PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE DAVENPORTS – DON’T BE MAD AT ME

Almost two decades ago, I wrote these words.

“I’m so crazy about Speaking of the Davenports that I’m almost scared stiff to write about it.”

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : COLORWAY – THESE ARE THE DAYS

Colorway return with another album that reflects just about everything I believe in as far as music making is concerned and how! Continue reading “PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : COLORWAY – THESE ARE THE DAYS”

PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : SHELVES – EP

Five years in the making, this new Shelves EP is a kick in the arse for Singapore music as far as melodic rock is concerned.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE SLEEVES – DELIVERANCE

The Sleeves are back with a cracking new album! The Hong Kong – based quartet self-released their debut album Arcade Rock in 2011.

The follow-up Deliverance was recorded in Cambodia, mixed in Hong Kong and mastered at Air Studios in London.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ROGER JOSEPH MANNING JR. – GLAMPING

Yes, digital disruption and the rise of hip-hop resulted in the decline and fall of Power Pop Rock N Roll. But it’s okay, cuz the wonderful internet has also allowed our favourite artists to continue to make and release new music viable. Like Roger Joseph Manning Jr, for example.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE LOVE-BIRDS – IN THE LOVER’S CORNER

From The Byrds to Big Star to The Soft Boys to R.E.M. to Felt to Teenage Fanclub and beyond, jangle-pop has always held a special place for lovers of Power Pop Rock N Roll. Now, add The Love-Birds to the list.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HANGING UP THE MOON – IT’S ALL HERE SOMEWHERE

Sean Lam’s Hanging Up the Moon project has become akin to a loyal friend – dependable and consistent in providing comfort, solace and joy!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : UGLY IN THE MORNING – 3 OR MORE IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT

Two things to consider when assessing the relative value of Ugly in the Morning’s 3 Or More If You Can Afford It – its eclectic rock agenda and its sophisticated songwriting.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MANNEQUINS – FOUR [REVIEW]

The return of pop-rockers Mannequins is surely one of the best things to happen in the Singapore music scene in 2018!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : NICK BATTERHAM – GOLDEN BOY [REVIEW]

Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Batterham has a new album – Golden Boy – that is one for the PoP faithful to savour from start to finish.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPOCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM DAVID BYRNE, YO LA TENGO, THE DECEMBERISTS AND GO-KART MOZART!!!

It’s March 2018 and we have been blessed – in this new year – by new albums from veteran artists that hold up against all the young upstarts! Enjoy!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : ACID DAD – S/T [REVIEW]

We really do adore new bands that live in their own little bubble and don’t quite give a fuck about what’s happening in the mainstream music industry. Latest case in point – NYC’s Acid Dad!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : LIFE ON MARS – TRANCE FORMATION [REVIEW]

A heartfelt throwback to the glory rock ‘n’ roll days of the ’70s, Life on Mars evokes everything that made rock music so special way back when.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KC BOWMAN – FRESHER TIN VILLAGES [1998, REVIEW]

Blast from the past! Out of the 90s Pop Underground to be exact. Check out the remastered Fresher Tin Villages, the excellent 1998 album from singer-songwriter KC Bowman, now available at Bandcamp!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : SHELL OF A SHELL – ALREADY THERE [REVIEW]

Shell of a Shell started as a bedroom side project for Chappy Hull that never released any recordings. Eager to play out when he wasn’t busy with other bands, Chappy asked Nick Swafford, Noel Richards, and Dylan Liverman to fill out the sound he had laid out in the earlier demos to be more of a “real” band.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : LOSTDOG IN LOVELAND [REVIEW]

Here’s one for fans of 70s glam rock – Bowie, T. Rex – as expressed by acolytes in the 80s (The Cure), the 90s (Suede) and the 00s (Dandy Warhols). Lostdog in Loveland might be a bit under the radar but a tidy discovery for those in the know.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : PURKINJE – VOYAGER EP [REVIEW]

A dynamic pop EP we missed first time out that caught our attention recently, Purkinje’s Voyager deserves the spotlight.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PROG POP : IN TALL BUILDINGS – AKINETIC [REVIEW]

So what in the world is prog pop, you might ask?

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : TONY BANKS – FIVE

Genesis fans rejoice! But more than that, fans of Tony Banks’ songwriting will more than appreciate Five, the band’s keyboards player’s new orchestral album, which will also appeal to classical music and film score enthusiasts.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : FAIRY BONES – 0% FUN

Short, sharp punky garagey rock ‘n’ roll is on the agenda when it comes to Arizona band, Fairy Bones.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : AUGIE MARCH – BOOTIKINS

Listening to Bootikins, the 2nd album in Aussie band Augie March‘s comeback since they returned from hiatus in 2014, it’s hard to imagine music that is more far removed from what is trendy in modern rock circles than this.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WATTS – ALL DONE WITH ROCK N ROLL (EP)

The world is as we make it. So what if the modern pop industry ignores rock ‘n’ roll in favour of hip hop? Well, we don’t give a fuck as long as bands like Watts keeps the spirit alive!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BEECHWOOD – SONGS FROM THE LAND OF NOD

Looking back to move forward. NYC trio Beechwood might be accused of backward gazing when it comes to musical inspiration but what’s the problem when the results are so good?

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : SIMPLE MINDS – WALK BETWEEN WORLDS [REVIEW]

When you consider how obsessed the current modern rock scene is with the 80s New Romantic/Big Music vibe, it makes perfect sense for Simple Minds to freshen up their sound by going back to a tried and tested formula.

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