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The Big Show #10: Rockin’ The Planet

Hi-fiThis tenth edition of The Big Show spins rockin’ pop tunes from places near and far.

The second set features a bit of Southern Power Pop from The Shazam, Nine Times Blue and The Semantics.

New music is represented by Linus of Hollywood, The Persian Leaps, Ballard and The Dowling Poole.

Big Star checks in with an alternate version of their cover of The Kinks’ classic “Till The End Of The Day.”

Rounding it all out is The Move doing their own classic “Night Of Fear,” Pixies doing “Here Comes Your Man,” and Wondermints contributing a bit of surf music on the ski slopes with “Ski Party.”

There is, of course, much, much more. The complete track list appears after the embed

So, why not give it a spin, and check out the main mix at Pop That Goes Crunch radio, streaming 24/7?

Track List

1.  Cliff Hillis, “Coming Out Alive”

2.  Linus Of Hollywood, “Caught Up In A Feeling”

3.  The Lost Boys, “In My Sleep”

4.  The Shazam, “Calling Sydney”

5.  Nine Times Blue, “I Can’t See You”

6.  The Semantics, “Merry Go Round”

7.  Ballard, “Crossing Every Line”

8.  Big Star, “Till The End Of The Day”

9.  The Persian Leaps, “Pretty Boy”

10. The Move, “Night Of Fear”

11. The Dowling Poole, “The Sun Is Mine”

12. Hector and The Leaves, “Problems”

13. Old 97’s, “Designs On You”

14. phonograph, “Waiting For The Sun”

15. Rocket Bureau, “Clarabelle”

16. Eugene Edwards, “It Doesn’t Get Better Than  This”

17. The Zags, “Tattoo”

18. Pernice Brothers, “Bechamel”

19. Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man”

20. Cockeyed Ghost, “Dirty Bastard”

21. The Idea, “Only Reason”

22. Wondermints, “Ski Party”

Some More New Music For A Sunday

Propeller

Another Sunday brings another five new and cool songs now spinning in rotation at Pop That Goes Crunch radio. Check them out there, and right here:

Propeller, “You Remind Me Of You”: A future dictionary could identify this song as an example of the classic Power Pop sound. Its three-minutes of hooks and harmonies designed undoubtedly to ring around in your head for days. It’s also is a shoo-in for my year-end list of the best songs of the year:

Attic Lights, “Known Outsider”: This previously unreleased track is available as a B-side to a special release of the band’s tribute to Roy Orbison, a track also spinning in rotation over at the radio station. “Known Outsider” has that peaceful easy guitar pop feeling of latter-day Teenage Fanclub, which means that you should embrace it immediately:

The Green Tambourine Band, “I’m Free”: This Scottish band creates “garage/psych folk-rock” on “vintage analogue gear.” That’s a perfect description. “I’m Free” is a bit of jangly guitar pop enhanced by Mellotron flourishes. Catch this vintage groove:

The Smoove Sailors vs. Ballard, “Piece Of The Dream:” I wrote recently about the one-man band called Ballard. Smoove Sailors is a band out of Jersey City, New Jersey. Here, the man behind Ballard, Darren Riley, says that he would write a song, such as “Piece Of The Dream,” send the band an acoustic demo “and they’d send me back a full backing track for me to put my vocals on.” That inter-continental collaboration works quite well. “Piece Of A Dream” is delightfully uncomplicated Power Pop that will cause unconscious head-bopping:

Dr. Nod, “Walking The Dog”: I know absolutely nothing about this act, except that its double-sided single was released by The Active Listener, whose blog is listed in the Blogroll to your right. That means that it will at least be interesting. “Walking The Dog” has a kind of early-90s “alt rock”/psych/noise pop feel to it and creates a nice hook out of seeming monotony:

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So there’a another five new tracks to check out on a lazy Sunday. Listen, support the artists and check out Pop That Goes Crunch radio, where the playlist has grown to more than 1,000 songs.

Easter Sunday Round-Up Of New Tunes

Flora Fauna

Easter Sunday brings a basket full of sweet new treats spinning in rotation at Pop That Goes Crunch radio. Although the first song has a winter theme, you’ll ultimately see a lot of “sun” in this week’s round-up.

Fauna Flora, “The Arms of Winter”: Fauna Flora is the new project of Steve Ward, formerly of Cherry Twister. Its self-titled debut album is relentlessly beautiful collection of soft and loud(er) pop songs, with occasional strings and anchored by Ward’s consistently rich and expressive vocals. “The Arms Of Winter” is a bit of glorious chamber pop:

Sunrise Highway, “Windows”: I wrote a short piece on their cool bit of sand and surf jangle pop, “Endless Summer,” at the end of last summer. “Windows,” the title track from a soon-to-be-released long-player, is cut from a similar cloth with its laid back, jangly guitars and gorgeous West Coast pop harmonies. Here’s a preview:

Sunshine On Mars, “Lower Your Standards”: This virtual band-by-file sharing — an “ill -advised cross-country music collaboration of 3 Facebook friends,” as they say — does covers, and nothing else. Two of its previous digital downloads — “Feelin’ So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. D.O.O)” and “Sugar, Sugar” — give you a good idea of the sensibility at play here. This is not music that takes itself too seriously, or even seriously at all. Their brand spanking new cover of Slow Runner’s “Lower Your Standards” ups the bubblegum quotient substantially over the original. That’s a good thing, trust me:

Sunday Sun, “Sunday Morning”: This one comes right out of the gate as unabashed bubblegum, and continues dishing out sweet gobs of sticky goo for the next two-and-a-half-minutes. That, of course, makes it quite delectable. Make sure you brush your teeth after this one:

Ballard, “Take Good Care”: Darren Riley, recording as Ballard, says this one resulted from a challenge “to write and record an Everly Brothers-inspired song in a couple of hours.” That’s a good description of this decidedly old school stomper, complete with pounding drums, slightly twangy guitar and a simple sing-along chorus. There is nothing at all complicated here, just good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll:

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So there you have five new tracks to savor this Sunday. Listen, support the artists and check out Pop That Goes Crunch radio, where the playlist has grown to 1,000 songs.

 

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