Thursday, June 22, 2017
Robyn Gibson of Leicester band The Junipers has just released a second volume of fab covers for free download via Futureman Records. Here are but a few of our favorites from Free! Bob of the Pops Vol. 2. The entire comp is available here.
The Soft Boys cover
Matthew Sweet cover
The Move cover
The Who cover
Flamin Groovies cover
The Byrds cover
And in case you missed it, here's the superb Bob of the Pops Vol. 1, also available for free download.
For what it's worth, our favorites are #3, 5, 6, 8, 10, & 13, but the whole comp is quite spectacular.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Catchup, cont'd: The Regulars, Ringo Deathstarr, Nicotine Nerves, Sans Parents, Pete Kosanovich & The Pale Blue Eyes, Neighbors, Michael Harrell, The Candy Strypers, Dinosaur Jr.
We recently bemoaned our not keeping up-to-date on posting fab music we're finding. So let's continue to play catchup on recent, recentish, and not-particularly-recent-at-all finds available for free & legal download, shall we? Ta.
From: Brisbane - Facebook
From: Austin - Facebook - This capital band has made pretty much its whole discography available for name-your-price download at Bandcamp. Oversight? We don't know, but act quickly. On this particular LP, name o' Colour Trip, we're also particularly fond of #1 & 5.
From: Aarhus - Facebook - Click here for another.
From: London (UK) - Facebook - We also particularly like #9.
From: Seattle? (Quite likely, duh.)
From: Nashville - More here, here, & here.
From: Manchester - Facebook - We posted some other fine f&ls by The Candy Strypers here.
And here's a long-cherished number found at Epitonic. Click to download. Three other DJ numbers are available there, including the more-than-ready "Almost Ready."
Friday, May 26, 2017
Music of the Sphere: Chemtrails, Waxahatchee, Teksti TV-666, Warm Soda, Dream Machine, Teenage Fanclub, Crazy Bones, White Bleaches
The "sphere" of blogs that post non-widgeted free downloadables has narrowed since we began this series "many" years ago. Fortunately, some highly valued bloggers continue to leverage their artistic contacts to y/our benefit. So many thanks to the following faveblogs for making the following songs available. (Click to be transported.)
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Recentish Finds: Wyatt Blair, Moondogs, Captain Wilberforce, Carlos, Dangüs Tarküs, Brat Farrar, daysee, Starwheel
Our Powerpopulist Acquisition Department has done a rather decent job of hunting down and stockpiling high quality, free and legally downloadable tuneage. Unfortunately our Distribution Department sucks. We'd fire his ass if that didn't entail the simultaneous elimination of the Acquisition Department. Anyway, here are some recent and fairly recent finds for your consideration. We might have to do some more posts of this ilk to catch up.
We also very much liked #2.
We liked #1 a lot, too. Thanks to dear friend Wub-Fur (aka "Bo") for the headsup on this Oakland band.
We also loved #3, 5, 7, & 8. Tip of the chapeau to Still in Rock for the headsup.
We also liked #2 a ho' ho' lot.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Sweet indeed, for April showered us with a nourishing bounty of musical discovery. But, hey, enough poetry, wot?
We added 81 mostly new-to-us titles to our Playmoss April 2017 playlist and from that list have widgeted 31 of our very favorites below. We've thought about launching a radio show to share our discoveries but find these Playmoss playlists preferable for several reasons: A) You don't have to hear our voice. B) It's easy for you to drop the needle from song to song, skipping ahead should you - Fod gorbid - not be enjoying a song. C) You seldom need to wonder which artist or song you're listening to. D) Other reasons we don't care to mention.
We indicated you need not be in doubt as to Artist or Songtitle, but sometimes Playmoss does not display one or more of those useful pieces of information. In the widget below, that applies to the following:
#3 - So Many Wizards - Just Poison
#5 - jellyskin - Eater
#5 - jellyskin - Eater
#10 - Sugarmen - SOLD
#31 - Matthew Sweet - Trick
And sometimes Playmoss simply refuses to ingest a song at all. This month a hideous injustice might have been done when "Mossy" refused to display any of the songs off of Peachfuzz's fabulous Pop Of The World LP. Fortunately, we posted that free and legally downloadable LP here, along with some other Peachfuzzes "Mossy" wouldn't accept. We love Playmoss very much, but sometimes . . . sheesh.
Finally, we might mention that we've been creating more Playlists you might like to check out, particularly the one called "Powerpop - From Dec2016 ---->." You can check out our entire Powerpopulist Playmoss Playlist Collection here.
Now, where were we? Oh, yeah, April 2017 Faves of the Faves.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Comp Faves: Prince Rupert's Drops, Chemtrails, Marvelous Beauhunks, The Embrooks, Chris Comey, Car Crash Sisters, Kindling, Heaters, Michael Carpenter, Jericho, Caramel Snow, Doug Tuttle
Here are our three favorites from this typically fabulous Ice Cream Man comp, but there are plenty more we loved as well. Check out the Cool One's fabulous weekly powerpop radio show, either live or on Podomatic.
Okay, here's the one that will set you back $1 for the entire compilation. We loved Doug Tuttle's set at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest and even got to chat with him briefly while strolling through the ranchgrounds afterwards. Check out his forthcoming LP, Peace Potato, streaming at Noisey.
Sorry we didn't write more in this post. Or maybe we should say, "You're welcome."
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Music of the Sphere: Toma, Terror Watts, Skeggs, Bryan's Magic Tears, The Gizmos, Ride, Moon Duo, The Besnard Lakes, Rose Elinor Dougall, Jay Som
Hard to believe we began this list back in early February. Tuff stuff, though, so we do not carp but, rather, thank the superb bloggers who finessed these songs into downloadability.
Toma - Going Nowhere - Fingertips
Terror Watts - So Alone - Rollo & Grady
Skeggs - Spring Has Sprung - Still in Rock
Bryan's Magic Tears - The Hand Of Summer - Still in Rock
The Gizmos - 1978 & Pay - Still in Rock
Ride - Charm Assault - The KEXP Blog
Moon Duo - Creepin' The KEXP Blog
The Besnard Lakes - Laura Lee - The KEXP Blog
Rose Elinor Dougall - Colour of Water - The KEXP Blog
Jay Som - 1 Billion Dogs - The KEXP Blog
Friday, April 21, 2017
For some reason some body just followed us on Twitter, and through them we were led to a really fun power pop radio show blasting out of Northwestern University's WNUR in Evanston/Chicago. It's called The Power Pop Shoppe Radio Show, and make no mistake, DJ Gil serves pretty pure platters of the double p.
We were arrested midshow by Chicago band The Peeves and found it necessary to track them down and see if they'd cooked up any downloadables. Well, guess what: we found the very one that got us chuffed and cuffed, along with three more name-your-pricers, all available within the widget below .
Saturday, April 15, 2017
We have our reasons for using this picture, but we're opting not to reveal them at this time.
Frankly, we don't exactly remember how we discovered these compilations by Sean Bohrman of Burger Records. It probably has something to do with the periodic updates Burger sends us. Ultimately it matters even less than these words we're writing. (Yes, these words, not words like "Sean," "Bohrman," "Burger,," "Records," and "periodic," for those words matter very much indeed.)
Anyway, Sean has put together at least four compilations over at Bandcamp, and we're posting our favorites from three of them. (We opted out of his Tiny Tim comp for the time being.) We encourage you to read his informative, droll comments at Bandcamp, but for now, we're focusing on the music. All the comps are available for name-your-price download.
Baroque Pop Compilation
Psych Pop Compilation
Bubblegum Pop Compilation
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Ever since Absolute Powerpop first turned us on to PEACHFUZZ back in 2007, the Malibu powerstonerpop flower trio have been one of our very favorite bands. We've bought tons of their songs, repeatedly recommended them to friends, put them in oodles of faves mixes, and happily posted on them back in 2008 when we found some freebies at Last.fm (no longer available).
Imagine our excitement, then, when within the last hour we received word that their just-released-today LP, On Pop Of The World, has been made available for name-your-price download via Peachpoint Productions and Outstanding Unit Records. That's right, you can't, but that's okay because here it is for your listening, downloading pleasure.
For what it's worth, our favorites are #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8.
At Bandcamp you can also buy PEACHFUZZes on Catch Your Snap, the LP on to which AbPow first turned us. Here's a little sampling of some of our faves.
Here's a few we recently purchased and love from their 2012 LP, Fall Down Dreaming.
And here's another longtime fave, the title cut from their 2003 LP, About a Bird. It's available at Amazon, eMusic, and iTunes.
Doublechecking those links reminded us of a quandary we and some friends encountered years ago when tracking down PEACHFUZZ songs. There is another band called Peachfuzz, from London, Angleland. They're pretty good, too, but definitely not the same band. We'll give you their Bandcamp link so you can distinguish between the two bands and hear and buy whatever you like.
Finally, here's one more particular fave from About a Bird:
Saturday, April 01, 2017
The lion has transmogrified into a lamb, i.e., March 2017 is done for, so it's time to take stock. Below is a Playmoss playlist with 19 of our very favorite songs found during the windy month. If you'd like to check out all 50 songs we added during March, click here.
Actually, a couple of numbers we would have added got balky at Playmoss, so we're adding them as videos. And for gins and griggles, we're posting the Forty February Faves playlist we didn't get around to posting at the end of Shortmonth. Hope you enjoy. Oh, not to be presumptuous, but Playmoss has an app (iPhone, Android) you can download to your portable device in case you'd like to listen on the go.
BTW, the March playlist is in order from first of the month to end. The February list is in reverse chronological order. Why? WDK.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Pickin' 'n' Grinnin' at Belly Button Records: The Jagged Frequency, Monster Youth, The Black Cult, MOAR
The Jagged Frequency
We also especially like #4 & #5. Facebook
Facebook (We think. These are Groningeners, but Holland's contiguous with Belgium, yeah?)
Saturday, March 25, 2017
SoundCloud 9: Echo Ladies, HYLA, Spinning Jennies, The Sky Drops, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Viv and The Sect, The Phantom Sound, Hollow Trees, The Colors
Looking over our list of free and legals from SoundCloud we discovered a bunch we like or love but, to our horror, hadn't yet posted. So here they are, beginning with the most recently found (although not necessarily most recently recorded). They cover quite a range of genres and moods, so be prepared. Click the down-arrows to download, except as noted.
From: Malmo - Facebook
From: Perth - Facebook
From: San Francisco - Facebook
Many thanks to Jeff Shelton of The Well Wishers for making this longtime fave available.
From: Wilmington, DE - Facebook
From: Los Angeles - Facebook
From: Mexico - Facebook
For free download, go here and click ". . . More--Download."
From: London - Facebook
From: Austin - Facebook
The Colors - When Worlds Collide - Go here and then click ". . . More--Download." - from their 2016 LP Teenage Furniture on Nacional Records - As soon as we nail down further info, we'll put it here.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Yeah, we used it before but that's because we like it.
And if you missed last year's Easy Queezy Squeezy EP, check it out below and buy it at iTunes. We did both and are darned glad we did. While you're at it, check out pretty much all the rest of Green Buzzard's artistry at their SoundCloud page.
Finally, we push their "Phantasy Girl," video every chance we get because frankly, it's rock perfection, aurally and visually. (In Our Haughty Opinion.)
Saturday, March 11, 2017
We got in on Austin faveband Cotton Mather's projected 64-song I Ching project early on and are excited to find leader Robert Harrison has now completed 30 songs. Following last year's highly praised LP Death of the Cool, CM/RH are set to release followup LP Wild Kingdom next month (7apr17, to be exact).
Below are two freely downloadable songs we love from the new one, plus another we found at Fanatic Promotion's SoundCloud page. In fact numerous Cotton Mather songs are available for free download there. To find out which ones, just hover . . . oh, fudge, here they are: #1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22. And here are most, if not all, of our Cotton Mather posts.
Many thanks to Fanatic Promotion's Josh Bloom for that initial alert and all subsequent updates, including this latest.