I Wanna Be Around The Sugar Stems

The Sugar Stems – “I Don’t Wanna Be Around You” mp3

Milwaukee’s ever so candy Sugar Stems make yummy sweet pop tarts for yr tummy out of jangly guitars, drums, bass and truckloads of sugar. On “I Don’t Wanna Be Around You,” the ‘Stems manage to stuff more hooky little bridges into three minutes of ebullience than you’d find on an entire album’s worth of mustachioed hipster droppings. Singer/guitarist Betsy wins with her unpretentious and sincere delivery, backed by the effortlessly tight garage rock rhythm section of a certain Jon, Steph, and Drew. See, I’m on first name basis with them already! These midwest pop aficionados have a new west coast Superfan <3

The Sugar Stems
“I Don’t Wanna Be Around You” (mp3)
from “Sweet Sounds of”
(Dusty Medical Records)
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The Midwest Beat – “Color Radio” (mp3)

The Midwest Beat – “Color Radio” (play)

I think one of my least favorite descriptive terms for music is “retro” – I mean could you be more vague and non committal? So as a rule I rarely describe anything as “retro,” but, you know the thing about rules is they are made to be broken, so here we go. In an act of sustained and dedicated TOTALLY RETRO worship of 60’s garage pop, northern soul and other yummy styles of that precious musical era, The Midwest Beat is a wonderful band on a retro mission. Here’s one from them I posted earlier called “Get It Started” is a gr8 rave up, and this single “Color Radio” shows these Madison, Wisconsin disciples of 60’s pop luv in a more philosophical mood. Recorded on analog tape and released on vinyl 45’s, of course. Collect ’em all!

The Midwest Beat
“Color Radio” (mp3)
from “At the Gates”
(Dusty Medical Records)

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The Midwest Beat’s retro swirling “Color Radio”

The Midwest Beat – “Color Radio” mp3

I think one of my least favorite descriptive terms for music is “retro” – I mean could you be more vague and non committal? So as a rule I rarely describe anything as “retro,” but, you know the thing about rules is they are made to be broken, so here we go. In an act of sustained and dedicated TOTALLY RETRO worship of 60’s garage pop, northern soul and other yummy styles of that precious musical era, The Midwest Beat is a wonderful band on a retro mission. Here’s one from them I posted earlier called “Get It Started” is a gr8 rave up, and this single “Color Radio” shows these Madison, Wisconsin disciples of 60’s pop luv in a more philosophical mood. Recorded on analog tape and released on vinyl 45’s, of course. Collect ’em all!

The Midwest Beat
“Color Radio” (mp3)
from “At the Gates”
(Dusty Medical Records)

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Gettin’ It Started with The Midwest Beat

The Midwest Beat – “Get It Started” mp3

First of all I LOVE that a band would have the cheek to call themselves The Midwest Beat. I mean, why not? Ya got your Mersey Beat, your English Beat, so why not a Midwest Beat? Like a young American version of Elvis Costello and the Attractions (work with me, people!) playing a high school prom somewhere in Wisconsin and dreaming of one day getting to New York or LA to become rock stars, this is The Midwest Beat. And they are all the rage here at Superfan2010 today. “Get It Started” was recorded live in a church, it rocks hard, the midwest rocks, rock ‘n roll rocks 4evar, and you do too. Bye now.

The Midwest Beat
“Get It Started” (mp3)
from “At the Gates”
(Dusty Medical Records)

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