Friday, November 18, 2016

Bubblegum Lemonade - The Great Leap Backward

Lawrence "Laz" McCluskey is but one man, but that one man has made a lot of guitar pop fans very happy today.  The reason, of course, is the release of The Great Leap Backward, the latest album from his solo project Bubblegum Lemonade.  Laz's head is hard wired with the sounds of '60s bubblegum pop, run through a late '80s British jangle pop generator with an infusion of The Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz, and then polished with a slight bit of surf pop.  The melodies are memorable and irresistibly bouncy, the hooks are sharp and abundant, and the  wordplay inspired.  You wouldn't have been surprised to find any number of these tracks in top 40 play back in the day of AM radio.  Don't believe me? Press play for "Tongue Tied" below.  If it does for you what it does for us, play the sampler below.  Or just do the right thing and buy the album.

The Great Leap Backward is released by California label Matinee Recordings.




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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

alansmithee / Menage a Trois (split album)

Here is an unusual split release consisting of five songs from WYMA favorite Scottish slop pop/psychedelic band alansmithee, and five songs from their friends Menage a Trois.  You can buy each "side" of the release at respective Bandcamp pages (links below), or perhaps download all ten from a digital retailer.  They hope to have physical CDs available soon.

The alansmithee side is the dreamy, psychedelic guitar pop we count on them to deliver.  The side provided by Menage a Trois takes a more groove/funk-oriented approach to psychedelia.  Together, this may just be your find of the week.  Stream below to hear for yourselves.  The Bandcamp links are provided.  I've also included links for alansmithee.  I was unable to find anything useful for Menage a Trois, but I'll warn that the name in a search engine may not be a good idea.







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Kent Eugene Goolsby - Temper of the Times


The post-election, everyone's fighting blues got me today, so I needed something connecting me to back to normal life.  To the rescue comes Temper of the Times, the new album from Kent Eugene Goolsby.  Offering powerful rock guitars, singer songwriter sincerity, and KEG's whiskey-soaked velvet vocals (with spouse Anna Leigh providing the harmonies), KEG lets us into his life so far.  Good decisions, bad decisions, successes, failures, and the commitment to the musician's life. In addition to his formidable musical talents and enviable vocal abilities, he quite simply has a way with words that puts just the right spin on the tale (note that his webpage includes the lyrics).  He doesn't celebrate his imperfections, but he reveals then directly and with humor, and puts it all in context -- there are good days and bad days, but celebrate the entire journey.  And it is that spirit that gives the album just the right amount of weight.

I've been sitting here for a while trying to decide whether the guitars or the vocals were my favorite aspect of Temper of the Times.  Then I realized that the election must of scrambled my brains -- why even decide the question?  They both are great, and so is this album.







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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"Rewind" by San Mei


San Mei is songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and producer Emily Hamilton, our favorite musician from Gold Coast, Australia.  We've featured her music several times in the past, and today we are revealing "Rewind", her new single.  The song features her sweet melodies and engaging vocals over a crunching rock arrangement.  Good look, Emily, we hope to hear more.

"Rewind" will be released November 25.  We expect a debut EP next year.



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Monday, November 14, 2016

Soft Lions - XOXO

There is a lot to like about XOXO, the six song EP from San Diego's Soft Lions.  The trio of Megan Liscomb (vocals/guitar), Ana Ramundo (keys/vocals), and Jon Bonser (drums) blends '60s girl group garage pop, riot girl pop punk and a bit of new wave into a delicious set of songs.

XOXO kicks off with "Freeway", a new wave slice of indie pop that is perfect to get everyone at your next party dancing.  "I Get Lost" follows with a perfect blend of riot girl, garage pop, and slacker doo wop.  The band turns down the pop for the post punk "Digital Girl".  Next is the garage romp "Pretty Enough".  The EP ends with the upbeat "Run In Dreams" and the rootsy boot stomping "In The Garden".  Very good stuff from a band to watch.

XOXO is out now via Velvet Blue Music.






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Honeyblood - Babes Never Die


Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers, the duo that comprise Glasgow's Honeyblood, don't suffer fools, and they aren't quiet about it.  Stina snarls the lead vocals and plays guitar while Cat Myers ferociously wields the drumsticks.  In fact, the volume and intensity on their recently released second album, the defiantly-named Babes Never Die, would lead an uninformed listener to conclude that that band had several more members.  But it isn't all about the noise.  There are plenty of hooks and a meaty groove underneath the shouted choruses.  The band dials it back on a few tunes (for example, "Walking At Midnight" and, most especially, "Cruel"), and does it well.  But this is album isn't about confessing vulnerability or even negotiating compromise.  Honeyblood are unapologetic rockers, and Babes Never Die is a worthy calling card.

Babes Never Die is out now via FatCat Records.







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Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Late Night Store" by Husky

Australia's Husky is showcasing a revamped sound with "Late Night Store".  There is more forward push, and a more robust groove, perhaps inspired by the time they spent in Berlin over the past year.  Matched with the songwriting and performing talents of Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss, it suggests a bold new territory for the duo.  Late Night Store is out not via Liberation and Embassy of Music.




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