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Detours and Dead Ends Vol. 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: Caddy
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Caddy is the brainchild of Norway’s Tomas Dahl. His latest offering (and third release on the Kool Kat label), “Detours and Dead Ends Vol. 1”, is a collection of late 70’s, early 80’s power pop and new wave covers. Tomas explains how he made it a sport finding the best, yet most obscure tracks - “I’ve spent many many MANY hours digging and searching. I loved it. It became a big part of the project. How can I find even more underground and unknown songs?” He truly uncovered some great gems, and then covered them to perfection – injecting a fresh, new perspective that results in him truly owning the songs! And, as a bonus, he gives you an excuse to dive into a Youtube rabbit hole looking for the originals. Track listing: “Walking On The Roof” (Sgt. Arms, 1982), “Heart of Stone” (SVT, 1981), “If I Call Your Name” (Junior Campbell, 1971), “Best Thing I Ever Did” (The Invaders, 1979), “Cost of Love” (The Cretones, 1980), “Violent Days” (Screaming Sneakers, 1982), “Not The Way It Seems” (Gary Charlson,1978), “Don't Wait Till Tomorrow” (Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, 1980), “Mark My Words” (Chrissy, 1980) and “No Money” (The Freshies,1980) “I am a Caddy fanatic. Tomas Dahl has a knack of making music that turns every mood to chirpy. I know when people hear the words covers album, they run for the hills, I know I do. It fills me with dread the way this lockdown has brought out the words ‘acoustic set.’ But wait! It really depends on the songs and thankfully there are no Beatles related covers here. I love The Beatles, but you know, other bands are available. The fact is that many of the songs here will not be familiar to most away from the die-hard pop rock fans, who are probably listening to Badfinger or Raspberries on rotation. Bar a magnificent cover of Junior Campbell's ‘If I Call Your Name’, all choices are from the end of the 70's/start of the 80's golden New Wave guitar pop period. All 10 songs have been given maximum Power Pop and it works. I'm not sure that ‘Detours and Dead Ends’ should even be classified as a cover album, it has been Caddied (sic) up so much to make it their own. This is a superb feel good album, a pleasure to listen to and one to explore. You'll learn something about artists you didn't know of and be reminded that Tom Dahl is a major talent.” – IDontHearASingle.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Pandora's Box
Price: $12.50
Artist: Cloud Eleven
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! “Pandora’s Box” isn’t so much a “new” album than a collection previously unfinished song fragments and covers that had been buried on old cassette tapes, plus some outtakes from other albums, and a few covers. During the lockdown of 2020, Rick Gallego would discover a stray chorus here, a verse there, and commence to completing the songs, then record them. Rick explains “In some ways, ‘Pandora’s Box’ is ‘Terrestrial Ballet’ part deux. Sometimes it just feels good to clean out that old junk drawer.” “Cloud Eleven (aka Rick Gallego) has been a reliable figure in power pop since the late 90’s, and although he’s mellowed he remains a potent talent.” – Powerpopaholic.com “Cloud Eleven's self titled 1999 debut was a revelation and Gallego has never disappointed since. He makes ace sounding albums, expertly arranged and full of harmonic joy. His albums are song cycles. Long may this continue.“ – IDontHearASingle.com “Gallego’s songs and arrangements are crafted with a unique combination of hues, tints, tones and colors; one flick of his brush too many and his songs might tilt toward another form altogether. He makes music for himself and we are blessed he is able to share it with us. It’s pure bedroom-psych-pop from the Brian Wilson/Wondermints school of soundscapes. His songs are touched by the spirit of harmony-laden Beach Boys, while balanced on a tightrope of his own devising; what a gloriously creative and fulfilling place that must be to hang.” – Alan Haber/Pure Pop Radio “Gallego makes beautiful kaleidoscopic pop with strong 60’s influences..." – Shindig! Magazine “Cloud Eleven's inspired, passionate, and soulful pop will make you remember why you love music so much in the first place..." – Vendetta Magazine "Rick Gallego is in the same class as the very best pop song makers over the past 20 years..." – Seth Swirsky High praise indeed (and well-deserved)!! And, as always – GREAT!! ... read more »
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Televangelist
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dolour
Description: “Televangelist” is the sixth Dolour record. The return of Dolour started last year when the pandemic forced the music industry to hit the pause button. Shane Tutmarc, like so many of us, found himself with a lot of time on his hands, and the ghost of his former band came knocking. He released Dolour’s “The Royal We” in June of 2020. The response was so positive, that he immediately got back to work in his home studio resulting in “Televangelist”. He explains “I had left a pile of songs that had been haunting me for years. Those are some of my favorite Dolour songs, but no one ever heard them. I finally had a spare moment where I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just gonna do these for myself and see if anyone cares.’ I feel like my whole life I’ve had this Lennon/McCartney fight in my head, and I would always side with John. This is the first record I let Paul win. I feel like [it has] the spirit of Paul and ‘Ram’, and the early solo records of his. Even ending the album with a light lullaby ditty felt very Paul. You’ll hear me getting old and realizing maybe McCartney might’ve been right all along.” “‘Televangelist’ continues Tutmarc’s resurrection of that lush, sunny Dolour sound that won so many fans over the years. On ‘It Would Be a Delight,’ a bright chamber-pop daydream about running away with the one you love, he layers his vocals to create rich harmonies that recall The Beach Boys and The Byrds. Over a bed of chimes that hit like raindrops, he throws Seattle a little love on ‘Summer Rain’ as he sings: ‘When the sun refuses to shine/And everybody hides themselves away/When I am alone at night/The summer rain takes me to Seattle/ And I don’t even have to travel.’ In many ways, the record picks up right where Dolour left off, delivering unabashed pop. It also simultaneously showcases a wiser side of Tutmarc. That journey is best represented in the song ‘I’m Not Mad Anymore,’ in which he explains he’s addressing some of the jealousy that maybe got the best of him in the past. It’s pure pop released in turbulent times - just like way back when. Dolour has lured Tutmarc back to the lighter side yet again.” – NashvilleScene.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Collected - The Best Of John Howard
Price: $18.00
Artist: John Howard
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! Long overdue, specially-priced 2CD career retrospective (including a cache of previously unreleased tracks) by one of the UK’s best artists you probably never heard! This 2CD set was curated by Edward Rogers (host of The Atlantic Tunnel and quite an artist himself) who also wrote the copious liner notes. “What happens when you meet THE SPECIAL artist who can put a thrill in your heart from a twinkle in their eye? Well in 1974, that artist was John Howard. He was discovered playing in the Troubadour Folk Club. The music world was at his feet -wined and dined at the most fabulous London restaurants, photos by THE photographer (Dezo Hoffman), clothed by the finest haberdashery in town. He was groomed to the be the next Elton John meets David Bowie! He had the songs, looks, charisma and style, Pop music had a new contender. As we all know, not every artist who is a star achieves commercial success, and London streets are not paved in gold. That doesn’t stop a true artist from creating the precious art they were born to make. For most artists that would break their spirit but John found a respectable way to pursue his musical career by playing London’s fashionable restaurants and piano bars. He continued to release singles, like 1978’s ‘I Can Breathe Again’ produced by Trevor Horn of ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ fame! By the mid-80’s he had a successful career in A&R working at MCA, EMI and Universal, while still pursuing his songwriting career. Listen to these songs and feel the emotions revealed in his lyrics as the writer opens himself up and invites you into his private world. He reveals little segments of his life through each lyric. Feelings we can all relate to! Maybe by wearing his heart on his sleeve and revealing his true feelings he has alienated some but I believe this should be the mission of every true artist. Unlike Scott Walker before him, John never stopped performing and entertaining in all the London cabaret and night clubs. He may not be a household name, but it doesn’t stop him from writing an amazing collection of songs. The songs contained here is the ultimate collection of this artist’s finest work to date. Taken from over fifty years’ work, it’s the first time John’s finest songs are available on CD in the United States! I am honored to have worked with John, selecting some of my faves so you can discover the magic music of his music John Howard. I hope you enjoy the musical journey.” –Edward Rogers (taken from the liner notes) GREAT!! ... read more »
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Mondo Bizarro
Price: $14.00
Artist: K7s
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! “Mondo Bizarro” is a mis-spelled version of "Mondo Bizzarro," meaning "Weird World" in Italian. Spain’s K7s (fronted by Kurt Baker) have delivered a front-to-back tribute to “Mondo Bizarro”, the twelfth album by The Ramones. Recording this album was an idea that had been in Luis Sánchez’s (Depressing Claim, Los Reactivos, Heatwaves) mind for years. He bought the original Ramones’ LP on the day of its release in 1992 and, coinciding with a mood slump, the album quickly became his favorite. For one reason or another, he never found the time to do it, until the quarantine arrived. Three months later – working with Kurt Baker (Leftovers, Kurt Baker Band/Combo, Bullet Proof Lovers, The Gold, et al), Jose Andrés Albertos (Airbag) and Raúl Artana (Puk * 2) - the songs of “Mondo Bizarro” were done and polished. Luis states “Yes, it is a recording ‘as unnecessary as necessary’. Unnecessary because covering an entire Ramones album in 2021 doesn't make any sense (if it ever did) and even more so seeing how the original sounds. But necessary, on the other hand, because all the tributes that are made to the greatest are few.” And if they are made with the detail and love that K7s have put into it, they make an album like this a “must”. GREAT!! ... read more »
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Songs From Another Life
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL! TBWTPN are an atypical music group on the frontiers between indie pop, jangle pop and power pop. “Songs From Another Life”, their second effort was initially going to be a Bobo Integrel Records vinyl-only release – but that was until the Kool Kat mafia stepped in and made an offer Madrid’s Gonzalo Marcos (El Palacio de Linares), and Edinburgh’s Andrew Taylor (Dropkick) couldn’t refuse to make a CD available on Kool Kat! Here, the boys open the range of influences, more American, more exuberant and present a powerful sound with arrangements that make us dream of better days. In addition to Teenage Fanclub, Big Star and The Byrds, there are sonic references to Fountains Of Wayne, Matthew Sweet, Weezer, R.E.M., The Lemonheads, The Beach Boys and there are even distorted breaks à la Dinosaur Jr. or Sugar. Recorded separately, in two parts, applying social distance before it was an obligation. These songs so beautiful, so bright, so stimulating, this gorgeous guitar and harmony-filled music of heavenly guitars, can only come from another life, from a life that might never return. “You could line up a whole host of driven, melodic, harmonious power-pop bands, blindfold yourself and stick a pin in one of them and the chances are that the very best of the chosen p(r)icked act, will sound much like this. Following precisely on from the sheer and absolute jangled beauty seen in 2019’s ‘Dead Calm’ album and dares to tread just that little bit further into the more gregarious, dynamic power-pop territory that is frequented by the most well known of today’s power-pop acts…and even has the temerity to do it better. As ‘Waking Up In Sunshine’, ‘How I Really Feel’ and ‘I Don’t Mind’ slide over the edge of ‘just genuine pretty’, by increasing the tempo and adding a subtle sense of ‘more’. More noise, more tempo, more percussion, just more. When the tempo decreases and the harmonies usurp dynamism, we see the band return to the sheer laconic grace of their debut, with ‘Can’t You See’, ‘Falling Through’, ‘Lethargy’ and ‘In Between’, providing the perfect vehicle for Taylor’s voice to smoothly reverse into. Never hurried, never wavering, without the quirky inflections that much musical modernity insists upon in their frontmen, Taylor’s is possibly the most perfect voice in jangle/power-pop at present (sorry Teenage Fanclub fans!). A genuinely stunning album…as if there was ever any doubt it would be!!?” – JanglePophub.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Yeh Right, YEAH!
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Chickenbackers
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Meet Madrid’s newest hitmakers The Chickenbackers!! They nail that 60’s Merseybeat sound perfectly with their catchy melodies, tight surfy guitars and great harmonies! Previously only available on vinyl/download, “Yeh Right, YEAH!, their 2019 full-length debut previously only available on vinyl, consists of fourteen catchy, instantly memorable tunes with a lot of true hit potential! If it is their own compositions such as “Because I Was Blind” or “Hipsterboy” or their fantastic cover versions of The High Numbers’ mod-anthem “Zoot Suit” or The Dixie Cups’ “I’m Gonna Get You Yet”, their modern retro sound will capture you and make you dance and shake right away! You can hear it instantly, these boys just love ’60s music, garage, rock ’n’ roll, beat and surf. They manage to mix all these genres playing old school beat music with their secret weapon: a combination of terrific vocal harmonies with a huge, fun-filled instrumental backing. Imagine a stew of The Kaisers, Flamin’ Groovies and Los Straitjackets and you’ll know exactly where these guys are coming from! “Yeh Right, YEAH!” will surely make you shake your hips with their rhythm and beat sound! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Chapter Three
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Legal Matters
Description: On their third effort, “Chapter Three” – we’re treated to twelve new Legal Matters (Andy Reed, Chris Richards and Keith Klingensmith) songs including the drumming of Donny Brown. The songs were written by Chris Richards and Andy Reed and cover all sorts of topics – the pandemic, Trump, honesty, affliction and affections - seriously all over the map – all done with their signature loving harmonies!! “I avoid mentioning lockdown and Covid in reviews, not out of callousness, but in a belief that music should be a diversion from the strain. I will mention it here though, because as we see signs of coming out of the tunnel, I can think of no better album to accompany me than one by The Legal Matters. The trio seem to be joined at the hip - their music always comes across as brotherly, tight and united. There is a real bond between the three and this album more than any confirms that. The Legal Matters have far more in common with Crowded House and the harmonies are more Simon And Garfunkel or The Everly Brothers. I would never have associated Andy Reed with the wonderful ‘The World Is Mine’. It is all barrel piano, a little Toytown Psych and has far more in common with bands Like The Successful Failures. ‘That's All’ is all Roy Orbison 60's twang and could almost appear on the ‘American Graffiti’ soundtrack. You would think Reed wrote it, he didn't. This also underlines how collaborative the album is. ‘The Painter’ is spot on 70's piano pop yet ‘Please Make A Sound’ has a cracking 80's synth sound running through it. ‘Make Things Up’ is splendid twang. ‘A Memory Of Sound’ is jaunty pop at its very best and the closer, ‘Passing Chord’ is an absolute vocal masterpiece. The Legal Matters usually do mellow best and there is plenty here to keep those fans happy. But there seems to be more chances taken on this album and boy do they work. The harmonies are as tight as ever, but the songs seem to have even more oomph. There are plenty of bands that harmonize well. Perhaps, a few too many that made that California scene a little done. They should have gone to Michigan, because The Legal Matters could come up with any of those albums easily, but no other band could have come up with something as varied and great as this!” – IDontHearASingle.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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BANG!: The Best Of The Sails 2006 to 2020
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sails
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! As The Sails (all the work of multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Gagliano) prepare a brand new full-length in the not-too-distant future, we though it a good time to introduce/re-introduce the music of The Sails to power pop fans everywhere. For any newcomers The Sails, from the outskirts of London, deliver intensely rich power pop. It's an all-original blend of groovy 60’s influences with a uniquely modern edge. Highly active with The Sails from 2006 to 2010, Michael has spent the past decade touring worldwide as a performing member of the “Let It Be” musical theater production, playing in many of the same theatres as The Beatles themselves, growing his profile for The Sails in the process. The digital-only releases of "One Hot Mess" in 2019 and "Dr. Michael's Medicine Bag" in early 2020 demonstrated a new wave of original creativity. With pandemic-forced temporary stop of live shows, Michael has doubled-down on writing and releasing new singles, igniting a spark of renewed interest in the UK. This new activity has led to a demand for past releases that have been hard to find anywhere. This includes the critically acclaimed eponymous Rainbow Quartz Records debut from 2006, 2007's "Drum Roll Please" which was available as an import from Japan, and 2010's "A Headful of Stars" on Rainbow Quartz. A major highlight from this time is "I’m Only Bleeding” ranked the #1 “Coolest Song of The Year” on Little Steven’s influential “Underground Garage” for 2010, and “Liar” ranking #2 in 2011 - both are included here. The CD delivers the best fifteen songs from The Sails to date, including selections from the three aforementioned releases along with previously download-only tracks “The Slow Down”, “Lovebonds”, “Sitting In The Corners” and the title track making their C D debut. With a wide range of influences within the genre of power pop, it includes harmonies that channel the Everly Brothers. Fans of Small Faces will appreciate the intensity of “In My Head.” You’ll be forgiven for thinking “Best Day” is an unreleased single from the vaults of Neil Diamond! Elements of The Beatles (of course), Oasis, The Who, The Jam, and other classic influences come together for a distinctly fresh sound that is simultaneously familiar yet modern. GREAT!! ... read more »
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Handful Of Hits
Price: $14.00
Artist: Tommy Ray
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Tommy Ray came into his own between 2011 and 2018 as the primary songwriter and front man for power-pop heroes The CRY! With the band on indefinite hiatus, he released “First Hits Free” (his 2020 Kool Kat label debut) and now, with the band STILL on hiatus, “Handful of Hits”! The record continues his flair for merging 50's melodies, the jangle of 60's pop hooks, 70's glam-rock, and honest gritty street-level lyrics. Think a poppier Replacements, Tommy Stinson/Bash & Pop and you’re on the right track! Tommy’s influences? If you don’t already know, here’s the 411 right from him “Ramones. Exploding Hearts. Ramones. Paul Collins. Ramones. Beach Boys – (get the idea?)! I really like a 3 minute pop song that moves. You know, ‘Don’t bore us. Get to the chorus.’ I’ve been playing tons of music and busking in downtown Portland during the recent protests. Where there are people, I will play music. I play mostly standards from the past 50 years. Never gets old. It’s my favorite thing to do. My dad plays a little guitar and slams through the old hits like a savage for hours. I learned from him…” “He’s back again with 11 new powerpop hits. “In Love Again” opens on a melancholic teenage note before hand claps and Jerry Lee Lewis piano take over in the catchy “No No No”. Third song “On My Wall” slow things down and brings a romantic touch to the album before it quickly fades and let “One Step Closer” brings more sun and fun while “Closer/School Daze” keeps us pogoing and partying (“I don’t care what they say, every day is saturday!”) with its ’77 punk chorus. The Johnny Thunders influence can especially be heard in “Beer, Wine & Whisky” while “Feel The Pain” will take you to the 60s and “Loser’s Anthem” and its slight new wave touch will make you dance for less than 3 minutes. “If You Need Anything” and “Runnin'” will probably bring The CRY to your mind if you were into them, check them out if you haven’t yet! The last song “I Didn’t Do It” has a bit of this early Hanoï Rocks thing to it that will leave you wanting more.” – Veglam.com 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 ... read more »

Looking For Trouble
Price: $13.00
Artist: Brad Marino
Description:

Brad Marino returns with “Looking For Trouble”, his sophomore full Length release, jam-packed with power poppin' rock and roll extraordinaire. What you have is a release filled top to bottom with tried and true rock n’ roll. Rockpile meets the Ramones, Mick and Keef get into a tussle with the Flamin ... read more »

BS Stands For Brent Seavers
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brent Seavers
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE JUNE 25 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Brent Seavers of The Decibels steps out with his first solo effort!  The Decibels were about halfway through recordi ... read more »

Last Orders!
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brinsley Schwarz
Description:

At the dawn of the internet, Ian Gomm selfreleased an album of previously unreleased and hard to find recordings by his old group Brinsley Schwarz called, appropriately enou ... read more »

Abdicate The Throne + bonus disc
Price: $19.00
Artist: Caper Clowns
Description:

“Abdicate The Throne” finds Caper Clowns exploring different areas of music not present on theior first two releases, displaying a giant leap in both maturity, delivery and songwriting!  “The only question about Denmark's best export is can their third album live up to the quality of the first t ... read more »

Game Dirt
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

Pop vet Chris Church’s recent releases like “Limitations of Source Tape” and 2020's exploration of “Heavy Melody” (“Backwards Compatible”) have topped many “Best Of” lists.  Between his vast back catalog, an ... read more »

Penny Novelettes
Price: $18.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description: Martin Newell has been quite prolific these past few years, issuing a cache o ... read more »

5: A Tribute To The Bee Gees Vol. 2
Price: $14.00
Artist: Coke Belda
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – APRIL 9 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  We started discussing the release of “5” on CD last Fall as Coke was preparing to release it digi ... read more »

Dreamers Are Waiting
Price: $13.00
Artist: Crowded House
Description:

Crowded House’s first album since 2010 is full of beautiful details and deceptive tonal shifts – a slow burn but worth the effort that sees the band expanded to a full-blown Finn family affair. Alongside drummer Elroy, older brother Liam is now a full- ... read more »

Deadlights
Price: $10.00
Artist: Deadlights
Description:

Deadlights is the latest musical endeavor from Well Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton. Following the release of “Shelf Life” The Well Wishers 11th full-length, Jeff made a concerted effort to take a break from his tried-and-true formul ... read more »

Fatal Mistakes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Del Amitri
Description:

Throughout their entire career, Del Amitri have mastered the art of timeless, melodically focused pop rock. “Fatal Mistakes” was recorded over three weeks in March in a country house in deep England, and is their first studio album since 2002’s “Can You Do Me Good”! &n ... read more »

The Incomplete Completeness – A Retrospective 1977-1996
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dennis Dalcin
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Veteran garage rocker Dennis Dalcin started playing guitar, singing and writing songs in a band called Bite in 1972. In 1974 he formed The Look ... read more »

Hang Johnson
Price: $15.00
Artist: Diesel Park West
Description:

In our ongoing effort to present previously unreleased Diesel Park West recordings to the masses, please welcome “Hang Johnson”, originally recorded in 1999.  Bands rarely stay unchanged be it those who find success or those who have only stayed relevant by virtue o ... read more »

The Best Of Dropkick
Price: $19.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

Having released around 16 official albums, Dropkick, the premier sunshine power pop band from Scotland’s east coast were somewhat spoiled for choice when it came to compiling a best of album. So spoiled for choice in fact that they’ve only gone and spoiled their fans wit ... read more »

Somewhere Flowers Grow
Price: $17.00
Artist: Electric Looking Glass
Description:

WOW!!  One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small – go ask Alice when she’s ten feet tall. Follow this LA quartet down the rabbit hole and you’ll find this technicoloured Electric Looking Glass, a charismatic Carnaby Street concoction, taking a dose of The Left Banke  ... read more »

Jump For Joy
Price: $13.00
Artist: Gary Louris
Description:

Gary Louris’ first solo album in over decade is a decidedly low-key affair, one that’s decidedly disengaged from the roots rock sound he helped establish with the band the Jayhawks during the birth of what became engrained within the modern Americana sound. Although it comes on the hee ... read more »

Songs For These Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Greg "Stackhouse" Prevost
Description:

If the cover art of Greg “Stackhouse” Prevost’s latest release reminds you of Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home” LP, it’s probably more than a coincidence.  “Songs For These Times” finds the former Chesterfield Kings frontman sorta coming full circle, embrac ... read more »

Searching For The Grown-Ups
Price: $17.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle
Description: Groovy Uncle has long been an outlet for Glenn Prangnell’s love affair with s ... read more »

Last Thing I Heard
Price: $12.00
Artist: Hanemoon
Description:

Once again, Hanemoon have served up a dozen perfect midtempo jangly guitar pop hits in the style of later Teenage Fanclub, Dropkick or Cosmic Rough Riders, with the utmost attention given to melody and harmony.  Hans Forster is one of the better power pop songwrit ... read more »

Back To The Hive
Price: $12.00
Artist: Jay Gonzalez
Description:

A sunny, breezy time capsule of power pop and AM gold, Jay Gonzalez's (keyboardist/guitarist in the Drive-By Truckers) “Back To The Hive” builds upon the legacy of 60’s British Invasion artists and 70’s singer-songwriters without ever sounding derivative.&nbs ... read more »

Staring Down The Sun
Price: $11.00
Artist: Jim Trainor
Description:

Pure popper Jim Trainor’s full-length debut not only showcases top shelf songwriting and execution, but is also a sonic masterpiece produced by Jim and mastered by Nick Bertling – one of the best we’ve heard from ... read more »

Green Wave
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Tyler Wall
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE JULY 2 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Recorded at the tail end of 2020, at his own Green Door Studios, Joel Tyler Wall (the other half of Diamond Hands) steps o ... read more »

The Great Pause
Price: $11.00
Artist: John Larson and The Silver Fields
Description:

When the pandemic hit last March, John Larson (formerly of The Marlowes) and The Silver Fields took advantage of the extra time they were afforded. They’d already planned to record a fo ... read more »

Compositons
Price: $15.00
Artist: Johnathan Pushkar
Description:

On his sophomore effort, Johnathan Pushkar delivers more groovy power pop sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, but with a refined art of storytelling and deeper lyrics composition struck him as a fitting title to capture the journey of tak ... read more »

In Motion
Price: $15.00
Artist: Justin Beynon
Description:

Justin Beynon s a musician and singer/songwriter based in Aberdare, Wales.  He’s played an active role in the Welsh music scene for the last 30 years, including as a member of The The Broken Vinyl Club.  Several years ago, he built his own home s ... read more »

Hung Up On Pop
Price: $9.00
Artist: Loose Lips
Description:

Loose Lips was formed in the thick of the Power Pop/New Wave era of the late 70’s by guitarists Richie Mayer and Jeff King.  After early tentative combinations the band’s lineup coalesced with drummer Gary Ritchie of the The Scam, an offshoot of the British band Badfinger, bassist Danny Welch, K ... read more »

Waves
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mark & The Clouds
Description:

Since relocating from his native Bologna, Italy to London in the early ’90s, Marco Magnani has been a stalwart of the city’s underground scene where 60’s pop and folk meets psychedelic rock. His previous band Instant Flight worked for several years as the backing group of Arthur Brown as well as rel ... read more »

Wardour Dreams
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mod Fun
Description:

"Wardour Dreams" is a compilation of both of Mod Fun's 80's vinyl releases, remastered and for the first time, available as full albums on CD.  This collection of songs represents the bulk of studio recordings by "New Jersey's original 80's Retro-mod band," who were among the most popular ... read more »

Scandanavian Flavor
Price: $16.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth/Tommy and The Rockets
Description:

“Scandanavian Flavor” features two of the finest bands from Northern Europe's power pop/punk/garage scene covering old favorites in their signature styles.  You have Sweden's legendary Psychotic Youth, and yo ... read more »

A Little More Time With Reigning Sound
Price: $15.00
Artist: Reigning Sound
Description:

It's been more than 15 years since Greg Cartwright uprooted to Asheville NC, but this new Memphis-made record shows the songwriter in top form and wholly inspired by his birthplace. And it's not only the terrain that's familiar. The old ... read more »

The Inn Of Temporary Happiness
Price: $12.00
Artist: Richie Mayer
Description:

It only took Loose Lips’ Richie Mayer 41 years to release a solo record – but here it is!  And quite a hook-filled one at that.  Richie explains “A pandemic, political chaos, social unrest, climate change…if one needed a reason to kickstart their catharsis, a ... read more »

Anthology
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rick Coraccio
Description:

Rick Coraccio was an essential influence in the 70’s/80’s Boston garage rock scene. Rick played in DMZ, Lyres and an early version of The Real Kids when they were simply The Kids. He formed several of his own bands - The Shambles and The Last Ones - which produced some amazing songs, some of which a ... read more »

Next Level
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rooftop Screamers
Description:

Rooftop Screamers is the name of the studio project for Portland based drummer and songwriter Mike Collins. It's an outlet to showcase his original songs and collaborate with some of his favorite local a ... read more »

What A Rip
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ryan Allen
Description:

Forgoing his “Extra Arms” this time around, “What A Rip” is a brand new “solo” record from popper Ryan Allen who’s known for writing crunchy rock songs in the vein of Superchunk, Sugar and Teenage Fanclub.  “With ‘Wha ... read more »

Scott Howells
Price: $15.00
Artist: Scott Howells
Description:

Scott Howells was the frontman and founder member of The Broken Vinyl Club who signed to Acid Jazz in 2011 and released two singles and one album and who had songs featured in the Universal film "Svengali" and indie film “Booked Out”.  When The Broken Vinyl Club decided to part ways, Scott cont ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #116
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #116
Description:

The 5th Dimension grace the cov ... read more »

Manners maketh man
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunbourne Rd.
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Alex Siodmak is from Casale Monferrato in Northern Italy and with the assistance of friends, Davide Ghione, Sebast ... read more »

Endless Arcade
Price: $15.00
Artist: Teenage Fanclub
Description:

“Endless Arcade” is Teenage Fanclub’s first record since 2016’s “Here”.  The new record is quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heartwarming and heartaching, guitars chime and distort, keyboard lines mesh and spiral, harmony-coa ... read more »

I'm Selfish And So Is My Cat
Price: $14.00
Artist: The August Teens
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Hearing the intro to album opener “This Time” ... read more »

Psychadilly Circus
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Bablers
Description:

The Bablers have been hailed as “the Finnish Supergroup of Pop” for a good reason.  Eac ... read more »

A Cellar Full Of Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beat Rats
Description:

In 1964 it was Beatlemania, in 2009 it was time for BeatRatmania! This New York City-based quartet whisks you back to the days of The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany - but with only a slight modern touch! Their no-frills brand of Mersey-inspired garage pop is a hook and ... read more »

Have Mersey!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beat Rats
Description:

WOW!!  “Have Mersey” indeed! The followup to their 2009 Kool Kat debut "A Cellar Full Of Rats!" arrived in 2013. Released in conjunction with Liverpool's Cavern Records, Frank, Paul, Tony, and Robert (a/k/a The Beat Rats) returned with twelve more catchy, tongue ... read more »

The Broadway Recording Sessions
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Direct Hits
Description:

Way back in 1982, Battersea based mod heroes Direct Hits had released one single “Modesty Blaise” on Dan Treacy’s Whamm! record label.  This was singled out in the music press as not just one of your average ... read more »

Velvet Elvis – The Only Lover Left Alive
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Electric Stars
Description:

The Electric stars latest release has exploded off the back of their incredible debut which, hidden within its grooves begins to ... read more »

Sonic Candy Soul
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Electric Stars
Description:

From Manchester, England, The Electric Stars are a psych rock'n'roll group with slick guitar riffs and bold catchy lyrics embedded into each of their songs. Their musical reference points stretch from the 60's era to today, but sit most ... read more »

New Roaring Twenties
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Forty Nineteens
Description:

Only The Forty Nineteens could offer such a positive and energetic take on our new decade, and the irresistible energy of their latest offering - radio-ready and full of propulsive guitars and indelible melodies, it's the record we need right now.  With boisterous energy to spare, this is a ban ... read more »

The Colour Of Happy
Price: $13.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description:

After almost two years of blood, sweat, tears and lately a whole lot of sitting around, the new James Clark Institute record, “The Colour Of Happy”, has arrived!  And you’ll be sure glad it did.  The record was terrifically produced by Mo Berg (The Pursuit O ... read more »

All Night Long: An Anthology 1965-1966
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Palace Guard
Description:

The Palace Guard was Emitt Rhodes' first band! “All Night Long….” includes the band's entire recorded repertoire, and the packaging contains photos a ... read more »

The CBS Tapes
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Rubinoos
Description:

For most true, longtime power pop fans, The Rubinoos need no introduction….  On November 3, 1976, co-founders Jon Rubin (vocals) and Tommy Dunbar (guitar) entered CBS Studios in San Francisco with drummer Donn Spindt and bassist Royse Ader to get a feel for the studio prior to the recording of ... read more »

Era Was
Price: $14.00
Artist: The SPiRES
Description:

The SPiRES are from Ventura, CA and have been around for about 15 years, but thanks to Jeff Shelton’s “Power Pop Show”, they’re new to us.  They play timeless, ja ... read more »

I Saw Her In A Mustang
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Vandals
Description:

A whole lotta profane!  Some pretty cool Florida garage punk that could have been massive if their single wasn’t banned from so many stations.  Finally The Vandals get a retrospective, complete with their snowflake ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #56
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #56
Description:

DUE MID-APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The Velvet Underground are on the cover and inside Jonathan Richman shares exclusive secrets of Lou Reed’s VU era guitar and gear, complete with his own illustrations! We go behind the scenes of the legendary sixties UK TV pop show read more »

Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating the Winston-Salem Sound
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The impetus for this extraordinary concert was that Chris Stamey had a book fresh off the press, a song-based memoir called “A Spy In The ... read more »

The Best Power Pop Of 2019 (3CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A whopping 60 tracks make up this terrific, value-priced, 3CD guide to 2019’s best power pop!  It was curated by the man of wealth and pop taste himself – Pop Geek Heaven’s Bruce Brodeen!  Many of Kool Kat’s label releases from the ... read more »

Higher Than A Mountain: The Songs Of Andy Gibb
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Never could we ever predict that the name “Andy Gibb” would appear anywhere on the Kool Kat site!  “Upon hearing about (and before hearing) this tribute even I, who worshipped the late Andy Gibb as a child, questioned the n ... read more »

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

“Big Stir Singles: The Tenth Wave” is (for now) the final installment in the current series of CDs collecting their celebrated weekly digital singles, read more »

Ram On: The 50th Anniversary Tribute To Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Ram” album from 1971 has been covered in its entirety by a collective of musicians lead by Denny Seiwell, the original drummer on the record (and Wings member from 1971-1973) and producer/mul ... read more »

Party For Joey - A Sweet Relief Tribute To Joey Spampinato
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and mu ... read more »

On The Wing
Price: $11.00
Artist: Zombies Of The Stratosphere
Description:

New York City-based power pop and psychedelia band Zombies Of The Stratosphere’s ongoing mission is to create songs built to last by nerdily obsessive craftsmen with big record collections. You know: the good stuff.  These Zombies write extremely catchy, jangle-guitar pop with hooks that recall ... read more »