Saturday, June 30, 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007

Around the Blogosphere: Possible Pleasure-Inducing Aural Experiences

Almost certain pleasure awaits you among the hosted posteds listed below. Thanks, hostess and hosts, for this terrific music.

"Matt" over at You Aint No Picasso has a rich mix of "Songs No One Should Grow up Without." Here are the ones I like best. You'll most likely see others there you want to check out. (Click here to go to all of them.)
XTC – Senses Working Overtime - My God, what a song, a long-time fave!
Television – See No Evil – in case you missed it over at extrawack!
My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow
The Smiths – Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One

They Might Be Giants - Take Out the Trash - The Modern Music
The April Skies - Memories Of Annabel - Indie-MP3 - The next one's at the same post.
Soda Fountain Rag - Walking With My Angel - Indie-MP3

that dog - Never Say Never - 5 Acts
Leslies - Take a Look - Mira el Péndulo
The Far Cries - Better Sorry than Safe - Coast is Clear

New Decade - I Guess You Ran Something - Swedesplease
The Winter Sounds - Windy City Nights - Untitled Records
The Voices - I'll Always Be Within You When There's No One Left Inside - The Runout Groove

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thorsday: Tegan and Sara, Lilys, The Capitol Years, Miracle Fortress, Hari and Aino, LadybiRds

Miracle Fortress
Yesterday I happily happened across links to a bunch of songs I've been enjoying for a good while, so I would like to share them over the next few days. Some of these are a bit long in tooth, but I hope you won't mind.

And while we're at it, here are three more-recent releases.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Batty: Tiger Army, Great Lakes Myth Society, Asobi Seksu, The Ladybug Transistor, The Alkaline Trio

Somehow I lost contact with's excellent site, so with this post I'm making up for lost time. Much musical enrichment still awaits you there. And in a desperate bid for some kind of thematic integrity, I pour in the potent Alkaline Trio at the end.

Tiger Army - Afterworld mp3 - These Angelenos don't look all that poppy, but this song is. Powerpoppers don’t always get to experience in-your-face bat action, so if you want it, here it is, come and get it. Shall we have a contest to name that last one who carpes the screen? Right, I didn’t think so either.

Great Lakes Myth Society - Debutante mp3 - Ann Arborites. Michiganders. Love that last word, wish I were one. (Note to self: Stop posting at 4:23 A.M. Ditzy.)

Asobi Seksu - Nefi+Girly mp3 - Brooklynites, love 'em. (pic)

The Ladybug Transistor - Always on the Telephone mp3 - Brooklynites, love 'em.

Alkaline Trio - Queen of Pain mp3 - Lately I just can't get enough of these Chicagoans. Am I going batty? Mebbe, but I still haven't posted "This Could Be Love." What a song.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Del Norte: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Luke Sneyd, Two Hours Traffic, The Special Pillow

Yasss, yasss, I know, staggeringly creative, but thanks for saying so.

God, I hate writing these blurbs, but here goes anyway. Sorry, that was graceless; let's try again. I was danged happy today to hear from several very talented folks, the fruits of whose excellent labors I am posting below. You've perhaps noticed I've got a thing going for New Yorkers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (and I do feel your pain, Big Applers, trust me, this purity of heart thing is a total drag, but that first song down there shows you're working on it, and I'm sure you, too, can devolve and get surcease), so I was delighted to hear from guitarist/vocalist Kip Berman offering more tuneage, plus an upgraded mp3 of the one I posted Monday. Très cool and immensely satisfying.
Likewise did I enjoy the product of Torontan Luke Sneyd, who, judging from that pic up there from his MySpace site, plays pretty much every instrument in his excellent songs. I'm posting two, but you can hear others here.
Luke Sneyd - All of Us Cities
I only got one downloadable from Prince Edward Islanders Two Hours Traffic, but it's a goodun, and you can ear more here. . .definitely worth the listen. I'm hoping eMusic will make nice with these guys, 'cause I'm definitely buying.
Finally, a couple of excellent songs from Hoboken, NJ veterans, The Special Pillow. Their MySpace site says their music comes in three flavors: sweet, sour, and psychedelic. Three out of three ain't bad. Two more downloadables await you at MySpace.
The Special Pillow - Sleeping Beauty
My visitors tend to be smart (I mean, obviously), so I probably don't need to mention that the collage up there shows the four acts in the order discussed. Click for zoomview/if you want to. P.S.: That's Kip on the far right of the TPOBPAH pic.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Caribou, Frank Black, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Robert Church and the Holy Community, Jets Overhead

Here are some recent finds I'm really enjoying. I included several of these in Around the Blogosphere posts and am glad to be able to link directly to them now. Have a great week, youse.

Caribou - Melody Day mp3 -Thanks to AngryApe. (pic)
Frank Black - Robert Onion mp3 - from the Frank Black 93-03 "best of" compilation released last week on Cooking Vinyl. Thanks to Glorious Noise.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Orchard of My Eye mp3 - This and the next are part of the fabulous series of 3-track EPs from Cloudberry Records.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Around the Blogosphere/Chronosphere

Yasssss, maybe I'll just change the name of this silly little blog to "Around the Blogosphere" and be done with it. I hope you're not tiring of these AtB posts, but if so, don't blame me, it's these dadgum bloggers I frequent who keep posting all this great music. Here's what I mean:

Teenage Fanclub - Born Under A Good Sign + 3 more by the great Scots - Headphones On - Liz shows no sign of letting up, and that's a good sign indeed.

Let us now enter the Dalston Oxfam Shop, where Mr. Shopper has posted a superb blend of clandestine sounds from 1994. Below are my faves. Clicking on any of the following will take you to all of the following, plus eight more. I've gotta say I've never been much of an Oasis fan, but "Fade Away" I really like. I've never seen a brickbat, either, so if you're gonna hurl, at least show it to me first.
Ride – Let’s Get Lost – Dalston Oxfam Shop
Lush – The Childcatcher – Dalston Oxfam Shop
Oasis - Fade Away - Dalston Oxfam Shop
Frank Black – Freedom Rock – Dalston Oxfam Shop
Velvet Crush – This Life is Killing Me – Dalston Oxfam Shop
Lisa Germano – Energy – Dalston Oxfam Shop

If that isn't retro enough for you, how about setting the Wayback Machine to 1967, aka "The Summer of Love?" LG over at Ingrained Refrains has put together a superb post of 18 studio songs from the year, plus six live numbers from the legendary Monterey Pop Festival. All the major, and some minor, food groups are represented, so go feast. (The Beatles, The Doors, The Who, The Box Tops, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Jefferson Airplane, Harper's Bizarre, Jimi Hendrix, you get the pic.)

Finally, on the off chance you have spare time this weekend, a baker's handful more.
Spoon - Rhthm & Soul - I Am Fuel, You Are Friends (The next song's in the same post.)
Built to Spill - The Plan - I Am Fuel, You Are Friends
The La’s - I Can’t Sleep - You Aint No Picasso
The Garlands - You Never Notice Me - Indie-MP3
Citizens Here And Abroad - Appearances - mp3hugger
Mates of State - For the Actor - Music for Kids Who Cant Read Good

I have one word to all these fabulously generous bloggers: Ta! (I first typed "MWAH," but, you know.)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Bedroom Eyes: Blink 182-180

The Eyes have It.
Bedroom Eyes was among my earliest posts and I’ve been enjoying the one-man band’s every song ever since. As the photo clearly shows, both eyes belong to Jonas Jonnson, who happens to be from Östersund, Sweden. (Twelve more are in play for live concerts.) BE/JJ has just released his second EP, Valentine Vacancy, and once again, he’s batting four-for-four. (Ja, sure, pun intended.) I’m posting my two favorites from VV and two more from the first EP, Embrace in Stereo. The rest can be found at the bandsite, where all are available for free downloading. Special thanks to Morten at Hits in the Car for the headsup.

Bedroom Eyes
Valentine Vacancy EP
Embrace in Stereo EP

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Block Party: Little My, The Saturday Nights, Shake Some Action, Model Photographer, Chapterhouse

Da 'house

We continue our celebration of "writer's" block by proceeding straight to the music.

Little MyDo You Really Want to Go mp3 - Indie-MP3 posted "Cute Guts," and the Welsh band's website has lots more.
The Saturday Nights - Stranded mp3 - Once again, my mp3 player comes through with a nice random selection. Danke, Helmut.

Props to Gary at Seattle-Powerpop for the next three songs.

And finally, group gaze.
Chapterhouse - Breather mp3 - The Devil didn't make me do this, but He surely made it easier. Ta, Big Guy/Force. Tasty tuna/tuneage. And btw, that espew site's pretty danged cool, if'n you like lots and lots of music. If you don't, don't go there.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

2, 4, 6, 8, We Want to Variegate: House + Parish, A Northern Chorus, Starlight Mints, Montag, Speedmarket Avenue


There's quite a variegated mix here, so hopefully every palate will find something to satisfy. Omnivores might like it all.

House + Parish - What Am I Still Waiting For mp3 - Thanks to and take a hike over to Die Stagediven for two more.
A Northern Chorus - Skeleton Keys mp3 - Thanks to Jared at 5 Acts for the press release on the Team Clermont Summer Festival and Blue Ribbon Ball. More goodies are available at 5 Acts.
Starlight Mints - Pumpkin mp3
Speedmarket Avenue - Thanks to my mp3 player for randomly reminding me of these excellent Stockholmers on a late-night walk Saturday.
What Do You Know Now? mp3
You Set the Terms mp3
He´s a Rebel mp3

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Around the Blogosphere: New Pornographers, Transvision Vamp, Pipettes, Comas, Game Theory

Gotta post quickly. Our high-speed service was down for twenty-seven hours and just got restored, but tenuously, we are told. I'll post more as I can. Thanks to all these hosts.

The New Pornographers - The Body Says No – 5 Acts
Transvision Vamp – Tell That Girl to Shut Up – Music of the Moment – Chris has nine more Transvision Vamp songs in this weeks’s Flashback Friday feature.
The Pipettes - Pull Shapes - Music for Kids Who Cant Read Good
The Comas - Moonrainbow - Mars Needs Guitars
Game Theory - Erica's Word - Some Velvet Blog - SVB has more by Game Theory and four by The Loud Family.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Long Blondes, Loose Salute, This Year's Model, Herman Jolly

It's just about to become Sunday, so I want to get this posted Saturday. Lots of good stuff keeps popping up in my emailbox, on the web, etc. I'm trying to disaggregate what we might like at a blog with the name and brief description you see at the top of this page. Hope it's doing you good.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Triangles, Three 4 Tens, Contrast, Lodger, Jeremy, Elf Power

I know, I posted this Elf Power song before, but it's my favorite by them and the thing doesn't work for me anymore, and I just found it elsewhere, and anyway, why not, etc. Most of these others I happened upon within the last day to a week. I posted a nice one by The Contrast back when I was a babyblogger (toddlerblogger now, I flatter myself to think), along with several other excellent songs from Rainbow Quartz. In case you're interested. Click band names to satiety.

The Triangles - Meatblanket mp3 - Thanks to Coast is Clear; two more there.
Jeremy - Make Love, Not War mp3 - Thanks to Lars of Brilliance Records for getting in touch. This one comes just in time for 40th-anniversary celebrations of the Summer of Love. (pic)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Around the Blogosphere: Lots

Yeh, on Monday I tried something cute and only posted about half the music of the spheres I'd found, and now I've got a glorious buildup sirensonging to be posted, so here goes. Needless to say, I soiled me armor over the Teenage Fanclub song, but it's all to the good. As I've said before and no doubt will again ad pukeum, I feel a certain sense of urgency about letting you know about these because some of them don't stay up all that long, so the two-day delay is quite inexcusable. Ta, hosts!

Teenage Fanclub - Slow Fade Pictures - Headphones On - Great blog I just found tonight.
Lush - Hypocrite - Mars Needs Guitars - Long live the fetish! (Merz has all three of these in the same post.)
Drop Nineteens - Winona - Mars Needs Guitars
Curve – Clipped – Mars Needs Guitars
Shocking Blue - Send Me a Postcard - Raven Sings the Blues - Yeh, the "Venus" Dutch treaters.

The Parlotones - Louder Than Bombs - The Muso
The Damned - New Rose - The Modern Music
Mono Taxi - The Sound of You - Hits in the Car
Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy - Indietastic
Eels - Friendly Ghost - Good Weather For Airstrikes

Axe Riverboy - Roundabout (Ma Radio Star MK9 mix) - For the Eardrums
The Farm - Groovy Train - extrawack!
Television - See No Evil - extrawack!
Pipas - Mix for the Occupation - SKATTERBRAIN
Luigi - Mariposa - The Yellow Stereo

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Under Their Spelk: Moonbabies, Layaways, Like Young, Bitter Bitter Weeks, Boyracer

Here's a little mix of recent finds and older buds. If you need to know which is which, just ask. Right.
The Layaways - Click bandname for more free dls.
The Like Young - Sabine & Me mp3 - Several more available at Powerpopulist. Click here. Rahther love 'em.
Kings mp3
Boyracer - More here.
Spelk mp3

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday Solace: Great Northern, Experimental Aircraft, Dreamend, Sparrow House

The Entire Sparrow House Flock

Uh-oh, feels like another mellow mood is upon us. Not bad for a Sunday, though, and we like the songs. By tomorrow we should be more perky. Have a good day of rest.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Couple By Couple

I believe it was the estimable NY Mary over at PowerPop who first broke Malaysian poppers Couple to the needy New World, or at least to this dry corner of it. I loved them immediately and was mighty happy this week to hear kind words of greeting from band member, Aidil. Aidil gave me leave to post the two songs below, with promise of another to follow. Since a goodly number of visitors to this little cosa mia were ushered here by NY Mary in the first place, I’m sure many of you already know the songs, but here they are anyway, just in case. Oh, and here's the article in which Rolling Stone named Couple as one of the 25 Best Bands on MySpace. And if you haven't seen the video, PowerPop has it here. Irresistible.

Now That I Can See mp3
Gotta Be My Gurl mp3
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