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BONGO BOY TV-Indie Music From Around The World Episode 1033

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Hold on to your hats, boys & girls. Another episode of Bongo Boy TV-Indie Music From Around The World is upon us, and this collection of music videos, makes it my favorite to date.

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Danish band, Vinyl Floor opens this month’s show with “Change The Song“, a way cool 1960’s pop song, with a 1980’s vibe. The guitar riff and solo are wonderfully simple, and the vocals and harmonies, are wonderful. Add hand clapping, and well, you have a great track, playing against a video that cuts between the band, and the story. http://www.vinylfloorband.com/  The United States’ Sound Drive gives us “Hello“. This is one hell of a band. The vocals are great, accompanied by cool harmony, and dynamite guitar. The melody and changes are exciting, and the hook is unforgettble. There is a wonderfully Beatlesque feel to this song, with the video focusing on the band’s performance. Very cool. http://www.sound-drive.com/   Canadian Matt Blais delivers a rock classic with “Running“. The video offers some great editing, but the song got my attention. The guitar is dynamite with great licks and riffs, and the vocals superbly somewhere between Bryan Adams and Barney Bentall. The melody still plays in my head.  http://www.mattblaismusic.com/  E Rilla, from The United States, donates the Hip Hop “I’m Gone“, with a great black & white classic film opening. There are wonderful strings, and some way cool changes. http://keepitrilla.com/  From Portugal, Heylel‘s “The Prophet” is an interesting Progressive-Rock track. The vocals are wonderful, while keyboards gently push the musical movements along. The video has way cool special effects, but I would expect no less from a Progressive-Rock song. http://www.heylel.net/  Amy Schugar, from The United States, delivers “500 Miles Away“, an exceptionally cool blues number. The simplicity of the guitar, bass, piano, and drums make it incredibly accessible. The vocals are outstanding. This girl can sing the blues!!  The guitar riffs and solo are great, and the video gives us great shots of Amy’s guitar playing.  http://www.amyschugar.com/http://www.amyschugar.com/   The show concludes with The Accelerators, another American band, with a wonderfully cool song, “Sex In A Cemetary“. The video, shot in black & white, is simply cuts of the band performing, and goings on in a cemetary at night, with horror film stereotypes. And it works. The song is wonderfully punk-rock, something that could be on The Ramones album of your choice. There are cool harmonies, and a great guitar solo. Listen to the lyrics…I haven’t stopped laughing. http://www.myspace.com/theaccelerators

And let’s not forget the cool promo clips for Bongo Boy Records’ Chris Pope, and his new single, a cover of The Kinks’ “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion“, and The Satisfactors soon to be released album, also on Bongo Boy Records. You don’t want to miss this episode!!

 

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CHRIS POPE-Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

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I have always been a fan of Chris Pope.  From his days in The Chords, and Agent Orange, to Gatecrash Heaven and Pope. I was excited to learn that he was releasing a new album. Even more excited to hear that he had released a debut single on Bongo Boy Records, a cover of The Kinks “‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion“, as selected by Gar Francis himself.

chris popePope’s version is wonderfully raunchy, with exciting guitar licks, and heavy drums. The vocal track is amazing, creating an ideal surface on which to layer dynamic harmonies. There are great changes and transitions, and insanely clever flourishes throughout the track. After several listens, I can’t help but wonder what the rest of the album sounds like.

The Kinks seemed like a tough act to cover, but Pope nails it here, adding a British mod-punk spin to a 50 year old song that lends itself to this interpretation perfectly.The arrangement is exciting and upbeat, with an in your face attitude. Sort of  punked out The Kinks. Very cool.. Keep your eyes and ears open for the release of the new album, ‘Peace Of Mind‘,  on Bongo Boy Records,and for upcoming North American tour dates.

 

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Psych’d Out In The U.K.

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The British Empire has always managed to export groundbreaking music that transcends not only international borders, but cultural barriers as well. After tracking the wonderful wave of British Pop for the past year, I have wandered into an amazing array of psychedelica that is guaranteed to blow your mind! Some of my favorite mind altering music makers are shared below.

 

 

l&lLois & The Love

This London band delivers a hybrid of rock, ska, and psych. There are great vocals, and way cool harmonies drifting across a driving rhythm section. The songs are well constructed, and wonderfully melodic, and there are way cool keyboards. Performing what they refer to as dirty, psychedelic sleaze, I really like this band. Check out “Eye Of The Storm“.   https://www.facebook.com/loisandthelove

 

 

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Best described as psych-funk, this band delivers an interesting take on the genre. The songs are uniquely wonderful, with heavy bass, nice guitar effects, great changes, and wild transitions between musical themes. The vocals are originally divine, and divinely original. A wonderful blend of psych and jazz influences. I am particularly fond of “How Do You Cope, Hope?”.  https://www.facebook.com/blondebunnyband

 

 

Purple Heart Parade

php2Hailing from Manchester, this shoegaze/psych/fuzz rock band professes Cosmic Love. There are great guitar effects, and I really dig the dreamy, distant vocals. The songs are beautifully melodic, with great changes and transitions. The guitar is cool, and the drums, heavy. Check out the organ on “Star**cker Blues“. A wonderful blend of psych with pop melodies! My favorite tracks: “The Room“, and “Painting Pictures“. Dynamite psych with pop melodies!   https://www.facebook.com/PurpleHeartParade

 

 

Loaded

loadedThis London band offers some very cool guitar effects, with great vocals layered beneath the insanely melodic instrumentation. There are nice changes and transitions, heavy bass and drums, and a free flowing jam at the end of the songs. A raw, edgy take on psychedelic rock, a kind of Velvet UndergroundLou Reed thing. Check out the reverb on “Little Girl” .  https://www.facebook.com/thebandloaded

 

 

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I was only able to find 1 track to listen to, but this London band delivered a pop song with punk-psych elements. Raw with nice changes and transitions, sweet guitar, and a wickedly great melody. “You Look Like Something I Killed” is a wonderful song. I really like what I heard, and can’t wait to hear more.  https://www.facebook.com/feelmytangerines

 

 

 

Black Market Karma

BMK1Another London band, these guys have recently released their 5th album on Flower Power Records (yes, even the label name is cool). “Upside Out, Inside Down“, self described as supersonic psychedelic, has great effects, and wonderfully musical melodies. The vocal effects are dynamite, layered beneath the instrumentation, and the guitar solos are amazing, with a whack of reverb. There are cool transitions and changes in tempo. I hear sitar and tabla. Not your traditional songwriting formula, a sort of psych free for all. A consistantly good psych album, heavy on the psych. Like being on an 11 track acid trip. Pay particular attention to “Semper Fi“, “I Am Life“, and “The Whites Of Your Eyes“.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Market-Karma/29367551190

 

 

 

So, there you have it. Way cool. Lay back, turn on, and tune in!!

 

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