Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The "Ice Cream Man" Holiday!

The "Ice Cream Man" is off on holiday for a few weeks but will be back soon to share some new found and classic gems for you.

Here is a video from the wonderful "Red Jacket Mine" of their new single to enjoy for today!
You can find "Red Jacket Mine"  here: Facebook

See you soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Foggy Notions - Beginning To See - FREE DOWNLOAD

I found these guys on Bandcamp with a tag of "Teenage Fanclub" which, obviously, compelled me to take a listen.
This seven track debut album does have an element of more recent TFC within but also has its own distinctive style too, there is a very indie pop feel to the music too especially on "Guiding Star" (An original song, not a cover of the TFC song) which reminds me a little of very early My Bloody Valentine and some Sarah Records artists.

Other than the fact that they hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA I can't really tell you very much about the band, other than they have a very immediate 7 track debut album that you can download for free and that you should download it!

Befriend, contact, like and love here: FACEBOOK

Download the album FREE here: BANDCAMP

Foggy Notions: MYSPACE

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chris Richards and The Subtractions - Get ya la la's out! Out Now....if you now what I mean!

When this arrived at the "Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More" I immediately recognised the name Chris Richards, Chris released one of my favourite albums back in 2004, the album was called "Mystery Spot" and that led me to seek out more of his solo albums and his works with the magnificent Pantookas all of which are absolutely brilliant.  On "Get Your La La's Out"  Chris is joined by bass player Todd Holmes and drummer Larry Grodsky who provide great backing on the album, you may recognise these names from Hippodrome and The Pantookas.

This is straight up in your face Power Pop with a  blend of British inavsion, take a listen and place an order!!

 It’s been a very busy time in the Subtractions life…We’ve been fine tuning our set for our Get Yer La La’s Out Release party at the spacious Berkley Front (Friday 6/22) with the Subtractions addition of Nick Piunti (a hell of a songwriter himself- do check out some of his works via CD Baby). We’ll be spending most of our “stage time” playing tracks of our last two records and some older surprises sprinkled about.

We also approved the vinyl master for La La’s and it’s set to arrive by mid July- all pre-orders will be shipped at that time. I have to be honest with you…it sounds incredible. You can stream the vinyl only bonus track here- Dogs. The LP will be available via our site (with free immediate download) or through CD Baby and Amazon in July.

Next up…We’ll put the finishing touches on That Covers That Vol 2 – perhaps featuring tracks by Chris Bell, Cheap Trick, the Who…Coming this summer to a free download site near you.

If you haven't already, be sure to download That Covers That Vol 1 (free 5 track download) today.

The band don't appear to have a facebook page but you are able to contact them via e mail at their official site.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Paparazzi - Rococo FREE DOWNLOAD

Erik Paparazzi has been recording and touring in various incarnations of The Paparazzi since way back. His heroes are the underdogs of pop like Harry Nilsson, Nick Lowe, Todd Rundgren, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson, and all the other musical visionaries who can get down with happy accidents, soul power, and the lushness of it all.

Erik currently plays bass in Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues, and has been lucky enough to perform with The Pierces, Men Without Pants, the Losers Lounge, Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen's Pronto, etc. Erik made three records in the 90s as part of Lizard Music which also featured Jorgensen.

His new album Rococo is set for release on Serious Business this winter. Listen now to hit jam "The Rococo Tape" which will appear on Rococo, a 12" slab of long-playing vinyl that Erik will dump in our laps in time for early '10. Delicious!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Hypnotic Eye - Marianne 7 " single and album out soon!!!!!

The Hypnotic Eye are a South London-based five piece Flower-Punk band, who play abrupt, slightlydelic garage, haunted by Brill-Building pop & Musique Concrète. The Hypnotic Eye take their name from George Blair's cult classic horror film. Known for their prismatic dress and engaging performance, the group are fronted by 19 year old, Grace Lightman. 

A fully independent limited pressing 7" of The Hypnotic Eye's debut single "Marianne" featuring a cover of The Omens' "Searching" is out now..........and I have to say it really is rather splendid indeed! Kicking into play with a kind of early Stones type guitar riff (Chuck Berry really then!) and driven along with the feel of The Small Faces, "Watcha Gonna Do About it" this song could only be a winner from the off,  and then, it gets even better when Grace Lightmans powerful vocals come into the equation, think Lulu with real attitude and you have "Marianne" a top notch single from the bands forthcoming album which should be available sometime later this year, and I for one, am really looking forward to hearing it!


Contact, befriend, like and love The Hypnotic Eye: FACEBOOK 

Official Website: 
 You can buy a limited vinyl pressing of the single here and find details of the bands live dates amongst other news.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Marty Graveyard - Summer Holiday OUT JUNE 21ST

The eagerly awaited "Summer Holiday" has arrived unlike this years actual summer which seems to be taking a holiday of its own, still, not to worry, this album will brighten up the cloudy days and put a smile back on your face.
Marty Graveyard was the drummer with Power Pop beat combo The Madd, he also wrote the excellent songs "I Know" and "Into The Sun" recorded by the band, so it comes as no surprise that he has released his own solo album and plays virtually everything on the album himself with a few guest vocalists, including ex band mate Dave Von Raven, who also features in Martys video for the catchy song "Do You Really Wanna Dance?"
'Summer Holiday' can be described as a feelgood guitar pop album. Catchy choruses and ditto Guitar Lines make you feel like it's summer forever. Marty has developed a unique style and sound with influences from a.o. the Californian popsound. If you think of The Beach Boys you're a step in the right direction .. Sprinkle a glimmer of punk rock on top of that and you get 'Summer Holiday'!

This is a 12 track album that makes you move involuntarily, you can't help but tap your feet, beautifully arranged and with some fantastic guests, notably, Julia Reinhold who lends her beautiul voice to the track "Why."
It is hard to pick a favourite track on this album as they are all such great songs, which answers that question, How many drummers does it take to make a great album? Just one, Marty Graveyard!
Suited, booted and suave!

Marty is currently rehearsing with a band and getting ready to take this album out on a tour which promises to be something special, the sunshine could be coming to a town near you soon!

Contact, befriend, like and love Marty Graveyard here: FACEBOOK

Summer Holiday will be available at all good record shops, if they don't stock it, you should be able to place an order for it.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Paul Starling - Shipwrecked Commotion

Here is some lovely sunny and bright music, perfect for the summer....if only the sun would make a show here in Sweden that is!  This will definately be gracing the "Ice Cream Man" record player, more than likely on constant repeat, and if the sun doesn't shine, we are going to play it anyway!!!!!

Paul Starling writes & records original songs. He plays: guitar, bass, drums, piano, banjo, ukulele, & anything else he can get his hands on. Known for his 60′s vibe with a modern twist, Paul Starling creates what he calls ‘nautical pop’. It is music to sail, float, skip and even dance to.

Contact, befriend, Like and Love Paul here: Facebook 

Listen to or Download the album here: Bandcamp

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Late Show - Portable Pop REISSUE

Reissue Available May 29th via Trashy Creatures Records

Formed in 1972 at North Central High School in Indianapolis, The Late Show’s original line-up included drummer Mark Cutsinger and guitarist Kevin Kimberlin, along with Don Main and Mark Moran.

With a move to New York City in 1974 the Late Show caught the attention of producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Artful Dodger, New York Dolls, The Knack). After a series of recordings with Douglas at the Record Plant, and major label offers from CBS, Epic, Windfall, and Don Kirshner’s record label, all of which the band turned down expecting a bigger deal to be around the corner, Kimberlin left the band.

The band continued as a three piece from 1975 until 1979, when Steve Lester was added on guitar and keyboards.

By late 1979, guitarist Rick Clayton had replaced Steve Lester and Chris Pyle joined replacing Mark Cutsinger on drums.

The band entered Soundsmith Studios in Indianapolis with producer Greg Riker and engineer producer Mike Petrucci to record their first record, Portable Pop. The band had trouble getting the sound they wanted in the studio. Main recalled, “Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice studio, it was just too sterile sounding. So we literally set up in the loading dock area of the studio with monitors and recorded the entire album live.” Portable Pop, released in 1980 on Rave Records was the only official release by The Late Show, and was only available at the time on vinyl. The record has been out of print since the early 80′s. This power pop classic will be reissued May 29, 2012 by Trashy Creatures Records.

The band recorded their second record in Memphis, TN with producer John Hampton (The Raconteurs, White Strips, Alex Chilton, The Cramps, The Replacements, Gin Blossoms) in 1983. The record entitled, Recordio in Stereo, was shelved just weeks before it’s independent release by the band's lawyer, who assured them a contract with Atlantic Records was a done deal. As it it turned out, the deal fell through and the record has remained unreleased since 1983. It will finally see the light of day with bonus tracks later this year on Trashy Creatures Records. Between 1986 and 1988, the band recorded demos in Los Angeles and their hometown of Indianapolis with producer Ian Ritchie (Roger Waters, Godley & Creme, Gary Numan, The Beach Boys, Dead Or Alive, Howard Jones, Laurie Anderson). Atlantic Records was responsible for paring producer Ritchie with the band, but once again a deal with the label failed to materialize. The band are currently working on a album of new material to be released through Trashy Creatures Records and Burger Records in 2013.

In the summer of 2012 The Late Show will be featured in a new book called “Power Pop 360” and the song “Take a Chance” will be featured on the CD Compilation that will accompany the book. The book covers 360 of the most essential power pop records in history.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Kaams - Debut album this month!

I have recently featured several bands from Spain that have a real flair for the execution of great sixties garage punk sounds, well, it would appear that Italy have some flair in that field too, they are The Kaams and they are on the verge of releasing their debut album "Uwaga!" which promises to be a rather exceptional debut, one that we are really looking forward to hearing and reviewing on the blog.

The Kaams come out screaming from Bergamo (Italy) in fall 2009, started as a duo piece by Andrea Carminati (vocals/guitar) and Marcello Giannelli (drums), the band released its first Ep “She’s a Killer” in march 2010 on Bedo Records/Dirty Water Digit Records.
At the end of the same year a new 7'' split titled "Chose Your Coffin - The Kaams vs The Monolithics" was released on Boss Hoss Records and distributed by Area Pirata.

After several line-up changes Andrea has finally met the right mates: Marco Facheris (guitar), Alberto Mafessoni (bass) and Tiziano Carozzi (drums).
2012 is a busy and exciting year, a lot of gigs all around Italy, a German tour completed in May and most of all the long-awaited 12 tracks full length album that will be out in June, once again on Area Pirata/Boss Hoss Records.
"UWAGA! is a perfect mix of r’n’b, garage, punk, blues nuances and melodies,
a time bomb ready to explode" (cit.)
Photo by Francesco Pucciarelli
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Incredible Kidda Band - Too Much Too Little Too Late

Remember during the good ol' days of late '70s and early '80s guitar-based new wave and power pop? Remember when the Boys had a new release, and how the raw energy almost ripped holes in your speakers? Prepare to relive those days, cuz here come two CDs of raw, unpretentious energy, dressed up in the catchiest hooks this side of the Boys. Recorded between 1977 and 1981, the Kiddas never got the break they deserved, due to circumstances beyond their control. They certainly had the talent and the songs, but it just didn't work out for them. With 29 tracks, there's something for every guitar pop fan. All the tracks are raw and primitive, but not sloppy. And each song, written by leader Alan Hammonds, has so much snap, crackle, and pop, you'll be stuffed silly by the time Disc Two ends. "Can I Take the Car Tonight" sounds like it could've been at least a regional hit way back then! "While the 1979-1981 material is in stereo, the earlier 1977 recordings are in mono, enhancing the experience for the fan, while irritating the audiophiles at the same time! "Fighting My Way Back" musically resembles a mix 'tween power pop favorites Bram Tchaikovsky and the Records "If Looks Could Kill," "Big Boys Don't Cry," and "Get Off the Telephone" are such nice, hooky little songs, that you have to wonder why no major label snapped them up. Though the sound quality is debatable in a few places, the songs speak for themselves. AMG

Listen: HERE

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Past Tense - Take Three

Take Three is the debut album from Kingston/ Worcester Park Mod/Power Pop band The Past Tense.

If I had a box of nails, this album would hit every single one of them on the head!  I grew up loving bands like The Jam, The Chords, Prisoners, Milkshakes etc, and so to, quite clearly, did Andy, Ken and Nuts.
Opening track "Feeling Bad" wouldn't be out of place on The Jam's All Mod Cons album.  The song is about a bad relationship and the sigh of relief when it is over, delivered with all the energy and passion you would expect from Mr Weller himself.
One of the standout tracks, and there are many of these, on the  album is "Jimmy's Love Song" which as you may guess is a tribute to Quadrophenia and The Who.  This song and tribute is is executed with real flair and Ken's bass work is excellent, you could almost imagine that Mr Entwistle had stepped in for the session.....which obviously we knew he couldn't have!!
The Past Tense don't just revel in the late 70's and early 80's Mod revival Power Pop sound, there is clearly a love of 60's garage which you can hear on tracks like The Wolfman for which this excellent video was made.

Not by any means a young band,THE PAST TENSE offer a very welcome alternative to the dour state of current musical fads by offering an enthusiastic, energetic and exciting take on the Power pop/mod revival sound of the 80"s and a lively and fun nod to the Garage greats, Past and Present. 

All in all this is a really great debut album from the band, they clearly wear their influences openly and proudly on their sleeves....and rightly so!

"Take Three" is a limited pressing of just 200 albums and from the interest I have seen on this album, they will be sold out very quickly, so if you like what you see, hear and read, order yourself a copy without delay!

 The Past Tense are playing live Friday 8th of June at the "12 Bar" Denmark Street in London. The band are on at 11.00pm.  It is an ace venue, the smallest stage in London and the place is a sweat box when full, so if you are in the area then get down there and enjoy the party!

Order the album here:Detour Records

Befriend, contact, like and love The Past Tense here: Facebook

Official Website: The Past Tense

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Los Imposibles - En Espiral

Another fantastic band coming from the Sunny Day Records, Los Imposibles mix the 60's jangly feel of beat with power pop, beat, garage and a touch of psychadelia and come up with some great songs with a real happy uptempo summery feel to them.  The majority of the 15 fantastic tracks on this album are sung in the bands native Spanish language, but you know what, it doesn't matter, I found myself singing along anyway and the extent of my Spanish is normally Jajajajaja!  Which would be very fitting for this band!

Raised in the world-famous Madrid rock and roll neighbourhood of Malasaña in the late 80s, these guys swam against the tide from the beginning. While everybody was into the garage revival, what they really liked was The Beatles, Los Brincos, The Byrds or The Animals... they were in love with beat, r&b and folk-rock, what could they do?

Later they experimented with psychedelia, created a delightful "poperetta" (one of the truly masterpieces of Spanish pop) and went back to roots dancing to black sounds until they decided to take a rest of 10 years! ... they came back in good shape in 2007 bringing a perfect powerpop record under their arms and found their natural home in Sunny Day Records.

Befriend, Contact, Like and Love Los Imposibles here: Facebook 

Listen to the album here: Bandcamp 

Buy the album on cd or vinyl here: Sunny Day Records 
 Small independent label from Spain devoted to high-quality vinyl. We love beat, powerpop, garage, soul, r&b, psychedelia, r'n'r, punk-rock, reggae..