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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Top notch Power Pop from LATVIAN RADIO - For Love & Spite 2014 (CD Baby) Flac & mp3

LATVIAN RADIO has spent a full decade now crafting their own brand of lyrically charged and sonically intelligent indie-power-pop. Amplifier Magazine labeled their songs as “Music as both entertainment and art. Truly the best variety.”

“Heartfelt, clever lyrics and sonically intelligent, the boisterous LATVIAN RADIO relishes an underground garage sound with the feel of sunshine pop.”  Amplifer Magazine

 Latvian Radio has been a mainstay on college radio since their 2006 release “Happiness Above A Hardwood Floor”. San Francisco based “Bagel Radio” had them in the top 5 for three straight weeks and “Saturday Left Her On The Floor” made their list of top 50 songs of 2006 at number 32. Their second album “Seven Layers Of Self Defense” made the CMJ top 200 chart for five straight weeks. Absolute Power Pop had it on their best records of the year list in 2009, and then again in 2014 when “For love & spite” made it into the top 10. Powerpopaholic wrote: “Overall a terrific album without a wasted track”.

"Power pop at it's very best, intelligent and well crafted by musicians at the height of their imagination and creativity." -The Ringmaster Review

 There is plenty to love here, from the jangle pop of "To Find You There" and "On Display" to more reflective numbers like "North Of The Keys" and "Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors". And with the uptempo melodies of the title track and "Oh No", For Love & Spite is like an instant party you can attend whenever you put on the album".
- Absolute Powerpop

The press has linked LATVIAN RADIO to Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Replacements, Brendan Benson, Big Star, early REM, The Shins and the Decemberists.

All the things the press wrote (and write) about the band is true and songs like these from the For Love & Spite album deserve press reviews like these you can read here.
Very good power pop and if you don't know the band give it a try you will not disappointed.
         Frank       Flac link1   &   Flac link2

Sorry no artwork :-( 

Baroque Pop/Sunshine Pop by MC Squared - Tantalizing Colours-The Reprise Recordings 1967 - (Now Sounds 2012) Flac & mp3

 MC SQUARED's Tantalizing Colours: The Reprise Recordings.


MC SQUARED (also known as MC2), featured folk renegades LINDA CAREY, MICHAEL CLOUGH, and MICHAEL CROWLEY from The Back Porch Majority, as well as legendary studio musicians JIM KELTNER and RANDY STERLING.
Sounding like a unique hybrid of The Mamas and The Papas and Jefferson Airplane, the Los Angeles-based quintet’s singles have been cherished by fans for years. Criminally, however, their long-lost 1968 album has been hidden deep in the vaults for over 40 years...UNTIL NOW!
The CD collects their four Reprise singles—two of which were produced by LENNY WARONKER (Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Beau Brummels)—and all of the material that was to comprise their debut LP, all sourced from the original master tapes! Filled with brilliant harmonies and psychedelically experimental left turns, MC SQUARED will appeal to fans of Curt Boettcher, Eternity’s Children, and The Millennium.( Steve Hoffman Music Forums)

This is an album, a few years ago as i heard it for the first time, i needed some spins before i began to like the album and some further spins until i began to keep it in my heart. This album is real great and will get you. Listen to it and hear what happens. Six stars out of six stars!
Enjoy it
             Frank       Flac part 1   &  Flac part 2

Kinky Machine - Bent 1994 Flac & mp3

The band was formed in West London in late 1991 by Louis Eliot (vocals, guitar) and Julian Fenton (drums), adding Johnny Bull (guitar), and Malcolm Pardon (bass guitar). After signing to the Lemon label and releasing two singles in 1992, both hits on the UK Independent Chart, third single "Supernatural Giver" was a minor hit, and they were signed to MCA Records offshoot Oxygen. Further minor hits followed with "Shockaholic", which preceded their eponymous debut album, "Going Out With God", by which time Pardon had been replaced by Nick Powell, and "10 Second Bionic Man", before their second album, Bent, was released in 1994. They toured with Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Manic Street Preachers, and drew comparisons with Pulp and Mott the Hoople,with Allmusic identifying influences from glam rock, punk rock, and  Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles, and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music author Colin Larkin also comparing the band to The Only Ones.
They moved on to East West Records for a final single, "London Crawling", before splitting up in 1995 after Fenton had joined The Lightning Seeds, to be briefly replaced by Anthony Christmas. They had become disillusioned with the Britpop sound, with several of the bands that had supported them in the past (including Supergrass and Elastica) overtaking them and becoming prime movers in the scene, Eliot explaining "When we started, we were delving into British pop music for influences, from the Kinks and the Jam and Clash to the Beatles. All that Britpop became very boring." Eliot and Bull re-emerged in 1996 with Rialto, with Eliot later recording with a new band, the Embers.(wiki)

Bent is a very very good album with strong songs and the band had always good melodies. Like a lot of the early nineties bands who are influenced by glam rock the band musically cited David Bowie in his early seventies glam efforts. The band was one of the better british glam poprock bands and deserved a better fate.
        Frank       Flac 1  &  Flac 2
                       You need both Flac links!               mp3@320

Psychedelic Pop from 1968 by The Collage - The Collage 1968 (2011 Now Sounds) Flac & mp3

Part of the idea behind the formation of the Collage was to emulate the Mamas & the Papas' lineup with a two-man, two-woman quartet of harmonizing singers. The group's sole self-titled album does indeed resemble the Mamas & the Papas in some ways, but has a yet more pronounced sunshine pop feel, as well as yet lusher production (even using some of the same Wrecking Crew musicians heard on records by the Mamas & the Papas and so many other Hollywood pop/rock sessions of the period, with Wrecking Crew saxophonist Steve Douglas producing).

The songs have a sweeter tone, almost as if elements of the Mamas & the Papas and the 5th Dimension have been layered with production and songwriting a little more oriented toward an adult pop/variety entertainment audience. While four of the ten songs were written by the male half of the Collage (Ron Joelson and Jerry Careaga), there are also covers of compositions by notable figures on the Los Angeles pop/rock scene (Kenny Edwards and Bob Kimmel of the Stone Poneys, Roger Nichols, Tony Asher, Curt Boettcher, the Addrisi Brothers), though none of those tunes count among their more outstanding efforts.

There are some mild psychedelic touches, but also some hammy vaudevillian ones, and as Careaga himself writes in his excellent lengthy liner notes to Now Sounds' expanded CD reissue, the Collage's original songs had showtune-style melodies. He also admits that the album wasn't "commercial or radio-friendly," and while that in and of itself isn't a knock against the LP, the songs aren't quite high-caliber enough to make this a top-flight record (though the psych-pop-circus feel of "Any Day's a Sunday Afternoon" might have made for the best attempt at a hit single).

Overall, it's a bit above average for the sunshine pop genre; however, owing to the imaginative (if sometimes overly ornate) arrangements (by Perry Botkin, Jr., of early Nilsson fame) and strong, full harmonies. [The 2011 CD reissue on Now Sounds enhances the original album substantially with ten bonus tracks, including mono 45 versions of four songs from the LP and a half-dozen outtakes that generally have a slightly earthier bittersweet folk-pop/rock grounding, including a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Story of Rock and Roll."](

A very good popsike/sunshine pop album of its time. Stronger than a lot albums of contemporarys who worked in the same genre. There is no need to talk about the craftsmanship of the musicians. We all know the Wrecking Crew. Here are a lot different songs where everyone will find his favourites. To me the album is more than just a bit above average. 5 stars out of six for a wonderful sunshiney album.

          Frank           Flac link 1  &  Flac link 2
                              mp3 link 1  &  mp3 link 2

You need both Flac and/or both mp3 links!