JULIE OCEAN: Long Gone and Nearly There: CD

What do you get when you throw scene vets from Velocity Girl, Swiz, The Saturday People, and Weatherhead into a ski-lodge like recording studio? Apparently, a sugary sweet confection of power pop gems is the answer. “#1 Song” could be just that, but wait—there’s more. “At the Appointed Hour” has a bit of Weller influence in there. Most of the tunes are under three minutes long, like most of the best songs of this genre. But even the epic-length of “Here Comes Danny” fails to disappoint. If guitar-driven pop with killer hooks sounds like your ballgame, then don’t strike out. “Put the needle on the record” and dig the new breed: Julie Ocean!

 –koepenick (Transit Of Venus)