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A Different Kind Of Here
Price: $15.00
Artist: Almost Charlie
Description: Berlin singer/multi-instrumentalist Dirk Homuth and New York City lyricist Charlie Mason have teamed up again to pen “A Different Kind of Here”, Almost Charlie's fourth album, and the band's third record for the Minneapolis-based Words On Music label. With twelve new songs brimming with impossibly elegant hooks, poignant imagery, and enduring melodies that flirt with The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, the record is infused with an unmistakable flair and cohesiveness that belies the fact that this uniquely 21st Century transatlantic songwriting team have never met. The hushed opening acoustic strains of "Shadow Boy" quietly launch the record by showcasing the impactfulness of Homuth's understated voice, with simple strikes of the glockenspiel punctuating his melodic gifts. A string quartet escorts the 3/4-metered "Ambivalent" - an affectionate nod to Elliott Smith in which Homuth directs a captivating waltz that spells the frustrations of an indecisive object of one's affections. Homuth's unfailing affinity for tunefulness seamlessly blends the album's assortment of sonic textures, from the carnivalesque “Sgt. Peppers”-meets-“Westworld” imaginings of "Robot" to the gentle, piano-guided interlude "Sunset On Elysian Fields" that evokes mid-period Felt. Duskier undercurrents percolate through the record, such as in "The Loneliness of Sharks" - one of several compositions that begin deceptively spare but blossom into orchestral-laden gems. Homuth's nuanced compositions enable him to be the ideal messenger to deliver Mason's multifaceted lyrics which are sharp, at times playful, but always authentic. The album closes with the anthemic "I'll Still Be Missing You," in which the first chorus is bookended by an opening verse simmering with psychedelic embellishments and a stylish trumpet solo and a second that crescendos into a one-minute blistering Teenage Fanclub-esque guitar solo to triumphantly conclude the record. Makes for a nice companion to the new Chris Price record! EXCELLENT!! ... read more »
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In Machina
Price: $17.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description: Armchair Oracles, dubbed Norway’s best kept secret, are unlikely to keep the title for long…as everyday pop heads are turning towards their songs of timeless hooks and melodies. Comparisons have been made with some of the greatest songwriters the world has ever seen. “A solid effort, as ‘Considerations’ opens with a jangling rhythm, heavy guitar riffs and minor chord chorus that sticks in your head. ‘Sound Sleep Sound’ is a sweet ballad with delicate acoustic lead featuring Atle Skogrand’s gentle airy lead vocal. The band offers a contrast of the soft jangle atmosphere with a heavy rock riff lead often layered over it, as ‘Jitterbug’ is a good example here. This is the style that rock bands like Radiohead and Coldplay used to be so good at, thankfully Armchair Oracles are just as impressive. Even better this band knows when to let go and rock heavier like on the powerful ‘Utility Man.’ Some of the music comes close to arena rock, (‘Here Comes The Feeling’) but the melodies have that little twist to keep it from becoming cliched. ‘Climbing The Walls’ is a nice break with its simple piano riff and slide guitar, almost ELO like. Highly Recommended.” – Powerpopaholic.com “This is great pop with plenty of variation. ‘High Wire Walkers’ sounds like something out of Manchester or Stockport in the early 90's, morphing into a sort of early U2. ‘Jitterbug’ sounds like a more melodic happier Doves, whilst ‘Scared Of Light’ sounds Celtic, possibly Runrig. ‘Utility Man’ is pure Brit Pop, The Lemonheads crossed with The Boo Radleys. The band seem happiest being purveyors of sleepy laid back power pop, in TFC mode if you like and that's really apparent on the likes of ‘Phantom Bliss’ and ‘Long Time’. It's the variance that grips you tough across this splendid 12 track offering. ‘Here Comes The Feeling’ is pure Psych Pop, ‘Climbing Walls’ is mid 70's Pop Rock, 10CC springs to mind and ‘Panic King’ is awash with brass, very Northern Uproar until it blends into great harmonic 60's melodic pop. The stand out song is ‘Sound Sleep Sound’, it meanders wonderfully. Simply ace, a real listen from start to finish.” – IDontHearASingle.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Change Your Skin...Wash Your Heart
Price: $13.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description: Norway-based Armchair Oracles consists of Atle Skogrand on vocals and guitar, Jan Ove Engeset on bass, Charlie Wise on drums and Kjetil Halsen on trumpet. They also play a variety of other instruments over the course of this, their 2009 debut album. “There are several classic pop songs here, which true enough is reminiscent of the aforementioned bands Beatles/Big Star), but essentially put the band within the realms of Power Pop, Britpop and classic American/British 60’s pop with charming little visits to Burt Bacharach and The Kinks. The somewhat unpolished and 60’s inspired soundscape gives the album an extra dimension. ‘Palm Of Your Hand’ is pure Britpop, with bands like Suede and The Auteurs impossible to ignore - an exquisite pop song built on durable and timeless material. The chorus is immortal. What a wonderful way to start an album! ‘Danish Pastry’, is reminiscent of the grandiose Love. Although not serving classic pop all the time, the band has characteristics that make them extremely entertaining. Exciting arrangements, highly potent guitar playing and extraordinarily accomplished vocal harmonies to name but a few. The Beach Boys inspired harmonies on ‘Kitchen Widow’ are a great example of the latter. On ‘Never Enough’ they’re going for gold, floating on the classic pop wave of the 60’s. ‘In The Gamble" is even a little Byrds-influenced, with the trumpet solo creating a real highlight. ‘Rowan Trees’ is a lovely tune with a touch of Paul McCartney about it. We are again treated to trumpeter Halsen and some wonderful mandolin playing by the band's songwriter Skogrand. The album's closer (‘The First Boy Died’) is a beautiful piano driven ballad. Skogrand, in the style of Freddie Mercury, reveals a song that would have been right at home on one of Queen's mighty albums, perhaps demonstrating what kind of potential this band has and what they are going to present the day they get lucky with a big company.” – RockWeb.com "Classic-style 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 and Big Star” – David Bash/IPO EXCELLENT!! ... read more »
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The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
Price: $11.00
Artist: Biters
Description: Like their British counterparts The Struts, Biters mine the past to preserve its future. ¡°They are a great rock band. They look the part, they act the part, Tuk is a proper star, and they can toss off tunes as easily as Gordon Ramsay plates crab cakes: ¡®Back To Georgia¡¯ and ¡®Hollywood¡¯ are both masterful ballads. Marc Bolan comes off the subs¡¯ bench for ¡®Stone Cold Love¡¯ and ¡®Gypsy Rose¡¯ ¨C both benefitting from a liberal sprinkling of T.Rex glitter ¨C while Cheap Trick are much in evidence throughout. Elsewhere there are hat-tips to Queen, AC/DC, ELO, the Glitter Band and ¡®Eliminator¡¯-era ZZ Top.¡± ¨C TeamRock.com ¡°They have really tapped into their love of 70¡äs rock music on the massive stomping beast that is ¡®Stone Cold Love¡¯. The song has a T.Rex sound from the backbeat through to the vocals of Tuk, making for a song you want to keep playing over and over. They have other ear candy in their arsenal with the more modern sounding rock of ¡®Let It Roll¡¯, again a radio hit is ever there was one. Interesting musical diversion on ¡®Goin¡¯ Back To Georgia¡¯ where the band adopt a country rock feel, not unlike something Blackberry Smoke would d0. Some great power pop on display too like ¡®Gypsy Rise¡¯, which gives fellow 70¡äs power pop worshippers Smash Fashion a run for their money. Biters bite back with an album full of glorious 70¡äs flavoured glam/hard rock.¡° ¨C GetReadyToRock.me.uk ¡°Laden with swagger and attitude, the band channels T.Rex with ¡®Gypsy Rose¡¯ with vocalist Tuk Smith replicating Marc Bolan¡¯s similar drawl. It¡¯s bouncy with a pop flavour to it and whilst the punk sound may be stripped back, this is easily one of the highlights on an album full of gems. The complete left turn comes at the end of the album with the Southern-fried and aptly named ¡®Goin¡¯ Back to Georgia¡¯. More acoustic with hints of slide guitar, it may not be what you¡¯d expect a band like Biters to put out with its plonking rhythm and twangs. It¡¯s an obvious nod to their home and their experiences of becoming an international touring band. Between the vocal harmonies which are just begging to be sung along to and the largely upbeat radio-friendly riffs which contain nods to Thin Lizzy and Status Quo. Biters may not bring anything new to the world but instead they combine some of the greatest sounds of the 70¡¯s to create their own sound. Its length from start to finish, purposeful production and sound harks back to when rock ruled the radio to pull in the older generations of fans and its subtle pop hooks to hopefully pull in a younger audience.¡± ¨C Moshville.co.uk GREAT!! ... read more »
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Forever
Price: $19.00
Artist: BMX Bandits
Description: Brand new release (the tenth!) from these Scottish pop legends fronted by Duglas T. Stewart. Is it possible that, after more than 30 years in the music business, Duglas has, in 2017, made his best album? The collection of songs included here could be the best thing in their whole discography - without letting go of their identity, or even of their obsessions and hang-ups. This is a moment to be cherished, and we should analyze every fragment, every note, every second. And there is a lot to work through, because we know that one of Duglas' "obsessions" is to include a solid handful of songs on every album. This time, we have sixteen. But if there is a key name on this album, it is Stuart Kidd. Stuart is one of Glasgow's best liked and most prolific musicians. He originally joined BMX Bandits in 2002 and after a short break away is very much back in the heart of the group. His participation here has been key, both for his production and interpretation work, as well as for his songwriting, giving us practically all the songs a little extra that raises them up to the altar we found them at. He is Duglas's right-hand man on this journey toward eternity. Duglas also gets assists from Chloe Philip of Teen Canteen, Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, and Joe Kane of Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab (on a trio of songs that sit at the heart of the album). But we can't forget something that has always characterized BMX Bandits' albums: the search for perfect love in the shape of a perfect pop song, and all the frustrations that arise from a fantasy like that. From fun to rough, expressing things that only Duglas can articulate with words. From here on out, BMX Bandits “Forever” is a classic - for their spirit (why that title, if not?) for their songwriting, for their inspiration, their references, their emotion. “Although the tales of heartbreak might be familiar, beyond Stewart’s distinctive vocals, ‘Forever’ is a very different sonic prospect from its predecessor, with those contributors (most audibly Philip) proving ideal support, foils, and writing partners.” - HeraldScotland.com “Stewart has a fabulous track record of delightfully light, deceptively deep, songs that he’s been crafting and releasing over the last 30-odd years, complemented with a keen sense of just the right cover version to complement his songs. ‘Forever’ continues that trend in its easy-going manner, like so many of Stewart’s records before it, taking you out on a summer’s evening, full of hope and warmth, and bring you home in tears with that bittersweet way that he writes his glorious 50’s and 60’s-conceived pop tunes. This deftly mellow, mature record tells us, with aplomb, that, hailing from the C86-scene and allied to The Soup Dragons and Teenage Fanclub, Stewart hasn’t deviated from his love of pop music history. He understands its nooks and crannies as well as its hooks and melodies and handles them with reverent care.” – RecordCollectorMagazine.com EXCELLENT!! ... read more »
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Euphoria Love
Price: $10.00
Artist: Brenyama
Description: Produced by Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds (who’s all over this as a guest player contributing vocals, percussion, and guitars) at the ‘Weeds House Of Vibes studio, this neo-psychedelic four piece from New Jersey have fashioned up a real fun pop album, very much set in the 60's and focusing on the joint vocals of husband and wife Richard and Maki Brenner. “Its variation is underpinned by those vocals, separate or together. The Maki lead vocals on songs such as ‘Leaving For NYC’ and ‘Get In The Groove’ are very Girl Pop with a groovy summer feel. You can imagine a cast of hundreds twirling umbrellas around a pool. The Richard lead vocals are far more 60's Beat/Merseybeat in their feel with a healthy dash of organ, although ‘Dreaming In Blue’ has far more in common with late 70's New Wave. All this sugar works really well, particularly when the vocals collide. It gets even more interesting when it experiments a bit and there are glimpses of further development on the psych op of ‘Waiting For Godzilla’ (which features The Anderson Council’s Peter Horvath on ‘psychedelic guitar’) and the duet on ‘After All’ is a real poptastic closer. The title track is a song which is power pop of the highest quality, like a jaunty version of The Cars, all riff. A fine offering. “ – IDontHearASingle.com “They draw on influences as diverse as The Beatles, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Ramones, ’80’s synth-pop and the far more tasteful side of ’90’s ‘alternative’ (think Matthew Sweet or Teenage Fanclub) and you can detect so many of these elements in the songs that there’s a guarantee of something for everyone here.” – PopDose.com EXCELLENT!! ... read more »
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Stop Talking
Price: $15.00
Artist: Chris Price
Description: Chris Price is a man of many talents - producer for Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, writing with artists like Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish) and Taylor Locke (Rooney) or recording a complete album with an iPhone 4 (his first record “Homesick”). On “Stop Talking” (the perfect early Sunday after noon/late evening record), Chris was joined in the studio by a variety of top musicians, including Kyle Fredrickson, Ben Lecourt, Fernando Perdomo, Joe Seiders and many others. According to Chris, “I spent the five years since my first solo album working on albums for two heroes of mine, Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs. I never stopped writing and recording material of my own, and both of those incredibly inspiring and fulfilling projects ended up deeply informing my work, pushing me to think harder about my lyrics, become more adventurous in my production and never take the safe route musically. Nearly 50 songs were recorded for this project, and I went through an arduous and at times painful process whittling it all down to the form it is now in. I’m very proud of this work, which has been brewing for quite some time.” “As good as ‘Homesick’ was, the expansive, luminous pop and rock dotting ‘Stop Talking’ marks a quantum leap in songwriting and arranging for the musician.” – Blurtonline.com The record is a perfect introduction to understanding why Chris is such an in-demand producer and musician. Punctuated by stellar songwriting and playing, it all adds up to one of the best listening experiences you will have in 2017. Once you hear it, you will not be able to stop talking about “Stop Talking”! GREAT!!! ... read more »
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Fear The Summer
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description: The third release from Spanish popper Colman Gota! “Colman’s ‘Tape’ was one of the best albums of 2016. With Mitch Easter back in the engineer’s chair and a batch of new tunes, the bar had been raised even higher for his latest effort. With its distinctive vocals, pleasing harmonies, and catchy melodies, you’ll very likely come to the same conclusion as I did – that ‘Fear the Summer’ is his best work yet. Uplifting guitars contrast with a less than optimistic viewpoint, making for an engaging dichotomy on the opening title track. As engaging as this track is, things get even more interesting from here. ‘What Goes On In My Head’ grabs the listener’s attention immediately with its crunchy guitar opening and irresistible melody. And lyrically, I’m betting that the sentiments expressed here will resonate with many of us. The glass-half-empty perspective continues on ‘For a Reason’, the album’s only piano driven track. Both the piano and lyrical content are highlights here. The guitar jangle of ‘What You Want Me To Be’ is an example of the kind of ear-candy one might expect from anything recorded at Mitch Easter’s place. As satisfying as that song is, ‘Call It Quits’ instantly grabbed my attention. Anyone who loves good power pop and excellent songwriting will dig this track. It could be an anthem for creative people. One big hook from the opening guitar crunch to the closing fade out, ‘Call It Quits’ is 2:33 seconds of pure pop. His vocals are very expressive throughout the record. I’m not sure if the quality of his voice is closer to Tom Petty or Mark Knopfler, but there’s one thing I am sure of - you’re gonna hear a great deal more about ‘Fear the Summer’ as the season wears on.” – Rich Rossi/PowerPopNews.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Broken Biscuits + bonus disc
Price: $14.00
Artist: Corin Ashley
Description: In 2015, after a spell as the touring bass player for seminal chamber-pop band Cardinal, Corin set about recording the follow-up to 2013’s “New Lion Terraces”. Things were going along just swimmingly, with an inspiring collaboration with Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Breeders, Belly) called "Wind Up Boy," and quick progress on a half dozen other tunes. He took occasional breaks from work on the album, flying to the UK to play bass/sing on ex-Boo Radleys’ Martin Carr's album “The Breaks”. In January of 2016, Corin suffered a stroke of the right parietal lobe that left him in the hospital for an extended stay, unable to move the fingers on his left hand and a paralyzed vocal cord. He suddenly found himself contemplating a very dark future, but after more than nine months of physical therapy, speech therapy, and vocal therapy, he eventually re-learned to play guitar and sing, and took the stage again at the end of 2016. “Broken Biscuits” stands as a firmly planted flag to guide future explorers who someday may find themselves navigating this difficult terrain. While he recovered, the collaborators that had worked on “NLT” pulled together to make progress on “Broken Biscuits”. Mix engineer Ducky Carlisle assembled templates of the new songs Corin was writing about his experience, just waiting for the time when he would be physically able to sing again. As his health improved, Corin flew to Memphis to record with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens at Ardent Studios. “On a cursory examination, most of the new album sounds like a McCartney-esque pastiche, there is much more to this, once one digs beneath the surface. In fact, the album is a heartfelt paean to the classic pop-rock of the 60’s/70’s and whilst the nods to Macca are obvious, there are enough references to other McCartney/Beatles acolytes (e.g. ELO, Badfinger, Pilot, XTC, etc) to keep things fresh.” – PowerOfPop.com “While his previous releases were more chamber/baroque-pop oriented, this has a more immediate appeal, as though he is seizing his new lease on life. The fairly raucous opener ‘Little Crumbles’ recalls McCartney in rock-and-roll mode, the delightful ‘Wind Up Boy’ is another upbeat pop treat and "In Appropriate Fashion" is straight-up power pop. But fans of the old Ashley have no need to fret either – ‘Magpie Over Citadel’, ‘Junior Partner’ and ‘Powder Your Face With Sunshine’ are pristine chamber pop numbers. A triumphant return, and one of 2017's best to date.” – Absolutepowerpoop.com Very McCartney-like throughout! COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE 3 TRACK BONUS DISC FEATURING “VULGAR STAIN” (A DUET WITH CLIFF HILLIS), “VULGAR STAIN” (ACOUSTIC DEMO), AND “WIND UP BOY” (STRINGS UP MIX – WITH TANYA DONELLY)! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Crybaby
Price: $12.00
Artist: Danny de la Matyr
Description: Long-awaited first solo album from Danny De La Matyr, former member of The Days and The Sheers that will immediately appeal to anyone who loves The Byrds and The Beatles (and who doesn’t?). “You can be forgiven if Danny de la Matyr's name doesn't sound familiar, but if you're a long-time reader of this site you might recall his band called The Sheers, who put out the fine ‘Goodbye World’ back in 2006/2007. We haven't heard much from him since, although he's worked with Rhett Miller, Jesse Malin and more recently Luther Russell, both solo and with Those Pretty Wrongs, Russell's project with Big Star's Jody Stephens. During all that time he was putting together his solo debut, and it was worth the time. After a couple of lovely, Elliott Smith-style tracks to open the album, things perk up with the slinky melody and staccato guitars of the title track, the power balladry of ‘How Can it Be?’ and the chiming power pop of ‘Lines’. Other standouts include the Beatle-esque Skeleton Key’, the rocking ‘Misfire’, and the anthemic piano pop of ‘Fade to Grey’. A solid disc from start to finish.” – AbsolutePowerPop.com Agreed! GREAT!! ... read more »
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A Different Kind Of Here
Price: $15.00
Artist: Almost Charlie
Description: Berlin singer/multi-instrumentalist Dirk Homuth and New York City lyricist Charlie Mason have teamed up again to pen “A Different Kind of Here”, Almost Charlie's fourth album, and the band's third record for the Minneapolis-based Words On Music label. With twelve new songs brimming with impossibly elegant hooks, poignant i ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

Stop Talking
Price: $15.00
Artist: Chris Price
Description: Chris Price is a man of many talents - producer for Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, writing with artists like Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish) and Taylor Locke (Rooney) or recording a complete album with an iPhone 4 (his first record “Homesick”). On “Stop Talking” (the perfect early Sunday after noon/late evening recor ... read more »

Fear The Summer
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description: The third release from Spanish popper Colman Gota! “Colman’s ‘Tape’ was one of the best albums of 2016. With Mitch Easter back in the engineer’s chair and a batch of new tunes, the bar had been raised even higher for his latest effort. With its distinctive vocals, pleasing harmonies, and catchy melodies, you’ll very like ... read more »

Broken Biscuits + bonus disc
Price: $14.00
Artist: Corin Ashley
Description: In 2015, after a spell as the touring bass player for seminal chamber-pop band Cardinal, Corin set about recording the follow-up to 2013’s “New Lion Terraces”. Things were going along just swimmingly, with an inspiring collaboration with Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Breeders, Belly) called "Wind Up Boy," and quick progre ... read more »

Crybaby
Price: $12.00
Artist: Danny de la Matyr
Description: Long-awaited first solo album from Danny De La Matyr, former member of The Days and The Sheers that will immediately appeal to anyone who loves The Byrds and The Beatles (and who doesn’t?). “You can be forgiven if Danny de la Matyr's name doesn't sound familiar, but if you're a long-time reader of this site you might recal ... read more »

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

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

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

Greatest Hitch Vol. 1 (CD + DVD)
Price: $12.00
Artist: Eric Howell
Description: This is Eric in his pre-King Mixer Days! This recording was created over a span of fifteen years - not a long time in terms of say, human rights or historically monumental events, but in rock and roll...that's a lifetime. Here is the culmination of that lifetime in music, which also happens to be Eric's first full-length ... read more »

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

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

Just Dandy
Price: $13.00
Artist: Gentle Brent
Description: After a couple albums under his own name and as the Pinecones, Canadian Brent Randall is now using the moniker Gentle Brent. Brent is always of two minds. Some days you'll find him as an impish cabaret piano man singing whimsical ballads like some millennial Tiny Tim. Other days he fronts a jangly band pretending to be a ... read more »

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

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

Hang On
Price: $10.00
Artist: King Mixer
Description: King Mixer is both musical ensemble and performing alias of Chicago singer/songwriter Eric Howell, who fronts a sound that, quoting Audities, “is at once equal parts Paul McCartney and Paul Simon backed by R.E.M.” He gets contributions from the likes of Nick Kitsos (BoDeans/Michael McDermott), Mike Felumlee (Smoking Popes/ ... read more »

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

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

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

Years
Price: $15.00
Artist: Marc Jonson
Description: The Vanguard Records label is known for some obscure gems, but Marc Jonson's 1972 debut album “Years”, just might be the rarest—and the fairest—of them all! This lost psych folk/baroque pop masterpiece marked quite a departure for a label known for its traditional folk, blues, and roots music. Comparisons have been made t ... read more »

Tomorrow Forever
Price: $14.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description: RELEASED ON JUNE 16 – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW! This is Matthew's fifth album of new material in this century, the first since 2011's “Modern Art” and 14th overall in a recording career spanning more than three decades, that is teeming with his signature sounds and ongoing preoccupations. The album is an introspective coll ... read more »

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

The Secret Art Of Saying Nothing
Price: $10.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description: The long overdue follow up to 2014’s “Sand And The Rain” from these British popsters of the highest order is finally here, and already being hailed as a corker (we’re not surprised), and perhaps their best yet! “We all have bands that we are fans of and have trouble understanding why they are not multi-million sellers. We ... read more »

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

Good Night Air
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pasadena '68 & Dakota Shakedown
Description: Pasadena ’68 and Dakota Shakedown give new definition to the phrase “two for the price of one.” The two groups are comprised of the same members, the difference being that Nick Leet (ex-High On Stress) and Mike Hjelden take the role of songwriter and front-man for Pasadena ‘68 and Dakota Shakedown, respectively. Nick pro ... read more »

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

First Songs 1976-1983 (3CD)
Price: $27.00
Artist: Ronnie D'Addario
Description: If the D’Addario surnamne rings a recent bell, it’s because he’s the dad of the D’Addario brothers, otherwise known as the wonderfully poppy and glammy Lemon Twigs! Since 1976, Ronnie D'Addario has been recording wonderful records in the vein of Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, and other classic pop songwriters. Thanks to th ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #68
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #68
Description: The Turtles are this issue’s cover stars! Fifty years ago the outlook of the young was full of positivity – just listen to the pop music being made that spring. The Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’ was a #1 smash – and it was the record that dislodged The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ from the Billboard Hot 100. Bright, breezy, romanti ... read more »

Pacephale
Price: $13.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description: The latest (and fourth overall release) from these British psych pop pilgrims is a true adventure in style that demands your full attention when savoring. They’re an eclectic four piece electric band that uses a 60’s vocabulary to craft 21st century music with a post-modern twist. They are a band that refuse to be pigeonh ... read more »

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

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

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

Power My Pop!
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Bopp
Description: Led by Jesse Bordeaux (a/k/a Jessepop), The Bopp is a French pop group, a musical project with a revolving cast of musicians and friends. It's pure pop/psych pop, with catchy melodies, stellar vocal harmonies and multi-guitar arrangements. Very Lemonheads-like to our ears. Jesse’s voice is reminiscent of Colin Blunstone’ ... read more »

Days Between Stations (Expanded)
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Dangtrippers
Description: The Dangtrippers were one of the few Iowa bands to play first-class jangle pop/power-pop for a global audience. The songwriting team of singers and guitarists Devin Hill (who released some pretty fine solo albums after the band split) and Doug Robertson penned gorgeous tunes of everyday life with a joyful and mature attitu ... read more »

Transparent Blue Illusion (Expanded)
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Dangtrippers
Description: Zero Hour released the second Dangtrippers album back in 1991 but their distributor at the time destroyed 700 of the 1000 pressed CDs. That made this album basically an unknown release and it has been lost for 26 years. Thankfully, Zero Hour have decided to reissue this brilliant lost album along with 7 rare bonus cuts. ... read more »

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

I'm For The Flowers
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Flywheels
Description: The 12 tracks on The Flywheels’ debut have been nurtured like fine wine by the two founding members of the San Francisco Bay area-based combo: Kim Wonderley and Eric Scott. On a sad note, while this debut has been built up over a 20-year span, Eric Scott, passed away in 2016 and sadly didn’t get to see this wonderful album ... read more »

Lost Out At Sea
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description: Swedish duo (Sven Froberg and Fredrik Persson) the Greek Theatre have a decidedly strange way of going about things. They even enlisted Ken Stringfellow to contribute keyboards! Sven explains : "Through the warm summer of 2009, just weeks after our formation, we managed to write what will become the complete Greek Theatr ... read more »

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

Mama's Boy
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description: And then there were three… A lot has changed for The Lunar Laugh since their last record – 2015’s “Apollo”. A new member, a new Spanish record deal and 11 beautiful new songs. Joined by Campbell Young on bass, electric guitar, keyboards, and vocals, multi-instrumentalists Jared Lekites and Connor Anderson have fashioned ... read more »

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

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

Form Of Play: A Retrospective
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Sneetches
Description: The first-ever career overview of ’80s/’90s alt-pop mavericks The Sneetches. Described by Trouser Press as “one of the most tasteful, consistently tuneful pop bands on the American scene,” “Form Of Play: A Retrospective” is a compendium of the best moments from this Anglo-American outfit’s three albums and various singles ... read more »

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

Slightly Radio Active
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Squires Of The Subterrain
Description: The Squires of the Subterrain springs from the do-it-yourself, lo-fi (but certainly not low-quality) pop ingenuity of a single man, Christopher Earl (born Christopher Earl Zajkowski), a fixture on the 90’s underground pop scene of Rochester, NY. Throughout the decade, while playing in numerous combos and side projects, he ... read more »

Try It (Expanded)
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Standells
Description: Built around the banned title track, “Try It” is a tale of two (LP) sides; one a cohesive step into super-charged '67 Standells soul, the other a bet-hedging exercise that compiles possibly the strongest material of the band's career. Latter includes the classic Standells style, either at its most pulverizing ("Barracuda," ... read more »

Why Pick On Me/Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White (Expanded)
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Standells
Description: For their second Tower album, the Standells received a significant sonic boost with the move to American Recording Company. Legendary engineer Richie Podolor cut the best sounding records of the era; from the Standells, Chocolate Watchband, and Electric Prunes to Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night. The drum tracks on this alb ... read more »

Dirty Water (Expanded)
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Standells
Description: The Standells' first album for Tower Records was primarily recorded away from their Hollywood home base. Producer Ed Cobb picked a Seattle studio and engineer Kearney Barton (the Sonics), unwittingly unleashing the savage Pacific Northwest Sound on the rest of the country. As Standells founding member Larry Tamblyn tells i ... read more »

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

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

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

Hollywoodland 1966-69
Price: $14.00
Artist: Thomas Group
Description: Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1966, the Thomas Group revolved around Tony Thomas (drums), son of the US television personality Danny Thomas. The group was signed to Lou Adler’s Dunhill Records almost immediately after its inception. Greg Clifford (vocals) and Myron Howard (guitar) were among the other members o ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boomerang
Price: $10.00
Artist: Your Gracious Host
Description: What do you get when you combine the rambunctious, guitar driven rock of the Replacements or Sugar and combine it with a vocal melody out of the XTC or McCartney songbook, then add a pinch of layered harmony akin with CSN &Y or the Beach Boys? This musical hodge-podge recipe may fall somewhere in the vicinity of Your Graci ... read more »