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Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
 
 
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Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared appreciation of Cream and other classic British blues acts, but their interests soon moved on to artists that were more melodic but still with prominent and layered guitars, including Neil Young, Jellyfish, Wilco, and Teenage Fanclub.  In early 2017 they rewarded fans with “Selection Box Vol. 1” followed in five months by “The Appleyard Sessions” (both download-only releases).  They now make their CD debut on this 2CD collection!  Although “Selection Box” is ostensibly the “pop” album and “Appleyard” the “folk” album (they even contain songs titled “Pop” and “Folk,” respectively), when paired together, they seem not so much two different genres as two different ways of conveying the writers’ inner lives.  “I love power pop, be it from the Mod 60’s, the skinny-tie 70’s, or any of the genre’s various revivals, up to the present day. But if I am honest with myself, I will admit that whereas power pop classics retain a timeless immediacy, many of them have something missing. That something is emotional maturity.  Hence, for the listener who loves catchy melodies, ear-candy harmonies, guitars that alternately jangle and fuzz, and simple rhythm, there is a crisis built into power pop: how can an artist take a medium designed to express teenage angst and adapt it to say meaningful things about adult life? Is such a task even possible?  I submit that it is, and that the proof is in the Amoeba Teen recordings that comprise this collection. There is no doubt that ‘Selection Box’ wears its emotions on its sleeve. From the supercharged starburst of ‘This Spark’ to the defiantly above-the-weather ‘Good Morning Sunshine,’ to the tenderly encouraging ‘Fade Out,’ the message is clear. Adult life is messy and often disappointing.  The frankness of the lyrics finds its complement in the intensity of the album’s musical arrangements.  Save for a couple of tunes where the band lightens the mood, such as the lush ‘Memory Lane’ (which manages to capture the mood of ‘Penny Lane’ nicely without falling into soundalike territory), there is a surfeit of nervous energy in its grooves. It’s palpable in the crunchy staccatoed guitar lines of ‘This Spark,’ the slightly neurotic high-hat on ‘Hearts and Minds,’ and the plaintive Al Kooper organ line feeling its way through ‘Fade Out.’ Often, it threatens to bubble over into a kind of ecstasy, and sometimes it does. But even when it doesn’t, it’s always satisfying, because it speaks to the experiences of people who are trying to find beauty in everyday life. That same search for beauty is evident in ‘The Appleyard Sessions’, but there it is expressed far more delicately, with lyrics that read like poems and arrangements that feel like soundscapes.  For my money, the standouts are ‘Folk’ and ‘3 a.m., Here I Am,’ which combine to give the impression of a swatch of a soundtrack to a lost film.  There’s an entire story just in the reverberations of the opening guitar chord of ‘Folk,’ with its mysterious tuning recalling Jimmy Page in his most Bert Janschian mood. I’m also taken with the subtle ambient effects that pan left-right left and the other elements of ‘musique concrete’ that waft through the mix. Add Mike’s tensile voice as it chimes in with haiku-like verses, and Amoeba Teen succeeds in creating a sound collage that evokes ‘Bookends’-era Simon and Garfunkel.  A sense of melancholy pervades those songs and others throughout this disc.  With the recordings on this collection, Amoeba Teen successfully stretch the boundaries of power pop to make it express grown-up ideas. At the same time, they display a unique and beautiful flair for the familiar-yet-new melodies that keep the genre forever young. Their sound has real substance, and I’m excited to discover where their muse will take them in the years to come.” - Dawn Eden Goldstein  Eloquently stated Dawn….thank you!  GREAT!!


 
This Is Action City
Price: $12.00
Artist: Action City
Description:

Action City came to be on December 27, 2019. Winston-Salem based musician, Michael Slawter was hosting a post-Christmas show at his guitar shop/venue Heyday Guitars. The drummer that evening was an old acquaintance from the Charlotte area, ... read more »

Homemade
Price: $15.00
Artist: Andrew Gabbard
Description:

A musician whose influences span hard rock, psych, garage rock, and energetic pop, Andrew Gabbard has long been a force on the southwestern Ohio music scene.  Working with Thee Shams, The Buffalo Killers, ... read more »

Andrew Taylor and The Harmonizers
Price: $16.00
Description:

This album is simply all manner of jangly power-pop wonderful, as Andrew (also of Dropkick and read more »

Big Stir Magazine - Issue #6 + CD
Price: $10.00
Artist: Big Stir Magazine
Description:

The latest issue of Big Stir Magazine (subtitled “Is This Power Pop?”) is a 32-page, focused departure from the previous five freewheeling installments.  Between its covers are fourteen essays considering the very ess ... read more »

Greatest Hits
Price: $14.00
Artist: Byron Rimes
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!    Byron Rimes may be a name that’s new to everyone, but when you dig deeper, he’s a familiar face now trading under a new moniker.  Longtime Kool Kat followers may recall the self-titled project by Beaulie ... read more »

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

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

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

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

Presents P200
Price: $12.00
Artist: Cromm Fallon
Description:

Cromm Fallon's second album has escaped from the studio....it has been captured by Rum Bar Records!!  A multi-instrumentalist, Cromm plies his trade with psych popsters The Laissez Fairs, among others. But he casts a much wider net when left to his own devices.  "It’s an album of fuzz ... read more »

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

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

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

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

EST 81
Price: $13.00
Artist: Dogmatics
Description: Twins Pete and Paul O’ Halloran and Jerry Lehane spent eight years toget ... read more »

New Distractions
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dream Phases
Description:

“New Distractions” represents a new era for Dream Phases. It’s the moment when an already exciting band takes a step into the unknown.  Recorded during quarantine, but expansive and far-reaching as ever, ‘New Distractions’ is a new peak ... read more »

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

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

The Static
Price: $14.00
Artist: Hushdrops
Description:

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

Raincloud In The Sun
Price: $12.00
Artist: Lemon Sparks
Description: Six years in the making, “Raincloud In The Sun”, the followup to their promis ... read more »

Lemon Sparks
Price: $12.00
Artist: Lemon Sparks
Description:

This is Raleigh, NC-based Lemon Sparks’ 2015 debut release.  Their winsome, sturdy songs build upon a rich balance of melody and dissonance.  The band skillfully glides across multiple golden eras of gui ... read more »

whatNOP doNW7
Price: $8.00
Artist: LMNOP
Description:

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

All Rise
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lolas
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JANUARY 28 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  First released digitally in late 2021, “All Rise” (their 9thread more »

Dilettante
Price: $12.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

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

On The Flipside
Price: $12.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description:

“On The Flipside” is Dave Ody-led Mothboxer’s 10th full-length release.  Dave and his mates never fail to impress and grow with each successive release – and this just may well be one of their best!  “There may be an ar ... read more »

Solo Sings Simon
Price: $14.00
Artist: Pablo Solo
Description:

A collaborative album between legendary American songwriter/producer John Simon and singer-songwriter Pablo Solo from Cantabria, Spain.  Solo brings his raw energy and musicianship to create a strong set of beautiful songs written by Si ... read more »

Light The Stars
Price: $18.00
Artist: Peter Hall
Description:

In 2020 Peter Hall released “There’s Something Wrong With Me”, his EP of beautifully crafted, melodic sophi ... read more »

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

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

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #123
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #123
Description:

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized is the cover boy.  Features on Colin Blunstone, Arthur Russell, Vanilla Fudge, Ian A. Anderson, Popol Vuh + more!  Plus all the usual news tidbits and reviews of old + new records and CDs, singles, DVDs, et al.

... read more »

Another Cinderella
Price: $13.00
Artist: Split Squad
Description: Their latest features guest appearances from Scott McCaughe ... read more »

Showstopper EP
Price: $8.00
Artist: Split Squad
Description:

America's least famous supergroup are back!!  Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), Clem burke (Blondie), Michael Giblin (Cherry Twister), and Josh Kantor (The Baseball ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curiousity Killed The Laissez Fairs?
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description: John Fallon (ex-Steppes) has always specialized in psyched-out, 60's-oriented ... read more »

Unnecessary Evil
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lees Of Memory
Description:

The Lees Of Memory - led by ex-Superdrag frontman John Davis with able assistance from guitarist Brandon Fisher (also formerly of Superdrag) and drummer Nick Slack - debuted in 2014 with “Sisyphus”, a heady blast of shoegazey squall.  ... read more »

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

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

Pop Dreamz
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Stayawakes
Description:

The Stayawakes return with their second album “Pop Dreamz”.  This Portsmouth, UK power pop quintet specialize in delivering big hearted jams and sweet harmonies with a visceral live energy and more volume than is strictly necessary.  The record sees the band even more focused with intent on ... read more »

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

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

Tomplicated
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

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

The Umbrellas
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Umbrellas
Description:

The San Francisco bay area has long been an important outpost of the International Pop Underground, from the 90’s heyday of The Aislers Set, #Poundsign# and The Fairways to the string of legendary popfests in ... read more »

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

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

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

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

Ritual
Price: $12.00
Artist: Timothy Eerie
Description:

We only recently became aware of Timothy Eerie, an Orlando, FL-grown psychedelic pop group led by Casey Lerman, on their fab, recently released single on the Hypnotic ... read more »

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

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

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

True West will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2022.  The band emerged from Davis, CA and first gained attention with their debut 45 "Lucifer Sam" in 1982.  While not one of the original four Paisley Underground band ... read more »

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

Cover stars the legendary 60’s West Coast psychedelic group Clear Light are the subject of an extensive feature. Other compelling coverage this time includes Canadian garage punks the Plague, Scottish post-punk outfit the Scars, Northe ... read more »

United Wire
Price: $17.00
Artist: United Wire
Description:

DROPKICK ALERT!!  Originally released in 2013, United Wire was a collaborative project by Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor and his ex-Dropkick chum, Ross (Roy) Taylor.  ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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