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Charlotte Pop Fest 2008
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Congrats to festival organizer/artist James Deem!  July 4 & 5, 2008 marked the first Charlotte Pop Fest!  Early reports are that it was a rousing success - enough so that looks like it will happen again in 2009!  The festival featured many artists... ... read more »
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Look At The Sun
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: SOLD OUT!! Another stellar 22-track collection of rare BBC session tracks along with a significant proportion of acetates - all previously unreleased - recorded by some of the decade’s most obscure happening groups. Genuine hardcore unreleased British psych is a rare beast indeed these days but Top Sounds believe they have found some with two late 1967 tracks by Louise, who played clubs such as Happening 44 and were most definitely the real deal as far as British psychedelia was concerned. Psych pop heroes Kaleidoscope return with a newly discovered and much improved BBC version of "Faintly Blowing" from 1967, together with a thought lost performance from the same session of "The Murder Of Lewis Tollani". Portsmouth psychsters Coconut Mushroom offer excellent fuzzy pop in ‘Without You’, then crank up the volume with a sledgehammer version of the Who’s ‘Call Me Lightning’. Top of many fans wants lists are new tracks by the Fleur de Lys and unbelievably a cracking version of Albert King’s "Cross Cut Saw" from a ’67 BBC session has been found for Look At The Sun. Rare BBC performances by Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera have also been located and two of the best tracks from Wooden Hill’s Onyx CD make an appearance here. Infamous for their classic "Does It Really Matter" and the fact that no-one had a clue who they were, the Glass Opening feature with not only that great B’side but also three other corkers cut onto acetates during 1968. Graded Grains reappear with an excellent take on Spooky Tooth's "Better By You, Better Than Me", nestling closely to Andy Scott blasting out heavy prog pop riffs with the Elastic Band on a previously unknown version of "Uptown, Downtown" And there are two BBC performances by the venerable T2, one of which incredibly is an audio recording of their only television appearance! Plus more makes this an absolute must for fans of this kind of stuff! We sure are! GREAT!!! ... read more »
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Lowe Profile: A Tribute To Nick Lowe
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: In 2005, Walter Clevenger rounded up a slew of fine artists to pay tribute to the guy who has had such a huge influence on his music - and one of our ALL-TIME FAVORITE ARTISTS! . The 2CD features contributions from Walter himself, Ian Gomm, Dave Alvin, Duane Jarvis, Foster and Lloyd, Steve Allen (20/20), Ron Flynt (20/20), Don Dixon, Jamie Hoover, The Muffs, Tiffany Anastasia Lowe, Terry Anderson, Robbie Rist, Eric Ambel, Steve Wynn, Eugene Edwards, Sparkle*jets UK, The Glimmer Stars, The Brilliant Mistakes + more! Walter's band (the Dairy Kings) helps out by playing "house band" and recording the music for several of the artists on the tribute. most of the artists on Lowe Profile are roots rockers and pop mavens who obviously know and love Lowe's music, but also bring their own flavors to the performances, and along the way testify to the diversity of his material. "The other widely available tribute to the music of Nick Lowe, 'Labour of Love', counted Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, and Dar Williams among its contributors. The hitters on 'Lowe Profile' - a set covering, in the words of executive producer Clevenger, 'rock, pop, blues, country, and soul - and that's just the first five songs on disc one!'- aren't quite as heavy. But that's a plus, not a minus, as it allows the diversity of Lowe's songwriting to take center stage. Each of his periods is represented by a standout track. His Brinsley Schwarz bandmate Ian Gomm, who cowrote 'Cruel to Be Kind,' turns in a heartfelt version of the song accented by some delicious George Harrison-esque slide guitar, and Foster & Lloyd reunite after 15 years to put a smooth country spin on the Rockpile-era 'Without Love.' Other highlights include Greg Trooper's soulful, Wurlitzer-tinged take on 'What's Shaking on the Hill' (the centerpiece of 1990's 'Party of One') and a rockabilly reimagining by James Intveld of 'Dig My Mood''s 'Lonesome Reverie.'" - Benjamin Lukoff This isn't a bunch of slapped-together covers, but a heartfelt tribute to a musician whose talent and attitude has made a real impact among people who love music, and one of the best tributes we've ever heard! GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! ... read more »
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Sing Me A Rainbow: A Trident Anthology 1965-1967
Price: $28.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: In the mid-'60s, Trident Productions, run by Kingston Trio manager Frank Werber, recorded quite a bit of San Francisco Bay Area rock, usually but not always leaning to the folk-rock side. Though they had a big hit right away with the We Five's 1965 smash ... read more »
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Hearts On Fire: Sweet Relief Vol. II
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: WOW!!! Big-time kudos to Jeremy Morris and JAM Recordings for assembling this absolutely stellar start-to-finish collection of jangle pop! Featuring contributions from the likes of Greg Pope, The Records, The Lolas, The Temponauts, DM3, Dropkick, The Primary 5, Nigel Clark (Dodgy), The Junipers, Daniel Wylie, Cosmic Rough Riders, The Tangerines, and more, this 24-song offering begs you hit the "replay" button! Lasting 75 minutes plus, it is a double albums worth of music for the nice price of one. Special high grade mastering, superb art, and detailed liners make this a great value and best of all it's a charity CD to help provide aid to victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Along with tracks from now-out-of-print releases, the collection also contains exclusive contributions from Jeremy, The Lolas, Paisley and Charlie, The Tangerines, and The Kubes! Can't say enough about this one (as we play it for the seventh time)! Like we've been known to say - GREAT MUSIC FOR A GREAT CAUSE! ... read more »
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All Those Times We Spent Together: A Tribute To The Television Personalities Vol. 3 + bonus disc
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: The Beautiful Music has committed itself to releasing ten Television Personalities tribute albums over the next few years. It is an idea that is both bonkers and admirable, as if the label is trying to make up for all the praise and recognition that the band has sadly missed out on over its 30 plus year existence. "After the Years’ offers up a spiky version of ‘This Angry Silence’, Anorak Girl take a kitschy electro pop approach to ‘Smashing Time’ that sort of sounds like a solo effort from the girls from the Human League, which is great, and seems to suit the song. Blue Petal’s arrangement of ‘A Good and Faithful Servant’ is fairly faithful to the original, slowing it down and giving it a swinging, waltzy beat, but capturing the sentiment of the song nicely. A Smile And A Ribbon’s take on ‘Magnificent Dreams’ sounds a bit Electrelane-like, and has a nice innocent, childish vibe to it. Sarandon take ‘And Don’t the Kids Just Love It’ and sharpen up the 60's garage rock influence within it, making it more overt. The Painted Word unsurprisingly takes ‘The Painted Word’ and adds a breakbeat to it, which, with the Beatles-ish backwards guitar and tambourine, makes it sound a bit like an early Britpop song. Amica’s loose, de-anglified version of ‘In a Perfumed Garden’ reminds me a little of Pavement, and therefore gets two thumbs up. Armstrong’s nice harmonies and simple, arrangement of ‘This Heart’s Not Made of Stone’ is another highlight; different enough from the original to stand up on its own, but keeping the sentiment of the original. Cineplexx gives ‘I Hope You Have a Nice Day’ a sort of lo fi Phil Spector treatment, while Apple Orchard strips away the 80's jangle of ‘The Dream Inspires’ and replaces it with Sloan-meets-Belle and Sebastian indie pop. La Grande Illusion Gainsbourg-ifies ‘Glittering Prizes’ and is surprisingly good. The alt-rock version of ‘The Man Who Paints the Rainbows’, supplied by Bunnygrunt, is another good one; it’s a natural adaptation that is different but doesn’t feel forced. Versions of ‘This Angry Silence’ book-end the compilation, with Boyracer’s closing take making it sound very Buzzcocks-like." - PennyBlackMusic.co.uk "Common to all of these songs is that hardly anyone knows them . Never mind. I assure you, the music is worth it. Dan Treacy is a great songwriter, tells the wonderfully true, sad, melancholic, incredible, off-beat, happy, dreamy stories and provides the right chords. Each band, each artist, brings his own vision and interpretation. It is always exciting and worth hearing . Nice thing !" - Twang-tone.de Jeremy Gluck (Barracudas) also covers "King and Country"! COMES WITH A 23-TRACK BONUS DISC OF EVEN MORE TVP COVERS!! EXCELLENT!!! ... read more »
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Kool Kat Does Jellyfish
Price: $0.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Originally only available as an exclusive bonus disc with Burning Sky’s “Sensory Lullabies: Tribute To Jellyfish” release, and now to celebrate the release of Jellyfish's "Radio Jellyfish: Live Radio Broadcasts 1993", we’re alerting you to it's availability once again. ... read more »
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Love Letter To Japan
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Many Scottish musicians have received much love and support over the years from Japanese friends and fans. Now they're sending some love and support back to the people of Japan with "Love Letter To Japan" - a Scottish indie pop fan's delight that has been specially compiled by Duglas T Stewart of BMX Bandits to raise money for the Japanese relief effort, following the recent earthquake and tsunami. The 18-track album features new, previously unreleased songs, from composer Craig Armstrong, Stevie Jackson of Belle & Sebastian, BMX Bandits, The Pastels, Bill Wells, The Pearlfishers, Snowgoose, Alasdair Roberts, Paul Quinn (Primary 5), The Starlets and Eugenius! Track listing: Snowgoose "Harmony Springs", The Pastels "Guest Of Honour", Hidden Masters "Golden Hair", Stevie Jackson "Price Of An Education", Paul Quinn "Away", "BMX Bandits with Yeongene & Tenniscoats "Standing Still", Eugenius "Friend or Foe", The Pearlfishers "Swan Dreams (live)", Bill Wells & Tape "Troublesome Malady", Ally Kerr "Could Have Been A Contender", Lenzie Moss "Where Eagles Dare", St. Deluxe "After The Fire", Jo Mango "The Moth and the Moon", Alasdair Roberts & Mairi Morrison "Bradhagair zan Taobh Siar", Randolph's Leap "Going Home", Craig Armstrong "Cherry Blossom", The Starlets and The Andersons "All To Make You Feel Brand New", and Momus "I Can See Japan". This is a CDR. A DONATION OF $5 PER CD SOLD WILL BE MADE BY KOOL KAT MUSIK TO THE RED CROSS JAPANESE RELIEF EFFORT!!! GREAT MUSIC FOR AN EVEN GREATER CAUSE!! ... read more »
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Too Much Time On Our Hands: A Styx Tribute Album
Price: $13.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: When approaching this project, the participants rethought the arrangements of these Styx songs, avoiding the triple-tenor harmony vocals, progressive rock instrumentation, double-lead electric guitar solos, and theatrical leanings of the original recordings, thus the organic core of each song is revealed and appreciated. The album makes an interesting study for any Styx fan, or a fan of any of the artists that contributed. Unique in its approach, it emphasizes the vision of each artist's interpretation of the track to which they contributed. In that way, fans who know each artist's style will easily recognize their sound. Like any compilation or mix tape, there are highs and lows for every listener. Pacific Northwestern female-fronted punk trio Heart Beats Red turned in a ferociously garagey interpretation of "The Grand Finale", Alva Star channeled Prince in their dreamy take on "Lady", Echelon odernized the rock classic "Renegade", power-vocalist Beki Hemmingway out-emoted the original Dennis DeYoung composition "Don't Let It End", acoustic duo Lost and Found made "The Grand Illusion" sound like Simon And Garfunkel, college-town troubadour Jerry Chapman growled his way through "Man In The Wilderness", and project coordinator Jonathan Rundman teamed up his cousin Bruce Rundman and producer/drummer Andy Deitrich to record the Styx staple "Come Sail Away" and the obscure gem "Queen Of Spades". The result is a pretty cool, creative tribute of a group of artists interpreting Styx in unique and rootsy ways! ... read more »
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Friends With Benefits: A Compilation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis
Price: $11.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: 16 bands from the Twin Cities area coming together for a good cause (and delivering some fine music in the process)! In the early months of 2005, after Minor 7 recording studio opened its downtown Minneapolis doors, its founders realized the best way to show off their new studio toys was to pimp some product. Problem was, they hadn't recorded anyone yet. The genius of their solution - to offer free recording time to any band willing to devote one unreleased track to this CD - is twofold. First, no group in their right mind will turn down free studio time, a fact that rewarded the producers the pick of the Twin Cities crop. Second, because the same engineers recorded each of the album's tracks in the same studio, the disc has a consistency of sound and flow all too rare in compilations. And, while the music on this disc demonstrates a wide array of styles and provides a musical "snapshot" of bands currently treading the boards, it does feature tracks from artists certainly familiar to pop fans - Heavy Sleeper, The Idle Hands, The Hang Ups, Autumn Leaves and Romantica. All proceeds from the sale of this nicely-priced CD go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! EXCELLENT!!! ... read more »
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From The Outside Looking In
Price: $16.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description: DROPKICK ALERT! There is a new Dropkick album nearing completion, but in the meantime Andrew Taylor steps out into the solo spotlight on a collection of songs that haven't made Dropkick albums over the past 15 years – not to worry, just because they didn’t make the albums doesn’t mean there’s a drop-off in quality! “One o ... read more »

In Machina
Price: $17.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description: Armchair Oracles, dubbed Norway’s best kept secret, are unlikely to keep the title for long…as everyday pop heads are turning towards their songs of timeless hooks and melodies. Comparisons have been made with some of the greatest songwriters the world has ever seen. “A solid effort, as ‘Considerations’ opens with a jangl ... read more »

Change Your Skin...Wash Your Heart
Price: $13.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description: Norway-based Armchair Oracles consists of Atle Skogrand on vocals and guitar, Jan Ove Engeset on bass, Charlie Wise on drums and Kjetil Halsen on trumpet. They also play a variety of other instruments over the course of this, their 2009 debut album. “There are several classic pop songs here, which true enough is reminiscent ... read more »

Transatlantic Romantic
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bill DeMain
Description: “Bill DeMain's first full-length album is a delicious, wonderfully arranged song cycle stacked high with sweet, beautifully written and performed classic-sounding songs in the style of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, and Harpers Bizarre. “It is as perfect a record as could be offered to earthlings in 2017. Bu ... read more »

Extended Stay
Price: $8.00
Artist: Bill DeMain
Description: As one half of Swan Dive, Bill DeMain had already released nine acclaimed albums over the past decade and a half with his singing partner Molly Felder, enjoying great success in Japan, Thailand and Korea. In May 2010, a record-setting flood hit Nashville, filling the basement of Bill's condo with over five feet of water. Am ... read more »

The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
Price: $11.00
Artist: Biters
Description: Like their British counterparts The Struts, Biters mine the past to preserve its future. ¡ˇăThey are a great rock band. They look the part, they act the part, Tuk is a proper star, and they can toss off tunes as easily as Gordon Ramsay plates crab cakes: ¡®Back To Georgia¡¯ and ¡®Hollyw ... read more »

Forever
Price: $19.00
Artist: BMX Bandits
Description: Brand new release (the tenth!) from these Scottish pop legends fronted by Duglas T. Stewart. Is it possible that, after more than 30 years in the music business, Duglas has, in 2017, made his best album? The collection of songs included here could be the best thing in their whole discography - without letting go of their ... read more »

Euphoria Love
Price: $10.00
Artist: Brenyama
Description: Produced by Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds (who’s all over this as a guest player contributing vocals, percussion, and guitars) at the ‘Weeds House Of Vibes studio, this neo-psychedelic four piece from New Jersey have fashioned up a real fun pop album, very much set in the 60's and focusing on the joint vocals of husband and w ... read more »

Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star
Price: $15.00
Artist: Chris Bell
Description: While Chris Bell is best known for his posthumous classic "I Am The Cosmos," and as a founding member of the legendary Big Star, his story did not begin there. “Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star” delivers the origins of his incredible, influential and far too short career. This 22-track collection is the first of its k ... read more »

Many Happy Returns
Price: $8.00
Artist: Cliff Hillis
Description: A brand new 6-song EP from Cliff of all new originals including co-writes with Dan Bern, Bill DeMain, and Robbie Rist! “Truth be told, Cliff Hillis just keeps continuing to impress me every time he comes out with new music. A Beatle fan himself, you can easily hear the influence the Fab Four has had on him, especially in t ... read more »

Scenery For Dreamers
Price: $16.00
Artist: Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders
Description: RELEASED ON AUGUST 4 - EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW! WOW!! Brand new release from Daniel, who is quick to proudly point out that this one’s got a Crazy Horse vibe to it – and that ain’t far from the truth folks! Daniel provides some further insight regarding what he was listening to/influenced by when writing/recordin ... read more »

Mean Old Twister
Price: $16.00
Artist: Deniz Tek
Description: Deniz is best known as a founding member of the influential Australian 70's band Radio Birdman. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, the guitarist/singer/songwriter has long been based in Australia, maintaining an active and prolific solo career as well as spearheading Radio Birdman's ongoing revival. He’s also toured and recor ... read more »

Peace Potato
Price: $15.00
Artist: Doug Tuttle
Description: Massachusetts songwriter returns with his third solo album that introduces itself with the horn-laden, honeydripper, “Bait The Sun”, a classic Tuttle tune; downer pop melodies coloring a hypnagogic landscape. It is indeed that state of lucid dreaming, somewhere between the onset of sleep is where he firmly plants the seeds ... read more »

“Turning Circles”: Acoustic Session April 2017
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description: A KOOL KAT EXCLUSIVE! Previously only available as a download, Andrew Taylor and the boys have graciously allowed us to manufacture physical copies of this very kool performance for people like us who aren’t fans of, or are not inclined to downloading! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album 'Turning Circles', An ... read more »

Bombs Away
Price: $14.00
Artist: Duncan Reid and The Big Heads
Description: 2017 release, the third album from the UK's best looking purveyors of heavy melody power pop punk. Duncan Reid is best known for his work with UK pop punk pioneers The Boys. There are only two people in the entire world who can claim to have played with the Ramones while not actually being tagged with the 'Ramone' nom-de-pl ... read more »

TV Generation
Price: $13.00
Artist: Edward Rogers
Description: Prolific British-rock inspired singer-songwriter Edward Rogers releases his seventh solo album. In the gritty tradition of Nick Cave, Kevin Ayers and Ray Davies, “TV Generation” pairs Edward’s authentic and reflective lyricism with his powerful melodic voice creating an album that is grounded in firm Britrock and English b ... read more »

Too Much World + bonus EP
Price: $18.00
Artist: Eric Matthews
Description: Eric Matthews didn’t invent chamber pop, but he certainly set an impossibly high bar with his 1995 debut, “It’s Heavy In Here”, which hit with the impact of a velvet-fisted sucker punch telegraphed with hypnotic whispers. Eric sublimated his solo career after the lukewarm response to ‘97’s “The Lateness Of The Hour”, becom ... read more »

Hidden Holidays
Price: $9.00
Artist: EyeRollers
Description: A band of gentlemen, a band who bonded over the love of rock and roll and cold tins. They are proud purveyors of melody and loud guitars. Not content to follow the damp country roads of their peers, these dandies ride the hard tarmac of Hamilton, Ontario's sooty thoroughfares. “They have taken The Cheap Trick template and ... read more »

Another Summer Of Love
Price: $15.00
Artist: GospelbeacH
Description: Their sophomore effort is another stellar example of gorgeous psychedelic country and power pop care of Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde’s Brent Rademaker. “After debuting with an album that captured the good-time, easy feeling of the early-'70s version of the Grateful Dead at their warmest, GospelbeacH return with a second ... read more »

No Room For Squares
Price: $14.00
Artist: Green Circles
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL! Stick around long enough and you end up with enough odds and sods for an album. Well this is such an album for Australian garage/psych rockers Green Circles who’ve been around since 1998 and are still active! Demos from the original line up way back when, tunes recorded specifically for ... read more »

Never Leaving California
Price: $13.00
Artist: Greg Ieronimo
Description: The followup to his “Bipolar Love” EP is finally here…and it’s a stone cold corker! “Ieronimo’s sound emphasizes the ‘power’ in power pop with heavy riffs leading the way on each song, comparable to Extreme or Green Day, but with a melodic emphasis and lush production technique similar to Jason Falkner. And unlike the deb ... read more »

Call My Name: Selected Recordings 1964-70
Price: $16.00
Artist: James Royal
Description: A best-kept secret among fans of '60s Mod and blue-eyed soul, James Royal (dubbed by Mods as “The King of British Blue Eyed Soul”) enjoyed a decade-long career with releases on Decca, Parlophone, CBS, Carnaby and Philips and yet has never been treated to an official retrospective CD compilation - until now. Compiled and co ... read more »

The Nashville Sound
Price: $14.00
Artist: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Description: Without exaggeration, Jason Isbell has become one the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation. He possesses an incredible penchant for identifying and articulating some of the deepest, yet simplest, human emotions, and turning them into beautiful poetry through song. "There's no better songwriter on the ... read more »

In Triangle Time
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kelley Stoltz
Description: Silver-tongued songsmith and true American treasure Kelley Stoltz presents a Syd Barrett-inspired collection of instant classics with just a hint more synthery than 2013's “Double Exposure”. For those not yet in the fan club, Kelley's like a Ray Davies/Brian Wilson/Tom Petty power popper from another dimension where well p ... read more »

Forever & Beyond
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kenny Herbert
Description: Kenny’s latest, “Forever & Beyond”, is a collection of 14 new songs written with the love and passion inspired by the love of Kenny’s life – his wife Caroline. They were recorded and all but two songs produced over the last few years by David Paton (Pilot) at DPS in Edinburgh and Abbey Road Studio 2, London. Our thanks go ... read more »

Potential
Price: $14.00
Artist: King Washington
Description: Born and bred in sunny Southern California, King Washington delivers an easy, new California sound. The strong Southern California heritage of the band members is made manifest in their songwriting, fusing elements of their California roots in the folk rock music of the 60’s and 70’s and builds upon them with a blues tinte ... read more »

The Waltz Of The Fool
Price: $15.00
Artist: Le Mat
Description: LIMITED EDITION – ONLY 300 COPIES PRESSED! Formed out of the ashes of the mighty fine Southend-On-Sea Modsters The Leepers, Le Mat formed in 1980 and were one of the first groups to embrace the new Neo-Psychedelic scene that was exploding throughout the London Mod scene. Times were changing as they did back in 1967/68. T ... read more »

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets
Price: $15.00
Artist: Los Straitjackets
Description: Following three holiday tours with Nick Lowe, America's foremost instrumental guitar combo Los StraitJackets couldn't help but ask the question, "What would Nick Lowe's songs sound like as instrumentals?" Well the Grammy-nominated guitar heroes answer that question with the release of “What's So Funny About Peace, Love and ... read more »

Phillip The Egg
Price: $16.00
Artist: Magic Bus
Description: Recorded over 9 days at Vale studios in Worcestershire, UK, Magic Bus are spacebound in their silver jetpacks...determined to find Utopia. The album has the Canterbury/West coast vibe the band are known for, but now with the added influence of vintage Prog clearly coming to the fore. “These uplifting words - ‘The Air is Sw ... read more »

Sometimes A Great Ocean
Price: $11.00
Artist: Marble Party
Description: “Sometimes a Great Ocean” is a brilliantly arranged and masterfully conceived album that may be even more polished than the band’s first two records, their debut “Lyle” in 2012 and 2014’s “Plush Up.” “On this, their third album, they continue their winning streak with 10 new songs marked by the same kind of quirky lyrics a ... read more »

Tomorrow Forever
Price: $14.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description: This is Matthew's fifth album of new material in this century, the first since 2011's “Modern Art” and 14th overall in a recording career spanning more than three decades, that is teeming with his signature sounds and ongoing preoccupations. The album is an introspective collection inspired by Matthew’s move to his native O ... read more »

Spectator Sports
Price: $10.00
Artist: Midnight Reruns
Description: Midnight Reruns have spent three Replacements-inspired albums charting the ways teenage angst crystallizes into quarter-life resignation, with songs less about turning lemons into lemonade than about learning to settle for ice water. That same hard-luck, forehead-slap spirit carries through on this, their latest record. “L ... read more »

Midnight Reruns
Price: $10.00
Artist: Midnight Reruns
Description: The 2013 debut album from this scrappy young Milwaukee-based power-punk band. Nearly 37 minutes of catchy riffs, hooks and feels shooting straight at you like a bork lazer. “In case you were wondering what happened to Power Pop – with Superdrag packing it in after their front man found religion and Material Issue long gon ... read more »

Morning
Price: $13.00
Artist: Morning
Description: Ultra rare self-titled 1970 album from obscure folk rock group Morning which consisted of Jim Kehn (drums, vocals, guitar); Terry Johnson (guitar); Bruce Wallace (bass); Jim Hobson (piano, organ, vocals) Jay Lewis (guitar, banjo, vocals); Barry Brown (guitar, drums, vocals). Jay Lewis, under the name Jay Donnellan had been ... read more »

A Late Night Panic
Price: $10.00
Artist: Odd Robot
Description: Full-length debut from power Pop trio outta Fullerton, CA that features former members of Longfellow and The Maxies, armed with songs about heartbreak, cynicism, and other human things. “It’s fast, it’s loud and best of all, and it’s got hooks-a-plenty. While the guitars propel each song at a fierce pace, the melodies a ... read more »

Oister: Pre-Dwight Twilley Band/1973-74 Teac Tapes (2LP)
Price: $29.50
Artist: Oister
Description: LIMITED EDITION, VINYL-ONLY RELEASE! The legendary 1973-74 ‘Teac Tapes’ from deep inside the Dwight Twilley Band vault have been unleashed, never before available in any format, Oister was the primary name of the Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour duo from the time they met in 1967 until the release of their Top 20 debut “hit ... read more »

Just Like Jack
Price: $15.00
Artist: Peter Lewis
Description: As we all know, rock music took a new path in the 60’s, right into previously unknown territory of sound exploration. And sometimes, that exploration just went right back to the roots of the well-established sounds of folk, blues, jazz, and country. Moby Grape took all these things and brought them together into a psyched ... read more »

How The West Was Won
Price: $14.00
Artist: Peter Perrett
Description: Against the grain of punk, The Only Ones recorded some of the late 70s’ most gloriously transcendent rock’n’roll music, but they crashed and burned in spectacular fashion. Crawling from the wreckage, frontman Peter Perrett retreated into a reclusive isolation which wiped out most of his next decade. He re-emerged with ’96’s ... read more »

Such Stories
Price: $10.00
Artist: Phil Angotti
Description: He’s back! It seems like ages since we last heard the honeyed voice of Phil Angotti. For those who may not be familiar with Phil (and you should be – check out his impressive back catalog of group and solo efforts), he’s been a longtime fixture of the Chicago power-pop community since the 90’s. Phil provides some insight ... read more »

Therapy
Price: $12.00
Artist: Plasticsoul
Description: Has it really been 8 years since we were last treated to a Plasticsoul record? Yep! “While Steven Wilson is still there on the heavier side of Power Pop, ‘Therapy’ is even more focused, sort of putting the Rock into Pop Rock. This is a real rock out, wonderfully melodic, but with balls. Although the opener, ‘My Heavy Sou ... read more »

Incognito
Price: $15.00
Artist: Richard X. Heyman
Description: Richard X. Heyman is back with his 12th album, this one featuring an outstanding batch of 14 must-hear original songs. It is an album that grabs the listener on first listen, with literate tales that are melodic, adorned with shimmering harmonies and infectious guitar-anchored hooks that outdistance the majority of his pow ... read more »

Out Along The Edges
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rich McCulley
Description: After seven albums and many years of making solo music, roots pop rocker Rich McCulley is still finding new inspiration in life. With his latest record “Out Along The Edges,” he writes of both love and loss, good and not so good, hard and better times. He’s brought his classic, road-tested sound - satisfying melodies, chim ... read more »

Weather Diaries
Price: $15.00
Artist: Ride
Description: Over the course of more than two years of reunion shows that earned glowing reviews in the UK press, the Oxford foursome of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Steve Queralt, and Loz Colbert periodically retreated to the residential confines of Vale Studios in their home county to weave together the follow-up to 1996’s “Tarantula”. ... read more »

Live at The Palladium
Price: $14.00
Artist: Rockpile
Description: EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW! Originally broadcast on the radio, this performance features almost one hour of blistering rock from Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams – a/k/a Rockpile at their very, very best! Track listing: “Down, Down, Down”, “So It Goes”, “I Knew The Bride”, “Switchboard Susan” ... read more »

Precious Art
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rozwell KId
Description: The fourth effort from these West Virginia popsters shows they've lost none of their power pop charm. “They’re often compared to Weezer, and whilst that has been a fair enough comparison, there is that Nerd Rock vibe, a label, incidentally, that hasn't applied to Weezer for a long time, but that's to ignore the clever pop ... read more »

Shades
Price: $11.00
Artist: Ruby Free
Description: The sophomore outing under the Ruby Free banner from Rick Hromadka (Maple Mars/Double Naught Spies) and wife/vocalist Lisa Cavaliere. Two years in the making "Shades" picks up where their first album "Introducing Ruby Free" left off, but with a few new turns. And to help them navigate some of the new turns, they’ve enlist ... read more »

Savoy Motel
Price: $12.00
Artist: Savoy Motel
Description: If you like a bit of fun, catchy ‘n quirky quirky pop once in a while, then you’re gonna dig Savoy Motel who incorporate elements of 70’s Glam (T. Rex), New Wave (early Talking Heads) and 80’s synth pop (Sparks) on their debut. Savoy Motel is something of a hybrid Tennessee garage-rock supergroup: bassist/vocalist Jeffrey N ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #69
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #69
Description: The Modfather himself, Paul Weller, graces the cover: From The Jam to “A Quiet Revolution” - 40 years of change. Other features include Steve Marriott: His last ever interview, unpublished until now. The Television Personalities: From Part-Time Punks to twisted outsider music. “Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London”: The ... read more »

Faster & Louder!
Price: $16.00
Artist: Suzy & Los Quattro
Description: Hailing from Barcelona, Suzy & Los Quattro are going to become, if they're not already, your favorite band if your thing is The Ramones' crunchy and catchy tunes, Blondie's New Wave edge and attitude and the Beach Boys positivism and vocal harmonies, and The Dahlmanns. It's 1-2-3-4... into your heart they go! Their latest ... read more »

Jimmy's Arcade
Price: $13.00
Artist: Terry Anderson
Description: It’s sure been a while, but he’s done it again. From the sweet hills of Bunn NC, and collaborating with some of the finest musicians in Raleigh Terry Anderson has once again put out a diamond! 18 Top Hits! It's a concept! It's a trip! It's everything you've ever wanted! “Everyone can and should enjoy this one. From my ... read more »

Silvaticus
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Baron Four
Description: The Baron Four, one of the UK’s premier garage/beat exponents, unleash their second long-player. With an LP and four singles already under their belts, they push forward with perhaps their strongest release to date, both in terms of songs and recorded sound. All the recognizable key elements are here: fevered vocals toppi ... read more »

Crash Boom Bang!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Bayonets
Description: The Bayonets’ guitarist and lead vocalist Brian Ray is known worldwide for his musical contributions to the Paul McCartney Band. Drummer Oliver Leiber (the son of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber) is well known for also playing guitar and recording songs for some of the biggest artists in the business, including Rod Stewart ... read more »

Baddies
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Cool Whips
Description: Portland, OR poppers The Cool Whips play a very bubble gummy style of power pop. Their follow-up to 2014’s long-debut “Goodies” goes by the name “Baddies”. “Don’t let the title ‘Baddies’ fool you - it’s a joke, son, so don’t get your knickers in a twist…unless your appetite for good old pop ‘n’ roll has bit the dust. To w ... read more »

What We’ve All Been Waiting For
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Fallen Leaves
Description: On their fourth outing, The Fallen Leaves steadfastly stay true to their belief in the DIY Punk ethos. Song, sound and performance are all. Recordings are live, with minimal overdubs. While the years have seen a few line-up changes, the core duo of ex-Subway Sect types Rob Green and Rob Symmons continue to steer the ship ... read more »

Kits & Cats and Saxon Wives + bonus track
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Hangabouts
Description: The Hangabouts, a Detroit area melodic pop band made up of John Lowry, Gregory Addington, and Chip Saam, are back with their terrific sophomore effort that builds on the momentum of their “Illustrated Bird” debut! Their much anticipated second release features 12 1/2 brand new songs, one super special guest vocalist, some s ... read more »

A New Set Of Downs
Price: $13.00
Artist: The John Sally Ride
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL! The John Sally Ride was inevitable. Long time friends, with thousands of combined hours listening to and talking about music, the trio of musicians that comprise this exciting new band had been making music separately for years. The time had finally come to make a record together. It was ... read more »

Tomorrow's Coming (Expanded)
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Modulators
Description: On their debut, The Modulators delivered a sugary-sweet blend of Raspberries-esque dream pop and Marshall Crenshaw-ian jangle-crunch. In 2010 we offered this title up as a limited edition, “needle drop” handmade CDR. They sold out in no time. Now, the fine folks at Manufactured Recordings have given this piece of 80’s N ... read more »

In A Dream Retrospective (2004-2014)
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Parson Redheads
Description: Portland, OR quartet the Parson Red Heads may well be the epitome of the “under-appreciated band”. Sure, they've got fans (and anyone who hears their music tends to become one of these), but this is a band who should be reaching millions, not thousands of listeners. “The Byrds meet Big Star, with a healthy dose of the Jay ... read more »

Blurred Harmony
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Parson Redheads
Description: The Parson Red Heads took things into their own hands for their new record, and turned the rear view on the preceding three-and-a-half years since ‘Orb Weaver’ to get a long, close look at themselves. The resultant exposition of smart, lucid songwriting and willingness to take skewed stances on established modes of sound is ... read more »

Baby What You Want Me To Do?
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Sons Of Fred
Description: An obscure but intense British beat band, The Sons of Fred featured guitarist Mick Hutchinson, and bassist Pete Sears in their line-up. Their original sound, along their 1964 debut single on EMI-Columbia "Sweet Love" b/w "I'll Be There," was very R&B oriented, but the band switched over to Parlophone the following year and ... read more »

Applestation
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Toms
Description: VINYL –ONLY RELEASE! He’s baaack! For the uninformed, The Toms is the solo project of producer, songwriter, and singer Tommy Marolda, who played all of the instruments on his self-titled debut (and on most of his subsequent releases over the years). Recorded in his home studio over a single weekend in 1979, his debut alb ... read more »

Wide-Eyed & Headless
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Trypt Up
Description: This is a release that Diz at Detour Records has wanted to do personally for a long time as their single on Detour is still one of his personal favorite releases to ever grace the label. As soon as he first heard the demo that the band sent, he instantly fell in love with it – not wanting the band to do anything with it at ... read more »

The End Of The Summer
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Wellingtons
Description: The Wellingtons are back! And despite embarking on their 14th year together, they are determined to prove that they can still deliver the pop (feel) goods. Their latest comes six years after their last studio album (“In Transit”). After extensive touring in Europe, USA and Japan to support the album and following vinyl-on ... read more »

Terminal (Expanded)
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Windbreakers
Description: Fully restored, digitally remastered, on CD for the first time ever, and bolstered with one studio bonus track and four live tracks! When originally released, this album, the group's first full-length release after two EPs, put forth Bobby Sutliff and Tim Lee as two New South style songwriters to be watched. Sutliff's son ... read more »

Hollywoodland 1966-69
Price: $16.00
Artist: Thomas Group
Description: Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1966, the Thomas Group revolved around Tony Thomas (drums), son of the US television personality Danny Thomas. The group was signed to Lou Adler’s Dunhill Records almost immediately after its inception. Greg Clifford (vocals) and Myron Howard (guitar) were among the other members o ... read more »

Pop Parade 8: Shadows & Reflections
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: JUST ARRIVED!! The eighth installment of this very kool series is dedicated to psychedelic pop this time around, and features 15 songs. Included are six previously unreleased songs and/or rarities by The Chemistry Set, Stay, Sweet Apple Pie, The Jeremy Band, The Wheels, and The Lemon Clocks! Other participants (most who ... read more »

Take A Mind Excursion: From Sunshine To Soft 1966-72
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: This very kool collection explores the turned-on sounds of the late 60’s pop scene, highlighting rare and obscure recordings from artists such as Bob Dileo, Vigrass, Pebbles & Shells, Something Young and so many more! The names may be unfamiliar, but the tunes are just as good as the big-time chart hits that get overplayed ... read more »

Thank You Friends – Big Star’s “Third” Live & More (2CD)
Price: $25.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: 2CD collection that celebrates the musical legacy of one of rock's most influential bands - Big Star - and their legendary “Third” album. Experience this classic of late '70s power pop through the prism of a collective of immensely talented fans, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, and, of course, Big Star. Fo ... read more »

Night Comes Down: 60’s British Mod, R&B, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (3CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: This 3CD release follows previous collections “Looking Back” (2011) and “Keep Lookin'” (2014), which ran the gamut of musical styles which emanated from the UK, diverse and yet united in their dancefloor appeal, from the discotheques of the day to nouveau Mod clubs in the 21st century. Many tracks make their official debut ... read more »

Sweet Relief Volume 4
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: “Sweet Relief Volume 4” is a very kool collection of mainly exclusive tracks in the genre of Power Pop, melodic rock, Psych pop, Folk pop, Shoegaze, and indie rock. The amazing line up JAM label head Jeremy Morris has assembled on this disc includes many exclusive and/or previously unreleased tracks from the likes of The L ... read more »

Songs, Bond Songs: The Music Of 007 (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Andrew Curry, who has two successful compilations under his belt (“Drink A Toast To Innocence” and and “Here Comes The Reign Again”) has again produced a terrific batch of covers by alternative pop artists, creating a delightful mix of songs that brings back memories but gives them their own modern touch. Peter Lee’s Hook ... read more »

Le Beat Bespoke 7
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: The latest installment of this very kool, Rob Bailey a/k/a DR. Robert (New Untouchables)-curated series features rare underground dancefloor fillers from the New Untouchables club scene with bespoke artwork from Pip! Pip! On this collection are current hits from Dr Robert’s DJ set as well as some new discoveries and forgot ... read more »

Holding Hands Under A Cloudless Sky: A Tribute To The Television Personalities Volume 4 + bonus disc
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: People said it couldn’t happen here, but it did. They said Wally Salem and his Beautiful Music label could never pull it off, but here it is the 4th volume of the Television Personalities tribute series “Holding Hands Under a Cloudless Sky”! Eight years in the making and a long overdue release with all your favorite (and s ... read more »

Towards The Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Wiretree
Description: Inspired by the loss of Wiretree’s Kevin Peroni’s father, the guitar-driven tracks contain a touch of synth and steady drums, keeping the music uplifting to pair with the often somber lyrics. With four years in between their releases, the band has solidified their sound. “Opening with ‘Let Me In,’ the album kicks off with ... read more »