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Death Of The Sun
 
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Price: $13.00
Artist: The Stan Laurels
 
 
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The 2009 debut full-length by John Lathrop as The Stan Laurels. Being a full-blown concept album, it is a psychedelic pop/rock/prog debut of epic proportions. The concept? Boy meets girl, boy gets abducted by aliens ... but there's a whole lot more to the story.  Part of the reason The Laurels often use the tagline "The scientifically engineered combination of everything and nothing you've ever heard" to describe the music is because John has spent his entire life listening, playing, absorbing, and breathing music. And what is evident immediately upon listening is the astounding amount of heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears that it literally and figuratively took to write, play, record, and produce an original album of this magnitude from scratch. John is self-taught in every aspect of musicianship, vocals, and production, and the roadblocks and challenges that creating this record (especially without help of bandmates or producers) brought was staggering, but rewarding. This constitutes the "scientifically engineered" part of the equation. Sonically, it dynamically spans across countless moods and genres including pop, rock, psychedelic, progressive, folk, funk, classical, and more (there's the "everything you've ever heard" part).  The most prevalent genre on the album is a nod to 60’s British pop/rock, considering some of John's favorite bands are The Beatles, The Zombies, and The Kinks.  On "Samaanya," you'll find a catchy piano bounce that unexpectedly gives way to a quick-fingered piano solo that evolves into a fully classical-inspired interlude with mellotron strings in the middle, then back to the piano jaunt, ultimately ending with a heavy, dissonant guitar solo with a sort of extended deconstruction of the instruments as the song dies down. This is no standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus radio tune; this song and much of the album leans into a sort of prog experience carefully wrapped up in an ultra-melodic pop presentation. This is just one example of the audio adventure that is this record, which does in fact equate to "nothing you've ever heard."  “Radiates tightly wound layers of pop and psych that bend the Zombies into the Flaming Lips, a rich sound orchestrated sound. Equally unexpected is how Lathrop weaves decidedly offbeat narratives of sci-fi and gamer odes into disarming constructions, like the hazy sway of ‘Klaatu: Parts III, II & I’ and piano bounce ‘Samaanya.’  Tongue in cheek is delivered with a lovelorn sincerity, double-take inducing lines sung in the most tender, dreamy glow.  In 60’s pop infatuation and solipsistic visions writ large, the Stan Laurels hearken locals Future Clouds & Radar, yet backside tracks like ‘Gone’ and ‘Birth of the Sun’ prove Lathrop best when his muse is more universal.” – Austin Chronicle  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXCLUSIVE OFFER AND GET ALL 3 STAN LAURELS CDs FOR JUST $32.  IF PAYING BY CREDIT CARD, YOU WILL BE CHARGED ACCORDINGLY.  IF PAYING BY PAYPAL, YOU WILL BE REFUNDED THE APPROPRIATE DISCOUNT.  GREAT!!


 
The Lockdown Session – October 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

Still stuck at home during the pandemic, Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor wrote and recorded these 10 songs (playing all of the instruments) for the ... read more »

an Apple a day…
Price: $16.00
Artist: Apple
Description:

Apple made one of the rarest albums of the psychedelic era (a copy recently sold on eBay for just under £4,000), while their two singles included one of the gen ... read more »

The Secretariat Motor Hotel
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ashley Park
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The Homebound Tapes
Price: $8.00
Artist: Blake Jones
Description:

The new EP from Blake Jones (of Blake Jones & The Trike Shop) features six brand new tracks recorded during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.  “Music has gotten quieter and more inti ... read more »

Is This Real?
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

The world is a heavy place right now and “Is This Real?” (Blank Page’s ... read more »

Gudbye Stoopid Whirled
Price: $11.00
Artist: Brian Lisik
Description:

Ohio rocker Brian Lisik goes into an acoustic direction on his 10-track CD filled with good songs and lots of spontaneity. It isn’t an all-a ... read more »

Other Broken Dreams
Price: $10.00
Artist: Bubble
Description:

Bubble is a NYC power pop group got its start on the anti-folk scene in the early 90’s as an acoustic rock trio featuring songwriter Dave& ... read more »

The Book Of Strongman
Price: $11.00
Artist: Dennis Davison
Description: “The Book of Strongman” is the debut solo album by Dennis D ... read more »

Don’t Blame Yourself
Price: $14.00
Artist: Duncan Reid & The Big Heads
Description:

One of the first, original punk bands was The Boys who were the first band of the era with a full record ... read more »

Even Time
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ed Ryan
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 7 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Zombie
Price: $15.00
Artist: El Goodo
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Stumbling Blocks
Price: $11.00
Artist: Exploding Flowers
Description:

Led by singer songwriter Sharif Dumani, read more »

This Wicked Pantomime (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: FaB
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE NOVE ... read more »

Your Face Is Weird
Price: $11.00
Artist: Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis
Description:

Geoff Palmer explains “Got time to kill? Make some music!  2020 is canceled, and my schedule is wide-open; it gives me time for projects to come to life. I had always loved John Prine's track "In Spite of Oursel ... read more »

Wishing On A Dark Star
Price: $10.00
Artist: Greg Pope
Description:

“Pop Monster” Greg Pope (joined for this release by “The Pope Boys” – sons Asher Noah, a ... read more »

Such Open Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gretchen's Wheel
Description:

Gretchen’s Wheel is essentially a single-person operation steere ... read more »

Looking For Diamonds X
Price: $13.00
Artist: Jared Lekites
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  While Jared Lekites has been the primary singer and songwriter in the cr ... read more »

A Place In The Sun – The Complete Jason Crest (2CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: Jason Crest
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Be True To Yourself
Price: $15.00
Artist: Joey Molland
Description:

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To The Left Of The Moon's Reflection
Price: $14.00
Artist: John Howard
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  With a career that spans nearly 50 years, “To The Left Of The Moon’s Reflection” represen ... read more »

After Party
Price: $13.00
Artist: Kurt Baker
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Long Overdue
Price: $12.00
Artist: Librarians With Hickeys
Description:

The band started off 2019 with their self-released debut single “Until There Was You” and “And Then She's Gone” which showcased the twin guitar jangle and chime of Ray Carmen (vocals, guitar) and Mike ... read more »

Paper Airplane
Price: $10.00
Artist: Marshall Holland
Description:

It has been six years since Marshall Holland’s last album of accessible singer-songwriter pop (2014’s “Marshall Holland and the Etceteras”).  In March of 2020, facing a day-job layof ... read more »

Take Me Back To Planet Earth
Price: $11.00
Artist: Muck and The Mires
Description: Buckle up and prepare yourself for a rocket trip fueled on ... read more »

Thankyou & Goodnight
Price: $18.00
Artist: National Flag
Description: WOW!!  Formed in Kingston on Thames, South London in ... read more »

Thiensville
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Pipitone
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  We’re thrilled to welcome Nick Pipitone back to the Kool Kat family o ... read more »

High Upon The Mountain
Price: $15.00
Artist: Pacific Range
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Painted Doll
Price: $19.00
Artist: Painted Doll
Description:

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I Don't Fit In (Book + 7" Single)
Price: $35.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description:

TO GUARANTEE PRICE & DELIVERY – ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY OCTOBER 21.  AFTER OCTOBER 21, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PRICE/AVAIL ... read more »

I Don't Fit In (Book)
Price: $25.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description:

TO GUARANTEE PRICE & DELIVERY – ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY OCTOBER 21.  AFTER OCTOBER 21, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PRICE/AVAIL ... read more »

I Don't Fit In (Book + 7" Single)
Price: $45.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description: ATTENTION NON-US CUSTOMERS – YOU MUST PLACE YOUR ORDER U ... read more »

I Don't Fit In (Book)
Price: $35.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description: ATTENTION NON-US CUSTOMERS – YOU MUST PLACE YOUR ORDER U ... read more »

Another World – The Best Of The Archives
Price: $15.00
Artist: Paul Collins' Beat
Description:

As we all know, The Beat were one of the best bands to emerge from the West Coast new wave/power pop boom of the late 70’s merging tough, but hook-laden tunes with vig ... read more »

Putting The L In Wooltones
Price: $13.00
Artist: Rob Clarke and The Wooltones
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEl!!read more »

Written & Produced By Shane Tutmarc (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Shane Tutmarc
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #108
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine
Description:

“A wizard and true” cover star of this issue is Todd Rundgren: 68 Record productionsread more »

Talk Loud
Price: $15.00
Artist: Shy Boys
Description:

On their third full-length album, the Kansas City quintet push themselves artistically at nearly every turn, crafting 11 songs that explore new instrumentation, intric ... read more »

SODO Pop
Price: $14.00
Artist: Supercrush
Description:

For years Supercrush confined themselves to the limitations of the two-song 7” single format, demonstrating a mastery of hyper efficient son ... read more »

Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Amplifier Heads
Description:

Their sophomore outing is a kind of “rock opera” if you will that offers insights into various characters and themes of a record whose title ... read more »

Northern Songs
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Asteroid No. 4
Description:

The Asteroid No. 4 have always worn their influences on their collective slee ... read more »

Calliope
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Bookends
Description:

The Bookends’ “Calliope” is like an amusement ride for your heart and soul.&nbs ... read more »

The Chris White Experience Volume 3
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Chris White Experience
Description:

“Volume Three” of The Chris White Experience spans songs recorded between 1969-2019, and is the third in a multi-CD collection covering Chris’ career between the dissolution of the original Zombies up to the curre ... read more »

In Search Of The Family Gredunza
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dupont Circles
Description:

Thirty years in the making and it is finally here.  Canada’s The Beautiful Music has finally released the long-anticipated debut album ... read more »

Second Album
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Empty Hearts
Description:

The sophomore release from this terrific guitar pop supergroup that features drummer Clem Burke (Blondie), guitarist Elliot Easton (The Cars), bassist Andy Babiuk (The Chesterfield Kings) and singer ... read more »

Demos & Alternate Takes Vol. 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Myraid
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lovetones
Description: Matthew J. Tow and The Lovetones return with their newest masterpiece of indie-psych!  “read more »

Sex Crazy
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Lurkers
Description:

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Red Letter Glow
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Midnight Callers
Description:

The Midnight Callers aren’t here to jump o ... read more »

Almost Night (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Palisades
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  read more »

Smiling Lessons
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Persian Leaps
Description:

The time has finally come for the release of the latest sonic delight from indie rock power pop outfit read more »

Shelf Life
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

“If there’s any upside to a global pandemic…”, Well Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton explains, “I suppose it’s being locked down and afforde ... read more »

A Suitcase Full Of Dreams – Living On Laurel Canyon
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tony Valentino
Description:

Solo effort from one of the founding members of 60’s garage rockers The Standells (“Dirty Water”, “Try It”, “Riot On Sunset Strip”, Sometime ... read more »

Idiot Optimism
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

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Are You Serious?
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

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Big Stir Singles - The Seventh Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“The Seventh Wave” represents the second entry in the series to collect Big Stir’s weekly Digital Singles issued during the Pandemic Era.  The collection showcases the artists of the global pop rock community, ... read more »

JEM Records Celebrates John Lennon
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

John Lennon’s 80th Birthday would have been on October 9th, 2020.  To commemorate the legendary rock icon’s ... read more »

Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival (4CD)
Price: $42.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

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