If you need me, I’ll be downstairs

Welcome to 2023! Here’s our take on Jonathan Coulton’s ode to suburban ennui – we recorded it waaay back in early 2021, but couldn’t decide on what to do for a video. Andrea had the idea to use a dolls’ house, but not having suitable props, nor being able to find online footage or imagery that would work meant we had to try for something a bit more crafty. Owen then decided to build a dolls’ house in 3D … and naturally it’s now some 18 months later, because these things take time and computer upgrades to make happen. But here we are – join our couple as they find their way through life’s twists and turns…

One might say it’s the reason for the season…

It’s that time of year again! It’s almost like clockwork – gears within wheels within circles – how this festive season recurs annually… the temperature dips, the snowflakes fly, the lights twinkle, the children’s cheeks are all aglow… the anticipation builds. What’s coming our way this December? Is it? Could it be? Yes it could! Look to the skies and sing along as we celebrate the Reason for the Season.

Outside it’s 1933

It has not escaped our notice that the world is changing on both sides of the pond, and not necessarily for the better. We assume it has not escaped your notice, either. All around, there are echoes of a darker time earlier in our history, one that we believed was safely behind us. It’s often good idea to illuminate the dark places, so as not to tread there again, and Frank Turner’s “1933” is one excellent option for that.

Today is an important, even critical, day in the United States, and it isn’t hyperbole to suggest that the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. The only thing that stands between continued progress toward our shared survival, and tumbling back into a dark place whose depths are yet unknown, is your vote.

You know what to do.

Well it’s been real nice to know you.

Earlier this year we were approached by Adam Waltemire to contribute a song for his “Sing Me A Song – A 50th Birthday Celebration” project. This is a collection of many of his favourite songs, covered by friends of Pop Garden Radio, and published a couple of weeks ago. Here’s our effort – a Mike Viola / Candy Butchers song for which one of us nipped across the pond to make the video. 😉 Also featuring jays on Andrea’s back deck.

Check out the birthday collection at https://popgarden.bandcamp.com

Everybody’s gone at last – but with no numbers…

Here’s a song with no name! We recorded this cover last year for the Theme Music Tributes version of Elliott Smith’s album “Either/Or” and have just made a splashy little video to accompany. You can hear the whole album at https://thememusictribute.bandcamp.com/album/either-or-a-tribute-to-elliott-smith

There’s a Blackbird outside yelling in the pitch black.

A couple of weeks ago, late one evening…

Owen: “There’s a blackbird was yelling its head off in the pitch black outside.”
Andrea: “One might even say that it was singing in the dead of night.”
And of course, with a cue like that…
Both: “We should cover that.”

And to accompany, some local examples of the species (which have an unfortunate Latin name) filmed back in 2014 and more recently.

I don’t know why I Ever Said Goodbye

In our quest to cover every break-up song ever written, here’s a regretful number from The Weepies to remind us of the consequences of terrible relationship decisions.

We should all Keep Feeling Fascination

It’s 2022 and the world hasn’t quite ended yet. Unsurprisingly, given the times, it sometimes feels like we’ve lost sight of the wonder and joy we used to take for granted, so maybe this reminder to keep feeling fascination is an apt cover for the moment!

Written by Jo Callis and Phil Oakey, here’s one from early 1980’s Human League given the Aeon Wanderers treatment!

It’s the (H)appiest Christmas Ever!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we’ve been threatening to memorialize it in song for some time now. That’s right, the two of us — one a lapsed Catholic, the other a secular Jew so non-observant there really wasn’t anything to lapse from — have been meaning to write a Christmas song for years. Well! We’d both finally completed our Masters’ courses, and about a week ago thought, “Oh… remember how we used to write songs?” So with a limited swath of free time, an impossibly tight deadline, and inspiration in the form of a marauding, mutating virus that’s ruining absolutely everything – challenge accepted!

(H)appy Christmas, one and all!

(Psst – downloads available at our Bandcamp page! )

In The Year of ’39…

Our contribution to the Theme Music Tribute to Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” is Brian May’s wistful tale of relativity and distance. Join us on a voyage through time in search of new lands!