November 25, 2014

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Martin Carr

Fresh Droppings: Martin Carr – The Breaks

During a stretch of the 90s -- basically my college years -- I was obsessed with the Boo Radleys. The band had figured out the unique blend of power pop and shoegaze, the two classifications of music that dominated my speakers. The string of Giant Steps, Wake Up!, and C'Mon Kids were, to my ears, perfection. (Tip for vinyl reissue specialists -- It's time to bring these three back!) And then, like many bands from those days, they went away. … [Read More...]

Here Comes the Reign

Fresh Droppings: Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion

Following in the footsteps of last year's fun Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Light Rock comes Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion, an ode to some of the great pop songs of the 1980s that reached large audiences via MTV. As a child of the 80s, these songs are ingrained into my existence. I remember where I was the first time I heard Level 42's Something About You. I remember the surge of joy I felt hearing Simple … [Read More...]


Because You Asked — My Playlist 9/24

Two days in a row! My playlist for today, in order, as I wrote about feeder systems and polished off an RFI: 1) The Jigsaw Seen - Old Man Reverb 2) Tweedy - Sukierae 3) Cliff Hillis - Song Machine 4) Ryan Adams - S/T 5) Corin Ashley - New Lion Terraces 6) Jimi Goodwin - Odludek 7) Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - Best of Boiler Room Classics 8) alt-J - This Is All Yours … [Read More...]

Jigsaw Seen

Fresh Droppings: The Jigsaw Seen – Old Man Reverb

From the crunchy opening chords of Let There Be Reverb, the first track on L.A. band The Jigsaw Seen's latest, Old Man Reverb, the four-piece grab your attention and never relinquish it. For several years now, the band has been crafting some of the most consistently rewarding Kinks-esque rock you can find. Old Man Reverb is their latest triumph. What makes the band truly stand out is its devotion to interesting subject matter. Like The … [Read More...]


Because You Asked — My Playlist 9/23

I work from home much of the time, which affords me the ability to listen to records all day. A few of you have asked what I'm listening to, so on days I remember -- and have the time -- I'm happy to share. Here's my playlist for today, Tuesday, September 23, in listening order. 1) Lucero - Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers 2) Lucero - Nobody's Darling 3) Nada Surf - B-Sides 4) The Lees of Memory - Sisyphus Says 5) The Lovers … [Read More...]

Lovers Key

Fresh Droppings: The Lovers Key – Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Hailing from South Florida -- an area not known for its thriving music scene -- comes The Lovers Key. Born from the ashes of the Postmarks and with ties to Ursula 1000, the band's debut Here Today Gone Tomorrow is a pleasurable burst of throwback pop for fans of Mark Ronson production, bands like Lucky Soul, and albums like the debut by Fitz and the Tantrums. Try not to bounce to tracks like Who's the One You Love? or Bright Eyes, Black Soul. … [Read More...]