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TunesDay: it's a three-for-all

For those of you who have been digging on eMusic lately, we have a few more TunesDay Recommendifications for your consideration.

We’ll start with Jigsaw Days from The Well Wishers. This new release from Jeff Shelton (ex-Spinning Jennies) is among the top Power Pop releases of the year to date, and in addition to recalling artists like The Posies, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, Supergrass and XTC, also has moments where it leans a bit heavier into the “Power” than the “Pop.” If you’re not familiar with contemporary underground pop, think Matthew Sweet meets Bob Mould (and if you don’t know them, just go to the darned site and click to sample). Like most bands working this genre, Shelton isn’t really looking to do anything new. But he’s doing a very good job cranking out earnest, tuneful guitar pop.

Next, let’s flip back to 2005 for Maximo Park and A Certain Trigger. Here’s another band that’s throwing back for its sound inspiration, and they’ve apparently listened to more XTC even than The Well Wishers. They also seem to have a fondness for The Wire and The Jam and a host of other late-’70s New Wavers, and if I have a complaint it’s that they haven’t really broken free of their influences. Not yet, anyway. But if you like Kaiser Chiefs and The Futureheads and The Dead 60s and The Strays and My Teenage Stride, this may well be up your alley.

Finally, something a little more modern in focus – Earth to The Dandy Warhols, which the eMusic reviewer appropriately describes as “chunky, catchy psych-rock.” The band offers nods to a variety of luminaries – VU, the Stones and Bowie spring immediately to mind – but there’s a certain self-possessed hipness that I’ve found immediately compelling (I’ve only spun this one a couple times so far, but take the fact that I rarely like anything before I’ve listened to it at least five times as a strong plus.

As we’ve noted before, eMusic lets you sample for free and buy cheap, and if you click the link in the right column of this page you can get lots and lots of downloads completely free, no strings attached, scout’s honor. And in doing so, you shovel a few pennies in S&R’s direction, which helps us pay the rent.

Happy listening.

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