Saturday, December 27, 2014

Just in Time for Day 3: Very Most, Dollyrots, P. Reynolds, Reporters, Harmony Dischord, Postcode, Watoo Watoo, Brainpool


Is it too late for a few more Xmas songs? Hopefully not, since only today our true love gave us the trio of Gallic chicks, and we avariciously anticipate with pleasure what the next nine days will bring.

If you like this one by The Very Most, click here for a free download courtesy of Indiecater Records.




Perennial pp faves The Dollyrots have rounded up five of their holy hymns and widgeted them thusly: (We particularly like #'s 1, 2, & 3.) Thanks, 'rots!




We especially like #'s 1, 2 (Reporters), 6 (Harmony Dischord), 11 (Postcode), and 12 (Watoo Watoo) from the 16-song Small Bear Records compilation, Never Mind the Baubles . . .. Many thanks to The Devil (irony . . . or not?) for the alert.




This powerpop carol is quite cool but also big in bytes (43.9 MB), so you decide.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Schweet Xmas Cheer from The JAC


If you are remembering with pleasure Aussie Joe Algeri's previous Xmas treat we posted, you're already panting in anticipation of what's widgeted below. This one by The JAC is not as ribald but is certainly every bit as sweet. Many thanks to the most excellent blog/online radio show Pop That Goes Crunch for the headsup.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bloom/Decay - A Dot Dash Freebie


Many thanks to Washington, D. C. powerpoppers Dot Dash for alerting us to the free download of the following tune from their 2013 LP, Half-Remembered Dream. You can catch them live tonight at The Black Cat in D. C. and in Rockville, MD on January 29, along with the B-52's. Their fourth, Mitch Easter-produced (!) LP is due out in January 2015.


From PressWolfPR with (we hope) Love: Pink Frost, Hollows, Shrouded Strangers, White Mystery, Blank Tapes


We were looking for something else at PWPR's Soundcloud page and howled with glee to find the following available for free and legal download. (They've got quite a few others there as well.)

"B-b-but, pp, these are like two years old! We already have them. We don't need them. You are wasting our time." If that's you, we thank you for speaking out, as we like to imagine how it might be to get, like, comments from our visitors. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you.









Saturday, December 20, 2014

More to Love from The Candy Strypers


We blushed to hear The Candy Strypers' Paul Hughes noticed we'd posted him before and went all ebullient-like to hear he's just put out a new LP. You can sample Happy Birthday Koala here and check out a couple of personal faves available for free download below. A total of 33 free and legals await you at The Candy Strypers' Soundcloud page. Many thanks to Paul for the thoughtful headsup and tasty pop.


Touched by Strange Hands


We had bought a bunch of songs off Strange Hands' excellent 2012 LP Dead Flowers and didn't even kneaux they were from Bordeaux. Here's a freebie from that LP, followed by another from a psych compilation courtesy of Exploring Spastic Inevitable.





If you're "getting into" this, check out their "Golden Arrows" in our Songdrop Currents mix (upper right of this page) or click here.

Tweest & Shout with Cozy Catastrophes!


Is it possible to be tooo twee? About such things reasonable people will stab and maim and mutilate and get in pillow fights with one another, but we prefer to hear what this Bloomington one-man bander has to say/sing. The following is perhaps the heaviest number on 2013's An Instructive Amusement.



We also enjoyed songs from Way Last June, released this past July on February Records.



Trick Mammoth: Delphine (With A Purpose)


It's almost axiomatic, isn't it, that if a band's from Dunedin, they're going to please? (Yes, pp, quite whatev.) We're not sure how we found these particular Kiwis, but we're awfully glad we did. Check out more at the Fishrider Records site.



You might also enjoy their "Doll," which we dropped at . . . Songdrop. See our Currents mix to the right or click here.

jimmy infinity. . .jimmy infinity. . .jimmy infinity. . .


Infinite thanks to The Abyss Also Gazes for the headsup on this terrific South Bend twosome.



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Perfect for Monday: Dead Albatross, Skategang, CATNAPS, hot shorts, Fat Children, Super Medusa


These recent finds are perfect for kicking your Monday aspirations into gear. So what if it's actually Sunday.




We also like #'s 6, 4, 2, 1, 3, & 5 by these Paris poppunks. - from our buddy Alex Twist's excellent Requiem Pour Un Twister label; thanks to Faster and Louder for the headsup and the kind of in-depth analysis you would never hope to find at our sleazy little pseudoblog.


Go here for more 'nip o' the 'NAPS. Ja, sure, we should've waited till vals (sic) day, but, hey, it's yuletide! Speaking of which:






#1's the 1 we like. Your parsecage might vary (but probably won't).

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Sunchymes Say Thanks (And So Do We)


Near the end of the Summer/Winter we posted a nice new mix by Northampton's The Sunchymes. Now as we near the end of Fall/Spring, we're happy to receive a gift from the one-manner thanking us for our support. So of course we want to share it with you, with thanks for yours and thanks to the band for many sunny tymes. We're excited to hear they're hoping to release their third LP sometime next year. You can still buy a copy of the excellent LP Let Your Free Flag Fly at CD Baby.

Soothing Sounds of PseudoSurfers


How would some shoething soogaze sound right about now? To find out, wick the clidget below. We thank the excellent PSYCHGAZER for the headsup on this Roman band. We particularly like #'s 1 & 2.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Popscotch: Sugar Stems, Legendary Wings, Rotten Mangos, Marvelous Beauhunks, Stellarscope, Everywheres, Walking Who, Dutch Barn


We enjoyed that last hopscotch episode so much we're going to try it again. The setup is simple: we start with recent tunes we've found (and loved) and work our way backwards for x number of months or years. We do not adhere to strict chronological order. Is that all right? Hope you find something you like.


You'll find a number of fine tunes on that Dirtnap Records 2014 Sampler. In fact, here's another one that plunked our twanger:




We're very much liking several numbers on this Austin's band's EP. Thanks to The Proper Yarn for the headsup.











Monday, December 01, 2014

The Well Wishers Tweak "Father Nature"

Tweakin's tiring.
The Well Wishers' chief Wisher, Jeff Shelton, has been tweaking the final song on this year's superb LP A Shattering Sky and is making it possible for all of "us" to profit thereby. We pp's don't usually make "Best Of" lists, but if we did, A Shattering Sky would most definitely be on ours for 2014. Does that mean we're on the verge of shattering tradition, that for the first time in our blog's eight-year history we're gonna succumb to year-end listomania? Nnnnnnnnnnmaybe, but don't hold your breath.

We do, however, want to expend both breath and cyber in thanks to Jeff for making this free download available. The entire LP is available for purchase here, here, and here. Faceoff friendlily here. Some of our previous Jeff-sanctioned posted freebies can be found here.


Click here to get the name-your-price download.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Flowers, Wires, Soda, Matthew Melton, Pleasers: Some Past, Present, and Future Incarnations of . . . Matthew Melton


Not sure if you noticed Matthew Melton's excellent new solosong, "Painted Sign," over there in our Songdrop Currents mix, but if you're into any of the Tennessee-to San Fran-to Austin pleaser's other bands - Snake Flower 2, Bare Wires, Warm Soda, or the forthcoming Pleasers - you might wanta check it out. (Click on all those green artist names for further exploration.) A little research at the Southpaw Records SoundCloud page turned up a handful of freebies we're posting below. We might not be evincing sufficient emotion here, but we've been absolutely loving this guy's music for several years now. Oh, one other thing: we put another Snake Flower 2 song in our Currents mix even though it came out around five years ago. If offended, please shoot us (email, comment, finger, whatever).








Free download at Southpaw Soundcloud page (Scroll down.)


Free download here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

From The Active Listener's Tribute to Love's Forever Changes: Red Plastic Buddha, Smoking Trees, Doug Tuttle, Flower Drums, Chemistry Set, 39th & The Nortons


The Active Listener has just posted an excellent 17-number compilation tribute to Forever Changes, the heralded album by Sixties flower power heroes Love. Below are our favorites from a most redolent bouquet. Forever Changing is available as a free download for a limited time, so take a whiff and act accordingly.







Traditional eyerester (wink)





Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Ghost Wave Revisited


Tip o' the headgear to Rollo & Grady for the nogginlifting on this one. We've enjoyed this Auckland band for quite awhile now, not least due to previous alertings by the aforementioned R&G. So thanks, R. You, too, G. BTW, most of those previous R&G alertings are still downloadable. Check out more by and about Ghost Wave herehere, here, and here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From New Planting Seeds Comp: Mark Crozer, Static Daydream, Lovetones, Young Sinclairs, Seeers, Super Vacations


We would have told you about this sooner but only just now got word of it ourownself. The most excellent Planting Seeds Records have released a 14-song compilation  of freebies by a number of our favebands or members thereof. (The postitle enumerates the names of our very favorites, with songs posted below.) Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, & Infinitely Vol 2 will be available for free download until November 17 (of this year), so you have a pleasant cushion of time available for checking them out and deciding what, if anything, to do next. Many thanks to PSR for the, you know, implant.
Update: PSR removed the widgets, as promised/threatened. We still say, though, "Many thanks." Time to go buy-buy.

Monday, October 27, 2014

From The Active Listener Sampler 25: Prince Ruperts Drops, Chemistry Set, Dowling Poole, Delia Haunt, Halasan Bazar, Greek Theatre


Nathan Ford's done it again, and in more ways than 13. This month's TAL Sampler is pretty darned fab, and we've had to exercise an iron grip to keep our fidgety widgeting tendencies in check. (Kind of painful is that iron grip, but at least it's our own.)

Of course you've probably already discovered that for some time now, Bandcamp's been putting all of an EP/LP's playable songs in the same widget, but we like to post the songs individually so you can get right to them. Quirky? Not really and not really important.

But enough of this, let's get to it. We like all the songs, love ten, and are posting our six most favorite. And of course we most humbly and heartily thank Mr. Nathan Ford for his stellar work, no matter how doofusish it makes us look by comparison.












Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Freebs: Daddy Issues, Dollyrots, Marvelous Beauhunks, alicetales, Radiator Hospital, Freeks


What we're gonna do here is kind of hopscotch our way back and forth through several months of our "mp3 possibles" list. By the time you get to the bottom, you might be thinking, "This is oldstuff, pp." But then again, you might not.






We especially like #4 as well. (See pic, duh.)




Not sure what they're saying but sure love the way they say it.




Well, we just discovered this last one's no longer a freeb. Please shoot us. (Thanks in advance.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eyelids' Open and Shut Case


Those widgeted ditties from this Portland band's just-released 854 LP have got our 'lids simultaneously shut in groovy bliss and open in wide-eyed wonder. (This can be tried at home, but out on the road? Caution, please.) Explore further here, here, here, and here.

Free download here.

Free download here (right-click to download). (Note: download is 20.1 MB, if that matters to ya.)


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Compilation of Compilations by The Active Listener, Popboomerang, & Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More


In the mood to sample and freely download 95 powerpop and psychpop tunes? Yeh, thought so. Well, we've had the good fortune to learn of and freely take from several excellent compilations of late, widgeted cornucopias of which are posted below.

From the ever-faithful, ever-active Nathan Ford comes The Active Listener Sampler 24. Our favorites are Nos. 5, 11, & 15, but that one widget below contains all fifteen free and legals.



From fabpop Australian label Popboomerang comes the sixteen-song comp, Up To Our Eyeball In it: A Popboomerang sampler. Our favorites are #2, 6, 7, 10, 12, and 13, but for some reason, Bandcamp has decided you WILL kick it off with #8. But, hey, it's free, they're all in the widget, so who's complainin'?



And last but way the opposite of least comes the extremely tasty supercomp from Mr. Wayne Lundquist Ford, of powerpop blog/Podomatic radio show Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More!. Wayne got permission from 63 artists to post 64 free and legals, so we're pretty sure you're going to find quite a few handsandfeetful of great stuff. We downloaded and sampled all 64, OF COURSE, but our favorites are (deep intake of breath) 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28, 29, 35, 36, 39, 40, 45, 48, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 60, and 64. We thought about posting a separate widget for each of our faves, but then thought, wellllllll, perhaps not.



Needless to say, but we will anyway, unspeakable but typeable thanks to these generous souls for so bounteously passing out the pop!

pppurcha$e$ at eMusic, Bandcamp, & Amazon - Third Quarter 2014 & Earlier


Let the tri-monthly excitement begin. If you find yourself liking some of the same music as we numbskulls, - yeah, that Wesley Wolfe LP's thrice plunked our twanger - you might want to check out our buydown$ of powerpop, indiepop, shoegazepop, psychpop, garagepop, and whateverpop at eMusic during July, August, and September of 2014. Many's the grin induced thereby, and we hope they're infectious. And for even more gins - and possibly a few griggles - we added some recent and not-so-recent purcha$e$ at Bandcamp and Amazon. Lots of primo tuneage in those stashes as well.
to be whisked.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vegas With Randolph's Fabulous Freebie


Please please yourself and freely scarper off with this top-notch number from D.C.-area favepoppers, Vegas With Randolph. Three more singles are due out soon, all aiming to whet the appetite for their forthcoming LP, A+1, due out in 2015. (Personally, ours is, like, totally whetted.) Read and hear more here, here, here, here, and here.

Jonny Polonsky's Vision


We've been buying this LA popper for quite a few years now and are very much enjoying his just-released EP of mid-paced rockers, Vision. Pick it up for name-your-price download at Bandcamp and check out the other JP product available there as well. Gather more sights and sounds here, here, here, and here. We begin with our favorite from Vision, but the other three are in the widget as well.



And here's one we bought that always gets us going going . . .

Friday, September 26, 2014

At Second Blush Response

Pawgazer.

We didn't say much about these excellent Adelaide gazers back in July but that doesn't mean we didn't love the music. Oh, no, quite the reverse. Well, Blush Response is back with more, and even though the EP's got "Dead Air," there's definitely no dead air. Oh, no, quite the reverse. Nos. 2 & 4 are our favorites. Read an excellent interview at Sounds Better With Reverb and keep learning more at Facebook.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jim Noir - The Broadway Jets

That's 11/03, Yanks.

The pride of Davyhulme, Jim Noir, aka "Alan Roberts," returns with his fifth LP, Finnish Line, come November 3. We were happy to receive his email announcing such and to be given access to the free and legal download of "The Broadway Jets." Check out the widget and if you like what you're hearing, click the link below it to initiate downloading activity. We did and did and are glad we did. BTW, Jim, we tried to embed the widget you provided but kept getting an error message. Forgive?


Click here for free download.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hail, White Fence, & All Thy Works!

Tim 'n' Ty

We try not to play favorites here at Powerpopulist, but . . . wait, what a crock, as that's all we do play here at Powerpopulist. Let us begin anew.

In case we haven't made it fairly clear, White Fence are one of our very favorite bands and have been for some time now. And of course before Fencemeister Tim Presley got out the whitewash, we were loving what he was doing in the more somber but highly uplifting settings of Darker My Love.


So it's a no-brainer (convenient for us) that when we just now came across Famous Class's Less Artists More Condos (LAMC) issue #12, we would drop all we were doing (sorry 'bout the dishes, Darling) and post it prontito. If you haven't yet picked up the most recent WF triumph, the Ty Segall-produced For The Recently Found Innocent, you should start to click most ricky tick. (And of course, check out LAMC #11, with Segal bandmate Mikal Cronin here.)

Perhaps we're not yet enamored of the work of White Fence touring guitarist Jack Name (aka John Webster Johns) quite as much, but that doesn't mean we won't be or you shouldn't be. So check out the second widgeted tune below if you're so inclined.

Enough jabber. Cue the ears.

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Sunchymes' Summer Mix of "Through my eyes"+


Less than a month of Summer/Winter left but no worries, Northampton one-man chymer Aaron Hemington sounds great year-round. Listen below, read a spate of bloggerly encomium here and here (click "See More"), get another freesong here, and buy some here. If you overlook the G. Harrison cover widgeted second below, you might well . . . tear up.

Super Time with SuperTempo


We found this Venetian band at one of our favorite Italian music blogs, Polaroid, and couldn't resist their primo powerpop. Our favorites are #2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13, & 14, but there isn't a dud in the lot.





Botany (Bay) Battle: Black Zeros vs. Buzz Kull



Many thanks to Happy blog for the headsup on Sydney surfpoppers, Black Zeros. Their cover of Sydney darkwavers Buzz Kull's "Fallen Flower" sets up a nice little artificial battle of the bands where one is neither needed nor sought. But, relentless agitpoppers as we are, how could we possiblly leave well enough alone? The two contendahs actually seem all friendly and peaceful-like, but for how long? Mwah-ha-ha.


Swiggin' & Ziggin' with The Zags


A recent hot afternoon walk became even pleasantly hotter when Portland's The Zags popped up on the potable playuh. We drank it right down, being nowhere near a bridge nor water nor 1987, smacking and smiling through the sweat. The rest of their excellent Small Bags EP is available for name-ya-price download at Bandcamp. Face off here.

Back to the Apple with The Washington Squares


That preceding post on Bernard/Normal Person has put us in a "New York frame of mind." So here are some beloved songs from one of our favorite groups from the late 1980s, neofolksters The Washington Squares. Left-click to listen, right-click to download, mouse-scroll-wheel-click to do what we told you about here. More information, videos, and free downloads are available at their official website. Buy more here.



We're Enjoying Normal Person


A New Yorker called Bernard records under the bandname Normal Person, and we very much like what he's doing in the realm of music. As do many of us, Bernard kind of bounces back and forth between "normal" and "manic." Numbers 1 & 3 below are kind of the former, while Nos. 2 & 4 are more the latter. (Maybe.) No. 5 kind of begins in the former and transitions into the latter. (If you're still remembering which is which, kudos to ya). We're not completely sure which No. 6 is, and that leaves you room to decide. Actually, feel free to decide about any of them. We were contemplating calling Nos. 1 & 3 the latter and Nos. 2 & 4 the former, just to, you know, mess with ya, but changed our mind(s) in consideration of your psychic well-being. And in consideration of your psychic well-being, you probably took charge and stopped reading this "post" quite early-on, in which case kudos, blessings and honor and glory and power be unto you, be unto you that sitteth upon the throne (at your drumkit, in your throneroom, your loo, wherever).

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