Monday, December 31, 2007

Our Favorite Free Cloudberry MPthrees!

Check below for contest details!

As I think I've said on several occasions here, Cloudberry Records has been the biggest, strongest, and most consistant driving force for indiepop this year. What Roque did with Cloudberry was just unbelievable – over 70 singles in one year! – it's just amazing. Myself and Tom over at IndieMP3 decided to get together and make a toast to Cloudberry for everything they did this year, and to hope it only continues to get better and better in 2008!

As anyone who's visited the Cloudberry website would know, Roque's got an MP3 from every single release up for download. That means there's over 70 MP3s to listen to on that website – an indiepop dreamland! We decided we would each choose our 10 favorite and compile them into two volumes of what we consider to be the very best of Cloudberry Records. My 10 (Volume One) features some of the best pop songs of the year, with a little fuzz and distortion thrown in for good measure. Tom's picks (Volume Two) can downloaded over at IndieMP3.

BUT WAIT! Before I get to my picks – we decided, hey what's an end of the year toast without some prizes?! So, we've got a bit of a contest to go along with the posts. We will be giving away a total of FIVE copies of the Nothing Matters When We're Dancing EP (Cloud502), which will be available only at a few Pop Nights in the UK and Sweden. So, dear readers from the U.S., this might be your only chance to get a copy! Just leave a comment on this post with your name, email, and maybe your 10 favorite Cloudberry songs if you'd like, and you will be entered into the random drawing! I will be choosing THREE winners from Skatterbrain and Tom will be choosing TWO over at IndieMP3, so leave a comment here and there to increase yor chances! The contest will close on January 4th, so get entering!

Okay, so I must admit, I cheated a bit on my picks; Oh! Custer's "Your Name" and Slow Down Tallahassee's "U R Grace U R" weren't the free ones on the site, but I just HAD TO include them, they were two of my very favorite songs of the year! Okay, so anyway, these are my picks, I hope you enjoy!

Tracklist and Links:
01. Oh! Custer :: Your Name (from Cloud009)
02. Slow Down Tallahassee :: U R Grace U R (from Cloud010)
03. The Airfields :: Yr So Wonderful (from Cloud047)
04. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart :: Orchard of My Eye (from Cloud013)
05. Signed Papercuts :: Only Fools Rush In (from Cloud027)
06. Blind Terry :: The Subtle Art of How to Break A Heart (from Cloud058)
07. The Deirdres :: Hopeless Is The Venue (from Cloud055)
08. Stars In Coma :: Revanche (from Cloud008)
09. Strawberry Story :: Boys (From the Story) (from Cloud065)
10. The Manhattan Love Suicides :: Last Stand (from Cloud062)

DOWNLOAD IT! (.ZIP, 10 MP3s with cover art, 31mb)

Well, I think that's it. It's truly been an incredible year – for indiepop and otherwise – and 2008 seems to be looking even brighter! Happy New Year, everybody!!!

Also, Lost Music, the gig promotion partner of indie mp3 will be putting on a Cloudberry Records gig on at the end of February 2008. Confirmed to date are Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Strawberry Story, Manhattan Love Suicides and one more to be confirmed. DJ's will be spinning Cloudberry releases only. More details will be posted once the line up is confirmed.

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Blogger Kristina Marie said...


2:02 PM  
Anonymous José Antonio said...

José Antonio

My top ten is:

1.The Bridal Shop.- "Bay the moon" (040)
2.-Silver Screen.-"When you don´t see me" (043)
3.-The Airfields.- "Icing sugar" (047)
4.-Basil.-"When we were 21" (069)
5.-Sunny Summer Day.-"You´re the one for me" (041)
6.-Blind Terry.-"When Prefab sprout wrecked my mind" (058)
7.-The Acoustic Stories.-"Final del verano" (050)
8.-The Lost Homeboys.- "Let´s do some thing beautiful" (049)
9.-The Felt Tips.-"Treat me gently" (028)
10.-The Margarets.-"Sally" (067)

But all singles are amazing!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Manhattan Love Suicides' Last Stand and the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart's Orchard Of My Eye.


5:45 PM  
Blogger Conrad Pursesnatcher said...

Derek Shepard

7:13 PM  
Blogger edfnblair said...

ed blair

10:36 PM  
Blogger Herbie said...

herbie shellenberger

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Maertens

- Stars in Coma - Revanche
- Soda Fountain Rag - Walking with my angel
- The Pains of being pure at heart - Orchard of my eye
- Twig - Helen of Troy
- The San Marinos - Can it get better than this
- The April Skies - A life time in the sun
- Komon - A good start
- Bye Bye Bicycle - Sirens
- The Margarets - Someone heavenly
- The Gladeyes - Your address

5:14 AM  
Blogger tweeturtle said...


1. 012 soda fountain rag - "walking with my angel"
2. 013 the pains of being pure at heart - "orchard of my eye"
3. 021 hari and aino - "second song"
4. 029 the medalist - "less is more but i'm not sure"
5. 035 the hi-life companion - "you're the greatest"
6. 046 the april skies - "a lifetime in the sun"
7. 049 the lost homeboys - "don't say you don't know"
8. 058 blind terry - "the subtle art of how to break a heart"
9. 060 the soft city - "wallflower"
10. 063 bye bye bicycle - "westside"

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Jessel said...

Ahhh...picking 10 Cloudberry songs is hard. It would have been harder if we had to include any tracks we wanted so I just picked from the freebie mp3s. I did ask Roque (several times) to take a vacation for a month or three so I can catch up to all the releases but there's just no stopping him! hahaha! my top ten (so far...) Starting off with the sound of blaring Sirens and ending up with Disco Dancing up to New Year's Eve with a whole lot of pop goodies inbetween...cheers to Roque and if you haven't been hooked yet with 3" CDs, well, it's not too late...


1. Sirens - Bye Bye Bicycle (063)
2. Steve - Robert Church and the Holy community (018)
3. 4am in the Morning - Basil (069)
4. These Terrible Things - Fanstastic Day (051)
5. Good Things Never Come Despite The Wait - The Pristines (059)
6. Less Is More But I'm Not Sure - The Medalist (029)
7. Before You KNow It - The Shining Hour (026)
8. Helen of Troy - Twig (017)
9. Someone Heavenly - The Margarets (067)
10. Let's Go Disco Dancing - Davey Strange (066)

1:56 PM  
Blogger apl said...

Cloudberry is the best thing to happen in music in 2007, but more: I believe it will acquire legendary status after some time, almost like Sarah records.

And I was listening to indie-pop Christmas compilation “Fantasia de Navidad” (2002) from Siesta records during these days. Most of the songs there are covers. I started looking for originals, and – guess what – one song - “The flowers are calling” from British indie-folk band Number 4 Joystreet – was re-released just recently on Cloudberry (048). It’s a nice coincidence.

I love almost all of Cloudberry singles so it’s nearly impossible to make top-10, but the most played was Horowitz “Popkids of the world unite”. Good slogan… : )


6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


garbage_921 at yahoo dot com

Cloudberry is teh awesome

6:19 PM  
Blogger sideroom said...

wow...hard to narrow it to 10 but happy to have a crack - and always easy to praise of Cloudberry :)

chosen not just from the freebies - from all the releases - in no particular order

1.So Much For Love - SDT
2.This Love Is *ucking Right - POBPAH
3.Escapisms From The Presence - Margarets
4.Nothingness - Signed Papercuts
5.Icing Sugar - The Airfields
6.Last Stand - MLS
7.Before You Know It - The Shining Hour
8. When You Don't See Me - Silver Screen
9.You're The One For - Sunny Summer Day
10. Home - Stoliday

5:03 AM  
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7:36 AM  
Blogger David said...


i vote for (in no particular order):

1. Pristines
2. Strawberry Story
3. Number 4 Joystreet
4. Waving Tree
5. Silver Screen
6. Morrisons
7. Celestial
8. Soda Fountain Rag
9. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
10. Shining Hour

7:37 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

01. The Airfields ... Yr So Wonderful [047]
02. The Margarets ... Someone Heavenly [067]
03. Bye Bye Bicycle ... Sirens [063]
04. Parker Lewis ... Dirty Dancing [042]
05. Indurain ... The Trip [031]
06. Blind Terry ... The Subtle Art of How to Break a Heart [058]
07. The Manhattan Love Suicides ... Last Stand [062]
08. Bonnie and Clyde ... First Fall [068]
09. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart ... Orchard of My Eye [013]
10. Bedroom Eyes ... Motorcycle Daydream [019]

7:44 AM  
Blogger Nana said...

cloudberry is the best... here are my top 1o songs...

o1 * the airfields * yr so wonderful (o47)
o2 * blind terry * when prefab sprout wrecked my mind (o58)
o3 * the pains of being pure at heart * this love is fucking right! (o13)
o4 * astrolab * when the leaf is not green (oo7)
o5 * the manhattan love suicides * last stand (o62)
o6 * the margarets * sally (o67)
o7 * parker lewis * dirty dancing (o42)
o8 * the hi-life companion * you're the greatest (o35)
o9 * the april skies * a lifetime in the sun (o46)
1o * the mare * didn't see you (o23)


8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Princess Niko
Peace in our Time
The Medalist
Log Lady Train
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Bedroom Eyes

From the top of my head, it is so hard because every release is totaly awesome !!!

Ian Smith

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Princess Niko
Peace in our Time
The Medalist
Log Lady Train
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Bedroom Eyes

From the top of my head, it is so hard because every release is totaly awesome !!!

Ian Smith

2:24 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

The sheer number of excellent tracks makes this a Mission Impossible, but here are my current favorites (without any order):
Celestial – Somedays we are (CLOUDBERRY 001)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - This Love is Fucking Right (CLOUDBERRY 013)
Charlie Big Time – Lipstick and Bravado (CLOUDBERRY 014)
Signed Papercups – Only Fools rush in (CLOUDBERRY 027)
The April Skies – A Picnic in Heaven (CLOUDBERRY 046)
The Jealous Sea – Past the grey (CLOUDBERRY 057)
The Manhattan Love Suicides - Last Stand (CLOUDBERRY 062)
Stars in Coma – Radio (The Star Has Wept Red Rose EP CLOUDBERRY 401)
Thirst for Threasures –Shoplift your heart (The Star Has Wept Red Rose EP CLOUDBERRY 401)
The Morning Paper – Sidewalks (The Star Has Wept Red Rose EP CLOUDBERRY 401)

DJ Mqt (

4:42 PM  
Blogger ethel said...

I love it all so this was tough, but I think I managed to narrow it down. My top ten in no particular order:

002 - Princess Niko — The Broken Paper-Heart Club
006 - Summer Cats — Discothéque
010 - Slow Down Tallahassee — Candy
013 - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Orchard of My Eye
021 - Hari and Aino — Second Song
035 - The Hi-Life Companion — You're the Greatest
039 - Tea for Three — Thngamajig
056 - Komon —  A Good Start
062 - The Manhattan Love Suicides — Last Stand
067 - The Margarets — Someone Heavenly


5:55 PM  
Blogger Dan-onymous said...

In no particular order (and this list is liable to change at any time!)...
Stars in Coma: Revanche
Robert Church & the Holy Community: Steve
Matador Jose: Still It's There
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Orchard of my Eye
The Morrisons: Cranberry Street
Fantastic Day: These Terrible Things
Basil: 4AM in the Morning
The Airfields: Yr So Wonderful
The Hi-Life Companion: You're the Greatest
The Medalist: Less is More but I'm not sure

10:03 PM  
Anonymous bennett said...

my top 10 - in no particular order is:

1. Apple Orchard - 'The Way You Brush...' (003)
2. Astrolab - 'When the Leaf is Not Green' (007)
3. Pains of Being... 'Orchard of My Eye' (013)
4. Hari & Aino - 'Second Song' (021)
5. Stoliday - 'Happy With Me' (025)
6. The San Marinos - 'Can it Get Better Than This' (038)
7. Bridal Shop - 'Marine Thing' (040)
8. The Acoustic Stories - 'Bright Ray' (050)
9. The Margarets - 'Someone Heavenly' (067)
10. The Occasional Flickers - 'Rucksack' (070)

I'm sure my top ten will be different next week


7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:30 PM  
Blogger C.J. said...

My C-Berry favs (in chronological order):

Summer Cats - "Discotheque" (006)
Slow Down Tallahassee - "Candy" (010)
Bedroom Eyes - "Motorcycle Daydream" (019)
Scottish Polis Inspector - "Fallen" (020)
The Morrisons - "Cranberry Street" (030)
The High-Life Companion - "You're the Greatest" (035)
Caroline Soul - "In Good Time" (044)
The Jealous Sea - "Past the Grey" (057)
Blind Terry - "The Subtle Art of How to Break a Heart" (058)
The Margarets - "Someone Heavenly" (067)


11:18 PM  
Anonymous Chris Mac said...

Chris Mac

Yay for Cloudberry!

4:00 AM  
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9:40 AM  
Anonymous panchito said...

(i would love to hear some horowitz on that cd =)

10:20 AM  
Anonymous arturus said...


3:48 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Louise Brooks (like the Fat Tulips song)

Top ten:
1. Swimming by Strawb Story
2. Last stand by Manhattan Love Suicides
3. Hopeless is the Venue by the Deirdres
4. You're the Greatest (Which is true of Cloudberry. Shameless flatter.) by the Hi-Life Companion
5. Blue Ring by Safety Matches
6. Motorcycle Daydreams by Bedroom Eyes
7. Orchard of my Eye by the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
8. Clean Bill of Health by Afternoon Naps
9. 4am in the Morning by Basil
10. Skip the Bridge by the Faintest Ideas.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Hoekstra
So far they all have been good but some particular ep stand outs in my mind are:
Apple orchard-That Happy Glow (love the trumpet accompaniment)
Stars in Coma-Transformation
Astrolab-When the Leaf Is Not Green
Celestial-Somedays We Are
Summer Cats-Wild Rice

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Searls

Oh, jeez, they're all good. Everything by Pains of Being Pure. I love the Sunny Summer Day EP. Celestian. Stars in Coma. Apple Orchard. Bridal Shop. Probably most of all the Manhattan Love Suicide's Last Stand. But don't make me choose.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my favourites are practically all of cloudberrys releases but especially strawberry story. boys from the story blows my mind.i hope they are planning more releases

11:01 AM  
Blogger Schmindie said...

I'd agree with anonymous.
Strawberry Story's whole single is awesome, particularly Swimming.

11:45 AM  
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