Archive for Roger Manning Jr.

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!

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

Powerpop News!

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2008 by Andy

Good news, powerpop fans — Roger Manning Jr. has a new album ready to drop on March 19. For those who don’t know RMJr., he’s a fantastic keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. If you’ve heard any Jellyfish (the alpha and omega of modern powerpop, IMO), you know his work. Continue reading

One-Man Bands

Posted in Miscellaneous Static with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2008 by Andy

My favorite “sub-genre” of pop music is powerpop (which I’ll address sometime soon—in fact, you’ll get sick of me talking about it). For some reason, this style of pop seems to attract one-man band artists more than any other.

It’s a pretty new phenomenon, if you think about it: one artist who plays every instrument on a recording, arranges and sings all the vocals, and in some cases, engineers the entire album. Les Paul and his multitrack recording technique/equipment advances certainly paved the way in the 1940s and 1950s, but I don’t think anybody did it as a truly one-man effort until Paul McCartney (solo) and the woefully unsung Emitt Rhodes. Both their albums came out in 1970, with Emitt proclaimed a “new McCartney” (and to be honest, the album is an obvious Beatle-esque pastiche, no matter how well done it is). Continue reading