Tag: Power Pop

Best Of The Recoup: Serious Fun: A Conversation With The Knack’s Berton Averre

In 2015, we had an interesting, insightful discussion about fame and the final years of The Knack, a band known for one hit, but one that had so much more to offer.

Pezband: Women & Politics (Frodis Records)

These four excellent rock songs represent the sound of a Power Pop band breathing its last gasps. Surprisingly, these songs show that they were far from washed up.

Singles Staying Single: The HoZac Archival Singles (HoZac Archival)

If you’re a fan of late 70s underground rock, HoZac Archival has got the goods: four interesting archive singles from four diverse artists. Check it out!

DM3: West of Anywhere (Alive Naturalsound)

Eighteen tracks and seventy-five minutes of the best 1990s Australian Power Pop band you’ve never heard.

Sneakers: Sneakers (Omnivore Recordings)

This then-unknown Power Pop band would be the breeding grounds for several talented musicians, but this debut shows the magic that briefly shone in their very short existence.

Marshall Crenshaw: #392: The EP Collection (Addie-Ville Records)

Power Pop legend Marshall Crenshaw’s low-key conceptual 10″ EP series offered a new song, a cover song, and a new recording of an old favorite. Here, the new songs and covers are collected, and wonderfully highlight the master singer-songwriter’s talents.

You Missed It: The Red Hot Valentines Summer Fling (2003)

New feature alert! “You Missed It” is dedicated to re-reviewing and reevaluating records that yours truly loved when they first appeared. Our first entry: Champaign, Illinois’ The Red Hot Valentines, who left the world one helluva final album.

Serious Fun: A Conversation With The Knack’s Berton Averre

We have an interesting, insightful discussion about fame and the final years of The Knack, a band known for one hit, but one that had so much more to offer.

The Posies “Failure” (Omnivore Recordings)

The Posies’ debut album, Failure, is a wonderful glimpse into what would become a promising career.

The Tunes: Love Uncool (Cheap Rewards)

This is an amazing discovery of an extremely obscure Kansas-based power-pop band. Hailing from Topeka, this trio released exactly one four-song EP, before heading right back into obscurity. Yeah, yeah, there are tons of lost bands from this era but what makes this group so notable is just how damn close it comes to being… Read More ›