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POP Goes The World!

Dec 2014

Requiem For A Year: 2014


2014 was an absolutely ridiculous year.
Ferguson Missouri, Eric Garner, Ebola, Isis, the GOP inexplicably taking back control of the house despite the country's continued growth under the current administration.
Which begs the question: Was there anything WORTH celebrating?
Yes, yes, my pet.
Join me tonight as I offer up 27 golden nuggets of POP that prove 2014 wasn't a total loss.

(...and just so you don't think it was ALL bad news, here's 2014's FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE YEAR)

Song Artist Album              Year
Cherish Ballet School The Dew Lasts An Hour 2014
Whenever The Death Of Pop Fifths 2014
Sisters The Reaveonettes Pe'ahi 2014
For You Nude Beach 77 2014
The Fool The Lisa Mychols 3 The Lisa Mychols 3 EP 2014
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Coming Down Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (ft. Matt Berninger) Onlu Run 2014
In Love with Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing) A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent 2014
Magic Mountain The Drums Encyclopedia 2014
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! Kishi Bashi Lighght 2014
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Sumatran Tiger Portugal, The Man 2014
High Time LEGS LEGS EP 2014
Mess With Me Lia & The Daymakers Steady! 2014
Blue Eyes The Rosebuds Sand + Silence 2014
The Drop Beneath Eternal Summers The Drop Beneath 2014
Long, Weird Night The Mad Extras DEMO 2014
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I Can't Stay Long But I Can't Stay Gone Benjamin Shepherd Eleven For The Road 2014
You Keep The Muse Benjamin Shepherd Eleven For The Road 2014
Dad Benjamin Shepherd Eleven For The Road 2014
Ana Ng (They Might Be Giants cover) ARMS Backwards Record 2014
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Golden Surf II Pere Ubu Carnival Of Souls 2014
Pegasus In Glue Clear Plastic Masks Being There 2014
Tame The History Of Apple Pie Feel Something 2014
Happy Idiot TV On The Radio Seeds 2014
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Brasilia Populous (ft. Giorgio Tuma) Night Safari 2014
A Sender Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Enter The Slasher House 2014
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West End Girls/ People Who Died GWAR

Dec 2014

Bidding 2014 Adeiu (80s Style!)


That's Good Devo
Song For A Future Generation The B 52s
Don't Let's Start They Might Be Giants
Tina Camper Van Beethoven
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Precious The Pretenders
11:59 Blondie
Walking Out On Love The Beat
Neverland The dB's
I Want To Help You Ann The Lyres
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Move Me The Woodentops
Tiny Days Scruffy The Cat
Don't Worry Baby Los Lobos
Watusi Rodeo Guadalcanal Diary
Oh Mother Tex & The Horseheads
You Ain't Nothin' But Fine Rockpile
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Saturday's Kids The Jam
When I Am With You Translator
Vicky Verky Squeeze
Two Swords The English Beat
Here To Stay The Slickee Boys
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Ma and Pa Fishbone
When You Were Mine Prince
Raised On The Radio The Rayvns
That Was Then But This Is Now ABC
Omegaman The Police
Best Of Both Worlds Midnight Oil
People Mi-Sex
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Eaten By The Monster Of Love Sparks
What's The Matter With You Split Enz
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Nur geträumt Nena
Round and Round New Order
Nenesis Shriekback
Tears Run Rings Marc Almond
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Back In Flesh Wall Of Voodoo
My Biggest Thrill The Mighty Lemon Drops
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Run Run Away Slade
Dec 2014

Happy Whatever Doesn’t Offend You!


It's a Christmas Eve Eve celebration!

Oi! To The World - The Vandals

I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas

Linus & Lucy (Vince Guaraldi cover) - The Ergs

Twinkle - JD McPherson




Party Hard - Little Isidore

Mrs. Clause Ain't Got Nothin' On Me - Little Jackie

Why Can't It Be Christmas Time All Year - Rosie Thomas

Happy Christmas Baby - The Boy Least Likely To

Little Drummer Boy - Wintersleep




Christmas Was Better In The 80s - The Futureheads

Countdown To Christmas - Glam Chops

Baby It's Cold Outside - Pezband

Everything's Gonna Be Better Next Year - The Rescues

Believe In Me - fun




Oh! It's Christmas - The Rosebuds

For Christ's Sake (It's Christmas) - Dylan Thomas Band

I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas - Aimee Mann

Jesus Are You Santa - Werbo

It's Just Not Christmas Without You - The Crookes



Baby, It's Cold Outside - Idiot Glee

Merry Christmas Everybody (acoustic Slade cover) - Brendan Benson

Lollie Holiday - Craig Wedren

Christmas All Over Again - The Wooden Sky

Mr. Santa - Kenny Vance & The Planotones




Power Pop Santa - The Pointed Sticks

Christmas, Bring Us - The Grip Weeds

Little Drummer Boy - The Dandy Warhols

Snow Is Falling - Darker My Love

Holiday Spirit - The dB's




Greedy Kids Can't Sleep - Analog Bell Service

Christmas Time Is Here Again - Tape Deck Mountain

Don't Save It All For Christmas Day - Minotaurs

Wonderful Christmastime - No Gold

All I Want For Christmas Is New Years Day - Hurts

My Little Drum - Vince Guaraldi Trio




Mr. Grinch - Dr. Seuss

Dec 2014

Look! Up In The Sky!!!

It's the return of .... THE POWER POP COMMANDER!!!


It's been such a cold, rainy, and dreary couple of days here in the capital city, that I can think of only one man who can pull us out of it; The Power Pop Commander!
So I will beam The Power Pop Commander bat signal (minor scale descending) into the evening sky, and if we're lucky, he'll swoop in with power chord crunches, minor chord swoons, and soaring harmonies to lift us out of our dreary doldrums!

Song Artist Album      Year
Starry Eyes The Records 1979
Your Number Or Your Name The Knack Get The Knack 1979
Wouldn't It Be Nice The Rubinoos The Rubinoos 1977
Givin' It All 20/20 20/20 1979
Goodbye Jane Tommy Keene In The Late Bright 2009
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My Friends Stereophonics Pull The Pin 2007
Money Suede Sci-Fi Lullabies 1997
House We Used To Live In The Smithereens Green Thoughts 1988
The Same To You Chris Wollard & The Ship Theives Chris Wollard & The Ship Theives 2009
Spiral Stairs Elf Power In A Cave 2008
The Trouble With Keeping Up With The Joneses The Telepathic Butterflies Breakfast Suburbia 2008
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Kind Of Girl Tinted Windows Tinted Windows 2009
I Got You The Waking Hours
Turn Your Face Title Tracks In Blank 2011
Wasteland The View Hats Off To The Buskers 2007
Daily Mutilation The Posies Amazing Disgrace 1996
Monkey Sees Chris Mars Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 1992
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Tensile Clean Mister Pop 2009
Streetlight Derby Posters Fade 2008
Class Historian Broncho Just Enough Hip To Be A Woman 2014
Can't Believe A Single Word VHS Or BETA Bring On The Comets 2007
Cheap Champagne Sloan Parallel Play 2008
Statues The Delaplains Gypsy Blood 2012
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Class Clown Spots A UFO Guided By Voices Class Clown Spots A UFO 2012
All Of A Sudden XTC English Settlement 1982
We Were Happy There The dB's Stands for Decibels 1981
Girl On A Swing Cleaners From Venus Going to England 1987
.....And We Became Sunshine The Uglysuit The Uglysuit 2008
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Gee Angel Sugar File Under Easy Listening 1994
This Is Not My Flag Dentists Behind the Door I Keep the Universe 1994
You've Got What It Takes The Slickee Boys Cybernetic Dreams Of Pi 1983
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Heaven The Psychedelic Furs Mirror Moves 1984

Dec 2014

Desperate…But Not Serious


Song Artist Album      Year
Jonny B. Rotten The Monks Bad Habits 1979
Nice 'N' Neat The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing 1979
Dynamite The dB's Stands for Decibels 1981
Making Plans For Nigel XTC Drums and Wires 1979
Jimmie Jones The Vapors Magnets 1981
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Dancing The Night Away The Motors 1 1977
In The City The Jam In The City 1977
I'm The Man Joe Jackson I'm The Man 1979
Let Me Out The Knack Get The Knack 1979
Two Swords The English Beat I Just Can't Stop It 1980
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Mini Skirt Mini The Plimsouls The Plimsouls 1981
Dirty Water (The Standells cover) The Inmates First Offence 1979
Almost Saturday Night (John Fogerty cover) Dave Edmunds Twangin... 1981
Rockin' Around N.Y.C. Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw 1982
Heart Rockpile Seconds Of Pleasure 1980
I'm Looking For Someone To Find Me Richard Hawley Lady's Bridge 2007
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Original Love The Feelies Crazy Ryhthms 1980
Fame David Bowie Young Americans 1975
Prove It Television Marquee Moon 1977
Let Me Dream If I Want To Mink Deville Live at CBGB’s 1976
Rock and Roll Heart Lou Reed Rock and Roll Heart 1976
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Baby Baby The Vi&rators Pure Mania 1977
Sonic Reducer Dead Boys Young Loud and Snotty 1977
Love Comes In Spurts Richard Hell and The Voidoids Blank Generation 1977
Pretty Please The Quick 1978
You Can Run The Razz 1979
Brickfield Nights The Boys Alternative Chartbusters 1978
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All For The Love Of Rock 'n' Roll Tuff Darts Tuff Darts! 1978
Rock and Roll Is Dead The Rubinoos The Rubinoos 1977
Stay In Time Off Broadway On 1979
Southern Girls Cheap Trick In Color 1977
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Girls With Pearls Sonic Avenues Sonic Avenues 2009
Suds W.H. Walker 2011
Outside Apache Radical Sabatical 2010
The Glass Castle Sir Lord Von Raven Please Throw Me Back In The Ocean 2009
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Big Chair Reacharound Who's Tommy Cooper 1996

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