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.