ObviousPopCast Episode 56 - New Music!


OPCepisode56logoEpisode 56
of the ObviousPopCast is here! Released on this very special day, March 3rd... In this VERY special episode we have carefully cultivated the latest and greatest in new music, including tracks from Saint Motel, Everything Everything, Future Islands, Tears for Fears, The Brandy Alexanders and much more. We also talk about each track and try to have some fun while doing it.

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EPISODE 56 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

New Age Millennial Magic - Backhand Deals - Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Sisters - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Saint Motel

King of Sweden - King of Sweden (single) - Future Islands

Blame Somebody Else - Kasim 2021 - Kasim Sulton

Twist of Lemon - Before The Fall - The Sun Sawed in 1/2

Robot Writes A Love Song - The Unraveling of PUP the Band - PUP

Rear Window - The Brandy Alexanders - The Brandy Alexanders

Bad Friday - Raw Data Feel - Everything Everything

Send Your Light - Send Your Light (single) - McStine & Minnemann

City of Light - Tazer Up! - Wang Chung

Thot Patrol - Thot Patrol (single) - Ex Norwegian

End Of Night - The Tipping Point - Tears For Fears


ObviousPopCast Episode 55 - 2021 Year-end Countdown


OPCepisode55logoThe ObviousPopCast 2021 Year-end Countdown is here! In this episode we list our top 12 albums of the year and play a song from each one! We changed it up a bit this year. No repeat songs from previous shows! You'll hear tracks from Royal Blood, Bleu, Manchester Orchestra, The Choir, Neal Francis, and more. We also list my top 21 albums of 2021 and talk about EP's and honorable mentions.

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EPISODE 55 TRACK LISTING

Royal Blood - Typhoons - Trouble’s Coming

Django Django - Glowing In The Dark - Glowing In The Dark

Steven Wilson - The Future Bites - Eminent Sleaze

The Mommyheads - Age of Isolation - Out of the Cave

Neal Francis - In Plain Sight - Alameda Apartments

Circe Link & Christian Nesmith - Cosmologica - Architecture

The Choir - Deep Cuts - Aces Over Eights

Starflyer 59 - Vanity - Asunder/New Guitar

Turnstile - Glow On - Underwater Boi

Bleu - Six Tape - Kid Someday

Terry Scott Taylor - This Beautiful Mystery - The Very One I Love

Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God - Angel of Death

Top 21 Albums of 2021

  1. Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God
  2. Terry Scott Taylor - This Beautiful Mystery
  3. Bleu - Six Tape
  4. Turnstile - Glow On
  5. Starflyer 59 - Vanity
  6. The Choir - Deep Cuts
  7. Circe Link & Christian Nesmith - Cosmologica
  8. Neal Francis - In Plain Sight
  9. The Mommyheads - Age of Isolation
  10. Steven Wilson - The Future Bites
  11. Django Django - Glowing In The Dark
  12. Royal Blood - Typhoons
  13. Bleachers - Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
  14. Black Country, New Road - For the First Time
  15. Devo’s Gerald Casale - AKA Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers
  16. Cheap Trick - In Another World
  17. Roger Taylor - Outsider
  18. Henry Chadwick - We All Start Again
  19. Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
  20. Weezer - Van Weezer
  21. The Red Locusts - The Red Locusts

Best EP’s of 2021

Men Without Hats - Again Pt. 1 EP

Aaron Sprinkle - Certainty EP

The Candle Thieves - Songs for a Short Attention Span (8 songs under 1:30)

Mike Knott - All Indie EP II (it has a 2020 date on it, but I far as I know it didn’t come out until 2021)

Honorable Mention

MFTJ - My Mom’s Getting a Horse

Low - Hey What

Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun (Lanois did a gospel album! Whoa!)

The Suburbs - Poets Party

Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This

Cocktail Slippers - Shout It Out Loud

Manic Street Preachers - Ultra Vivid Lament


ObviousPopCast Episode 54 - New Music!

OPCepisode54logoEpisode 54 of the ObviousPopCast is here! In this episode we serve up a heaping helping of fantastic new music, including tracks from Dowling Poole, Bleu, Manchester Orchestra, Red Locusts, Jukebox the Ghost, Mommyheads and much more. We also talk about each track and try to have some fun while doing it.

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EPISODE 54 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

ObviousPopCast Theme Song 2.0 - Ian Tanner

So May We Start - Annette Soundtrack - Sparks (with Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard)

Cap'n Coconuts TV Theme - The Adventures of Cap'n Coconuts - Frankie & The Pool Boys

The Saccharine Drip - Saccharine Drip Single - The Dowling Poole

Vanity Skies - The Red Locusts - The Red Locusts

Bed Music - Bachelor #2 - Swingin’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset - The Tikiyaki Orchestra

Cheers! - Cheers! Single - Jukebox the Ghost

Baby By Your Side - SiX TAPE - Bleu

Bed Music - Makaha - Swingin’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset - The Tikiyaki Orchestra

The Meek - This Beautiful Mystery - Terry Scott Taylor

The Grape Prophet Speaks - The Grape Prophet - L.S. Underground

Bed Music - Idol Worship - Idol Worshop - The Tikiyaki Orchestra

Impossible - Certainty - Aaron Sprinkle

The Mountain - Wax - KT Tunstall

Bed Music: Exotic in Blues - Idol Worshop - The Tikiyaki Orchestra

Inaudible - The Million Masks Of God - Manchester Orchestra

Reno's reindeer Steaks - Hardware soundtrack - Simon Boswell

Statues (Paintings, Poems, and Books) - Age of Isolation - The Mommyheads

Bed Music - Crossing Kilauea  - StereoExotique - The Tikiyaki Orchestra

Liner: Lemmy from the Hardware Soundtrack

The Time Is Now - AKA Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers - DEVO's Gerald V. Casale

No Friends of Mine (single mix) - Again, Pt. 1 EP - Men Without Hats

Bed and Outro Music: Sofa #1 - Zappa ‘88 - Frank Zappa


ObviousPopCast Episode 53 - New Old Music?

OPCepisode53logo Episode 53 of the ObviousPopCast is here and it's completely different. Okay, not "completely" different, but this episode focuses on obscure songs from the late 80's and early 90's! These songs are probably going to be new to most of you. At least that's the hope. This episode features and talks about tracks from Boom Crash Opera, The Spent Poets, The Lemon Trees, Martini Ranch and more!

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EPISODE 53 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

ObviousPopCast Theme Song 2.0 - Ian Tanner

Bed Music: Romantika - Apparat Organ Quartet - Apparat Organ Quartet

Onion Skin - These Here Are Crazy Times - Boom Crash Opera

Drag My Bad Name Down - Songs For The Tempted - The 4 Of Us

Reach (single edit) - Holy Cow - Martini Ranch

Bed Music: The Anguish Of Space Time - Apparat Organ Quartet - Apparat Organ Quartet

The God Song - Underneath The Radar - Underworld

(I Can't) Break Away - Bonk - Big Pig

Shake Your Spirit - Shake Your Spirit - Frozen Ghost

Bed Music: Cruise Control - Apparat Organ Quartet - Apparat Organ Quartet

Love Is In Your Eyes - Open Book - The Lemon Trees

Harsh Light Of Reality - Human Radio - Human Radio

3-Day Weekend - Peghead - Black Happy

Bed Music: Wheel Me Out - Out Come The Freaks - Was (Not Was)

Oh Well (Melodie Der Welt) - Oh Well (Single) - Oh Well

I Feel Better Than James Brown - Are You Okay? - Was (Not Was)

Mr. Einstein - The Spent Poets - The Spent Poets

Bed Music: Konami - Pólýfónía Remixes - Apparat Organ Quartet


ObviousPopCast Episode 52 - New Music!

OPCepisode52logoEpisode 52 of the ObviousPopCast has arrived! After the amazing new theme by Ian Tanner we jump right into the music featuring brand new stuff from Field Music, Weezer, Terry Scott Taylor, Matthew Sweet, The Lickerish Quartet and more!

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EPISODE 52 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

ObviousPopCast Theme Song 2.0 - Ian Tanner

Bed Music: National Milk Day - My Mom's Getting a Horse - MFTJ

Snollygoster Goon - Threesome Volume Two - The Lickerish Quartet

Golden Child - Golden Child (single) - Bleu

Up All Night - Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! - Aaron Lee Tasjan

I Plan, God Laughs - This Beautiful Mystery - Terry Scott Taylor

All My Favorite Songs - OK Human - Weezer

Orion From the Street - Orion From the Street (single) - Field Music

She's A Monster - A Tale From The Other Side - Timmy Sean

Just Like You - The Living Room - Alien Attitude

Lonely Everywhere - Moon Shot - The Lees Of Memory

We Are The Noise - We Are The Noise (single) - The Dowling Poole

Give A Little - Catspaw - Matthew Sweet

All the Days of my Life - The Lost Album - Drake Bell

Personal Shopper - The Future Bites - Steven Wilson


Top 12 Songs of 2020

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In this episode of the ObviousPopCast we countdown our picks for the top 12 songs of 2020! Despite the dumpster fire that is the year 2020, there has been a lot of great new music including songs from Jukebox The Ghost, The Lickerish Quartet, The Dowling Poole, Joywave and more! There are some surprises that we haven't played on previous shows so give this one a listen! You can also check out my list of the top 20 albums of 2020 in this post below. Please leave a comment here or on Facebook and let us know what you think, and thank you for listening.

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TOP 12 SONGS OF 2020

12. Two of Many - What Could Be Better - The Happy Fits

11. Radical - Angel Miners and Lightning Riders - Awolnation

10. Broken Love - Brainwashed Generation - Enuff Z’Nuff

9. Call Me Joe - Call Me Joe Single - Jukebox The Ghost

8. California Girl - Blue Summer - Cayucas

7. It’s Never Over - The Lost Album - Drake Bell

6. Like A Kennedy - Possession - Joywave

5. Who’s Gonna Stop Me - Who’s Gonna Stop Me Single - Portugal The Man (feat. Weird Al Yankovic)

4. In California - A Tale From the Other Side - Timmy Sean

3. Speaker Heart - New Kings of Pop - The Mommyheads

2. The Living Room - The Living Room LP - The Living Room

1. Lighthouse Spaceship - Threesome Vol. 1 - The Lickerish Quartet

Bonus Cut: Down With The Ship - Down With The Ship Single - Todd Rundgren & Rivers Cuomo

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2020

  1. McStine & Minnemann II - McStine & Minnemann
  2. The Living Room LP - The Living Room
  3. Possession - Joywave
  4. A Tale From the Other Side - Timmy Sean
  5. New Kings of Pop - The Mommyheads
  6. See You See Me - The Dowling Poole
  7. Fetch The Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple
  8. A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - The Sparks
  9. Weltschmerz - Fish
  10. City Burials - Katatonia
  11. Red Planet - Rick Wakeman
  12. Blue Summer - Cayucas
  13. Deep Down Happy - Sports Team
  14. What Could Be Better - The Happy Fits
  15. Re-Animator - Everything Everything
  16. Peace - The Levellers
  17. Well Groomed (Soundtrack) - Dan Deacon
  18. Inlet - Hum
  19. Angel Miners & Lightning Riders - Awolnation
  20. Dear Life - Brendan Benson

Cousin Mikey Memorial Mix

OPCmikeyMemorialMy Cousin Mikey (Michael Donald Smith), age 49, passed away peacefully Thursday Oct. 29, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Mikey was the closest I ever came to having a brother. We grew up together in the Worthington, MN area and spent much of our lives hanging out there. Music was always a centerpiece of Mike's life. His two favorite artists were Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson of Yes. His best friend Shane Boyd grew up with us as well and the 3 of us saw Rick and Jon many times in concert together. I wanted to put together a playlist of music for his memorial. This mix flows together and through it you will hopefully see the type of love and artistry that motivated Mike and his spirituality.

Born Apr. 23, 1971 in Heron Lake, MN. He is the son of Donald E. Smith and Mary P. Smith. Mike graduated SV-RL-B High School and then attended Hutchinson Technical College to be an Audio Technician. He moved to Nashville TN in 1995 and in 1996 he went on to be the lighting director for the rock band Guardian, and then later for Earth Suit. Mike later went on to work at Panasonic, Harrison, Micros, Emotiva and Stager. He attended Fellowship Bible Church and was a volunteer in both the children’s ministry as well as the production technology ministry. Mike was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in Sept. 2019. His Love of Christ gave him the Grace to always see the best in people, and everyone loved his gentle and generous spirit.

A memorial service for Cousin Mikey will be held at Fellowship Bible Church at 11AM in Franklin, TN on November 21, 2020.

Give this memorial mix a listen. It's truly beautiful music...and think of my cousin Mikey. Thank you for listening.

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MIKE SMITH MEMORIAL LIST TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

The Meeting - ABWH - Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe

Amazing Grace - Piano Portraits - Rick Wakeman

If It Wasn't For Love - In The City Of Angels - Jon Anderson

Morning Has Broken - The Piano Album - Rick Wakeman

Take The Water To The Mountain - Union - Yes

Holy Lamb - Big Generator - Yes

Catherine Howard - The Piano Album - Rick Wakeman

Is It Love - Page Of Life - Jon & Vangelis

Wondrous Stories - The Piano Album - Rick Wakeman

Hurry Home - In The City Of Angels - Jon Anderson

And You And I - The Piano Album - Rick Wakeman

From The Balcony - Open Your Eyes - Yes

Amazing Grace - Amazing Grace Single - Rick Wakeman (featuring Jemma Wakeman)

Anyone Can Light A Candle - Page Of Life - Jon & Vangelis

I'm Not In Love - Piano Portraits - Rick Wakeman

Let's Pretend - ABWH - Anderson Bruford Wakeman & Howe

Space Oddity - Piano Portraits - Rick Wakeman

Just One Man - The Living Tree - Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman

I'll Find My Way Home - The Friends of Mister Cairo - Jon & Vangelis


ObviousPopCast Episode 51 - The Mommyheads, New Theme, Jukebox the Ghost & More!

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Here we are with the 51st episode of the ObviousPopCast! In this action-packed episode we have an exclusive interview with Adam Elk of The Mommyheads, as well as the debut of our brand new official show theme song by Ian Tanner. Then we get into some new music featuring Jukebox The Ghost, Semisonic, Greg Pope and more!

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EPISODE 51 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

ObviousPopCast Theme Song 2.0 - Ian Tanner

Bed Music: Adriane in Wonderland - Well Groomed (Original Score) - Dan Deacon

Speaker Heart - New Kings of Pop-  The Mommyheads

Adam Elk Interview Part 1 

New Kings Of Pop - New Kings Of Pop - The Mommyheads

Adam Elk Interview Part 2

On a Clear Night - Vulnerable Boy - The Mommyheads

Adam Elk Interview Part 3

Bed Music: Tharsis Tholus - The Red Planet - Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble

Call Me Joe - Call Me Joe (Single) - Jukebox the Ghost

All It Would Take - You're Not Alone EP - Semisonic

Poor Boy - True Colours (40th Anniversary Remix) - Split Enz

Bed Music: Double Happy - True Colours (40th Anniversary Remix) - Split Enz

Fortune And Fame - A Tale From The Other Side - Timmy Sean

Broken Love - Brainwashed Generation - Enuff Z'Nuff

Blue Skies Above - Wishing On A Dark Star - Greg Pope

Bed Music: Mulletesia - Tasty Waves EP - Lyle Workman

ObviousPopCast Outro Theme - Ian Tanner


ObviousPopCast 50th Episode!

OPC50thEpisodeLogoThis is it! The 50th Episode of the ObviousPopCast! In this "very special" episode, we have an exclusive interview with Terry Scott Taylor and a sneak peak of 2 new rough mixes from his forthcoming new album This Beautiful Mystery. Terry is best known for his work with the bands Daniel Amos (DA), The Lost Dogs and Swirling Eddies, as well as his solo career and writing and production. We also introduce a brand new theme written and performed by Ian Tanner just for the 50th episode! Then we get into some new music featuring Sparks, Semisonic, The Mommyheads, Sports Team, Joywave and more! It's chock full of fun! Also, we list our supporters and friend of the show that helped get us this far.

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EPISODE 50 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist (this list is in the order played)

Obvious Pop 50th Theme (Full Mix) - Obvious Popcast 50th Themes - Ian Tanner

Music Bed - Hot and Beefed (The Zipkicker) - The Music of Armikrog - Terry Scott Taylor

Terry Taylor Interview Part 1

Ave Eva! - This Beautiful Mystery (Rough Mix) - Terry Scott Taylor

Terry Taylor Interview Part 2

The Meek - This Beautiful Mystery (Rough Mix) - Terry Scott Taylor

Terry Taylor Interview Part 3

Music Bed - Return of the Beat Menace (instrumental) - Darn Floor Big Bite - Daniel Amos

Mutual Enemy - Future You - The Mommyheads

Music Jingle - ObviousPop Jingle - Joe Lynch

Made In Heaven - See You See Me - The Dowling Poole

M5 - Keep Walking! EP - Sports Team

Music Bed - Look Alive - Look Alive - Unwed Sailor 

I Wanna Write You a Symphony - I Wanna Write You a Symphony Single - Bleu

Like a Kennedy - Possession - Joywave

Ain't Nothin' New - Floor It!!! - The Texas Gentlemen

Music Bed - Sandviken Stradivarius - Sandviken Stradivarius Single - Wintergatan

Lighthouse Spaceship - Threesome Vol. 1 - The Lickerish Quartet

You're Not Alone - You're Not Alone EP - Semisonic

Music Link - Overture - Origins - M-Opus    

Self-Effacing - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - Sparks

Music Bed - The Light - The Light Single - Wax Tailor

Music Jingle - ObviousPop Jingle (A Capella) - Joe Lynch