PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : THE JAYHAWKS – RAINY DAY MUSIC (2003)

Blast from the distant PoP past – 15 years on…

THE JAYHAWKS Rainy Day Music (Lost Highway/American)

After the greater pop emphasis of Sound of Lies and Smile, the Jayhawks return to the roots rock approach of their earlier albums (especially Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass) with this, their first album with the Lost Highway label (also home of that other alt-country standard bearer, Ryan Adams).

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ADDISON LOVE – THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?

If you are a rabid fan of Power Pop Rock N Roll, then Addison Love‘s new album (out now on Big Stir Records) is an easy sell.

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REEL TO REAL | CRIME DRAMA TV : SHARP OBJECTS (SPOILER REVIEW)

Lots of quality behind and in front of the camera, as far as this 8-part adaptation of Sharp Objects was concerned.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – GO TO SCHOOL

Risk-taking is such a rare thing in the contemporary music scene, that when it does happen it hits us like a lightning bolt!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM (2001)

An ELO review from 2001!

If the announcement of a new ELO album, after a 15-year absence, raised eyebrows, then the realisation that Zoom is essentially Jeff Lynne playing everything caused many brows to furrow.

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI TV : ASIMOV’S FOUNDATION SERIES TO BE RELEASED BY APPLE

According to Deadline, Apple has ordered a 10-episode series from Skydance Media adapting Issac Asimov’s classic Foundation series.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE SWAGGER – “HEART ‘N’ SOUL”

Photo Credit : Jim Jennings

London rockers The Swagger release their new single “Heart ‘N’ Soul” which continues in the vein of their debut EP (2016) i.e. a ballsy amalgam of ’90s Britpop and ’00s garage-punk that deserves our attention!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE DAHLMANNS – “AMERICAN HEARTBEAT”

The Dahlmanns return with “American Heartbeat”, a teaser for upcoming new album of the same name, dropping at the end of the month!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : OLÉ ELO – WHAT JEFF LYNNE/ELO MEANS TO … (2001)

Back in the hazy-dazy days of 2001, I had put together a feature on one of my favourite bands, the Electric Light Orchestra, which included reviews of then-new album Zoom and the Eldorado re-issue and Flashback boxset. 

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PoP20 | JEREMY – GLOW IN THE DARK (2008)

Continuing our look back at the Power of Pop archives…with a review from Sherwin Tay. 

JEREMY Glow In The Dark (Jam)

A “theatre of the mind” would be an appropriate approximation of Jeremy’s music; a whirring coalescence of Pink Floyd, shot through a tunnel of Tangerine Dream(s) lined with smidgens of Sigus Ros, emerging on an astral plane where celestial guitar virtuosos retire to as existentialism sleeps off its tribulations.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KERRY COMPOST CHICOINE – “THOSE DAYS ARE OVER”

Another new release from a member of the Pop Underground – this time, it’s Kerry Kompost Chicoine!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – S/T EP

After teasing a couple of excellent singles (“Ginger Ale” and “Baby” in particular), the debut EP of Vancouver’s Hotel Mira has dropped today.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HUX & THE HITMEN – “GO FIGURE” (UNOFFICIAL VIDEO)

Huxley Rittman is back with his merry band of Hitmen with the slinky blues-rock number, “Go Figure”.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : FERNANDO PERDOMO – “CALIFORNIA MOON” FT. PAT SANSONE

A gorgeous country-inflected slow rocker from Fernando Perdomo featuring vocals from Pat Sansone (of Wilco, Autumn Defence fame).

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PoP20 | SUPERHERO FILM : THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

Christopher Nolan’s game-changing Dark Knight is a decade old! Here’s my contemporaneous review. 

It makes a whole lot of sense that the second film in Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Batman franchise is called The Dark Knight. After all, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns revived the moribund comic book industry (together with Watchmen) and challenged fans to take the super hero a bit more seriously than before.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BIRD STREETS – S/T

My favourite music revels in eclecticism – taking basic building blocks and constructing wildly imaginative creations that impress and surprise even the most jaded of music experts.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : DOT DASH – PROTO RETRO

I have previously covered the music of DC power trio Dot Dash and will always be pleased to do so as they competently encapsulate everything Power of Pop stands for.

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LIVE IN SINGAPORE | PoP LEGENDS : BOB DYLAN – STILL BREAKING ALL THE RULES…

“NO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY & AUDIO RECORDING ALLOWED”

A warning on the ticket was repeated by ushers throughout Bob Dylan’s third concert in Singapore.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : LIVINGMORE – IT’S ALL HAPPENING EP

Photo credit : Suzi Carmichael

There’s a slinky 60s pop vibe around L.A. band Livingmore that is simply irresistible.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MICHAEL SLAWTER – LAST CALL FOR BREAKING HEARTS

The Pop Underground lives on in new Power Pop Rock N Roll releases like Michael Slawter’s Last Call for Breaking Hearts.

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PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : P. HUX – KISS THE MONSTER (2008)

10 year old review! 

P. HUX Kiss the Monster (Nine 18)

My 1st encounter with P. Hux came in the unlikeliest places. A discount CD store somewhere in a Sydney suburb in 1997. That’s where I found Deluxe, which I consider to be one of the finer power pop albums in that pristine period of pop renaissance that was the late 90s.

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