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Entries in Pop (118)

Saturday
Apr192014

Ending with a Flourish

Well...okay...Singing Underwear is something of a pun. But let's listen to one more tune, this one being my pick of the day:

 

Saturday
Aug102013

Morning Finale

Our last song of the morning from David Bowie is also my pick of the day, a haunting melody titled China Girl:

 

Saturday
Aug102013

Sweeping the Stardust Away

Our next David Bowie song comes from the Lodger album,  a record (it was packaged as a 33 1/3 rpm flat disk when it was released)  that I enjoyed immensely.  This song, Heroes, comes from that album:

 

Saturday
Jul272013

New Age Sounds

This tune is a bit silly on its face, but Mary Hopkin's voice makes one forget the environmental theme. This song is titled The Earth Turns and is my pick of the day:

 

Saturday
Jul272013

The Old and the New

If you are over 45,  you probably remember Mary Hopkin for her rendition of Those Were the Days, or maybe you remember this song...

The tune is titled Goodbye, in case you're wondering. Hopkin is still recording, so we will have a listen to two of her more recent tunes later this morning.

Monday
Jun102013

My Woshin Mashin Triumph Over Evil On "Evil Must Die"

Eccentric and downright fun electronic rock straight from Russia, My Woshin Mashin manage to unite potent social and political messages with healthy doses of strangeness on their new 2013 full-length CD "Evil Must Die". While some of their industrial-infused material may remind the listener of acts like KMFDM and Front Line Assembly, such as the full-on charge of "Riders On The Storm", other tracks, such as the hauntingly beautiful "Eli", are much harder to peg. Part of the reason behind this is the truly original voice of lead vocalist Bibi Tulin, who sits somewhere between Lady Gaga and Bjork sonically - that's meant as a compliment. Hugo Simons backs her up with growling vocals and instrumentation, and Wolfgang Scherman (who also wears a dinosaur mask) adds keyboards and other instruments.

From pop and electro to chill and industrial rock, My Woshin Mashin have it all, and they're just odd enough to stand out in today's music world. "Evil Must Die" is recommended to any fans of these genres.

Saturday
Apr062013

A Related Act

Kim Nekroman, who played bass and sang lead vocals with the preceding band, performs lead guitar in this one, The Horrorpops. The song is titled Julia:

 

Saturday
Mar022013

Sort of A Nostalgic Moment

Our last group of the morning, The Mercies, embrace the early 1960s Yeah-Yeah-Yeah sound with this tune, titled Let Me Stay With You:

 

Saturday
Oct272012

Coming Unglued

I liked her old band,  The Epoxies, a little bit better,  but that said,  Roxy Epoxy and her new band, The Rebound, still have a good sound. This song is titled Unnamed:

Hmm...the talking you hear in middle of the song, is actually intentional.

 

Saturday
Oct272012

More than Meets the Eye

Next up we have an electronic piece with a touch of dance tune titled Lady Killer from White Sea, a band fronted by singer, Morgan Libby, formerly of The Romanovs. The music highlighted in this tune is somewhat of a departure from Ms. Libby's earlier musical efforts:

 

Saturday
May192012

Dragging Through the Day

Despite the somewhat upbeat musical accompaniment, this is a rather gloomy tune. The song is performed by Alpine and is titled Villages:

 

Saturday
May122012

Last of the Morning

Wrapping up our indie morning, we have a final number, a somewhat spacey pop tune by Emma Aks. This song is titled Fever:

 

Saturday
May122012

Mid-Morning Mellow Fare

This group, Milagres, tends to sound a little too pop for my taste at first listen but tends to grow on me as the song progresses. This is my pick of the day, titled, Halfway:

 

Saturday
May122012

Weekend Indie

We're going to have a listen to some more indie tunes this weekend, starting with this spacey-pop number by Grimes, titled Vanessa:

 

Saturday
May052012

Memorable Exit

We're going to close the morning with my pick of the day from the Norwegian singer, Ane Brun, titled Do You Remember:

 

Saturday
Apr212012

Live Finish

To wrap up the morning with Deborah Harry and company, here's a live cut of one of Blondie's bigger hits, Call Me:

 

Saturday
Apr212012

Punk, New Wave, or Pop?

Blondie, which has often been referred to as a punk rock or new wave band, sounded more like pop to me (not that that's a bad thing)---with a musical style that was perfectly acceptable on the old AM radio format. The band had a string of hits in the 1970s and early '80s, including this one, titled One Way or Another:

 

Saturday
Apr212012

Going with a Lighter Shade

I was just going through some the past music posted here at the site and noticed that we've never highlighted the group Blondie. So, we'll go ahead and have a listen to three songs from the group this morning, starting with what appears to be a lip-synched version of Heart of Glass:

 

Saturday
Nov192011

Last Call

Wrapping up our morning, The Plasticines make another appearance with this rousing rocker titled Bitch:

Our post-atomic story is postponed this week, but will return next Saturday at it's normal 5 pm time.

 

Saturday
Nov192011

Ladies Only

We're only going to be looking at all-girl bands this morning, all of them rockers, and most of them close to the mainstream. We'll get started with the French band Plasticines performing Barcelona, which tends towards the pop side of the music spectrum: