Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Faves of the Faves - January 2018: On and Ons, Eyelids, Emperor Penguin, Ups and Downs, Well Wishers, Calva Louise, Lucille Furs, Maharajas, Strangers In A Strange Land, Serpent Power, Jay Som, Hurry, Bee Bee Sea, Red Cities, Honeyrude, American Darlings, Moniker, Kindling, Coywolf, Trevor and The Joneses, Peyote Coyote, Flower Graves, Rotten Mangos, Olden Yolk, Ty Segall, Overlord, Waking Hours, Triptides, Crazy Squeeze

Below is the playlist of our very favorite songs discovered during the first month of 2018. It was a rich month indeed, partly because of new songs released but also because of songs encountered on various end-of-year lists by bloggers and aficionados whose tastes we admire. Sure, we'd posted our own 2017 Powerpopulist Faves playlist but found a number of songs elsewhere we had either overlooked or not attended to closely enough.

So thanks to Absolute Powerpop, Power Popaholic, I Don't Hear A Single, Ice Cream Man Powerpop And MorePowerpopnews, Jeff Shelton, David Bash, John Borack, Pablo Ferrayra, and Jack Rabid/Big Takeover for helping us supplement the 119 songs on our list and for helping make January a most merry musical month.  (As usual, this is not a ranking but more of a discovery-based chronology.)

Song #6 is by Calva Louise.

Faves of the Faves - November/December 2017: First Base, Peyote Coyote, The Galileo 7, The Dayoffs, The Keep Left Signs, Paul Messis, The Successful Failures, Salad Boys, Latvian Radio, Caddy, Third of Never, FUR, Soda Fountain Rag, Susan

We were just about to post our Faves of the Faves for January 2018 when to our (feigned) horror we realized we hadn't yet A) made one for November/December 2017 or B) published one for November/December 2017. There were all kinds of reasons, mostly technical, why we hadn't done so but they are of no interest whatever, not even to us. So here's the playlist. Click and listen away! We hope you find music to like. (By the way, this is not a ranking but more of a discovery-based chronology.)

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Comp of Comps: The Darling Buds, Chemtrails, Geodesic Ivy Dub, The Beginner's Mynd, Sweet Jane and Claire, Whimsical, The Mongrelettes

Here are a few favesongs from various compilations we've come across lately and not-so-lately. All are available for free or name-your-price download as of this posting. Each widget has all the songs on each compilation, in case you want to do further exploration.

We also like the HOLY song (#7), which has been popping up on lots of faveblogs of late.

The original was the first downloadable we ever posted at this here little blog of ours. Sigh.

We also really "dig" the ones by The Luck of Eden Hall (#1), and Os Noctambulos (#11).

We also are enamored of #7 and #9.

Got a whole lotta gas-and-oily-smelling fuzz on this comp.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Music of the Sphere: Alvvays, Tristen, Shake Some Action!, Superchunk, White Reaper, Faith Healer, Langhorne Slim, Ages & Ages, Pinact, together PANGEA, Wand, Wyatt Blair, Basketball Shorts, Soaked, Warm Soda, TH da Freak

It's been awhile since we've done one of these MotS things, which makes this an almost optimal time to do so. We like some of these songs so much they made it onto our 2017 Powerpopulist Faves playlist. Many thanks to the two blogging entities for making them available.

Alvvays - In Undertow - The KEXP Blog
Tristen - Glass Jar (feat. Jenny Lewis) - The KEXP Blog
Shake Some Action! - Waiting for the Sun - The KEXP Blog
Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - The KEXP Blog
White Reaper - The Stack - The KEXP Blog
Faith Healer - Light Of Loving - The KEXP Blog
Langhorne Slim - Zombie - The KEXP Blog
Ages & Ages - How It Feels - The KEXP Blog

Pinact - Oh & Separate Ways - Still in Rock
together PANGEA - Friend of Nothing - Still in Rock

The following are from SiR's 100 Best Songs of 2017 post. The numbers indicate rank and are proffered to facilitate quickfind.
54 - Wand - Bee Karma - Still in Rock
52 - Wyatt Blair - Jesse's On Fire Again - Still in Rock
38 - Basketball Shorts - This Summer - Still in Rock
24 - Soaked - Backseat Heat - Still in Rock
23 - Warm Soda - I Don't Wanna Grow Up - Still in Rock
09 - TH da Freak - Morphing - Still in Rock

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Powerpopulist Faves

Tired of end-of-year lists? No? Well goody goody 'cause here's one we think you'll like. We sure did because it's, like, ours, duh: our very favorite powerpop, indiepop, janglepop, psychpop, whateverpop songs of 2017. Every song's a personal eargasm, so that's a groovy skyrockets-in-flight kind of thing. As suggested below, this is not a ranking but more of a chronology by release and discovery.

"Whaaaaaaat, only 109 songs??? You're a piker, pp."

Yeah, but we've listened to (or sampled) thousands of new songs this year and cried crocotears leaving out dearly beloveds from the list. So this is actually quite a winnowing, a harvesting, a curation, if you will. Only the choicest numbers for y/our delectation. Plus also there's actually more than 109. (See below.) Plus you can go to our Powerpopulist Playmoss Collection to see/hear monthly favorites and genre-specific playlists. Oodles of them.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy. The songs are listed pretty close to the order in which we discovered them, although songs by the same artist are grouped together. And btw, Playmoss wouldn't show the artist name for some of the songs, so here is that valuable information

#8 - Tobin Sprout - Future Boy Today/Man Of Tomorrow
40 - R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner - Horror Show
42 - Wiretree - J. F. Sebastian
45 - Alain Pire Experience - The Sun Don't Shine
78 - Walker Brigade - Voodoo Doll

Also, Playmoss wouldn't smoothly play some of our faves, so we're adding them below. So, yeah, there are actually more than 109.

Bandname = Free Machines

Here's wishing you a Great New Year, musically and otherwise.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Faves from Drunken Sailor Compilations: Marvelous Mark, First Base, The Cowboys, Malos Modales, Wonk Unit, Flamingo 50

Ahoy (hic!), maties. Our reshent posht on the fab new LP by First Base led us to some other fun name-your-price downloadables courtesy of Drunken Sailor Records. We've sampled all 56 songs on three DSR compilations and post below our very favorites. The dipso mariner tends toward the fast, fuzzy, and furious, but our selections tend toward a more poppy mode. Each widget below has all the songs on each comp, so if we've been a bit tame for your taste, dive right in and get falling down happy. Click here to view the full Drunken Sailor discography.

We've posted previously on this top-notch Torontan, and some of the songs we posted are still available for name-your-price download (including this very next one).

You probably wondered why we left this one out of that aforementioned First Base post. (Sure, pp, sure, we pay infinite attention to everything you do.) Well, we were saving it for this post.

First Base Hit A Grand Slam

We merrily posted songs by Toronto band First Base two times previously and were pumped to find their new Drunken Sailor Records LP is not only Not That Bad but pretty much rockingly excellent from start to finish. You can either buy the whole digital album at Bandcamp or download each song individually on a name-your-price basis. Below are our very favorites from the new LP. To go to a song's name-your-price download page, simply click the song title.

If you go to our previous posts, you'll find a couple of songs still available for free download, (Some songs that were previously available have mysteriously disappeared, hence the ugly black lacunae at one of the posts.)

At the First Base SoundCloud page you will find a bunch of cover songs available for free download, along with some that are strictly for streaming. To discover if a song is downloadable, click ". . . More" and see if the drop-down menu says "Download."

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Faves of the Faves - October 2017: The Galileo 7, Guided by Voices, Purple Wizard, Cotton Mather, This Blinding Light, Marble Party, Linn Koch-Emmery, Tristen, Arvidson & the Butterflies, The Black Heart Death Cult, The Brixton Riot, Black Nite Crash, The Prissteens, Acid Baby Jesus, Luminous Fins, Dream Phases, DMA's

Here are our very favorite songs dropped into our October 2017 playlist over at Playmoss. We love Playmoss but they've been undergoing adjustments that have thrown us off our game. (It don't take much, seeing as how our "game" is so very Minor League and all.)

Anyway, Playmoss no longer accepts songs from SoundCloud and balks at playing songs from Bandcamp. We're therefore posting first the Playmoss widget with the songs it would play and below that widgets for other songs Playmoss balked at playing. Clear? Sorry.

BTW, we've been corresponding with Playmoss about all of this and they've been frightfully nice in response. A couple of Mossers actually checked out some of our playlists and added some songs to their own. Now if that's not nice, what the hootie is?

Note: Name-Your-Price Download

This next one is a video (duh) but for some reason Playmoss balked at playing it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Recent Finds: The Histrionics, Neurotic Fiction, Sachet, Static In Verona, Telyscopes, Timothy Eerie

Most of the following are songs A) we loved or very much liked and B) were available for free or name-your-price download. Take a listen and decide whether you want to download the songs for $0.00 (or more, your call). We're featuring the songs we liked the most, but there's plenty more in most of the widgets.

For name-your-price download, click here.
Yeah, sometimes it does seem like we and the 'puter are in a relationship, and if that seems strange, wtf are you up to anyhoo? Torontans. Bandcamp Discography. From 2014. (We said recent finds, not necessarily recent releases.) Sorry for getting a bit histrionic. We also liked #13.

Sydney band sashayed into our lives and made them better. Bandcamp Discography 

Chicago's Rob Merz has been delighting us musically for several years now. Facebook - Bandcamp Discography Here's one we previously posted and still very much love.

We've proclaimed affection a couple of times previously for Mr. Jack Hubble and his work/play with several bands, including Telyscopes. The above is our favorite from his latest LP, High Fidelity Drag, although we also very much like #1, 2, 3, 8, 10, & 14. A bunch of great songs are still available for nypdl at those previous posts. Hey, here's one of those previously posted ditties, in case you want to wet your beak.

This Orlando band is one of our favorite poppsych finds of the year. (Pic at top o' the post) The following will cost you a buck (U.S.), but it's more than worth it. Check out the rest of the EP as well.

Tasty Fare from Food Court

We previously chowed down with/on these Glebe, Ozzers and slurped and smacked happily. The first song below is a favorite from their 22sept17 LP, Good Luck and below that is one of the songs we previously posted for free download. The other is still available at the previous post.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Faves of the Faves - September 2017: The Chemistry Set, Jennifer, Black Sonic Revolver, Partner, Beaches, Alvvays, The Persian Leaps, The Reverberations, L7, et. al. . . .

Wow, somehow or other we're publishing September's Faves of the Faves playlist only four days into October. As before, we'll mention that these are some of our favorite songs discovered during that month and not necessarily songs released therein.

Once again Playmoss hasn't alvvays seen fit to give the artist's name for certain songs, so we're providing this info when needed. We do hope you find some songs to like. To explore a song or artist further, click the logo at the end of a song's title. If you'd like to see the entire 52-song September 2017 playlist, click here.

Also, for you of a more powerpop persuasion, we started a little project of restoring a Powerpop playlist we had going at the late great Songdrop site. So far we've restored around 200 songs and are continuing to add to it as we have time. Click here to see and hear.

Update - 21oct17 - Playmoss has been having "issues" playing Bandcamp and SoundCloud songs of late. We've been in communication with them, and they're working on it. We've replaced a bunch of BC & SC songs with YouTube versions when possible and moved all the unreplaceable ones down to the bottom of the playlist.When you get to them, you'll probably have to click the Play arrow. This is also happening in the Playmoss widgets in the upper-right of the page, but those lists are too long to mess with. We're sorry about this. Hopefully someday all will be well. First World Problem, so we'll probably survive.

#1 - Baker Island - Write Home
12 - Party Hardly - Mindchanger
13 - Wyatt Blair - Jesse's On Fire Again
18 - Hearty Har - Creation Frustration

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Comp of Comps: Prince Rupert's Drops, Heaters, The Entrance Band, The Underground Youth, Daydream Machine, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, The Wagner Logic, Le Plaisir, Just Everywhere, The Tamborines, Buffalo Postcard, Workhorse

Here is a compilation of favorite songs found on various recent compilations. All are available for name-your-price download, for which we heartily thank the compilers.

This Psych Coaster/TPUG comp is downloadable here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Faves of the Faves - August & July 2017: Partner, Derrick Anderson, Propeller, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Shake Some Action, Alvvays, Beaches, Rainer Maria, The Orielles, The Stevens, Cliff Hillis, The Tazers, Invaderband, The Singles, we.the.pigs, The Beginner's Mynd, etc., etc., etc.

As previously noted, we've been keeping monthly playlists of songs we like as we find them and then curating out (or in) our very favorites each month. Below are playlists of what we most liked in August and July of this year. If you want to see the entire playlists for the two months, click the following: August 2017 and July 2017.

We'll point out again that while most of the songs are new-to-newish, the lists are based on the month in which we first heard the songs and not necessarily when the songs were first released. No biggie, but we thought you cutting edgers might want to know this before you go bragging to all your in-the-know buds.

We hope you find some songs you like. If you do, click the logo at the end of each song's line for purchase and/or further exploration. As occasionally happens with our beloved Playmoss, sometimes artists don't get identified, so we're taking care of that below each widget. The songs in each playlist are listed in the order in which we found them, from beginning to end of the month.

#5 - Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Learnings Of The Light
#14 - Free Machines - White Cream
#15 - KARMS - We Always Lose

#4 - The Orielles - I Only Bought It For The Bottle
#5 - Umm - I'm In Love
#7 - Cliff Hillis - Hey Pretty Face
#9 - The Walker Brigade - Voodoo Doll
#21 - The Singles - Voodoo

Monday, August 28, 2017

Out-of-this-World New One from Ephrata

Many thanks to Austin Town Hall for the headsup on this endeeringly/ironically uplifting new song "Tanguska" from Seattle band Ephrata's forthcoming (22sept17), self-titled LP.  The song seems to deal in some way with the fifteen-megaton explosion of an asteroid out in Siberia back in 1908, but we haven't completely deciphered the lyrics. "Scream and cry" and "Run for your lives" figure prominently, although it was 2000 sq km of trees that took most of the hit, and, really, what could they do??? (Okay, scream, sure, but not, you know, run.) Read about "the event" here.

A bit of digging revealed the song to be available for free download, so if you like it, click here and then "More." A bit more digging revealed Ephrata's entire discography to be available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp. Only a tiny bit of listening confirmed we love what this band is up to and are therefore posting a few of our favorites below.

As sometimes happens with music, we thought of a couple more songs based on our nonanalysis of "Tunguska." The first one we already hinted at, and what's more, that band is also from WA state (USA), albeit from Ellensburg. The second band's from Melbourne, Oz.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Marvelous Mark Gets Us Buzzin'

The fornicating flies don't necessarily turn us on, but the music certainly does. As in 14-for-14, i.e., every primo popper on Marvelous Mark's recently released LP, Buzzin'. (See/hear below.)

We've raved about this Terrific Torontan before and just noticed the free and legals we previously posted are still available here and there. We're posting our very most favorites from the new one below, but all of the fab fourteen are earable in each widget.

BTW, don't tell Mark that a couple of songs on Buzzin' are still available for free download (see our previous post for "Paralyzed" and "Bite Me"). Based on a recent Facebook post, though, he doesn't seem like one to pick nits: "NEW LPS ARE IN, HIT ME UP OR ORDER FROM Drunken Sailor Records IF YOU WANT ONE SUPPORT INDIE ARTISTS OR WHATEVER I HONESTLY DON'T CARE CAUSE THERE'S NO MONEY IN THIS SHIT ANYWAY . . . " 

Now that's takin' care of buzzin'ess.

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