Monday, 17 April 2017

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - Mavericks 1991 Flac & mp3


As a fan initially attracted to the dB’s for that band’s nervous energy as much as its irresistible lovelorn pop-craft, I initially was rather coolish toward Mavericks, the ’91 reunion disc by Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey. In comparison to the NC band’s addictive jangle, the two dB’s song-crafters went for a less assertive sound on their nineties collaboration — lo-fi folk-pop more than power-pop.
Perhaps this approach was just a little too unassuming. When the disc was first released on Rhino’s RNA label, it quickly slipped into the cut-out bins, barely attracting the cult audience that had once made dB’s albums steady sellers in the 80’s import racks. At the time, I wasn’t all that bothered by this fact, but listening to Collector’s Choice Music’s recent reissue, Mavericks proves to be more than just a musical footnote. Years removed from its New Wave-y associations, it’s a sweet set of well-wrought pop-rock.

Primarily recorded by Holsapple and Stamey – with an assist on the drums and bass by a variety of musician friends – the disc is a smartly low-key set of acoustic-focused pop-tracks. If the early dB’s records were the sounds of transplanted southerners in the Big City, looking at and appropriating every slick pop sound they came across, the duo’s set proves less self-consciously over-clever. Though several of the cuts (“I Want to Break Your Heart,” the Fab Four-y “Geometry,” Stamey’s engagingly woozy “Close Your Eyes”) wouldn’t sound out of place on a dB’s disc, they also fit within Mavericks‘ cozier parameters.
With one exception (a harmonic cover of Gene Clark’s “Here Without You,” which was first heard on the Byrds’ classic Mr. Tambourine Man), the material in Mavericks is all original. Only the country-rocking opener “Angels” is credited as a collaborative effort, with the remaining ten tracks on the disc evenly divided ‘tween Holsapple and Stamey. In the dB’s, Holsapple was typically the more openly poppish, yet on this disc, it’s Stamey who contributes the most straight-ahead cuts. This mild switch of personas results in some surprising moments – Holsapple’s quietly folkish “She Was the One,” in particular. But, in the end, both singers’ direct vocals and deceptively easy way with a pop hook are what carry the record. I was a dope for largely ignoring this album when it first came out, but I can take small comfort in the fact that I wasn’t the only one. And thanks to the folks at CCM, we’ve all been given a chance to rediscover this guitar pop gem. CCM’s reissue contains the usual “bonus tracks,” the only unfamiliar song being the most overtly countrified cut to emerge from the session, “Hollywood Waltz,” which if nothing else deserves props for rhyming “waltz” with “balls.” At the very end of the bonus section, though, the two throw in the opening lines to the Beatles’ “Do You Want to Know A Secret?” just before fading out into a decade of cultish solo projects. It’s the kind of throwaway moment that practically provides this disc’s own tagline: for far too long, Mavericks has been an unjustly kept pop secret.(blogcritics.org)
This is just a fantastic album. I think not only for us listeners, but for the both musicians, too.
And i don't want to make blablabla about this wonderful work. If you don't have ever listen to it i can it only absolute recommend. 6 striped wizard hats from 6 possible dotted wizard hats.
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Pugwash - Eleven Modern Antiquities 2008 Flac & mp3

If Jollity was Pugwash's Skylarking then 11 Modern Antiquities is Oranges and Lemons. There's more of a sheen and swagger to up-tempo tracks Take Me Away, You're Friend and Its So Fine. Fans of the bands more whimsical tunes will adore the Andy Partridge co-writes My Genius and At The Sea and anyone with a taste for accessible psychedelia will lap up the Micheal Penn assisted Limerance. Another fine album from a criminally overlooked band.(reader review allmusic.com)

Everyone compares the band with XTC and it's hard don't do it, i know. But the band just can lose this comparisons. And to compare 11 Modern Antiquities with Oranges And Lemons from XTC is like compare apples and oranges, lol. Wanna say it's a little bit like compare XTC with the Beatles. It's flattering but have nothing to do with the reality. Reality is that the Beatles and XTC are favourite bands of me. And reality is 11 Modern Antiquities is a quite good album that sometimes remembers to XTC and often to the Beatles...or to apples?

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The Model Rockets - Snatch It Back and Hold It (1996 C/Z Records) Flac & mp3

While the Model Rockets' main influence is classic power pop, they occasionally kick some songs into punk overdrive, making it difficult to pigeonhole the band as being of one style or another. That's true of Snatch It Back and Hold It, the group's second album, which successfully integrates new guitarist and sometime songwriter Scott Sutherland. The Model Rockets have a playful sense of humor that sometimes recalls another Seattle pop outfit, the Young Fresh Fellows, as on tracks like "She's on the Cover" and the pro-gay "Flame On." (allmusic.com)

Second album by the Seattle band with new guitarist Scott Sutherlad. Imho this work is stronger than the debut.

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Power Pop/Rock By The Model Rockets - Hi Lux (1994) Flac & mp3

After the breakup of Stumpy Joe, several members re-formed in 1993 as a punked-out power-pop outfit called the Glory Stompers, which was soon changed to the Model Rockets because of an identically named band. The initial lineup included guitarist/lead vocalist John Ramberg, gutiarist Grant Johnson, bassist Boyd Remillard, and drummer Graham Black. After a local Seattle single and a compilation appearance, the Model Rockets released their debut album, Hilux, on Lucky Records, which was produced by ex-Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey.


Johnson left the band in late 1994 and was replaced by former Chemistry Set member Scott Sutherland. Switching to the C/Z label, the Rockets supported their second album, 1996's Snatch It Back and Hold It, with a successful tour of Spain.

The band play a nice style of Power Pop and similar styles here on the album. Well arranged and the production of Scott McCaughey made it to a fine debut album.
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