Tuesday 28 October 2014

Power Pop Review Takes to The Airwaves

Yes it's been a long time - it always is - you're probably fed up with the excuses - but this time we have something new & tangible

We have taken our blog to the airwaves and have begun a programme we are calling 'Utterly Timeless'. This affords us the opportunity to feature material which will mix the present with the past to demonstrate that even if you love the pop's golden history of the 60's & 70's there is still much to love (perhaps even more than ever before) about the music of today. Not the commercial claptrap of glossy talent shows, the manufactured boys & girls who over emote in bland, sterile unison - but music that exists in that netherworld below the corporate surface but deserves a dalliance with your lugholes.

Along with our colleague Steven Bate, Mr Qwerty & Debra 47 bring you sumptuous tracks and introduce the new and the interesting in a light-hearted but seriously engaging environment. Steve will also chip in with a little politics to keep us slightly edgy.

Here's our maiden show with playlist

Podcasts will be available soon if you miss the cast or to enable playback of every nuance.

1st Show – Deemed Show Zero - September 3rd 2014

01. Pearlfishers - Even On A Sunday Afternoon
02. Ron Sexsmith - Believe It When I See It
03. Robert Vincent - Demons
04. Sara Lowes - Back to Creation
05. Cousteau - Last Good Day of the Year
06. Pearlfishers - Jelly Shoes
07. Richard Snow - Middle Class Girl
08. Explorers Club - Forever
09. Kontiki Suite - Hollywood
10. Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp - Turn Up The Sun
11. Beck Hanson - Morning
12. Bee Gees - In The Morning
13. Crosby, Stills Nash, & Young - Teach Your Children
14. Karima Francis - Again
15. Autumn Defense - Sentimental Lady
16. Glyn Bailey & The Many Splendid Things - Fleetwood Man
17. Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me
18. Big Head Todd & The Monsters - Hey Delila
19. Halfway - Dropout
20. Graham Parker -Temporary Beauty
21. Squeeze - Up The Junction
22. Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
23. Grip Weeds - Salad Days
24. Fountains of Wayne - Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart
25. Singles - Summer
26. Sly and the Family Stone - Hot Fun In The Summertime
27. Candie Payne - Why Should I Settle For You
28. Diane Dane - My World Is Over
29. Dusty Springfield - Anyone Had A Heart
30. Aislers Set - Hit the Snow
31. Booker T. and the MG's - Time Is Tight
32. Meters - Cissy Strut
33. Boz Scaggs - Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl
34. Billy Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones - Long Time Gone
35. Glen Campbell - Sing
36. Drive By Truckers - Shit Shots Count
37. Deadstring Brothers - Can't Make It Through The Night
38. Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women (Alt Take)
39. Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
40. Rocket Bureau - Along Comes Sam
41. Raspberries - I Can Hardly Believe You’re Mine
42. Flo & Eddie - Afterglow of Your Love
43. Who - I Can't Reach You
44. Not played owing to equipment error: Cousteau - Last Good Day of the Year

If you like what you hear, please seek out the artists and purchase their recordings directly or from valid sources.

Tuesday 13 May 2014

PowerPop Review's Very Best of 2013 Albums – Part 1

As with many recent years there has been an over abundance of phenomenal music being made despite the fact that a large percentage of it is not being heard via commercial outlets. Those of us who have had rock music as the backdrop of our lives will continue to seek out the music we love despite the forlorn state of the music industry. On a positive note there are more places to discover music than ever before be it via sites like Soundcloud, Bandcamp, CDBaby, eMusic, independent music blogs & streaming music services.

This best of list reflects those particular albums that need to be heard. I had hoped for the list to be posted much sooner than this but I wanted to make sure that it was an accurate summation of those albums that were truly loved in addition to the ability of holding up in future time.

Hope some of you reading this list will fall in love with a musician and/or band's music, seek out their output and support them either by purchasing their music or seeing them perform.

Breaking with tradition, Mr Qwerty & I are publishing our best of lists separately for 2013 – this is mine.

PowerPop Review's Best of 2013 Pt1 - Top 10
Gary surveys the tip of the Top Ten
Top 10 in no particular order

01 Eric Barao - Eric Barao
02 Dark Ocean Colors - Close Enough to See
03 Ulysses - Kill You Again
04 Shake Some Action - Full Fathom Five
05 Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities
06 Split Sofa - Coloured Dream
07 Corin Ashley - New Lion Terraces

08 Groovy Uncle / Suzy ChunkOne Vowel Away From The Truth
09 Electric Soft Parade - Idiots

10 Mothboxer - Three

PowerPop Review's Best of 2013 - The Next Ten 

And the next ten:

11 Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs                                                - Under the Covers Volume 3

12 Grip Weeds - Inner Grooves

13 Chris Stamey - Lovesick Blues

14 Contrast – A Sinister Flick

15 Stephen Lawrenson - Obscuriosity

16 Resonars- Crummy Desert Sound

17 Mikal Cronin – MC11

18 Schnauser - Where Business Meets Fashion

19 Michael Mazzarella -Love In Laureltide Green

20 House Of Love - She Paints Words In Red

PowerPop Review's Best of 2013 - The Rest

And the rest:

21 Ex-Norwegian – Crack
22 And The Professors – Our Post Mortem
23 Hot Nun – Hot Nun
24 Jo Dee Purkeypile – Messenger
25 Autumn Defense – Ten Full Paces
26 Beachwood Sparks – Desert Skies
27 Elephant Stone – Elephant Stone
28 Wiretree – Get Up
29 Robert Vincent – Life In Easy Steps (De-luxe issue)
30 Higher State – The Higher State
31 Sadies – Internal Sparks
32 The Green Pajamas – November
33 Steve Cradock – Travel Wild Travel Free
34 Brendan Benson – You Were Right
35 Nines – The Nines
36 Grapes of Wrath – Good To See You
37 Richard X. Heyman – X
38 Alfa 9 – Gone To The Ground
39 Any Version Of Me – We Are You
40 Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp – Turn Up The Sun
41 8 x 8 – Azalea's Room
42 Dutch Barn – Didn't Suit Me Anyway
43 Brother Kite – Model Rocket