Friday, March 28, 2014

From The Active Listener's Latest Activation: Sunchymes, Dandelion Seeds, Green Tambourine Band, Red Plastic Buddha, Earthling Society

Shall we do our usual riff on just how freaking active Nathan Ford is over at Active Listener land? We-e-e-e-l-l-l-l-llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll . . . no, let's not, not this time; maybe next, though, promise. We do declare, however, and quite boldly, that TAL Sampler 18 is chockfull of fabulous psych and powerpsychpop. Below are a few of our favorites. The whole sampler is available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp, and for that we gratefully thank Master Nathan Ford.

Coasting with Bill Pritchard

He's been around for awhile (haven't we all?) but is new to us. We're grateful to Indie Pop Saved My Life for alerting us to the Staffordshire lad's new one. A calm, beautiful voice and gentle jangle provide a perfect segue into the weekend (unless you're going mudwrestling, headbanging, or PETAconventioneering). Pritchard's A Trip To The Coast was released March 7 by Hamburg's Tapete Records.

Click downarrow to download.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mikal Cronin's Soul In Motion

We've been spurting celebratory cyber about this San Francisco rocker for several years now and were delighted to find a new release available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp. It's the latest installment in Famous Class's Less Artists More Condos (LAMC) series. "Soul In Motion" starts off kind of funky but quickly finds its groove. BTW, here's an article from SF Weekly we enjoyed reading last year and you might, too.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

CreaturoS' Digital Delights

Sure, we love pictures of bloody, chopped-off fingers holding a fading fag as much as the next guy, but that's not the only reason we're posting this Boston band's groovy widgeted digitals. More listenables and readables here and here.

We don't often do videos, but we like this one (a lot).

Much More Than Swell Are Violet Swells

The Tasmanian angels' debut "single" has two wingsful of excellent psychpop, one of which we previously posted. Listen/download below and learn more at Facebook.

Little Racer's Vanessa

Wrong pic, but it suits us.

We usually like 'em faster, but the voice and bass and beautiful echojangle of this Brooklyn trio/quartet's***/* "Vanessa" more than compensate. You can learn more at Facebook and freely download another at Bandcamp.

Free download here (or click the downarrow)

***/*We've seen it both ways.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Freaky Friday with Psychomagic

More pictures, please.

The Voice sometimes rises more than a tiny to the Khaurysphere, but we love even that – and most everything else –  in this Portland band's li'l freakout of a song. We liked some of the other freebies at their Bandcamp page, and you might, too. As they so eloquently and succinctly put it: "Psycho. Magic. What else you gots to know?"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Zombies of the Stratosphere

We were intently choosing and listening to a bunch of lovedtracks (Beatles, Plasticland, Brandos, Book of Love, Ether Aura, Jesus & Mary Chain, Midnight OilHouse of Freaks) – documented here – when a momentary diversion let our ituner take over and randomly select a song by these NYC psychpoppers. And man/woman/whatever, are we glad it did, as you can see/hear/download below. It's kind of a retroish way to return from a two-week, non-sxsw-related hiatus, but so wot, what? We've got some more-recents queued up for posting, but for now . . .

Free download here

Friday, March 07, 2014

Gettin' Sloppy with Cocktails

We imbibed, with pleasure, Austin Town Hall's interview with these San Francisco sloppoppers (they also use "power," so calm down, purists) and are enjoying their music even more. They'll be playing some Father/Daughter Records showcases at the  SXSW Festival in Austin next week and seem pretty darned excited about it. More info and streams here and here.

Free download here

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Weak Nerves' Strong Slack

Free download here

This London trio slacks vox to the point of indecipherability, but you know what, so what? We love the big sound. Grab another song at SoundCloud and info and such at Facebook. If you prefer Bandcamp, click it. Slack post.

La Sera - Losing to the Dark

Goodman (L) & bandmate Todd Wisenbaker (R)

Not sure who's "losing" here, but it certainly isn't anyone with ears to hear this lovely longplayerlauncher. Former Vivian Girl Katy Goodman returns May 13 with her third LP as La Sera, following up estimable sophomore effort Sees the Light with Hour of the Dawn. According to La Sera's Hardly Art bandpage, Goodman is "waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day," hence the lead-off tune, "Losing to the Dark." OK, that's enough analysis, let's just kick back and listen. And while we're at it, check out the two much-loved songs we're reposting from Sees the Light. Wachet auf, people.

Pastel Colours - She Can't Decide, . . .

Okay, who's missing?

. . . but we sure can, and it's definitely ten thumbs up. Many thanks to Exeter label Art Is Hard for cluing us in to this Falmouth (Cornwall) quintet's latest/excellent poppsycher. See, hear, feel, read, and download more here and here.

Free download here
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