Sunday, September 14, 2014

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness is the debut record of Andrew McMahon's same titled band.

Andrew McMahon is a singer-songwriter and pianist known from bands like  Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin. In 2013 he released his first solo EP - The Pop Underground.

Every single song I heard from him so far is just stunning. Do yourself a favor and listen to his music NOW!

The album was partially produced and co-written by Mike Viola and is to be released on October 14, 2014.
Listen to the first and second single "Cecilia and the Satellite" and "High Dive" here:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jim Boggia ... is creating Ukulele Videos And Songs

Jim Boggia has a new project - and it's all about his passion for a very special instrument: the ukulele!
It's a kind of crowdfunding, but quite different than you may know it. Jim explains it like this: 

"The easiest way to think of it is that it’s like Kickstarter, except in the ways that it’s not. What? That’s not easy enough? 
Okay, Patreon is like Kickstarter in that it allows creators of things (that’s me) to find folks to support the making of those things (that’s you, potentially, I mean, I don’t want to make any assumptions, but you seem nice). It’s different from Kickstarter in that instead of trying to get large amounts of support for one big project, Patreon looks to get smaller, recurring contributions for a number of smaller, recurring creations. Another difference is that instead of paying money up front and waiting months for an album to “drop” (I heard a young person say that once), you give AFTER I make these small, yet in their own way still amazing, things. Some people have described it as a “tip jar.” Pffft, some people!"

Rewards you can get are:
  • Skype house concerts for you and your friends
  • personal one hour Google Hangout or Skype Chat
  • a video of a cover song of YOUR CHOICE
  • He will write you a personal postcard, lick a stamp and send it to you 4 times a year
  • Your name in the credits at the end of each video
  • Exclusive live videos and instructional videos
  • An mp3 file of the music from the videos/songs
  • patron only stream which will include BONUS videos and audio files you’ll only get here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Once Soundtrack

Seven years ago, strolling through Vienna on a hot summer day we decided to recover and cool down in a small repertory cinema. There was this movie I heard of before: Once.
All I knew was it would be about music. So we watched it without big expectations. Well, we couldn't have been more wrong.

Once is a 2006 Irish musical film - and it's all about passion for music.
Set in Dublin, Once stars Glen Hansard (singer of The Frames) and Markéta Irglová as struggling musicians during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story:
It's a story in a pseudo-documentary style of two people which fell in love with music and each other.

Once lasted longer in the US top 30 box office list in 2007 than Spider-Man 3 and Shrek 3.  With a budget of 150.000 USD it grossed 20 million USD worldwide.

After filming "Falling Slowly", Glen Hansard jokingly said "and the Oscar for Best Song goes to..." He proved to be highly prophetic: Hansard and Irglová's song received a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.

Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying 'A little movie called Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year'. When informed of Spielberg's comments, director John Carney told Sky News: 'In the end of the day, he's just a guy with a beard.'

Listen to:  Falling Slowly, When Your Mind's Made Up, Lies

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams (2014)

Three years after his last record Ashes and Fire, Ryan Adams is back. The new record simply called Ryan Adams will be out September 5, 2014.

The album was produced by Adams himself and Mike Viola at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles.

1. Gimme Something Good
2. Kim
3. Trouble
4. Am I Safe
5. My Wrecking Ball
6. Stay with Me
7. Shadows
8. Feels Like Fire
9. I Just Might
10. Tired of Giving Up
11. Let Go

Gimme Something Good at Jimmy Fallon:

Ransom & The Subset - No Time to Lose

Ransom and the Subset is an American alternative rock band based in Seattle, Washington.
With a refreshing pop-rock sound, their music is clearly driven by strong melodies and well-crafted arrangements. Along with infectious hooks and witty, insightful lyricism, Ransom and the Subset delivers a dynamic blend of power pop from decades past along with a strong element of modern rock.

Ransom and the Subset is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist RanDair Porter. Heavily stocked with self-made demos, Porter sought out and engaged with the talent of producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian E. King (OranJuly and Parks) and Grammy-winning engineer/mixer Ducky Carlisle (Mike Viola, Bleu, Major Labels, Taylor Locke and the Roughs). The team of three collaborated to create Ransom and the Subset’s debut album No Time to Lose

Over the course of a year, Porter flew to Boston to work with King and Carlisle on the album, making a stop in NYC where he worked with Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne) as well. The famed artist contributed both guitar and bass guitar to the track “Sticking Onto You".

No Time To Lose will be out October 7th, 2014.

Start with: Anna, Million Out Of Me

Friday, July 25, 2014

Best Of PowerPopSquare Mix Tape (2010-2014)

It's time for a first recapitulation of PowerPopSquare: More than four years - and a whole lot of good music. That was fun. 

To celebrate this I made my personal Best Of PowerPopSquare Mix Tape (2010 - 2014). Hope you enjoy it!

Below you find the tracklist and the iTunes samples. I had to alter some of the songs at iTunes because some of them aren't available there.

Disc 1
01 Bleu - Ya Catch More Flies With Honey Than Vinegar
02 Taylor Locke & The Roughs - My only drug
03 Mike Viola - So Much Better
04 Farrah - Swings & Roundabouts
05 The Nines - Virginia
06 Regina Spektor - Us
07 Owsley - Coming Up Roses
08 Ben Folds - Gone
09 Pelle Carlberg - Riverbank
10 Jellyfish - That Is Why
11 Ben Lee - Catch My Disease
12 Jeremy Messersmith - Tourniquet
13 Bleu - Grasping At Straws
14 Spoon - The Book I Write
15 OK Go - End Love
16 Sondre Lerche - Let My Love Open The Door
17 She & Him - In The Sun
18 Teitur - You Never Leave LA
19 Jim Boggia - I Hate New York
20 Dan Wilson - Even The Stars Are Sleeping

Disc 2
01 Mike Viola - The Strawberry Blonde
02 Bleu - How Blue
03 Jeremy Fisher - Scar That Never Heals
04 Kelly Jones & Mike Viola - Loving You Baby
05 Pugwash - Fall Down
06 Parks - Sweater Weather
07 Dan Wilson - Game
09 Mumm-Ra - Shes_got_you_high
09 Ron Sexsmith - Happiness
10 Bleu - Singin' In Tongues
11 Ben Folds - Rock Star
12 Coldplay - Warning Sign
13 Nik Kershaw - If it gets much better than this
14 The Damnwells - The Great Unknown
15 KT Tunstall - Other Side Of The World
16 Ken Stringfellow - You're A Sign
17 Aqualung - Fingertip
18 Eric Barao - In Love With a Broken Heart
19 Bleu - We'll Do It All Again
20 LEO - Sukaz Are Born Every Minute

Disc 3

01 Ben Folds - Annie Waits
02 Darwin Deez - Radar Detector
03 Bleu - Merry-Go-Round
04 Jim Boggia - So Full
05 Mike Viola - That Thing You Do!
06 Guster - Bad Bad World
07 Ben Kweller - Penny On A Train Track
08 Jason Falkner -  Jet Silver
09 Owsley - Changes
10 The Major Labels - Hummingbird
11 Farrah - No Reason Why
12 The Nines - Darkening Sky
13 David Mead - Rainy Weather Friend
14 Jeremy Messersmith - Violet!
15 Travis - Selfish Jean
16 Brendan Benson - Alternative To Love
17 Bleu - No Such Thing as Love
18 Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee
19 Jon Brion - Here We Go
20 The Major Labels - Aquavia

Disc 4
01 Coldplay - Don't Panic
02 Ben Folds Five - Army
03 Bleu - It's Not Over 'Til It's Over And Done
04 David Mead - Wherever You Are
05 Mike Viola - Rock N' Roll Denny's
06 Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
07 Belle & Sebastian - For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea
08 Feist - 1234
09 Jason Falkner - Say It's True
10 Ben Kweller - Jealous Girl
11 Jellyfish - New Mistake
12 Parks - Modern Fiction
13 Sunday Sun - Summer Holiday
14 Bleu - Somebody Else (Redhead Record Club version)
15 Attic Lights - Say You Love Me
16 Travis - Don't Be Shy
17 Ben Folds Five - Draw A Crowd
18 Ron Sexsmith - Brighter Still
19 Mike Viola - I'm Your Dog
20 Uncle Devil Show - I Had A Drink About You Last Night


Guster - New record

Another crowd funding campaign is on: the new record of Guster.
Read all about it HERE!

Here's the message from the band:

Hello from Guster! 

We’re so proud to announce that our new album is finished and set for a release early next year. Like presidential elections and the World Cup, these things only seem to happen every four years. Which is why we’ve stacked this here website with ways for you to get involved with our band – from pre-ordering the album to some seriously interactive Guster Fantasy Camp stuff. Take a look.
When you pick up a new Live Album (Parachute, Lost & Gone Forever, and KIT are all live on cd now), pre-order the new album, or decide to get involved in any of the creative ways we’ve come up with – you’re making it possible for our band to make music, shoot videos, tour the world, and ultimately put out our first independent album since 1997 (!)
So that’s why some things are pricier than what you’ve come to expect from Guster. It’s totally cool to pick up our albums when they’re properly released for a bit less, but this is an opportunity for you to show us some love, knowing we’ll send it right back. Everyone who orders anything at all via Pledge gets added to our All Access Pass list where you get first access to tracks, album commentaries, videos, tour dates, etc. and you’ll be eligible to win some of the completely ridiculous prizes we’re giving away… such as:

- The Guster Concert Ticket Passport (2 tickets for you to every Guster headlining show in 2015)
- Assistant Guitar Tech for the day at a Guster concert near you
- Autographed vinyl test pressing of the new record
- 1 of every merch item in the Guster web store
- Never-again Guster bobble heads
- Two painted union suits from the “Do You Love Me” video
- Entire Guster studio album catalog transferred to cassette with a handwritten track list
- Autographed Taylor GS mini acoustic guitar

So please dig in, discover Ryan’s cd-of-the-month club, order a bloody bongo head necklace from Brian, ride bikes around NYC with Luke, or go surfing with Adam. There are more ideas forthcoming too, so check back often to see what we come up with. This was a fun album to make and getting involved with you guys for the release is something we plan to have a lot of fun with too.


The first song is called "Long Night":

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Taylor Locke - Time Stands Still

Taylor Locke, known from Rooney and Taylor Locke & The Roughs is working on his first straight solo record. Presumably it will be called Time Stands Still

There's no release date yet, but it may be not far away. Songs that were already at soundcloud for a limited time are Time Stands Still, No Dice, Running Away From Love and Call Me Kuchu.

Watch this space for more information about the record.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vacationer - Relief

If you're still looking for the perfect summer-record, I think I can help you there: Vacationer - a group from Philadelphia - just released their second album Relief 
Vacationer are Kenny Vasoli, Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler.

Relief is not just the title of the record - it's the record's proposition.
From start to finish the album is the musical image of vacation, palm trees, wide sand beach and blue sky (the cover fits quite well).
Vasoli says: “Whether through love, exploration or relaxing, we all strive for relief. It’s just a quick flip-of-the-switch away, and think it’s good to be reminded of that.

Relief is available digital, on CD any beautiful translucent blue vinyl at or directly from the band HERE.

Make sure you listen to: Onward & Upward, The Wild Life, Paradise Waiting, In The Grass and Heavenly

Official website: