Sunday, November 12, 2006


DAVID MORGAN Ordinary Glory (Self-released) I love this job! Especially when it places into my hands such fine pop music. With his piano-based songs and resonant tenor, the comparisons with Billy Joel are hard to resist but Morgan is his own (piano) man. A very positive (infectious) vibe permeates Ordinary Glory. It may be old world/old school sensibility but give me a dose of David Morgan over an overload of Five For Fighting anyday.

THE SUPERS Re: Arrange (Self-released) These powerpop stalwarts have released a well crafted, finely produced collection of sharp pop songs that recall the fellow countrymen the Barenaked Ladies, Graham Parker and Elvis Costello. The range of songcraft covers crunching rockers, heartfelt ballads and visceral putdowns alike to communicate a enjoyable sonic feel. A good balance between cerebral geek rock and erudite powerpop.

DÝRĐIN Self-titled (Skipping Stones) Only three of these eleven songs are in English. But guess what, it doesn’t make much difference cos this Icelandic powerpop band make the sweetest noise! And at under 30 minutes, before you know it, it’s all over and you have to start the CD all over again. And you will, cos Dýrđin churn out really cool & bright pop music that it is almost irresistible.

THE HANKS Your New Attraction (Cobra Music) It is obvious that the Hanks are of this modern rock age. Throughout its earnest rock, echoes of melodic emo punk ping pong all over this eleven-track debut. You’re bound to hear references to Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, Get Up Kids and Weezer in the Hanks’ robust approach. Armed with strong material, the Hanks demonstrate that they are a new rock band to be reckoned with.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dana and Carl present: “This is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio” Vol. 2 (Jam) This is my kind of radio show. 28 tracks that highlight why power pop is not the lost cause that many in the mainstream consider. Anyone vaguely familiar with the pop underground would lighten up with faced with the music of Chris Von Sneidern, Eytan Mirsky, Cloud Eleven, The Spongetones, Mr. Encrypto, the Grip Weeds, the Dipsomaniacs and so on. The perfect introduction to many great powerpop bands. What are you waiting for?

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