I’m sure there will come a day when we are all scrounging around for some semblance of a new good song to listen to and coming up dry. Well , that day ain’t here yet. Once again the mp3’s are piling up in my head, so here’s another Pop Overload to clear it out. Like the ones before, the Pop Overload is about both quantity and quality…and the bonanza continues…
Don’t have to call it a comeback, but Brideshead are. Germany’s Brideshead return with a four song 10″ after a long hiatus. Indiepop aficionados undoubtedly remember these guys for their two albums Some People Have All The Fun and In and Out of Love. It’s bright bouncy fun that isn’t afraid to let the sunshine flood in.
Outdoor Miners seem to be victims of geography. If they were from Denton or Brooklyn or LA everyone would be going all verbal on these guys. As it is they’re holed up Edmonton, Alberta probably frozen in some snowbank by now. This is their second single on Pop Echo. Both are limited to 300 copies and inexplicably still available. These should’ve sold out long time ago.
You’re probably saying to yourself, hey wasn’t Idle Times on the last pop overload? I can’t help it, the more I hear from their upcoming album on Hozac the more I can’t wait. Seattleites, don’t miss their next gig, September 30 at the High Dive with Coasting.
Seems the Crystal Stilts have come out of hiding with a new single and it could be the least unhappy (notice I didn’t say happy) singer Brad Hargett has ever sounded. It’s definitely late 80’s British in style, I hear the Railway Children. On the b-side they sound like they’ve been getting drunk and listening to country music. Weird, I think I may like their drunk country better than their 80’s Brit.
stream: Crystal Stilts – Shake the Shackles (on the way from Slumberland)
Alex Kemp (Small Factory) is back with Rat d’Hotel part deux in his three part series. Heart Goes Boom is understated and slyly danceable that will make you weak in your knees. Just as good as Rat d’Hotel part one, only this time with more rats.
The new Flight song from the upcoming Lead Riders EP is my favorite Flight since his Sweet Rot debut. It keeps the dark blown out Blank Dogs feel, but adds a slithery melody that snakes into your brain.
Philadelphia’s Reading Rainbow give us a teaser from album number two due from Hozac in November. It’s a big sounding song. They sound like they got a whole bunch of their friends to help belt out the song. Infectiously happy sounding and pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face while your wasting time.
Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, and Radio Dept. know it. This song hit the ether this week in advance of Sweden’s election. It’s a fair guess to say Sweden’s current right wing government is not the band’s preferred one.
Part 3 of 4: Last year in my year end round up of my favorite singles I wrote how the 7 inch single seemed to be coming back into favor. This year it went over the top. There seemed to be labels popping out of the woodwork who’s main mission was to gather up the best songs and put them out on little pieces of vinyl. To reflect the bumper crop of singles I’ve expanded the year end singles count down to 40. Like Casey Kasem use to do, we’re gonna count them down. I don’t think we’ll be doing any long distance dedications, but keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. Here are numbers 11 through 20.
Ottawa’s White Wires play 50’s rock-n-roll with a present day garage rock aesthetic. It’s pretty straightforward stuff, but the songwriting is so solid that it doesn’t really matter what the style is. If Buddy Holly hadn’t gone down in that plane 50 years ago, I would have put money on him being in this band.
Damn, I love manic pop songs. Italy’s Love Boat sound like a rockabilly version of the Woodentops; hypno-beat, crazy pace, quirky sounding, and just plane old rollicking. Frankie Shampoo? I don’t know who Frankie Shampoo is or what Love Boat are on about (and they’re singing in English), but it definitely sounds like they’re having a blast.
Is this the only Seattle band in the count down? I guess everything else in the count down falls under long distance dedication. This is the first slab of wax from these guys and one of those singles where both sides are so good, there is no b-side. They kind of sound like the Box Elders, that should be enough shouldn’t it?
No Field Music, Week That Was or School of Language albums came out this year, but luckily former Metronomy guy Gabriel Stebbing has started his own band Your Twenties to fill in the gap.Your Twenties are quirky and it’s decidedly English, something I’ve not said very often this year as that seems to be not very trendy. Billionaires is a sunny happy song that you imagine that Brits listening to as they speed away from their bank.
A Dum Dum Girls and Blank Dogs team-up that juxtaposes Dum Dum Girls’ sunny West Coast outlook with the Blank Dogs’ East Coast misery. On the A-side Mike Sniper take the lead and the East Coast wins and on the flip, Dee Dee’s West Coast optomism takes over. I prefer the B-side, but I’m a glass half full kind of guy.
Darren Hanlon went to the same school of writing lyrics as Billy Bragg, Marty Donald and Morrissey, or maybe their mothers all just drank the same water when they were pregnant, who knows. It’s been a while since Hanlon’s last album and this was a sight for sore eyes. When I saw him recently in Seattle, he described this as his Hendrix tribute. That may be kind of a reach, but it is the most rockin’ song he’s ever done. The sleeve of the single is a real x-ray, not sure if they’re of Darren or not.
There’s no surf in Olympia, Washington, but you wouldn’t know it listening to this single. There’s the paddle out, then siting on your board, sun glistening off the water as you look west for the next set. You spot the one you want, turn and start paddling. The swell lifts you up as you hop up and drop in. The spray hits you in the face as you shoot the curl. I wouldn’t know anything about that, but listening to this song you’ll get at least an inkling.
Now known as Neverever, the Champagne Socialists are parts Bricolage and Royal We. Confusing? Yes. Less confusing is how good this record is. These veteran name changers make it sound so easy. Singer Jihae sounds a little Debbie Harry a little Belinda Carslile while dropping a little 60’s girl group nostalgia in for good measure.
If you put a Ukulele in a pop song you have a 95% chance of winning me as a fan. Lofty Heights do that in the first five seconds of Eye Contact and then proceed to add in some Beach Boys woo, woo’s and throw in some cello. They had me at with the uke, but I’ll take the rest of it gladly.
I’ll admit it, I have preconceived notions about certain states in the US, but Mississippi’s Flight have put at least one in the trash. It starts off with a Wire riff and then gets all droney. Post punk angst from the bayou, never thought I’d write those words.