Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's Not a Miracle We Needed

Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixAmazon has the breakthrough album from Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - for only $5.99 on CD ($7.99 for download). Dirt cheap for an album that made many year-end lists.

This Stubborn Memory Hadn't Faded

Steve Harris is graciously sharing more interviews with Jellyfish via YouTube. These are from 1990.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Less Talk

Paste offers a free MP3 of Matt Pond PA's Starting. Yep. Free. Nice.

New album The Dark Leaves out April 6. 

We Don't Need to Go to The Toilet

The Yellow Submarine remake we mentioned last year now has real life actors attached to it so Robert Zemeckis can inflict some motion capture magic on us. This guy will play Paul McCartney:

Y NotThanks, BoingBoing. Oh, and Cary Elwes will play George Harrison.

In other Beatles-related news, Dhani Harrison seems to be ruling out a Beatles' offspring group. The idea sounds cool but it could never live up to expectations anyway.

And Ringo Starr's new album Y Not is out today.Ringo Staff - Y Not Download it from here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Help Yourself

Help YourselfFinally got to see Up in the Air last night. Clooney is fantastically Oscar-worthy and the story is good - I highly recommend it.

I was struck by the fantastic soundtrack though. One song during a pivotal scene really blew me away. The deliciously folksy tune is called Help Yourself by Sad Brad Smith, a formerly unknown musician from Chicago. Read more about him here and click the image to plop down a mere $.99 for stellar tunage. Could he be the one to pick up where Elliott Smith left off (he's also on the soundtrack, btw)?


Friday, January 08, 2010

I Don't Know Why I Dream This Way

It's rare to find another House of Love fan let alone a blog post about them complete with a bootleg! The House of Love was one of my favorite bands during my formative years because they could be majestic and moody, noisy and melodic all in the same breath. The brilliance of Shine On is unquestionable - it would easily make a top ten list of my favorite songs of all time (minus Beatles naturally).

Popdose made me smile this evening. Enjoy this performance from 1990, which was recorded during their peak.

We Still Love You Lucy

Julian Lennon and James Scott Cook give a great acoustic rendition of "Lucy". Julian is looking and sounding great. Can't wait for his next album.

In a Little While I'll Be Gone

It's hard to imagine any of you loyal Too Poppy readers do not own something as fundamental as Radiohead's Kid A. If not, MP3 is selling it for a dirt cheap $1.99 today only. Click away over to the right.

Today is January 8, by the way.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

You Wore Our Expectations Like an Armored Suit

Is R.E.M.'s Monster the "most toxic used CD of all time? One writer recounts his seven-year journey to find a buyer for the multi-platinum hit.

“Nope, too many of those” and “Oh, hell no” were the common responses.
I suppose many buyers were hoping to hear Man on the Moon and Everybody Hurts again. Instead they were treated to Crush With Eyeliner and Bang and Blame. Sure, Monster was no Automatic for the People (few albums come close), but it's certainly a keeper!

Grab That Cash With Both Hands

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne talks with Paste about why they recently covered Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon:

You can almost do anything you want with them, and they still retain the sentiment, the ideas and the inertia that Pink Floyd put into it.

via iTunes

I Can't Avoid the Lightning

Paul McCartney plays bass on one of Travis' Fran Healy's new songs from his upcoming solo album.

"One of the biggest coups was getting Paul McCartney to play bass on a song," Healy wrote on his blog at "I'm not sure what non-McCartney songs he's played bass on but I couldn't think of many. Anyways his bassline is brilliant."
No release date has been set.

And She Says, Dunno, I'm Just Doing It

Yoko Ono is finally going to write her memoirs. I wonder if it will be set in ALL CAPS?

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

Steve Harris interviewed Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish back in 1993 and has graciously posted the interview on YouTube. Enjoy...

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Friday, January 01, 2010

But We’ve Wandered Many a Weary Foot

Happy New Year TooPoppers!

2009 was a busy year for TooPoppy with over 300 posts. To celebrate, we've created an iTunes iMix of some of the music we've covered over the past 365 days. These 55+ songs are just a taste of what 2009 had to offer. Enjoy!