Archive for the Album Category

New “Fireman” (Macca) Due Out in November

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by Andy

Big thanks to Too Poppy for bringing this to my attention! Looks like Paul McCartney is dusting off his alternate persona The Fireman after a few mellow electronica albums in the 1990s.

But this time promises to be different. As heard on NPR’s Song of the Day, Macca’s new direction for his mythical extinguisher of flames is decidedly more rock/pop than downtempo — and still different from his two most recent solo releases. Think U2. Think Peter Gabriel. Think Arcade Fire.

Think I’m gonna get it when it comes out on November 17.

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Keane – Perfect Symmetry (drops today in the U.S.)

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by Andy

After more than two years (since “Under the Iron Sea”), UK pop trio Keane releases their third major label album, “Perfect Symmetry” today, October 14, in the U.S.

Here’s a sample tune (“Spiralling”):

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Answer: International Pop Overthrow

Posted in Album with tags , , , , on September 8, 2008 by Andy

Question: What is something I would like to attend once before I shuffle off this mortal coil?

For those who aren’t down with IPO, it’s:

  • similar to SXSW (except not stuck in one geographic location)
  • a festival devoted to music, not film or other pop culture segments
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Jim Boggia — Misadventures in Stereo a rare blessing

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , on September 2, 2008 by Chris

I know this is Andy’s territory — tracking power pop masters from album to album and marveling at their almost genius ability to leverage a mind-boggling fluency in the language of pop (from unusual instruments to chord progressions to seminal guitar solos) and then create impossibly layered tracks that directly connect with generations of audio junkies, opening secret doors to our memories and plumbing the innermost chambers of our hearts. I’ve also staked out my own territory on this blog, summed up by: “It’s the song, not the arrangement.” (Aren’t you glad that second sentence was shorter? Whew!)

Boggia's love of pop music is life-long.

Boggia's love of pop is life-long and he puts every ounce of it in his music.

So, imagine my cognitive dissonance when I’m introduced (several years late, it seems) to an artist who not only handles the whole power pop schtick with panache but also crafts gem-like, beautiful songs that would grab your gut if he just showed up at the charmingly grungy coffee house on the corner and started strumming and singing. The artist is Jim Boggia and he’s just released his third album, Misadventures in Stereo.

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Josh Fix, my latest powerpop obsession.

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by Andy

Josh Fix. Oh, man.

This goes back to my musings on one-man-bands… I’m just in awe of these guys who can pull off everything with aplomb. I first heard about Josh when he released his EP “Steinway the Hard Way” a while back (2004?) — but I didn’t buy it (dumb-ass). Now it’s OOP, of course.

Live and learn.

Jesus, as I sit here I’m listening to it on his site and I’m wondering why I don’t yet own it… let’s rectify that, shall we?

So I see a mention of him here and there… his new album drops, and NPR makes one of his tunes “Song of the Day” back in July. And then a friend shoots me an email about his video on YouTube. Sweet Christ, this is good. Like a slushy, sugary blend of Elton John, Spirit, Jellyfish, Ben Folds, Owsley, and lots and lots of Queen (the latter part of “Jethro” just oozes that swaggering Mercury/May/Taylor vocal arrangement, and “Whiskey and Speed” ends with a May-esque layered guitar mini-symphony coda). What more could this blogger want? Umm.. the bass chair in his band?  OK, asking too much, I realize.

Free at Last

Free at Last

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Lucky Old Sun

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , on July 28, 2008 by Andy

Brian Wilson is back… not that he’s ever really disappeared. As much as I love the Beach Boys, Brian’s solo stuff has been a little spotty — saying his lyrics can be corny [“Add Some Music to Your Day“] is like saying it’s hard to find a designated driver at an Irish wake. Continue reading

Jason Falkner News! [updated]

Posted in Album with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2008 by Andy

What’s up, Falknerds? Back on March 13, I mentioned that Jason’s second edition of Beatles covers-in-lullaby-format was coming soon. Well, I noticed today in my Amazon recommendations, “Bedtime with the Beatles Part Two” is due to be released on June 17! Continue reading

Roger Manning Jr. Update!

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , on March 18, 2008 by Andy

Catnip Dynamite cover

Roger Manning Jr.’s new CD, Catnip Dynamite, has been released (in Japan, where it’s already the 19th, I suppose)! Because there’s no U.S. distributor, the price is about where it was for “Pure Imagination” (about $26). I can’t believe no American label will take Roger on. It’s available at CDJapan. Let’s see… 7.2 gallons of gas (San Diego prices) or the new album…

Update (April 4, 2008) — Just ordered it… I’ll review/comment/snark once it arrives!

Jason Falkner News!

Posted in Album with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2008 by Andy

Rumor has it that Jason has completed recording a “vol. 2” of “Bedtime with the Beatles,” his lullaby-esque instrumental collection of Fab covers. Continue reading

Free Music from Not Lame!

Posted in Album, Miscellaneous Static with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2008 by Andy

I truly could be none more excited. If you’re a powerpop fan, you know and love the Not Lamers.

Not lame logo

A happy mix of distributor and label, Not Lame hunts down the the prime examples of my favorite genre for their catalog, making them available to incredibly dorky fans like myself.

And now they’ve done the unpossible. They’ve become even cooler by offering free music to people just like me. And you, too. But mostly me. Continue reading