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Wish I Could See + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Cheap Star
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! What do Jon Auer (The Posies), Brendan Benson (solo/The Raconteurs), Gary Louris (solo/The Jayhawks), Brian Young (The Posies/Fountains Of Wayne/Jesus & Mary Chain), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish/Lickerish Quartet/solo) and Mitch Easter (all world!) all have in common? They’re the star-studded cast of guests who have contributed their talents to “Wish I Could See”, the latest and greatest release from Cheap Star, and followup to 2016’s “Songs For The Farrelly Brothers”!! The record picks up where the band left us on his previous journey…at the end of the 60’s golden era of Californian music and the rise of the 70’s pop, while integrating elements of his best aforementioned guests Cheap Star is helmed by France’s Remi Vaissiere who penned, and sings lead on all of the songs on the record. The results are absolutely STELLAR with all of the guest contributors at the top of their game!!! Top-notch songs, lots of guitars and heavenly harmonies permeate the proceedings! Produced and mixed by Jon Auer, who uses many of his skills on every track, the album carries a sunshine tinted by sweetness feeling over its course reminiscent of a gentle blend of Michael Penn and Nada Surf. “I really can’t picture a fan of power pop who wouldn’t love this record! Like their previous efforts, the Posies vibe is ever-present – and why would it not be with Jon Auer on board! Bursting with excellent songs Vaissiere’s gorgeous singing is guaranteed to hold your interest from start to finish (before you press the ‘replay’ button)! This is a high quality pop album full of gorgeous melodies and beautiful harmonies. There’s also enough variation to maintain your interest.” – Cesar Milan COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC - “WISH I COULD SEE (ACOUSTICALLY)” WHICH, AS THE TITLE IMPLIES, FEATURES GORGEOUS ACOUSTIC VERSIONS OF ALL OF THE ALBUM’S SONGS!!! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Sunday Carvery
Price: $14.00
Artist: Emperor Penguin
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! Emperor Penguin’s new album “Sunday Carvery” is named for the band’s love of traditional British hospitality and the faded romance of the roadside diner. The songs were written and recorded during the 2020/21 COVID lockdown. Getting together to rehearse was difficult at that time due to pandemic restrictions, so home demos were made and shared with each other, with each band member adding bits, removing bits and changing bits until the songs gradually took shape, like little musical Frankenstein’s monsters. Since everyone makes lyrical and musical contributions to each song, we credit all compositions to the band, whoever it was that started the ball rolling. In summer 2021, producer Jamie McEvoy helped turn the rough demos into final tracks, overdubbing vocals and guitars and ending up with possibly their most polished set of songs yet. In keeping with their previous releases, the style of the songs is rooted in melodic pop with crunchy guitars. Is it “power pop”? Well, yes, but it also draws on influences as diverse as XTC, The Kinks, Teenage Fanclub and, er, Mungo Jerry and AC/DC. “Desdemona” is a wild two-minute ride of jagged post-punk guitars, Sonic Youth fuzz-bass and robotic rhythm. “Sputnik Sweetheart” is a love song from the earth-bound to the unattainable. The word "sputnik" is Russian for satellite; it can also mean “spouse” or “traveling companion”. “You Don’t Know What You’re Missing” is a cautionary tale about a boorish husband's idle threats to his downtrodden wife, set to a Kinksian/Small Faces musical mashup. “Let Me Take You On Holiday” is another collaboration with the “queen of power pop” Lisa Mychols – a bitter-sweet duet. “On The Motorway” is a rollicking junkshop glam bop of a tribute to the concrete arteries of Britain. “The Ballad of Billy Farthing” is an acoustic lament based on an ancestral anecdote from the family of one of the band. “Fran Times a Zillion” is a rowdy stomper in salute to the wit and wisdom of author, raconteur and native New Yorker Fran Lebowitz. “A Gun And A Badge” is a hard-hitting, head-banging rocker about the legendary encounter at the White House between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon. The songs are as diverse and eclectic in style and subject matter as listeners will have come to expect from Emperor Penguin. “WOW! On ‘Sunday Carvery’, London’s Emperor Penguin really toughen up their sound, borrowing a few shillings from late 60’s UK psych and 90’s Britpop, all the while retaining, and perhaps even bettering, their well-honed contemporary melodic sensibilities. A very pleasant surprise!” – David Bash/IPO Fans of quirky, catchy, intelligent British pop-rock will find much to savour on the “Sunday Carvery” menu. GREAT!! ... read more »
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What Is Even Happening Right Now?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Extra Arms
Description: The third album from foursome Extra Arms led by Ryan Allen. The record features more special guest stars than a “Love Boat” episode. Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Bob Nanna (Braid/Hey Mercedes), Gregory Macdonald (Sloan), Lily (the Plastic Beach), Scott Allen (Thunderbirds Are Now!) and Chris Hatfield (Love Axe) all lend their talents to this powerhouse of a record. “Truly a release for these times, this ten-song platter was recorded in the midst of an historic pandemic and lyrically inspired by the non-stop insanity that was 2020-21. But rather than fixating on the darkness, the record moves at full force towards the light at the end of the tunnel. Ryan Allen used much of his COVID downtime to record and release music of various styles, but there's nothing quite like rocking out arena style with a kick-ass band. This album radiates positive energy, featuring songs that are informed by bleak times yet profoundly triumphant - as if these guys took all of their frustrations from the last couple of years and used them as fuel to rock harder than ever. The record follows their general blueprint of Midwestern power pop running straight into 90’s alternative rock, it's definitely the band's most varied release in terms of influences. It tips the cap to everyone from The Cars (‘Feeling Alright’) to Elvis Costello (‘Click Wars’) to Jawbreaker (‘In Control’) to The Who and Kinks (‘Big Dogs’) to Randy Rhoads (‘Falling Into Place’). The majority of the songs are vigorously life-affirming. This is particularly true of the album's bookend tracks: the big rocker opener ‘Fun Guy’ and the anthemic closer ‘I Don't Wanna Die.’ It seems redundant to describe an Extra Arms album as ‘energetic,’ but this has the feel of an unstoppable force.” – FasterandLouder.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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All Rise
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lolas
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! First released digitally in late 2021, “All Rise” (their 9th full-length release!) has already placed in several year-end “Best Of” lists (with more still to be published). While a series of personnel shifts have taken place, lead singer, songwriter and keyboardist Tim Boykin has remained the sole original member over the years. Bassist and vocalist Valis Prochazka, and drummer, percussionist and vocalist Jaban “Jaydog” Henderson complete the latest version of the band. “Having garnered praise over the years as one of the best acts in their field, Lolas definitely live up to their exemplary reputation on this album, which many fans will agree is their strongest collection to date. Because they are creatures of good habits, the band retains their fixation on classic power pop rock throughout the set. But they are also talented enough to avoid falling into a recycling rut, so therefore, ‘All Rise’ simply adds new and exciting twists to their recognizable sound. Bright and peppy vocals, sharing the same genetic code as the Monkees and the Archies, joined by watertight instrumentation recalling both the Who and the Ramones, hold sway amid the material, spawning a bridge between the past and the present. You’ll be hard pressed to sit still when hearing songs like the rock-a-rama reflexes of ‘Storm The Heavens’ and ‘Never To Be Mine’ that sizzle and swivel with ripped riffs, mondo melodies and absorbing time changes. An interesting concept – not to mention contrast – emerges on ‘All Rise, The Sneaky Snakes Of Kudzu’, as quirky and abstract lyrics are pinned to a grand and glorious production entailing gleaming piano passages and fluctuating rhythms and hooks. Sparkling with purity and polish, ‘Pain In My Heart’ conveys an early Beatlesque feel, and then there’s ‘Message From Home’ that moves at a brisk stride and features the humming tone of bopping keyboards. The brilliantly titled ‘I Can Hear Your Beard Through The Phone’ is a slower-paced cut, but concludes to a squiggly swirl of backwards psychedelic guitars, where ‘Dirtbag On The Run’ keys in as a turbo-charged punk pop number driven by buzzing licks and a hammering groove. Also not to be neglected is the lovely ‘You And Me Will Always Be’, a mid-tempo Big Star styled ballad brimming with an emotional pull impossible to resist. When it comes to high energy and high quality pop rock, Lolas are the band to go to, and ‘All Rise’ counts as yet another perfectly-realized offering in their consistently-growing discography.” - Beverly Paterson/PsychedelicBabyMag.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Songs From The Green Couch
Price: $13.00
Artist: Seth Swirsky
Description: Popmeister/songwriter extraordinaire Seth Swirsky (The Red Button) is back with his first new record since 2016’s “Circles and Squares”! Written over a two-year period during which the author cycled through a relationship that reached its painful conclusion, the record covers a lot of emotional ground. Best of all, old fans can expect more of the same – great songwriting, engaging melodies and brilliant production. Some familiar names helping Seth with this recording include Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Glenn Brigman (The Triptides) and old friend and Sandy McKnight collaborator and producer extraordinaire, the omnipresent Fernando Perdomo. “Upon hearing ‘Songs From The Green Couch’, if you’re not already a fan you may become one. Opener ‘Sunny Day’ is a philosophical piece, with a message that despite what chaos you may be experiencing in your life, the sun still shines. One only needs to pause long enough to take it in. The infectiously melodic ‘I Don’t Want to Lose You’ is an immediate favorite. The hooky chorus will grab you by the throat and demand that you sing along. A delicate piano piece, ‘Cashmere Sweater’ is as beautiful as its subject. 60’s psych meets 90’s guitar riffs with ‘Whatever Happened To’, an up-tempo number that blends both of those decade’s sensibilities into something different and yet familiar. ‘Every Time’ has a very pleasing Burt Bacharach-ish bounce to it. I immediately thought of those wonderful Bee Gees tracks of yesteryear when I heard ‘Making It Up’. Lyrically, this one is special. ‘I’m In A You Kind of Mood’ reminds me of Nick Lowe’s ‘less is more’ philosophy of recording as demonstrated on his 'Convincer' and 'Dig My Mood’ albums.” – Rich Rossi/PowerPopNews.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Wattage
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Explorers Club
Description: “Wattage” is The Explorers Club’s tribute to classic 60’s radio that plays out like a show of the time and features eight cover versions along with many guest singers including Chris Price, Lannie Counts, Ryan Williams and Jeff Celentano. “The album kicks off with a kind of into from an imagined small town radio station before we head into a couple of tracks that feature Lannie Counts who hails from Phoenix, AZ but is a successful singer in Las Vegas. The first number is the wonderful ‘Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy’ a track that is a Northern Soul classic. The Tams and Booker T and The MGs have covered this track and Lannie`s vocals are a sheer delight. The soulful `Gimmie Little Sign` a song written and originally performed by Alfred Jesse Smith or Brenton Wood as he was better known. It`s a superbly upbeat version of the initial release. ‘I’ve Been Lonely Too Long’ features Chris Price and was a hit for The Young Rascals. Again, it has that stunning retro vibe. We have a take on ‘Come Softly To Me’ a hit for American vocal group The Fleetwoods. The steady drumbeat, organ refrain and occasional brass tinges allow this to become a charmingly dreamy soundscape. Jeff Celentano takes the lead on ‘Hurt So Bad’ and delivers a stunningly emotive reimagining of what was a hit for Little Anthony and the Imperials, an American rhythm and blues/soul vocal group from New York. Another song that was covered by The Fleetwoods but also by Thomas Wayne & The Delons is the ballad ‘Tragedy’ and here the band deliver a heart breaking rendition with some glorious backing harmonies and a slight orchestrated feel. ‘I’m So Proud’ is a number that was originally performed by The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield. So, for singer Ryan Williams to take this on was a brave move but I have to say he really knocked it out of the park. He makes it his own with some sublime musicians assisting with a steady drumbeat, piano twinklings, brass snatches and what sounds like a xylophone. The album closes with ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’ which again has Lannie Counts on vocals. It was co-written by Stevie Wonder and performed by The Four Tops with Levi Stubbs taking the lead vocal. A number that just shouts Motown, this take is a pretty faithful reworking with a slight modern uplift. ‘Wattage’ is a masterpiece and I can`t believe that Jason Brewer continues to unearth these long forgotten classics. The guest singers Chris Price, Lannie Counts, Ryan Williams and Jeff Celentano were unknown to me but are undiscovered gems. Beg, Borrow, or Steal it – this album is phenomenal.” – MaximumVolumeMusic.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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L.O.V.E. From The Santa Cruz Archives '82-'85
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Singles
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! WOW!! You can add The Singles to the list of unknown/obscure 80’s bands that should have made it! Most of the material (14 of the 18 tracks) has never been officially released, save for the 4-song vinyl EP ‘Play It!’ that was released in 1983, and has since become a “power pop” collector’s item. Led by main singer/songwriter/guitarist Rick Gallego (Jiffipop/Cloud Eleven), The Singles were pretty well known in the Santa Cruz area as a tight 4-piece band with pop and soul influences, and in 1984 they won a battle of the bands competition out of 70 acts that had entered the contest. Gigging mostly at local clubs such as The Catalyst and O.T. Prices Music Hall, they also ventured to gigs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Santa Cruz was a hotbed of talented bands in the 80’s and included acts such as The Call, Eddie and The Tide, Camper Van Beethoven, The Medflys, The Humans, etc., and they often shared stages with these bands. While they never signed a recording contract in their heyday, they continued to record regardless. And are we glad they did! They did receive some radio airplay and even got played on the BBC. “L.O.V.E. From The Santa Cruz Archives ’82-’85” contains all of the songs The Singles recorded during their time together. “This is the kind of stuff that would have/should have appeared on MTV’s ‘120 Minutes’ back in the day, and maybe even get moved into the channel’s heavy rotation list. They could’ve easily gone toe-to-toe with the likes of The Plimsouls, The Beat (Paul Collins) and other like-minded ‘pop’ bands of the day. I hear bits of the two aforementioned bands along with a little Clash, Elvis Costello and Style Council in their music. Kool Kat’s done it again, rescuing top-notch 80’s power pop from eternal obscurity! Solid from start to finish! You may want to re-do your favorite 80’s pop bands list after hearing this gem!” – Cesar Milan At long last, we finally get to hear this music that has been buried in the vaults for 40 years. PLAY IT…LOUD! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Triptych (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Sun Sawed In 1/2
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! Neo-psychedelic, power-pop, sophisto-pop outfit, The Sun Sawed in 1/2 are back once again with the brilliant and stunning “Triptych,” their first full-length release since 2013’s “Elephants Into Swans.” The Sun was formed in St. Louis in 1990 and placed in the Top 5 Billboard/Ticketmaster Soundcheck best unsigned bands of 1994. They went on to record several albums for Not Lame Records with famous producer, Keith Olsen (Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac) before going on hiatus (for 10+ years!). “Triptych” represents the physical release of their 3 critically-acclaimed, recently released, digital-only EPs (“Beaches In Bali,” “Sirens,” and “Before The Fall”) with an additional 3 previously unreleased tracks exclusive to this specially-priced, 20 song, 2CD set! “Monster hooks, big harmonies and a whole lot more. In ten words or less, that’s how I would describe The Sun Sawed in 1/2. The irresistibly catchy ‘Twist of Lemon’ is immediately accessible, radio friendly power pop. There’s so much going on in ‘Call For A Good Time’. It reminds me of my favorite Beatles or XTC compositions. ‘Too High Strung’ may be one of my favorite tracks. It’s got a more soulful vibe with the guitar taking a stylistic detour. With more than a few twists and turns throughout, I feel as if I’d be spoiling the best parts of a good book. Suffice it to say, this is easily one of the best things I’ve heard in 2022!” – Rich Rossi/PowerPopNews.com “Their songs cover the full scope of pop rock with both originality and familiarity. Hooks aplenty and big choruses are the order of the day. Throughout, you are reminded of just how inventive the band is. There are so many completed ideas and original takes that, in my mind, The Sun Sawed In 1/2 have many peers, but no betters.” – IDontHearASingle.com “Without question, a wonderfully produced, played and sung record with an attention to detail that does not go unnoticed. Welcome back guys!” – Cesar Milan Fans of XTC, Jellyfish, The Lickerish Quartet et al – THIS IS FOR YOU!! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Someone/Anyone? – A 50th Anniversary Tribute To Todd Rundgren’s “Something/Anything?”
Price: $30.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: “Someone/Anyone? – A 50th Anniversary Tribute To Todd Rundgren’s ‘Something/Anything?’” is a complete re-imagination of Todd Rundgren’s classic 1972 double album. Universally hailed as a creative tour-de-force and one of the 70’s most groundbreaking and ambitious recordings, it included his Top 5 single, “Hello It’s Me,” as well as such fan favorites as “I Saw the Light,” and “Couldn’t I Just Tell You.” The tribute is the brainchild of “Echo In The Canyon” guitarist Fernando Perdomo, who in 2021 created a 50th Anniversary edition of Paul and Linda McCartney's “Ram” which was approved and praised by Sir Paul himself. The same thing has happened here with Todd. All 25 tracks from Todd’s original album are presented here in the same running order with loving re-invented covers of the songs by a diverse group of artists who love Todd. Tacking on 7 “bonus” tracks, there are a total of 32 tracks on this 2CD set. The participants (many of whom most pop fans are probably already familiar with) are Louise Goffin, Ken Sharp (on two tracks), Tiny Demons featuring Bobby Strickland, Probyn Gregory, Nezrok featuring Dennis Diken and Chris Bolger, Geoff Pearlman, Astral Drive, Fernando Perdomo featuring Jordan Rudess, Kasim Sultan, Victor Wainwright and The Wildroots, Adrian Bourgeois (on three tracks), Phil Parlapiano, Rob Bonfiglio (on two tracks) with Stan Lynch, Stephen Dees and Durga McBroom, Creamer, Marshall Crenshaw, Van Duren, James Booth with Carmine Appice, Scrote, Arian Fieles and John Montagna, The Miami Beach High School Rock Ensemble and Albert Castiglia Band, Secret Society, Dode Prickett featuring Brian Grace and Fuzzbee Morse, Albert Castiglia Band, Bruce McDaniel, Dave Schultz and Lyle Workman, Intoxicats (on two tracks), John Powhida International Airport, and Miami Beach High School Rock Ensemble. All net profits will go to Todd Rundgren's "Spirit Of Harmony" charity (spiritofharmony.org) which advocates music in schools. As we like to say, GREAT MUSIC FOR A GREAT CAUSE!! ... read more »
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Pop Aid - A Power Pop Compilation To Benefit The Citizens Of Ukraine (3CD)
Price: $24.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!! FINALLY!! The art is done, the music has been delivered, now (we had hoped for a late June release – a bit ambitious on our part – but delayed a bit due to supply chain issues out of our control) we await the delivery of “PopAid”, a 63 track, 3CD collection to benefit the citizens of war-torn Ukraine. 100% of all profits from sales of the collection will go to World Central Kitchen, a renowned organization founded by chef Jose Andres whose mission statement is “To serve hot, nutritious meals to people who need them most. Services include Global Disaster Response Efforts, Emergency Food Relief, Resilience Programs and Restaurant Partnerships as well as advancing human and environmental health, offering access to professional culinary training, and improving food security for the people we serve.” An impressive list of 63 pop bands/artists from around the world have unselfishly provided exclusive/previously unreleased tracks present on the collection to support this important initiative! The participating artists are: Anchor & Bear, Marc Andersson, Rich Arithmetic, Arvidson & Butterflies, Ian M Bailey, Ballzy Tomorrow (Robbie Rist), Band Of Jays, Dr. Barnes (Kevin Robertson), Jim Basnight & The Moberlys, Mike Browning, Vincent Bruckert, Terry Carolan (with Al Chan & Tommy Dunbar), Chris Church, Cloud Eleven (with Rick Hromadka), Dave Cope and The Sass, The Deadlights, Defoe & Pronai, The Embryos, Flashcubes, Nick Frater, The Glad Machine, Goldstoned, Grand Splendid, Jamie Hoover (with Michael Ruiz & Elana Rogers), Jeremy (with Ken Stringfellow), John Howard (with Ian Button, Andy Lewis and Robert Rotifer), The Junior League, The Kite Collectors (feat. Wayne Lundqvist Ford), Larry Lange, John Larson and The Silver Fields, Lolas, Richie Mayer, Scott McCarl, Joey Molland, Iain Mutch & Thee Absurdist Monks, The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco, The Overtures, Papernut Cambridge, Parallax Project, Power On Pilot, Psychotic Youth, The Red Sticks, Kai Reiner, Rogers & Butler, The Sails, Alex Siodmak, SMUG, Squire, Starbyrd, Star Collector, The Stayawakes, The Sun Sawed In ½, Super 8, That Mighty Bumble, threeleggeddog, Thrift Store Halo, The Vandalays, The Walkdown, Whelligan (with Nick Frater), The World Record, Daniel Wylie, Chuck Yoakum and Your Academy! “Kudos to Kool Kat Musik for their herculean effort to launch and coordinate such a project in such a short time. Amazingly, many of the tracks present here were unrecorded at the time the notice seeking participants first went out in early March. Listening to 3CD collections like this can be a bit daunting and tedious, but I must say that, given the quality of the songs/performances and flow, this one stacks up to be one of the best of its kind – EVER!!” – Cesar Milan High praise indeed Mr. Milan! 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 »

Episodes
Price: $18.00
Artist: Bart Davenport
Description:

Bart Davenport might be a multitude of things, depending on whom you ask. He's been a Mod, a blues singer, and a soft rock troubadour. He's an eclectic singer songwriter with the timeless voice of a real crooner. He lives and creates music in Los Angeles. Smooth and yet curiously pointed, his work t ... 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 »

The Domino Effect
Price: $15.00
Artist: Bob Burger
Description:

In case you’re not aware, Bob Burger is a founding member of New Jersey’s read more »

Our Life
Price: $12.00
Artist: Cherrystone
Description:

YES!! Like a dog with a bone, we’ve still not let go of the Cupid’s Carnival CD, but that’s only inspired us more to go and grab copies of this 2002 effort when Thomas Gray and Roland Skilton recorded as Cherrystone.  Not to worry folks, all of the elements foun ... read more »

Best Of 1972-1980
Price: $16.00
Artist: Chris Rainbow
Description:

Chris Rainbow never quite made it into the charts during the 70’s, though he got quite a bit of radio play, especially from the creative UK DJ Kenny Everett.  Chris is probably best known for (a) his outstanding vocal contributions to var ... 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 »

Happy Ever After
Price: $13.00
Artist: Dave Scarbrough
Description:

“Do I look for another stressful job right now or should I relax, meditate, and think about where my head and my soul really want to go?" Dave Scarbrough asked himself in early 2021.  The answer became “Happy Ever ... read more »

Not Quite The American Dream
Price: $15.00
Artist: Diesel Park West
Description:

What a long, strange trip it’s been! Thirty-three years after their debut album “Shakespeare Alabama” introduced Diesel Park West to the world, they’re back with “Not Quite the American Dream”, their first since 2019’s “Let It Melt”, finds the band in top form. It sends a clear message that Diesel P ... 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 »

In Another Time
Price: $15.00
Artist: Even
Description:

Here’s one we missed!!  Melbourne, Australia's seminal indie-pop-rock outfit Even are one of their country's most adored indie bands to have emerged from the '90s and read more »

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

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

Pronounced Jah-See
Price: $15.00
Artist: Gyasi
Description:

Fond of outlandish costumes and platform shoes, Gyasi is a flamboyant artist who brings the golden age of UK rock n’ roll into the 21st Century. His music can be described as a glorious hybrid of early David Bowie and Marc Bolan. The album “Pronoun ... read more »

With All Due Respect
Price: $14.00
Artist: Incarnations
Description:

Here's a release from Bart Davenport in 2010 that was criminally ignored (in our opinion)!   As Incarnations, Bart Davenport, Daniel Collas, and Bing Ji Ling have delivered an absolute darling of a record. Traversing with an understated assuredness, they in ... 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 »

Distant Dream
Price: $14.00
Artist: Jeremy
Description:

Admission of guilt:  We’ve had this CD in our “to be listened to” stack for quite some time (it was released in 2021), but for some unbeknownst reason it literally ended up at the bottom of the “stack” until we recently rescued it.  “It is always a thrill when our favorite musicians collab ... 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 »

Borders
Price: $12.00
Artist: Kensington
Description:

In 2011, Dutch popsters Kensington were shooting their way up the consciousness of Dutch audiences.  While there's no such thing as a key to success, the heavily Brit-Pop influenced “Borders” was recorded in Kaiser Chiefs’ studio in Leeds, UK and was mastered by ... read more »

Teaspoon of Time
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kevin Robertson
Description:

Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland Kevin Robertson is a singer songwriter who specializes in jangle and psych pop.  He’s also 1/5 of The Vapour Trails. Kevin's influences include 60's pop, rock ... 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 »

3
Price: $15.00
Artist: Man Behind Tree
Description:

Dabbling in Power/Noise pop, Man Behind Tree layer carefully crafted vocal harmonies, jangly guitars and sugary hooks while balancing classic boy-girl motifs with David Lynch-esque imagery.  Think of an amputated ear resting in an overexposed flower bed …  Stationed in the concrete hea ... read more »

Roscoe's Dream
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mapache
Description:

Mapache is Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci.  Born and raised in Glendale, CA, the duo's breathtaking harmonies and heartfelt sound verges on cosmic West Coast Pop Americana. Their sound is not an exercise in pop nostalgia, but rather a distinctly independent link in a chain that stretches both ... read 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 »

Once Around Again
Price: $14.00
Artist: Phil Angotti
Description:

Chicago pop veteran Phil Angotti is back with "Once Around Again" – his 13th full length - and is already being hailed as his finest yet!  We just may to agree with that assessment!  The album features 10 original songs, nine brand new songs, plus an old Idea (Phil’s 90’s pop ... read more »

A Thin Thread
Price: $12.00
Artist: Phil Yates & the Affiliates
Description:

Formerly based out of Burlington, VT Phil Yates & The Affiliates are now a rock band based out of Chicago.  He’s self-described his hooky sound as being "too folky for the rockers and too rocky for the folkers."  “A Thin Thread” is the fourth Phil Yates & The Aff ... read more »

Suspension
Price: $14.00
Artist: Pop Co-Op
Description:

“Suspension” is the third outing from Pop Co-Op, a group of four geographically-dispersed musicians who focus on making the music they love. Veteran musician Steve Stoeckel (read more »

Night Gnomes
Price: $15.00
Artist: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Description:

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets return with “Night Gnomes”, their 5th album.  The Australian combo has a strong “DIY ... read more »

Broadcasting To The Nation (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Radio Stars
Description:

With lead singer Andy Ellison's autobiography due, profile is high on bands such as John's Children and Radio Stars – “Broadcasting To The Nation” being Radio ... read more »

Neurotica (Expanded)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Red Kross
Description:

The 35th anniversary edition of “Neurotica”, the 1987 power pop and alternative rock opus by Redd Kross includes 12 previously unreleased demos from the era (rediscovered in the archive of the band's original A&R guy, Geoffrey Weiss).  Absence can make the heart grow fonder, and one of the ... read more »

Brighter Day
Price: $14.00
Artist: Rogers & Butler
Description:

The talented songwriting duo of Edward Rogers & Stephen Butler return with “Brighter Day”, an engaging second album.  It’s a collection of eleven original soon-to-be classics that display their distinctive blend of auth ... read more »

Endless Rooms
Price: $13.00
Artist: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Description:

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return in 2022 with “Endless Rooms”, the Melbourne quintet's third album proper. Described by the band as them "Doing what we do best: chasing down songs in a room together", the record stands as a testament to the collabor ... read more »

Easy Answers
Price: $12.00
Artist: Seth Timbs
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Seth Timbs plays piano. He has a way with words and an ear for tune. He’s kind of a wiseacre.  A veteran of stage and studio, this Nashville singer-songwriter, he was an influential presence in Murfreesboro, TN’s vibrant ... read 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 #129
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #129
Description:

Kevin Godley & Lol Crème (of 10cc) grace the cover:  Their 60’s pop roots and late 70’s/80’s grand ambitions.  Other features include: 90’s Albums: The Shindig! team pick their favorite under-the-radar long-players from The Decade That Doesn ... read more »

Love, Sex and Death etc
Price: $18.00
Artist: Simon Love
Description:

“Love, Sex and Death etc” is the followup to 2018’s “Sincerely, S. Love x”.  The 12 songs, written between 2017 and 2019 mostly, were recorded in two batches in July and November 2020 after being rehearsed for six months with the initial plan of recording them as live as possible all together i ... read more »

No Anesthesia
Price: $12.00
Artist: Speedfossil
Description:

Speedfossil are a kin ... read more »

Jobbernowl
Price: $13.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

Spygenius’ seventh album, “Jobbernowl” follows their 2021 tribute collection “Spygenius Blow Their Covers”, fusing the emotive heft of the former with the rollicking energy of the latter into a visceral but sophisticated set, framed by the combination of wit, hooks and harmony that de ... 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:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  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 underground pop music may already be aware of The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco. The Essex, UK-base ... 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 »

Please Stand By
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  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 »

Poppy Seeds
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Corner Laughers
Description:

With the impossibly winsome vocals of Karla Kane out front, San Francisco’s The Corner Laughers‘ pop style is a tasty recipe indeed.  2012’s “Poppy Seeds” continued in their grand tradition.  “It takes a lot to sell me on an overtly twee-po ... read more »

What Comes After
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Honeydogs
Description:

It’s not clear if Adam Levy, front man and creative force behind The Honeydogs, meant the title of their 10th studio release from 2012 as a statement or a question.  The album’s songs merge simpler lyrical content of early works with the deceptively sophisticated ... read more »

These Horses
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Joey Sexton Band
Description:

The Joey Sexton Band has its roots in Connecticut, but has traveled the roads of New England and beyond performing and rocking thousands of music fans.  Hailed as an original Americana Southern Blues Rock band – they are influenced by the likes of John Hiatt, Jo ... read more »

Happy Go Lucky
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Krayolas
Description:

“Happy Go Lucky” is the second archival release from San Antonio‘s Krayolas.  Known as the Tex-Mex Beatles, the Chicano garage rockers have garnered flattering comparisons to the Fab Four, Bob Dylan, the Who, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Warren Zevon.  read more »

Threesome Vol. 3
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Lickerish Quartet
Description:

“Threesome Vol. 3 completes the trilogy started with the release of “Threesome Vol. 1” in 2020, which was called a “masterpiece” by many critics and fans alike.  “Threesome Vol. 2” was released in early 2021, and its first single, “Snollygoster Goon,” showed anothe ... read more »

Celebrate The Moments Of Your Life (2CD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Orange Peels
Description:

The Orange Peels are: Allen Clapp, Gabriel Coan, and Jill Pries.  “Celebrate The Moments Of Your Life” was recorded from summer 2019 though fall of 2020 at the band's former headquarters in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  “Since their formation in the late '90s, 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 »

Stereo
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

New effort from The Toms, the solo project of producer, songwriter, and singer Tom Marolda, who plays almost all of the instruments on “Stereo” (though he does get help from his New Jersey pal, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on the track “You Mo ... 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 »

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 »

So Many Days
Price: $15.00
Artist: Triptides
Description:

Among the newest generation of bands in the tradition of West Coast psychedelia, Triptides have blossomed into the role of elegant adventurers. Led by guitarist, keyboardist and singer Glenn Brigman, with drummer Brendan Peleo-Lazar and bassist/guitarist ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #60
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #60
Description:

DUE LATE JULY – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  This issue features an extraordinary Velvet Underground cover story exploring Lou Reed’s early days at Pickwick Records and the momentous first meeting of Lou Reed and John Cale.  Also featured are Detroit ‘70s proto-punk rockers the Dogs, Ca ... 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 Best Power Pop Of 2020 (3CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A 66 track, 3CD set curated by Bruce Brodeen (Not Lame/Pop Geek Heaven) that represents his favorite releases from 2020 and a chance to hear those that you may have missed the first time around.  Nice to see Kool Kat represented with 15 tracks (13 label/2 distributed), an affirmation of Bruce’s ... 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 »

Faded Scrapbook
Price: $14.00
Artist: West Coast Music Club
Description:

Based in the North West of the UK, West Coast Music Club is a band comprising Martin Adams, Peter Madden and Marc Joy. Adams (vocals/guitar) and Madden (guitar/bass/vocals) are both ex Eye Dance and have been collaborating on and off for many years. Meeting and working with Marc Joy (multi instrumen ... 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 »

William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Price: $12.00
Artist: William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Description:

Impressive 2011 debut from William Cleere whose aptly monikered "Marvellous Fellas" that include Allen Clapp (Orange Peels) who also produced, along with Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh (both of Agony Aunts).  "When endeavoring to review of a pop album built around ac ... read more »