Mike Love, Not War! From My 1st MP3 Love, Oranger

Oranger – “Mike Love, Not War” mp3

One of the first bands I ever discovered as a direct result of teh Internets, was a San Francisco psychedelic power pop outfit called Oranger. It was 1999 and I was partying like Prince. My early broadband connection was expensive and janky, but I found out you could download a thing called an mp3 file and that indie bands were posting their songs legally for free so they could have a prayer of getting heard. Fascinated, I began searching for something juicy, not  aware that it would become a daily obsession for years to follow. Within an hour I was listening to Oranger’s unforgettable “Eggtooth,” which I later re-posted when I made the leap to posting one gr8 song a day.  Here now is another delightful track from this irreverent and talented quintet, who always seemed more concerned with their artistic output than with trying to fit into any marketable niche. The title, “Mike Love, Not War” actually describes their sound and humor, quite succinctly. Google “Mike Love” if it doesn’t make sense, kiddies, and soon you will understand. Peace.

Oranger
“Mike Love, Not War” (mp3)
from “Doorway To Norway”
(Amazing Grease Records)

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Blissed out in Film School

Film School – “p.s.”

I always find the music of Film School so warm and pleasant. The simplest little progression can sound glorious in the hands of such skilled and sensitive players. This is soothing, medicinal music, however dark and melancholic, and there’s a certain genius to hitting that blend just right. “p.s.” is a big yet understated composition, rendered with a minimal Velvet Underground style rhythm section ethic, exquisite droney guitars, and obsessively well informed keyboard and string parts, all gathered around and tending to a poetic and precarious lyric like doctors and nurses around a mysterious patient. Beautiful work.

Film School
“p.s.” (mp3)
from “Alwaysnever”
(Amazing Grease Records)

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My Oranger Sweet Tooth

Oranger – “Eggtooth”

Here’s San Francisco indie rock champs Oranger with one of their more than orange explorations of colorful guitar tone and mysteriously overwhelmingly satisfying vocal hooks. Yum.

Oranger
“Eggtooth” (mp3)
from “Doorway To Norway”
(Amazing Grease Records)

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Carlos – “Heavy Metal Monday”

If you survived the early 80’s then you remember Heavy Metal Mondays at your local beer swilling trough. The stage would be overrun by furry, speed-addled stoners named Lars and James and you’d laugh and say, these guys are never going anywhere, and wait for the sold out new wave show on Friday. Ok, well maybe you didn’t. But this artist who goes simply by the name of Carlos, I think he knows exactly what I mean. Gr8 song, Carlos, way to put it to song.

Carlos
“Heavy Metal Monday” (download mp3)
from “Devil’s Slide”
(Amazing Grease Records)
Heavy Metal Monday (play)

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Sunless Day – “Want It” mp3

Sunless Day – “Want It” mp3

Amazing Grease Records pressed only 500 copies of Sunless Day’s 7″ vinyl single “Want It,” but the mp3 has since crawled the googletubes to international appreciation amongst rock connoisseurs of every stripe. Have a listen and you’ll know why. Save this in your “kick ass rockin’ indie anthems” folder. First brought to my attention by the Noise Pop festival, the song stands out in any rock playlist and would be a radio hit if “hit” radio had not become a dead blob of cold icky goo.

Sunless Day
“Want It” (mp3)
from “Electric Ahhh…”
(Amazing Grease Records)

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Sunless Day’s “Want It” is today’s version of a hit

Sunless Day – “Want It”

Amazing Grease Records pressed only 500 copies of Sunless Day’s 7″ vinyl single “Want It,” but the mp3 has since crawled the googletubes to international appreciation amongst rock connoisseurs of every stripe. Have a listen and you’ll know why. Save this in your “kick ass rockin’ indie anthems” folder. First brought to my attention by the Noise Pop festival, the song stands out in any rock playlist and would be a radio hit if “hit” radio had not become a dead blob of cold icky goo.

Sunless Day
“Want It” (mp3)
from “Electric Ahhh…”
(Amazing Grease Records)

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Heavy Metal Monday by Carlos

If you survived the early 80’s then you remember Heavy Metal Mondays at your local beer swilling trough. The stage would be overrun by furry, speed-addled stoners named Lars and James and you’d laugh and say, these guys are never going anywhere, and wait for the sold out new wave show on Friday. Ok, well maybe you didn’t. But this artist who goes simply by the name of Carlos, I think he knows exactly what I mean. Gr8 song, Carlos, way to put it to song.

Carlos
“Heavy Metal Monday” (download mp3)
from “Devil’s Slide”
(Amazing Grease Records)
Heavy Metal Monday (play)

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What? Snow in Texas? What rhymes with Oranger?

My but I love me some Oranger. And they love them some heavenly pop rock, don’t they? This is brilliant.

Oranger
“Texas Snow” (download mp3)
from “The Quiet Vibrationland”
(Amazing Grease Records)
Oranger – “Texas Snow” (play)

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Rocket 350’s “Six Gun” shoots fast and straight

Rocket 350 – “Six Gun”

How much reverb can you stack on a twang guitar before it drowns? There really is no limit. Rocket 350 is a wild rockabilly band with some south of the border twists and dub sensibilities. Really. This song rocks. I love that freaky twitch in the vocal on the chorus. Gives me goosebumps.

Rocket 350
“Six Gun” (mp3)
from “American Grease”
(Beatville Records)

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The Snowmen Blow Town

The Snowmen – “Blow That Town”

With a certain distorted guitar tone worship hooky melodies, this is the perfect promotrack to represent the Noise Pop aesthetic.

The Snowmen
“Blow That Town” (mp3)
from “Ten Years of Noise Pop 1993 – 2002”
(Amazing Grease Records)

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