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Why don't they teach heartbreak at school? + bonus disc
Price: $15.00
Artist: Aerial
Description: Scottish power-poppers Aerial are back with their sophomore album (and Kool Kat label debut) that proves that the band has lost none of the infectious energy, pop hooks and West Coast harmonies that defined their sound the first time around. Formed in the late 90's, they soon came to the attention of London-based Fantastic Plastic Records who released two highly acclaimed EPs by the band in 2000. Their debut album, "Back Within Reach", was released in 2001 by Japanese label Syft Records. Following a series of line-up changes the group disbanded later the same year. Fast forward 10 years and Aerial, re-tuned and re-grouped, began writing the follow up which resulted in their new record, which picks up right where their debut left off. This is the sound of a band who have lost none of their sense of youthful exuberance. "These high-flying Scots are right on the verge of takeoff for their second LP. Frankly the month of September just got a whole lot better, and it hasn't even started yet." - Powerpopulist.com "I love a song like 'Cartoon Eyes' with a middle eight that surprises, and when it’s surrounded by pure chorus sounding curiously like Elastica’s 'Waking Up' being covered by Blue Oyster Cult, I’m sold. Turn it up." - HoneyandBile.com "A quick listen to their new offering is enough to remind you of this Scottish trio's ability to produce jaunty slabs of mesmerising melody: a trait they displayed in abundance during their first incarnation in the late 90's" - Aberdeen.stv.tv .COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS EP CONTAINING 4 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED HOME DEMOS!! GREAT!!! ... read more »
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Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description: Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared appreciation of Cream and other classic British blues acts, but their interests soon moved on to artists that were more melodic but still with prominent and layered guitars, including Neil Young, Jellyfish, Wilco, and Teenage Fanclub. In early 2017 they rewarded fans with “Selection Box Vol. 1” followed in five months by “The Appleyard Sessions” (both download-only releases). They now make their CD debut on this 2CD collection! Although “Selection Box” is ostensibly the “pop” album and “Appleyard” the “folk” album (they even contain songs titled “Pop” and “Folk,” respectively), when paired together, they seem not so much two different genres as two different ways of conveying the writers’ inner lives. “I love power pop, be it from the Mod 60’s, the skinny-tie 70’s, or any of the genre’s various revivals, up to the present day. But if I am honest with myself, I will admit that whereas power pop classics retain a timeless immediacy, many of them have something missing. That something is emotional maturity. Hence, for the listener who loves catchy melodies, ear-candy harmonies, guitars that alternately jangle and fuzz, and simple rhythm, there is a crisis built into power pop: how can an artist take a medium designed to express teenage angst and adapt it to say meaningful things about adult life? Is such a task even possible? I submit that it is, and that the proof is in the Amoeba Teen recordings that comprise this collection. There is no doubt that ‘Selection Box’ wears its emotions on its sleeve. From the supercharged starburst of ‘This Spark’ to the defiantly above-the-weather ‘Good Morning Sunshine,’ to the tenderly encouraging ‘Fade Out,’ the message is clear. Adult life is messy and often disappointing. The frankness of the lyrics finds its complement in the intensity of the album’s musical arrangements. Save for a couple of tunes where the band lightens the mood, such as the lush ‘Memory Lane’ (which manages to capture the mood of ‘Penny Lane’ nicely without falling into soundalike territory), there is a surfeit of nervous energy in its grooves. It’s palpable in the crunchy staccatoed guitar lines of ‘This Spark,’ the slightly neurotic high-hat on ‘Hearts and Minds,’ and the plaintive Al Kooper organ line feeling its way through ‘Fade Out.’ Often, it threatens to bubble over into a kind of ecstasy, and sometimes it does. But even when it doesn’t, it’s always satisfying, because it speaks to the experiences of people who are trying to find beauty in everyday life. That same search for beauty is evident in ‘The Appleyard Sessions’, but there it is expressed far more delicately, with lyrics that read like poems and arrangements that feel like soundscapes. For my money, the standouts are ‘Folk’ and ‘3 a.m., Here I Am,’ which combine to give the impression of a swatch of a soundtrack to a lost film. There’s an entire story just in the reverberations of the opening guitar chord of ‘Folk,’ with its mysterious tuning recalling Jimmy Page in his most Bert Janschian mood. I’m also taken with the subtle ambient effects that pan left-right left and the other elements of ‘musique concrete’ that waft through the mix. Add Mike’s tensile voice as it chimes in with haiku-like verses, and Amoeba Teen succeeds in creating a sound collage that evokes ‘Bookends’-era Simon and Garfunkel. A sense of melancholy pervades those songs and others throughout this disc. With the recordings on this collection, Amoeba Teen successfully stretch the boundaries of power pop to make it express grown-up ideas. At the same time, they display a unique and beautiful flair for the familiar-yet-new melodies that keep the genre forever young. Their sound has real substance, and I’m excited to discover where their muse will take them in the years to come.” - Dawn Eden Goldstein Eloquently stated Dawn….thank you! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Arvidson & Butterflies
Price: $14.00
Artist: Arvidson & Butterflies
Description: JANGLE ALERT!! WOW!! A HUGE thanks To Wayne” The Ice Cream Man” Ford (who co-wrote a couple of the songs) for bringing this fabulous record to us! Roger Arvidson has been a stalwart of the Gothenburg, Sweden music scene for many years, playing in bands such as the Remains and Sonic Walthers before going solo under the name Arvidson. His critically acclaimed, self-titled solo debut came out in 2001 on German label Firestation Records. Arvidson & Butterflies , is the newest vehicle for Roger’s songs, and he’s backed by some of finest musicians from the Gothenburg music scene. “Feel good pop songs seem to come easy to Roger...crisp, clean melodies, bright jangling guitars, effortless vocals....all mixed together to create what can only be described as perfect pop songs...it only takes the first ten seconds of the intro to ‘Tired Of Running’ to know that these feel good songs are foot tappers from the start. With hints of the swinging 60’s and nods towards an upbeat Tom Petty, 2 and a half minutes of listening pleasure are guaranteed track by track. No need to fill four minutes with pointless solos, just catchy hooks and clever breaks as in ‘Butterflies’ keep the balance of time and sound just right. The more introspective ‘Say That’ just proves that he is more than just the power pop card player.., it takes more to pull off a slow tune than a quick 4:4 pop song and on this evidence there's every indication that either formula comes naturally. There are the obvious influences to be heard from the Beatles to the Beach Boys to the early jangle of REM but at the end of the day all the tracks have their own identity. So who cares if he takes inspiration from somewhere - who doesn’t? The fact that the finest examples of the pop song can be heard on this selection of tracks is all one needs to know.” - John Dillam "Brimming with really good songs in a tradition of pop that I love! So retro and up to date at the same time!” - Mats Westling “Glimmering classy, jangly power pop with pinches of Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, and Paul Weller throughout that featuring strong harmonies and strumming guitars. Spiced with great melodies , just as good as lemonade on a hot summers day”- Kai Martin “Roger Arvidson’s got 100 percent irresistible power pop brilliance right up there with the three B’s and stuff like Alex Chilton, Byrds, Undertones and The Who.” – LP Anderson/Bear Family Records "Love it, ‘Will Follow’ sounds wonderfully atmospheric! Layer-upon-layer of melodic loveliness! Kudos! And ‘Lights Go Out’ lights me up! Reminiscent of Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour.” - Butch Young "Man, I love these beautiful short snappy and emotional pop tunes. Sweet music to greet summer, love and life to. Dig em´!" - Kenneth Tonef A lot of this record reminds us of Sire-period Searchers – a GREAT thing for sure! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Hills of the Universe
Price: $15.00
Artist: Athanor
Description: Singer/songwriter Greg Herriges and lead guitarist Rick Vittenson (a/k/a Athanor) met on the steps of the Highland Park, IL Recreation Center in the summer of 1965, just as The Beatles’ album “Help!” was released. Both avid rock mavens (with roots back to Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dion and the Belmonts, and The Beach Boys), they formed a group called the 4-to-Go when Greg was a high school sophomore and Rick was a junior. The group broke up, as groups eventually do, and they each joined other bands. In 1973 Greg and Rick reunited. Greg had completed school out of state, while Rick had begun working with both the NME and Crawdaddy! Magazine. When Greg returned to Illinois for work as a teacher - his profession to this day, including teaching a course on the Beatles – he put together a home studio. After time spent away from performing he called on his old friend, and thus Athanor was born. Three mellow-heavy singles were issued in the early-to-mid ‘70s. Sitting inside the circle which occupies such early ‘70s/post-‘60s psych-pop/rock burnouts as Creme Soda and Drywater, Athanor is not pure underground esoterica, as they dose their damage with an ear bent towards P-O-P, which separates it from the sea of pretenders. In 2013 and 2014, two LPs of material from this period were released on the Guerssen Records label outta Spain, and both received rave reviews. Buoyed by the success of these two LPs, Greg and Rick spent three years recording an album of all new original songs for this, their Kool Kat Musik label debut – “Hills of the Universe”. For this project they invited seasoned rock instrumentalists to contribute - Chris Drehobl (former drummer of legendary Chicago band The Mauds), Quent Lang (former saxophone and flute player of The Mauds), Jeff Murphy (of Shoes), guitar virtuoso Harry Reinhart (Midnight, Traffic Jam and Skip Towne and The Greyhounds), John Belpedio (bass player for Almost Joe and Mid-Life Crisis), and Brian Cremins (of Pet Theories). Recording engineer John Towner helped them achieve the full sound they were looking for, and he even added synthesized strings on a few tracks. It has taken over four decades to realize this latest Athanor recording project, but they continue to play, and Greg is already writing the songs for the next album. “They are a perfect compliment for fans of other rare psych-pop bands like Lazy Smoke, Creme Soda, and The Only Ones.” – Powerpopaholic.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Absolute Uncertainty + bonus disc
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description: "Absolute Uncertainty" is the latest release (and Kool Kat debut) from these New Jersey’s power pop veterans. Their fourth collection continues their tradition of irresistible hooks and memorable melodies. Their sound blends and wide variety of pop references ranging from the old school (Big Star, Beatles and Raspberries) to the modern power pop purveyors like Jason Falkner, Mike Viola and Sloan. Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Greg Potter turns in another batch of songs full of earnest lyrics and memorable hooks. More than your average pop tunesmith, Potter’s tunes have depth and inventive changes that keep you coming back for more. From the straightforward pop-rock of the album opener “Let it All Out” to the acoustic introspection of “I’ve Said All I Can Say,” the record moves seamlessly from the sounds of fuzzy tweed amps to jangling acoustics. Their unique style of power pop is inspired by such bands as Badfinger, Beach Boys, Beatles, Big Star, Byrds, Joe Jackson (Potter's vocal delivery resembles him a lot), Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Electric Light Orchestra, Jason Falkner, Jellyfish, Kinks, Knack, Paul McCartney and Wings, Matthew Sweet, Monkees, Pearlfishers, Police, Raspberries, Sloan, Superdrag, Velvet Crush, XTC, and the Who. "They write catchy pop songs circa 1983, with touches of present day pop that make it fresh and delightful. Tons of melody, personal lyrical content, and well-crafted songs keep your toes a-tappin'. Lots of influences, from Beatles to Costello, without ever hanging on any particular style" - SpaceCityRock.com COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC "THE EARLY YEARS" CONTAINING FIVE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS RECORDED IN 1996 Very, very catchy! GREAT!!!! ... read more »
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Idle Chatter
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brian Jay Cline
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL! Brian Jay Cline went from a guy who was gonna “hang it up” 18 or so months ago, to a guy who’s released three records during that time! “Idle Chatter”, the third, marks his Kool Kat label debut. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? At last count, it was an average of 364. Luckily, here it's only 12 and we’re supplying you more than your minimum daily sweet roots-pop requirement on his newest offering. How many albums of high quality, rootsy power pop does it take Brian Jay Cline to make before he releases what he considers his quintessential masterpiece? Yes, things really can get better with age! Ever the student of the retro sounds that put the likes of Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Marshall Crenshaw and Nick Lowe on the map, Brian has spent the last 17+ years releasing album after album chock full of catchy, well crafted gems. Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed 2017 releases "Writer's Block" and "Hang Ups", he has once again enlisted LA wunderkind producer Fernando Perdomo to fully realize his vision of the perfect power pop platter. With songs like "Would You Stay?", "Rock Steady" and "Last of The Great Atomic Heartbreakers" adhering to his fail-safe formula for high octaine, toe tapping bliss, songs such as "Sic Transit Gloria" and the Perdomo-penned "Half Dead" find him taking stylistic risks that all seem to blend perfectly into the records colorful, sonic tapestry. “If artists like Marshall Crenshaw, Walter Clevenger, Bill Lloyd and The Melroys are your bag, you'll wonder how you got by without Brian Jay Cline for all these years.”- AbsolutePowerPop.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Death Of A Western Heart
Price: $9.00
Artist: B-Leaguers
Description: Remember The Popdogs? After gaining some great press and reviews for their debut album, “Cool Cats For Pop Dogs”, it came as a complete surprise when they called it a day. Not down for long, Popdogs main man James Styring and some new mates are back with a vengeance, with a new moniker, a new attitude, and lots of loud, crunchy guitars as they deliver seven killer tracks that not only grab you by the throat and refuse to let go, but at the same time capture the pop sensibilities, massive melodies and HUGE choruses that Popdogs fans have come to expect. “The Phoenix may be a creature of legend, of implausible birth and dramatic happenstance but it is a being to whom much is owed, especially when describing a band to whom out of various embers have arisen and offered a glimpse of the new Power Pop/Pop Punk sensation that will surely blow the socks off and enthuse the minds of those that come to hear of them over the next couple of months and beyond as this album takes hold. The Phoenix has a name in this circumstance, not content with just to be seen as a mythical beast on the prowl in the flat lands of Lincoln, no longer seen to be a separate animal with four journey’s under its belt, B-leaguers are a group to whom, if there is justice in this creaking world, many will come to admire for bringing back an attitude to the genre that has been sadly missing, that of the elegant smile and hearty enjoyment. With The Popdogs’ James Styring on vocals and giving the lyrics substantial meat, Ched Howard’s bruising guitars and Mikey Barraclough and Mark Barrett offering a bass and drum section that keeps the groove upbeat and upmarket, this collective of four individuals makes a team that rock, that offer class in abundance. Their debut isn’t just a rebirth of four distinct ideals, it is a offering to a new belief, the death they speak of is only in the past, this is very much a set of songs firmly entrenched in the idea of preserving life and making it sing with fascination and glory, it is the beast that never forgot how to roar and whilst the phoenix may revel in the lick of the fire to be reborn, B-Leaguers are the ones stoking it with piles of black coal. In tracks such as ‘Amnesia’, ‘Canyons (Suburbs and Centres)’ and the excellent ‘Lemonade’, the group pass all expectations and the world, once devoid of sentiment in the heart of Lincolnshire now seems to buzz with excitement once more and it is an association that will be grasped fully and with true intent, the phoenix has risen, the fire is ablaze.” – Ian D. Hall/Liverpool Sound & Vision “Unleash the dogs of pop! This is power-pop with a razor's edge and a pneumatic drill. But what makes it still inhabit that world where everything always makes sense are the melodies soaring above the controlled aggression, summed up by Styring's pure pop vocal. B-Leaguers are certs for the play-offs!” - John Bottomley/Bucketfull of Brains GREAT!!! ... read more »
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The Better End
Price: $15.00
Artist: Caddy
Description: TEENAGE FANCLUB ALERT!!! The Kool Kat label debut from Norwegian one man band Tom Dahl, aka Caddy, has been creating quite a buzz as tracks have been slowly leaked to bloggers and radio shows over the past few months! "One of 2015's most anticipated records is a dream come true for anyone who could not get over the end of The Cosmic Rough Riders after the closure of British label Creation Records and for all the fans of Teenage Fanclub's greatest music to which it bears more than a fleeting resemblance. ... read more »
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Ten Times Four
Price: $14.00
Artist: Caddy
Description: The follow up to “The Better End” is here and is already being proclaimed one of 2018’s best power pop releases! “I've been waiting impatiently for the new Caddy album all year and today is the day that its poptopia is unleashed on the world. It's been too long since ‘The Better End’. Since then, Tom Dahl became a Stanley whose debut was lauded as one of the best power pop albums of 2017, rightly so. ‘Ten Times Four’ lands somewhere in the middle of those two albums, gloriously so. ‘The Better End’ was beautifully arranged, but the songwriting was reflective, a little melancholic, when it broke out, it did it gently. ‘In The Basement’ here mines similar territory. The Stanleys album is more heads down, have a good time, power pop and that influence is also revealed here. At times, these songs are built on meandering memorable riffs, never more so than on ‘Not The One’ and ‘Somewhere Beautiful’, a song that wouldn't be out of place on The Stanleys album. The moody ‘Roadblocks’ is built around a slow sinister riff, far different to the rest of the upbeat songs. ‘Reverie’ is a jangle fest, all Teenage Fanclub, a wonderfully melodic strum along building to an ‘Everything Flows’ bridge. The closer, ‘The Good Ones’ is a splendid anthem, a real sing your heart out building to a Thin Lizzy twin guitar crescendo. If ‘Miracle Turn’ is the ideal opener with it's glorious chorus, then ‘The Good Ones’ ends the album in similar feel good mode. Special mention has to go to ‘Safe Travels’, a glam rock masterpiece with some fine Beach Boys harmonies. There's so much packed in to its four minutes. I've followed Tom's career since The Yums Yums and I can honestly say this is his best album yet. It's magnificently feel good, epic in its pop scope. It's so easy to forget that Caddy is a one man band. Thus far, 2018 has been a fine year for pop rock. ‘Ten Times Four’ is another contender for album of the year. As soon as the album finishes, you want to play it again. Forget about what's happening in the world, this will make you feel that everything is A OK.” – IDontHearASingle.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Black Sky Thinking + bonus disc
Price: $15.00
Artist: Captain Wilberforce
Description: BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL! It’s been a while – six years in fact – but Captain Wilberforce is back with a new album, his Kool Kat debut, and a permanent line-up. Simon Bristoll (The Captain) has a reputation for creating songs with compelling melodies, cascading harmonies and crafted lyrics, and this album is no different. He was influenced by classic songwriters like Joe Jackson, Ray Davies and Squeeze – as well as their more contemporary counterparts such as Jim O’Rourke, Ryan Adams and Guy Garvey – in putting together the songs on the new album. He’s taken these influences and turned out a set of well-crafted pop - timeless, cultured tunes that ear-worm their way into your life. In a change from previous albums, on which different local musicians were used, Captain Wilberforce now has a new permanent line up – joining Simon (vocals/guitars) are Carl Banks (drums), Rob Simpson (guitars) and Massimiliano Borghesi (bass/vocals). “Here’s a great example of a band that should be far bigger than they are. There are so many Neil Finn and Crowded House fans around and you wonder why they are not also buying Captain Wilberforce too. On album ‘Black Sky Thinking’, Bristoll has lost none of his songwriting excellence. The album is a perfect example of how great pop should be made. There seems a little more of a mellow feel on songs like ‘Couples’ and ‘You Can't Have Me’ which ramp up the Finn comparisons, there's a particularly great piano accompaniment on the latter. ‘King Of Decision’ is McCartney Beatles pop of the highest order. There are hints of Psych Pop too, especially on the opener, the splendid, ‘The Johnny Depp Memorial Café’. ‘Stickleback Toffee’ could be a soundtrack to those old Saturday morning cartoons. The closing title track is pure psych and reveals a side of the band that I love, pre-60’s Strawberry Psych. ‘Black Sky Thinking’ sounds much more like a band album than previous albums which you sense have been Simon Bristoll and others. The 12 songs make up a proper album, none of this download one song rubbish. If there is any justice in the world, this album will be massive. This is one of the most pleasant listens that I've had in a long while. I expected nothing less.” – IDontHearASingle.com COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE 5-SONG BONUS EP OF TWO SONGS RECORDED ON BBC RADIO 2 (INCLUDING A COVER OF THE JAYHAWKS’ “BLUE”), AND THREE FROM EAST LEEDS FM. GREAT!! ... read more »
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Ace Of Cups
Price: $20.00
Artist: Ace Of Cups
Description: Ace Of Cups may not have been the first all-women rock and roll band, but they were the one ... read more »

Thoughts On Lunch?
Price: $10.00
Artist: Addison Love
Description:

Huntington Beach, CA native Addison Love is a founding member of The Yorktown Lads alongside Orange County's pop maestro ... read more »

Acoustic Vol. 1
Price: $16.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

LIMITED EDITION PRESSING!  Dropkick was formed by brothers Andrew and Alastair Taylor and school friend Ian Grier in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland. ... read more »

Wherewithal
Price: $12.00
Artist: Andy Bopp
Description:

AWAITING A RE-PRESS!!!  DO NOT PLACE ORDERS AT THIS TIME!!  A WAITING LIST HAS BEEN CREATED - EMAIL RAY@KOOLKATMUSIK.COM TO BE ADDED TO THE LIST.  YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN STOCK IS AVAILABLE/WHEN YOU CAN FORMALLY PLACE YOUR ORDER THRU THE SITE!! ... read more »

Hills of the Universe
Price: $15.00
Artist: Athanor
Description:

Singer/songwriter Greg Herriges and lead guitarist Rick Vittenson (a/k/a Athanor) met on the steps of the Highland Park, IL Recreation Center in the summer of 1965, just as The Beatle ... read more »

Wish You Were Here (Expanded)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Badfinger
Description:

DELAYED...NOW BEING RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 30 – STILL ACCEPTING ORDERS!!  In 1974, things went from bad to worse for Badfinger as Warner Bros. ended up pul ... read more »

Badfinger (Expanded)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Badfinger
Description:

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“It started in 2012 in France after a long sitar trip in Calcutta,” begins Lionel Pezzano, the multi instrumentalist behind his recording project Bhopal’s Flowers (named after the ... read more »

Big Sunset
Price: $10.00
Artist: Big Sunset
Description:

Veterans of the Portland, OR music scene, Jay Castro and JP Ramos are essentially Big Sun ... read more »

Singled Out
Price: $18.00
Artist: Billy Bremner
Description:

One of the great sidemen in rock, known especially for Rockpile, The Pretenders, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, The Refreshments, to which you ... read more »

Working The Long Game
Price: $13.00
Artist: Bill Lloyd
Description:

We’ll let John Borack give you the eloquently stated lowdown on Bill’s new record.  “Bill Lloyd’s first two solo records - 1987’s ‘< ... read more »

Streetflowers
Price: $12.00
Artist: Broken Arrows
Description:

MIKE PENNER/HONEYWAGEN ALERT!!  Thanks to Jeff Shelton (Well Wishers, Spinning Jennies, Power Pop Podcast, et al) for hipping is to If you’re the type of person that regrets not having lived in the classic rock era because of the music, read more »

Banana Moon
Price: $8.00
Artist: Burgess Meredith
Description:

Burgess Meredith is a garage pop 60’s-influenced rock & roll band from Austin, TX.Checkpoint Charley is the ongoing Power Pop muse of Kevin Packard and Jesse Anderegg. Drawing heavily on the influence of Jellyfish, The Beatles, Queen, and Crowded House, the band returns from a 10 year hiatus to ... read more »

5 Spot EP
Price: $7.00
Artist: Dennis Gurley
Description:

Dennis is a singer/songwriter from Missouri who’s clearly been influenced by The Beatles, The Byrds (dig that 12-string on opener “Every Other Summer”!), Tom Petty, and, like his influences, delivers very catchy so ... read more »

Bring Down The House Lights
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dirty Sidewalks
Description:

Dirty Sidewalks don’t just take sonic cues from the fuzzy haze and shuffle of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, Charlatans UK, or the honed pop songcraft of Oasis read more »

Good Sad News
Price: $10.00
Artist: Doug Collins & The Receptionists
Description:

Minnesota’s Doug Collins has been called “"Who the hell is Everet Almond and where did he come from?  “What I know about the prolific Everet Almond (he’s already released 2 more digital EPs in 2018) I could fit literally on the head of a pin and still h ... read more »

An Introduction To Everet Almond
Price: $15.00
Artist: Everet Almond
Description:

“This CD collects Everet Almond’s first three EPs released under the Everet Almond moniker, originally recorded and rel ... read more »

Everet Almond
Price: $15.00
Artist: Everet Almond
Description:

“Everet Almond’s self-titled collection, the third in this series of simultaneous releases (and the most recently recorded, and intentionally meant to be a full-length, of the three Kool Kat releases), is a joyous ... read more »

Headacher
Price: $9.00
Artist: Extra Arms
Description:

Extra Arms is a loud pop band from Detroit, MI. Formerly known as Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms, the band has transformed from read more »

Maybe More
Price: $13.00
Artist: Eyelids
Description:

After coming home fired up from their 2017 tours (which included UK/Euro/US dates with Drive-By Truckers, Dream Syndicate, Fruit Bats, The Cribs) Eyelids headed into various studios in Portland to finish up a new b ... read more »

Zebra Crossing
Price: $17.00
Artist: Fernando Perdomo
Description:

UK-ONLY RELEASE!  NO US RELEASE PLANNED AT THIS TIME!The Pope of Pop is back!  BIG TIME!!  “Having recorded eight albums an ... read more »

Meanwhile Back In Medieval Britain…
Price: $16.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle
Description:

Recorded at Ranscombe Studios during the glorious summer of 2018, this is the 7th long playing record from Groovy Uncle and the fi ... read more »

Circus Of Mirth
Price: $0.00
Artist: Heirs Of Fortune
Description: FREE WITH ANY PURCHASE!!!  Terry Carolan’s (Blue Cartoon/True Hearts) latest hook-filled project is a tribute to a long lost friend and supporter. He explains the story behind “Circus Of Mirth” – “In 1974-75, Ralph Smith, Robert Watkins and Gary Heslin were the core of the band Amnesia in Tampa, Florida. I joined the ... read more »

Born To Blaze EP
Price: $8.00
Artist: Hot Nun
Description:

Imagine you're at a weekend kegger and Judas Priest and the Archies are jamming out to some Cheap Trick while Bob Mould and the McDonald In 1984, former Records guitarist Huw Gower released a critically acclaimed and successful 12” 4 track vinyl LP “Guitarophilia”.read more »

Pop-Up Radio
Price: $16.00
Artist: Kai Danzberg
Description:

Almost everything you hear on the tracks of his full-length debut was played and sung by Kai. Kai sheds some light on his influences “Michael Jackson, Dra ... read more »

Every Part Of The Buffalo
Price: $12.00
Artist: Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets
Description:

For the past several years, Kevin Bowe has been enjoying success as an in-demand songwriter and producer for other artists.  Over his career he has earned a ... read more »

Go To School
Price: $15.00
Artist: Lemon Twigs
Description:

The Lemon Twigs (brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario) emerged in 2016 with their debut “Do Hollywood”, which was praised by Rolling Stone for "toting hooky song ... read more »

Best Of...
Price: $16.00
Artist: Little Murders
Description:

Little Murders were Australia’s own version of the new wave of power pop in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They were the premier mod band on the Melbourne independent music scene at that time and thri ... read more »

Song
Price: $14.00
Artist: McPhersonGrant
Description:

Scott McPherson (Liar’s Club, POP 4, The Prefab Sprout Project, Tiny Volcano) and Jamie Grant (The Victory Hits, The Pop Vultures & and some solo stuf ... read more »

Days Go By
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Released in the UK on vinyl only, the follow up to 2010’s release "The Grown Ups" makes its CD debut.read more »

Dirty Electric
Price: $13.00
Artist: Minky Starshine
Description:

Minky Starshine, led by Rob Anastasi, are back with a terrific new record, his first since 2015’s “Pop Jewelry”!  “Dirty Electric” w ... read more »

Muckus Maximus
Price: $6.00
Artist: Muck and The Mires
Description:

Muck and The Mires, Boston's International ambassadors of garage rock 'n' roll, have been described the the legendary Kim Fowley as “a blend of the ... read more »

Throw Money
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Frater’s debut album is a must for fans of adventurous pop! Imagine if The Carpenters had been produced by The Flaming Lips, or Elliott Smith had fronted ELO!  Originally released in 2012, Kool Kat Musik are pr ... read more »

Something/Nothing?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

This 2017 sophomore album from British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Frater is a power-pop treasure!After the double-take of the al ... read more »

Goodbye Kayfabe
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

The third (and latest) album from British multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Frater sees a tougher sound, kicking off with sensational power-pop smash “Built To Last”! Featuring guest vocals f ... read more »

Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for the Whole Family
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Lowe
Description: Easing into his second decade as a dapper crooner, it's little wonder that Nick Lowe has succumbed to the siren call that seduces every gentleman vocalist: he's gone and made a Christmas album. "Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family" is cut from the same cloth as all of his recent albums, cannily mixing u ... read more »

Victorian Wonders
Price: $12.00
Artist: Octopus Syng
Description:

Octopus Syng was formed in the summer of 1999 by the band’s guitarist and vocalist Jaire Pätäri.  Jaire recorded two albums under the Octopus Syng monik ... read more »

Amnesiatic
Price: $11.00
Artist: Odd Robot
Description:

This one’s for fans of Green Day (the poppier side) asnd Kurt Baker (in all of his guises)!  14 short, to the point, hook-filled punk pop gems!read more »

Out Of My Head
Price: $15.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description:

The self-proclaimed “King Of Power Pop”, Paul Collins is one of the most enduring cult rockers of the late 70’ ... read more »

Hallucinations
Price: $15.00
Artist: Permanent Green Light
Description:

The story unfolds like this…after the legendary Paisley Underground band the Three O’Clock broke up in 1989, the band’s frontman read more »

The Death Of Rock
Price: $15.00
Artist: Peter Holsapple vs Alex Chilton
Description:

It’s 1978 at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN.  Peter Holsapple had rolled into ... read more »

THIS is the ONE
Price: $15.00
Artist: P. Hux
Description:

You can add P. Hux to list whose album titles reflect “truth in advertising”!  Even the man himself says this record is “’the ONE’…quite possibly ... read more »

Edison Park
Price: $10.00
Artist: Reaction
Description:

R.E.M. ALERT!!  The roots of Reaction can be traced as far back as 1981.read more »

The Messenger
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rhett Miller
Description:

Old 97's founding member/lead singer Rhett Miller returns with his seventh solo album, The Messenger. Recorded earlier over five days a ... read more »

Volume 1
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard and The Young Lions
Description:

The mythical garage rock band’s debut album, 51 years in the making, this is the first-ever full album release from these seminal 6 ... read more »

Lost Angeles
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard Turgeon
Description:

Richard Turgeon’s music has been described as “California pop” and has been compared to that of Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, R.E.M., Guided by Voices, and Teenage Fanclub, among others.  ... read more »

Big Night Out + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Rob Clarke and The Wooltones
Description:

What's the biggest, best, “Big Night Out” you ever had?  A particularly memorable one for Rob was dropping five tabs of acid on the way to see B ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #85
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #85
Description:

Cover starts are ZZ Top:  Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  Stephen’s Ruin draws its inspiration from R&B, early rock & roll, 60’s Bea ... read more »

Spider In My Beer and Other Songs
Price: $11.00
Artist: Stop Calling Me Frank
Description:

Direct from Boston, from the heyday of revered and legendary punk rock club The Rat,  Rum Bar Records brings you a CD 30 years in the making for fans of The ... read more »

HI LO
Price: $11.00
Artist: SUPER 8
Description:

You just can't keep a retro 60’s summertime rock and roller down!  This is album number three this year from Scotland's Super 8 (Paul Ryan) and it's thi ... read more »

In This Time
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Ar-Kaics
Description:

The Ar-Kaics wade in the waters of troglodyte teenbeat 60’s-style punk. They backstroke in the “proto” gray area eras before these subgenres of rock and roll had names or rules. It' ... read more »

American Heartbeat
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dahlmanns
Description: Brand new release from these Swedish garae popsters In 1964 Beatlemania invaded the USA, and just like every other teenager in the States, Jan McClellan was bitten by the bug. Unl ... read more »

The Beast Is You
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Electric Mess
Description:

Since forming in the Summer of 2007, The Electric Mess has developed into a tight and exciting live rock read more »

Stocking Stuffer
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Fleshtones
Description: If you're planning on throwing a Christmas party with the emphasis on "party", the Fleshtones (in 2008) dropped the album you've been waiting for - New York's once and future kings of Super Rock have finally made their first holiday record! "Their 'Socking Stuffer' is in the grand hip-shaking tradition of their best work, ... read more »

Issues
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Genuine Fakes
Description:

It’s been nearly 5 years, but The Genuine Fakes from Stockholm, Sweden have returned with their second album – produced by Jon Auer ... read more »

The Grand Leve
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Grand Leve
Description:

Brand new project from Goran Hjertstedt, last seen in Longplayer!  “A music reviewer ... read more »

Trip Around The Sun
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Grip Weeds
Description:

Their seventh studio album “Trip Around The Sun”, their second for JEM Records, is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 release “read more »

Ruff 'N' Rare
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Kaisers
Description:

The Kaisers are a four piece group from Scotland who are hailed as the stompingNEW LOWER PRICE!!!!  If by now you are not aware, The Legal Matters are Chris Richards, Andy Reed, and Keith Klingensmith.  < ... read more »

Two Fisted Tales (3CD)
Price: $24.00
Artist: The Long Ryders
Description:

RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 30.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN NOVEM ... read more »

State Of Our Union (3CD)
Price: $24.00
Artist: The Long Ryders
Description:

RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 30.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN NOVEM ... read more »

Dear December
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Minus 5
Description:

In early 2017, Scott McCaughey was asked to write some holiday songs for another artist’s holiday album. He became so inspired by the task that he wrote more than an albums worth of material and decided to record that album with his group, The Minu ... read more »

Motel La Grange
Price: $14.00
Artist: The National Reserve
Description: From New York, founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel ... read more »

Moving Target
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Peawees
Description:

Over the past 20 years The Peawees from La Spezia, Italy became a household name in the European rock ‘n’ roll scene, with 5 albums and multiple 45’s under ... read more »

Pop That Goes Crunch!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Persian Leaps
Description:

In a unique forging of their own path, “Pop That Goes Crunch!” comes not only as the band’s debut full-length, but also as ... read more »

Amazing Disgrace (2CD)
Price: $21.00
Artist: The Posies
Description:

The Posies' final Geffen full-length, remastered from the original tapes, is now a 2CD set that contains 23 bonus tracks -11 of which are previously unissued!  read more »

A Night Of All Covers - Live At Koenji High, Tokyo
Price: $25.00
Artist: The Rubinoos
Description:

Recorded on November 9, 2017, the final performance of the band’s 4th Japanese tour, the Rubinoos (as only the ... read more »

Maybe
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Stan Laurels
Description:

Previously only available on vinyl and as a download, the third full-length studio album by The Stan Laurels also makes its CD debut on the Kool Kat label.  It contains songs ... read more »

Show Business, Baby
Price: $16.00
Artist: Tom Heyman
Description:

For two decades DUE LATE NOVEMBER – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Cover stars this issue are British R&B hitmakers MANFRED MANN, who are featured via exclusive and exte ... read more »

Fog Machine
Price: $12.00
Artist: Valley Lodge
Description:

Valley Lodge are basically the best rock band that you think you've never heard of, but that you already totally know. The band's wildly popular song "Go" is the theme song to HBO' ... read more »

Come Join My Orchestra: The British Baroque Pop Sound 1967-1973
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 30.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN NOVEM ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume Two
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: R U ready for Kristmas?? Well the kool kats and fine felines currently on the Kool Kat label roster (along with some of our favorite non-label artists) certainly are on the second installment of our Holiday-themed releases! The record features exclusive contributions by The Pencils (who re-formed to contribute their track ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: When was the last time a great pop Holiday record was released? With contributions from both artists currently or soon to be on Kool Kat, this quite possibly could be just what the pop masses ordered! This 11-song Holiday Pop Fest features contributions from Maple Mars, The Smith Brothers, The Goldbergs, Parallax Project, ... read more »

The Kool Kat Kristmas Stocking Stuffer Bundle
Price: $25.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Get both volumes of "A Kool Kat Kristmas" for just $25! ... read more »

Rockin' The Mistletoe
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: LIMITED STOCK!! A very cool "pop" Holiday record from 2010, courtesy of the fine folks at Side B Music, that makes a nice companion to our very own "A Kool Kat Kristmas" releases. Where our discs focus on rockers and poppers, "Rockin' The Mistletoe" presents the lushly produced side of the pop spectrum. Not wanting the r ... read more »

Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-1981
Price: $30.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

"“Harmony In My Head"” is another of Cherry Red’s celebrations of a bygone era – this time, the boom in Power Pop and New Wave ... read more »

Just A Bad Dream: Sixty British Garage & Trash Nuggets 1981-1989
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 30.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 22.read more »

WishYouAWish (The Hollies Compositions By Others 1965-1968)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

HOLLIES COMPLETIST ALERT!!  Teensvill ... read more »

Legs & Luggage
Price: $12.00
Artist: Vegas With Randolph
Description:

The long overdue fourth album from these fine popsters just might be their best yet, and finds the band putting more “power” in their “pop& ... read more »

My American Dream
Price: $14.00
Artist: Will Hoge
Description:

Over the years, Will Hoge’s work has long existed in the blurry fringes between Americana, country, and roots rock, and his latest touches on them all.  read more »