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Black Sky Thinking + bonus disc
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Captain Wilberforce
 
 
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BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL! It’s been a while – six years in fact – but Captain Wilberforce is back with a new album, his Kool Kat debut, and a permanent line-up. Simon Bristoll (The Captain) has a reputation for creating songs with compelling melodies, cascading harmonies and crafted lyrics, and this album is no different. He was influenced by classic songwriters like Joe Jackson, Ray Davies and Squeeze – as well as their more contemporary counterparts such as Jim O’Rourke, Ryan Adams and Guy Garvey – in putting together the songs on the new album. He’s taken these influences and turned out a set of well-crafted pop - timeless, cultured tunes that ear-worm their way into your life. In a change from previous albums, on which different local musicians were used, Captain Wilberforce now has a new permanent line up – joining Simon (vocals/guitars) are Carl Banks (drums), Rob Simpson (guitars) and Massimiliano Borghesi (bass/vocals). “Here’s a great example of a band that should be far bigger than they are. There are so many Neil Finn and Crowded House fans around and you wonder why they are not also buying Captain Wilberforce too. On album ‘Black Sky Thinking’, Bristoll has lost none of his songwriting excellence. The album is a perfect example of how great pop should be made. There seems a little more of a mellow feel on songs like ‘Couples’ and ‘You Can't Have Me’ which ramp up the Finn comparisons, there's a particularly great piano accompaniment on the latter. ‘King Of Decision’ is McCartney Beatles pop of the highest order. There are hints of Psych Pop too, especially on the opener, the splendid, ‘The Johnny Depp Memorial Café’. ‘Stickleback Toffee’ could be a soundtrack to those old Saturday morning cartoons. The closing title track is pure psych and reveals a side of the band that I love, pre-60’s Strawberry Psych. ‘Black Sky Thinking’ sounds much more like a band album than previous albums which you sense have been Simon Bristoll and others. The 12 songs make up a proper album, none of this download one song rubbish. If there is any justice in the world, this album will be massive. This is one of the most pleasant listens that I've had in a long while. I expected nothing less.” – IDontHearASingle.com COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE 5-SONG BONUS EP OF TWO SONGS RECORDED ON BBC RADIO 2 (INCLUDING A COVER OF THE JAYHAWKS’ “BLUE”), AND THREE FROM EAST LEEDS FM. GREAT!!

 
A Different Kind Of Here
Price: $15.00
Artist: Almost Charlie
Description: Berlin singer/multi-instrumentalist Dirk Homuth and New York City lyricist Charlie Mason have teamed up again to pen “A Different Kind of Here”, Almost Charlie's fourth album, and the band's third record for the Minneapolis-based Words On Music label. With twelve new songs brimming with impossibly elegant hooks, poignant i ... read more »

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

Shot Through The Heart
Price: $11.00
Artist: Bullet Proof Lovers
Description: Kurt Baker alert! The hardest working man in Pop is back (again)! Bullet Proof Lovers bleed, sweat, and shred big hooks, loud guitars, a thundering rhythm section, and pop sensibility, ravaged with elements of Fred "Sonic" Smith, Primal Scream, The Hellacopters, and The Hives! And we’re happy to report that this, their f ... read more »

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

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

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

The Indicator EP
Price: $8.00
Artist: Dave Rave and The Governors
Description: The fourth release from Canadian legend Dave Rave and his Minnesota band The Governors. It was written and recorded over three days at bandmate Rich Mattson’s Sparta Studio in the summer of 2016 while the band was promoting the release of their third full length "Radio Rave". Dave explains, "After the session I felt that ... read more »

A World Of My Own
Price: $15.00
Artist: Derrick Anderson
Description: Before touring with Dave Davies (The Kinks) and becoming bassist for The Bangles in 2008, Derrick Anderson (with The Andersons!) romped throughout Los Angeles from 1995-2004 flashing an energized, cheeky brand of pop/rock. But finally, it's time for Derrick to arrive as a solo artist. “A World Of My Own” draws inspiration ... read more »

Diamond Hands
Price: $10.00
Artist: Diamond Hands
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT KAT LABEL! Previously only available on vinyl! Diamond Hands is the nom de plume of the L.A. duo of Jon Flynn and Joel Wall. And let it be known, these two popsters have an uncanny knack for a never-ending barrage of earworm melodies and retro-influenced instrumentation all in under 3 minutes! ... read more »

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

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

Live In San Francisco 1971
Price: $15.00
Artist: Flamin' Groovies
Description: You could hardly invent a more perfect template for a pre-punk cult rock band than the Flamin’ Groovies. Though their 1965 formation and 1968 recorded debut place them squarely in the hippie era, they purveyed a prescient and influential back-to-basics ethos, with a roots-and-blues approach that was of its time at first, b ... read more »

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

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

Bipolar Love
Price: $9.00
Artist: Greg Ieronimo
Description: WOW!! Who said "they don't make power pop like they used to anymore"? Wile we await the impending new release from Greg, here's his hook-filled debut that you surely whet your appetite! "This will surely be at the top of my favorites list for 2014! From start to finish, if these songs don't get you singing along and dan ... read more »

Never Leaving California + Bipolar Love Bundle
Price: $18.00
Artist: Greg Ieronimo
Description: Missed out on Greg's brilliant debut? Get both "Never Leaving California" and "Bipolar Love" at a special "two-fer" price! ... read more »

God's Clown
Price: $17.00
Artist: Johan Asherton
Description: Singer/songwriter Johan Asherton has found an audience in his native France and as far away as Japan with his special brand of alternative pop and folk-rock. Born in Paris in 1958 to a family of classically trained musicians, he took up the violin and piano as a boy, and sang in his school choir - but he found inspiration ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #67
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #67
Description: This issue’s cover boy is Jimi Hendrix: His manic, meteoric 1967 as it happened. Other features include: Ronnie D’Addario: The power pop nearly man in his own words. Blonde On Blonde: Reflections on the Welsh psych-rockers. Unicorn: Ill-fated UK country-rock journeymen. Sons Of Fred: Wild ’60s rhythm ’n’ beat. Dungen: ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

Transparent Blue Illusion (Expanded)
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dangtrippers
Description: Zero Hour released the second Dangtrippers album back in 1991 but their distributor at the time destroyed 700 of the 1000 pressed CDs. That made this album basically an unknown release and it has been lost for 26 years. Thankfully, Zero Hour have decided to reissue this brilliant lost album along with 7 rare bonus cuts. ... read more »

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

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

Broken Circle
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL! The second album by Sweden’s premier West Coast psych act. Their debut, "Lost Out At Sea”, was a gem and took many people by surprise with its quality. Their new album is the sequel of sorts but goes much deeper into full-on psychedelia yet retains - and even improves on - their e ... read more »

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

Head Out Of Dreams (6CD)
Price: $37.00
Artist: The Hollies
Description: If you hung with The Hollies well after their hits-laden years, then this release will be a welcome addition to your collection! While they are best known for their 60’s recordings, The Hollies (with Allan Clarke and Terry Sylvester in the role of Graham Nash) recorded some masterful recordings during the 70’s and 80’s. O ... read more »

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

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

A Few Thousand Miles More...
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Never Never
Description: Long lost Australian power pop band from the mid 80’s. Formed in Perth, Australia during 1980 The Never Never evolved from guitar pop trio Silent Type. The band consisted of Simon Goodridge (founding member), Sean Diggens and Ross Philpot. School friend Peter Busher joined the band later that year making a four piece. In ... read more »

Serve
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Rallies
Description: The Rallies formed in Tacoma WA a number of years ago, founded by Steve Davis, this his first and only band. The band's had many membership changes since, starting with Lee Brown (drummer), a good friend of the guitarist at the time, who joined a few years ago. Bassist Rick Jones came on board shortly after. And finally, ... read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UglyThings Magazine - Issue #44
Price: $10.00
Artist: UglyThings Magazine - Issue #44
Description: Headline stories this time include a candid, in-depth new interview with Dean Torrence of JAN & DEAN, and a feature of ‘60s Southern rock ‘n’ soul heroes THE UNIQUES. Also revealed are the stories of Sloan & Barri pop protégés THE THOMAS GROUP, Australian shock rocker GEOFF CROZIER, Swedish R&B long-hairs SOONER OR LATER ... read more »

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

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

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

The World's Best American Band
Price: $14.00
Artist: White Reaper
Description: The bold statement from White Reaper is not only the title of their new album, but also their credo. And with that mentality the band hit the studio and made a good ol' fashioned in-your-face rock ’n’ roll record. In their world, being coy about influence means you have something to hide and they proudly flaunt theirs lik ... read more »

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