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jackie and roy
May 1, 2010, 1:01 pm
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If only there was more of this uber-cool Jackie and Roy live stuff online but alas there is not as I have searched. But thier sunshine pop classic Didnt Want To Have To Do It does appear in a totally appropriate groovy context on both of these completely essential sunshine pop compilations that you need in your life … trust me…

Love – Sunshine Pop Compilation on La Troisieme Note (its an obscure French label but I found a copy at JB Hi Fi – wow!!) – Here’s a pleasant little bauble, existing for no other reason than to spread beauty (but one could imagine something that fell from the pages of a not-quite-New Wave obsessed Sofia Coppola’s diary). Love is a collection of late ’60s soft-rock chestnuts, compiled by the D.I.R.T.Y. Soundsystem (“selector” Guillaume Sorge, and “sound designer” Catherine Piault). The mixtape ethos at the heart of Love keeps things consistent with its theme, intoxicating numbers running the gamut from orchestral pop to jazz-pop. Harpers Bizarre, an often brilliant studio pop ensemble, opens the disc with their mesmerizing single “Witchi Tai To,” its tinkling bells, pre-Kraut motorik rhythms and breathy vocal harmonies paving a direct path to… read more

The Trip St Eitienne
This is the album Saint Etienne would dearly love to have created themselves: it distills practically all their influences into one glorious folk/soul/prog/pop stew…read more

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