Brittlestar "Secrets"

Thanks to Bob for turning me on to this album. Brittlestar is a Canadian Band that has a great sense of melody and beat. You can listen to the samples here.. Some songs have a great Matt Pond PA meets Metro Jets feel to them (okay it’s a stretch). The site also has a nice video “So Close So Faraway.” This is a nice little hidden gem not too many people have heard about so I wanted to get the word out. “Flying To New York” is my favorite song here so far- lots of chiming guitars and clean production make it a real treat. You get the music from Amazon or itunes. Enjoy it while it’s still a “Secret!”

Linus of Hollywood "Triangle"

Linus of Hollywood is a long time favorite power pop legend. Sounding alot like Glen Tilbrook without all that Squeeze baggage – “Triangle” pumps out lots of quick pop gems under three minutes each. “Farwell to the King” is an excellent single that floats on a melodic breeze and worth repeat listens. A few tracks feel a bit like throw-aways though. “How Do I do it everyday” is a quick comment on the music business he is in. The best part of this album is that you can listen to the whole thing on through this link. Linus’ subject matter is also more mature here, less of the optimism of earlier albums. The ballads are well written McCartney-styled songs. My favorite is the burlesque “I’m not so great,” a self-depreciating turn and it lightens the albums mood perfectly. Listen and you be the judge- Bruce at Not lame also has a special deal with this album.

Personal Tragedy

To my blog readers — I have not been able to update my blog this past week due to a personal tragedy at home. I have listened to very few things this past week. I have to overcome my personal trauma and I will catch up on Sunday. Please check the Powerpopaholic very soon.

Craig Bartock "The Finer Points of Instinct"

I absolutely love it when long time side men for a popular rock act go solo. Just like Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray went solo (previously in Paul McCartney’s band) – Craig Bartock was the guitar player for Heart, Blondie and many others. With that much experience – you’ve got dynamite potential for a great solo album. And that’s what we have here. Bartock’s sound has alot of great influences (Beatles, Beach Boys and early Genesis) but sounds totally unique. His voice reminds me alot of Mike Viola and the Candybutchers. His approach to songwriting and melody is alot like Roger Manning or Yazbek. To put it mildly I was slowly blown away by this music. The song “Myopic Day” is a wonderously trippy Squeeze meets Candybutchers single. The guitar playing is simply amazing here too. Some songs have a dramatic symphonic vibe, like “The Dollhouse.” The song swings between heavy riffs and high harmonies. Every song here has a great hook. Looks like Craig has raised the bar for your favorite album here. You can hear it on his my space page. You can buy it from CDBaby, Amazon or itunes.

The Supahip "Seize The World"

Another CD this past summer that came out was “The Supahip” a Michael Carpenter and Mark Moldre collaboration. It got quiet alot of good press on Not Lame – and wanted to give it a fair listening to. Moldre and Carpenter recorded the album alot like a spontaneous casual jam between friends. In a sense, it has an intimacy like the Beatles “Let it Be” sessions did. The 12 tracks are presented in stereo and mono. We know this was done for the audiophiles out there, but it doesn’t do much for me. Some of these tracks are just amazing. “Satellite” is my favorite song here. Beatle-esque melodies pour out of this track and it gives the Velvet Crush a run for it’s money. “Around the Sun” is an awesome mix of Pink Floyd and Beach Boys. Even a cover of Nik Kershaw’s “Wouldn’t it be good” is nicely rendered. Like all Carpenter’s work – great songs and expert production are all over this album, even though it is a more casual affair compared with his SOOP collection. The only song that I disliked was “The Radio” – an angry rant that didn’t really fit with the mood of the other songs that well. This is still essential listening if you love power pop. Thanks for another one, Michael. You can pick up this gem at Not Lame or