Just a really quick heads up.
An EP is available from the never-less-than-awesome band The 88.
You can grab it from iTunes (US).
If you like Fountains of Wayne, the Beach Boys and Weezer (and if you don’t then frankly what are you doing on this site?) then you should head over to Bandcamp and take a listen. Wikipedia, the font of all knowledge, says of the Washington State band, that they started in 2005. Surely not? How can they have studiously avoided playing their sweet tunes into my ears for seven years?
Some real fun songs. Sweet harmonies, crunchy guitar, a bouncy 8-bit beat intro and even a smatterng of Bacharach brass. A bunch of earworms destined for a lot of play over the coming months.
A definite contender for a real high placing in Audities “Best of 2012″ i’ve no doubt.
If you’re in the US you can grab it from iTunes.
Bubblegun by the Merrymakers was one of those albums that ticked every box for me as soon as I heard it. I just played and played the thing when I first got it and still very much do to this day. It was most probably over a year after I bought Bubblegun that I picked up a copy of a copy of their 1997 debut No sleep til’ famous. Songs such as ‘Smiling in the sky’ which with its heart-stopping harmonies made me fall in love with the album instantly.
Then nothing. No more albums. I waited and waited and waited. Then some news on their website saying they were working on new material. I was beside myself with excitement.
Then nothing until one day I saw a clip on YouTube of some demos that David Myhr was working on. A solo album! Yes, i’ll take that. Much excitement ensued.
So jump forward some months and i’m hanging round in London waiting for a gig to start taking some photos by the Thames and who should walk past but David Myhr. Honestly, what are the chances? I wandered over to say hello and he gave me a CDR of a song from his up-coming album ‘Soundshine’ which was – as you’d expect – great. It whetted my appetite for the full album and was thrilled when the lovely Andrew from Lojinx threw me a copy.
It is exactly as good you’d hope it should be. Every track is bubbly, happy, infectious pop of the most upbeat variety. It’s like crack for your ears.
Listen out for the Jeff Lynne-esque vocals on Got You Where He Wanted — watch the video for it over at Lojinx.
There isn’t a single duff song on the whole album. It’s 100% killer.
I can’t recommend this album enough. It’d take something pretty special to knock this off my number #1 spot for the best of 2012.
Our American friends can get it on import from Amazon (US).