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Killin' For A Livin'
Price: $11.00
Artist: 1220
Description: Wunderkinds of the Knoxville TN local scene, their hook filled album from 2009 was recorded by Don Coffey Jr. of Superdrag (and the band can ROCK like the 'Drag too), the band has set out to cover new territory by incorporating a perfected power pop shimmer... read more »
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Brood Or Change
Price: $12.00
Artist: 50 Cent Haircut
Description: What best describes Jay Souza and 50 Cent Haircut? Think a rootsier Only Ones! Souza’s Peter Perrett-like vocals coupled with the band’s rockin’ approach add up to one terrific effort of “classic and richly toned slide guitars, whisky-soaked vocals and timeless melodies….like Hank Williams slapping The Beatles on the back over a few beers…Syd Barrett is the bartender, Johnny Cash is working the door, and XTC is on the jukebox” "Alt Honky-Tonk Garage Brit Pop." Not too far off the mark, though probably favoring the Brit Pop edge, heavy with warm, rootsy undercurrents… has a fluid, indefinable sound where all of these elements mix. "The album is like a cold beer on a hot day when you don't want to do anything, but still want to feel like more than a moldy lump on a lawn chair. 'Fiction' is a driving, pulsating sexy vision. 'Geronimo' makes you want to take your baby's hand and dance as hard as the guitar. The whole album is dripping with sweat and whiskey. it's perfect." - Sarah "The record's a bit like a scavenger hunt - they beg, borrow and steal from the masters and the obscure with the product being something completely original yet familiar. Describing themselves as 'a great American sound with that deep imported taste', if Ray Davies was in a rockabilly or Americana band it would sound a bit like this. Great harmonies, great interplay between jangle guitar and crisp leads, big thumping bass, skins pounded to within a inch of their lives, heavy and sometimes humourous lyrical content. They more than hold their own playing in the same ballpark as the likes of Ryan Adams, Wilco, the Jayhawks, the Cure (sans cheesy keys), the Kinks, John Hiatt, Elvis Costello and Graham Parker." - W1P Plus, how can you go wrong with a song like “Bring Me The Head (Of A Backstreet Boy)”? EXCELLENT!!... read more »
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My Music Plan
Price: $11.00
Artist: 8889
Description: LIMITED STOCK!!! Thank you! Our prayers were answered back in May of 2005 when we pleaded for a full-length by this Wisconsin five-some after their most excellent debut jangly pop EP and they delivered! Furthering the jangly Brit-pop vibe that permeated their debut, this one again features hook-filled songs propelled by jangly guitars and the fragile vocals of Russ Benbow and Jason Teteak. "They exude all the sincerity and innocent charm of the proverbial boy next door: It comes through in their songs - polished pop rock statements draped in the classic hues of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Motown, and it comes through in their lyrics, which feature candid reflections on loving and living in a world that sometimes moves too fast...Behind the tireless drive of the band's talented songwriting tandem, they have authored a document of passionate delivery and meticulous craftsmanship. Terrific...the very definition of genuine." -The Isthmus "A Precious Pop Gem that is near-perfect guitar pop, a Midwestern spin on a grand British tradition. The melodies are gorgeous and infectious. 8889 are capable of turning relatively simple melodies into giant, sweeping epic moments, and have produced an album that is slick and radio-friendly without being excessive or lifeless" - Rick's Cafe "With a Brit-pop sensibility that harkens back to the late '90s and channels Blur with a dash of Oasis. They show a healthy disregard for all trends indie and moves decidedly into the genre of smooth guitar pop - clearly demonstrating potential and the possession of songcraft building blocks necessary to become lasting musicians." - The Daily Cardinal "They play smooth, earnest, and accessible jangle-rock with luxuriant harmonies. Their mid-tempo jaunts are flavored with keyboards and layered guitars, and Benbow provides a strong sway factor as the songs roll and flow." -The Onion Will appeal immediately to fans of 80's/90's Brit-popsters like Suede Crocodiles, Horse Latitides, Aztec Camera, The Bluebells, et all and more recently, Crumb. GREAT!!!... read more »
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The Anatomy Of An Apricot
Price: $10.00
Artist: 8X8
Description: 8X8 is the transatlantic collaboration between Lane Steinberg (NYC - he of Tan Sleeve, Cracked Latin, The Wind) and Alex Khodchenko (Kiev, Ukraine). The entire album was recorded via file sharing. The principals have never met, nor even spoken. Their relationship, which began as a series of emails, blossomed over several years into a working musical partnership that transcends the lack of a common language and physical proximity. "A rare and precious jewel of an album! Entirely done via the internet, yet it has an organic wholeness that you would swear could not be possible under those circumstances.Although it has a sound that one might consider 'Brit Pop' or psychedelic pop, and fits easily in a playlist featuring The Dukes Of Stratosphear, the Kinks, early Pink Floyd, Love, late Beach Boys, and the like, it remains completely original, so well have the influences been digested. Every song is a gem. It's a beautiful album, and stands on its own as a work with it's own integrity, rather than a mere imitation. I can't recommend this album more highly." - M. B. Dill "Bringing forth influences from Todd Rundgren, The Zombies, The Beach Boys and Procol Harum, it requires multiple listens – but it really sticks. Opening with 'Fantastic Sun' it’s the most immediate and catchy track with a rich layered musical palette. The vocal harmonies are transcendental here and continue on 'Layabout' and 'Time And Tender Love.' Even Colin Blunstone would be impressed by the swirling 'Live in Dreamland.' This isn’t simply music you listen to – you let it wash over you like lush warm breeze. Good headphones are a must for this material. Many other highlights include the epic melodies of 'Snowflake In The Rain' and 'Sweetness In Your Life.' Credit also must go to Gregory White on a variety of keys (Hammond organ, mellotron, etc.), Rebecca Ona (backing vocals) and Rick R. (drums). Easily makes my top ten list for 2012, and will remain on my ipod for a long, long time." - Powerpopaholic.com GREAT!!!!... read more »
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Azalea's Room
Price: $12.00
Artist: 8X8
Description: 8X8 is the unique and mystical collaboration between Lane Steinberg (New York, US) and Alex Khodchenko (Kiev, UKR).  The two met in the Myspace days and have since developed an intuitive working relationship despite the fact that they have neither met nor ever spoken. At first listen, one could file under "Psychedelic Popular", but the strength of the compositions and performances are the real tribute to their influences.  "Azalea's Room", their second collection, has been two years in the making. The title track typifies the kinetic 8X8 energy with its Arabic sounding melody set to a jungle groove with lyrics describing a seaside refuge belonging to a woman who makes a fantastic cup of tea.  What follows are songs about star-crossed werewolves, cold war-era spies, a retiring obstetrician, a person trying to erase their identity from the internet...the usual rock n' roll subject matter.  It closes with a Hammond-fueled cover of "Tears of Rage", by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel. The idea to do the song was batted around one evening with R. Stevie Moore, who plays bass on the track.  It's a bittersweet ending to an album of impressionistic nostalgia via loping grooves and enchanting melodies. "Steinberg and Khodchenko have been around long enough to know that you can't stand still and expect to be taken seriously, and here show some serious growth in a number of areas without abandoning the distinctive baroque pop sensibilities that sugarcoated our earlugs first time around.  So while delicate pop miniatures like 'Ice Wings', the Beatlesque ballad 'Code Name Jacqueline' and vintage harpsichord pop fare like 'Dr Winkler's Hands' could make a fine home for themselves on (their debut) 'Anatomy of an Apricot' there's also plenty of room for the groovy eastern rock stylings of the title track and perhaps best of all, the moody bedsit melodrama of 'Laws of Attraction'. I'm not naive enough to assume that stardom beckons of course, but there are certainly a few more attentive sets of ears that are going to be well pleased to make the acquaintance of this particularly fine album." - TheActiveListener.com EXCELLENT!!... read more »
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All Broken Up
Price: $9.00
Artist: Aaron Fox
Description: Aaron was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. After graduating high school, he escaped from the Chicago suburbs and attended Rock School (Berklee College of Music) in Boston. In his final year in Boston, he recorded this 2003 debut effort (sans T... read more »
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Late Too Soon
Price: $13.00
Artist: Aaron Fox & the Reliables
Description: Here's some very cool, jangly, garage pop rock (with some very cool Replacement-like, chord-sequenced tunes) outta the Windy City! Aaron Fox & the Reliables started as a collaboration between Aaron Fox, guitarist/singer/songwriter, and guitarist Mike Bu... read more »
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Happy Endings
Price: $13.00
Artist: Abandon Ship
Description: LIMITED STOCK!! Born into a musical family, the five Lester brothers grew up playing instruments and singing harmony with their parents. In 2004, Nathan, Damian, and Gabriel Lester delivered a confident follow-up to their promising debut! Retaining their youthful vocal harmonies while delivering a more up-tempo effort than their debut, it’s chock full of layered guitars – not unlike early Brendan Benson and Dan Jones’ “One Man Submarine” (must be the water in Eugene, OR) which is still a fave around here! Posies-like at times too! "A complete blind listen...which is not at all unusual for me. There is something very exciting about hearing an album having never heard a single song...then being completely blown away by it. Which is what happened with this one. The Brendan Benson-like melodies, harmonies and songwriting stays strong and the guitar work is stunning! These siblings possess loads of talent, and it shows all over this album. This one is chock full of great tunes. Listen to it on a rainy day, a sunny day, in the morning or at night Abandon Ship create melodies and pop hooks that manage to suck the listener in early. Catchy, stick to ya kinds of tunes. Anyone who likes pop songs with lots of hooks, catchy melodies, and thoughtful chord changes, should buy this album right away and never stop enjoying it immensely." - Count Keef A grower! GREAT!!!... read more »
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Acid
Price: $12.00
Artist: Acid
Description: Stalwart guitarist Special K had been adrift. Splitting time between coasts and fine tuning his inexplicable rock agility, he amassed a cache of somber stories and returned home to forge the impeccable new offering, Acid. With Acid comes a haunting journey through love and loss, rock and roll, glam and punk... it is an exquisitely crafted collection of guitar driven gems, magnetized with pop hooks and honest emotion. Special K, who has done extensive soundtrack work and backed up such luminaries as The Damned, was joined by former Monster Magnet skin-basher John Kleinman to help out on a record that's been aptly described as "sour and crunchy on the outside... sweet and creamy on the inside". "Their hard-driving, Cheap Trick-meets-The Replacements melodic rock is easy to enjoy. There's also a touch of glam here as well as some Strokes-like vocals. What's not to like? Top tracks: 'Dead', 'Sheila', and 'Born to Stay'." - Absolutepowerpop.com "Their blistering debut is brimming with fuzzy and fizzy pop! A little bit punky and a lot more power pop, the record showcases the band's ability to create hard hitting upbeat rock songs. While the record retains plenty of the Mats' innate punky drive, here it's more focused, tempered, amd hook-injected. This has no filler, just endless smarts, a masterful sense of dynamics, deep hooks, and a gritty, hot-wired guitar sound." - MR Gomez GREAT!!!!... read more »
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Star
Price: $15.00
Artist: Acme Rock Group
Description: Acme Rock Group was formed in 1996 by guitarist-singer-songwriter-producer Erik Rex. Their 2001 debut combines elements of influential British guitar-based rock and roll bands like the Beatles, the Kinks, and the Who. "Indie pop fans have been heaping a large amount of justifiable praise on Rick Corcoran for his gem of a Beatles-inspired album, The Orgone Box. Save some of that same applause for 'Star'. Rex and his musical pals have released a dandy of a Beatlesque album that excels with their original power pop and psychedelic tunes. The disc opens strongly with three straight tracks that smack of 'Sgt. Pepper'’s era songs – the last of which, 'Floating,' even has a bit of a David Bowie sound to it. The slower tracks are reminiscent of 'Rubber Soul'. In fact, this is one of those rare discs where the songs blend seamlessly together, and has just helped pseudo-60s psych/pop take a big step forward!" - Amplifier Magazine Very reminiscent of Teenage Fan Club and Superstar. Features kool covers of Beatles/Peter & Gordon’s “World Without Love” and The Who’s “Odorono”. GREAT!!!... read more »
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Born Too Late
Price: $10.00
Artist: Asher and The Spinners
Description:

The pop apple doesn’t fall far from the pop tree, as Asher Pope is the son of top tier popper Greg Pope!  Nick’s DIY tribute to the Monkees!!  A multi-instrumentalist who makes and records the noise in these laboratories is a marvel.  “This ... read more »

...into thin air
Price: $6.00
Artist: Bertling Noise Laboratories
Description:

A multi-instrumentalist who makes and records the noise in these laboratories is a marvel.  “This colle ... read more »

The Frodis Tape
Price: $12.00
Artist: Berling Noise Laboratories
Description: Nick’s DIY tribute to the Monkees!!  < ... read more »

Don't You Think You've Had Enough?
Price: $15.00
Artist: Bleached
Description:

On Bleached’s third release, sisters Jessie and Jennifer Clavin start with a foundation of basic big guitars, big drums, and big choruses of classic Cheap Trick or Weezer and eventually spin out into a handf ... read more »

The Glitterest, Sladest, Rockin’est, Laidest, Overtime-Paidist, Boogiest Band In Town
Price: $12.00
Artist: Creem Circus
Description:

Creem Circus hails from the dirty, grey streets of the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, just a few blocks from where “Eraserhead” was filmed.  Creat ... read more »

She's The One
Price: $8.00
Artist: Dogmatics
Description:

Boston's legendary Dogmatics return with their first recording of brand new music in over 30 years!  “Back in the day”, the sound and sight of the Dogmatics was consummate, raucous rock and roll &# ... read more »

The Unraveling
Price: $14.00
Artist: Drive-By Truckers
Description:

“The Unraveling” is the first new Drive-By Truckers album in 3 1/2 years (the longest space between DBT albums ever). Those years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen ... read more »

The Scenic Route
Price: $16.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

As terrific and great as their back catalog is, their 16th album, “The Scenic Route” ... read more »

The Accidental Falls
Price: $13.00
Artist: Eyelids
Description:

Portland, OR's Eyelids, one of rock's best-kept secrets, step firmly out from the shadow cast ... read more »

Spiderbites
Price: $11.00
Artist: Indonesian Junk
Description:

The glam punk dirtbags in Indonesain Junk specialize in big ol, catchy power pop hooks.  “Spiderbites” is a brand new tuff n' catchy batch of instant classics. The three piece is frequently compare ... read more »

Blue Palms
Price: $10.00
Artist: Jimmy Haber
Description:

The third album from pop master Jimmy Haber is a top-notch jangle, hook ‘n harmony-filled affair that truly belies its dark influences.  Jimmy explains “When I officially began recording “Blue Palms” in Marc ... read more »

Jordan Jones
Price: $14.00
Artist: Jordan Jones
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  As most know, we here at Kool Kat Musik are 100% committed to physical product, especially the CD ... read more »

Give In To The Night
Price: $12.00
Artist: Latvian Radio
Description:

Evolving from the first punk rock version of the band known as The B-Sides, and together since 2005, New York based indieread more »

Miracle Of Science + 2
Price: $15.00
Artist: Marshall Crenshaw
Description:

Between 1994 and 2003, Marshall Crenshaw recorded five albums for the Razor and Tie label. Now, the singer-songwriter is returning to those acclaim ... read more »

Natural Beauty
Price: $14.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

Mo Troper's latest solo effort was recorded in the uneasy yet fertile time after the singer, s ... read more »

The Great Indoors (2CD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: Nick Haeffner
Description:

Originally in the John Peel favorite weird art-rock outfit The Tea Set, Nick Haeffner quickly progressed to playing numerous sessions with many up-and-coming groups - while releasing some of the most t ... read more »

Forest Of Love
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Northern Pikes
Description:

The legacy of the Northern Pikes continued in 2019 with the release of the band¡¯s brandThe debut release from four guys (including Lenny Grassa, formerly of The Leonards) from Detroit who are doing their part to keep a no frills, bar band brand of rock ‘n roll alive.  They cite influence ... read more »

Bloodshot Red
Price: $12.00
Artist: Popular Creeps
Description:

The debut release from four guys (including Lenny Grassa, formerly of The Leonards) from Detroit who are doing their part to keep a no frills, bar band brand of rock ‘n roll alive.  read more »

And Now For The Whatchamacallit
Price: $14.00
Artist: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Description:

Those looking for promiscuous breakfast foods on hallucinogens, unfortunately, you have been gravely misled.  Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are a four-piece rock outfit from Western Australi ... read more »

35 Years On
Price: $12.00
Artist: Quincy
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 28!!  Rob Martinez is back with this, his third album of power pop perfection featuring lush harmonies and quirky production touches.  Rob is joined by Karma Frog head and five tool ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #100
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #100
Description:

They’ve hit the Century Mark with the latest issue – congrats!  Supergrass grace the cover.read more »

Electric Mistress
Price: $8.00
Artist: STAG
Description:

STAG has a riff-centered sound that’s both nostalgic and contemporaneous; equal parts romantic angst and sexual tension; vibrantly commercial yet comfortably in the red.Power pop is the driving force behind the debut from Steven Bradley.  The record touches ground somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Nick Lowe and will keep any Matthew Sweet fan happy.read more »

Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears
Price: $13.00
Artist: Steven Bradley
Description:

Power pop is the driving force behind the debut from Steven Bradley.  The record touches ground somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Nick Lowe and will keep any Matthew Sweet fan happy.read more »

Can't trust the rain + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Strand
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 21!!  Thee Moot wish it could be 1982 again!!  Born out of the ashes of the fabulous Onlookers, who delivered a strain of New wave-tinged Power Pop in the late ‘70s into the early ‘80s. While The Onlookers music ... read more »

Tomorrow's Calling
Price: $9.00
Artist: Thee Moot
Description: DUE MARCH 6 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ZOMBIES ALERT!!  ... read more »

The Chris White Experience Volume 1
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Chris White Experience
Description:

DUE MARCH 6 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ZOMBIES ALERT!!  The popularity of The Zombies has soared over the last few years, and is growing since their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2019. A ... read more »

All Too Beautiful! Live September 2017
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Direct Hits
Description: Brand new one from Scotland’s finest purveyors of Floyd/Barrett-inspired psych pop with hints of jangle of the highest order!  “The past decade or so has been a fine one for Scottish bands. Where a ... read more »

Full Of Strange + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Fast Camels
Description: Originally released in 2004, “Giant On The Beach” was The Grip Weeds’ fourth album.  It represented a giant step forward for the group and lifted their multilayered psychedelic pop-rock to ne ... read more »

Peel It To Reveal It
Price: $15.00
Artist: Thee Moot
Description: read more »

Onceinaworld
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Overtures
Description:

PENCILS ALERT!! WOW!! Brand-spankin’ new release by a band led by Den Pugsley formerly of The Jetz, and more importantly, The Pencils!  Den wrote all of the songs and is lead vocalist o ... read more »

Anthology + bonus disc
Price: $29.00
Artist: The Pencils
Description: 80's BRIT-POP ALERT!! I became aware of The Pencils in 1982 when reading a review of their debut single “Watching The Tears” in the New Musical Express. To this day, I can’t remember if it was because the review was positive, or if the negative references intrigued me, but either way I made sure that I promp ... read more »

It's About Time
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Real Impossibles
Description:

The Real Impossibles were an L.A. based Power Pop band (1983-1988).  They recorded two EPs and one 45 RPM single.  read more »

3
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Weeklings
Description:

RELEASED ON JANUARY 17 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Don't let read more »

Dirty Snakes
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tom Baker
Description:

Tom Baker delivers his first solo release backed by both of his bands - The Dirty Truckers and The Snakes – who ably assist in delivering a sonic wall of 70’s FM thunder welded by earnest blue collar rock n' roll.read more »

The Great British Beat! Volume Two
Price: $19.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: If you were lucky enough/old enough to remember when the Direct Hits and their fan ... read more »

Hit The Hay Vol. 11
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Celebrating their 25th year of presenting twangy and jangly roots pop, Sweden’s Sound Asleep Records brings us the eleventh installment of their terri ... read more »

An Indie All Star Tribute To Paul McCartney
Price: $11.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Ex-pat (Malaysia by way of Texas) Keith Spinney is the man responsible for fostering this project.  This album features performances by some ver ... read more »

Tea & Symphony: English Baroque Sound 1968-1974
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Young Guv only makes hits, baby. It's what he was born to do. Too many hits, in fact - since last summer, Guv (a.k.a. Ben Cook) moved to Brooklyn from his native Toronto and wrote music, because th ... read more »

Guv 1 & II
Price: $15.00
Artist: Young Guv
Description: read more »