Monday, October 12, 2015

It's a Holiday! Can You Tell How Excited I Am?

In any case, this 1969 soundtrack theme seemed appropriate.

I actually think these guys are underrated (although this track is hardly their best) but that's a discussion for another day.

Meanwhile, enjoy the celebration of the destruction of America's indigenous peoples, everybody!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dispatches From the Front

The Zombies Odessey and Oracle show in New York City last night was...well, words fail me.

I don't have any live footage, but here's Chris White singing "A Butcher's Tale" in London last year, with Rod Argent on the pump organ, which should give you an idea.

And may I just say, and for the record, that Chris White is now my favorite bass player. But beyond that, I want to BE Chris White.

I should also add that a great deal of the credit for how good the band sounded is due to the splendid Darian Sahanaja, of Wondermints/Brian Wilson band fame, who contributed additional keyboards and vocals.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Night of the Living Dead

Well, it's Friday, and a certain Shady Dame and I are off to see the original Zombies (minus their late guitarist Paul Atkinson) perform their great Odessey and Oracle album in its entirety this evening.

Eighth row center seats, plus we get to see the soundcheck and go backstage and meet the band (hey -- you get what you pay for).

I will resist the urge to gloat at this juncture. Actually, no I won't. Gloat gloat gloat.

Meanwhile, because I love you all more than food here's a very cool vintage clip of the band, in color and playing absolutely live, on American TV in 1966. And yes, that's Allan (My Son, the Folksinger) Sherman introducing them.

Incidentally, younger readers may be wondering what the hell those dancing ladies are up to in the clip, to which I can only say that the past is a foreign country -- they do things differently there.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

The Ghosts of Rockabilly

I don't know if you guys have been watching Gotham -- which is now officially the most grisly and dark show in the history of television -- but here's something that's even scarier.

I was going to put this up last week, after having posted the Thieves song of the same name, but I got distracted by real life concerns.

In any case, now that I know that Jumpin' Gene is a cousin of new friend of PowerPop Steve Deaton, I figured I really needed to redress this grievous wrong.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Programming Notes From All Over

Just a quick reminder: Be sure to tune in to Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More...

...which airs today on RADIO ANDRA at 7pm CET.

That's Swedish time, which is apparently six hours later than East Coast time here in the Paris of the Tri-State metro area.

In any case, ace DJ Wayne Lundqvist Ford will be featuring the broadcast debut of the "new" Floor Models track "Letter From Liverpool," plus lots of other cool stuff both old (The Small Faces) and new (our pals The Steve Deaton Three).

Could be a hot one!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Who Listens to the Radio?

Well, you should.

Why? Because thanks to friend of PowerPop/incomparable DJ Wayne Lundqvist Ford, a certain band (featuring a certain bass player whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels) will be played on an indie radio station from the land of Ingmar Bergman and ABBA tomorrow. That's right -- we're talking about the broadcast debut of "Letter from Liverpool," by the fabulous Floor Models.

The show is called Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More...

...and you can check it out on the web at RADIO ANDRA at 7pm CET.

I believe that's six hours earlier than East Coast Time here in the Paris of the Tri-State Metro area, but you should Google the time difference to be sure.

The good news is that the shows get archived pretty quickly, so if you (or I, frankly) miss it I'll put up a link for your listening enjoyment.

UPDATE: Our dj informs me that the playlist will include Kurt Baker, Paz Antiguana, Charlène, The Steve Deaton Three, Bop's, The Outryders, The Frank and Walters Official, The Floor Models, The Four Tops, Small Faces, king mastino, Chamberdeacons, Teenage Fanclub, The Sitting Tenants, Strangely Alright, The Riffbackers, Sir Douglas Quintet, The Royal Hangmen and more. The fact our new pals The Steve Deaton Three are on the same show as us is, frankly, cosmic.

UPDATE PART DEUX: Our dj also informs me that the show is also hosted by Pop That Goes Crunch out of San Francisco Thurs 7pm PST, Fri 1pm PST and Sat 8am PST

Monday, October 05, 2015

Songs It May Be Impossible to Do a Bad Version Of (An Occasional Series)

From their forthcoming eponymous debut album (which drops, as today's kids say, on November 17) please enjoy The Steve Deaton Three and their absolutely killer rethinking of/assault on the Nazz classic "Open My Eyes."

The band's originals are pretty transplendent as well; the album will be available via the usual suspects (ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, et al) but in the meantime there's a pre-release version up over at Bandcamp where you can preview all the tracks, and you should do so posthaste.

I should also add that the album also includes a cover of a song by the great Sun Records rockabilly cat Jumpin' Gene Simmons...

...who happens to be Steve's second cousin.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Great Composers Steal, Etc.

As promised, another tune by Nashville rockers The Thieves -- "All the Lines Are Down." From their fabulous late 80s album Seduced by Money, produced by Marshall Crenshaw.

I hadn't listened to that one in ages until yesterday, and imagine my surprise when it turned out to be remarkably similar to a mid-90s tune by a band featuring a bass player whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels.

Go figure.

Incidentally, re-mastering and reissuing Fire Lane is shaping up to be my big project for 2016. Hey, it beats playing drinking games during the Republican primaries.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Where's Elvira Mistress of the Dark When I Need Her?

From sometime in the early 90s, please enjoy Nashville-based rockers Gwil Owen and the Thieves and their sad and infectious "Haunted House."

This is from a cassette-only DIY release; these guys previously had a really terrific major label (Capitol) CD produced by, of all people, Marshall Crenshaw, which is highly recommended if you can find a copy.

I should add that given the recent changes here at Casa Simels, the song seems sadly appropriate to my mood.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Closed Due to Small Nervous Breakdown

Had to put Mom in a facility over the weekend.

Fortunately, the people that run/work at the place seem competent and compassionate.

I, however, am sort of a wreck at the moment. Regular posting will resume tomorrow or Thursday, and thank you for you indulgence.