Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
"The Stone Roses are pleased to announce that they have signed a record contract with Universal Music in London and with Columbia Records in New York."
Ok then, saw this one coming. Let's hope the third coming is better than that second one.
But when I hear Nada Surf is releasing a new album - boom. Instant inspiration. In the age of digital distribution and the mainstreaming of "indie" music, bands that have stuck it out for the long haul deserve our continued support and admiration. Nada Surf is just such a band.
The stars are indifferent to astronomy is the name of the new album not just another of my non-sequiturs. Evidently Nada Surf will "transport you to a new and wonderful place in a beguiling rush of beats, chords, hooks and words" ten times over on the new album. That's what they all say, but Nada Surf has set the precedent over and over. The new album is out
Download When I Was Young free!
Thursday, November 03, 2011
The ultimate compilation is out 11/15/11.
It Girl® Zooey Deschanel's She & Him jumps in with A Very She & Him Christmas. Let's get to it - one minute I love Zooey D. and thinks she's pure delight yet the next minute I want to stick a hot fireplace poker into my ears at the sound of her. It's an odd relationship complicated by extreme cuteness and that voice. That voice. That voice she overuses in superfluous singing moments in her movies and that voice that gets a bit old over the course of an entire album. That voice that transcends time and melds so well with M. Ward's incredible music. I said it's complicated.
Anyway, it sounds as if that voice is perfect for Xmas melancholic classics like I'll Be Home for Christmas and The Christmas Song. We heard hints of it in Elf, but here you get a full 12-song set. I'll keep it on shuffle with Bing Crosby so I don't get overwhelmed, but if you like your Christmas with a bit of gee-golly-I'm-cool hipness, She & Him is for you.
iTunes | Amazon MP3
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Lyrically there’s a cozy domestic vibe on 13 Satellites that resonates with this 30-something suburban dad. Brandon writes, plays, and sings from his heart with such sincerity and vulnerability that you can’t help but want to hug the guy. Knowing Brandon I’m sure he’d be game, which is a testament to his honest, personal songwriting. What an incredible feat of courage it is to put your life out there in song and Brandon is making a career of airing it all out. As a listener we are only enriched by the trust and respect Brandon clearly feels for his listeners.
As with his excellent previous efforts, it is pure joy to hear Brandon's influences. In the hands of such a talented songwriter the tunes never sound derivative or unoriginal. In fact, Brandon leaves his original mark on every second of every song. Specifically, Satellite reminds me that as long as the final product comes close to a song like this, every new generation has a right to lay claim to The Beatles’ lasting legacy. The Sgt. Peppery Exploding Angel oozes Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. All the Way Down could so clearly be an outtake from Paul McCartney’s eponymous debut that would sound just perfect next to Junk. Although indisputably and admittedly Beatlesque throughout, 13 Satellites evokes its fair share of Beach Boy harmonies, Elliott Smith depth, Ben Foldsian melodies, and ... something sure is Jellyfishy with Louise Street.
The best thing about 13 Satellites? Brandon sounds happy. He has dealt with pretty heavy issues through his music and doesn't shy away here, but Brandon is clearly in a good place. 13 Satellites reflects a newfound playfulness that proves the good ones don't sacrifice fun for substance.
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Check out the way cool animated video for Satellite below.
On a final note, Flowers Fading is easily the most gorgeously timeless song I’ve heard all year. It. Is. Stunning.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
So it's true: absence does make the heart grow fonder. After years of staying as far away from each other as possible, the original members of The Stone Roses have officially announced they are reuniting! Of course so far it's only for a few live performances, but if they can capture half the magic as they did on their debut album, I'd love to hear it. Their self-titled album is one of the most important soundtracks to my coming of age as I'm sure it is for countless others. Second Coming however was far from it, perhaps proving lightning only strikes the same place once.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Brandon Schott has posted a tongue-in-cheek informercial for his new album 13 Satellites, which I can safely say is his Too Poppiest effort to date! We're pumped about this one! Check it out...
13 Satellites is officially released October 25! More here.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I'm convinced that Guided By Voices is one of the only bands that could actually release the rare and elusive perfect pop album. The problem -if it is one- is that they have the knack for creating unfinished masterpieces not unlike McCartney in the mid-70s. Macca used to stick three unfinished tunes together to make a medley pretending to be one song. GbV however happily releases their one minute gems as stand-alones. So I was a bit bummed hearing they had called it a day, but after touring together again we should've seen this coming...
GbV's "classic" lineup is releasing a brand new LP likely full of 21 brilliant half-songs called Let's Go Eat the Factory on 1/1/12. Paste has the tracklist. Get ready to relish in the fleeting perfection.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
From initial listens Mockingbird Time will heal all wounds for those damaged by Gary's audacious foray into memorable hooks and melodies. The nerve.
Preview (via Rolling Stone)
Wilco's newest album The Whole Love comes out next Tuesday, but thanks to the magic of public broadcasting you can preview the whole darn thing here. Special thanks to those socialist hippies at NPR who have willfully divided Wilco fans into two camps sandwiching their brilliant career peak Yankee Hotel Foxtrot! Choose your allegiance or you are no longer allowed to be a fan.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Musically it's as good as anything else he's done yet perhaps not quite as catchy, which bodes well for its longevity. Can't wait to spend more time with it, again. Cool!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Hey, BFF, how about a new long player, eh?!
The 3-CD box set comes out October 11. Pre-order The Best Imitation of Myself here. Perfect name, btw.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Unbelievably it's been over a decade since Julian Lennon released his pleasant, Beatley Photograph Smile. Prolific he's not. So it's good news that you can now pre-order his next release called Everything Changes (not to be confused with one of my favorites Change Everything by Del Amitri). No official artwork or previews are out quite yet,
Hey, Jude's new album comes out 10/4 via import for us dirty Americans (his native UK friends get it on 9/26).
Tracklist (according to Amazon.co.uk)
1. Everything ChangesCheck out the rough mix of the title track here. Very nice.
2. Lookin' for Luv
3. Hold On
4. Touch the Sky
6. Just for You
9. Never Let You Go
10. Guess It Was Me
11. Don't Wake me Up
New tour dates are popping up! And it appears the album has been pushed back a couple weeks to 9/27. Grumble.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Pop music master and friend of toopoppy.com Brandon Schott is releasing his 4th album on October 25, 2011. "13 Satellites" is promised to be his bet yet and I for one can't wait. He's launching a massive campaign to get the distribution and promotion train going. Contribute now and not only get an advance copy of the CD when, but you can even get Brandon to come to your home or swipe his prized ukelele used in the recording of the album. I'll definitely be getting in on some of that!
Be sure to check out his YouTube Channel for the quirky but fun 13 Satellites teaser trailers!
Sunday, August 07, 2011
This album is infectiously melodic, fun, well-produced, and brilliant.
The Man I Used To Be, Live
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Björk's videos rarely disappoint. When it's directed by Michel Gondry, director of one of my all-time fave flicks Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you know it's special. Crystalline is her newest single from the upcoming Biophilia.
Not typical Too Poppy fare I know, but a man's gotta stretch and I've always had a soft spot for Björk.
As always, Björk is pushing the boundaries with the release of her new album Biophilia. In fact, it's being called the first app album. Yep, you can download the app (which is actually pretty cool and trippy itself) and then download individual tracks that are complete with multimedia accoutrements like games and video. The app is definitely worth checking out. Biophilia is out 9/27. Read more here.
Crystalline Single via iTunes
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Liam or Noel? Liam of course beat Noel to the post-Oasis release with the Oasisy Beady Eye, which picks up exactly where Oasis left off. Now Noel is releasing his Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' new tune The Death of You and Me, which is quite, uh, Oasisy. Noel has a knack for melody that Liam has never quite picked up. Regardless, for Oasis fans it might be true that the parts are in fact greater than the sum.
The album is released in October.
Matrimonially-blissed-out poppers Mates of States are releasing their new album Mountaintops on September 13. Maracas is the first single, which you can download free below. Also check out the retro VHSed video below as well.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
John Lennon had a full-length feature released in theaters. HBO has George Harrison's Scorsese documentary. Now Showtime has Paul McCartney's documentary The Love We Make about his experiences following 9/11. Rumor is that Ringo is working on a deal for 15 minutes on your local public access channel. Good for him.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Yes. This is happening. Matthew Sweet's whole new album Modern Art is streaming here and below! Thanks to those who made sure to let me know!
First impressions ... mellow yet punchy, reverential, delicious.
In other news, it's been confirmed that Matthew will perform Girlfriend in its entirety on tour this fall! It's going to be a good year.
Well this is news to me. Evidently Guided By Voices' classic lineup is playing a few more shows. So much for the farewell tour a couple years ago. There aren't too many shows, but they're being touted again as their last performances. Paste has all the details.
This is one of those bands I regret missing.
Personally I'm glad it sounds a bit like they're getting away from those novelty tunes.
DISTANT LIGHTS (New Single) - All Hours by TheBandIVY
Friday, July 15, 2011
HBO has acquired the North American broadcast rights to Martin Scorsese's GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, which will debut in two parts — on October 5 and October 6, 2011 — exclusively on HBO.Finally the quiet one gets his due with a full-length documentary and a book published by Olivia Harrison.
Martin Scorsese says, "I will never forget the first time I heard All Things Must Pass, the overwhelming feeling of taking in all that glorious music for the first time. It was like walking into a cathedral."
Oh, OldendazeSeptember 13!
She Walks the Night
When Love Let's Go I'm Falling
A Little Death
Late Nights with the Power Pop
My Ass is Grass
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
1. On the Ocean (radio edit)
2. Big White Bed
3. Every Moment
4. Satellite (live at the Met Museum of Art)
5. That's No Way to Get to Heaven (live at the Met Museum of Art)
6. This Is How It Feels to Have a Broken Heart (Mitchell Spinach Re-Mix)
The EP will be available via guster.com, iTunes, Amazon and of course your favorite local independent record store (what the hell is that?).
Enjoy "On The Ocean" from the EP now!
On The Ocean (Radio Edit) by GusterMusic
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Toad still delivers an emotional wallop for those of us nostalgic for the 90s. Catch them on tour this summer if they're coming close!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ames, Iowa's own radioheaders The Envy Corps is offering you a free download. Well, it'll cost you your email address and unfortunately you'll never get it back. Free ain't free, bub.
Make It Stop is from their upcoming release It Culls You.
FOMO is sprinkled with hooks a'plenty but just as you're settling in and expecting a right turn he does a somersault. It's a fun and fast listen without something new and interesting to discover in each song. Just downloaded it last night and listened to it about four times already.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Party In the CIA
Full Album in iTunes
From Matthew Sweet's official site:
The release date for Matthew's latest long-awaited album has been set.
"Modern Art" will be available on September 13, 2011F#ck yeah! Plus he's touring. Check out dates here.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Who knows. Just like The Stone Roses, The La's blew everybody away with their incredible debut album. Unlike The Stone Roses, The La's failed to ever release an inferior sophomore album. Maybe status quo is ok for some bands.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Mates of States announced this today on Facebook ...
Alright, BIG NEWS!! We are set to release a new album, "Mountaintops", on 9/13 via Barsuk. Check the tracklist out below.
04. Unless I'm Led
05. Total Serendipity
06. Basement Money
07. At Least I Have You
Enjoyed Re-Arrange Us quite a bit, but I know its polished sound alienated some old fans. We'll see where they turn with Mountaintops. Sounds, er, lofty.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Beatles' Anthology makes its debut on iTunes June 14th. On the off chance you don't already have it, now you can download it.
New for the digital release is a Highlights album, showcasing 23 songs from the full Anthology release. The Highlights album will go for $13. The compleat Anthology will go for $80 with each individual album going for $30.
Watch the video introduction.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Next week Tony-winning artist Duncan Sheik is releasing an album of 80s covers including tunes from The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cure, etc. Not usually a fan of covers albums, but Nada Surf changed that all for me with last year's stellar If I Had a Hi-Fi. Should be interesting to hear what Sheik does with these dark synthy classics.
Check out his cover of New Order's Love Vigilante here.
Updated:The album was released today. Download it(iTunes).
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wisely is reuniting with his trio. It's a Willie Wisely Trio Reunion naturally enough. All four members of the original band are playing a few select gigs this summer for the first time in 18 years to celebrate the release of a new album called True. Get a video preview here and check out tour dates here.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Brendan Benson's classic Lapalco is getting the remaster/reissue treatment. Two digital releases and two vinyl releases. Take your pick and you'll be treated to a bonus track or b-sides! Don't know Brendan Benson?! Oh boy, you have much to learn.
Also of note, Brendan has been working on his new album. Even The Posies have stopped by to contribute! Can't wait.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Because we've all been waiting for the remastered Temporary Secretary!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
It's been true for a while now, but Toad the Wet Sprocket has made it official: they are now a nostalgia act. After many years of hitting the summer neighborhood fests they've finally released a new album. All You Want can hardly be called new however. It's a collection of some of their best songs entirely re-recorded and in some cases significantly reworked. They say they're "reclaiming our past for ourselves" and lament the fact that they don't own many of their recordings. It sounds like it was a cathartic experience for them and I'll likely pick it up, but I hope they don't settle for the past only. They just might have another great album in them.
Buy All You Want and check out all the upcoming tour dates here.
Lollapalooza announced the 2011 lineup and they had me at Foo Fighters ... and then lost me at Eminem. But I suppose the benefit of a festival is that you get to pick and choose. Other Too Poppy-approved headliners: Coldplay, Muse, The Cars, Bright Eyes, Big Audio Dynamite, Sleigh Bells, and I suppose I should say Explosions in the Sky considering I roomed with the drummer in college although he probably has no recollection of that! We had a lot of people in that house.
Check out the full lineup here. Can't say I'm wowed by it. Lolla11 is August 5-6 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Big Star is also celebrating the bygone era of record store glory with a test pressing vinyl release of Third (from which Thank You Friend comes). Other notable releases include Bruce Springsteen, Built to Spill, Crowded House, Death Cab for Cutie, Fistful of Mercy, Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Green Day/Husker Du (!!), Nirvana, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., The dBs, The Flaming Lips, and the like (not the band). See a full list here.
Many of the releases are exclusive to Record Store Day and quite rare. A few bands make the product available after, but many don't. Lines have been known to form early in the day so go to your favorite local shop and support a dying breed for at least one more day! I'll be hitting Zzz at some point tomorrow!
Friday, March 11, 2011
"Some of these questions are hard to answer because not only haven't we assembled them yet, this has to be played for Brian and the other members of the group to see what kind of input they have ... The main thing I am getting from everybody, after waiting 40 years to have it officially released, is, 'We want to make sure it is right,'
The story of Smile via Wikipedia
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Smithereens first album of new material in over 11 years is due out April 5, 2011! The album's timely name is "Smithereens 2011", an homage to their hit album "11".
The first single, "Sorry", is now available on iTunes. You can also stream it for free at Spinner.
Sorry is classic Smithereens and makes me actually look forward to the album. Let's face it - the last couple of albums were not that great. Over in iTunes you can stream snippets of the rest of the songs on the album and I'm highly optimistic from what I've heard so far.
Pre-order Smithereens 2011 from iTunes
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
The second album by Michael Benjamin Lerner's band easily avoids the sophomore jinx by staying catchy, concise and reverent to popsters of yore. Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover is explicitly affirmed by 50 Ways. Please Ask for Help is richly complete with Disintegration-era Cure guitars. And Gotta Get It Right Now is the catchiest thing I've heard all year. The static of background broadcasts is peppered throughout the album giving it that irresistible classic AM radio feel that seems to fit nicely with the universal sentiment that relationships suck at times but yet we still gotta get it right now.
The album produced by Death Cab's Chris Walla clocks in at barely over half an hour and leaves you thoroughly satisfied yet hopeful for more. 12 Desperate Straight Lines is the first great Too Poppy-approved album of 2011.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Video for new version of Don't Change ...
I'll stick with the brilliant originals. Michael Hutchence is irreplaceable.
Pre-order Meyrin Fields now here.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
NPR calls the album "the band's most rewarding album 15 years." I heard similar hyperbolic pronouncements about Accelerate and quite frankly that album just didn't hold up for me. But it's R.E.M. They've earned my attention.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Actually it's getting pretty decent reviews and iTunes is featuring it this week for $7.99. Go.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Dan Wilson of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic is working on a new "super-solo" album where he's truly flying solo. He's debuted the first new tune from it called Something I Don't Know. It's exactly what you'd expect from Mr. Wilson - gooey, sentimental piano pop.
Wilson is also currently enjoying his first Number One song in the UK: Adele's Someone Like You, a true song for a broken heart...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
World Party emerges!
2011 marks @worldparty 25th Anniversary. And in celebration #WorldPArty will be performing at SXSW, Boston and NYC in March. via TwitterPlus a new tune, a new compilation of rarities, and a full-blown US tour! More details soon!
The new Death Cab for Cutie album Codes and Keys hits May 31. Reports of the death of their guitar sound are premature.
[Nick] Harmer clarifies that the album will simply stand as a departure from "Narrow Stairs," DCFC's live-tracked, guitar-heavy sixth album. So there will be guitars -- but also a lot more, including "great, weird, analog synths," Harmer says, "and we have a string section on a couple songs."Sadly no duets between Ben and Zooey. Perhaps that will come in a second incarnation of Postal Service. Or not.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Electro De Perfecto is the newest album from Mike Viola, one of our time's premier popsters. It should be out this spring or summer, just in time to make it the soundtrack to your summer. Judging by the first track he's released for our gracious consumption, it will undoubtedly be mine. Check out Sound Of My Summer on his Facebook immediately to start feeling that sunny warmth.
Official Site (if you're a big fan of vinyl, be sure to pick up his Candy Butchers' masterpiece Hang On Mike on vinyl for a limited time - this is the first time I've seriously considered an out-of-control vinyl habit)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Radiohead has moved away from the "pay what you want" model that they used for their 2007 album "In Rainbows," but they retain some of that campaign's innovative marketing tactics. The album will be packaged as a high-end collectable item for fans and the quickly distributed digital release will help to combat unofficial leaks. An extravagantly packaged version of the record will be issued, including two clear 10" vinyl albums, a CD, special artwork and more. A digital-only presale version of the album will also be made available.Pre-order here. What is known about it?
The New Pornographers are touring this spring!
APRIL 13, 2011
@ FOX THEATRE
w/ The Menomena
APRIL 14, 2011
@ SUNSHINE THEATER
w/ The Menomena
APRIL 15, 2011
@ MARQUEE THEATRE
w/ The Menomena
APRIL 16, 2011
@ COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
APRIL 17, 2011
@ RIO THEATRE
SANTA CRUZ, CA
w/ The Menomena
APRIL 18, 2011
@ REGENCY BALLROOM
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
APRIL 22, 2011
@ THE VOGUE
w/ The Walkmen
APRIL 23, 2011
@ HOUSE OF BLUES
w/ The Walkmen
APRIL 25, 2011
@ TOWN BALLROOM
w/ The Walkmen
APRIL 26, 2011
w/ The Walkmen
APRIL 27, 2011
@ BALLROOM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
IOWA CITY, IA
w/ The Walkmen
APRIL 28, 2011
@ CANOPY CLUB
w/ The Walkmen
APRIL 29, 2011
@ THE BLUE NOTE
w/ The Walkmen
Congratulations to the following Too Poppy-approved artists who won big last night at the Grammys!
Album of the Year - Arcade Fire-The Suburbs (the night's second biggest surprise)
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance - Paul McCartney-Helter Skelter
Best Historical Album - The Beatles (Original Studio Recordings)
Producer of the Year - Danger Mouse (Broken Bells)
That's just the tip of the Grammy iceberg. See the complete list here. Now can we please retire Fuck You (nice Elton John/Jim Henson rip-off performance last night), Hey Soul Sister (seriously, any song that name drops Mr. Mister...), Need You Now (Alan Parsons Project gone country - thanks, My Hmphs), Lady
Madonna GaGa, and The Bieb?!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Check out Jellyfish's Roger Joseph Manning Jr. playing keyboards with Cheap Trick!
Like it? Like Austin City Limits on PBS? Like NPR's All Songs Considered? Well then you damn well better support public broadcasting. Too many in Congress think there is no longer a point to funding such a fundamental piece of our culture. It's time to tell them they are so fucking wrong. Public broadcasting is in serious danger and Too Poppy relies on it in more ways than you'll ever know. I bet you do too. Here's one place to start voicing your support and let Congress know that we cannot take this vital resource for granted. In the meantime, I'll step off my soapbox so you can enjoy Cheap Trick above!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Me gusta Guster (and Daytrotter)!
Download here. Free.
Find the Love at iTunes.
Oh My Heart is available for a limited time as a free download via Amazon MP3 here.
Discoverer is now available as a $1.29 download via iTunes here.
Check out the new "film" of Mine Smell Like Honey below. Remember when they used to be called videos?
Collapse Into Now is out one month from today. That's March 8.