August 28, 2021

Modcast #491: The Future Is Bright

Modcast 491 The Future Is Bright

If the future is so bright you gotta wear sunglasses, the music of now is so great you gotta turn up the volume. Lucky listeners out there are gonna get hipped to some very cool new music from garage pop to punk rock to soul, got it all going on right now, right here. You're welcome.

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The Screens -- Coming Live From The City Of Light (2020)
Reaction -- Gotta hold of My Heart (2021)
Pama International -- Smile & Say Good Morning(2021)
Richie Mayer -- Sunshine Blues (2021)
Orange Peels -- Whenever (2021)
Jodie -- Pushover (2021)
Mark & The Clouds -- In The Big Crowd (2021)
Danny Wilkerson -- Enough For Somebody (2021)

Cromm Fallon & The P200 -- Two Stroke Smoke (2021)
Bad Nerves -- Baby Drummer (2020)
The Veras -- Spaceman (2021)
The Sorels -- She's In The Gang (2021)
The Terraplanes Blues Band -- Catfish (2021)
The Prof. Fuzz 63 -- Sheena Is A Soccer Mom (2021)
The Yellowhead Project -- A Million Minds In Tune (2021)

Reviews You Can Use: Wilkerson, Big Stir Records (2021)

I wasn't sure what I expected when I pressed play on Wilkerson, but it wasn't what I got, which sort of took my breath away. It opens with Everybody Loves to Love and the first thing I think is oh my god Burt Bacharach! But that wasn't all, it bounces effortlessly into sort of light psychpop, Beatles style, and all with such ease. Then the second song comes on, and remember I'm still on my first listen at this point, and I could have leaped up and started dancing. that second song, Enough For Somebody, is an uptempo northern soul vibing pop number, shoulda been an instant classic. Fast becoming one of my favorite songs on the album after countless listens now. As if that wasn't enough you get this fantastic mix of strings to kick off the third song Endless Haze, which has still another sort of vibe, a different, easy, feeling. After that it's one bit of delightful pleasure after another, all bringing in different elements and stylistic flourishes, but sill cohesive and holding on to a basic power pop platform. This is an album you'll listen more than once, or even a dozen times, for sure.

Bonus Third Set

Caper Clowns - CAPS LOCK ON


Save Henry -- Sunrise


Cromm Fallon & The P200 - Two Stroke Smoke


Pale Lips -- Candy Song


Smile -- Hideout


Du Blonde -- Pull The Plug


Lucas Aaron -- Ocean Girl


The Rugs -- My Love Is Bad



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