Friday, February 12, 2016

Non-Power Pop Song of the Week (An Occasional Series)

From his 2015 EP Hell Hole Swamp...

...please enjoy L.A. based Americana/alt-country kind of guy RJ Comer and his quite stunningly beautiful "Losing What You're Losing."

I had never heard this song -- or any of Comer's work for that matter -- until yesterday, when friend of PowerPop Marc Platt programmed it on his syndicated radio show up in Canada (along with some other tune featuring a bass player whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels). Obviously, in terms of genre, it's not exactly the sort of thing that generally justifies the mission statement of this here blog, but I think it's riveting nonetheless and I thought I'd share. You're welcome very much.

Meanwhile, you can and should order Mr. Comer's EP over at Amazon HERE.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Programming Notes from the Great White North

Hey Canadians -- friend of PowerPop Marc Platt will be hosting another episode of his syndicated Radio Candy show today and it will be beaming into the ether at Q108 FM in Kingston.

The rest of the world can listen to it streaming at, but in either case we are delighted that Marc will be playing -- in more or less its terrestrial radio debut -- "Letter From Liverpool," the fabulous "new" old song by the fabulous Floor Models (featuring some guy whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels).

The show airs at 3pm and 8pm (EST) -- be there or be square!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Bummed Out Tuesday: Special Beatlemania! Edition

On this day in 1964, The Beatles made their American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

And now it can be told -- I am the only Baby Boomer in America who didn't actually see it. In point of fact, I was in my bedroom with a 102 degree fever, and my parents forebade me to get up even momentarily. So I had to content myself with hearing the show, which was playing on the 17 inch RCA teevee in our living room down the hall from me.

So fuck the rest of you. With a rusty chainsaw.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Dan Hicks 1941-2016

I must confess that I never paid much attention to Hicks during the Hot Licks days, although I grew to appreciate him and them years later.

But what really blew my mind was discovering his original band The Charlatans via a 2004 best-of anthology on the British Big Beat label.

That's Hicks, second from the right, on the album cover for those of you playing at home.

And here's a representative song from the album.

Those guys pretty much kick-started the entire San Francisco scene of the late 60s -- Jerry Garcia famously said that the Charlatans' Mike Wilhelm was his favorite guitarist -- and, as you can see, although they didn't have the commercial success of the Dead/Airplane/Quicksilve/Grape etc., they were by far the snazziest dressers of the bunch.

Meanwhile, you can -- and definitely should -- order that Charlatans compilation over at Amazon HERE.

Have I mentioned that this death shit is really starting to piss me off?

Friday, February 05, 2016

And Speaking of Gorgeous...

Emitt Rhodes -- the power pop genius who wrote and sang these wonderful songs when he was a freaking kid ..

...has just released his first new solo album in 43 years.

I'll review it next week, but in the meantime, here's a track from his first solo album that should tell you exactly why expectations for the new one are running so high.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Bob Elliot 1923 - 2016

The hilarious Bob and Ray, doing to that stupid Rod Stewart song what always deserved to be done to it.

Incidentally, although I've been a fan of those guys since I was a kid, my first exposure to them -- odd, given that they were primarily radio comedians -- was in the pages of MAD Magazine, as witness this splash page from a piece (drawn by the great Mort Drucker) from 1957.

In any case, with Elliot's passing, the world is now, officially, a much duller place.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Which One's the Stewardess?

From sometime in late March or early April 1967, please enjoy the incomparable Jefferson Airplane -- making their New York City debut, to an audience that may have included some guy whose name rhymes with Sleeve Nimels...

...and a terrific live performance, with remarkably good sound, of "She Has Funny Cars," perhaps my favorite song from the then just released Surrealistic Pillow.

I was at one of the Au Go Go shows, although I can't say for sure it was the one in the clip. In any case, I remember the band was overwhelming on every level, including the visual -- they were without question the coolest bunch I had ever witnessed at that point in my young life.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Signe Anderson 1941-2016

She just may have been the unluckiest woman on the planet -- not only did she quit Jefferson Airplane just before they became gazillionaires, but she had the misfortune to die on the very same day as Paul Kantner.

She had the pipes, though, as you can hear all over the first Airplane album.

In the meantime, a friend writes:

"At this sad time, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jefferson family...

...and the entire airline industry."

Okay, I'm going to hell for quoting that joke.

Monday, February 01, 2016

It Came From Jersey!!!

Saw The Smithereens last night at B.B. King's. Together 36 years, and they still kick major ass.

A real treat: they did their first album, the transplendent Especially for You, from start to finish. An even bigger treat (at least for me): I got a shout out from frontman Pat DiNizio during the set, and there was a brief flash of a photo of moi and 'Reens drummer Dennis Diken in the video montage/scrapbook that was shown during the performance.

And later they did this song, from their third album, which I'm ashamed to admit I'd forgotten.

I think the word for that one is -- WOW!!!

In any case, just a great rock-and-roll night. Brought a tear to my ancient eyes.