NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – CHASING YESTERDAY For some reason, this latest album from the ex-Oasis man sounds uncannily like Pink Floyd! Unfortunately, it’s the post-Roger Waters version – probably the poorest incarnation of the legendary band – with several guitar passages echoing the work of Floyd’s David Gilmour. It’s still more listenable when […]
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Regular visitors to Power of Pop will be aware of my obsession with British pop-rock, from The Beatles to the Who to the Kinks to the Stones and on and on and on… Since the end of the 90s (and the demise of Britpop), I have always been hoping for a revival of British pop-rock […]
DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY: NEW RELEASES – 10TH TO 24TH FEBRUARY 2015DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY: NEW RELEASES – 10TH TO 24TH FEBRUARY 2015
What else was worth checking out in February? Here goes… BLACKBERRY SMOKE – HOLDING ALL THE ROSES An obvious choice. A real band playing real music. In this case, Southern Rock, country-folk and old time rock n roll make it simple. Recommended.
Alright. This is a lil embarrassing but late last year Spotify made Power of Pop a ‘Tastemaker’ with a new account and despite my best efforts (?), so far we’ve had only 10 (!) followers. Shameful!! So I am still pushing this the best way I know how – by working hard at putting together […]
It’s a new month – the best month of the year! So what’s new out there? BUTCH WALKER – AFRAID OF GHOSTS When pop-rockers venture into the country-folk space, most of time if their heart is in the right place, it can be pretty magical. Butch Walker proves this at least, with his new solo […]
DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – NEW RELEASES 20TH TO 27TH JANUARY 2015DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – NEW RELEASES 20TH TO 27TH JANUARY 2015
Oops! Missed a week!! So let’s discover a fortnight’s worth on Spotify. THE DECEMBERISTS – WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Welcome back! The Decemberists represent old school pop-rock values where folk and country music are twinned with alternative rock mindsets. For this new album, Colin Meloy and company also recall their early indie-pop […]
DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – NEW RELEASES 14TH JANUARY 2015DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – NEW RELEASES 14TH JANUARY 2015
What’s new this second week of the year? Let’s check in with Spotify, shall we? MARK RONSON – UPTOWN SPECIAL Fairly old school soul in tone from the British famed producer. Actually though the album’s introductory track was a rip off of Stevie Wonder, when it’s the man himself. Doh! Probably the hipster-est release this […]
It’s the first new releases of the year so let’s take a (very) quick look at what’s out there on 6th January, shall we? STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB – NOUN Not pop-punk thankfully but instead faithful rendition of old school US punk i.e. Ramones, Stooges, New York Dolls etc. Not very original but one […]
A week away from the deadline for our Power of Pop – Spotify giveaway! A premium account (for 6 months) awaits. Submit your playlist of 12 favourite songs for 2014 to info AT powerofpop DOT com before 30th November to stand a chance of winning. In the meantime, follow us at Spotify and enjoy our […]
Alright, so technically October ain’t over yet but seeing as how much we love to jump the gun – here’s a mixtape/playlist of new music PoP discovered this month. Don’t forget to submit your favourite tracks of 2014 via Spotify playlist to info AT powerofpop DOT com by the end of November, if you want […]
DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – FASTER LOUDER: THIS IS HARDCORE!DISCOVERED @ SPOTIFY – FASTER LOUDER: THIS IS HARDCORE!
10 songs in 18 minutes – this is a playlist that lives up to its name! Drawn from the early days of hardcore punk – as young North Americans inspired by the Punk & New Wave of Heavy Metal explosions in the UK in the late 70s, began to express themselves in this new and […]
2014 has been a good year for music, make no mistake about that! And as the year draws to a close (yes really!), it’s time to take stock. Power of Pop will be announcing soon a tie-up with the kind folks at Spotify Singapore for you to share with us your favourite 12 tracks for 2014. […]
John Lennon was my very first musical hero back when I first started listening to pop music and remains to this day, in my humble opinion, the ultimate embodiment of rock n’ roll. As a songwriter, Lennon has always been my primary inspiration, equally at home writing rockers and ballads whilst expressing topics ranging from love […]
Couple of recommended new releases you should be listening to at Spotify. AMPLIFIER – Mystoria This Manchester hard rock band has been around since the late 90s and their 5th studio full-length is a wonderful distillation of 70s classic rock that include knowing references to Black Sabbath, Genesis, Rush & Pink Floyd. Tastefully done to […]
Alright. Here’s the deal – every week I randomly pick FIVE new releases listed at Spotify and tell you what I think (YAY or NAY?!), very spontaneously! No holds barred – fasten your seatbelts! Let me know what you think of the music in the comments… THE RAVEONETTES – Pe’ahi Describing Danish rockers The Raveonettes […]
Alright. Here’s the deal – every week I randomly pick FIVE new releases listed at Spotify and tell you what I think (YAY or NAY?!), very spontaneously! No holds barred – fasten your seatbelts! Let me know what you think of the music in the comments… MAGIC! – Don’t Kill the Magic This sounds like […]
The beauty of Spotify‘s immense catalogue of tracks is the ability to create playlists of my favourite songs over the decades and thus, here are my playlists for the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s for your listening pleasure…
THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP You know the saying, a band takes a lifetime to write and record its first album and then six months to record the follow-up. Sometimes, this results in a poor second album and whether a band can overcome this setback or not is never a certainty. We look to the 80s for […]
Faithful readers will be aware that Power of Pop has been around for some time, so let’s take a journey back in time via Spotify to discovered the hidden gems of the last decade or so, shall we? Climb on board! DON MCGLASHAN – Warm Hand (Arch Hill) www.donmcglashan.com Best known for his work with seminal New […]
Has been a while since I posted my discoveries at Spotify but better late than never. It’s truly amazing to me that so much of the music that I loved and collected as a young adult is easily available at a mouse click nowadays. Let’s talk about a couple of them, shall we? DONALD FAGEN […]
Fusion or jazz fusion or jazz rock is a ‘genre’ that came out of jazz musicians being influenced rock n’ roll music in the late 60s and early 70s. Even more impenetrable than progressive rock (which at least had song melodies and lyrical concepts), fusion concentrated very much on virtuosity and improvisation and thus is […]
It’s 2014 but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be listening to music from 2013 we might have missed. Especially if said music has nothing whatsoever to do with hipster indie pop. That’s where Spotify comes in handy… SOUND OF CONTACT – Dimensionaut Fronted by Simon Collins (scion of Phil), Sound of Contact is first […]
2014 means new albums. Listen at Spotify! STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS – Wig Out at Jagbags Ex-Pavement frontman, Malkmus returns with a brand new solo LP. Idiosyncratic songs with quirky arrangements but never lacking in memorable tunes.
Neo-prog. Progressive metal. These are the descendants of the first wave of progressive rock that flowered in the 70s. Check ’em out at Spotify. THE FLOWER KINGS – Desolation Rose Hailing from Sweden, The Flower Kings have been making symphonic rock (echoing the sound of Yes, Genesis and King Crimson) since 1994.
Regular visitors to PoP will be aware that I believe that the 70s was the finest decade for pop and rock music ever. And one excellent resource which allows the avid music fan to access this classic rock music is Spotify (haha you saw that coming!). But seriously folks, I’d like to leave you with […]