Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Velvet Davenport: Warm, Personal, Mysterious

Somebody didn't get the memo: Blood-red body paint for the photoshoot, Sunglasses Guy. Sheesh.

We previously posted this Minneapolis sextet's collab single with Ariel Pink and Gary War and very much like these two songs from their forthcoming third effort with Moon Glyph. These two songs are a bit more poppy than the spacy "Get Out," although we happily swing (or sway or sit smilingly immobile) either way. Well, here's what we mean.

Many thanks to AJ Jahnig of Swim Agency for the headsup. You can still get VD's "Run" at Stereogum and see the psychy video of "Get Out" here.

Catch-Up: Charade, Doiron, Meridene, Pollard, Say Hi, Mae Shi, Antique Toys, Dead Meadow, Sound of Arrows, Paper Moon, Underwater TP, E. Hundred

As we recently mentioned, we've got a lot of songs we just haven't posted, so we're trying to catch up. (It's not gonna happen, but fondly may we dream.) For this post we drop down to the chronological end of our queue. Frankly, we're not exactly sure when we found these, but it appears it was in late 2008. Try not to settle into any particular mood, for this lot is all over the lot.

The Charade - Monday Morning mp3
Julie Doiron - Consolation Prize mp3
Meridene - Stay Alive mp3
Robert Pollard - Imaginary Queen Anne mp3

Say Hi - These Fangs mp3
The Mae Shi - See You Again mp3
The Antique Toys - Zombie 13 mp3 - Ta to Morten for the long-ago headsup.
Dead Meadow - I'm Gone mp3

The Sound of Arrows - M.A.G.I.C. mp3
Paper Moon - What Are You Going To Do With Me? mp3
Underwater Tea Party - The Untold Story About Mary and Nick mp3
East Hundred - Slow Burning Crimes mp3

A couple of post-posting notes: The Yahoo Media Player plays the Dead Meadows song fine in Firefox but not in Windows Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, on my 'puter at least. You can download it, though, with right-click/Save Target As. YMP is not picking up the East Hundred song, but it will launch by left-clicking and will download with the usual right-click/Save Target As command. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Here We Are with Cashes Rivers

Des Moines folk rocker Matthew Garcia's 12-song debut "ranges from folk to pop and back again"** Our blogname gives an idea of which sector we like best, but we have long-digging folk roots as well. Thanks to Candice Jones and the folk at Team Clermont for floating our boat with this excellent song.

**Well put, Baby Sue!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New from Rainbow Quartz: June, Volebeats, Sails, High Dials, Parties, Flower Machine

You may have noticed last month we were pretty excited to hear of forthcoming releases from the fabulous Rainbow Quartz label. And we still are. We promised we'd post free and legals as soon as we got them. Well, we just got them. And even though it's 5:14 A.M., this is more important than that vastly overrated thing called "shuteye." So here we go.

We'll begin with three LPs that are already available for purchase.

The June - Good News mp3 - from Green Fields and Rain - band's Rainbow Quartz page - Amazon mp3 - eMusic

The June - Feel The Sunshine mp3 - same as above

The Volebeats - Me and You mp3 - from The Volebeats - band's Rainbow Quartz page - Amazon mp3 - eMusic

The Volebeats - This is Where I Belong mp3 - same as above

The Sails - I'm Only Bleeding mp3 - from A Headful of Stars - Get another mp3 from the LP at the band's Rainbow Quartz page. - Amazon mp3 - eMusic

These three LPs are due to be released on Tuesday, 2 November.

The High Dials - Uruguay mp3 - from Anthems for Doomed Youth - Get more at Rainbow Quartz. - Amazon mp3 - eMusic

The Parties - Let's Call It Love mp3 - from Coast Garde - more at Rainbow Quartz - Amazon mp3 - eMusic - Click here to hear Mr. Suave's highly entertaining interview of The Parties and here to go to his excellent Mod, Mod blog.

The Flower Machine - L.A. in the Rain mp3 - from Lavender Lane - more at Rainbow Quartz - Amazon mp3

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh, Pairs!: Sad Day for Puppets, Grand Atlantic, Surfer Blood, Soft Pack, TPOBPAH, Legends, Liechtenstein

As we near our blog's fourth anniversary, we've noticed literally hundreds of songs we've queued up but still haven't posted. (Some reach back a year or more.) We won't go into the boring reasons why this has happened, but over the next couple of weeks we're going to try to play a little catch-up.

By now you've probably found a lot of these elsewhere, but we'll post them anyway. You will not grieve to hear we will be writing even less than usual. The music's what matters, and we trust your ability to do GoogleBingYahooAskWhatever searches. The following don't necessarily have a lot in common except a) we very much like-to-love them and b) we're posting at least two songs per artist. Hope you enjoy.

Sad Day for Puppets - Monster & the Beast mp3
Sad Day for Puppets - Mother's Tears mp3

Grand Atlantic - She's a Dreamer mp3
Grand Atlantic - Coast Is Clear mp3

Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes mp3
Surfer Blood - Swim (To Reach the End) mp3

The Soft Pack - Answer To Yourself mp3
The Soft Pack - C'mon mp3

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - 103 mp3
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than the Stars mp3

The Legends - Always The Same mp3
The Legends - Seconds Away mp3

Liechtenstein - Roses in the Park mp3
Liechtenstein - Stalking Skills mp3

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Telekinesis/SSLYBY Joint

Hey Jealousy

We love both these bands and faced a profound blogger moment quandary ("blogmoqua," as it's known in the business) as to which bandname should come/go first. We hope neither will mind (and won't, as neither will notice).** Anyway, the song was a joint venture just prior to recently hitting the road together, and we think it's superswell. ("Interesting" observation: After seeing numerous instances of the acronym SSLYBY, we noticed that if you ssnakily ssay the first two letters, it kind of rhymes with "flyby." Ssaves a lot of time talking to myour hipster friends.)

It was also nice to learn about Chicago powerpunkpoppers Green in the bargain.

Here are a couple of wonderful songs we've previously posted by the two groups, along with infolinks and purchasepoints, all of which we've heartily, greedily, and happily employed.

By the way, I recently found another excellent--ready to practice??--SSLYBY song, "Think I Wanna Die," at I tried posting it again here at Powerpopulist, but it had "issues" with the Yahoo Media Player widget. I've posted it here at a ridiculous little blog I set up a few years ago to tie in with a couple of posts I'd done in our blog's infancy (or toddlerhood).

**No telling what kind of jealousy won't break out when they don't see the relative sizes of the paired pictures up there.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Watch Out For Watch Out For Rockets

Back in August we guided you over to Covert Curiosity to check out this lo-fi Austin band and then lifted over to eMusic to see what they might have. Lordy, what a payload! We purchased 16 right on the spot from their first two LPs. (We feel lucky if we find one excellent song on an album, but scoring seven on one and nine on the other is almost unprecedented.) We'd grooved on the goodstuff for a month, when out of the blue rocketdog7, aka Aaron Rimbey,* aka guitarist for WOFR, invited us to friendship at "Hmmm, might this be an opportunity to host a couple of the excelentes right here at our humble little blogchild?" wondered pp. "Yes," said newfriend Aaron! So there they are, in launch mode up yonder. (Hopefully you've already taken the rocket ride. . . ."Come on, grab ahold of my rocket" indeed. Shameless, weren't they? Ace nevertheless. But I digress.)

Aaron got our bp rocketing up a bit with the news WOFR** will be releasing a new LP in a month or so. Telepathic War Machine will initially be offered as a free download at the band's Bandcamp site. He also said a free EP is available at the Bandcamp site and will remain so-unpriced until the LP is released. Needless to say, we got our aspirations over there lickety split, did the dl thing, and are highly grooving on the results.

We are grateful to Aaron for the permish and also to Mr. Curiosity for the initial headsup and for directing us to the excellent Austin Sound, which has lots of valuable info, plus a couple of other WOFR songs we especially like.

MySpace | Bandcamp | Amazon mp3 | iTunes | eMusic

*That's Aaron up there in the beard.
**The band was first formed by David T. Jones (guitar/vox) and also includes Lucas James Urbanski (bass) and Richard Galloway (drums). The Austin Sound article says Jonathan Terhaar plays drums. And that could well be.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Impossible Hair Do Their Part, Too

Oh, yeh, just like "ours."

Impossible Hair - You Can Own mp3***

from their forthcoming 2 November self-release

Toast a Dozen (on the outside)

We identify closely with the D. C./Baltimore band's name and even more with the excellent song, whose title, as you've maybe noticed, is quite doable. Many thanks to Candice Jones at Team Clermont for her part in getting it to us.

MySpace | Bandsite | iTunes | Amazon mp3 | eMusic

Impossible Hair - The High Official mp3

Update, 1Nov10: We just received this second free and legal from the above-named Impossible Hair LP, still due out tomorrow. Thanks again to the above-named Candice Jones of the above-cited Team Clermont for augmenting the coif. We're loving The Whoish, "I Can't Explain"-ish left-ear-->right-ear-->top o' the chop-->full spectrum opening riff sequence thingy. (Sorry, didn't mean to get so technical.)

***Update, 1Feb11 - Now you own "You Can Own" by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Music of the Sphere: B. Cockburn, CHOO CHOO, Deerhunter, Eternal Summers, Electric Mainline, S. Forbert, Big Bro, Big Surr, Shah-Tayler, et. al. . .

Many thanks to the bloghosts for making the following available. (Click colored stuff to go to the mp3s.)

The Electric Mainline - All Too Much - Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot - Yeh, too much, man. Gimme more.

Deerhunter - Desire Lines - Covert Curiosity

Eternal Summers - Able To - RCRD-LBL - We previously posted their "Pogo" here.

Colleen Green - Worship You - 20JazzFunkGreats

Big Brother and the Holding Company - Combination of the Two - Doug's Song Pick of the Day - Pretty much the only Janis Joplin song I like - Doug has a ton of great mp3s posted: The Merrymakers, Shoes, Weezer, The La's, Midnight Oil, on and on and on; scroll way down, maybe do Ctrl-F search for "Big Brother"

Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time - Star Maker Machine - long-time fave
Steve Forbert - Born Too Late - Star Maker Machine

Big Surr - Alright - Rose Quartz
Outer Limits Recordings - I'm An Alien - Rose Quartz

Julian Shah-Tayler - Butterfly - Mojophenia
The Wagner Logic - Waiting For Snow - Mojophenia
Faded Paper Figures - Invent It All Again - Mojophenia

Nerve City - Sleepwalker - Raven Sings the Blues
Ty Segall - Caesar & Girlfriend - Raven Sings the Blues
The Half Rats - The Girl - Raven Sings the Blues

CHOO CHOO - It's A Good Thing - I Guess I'm Floating - Scroll down to Switzerland. See our previously posted songs by this excellent Bern band here.
NYC UFOS - Any Other Time - I Guess I'm Floating
TV Girl - On Land - I Guess I'm Floating
Apneu - Daydream - I Guess I'm Floating - Scroll down to Netherlands.
Telenovelas - One and Only - I Guess I'm Floating
Koil - Aku Lupa Aku Luka - I Guess I'm Floating - Scroll down to Indonesia. Not sure what they're going on about, but this stuff is catnip to pp. Heavyish. Lotta power, notta lotta pop. You've been warned.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Elf Power: We Believe

My little iPod's doing a better job lately of keeping this blog on track than I am. (Of course I am responsible for the care and feeding of the playah, but still. . .) On the way to work today, the lovely tones of the above song ushered me the last mile or so to the gates of the (metaphorical) factory, simultaneously reminding me I needed to post it post haste. So here it is, one of many fine tracks on the excellent Athens, Georgia band's tenth, self-titled LP.

While we're at it, we'll add two much-loved previously posted songs.

A Moment of Geek: Mouse Scroll Wheel Fun

That tip rocks, man. Bring on the dancing mouses.

This might make us look like geeks, but we'll try to stay humble.

We came across a little websurfing technique we find useful, and you might, too. Have you ever been listening to a song on Yahoo Media Player or some other player at a blog and while grooving mightily, decided to click on a link to another page? Suddenly the song crashes to a halt. The groove is gone. The buzz is harshed.

Well, try this: click the link with the mouse scroll wheel. That should open the link in a new tab. Left-click the new tab, explore the new page, and the song continues to roll (or rock or both) merrily along. You can close a tab by clicking the "x" or by clicking the tab with theyou guessed itmouse scroll wheel.

Here, try it out, if you like. Start the song below and then click the LP title or MySpace link with. . .what? Yes, very good, the mouse scroll wheel.

Echo & The Bunnymen - Proxy - from The Fountain - MySpace

If you're not using a mouse (e.g., on a laptop), do Ctrl-left click. MacBookers do Apple Command-click.

By the way, you don't have to be listening to a song to click links with the mouse scroll wheel. Sometimes I have fun just opening new tab after new tab after new tab, ad joysium. But then I live an impossibly solitary, nasty, brutish little life (except for the music).

Of course, you could also open a new window with Ctrl-N or Apple Command-N. But let's not get carried away here. Or should we?. . . . .Nnnnmaybe. . .

One more thing: At SXSW 2006, Echo & The Bunnymen put on one of the most powerful shows I've ever seen or heard; yes, more powerful than Metallica on the And Justice for All Tour (and with far less spitting). But I ramble.
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