Music insanity!

I have been so slack in posting lately! Here’s a bunch of great releases you need to check out.

Travis – Where You Stand – I’m a lifetime fan of this band, they really can’t do much wrong in my eyes. This album was really a lot of fun.

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – Wassaic Way – More of the fuller sound that brought them to my ears a couple years ago, this album is a good companion piece, but not as sticky as that other one.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Fly By Wire – A bit more flighty and sweet than previous albums, this one is a grower, and eventually came around to be pretty great.

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action – Another grower for me. At first, I thought it was a bit stuck in a rut, but as the songs repeated themselves in my head, I saw that the same power is there in the songwriting.

Robbie Fulks – Gone Away Backward – A bit more on the serious side, as the last few albums have been, this is still classic Robbie Fulks, and well worth the price of admission.

Saves The Day – Saves The Day – a wonderful return to form for this band which took a weird turn for a few years there, but this album is full of energy, brightness, yet still retaining that skewed perspective that makes them so unique.

Valley Lodge – Use Your Weapons – bubblegummy, poppy fun. It is wonderful and does not let up till the end. Highly recommended!

Alexander Von Mehren – Aéropop – Loungey, baroquey fun from this guy. It’s a great sound, done very well.

Adrian Bourgeois – Pop Art – epic in scope (and length) this album covers a lot of ground. Yet all of it is pretty good. Just some of the best pop music I have heard in a long time. Keep it up!

The Nines – The Nines – The return of this artist is well worth the wait, with what seems like an album of singles! So good!

Any Version of Me – We Are You – Great pop music! I like this a lot!

The Candle Thieves – All’s Well That Ends Well – Great piano pop!

Coke Belda - Coke Belda I – Good baroque-ish pop, just good stuff. Listen, OK?

The Starfolk - The Starfolk – Awesome, laid back, smooth pop!

The Polyphonic Spree – Yes It’s True – the return of this band is good, but the album hasn’t really hooked me like earlier ones did. The sound is still there, but its a bit stale.

International Pop Overthrow Vol. 16 – I always enjoy these compilations, there are a lot of good nuggets here. These days I listen to so much new music, that much of this goes in one ear out the other, if I had the time, I am sure I would find a lot to explore here.

The Mother Hips – Behind Beyond – Goodness from this band who always deliver solid tunes with a breeziness yet a powerful sense of a purpose of some sort.

It’s not just the baby, it’s the bathwater.

Good day loyal readers! Check out this explosion of review-o-matic madness! And then read  my reviews. BOOM! Insane!

Alexz Johnson
Skipping Stone

A great release by this singer, who became famous with some TV roles, and music related to them. This EP shows a progression from that more poppy side, to emotional but catchy songs that pull you in and feel like they come from a real place.


Phil Keaggy
Cover of Love

A half covers, half originals record by Phil, the covers reflect some of his influences, and are adapted to his voice and style nicely. The other songs are all co-writes, and very much fit in with Phil’s more recent releases.


Various Artists
IPO 15

I always love hearing these compilations, just showing there are people out there carrying the flag for pop music. It is great to hear so many songs, but a bit overwhelming to find any major highlights.


Antony and the Johnsons
Cut The World

A live album by the great Antony and the Johnsons, good versions of some old songs, and one new song. The one thing I didn’t love was the inclusion of him talking for about 5 minutes about his philosophy on feminism, while it was interesting I don’t think it belongs on a record.


Shoes
Ignition

Finally, they return with a fantastic album. The lead off track is the obvious winner, combining that classic sound with a bit more modern production technique, it is great, the rest of the album glides along behind it just fine.

Time For More

Welp, another couple weeks, another blog. This week, we have a fun, international lineup of cool bands, top names, and indie wunderkinds. Take this opportunity to take in these musical mavens as they show you how to make music right! Oh yeah!

Sarah Blasko – As Day Follows Night – ***1/2 – Continue reading

International Pop Overthrow Volume 11

It’s that’s time of year again… Summer!  So, you know what that means? The kids are out of school, people are hitting the beaches, and David Bash has brought the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival back to Los Angeles for the 11th year in a row.
 
I’ve been attending the festival for quite a few years now, at least 6 or 7 in a row.  IPO usually runs for about two weeks.  Some years I’ve attended the majority of the shows, and other years just a few.  This year however, I’ve been busy, so I made my one and only IPO concert stop at Fitzgerald’s in Huntington Beach on Saturday night.  The show was a CD release party for Phillip Vandermost, who turned in a great performance, as did O.C. favorites Scarlet Crush and Sparkle*Jets U.K. (who played a few new tunes at the show). Continue reading
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