Speaking of powerpop: two more things. 1) It’s almost time to round up the best 10 albums and singles of the year, and one LP that will definitely make it is Sweet Sounds of the Sugar Stems. If I’d been a good boy and checked Fire Escape Talking regularly I would have heard of The Sugar Stems much earlier: following the untimely breakup of The Flips, two of them formed this band with some guys and released an album on the always hip Bachelor label.
2) To warm up for the first Record Turnover club night in two weeks I am guesting two other nights to play some records. First, on the 16th at So Tough! So Cute! with excellent UK group Sex Beet playing live. Then the next day, my new favourite night The Friday Casual to do a powerpop set.