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Got Any Singles? Mike Daly & The Planets / The Shivers / Tom Curless & The 46%

Mike Daly & The Planets / This Is My Life

https://dalyplanets.bandcamp.com

Having aged into my 50’s, I can tell you from experience that it can be a melancholy time. You’ve undoubtedly seen too many friends and family members pass away, and you’ve seen just how ugly something like cancer can be, how it literally drains the life out of a human soul. Maybe you’ve become a caregiver to one or both of your parents, and seen how that solemn duty inevitably affects every aspect of your own life, usually for the worse. 

Mike Daly and The PlanetsThis Is My Life, takes that melancholy one step further, singing from the point of view of someone afflicted with cancer, hoping that they can hang on to their life for as long as possible. It’s a dark subject to be sure, but flows with an undercurrent of hopefulness; hope for another day of life tomorrow, hope that there will be another sunrise to feel the warmth of, hope that our loved ones will also be there with us. Very well done.

The Shivers / Jimi Jimi

https://theshivers2.bandcamp.com/album/power-pop

Jimi Jimi is a nice piece of new-wavish pop, from The Shivers’ latest, Unreleased Tracks from 1988-1991. Their combination of Smithereens’-style guitar grind peppered with Wendy Morrison’s pleading vocals, is all kinds of awesome. We’re looking forward to digging deeper into this release and the rest of the band’s catalog.

Tom Curless & The 46% / House On Fire

https://tomcurless.bandcamp.com/album/almost-ready-for-the-future-2

The latest from Tom Curless is a tasty nugget that sounds both fresh and vintage. It has an early-MTV vibe to our ears, sticking somewhere between Greg Khin’s Break-up Song and Martin Briley’s Salt In My Tears. We’re enjoying the rest of the Lp, titled Almost Ready For The Future, but if you’re unfamiliar with Curless, this is a fantastic place to start.

D.P.

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Got Any Singles? Bill Lloyd / Marshall Holland / honeychain

Bill Lloyd / Don’t Kill The Messenger

https://store5991041.ecwid.com/#!/PRE-ORDER-Dont-Kill-the-Messenger-CD

The American South has no greater ambassador of guitar-driven pop than Bill Lloyd, Tom Petty’s origins notwithstanding. Don’t Kill The Messenger, the title track from Lloyd’s latest long-player, is an anthem for truth tellers everyone, scorned for stating the obvious. Wrapped in layers of guitars that have both power and jangle, it’s irresistible to our ears, here at Pop-A-Looza HQ.

Marshall Holland / Paper Airplane

https://marshallholland.bandcamp.com/album/paper-airplane-2

Columnist Beverly Paterson introduced most of us to Marshall Holland, and, boy, has his track Paper Airplane become our office’s ear- worm of the moment. Holland’s vocals have a floating feel to them, giving this a song a warmth that is equal parts James Taylor and Beck. We will be digging into the rest of his catalog shortly!

honeychain

https://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Full-Good-Luck-Explicit

Honeychain’s Spaceman reminds us a whole lot of the indie scene in Chicago in the early 1990’s. If you would’ve told us that it was a great lost Veruca Salt single from ’92, we’d believe you. Powerhouse guitars and drums propel this top-notch rocker, buoyed by Hillary Burton’s nonchalant vocal. Aces.

Dan Pavelich

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Got Any Singles? The Vapors / The Chicks / It’s Karma It’s Cool

The Vapors

Together

http://www.thevapors.co.uk

This sorry old world could use a few good, up-tempo pop songs to make us feel better, and, boy, does this new one from The Vapors fill the bill. The band is sounding fit as ever on this fine bit of power pop; a little fuzzy around the edges, poppin’ drum beat and boyish vocals. From the stellar new album of the same name.

The Chicks

Gaslighter

http://www.dixiechicks.com

With background vocals stacked high enough to make Mutt Lange blush, The Dixie Chicks, now shortened to The Chicks, unleash one of the finest singles of their career. Natalie Maines is in fine voice and is pulling exactly zero punches. Set fists on “pump.”

It’s Karma It’s Cool

Our Love Is An Amplifier

https://itskarmaitscool.bandcamp.com/album/woke-up-in-hollywood

Another one getting a lot of spins here at Pop-A-Looza HQ is the lead-off track from It’s Karma It’s Cool’s latest long-player, Woke Up In Hollywood. We love pop songs that are a bit left-of-center, and Our Love Is An Amplifier sits somewhere between Mitch Easter and Robyn Hitchcock. Nifty.

By Staff

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Got Any Singles? honeychain / Coke Belda / The Pretenders

honeychain – Pocket Full of Good Luck 

Golden Robot Records

https://music.apple.com/us/album/pocket-full-of-good-luck-single

Punky L.A. trio honeychain returns, with a riff-tastic track called Pocket Full Of Good Luck. Hillary Burton, late of The Pandoras, does her best Jim Ellison and it’s all kinds of fun. Summer starts NOW! 

Coke Belda – Thank You, Paul

Kool Kat Records

http://shop.koolkatmusik.com

Coke Belda puts out consistently-good records, and if we could press 45’s at our pleasure, this would definitely be an “A” side. Coke pays homage to his favorite Beatle for providing so much joy to the world, and we couldn’t enthusiastically support that position any more. Awesome track!

The Pretenders – The Buzz

BMG Associated

https://www.amazon.com/Hate-Sale-Pretenders

On this new one from Hate For Sale, Chrissie Hynde channels her younger self, in a song that neatly bookends with Kid, from The Pretenders’ first Lp. If you have any connection whatsoever with her and the band, this one will put you in your happy place. More, please.

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Got Any Singles? Ed Ryan / Sara Evans / Jerry Woods

Ed Ryan / Even Time

https://edryan.bandcamp.com/album/even-time

We got Even Time about a week ago, in advance of Ed Ryan’s new long-player of the same name. A swell piece of pop landing somewhere between George Harrison’s Photograph (Yes, I know he wrote it for Ringo) and Paul Carrack’s Don’t Shed A Tear. Play this one in the car with the windows rolled down!

Sara Evans / Don’t Get Me Wrong

http://www.srarevans.com

From her new release featuring covers of her favorite songs, Copy That. It starts out a bit clunky, compared to the original version, then rights itself to become enjoyable. No serious complaints here, it’s hard not to love a Chrissie Hynde tune, and this one sounds cool.

Jerry Woods / Inconsequential People

https://coopcommunique.bandcamp.com/track/jerry-woods-inconsequential-people

This track finds Jerry Woods in power pop mode, which is a really fine place for him to be. Driving guitar chords evoke a similar vibe to Tom Petty’s Change Of Heart, making this rocker a prime candidate for your summer mixtape (or reasonable facsimile).