Lannie Flowers “Christmas Without You”

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It’s about that time of year where I start to compile my “Best of 2013″ list and in the next few days showcase some great Christmas music from a few of my favorite artists this year. It goes without saying that Lannie Flowers is an outstanding musician and I’ve seen him very recently, so he gets my first nod to the holiday videos.

Note: In addition to doing the top 25 power pop albums of the year, I will be hosting a full 30 minute radio show on Sunday December 29 @ 7:30pm on 11L New York Radio International courtesy of John Lightning and Dave “The Boogieman.” Mark your Calendars!

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Happy Record Store Day!

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Today is Record Store Day.
It’s a day that retailers hope will draw both loyal and new customers to celebrate the independent record store and all that it has to offer. Kool Kat Musik is not a traditional “brick and mortar” retailer but they do share the same passion and enthusiasm for music and in support of the “indie” guys they will be having a “Virtual Record Store Long Weekend” from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21! 

10% OFF all NEW CDs listed in the Power Pop/Alt Country Online Store

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Also check out this new vid from The Connection “Comes and Goes” available on 12″ vinyl at Interpunk Records and on their own Bandcamp site.

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Happy New Year – Enjoy “Lennon’s Poster” and Ernie Kovacs!

A short film following the recreation of the Pablo Fanque circus poster that inspired John Lennon to write ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ for the Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Using the traditional methods of wood engraving and letterpress printing, Peter Dean and his team of experts bring to life Lennon’s poster.
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If you’re looking for the definition of a “lost” classic – you’ll find it with the innovative Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs was an underrated genius whose influence can still be felt today. Check out this video of his famous Nairobi Trio — and a similar routine by Saturday Night Live over 40 years later! Get The Kovacs Collection Vol. 1 or Vol.2  for more.

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I look forward to a great 2013, and I already have a HUGE pile of albums to review this month – so check this site often. Happy New Year everyone! 

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Giving thanks to bands like Big Star and fans like you.

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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. The film opened last week at the SVA theater in NYC. Probably the most important power pop band that ever existed. More info here.

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOL.1 UPDATE

I am proud to say that our fundraiser for Hurricane Relief has been a success! The Power Popaholic Fest Original Soundtrack Vol.1 has raised $152.32 for The American Red Cross this month. At this point it we will be expanding distribution to CD Baby, Amazon and Itunes by this Monday. I would like to see if our sales can increase for the holiday season so we can make a second donation to The Red Cross for Christmas time.

I would like to thank all of you who donated to the Soundtrack, and a Happy Thanksgiving to power pop fans everywhere!

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