PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : NADA SURF – LUCKY (2008)

NADA SURF Lucky (Barsuk)

As you can probably guess, I listen to quite a bit of modern pop-rock music. Have been doing so for almost thirty years now. I find that in the advancing years, as the number of album releases increases, the quality of albums is dropping at an alarming rate. I suppose that’s to be expected. So, when I hear an album that is actually head and shoulders above the deluge, then I take note!

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TODD RUNDGREN

A WIZARD A TRUE STAR: TODD RUNDGREN IN THE STUDIO by Paul Myers (Jawbone Press)

“Todd’s aphorism was, ‘If you know what you want, I’ll get it for you. If you don’t know what you want, I’ll do it for you.’” Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)

Todd Rundgren is without doubt, one of the giants of rock music: not only as a solo singer-songwriter-performer but also as the mastermind behind progressive rock ensemble Utopia. And if that was not enough, Rundgren is one of the most prolific and successful producers as well.

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PoP RECOMMENDS: THE DUKE OF NORFOLK

As some of you probably know, every day I sift through a mountain of emails (slightly exaggerated but you get the point) from artists, bands, labels and publicists seeking to be featured on the ol’ humble Power of Pop. What does get my attention are references – not the kind you put in a job resume – but more like: what does the music sound like? Then of course, when I click on the streaming link, it bloody well better sound like the bands/artist you referenced. Heh.

So… The Duke of Norfolk. Cool name. And cooler references – the Decemberists, Avett Brothers and Sufjan Stevens. And… I clicked on the streaming link and I was impressed. Country-folk music that is authentic, heart-warming and fun – all excellent characteristics. So check him out, will ya? Hope to get a review up here or at TODAY pretty soon. In the meantime…

http://thedukeofnorfolk.com/
http://thedukeofnorfolk.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/thedukeofnorfolk
https://www.facebook.com/thedukeofnorfolk
https://twitter.com/thdukeofnorfolk
http://www.youtube.com/dukeofnorfolkthe

GARDEN OF YOUTH [NEWS]

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Tiramisu

(Press release)

Garden   of   Youth   is   a   fun-­filled,   super   dynamic   event,   richly   infused   with   good   clean   fun,   to   excite   and   engage   the   youth   of   our   nation   and   bring   their   vigor   and   energy  into  the  wonderful  Gardens  surroundings  for  a  truly  uplifting  experience.     An  event  bubbling  over  with  the  infectious  vitality  of  youth.     Especially  for  youths  and absolutely  anyone  young  at  heart!     2013   marks   the   inaugural   launch   of   Garden   of   Youth a   youth-­‐centric   annual   event   set   in   the   Gardens,   designed   for   just   about   anyone   ready   for   a   bit   of   irrepressible   fun   &   youth   pop   culture.   This   year,   spanning   three   days   from   15th   to  17th  March,  get  set  for  music  gigs,  bazaar,  and  a  slew  of  other activities  to  get   totally  involved  in.       Come  on  down  and  play!

The  Fantastic  Picnic  Gig: This   event   is   a   must   for   all   music   lovers   out   there.   Curated   by   Tiramisu’s   lead   singer   and   performance   artist   extraordinaire,   Rizman   Putra,   this   wonderful   event   platforms   English,   Mandarin,   indie   Bands,   up   and   coming   young   musical   talents   as   well   as   offer   Acoustic   Sessions.   Visitors   can   take   in   the   music   while   lounging  on  picnic  mats  to  complete  the  experience.  It  will  be  a  great  way  to  take   in  the  music  of  local  talents  and  celebrate  the  joy  of  music  and  life  at  the  Gardens.

The line-up at SuperTree Grove: –

The Fantastic Gig 16 March 2013 Saturday 6pm-11pm

6pm – 6.30pm: Cashew Chemists
7pm – 7.30pm: Pleasantry
8pm – 8.30pm: ANECHOIS
9pm – 9.30pm: Tiramisu
10pm – 10.30pm: MONSTER CAT

The Acoustic Picnic 17 March Sunday 4pm-6pm
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Yuji Kumagai
The Freshman

 

 

IDENTITE 8.4: BIG NIGHT OUT LAUNCH PARTY [REVIEW]

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Dan Chan, frontman of Xingfoo&Roy brings us his unique perspective of being a performer and audience member at Identite 8.4

I met Amir through a fellow local musician named Chris(also known as Bravepaper). After exchanging emails, Amir asked if our band would like to play at Homeclub’s Identite 8.4 and we gladly accepted!

We played Homeclub’s Big Night Out Launch party along with The Livid Suns and Deon Toh on the 25th (last Friday) and it was great. A fairy large crowd showed up and The Livid Suns kicked the party off with some of their original tracks. Ending with a cover of “Gold Lion” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their fierce musical style reminded me of comparable local acts such as Fire Away! Samson and Caracal.

Xingfoo&Roy played next and we can’t express the amount of gratitude we have towards Homeclub and the crowd. The crowd was warm and cheerful which vanished our anxiety almost immediately. The sound was also the best we’d ever had, so props to Homeclub for that! The show was amazing mainly due to the crowd as they danced and sang along to our songs. Pleasing the crowd drove us to play so much better than we ever have.

Ending the event with a mix of alternative-pop tracks was singer songwriter Deon Toh. Deon sang as his backing band complemented his songs. His creamy and soothing voice toned the mood down quite a fair bit and left the audiences bobbing their heads to a set of his original songs which included the catchy, “Little Lives” and they ended with a cover of a Band Of Horses song. Deon Toh is a very talented individual with an immense amount of soul and we hope to hear more from him in the near future.

On the whole, Identite 8.4 was a success and we’d love to thank Homeclub for being such a great contribution to the thriving local music scene.

PoPTV: PHOTO OPS – “IT MAKES ME CRY” [VIDEO]

Every now and then, I get an email with a link that makes me sit up and take notice! Well, here’s one good example – Photo Ops aka Terry Price, who plays every instrument on the upcoming LP, How To Say Goodbye, scheduled for a February 26th release. “It Makes Me Cry,” shows Price’s knack for an infectious hook coupled with poignant lyrics. Lovely epic heartfelt pop music!