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Friday 29 September 2023

Album Reviews


You will have noticed a delay in posting album reviews. This is simply because Don continues to recover from a Bug that has gone on far longer than expected. This has left a backlog, but Reviews will be back from Sunday at the latest.

A reminder also that October is traditionally a 31 Reviews in 31 Days month and so there will be plenty of time to catch up on the backlog. Thanks for your understanding.


Monday 25 September 2023

Listening To This Week Playlist


The latest Listening To This Week is here, running as usual from Monday to Sunday. 22 songs for your aural pleasure There is no song preference in track order, just what we think flows.  I do hope that you can listen to all the songs across this week. The last listed is as great as the first.

This weekly playlist is solely for submissions, not the usual stuff that we dig out ourselves. All embeds open in new windows to aid scrolling. Links to the artists will also appear on I Don't Hear A Single Social Media sites over the next 24 hours. This will help you to discover more about the artists who appear here.

The Campbell Apartment - Only One Night

Loser Company - Raptors

Deer Friends - Magic Fruit

The Sunset Radio - The Hardest Time

The Dirty Nil - The Light, The Void and Everything

Memorable Jim - Paradox

Ryan Wayne - Bonafide Drifter

The Wheel Workers - Harbor

LongRoad - Breathe

Blinker The Star - Foundlings

Fredrik Ekblad - It's Over Now

The Jack Knives - The Time We Had

Pkew Pkew Pkew - Farside Bathroom

The Ultra Violets - (She Don't Smell Like) Roses

Nico Hedley - I Just Wanna Be Alright

Buzz Zeemer - C'mon If You Can

Afternoon In The Park - I Wonder

Dan Boyko - Confession of a Singer

Jacob And The Starry Eyed Shadows - Get Up, Get Up

Modus Fire - Falling Reason

Jump Jump Joan - White Spaces

Too Close For Comfort - Smother


Friday 22 September 2023

Hoagie - Other Folks


I've been dying to tell you about this album for some time and trailed it with a couple of singles on the Listening To This Week Playlist. With the release upcoming and the album already available on Bandcamp, now is the time.

Hoagie is Portland Oregon's Dave Holgado and the Singer Songwriter and Multi Instrumentalist has gathered a group of fellow musicians to provide one of the best examples of 70s Pop Rock that has been released in recent times. 

Other Folks just oozes melody and hook ability and is yet another example of how playlists may be temporary, but an album is for life and this is an LP that should live in your head for a long time. It is just quality from the opener, Friends' Bands onwards.

Indeed that opener kicks in like 1978 has just dawned with its UK New Wave similarities to the likes of Rockpile, The Motors and Stiff Records. The song's sentiments chime with what IDHAS is about and if we wanted a song as a sort of Company anthem, it probably should be this.

Yet compare that to the addictive Indie Pop of You Ruined It and you realise you are about to embark on something special. Add in the West Coast Eagles Rock of Limitlessness, the Cat Stevens like Common Core Kids and the Power Pop of Notes From The Basement and you could just stand and applaud already and you are only half way through.

Bunch Bands is very very Wilco and I'm not sure if is a tribute to Jeff Tweedy or taking the piss out of him. I suspect is is a bit of both, but it is a great song with a splendid Brass arrangement and then there is the surprise closer, Bounce Around People.

It is treated as a sort of Hank Williams cover in all together now mode around the campfire. It could easily be a Broadway Show song and a marked contrast from everything else around it. It does however underline the love and humour that has gone into the album.

The performances from all are exemplary, never losing sight of the melody. Holgado's vocal suits the material and the period perfectly allowing the elders to reminisce and the youngers to lose themselves in the catchiness of it all. Other Folks is an absolute winner.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Thursday 21 September 2023

The Radio Field - Don'ts and Dos


I covered the debut EP from The Radio Field in October of last year and in -praising it highly, I always used it to continue my mutual admiration society chairman's role of praising Darrin at Subjangle and also marvelling at the fact that I had the same lamp that appeared on the cover. The latter highlighting how small things amuse small minds.

You can read the review here and so it is really pleasing to see the full length debut arrive. Three of the four songs from the EP are re-recorded here and it is wonderful to hear Years Ago again and it is sounding even clearer with added Jangle Power.

The other seven songs underline what a great band and although it may be Jangle Pop that people may want to label them as largely because they do it so well. there is much more here than that. There is also an adeptness in how the Jangle is incorporated into other genres.

Take for instance, Other One, which features Phantom Handshakes. The Boy Girl vocal offers up wonderful melodic Dream Pop enhanced by the Jangle. Sick And Tired is splendid Indie Glasgow Guitar Pop and incredibly catchy with it. 

The moves away are just as interesting. She Needs Therapy is great Fuzz Pop Rock, Disorder edges close to Shoegaze and is built around a riveting gripping riff. The Version even mixes Indie Pop with Tex Mex. However the best may have been saved until last.

Love is simply magnificent. A little Brit Pop, a little Pop Rock with a Brass arrangement to die for. Beautifully arranged and performed, it really is the icing on the cake, Don'ts And Dos revels in its mastery of mood and gentleness and is an absorbing listen.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Wednesday 20 September 2023

Middlebees - In The Wild

Atlanta's Jon Manos is Middlebees. He's a multi-instrumentalist that works with a rotating line up of musicians and he has fashioned up a splendid Pop Rock album that is incredibly melodic and provides great variety and versatility.

It is a wonderful listen from the opener, In The Wild to the closer, People, Places, Faces And Names. The former blasts in a sort of Springsteen light and is a song that wouldn't be out of place on Fast Romantics' American Love album. The latter lies somewhere between 60s West Coast Sunshine Pop and something much more folky.

Yet She's Nowhere sounds like a weeping troubadour 70s Classic Rock affair and NYC Fever has a real "Let's do the show right here" Classic Rock vibe with the addition of Brass and a fine Organ run. Step Inside The Mirror even races along in a yee haw manner.

The album feels at its best when it is at jauntiest. Acworth Beach is such an example with its killer chorus. Francoise Hideaway is a Monday to Sunday song that adds a sort of Pogues feel to the chorus. Move It (A Million Miles Away) is great harmonic 70s Pop Rock.

Then there is the majesty of Thinking Of You which has a fine 60s feel that is more than a little Psych Pop on the verse and adds a Bacharach like Trumpet and a memorable chorus. All in all there isn't a duff song on thedozen included.

The variety is the key, but Manos's vocal is also a big plus. It is unusual in a good way, more mature than his years belie. An album like this can be undermined by too much mellowness allowing a drift into Soft Rock, Manos's voice doesn't allow that. A really special album and essential for those who like their Pop Rock.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


No Picnics - No Picnics (Bandcamp Name Your Price)

Punk largely passed me by. As a 14 year old who had spent the bast year with the delights of Prog, I was never gonna suddenly be interested in what Punk initially offered. Rightly or wrongly, it all seemed London centric and London might as well have been Timbuktu even though it was only 200 miles away from our North West town.

But that all changed from late 1977 to early 1978 with what came next. Early New Wave was built around big choruses and riffs, but also kept some of the Punk ethic for a while with its earthiness and DIY vibe until the majors stepped in and smoothed all the edges and some of the charm out of it.

I mention this, not as a Nostalgia trip, but because No Picnics sound as though they come from that delightful time. Anthemic at times, certainly shout out loud choruses and with a melodic catchiness to what they do. It may be a bit rough and ready, but it is meant to 

No Picnics are a collective from around the UK with even a Paris addition, but the base is London. The type of material that they have the freedom to write allows diversions into noisier territory, but it also allows some great Guitar Pop songs.

Your Stars is as great a single from that period or indeed now with its killer riff, but both Cynic and Dusty 45s are equally as splendid. There is also room for the likes of Mass Appeal which is more adventurous and Do You Think Stephen Malkmus Likes His Chilli Paneer Nice And Spicy? is wonderfully barmy.

I'm reminded of the likes of Buzzcocks, Stiff Records and at times The Motors at times. No Picnics can do rough edged commercial without ever appearing to want to or try to. There is a real refreshing change listening to a band who are not trying to fall prey to the masses. Great Stuff!

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Monday 18 September 2023

Listening To This Week Playlist


The latest Listening To This Week is here, running as usual from Monday to Sunday. 23 songs for your aural pleasure There is no song preference in track order, just what we think flows. So I do hope that you can listen to all the songs across this week. The last listed is as great as the first.

This weekly playlist is solely for submissions, not the usual stuff that we dig out ourselves. All embeds open in new windows to aid scrolling. Links to the artists will also appear on I Don't Hear A Single Social Media sites over the next 24 hours. This will help you to discover more about the artists who appear here.

No Picnics - Your Stars

The Crystal Teardrop - By The River

JULIETTE - Watch Your Back

Mad Sky - Your Kiss

HandsomeRat - Great Expectations

The Campbell Apartment - Bay Area Robot Farm

Ballsy - Holy Water

Pearly Gates - Caroline Ono

FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER = Kicked Out Of The Garden

Jon McCann - Too Far From Here


DIN NYC - Better Than Nothing

Spencer Mackey - Quiet Quitting


Vanderlye = Malleable Soul

Westerly - Something More

The Burning Feathers - Can't Escape From The Sun

SANSOM - Sandy

A Week Full of Mondays - Feelings Fading

CrashMonkeys - LA Trash

The Survival Code - Can't Be Explained

Terminals - Origin

Holy Wire - Worse For Wear


Apologies For The Delays


IDHAS is a little behind at present, due to me being ill over the past few days. It looked quite serious at the beginning, but I am now on the way to recovery and back in the hot seat here. However, I have not opened an email, read a message or text nor listened to any music whatsoever.

Monday's Weekly Listening To This Week is normally up early, but I haven't even started it yet. So the concentration this evening will be on preparing that and then I can get back to the album reviews tomorrow. BTW, there is no need to PM Me Babe blah blah etc etc. I am absolutely fine, just a little tender and sore.


Friday 15 September 2023

The Vapour Trails - On A Beautiful Day EP


It has been three years or so since we heard from The Vapour Trails, largely due to Kevin Robertson's solo adventures. So it is great to see them back. Both the Golden Sunshine and See You In The Next World albums appeared in the IDHAS Best Of Year Selections. You can read the reviews here  and here.

The band also provided a session for the celebration of the 100th Edition of The IDHAS Audio Extravaganza, the Radio show that was the forerunner of the IDHAS 10 Song Mix and featured 7 days of Live Sessions. That session can also be bought and listened to on the band's Bandcamp site.

Having started out being fairly compared to the likes of Teenage Fanclub and Dropkick, Golden Sunshine showed real examples of the band extending into a much wider pallet of signs and On A Beautiful Day confirms this full on.

There isn't a hint of The Glasgow sound here. Beautifully arranged songs that head more into Rock territory in a gentle riff. Any of these four songs will catch your attention. Reminisce is a late 60s mix of gentle Psych Pop with a killer riff.

Next Life is extraordinarily great, a little bit of jangle, beautifully sung and arranged with a riff not a million miles from a Rush 80s Riff, although played a little gentler. The title track has wonderful stomp on the chorus and I Looked Into Your Eyes is pure 1967, wonderfully so.

The big hint of 60s Psych Pop is splendid, particularly to such a lover of the genre as myself. Despite the excellent arrangements and performances, the big stand out is Kevin Robertson's vocals they have matured, maybe mellowed and revealed a mastery of the understated song.

You can listen to and buy the EP here.


Cory Hanson - Western Cum


I mentioned last night that the joy of IDHAS is the freedom to review whatever floats our boat.We don't often venture too far into the world of Rock, but I am a massive fan of Wand, Hanson's band. However I hadn't necessarily taken to his two previous solo albums.

It isn't that they were not great, they are, but the understated, at times acoustic reflection is something that would never naturally appeal to me. But, his third album, Western Cum is right up my street. I've seen reviews mention it as different things, bits are right in all cases, but the emphasis on describing the album as Classic Rock is a little misguiding.

Hanson is a fantastic Guitarist, but not in a plank spanking way, there's a Ronson like melodicness to his playing, yet his vocal is a gentle, sort of west coast drawl, so both offer different comparisons. There is the Rock influence of say a prime time Thin Lizzy, but his vocal suits the Country Rock which clearly also plays a part here.

Western Cum is at its best when it mixes the two genres in the same song, you get to hear splendid steel guitar accompanied by riveting Rock solos. This is an album that gets better and better as it progresses, culminating in two monster songs.

The 10 and a half minutes of Driving Through Heaven is magnificent. Rock in every way, it encompasses Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock and even Glam Rock instrumentally. It may be twice the length of the other songs on show, but it still feels too short.

The closer, Motion Sickness is largely a weeping melancholic affair that is incredibly engaging, but still Hanson manages to break into more melodic six string joy. The man is a wonderful guitarist, but also possessing a fine vocal allows him to explore territory that others would feel awkward in.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Thursday 14 September 2023

skittish - Midwest Handshake


It still irritates me that people think of I Don't Hear A Single as a Power Pop site. That was our roots and we still cover some, but over the 7 years we've moved on and we cover what we want. True it is centred around Indie Pop Rock, but we are as comfortable reviewing Prog and Psych and something as wonderful as this album.

Skittish is essentially Los Angeles based Jeff Noller who is a Minnesotan and spent two months writing Midwest Handshake. The influence of the state framed the songs in the mid 1950s, but the musical styles were very different. 

You'd expect some Americana or Country and you get a little of that, but this is essentially a Pop album, a great Pop album. Noller adds the angelic lead vocals of Gracie Huffman on three of the songs which ups the Indie Pop vibe and there is some wonderful orchestration courtesy of Chris Lahn.

The songs are very descriptive, both lyrically and instrumentally. The subjects covered in the words reveal that the concerns were not that different in the mid 20th Century to now, although the mess we are in now is covered admirably.

Noller's vocals are ideally suited to the material, he is as at home with an Acoustic vibe as the Pop Rock and the arrangements are gobsmackingly wonderful. There is also one of the best Pop Rock songs that you will hear this year contained within. 

That song is Mannequin, a melodic wonder of a song sung in a style not a million miles away from Slacker and including a killer chorus and an awesome Riff. Are We There Yet is very Brill Building Piano Pop and Home Team is a cracking opener, moving at quite a pace with some splendid Cello from Jacqueline Ultan and some soothing Brass.

Huffman's vocals are amazing. She gets sassy on Second Act with gentle attitude and handles great Pop Rock on Lowlifes. True Believers is top notch winsome Indie Pop with another killer chorus. All three are a testament to the quality of Noller's songwriting.

Magic Catfish even trends Vaudeville with more arrangement depth, particularly the Brass which dominates the song. Come Around is a great 1970s Piano Ballad and even though I'm not particularly a fan of Country, Easy On Me could just easily change my mind.

I could say more, but will end with one word and that is Magnificent. Midwest Handshake is an easy listen, but don't let that fool you. That easiness hides a mastery of what it takes to make an all encompassing album that is hard not to play again and again.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Wednesday 13 September 2023

Scott Gagner - Reverse

As we prioritise catching up on reviews this month and with a 31 in 31 upcoming as is the October tradition, I've been listening to a lot of music and generally my tastes have partly become a little harder sounding. But the counter balance is the return of old favourites and one such fave is Scott Gagner.

Hummingbird Heart was in the Top 20 in our Best Albums Of The Year and we were honoured to premiere the lead single from the follow up Blood Moon album. So you know the new album is gonna be ace and Reverse doesn't disappoint in any way.

With long time IDHAS favourite Nick Frater helping out on parts and the album being recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the bar is gonna be set high. There is also a concern with Abbey Road recordings that the sheer history of the place can allow artists to raid the music cupboard and involve every piece of kit available.

You don't ever really get that from Gagner. He knows what he's about and that is big melodic Pop Rock. Reverse as a complete piece feels mellower than previous albums. The arrangements are outstanding, particularly the Brass accompaniment, yet they never intrude on the song itself or become gratuitous.

You also know that you are going to get some great Piano Pop along the way and on both Jesus In reverse and Goodbye, Gagner's vocal is uncannily like Elvis Costello in similar mode. Then there is the splendid string arrangement on the melancholic Her Idea.

Friend Like You is very Andrew Gold and Sunlit Saturday is a great catch all Pop song and not a million miles away from errrrrr Nick Frater. There is also a touching tribute to Christine McVie which as you might imagine is very Fleetwood Mac.

There is a real departure with There Was A House Here which is very 80s in feel. I can't help comparing the vocal to Rush's Double Agent. There is an absolute show stopper though and as it is Abbey Road, the mellotron has to make an appearance.

Never Could See Any Other way is pure 1967 with Gagner's wonderful vocal and a Psych Pop, almost Toytown arrangement. It has an incredible Brass arrangement and becomes the centrepiece of a top notch Pop Rock album.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Friday Boys - Depressed Gang


Austin Texas Trio Friday Boys describe themselves as Art Punk and with a band name such as theirs, you might expect the emphasis to be on the latter word. But the Punk here is minimal and the Indie vibe is far more prominent.

If anything they remind me 0f the last few years of the 70s UK Scene. Very noisy Guitar New Wave at times, but there are visits to Power Pop and Post Punk. They fashion up some great riffs and equally can shake the foundations. Great melody, but also inventive diversions into feedback and fuzz.

If this is Punk in anyway then I certainly love it. But the opening two songs are prime Power Pop, particularly the glorious title track. Down Here (Blame California) has big hints of early Jam, it is very UK New Wave 1978 and I'm old enough to remember such.

Dewey Corn has a feel of early XTC without Barry Andrews and a chorus that could be Kaiser Chiefs. Yet We Were First is great melodic Post Punk with a street vibe and this time Barry Andrews might be present on the organ.

I Saw Jesus Christ starts all American Graffiti but turns into a real shouty aggressive affair and yet there is also the chilled storytelling relaxed The Debt I'm In which just reveals the variety on show. At times the song is quite a bit C86. Loads to like here and something different to all those chiming chords.

You can listen to and buy the album here.


Sunday 10 September 2023

Listening To This Week Playlist


Another splendid LTTW for your aural pleasure. Running as usual from Monday to Sunday. A monster 28 songs that could very well have provided the best Playlist we have ever compiled in this series. There is no song preference in track order, just what we think flows. So I do hope that you can listen to all the songs across this week. The last listed is as great as the first.

This weekly playlist is solely for submissions, not the usual stuff that we dig out ourselves. All embeds open in new windows to aid scrolling. Links to the artists will also appear on I Don't Hear A Single Social Media sites over the next 24 hours. This will help you to discover more about the artists who appear here.

Weird Moon - Process Everything

Middlebees - Second Guesses

Screen Frogs - Guts

Sugar Roulette - Fever Dream

Lucky Thief - Spit On The Pavement

The Namesakes - Chiming In

Minus Points - Ocarina Of Crime

Vast Robot Armies - Like a Bug

Terry Gilbey - Swings And Roundabouts

Black Surf - Lights Out 

Ellison Scheuller - Keeping Me Awake

The Candy Strypers - Hey Ethan

Filthy Filthy - Trying Just A Little Too Hard

Jupiter Radio Theatre feat Rubber Band Gun - Ghost Of The Hour

Dylan B - Hourly Wage

Sunshine Lust - Up To You

Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Walking To Aldebaran

Borderlines - Too Easy

Top Cutters Union - Ready For The Mess

Stephen Selski - Stand

Ciao Howdy - Go to Hell

The Living Memories - By Your Side

Bikini Beach - Nightmares

Yard Art - Undertow

Reternity - I love the Night Nocturnal Guide Remix

Half Stack - New Light

Jimm McIver - I Wanna Go Where You Go (No Link last week)

Boring Story - Sad Sack


Thursday 7 September 2023

Chris Farren - Doom Singer


Despite the noisy joy of a decade of Fake Problems, Chris Warren is intrinsically linked to Jeff Rodenstock, firstly via Antarticigo Vespucci and onwards from then. Indeed Rodenstock plays on five songs here, three on Bass and two on Saxophone.

However his friendship with Macseal Drummer, Frankie Impastato opened a new world. Impastato co-writes the album and drums throughout, he also introduced Farren to Melina Duterte who produces the album and also guests on Doom Singer.

The results are astounding. Duterte's superb production brings a much cleaner and bigger sound. The higher production values really showcase Farren's Pop Sensibilities and this is is essentially a Pop album. Only Cosmic Leash hints at Farren's past and yet that song may be the best thing here, although the competition is high.

From a mellow verse Cosmic Leash launches into wonderful Noise Rock on the choruses providing a wonderful contrast of genres. Yet compare that to Statue Song which is a big 70s Pop Rock affair, not quite a ballad, but certainly beautifully understated.

Elsewhere, the keyword is Pop. Bluish is great Power Pop, All We Ever is wonderful 80s Guitar Pop and the title track is fantastic 60s Sunshine Pop. My Beauty could be In Outer Space Sparks period and Screensaver is synth led Indie Pop with a fine breakout chorus and closing Guitar solo.

Only U enters 80s Synth Twee Pop and masters it and emphasises how much variety is displayed throughout the album. People who had lost touch with what Chris Farrin will get a big, but pleasant surprise, but for newcomers and long time IDHAS followers will adore the sheer catchiness on show.

You can listen to and buy the album here. It is available digitally, on CD and on Vinyl and Highly Recommended!


Wednesday 6 September 2023

Swive - Stereophonic Stylings Volume One


San Diego quartet Swive release their debut album and it really is rather good. It is hard to pin down where they fit best. There is a stunning versatility in what they do and the male and female vocals enhance this variety either as stand alone or joint vocalists.

Songs handled by Sid Merritt vocally allow her to generally rock things up. A great example is the 90s Indie Alt Rock of Diamond Path which moves along at an exhausting pace. But compare that to magnificent centrepiece that is Desert.

Desert is six and a half minutes of stunning West Coast Country Rock that packs a hell of a twang and some awesome Guitar work, particularly the outro which meanders wonderfully. As that solo progresses, you just stand up and applaud. Sung by Indio Romero, it underlines how the contrasting voices work so well.

Little Did I Know settles beautifully into a mellow-ish Classic Rock. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking Merritt does the Rock and Romero does the poppier stuff. But then you listen to Cat Vs Vacuum and this Romero leading on a really noisy affair that you sense is desperate to be a Teenage Fan Club like song.

Something is great Pop Rock with a Power Pop Beat, whilst Race Car is a heavier Jefferson Airplane. But Bad Tendencies is splendid Indie Pop and a great example of how the joint vocals work so admirably. Another example of those voices is Fenix. Highly Recommended!

You can listen to and buy the album here. It is available on CD, Vinyl and as a download.


Monday 4 September 2023

The Dumbanimals - Thrift Pop


Prepare to be amazed, but first a word from your sponsor. The Listening To This Week project is extremely popular. It does have its detractors worried about a move away from Album Reviews. But I never see that, the album content here is as much as it ever was. LTTW is an addition.

It was set up as a way to help bands who only release stand alone songs, but it was also meant to open up avenues for longer format releases by discovering artists that we wouldn't have fell over and it is also achieving that. Without Listening To This Week, I would never have discovered The Dumbanimals.

They are part of a younger audience, an audience that are much more engaged and want to learn about the past, whilst doing what they do. I will think this band sounds like The Sugarplastic or that band sounds like XTC and they will reply who are they? But then they go off and listen to them.

This has revitalised IDHAS and more importantly myself. It has also added new faces, big IDHAS activity and most important, more great music. The Dumbanimals are from Arlington Vermont and Thrift Pop is the best thing I have heard this year, maybe even for a few years.

The default position is Power Pop, American Power Pop, Great American Power Pop, but the band also allow themselves to tread into different areas. Hook In Our Jaw could be early Weezer, yet Aim Lame (Call Me Crazy) is slowed down early 90s Guitar Pop, but also has big hints of late 60s clever Pop Rock.

Yay About Today is splendid Slacker Rock, whilst Futz edges towards New Wave Punk. 1995 is real woe is me first half of the 90s College Rock. Then In My Car goes all 60s Drive In Movies. Lullaby Jack is sprawling and chaotic, wonderfully so, it reminds me of bands like Ness.

But it is the Power Pop that shines brightly. Both Lollygagger and Doorknob are classic examples of the Power Pop revival of the 90s, you would expect them to appear on Not Lame. There is also real humour and self effacement in spades, particularly on Scribble.

There is a serious message across some of the songs, but only repeated listens reveal this. You are way too caught up in the hooks and sheer class of the album. Too busy singing along and continually saying wow this is good.

Thrift Pop underlines how special Guitar Pop can be when it is in the right hands. This is beautifully performed and arranged. You should now head over to the link below and get with the IDHAS Cool Kids. You can thank me later.

You can listen to and buy the album here. A CD will be released in a month or so and I will of course update this review when they are on sale.


Listening To This Week Playlist


Another splendid LTTW for your aural pleasure. Running as usual from Monday to Sunday. 24 songs to delight your ear drums. There is no song preference in order, just what we think flows. So I do hope that you can listen to all the songs across this week. The last listed is as great as the first.

This weekly playlist is solely for submissions, not the usual stuff that we dig out ourselves. All embeds open in new windows to aid scrolling. Links to the artists will also appear on I Don't Hear A Single Social Media sites over the next 24 hours. This will help you to discover more about the artists who appear here.

Friday Boys - Depressed Gang

Diners - Someday I'll Go Surfing

Funkuncle - Okay


supergloom - Glass Ajar

Interstate _ The Interstate


MACHINES - Shadows in My Head

Teenage Halloween - Getting Bitter

HardCar - The Ballad Of Jeff

Joey Maxwell - Like A Clown

San Quentin - Feed The Ego

Ben Gel - Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance To The Radio

the world famous - Everyday Fear

The Random Hubiak Band - Captains of Industry

New Driver - Rough

Yard Art - Golden Glow

Dan Radin - Pickpocket

The Terrys - Silent Disco

Zanaram - Gooseberry

Barking Poets - Getting Away With It

The Ouija Boards - Leafy Greens

Kensuke Sudo - The Invisible Place

The Crowleys - Seasons

Asher Deverna - Epilogue


Sunday 3 September 2023

Various Artists - A Sprinkle Of Summer Fun


September is the time for my great friend Wayne Lundqvist Ford to put on his Icecreamman tight fitting costume and release his FREE Power Pop & More compilation. It features artists played on his Radio Show, many of whom that have been featured here in one way or another over the years.

Now there are just over 100 songs here for your delight by a fantastic selection of artists. I'm way too busy pretending it is 1974 to tell you all about them, but I can tell you that you will be amazed at the quality on show. 

The internet connection here is powered by two elastic bands and a PP9 battery, so I am relying on followers here to give it a whirl and tell all their friends about it. I note that you don't have to download the whole thing, you can download individual songs. I am also told that you can stream songs, which I would tell you more about if I had read Streaming For Dummies Book that I invested in. 

It is 300 pages long and I didn't expect to have to read so much information to learn about it. With my poor attention span, I rely on others to tell you how great Streaming is. I'm not convinced that putting songs in water will do them much good, but I am willing to be persuaded otherwise.

So the link to this mighty fine compilation is below. Underlining the power of subliminal marketing, I'm now off to fridge to get a Magnum out.


Saturday 2 September 2023

Half Catholic - Art In Heaven EP


I am a long time fan of John Tillman since discovering Pink Beam way back in 2017 in what were still the early learning days of I Don't Hear A Single. You can read our review of the Pink Beam EP here. It is an EP that I still regularly listen to now. 

Half Catholic have been providing Hansel And Gretel like bread paths via a couple of splendid singles and now the Rockford Illinois quartet offer up their debut EP and it is great melodic Pop Rock built om massive riffs.

The thing that I notice most is that Tallman's vocal seems to have mellowed, not that it was ever harsh, and that really suits the material. The sound is also much bigger and all encompassing. The riffs and hooks are only part of what is on show. 

There is some great Guitar work on It Takes A Lot Of Effort To Be Alone that demands attention. In The Way is very UK New Wave, in essence it sounds like a Graham Parker song. There's Always A Drink In My Hand is great 70s Pop Rock with a hint of John Miles, but also provides a great 60s Jangle and even has a Psych Pop outdo.

Jaded is possibly the best song on the EP, brilliant Power Pop with an absolute killer riff and a Rush Signals like outdo. Pour It On Lightly opens proceedings with a big sounding affair with a chorus you will be singing along too soon. Highly Recommended!

You can listen to and buy the album here.