If you’re feeling like getting a little in touch w/ your softer, more twee side I’ve got a helluva killer song for you this afternoon. It’s called “P.E.I.” and it’s by Vancouver’s PUPS. They’re not even at the vinyl stage yet but have two songs you can download over on their Bandcamp page

The draw for you pop lovers might be the fact that a woman named Rose Melberg is in the band. I recall seeing her in Sacramento’s TIGER TRAP back in the early 90s, and being more excited about them being from Sacramento (my childhood hometown) than their music – but what does a knuckle-dragger like me know, right?


Severe twee alert!! TENDER TRAP are a fairly longstanding group of lasses from the UK whom I – always late to the party – discovered in the past few weeks. I’ve been in the process of researching SALLY SKULL, and found that Katrina Dixon from that band is now in this one. I’m trying to do what I can to raise Sally Skull’s internet presence to the extent that I’m able, and reached out to her to maybe do an interview or put out a CD or something. Let me know if you can tap her on the shoulder and ask her to return my email, OK?

While my sojourns through Tender Trap’s catalog are by no means complete, I’m liking what I’m hearing. Sunny with a side of feedback and grit. This one from 2010’s a little more bouncy and clever than some of the others and I’m pretty sure you’re going to like it quite a bit, starting right now.