Julie Ocean debut album on the way

    2008 is shaping up to be a good year for Velocity Girl aficionados. Former VG singer Sarah Shannon released her Burt Bacharach-meets-Carole King opus City Morning Song in February, and now Velocity Girl drummer Jim Spellman’s new band, Julie Ocean, is set to drop its debut album, Long Gone and Nearly There, on May 27. The band’s name, which comes from a song title by the Undertones, is a hint to its contents. Anyone enamored of classic late-’70s power pop a la 20/20, the Shoes, et al, should have their hearts lifted by Julie Ocean’s fizzy pop hooks and sharp, concise (10 songs in 25 minutes–take that, Ramones!) songcraft. Those who follow the release schedules of labels like Parasol and Not Lame religiously should prepare themselves for the power-pop album of the year. "But will they tour?" we hear you cry. Fingers crossed, friends…