Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Hot Dates- Complete (Boston Powerpop)

For those who've never heard the Hot Dates, it doesn't get any better than this.  Great songs and production, it's a shame they didn't go far.  I've made the whole album, plus their 1978 single available to listen to in it's entirety at YouTube.


                               

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sam Page: A Sonic Tonic For All Your Musical Ailments


If you love powerpop, it doesn't get much better than this.  Sam Page's "The Slog In Uncertainty". Sam page has put forth another astounding effort in the powerpop domain.

From clever titles and lyrics ("I Don't Not Love You") to blistering rhythm guitar work that gets your feet moving; or in my case since I was listening in the car, it gets the car "moving". (albeit a little too fast!)

What Sam pulls of is something I've not heard other indie artists come close to achieving.  Somehow, Sam has a production value that while sounding current, at the same time sounds also "classic". It's as though some classic powerpop late 70's band went back in the studio and ended up firing on all cylinders.

I would list the standout tracks, but needless to say, each one is great. Do yourself a BIG favor and purchase this release today! Tell him PowerPopulation sent you!

Track Listing:

Naked
I Don't Not Love You
Doubt
Two Kinds
Don't You Want To Get Down
Release Me
Shine Your Little Light
I Try


http://sampagemusic.com/



Friday, April 11, 2014

Experiences for Sale....(My 30 Year High School Reunion....)


I just this past year experienced my 30 Year High School Reunion...

I was contacted by the organizers to see if I'd be interested in being the "musical entertainment" for the evening with my band.  My band had gone on to other things, work, life, family, etc. So to do this I would have to put together a NEW band.  I would also have only about 6 or 7 rehearsals to hash out about 20 songs that were popular from our high school years...  So of course I said "yes", then I worried about it afterward.

It came together better than I had hoped, so I put together a CD memento of the concert for those of my classmates who were interested.  I figured I would offer the download version here in case anyone is interested.  These are all cover tunes from, in general, the 80's. There is one original tune I wrote for the reunion which I've featured here before.  But it is included here in it's live version.

For those interested, you can purchase the concert at bandcamp at this link:  


Have fun!





If you're still old school, like me, and would like a physical CD version as pictured above, just message me at knownote@yahoo.com with "REUNION CD CONCERT" in the subject.


Friday, October 18, 2013

In The Meantime...


I've got some reviews I'm working on from recent submissions, but in the meantime, I had my 30 Year HS reunion.  I put together a band to play some of the old 80's tunes and had a great time!  In reflection, I also wrote a song about re-thinking our attitudes from when we were young and in school, and how they've changed over the years.  This song is available at my band camp page for you to check out.

Please click the link below to listen and download if you like!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rare Sealed Hot Dates LP for sale on Ebay






RARE Hot Dates LP has shown up for sale on Ebay. And it's STILL SEALED!

For those interested, click on the photo, or follow this link:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Propeller- Don't Be Sorry, Again



New album from the group Propeller!

Fun, pop rock & Powerpop.  Energetic music.

The album opens with the song "Gone Too Far", and while a decent enough song, didn't feel to me like a "first track album opener".  The second track "Nothing" opens with guitar riffs and hand-claps, and is one I probably would've used as an album opener. (hand-claps are ALWAYS an attention-getter)

Some other highlights include "Never Going Back (To You)", "She's Out There", and "Summer Songs". The ladder has both "summer" and "radio" in the lyrics so two sure fired PowerPop attention getter "buzzwords" are put to good use.

Overall a good album. If I had to choose something constructive to critique I would say the lead vocal could use a little diversity.  The whisper like quality of the lead singer's voice is fine, but with it never changing, it can tend to make the listener mistake one song for another after a full listen to the album. That, however, is only a very minor critique. Still fully recommended! Don't be sorry, pick it up!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sam Page "Breach"

A nice little gem showed up in my inbox recently.  Sam Page "Breach".  Sam has a nice pop sensibility woven with indie attitude.

The opening track "I Don't Want To Think About Her Anymore" opens up the album nicely with an immediate guitar hook and catchy chorus. The trend continues with "Hold On" and "Now I Know". (the latter opening with an acoustic guitar hook)  "Crush/Loving You" starts as a ballad, yet switches gears into a rocker, transitioning seamlessly between the two.

The song "Pheromones" is perhaps my biggest listening frustration on the album. Witty lyrics, but the music doesn't really take off until the last quarter of the song. The first 3/4 only includes guitars/bass and a little percussion. If I weren't reviewing the album and I were just a casual listener, I would've given up and hit "next" before realizing the song picked up.

"A Little Love" picks things up again with great harmonies and another catchy chorus.

"Take It Easy" is my personal favorite of the album.  Lots of attitude coupled with hooks and power chords. It's very reminiscent of the 80's alternative scene and groups like The Starjets or a more rocking Knack. If you only check out one song from this album, this would be the one.  If it were me, I'd have opened the album with this track!

"Thinking About Thinking Of You" is what I would consider the most forgettable track which never seems to really go anywhere, but still, it is listenable.

Ironically, "Hello" ends the album as the last track.  Another song that starts as a ballad, but morphs into a rocking number at the end.  The transition doesn't morph as smoothly this time, but it's still a nice track.

Overall, a very enjoyable album that has been played over and over in my car for a couple of weeks now. Great driving music.  

The positives:  Great hooks, crunchy guitars, nice harmonies and often clever lyrics. Sam is a nice songwriter and he knows the limitations of his voice and doesn't over-reach.

The negatives:  If I had to offer any criticism, it would be minor. I would say that the drummer could have lightened up on the use of the crash cymbals.  A few songs contained far too many which compromised some of the crispness of the songs.

Click on the picture below to go to Sam's page.  The digital download of his album is only 6.99 and my personal favorite "Take It Easy" is a FREE download.  Check it out.  Tell him Powerpopulation sent you!



When you check out Sam's music, come back to Powerpopulation and rate the album below!