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.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Jim Mitchells & Friends

We just now discovered Sydney band The Jim Mitchells over at Little Indie Blogs, did a little more digging, found three free and legal downloadables at triple j unearthed, and want to post them before shutting down for some shuteye.

You can read more about them at triple j unearthed and Facebook, but we wanted to mention that after already being hooked, we noticed they cite as influences The Beatles, Ty Segall, White Fence, and the band formerly known as Thee Oh Sees (now simply yclept Oh Sees). So in addition to great sounds, they've got great taste.

First up is their recently released single, "Ankle Deep," the one we found at LIB.

Next we have two songs from their 2016 EP, Planet Absorbed. (Hear the whole EP, plus much more at SoundCloud.)

Here's the highly entertaining video of "Ankle Deep," our first introduction to the band.

Now, what about their friends (or perhaps should we say, "influences?")? Although you'll have to pay for it (which we gladly did), here's our favorite from Ty Segall's new EP, Fried Shallots, followed by the whole caboodle, available at Bandcamp.

You've maybe heard of British band, "The Beatles?" They're new to us, but we've been learning a ton about them via the superb podcasts by Robert Rodriguez and Richard Buskin over at Something About The Beatles

For Oh Sees, we send you to perhaps their most devoted fan in this particular universe, M. Thibault over at Still in Rock.

And finally, there's no way we're mentioning White Fence without posting our favorite song by one of our very favorite bands of the last several years.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Fave Flaves from Ice Cream Man's Latest Compilation (Phase 4***): The Stanleys, The Rizzos, The Mad Doctors, The Reign, Monkey Union, Kerosene Stars, Count Jaye & The Hard Beats, Ratty And The Watchers, Gretchen's Wheel, Arvidson & Butterflies

So now we've reached the fourth and final installment of our very favorite songs from Rocking Road, the fab 126-song compilation by Ice Cream Man Power Pop And More's Wayne Lundquist Ford. We hope you've enjoyed the series and, more importantly, the songs themselves, so generously provided by Mr. Ford and the talented artists. As in previous posts, we first post the entire compilation and then our favorites.











###in which the two oat factions make peace with one another and attempt to roll and stab Doris with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Fave Flaves from Ice Cream Man's Latest Compilation (Phase 3***): The Duke Of Surl, The Martial Arts, The Strawberry Mynde, Vista Blue, The Brighton Arms, The Sitting Tenants, Andrew Taylor, Marauders, The Somersault Boy, The Hounds

Here is our third installment of favorite flavors from Rocking Road, the superb 126-song compilation by Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More's head creamer, Wayne Lundquist Ford. Many thanks to Wayne and the talented artists for making these songs available for free and legal download. As in our previous posts, we begin with the entire comp and then delineate the next batch of favorites.


#98 - 









***in which Doris foments civil war between the rolled oats and the steel-cut oats and things get a lit-tle nasty.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fave Flaves from Ice Cream Man's Latest Compilation (Phase 2***): Colour Me Wednesday, The Buzz, First In Space, Mainline, Richard Turgeon, Budgie City FC, Walker Brigade, Glenn Robinson, Rob Clarke and The Wooltones, The Bookends

Hello and behold the second batch of our favorite songs from Ice Cream Man Wayne Lundquist Ford's fabulous compilation, Rocking Road. As before, we'll post the entire 126-song comp, followed by our second set of favorites. If you'd rather go straight to the relevant Bandcamp page, click here. Again, many thanks to The Cool One and the wonderful musicians for making these songs available for free download.

We're longtime fans of this West London band. Check out our previous posts (with free downloadables and a much-played, much-enjoyed video of "Purge Your Inner Tory.")







Click here to see previous posts with free downloads from this Providence R. I. rocker.

Click here to see previous posts featuring this excellent band of Liverpudlians.


***in which the oats get Doris

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fave Flaves from Ice Cream Man's Latest Compilation (Phase 1***): Jose Estragos, Spygenius, The Ace, The Brigadier, Tommy Sistak, Angostura Bitters, Vista Blue, Goldstoned, The Four Chords, The Smart Folk

For the third summer in a row, Ice Cream Man Wayne Lundquist Ford has dropped a superb compilation of powerpop, poppsych, janglerock, and various other genres for free download. Rocking Road (get it: Rocky Road . . . ice cream, yepsir) has 126 lickalicious songs, and earlier today we sampled them all and compiled a playlist of our 40 favorites. We'll do a series of posts highlighting these favorites, and you take it from there.

We're suggesting several options.

1. If you'd prefer to go straight to the compilation's Bandcamp page, click here. You can listen to each song and download the ones you like individually or go ahead and download the whole caboodle.
2. Listen to all 126 songs in the first widget below. Download the entire compilation by clicking "download."
3. Check out the ten individual favorites we posted below. If you like one, click the songtitle to go to its free download page.
4. Come up with your own plan or none at all.

We already hailed him on Facebook but want to thank Wayne again for the hard work, thoughtfulness, and generosity that went into this project. We also thank the talented artists for making their songs available for free download. Be sure to check out Wayne's Ice Cream Man blog here and listen to podcasts of his excellent weekly radio show. See our previous posts of Ice Cream Man faves here, here, and here.











***in which Doris gets her oats.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Free as a Bee: Knightingale, Cheap Horse, Animal Camera, Phenomenal Cat, Buried Feather, Glenn Robinson, ipreferguitars, No Museums, The Loblaws, Vista Blue, Deco Auto, undone

Almost exactly how we feel at this precise moment.

Well, it appears the only way we're getting another post done is to eschew verbiage and get right to free and legal downloadables we've found and loved. Like Antonio, we know we're personally "your bad entertainment" but trust the music won't be.


This Singapore band's debut LP was one of our favorites from 2016, We bought six songs off it but recently found it available for name-your-price download. In addition to the first song cued up above, we also bought #3, 5, 6, 7, & 9. Keen-eared visitors might remember we embedded their latest single in our Faves of the Faves Playmoss Playlist in a recent post. In case you missed it, here it is.

Cheap Horse

Many thanks to longtime friend/visitor johnnybgoode for the headsup on this Santa Cruz band. We also particularly liked #13. And speaking of johnnyb., we remember he kind of liked this next band, who've recently put out some good newstuff.

Animal Camera

We also liked-to-loved #2, 3, 5, & 8. When we got word about this Burien, WA band's recent LP, we looked back at our first Animal Camera post and found to our horror that all the songs had been removed at Bandcamp. But after contacting him, head Animal (or Camera?) Gianni Aiello kindly restored the songs in a comprehensive collection, posted below. We begin with our favorite and note that the others we particularly like are #5, 6, 12, & 13, but do please feel free to listen to them all. (Big of us, sure, but, hey, whatever.)

Phenomenal Cat

This and #12, 14, & 20 are our favorites from the Kentish band's rock opera, Pop Wasteland. Perhaps it's a bit naughty to pick out but four faves from a concept album, but the whole work is available in the widget above. In the widget below you will find "Ramshackle Heart," a favorite we previously posted, along with beaucoup more for your consideration. Just a thought, but perhaps Animal Camera might want to arrange a photoshoot of Phenomenal Cat. AWS, just a thought. Oh, and also too, maybe Cheap Horse. Or Buried Feather. This post is wearing us out.

Buried Feather

Highly diggable Melbourne psych! More here.

Glenn Robinson

Actually we are quite impressed indeed. You probably noticed this particular song features ace powerpoprocker Kurt Baker. We also especially like #5 on this hot lil LP. You can find previously posted free and legals by this Providence, RI rocker here. Suddenly we're writing short, punchy sentences. What gives with that?


Thanks to Powerpopaholic for the headsup on this Hamburg/Stockholm/Warsaw band.

No Museums

We were not previously tuned in to the Edmonton surfer scene but sure are now. We also particularly like #1 & 4. Thanks to our Bandcamp friend thorsten sideboard for the headsup.

The Loblaws & Vista Blue

We also really enjoyed #1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 by The Loblaws and #9, 10, 11, & 12 by Vista Blue, both bands courtesy of Radiant Radish.

Deco Auto

Gotta thank The Well WishersJeff Shelton for the headsup on this rocker outta Kansas City. Click here to see our previously posted freely/legally downloadable by DA.


Scope ye out this fine band of Macedonians.

We could keep going in this vein, but you get the drift. We hope to return soon with more free and legals. In the meantime, don't forget to check our Powerpopulist Currents Playmoss widgets up in the right-hand corner of this page for constant updates of songs we like that are not free but definitely legal and downloadable (for nominal fees).
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