Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A SEASONAL FREE INDIE POP COMPILATION - FREE DOWNLOAD


If you just can't take another year of Cliff crooning Mistletoe and Wine, try this neat little seasonal slice of Indie Pop Christmas themed tunes!!!


Get it : HERE

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

HIGHS IN THE MID SIXTIES






The Highs in the Mid-Sixties series is a group of 23 compilation albums of garage rock and psychedelic rock recordings that were issued by
Archive International Productions Records in the mid-1980's. This series is a companion to the Pebbles series of similar music; the title is technically preceded by "Pebbles Presents:". The title sounds like it might have come from a weather report, although "Highs" intends to mean "the best" (and is also an apparent drug reference), while the recordings on these albums were originally released in the mid-1960's.

Unlike the Pebbles series – which has been released over an extended period of time by several record labels and in a variety of formats – the 23 albums in the Highs in the Mid-Sixties series were released only as LPs and in a short time span of 1983 to 1986.

Volume One:HERE 

If you enjoy this album, click on the "COOL" button below and I will get some more of this kind of thing up.

Monday, December 12, 2011

THE CHALLENGERS - Surfbeat

Los Angeles based surf band, famed for the best selling surf album of all time SURFBEAT[sold 200.000 copies]. One of the first that brought surf from California to the rest of the world. Formed by drummer Richard Delvy after he left the Bel-Airs, who had recorded one of the first surf singles, "Mr. Moto." A classic 60's surf group with hits like K-39, Mr.Rebel, Channel 9, Tidal Wave, Kami-Kaze. They also did some fine covers of instro. classics Telstar, Wipe out, Pipeline, Out of limits.  




Get it: Surfbeat

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Glory Boy Radio show

Sunday nights 7pm to 9pm GMT, a great show of music from 60's Mod to revival Mod, all details here and a link to listen too!   Get into the friendly chat room and chat with like minded folks too!

Link to show:  Glory Boy Radio


 
Mr Alan May A.K.A Glory Boy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Eyes - I'm rowed out


Small Faces

Smal Faces - Small Faces - IMMEDIATE (1967)
Small Faces was the second LP of that name issued by the band in the space of a year, a fact that -- coupled with its release a year later in America in somewhat modified form as There Are But Four Small Faces -- has always confused fans of the group's work. This particular album was the Small Faces' Immediate Records debut, and caught the group in the transition from an R&B-based mod band into a psychedelic-oriented outfit. They were still finding their way along the trail from sweaty, soul-drenched James Brown- and Otis Redding-inspired covers and originals to flower-power trippiness, and the short running time and the relative lack of Steve Marriott lead vocals (Ronnie Lane is out front on three of the 14 numbers, in addition to the presence of an instrumental) reveal that they were still laboring to find a sound and a collective voice with which they were comfortable, amid other activities (lots of gigs plus playing on other artists' work as the unofficial Immediate Records house band). The short running time didn't prevent this from being a pretty imposing album, however, especially in its original British edition. "(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me" would probably have been a single but for the fact that Steve Marriott and producer Andrew Oldham gave it away to a quartet of Small Faces admirers called the Apostolic Intervention -- no matter, for it made a strong album opener and a great lead-in to "Something I Want to Tell You" and the ballad "Feeling Lonely," which slides into the heavier-weight instrumental rocker "Happy Boys Happy," which showcases Ian McLagan's keyboards and Kenney Jones' drums. "My Way of Giving" was a superb soul shouter that could have been a B-side in the group's earlier phase, but the real treat is the bejeweled, soaring, spaced-out dream account of "Green Circles," with its beautiful lead piano and exquisitely spacy choruses, leading to a tough, crunchy-textured bridge and finale. Side two opened with "Become Like You," a trippy acoustic guitar-dominated psychedelic ballad, leading to the elegant opening strains of the punchy "Get Yourself Together" and the funny, Cockney-flavored "All Our Yesterdays," with its heavy brass and trumpet embellishment. "Talk to You" was another Marriott soul belter, and "Show Me the Way" was a superb harpsichord workout for McLagan, who got an even better break on "Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire" amid Marriott's acoustic guitar strumming, all closing on the delightfully trippy, upbeat "Eddie's Dreaming" (which featured Georgie Fame's band supporting the quartet). Some of the music lacks the kind of polish that the group would bring to subsequent projects, but Small Faces was still a major leap forward for the group, as far in front of their 1966 album of the same name as, say, Rubber Soul was from Help! in the Beatles' output. Not everything on it worked perfectly, but as a complete LP it was one of the great psychedelic/freakbeat documents of its era, only eclipsed in their output by their next album, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.

1. (Tell Me) Hove You Ever Seen Me
2. Something I Want To Tell You
3. Feeling Lonely
4. Happy Boys Happy
5. Things Are Going To Get Better
6. My Way Of Giving
7. Green Circles
8. Become Like You
9. Get Yourself Together
10. All Our Yesterdays
11. Talk To You
12. Show Me The Way
13. Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire
14. Eddies Dreaming
Get it: HERE

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Nederbeat Dutch Nuggets 63-69 - Vol. 1

Not an awful lot to say about this, but some excellent bands with their own take on the style of the British Invasion.  Some bands you will know like Q65, others you may not, but what I do know is that is an excellent bit of output from our friends in the Netherlands!


Disc 1
1. The Chums - She'll Marry Me
2. The Skope - Wanna Dance
3. The First Move - My Love Has Gone
4. Chapter II - East Of My Place
5. George Cash - The Phantom Of My Past
6. The Shane - Lady Bountiful
7. You And Me - Take Me Or Break Me
8. Johnny & His Cellar Rockers - I Love You (Yes I Do)
9. The Sharons - Turn On The Coloured Light
10. Disillusion '21 - Think Of The Good Times
11. The Dukes - Blue Revelations
12. 4PK - As Tears Go By
13. The Mods - Moef Ga Ga
14. Linda Van Dyck - Sunday Kind Of Feelin'
15. The Tower - Captain Decker
16. Attention! - I Can't Help Myself
17. Dragonfly - Celestial Empire
18. Group Gloria - So Good To Dance
19. The Nicols - Delighted To See You
20. The Caps - When You're Feelin' Blue
21. Het - She'll Stay
22. Short '66 - Going My Way
23. The First Move - He Looks Like A Swine
24. Roek Williams & The Fighting Cats - I Know What I Want
25. Q65 - Feel Her Still
Disc 2
1. The Chums - You're The Sweetest Girl
2. The Skope - Stop Quarreling Now
3. The First Move - A Hard Night's Fight
4. Chapter II - She Sends Me Away
5. George Cash - Long Hard And Dry
6. The Shane - Gotta Hold On
7. You And Me - Oh The Way She Held Me Tight
8. Johnny & His Cellar Rockers - Why
9. The Sharons - That's My World
10. Disillusion '21 - Distance
11. The Dukes - Join-In
12. 4PK - I Laugh At You
13. The Mods - Land Of 1000 Dances
14. Linda Van Dyck - You Don't Love Me
15. The Tower - Steps Into Space
16. Attention! - Picture Me Fool
17. Dragonfly - Prince Of Amboyna
18. Group Gloria - So It Goes
19. The Nicols - It's Easy To Say
20. The Caps - Enough For Two
21. Het - I Got You (I Feel Good)
22. Short '66 - Come The Day
23. The First Move - There Is More
24. Roek Williams & The Fighting Cats - Let's Forget
25. Ro-d-ys - Flowers Everywhere


Get it here: http://www.filestube.com/d14da732d42181ac03e9,g/Various-Nederbeat-1-63-69-CD-1.html

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Blow Up A Go Go!

Put this in your CD player and you'll be set for the night. The album is like a time machine, sending you back to 60s London, during the height of the mod scene. Unless you were a fixture at mod clubs in the 60s or are somewhat of an expert, there's a very, very good chance you've only heard two or three songs on here. Another great thing about the album is that it's no niche album; the great tunes, Hammond organ, and Northern Soul beat throughout are universal. It's catchy and dancable, and I guarantee that when you play it people will come up to you and beg to borrow it. There are no low points on this album, in terms of tempo (there's nothing you can't dance to) or quality (not a single clunker to be found).

1. Bert's Apple Crumble – The Quick
2. Blow up a Go-Go! - James Clarke
3. Somebody Stole My Thunder - Georgie Fame
4. Sweet Pea - Soul Hooligan
5. Love Potion No. 9 - The Coasters
6. Breakaway – Johnny Otis So Watts
7. I'm the Man - The Spencer Davis Group,
8. Cloud Nine - Mongo Santamaria
9. Bongolia - Incredible Bongo Band
10. Sahara 72 - The Bobby Hughes Experience
11. Exploration – The Karmisnky Experience
12. Beat Goes On - Buddy Rich
13. House of Bamboo - Andy Williams
14. Psychedelic Sally - Eddie Jefferson
15. Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr
16. Soul Time - Shirley Ellis
17. Responsable - Jacques Dutronc
18. She's Got Everything - The Kinks
19. Shake - Shadows of Knight
20. Humanize - The Big Boss Man

Get it: Blow Up!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Ugly Ducklings - Ducktales

"Ducktales" is a reissue of some 45's and unreleased material plus some tracks from their sole lp-"Somewhere Outside".These are the Ugly Ducklings of GARAGE band fame,from 1965-1968,out of Toronto,Canada.Highly sought after by fans of garage-beat-punk from around the world.The reason for their popularity is primarily be-cause of their solid garage-punk material and raw delivery.Lots of influences are evident,but mainly early Stones,Yardbirds and Kinks plus a definite Pretty Things appreciation.
Buy either of these cds,"Somewhere Outside"or "Ducktales" NOW!You won't be disappointed.These boys rock! And, the folks at Unidisc did a great remastering job on both cds.

Tracklist

1. Just In Case You Wonder
2. I Wish You Would
3. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
4. Gaslight
5. My Little Red Book
6. Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut)
7. Nothin'
8. 10-30 Train
9. I Need Your Love
10. She Ain't Used To Me
11. Rimb Nugget
12. I Can Tell
13. Epilogue
14. I Know What To Say
Get it: Quack Quack


Thursday, December 1, 2011

POWDER - BIFF! BANG! POWDER



Get it: HERE

"Powder, led by guitarist/vocalist Rich Martin and bassist/vocalist brother Tom Martin, were a fiery Who/Small Faces influenced mod band hailing from CA. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Powder didn't play the typical jangly guitar pop psych of the day, 1967-69, but rather a power chord style rock.

The first 16 tracks on this 77 minute disc are the complete recordings of Powder proper. Obviously influenced by the fiery style of the Who, Powder rock hard. Even the song titles, especially "Magical Jack" are reminiscent of the Who (Happy Jack). These tracks are followed by a single released by vocalist Ray Columbus & The Art Collection (Powder) with "Kick Me" paired with "Snap Crackle & Pop).

Can we say Biff, Bang, Pow! Then come five tracks recorded by Powder under the moniker The Art Collection sans Mr. Columbus. Among these tracks is a great cover of The Who's "So Sad About Us." The disc ends with four tracks recorded by the Brothers Martin under the pseudonym Thomas & Richard Frost. In total, 27 tracks, 77 minutes, of mod style power pop. If you enjoy British mod rock, you'll love the music on this disc. Released on the wonderful Distortions Records label which recently announced it was discontinuing cd production, this cd may soon become extinct.

Don't miss out on a real treat. This is heavy mod rock American style. At its best. Act now, don't delay lest you miss the boat. This disc was compiled by none other than 60s rock expert Alec Palao, compiler of many fine Ace Records' Big Beat releases. In other words, big time 60s hard-edged mod rock compiled by the master himself.

It is essential for fans of mod rock, and an absolute necessity for fans of The Who and The Small Faces.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Eyes - Arrival of The Eyes

ARRIVAL OF THE EYES.

In 1965 and 1966, the Eyes released a clutch of singles that stand up to the Who's work from the same era in their blend of extremely innovative guitar feedback/distortion and anthemic mod songwriting. "When the Night Falls," "The Immediate Pleasure," "I'm Rowed Out," "You're Too Much," and the dry "My Generation" satire "My Degeneration" are revered highly by British Invasion collectors. The bursts of electronic mayhem were quite advanced for the time, though like the Who they had hooks and harmonies to counterpoint the madness. They weren't as memorable as the Who and didn't approach commercial success. After a much softer fourth single and an ill-conceived album of Rolling Stones covers (recorded under the name the Pupils), the group disbanded. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide


1. The Eyes - When The Night Falls (2:34)
2. The Eyes - I'm Rowed Out (2:56)
3. The Eyes - The Immediate Pleasure (2:56)
4. The Eyes - My Degeneration (2:45)
5. The Eyes - Man With Money (2:43)
6. The Eyes - You're Too Much (3:21)
7. The Eyes - Please Don't Cry (2:36)
8. The Eyes - Good Day Sunshine (2:02)
9. The Eyes - My Degeneration Alt (2:36)
10. The Eyes - Man With Money Alt (2:36)
11. The Eyes - When The Night Falls Demo 1 (2:57)
12. The Eyes - I'm Rowed Out Demo (3:18)
13. The Eyes - The Immediate Pleasure (2:41)
14. The Eyes - Radio London (0:30)
15. The Eyes - Shakin' All Over (3:27)
16. The Eyes - When The Night Falls Demo 2 (2:59)
17. The Eyes - I Wanna Be Your Man (1:47)
18. The Eyes - Not Fade Away (2:14)
19. The Eyes - If You Need Me (2:52)
20. The Eyes - 19th Nervous Breakdown (3:42)
21. The Eyes - As Tears Go By (2:54)
22. The Eyes - Satisfaction (3:53)
23. The Eyes - Route 66 (2:16)
24. The Eyes - The Last Time (3:06)
25. The Eyes - Play With Fire (2:23)
26. The Eyes - Get Off Of My Cloud (3:08)
27. The Eyes - Little Red Rooster
28. The Eyes28 - It's All Over Now
 
Get it: EYES

Mod Revival.

A collection of 30 Mod Revival classics, this is just a piece of artwork I chose for the collection, not the actual cover!


ENJOY.


Get it: MOD

Monday, November 28, 2011

Rare Mod Volume 1 - Various Artists

It's a Mod world.


1. The Attack - You Know He Did
2. The Shots - Keep A Hold Of What You Got Now Baby
3. Truly Smith - This Is The First Time
4. The Love Affair - Back In Your Life Again
5. The Shapes Of Things - Striving
6. The Silence - Down Down
7. The Favorite Sons - That Driving Beat
8. Steve Marriott And The Moments - Money Money
9. Doc Thomas Group - I'll Be Doggone
10. Steve Howe - So Bad
11. Truly Smith – Takin’ Time Off
12. The Shots – Walk Right Out
13. The Shapes Of Things - You Must Believe In Me
14. The Silence - Cold On Me
15. The Unknown Mod Band - Can't Get None Of Your Lovin’ Baby
16. The Attack - Feel Like Flying
17. Steve Marriott And The Moments - Good Morning Blues
18. The Love Affair - Satisfaction Guaranteed
19. Doc Thomas Group - Rescue Me

Get it: HERE

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Drawing in Chalk and The Turnback.

It is not very often that a film really hits a nerve with me, I am usually knocked sideways by a great lyric or a great piece of music, but Drawing in Chalk did more than hit a nerve with me, it resonated on all of them, that is about 7 trillion neurons by the way....I googled that of course!

I became aware of the film by way of the soundtrack which I heard first, hence the reason I am reviewing a film on a music blog.  The film was written and directed Todd Giglio who also plays the role of Jay in the film and is the singer and guitarist with The Turnback.

 The album, "Drawn in Chalk" is a meticulous piece of power pop with Byrds-like jangly guitars, fantastic harmonies and beautifully crafted lyrics.
The 12 tracks on the album are all excellent, there isn't a filler in sight, a rare occurrence these days and very, very welcome to these ears.


One of the 12 standout tracks, "What She Said." is 1 minute and 57 seconds of jangly, bouncy, uptempo, foot tapping heaven, everything about this track gets in amongst those 7 trillion neurons and fires them up.  Whilst on a flight from Sweden to England recently, I played this song on repeat for the whole duration of the 1 hour 50 minute flight time....that is about 70 times and I am still playing it daily, but, it isn't just this song, the whole album is full of sparkling, infectious gems.
This album will be gracing my stereo for a long time to come and I await the follow up with all the eagerness of a child waiting for Christmas day!

The Turnback were the first band to use the iPhone 4S to film their most recent video, Cellophane sky and had over 100,000 views of it on Youtube in the first two weeks!

The Turnback are:
 
Todd Giglio  (vocals, guitars, keyboards)
Kenny Sherman (vocals, guitars, bass)
Barry Nagel (drums, keyboards)
 with
Roger Lipson (live bass, vocals, sitar)

You can purchase the album Drawn in Chalk on itunes amazon Digstation and cdbaby 

Drawing with Chalk......The film.

Film info:

Jay and Matt were once wide-eyed, would-be rock stars, eager to leave their hometown and head for the big city and never look back. After 15 years of struggling to get a record deal in NYC, they find themselves back in their small working class hometown, dreaming of what might have been. Now, at 40 years old, they're out to give it one more shot. While Matt struggles with personal demons and a fear of being too old, Jay is ultimately faced with having to make a choice between his artistic dreams and his responsibility to his wife and 5 year old son.

I finally got around to watching the film last night, it was an absolute spot on portrayal of real life, my life in fact, the lives of ordinary people, you may not be an aspiring musician like the characters in the film but we all have dreams, that, for the majority of us we don't fulfill for whatever reason.

Watching Drawing with Chalk re-ignited something in me that made me want to get up and go and do something, have another final crack at something that I haven't achieved, I have about a million things personally, but to nail one would be great and this film is inspiring in that way.

The film has many laugh out loud moments that once again seemed to relate to my life, I found myself nodding in agreement to many of the things being said and done in the film.  The characters played their roles brilliantly including Todd Giglio's young son who played his son in the film.

Todd and Brennan Giglio.

I really can't express how much I enjoyed watching this film, I have seen so many films filled with car chases, exploding buildings and numerous costly effects, this fantastic independent production just goes to show you don't need all that, you just need to be able to relate to people.

"This film is for the 99.8% who never see their dream come true but still carry the urge. This film can give us a voice." - Todd Giglio




The film can be purchased here Indiepix Films

Starring
Todd Giglio, Pooja Kumar, Christopher Springer, Debargo Sanyal
Directed by
Todd Giglio
Screenplay by
Todd Giglio and Christopher Springer
Produced by
Todd Giglio and Christopher Springer
Website





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rare Mod Volume 2 - Various Artists


Tracklisling:
1.The Richard Kent Style – A Certain Misunderstanding,
2.Mac Kissoon – 1000 Ways Of Loving You.
3.The Donnie Elbert Band – A Love I Believe In.
4.The Amboy Dukes – More And More.
5.The Nocturnes – Hay, That’s What Horses Eat.
6 C-.Jam Blues – Gonna Find A Cave.
7.Chancis Are – I’m Talking ‘bout You.
8.The Gas Company – She’s Got The Time.
9.The Fleur De Lys – Nothing To Say.
10.The Summer set – Oh Miss Stone.
11.Parkers Mood – Don’t Mess With Cupid.
12.The Booker T’s – Stupidity.
13.The Amboy Dukes – You Better Find Yourself Some one.
14.The Nocturnes – Night Owl.
15.The Inner Set – You’re Not The Kind To Know
16.The Spartans – Lies.
17.The Westsiders – Don’t Lie To Me.
18.The Fleur De Lys. - I Walk The Sands
19.Dave Antony’s Moods – See My Soul.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Vapors - New Clear Days


The Vapors were best known for the single "Turning Japanese" (which is euphamistacally said to be about masturbation) but anyone that went out and bought the album back in 1980 will tell you that they should have been known for so much more than that one song and to call them "one hit wonders" would be a hideous crime!

The band hailed from Guildford and were discovered by John Weller, father of Paul Weller and were subsequently managed by himself and Bruce Foxton.

The single Turning Japanese peaked at number 3 in the UK charts and also hit other charts around the globe, the album only managed a number 44 placing, rather curiously as it is full of great songs with depth and hooks that you can't possibly ignore.



The second album "Magnets" charted in the US (109) and in Canada (39) but failed to make any impact on the UK charts and the band broke up soon after the release, stating, there was a lack of label support.

New Clear Days is an album I go back to time and time again, it sits comfortably amongst The Jam, The Chords and many other bands of that period, 31 years old and a classic!

Get it: HERE

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It’s a King Thing - Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo - FREE DOWNLOAD


Download it directly and free from the bands own page: HERE

It's a King Thing are:  Brian Mietz, Steve Poponi, Mike Maier, John Masino, Jay Tagmire

 Buffalo x8 (I wasn't going to write that out again!) is full of sweet harmonies and guitar hooks  that would make even the greyest, cold days feel like they were warm and sunny.

The album was released in February 2010 as a free download on the internet and the band have now raised enough money via Kickstarter to finally release the album on vinyl for those of you who still enjoy the ultimate listening experience.

It's a King Thing have have supported The Lemonheads on a few shows and are strongly recommended if you enjoy the music of The Lemonheads, Weezer, Superdrag, Ben Kweller, Guided by Voices and Nada Surf.

The band from New Jersey call themselves, "A band for boys and girls, late bloomers, nose pickers, pussies and procratinators." 

You can even pick up the bands self titled LP for free HERE and you can get a copy of the physical album from the band for just $2.00 from the bands website.



You can also find the book on Facebook too HERE so go on over there and click like, you know you want to!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

STANLEY ROAD


I first became aware of Mod/Powerpop band Stanley Road through my friend over at the Retroman blog and instantly upon hearing them was taken back to around 1978 and the mod revival period, a time when bands weren't swallowed up by TV shows like X-Factor and suchlike and regurgitated out to the masses, a time when bands made their own way down the road of rock 'n' roll and that is what we have here in Stanley Road, an honest hardworking  band doing what they want to do........and it is good!


Last month I flew back to the UK to catch a performance of Len Price 3 at the Half Moon in Putney, what I didn't know when I booked my return flight was that the wonderful Spanish Mod/Powerpop band, Stanley Road, would be playing close by the following night, around about the same time as I would be flying back to my adopted home here in Sweden.  However, unbeknown to me, also in the crowd that night, jumping about and having a great time, were Sabino, Pablo and Chusin from Stanley Road and I had a chance to chat with them over a beer or two.  But before that, take a listen to "Nothings
Gonna Come" from their new E:P.


Stanley Road are:  Sabino López: Guitar, Lead Voice
                        Chus Foxton: Bass Guitar, Voice
                        Pablo Álvarez: Drums, Voice

From: Asturies Metropolitan Area, Spain.

Q. How did the three of you meet and when did you form the band?

A.    The band was formed in 2003. After three years Sabino got a job in Madrid, he stayed three years so the band just couldn’t carry on playing. Fortunately in 2010 we decided to come back together and play again. We have been good friends since we were kids.

Q. Who are your greatest musical influences?

A. The Jam, The Circles, Secret Affair, Small Faces, Housemartins, Green Day, Los Flechazos, Brighton 64, Northern Soul…

Q. You have recently played the UK in Cambridge, where else have you played and which is your favourite venue?

A.  We played all around Spain: Madrid, Zaragoza, Santander, Oviedo, Gijón, Cáceres, Logroño, San Sebastian and much more…we played in festivals and mod rallies like October in Rain, Pop Art Weekend, Purple Weekend, Go Lleida…  Our favourite venue was in Logroño and San Sebastian where we really connected to our fans.

Q. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when playing gigs or recording?

A. Last gig in our home city, cops arrested Chuce for public disorder. Sabino tried to help him and he got arrested too…at that time Pablo was in a Pub playing darts. The fine was payed with Stanley’s money!

Q.  You have recently recorded and released a 4 track vinyl E.P, why did you release this on vinyl and what is your preferred format when listening to music?

A.  We prefer vinyl because its sounds better. It’s the way to listen Rock & Roll.

Q.  What bands are you currently listening to?

A. We love The Movement(Denmark), Innocenti(Malaysia), Cooper, The Bite(Spain), Len Price 3, Universal(England),The Go Signals(Philippines), Rioji & The Last Chords(Japan)... We think that we are in a boom of new mod bands in all around the world.

Q. What is your favourite record of all time?

A.   CHUCE: The Jam – All Mod Cons,  PABLO: Marvin Gaye: What’s going on,  SABINO: The Jam – Setting Sons

Q.  The Mod/Powerpop scene in Spain seems to be very popular right now, why do you think this is?

A.  Because there are a lot of bands and festivals, so people get to know them, and really like power pop and mod bands, but anyway we think that promoters are just interested in old bands so the new ones have no chance to get known…that could be a problem for the scene.

Q. If when watching a band, one of the band members was abducted by aliens and you had to replace them, who would you be?

A. C: John Entwistle P: Keith Moon S: Howlin’ Wolf or Paul Weller.

Q. What are your hopes and aspirations for Stanley Road?

A. We hope to become the mods and music lovers favourite band all around the world. We’re thinking about recording our first LP this spring.

Q. Finally, the most important question of all, what is your favourite ice cream?

A. C: I don´t like ice creams. I prefer meat and chips. P: Milk rice cream, S: Philadelphia cheese with strawberry.

Many thanks to Sabino, Pablo and Chusin for taking the time to talk to me, we, at Ice Cream Man, wish them all the best for the future with the band and the recording of the LP which we look forward to hearing sometime next year.


 You can contact the band by e mail at: stanleyroadband@gmail.com to buy a t-shirt or the record and you can listen to the great tunes at stanleyroadoriginal@myspace.com you can also find them on facebook.

The band are playing live on the 19th of November at 22:00 with Squire at the Wurlitzer Ballroom in Madrid  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145401772227045


L-R:  Sabino, Rick.N.Baker, Chusin, Legendary rock photographer Paul Slattery and Pablo.

Photo: Steve Worrall


Monday, November 14, 2011

Grant Lindberg - Revolution FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD

GRANT LINDBERG - REVOLUTION



Get it HERE

Having trawled the internet, I have been unable to find out any more about this artist than this:

Grant Lindberg is a solo artist out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been called “a poor man’s Matthew Sweet in a box.” He has been several bands including Avenue, The Methods and Alceon.

I am not sure that I personally would call him a poor mans Matthew Sweet in a box, whatever that means?  Grants music is full of vibe and energy, depth and richness and for those of you that like some crunching guitars in your mix of power pop, you will love this.

You can find three of Grants albums, including this one and an E.P over on his bandcamp page, all really worth taking time out to listen to, in the meantime, if I manage to find anything else out about the man and the music, I shall post it here as soon as!!!



Friday, November 11, 2011

The Prisoners - The Last Fourfathers


The Prisoners were a mod revival/1960s garage band formed in 1982 in Chatham, Kent, England. They were a regular live fixture on the London "psychedelic revival" mini-scene of the early 1980s, and often toured with sparring partners The Milkshakes who included Billy Childish on guitar. The Prisoners' sound combined catchy, retro flavoured melodies, punky guitar riffs, a Steve Marriott-esque vocal style and a lead instrument of the then-unfashionable Hammond organ. The Prisoners never met with much commercial success during their original lifespan but have latterly been likened to Paul Weller and The Charlatans. Indeed Tim Burgess of the Charlatans has cited the Prisoners as a major influence.
The band's lineup was: Graham Day (vocals and guitar), Jamie/James Taylor (hammond organ), Allan Crockford (bass) and Johnny Symons (drums).



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rare Mod Volume 3. Various Artists

Some of the finest underground mod, rhythm and blues and beat bands of the sixties.



Mod, you can't live with it, you can't live without it!

Link: HERE

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Martial Arts - Your Sinclair (2006) FREE DOWNLOAD


Probably one of the greatest power pop albums you will ever get for free!  I love this album and still can't understand why the band gave it away for free, it really is a classic from start to finish. If you don't have it, get it, you'll love it!


Free Download here

What others have said about the record:

"The Martial Arts are in a blissful time warp that traps bands between the 60s and the present day. Equally excellent, check out both "Summer Tweed" and "Finale" to get your daily dose of radiant, sunshiny indiepop." -LOOSE RECORD

“As fortune would have it this album landed with me a matter of days after I narrowly missed seeing them live. A shame really as this is a thoroughbred collection of quality guitar driven pop. The production coupled with a generous use of keys - from theremin to synths - keeps the sound fresh making the influences harder to pin down. 'Contemptuous Disdain' is good example that mixes everything up well and even features a hint of ska. Upbeat opener 'Murry & Audree' is reminiscent of 60s beat but could just as easily be pulling from mid seventies Flamin' Groovies. Not that it matters, it’s three and a half minutes of timeless pop. Don’t Want to Talk continues in the same vain. Four songs in and 'Frost' changes tack a bit - a not quite ballad anchored by piano. Straight away 'Mod Val' kicks in and accelerates away as the guitars are reasserted in something of a punk out. 'Summer Tweed' is another stand out bit of tunesmithery from Paul Kelly - California style pop conceived in Northern Europe. Talking of which, this would have probably been my album for the summer months if it was not already pissing October.” - IS THIS MUSIC?

“Jaw on floor, dancing boots in turbo, absolutely marvellous, marvellous stuff. Expect great things - if not, you’ve only your damn selves to blame.” - THE SKINNY

“I’ve had this album on repeat since I got it!” – Lennart Wrigholm, Musiklandet.se

“An enchanting pop explosion” – Lisa Olaison, Sundsvalls Tidning

“Buy This Record!” – Dalademokraten

“The Martial Arts are the creators of this years indie summer” – Arbetarbladet

“Amazing melodies....the sky is the limit for The Martial Arts” – Groove Magazine

“Almost perfect” - Falu Kuriren, Borlänge Tidning

"An extremely recommendable disc for all" -blondie.cl

"The first words on this great album, are also my last - “Listen up to good advice” - listen to The Martial Arts." -Will Campbell, sohostrut.co.uk






Monday, October 31, 2011

An Indie Pop Compilation - FREE DOWNLOAD

Free Download HERE

Now the leaves are falling and the days are cooling, it is nice to have something that warms the heart and ears a little!



This Feels Like Summer is the 7th installment of Popscene MNL's mp3 compilation series. The title of the current collection is also the title of the most recent track by Carnival Park.

Time flies by so fast when you're having fun. After two years and eight compilations, we've made new friends and reacquainted ourselves with old ones. Hard to believe, but this is our story so far.

Sleeve design by Manny Gallo of Sodajerk/ Sunday Picnic Love Affair.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!








credits








Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ben Sherman and his shirts!

I realised today that I have been wearing Ben Sherman shirts for 32 years, I had my first one at the age of 12, a black and white paisley patterned shirt, brilliant for a 12 year old Mod, I now have a wardrobe filled with various plain and patterned designs, so I thought it was time I paid homage to the man and his shirts and a staple part of fashion since 1963.

Mr Ben Sherman

Arthur Benajmain Sugarman was a born in Brighton, East Sussex in 1925, at the age of 20 he emigrated to America and attained American citizenship, he changed his name to Ben as this is what his family called him and  changed his surname to Sherman as he deemed this to be a good strong American name.
Ben married the daughter of a Californian clothes producer and raised a family in San Fernando Valley and started working for his father in law.
When Ben's mother fell ill, he relocated his family back to Brighton in England to care for her.  Having no work when he returned he decided to start up a clothing company with the experience he had gained in the states, he started this in a rented factory in Bedford Square and started work producing the shirts we know and love so well.


Brighton and Hove buses name their buses after famous residents from the town, here is Mr Shermans bus tribute.
The Mods who had a sharp eye for italian designs and styles soon embraced the design and wore the shirts with their tailor made suits and skinny ties.  Orders soon overtook Ben Shermans production capacity, it is famously quoted that in 1970 he ordered a million yards of Oxford fabric, a quater of a million yards of gingham fabric and a quarter of a million yards of striped material from an American fabric mill.


Sherman’s shirts with their button down collars and a button on the rear of the collar were an instant success. Soon he opened a showroom in Carnaby Street, London, and a shop in Duke Street, Brighton. Another two London shops followed. Sherman’s success was too much for the Brighton factory and production was moved to  Northern Ireland in 1969.

Ben Sherman had some great adverts in the 70's.  There is another one with a vicar that is rather amusing  but not embedded, so here is the link; BEN SHERMAN VICAR ADVERT there are several more on youtube to watch too.


Ben sold the company in the early Seventies and moved to Australia to start new ventures. He died aged 62 in 1987 after a heart bypass operation. But the business lives on and is particularly associated with Mods. The stylish and popular shirts are unique in design and high in quality.

The company was sold to Oxford industries in 2004 and it is heartening to see that they have kept some of the humour in their advertising as this advert shows.


Now having existed for nearly 50 years the Ben Sherman shirt and brand have been adopted by almost every youth culture or style movement of the last 5 decades, from the mods, to Two tone and ska, to brit pop and is today still worn by the current bands and style leaders of the current decade, this is surely testament that Ben Sherman gave us one of the most iconic pieces of clothing in modern times and now I have to go and do some ironing!

Cheers Ben!