Friday, April 21, 2017

Not Peeved at The Peeves, No, No, Far From

For some reason some body just followed us on Twitter, and through them we were led to a really fun power pop radio show blasting out of Northwestern University's WNUR in Evanston/Chicago. It's called The Power Pop Shoppe Radio Show, and make no mistake, DJ Gil serves pretty pure platters of the double p.

We were arrested midshow by Chicago band The Peeves and found it necessary to track them down and see if they'd cooked up any downloadables. Well, guess what: we found the very one that got us chuffed and cuffed, along with three more name-your-pricers, all available within the widget below .

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Three Compilations by "The Burger Guy": Baroque Pop, Psych Pop, & Bubblegum Pop

We have our reasons for using this picture, but we're opting not to reveal them at this time. 

Frankly, we don't exactly remember how we discovered these compilations by Sean Bohrman of Burger Records. It probably has something to do with the periodic updates Burger sends us. Ultimately it matters even less than these words we're writing. (Yes, these words, not words like "Sean," "Bohrman," "Burger,," "Records," and "periodic," for those words matter very much indeed.)

Anyway, Sean has put together at least four compilations over at Bandcamp, and we're posting our favorites from three of them. (We opted out of his Tiny Tim comp for the time being.) We encourage you to read his informative, droll comments at Bandcamp, but for now, we're focusing on the music. All the comps are available for name-your-price download.

Baroque Pop Compilation

Psych Pop Compilation

Bubblegum Pop Compilation

Thursday, April 06, 2017

New PEACHFUZZ Puts Us On Pop Of The World (No Pun Intended)

Ever since Absolute Powerpop first turned us on to PEACHFUZZ back in 2007, the Malibu powerstonerpop flower trio have been one of our very favorite bands. We've bought tons of their songs, repeatedly recommended them to friends, put them in oodles of faves mixes, and happily posted on them back in 2008 when we found some freebies at (no longer available).

Imagine our excitement, then, when within the last hour we received word that their just-released-today LP, On Pop Of The World, has been made available for name-your-price download via Peachpoint Productions and Outstanding Unit Records. That's right, you can't, but that's okay because here it is for your listening, downloading pleasure.

For what it's worth, our favorites are #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8.

At Bandcamp you can also buy PEACHFUZZes on Catch Your Snap, the LP on to which AbPow first turned us. Here's a little sampling of some of our faves.

Here's a few we recently purchased and love from their 2012 LP, Fall Down Dreaming.

And here's another longtime fave, the title cut from their 2003 LP, About a Bird. It's available at Amazon, eMusic, and iTunes.

Doublechecking those links reminded us of a quandary we and some friends encountered years ago when tracking down PEACHFUZZ songs. There is another band called Peachfuzz, from London, Angleland. They're pretty good, too, but definitely not the same band. We'll give you their Bandcamp link so you can distinguish between the two bands and hear and buy whatever you like.

Finally, here's one more particular fave from About a Bird:

Saturday, April 01, 2017

March 2017 Faves of the Faves Playlist

The lion has transmogrified into a lamb, i.e., March 2017 is done for, so it's time to take stock. Below is a Playmoss playlist with 19 of our very favorite songs found during the windy month. If you'd like to check out all 50 songs we added during March, click here.

Actually, a couple of numbers we would have added got balky at Playmoss, so we're adding them as videos. And for gins and griggles, we're posting the Forty February Faves playlist we didn't get around to posting at the end of Shortmonth. Hope you enjoy. Oh, not to be presumptuous, but Playmoss has an app (iPhone, Android) you can download to your portable device in case you'd like to listen on the go.

BTW, the March playlist is in order from first of the month to end. The February list is in reverse chronological order. Why? WDK.

Finally, there's no doubt as to what got us most excited last month: the new EP by Oberon/Sydney band Green Buzzard, which we recently posted. Song #11 below ("Dream In/Out") is by them.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' at Belly Button Records: The Jagged Frequency, Monster Youth, The Black Cult, MOAR

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The Jagged Frequency

We recently came across these songs at Belgian label Belly Button Records but honestly don't remember how we got there. They did rock us, though, and that's the main thing. Not to every popper's taste, but wtf is, wot? Much more is available for name-your-price download via the widgets and at Bandcamp.

We also especially like #4 & #5. Facebook


Facebook (We think. These are Groningeners, but Holland's contiguous with Belgium, yeah?)


Saturday, March 25, 2017

SoundCloud 9: Echo Ladies, HYLA, Spinning Jennies, The Sky Drops, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Viv and The Sect, The Phantom Sound, Hollow Trees, The Colors

Looking over our list of free and legals from SoundCloud we discovered a bunch we like or love but, to our horror, hadn't yet posted. So here they are, beginning with the most recently found (although not necessarily most recently recorded). They cover quite a range of genres and moods, so be prepared. Click the down-arrows to download, except as noted.

From: Malmo - Facebook

From: Perth - Facebook

From: San Francisco - Facebook
Many thanks to Jeff Shelton of The Well Wishers for making this longtime fave available.

From: Wilmington, DE - Facebook

From: Los Angeles - Facebook

From: Mexico - Facebook

For free download, go here and click ". . . More--Download."
From: London - Facebook

From: Austin - Facebook

And here's a nice little Baroque pop number that's downloadable but, for some reason, unwidgetable (by us anyway). Listen to it below via YouTube if you, like, want to.

The Colors - When Worlds Collide - Go here and then click ". . . More--Download." - from their 2016 LP Teenage Furniture on Nacional Records - As soon as we nail down further info, we'll put it here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Flying High with Green Buzzard

Yeah, we used it before but that's because we like it.

Oberon/Sydney band Green Buzzard are one of our very favorite discoveries of the last couple of years, so high as a kite we got to discover their latest release, Space Man Rodeo. (Hear below.) But a few moments ago we sampled every tune and quickly snapped up every one of them at iTunes (all but the excellent "Do You Ever Glow?", which we'd already snapped up as a single). Check out more info by and about GB at FB. We're not big on discouraging words here, so don't let the fact we found the three "Transmissions" to be a bit slowish detract from the fact that on each of the other seven songs on SMR, it's all systems GO!

And if you missed last year's Easy Queezy Squeezy EP, check it out below and buy it at iTunes. We did both and are darned glad we did. While you're at it, check out pretty much all the rest of Green Buzzard's artistry at their SoundCloud page.

Finally, we push their "Phantasy Girl," video every chance we get because frankly, it's rock perfection, aurally and visually. (In Our Haughty Opinion.)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cotton Mather's I Ching Project Continues with Forthcoming Wild Kingdom

We got in on Austin faveband Cotton Mather's projected 64-song I Ching project early on and are excited to find leader Robert Harrison has now completed 30 songs. Following last year's highly praised LP Death of the Cool, CM/RH are set to release followup LP Wild Kingdom next month (7apr17, to be exact).

Below are two freely downloadable songs we love from the new one, plus another we found at Fanatic Promotion's SoundCloud page. In fact numerous Cotton Mather songs are available for free download there. To find out which ones, just hover . . . oh, fudge, here they are: #1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22. And here are most, if not all, of our Cotton Mather posts.

Many thanks to  Fanatic Promotion's Josh Bloom for that initial alert and all subsequent updates, including this latest.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Covers by The Kickstand Band, Chris Richards and the Subtractions, Bertling Noise Laboratories, The Legal Matters, Static Daydream, My Expansive Awareness, The Radiation Flowers, Joe Giddings

We've come across a bunch of enjoyable, downloadable cover versions of songs we like or love and thought you might like to have a listen-hear. You will find in the widgets other covers of other bands, dozens of them, in fact. We've posted our favorites, but your kilometrage might vary.

The Kickstand Band cover The Sunrays (1965)

Chris Richards and the Subtractions cover Cheap Trick (twice) & The Who

Bertling Noise Laboratories cover Todd Rundgren, The Romantics, & Elvis Costello

The Legal Matters cover The Beatles

Static Daydream cover Guided by Voices

My Expansive Awareness cover The Castaways

The Radiation Flowers cover The Stooges

Joe Giddings covers KISS (and a whole lot more)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Walkies - 22.ii.17: Diamond Hands, Crocodiles, Warm Soda, Andy Ketch, Listen Lady, Milk Maid, Low Doses, La Luz, SMUT, Tape Waves

Berto was with us in spirit, if not in person.

Please join us for the musical portion of today's matutinal ramble. The below randomly shuffled onto our playah as we randomly shuffled down the avenue. The Andy Ketch and Listen Lady tunes are available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Yummy Evil Pop/Powerpop, etc., from kiso island

'twould appear kiso island are dining at Kiso Island.

A big sloppy merci and happy digestoburp to our Bandcamp buddy lolo of Nimes for the headsup on Vancouver, BC band kiso island. ((We shall wear denim all day (and all of the nighta) in honor, tribute, and gratitude.)) k. i. went three-for-three on this one, and there's more at Bandcamp. Not a lot more, but more. Oh, we've been reading more shtuff about how to be a better blog, so here are ALL the tags the band used at Bandcamp (AND THEY'RE CLICKABLE!): alternative evil pop pnw power pop rock sushi Vancouver. Wow, we feel better already.

Friday, February 17, 2017

More I.D., Please: Mind Meld, Jim And The French Vanilla, Jennifer, The Blend

Once again, Playmoss hasn't included bandnames in some of the songs we've recently widgeted, so here they are. (Don't worry, Mossy, we still love you.)

Mind Meld

We love Mind Meld's self-titled LP so much, we'd like to point you toward the entire album, which you can hear at SoundCloud. (It dropped Thursday, 16feb17.) In addition to the two songs above, we particularly like #s 8, 9, & 10    

Jim And The French Vanilla


The Blend

Monday, February 13, 2017

Snowball II - Anais & Me

Yes, yes, do take a bow, as do we for eschewing allusions to snowballs, snow, or balls. 

We're grateful to multi(social)media friend Bill Curran for the headsup on these purveyors of high quality pop, L.A. band Snowball II. More's available at Bandcamp. Here's our favorite so far.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Freddy Beach - Pretty As A Picture

Based on the picture Thibault provides at Still in Rock, the leader of this New Orleans band is pretty nice looking, but our postitle refers to the jangler below, which Thibault has made available for free download. He's also made another song available for download, along with interesting insights into Freddy Beach's oeuvre to date. We don't know if Google Chrome Translate limns the full measure of what Thibault wants to depict, but we very much enjoyed the concluding sentence of the post: "And then we now have two EPs to put in the tooth for a total of 9 pieces which, I'm sure, will make your neighbor cocaine a little lamb in search of his mom for a nap."

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I.D., Please: St. Tropez, Bryan's Magic Tears, Amber Arcades, Surf Cassette, Acting Strange

We just noticed the last five or six songs we dropped into our Playmoss Currents widget lack bandname identification. (We actually tried to insert a bandname at Playmoss and got a big slap across the puss, which kind of hurt.) We obviously like them very much and feel if you do, too, it might be nice to know who the hootie they are.

St. Tropez - Democracy

We've been enjoying this Dutch band for a couple of years now. Here are two more you might like.


Bryan's Magic Tears - The Hand Of Summer

We found this French band today at the ever reliable Still in Rock. SiR Thibault has interesting analysis and downloadables of this song and one other. Below is the other widgeted ditty we especially liked. Check out the band on Facebook, if you like.

Amber Arcades - It Changes

From The Netherlands - Facebook

Surf Cassette - Wasted

From Milan - Facebook

Acting Strange - Start It Over

From Glasgow - Facebook

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Dot Dash & The Airplanes - A Sabbath-Day Jaunt

Symbiosis, wot?

We were enjoying our now-daily jaunt over to I Don't Hear A Single and followed Mr. Valentine's (oh, yeah, only 10 more shopping days until) helpful link over to The Beautiful Music site. There we found 18 free and legals, our favorite of which was by longtime D. C. faveband Dot Dash. You can sample and download the song there, but we also wondered if it might be at one of their Bandcamp pages. It was, and is posted below. 

Then we noticed that a Bandcamper we follow had liked the song, too, so we went over to her Collection and scrolled down. It wasn't long before we discovered a terrific song we hadn't heard by longtime Fayetteville, Arkansas faveband The Airplanes. And sure enough, it was available for name-your-price download.

That concludes the textual portion of this post, unless we think of something else to say, which is highly unlikely.

Elephant Stone - See The Light

We loved The High Dials and got Elephant Stoned with alacrity.
From: Montreal
Ship of Fools

Desert Mountain Tribe - Enos In Space

Wish we could come up with postitles like that. :-)

From London via Koln
Either That Or The Moon

Feature - Schedules Align

Banishing Ritual

TVAM - No Explanation

From Manchester

The New Pornographers - High Ticket Attractions

We love them 
From: Vancouver
Whiteout Conditions

Monster Movie - Shouldn't Stray From The Shadows

From: Berkshire

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Bandcamp Purchasefaves - December 2016/January 2017: Resonars, Virgineers, Kevin Devine, Fogbound, Beginner's Mynd, Magic Shoppe, Laissez Fairs, Pink Mexico, et. al. . . .

We bought more than 130 songs at Bandcamp the last month or so (29dec16-31jan17) and thought about posting all of them. Then we decided to narrow it down to a couple of dozen favorites. We also thought about posting them in their individual Bandcamp widgets but then decided it might be easier for you to check them out using a Playmoss widget. If you want to hear the EP or LP the song lives in, click the bc logo at the end of each songline below. (If you want to do this while listening to a different song, you might want to use that sophisticated Mouse Scroll Wheel technique we told you about on October 1, 2010.) If you want to check out the rest of what we bought, go to our Bandcamp Collection. If you want to check out some other songs we've been finding of late, click on the Playmoss widget in the upper right-hand corner of this page. If you want more options, you really are kind of OCD/C, aren'tcha.

Nota bene: Song #5 is actually by The Steppes. #20 is by Doug Tuttle.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Recent Finds: The Lad Mags, The Higher State, The John Sally Ride, Rocket Bureau, The BQs, The Blurry Minds

Here you will find a few recent finds we find enjoyable. (Yes, we sense both a Grammy and a Nobel Prize for Literature are in the offing.)

From Edmonton - Facebook

From Arizona - Facebook

From New York - Hat tip to I Don't Hear A Single

From Madison - RB's "Go Away Girl" is still available for n-y-p download at this previous post. And, yes, we used the same picture, but that's because it makes us chortle.

From Raleigh - We also particularly like #s 2, 3, & 8.

From Princeton - Also highly diggable: #5

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Some Singles We Heard (And Loved) at I Don't Hear A Single

Heels, Cabin, Dolls

It's always kind of strange (and exhilarating) to find our humble little blogchild listed on the blogroll of a site we hadn't yet encountered, especially one that's well stocked with excellent tuneage and written with facility and insight we do not display. Such is the case with the excellent British blog, I Don't Hear A Single, which is now firmly ensconced in our daily rota of exploration. Below you will find several favorites we discovered there, minus the excellent analysis and additional wealth of entertainment you will enjoy by visiting IDHAS. We'd like to thank Mr. Don Valentine for 'rolling and rocking us at his exemplary blog.

The Drywall Heels

Read about this Toronto band at IDHAS. We liked this one enough to buy it:

Red Cabin

Read on this New Yorker at IDHAS. And btw, our newish blogfriend Dennis did an excellent post on Red Cabin over at Poprock Record.

The Living Dolls

The L.A. band is featured here at IDHAS.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Ross's Pure Powerpop

Kind of how we felt, too.

Let loose on a pleasant walk, we recently heard the first song below launch forth on our mobile and oh, how we did soar! On a whim - and what a whim it was! - we thought we'd check to see if it might be available for you online, and sure enough, it wasn't. Just kidding, it was, along with a bunch more excelentes from Juan Antonio ROSS of Murcia, Spain. Below are our favorites from two of his LPs at Bandcamp. Explore further there and at Facebook. Warning: prepare to hear some primo powerpop.

Volume 2

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Music of the Sphere: Golden Daze, La Sera, Kindling, Real Numbers, Split Single, Posies, Phil Seymour, Double Cheese, Holy Wave, Cool Ghouls, Dumb Punts, CFM, Pleasers, Kaviar Special, Chris Cohen, Frankie Teardrop, Ty Segall, Wyatt Blair, Thee Oh Sees

(Dates are for last year.)

We take a knee or two to humbly thank these bloggers for making the following available.

Golden Daze - Sleepin' In The Sun - Rollo & Grady

La Sera - Queens - The KEXP Blog
Kindling - Blinding Wave - The KEXP Blog
Real Numbers - Falling Out - The KEXP Blog
Split Single - Untry Love - The KEXP Blog

The Posies - Golden Blunders & My Big Mouth - Still in Rock
Phil Seymour - Let Her Dance - Still in Rock

The following are all in the fantastic Best of 2016 Post at the fantastic Still in Rock.

Golden Daze - Never Comin' Back - Still in Rock
Double Cheese - You Know Better - Still in Rock
Holy Wave - You Should Lie - Still in Rock
Cool Ghouls - (If I Can't Be) The Man - Still in Rock
Dumb Punts - Space Waster - Still in Rock
CFM - Brain of Clay - Still in Rock
Pleasers - Here Comes My Girlfriend - Still in Rock
Kaviar Special - Morning Light - Still in Rock
Chris Cohen - Yesterday's On My Mind - Still in Rock
Frankie Teardrop - Stay Dumb - Still in Rock
Ty Segall - Diversion - Still in Rock
Wyatt Blair - Monday Morning Mess - Still in Rock 
Thee Oh Sees - Gelatinous Cube - Still in Rock

There were plenty more we loved in Thibault's fantastic 90-song post, many of which we've already posted. A must see/hear.

pppurcha$e$ - Fourth Quarter 2015 & The Four Quarters of 2016

We kinda fell behind on this pppurcha$e$ series thang, so here's an attempt to catch up. We got motivated by a friend over at Facebook who said he, too, liked to shop at eMusic, so we're working out a way to let one another know what we've been purchasing, Some visitors here at Powerpopulist have previously expressed appreciation for this feature, so if you're still interested, we apologize for going more than a year without it. We trust you've coped. Click a few words hence to see our Bandcamp Collection, which appears in reverse chronological order, beginning with our most recent purchases.

4th Quarter - 2015
1st Quarter - 2016
2nd Quarter - 2016
3rd Quarter - 2016
4th Quarter - 2016

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dot Dash Send Us 5 / 5 / 5

We've been enjoying Washington, D. C. band Dot Dash for almost six years now and are delighted they are making available for free download an EP with one song from each of their five albums. Last time we sent them coded gratitude but this time we're just gonna come right out and say it: Khop Khun Mak Kha, ya'll!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mozes and the Firstborn Birth Marianne

We've been enjoying Eindhoven (Netherlands) band Mozes and the Firstborn for several years now and were delighted to receive emailed word that their new EP, Marianne, dropped today. We've posted our favorite song first below, but the entire EP is in the widget and available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp. In fact, their entire discography at Bandcamp is offered for nypdl, so have it it.

To Bleach Girls: We Like YOU, Heck Yes!

If we can believe their lyrics - and why not? - Byron Bay band Bleach Girls have the largeness of soul to encompass contradiction. In "Like You" (downloadable below), they immediately proclaim:
I like your hair cut,
I like it long.
You look so pretty,
You look so wrong.
But that's not the only reason we're loving this duo. Evidence of that is provided below, at SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and triple j unearthed, which has another free downloadable.

Many thanks to Little Indie Blogs for the headsup to the following.

Watch 'em in action:

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