Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Little BIG STAR...

Whoa. Thanks to my buddy and power pop aficionado, Bradley, I am currently enjoying a collection of alternate mixes and outtakes from the sessions for Big Star's '#1 Record' and 'Radio City'. For those of you unfamiliar w/ the group, they're pretty much the best band you've never heard of. A key influence on bands that include The Replacements and REM on down to the Jayhawks and Wilco...they are the purveyors of some of the most amazing power pop to grace a stereo.

I'm sure they've come up several times on here over the years, so i'll spare you a long-winded history lesson. I will, however, demand you at least add their first two albums from which these nuggets were pulled from to your playlists. Then, after savoring each tender rock'n'roll morsel, stroll over to Wilfully Obscure and DL this wonderful side-dish.

I've put an awesome unreleased (and as Brad put it 'zeppelin-esque') instrumental titled 'Another Time, Another Place and You' from this joint in the AMBFAD jukebox, along w/ their p-pop opus 'September Gurls' from album #2 to give you a taste of their greatness. Enjoy, cool kids!

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