I'm firmly convinced has been a far better year for power pop than , and here come two more upcoming releases that will be vying for a top spot on a very competitive year-end list. It's due out next month, and below is a minute sampler of all the tracks. It almost works a medley unto itself, and it stands to be the most interesting power pop collaboration since Seth Swirsky and Mike Ruekberg got together: Also back for the first time in several years is The World Record, last heard from with the great Guitars Forever in They're making up for lost time by giving us an track double "album", also available in track form on LP, due on October 9.
To whet your appetite, they have a 7-track sampler up for your listening pleasure. Friday, September 07, Friday Roundup. Tim Husty-A Step Back. Pennsylvania's Tim Husty released this album at the very tail end of , but I'm going to count it as a release.
I mention this only because A Step Back is likely to end up fairly high on my year-end list as Husty has managed to make retro sound fresh in an effort that should appeal to fans of Marshall Crenshaw, Eugene Edwards and Gentleman Jesse.
Opener "Misplaced" is a richly-produced, anthemic tune that recalls Coldplay at their best, "Succeed " originally released as a single manages to be both breezy and melodic, and the driving "Tumbleweeds" finds itself in Tom Petty territory. But the real standout here - especially for us power poppers - is "Devil That I Know", a track co-written with Toad the Wet Sprocket's Glen Phillips that's the catchiest thing he's released and deserves to be a hit somewhere.
Labels: Jason Karaban , Tim Husty. Wednesday, September 05, Midweek Roundup. Ruby Free-Introducing Ruby Free. The album is a wonderful evocation of a subgenre we didn't realized we missed. Elsewhere, "Lean" sounds like a lost Tommy Keene classic, and closer "Your Name" might be the best pure pop on the album. It's Steven Wright-Mark's plastic world, and we're all living in it. Andy Goldberg is back! Last heard from with the exception of a track on Kool Kat's Christmas album in as The Goldbergs with 's Under the Radar , the Long Island purveyor of hooks lines and sinkers as well resurfaces with a new band name but the same top-notch power pop.
Hearing the opener "If it Wasn't for You" will be putting on an old pair of slippers as Goldberg makes the melodies sound easy, and if this were "Radio Song" would actually be on the radio. There are a few stylistic detours here which mostly work as well - "Gonna Fall in Love" is bluesy power pop, "By the Moon.. Add it all up, and you have a triumphant return for one of the top power poppers of the last years. CD Baby iTunes. Wednesday, August 22, Midweek Musings.
I wanted to like Lannie Flowers' debut album Same Old Story, but it was really a tease - one short snippet after another in a medley of thirty-something overall song fragments.
In , he released Circles , which consisted of proper full-length songs and it was a revelation, placing 8 on my year-end list. To follow that up, Flowers went back and resurrected nine tracks from Same Old Story to record as full songs, based on requests from his fans. Having done that, he's bucking for a return trip to my top 10 as he continues his mastery of power pop.
Now he just needs to do a few more volumes of the remaining 25 songs from Same Old Story. His latest is a solo effort, but he's chosen to go by "The JAC" here. Faux Pas is a pop record through and through, full of the various styles Algeri has shown throughout his career, ranging from the ramshackle 60s pop of opening track and mission statement "Play All the Instruments" to the straight-ahead power pop if not straight-ahead lyrics of "I Just Want to Be Weird" to the almost punk-pop of "Julie Got Angry".
You can't say you won't get your money's worth from this one. Wednesday, August 15, Midweek Roundup. The Blood Rush Hour-Shrink. Now here's a pleasant pop surprise. This is an impressive a power pop debut as I've heard in the last couple of years, so don't shrink from picking this one up. Taking a break from his usual peppy pop tunes, site favorite Justin Kline is back with a lower-key, contemplative effort this time around which nonetheless shows off his gift for melody.
Despite the lack of a "big" sound, "Your Mystery" manages to get the toes tappin', and "Carol Lynn" is a gorgeous number that would have fit in perfectly as a change-of-pace on one of his previous albums.
A perfect album for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Wednesday, August 08, New EPs from old friends. The band which indirectly led to the creation of this site is back with a brand new EP after last year's return to form of The Super Sounds of Supraluxe.
This one's called "Fuzz", which was the band's name in its original incarnation, and bassist Rich Pearson told me it was an intentional attempt to sound more consistent after the sonic adventures of Super Sounds. Great to see them back so soon, and word is that they have another 13 or songs lined up for their next full-length. NYC rockers Heap are back with their first release since 's Oddball , and with these seven new high-energy melodic tracks it's like they never left.
Labels: Heap , Supraluxe. Monday, August 06, Summer of Sax. Over the last 18 years or so, Scot Sax has been a big deal in the power pop community whether it be his solo material or band efforts with Wanderlust, Feel and Queen Electric. So it's noteworthy to have two Scot Sax-related releases out this summer, one of which features a Wanderlust reunion. Wanderlust-Record Time. Joyful and adorable! Our bisque porcelain nativity set is decorated with silver cutout detailing.
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