Heavenly Beat? Yes. Most Heavenly.

Thank goodness for the heavenly whimsical bliss-pop of Heavenly Beat, for without it, my coffee wouldn’t be as tasty right now. The cat sniffing the morning breeze wouldn’t be quite as cute, and my neighbors’ kids playing in the next yard wouldn’t have quite the same idyllic cinematic glimmer just now. I am indebted to Heavenly Beat, because this music makes me feel good. What better review can I offer?

Heavenly Beat
“Suday” (download mp3)
from “Suday”
“Suday” (play)
(Captured Tracks)

Synaptic Soul Throws A Rolling Stone From Left Field

One wonders, when one sees a title like “Rolling Stone” by a group calling itself Synaptic Soul, just what to expect. But I promise you, I guarantee you, this is not anything you would expect. A very odd and delicious mix of musical styles, and a splendidly quirky lyric. I want to say it’s like.. like.. no I can’t come up with anything. It’s really strange and original. Weirdly uplifting, unique and brilliant.

Synaptic Soul
“Rolling Stone” (download mp3)
from “Awake”
“Rolling Stone” (play)
(Synaptic Soul)

Linda Brady, “Fear Of Rejection”

Linda Brady, you’re a woman who understands. “Fear Of Rejection” says it all. Everybody has been there, it took you to write a song about it, and all must check it out.

Linda Brady
“Fear of Rejection” (download mp3)
from “Linda Brady”
(S.O.B. Entertainment)
Fear Of Rejection (play)


Radiation City and “The Color of Industry”

Who wouldn’t want to live in Radiation City? Everything glows in the dark, and plants mutate and grow teeth and go all Little Shop Of Horrors when you walk by. It’s a great place to live and find inspiration, as evidenced by this band which takes its name from the fair city. Here’s their single, “The Color of Industry” – hot off the presses from Tender Loving Empire. Although the harmonies nod to Motown and Northern Soul, the production is refreshingly original. Very sweet.

Radiation City
“The Color of Industry” (download mp3)
from “The Hands That Take You”
“The Color Of Industry” (play)
(Tender Loving Empire)
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I Love Evans The Death So Much, It’s Unclean

We don’t speak of our fast-paced punk-pop music as “beautiful” and “yearning” much, do we? Yes we do, now we do. London’s Evans The Death brings an original flavor to post-post-post Buzzcocksyism with their downright romantical “I’m So Unclean.” Singer Katherine Whitaker achieves, with guitarists Dan Moss and Matt Gill, a synergy reminiscent of what Morrissey created with Johnny Marr. Her voice is mad-love drop-dead sexy in an indie pouty way, and the lyrics are gorgeous. Look, you had me at “I’ll stare at the cat for a while.” I have huge band crush. Have since I posted the other “side” of this maxi-single, a coupla weeks ago. OMGawd. I’m fawning! Stop me now! Like-ify them on Faceborg. I’m taking a cold shower.

Evans The Death
“I’m So Unclean” (download mp3)
from “Threads / I’m So Unclean”
I’m So Unclean” (play)
(Fortuna POP!)
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Veronica Falls’ Bad Feeling Makes Me Feel Gooder

Dreamfully descending into the blissful death pop of Veronica Falls. How a song can remind me of early Cure records, and Beach Boys records, AND Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” all at once, I cannot fathom. My mission here is to find and post a gr8 legal free mp3 download once a day until I can’t find any more. I’m still at it! Introducing Veronica Falls, from London, my dears. Exquisite, shoegazing goth romance. Le sigh. Le swoon.

Veronica Falls
“Bad Feeling” (download mp3)
from “Veronica Falls”
“Bad Feeling” (play)
(Slumberland Records)
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The Redettes’ Ode To Bounce, Bulge & Ball

As my mp3 sleuthing ninja hero Dan ‘splained, “The Redettes are a beacon of the spirit of college radio.” With an intro like that I had to tune in. Shonuff they resemble a warehouse party band doing an impression of the Pogues meets Gogol Bordello having spasms with a double necked guitar. Here is their wee epic, “The Bounce, The Bulge & The Ball” which one assumes is about The Bounce, The Bulge & The Ball.

The Redettes
“The Bounce, The Bulge & The Ball” (download mp3)
from “Ed”
“The Bounce The Bulge The Ball” (play)
(Phratry Records)

The Postal Service, “Such Great Heights”

I love this song! The acoustic version is done by Iron & Wine on the Garden State soundtrack, but, this version is much, much different. With electronic beats and faster vocals, The Postal Service turns Iron & Wine’s lullaby into a dancehall jam.

Such Great Heights (play/download mp3)

Brazilian Pop Music’s Official Best Kept Secret, Thaís Gulin

Here’s a taste of Brazilian rising star Thaís Gulin, with a sparkling track off her new record. The song is called “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (pronounced “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ”) and it  has one leg firmly planted in a long tradition of Brazilian musics, the other finding a foothold on new musical ground. There’s a beautiful lone trombone on this, conversing with the vocals between lush and satisfying choruses.

Thaís Gulin
“ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (mp3)
from “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ”
“ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (play)
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Tha Grimm Teachaz’ Long Lost Classic, “Melissa”

Here’s a true luv song from the heart, as only could be delivered by young’uns. This is hip-hop from those heady daze of 1993, when people still said “fresh” and it was fresh. ’93 was one of the greatest years in hip-hop’s evolution, when it exploded from its roots into myriad new directions. Artists did what they wanted and incorporated any style or sound that pleased them. It was fun. There was truth, discovery and playfulness in the debuts of Wu-Tang, The Roots, Souls of Mischief, The Coup, Digable Planets and others. Chicago’s Tha Grimm Teachaz might have been more than a footnote in that storied moment, if they had ever played more than one (count ’em!) one show! Yes, this is one of those lost tapes, ladies and gents. In this Superfan’s opinion, it stands the test of time.

Tha Grimm Teachaz
“Melissa” (download mp3)
from “There’s A Situation On The Homefront”
“Melissa” (play)
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