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PoPTV: POP-ROCK 101

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Oct 072014
 

Is there a mini classic pop-rock happening in 2014? Well, you could argue that it has never really gone away when guys like Bob Mould, Guided by Voices, Tom Petty, J Mascis, Johnny Marr, Sloan and the like have continued to make vital music. Never mind the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack has all but brought classic 70s pop-rock back to the mainstream. AND with ex-MCR frontman Gerard Way releasing a debut solo album that has the ‘emo-punk-pop’ kids in an uproar, then you know for sure that something is going on. In any case, here’s a couple of 70s-era song videos that will demonstrate, I hope, why this is the kind of music that I will always be rocking to!

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Sep 232014
 

Here’s a lively soul pop number with a fun video to boot! It’s awesome to see tons of familiar faces from the local music scene in the video as well (but what about moi?). That sense of playfulness is nicely contrasted with Gareth’s (and band’s) sophisticated image – y’know the suits etc. The song itself has a catchy horn(y) motif and chorus (though the song title seems a bit of a mouthful). Am glad to announce that Gareth’s debut EP will be dropping soon and the launch will be held at Barbershop at Timbre on 22nd October. This suave boy is going places so better get in on the bottom floor before take-off. Tickets available from http://garethfernandez.peatix.com/

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Sep 212014
 

RAGLANS – “White Lightning”

This Irish band has released a fabulous music video for its “White Lightning” single (off new eponymous album). Directed by Finn Keenan, the video contains a couple of inventive visual gags and the song itself is great guitar rock in its own right. At almost 3 minutes, it’s a dose of classic pop-rock that certainly deserves your attention. Check it out!

Raglans available from iTunes.

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Jul 042014
 

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Whenever we can, we strive to remind you – kind visitor – what Power of Pop is all about. Sweet pop music, 60s/70s styled is definitely on the agenda. Bring it!

THE CANYON RAYS – “The Sunshine Growers”

Here’s the new single from Californian pop enthusiasts The Canyon Rays as visualized by director Justin Slade McClain. The track will appear on their upcoming West Coast Babes LP later this year.

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MONOMYTH – “Patsy”

Canadian quartet Monomyth pride themselves as being slightly left of centre as new single “Patsy” and its seriously weirded out video proves. Their debut album, Saturnalia Regalia!, comes out on July 22nd, 2014 on Mint Records!

Listen to/download the Monomyth eponymous EP from Bandcamp.

BLACK MOTH – “Blackbirds Fall”

And ‘classic’ hard rock is always part of POP POWER equation! Britain’s young new heavy rock heroes Black Moth release the first single and video from their forthcoming new album Condemned To Hope coming this fall. Horns up!

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PoPTV: JPNSGRLS

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Jun 192014
 

Circulation, the debut full-length album from PoP Buzz Band JPNSGRLS will be released very very shortly and this official music video of “Smalls” is an excellent primer. Music-wise the song is nice and spiky with enough grunge elements to make it somewhat trendy. The video is a clever counterpoint – at times reminding me of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World! Enjoy!!

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Feb 012014
 

The Zolas

THE ZOLAS – “Ancient Mars” (Official Video)

The video was inspired by a story that captivated the world: the disappearance of Elisa Lam, who went missing nearly a year ago on a solo trip to Los Angeles. Although The Zolas singer Zach Gray didn’t know her personally, Elisa was a friend of a friend, all attending the same University, and he was immediately stricken when the LAPD releases the bewildering CCTV video. “Seeing that video really hit me hard. It’s terrifying. I didn’t know her but she was so much like so many girls I do know and care about.”

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Dec 122013
 

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With a vibe that recalls the popular British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, comes the debut single from Gentle Bones (aka Joel Tan) viz. “Till We Die”. If you like what you see and hear, you can buy the single from either iTunes: http://bit.ly/untilwedie or from BandCamp: http://gentlebones.bandcamp.com/. Proceeds will go towards the funding of the upcoming full-length album. Check out the official video below.

Jun 152013
 

EstherLowless

Heads up, folks! This coming Friday 21st June, Esther Lowless will launch her amazing debut EP – Strange Place to Meet – at the Esplanade Recital Studio. How good is the EP? Well, I gave it 5 stars over at TODAY and it is no exaggeration to state that it is one of the best debut recordings I have heard in a while.

Not only that but Lowless has – together with talented collaborators – produced music videos to accompany each one of the six tracks on the EP. You can view these videos at her YouTube channel. My favourite is the gorgeous “Everything”, a duet with Mark John Hariman, which you can watch below.

So don’t miss this! Get your tickets now!!

Tickets are priced at $25 (Standard), and $20 (Students). Email estherlowlessmusic@gmail.com to purchase your tickets.

Apr 202013
 

Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has revealed the title to her highly anticipated third studio album, The Blessed Unrest, which is set for release on July 16th through Epic Records.  The album’s first single, “Brave,” was co-written by Jack Antonoff from the band fun. and will be released at all digital retailers next Tuesday, April 23rd.  Fans can stream the song and view the official lyric video starting today at Sarabmusic.com or check it out right below…

Apr 152013
 

Some new (official) music videos we’ve come across recently … enjoy!

RENDEZVOUS “EGYPT”

TEGAN & SARA “CLOSER”

CINEMASCAPE “PRIVATE PROPERTY”

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR “IF YOU DIDN’T SEE ME (THEN YOU WEREN’T ON THE DANCEFLOOR)”

BAKER “OVERLOAD”

Yeah I know I know, it’s all fookin’ dance pop innit? NEXT!

 

Apr 132013
 

If you’re reading this and were born in the 90s (I know, unlikely), then hopefully you’d know who Nirvana was and not be caught wearing the above tee merely cos it’s ‘hip and cool’. Thing is, of course, the early 90s saw the last commercially viable rock music before the music scene went pear-shaped in the noughties. In any case, the 90s witnessed the weird going pro as alternative rock became fashionable…. these are my favourite musical memories from that special time…

REM “Shiny Happy People” (ft. Kate Pierson)

NIRVANA “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

DINOSAUR JR “The Wagon”

FLAMING LIPS “She Don’t Use Jelly”

JANE’S ADDICTION “Been Caught Stealing”

RADIOHEAD “High & Dry”

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS “Tonight, Tonight”

SUEDE “Trash”

BLUR “Song 2″

TEENAGE FANCLUB “The Concept”

Just the tip of the fucking iceberg!

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Apr 112013
 

Continuing our educational video series on the ground-breaking rock music of the Seventies, we focus on Progressive Rock, a time where serious minded musicians created serious music from a variety of styles, sounds and instruments – classical, folk, jazz, rock, avant garde, traditional. This platform had its heyday in the earlier part of the decade reaching its peak in the mid to late Seventies before punk arrived to decry the style as ‘irrelevant’ and ‘pompous’. Progressive rock lives on to this day, either as ‘neo-prog’, revised versions of the classic prog rock or ‘post-rock’, where prog rock approaches are applied to indie rock sensibilities.

KING CRIMSON – IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

GENESIS – THE MUSICAL BOX

YES – ROUNDABOUT

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – TARKUS

PINK FLOYD – DOGS

EGG – CONTRASONG

JETHRO TULL – SONGS FROM THE WOOD

RUSH – XANADU

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Mar 302013
 

I’ve probably said this before but the Seventies is/was my favourite rock decade! Basically, the Seventies built on the foundation of the Sixties and went OVER THE TOP! The sheer diversity of Seventies music is mind-blowing and once again, what I am going to share with you is merely the tiny tip of the massive iceberg (and only focuses on the singer-songwriters!) But rest assured, every artist mentioned is bloody essential listening, so… fasten your seat belts…

DAVID BOWIE

Recommended albumsHunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars, StationToStation, “Heroes”, Low and Scary Monsters.

NEIL YOUNG

Recommended albumsAfter the Gold Rush, Harvest, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Zuma, Rust Never Sleeps.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Recommended albumsBorn to Run, Darkness at the Edge of Town.

TODD RUNDGREN

Recommended albums – Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything?, A Wizard A True Star, Todd.

BILLY JOEL

Recommended albums: The Stranger, 52nd Street.

JOHN LENNON

Recommended albumsJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Mind Games, Walls & Bridges.

ELTON JOHN

Recommended albums – Tumbleweed ConnectionMadman Across the WaterHonky Château, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Caribou, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

STEVIE WONDER

Recommended albums – Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness’s First Finale, Songs in the Key of Life.