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Circus Of Mirth
 
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Artist: Heirs Of Fortune
 
 
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FREE WITH ANY PURCHASE!!!  Terry Carolan’s (Blue Cartoon/True Hearts) latest hook-filled project is a tribute to a long lost friend and supporter. He explains the story behind “Circus Of Mirth” – “In 1974-75, Ralph Smith, Robert Watkins and Gary Heslin were the core of the band Amnesia in Tampa, Florida. I joined the band for about six months. Later, in 1976, Robert Woodrich, Gary Heslin, and I formed Just Boys. While in Amnesia, I met Gary Littleton, and our friendship, association and collaboration spanned decades. Gary became a fan of Amnesia, especially Ralph Smith’s songwriting, and it was at an Amnesia show that I first met him. Later, when I formed Just Boys, he became a spokesperson, sometimes benefactor and general cheerleader for the band, as he had with Amnesia. But in 1977, Littleton upped the ante by instigating and funding the recording sessions for the Just Boys single, and working with me to form Counterfeit Records for its release. From that time on, Gary became a key figure in many of my musical endeavors, as well as a close friend and a music fan who shared an essentially religious devotion to pop music with me, Ralph Smith and other like-minded people. Gary's interest and support for the music Ralph and I created never wavered. It is those years, and events within them, that are the inspiration for the ‘Circus Of Mirth’ album. In 2015 Ralph and I decided to collaborate on some recordings, and this collaboration brought Gary back into our thoughts, and reminded us of how supportive he had been to both Ralph and myself as songwriters. As our collaboration grew from the few songs we originally intended, to a full album, both of us knew the album should tell the story of Littleton's role in our musical lives, in a quiet and subtle way. We were joined by Robert Woodrich and Robert Watkins, and Heirs Of Fortune was born. It is intentional that the album's first song is ‘Invited’, an Amnesia recording from 1974 that has never before been released. Likewise, that the album is closed by an excerpt from Blue Cartoon's ‘If I Could Do It All Over Again’, the first song I recorded with the band while I was a member. These songs bookend the span of time and events that Gary was so much a part of. Gary Littleton was, in many ways, a contributor to our collective musical endeavors spanning more than thirty years. We were very fortunate for Gary’s help and friendship. We were indeed, Heirs Of Fortune, and Gary really was The Ringmaster of the ‘Circus Of Mirth’.”“A striking debut that couples heritage pop rock inspirations with modern strokes, resulting in a collection of tunes smacking of a timeless quality. Songs dripping with catchy melodies and hummable choruses will never date, and the band delivers these gripping elements in spades. Smooth and polished, but salted with an organic feel stemming straight from the heart and gut, tracks like the sweeping flourishes of ‘Aster Street Days’ and the poignant pulsations of ‘Goodbye My Friend’ twinkle and sparkle with a sense of longing surrounded by bracing George Harrison styled riffs. Bolstered by a curtain of gospel flavored harmonies, ‘Shine’ and the infectious pull of ‘How Can I Resist’ step in as further highlights, as well as a faithful cover of Big Star’s Chris Bell’s ‘I Am The Cosmos’ and the jaunty vaudeville romp of ‘Invited’. Layers of gorgeous keyboard passages, incorporated with tugging guitar dynamics and crisp and fresh vocals pierce every cut on this impeccably executed recording. Aside from doing a great job of keeping the power popping soul of celebrated bands such as Badfinger, Raspberries, Pilot and the aforementioned Big Star alive, Heirs Of Fortune streak their material with their own star-studded strengths. Flowing and fizzing with expressive emotions and sonic beauty, ‘Circus Of Mirth’ checks in as an album primed for repeated spins!” – ItsPsychedelicBaby.com 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.

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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 »