Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms – Basement Punk


I don’t follow power pop or whatever you want to call that melodic heaven with power chords, catchy hooks and harmony vocals nowhere near as much as I did 10 or 15 years ago. That’s kind of a sad, because that’s still and forever will be the foundation of my music taste. Maybe I had a little melodic overdose too somewhere along the way, because I don’t get as easily excited about power pop albums these days. I’m sure people are still making great records and I should just dig harder. I do every now and then check my trusted sources like Powerpopaholic and Absolute Powerpop to keep myself informed. I’m very pleased that they are keeping this thing alive, so old chaps with power pop hearts like yours truly can get their monthly fix.

Despite everything I said above I still love rockin’ pop music and I might be contradicting myself in this blog post. Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms from Michigan is one of the guys that I’m still following closely and listen to everything he puts out. His new album Basement Punk comes out this Friday 30th of September on Save Your Generation Records. I’ve had the chance the listen to it for the past four weeks and while listening to it I’ve felt fourteen years younger. Mal ‘n Ange has been my jam lately and it’s breathing life back into my pop addiction. It makes me want to make nostalgic trip to my record shelf and start blasting those all-time favorites by TFC, The Posies, Matthew Sweet, The Sugarrush, DM3, Popsicle.. and I probably will do that and I will be smiling all the time. So thanks Ryan for such a great pop record that turned out to be my very own Cocoon. This is Mal ‘n Ange. You can hear the rest and/or buy a copy on his Bandcamp page.

Ryan Allen at Facebook

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M. Lockwood Porter – How To Dream Again


M. Lockwood Porter from Berkeley, CA released his new album How To Dream Again a couple of weeks ago and it has been in heavy rotation ever since. The earlier albums Judah’s Gone (2013) and 27 (2014) were already rather convincing efforts and How To Dream Again takes this thing one step further. Besides still being a great blend of a large amount of first-class americana songwriting and a small share of good old rock’n’roll, the album tackles hard but true issues like social injustices in a very beautiful and moving fashion. This is like a theme running through the album although you will also stumble into some gorgeous love songs along the way. The album is now out on Black Mesa Records (USA) and Hidden Trail Records (UK/Europe). Here are a couple of amazing songs from the album. Reach the Top might not be the hit or even the song that I will listen the most times from this album, but damn that one strikes hard when you really listen to it and pay attention. Excellent songwriting.

And the music video for the album opener American Dreams Denied.

M. Lockwood Porter Website

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Aaron Lee Tasjan – Memphis Rain (video)


The release of Aaron Lee Tasjan’s new album and first one on New West Records is getting closer and there’s another magnificent song from the album out there. Silver Tears hits the record stores and our hearts on October 28th and this is the new music video for a song called Memphis Rain.

Aaron Lee Tasjan Website

This latter half 2016 is going to be incredible for the ones who are even a little bit interested in things like folk, country and americana. We just got new ones from John Calvin Abney, Courtney Marie Andrews, Tim Easton, Wesley Randolph Eader, M.Lockwood Porter… and soon-ish there will be new albums from ALT, Bonnie Whitmore, Matt Woods, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, Zachary Lucky, Drive-by Truckers, John K.Samson, Two Cow Garage.. Then there’s Kent Eugene Goolsby in December and bunch of stuff that I forgot to list right now or I’m not even aware of yet. I’m already having nightmares of the albums of the year list I do every year. I have to do a top 100, if I want to include everything that I have truly enjoyed.

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