The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco is a UK band with an uncanny resemblance to Steely Dan, but with an ability to travel beyond simple sound emulation. All these tracks are cool as hell, especially the opener “Kiki vs. Alice From The Breakers” as they mention my hometown in the first opening words of the lyric.
The Roaring Juniors are an energetic Michigan band we’ve heard before and leader Ronnie Riggar frantically jams to the fast tempo “Manzanita,” and does an equally good job on a cover of The Beatles “Hard Days Night.” Check it out on Bandcamp or Amazon
Son of Skooshny is Skooshny frontman Mark Breyer with Steve Refling. The band has slowly built up its collection of singles into a EP for you to enjoy. Fans of Tom Petty and The Traveling Wilburys will love this music. Get it on Bandcamp or Amazon
Video Spotlight: Cinema Star
Cinema Star has been making power pop music since around 2000, this is their latest “Attractive” single. Get it on Bandcamp or Amazon!
Talk Show Host – Like the pop punk of Green Day? Then enjoy this fast paced band from Toronto. Band is described as “Two recovering punks and an indie rocker walk into a bar.” FREE download (no drink minimum).
Richard Cummins – Yet another Beatles cover album, with an emphasis on McCartney’s work and some of his solo stuff. very well done and a FREE download. Hey Beatle tribute bands, he may be available!
And since Macca “taught him to play,” he wrote an original song about that too.
Music Video Spotlight
The Anderson Council’s Facebook exclusive video for “Magical” from their newest CD Assorted Colours. We review it here.
The new Monkees album Good Times! is due in stores May 27th and it celebrates the group’s 50th anniversary. Shortly after the death of Davy Jones in 2012, Mike Nesmith played a series of tours with surviving members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork in honor of their fallen comrade. He contributes a song here and plays guitar on the new LP.
But the bigger news is that a bunch of closet Monkee fans are making big contributions to the album. “She Makes Me Laugh,” was written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and other songs have been written by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, XTC’s Andy Partridge, as well as Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. There are also tunes written by Neil Diamond and Carole King in the 1960s that the group never got around to releasing. The album was produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. If you ask me this is a classic case of power pop giants given an excuse to lovingly look back at that past pop era we love.
OKGO is back to making viral videos that you can’t avoid. “Upside Down Inside Out” is exclusive to Facebook and Okgo.net – no youtube embeds yet. The band choreographs zero gravity acrobatics to the music.
Great photo montage video “Not The Trembling’ Kind” from the master, George Usher. From the upcoming compilation “George Usher -The End And The Beginning 1990-2009” Learn more about this song on George’s Blog.
A long time in the making using Disney styled animation techniques “I Told You I was Poor” is the first standout track from Skeleton Staff album “Psychomorphism”.