Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The CRY! Make Us Smile

In the name of Bash the Father, Bash the Son, and Bash the Holy Ghost, Amen.

This young Portland band’s introductory email got right to the point:
“We are the Best New Powerpop band in the world and we are taking over see. To prove it to you mugs we are giving you a free download of our new Album.”
Right, okay, we get that kind of thing all the time. It makes us kinda skeptical. We go through shakers and shakers of salt. But guess what: they deliver. The kids are more than all right: they’re terrific. Our mugs went into smile mode.

By this point, you're probably already starting to make up your own mind, maybe someone else's even. Whatever, don't stop now. Go to their Reverb Nation and official Bandsite pages to learn and play some more. You'll be glad you did. Everything we could tell you here is waiting for you there, so why waste time? OMB, they played IPO! Nuff sed.

How Do We Spell "Relief?" W-E-E-K-E-N-D

Ma and Pa Slumber were "excited and relieved" to let us know that the limited edition of San Francisco band Weekend's Red EP is now in stock, so we certainly are, too. In stock, that is. Okay, we're also excited and relieved, although we're not completely sure why we're relieved, we just are. The following most assuredly shows why we're excited.

Download here.
Purchase and other information can be found here.

Marvelous Darlings Make Us Want To Party, But We're Hermits, Too, So We'll Just Stay Home And Pine

The LP cover scares us, so we're going with this one.

Marvelous Darlings - I Don't Wanna Go To The Party mp3

from 1 Nov. release
Single Life
Deranged Records

We'd just spoil it anyways. (Sniff.)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Cold Volts' Poppunk+

People Noise by L. A.'s The Cold Volts will definitely be one of pp's favorite ep's of the year. Every song does it. "Dope" is more punky than the other three, so if #1 doesn't do it for you, proceed thou to #'s 2, 3, and 5, uh, 4. Thanks to Get Off The Coast for the headsup and to Bandcamp for the earsup.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thee American Revolution, Refired

We're not really sure how to handle this one, other than with our ears, which are most assuredly pleasured thereby. The righteous LP by the combined forces of The Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider, his brother-in-law Craig Morris, The Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss, and British musician Wm. Shears has actually been out since 2008 but is being reissued by Fire Records, as noted above. Are we supposed to tell you it's already available at the venues below? We're not really sure. Whatever, we're thankful to Team Clermont's Bill Benson for letting us fire it up and your way.

As long as we're at it, here's a long-time fave by The Apples, who consistently do to us what the songtitle earnestly and politely implores.

The Apples in Stereo - Please mp3

We're not big on vids, but this one in an early post always makes us grin big.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Stop, Look And Listen to Strawberry Whiplash, Bubblegum Lemonade and The Search Engines

No pain in the neck are these lovely Scots, oh, no, not at all and quite to the contrary. That title track from the forthcoming Matinee Records EP by Glaswegians Sandra (vox) and Laz (instruments) has us eagerly anticipating its December release.

Ye might remember the following previously posted item and also enjoy another that could well woo you into a mood Yulish.

Speaking of Laz (aka Lawrence McLuskey), we were shamefully remiss in not posting the following song from last year's excellent Sophomore Release by his (one-man) band, Bubblegum Lemonade.

We intended to post a droll little number spoofing a certain "star" whose name shall not be uttered on these premises. We hereby rectify the oversight.

Click here if you're not getting the allusion. (Warning: hold your nose.)

We would also like to repost the title track from last year's superb Caroline's Radio EP. You can get a bunch more BL songs and info by clicking here. (Once there, scroll down.)

Finally, we post a song we very much like from a pre-BL band of Laz's. You can find eight more downloadables at the band's page.

The Search Engines - In Along With You mp3

Is that enough songs for one post? Probably not, but if you follow our links, you'll find plenty more free and legals. Happy whipping and chewing and slurping and searching and such.
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