and the Subtractions: High Octane Additive



from Motor City band's full-length debut


Yep, straight outta Detroit Pop City comes a debut model fully loaded with hook-laden powerpop. Thanks to bassist Todd for the keys. BTW, sometimes it's nice when an LP's misnamed, at least for this bloggerperson.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Girl Alliance




I was hanging out at the fabulous Cloudberry Records site the other day and found many nice ones, including this. Go visit Roque and the gang. You'll be glad you did. (Maybe I've put too many links here to Cloudberry. Or maybe not enough. We'll probably never really know.)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Guyded by The Voyces


The Voyces - You Can Never Know mp3

The Voyces - Let Me Die In Southern California mp3

from California to New York to California band's 3rd LP

Let Me Die in Southern California

due September 28

via Planting Seeds Records/Darla

Early did we post on this wonderful band and still very much enjoy the following, among many others.

The Voyces - Kissing Like It's Love m3u

You can find more where that came from at the band's music and lyrics page . We also highly recommend Dan Klein's wonderful fansite.

MySpace | Bandsite | Buy

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