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notgonnamissthis - July, 2014 - Episode 08

Description: Well, I hope you all like power pop. This month’s episode features tracks taken exclusively from my 45 RPM 7” boxes and only power pop songs. It sort of just happened as I built the playlist spontaneously but I think it works well for the down slope of summer. Looking at the track list, it’s sort of funny how many names start with “The.” That’s certainly power pop for you. Todd Rundgren. This song is perfect. Todd is Godd. Bruce Moody released this singular EP entitled “Fresh Out!” and featuring 4 songs of very wimpy power pop. The EP is available with two completely different picture sleeves, both of which are impossibly rare. I believe at least one song was recently included on a power pop compilation. A couple of episodes ago I included a track from Trevor White. Trevor was the guitar player in Jook. They released a handful of singles and this incredible 4 song EP released on both Bomp! and Chiswick. Great stuff. My copy is the Bomp! test press. Sing Sing Records released a compilation of their material recently which I highly recommend. Menlo Park only put out one single private press 45 featuring the A-Side “Wrong Side of the Gun” and the B-Side entitled “My Heart.” Uncharacteristically, the B-Side is the overwhelming stand out. It took me a very long time to find a copy of this record but thankfully it’s been firmly filed in my stacks for the last two years.The Necessaries track “You Can Borrow My Car” is a genre staple. My home-boy JP likes this track. This track is for The Doctor, although, whether I “trust him with my sister” is another matter. :) Many would argue that The Nervesself-titled private press EP defines the power pop genre. That’s a very strong argument as it’s a classic and includes the song “Hanging On The Telephone” later made famous by Blonde. Paul Collins (lead singer in The Nerves) has been milking his contribution to this EP for the last 40 years. Ugh and barf. The Go's track “Don't Take Her Away” is another well-known power pop classic. These guys were from Yonkers, NY (!!) and I show them favoritism for this fact alone - the track is also terrific. Sonny Vincent and Testors bridged the early punk scene of downtown NYC with the emerging sound that was power pop. Fun fact, this 45 was produced and distributed by none other than Bleeker Bob of Bleeker Bob’s Records fame. Seeing that store close confirmed that ultimately the squares win. I think it’s a frozen yogurt place now. Lord knows we need more of those. Another record that took me a while to obtain, The Rockersreleased this EP privately on Alcatraz Records. It recently saw a reissue on Cheap Reward Records. Great stuff and I’m shocked it never saw wider release. The Heats. Not sure what to say about these guys. I don’t know, it’s power pop, it’s good, it’s easily obtainable? I’m getting lazy. Enjoy the playlist and stop reading this rambling bullshit. 
Track List: 
Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light
Bruce Moody - AM Romance
Jook - La La Girl
Menlo Park - My Heart
The Necessaries - You Can Borrow My Car
The Nerves - Working Too Hard 
The Go - Don’t Take Her Away
Testors - Together
The Rockers - Don’t Leave Me Tonight
The Heats - Ordinary Girls
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forwardthinkingeducation:

jtotheizzoe:

This new tune from A Capella Science is the bomb. It’s a hip-hop retelling of the difficult day when mankind harnessed nuclear fission and scientific progress came face to face with war… all set to an Eminem song. 

Previously: A Capella Science has wowed us with amazing science covers before. Check out Bohemian Gravity and Rolling in the Higgs.

This was a fun watch. Great idea for reappropriation. And even though I’m not much into science, I enjoyed the skill and wit it takes to make something like this. As such, I started thinking about how I could do something like this with literature.

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