Thursday, April 11, 2019

Even More Freebies From the Archives - Downloadable Bandcampers - Phase 3

Perhaps you doubted us. Perhaps we doubted ourselves. Perhaps we waited too long. Perhaps we didn't wait long enough. But here we are, hat and fappy and thrusting and bursting with more free & legal downloadables we've rounded up from the Powerpopulist Archives. We just now checked each and every and verified that all are indeed available for either Free or Name-Your-Price Download. Clicking /////bc will take you to the appropriate Bandcamp download page. As before, if you get to Bandcamp and find a song has a price attached, do one of three things: 1) Click "Buy the Full Digital Album" and be taken to the page where it's downloadable for free or name-your-price (in which case, type "0"in the pricebox); 2) Click the album name just under the song name at the top left-hand side of the Bandcamp page; 3) Pay money to buy the song. We attach no particular importance to the number of songs in this Phase 3 playlist (69); that's simply the way it turned out. Most of the songs are powerpop, indiepop. janglepop, and other kinds of hooky, melodic pop, but this list is a bit more varied than the previous two. It includes some shoegaze, some crunch, and even has a wad of bubblegum stuck in there somewhere. We hope you find plenty to cop, feel, and flow with dopaminiacally. Oh, and, yes, we do have the aforepromised SoundCloud and straight mp3-linked downloadable playlists pretty much ready to post, and when that will be done is anybody's guess. Doubt us do ye? Good move. Click appropriately to find the 50 free and legals in Phase 1 and 50 more in Phase 2.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Faves of the Faves - January/February 2019: I Was a King, The Reverberations, Palmyra Delran, Potty Mouth, The Cowboys, Herzog, The Maureens, Business of Dreams, Crocodiles, Slush, Ex Hex, The Coathangers, Cherry Glazerr, the dates, The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness, the SUCK, Pink Mexico, Guided By Voices, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Which Wave, Sugarspun, Swervedriver, Palehound

Below are the powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, and other hooky melodic pop songs we discovered and most liked during the first two months of this year. As we've been posting lots of freebies lately, we want to point out that these are not freebies. They are, however, very much worth buying, which we've personally done whenever possible. We'll be posting more freebie songs From The Archives in the near future. We hope you find lots of songs here to like or love. If you'd like to see the full January and February playlists, click here and here. Two more things: we recently posted our Faves of the Faves for November/December 2018, in case you'd like to check them out. The song below identified as being by Kim Shattuck was originally identified when we found it as being by Palmyra Delran. Mercy bocooo.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

More Freebies From the Archives - Downloadable Bandcampers - Phase 2

As promised, here are 50 more free and legal downloadables from the Powerpopulist Archives. Most are powerpop, janglepop, indiepop, and other kinds of hooky melodic pop.  Clicking /////bc will take you to the Bandcamp page where you can download the song. If you find a pricetag attached there, click either a) Buy the Full Digital Album or b) the album name just under the song name at the top left of the page. We tested all 50 songs just before posting and found them all to be either Free Downloads or Name Your Price (in which case, simply type "0" in the price box). The first 50 freebies are available here (along with some blather about this From the Archives project). If you'd like to work from the playlist in a larger format over at Playmoss, click here. Happy listening, smashing, and grabbing.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Freebies From the Archives: Downloadable Bandcampers - Phase 1

We prowled back through the Powerpopulist Archives and found a bootyload of free powerpopjanglepopindiepop, and other hooky melodic pop favorites still alive and ready. At post-time, all of the 50 songs below are available for free download. Clicking /////bc will take you to the Bandcamp page where you can download the song. If you find a pricetag attached there, click either a) Buy the Full Digital Album or b) the album name just under the song name at the top left of the page. We tested all 50 songs just before posting and found them still to be either Free Downloads or Name Your Price (in which case, simply type "0" in the price box). Oh, and if the widget below feels a bit cramped, here's the full-size page at Playmoss. We've got more to say but are saying it below the widget.

We already got too wordy up there but wanted to say a little more.

We started this "From the Archives" feature in the early days of Powerpopulist. New visitors kept arriving, and we wanted them to be able to hear freebies we'd already posted that they might like to hear and/or download. We did the feature fairly regularly, but once the Age of Widget took hold, we for some reason let the feature slide.

So we've just spent--and are still spending--many hours combing back though old posts and frankly feel rather well-groomed. There's still tons of tuneage that continues to please us and might well do the same to you. We've picked up quite a few followers and visitors via Facebook, and many of them probably aren't a) aware of how much music we've posted or b) enthusiastic about digging back through twelve years of posts to see what's there.

We've found it to be an endeavor pleasing, yes, but not for the short-of-patience or faint-of-heart. Along with the pleasure came much pain. Cherished favorites had dropped their links or (gasp) completely disappeared from sight. Embed codes had been scrambled so as to create chaotic visuals and deformed widgets. . . . Sorry, just give us a minute. . . . All right, we're okay now. We'd say more but it's just too fucking painful. And fortunately, there is the music that lives on.

Historical Footnote: After posting here a number of our Playmoss playlists, this is the first in which every single song is clickably and easily, freely and legally downloadable. We like that. It takes up less space and it gives you the chance to click through quickly, listen at length if you like, and grab the ones you want for your music library. We're gonna do more of it. (See below.) So, like, TA-DA!

Yes, we've got more of these From the Archives posts coming in the near future. After one or two more Bandcamp-based posts, we've got one coming of SoundCloud freebies, plus one or more of the old-fashioned word-based mp3 links that were the staple of this and other music blogs earlier in the century. Then came the Age of Widget, at Powerpopulist on Monday, May 16, 2011. (So bravo for M. Thibault Stillinrock, who carries on the venerable tradition over at . . . Still in Rock!)

We've said this many times before, but in case we didn't include songs that plunk your particular twanger, clicking /////bc will often take you to other songs and albums by the artists that might suit you better. In the case of compilations, you'll be exposed to oodles more artists, as well.

We also say it ad infinitum but ad reallymeanitum: Abundant thanks to the artists who made and continue to make their fabulous music available, whether for free or for purchase. Because, yeah, we do purchase quite a lot of music, as you can see here (another feature we perhaps need to revive) and at Bandcamp. We also buy from labels, online stores, Amazon and, as a last resort, iTunes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Faves of the Faves - November/December 2018: the dates, Cupid's Carnival, Wyatt Blair, The Late Show, The Bangles, The Kryng, The Money War, The Higher State, Firefly, Chemtrails, Calva Louise, Steel Tees, Mothboxer, Johnny Mafia, Hot Nun, Jeremy & The Harlequins, White Noise, Neighborhood Brats, Traffik Island, When Young, Hatchie, Lucia

Back in December we got so immersed in putting together our 2018 Powerpopulist Faves post that we didn't post a Faves of the Faves playlist for November and December. No great harm's been done, though, because A) quite a few of the songs appeared in that 2018 list and B) this blog is probably not capable of doing great harm. So here it is, and we hope you find lots of songs to like or love. Oh, and below the Playmoss widget are several songs we loved that wouldn't play in the widget. If you'd like to see the full playlists for November and December, click here and here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Spaced-Based Powerpop Playlist

Over at the Facebook I Love Power Pop group, Adrienne Meddock of The Beef People issued a challenge: "Can you pick 5 power pop songs with a space theme for my contest over at my blog?" The answer: Why, yes, yes, we can, and then some. Since she herself came up with a list of 13, so did we. It could have been much, much longer, but this'll do for now. BTW, we realize that final song isn't really pure double p, but it's close enough and besides, it touches our tiny, alienated hearts.

Update, a few hours later: A hearty "ribbit" to one TubaFrog for the recommendation of Zolar X, now snuggled into and pushing the number of songs in the mix to 14.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2018 Powerpopulist Faves

Good moves from Bad Moves - and lots of others.

Behold and behear our very favorite powerpop, janglepop, indiepop, psychpop, and whateverpop songs from 2018. We decided to list these alpha songs in alpha order, with one exception: our favorite song of the year, Bad Moves' "Cool Generator," is at the top of the list. All the "The" bands' songs are down in the "T" range. As sometimes happens, Playmoss wouldn't accomodate several songs, so we've put them in their own widgets under the Playmoss widget. Songs Playmoss wouldn't identify by Artist Name and Songname are listed below the widget. Sometimes Playmoss balks at playing songs from Bandcamp, so if this happens, just click on the Bandcamp play arrow, and things should work out fine.

#2 - Ama - Love Demons
17 - Dot Dash - TV - Radio
19 - The Left Outsides - Clothed in Ivy Obscured by Dust
33 - J.F.K - Feel It Again
40 - K7s - Go Away
41 - K7s - It's The CIA
42 - K7s - Listen to My Heart
50 - Michael Simmons - No More Girls
59 - Rabbit Holes - We've Got Drugs, We've Got the Power
61 - Sauropod - Ripping
73 - Swingin' Utters - Human Potential
87 - The Faux Derix - Little Annie Meggs
98 - The Orange Kyte - Anti-Establishment Haircut
122 - Van Go - Live Through This

For you of the Spotify persuasion, we're also posting a widget for that site. Not all of the songs available at Playmoss were also available at Spotify, but most were. Spotify put the songs in a slightly different alphabetical arrangement, but this shouldn't cause many problems.

It's been a fun year musically, and we hope you find lots of songs you already like and some that might be new to you. As happened last year, we'll probably find some goodies we overlooked once some of our favorite music experts post their fave lists, so we'll be updating accordingly. (Truth to tell, we've already been doing that, so shhhhhh.) Please feel free to give feedback and make further suggestions of your own faves in Comments.

Happy New Year and here's to continued musical discovery.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

End-of-Year Free-Download Extravagonzo: Ballard, Glenn Robinson, Green Buzzard, Prince Rupert's Drops, Jetstream Pony, The Dandelion Seeds, Sir Robin & The Longbowmen, Burning House, Ben Woods, Vista Blue, Sloucher, The Faux Derix, The Love-Birds, Sauna Youth, Tiger Waves, Fritz, Super Paradise, Ex Norwegian, Thee MVPs, The Brother Kite, Bubble Boys, Charlie Foxtrot, Matt Shane, Murray Darling, Go Violets, Ruby, The Unswept, SCK CHX, Slime

Smile, bae. Your ship's about to come in.

In the spirit of what's generally going on this time of year, we bestow below a bounty of free and legally downloadable songs we've found and liked or loved but just haven't gotten around to posting yet. To download, click the light blue link (bandname or songtitle) or the additional download information we've provided. Of course, it's really the artists themselves (or their labels) who have so beneficently bestowed, so multiple thanks, hugs, etc., to THEM! Hope you have a very merry!

Free download here. Actually, this is by Green Buzzard, one of our very favorite Ozbands discovered in the last couple of years. Cool video here.

Actually by the quite groovy Prince Rupert's Drops; free download here.

The songtitle is "Crazy Sun."

Fun-ish video here.

Pause to take a breath. Okay, back to it.

Free download here. Song's by The Love-Birds.

Another breath. OK, GO!

Thanks to Bill Curran, aka Racer-X, for the headsup.

Thanks to Thibault at Still in Rock for the headsup.

Free download here. Thanks to Wub-Fur for the headsup.

Song's not as oookie as the bandname suggests. Rather Tom Yummy, in fact. Click the down arrow to, like, download.

Are you okay? Have we posted enough this time? We know we've been a bit remiss at posting this year, so we're trying to atone. Did we? (Rhetorical questions, these.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Faves of the Faves - September/October 2018: The Rallies, Car City, The Chills, The Persian Leaps, Ben Woods, Lisa Mychols, Greg Pope, White Fence, Mike Krol, Ty Segall, Lions Of Dissent, Eyelids, More Kicks, Broncho, Timothy Eerie

Here's a little playlist we put together of our very favorite powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, and woteverpop songfinds during the ninth and tenth months of the current calendar year. We sincerely hope you find some tuneage that meets your impeccable standards of taste. If you'd like to see the full playlists for September and October, click here or here. The November playlist's a-building here.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bob of the Pops Pops Back In and, Like, WOW!

Yes, they've done it again! Messrs. Boryng Bison (aka Gyro Bobins, aka Robyn Gibson of Leicester band The Junipers) and Keith Klingensmith (of Futureman Records) have ginned up a third superb album of covers, all available for free download at Bandcamp. All thirteen songs on Free! Bob of the Pops Vol. 3 are simply terrific, but posted below are our very favorites. Our previous post on Free! Bob of the Pops Vols. 1 & 2 can be found here. Many thanks to Messrs. Gibson & Klingensmith for their abundant talents and for sparing us our precious few.

The Hollies cover

Marmalade cover

The First Class cover

Kaleidoscope cover

The Rutles cover

XTC cover

Elliott Smith cover

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Faves of the Faves - July/August 2018: Dot Dash, The Speedways, Tired All The Time, Last Great Dreamers, Lisa Mychols, Summer Magic, The Chills, The Laissez Fairs, Ty Segall & White Fence, Sauropod, JEPH, Tony Molina, Straight Arrows, Shy Boys, Bad Moves, Baits, The Wit, Sonic Blume, Waves of Dread, The Feens, Ghosts/Signals

Below are our very favorite songfinds of powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, and otherpop during the months of July and August. Playmoss continues to have "issues" with songs from Bandcamp, so we've put all of those at the bottom of the widget. Da 'Moss won't take SoundCloud at all, so we've put several of those in widgets at bottom of the post. The entire July 2018 and August 2018 playlists are on other pages at Playmoss. (Clicky clicky.)

We do hope you find some songs to like or love. As of post-time, the very first song in the Playmoss widget, Dot Dash's "Unfair Weather," is available for free download at Bandcamp. That Ghosts/Signals song is available for free download at SoundCloud. (Click the down arrow in the widget.)

As sometimes happens, Playmoss didn't provide all the info for a couple of songs, so here it is.

#2 - Dot Dash - TV - Radio
#11 - Sauropod - Ripping

Friday, August 31, 2018

Favorite Flavors from Ice Cream Man's Summer 2018 Compilation (Installment 3): Mythical Motors, Christopher Jameson, The Stone Lyons, Trip Wire, Golden Fang, The Sitting Tenants, Dave Sheinin, Tomas Nilsson, The Outryders, Mud Fox Tribe, The Brand New Luddites, Kurt Baker Combo

And now to the third and final installment of our favorite songs from Ice Cream Man Wayne Lundquist Ford's superduper Summer 2018 compilation, Songs We Learnt At Sundae School. So popular has this comp been that it has twice reached its quota for free downloads and been rescued by Futureman Records. You can of course pay for the whole LP or individual songs if you like, but if you want the free download, you will need to download all 163 numbers at once and then sort them out according to your own particular impeccable preferences. Many thanks to Wayne Lundquist Ford, Futureman Records, and the contributing artists. Previous posts in this and previous summers' comps can be found here.

(Some of you will be bitterly disappointed to find we are using larger widgets for individual songs, but here's why: when we used the smaller widgets, as in previous posts, the artist names did not appear, and we can't have that now, can we? Answer: we can but we don't want to.)

Something To Break Up The Intimidating Mass O' Widgets

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Favorite Flavors from Ice Cream Man's Summer 2018 Compilation (Installment 2): Tommy Sistak, Vista Blue, Psychotic Youth, Empty Hours, PoP, Badass Mother Fuzzers, Gretchen's Wheel, Geoff Palmer, Kristofer Åström, Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders, Pink Beam

Below is the second installment of songs we particularly liked in the recent monster (nice monster, fab monster) compilation by Ice Cream Man Wayne Lundquist Ford, Songs We Learnt At Sundae School. (See background information here in Installment 1). Once again we're putting the  FREELY DOWNLOADABLE full comp first, followed by our favorite songs. If you want to do the FREE DOWNLOAD of a particular song, click the songtitle to go to its download page at Bandcamp. Happy listening and grabbing and stuff. Once again, and OF COURSE, thanks, Wayne!!!

If, by the way, you find the compilation and songs are no longer available for free download at any of the links provided. you should still be able to do a free download courtesy of Futureman Records.

Pause to cool down (or up).

Friday, July 27, 2018

Favorite Flavors from Ice Cream Man's Summer 2018 Compilation (Installment 1): Mark And The Clouds, Andy Klingensmith, Michael Slawter, Nick Piunti, The SD5, The Turnback, Dropkick, Stephen's Ruin, Propeller, Roger Arvidson, The Box Dwellers, Glenn Robinson

The inimitable Wayne Lundquist Ford, aka "Ice Cream Man," has done it again. For the fourth summer in a row, the tireless Cool One has put together a stellar compilation of powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, rockpop, and otherpop songs and made them available for free download at Bandcamp. We've been eagerly anticipating Songs We Learnt At Sundae School for months now and got right to sampling all 160+ as soon as we found them posted tonight. We're posting widgets of the entire compilation, plus our very favorite songs in two installments.

If you want to download the entire comp, click "Download" in the first widget below. To download any of our faves, clicking the song title will take you to its download page. To go to the Bandcamp page of the entire compilation, click here.

We would again like to thank Wayne for his effort, expertise, and generosity in making these excellent songs available. Thanks, too, to the artists who participated in the project. Be sure to check out Wayne's Ice Cream Man blog and give ear to podcasts of his excellent weekly radio show. You can check out our posts of the previous Ice Cream Man compilations here, here, here, and here.

Update, 1aug18: Free downloading of the entire compilation is now available courtesy of Futureman Records. (<==Clicky clicky.) If you click on the individual song titles below, the page you go to will show a fee until 8aug18. Many thanks to Futureman Records for stepping in to maintain free downloads.

Pause here to prevent brain freeze. Resume when ready.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Faves of the Faves - June 2018: The Action, Talkies, EUT, Burning House, Shy Boys, Elsa Lester, The Smittens, Mikey Collins, Mozes and the Firstborn, J.F.K, ORB, Drawing Boards, Doug Tuttle, Tony Molina, Tape Waves

Behold and behear our favorite musical discoveries of the month indicated in the postititle.  Playmoss chose not to include artist names for several songs, so here they are:

#4 - Burning House - Peach
#7 - Send Medicine - Corduroy
#10 - J.F.K - Feel It Again
#13 - Doug Tuttle - Twilight

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