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BLOODY RED BARON – November Reviews

Posted on 11 December 2017

NOVEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE GLAD MACHINE (Spirithouse) This Massachusetts quartet’s debut album kills with a sublime collection of crunchy hooks and wailing guitars, with massive Who-type chords. Brad Thayer’s elegant vocals swoop effortlessly from tenor to falsetto, as on the Raspberries-like “Tonight.” “Wave” swirls around a Great Buildings foundation, with a thalamus-pleasing echo […]

JANGLE ON – Fall 2017

Posted on 25 November 2017

JANGLE ON! Fall 2017 by Eric Sorsensen I am long overdue with chronicling the latest in jangly music.  2017 has been a banner year for chiming, jangly 12-string tracks – so much so, that it will be difficult to select the songs that make this year’s “Best of Jangle Pop” compilation.  Kool Kat Musik, CD Baby, the Powerpopaholic […]

BLOODY RED BARON – October Reviews

Posted on 01 November 2017

OCTOBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron TRIP WIRE: Cold Gas Giants (Kool Kat) Trip Wire is Marty Schneier, Bill Hunt, and Jeff Shelton, all veterans of numerous power pop bands. Together they thrum like a Yamaha, making urgent, propulsive pop in the vein of 20/20 or the Plimsouls, both of whom might have recorded “I’m Not The Enemy.” “This […]

BLOODY RED BARON – September Reviews

Posted on 14 September 2017

SEPTEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron V/A – SONGS, BOND SONGS Andrew Curry, the mastermind behind Here Comes The Reign Again, The Second British Invasion, and Drink A Toast To Innocence, A Tribute to Lite Rock, has done it again with this double CD of every James Bond theme performed by some of power pop’s brightest stars. Songs […]

JANGLE ON – Summer 2017

Posted on 11 August 2017

JANGLE ON! Summer 2017 by Eric Sorsensen Once again, I have fallen behind with reporting on jangly music.  There has been no shortage of chiming, jangly tracks in the past three months – thanks to the usual sources: Kool Kat Musik; CD Baby; the Powerpopaholic website; and Band Camp.  Here are the discs and tracks […]

BLOODY RED BARON – Summer Reviews

Posted on 02 August 2017

SUMMER RELEASES by Mike Baron THE HANGABOUTS: Kits & Cats and Saxon Wives (Futureman) Three guys from Michigan in a Chad & Jeremy/Peter & Gordon/Brit invasion mood, very solid follow-up to Illustrated Bird. The layered and seductive guitar on the title track is like one of those appetizers that threatens to ruin the meal for you, because you want […]

BLOODY RED BARON – June Reviews

Posted on 02 June 2017

JUNE RELEASES by Mike Baron   THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR: Who Folds First (Nicola) The Blood Rush Hour is a cornucopia of styles, beats and ideas melded into a seamless whole, operatic in scope, but rooted in the mad pop science of XTC, David Myhr, Marco Joaquim, The Foreign Films, The Pillbugs, or the Dowling Poole. […]

LOST TREASURES – THE KEYS

Posted on 02 June 2017

LOST TREASURES The Keys – “The Keys Album” [linebreak style=”24.png”] Sometime around 2005, my good friend Stefan Johannson sent me a copy of a power pop compilation called Shake Some Action, Vol. 1 UK, and while there was a lot of great music on the CD, one track stood out well above the others: “I […]

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BLOODY RED BARON – April

Posted on 21 April 2017

BLOODY RED BARON APRIL RELEASES by Mike Baron NEAL MORSE BAND: The Similitude Of a Dream (Metal Music) Jaw-dropping two-disc set of prog rock reeking of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Captain Beyond and even AC/DC, based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I know what you’re thinking—Pilgrim’s Progress, Pilgrim’s Shmogress. It’s a sort of […]

JANGLE ON – April

Posted on 14 April 2017

JANGLE ON! APRIL by Eric Sorsensen A fellow jangly music enthusiast recently pointed out that I haven’t submitted a column to the Pop Geek Heaven website in several months.  2017 got off to a slow start when it comes to jangly music, but there has been a steady stream of new material in the past […]