[Music] The Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble – The Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble

If you are patient, you will indeed run into a charmingly freaky (or freakishly charming) release on Bandcamp.  Today, I want to introduce you to The Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble.  They hail from North Korea, of all places, and they have a catalog of at least 85 CDs available.  This compilation, release by the Manchester-based Maybles […]

[Music] Yu Ying Ying / 于櫻櫻 – 朋友不要心煩 (groove funk pop, Taiwan 1976)

Living in China, one can see that, despite the façade of wealth, this is a land of missed opportunities, even when it comes to music. Excepting the underground music scene in places like Shanghai, Dalian, Hong Kong, and here in Beijing, to a point, thanks to Fruity Shop and other amazing record stores, pop music […]

[Music] The Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain — PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture

PowerPop is a fine blog worth perusing, folks!   My older cousin had given me this single but it skipped so much I replaced it. When I was 5 or 6 I had a fascination with this song. I’m not sure why I liked it so much… but I bought the single in Donelson…a town […]

[Music] Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds

Very sad news today.  Andrew Brough, guitarist of one of New Zealand’s coolest indie bands, Straightjacket Fits, passed away today.  His guitar work can be heard on She Speeds, perhaps the band’s masterpiece. Flying Nun Records announced his passing on their Twitter feed. We’re shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew Brough. […]