Despite having all kinds of other music addictions, power pop is the place I come from. Despite spending a lot of time exploring things like country music or twee pop whenever I come back to power pop it feels like coming back to home. This time it was Cheap Star, Tinted Windows and especially scottish Blue from the seventies that brought me back to these sounds that I love the most. This is now continued by a band called Radio City (hmm..where did they pick that name from) whose long lost power pop gem has been recently released by a label called Radio Heartbeat. I have listened to them at myspace before and when that name jumped to my face on Not Lame’s email, I went and ordered a copy asap. Since then I’ve been listening to them at myspace and I’ve been feeling happy and congratulating myself for such a fine decision. I think it’s excellent 70’s power pop. if you are into Big Star, Badfinger, The Raspberries, Dwight Twilley, Blue Ash etc, check them out.
Radio City at myspace
Oh. And Blue. I mentioned them a while ago. Now I’ve bought their debut album and L.A Sessions. I haven’t even properly started with L.A Sessions yet, because I’ve gotten stuck into the greatness of the debut. Now that’s a truly wonderful pop album.
The rumours were true and Hip-O Select released this beauty last friday. Unfortunately for some unknown reason the label doesn’t ship to Finland and so far I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else. Hopefully it will end up in some other online store in the future. Otherwise it would be a huge kick in the teeth to know that Emitt Rhodes’ material is finally available, but I’m just not able to buy it. So if you come across a place that does sell it and does ship to Finland, let me know.
Hip-O Selects info page for this beautiful release
Today I noticed that my favourite record store 8raita had this on their website in the staff recommends section. I didn’t have clue what it was, but because they have an excellent taste in music I checked it out. I found out that First Aid Kid is Klara & Johanna Söderberg. 16 and 19 year old sisters from Sweden. They seem to be extremely talented, because they have already written some great acoustic folk songs. You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of folk music to enjoy this. I think this might work well for indie popsters as well. I mean how could one not love these lovely videos below..
They also make a killer version of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song. You’ll find that one and the ones above also from their myspace.
First Aid Kit at myspace