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2 days ago
Silent Laughter
Got into this NYC Power Pop singer-songwriter earlier this year. Best known for his work in indie films such as Happiness, American Splendor, and The Tao of Steve (title tracks for each and more). He and indie filmmaker Todd Solondz (Happiness, Dark Horse, Welcome to the Dollhouse) seem to be pretty tight, as Eytan's always personally thanked in the end credits and he even has a cameo in Happin
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3 days ago
Silent Laughter
Brian was also in an alt country/power pop band called The Keepers. Was trying to think of their name when I made my original post, to maybe link some of their music too, but it eluded me. Oh well, better late than never. Think of them as FOW meets Wilco's more commercial side. Don't think they ever had an official release either, but "Baby Tonight" is catchy as hell, demo or not:
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4 days ago
Silent Laughter
Stumbled on these guys a couple years ago, figured I'd post about them here - cleaning out my "good music vaults" :-) The Revue, an NYC Power Pop band. Led by Brian Kapler AKA Brian James, formerly of pop punk/emo band Permanent Me. Fountains of Wayne, Marvelous 3, Breaking Laces (got into them here - thanks!) fans may be interested. Not sure if their EP ever came out, got into th
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4 days ago
Silent Laughter
Marianas Trench were amazing live. Josh Ramsay is one of the few dudes (at least these days, in terms of "newer" bands coming out) who can sing as good live as in the studio. What I don't get is how a band like Simple Plan (who are a guilty pleasure of mine, don't get me wrong, great pop-rock hooks) or Nickelback (some good songs, but mostly ugh) can come out of Canada and be huge i
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6 days ago
Silent Laughter
Didn't see any topics promoting these guys, so I figured I'd give 'em a mention. Kinda stumbled on them by accident last year. New Zealand modern pop-rock band Paper Plane. Fronted by Nathan King (solo, ex-Zed). The Aussies and Kiwis are near neighbors (right?), so I wonder if Andrew's heard of him/them? :-) Their sound basically picks up where Nathan's solo album "The Crowd" lef
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6 days ago
Silent Laughter
No one will ever have all the artists they want inducted (and all the artists they don't want not inducted lol), its just a fact of life and a matter of personal taste. Def Lep may never get in, since many in the mainstream and many critics as well consider them just another hair band. Or, at best, a "safe", mainstream pop-rock band. I know, its ridiculous, but that's how institution
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8 days ago
Silent Laughter
Oh!!! Forgot to say, but for the lyrics of "Pop 101", that "some things just go together like higher, desire, and fire" line really cracked me up. What a song. Brilliant pop music satire while also just being a brilliantly catchy pop song. But yeah, that line reminded me of discussions we've had here about certain cliched lyric couplets (is that the word?) in "our&quo
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11 days ago
Silent Laughter
Been into these Canadian pop-rockers since 2010. Debut album was ok, definitely their most hard rocking but save for a few songs somewhat lacking in hooks IMO. 2nd album Masterpiece Theatre was a Queen influenced pop-rock MONSTER concept album/rock opera...still one of my all time top albums. Follow-up Ever After drifted more towards pop than rock, but still a HUGE pop smash concert album/rock
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11 days ago
Silent Laughter
Loving this CD. Much better than Hope, which I never really warmed to save a few songs. Faves are probably Garden of Eden, Whatever It Takes, All I Need, and Never Say Never. Was hoping for a bit more of a Rubber, power pop-esque sound based on Andrew's review and certain other comments, but still, I can't really complain. To whoever said that its almost like they've gained momentum due to
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15 days ago
Silent Laughter
Anyone who was into The Crash Moderns or just appreciates great power pop music needs to check this out. Waking Heroes, led by ex-TCM singer Danny Roselle. Their EP One Fight To Fight came out over a year ago, but I only discovered it recently and I only saw one other topic about them here, so I figured it was worth a post :-) Actually, that past topic here that I accidentally stumbled on (was
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16 days ago
Silent Laughter
Let me take that back...forget "Hopeless". Was kind of kidding. How about "Starlight" (Jesus, originally wrote "Stardust", had to go back and edit lol) by Harem Scarem from their Human Nature album? Now THAT was a monster of a song IMO. Very hopeful thematically and one I could definitely relate to.
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16 days ago
Silent Laughter
Its cool...just not sure how stuff like "you'll never find out your worth" and "we're all the same decaying cosmic matter" (not in those words, of course lol) are supposed to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside ;-) Leaves me a bit cold...but that's just me. As I said, maybe it will grow on me. Sometimes it is hard for me to connect with their lyrics, I'll admit. As oppo
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16 days ago
Silent Laughter
Added "of Enuff Z'nuff" and "power pop" to the subject line, so maybe more people will be more familiar with him now...or at least more willing to check it out. My bad...haven't created any topics here in awhile...I'll do better next time :-)
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17 days ago
Silent Laughter
For fans of Enuff Z'nuff and power pop/punk music, Johnny Monaco put out an EP earlier this year called LA Vacation. Not sure what his current Enuff Z'nuff status is (he's sang lead and played lead guitar for them), can't keep up with those guys, but I've loved his solo output ever since his (totally underrated lol) Overrated CD from 2007. Excellent slice of modern power pop/punk. Prefer his m
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17 days ago
Silent Laughter
Hey Shade. I've never seen Donnie Vie live myself. I've seen EZN with Johnny on vocals 3 times. Opening for Eric Martin, Tramp's White Lion, and Vixen. Johnny's always a solid live performer - both on vocals and guitar. Consummate professional. Got to talk to him once, also Chip once. I only wish I'd gotten the nerve to talk to Ricky Parent the first time I saw EZN back in '02, but I was t
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17 days ago
Silent Laughter
Great song. I like the kinda bouncy pop-punkness of the chorus. A bit Rubber-esque to these ears ::rubber-ducks:: ;-) Just listened to all the songs in full for the first time today. My fave song after listen #1 is "Whatever It Takes". Granted, I am a sucker for those power ballads :-) "Garden of Eden" and tracks 7-9 are all standouts, too. Not sure how I feel about
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18 days ago
Silent Laughter
Forgot to say, but I'll just add: I don't care what anyone thinks, "Lego House" is a damn fine pop song. "Safe" or not. Highly addictive. But yeah, I definitely think Ed brings his own style to the table. Now, speaking of tables, someone tell Chef Ramsay to get his ass back to the kitchen and fix my supper before he verbally abuses any more poor ginger hobbits ;-)
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19 days ago
Silent Laughter
A bit late with this, but I just found out about their new album yesterday (been living under a rock and not always a "melodic" one as I like to say lol). What a great review from Andrew. Checked out the samples and only half grabbed me with the first listen, but I'm sure the rest will grow on me. Um...why all the disdain for Rubber? You all talk about those albums like they're a
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19 days ago
Silent Laughter
Great news about a new Donnie album. Unlike I guess some people here, I haven't quite been able to warm to all his solo stuff. Some seems a bit underproduced, lyrically silly, or its been a case of "hey guys, look how much we can rock!" without regard for song quality. I guess I'm more a fan of Power Pop Donnie than Rock Donnie. And not the super retro power pop stuff, but more Enuf
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19 days ago
Silent Laughter
Very cool. I can remember a time when the "play Southgang!" shouts were looked down on at a Butch show. And for good reason. Butch didn't want to live in the past. And with great solo songs to his name - why should he (and I say that as someone who believes he'll never top his last 2 Marvelous 3 albums). But this is a great, heartfelt version of one of their better songs. So its v
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19 days ago
Silent Laughter
I mean, maybe its different across the pond, since you said in another topic how those acts aren't as popular there as they are here. Not that they're shoved down our throats here, at least not anymore, and I kinda live under a rock these days (and not always a melodic one lol), but as far as I know, Ed Sheeran isn't shoved down our throats here in the States either. If Ed is shoved down yo
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19 days ago
Silent Laughter
RAMSAY Wrote: "The masses love for bland and safe music never ceases to amaze, baffle and terrify me." Says the Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lifehouse fan? ;-) Congrats, mate - almost made me shoot milk through my nose at my computer... Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of those bands (esp Matchbox and the Goos), but they're considered the epitome of safe music here in the St
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
No prob, Vic. Just trying to help. I always notice stuff like that...guess I'm just weird ;-)
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
Thanks! Didn't know there was a link to the sample independent of the splash page.
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
I know, Terry. I was just trying to help. I'm good at noticing stuff like that. One of the few things I'm good at, apparently lol So it'd be nice for it to be acknowledged by SOMEONE. That's all. Maybe its just me and not to get all cheesy or needy, but I kinda like being appreciated. Maybe that's asking too much around here, everyone's too busy being a cool 80s rocker or whatever. But th
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
Ok, found something... If anyone wants to hear the track 7 sample (shorter, but at least its something), go here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adriangale2
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
No one else is noticing Track 7 isn't there among the samples? Or maybe its just my computer? lol Not that its of pressing importance, but you'd think A would read these posts, notice its missing, and add it at some point. Though I know he's busy. Maybe he just read some posts in this thread, replied, and didn't follow up with the others. Though I know when I post in a thread, unless I feel
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
Samples sound great, already like it more than the Guardian album (no offense to those guys). Still sounds like them, not significantly heavier or anything. Jamie...I remember seeing pix of him for Suckerpunch! and he's really bulked up lately - woah. Is that last song "Speed" a Billy Idol cover from the movie Speed? Sounded very familiar. Thanks again for the samples...hope to hea
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
Thanks, Andrew. Just about to listen to the samples. Though first, wanted to let you know you're missing track 7. Ok, time to listen!
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2 months ago
Silent Laughter
Anyone heard this album yet? Thoughts? According to NEH, its now In Stock, so just wondering if anyone's received it yet (maybe those that preordered at least?) or heard an advance copy. Not going to MelRock Fest unfortunately, so won't be able to pick it up there (have fun if you're going!). So far I've only heard "Sometimes". Really liked Suckerpunch!, though I can't pick a fav
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