Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wisconsin Power Pop/Mike Benign Compulsion/10 Years Of Underground Bee

Spooner, the band Butch Vig and Doug (later Duke) Erikson formed long before they joined forces with Shirley Manson in Garbage, is one of the acts featured on the new compilation Radio Ready: Wisconsin Lost Power Hits 1979 -1982. Currently available in digital format, it features 14 guitar-driven and melodic tracks from the dairy state for just $7. In addition to Spooner’s catchy “You’re The Lucky One” (which I still have on a 45 single) Radio Ready includes “Wait A Minute” by The Pop. 

The Mike Benign Compulsion’s new single “Haley Daley” is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Bandcamp. It’s an accurate preview of the band’s Here’s How It Works album, which comes out on March 8th. As with its previous effort Martha, The Mike Benign Compulsion once again aims for more than the usual love songs. This is catchy power pop with great harmonies and lyrics that bite and amuse. I’m hoping to post a full review some time next week.

Congratulations to journalist/photographer Robert Loerzel. Today marks the 10th Anniversary of his Underground Bee blog. Loerzel covers just about every buzz-worth indie and alt act that comes through Chicago, and his photos are consistently amazing.


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