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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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Amoeba Teen
Price: $13.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description: The terrific followup to 2019’s “Medium Wave”, “Amoeba Teen” contains 10 new t ... read more »

Live In Tokyo
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell
Description:

In June of 1995, Squire frontman Anthony Meynell visited Japan to promote the debut of his album “Passengers On Trains”.  The album launch included several solo concerts in Tokyo. His live set combined the new material along with some favorites picked from ... read more »

66/68
Price: $12.00
Artist: Bart Mendoza
Description:

A very cool EP of covers from Bart!  “Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of lending an ear to t ... read more »

Sweet Unknown
Price: $15.00
Artist: Ceramic Animal
Description:

Strutting out of Doylestown, PA, Ceramic Animal forge glam, post-punk, psych rock and '70s pop into an original and exciting sound.  The band's music and ambition impressed the Black Keys’ Dan Auerba ... read more »

Darling Please
Price: $14.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

“Darling Please” was recorded eleven years ago and is now seeing full-scale release for the first time in a newly remastered version (courtesy of Nick Bertling and adorned with newly tracked backing vocals from Lindsay Murray of Gretchen's Wheel).  The record sees the genre-hopping popper in a ... read more »

Authorize Information
Price: $10.00
Artist: Chuck Oney
Description:

Remember the band The Vague?  Well, Chuck Oney was a member of the group before venturing out as a solo artist.  “Authorize Information” is Chuck’s second solo record.  It was originally intended to be an EP.  Mostly al ... read more »

The Paisley Garden Project
Price: $14.00
Artist: Chuck Yoakum
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Recorded in 2018, but with its heart clearly in 196 ... read more »

Julee
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dave Cope and the Sass
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!read more »

Eleven Step Intervention
Price: $10.00
Artist: Deadlights
Description: Deadlights - the latest musical endeavor from Well-Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton continues on its chartered course of swirling, melodic dreampop and shoegaze with software release “Eleven Step Intervention”.  In l ... read more »

Reverse Light Years (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Even
Description:

If there was ever a time for Even to make a record like “Reverse Light Years”, that time is now.  Locked down due to the pandemic, frontman Ash Naylor was afforded the time and headspace to delve into t ... read more »

Satin Returns
Price: $14.00
Artist: Even
Description:

In 2018, the elder statesmen of Australian indie rock Even released their seventh album aptly titled “Satin Returns”.  “Holy smokes! This album is an absolute ripper packed full of eleven indie rock gems just waiting to ... read more »

Spook Du Jour
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian
Description:

Thirty minutes. A dozen songs (all but one clock in at under three minutes).  For their 13th album, the ever delightfully irreverent rockers Ex Norwegian managed to combine their sweet power pop sensibilities ... read more »

Explorer Tapes
Price: $15.00
Artist: Explorer Tapes
Description:

Explorer Tapes’ story is a classic tale of popular music. Two guys from the Dallas/Fort Worth area take a life-long friendship and decide to start a band, gather some additional talented musicians from the surrounding area, write songs, pla ... read more »

Lord, Have Mirsky!
Price: $10.00
Artist: Eytan Mirsky
Description:

This is Eytan’s eighth album that once again showcases the NY-based singer/songwriter’s sharp lyrical observations and way with a winning melody.  For this latest release, Eytan again teams up with his long-time producer Jon Gordon (for ... read more »

Are You There?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Fontanarosa
Description:

Fontanarosa used to be the solo project of Paul Verwaerde (read more »

It Was A Good Run
Price: $10.00
Artist: Freezing Hands
Description:

Freezing Hands hail from Tucson, AZ.  “It Was A Good Run” is their fourth release (but first we’ve ever heard by them).  “Cool power-pop sound, perfect for summer! Lyrics and vocal intonations have a Chris Ballew (of Presidents of th ... read more »

Six
Price: $13.00
Artist: Gat
Description:

Released in 2015, “Six” is an album that is the true definition of the term "One Man Band".  All of the songs were composed, produced and played by Gat (Graham Allman Talbot).  Known for featuring 12-string guitars on his previous efforts, he's kept tucked i ... read more »

Lightnin’ In A Bottle- The Official Live Album (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Georgia Satellites
Description:

Terrific 2CD live archive release.  In 1988, The Georgia Satellites rolled into Cleveland, OH for a blistering Monday night at local watering hole Peabody's, formerly the punk haven Pirates Cove.  With their “Open All Night” giving ... read more »

No Saints In The City
Price: $11.00
Artist: Ghosts Of Sunset
Description:

Following up their debut EP “Headed West”, Ghosts Of Sunset take the listener to that most cinematic of cities and show just what lies out of reach, the power that is New York, and allows the creeping beauty of music Noir to be embrace ... read more »

Master Of None
Price: $15.00
Artist: Graham Day
Description:

Revived, legendary Mod label Countdown Records announce the welcome return of Graham Day to their roster. Their relationship with Graham stretches back to 1986 when his renowned band The Prisoners released the ... read more »

Jay Byham
Price: $8.00
Artist: Jay Byham
Description:

Meadville, PA’s Jay Byham's self-titled, 5-song debut EP was co-written and produced by Steve Butler (Quincy, Smash Palace) who also plays on the record alongside his Smash Palace bandmates!  "This is all-modern music SO imagin ... read more »

F.I.T.H.
Price: $12.00
Artist: Joel Tyler Wall
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  “F.I.T.H.” is the second solo outing from Joel Tyler Wall (better known as one half of pop duo Diamond Hands).  His previous solo record “Green Wave” saw Joel ... read more »

Triangle/Six Songs
Price: $13.00
Artist: Justin Kline
Description:

This 2010 release combined two of Justin's individually released EPs (both were previously download-only releases) into one glorious, nicely flowing pop effort! "Whimsical, melodic, shiny affairs and if you’re a fan of the Andy Sturmer/Roger Manning Jr-type of clean ... read more »

Fall In Love Not In Line
Price: $13.00
Artist: Kids on a Crime Spree
Description:

Oakland, CA's Kids On A Crime Spree have spent the last decade crafting a compact but potent discography that shows a deep love of 60’s Brill B ... read more »

Flavor Of The Month
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lannie Flowers
Description:

“Flavor Of The Month” is a completely new collection and the long-awaited physical media debut for the songs that made up Lannie’s celebrated and groundbreaking March To Home Singles Series in 2019 all newly remixed by L ... read more »

Across State Lines
Price: $15.00
Artist: Lund Bros
Description:

Brand new studio outing from the Lund Bros!  Almost from the beginning, the brothers realized they had something special when back in the early 90’s, they ditched the front-man singer idea as other people never seemed ... read more »

E Pluribus M Ross
Price: $15.00
Artist: M Ross Perkins
Description:

M Ross Perkins is back with his sophomore full-length “E Pluribus M Ross”, an album that’s another master class in home recording with 12 shimmering slices of purely perfect psychedelic pop.  When he released his self-titled full-length in 2016, he fittingly had music journalists in a tizzy .&nb ... read more »

The Human Race
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nezrok
Description:

Chris Korzen details the “history” of “The Human Race” - “I started writing the music which would become the songs on ‘The Human Race’ shortly after the release of the self-titled Nezrokread more »

Heart Inside Your Head
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men
Description:

10 new songs from Nick and the Boyz!  Special guests include popper Ryan Allen on guitar/vocals!  At times both more rocking (we like it that way!) and more reflective than what you may have come to expect from Nick, but still full of great riffs, melodies, and lyrics deeper than what the ... read more »

Olivier Rocabois Goes Too Far
Price: $13.00
Artist: Olivier Rocabois
Description:

Raised on cult albums ("Ram" by McCartney, "Giant Steps" by The Boo Radleys), Olivier Rocabois developed an eclectic taste for the refined and the organic.  “What a wonderf ... read more »

Chew The Scenery
Price: $18.00
Artist: Oscar Lang
Description:

On his debut full-length, Oscar Lang - ever cool and contemporary - is defying odds. Translating complex feel ... read more »

Past Life Regression
Price: $13.00
Artist: Papercuts
Description:

Jason Quever has been releasing timeless guitar-based dream pop as Papercuts since 2004, impervious to trends or micro genres that have come and gone around him.  In that regard, his contemporaries are artists like Hiss Golden Messenger and Fruit Bats, artists who ... read more »

A Balloon To The Moon
Price: $14.00
Artist: Paul Bevoir
Description:

Paul Bevoir is an English pop/rock songwriter and musician. He is probably best known as a member of the 80’s English pop band The Jetset, who were associated with the British Mod revival. Shortly after his previous release (2008’s “In Days Of Wonder”), Paul started co ... read more »

Archive Series Volume 2
Price: $19.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

The truncated solo career of Phil Seymour yielded a pair of solid power pop albums, a gem of a single, "Precious to Me," and a reminder of the type of material he brought to the original Dwight Twilley Band. This expanded and remastered version of the second album is a ... read more »

Egg Yolks and Artichokes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ronnie D'Addario
Description:

The latest from popper Ronnie D’Addario is an unabashed nod to the swinging 60’s featuring a few covers and a slew of new original songs all loaded with catchy melodies and lush harmonies.  “A fine batch ... read more »

Play On
Price: $15.00
Artist: Scott McCarl
Description:

A RE-CONFIGURED REISSUE OF HIS 1998 SOLO DEBUT – DON’T PART WITH YOUR ORIGINAL IF YOU HAVE ONEread more »

Wide Awake
Price: $10.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

Now 15 years in, Shake Some Action! is showing no signs of slowing down as they return with “Wide Awake”, a sign-of-the-times record recorded remotely with band members never setting foot in the same studio at the ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #127
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #127
Description:

The Kinks’ Dave Davies graces the cover: The Kinks’ second son reflects on his own career as a songwriter and recording artist.  Other features include Ride: the Oxford quartet’s growth from shoegaze stars to elder statesm ... read more »

The Spark
Price: $12.00
Artist: Stratocruiser
Description:

Years prior to forming The Blusterfields, Mike Nicholson was an integral member of Stratocruiser, who back then were one of our favorite 70's-inspired rockers!   Released in 2011, “The Spark”, the band’s fourth album, successfully highlighted their nascent p ... read more »

Superimposition
Price: $12.00
Artist: Suburban HiFi
Description:

Greg Addington (of poppers the Hangabouts) is Suburban HiFi.  His music is mostly a DIY affair plus help from whoever happens upon the studio and hears music erupting through the walls.  In this case, Tom Curless is along for the ride on drums.  “Clever and catchy songwriting, p ... read more »

Modern Architecture
Price: $12.00
Artist: Swimming Pools & Movie Stars
Description:

Swimming Pools & Movie Starsread more »

Flights Of Fancy
Price: $10.00
Artist: Terry Carolan
Description:

Terry Carolan acquired recognition with a number of different bands, including Just Boys, The Pin Ups, True Hearts, New Movies, Blue Cartoon and Heirs Of Fortune.  “Flights Of Fancy” is Terry’s first so ... read more »

Don't Go Anywhere
Price: $14.00
Artist: The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JUNE 3 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Kool Kat’s release of “Don’t Go Anywhere” marks the CD debut of the band’s previously download-only release from 2021!  Those with a keen ear for undergroun ... read more »

Tones Of The Sparrow
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Asteroid No. 4
Description:

Celebrating 25 years as a band, stalwarts of the modern psych scene The Asteroid No.4  present “Tones Of The Sparrow”, their eleventh album!  Heavily inspired by the UK shoegaze scene including My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride ... read more »

The Vicious Afterglow
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Blusterfields
Description:

“The Vicious Afterglow” is the debut recording from North Carolina rockers The Blusterfields.  It is the product of this new ensemble that effortlessly blends power pop, garage rock and strains of other subgenres in the rock realm.  The songwriting team of Todd Jones-Jones and Mike Nichols ... read more »

Keep On With Falling (2CD/Deluxe Edition)
Price: $23.00
Artist: The Boo Radleys
Description:

Responding to the warm welcome that greeted news of their reformation earlier this year, The Boo Radleys release their first album of all-new music in 24 years!  Rising from cult-shoegaze band to the very ... read more »

August Lightning Complex
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Description:

Arriving almost exactly two years after their acclaimed “Boxer At Rest” album, “August Lightning Complex” is album number six for Oakland, CA’s The Bye Bye Blackbirds.  Recorded at Sharkbite Studios with engine ... read more »

Cleaned Up Collectables Vol. 1
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Cleaners From Venus
Description:

The Cleaners from Venus are these four 67 year-old guys in a band who dress the same and look a bit like each other. They have loads of tawdry adventures, usually with a group of over made-up women a few years younger than themsel ... read more »

Cleaned Up Collectables Vol. 2
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Cleaners From Venus
Description:

The 13-song, second volume of “Cleaned Up Collectibles” spans 1979's “Flamingo Rd” to 2015’s “The Bachelorette”.  Some are out-takes and b-sides from the mid 80’s.  Others were unfinished, lost, forgotten about or unchosen at the ... read more »

On Fire - Live At The Firebarn May 26, 1979
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Flashcubes
Description:

The Flashcubes, considered one of the greatest power pop bands in the history of the genre return with a 26-track, ultimate live in concert collection “ ... read more »

Something To Give
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Forresters
Description:

Founded on a rich sonic tapestry, roots poppers The Forresters create authentic songs that go straight to the heart.  Emerging from ... read more »

Tear Your Minds Wide Open!
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

PREVIOUSLY ONLY AVAILABLE WITH THE PURCHASE OF THE VINYL RELEASE, WE’VE GOT STAND-ALONE CDs (WITH ONE MORE TRACK NOT ON THE LP) OF THIS BRILLIANT RECORD!!read more »

Colosseums
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Institutes
Description:

“Colosseums”, Coventry, UK band The Institutes’ debut album, is a BIG album full of 90’s-inspired rock anthems and shoeg ... read more »

A Day In The Life
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Parlophonics
Description:

The Parlophonics (Robert Horvath, Fernando Perdomo – does he ever sleep?, and Hugh Macdonald) is an alternative rock band making brilliant power pop/rock despite having never been in the same room with each other.  If anything, distance has only added grace and intention to the band’s sound ... read more »

Stay Out Of My World
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Preachers
Description:

Savage face-melting fist-pumping garage punk – that best describes 60’s legends The Preachers!  Beatrocket Records’ “Stay Out Of My World” presents their entire recorded output.  The results are a sonic ... read more »

Weight Of Line and Intersection
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Riffbrokers
Description:

The Riffbrokers have gilded the lily on their third full length release from 2008. The husband and wife team of Nick and Heather Millward have gathered a fine crop of musical fellows from such bands as The Young Sportsmen, North Twin and The Doll Test to stack heaps o ... read more »

Triptych (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Sun Sawed In 1/2
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE MAY 27 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Neo-psychedelic, power-pop, sophisto-pop outfit, The Sun Sawed in 1/2 are back read more »

Tambourine Love
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Tambourine People
Description:

Conceived by musician and voice actor Chris Mezzolesta and composed, recorded and produced during February Album Writing Month 2020, this is a feel-good sunshine pop album with various feels of the late 60’s and a hopeful message.  The Tambourine People began as a ... read more »

Lots Of The Pops! Volume 1: Caught In A Sweet Refrain
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Tor Guides
Description:

Released in 2013, The Tor Guides' third effort is an absolute brilliant mix of shimmering, jangly (as in both 6 + 12 string guitars), sweetly sung pop of the highest order! Like both of their preceding releases, this one's yet another "confectionary collection of sug ... read more »

On Top Of Our Heads…And Other Forbidden Pleasures
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Total Rejection
Description:

The 4th “Studio” LP (5th LP in total if you include the live one) by The Total Rejection.  Once again there are scorching hot garage rockers (“I'm Coming Home”, ... read more »

Enemies With Benefits
Price: $5.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

The future looked bright and rosy for Thrift Store Halo back in 1998 when the Chicago-based band’s debut album, “World Gone Mad” arrived. Positive reception was served in spades, but commitments outside of music prevented the group from moving forward.  Nearly 20 years after the relea ... read more »

Toddstock 2008: All Access (DVD)
Price: $13.00
Artist: Todd Rundgren
Description:

In June of 2008, Todd Rundgren opened his home, inviting his fans for a “Utopian Camporee” on his property on Kauai, HI.  For more than a week together, 300 of them built a community: cooking, connecting, and celebrating wit ... read more »

Person Of Interest
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tom Curless
Description:

Tom Curless explains the background of his latest, rockin’ effort “Person Of Interest” “The main difference between this one and ‘Almost Ready for the Future’ is that it is 100% me, just starting with a basic idea/structure and overdubbing like mad. ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #59
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #59
Description:

DUE MID-APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  The Troggs are the cover stars of this issue with an extensive feature based on new interviews with Chris Britton and Pete Staples.  Plus: David Holzer delves into the world of Alice Cooper circa 1974 with ... read more »

Sideshow
Price: $12.00
Artist: Vanilla
Description:

“Sideshow” is Vanilla’s followup to 2020’s excellent “Limerence” release!  “Vanilla are curio pop rock all stars, no genre can stump them. Their most recent collection ‘read more »

Friends And Lovers: Songs Of Bread
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Those of us who grew up with songs of Bread might remember when “The Guitar Man” or “Make It With You” would randomly flow from the speakers of our, or our parent's car.  Maybe we weren't listening, becaus ... read more »

From Morden To Wimbledon
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Arists
Description:

The followup to the brilliant “17 From Morden” album finds Nigel Lees’ Top Sounds label paying a second visit to R.G Jones' studio with “From Morden To Wimbledon”, a compilation which assembles sixteen tracks tran ... read more »

Pop Parade Doce
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Rock Indiana Records’ terrific collections of pop from around the world is back with its twelfth volume!  Fifteen tracks (including exclusives from Andrew Taylor, Lukah Boo, Howdy, Javier Polo (of The Winnerys), Marlovers, Radio Days, and Robertson).  Others ... read more »

The Young Idea: A Pop Tribute To Anthony Meynell & Squire
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

CALLING ALL MODS!  Anthony Meynell and Squire were at the forefront of the British Mod Revival from 1978 till around 1984 with a few appearances in the charts with gems like "Walking Down The Kings Road" and "The Fac ... read more »

If Only
Price: $13.00
Artist: Walker Brigade
Description:

“If Only” is a proper introduction to the slightly off-centre pop of LA’s Walker Brigade, whosde music can be described as melodic, abrasive, slyly funny and completely beguiling.  The art-punk-pop four-piece, veterans of a series of live shows and acclaimed singles under the label's auspices, ... read more »

In The Mean Meantime
Price: $15.00
Artist: Whelligan
Description:

Songwriter and singer Jamie Whelligan is a pop troubadour in the classic late 60’s vein.  A busker on the London Underground, an actor in art house film, one of those ever-present characters who seems weirdly displac ... read more »