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Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet (2CD)
 
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WOW!  “Futureman Records' Keith Klingensmith knows his way around a tribute album, and 2016's Sloan tribute was one of the best of the genre. So to say this project covering another power pop luminary with a long track record of quality music was widely anticipated in the power pop community is a bit of an understatement, and unsurprisingly he comes through here again.  Like the Sloan tribute, ‘Altered Sweet’ has a lineup dominated by artists I've featured on these pages, so the winning tribute formula of "songs you like covered by artists you like" is clearly present here. Futureman has hit another home run here, and I can only look forward to whatever artist Klingensmith turns his attention to next.“ – Absolutepowerpop.com   “Matthew Sweet, himself, may have been in indifferent form lately, but here you get an inkling of how strong a songwriter he is.  Although not always looked at as power pop, he's a bit noisier at times, these songs naturally lend themselves to the field.  Great guitar breaks and he's one of the best chorus writers around.  I used to say that the ideal match would be Jason Falkner and Sweet, the former writing the verses, the latter the choruses. You do realise here that Sweet's body of work easily allows 27 songs without any boredom creeping in. There's a lot to be said for a third disc opportunity for the missing songs.  There are some surprises in who does what.  I expected Greg Pope to launch into something like ‘Come To California’, instead he goes for an inspired version of the understated ‘Not When I Need It’.  Likewise, Andy Reed is usually understated, here he rocks into a superb, ‘Where You Get Love’.  Then there are the different takes on songs. Simple Friend do a great acoustic jangly ‘Sick Of Myself’, very different to the caustic original.  Elvyn's ‘Time Capsule’ is ‘Losing My Religion’-like. Popdudes do a wonderful Country West Coast sounding ‘I Almost Forgot’. There are the female artists who never fail to connect. Lisa Mychols a great bass guitar driven Susanna Hoffs-like, ‘Looking At The Sun’.  Gretchen's Wheel cover ‘Walk Out’, showcasing that Lindsay voice which sounds Chrissie McVie-like here.  Also here are the more faithful versions.  The Well Wishers riff out on ‘All Over My Head’, ditto Nick Bertling on a splendidly noisy, ‘Falling’. My favourite Matthew Sweet song is ‘Someone To Pull The Trigger’ and Chris Richards And The Subtractions offer up a storming cover, an absolute joy.  If I could mention everyone I would, these are all artists beloved to IDHAS. I feel guilty for not, but every one of these 27 songs is worth hearing. ‘Altered Sweet’ is a cracking listen. It reminds me of why power pop is so good. It's the quality of the artists, the songs and the pure feel good factor.  Here's hoping that people go further and delve into the songs from these artists and discover the joy that I get. Hopefully, people will also discover Matthew Sweet's back catalogue. It isn't just about ‘Girlfriend’.  Artists don't always like the power pop tag and outsiders don't get what it is.  Concerning the latter, each should be given this album and they will realise what they are missing.” – IDontHearASingle.com  GREAT!!


 
In Transit
Price: $14.00
Artist: Aaron Fox and the Reliables
Description:

“In Transit” is a bold step forward from 2010’s “Late Too Soon”, evident in the maturity of the songwriting, arrangements, and production. read more »

Nerd From The Suburbs
Price: $16.00
Artist: Adrian Whitehead
Description:

Adrian Whitehead’s stunning songwriting lays bare the human condition and shines a light into the dark corners of our inner w ... read more »

My Sweet Movida
Price: $17.00
Artist: Alfa 9
Description:

Alfa 9’s third long player is a heady mix of influences that are worn clearly on their sleeves.  The Newcastle-Upon-Lyme ... read more »

One Bar Left
Price: $13.00
Artist: Arthur Alexander
Description:

Arthur AlexanderBlake’s latest is his debut on the fast-growing Big Stir Records label roster. “Yeah, but what kind of music do you play?” Blake Jones has been ... read more »

Before Your Summer Fades
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

Can power pop be thought-provoking while celebrating the giddy excitement of a classic three-minute single at the same time? read more »

Public Mono
Price: $14.00
Artist: Burning Ferns
Description:

Burning Ferns, from Newport in the UK, formed in 2009.read more »

Peaks and Valleys
Price: $11.00
Artist: Chris Richards & The Subtractions
Description:

WOW!!!!  read more »

First Thing Tomorrow
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dave Sheinin
Description:

Dave Sheinin is the national baseball writer for the Washington Post.  He’s not only a terrific baseball writer, but ... read more »

Lucky Day
Price: $17.00
Artist: David Myhr
Description:

Six years after his solo debut, The former Merrymakers frontman is back with his new full-length album “Lucky Day”read more »

II
Price: $10.00
Artist: Diamond Hands
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL WOW!!  If you loved their brilliant self-titled debut, then you’re gonna fall HARD for this one as well!  If you missed them the firs ... read more »

Hi Seas
Price: $20.00
Artist: Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp
Description:

SIGNED/NUMBERED COPIES!!read more »

Longwave + bonus disc
Price: $17.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

Their latest (and 15th!) album was written and produced by Andrew Taylor and recor ... read more »

Get Passive
Price: $9.00
Artist: Fireproof Sam and The Network Stars
Description:

West coast popper KC Bowman gathers a huge assortment of talented friends including power pop favorites like Bradley Skaught (Bye Bye Blackbirds), The Agony Aunts, Pop 4 and more.  read more »

This Land Is Your Mind
Price: $13.00
Artist: I Think Like Midnight
Description:

The sophomore effort from this Philadelphia instrumental band ( ... read more »

Crowded Hour
Price: $9.00
Artist: Jef Litman
Description:

Jeff Litman was ... read more »

Heart Shaped Shadow
Price: $15.00
Artist: John Paul Keith
Description:

The fourth solo release from this rootsy and clever singer/songwriter.  John Paul Keith is a journeyman artist w ... read more »

Let's Go Wild!
Price: $11.00
Artist: Kurt Baker Combo
Description:

In 2013, Kurt Baker decided he needed a new change of scenery and packed his bags for Madrid, Spain. Once there, he formed the Kurt Baker Combo, a grou ... read more »

Tomorrow's Daughter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that's seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. T ... read more »

First Days Of Summer (LP + CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Michael Simmons
Description:

VINYL LP THAT COMES WITH A CD!read more »

Golden Boy
Price: $16.00
Artist: Nick Batterham
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Nick’s fifth solo release just might be his most full realized effort to date.  "14 sumptuous tit ... read more »

Painted Doll
Price: $19.00
Artist: Painted Doll
Description:

Valley Lodge front man read more »

Have Pity On The Boys! The Pop Hits And More (1965-1968)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Paul & Barry Ryan
Description:

AVAILABLE JUNE 15– ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Now a resident of Chicago, in the seven years preceding his re-location to the Windy City, read more »

Young Is The New Old
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ramirez Exposure
Description:

WOW!!  Victor Ramirez has ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #79
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #79
Description:

Cover star is Gruff Rhys: Gentle ruminations surrounding Babelsberg.read more »

12
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sloan
Description:

The title of the new Sloan album isn't just some random number. “12 ... read more »

T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies
Price: $12.00
Artist: Super 8
Description:

UK-based singer/songwriter Paul Ryan performs, records, and produces original homegrown “Trippy Toons!” under “band” name ... read more »

Let Me In On This Action
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Bottle KIds
Description:

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Home Is Where The Heart Attack Is
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Clark Institute
Description:

While growing up, Toronto-based James Clark wanted to be both John Lennon and Ringo Starr.  He managed to establish himself as both a sought after, solid rock and roll drummer and ... read more »

Wish You Success
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Connection
Description: AVAILABLE NOW!! ... read more »

Forever (1977-2017)
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Flashcubes
Description:

Between 1977-1980 Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Tommy Allen and Paul Armstrong did their "Hamburg Years" alongside the big guys (The Jam, Ramones, Police, Joe Jackson, The Romantics) playing the smaller clubs like The Rat, M ... read more »

Tear Your Minds Wide Open (LP + CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS ... read more »

Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Green Pajamas
Description:

“Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3” is the final installment of the “North ... read more »

Yesterday’s Misadventures
Price: $13.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description: WOW!!  The James Clark Institute’s 2016 effort, “Yesterday’s Misadventures” was produced by iconic Canadian musician Moe Berg (The Pursuit Of Happiness).  ... read more »

Sideshow Unattraction
Price: $10.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description:

James’ 2008 effort is full of sardonic bite and heartfelt sadness that’s an exorcism of emotions felt after a long term relationship went south. What began merely as a therapeutic exercise in the fall of 2005, ... read more »

Joy Comes In The Morning
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Jeremy Band
Description:

Brand new release from Jeremy Morris – this time with The Jeremy Band  (Dave Dietrich on drums and ... read more »

The Lee Riders
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Lee Riders
Description:

DUE LATE MAY – TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED NO LATER THAN MAY 15.  AFTER MAY 15 THIS TITLE B ... read more »

King Cobra - Original Soundtrack
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Senior Service
Description:

The Senior Service are back with their follow up to 2016's “The Girl In The Glass Case”.  WOW!!!  Triptides are back with their new album –- their poppy-est yet!  !  ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #47
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #47
Description:

In this issue (and on the cover), a tribute to the recently departed FRED COLE and a feature story on his ‘60s era bands THE WEEDS and THE LOLLIPOP SHOPP ... read more »

My World Of Make Believe - Sunshine, Soft & Studio Pop 1966-1972
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

"Clouds of satin at your feet....rainbow flowers line the street....only love can get you in....'” read more »

Pop Parade Volume 9
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The latest installment of this “collect ‘em ... read more »

Planet Mod: British Soul & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, American Shel Talmy is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic ... read more »