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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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ANC4
Price: $15.00
Artist: ANC4
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! ROGER ARVIDSON ALERT!! Roger’s brilliant “Arvidson & Butterflies” release ranks as one of Kool Kat’s best-selling ever label releases. ANC4 (a/k/a Arvidson &Nilsson Combo Four) is a newly formed band that consists of four long serving members of the Swedish music scene. Songwriters Roger Arvidson (vocals/guitar), and Tomas Nilsson (vocals/guitar – of The Mop Tops!), are complimented by Janne Borgh (bass/backing vocals – The Moderns), and Niclas "Tidaholm’s Ringo" Österberg (drums). The band breathes new life into Rickenbacker-fueled, 60’s style nuggets with strong melodies and sweet harmonies whilst keeping relevant in the current music scene. “A diverse collection of bright, hummable pop tunes drawing on a wide scope of influences from The Beatles to The Byrds. As different as these songs may be from one another, each starts with a great melody from which hangs the musical elements necessary to make one catchier than the last. ‘Easy Way Out’ is a great choice for an opening track with its memorable guitar hook and spot on harmonies. The twangy slide guitar of ‘You Can Call Me Darling’ melts like something out of a Dali painting. And those bells – just lovely. ‘The Chronicle’, is an amazing track with multi-layered textures created almost certainly through some sort of studio wizardry. ‘So Good To Me’ maintains the good mood vibe and leads right into ‘Happy Again’, a bit of pure, uplifting power pop with very possibly the catchiest chorus I’ve heard this year. ‘It Don’t Matter’ is an earworm with guitar shimmer that may remind one of The La’s. ‘No More Words’ has that Byrds-ian jangle that never goes out of fashion. With more hooks than a pirate convention, ANC4 is easily one of my favorite records of 2019!” – PowerPopNews.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Strange Tide
Price: $15.00
Artist: ANC4
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! WOW!! Of course we love it (and please pardon the hype), but even if “Strange Tide”, ANC4’s second release wasn’t on Kool Kat we’d still rate as a Top 5 (or maybe even #1) “Best Power Pop Record Of 2021” – it’s that brilliant! The band delivers impeccably well crafted songs written by the songwriting duo of Roger Arvidson and Tomas Nilsson with the backing of a superb rhythm section made up of Janne Borgh on bass and Niclas Österberg on drums. “’Strange Tide’ is a 10/10 rated affair. The Swedish summer normally ends in August but this album will lengthen it to Christmas. It’s brimming with melodic songs, jangly guitars and lovely vocals. All 16 tracks have potential to be singles. ‘Being Nice’ is this year’s best power pop track. Roger Arvidson and Tomas Nilsson …. We salute you.” – Per Dahlqvist “It is not often you find a band that is consistent in the quality of their releases but ANC4 have proved they have the knack to pen and play a plethora of tip top pop. Album opener ‘Struck Gold’ is almost like an epiphany as every track on this album is gold and you will feel like you have won the musical lottery. You want jangle, you want harmonies, you want melodies and more hooks than Ikea’ curtain department, along with well crafted lyrics, then look no further than ANC4, this Swedish quartet has all you want and all you need.” Wayne Ford/The Ice Cream Man We could gush more, but have a listen…you will be pleased! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Caught By Light
Price: $12.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description: Norway’s Armchair Oracles’ third long-player (and Kool Kat Musik label debut) is a flat-out stunner! But don’t just take our word for it! "They trade in classic power pop with great melodies, quirky tempo and chord changes, and spot-on harmonies are what this band from Norway are all about. Their songs bring to mind such influences as The Beatles, Big Star and Love!" – David Bash/IPO “Songs that are drawn in bewitching colors, doused with the spirit of decades of classic guitar pop and seasoned by Norway's quartet of the moment, ‘Caught by Light’ jumps to the front flank of 2019's finest releases. Twisting and turning in and around the essence of bands such as Badfinger and Teenage Fanclub, they roll out a virtual guide to being safe and at home in this life. Their finely crafted songs reach out and touch the sounds of the 70’s and 80’s, while also hugging contemporary sensibilities. The breathtakingly beautiful ‘Don't Let It Break You,’ a muscular power ballad with soft shoulders, sings a song of hope and guidance. ‘Several Stories’ tells a melodic tale of someone who understands how to rebound from a fall from grace. Songs such as the provocatively titled ‘She Gets Me High,’ a concise, crafted-with-care ballad about the narrator's safe place continues the listener's journey through an invigorating program of melodically-sewn musical life lessons. They have brought some welcome light into this life - extremely catchy earworms that at times drift atop gorgeous melodies and beautifully-realized arrangements. Great album. Unmissable. I heart Armchair Oracles, and you will too.” - Alan Haber/Pure Pop Radio High praise indeed! 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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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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Astroemeria - A Journey On Earth & Beyond
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bhopal's Flowers
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Hindu deities dancing in the sky of the American desert, psychedelic cosmic pop hanging by a thread to the star of the shepherd, the music of Bhopal's Flowers seems to point to an unknown but familiar direction: A world where John Wayne and the Virgin Mary drive a convertible Lincoln, John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the backseat, greeting the crowd of angels. “Astroemeris…” is the second full-length release (and Kool Kat label debut) from Lione Pezzano-led Bhopal’s Flowers. Two years after ‘’Lovesongs & Psychedelic Tones’’, Bhopal’s Flowers presents a new conceptual psychedelic record: ‘’Alstroemeria: A Journey On Earth & Beyond’’. Lionel explains “The record maps a 24 hour cycle, in which each song is linked with a specific time of the day/night, slicing its journey in two distinct parts: a bright and vintage Sunshine Pop on Side 1, facing a deep and modern Moonlight Pop on Side 2. Exploring the deepest mysteries of life and drawing an esoteric vision of the soul’s materialization from upper skies to down bellow, ''Alstroemeria'' tales the cosmic and earthly adventures of the human soul, surrounded by numerous guides, divinities and historical characters: Galilee, the three Magi, Ettore Majorana, Lord Krishna, Archangel Uriel, Nikola Tesla, Zarathustra, Virgin Mary, Adam, Christopher Columbus, Jesus Christ, Paul Dirac, Napoleon Bonaparte, Yahveh, angels Seraph & Metatron, Rudolf Steiner, St John The Evangelist, Charles Darwin and Swami Vivakananda.” “Pezzano’s music combines the free flowing instrumental layers of the past with the crisp finish of today's indie rock present. There is some truly incredible guitar work here and overall a very good taste of instrument and sample selection. While the freedom and love movement is there, it's been hosed off and given a brighter neon glow with carefully placed modern updates. It's not all la la land in these songs; sometimes it can be a little haunting or just downright out there. One of the staples for music like this that I believe to be essential is that the listener is taken on a legitimate journey, and this album nails that. Expert tonal shifts that are so subtle you don't know what's happening until you're neck deep in it are all over these songs.” – DivideandConquerMusic.com So, what about the music? The record oozes shades of 60’s trippy psych/West Coast -influenced sounds with dreamy vocals, liberal sprinklings of 12-string guitars and sitar, singing the gospel life, from its very first sunrays, to its late moonbeams. Includes a cover of Cream’s “I Feel Free”! Very kool!! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Billy Bremner For President
Price: $15.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to fully realize a dream come true when we’re able to work with artists/bands that are some of our all-time faves! Several years ago, it was The Pencils, now it’s Billy Bremner of Rockpile, et al! Back in the late 70’s Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds (solo and with Rockpile) were the absolute sh*t to us! The one and only official Rockpile album “Seconds Of Pleasure” still sounds as fresh today as it did back then. Fast forward to 2020 and Billy Bremner is doing his darndest to keep the spirit of Nick, Dave, and Rockpile alive fronting Rockfiles and paying homage to Rockpile! And to top things off, guesting on the record is none other than Dave Edmunds/Nick Lowe/Shakin’ Stevens/many others sideman Geraint Watkins on piano! Songs covered with fire, spirit and verve here are ”I Hear You Knocking” (live), “Heart”, “Down Down Down”, “Love So Fine”, “Born Fighter”, “Sweet Little Lisa”, “Heart Of The City”, “Oh What A Thrill”, “Singin’ The Blues”, “Three Time Loser”, “Loud Music In Cars”, “Queen Of Hearts”, and “Knife & Fork”! The band’s slogan is “Let’s make Rockfiles (and Rockpile) great again!” We voted Billy! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Kaleidoscope
Price: $13.00
Artist: Blake
Description:

Julian Pugsley (a/k/a Blake) is a UK singer-songwriter and DIY musician.  His story is an interesting one, his dad interviewed John Lennon for the local paper in 1969 and upon hearin ... read more »

New Morning Howl
Price: $16.00
Artist: Brent Windler
Description:

Brent Windler’s power pop-tinged melodies summon the restrained beauty of his native Midwest. A fixture in the Kansas City music scene, his Pacific harmonies, and intricate vocal and instrumental structures capture the polite malaise of Americana as it is lived in the mid-sized cities of the he ... read more »

Chime School
Price: $13.00
Artist: Chime School
Description:

Chime School is the solo project of San Francisco based Andy Pastalaniec, who some may know from his work as the drummer for left field janglers, Odd Hope and Seablite.  “Pastalaniec’s debut album takes a full detour fro ... read more »

One Year (Expanded)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Colin Blunstone
Description:

Colin Blunstone and Sundazed Music celebrate the 50th anniversary of Colin's post-“Odessey & Oracle” solo debut opus “One Year” with an expanded edition!  The “extra” half, itself titled, “That Same Y ... read more »

Pop Scrapbook
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Quickly following 2020’s “Come Into My Studio” comes “Pop Scrapbook”!  Each year Dana Countryman writes and produces his particular brand of original retro pop written style of music of the 60’s and 70’s.  On “Pop Scrapbook”, in a ... read more »

Ever Wonder Why You Get Out Of Bed?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Daniel Meade
Description:

Glasgow songwriter Daniel Meade cut his teeth in the pubs, clubs and venues of Glasgow from a young age. From the half empty piano bars one night, to sharing stages with acts like the Kings Of Leon, The Fratellis, T ... read more »

Another Place
Price: $14.00
Artist: Danny George Wilson
Description:

Danny George Wilson (Bennett Wilson Poole, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive) unveils a radically surprising new, very laid-back solo album.  Celebrating the future returning with a vibrant and diverse collection of startling, impressionistic song ... read more »

Mania At The Talent Show
Price: $12.00
Artist: David Brookings
Description:

Long ago, when David Brookings was an 11 year old in Richmond, VA making his debut live performance singing the fir ... read more »

Origin Story
Price: $13.00
Artist: Dolour
Description:

During Dolourʼs original decade (1997-2007), the band was a breeding ground for great Seattle bands that followed.  At various times youread more »

Only Child
Price: $13.00
Artist: Grand Drifter
Description:

Turin, Italy’s Andrea Calvo (aka Grand Drifter), plants his flag in so many musical camps, but each one of them is meticulously placed to ensure that his aesthetic never ceases to provide anything other absolute levels of beauty.  “At i ... read more »

The Static
Price: $14.00
Artist: Hushdrops
Description:

Few things seem more inevitable than the convergence of two Chicago institutions.  Pravda Records has been documenting an impressive and varied roster of the city's greatest talents for more than three de ... read more »

Homesick For Our Future Destinations
Price: $14.00
Artist: It's Karma It's Cool
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL- AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  It's Karma It's Cool are a Lincoln, UK based four-piece indie rock/pop act who are set to cause fireworks with “Homesick For Our Future Destinations”, their s ... read more »

Light Years
Price: $15.00
Artist: James Sullivan
Description:

London based James Sullivan began his recording career as the lead guitar player for the British indie pop band Ripchord which, whilst this early incarnation didn’t last very long, did whet his appetite for the future. This was quickly foll ... read more »

Tales From The Atomic Tambourine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kingdom Of Mustang
Description:

“Tales From The Atomic Tambourine” is the third full-lengh by Kingdom Of Mustang.  Birthed during the pandemic of 2020, this collection paints from a broad palette of tonal colors and stylistic modes that at times harkens back to the golden age of AM radio yet does not sacrifice the modern pop- ... read more »

whatNOP doNW7
Price: $8.00
Artist: LMNOP
Description:

“whatNOP dONW7”, LMNOP’s first new record in 7 years features sixteen original compositions by the original one man band himself - Stephen Fievet!  The CD title refers to Don W. Seven (dONW7 ), who produced this home recording and is also known as S. Fievet, who’s somewhat a jack of all trades ... read more »

I Don't Feel Like Myself
Price: $16.00
Artist: Marlovers
Description:

The Marlovers latest record feaures twelve new songs of classic guitar pop that continue the tradition of catchy melodies, careful arrangements and worked vocal harmonies that characterize the quartet, who are always in ... read more »

Class Act
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mike Browning
Description:

“Class Act” didn't start off as an album project, although it developed quickly once Mike Browning realized what he had.  Since March of 2018, he had been taking a Recording and Production class at Brunswick Community College in Southport, NC, taught by none other than Jamie Hoover of The Sponge ... read more »

Dilettante
Price: $12.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

“If Mo Troper’s 2020 release ‘Natural Beauty’ was a perfectionist’s carefully-crafted pop rock record then his n ... read more »

Earworms
Price: $13.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

Supported by an all-star cast that includes Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Darian Sahanaja (Wondermints/Brian Wilson), Mike Randle (Love/Baby Lemonade) and Dana Countryman, each song delivers on the title's promise of unshakable melodies and Nick's reputation as one of the most reliably delightful tunesm ... read more »

Before The Monsters Came
Price: $14.00
Artist: Pseudonym
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Pseudonym is a Sa ... read more »

BloodMoon
Price: $12.00
Artist: Scott Gagner
Description:

In June of 2021, Scott Gagner and his family moved from their long-time home of Northern California back to his native Minnesota.  He explains the reason for the move “Whoever said ‘You can never go home again’ was wrong.”. “Life had become unreasonable. I found myself acting on primal ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #122
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #122
Description:

DUE SOON!  Steppenwolf are this issue’s cover stars: From Canada to LA via the NYC folk scene, SF garages and celluloid immortality, leader John Kay grants a rare interview.  Other features include Brân: The Welsh musical co ... read more »

Spygenius Blow Their Covers
Price: $13.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

The latest from Canterbury, UK popper Spygenius consists of 13 reinvented classics from the likes of The Monkees, Gene Clark, Squeeze, Madness, Traffic and much more!  The record is sparkling with the heady psych-pop guitars, intricate ... read more »

Bells Of Lightning + bonus disc
Price: $27.00
Artist: Starry Eyed and Laughing
Description:

Starry Eyed and Laughing were either 15 years ahead of their time or 10 years too late.  Either way, in 1974 they were voted the Rickenbacker twangers most likely to ... read more »

SaturnalienS
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Amplifier Heads
Description: “SaturnalienS’ is the third full length record from The Amplifier Heads, and ... read more »

Everything About
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Be Positives
Description:

The sophomore album from Manchester UK's The Be Positives successfully captures their punchy group sound while showcasing a knack for writing great and catchy pop/rock nuggets. The four-piece’s varied musical influences make for a captivating album, ranging from the ga ... read more »

Dose
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Brothers Steve
Description:

The Brothers Steve’s sophomore outing contains 10 new songs which take the band's invigorating punk-pop sound in exciting new directions, folding in elements of psychedelia, glam rock, and even flourishes of chamber pop while retaining all of the energy and charisma that made them such an instan ... read more »

National Absurdatory
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Embryos
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Come along ... read more »

Simpler Times
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  A common feature among music aficionados is the utter conviction that the best judges of our favorite artists' material aren’t the musicians themselves: WE are. Our tastes may differ, but it's we who, with emphasis and precision, can ... read more »

Sunlight Might Weigh Even More
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Green Pajamas
Description:

An all new album by Seattle’s legendary Green Pajamas for 2021!  The astonishing “Sunlight Might Weigh Even More”, destined to be a landmark in their impressive discography, lands in the tradition of their classic trio of albums from th ... read more »

DiG - Deluxe Edition (2CD)
Price: $27.00
Artist: The Grip Weeds
Description:

While in lockdown at the House of Vibes Studio in Highland Park, NJ The Grip Weeds began to work on songs that influenced them to make music their careers. They gave love and studio attention to these tracks that mostly were originally recorded primitively, quickly and on the cheap.  ... read more »

Nighthawks!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

“Nighthawks!”, the followup to “Goodnight Noises Everywhere”, is a collection of never-before-released live recordings spanning the group's full career, along with a pair of exclusive studio tracks.  Far from a standard live album, the record offers a rich bounty of concert recordings capturing& ... read more »

Walkie Talkie
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Montgomerys
Description:

Led by Peter Montgomery (The Irresponsibles), who's been dubbed "the Bad Boy of Boston Bubblegum", this 2009 effort by The Montgomerys further epitomized their brand of quirky-yet-accessible, XTC-inspired, indie pop-rock. The record deals with the breakdown of modern ... read more »

Pocket Melodies
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Moons
Description:

It only took six years, but The Moons finally followed up on 2014’s “Mindwaves” with “Pocket Melodies”.  Through these strange and uncertain times it is sometimes a little hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel but this is whe ... read more »

Drone Etiquette
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Persian Leaps
Description:

It seemed as if every week there was another scandal around Donald Trump, and then what should have “sunk” him was eclipsed by something more appalling for The Persian Leaps’ Drew Forsberg. And while The Persian Leaps frontman wasn’t intentionally writing around politics, injustices, or the impendin ... read more »

Faster Action
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Reflectors
Description:

The much anticipated sophomore effort from the poppers from L.A. is another brilliant testament of their unique upbeat Undertones/Buzzcocks-tinged, hook and harmony-filled teenage frustration rock ‘n’ roll all done in 2 and a half minute bursts!  “Straight out of the gate with ‘read more »

Constancy
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

“Constancy” is the seventh release by this Colin Hallibuton-led, Lawrence, KS roots pop outfit.  The album marks a distinct evolution in the band’s sound, as they found themselves taking more risks in the st ... read more »

Brighter Futures
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sails
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  In March of 2021, we released “Bang!- Best Of The Sails 2006-2020” as both a ... read more »

Mersey Christmas
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Spongetones
Description: 15 Holiday-flavored tunes! A mix of both the familiar ("It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", "The Christmas Song", "Jingle Bells", "Blue Christmas" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") along with some originals all done 'Tones style! With individual Holiday greetings from each band member a la The Beatles! COOL & GREAT!!!! ... read more »

James Cotton Mather
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Successful Failures
Description:

“James Cotton Mather”, the 9th album from NJ’s roots poppers The Successful Failures is a true gem – and quite possibly one of their best!  It’s an adventure-filled cinematic rock album, full of tragedy, disa ... read more »

The Devil's In The Details
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Szuters
Description:

Following up 2020’s brilliant “Sugar” looked like a tall order for The Szuters, but ”The Devil’s In The Details” is every bit as brilliant!  All of their trademarks are firmly intact – first-rate, needle sharp, hook-filled songs, top no ... read more »

Tomplicated
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

Since his brilliant, self-titled debut LP appeared in 1979, The Toms (Tom Marolda) have remained an active DIY power-pop force of nature over the ensuing years.  Last year brought us some “lost” songs from 1979, but “To ... read more »

The Webstirs
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Webstirs
Description:

Chicago-based band The Webstirs are back with their sixth album of clever, “hog-butchering, catchy indie pop to melt your jaded hipster heart”.  Formed in 1994 by childhood friends Preston Pisellini (guitars/ke ... read more »

In Their Own Write – Live!
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Weeklings
Description:

Renowned for their live performances, The Weeklings are back with their second live record!!  “Live albums are the next best thing to being there, especially when brought to you by a group as great as The Weeklings.  Recorded on the stages of the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ and Dar ... read more »

How I Wasted My Youth
Price: $14.00
Artist: Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
Description:

2009 release. This group is the creation of evil genius, Markus Barnard. The victim of a Catholic education, from an early age he was burdened with a great and inescapable sense of g ... read more »

Starlight Serenade
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Foreign Films
Description:

Bill Majoros (aka The Foreign Films) understands that in trying times, wonder and splendor are highly valuable commodities.  In the second year of an international pandemic, he’s released his seventh albu ... read more »

I Saw A Dozen Faces…The Diary Of A Never Was (Book)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Tim Lee
Description:

Tim Lee's (Windbreakers/Tim Lee 3) autobiographical book chronicles the journey of a rock 'n roll lifer who was part of the national independent music scene of the 80’s.  Tim’s a self-described "new wave journeyman" who toured with the likes of Let's Active, Swimming Pool Qs, and Marti Jon ... read more »

Now Hear This
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

“Now Hear This”, Tommy Sistak’s fifth album, follows in the footsteps of his previous four.  It’s full of short melodic, bouncy songs with a distinct 60's vibe and a heavy dose of British Invasion.  The album a ... read more »

Kaleidoscope Of Shadows: The Story So Far (3CD)
Price: $29.00
Artist: True West
Description:

LIMITED EDITION PRESSING – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL PRE-ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21.  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PRODUCT AVAILABILITY AFTER DECEMBER 22.  Tru ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #58
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #58
Description:

DUE LATE NOVEMBER – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Cover stars the legendary 60’s West Coast psychedelic group Clear Light are the subject of an extensive feature. Other compelling coverage this time includes Canadian garage punks the ... 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 »

A Kool Kat Kristmas Vol. 3
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Welcome to “A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume 3”!  It’s been five years since we released “Volume 2”, and a followup release was long overdue.read more »

Cool Yule
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Released in 1996, “Cool Yule” is a compendium of cool, original Christmas songs from the power pop and indie pop underground, a grunge-free celebration of a favorite holiday, replete with hints of 60’s harmonies, cat ... read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Yuletide Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A welcome new addition to the library of pop holiday releases, “The Yuletide Wave” is a holiday gift from the Big Stir label that present a never-before heard songs of the season from the stars of the label’s release slate – Nick Frater, Sp ... read more »

The Beat From 20,000 Garages (The Best Of The Rebels Vol.3)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Volume 3 of the “Rebels” series brings together bands from around the world with a healthy DIY attitude, Garage, Pop-Psych, R&B, Freakbeat, Indie, Punk...it doesn't really matter what you call them.  It's just Rock And Roll Music, played with passion.  10 of the 16 tracks presented her ... read more »

Hit The Hay Vol. 12
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Sweden’s Sound Asleep Records are back with the 12th volume of their terrific, long-running “Hit The Hay” series – one that consistently showcases some of the best roots pop, alt country and even ... read more »

Take A Deep Breath
Price: $14.00
Artist: West Coast Music Club
Description:

West Coast Music Club are a large collective ... read more »

The Lives Of Others
Price: $27.00
Artist: You Am I
Description:

Ask any fan of Aussie music and they’ll agree that it’s impossible to mention “Aussie rock music” without a prominent discussion of read more »