In my recent opinion piece on music appreciation, I opined that music has become less time sensitive in the new media age. So I am starting a new music feature to highlight recommended new (mainly) pop-rock albums on a post-monthly basis. So here it is – Recommended Albums (September 2020). Check them out!(more…)
Source: Black Aura My Sun, by Deserta
Listen to the new album from Deserta. For fans of dream pop.
PRESENTING BLACK COFFEE!!!(more…)
NEW ALBUM ANOTHER WINTER ALIVE OUT NOW!
LISTEN TO “HEAVEN, ALMOST”
English singer-songwriter Ralegh Long is back with a new song – “Heaven, Almost” – now playing at your favourite streaming service. A chamber pop instant classic.
ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE! MARC DURKEE – “A WAY TO ESCAPE”ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE! MARC DURKEE – “A WAY TO ESCAPE”
It is such a rush when a singer-songwriter-musician nails his colours to prog rock in this day and age! In fact, Durkee is proud to describe his music as “a blend of progressive, metal/rock, doom metal, post-hardcore, and post-rock.” A brave man!
PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BILL LLOYD – WORKING THE LONG GAMEPoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BILL LLOYD – WORKING THE LONG GAME
Bill Lloyd returns with a smart new album that will appeal to the PoP Faithful with its sophisticated take on Power Pop Rock N Roll.
PoP RECOMMENDS : FLEET FOXES – FIRST COLLECTION 2006 – 2009PoP RECOMMENDS : FLEET FOXES – FIRST COLLECTION 2006 – 2009
Lost within the hype, attention and brouhaha over the 50th anniversary re-issue of The Beatles “White Album”, is First Collection 2006 – 2009, a retrospective on the early Fleet Foxes recordings.
ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITIONROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITION
After the success of last year’s Sgt Pepper remix reissue, this 50th anniversary edition of my favourite Beatles album was the one to look out for!
ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE!!! THE CASTOR TROYS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE (EP)ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE!!! THE CASTOR TROYS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE (EP)
Hard rock revival? I fuckin’ hope so! Add another band to the burgeoning list – Ontario’s The Castor Troys.
PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! SPIRIT AWARD – MUTED CROWDPoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! SPIRIT AWARD – MUTED CROWD
Seattle new wave revivalists Spirit Award are back with a new album, Muted Crowd.
Aussie indie pop starlet San Mei returns with a new EP, Heaven.
PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE RACHETS – “DOTARD ON THE DIAL”PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE RACHETS – “DOTARD ON THE DIAL”
The Rachets (Ashbury Park, NJ) sound like a cross between The Clash, The ‘Mats and The Hold Steady. Which is fine with me!
PoP TV | POP POWER : SHANNON LUKE – “THE SURVEY” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)PoP TV | POP POWER : SHANNON LUKE – “THE SURVEY” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)
A rare thing indeed to come across a pop song that addresses the social issues of Singapore but Shannon Luke has done exactly that with his latest single, “The Survey”.
GEEK OUT!!! HORROR : THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (NETFLIX)GEEK OUT!!! HORROR : THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (NETFLIX)
Loosely based on Shirley Wilson’s classic 1959 novel of the same name, this Netflix series is a tour-de-force from writer-director Mike Flanagan and possibly one of the best of its kind this year.
PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOWPoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOW
EC fans received a bit of a scare after the singer-songwriter cancelled a clutch of live dates due to ill health. But news of his recovery and the release of Look Now – one of Costello’s best albums of recent times – must have cheered diehard followers!
PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLLY BURCH – FIRST FLOWERPoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLLY BURCH – FIRST FLOWER
There is a pleasing new wave of music artists taking the bold step of making ‘real’ music again. The old-fashioned way, so to speak. Like Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch.
PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RESTORATIONS – LP5000PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RESTORATIONS – LP5000
Philly indie rockers Restorations return from a 4 year hiatus to deliver a powerful new album, LP5000.
PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM PAUL WELLER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PAUL SIMON AND SUEDEPoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM PAUL WELLER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PAUL SIMON AND SUEDE
In 2018, retro pop rock still has relevance though probably not for millennials and younger generations. But it matters not. I know that the PoP Faithful will enjoy these releases. Good enough!
PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRASS BED – MIDNIGHT MATINEE (2008)PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRASS BED – MIDNIGHT MATINEE (2008)
Continuing our lookback at our publishing history with a decade-old review of Brass Bed!
BRASS BED Midnight Matinee (Self released)
I’m guessing that Brass Bed got their name from Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay but I could be wrong.
Mention Styx online and chances are you are going to be trolled. But for a time, the pop-rock quintet were one of the biggest bands on the planet.
PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE REFUSERS – “DISOBEY”PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE REFUSERS – “DISOBEY”
When Trump became President, there was lots of talk about how resistance to his administration would inspire loads of protest music similar to the 80s with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Has not quite panned out that way, so thank goodness for Seattle’s The Refusers!