They have some MP3 sound clips you can download. You can also purchase the CD from that site for $12.99 + S&H (cheaper than Amazon).
While you are there check out the Chewy Marble CD sound clips as well for more catchy pure pop morsels.
If you are interested in some more "different" music of this same type (catchy, melodic, harmonies, can't-get-it-out-of-my-head pure pop music) let me know. I could turn you on to a ton of this kind of stuff that, shamefully, few have even heard of.
Brian...your posts continually astonish me because your taste in music is impeccable!
You're always listening to the same things that I am. Keep posting...I'm always reading hoping to pick up some unfamiliar goodies!!!
I also own TSAR..excellent throughout..Cheap Trick meets The Pixies...meets T-Rex. T-Rex is a huge influence for this band, their "Calling All Destroyers" is wonderful. Bolan wrote a song called "Calling All Destroyers" as well and I'm sure TSAR is refering back to it. Dig back into T-Rex's catalogue for some great, fun glam-pop. Marc Bolan wrote some great stuff..and I LOVE his vocals. Bolan was very influential and very underated.
The Waxwings Low To The Ground....I play this one all the time! I've been anticipating the next release, but haven't seen it yet..although I've seen all the track titles up for download, they aren't available yet. I anticipate great things in the future from this band.
Lately, I've been in a Posies mode big time. Especially some of the older stuff. I just picked up Failure and it is fantastic. I have everything beyond Failure...and think that there must be something before that one, because I've d/l'd several wonderful tracks that don't appear on any of the CD's I own. Ken Stringfellow's The Orange Humble Band is AMAZING!! Although I'm certain you guys are familiar with them..if you haven't checked 'em out...do not delay! I don't know the status with this band, but I keep waiting for news of a new release. What is the deal with this band? Are they still together...or was this just a side deal that Stringfellow participated in?
I'm just getting into The Apples In Stereo...I like what I hear!
God, I MISS Jellyfish! Somebody make these guys get back together! Imperial Drag didn't cut it for me...the only got the last part of the title right!
World Party's last Dumbing Up was fantastic....much better than Egyptology, which no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't enjoy as much as other WP CD's. Did anyone else think Egyptology was sub-par for Wallinger...or was it just me?
Another great one I picked up a few weeks ago....UnAmerican by Unamerican. This is one GREAT CD! Try it...you'll love it!
------------------ Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision
The Thin White Duke
Oh Jon, don't get me started! Uh oh...too late!
The Waxwings are an awesome band. "Keeping The Sparks" is one of the best tunes I have heard in the last 5-10 years! Seriously! Great, great tune. And the whole darn thing is fantastic throughout...and the last tune "It Comes In Waves"...aahhh...8 minutes plus of just flat-out pure musical enjoyment. The perfect way to end the album. I can't say enough about this CD.
It's funny...I have been on the verge of getting into some Posies lately too, as I have never bought any of there CD's. Will probably pick up Dear 23 and Frosting On The Beater soon...a used CD store has them for cheap. But I haven't heard of The Orange Humble Band. I'll have to check that out.
It's funny (Part 2)...I have just gotten into The Apples In Stereo within the past few weeks...picked up The Discovery Of A World Outside The Moone and Tone Soul Evolution. Great 60's influenced stuff. Two more outstanding CD's.
Here are some more:
E.L.O. - ZOOM ... This is pretty much a Jeff Lynn solo album and it has some very good tunes and is a darn good listen. Better than I expected it would be.
The Orange Peels - So Far ... From sunny California, and this band lives up to its, uh, environment. Sunny, sugary, dreamy, 60's inspired pure guitar pop. Similar to The Supers.http://www.spinartrecords.com
Paul Melancon - Slumberland ...Great 7 song mini album with more bright pop tunes.http://www.paulmelancon.com
The Tories - The Upside Of Down ... Power pop up there with the likes of Tsar, though not quite as heavy. I wouldn't be surprised if this band made it big in the next few years. http://www.thetories.com
Swag - catch-all ... Made up of members from Wilco, Cheap Trick, The Mavericks, and Sixpence None The Richer, this semi super group harkens back to 60's pop with great results.http://www.yeproc.com (And check out The Mayflies USA while you're there)
Longwave - Endsongs ... Ah man, another great CD! This baby contains no filler at all...great all the way through. http://www.longwavenyc.com
Steve Ward - Opening Night ... I've mentioned this CD here before. Suffice it to say that this puppy is a MUST have if any of the above appeal to you at all. http://www.steveward.org
Cherry Twister - At Home With Cherry Twister ... Steve Ward in band form. This album is from '99 and is another must. See above link under Steve Ward.
The Flashing Lights - Where The Change Is ... Another Canadian band with catchy pop tunes. On the same label as The Orange Peels athttp://www.spinartrecords.com
Neil Finn - One Nil ... As of now it is only available as an import for around $20. But it is worth even that price. Should be released in the USA before too long.
Teenage Fanclub - Howdy! ... Another available only as an import now. More 60's inspired pop.
The Churchills - You Are Here ... http://www.thechurchills.net
Papas Fritas - Buildings and Grounds
Old 97's - Satellite Rides
The Adventures Of Jet
Michael Carpenter - Hopefulness...http://www.notlame.com
Chewy Marble - Bowl of Surrealhttp://www.chewymarble.com
Copperpot - Nothing Lasts Forever ... led by a 19 year old phenom or sorts!
Evelyn Forever - It's Good To Be Alive ...http://www.airplay.org
The Rosenbergs - Mission:You ... http://www.therosenbergs.com
Will Kimbrough - This ...http://www.waxysilver.com
Whew!! That's a lot. And for a great magazine with TONS of reviews specializing in this type of catchy, melodic, pure/ power pop music check out Amplifier magazine athttp://www.twomp.com/amplifier.
But be prepared...once you subscribe (and you get a free CD of your choice when you subscribe among a list of good ones to choose from...I got Longwave-Endsongs when I subscribed, but that one is no longer offered)...your CD buying budget will go up considerably! $15 for 6 review-packed issues (over 100 reviews in most issues).
Well, happy hunting!
Check this out...http://www.spinartrecords.com is running a deal, in conjunction with EMusic.com, where you can sign up for all the downloads you want for every artist on their label for $10 a month. And I'm talking complete albums of EVERYTHING they have. But the great thing is you get a free trial for a month, with a limit of 100 free downloads...as long as you go in and cancel your membership before the month is up your credit card will not be charged and you have all those free downloads...and most of this stuff you probably won't find anywhere else. You have to supply them with your credit card when signing up, but as long as you cancel within 30 days it won't be charged...or you can keep it active and you will be charged $10 a month for unlimited downloads of everything they + EMusic.com have. And they have some great stuff like: Apples In Stereo, Clem Snide, Jason Falkner, Flashing Lights, Lilys, The Minders, Orange Peels, Ron Sexsmith, The Wedding Present, and many more. PLUS, you can download anything EMusic.com has available as well. And it is all perfectly legit. I signed up tonight and have already downloaded the entire Jason Falkner - Necessity: The 4 Track Years...and am about to get Clem Snide, The Minders, The Lilys, Ron Sexsmith, etc. Heck, it is way worth getting the free trial just to get The Orange Peels great CD SO FAR, and The Flashing Lights' Where The Change Is, Jason Falkner, Ron Sexsmith's Blue Boy...And I don't even know what other indie record labels EMusic has available yet.
Give it a try...and I recommend grabbing Orange Peels and The Flashing Lights stuff 1st.
Oh, I think all of the downloads are at 128 kbps, which is pretty close to CD-quality.
Ah man, I am getting some seriously good stuff with this free 30 day trial with Spinartrecords.com and Emusic.com. Clem Snide--Your Favorite Music is some great laid back country-tinged music with quirky sort of lyrics. Mark Bacino--Pop Job-The Long Player is a very good one with a bunch of 2-3 minute pop gems. And Map Of Wyoming...this is a very nice band...with Round Trip and Trouble Is both available for free download...kind of a country-pop hybrid...very good stuff. You can download entire albums with the click of a button using RealPlayer Jukebox. There is a bumch more stuff I am gonna download...only bad thing is there is a 100 download limit during the 30 days. Still a great deal on stuff I couldn't find available for download anywhere else. Check it out.