Thanks and so long!

Hey folks,

Today was my farewell edition of the Palo Alto Pop Overthrow. Thank YOU so much for listening, for calling in, and for participating in power pop over all of these years. Before I finally hang up my headphones this last time, I’d like to take a moment to thank many of the listeners, musicians, and DJs who helped support the Overthrow:

  • Ivy
  • Gwen
  • Arnie
  • Janet
  • Howie
  • DJ Uncle Steve
  • Francis the Time Traveler
  • The Corner Laughers, KC Bowman, Allen Clapp,
    and the Bay Area power pop scene
  • The army of DJs that trained on the Overthrow :-D
  • Doug
  • Betsy
  • Mary
  • Jeff
  • Andy
  • …and YOU!

    Hooks and harmonies, then, now, and always.
    -Phil Andrews

    Superdrag: “Regretfully Yours”

    Our featured album this week was Superdrag’s Regretfully Yours. Based out of, Tennessee, Superdrag had a brief flirt with fame in 1996 when this album came out. In 96, alt rock was flourishing, and Regretful‘s lead single, “Sucked Out”, took MTV by storm. Superdrag went on to release the delightful Head Trip In Every Key in 1998, and later Stereo 360 Sound, but never found the same support from radio or mainstream labels. In the Valley of Dying Stars was their final release before disbanding in 2003. But that wasn’t the end for Superdrag, despite appearances. Superdrag reassembled in 2007 and released Industry Giants in 2009 before fading back into the ether. Here’s a video of “Sucked Out” from Superdrag’s 2007 tour, in their hometown of Knoxville:

    Favorite tracks: _4_ Sucked Out , 1 Slot Machine, 3 Carried
    Label: Elektra Entertainment Group
    RIYL: Fountains of Wayne, Mike Viola, Nada Surf

    Playlist for January 12, 2012: Final Show

    Artist Track Album/Label
    Dum Dum Girls Bedroom Eyes Only In Dreams
    Sub Pop Records
    +The Nines Virginia Gran Jukle’s Field
    T.A.S. Gold Recordings
    The Long Winters Shapes When I Pretend to Fall
    Barsuk Records

    The Milk and Honey Band Way Too Long The Secret Life of the Milk and Honey Band
    Ape House Limited
    The Wooden Birds Folly Cub Two Matchsticks
    Barsuk Records
    +Matt Pond PA Love To Get Used Spring Fools
    Altitude Records
    Aimee Mann and Michael Penn Two of Us I Am Sam
    V2 Music Limited

    The Shins Phantom Limb Wincing the Night Away
    Sub Pop Records
    The Phoenix Foundation Buffalo Buffalo
    Memphis Industries
    +@Wiretree Don’t Need It Bouldin
    Cobaltworks Music Division

    +@They Might Be Giants Can’t Keep Johnny Down Join Us
    Idlewild Recordings
    +Teenage Fanclub Baby Lee Shadows
    Merge Records
    +Ken Stringfellow Any Love (Cassandra Et Lune) Soft Commands
    Yep Roc Records

    **Superdrag Sucked Out Regretfully Yours
    Elektra Entertainment Group
    +Mike Viola Columbus Day Parade Electro de Perfecto
    Megaforce Records
    The Apples In Stereo Stephen Stephen Electronic Projects For Musicians
    Yep Roc Records

    **Superdrag Slot Machine Regretfully Yours
    Elektra Entertainment Group
    +Brendan Benson Eyes on the Horizon My Old, Familiar Friend
    The Echo Label
    +Matthew Sweet Thought I Knew You Girlfriend
    (Unknown)

    **Superdrag Carried Regretfully Yours
    Elektra Entertainment Group
    +Bleu B.O.S.T.O.N. Four
    The Major Label
    +Rooney I Can’t Get Enough Eureka
    Independent Label Group

    +Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers Through the Net Pandamonium Ensues
    Quixotic Records
    +The New Pornographers Crash Years Together
    Matador Records
    The Corner Laughers Everybody Knows Live on the Palo Alto Pop Overthrow
    Outer A Recordings

    +Fountains of Wayne A Road Song Sky Full of Holes
    Yep Roc Records
    +LEO Goodbye Innocence Alpacas Orgling
    Cheap Lullaby
    Splitsville White Dwarf Let’s Go: The Best of Splitsville

    ** Featured Album
    + Former Feature
    @ Request/Dedication

    Brendan Benson: “My Old, Familiar Friend”

    Brendan Benson has been crafting power pop tunes since he was 26, and My Old, Familiar Friend, his fourth album, was released in 2009. There had been a gap in his solo output, easily explained by his participation in the musical supergroup The Raconteurs, but he came back wiser and more enthusiastic. Here’s the lead single from the album, called “A Whole Lot Better”:

    Hot off the presses as of just a few minutes ago, Brendan announced that he is launching a new record label, Readymade, and that his next solo album, What Kind of World, drops April 21st. We’ll definitely stay tuned for this.

    Favorite tracks: __7__ “Poised and Ready”, _1_ A Whole Lot Better, _2_ Eyes on the Horizon, 8 Don’t Wanna Talk, 4 Gonowhere
    Label: ATO Records/The Echo Label
    RIYL:  Wiretree, Jason Falkner, Paul McCartney

    Playlist for January 5th, 2012

    Artist Track Album/Label
    The Pale Wake-Up Call Gravity Gets Things Done
    Sidecho Records
    +Kelly Jones Same Songs SheBANG!
    Good Morning Monkey Records
    Dum Dum Girls Bedroom Eyes Only In Dreams
    Sub Pop Records

    Mamud Band Buy Africa Opposite People
    Felmay

    Splitsville Manna (You Say You Believe) Repeater
    Big Deal
    Ocean Colour Scene Oh Collector North Atlantic Drift
    Sanctuary Records
    +Cliff Hillis Northern Lights The Long Now
    Self

    Brian Lovely Justaboutasidon’tknowwhatasIthinkyoucanget Superimpose
    The Beat Parlor
    The Phoenix Foundation Buffalo Buffalo
    Memphis Industries
    +The Grays Very Best Years Ro Sham Bo
    Sony Music

    The Apples In Stereo Dream About The Future Travellers In Space And Time
    Yep Roc Records
    +Chris Brown Not Gonna Make It Easy Now That You’re Fed
    http://www.chrisbrowntunes.com/
    Ben Folds Five Philosophy Ben Folds Five
    Caroline/Blue Plate
    +@They Might Be Giants Can’t Keep Johnny Down Join Us
    Idlewild Recordings

    **Brendan Benson Poised and Ready My Old, Familiar Friend
    The Echo Label
    +The New Pornographers Moves Together
    Matador Records
    +Matthew Sweet I’ve Been Waiting Girlfriend
    (Unknown)

    **Brendan Benson Eyes on the Horizon My Old, Familiar Friend
    The Echo Label
    +Rooney I Can’t Get Enough Eureka
    Independent Label Group
    +@Bleu I’ll Know It When I See It Four
    The Major Label

    **Brendan Benson A Whole Lot Better My Old, Familiar Friend
    The Echo Label
    +Teenage Fanclub Baby Lee Shadows
    Merge Records
    +Mike Viola Soundtrack of my Summer Electro de Perfecto
    Megaforce Records

    Ianasonic Bitter Flavour Controversy
    Self
    Supraluxe Setting Sun Super Sounds Of Supraluxe, The
    Rgb Records
    +Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers Melancholy Emotion Pandamonium Ensues
    Quixotic Records

    Paul McCartney Let Me Roll It Good Evening New York City
    Universal Music Group

    Thursdays 7-9AM on 90.1FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and streaming online in high fidelity at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu/

    ** Featured Album
    + Former Feature
    @ Request/Dedication

    Matthew Sweet: “Girlfriend”

    The cover of "Girlfriend" is a photo of actress Tuesday Weld

    It’s amazing to say that it’s been 20 years since the release of Girlfriend, the third and most critically acclaimed album by Matthew Sweet. Breaking through during a narrow window of time in which music from the 80s had been discarded in favor of grunge and alternative rock, Girlfriend ended up high on commercial radio charts, and even MTV seized on Matthew’s anime-themed music videos and played them non-stop (nearly a decade before, we might add, Daft Punk had success with the same trick.)

    The album was recorded in NYC and features incredible solos and musicianship from the lines of Robert Quine, Richard Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Lloyd Cole, Rick Menck and Fred Maher. This year Matthew has been touring the US, playing songs from the album in their original ordering, with backup from long time touring bandmates Paul Chastain (bass) and Ric Menck (drums). But who, in the wake of Robert Quine’s tragic death in 2004, would be providing the signature guitar solos? Dennis Taylor. Who? Dennis is a gem of a find – he was discovered by Matthew whilst guitar teching for the Bangles, and went on to help Matthew record his latest record, Modern Art.

    See an excellent interview of Matthew Sweet by the AV Club, which includes an acoustic performance of “I’ve Been Waiting.” It’s clear that as an album, Girlfriend holds up and lives on even 20 years after its release.

    Favorite tracks: _2_ I’ve Been Waiting, _10_ I Wanted to Tell You, 6 Evangeline, 9 You Don’t Love Me, 12 Your Sweet Voice, 3 Girlfriend
    Label: Zoo Entertainment (defunct), rereleased by Legacy Recordings/Volcano
    RIYL: Velvet Crush, The Replacements, Game Theory, The Lemonheads

    Playlist for December 29th, 2011

    Artist Track Album/Label
    The Beach Boys I Just Wasn’t Made
    For These Times
    Pet Sounds
    Capitol Records (Jazz)
    +The Wondermints Cellophane Bali
    Varese Sarabande
    Mates Of State Sway Mountaintops
    Barsuk Records

    +The Churchills Close My Eyes Big Ideas
    Corporate Greed
    Dum Dum Girls Bedroom Eyes Only In Dreams
    Sub Pop Records
    Supraluxe New York City’s Not Alright Super Sounds Of Supraluxe, The
    Rgb Records

    @Belle And Sebastian For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea Life Pursuit, The
    Matador Records
    Sloan Gimme That Action Pact
    Koch Records
    The Phoenix Foundation Buffalo Buffalo
    Memphis Industries

    +Pugwash Take Me Away Eleven Modern Antiquities
    1969 Records Ltd
    Wilco Standing O Whole Love, The
    Dbpm
    Fairmont Friends Like You Destruction Creation
    Mint 400 Records

    Michael Penn This & That March
    BMG Records

    **Matthew Sweet I’ve Been Waiting Girlfriend
    (Unknown)
    +Teenage Fanclub Baby Lee Shadows
    Merge Records
    Picture Atlantic What Men Live By When Everything Is Numbers
    Self

    **Matthew Sweet Divine Intervention Girlfriend
    (Unknown)
    +The New Pornographers Crash Years Together
    Matador Records
    +Mike Viola Columbus Day Parade Electro de Perfecto
    Megaforce Records

    **Matthew Sweet Girlfriend Girlfriend
    (Unknown)
    +Rooney All or Nothing Eureka
    Independent Label Group
    +They Might Be Giants Can’t Keep Johnny Down Join Us
    Idlewild Recordings

    Matthew Sweet She Walks the Night Modern Art
    Missing Piece Records
    +Bleu Singin’ In Tongues Four
    The Major Label
    +Ken Stringfellow Any Love (Cassandra Et Lune) Soft Commands
    Yep Roc Records

    ** Featured Album
    + Former Feature
    @ Request/Dedication

    Playlist for December 22nd, 2011: Christmas Edition!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everybody! -Phil

    Artist Track Album/Label
    +Travis 3 Times and You Lose The Boy With No Name
    Epic
    Dum Dum Girls Bedroom Eyes Only In Dreams
    Sub Pop Records
    The Phoenix Foundation Buffalo Buffalo
    Memphis Industries

    +Matt Pond PA Love To Get Used Spring Fools
    Altitude Records
    Matt Pond PA Holiday Road Winter Songs
    Altitude Records
    The Wooden Birds Folly Cub Two Matchsticks
    Barsuk Records

    Semisonic Chemistry All About Chemistry
    MCA Records
    Dom Family Of Love Family Of Love
    Astralwerks
    Mates Of State Sway Mountaintops
    Barsuk Records
    +Rooney All or Nothing Eureka
    Rooney Records

    Wilco Whole Love Whole Love, The
    Dbpm
    In Grenada It Doesn’t Matter Break
    (No Label Information)
    +Mike Viola Columbus Day Parade Electro de Perfecto
    Megaforce

    The Three Wise Men
    (aka XTC)
    Thanks for Christmas New Wave Xmas
    Rhino Records
    Fountains of Wayne I Want an Alien for Christmas
    The Jellybricks Father Christmas Yule Love the Jellybricks

    The Pooh Sticks Power Pop Santa
    Redd Kross Super Sunny Christmas
    Ron Sexsmith Something to Hold On To (At Christmas)

    Deadbeat Poets Christmastime in Painesville
    The Smithereens Merry Christmas Baby
    Fonda Last Christmas Stuck in the Chimney

    The Genuine Fakes All I Want for Christmas
    The Nines It’s Christmas Winter Snow and Icicles
    T.A.S. Gold Recordings
    The Grip Weeds Hark the Herald Angels Sing Under the Influence of Christmas

    Imperial Drag Please Leave Me Home for Xmas
    Mono Puff Careless Santa New Wave Xmas
    Rhino Records

    ** Featured Album
    + Former Feature
    @ Request/Dedication

    Rooney: “Eureka”

    After 2007′s Calling the World and a tour in 2008, Rooney departed from Geffen Records and did their own thing. Taylor Locke, guitarist for the band, put in a lot of time with his band The Roughs, and ended up hanging out quite a bit with our pal Bleu. They released an EP in 2009, and finally in 2010, they released Eureka, through Warner’s independent label, California Dreamin’ Records. Rooney is still the same band that brought us “Blueside” and “Calling the World”, and it shows on Eureka. Here’s the music video for the leading single “Holdin’ On”:

    Favorite tracks: _5_ All Or Nothing, 2 I Can’t Get Enough, 12 Don’t Look at Me, 1 Holdin’ On
    Label: California Dreamin’ Records / Rooney Music
    RIYL:  Weezer, Ocean Colour Scene, Fountains of Wayne

    Playlist for December 15th, 2011

    Artist Track Album/Label
    Archer Prewitt O, KY Wilderness
    Thrill Jockey Records
    +Brent Cash Good Morning Sunshine How Will I Know If I’m Awake
    Marina Records
    Dum Dum Girls Bedroom Eyes Only In Dreams
    Sub Pop Records

    The Phoenix Foundation Buffalo Buffalo
    Memphis Industries
    Spectrals You Don’t Have To Tell Me Bad Penny
    Slumberland Records
    The Wooden Birds Folly Cub Two Matchsticks
    Barsuk Records

    Buried Beds Camellia po tolo
    self
    +The Thorns Runaway Feeling The Thorns
    Aware Records LLC
    +The Greenberry Woods Oh Christine Rapple Dapple
    Sire Records (Modern)
    +The Rocket Summer Do You Feel Do You Feel
    Island Records

    Wilco Standing O Whole Love, The
    Dbpm
    In Grenada Distance And Temptation Break
    (No Label Information)
    +@Matt Pond PA Love To Get Used Spring Fools
    Altitude Records
    +Bleu Dead In The Mornin’ Four
    The Major Label

    **Rooney All or Nothing Eureka
    California Dreamin’
    +Mike Viola Columbus Day Parade Electro de Perfecto
    Megaforce Records
    +The New Pornographers Crash Years Together
    Matador Records

    **Rooney I Can’t Get Enough Eureka
    California Dreamin’
    +Teenage Fanclub Baby Lee Shadows
    Merge Records
    Mates Of State Sway Mountaintops
    Barsuk Records

    **Rooney Don’t Look At Me Eureka
    California Dreamin’
    @They Might Be Giants Can’t Keep Johnny Down Join Us
    Idlewild Recordings
    Splitsville Ponce de Leon Ultrasound
    Big Deal
    +Glenn Tilbrook and The Fluffers Melancholy Emotion Pandemonium Ensues
    Quixotic Records
    +Fountains of Wayne Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart Sky Full of Holes
    Yep Roc
    Travis Why Does It Always Rain on Me? The Man Who
    Epic Records

    Exploding Flowers …And In Death, A Mourning Halo Above
    You Shines Its Magnificent Light
    Exploding Flowers
    Smashitup! Records
    Picture Atlantic Joust When Everything Is Numbers
    Self


    ** Featured Album
    + Former Feature
    @ Request/Dedication

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