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Posted on 06 August 2014

LOST TREASURES FOCAL POINT “First Bite of the Apple” By Peter Marston   Focal Point’s star shone brightly, but briefly—very briefly, in fact. Liverpool songwriters Paul Tennant and Dave Rhodes were one of the very first artists signed to the Beatles’ first venture in corporate diversification, Apple Publishing. After a chance meeting with Paul McCartney, [...]

BLOODY RED BARON – August Reviews

Posted on 06 August 2014

BLOODY RED BARON AUGUST REVIEWS by Mike Baron SUNRISE HIGHWAY: Windows (Kool Kat)             Marc Silvert returns but this time there is less emphasis on lilting west coast pop and more bass–a lot more bass edging into Superdrag territory, beginning with the languid and mysterious “Windows.”  The Beach Boys harmonies peek over the sludge-heavy bass on “Call Waiting” followed [...]


Posted on 12 July 2014

BLOODY RED BARON JUNE REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE CRY!: Dangerous Game (SP Records)             Rude, loud, oozing insouciant punk attitude, The Cry! is every parent’s nightmare by way of the Buzzcocks, Ramones, Eddie Cochran, The Seeds or the Shadows of Knight.  Every song has a bridge and a hook.             The Portland quartet’s second album takes up where the [...]

Mothboxer – Surprise Box #134

Posted on 09 June 2014

Mothboxer have been around since 2007 or thereabouts. Starting life as a solo project of guitarist and songwriter, Dave Ody. An album “Geen” was released on LineOut Records and soon a live band was comprised of Dave on vocals, keys and guitar, Phil Davies on drums, Jon Hawes on bass and Robbie Burley on backing [...]

Metropolitan Farms – Surprise Box #133

Posted on 23 May 2014

  Metropolitan Farms is an indie rock band from Portland, OR. Formed in 2007 as a side project of Santa Cruz / Portland band Metropolitan, Met Farms blends British Invasion craft and hooks with 80s and 90s college rock inflection to produce a sound that is energetic and catchy, yet still unique and idiosyncratic. The [...]

Too Much Saturn – Surprise Box #132

Posted on 19 May 2014

Surprise Box cut from Too Much Saturn (the name is taken from a Francis Dunnery tune about imbalance – “Too much Saturn  - not enough moon”). “Their latest CD release Moving Forward Sideways represents the finest in Midwest Power Pop.  Blending elements of The Gin Blossoms, Cheap Trick and Fountains of Wayne.  Loads of sticky hooks, [...]

Vinyl Floor – Surprise Box #131

Posted on 15 May 2014

  Vinyl Floor hails from Copenhagen, Denmark and was formed in 2007. The band has toured Japan, Germany and the UK and will release its third full length album in 2014. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Change the Song (On a PC? RIGHT CLICK the link and SAVE - On a MAC? CTRL CLICK the link and SAVE) [...]


Posted on 09 May 2014

JANGLE ON!  MAY by Eric Sorsensen   Spring has finally arrived in the mid-Atlantic, and with the azaleas in full bloom, this is as colorful as northern Virginia gets.  There hasn’t been much in the way of new jangly music, so I have had to rely on several recent compilations to shore up my “play” [...]

Warm Morning Brothers – Surprise Box #130

Posted on 13 April 2014

2002, Italy, Piacenza, in the middle of nowhere, on a lazy summer day began a strange adventure called “Warm Morning“. We are two brothers, Simone and Andrea, playing music mainly based on acoustic sounds, inspired by folk and pop music of the sixties. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Too Far From The Stars (On a PC? RIGHT [...]


Posted on 07 April 2014

JANGLE ON!  APRIL by Eric Sorsensen Fresh jangly music has not been able to keep up with the surprisingly resilient winter weather in the mid-Atlantic.  Hence, this month’s column will address several “old friends” as well as some new discs and tunes.  Jangly music enthusiasts should check out:              In the new category is Dream [...]