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Price: $10.00
Artist: Broken Promise Keeper
 
 
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BPK’s 2010 record makes every effort to incorporate all of the criteria that make a wonderful and memorable pop record. Stuart continues to put substance over style, so while the melodies dazzle, the production is more on the lo-fi, garage pop end of the spectrum. But in the case of BPK, this just adds to the charm. “With the best ‘pop’-pun title since Allen Devine's ‘Poportunity’, Broken Promise Keeper has cranked out his annual slab of 80’s-influenced power pop with the usual fine results. ‘Scarred for Life’ opens things strongly, 2:20 of no-nonsense, no-let-up dB-styled pop, and ‘Hyperdriven’ pretty much lives up to its title. The playful piano pop of ‘We Pray for Rain’ is another standout, as is the jangly ‘Bittersweet’. My only quibble is how can Rob Stuart call himself Broken Promise Keeper when he's proved so reliable? I guess you can consider it an ironic appellation.” – Absolutepowerpop.com “More positive pure pop that features more of the melodic upbeat pop that characterized Stuart's last album. His songs sound something like a cross between The Young Fresh Fellows, Emitt Rhodes, and The Telepathic Butterflies. The songs are catchy and delivered simply without unnecessary overdubs. The music is refreshingly unpretentious and the vocals always delivered with appropriate restraint. Cool guitar driven cuts include ‘Scarred For Life’, ‘We Pray For Rain’ (killer melody here), ‘Two-Minute Warning,’ and ‘All Over Again.’ This is music created for all the right reasons.” – Babysue.com TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXCLUSIVE "3-FER" OFFER - GET THIS, THE SELF-TITLED AND “ICE COLD POP” CDs FOR JUST $24! PLEASE NOTE: IF PAYING BY CREDIT CARD, THIS SPECIAL PRICING WILL BE ADJUSTED AT THE TIME YOUR ORDER IS CHARGED. PAYPAL PAYMENTS WILL BE REFUNDED ACCORDINGLY. GREAT!!

 
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 »