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No, I’m not stuttering

You can get free songs from The Records.

John Wicks, lead singer of The Records and co-writer of the hit songs “Starry Eyes” and “Hearts In Her Eyes“, would like to make the summer a bit more special. After all, that’s the time when powerpop sounds best blasting out of car windows (you ear bud people really need to open up your horizons…). And when you talk powerpop, you need to include The Records in that conversation.

From the press release:

For the entire summer, John will be posting a free, rare demo or outtake every week on the band’s Facebook fan page. Starting Monday, June 13, go to The Records’ Facebook page, “like” the page, and you’ll be treated to that week’s feature outtake or demo. Most if not all of these cuts have never seen the light of day and promise to be a real treat, both for those familiar with Wicks’ work as well as those who just dig good, melodic pop of the highest order. Eventually some (but not all) of these tracks will appear on an upcoming CD release.

So if you want to be certain that you get to hear all of them, it’s pretty clear what you have to do. Go here  – click “Like” – then refresh your browser. The mp3 will be available to you…free. Might want to bookmark that puppy and set your alarm for a weekly reminder.

Check out The Records’ main website for news, tour, or any other additional information about the band.

Now get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way.

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Good Music for a Good Cause

I was sad to hear about the passing of Susan Giblin, the wife of Mike Giblin (member of two classic powerpop bands, Cherry Twister and Parallax Project).  I don’t know Mike well; we’ve met once or twice at his gigs and perhaps shared an occasional email over the years. The fact that his wife passed away over six months ago and I only found out about it today is testament to that. But I can identify with loss, and to have someone taken away at such a young age is beyond tragic; reading about her only makes me wish I had a chance to meet her.

Susan Kroah Giblin held degrees both as a Paralegal and as a Certified Veterinary Technician, a degree that she obtained after going back to school at the age of 35. As one of Central PA’s greatest friends to cast-off and wayward animals, she was a 17 year volunteer at the Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, and served as its medical coordinator for nearly a decade. She also maintained a fostering room in her home which was rarely empty, and was well-known for her compassion, empathy, and personal connection with both patients and their owners.

Seeing hundreds of people turn out for her funeral prompted Mike and some friends to set up a foundation in her name to continue to support her passions.

The Susan Giblin Foundation for Animal Wellness and Welfare was formed to honor the memory and continue the work of Susan Giblin, a Certified Veterinary Technician and noted animal advocate, who passed away from leukemia at the age of 46. The Foundation’s mission is to raise and dispense funds to support animal caregiving organizations, to foster awareness and education of complementary therapies, and to support the continued education of those in the animal medical field.

Kool Kat Musik is offering a new holiday compilation CD called Kool Kat Kristmas and joining the effort to honor her memory. This 11-song Holiday Pop Fest features contributions from Maple Mars, The Smith Brothers, The Goldbergs, Parallax Project, William Duke, Keith LuBrant, Frank Royster, The Britannicas, The Strand, John Wicks, and The Sun Kings.

For every CD that is sold, five dollars will be donated to The Susan Giblin Foundation. Good music for a good cause.

Click here to make a purchase.

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Another John and Paul

 

Not that John and Paul. 

John Wicks and Paul Collins fronted two of the best power pop bands of their era in The Records and The Beat. Now, thirty years later, they’ve been hitting the stage together from clubs to theatres to living rooms bringing the gospel of pop to the masses. 

Wicks and Collins have continued to record since their heyday and between them they represent a traveling encyclopedia of classic hits. “All Over The World”, “Hearts in Her Eyes”, “Rock and Roll Girl”, “Walking Out On Love”, “Starry Eyes”, “Don’t Wait Up For Me”, “Teenarama”, “Different Kind of Girl”…the list goes on and on. Both men had success with prior bands (Wicks with a short tenure in Kursaal Flyers and Collins with The Nerves) but in the late 70s they both found greater success by creating music that echoed The Beatles, The Raspberries, Badfinger and The Byrds

Now for a special treat – a recent live performance is available through two of their biggest proponents on the Internet. Power Pop Overdose and Power Pop Criminals (or as I prefer to call them, PPO and PPC) are sharing the hosting duties for this great recording, Live At McCabe’s from August 23rd, 2009. It’s a free download authorized by the artists, people! 

And if that’s not enough to get your skinny tie out of the closet, did I mention that Peter Case joins in? 

Hopefully many of you got the chance to see them live during their Living Room Tour last year. If not, this is one hell of a consolation prize. Kudos to Curty and Angelo  for providing the links and artwork and to John and Paul for generously making this recording available through them. 

Part One: Power Pop Criminals 

Part Two: Power Pop Overdose 

Even better news – there’s a 2010 House Concert Tour being planned. Check out their website for details. 

Here’s a quick audio overview

The Kids Are The Same

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