PPL MVR. Shit is getting weird.
Who? What? Why? Why not.
I have strong guesses for their true identities, but I'll play along. PPL MVR is SNBLL, K-PO, and Q. Naturally. Fun fun. Thump thump.
Free download available from their official site below. And they're signed to Atlantic Records. Sure.
Official Site | Atlantic | NPR.org
Monday, November 10, 2014
PPL MVR. Shit is getting weird.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The EP naturally starts with its namesake Verdugo Park, a happy tune about a happy place where life can't be that hard. Hell, the tune prominently features a tuba and Brandon's own kids. I dare you not to smile while listening to it. Musically, it's what you might expect and would want to hear from Brandon after 2011's excellent change-of-pace 13 Satellites. Forgive the lazy Beatles reference, but consider Verdugo Park Brandon's pre-Sgt. Pepper release; a striking yet fleeting hint of the brilliant promise of what's next. It's a full-on embrace of studio magic, and Brandon has become quite the magician. Hell, I can't even see the green screen in the accompanying magical video ...
Magic. Following the title track is the trippy instrumental Lapiz Lazuli. To carry the Beatles comparison further, it's the Lennon after the McCartney. It's impossible not to hear the mid-60s influence of Tomorrow Never Knows, but it's not merely a copy; it's a Schottsian original. You can picture Brandon working meticulously on this one in the wee hours of a Sunday morning drinking a Scotch while hoping not to wake the kids. My only criticism is that it's not five minutes longer.
Finally, the EP finishes with a perfectly pleasant cover of Castaway. It's an appropriate balance to the rest of the EP and reminds you of earlier, simpler Schott that is more stripped and less studio. Remarkably, in a mere six minutes on a single EP, Brandon Schott has showcased his best qualities. If the intent was to get us pumped for a full-length, well dammit, it's a job well done.
Disclosure: We at Too Poppy consider Brandon a good friend. In other words, he can do no wrong. Of course, a thorough listen to his catalog reveals the truth behind our opinion. Go on. Discover and explore already.
Verdugo Park is out today digitally and available very soon physically!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Here's a wallet-friendly offer from the Beatles - 4, a new digital EP from the fab four for free (get it?). "Taste the individual brilliance" of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Love by John, Call Me Back Again by Paul, Let It Down from George, and Walk With You from Ringo. Of course you probably already have these songs, but hey - they're free.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Here they go again. The Beatles are relentlessly relieving our wallets of our hard-earned cash with even more releases. They must be the most prolific band that broke up more than 40 years ago.
It's George Harrison week on Conan, which means four performances of classic Harrison tunes. Beck kicked it off last night with Wah-Wah, a refreshingly unique choice.
Of course what I love most is his band, which includes Jellyfish's Jason Falkner and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Of course Jr. has been playing with Beck for many years and Falkner has played with McCartney himself, so it's legit. Paul Simon, Dhani Harrison, and Norah Jones will finish off the week. Each of the remaining artists have some personal connection to the Quiet One, which makes the whole idea that much more special.
It's all to celebrate this week's release of George Harrison's The Apple Years, a six album box set that includes, well, all his albums released by Apple Records, including his tour de force All Things Must Pass.
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Rolling Stone has all the details as well as the tracklist here! Pre-order below.
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Art Of McCartney Track List:
1. Billy Joel - "Maybe I'm Amazed"
2. Bob Dylan - "Things We Said Today"
3. Heart - "Band on the Run"
4. Steve Miller - "Junior's Farm"
5. Yusuf Islam - "The Long and Winding Road"
6. Harry Connick, Jr. - "My Love"
7. Brian Wilson - "Wanderlust"
8. Corinne Bailey Rae - "Bluebird"
9. Willie Nelson - "Yesterday"
10. Jeff Lynne - "Junk"
11. Barry Gibb - "When I'm 64"
12. Jamie Cullum - "Every Night"
13. Kiss - "Venus and Mars"/"Rock Show"
14. Paul Rodgers - "Let Me Roll It"
15. Roger Daltrey - "Helter Skelter"
16. Def Leppard - "Helen Wheels"
17. The Cure, featuring James McCartney - "Hello Goodbye"
18. Billy Joel - "Live and Let Die"
19. Chrissie Hynde - "Let It Be"
20. Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen - "Jet"
21. Joe Elliott - "Hi Hi Hi"
22. Heart - "Letting Go"
23. Steve Miller - "Hey Jude"
24. Owl City - "Listen to What the Man Said"
25. Perry Farrell - "Got to Get You Into My Life"
26. Dion - "Drive My Car"
27. Allen Toussaint - "Lady Madonna"
28. Dr. John - "Let 'Em In"
29. Smokey Robinson - "So Bad"
30. The Airborne Toxic Event - "No More Lonely Nights"
31. Alice Cooper - "Eleanor Rigby"
32. Toots Hibbert with Sly & Robbie - "Come and Get It"
33. B.B. King - "On the Way"
34. Sammy Hagar - "Birthday"
The Art of McCartney Bonus Tracks:
1. Robert Smith - C Moon"
2. Booker T. Jones - "Can't Buy Me Love"
3. Ronnie Spector - "P.S. I Love You"
4. Darlene Love - "All My Loving"
5. Ian McCulloch - "For No One"
6. Peter, Bjorn and John - "Put It There"
7. Wanda Jackson - "Run Devil Run"
8. Alice Cooper - "Smile Away"
It really is a nice mix of Beatles' and solo tunes, old and newer. It's an eclectic range of artists as well. I'm insanely curious to hear Brian Wilson's take on the near-sappy Wanderlust, but really want nothing to do with Kiss. Ever. Check out the perfect cover of Hello Goodbye by The Cure below for a taste.
Out November 17/18 in a variety of fancy, 21st century formats.
Official Site | Rolling Stone | iTunes | Amazon
All tech and fanboy eyes were on Apple today when they announced the new iPhone and the possibly game-changing Apple Watch. Hopefully more relevant to your interests as a Too Poppy reader however, U2 did in fact perform at the conclusion of the Apple event as rumored. Excitingly they also announced the instantaneous release of their new full-length studio album Songs of Innocence. Brilliant.
As an Apple geek I watched it all unfold in real time via live-bloggers - er - I mean I was working all day and only just read about it. My jaw quite literally dropped before transforming to a dumb-ass grin as U2 announced they were actually giving the album away free to all iTunes users! I was quite pleased to come home, fire up the MacBook, and find the album in my iTunes.
After today I expect the whole stunt to be referenced in dictionary examples of the word synergy. In an age where every artist wants someone, anyone, to hear their music so they could possibly make a living out of it, kudos to U2 for capturing the moment and setting a precedent. Of course the genius of it was the shock value so it will be hard to replicate. But it's the New World! Play along or get the hell off!
iTunes | Official Site | Apple
P.S. The music is exactly what you'd expect from post-prime U2. Soaring guitars, earnest lyrics, and Bono. It's not groundbreaking nor is it merely a boring retread of past success. It sounds precisely like U2 in 2014, which from me should be interpreted as a compliment.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
1. No Quick Fix
2. From The Rooftop Down
4. Concrete Bed (original)
5. Au Fond Du Reve Dore
6. Whose Authority (acoustic)
7. I Like What You Say (acoustic)
8. I Wanna Take You Home
9. Everyone’s On Tour
10. Je T’Attendais
11. The Future (acoustic)
12. Looking Through (acoustic)
13. When I Was Young (acoustic)
14. Waiting For Something (acoustic)
15. Clear Eye Clouded Mind (acoustic)
Nada Surf's B-Sides is out at your favorite digital retailers on September 23.
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Monday, September 01, 2014
BTW, US fans won't get the full band just yet, but frontman Justin Currie is doing a solo tour. The details are here.
Official Site | Pre-Order
Monday, August 25, 2014
Toad The Wet Sprocket really made a statement with last year's crowdfunded comeback New Constellation proving that they deserve to be more than a nostalgia act. They've just released their newest video for one of my two favorites tunes on the album. Here's California Wasted premiered by Paste...
iTunes | Amazon | Official Site
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
I've been covering TV Eyes since the early days of Too Poppy. She's a Study was the first tune we all heard, instantly hooking us with the keyboards and beats that uncannily sound more authentic 80s than merely reverential 80s. Their debut album was finally released in 2006 after several months and years of being teased. Sadly, it was only released in Japan, as was their follow-up EP.
We should've seen this coming. Omnivore Recordings clearly must be run by fans of Jellyfish and its many branches - er, tentacles - given their ongoing reissue campaign. Indeed, on October 7, Omnivore is finally releasing TV Eyes' debut album stateside complete with most of the Softcore EP. CD. Digital. Yellow vinyl! I'll let the trailer finish this post off...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Kudos to Guster for getting creative however! Of course you'd expect to find the perks like digital downloads and autographed copies of CDs and vinyls, but unique for Guster's loyal fans are spending a day camping with the band, a personal confessional session with Adam, and a karaoke party with Brian. I would regret not mentioning the opportunities to "Shit Your Pants With Guster" and to receive a new Tesla bought by Guster (for a mere $150,000).
Me gusta Guster!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Shockingly, The Posies released their debut album way back in 1988! Yep. Failure is 26 years old. I am way older than that and feeling it when I learned that they recorded this when they were teenagers! Seriously? At Least For Now and Longest Line were written and recorded by teenagers?
Failure is a fun listen because of how raw and homemade it sounds, yet it is absolutely the dawn of one of the greatest power pop artists of our generation. Just like they've done with their Jellyfish releases, Omnivore Recordings is memorializing this benchmark in the band's history with a deluxe reissue due August 19. The album is "restored" and includes an extra batch of rare tunes with one previously unreleased.
This is history, Too Poppers. Educate thyself.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Anybody have $5k to spare? I'd really like my very own Matthew Sweet song!
That's one of several incentives in his new Kickstarter campaign for a brand new "serious" album and "3D Art Project." Digital download, CD, vinyl, Skype call, a produced song, and a live house party are all available from between $8 and $10,000 as well as some original art. The custom song is a steal at $5,000!
Matthew is back home in Nebraska and needs your help. If Toad the Wet Sprocket can succeed at crowdfunding, I sure as hell hope Matthew does as well. Let's show him some good ol' Midwestern love. I'm in. You?
Monday, May 19, 2014
It's all a bit under the radar at the moment, but our beloved Matthew Sweet is hitting the road this summer for a tour seemingly titled The Matthew Sweet Rock Show. I guess there's no question whether he's headlining. Via matthewsweet.com...
FRI 7/11/14 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
SAT 7/12/14 Westhampton Beach PAC Westhampton Beach, NY
SUN 7/13/14 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
TUE 7/15/14 Ram's Head Annapolis, MD
WED 7/16/14 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
FRI 7/18/14 City Winery NYC, NY
SAT 7/19/14 Paradise Boston, MA
SUN 7/20/14 The Abbey Bar Harrisburg, PA
TUE 7/22/14 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
WED 7/23/14 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
THU 7/24/14 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
FRI 7/25/14 City Winery Chicago, IL
SAT 7/26/14 Merchant Street Music Festival Kankakee, IL
TUE 7/29/14 Knucklehead’s Kansas City, MO
THU 7/31/14 Vega Lincoln, NE
SAT 8/2/14 SPACE Evanston, IL
Most dates already have tickets on sale. No news that I've seen about a new album, but my fingers are crossed.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Finn is pushing it to the edge again with The Nihilist, but being Neil's kid can't be easy (he even ends the album with a tune called Wrestle With Dad! Hmm). Liam is finding his way just fine!
Pitchfork Advance | Amazon
Perhaps strangely, it’s mostly about hope. Sometimes the forces surrounding will set you adrift, amiss in the sea of music.
Holy hell I can relate to that these days; a sea of music indeed. Beautiful. Enjoy.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Out today - at least in US digital stores - is his latest solo album Lower Reaches. Allmusic.com calls it "a collection of road-ready, Scots-spun Americana that feels both loose and lived in." That's not the first time I've seen Currie called Americana and superficially I get it, but his songs are certainly more universal. Can't wait to download this one and I encourage you to do the same. In fact, dig deeper. Explore beyond Roll To Me and if you're a fan of contemplative, romantic, and often soul-crushing tunes then you will not regret it.
Official Site | Amazon | iTunes
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I suppose Too Poppy is a blog 50 years in the making. Of course this month we're all celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles crashing onto our shores and fundamentally changing music forever. There are plenty of celebrations online and elsewhere, but it would be tragic if you missed last night's Late Show with David Letterman performance of And I Love Her by Broken Bells (and Ringo) in the Ed Sullivan Theater...
Perfection. In less than four minutes The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse collectively known as Broken Bells capture the essence of the initial revolution caused by The Beatles and the subsequent evolution of the popular music we revere today. Sting, Flaming Lips, Sean Lennon, and Lenny Kravitz are all scheduled for the remainder of Letterman's weeklong celebration.
It's also a hell of a way to promote Broken Bells' new album After the Disco, the follow-up to their fantastic self-titled debut. Disco is out today.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Stream Heart Murmurs via NPR
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