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by Andrew Sacher


Dublin's The #1s (aka The Number Ones) put out their self-titled debut LP over the summer via Deranged Records (once home to Fucked Up and White Lung). The band, who count Angel Olsen tourmate Cian Nugent as a member, write sharp late '70s-style power pop tunes but deliver with the rawness of '60s garage rock. If you're into either of those things, this record should hit right away. Check it out in full, below.

The #1s will be in NYC for two shows that are just around the corner. First, they play Cake Shop on Saturday (10/18) opening for The Paul Collins Beat (Paul's band The Nerves is likely an influence on The #1s), with Club for Growth and Now People on the bill too. That's $10 at the door to get in. After that, they play Grand Victory on Monday (10/20) as headliners with Miracle Sweepstakes, Henry Schiller and Garcia Peoples opening. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

UPDATE: They also stick around for CMJ and currently have two shows scheduled. The first is the YVYNYL showcase at Union Pool on Tuesday with Lydia Ainsworth, Heat and J Ferndandez (tickets); and the second is the Music of Ireland showcase at The Delancey on Friday (10/24) with September Girls, Dott, Ham Sandwich, Sisters and Le Galaxie.

The only other show we're currently aware of his a Halloween show in Dublin. All dates are listed, with the LP stream and a video, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Shoes / Paul Collins @ The Bell House 5/10/2014
Paul Collins' Beat

The Brooklyn Power Pop Festival happened at The Bell House over the weekend, playing host to all things short, sharp, crunchy and catchy. The fest was presented by The Trouser Press and editor/founder Ira Robbins played host. The second night (5/10) featured two legends of the genre. For Chicago's Shoes, it was their first NYC show since 1992 and hot on the heels of last year's Ignition which was the band's first all-new album in 18 years. (It's good too.) The band also had some of their classic '70s era records reissued recently by The Numero Group, including 1977's Black Vinyl Shoes, and the hard-to-find Bazooka. Pictures from their set -- including one of the setlist -- are in this post.

Paul Collins, of The Nerves and The Beat, is a more frequent visitor to NYC, coming through at least once year lately, but that does nothing to diminish three-minute gems like "Hanging on the Telephone," ""Walking out on Love" and others. Pics and setlist from his BPF set are in this post too.

Opening the night were two of the better modern day powerpop torchbearers, The Barreracudas and Brooklyn's Games. Unfortunately we missed night 1 of the Brooklyn Power Pop Fest (Dwight Twilley and Pezband) but we've got more pics from the entirety of night 2 below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Trouser Press' first and last issues

Named after a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song, The Trouser Press was a fanzine created by Ira Robbins and Dave Schulps in 1974 that began it's life as a "sort of British rock collectors magazine" that, as the decade progressed, became one of the sources for punk, power pop, and new wave. The magazine stopped publication in 1984 but it spawned the very influential Trouser Press Record Guide that was considered by many (this writer included) to be the indie/alt bible of the pre-internet era (it's all archived online and it's still a great resource).

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of it's first publication, Trouser Press will be throwing a party at NYC's Bowery Electric on March 23 with "bands, booze, tunes, stories, and souvenirs." Ira Robbins says it will be a "private party that's open to the public," as much a reunion and celebration of a big anniversary...that also happens to have some bands relevant to what Trouser Press was all about.

To that, performing at Bowery Electric that night will be infamous early-'80s NYC punks Sic F*cks, original Max's/CBGBs era band The Planets (fronted by Binky Philips), and tribute act Pin Ups who used to just perform the Bowie album of their name in full, but have expanded their repertoire to include more '60s-era British invasion rock songs. Robbins says there will be presentations, speakers and other things to go along with the music. No advance tickets, with other details still TBA.

Meanwhile, Trouser Press will also be co-presenting the two-night Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, which happens May 9 & 10 at The Bell House. The 5/9 show is headlined by Dwight Twilley, best-known for his 1975 hit "I'm on Fire" and who went on to make some great, underheard albums in the late '70s/early-'80s. That show also features Pezband who were from Chicago and made terrific Beatle-esqe pop (not unlike Cheap Trick) in the late '70s, plus local up-and-comers 1-800-Band who we recently wrote about.

The 5/10 show is headlined by legendary Chicago quartet Shoes who carried on the Raspberries tradition of pop perfection in three minutes or less in an era when it was definitely out of fashion. Also playing is Paul Collins, who at this point is almost synonymous with powerpop, having fronted The Nerves and the American band The Beat. (He toured with Flamin' Groovies last year.) The night kicks off with Brooklyn's Games who put out their very good debut album on HoZac back in 2012.

Tickets to the Brooklyn Power Pop Fest in both single night options or as a two-night pass, are on sale now.

Trouser Press published 95 issues in its 10-year existence and Robbins is interested in releasing a digital archive of some sort, "though in a way that doesn't involve every waking minute of my life to make." Anybody want to help him out?

Videos/streams of bands playing the Trouser Press events, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Flamin' Groovies / Paul Collins @ Bowery Ballroom 7/6/2013
Flamin' Groovies - Bowery Ballroom - 7/6/2013
Paul Collins Beat - Bowery Ballroom - 7/6/2013

Saturday night (7/6) at Bowery Ballroom was a haven for lovers of classic powerpop, with two legends: Flamin' Groovies and Paul Collins. The former were on their first tour in over 30 years with key member Chris Wilson (also of Barracudas) in tow, and cranked out such standards as "Shake Some Action" and "Teenage Head." It was the first of two NYC-area shows over the weekend for the band, who also played Maxwell's a day later with Daddy Long Legs.

Opening was Paul Collins Beat, the current project of Paul Collins, who was one third of seminal late-'70s band The Nerves and then went on to front his own band, The Beat. Pictures from the whole show are in this post.

More below...

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Power Popalicious

Conceived and curated by power pop legend Paul Collins (co-founder of THE NERVES, THE BREAKAWAYS and THE BEAT), the fest will bring together some of the finest young guitar-driven power pop, garage rock and punk-pop bands from the eastern seaboard and Canada. Of the lineup, Collins says, "Power Pop-A-Licious 2 is a unifying rally cry for the thriving rock-n-roll subculture, and is a means for power pop fans of all ages to discover a wealth of talented new acts in one power-packed weekend."

Power-pop-A-Licious 2 is ground zero for a burgeoning DIY power pop scene fueled by the devotion of its fans, the immediacy of the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Each day will feature bands from the East Coast that are left right and center of the new generation of the guitar driven melodic rock scene. Collins adds: "Today's power pop bands blend punk, garage, retro-power pop, and psychedelic into one swirling sound. Personally I am not a purest about power pop, I am more interested in promoting bands that have cool songs and use electric guitars to get their point across."

Power Pop-A-Licious 2 was originally scheduled to take place at Asbury Lanes back in November but got postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. It's now happening at Cake Shop here in NYC on February 1 and 2 and, in addition to a set from Paul Collins & the Beat, includes Montreal's Kid Sentiment, Portsmouth, ON's The Connection and Kurt Baker, Toronto's Pow Wows (not to be confused with Brooklyn's pow wow!), Brooklyn's Party Lights and more. Full schedule is below and advance tickets are on sale now.

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The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...

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