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Why don't they teach heartbreak at school? + bonus disc
Price: $15.00
Artist: Aerial
Description: Scottish power-poppers Aerial are back with their sophomore album (and Kool Kat label debut) that proves that the band has lost none of the infectious energy, pop hooks and West Coast harmonies that defined their sound the first time around. Formed in the late 90's, they soon came to the attention of London-based Fantastic Plastic Records who released two highly acclaimed EPs by the band in 2000. Their debut album, "Back Within Reach", was released in 2001 by Japanese label Syft Records. Following a series of line-up changes the group disbanded later the same year. Fast forward 10 years and Aerial, re-tuned and re-grouped, began writing the follow up which resulted in their new record, which picks up right where their debut left off. This is the sound of a band who have lost none of their sense of youthful exuberance. "These high-flying Scots are right on the verge of takeoff for their second LP. Frankly the month of September just got a whole lot better, and it hasn't even started yet." - Powerpopulist.com "I love a song like 'Cartoon Eyes' with a middle eight that surprises, and when it’s surrounded by pure chorus sounding curiously like Elastica’s 'Waking Up' being covered by Blue Oyster Cult, I’m sold. Turn it up." - HoneyandBile.com "A quick listen to their new offering is enough to remind you of this Scottish trio's ability to produce jaunty slabs of mesmerising melody: a trait they displayed in abundance during their first incarnation in the late 90's" - Aberdeen.stv.tv .COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS EP CONTAINING 4 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED HOME DEMOS!! GREAT!!! ... read more »
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Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description: Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared appreciation of Cream and other classic British blues acts, but their interests soon moved on to artists that were more melodic but still with prominent and layered guitars, including Neil Young, Jellyfish, Wilco, and Teenage Fanclub. In early 2017 they rewarded fans with “Selection Box Vol. 1” followed in five months by “The Appleyard Sessions” (both download-only releases). They now make their CD debut on this 2CD collection! Although “Selection Box” is ostensibly the “pop” album and “Appleyard” the “folk” album (they even contain songs titled “Pop” and “Folk,” respectively), when paired together, they seem not so much two different genres as two different ways of conveying the writers’ inner lives. “I love power pop, be it from the Mod 60’s, the skinny-tie 70’s, or any of the genre’s various revivals, up to the present day. But if I am honest with myself, I will admit that whereas power pop classics retain a timeless immediacy, many of them have something missing. That something is emotional maturity. Hence, for the listener who loves catchy melodies, ear-candy harmonies, guitars that alternately jangle and fuzz, and simple rhythm, there is a crisis built into power pop: how can an artist take a medium designed to express teenage angst and adapt it to say meaningful things about adult life? Is such a task even possible? I submit that it is, and that the proof is in the Amoeba Teen recordings that comprise this collection. There is no doubt that ‘Selection Box’ wears its emotions on its sleeve. From the supercharged starburst of ‘This Spark’ to the defiantly above-the-weather ‘Good Morning Sunshine,’ to the tenderly encouraging ‘Fade Out,’ the message is clear. Adult life is messy and often disappointing. The frankness of the lyrics finds its complement in the intensity of the album’s musical arrangements. Save for a couple of tunes where the band lightens the mood, such as the lush ‘Memory Lane’ (which manages to capture the mood of ‘Penny Lane’ nicely without falling into soundalike territory), there is a surfeit of nervous energy in its grooves. It’s palpable in the crunchy staccatoed guitar lines of ‘This Spark,’ the slightly neurotic high-hat on ‘Hearts and Minds,’ and the plaintive Al Kooper organ line feeling its way through ‘Fade Out.’ Often, it threatens to bubble over into a kind of ecstasy, and sometimes it does. But even when it doesn’t, it’s always satisfying, because it speaks to the experiences of people who are trying to find beauty in everyday life. That same search for beauty is evident in ‘The Appleyard Sessions’, but there it is expressed far more delicately, with lyrics that read like poems and arrangements that feel like soundscapes. For my money, the standouts are ‘Folk’ and ‘3 a.m., Here I Am,’ which combine to give the impression of a swatch of a soundtrack to a lost film. There’s an entire story just in the reverberations of the opening guitar chord of ‘Folk,’ with its mysterious tuning recalling Jimmy Page in his most Bert Janschian mood. I’m also taken with the subtle ambient effects that pan left-right left and the other elements of ‘musique concrete’ that waft through the mix. Add Mike’s tensile voice as it chimes in with haiku-like verses, and Amoeba Teen succeeds in creating a sound collage that evokes ‘Bookends’-era Simon and Garfunkel. A sense of melancholy pervades those songs and others throughout this disc. With the recordings on this collection, Amoeba Teen successfully stretch the boundaries of power pop to make it express grown-up ideas. At the same time, they display a unique and beautiful flair for the familiar-yet-new melodies that keep the genre forever young. Their sound has real substance, and I’m excited to discover where their muse will take them in the years to come.” - Dawn Eden Goldstein Eloquently stated Dawn….thank you! GREAT!! ... read more »
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ANC4
Price: $15.00
Artist: ANC4
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! ROGER ARVIDSON ALERT!! Roger’s brilliant “Arvidson & Butterflies” release ranks as one of Kool Kat’s best-selling ever label releases. ANC4 (a/k/a Arvidson &Nilsson Combo Four) is a newly formed band that consists of four long serving members of the Swedish music scene. Songwriters Roger Arvidson (vocals/guitar), and Tomas Nilsson (vocals/guitar – of The Mop Tops!), are complimented by Janne Borgh (bass/backing vocals – The Moderns), and Niclas "Tidaholm’s Ringo" Österberg (drums). The band breathes new life into Rickenbacker-fueled, 60’s style nuggets with strong melodies and sweet harmonies whilst keeping relevant in the current music scene. “A diverse collection of bright, hummable pop tunes drawing on a wide scope of influences from The Beatles to The Byrds. As different as these songs may be from one another, each starts with a great melody from which hangs the musical elements necessary to make one catchier than the last. ‘Easy Way Out’ is a great choice for an opening track with its memorable guitar hook and spot on harmonies. The twangy slide guitar of ‘You Can Call Me Darling’ melts like something out of a Dali painting. And those bells – just lovely. ‘The Chronicle’, is an amazing track with multi-layered textures created almost certainly through some sort of studio wizardry. ‘So Good To Me’ maintains the good mood vibe and leads right into ‘Happy Again’, a bit of pure, uplifting power pop with very possibly the catchiest chorus I’ve heard this year. ‘It Don’t Matter’ is an earworm with guitar shimmer that may remind one of The La’s. ‘No More Words’ has that Byrds-ian jangle that never goes out of fashion. With more hooks than a pirate convention, ANC4 is easily one of my favorite records of 2019!” – PowerPopNews.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Caught By Light
Price: $12.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description: Norway’s Armchair Oracles’ third long-player (and Kool Kat Musik label debut) is a flat-out stunner! But don’t just take our word for it! "They trade in classic power pop with great melodies, quirky tempo and chord changes, and spot-on harmonies are what this band from Norway are all about. Their songs bring to mind such influences as The Beatles, Big Star and Love!" – David Bash/IPO “Songs that are drawn in bewitching colors, doused with the spirit of decades of classic guitar pop and seasoned by Norway's quartet of the moment, ‘Caught by Light’ jumps to the front flank of 2019's finest releases. Twisting and turning in and around the essence of bands such as Badfinger and Teenage Fanclub, they roll out a virtual guide to being safe and at home in this life. Their finely crafted songs reach out and touch the sounds of the 70’s and 80’s, while also hugging contemporary sensibilities. The breathtakingly beautiful ‘Don't Let It Break You,’ a muscular power ballad with soft shoulders, sings a song of hope and guidance. ‘Several Stories’ tells a melodic tale of someone who understands how to rebound from a fall from grace. Songs such as the provocatively titled ‘She Gets Me High,’ a concise, crafted-with-care ballad about the narrator's safe place continues the listener's journey through an invigorating program of melodically-sewn musical life lessons. They have brought some welcome light into this life - extremely catchy earworms that at times drift atop gorgeous melodies and beautifully-realized arrangements. Great album. Unmissable. I heart Armchair Oracles, and you will too.” - Alan Haber/Pure Pop Radio High praise indeed! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Arvidson & Butterflies
Price: $14.00
Artist: Arvidson & Butterflies
Description: JANGLE ALERT!! WOW!! A HUGE thanks To Wayne” The Ice Cream Man” Ford (who co-wrote a couple of the songs) for bringing this fabulous record to us! Roger Arvidson has been a stalwart of the Gothenburg, Sweden music scene for many years, playing in bands such as the Remains and Sonic Walthers before going solo under the name Arvidson. His critically acclaimed, self-titled solo debut came out in 2001 on German label Firestation Records. Arvidson & Butterflies , is the newest vehicle for Roger’s songs, and he’s backed by some of finest musicians from the Gothenburg music scene. “Feel good pop songs seem to come easy to Roger...crisp, clean melodies, bright jangling guitars, effortless vocals....all mixed together to create what can only be described as perfect pop songs...it only takes the first ten seconds of the intro to ‘Tired Of Running’ to know that these feel good songs are foot tappers from the start. With hints of the swinging 60’s and nods towards an upbeat Tom Petty, 2 and a half minutes of listening pleasure are guaranteed track by track. No need to fill four minutes with pointless solos, just catchy hooks and clever breaks as in ‘Butterflies’ keep the balance of time and sound just right. The more introspective ‘Say That’ just proves that he is more than just the power pop card player.., it takes more to pull off a slow tune than a quick 4:4 pop song and on this evidence there's every indication that either formula comes naturally. There are the obvious influences to be heard from the Beatles to the Beach Boys to the early jangle of REM but at the end of the day all the tracks have their own identity. So who cares if he takes inspiration from somewhere - who doesn’t? The fact that the finest examples of the pop song can be heard on this selection of tracks is all one needs to know.” - John Dillam "Brimming with really good songs in a tradition of pop that I love! So retro and up to date at the same time!” - Mats Westling “Glimmering classy, jangly power pop with pinches of Byrds, Teenage Fanclub, and Paul Weller throughout that featuring strong harmonies and strumming guitars. Spiced with great melodies , just as good as lemonade on a hot summers day”- Kai Martin “Roger Arvidson’s got 100 percent irresistible power pop brilliance right up there with the three B’s and stuff like Alex Chilton, Byrds, Undertones and The Who.” – LP Anderson/Bear Family Records "Love it, ‘Will Follow’ sounds wonderfully atmospheric! Layer-upon-layer of melodic loveliness! Kudos! And ‘Lights Go Out’ lights me up! Reminiscent of Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour.” - Butch Young "Man, I love these beautiful short snappy and emotional pop tunes. Sweet music to greet summer, love and life to. Dig em´!" - Kenneth Tonef A lot of this record reminds us of Sire-period Searchers – a GREAT thing for sure! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Hills of the Universe
Price: $15.00
Artist: Athanor
Description: Singer/songwriter Greg Herriges and lead guitarist Rick Vittenson (a/k/a Athanor) met on the steps of the Highland Park, IL Recreation Center in the summer of 1965, just as The Beatles’ album “Help!” was released. Both avid rock mavens (with roots back to Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dion and the Belmonts, and The Beach Boys), they formed a group called the 4-to-Go when Greg was a high school sophomore and Rick was a junior. The group broke up, as groups eventually do, and they each joined other bands. In 1973 Greg and Rick reunited. Greg had completed school out of state, while Rick had begun working with both the NME and Crawdaddy! Magazine. When Greg returned to Illinois for work as a teacher - his profession to this day, including teaching a course on the Beatles – he put together a home studio. After time spent away from performing he called on his old friend, and thus Athanor was born. Three mellow-heavy singles were issued in the early-to-mid ‘70s. Sitting inside the circle which occupies such early ‘70s/post-‘60s psych-pop/rock burnouts as Creme Soda and Drywater, Athanor is not pure underground esoterica, as they dose their damage with an ear bent towards P-O-P, which separates it from the sea of pretenders. In 2013 and 2014, two LPs of material from this period were released on the Guerssen Records label outta Spain, and both received rave reviews. Buoyed by the success of these two LPs, Greg and Rick spent three years recording an album of all new original songs for this, their Kool Kat Musik label debut – “Hills of the Universe”. For this project they invited seasoned rock instrumentalists to contribute - Chris Drehobl (former drummer of legendary Chicago band The Mauds), Quent Lang (former saxophone and flute player of The Mauds), Jeff Murphy (of Shoes), guitar virtuoso Harry Reinhart (Midnight, Traffic Jam and Skip Towne and The Greyhounds), John Belpedio (bass player for Almost Joe and Mid-Life Crisis), and Brian Cremins (of Pet Theories). Recording engineer John Towner helped them achieve the full sound they were looking for, and he even added synthesized strings on a few tracks. It has taken over four decades to realize this latest Athanor recording project, but they continue to play, and Greg is already writing the songs for the next album. “They are a perfect compliment for fans of other rare psych-pop bands like Lazy Smoke, Creme Soda, and The Only Ones.” – Powerpopaholic.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Death Of A Western Heart
Price: $9.00
Artist: B-Leaguers
Description: Remember The Popdogs? After gaining some great press and reviews for their debut album, “Cool Cats For Pop Dogs”, it came as a complete surprise when they called it a day. Not down for long, Popdogs main man James Styring and some new mates are back with a vengeance, with a new moniker, a new attitude, and lots of loud, crunchy guitars as they deliver seven killer tracks that not only grab you by the throat and refuse to let go, but at the same time capture the pop sensibilities, massive melodies and HUGE choruses that Popdogs fans have come to expect. “The Phoenix may be a creature of legend, of implausible birth and dramatic happenstance but it is a being to whom much is owed, especially when describing a band to whom out of various embers have arisen and offered a glimpse of the new Power Pop/Pop Punk sensation that will surely blow the socks off and enthuse the minds of those that come to hear of them over the next couple of months and beyond as this album takes hold. The Phoenix has a name in this circumstance, not content with just to be seen as a mythical beast on the prowl in the flat lands of Lincoln, no longer seen to be a separate animal with four journey’s under its belt, B-leaguers are a group to whom, if there is justice in this creaking world, many will come to admire for bringing back an attitude to the genre that has been sadly missing, that of the elegant smile and hearty enjoyment. With The Popdogs’ James Styring on vocals and giving the lyrics substantial meat, Ched Howard’s bruising guitars and Mikey Barraclough and Mark Barrett offering a bass and drum section that keeps the groove upbeat and upmarket, this collective of four individuals makes a team that rock, that offer class in abundance. Their debut isn’t just a rebirth of four distinct ideals, it is a offering to a new belief, the death they speak of is only in the past, this is very much a set of songs firmly entrenched in the idea of preserving life and making it sing with fascination and glory, it is the beast that never forgot how to roar and whilst the phoenix may revel in the lick of the fire to be reborn, B-Leaguers are the ones stoking it with piles of black coal. In tracks such as ‘Amnesia’, ‘Canyons (Suburbs and Centres)’ and the excellent ‘Lemonade’, the group pass all expectations and the world, once devoid of sentiment in the heart of Lincolnshire now seems to buzz with excitement once more and it is an association that will be grasped fully and with true intent, the phoenix has risen, the fire is ablaze.” – Ian D. Hall/Liverpool Sound & Vision “Unleash the dogs of pop! This is power-pop with a razor's edge and a pneumatic drill. But what makes it still inhabit that world where everything always makes sense are the melodies soaring above the controlled aggression, summed up by Styring's pure pop vocal. B-Leaguers are certs for the play-offs!” - John Bottomley/Bucketfull of Brains GREAT!!! ... read more »
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Astroemeria - A Journey On Earth & Beyond
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bhopal's Flowers
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Hindu deities dancing in the sky of the American desert, psychedelic cosmic pop hanging by a thread to the star of the shepherd, the music of Bhopal's Flowers seems to point to an unknown but familiar direction: A world where John Wayne and the Virgin Mary drive a convertible Lincoln, John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the backseat, greeting the crowd of angels. “Astroemeris…” is the second full-length release (and Kool Kat label debut) from Lione Pezzano-led Bhopal’s Flowers. Two years after ‘’Lovesongs & Psychedelic Tones’’, Bhopal’s Flowers presents a new conceptual psychedelic record: ‘’Alstroemeria: A Journey On Earth & Beyond’’. Lionel explains “The record maps a 24 hour cycle, in which each song is linked with a specific time of the day/night, slicing its journey in two distinct parts: a bright and vintage Sunshine Pop on Side 1, facing a deep and modern Moonlight Pop on Side 2. Exploring the deepest mysteries of life and drawing an esoteric vision of the soul’s materialization from upper skies to down bellow, ''Alstroemeria'' tales the cosmic and earthly adventures of the human soul, surrounded by numerous guides, divinities and historical characters: Galilee, the three Magi, Ettore Majorana, Lord Krishna, Archangel Uriel, Nikola Tesla, Zarathustra, Virgin Mary, Adam, Christopher Columbus, Jesus Christ, Paul Dirac, Napoleon Bonaparte, Yahveh, angels Seraph & Metatron, Rudolf Steiner, St John The Evangelist, Charles Darwin and Swami Vivakananda.” “Pezzano’s music combines the free flowing instrumental layers of the past with the crisp finish of today's indie rock present. There is some truly incredible guitar work here and overall a very good taste of instrument and sample selection. While the freedom and love movement is there, it's been hosed off and given a brighter neon glow with carefully placed modern updates. It's not all la la land in these songs; sometimes it can be a little haunting or just downright out there. One of the staples for music like this that I believe to be essential is that the listener is taken on a legitimate journey, and this album nails that. Expert tonal shifts that are so subtle you don't know what's happening until you're neck deep in it are all over these songs.” – DivideandConquerMusic.com So, what about the music? The record oozes shades of 60’s trippy psych/West Coast -influenced sounds with dreamy vocals, liberal sprinklings of 12-string guitars and sitar, singing the gospel life, from its very first sunrays, to its late moonbeams. Includes a cover of Cream’s “I Feel Free”! Very kool!! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Billy Bremner For President
Price: $15.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to fully realize a dream come true when we’re able to work with artists/bands that are some of our all-time faves! Several years ago, it was The Pencils, now it’s Billy Bremner of Rockpile, et al! Back in the late 70’s Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds (solo and with Rockpile) were the absolute sh*t to us! The one and only official Rockpile album “Seconds Of Pleasure” still sounds as fresh today as it did back then. Fast forward to 2020 and Billy Bremner is doing his darndest to keep the spirit of Nick, Dave, and Rockpile alive fronting Rockfiles and paying homage to Rockpile! And to top things off, guesting on the record is none other than Dave Edmunds/Nick Lowe/Shakin’ Stevens/many others sideman Geraint Watkins on piano! Songs covered with fire, spirit and verve here are ”I Hear You Knocking” (live), “Heart”, “Down Down Down”, “Love So Fine”, “Born Fighter”, “Sweet Little Lisa”, “Heart Of The City”, “Oh What A Thrill”, “Singin’ The Blues”, “Three Time Loser”, “Loud Music In Cars”, “Queen Of Hearts”, and “Knife & Fork”! The band’s slogan is “Let’s make Rockfiles (and Rockpile) great again!” We voted Billy! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Absolute Uncertainty + bonus disc
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description: "Absolute Uncertainty" is the latest release (and Kool Kat debut) from these New Jersey’s power pop veterans. Their fourth collection continues their tradition of irresistible hooks and memorable melodies. Their sound blends and wide variety of pop references ranging from the old school (Big Star, Beatles and Raspberries) to the modern power pop purveyors like Jason Falkner, Mike Viola and Sloan. Lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Greg Potter turns in another batch of songs full of earnest lyrics and memorable hooks. More than your average pop tunesmith, Potter’s tunes have depth and inventive changes that keep you coming back for more. From the straightforward pop-rock of the album opener “Let it All Out” to the acoustic introspection of “I’ve Said All I Can Say,” the record moves seamlessly from the sounds of fuzzy tweed amps to jangling acoustics. Their unique style of power pop is inspired by such bands as Badfinger, Beach Boys, Beatles, Big Star, Byrds, Joe Jackson (Potter's vocal delivery resembles him a lot), Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Electric Light Orchestra, Jason Falkner, Jellyfish, Kinks, Knack, Paul McCartney and Wings, Matthew Sweet, Monkees, Pearlfishers, Police, Raspberries, Sloan, Superdrag, Velvet Crush, XTC, and the Who. "They write catchy pop songs circa 1983, with touches of present day pop that make it fresh and delightful. Tons of melody, personal lyrical content, and well-crafted songs keep your toes a-tappin'. Lots of influences, from Beatles to Costello, without ever hanging on any particular style" - SpaceCityRock.com COMES WITH AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC "THE EARLY YEARS" CONTAINING FIVE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS RECORDED IN 1996 Very, very catchy! GREAT!!!! ... read more »
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Utopian Ashes
Price: $13.00
Artist: Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth
Description:

Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has teamed up with French solo artist and Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth to release “Utopian Ashes”, a gorgeous, lushly-produced record that explores the loss, miscommunication and emotional inarticulacy that a marrie ... read more »

Last Orders!
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brinsley Schwarz
Description:

At the dawn of the internet, Ian Gomm selfreleased an album of previously unreleased and hard to find recordings by his old group Brinsley Schwarz called, appropriately enou ... read more »

Game Dirt
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

Pop vet Chris Church’s recent releases like “Limitations of Source Tape” and 2020's exploration of “Heavy Melody” (“Backwards Compatible”) have topped many “Best Of” lists.  Between his vast back catalog, an ... read more »

Penny Novelettes
Price: $18.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description: Martin Newell has been quite prolific these past few years, issuing a cache o ... read more »

Atoms And Energy
Price: $17.00
Artist: Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders
Description:

Daniel Wylie has had a long and distinguished career in songwriting, whether with his band, Cosmic Rough Riders, or as a solo artist. Throughout he has stayed true to a classic approach with plenty of room for influences from the 1960’s onwa ... read more »

Ten Easy Pieces
Price: $13.00
Artist: Danny Laj and The Looks
Description: Ever since falling in love with rock 'n roll at 9 years old after listening t ... read more »

Deadlights
Price: $10.00
Artist: Deadlights
Description:

Deadlights is the latest musical endeavor from Well Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton. Following the release of “Shelf Life” The Well Wishers 11th full-length, Jeff made a concerted effort to take a break from his tried-and-true formul ... read more »

Fatal Mistakes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Del Amitri
Description:

Throughout their entire career, Del Amitri have mastered the art of timeless, melodically focused pop rock. “Fatal Mistakes” was recorded over three weeks in March in a country house in deep England, and is their first studio album since 2002’s “Can You Do Me Good”! &n ... read more »

Hang Johnson
Price: $15.00
Artist: Diesel Park West
Description:

In our ongoing effort to present previously unreleased Diesel Park West recordings to the masses, please welcome “Hang Johnson”, originally recorded in 1999.  Bands rarely stay unchanged be it those who find success or those who have only stayed relevant by virtue o ... read more »

The Best Of Dropkick
Price: $19.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

Having released around 16 official albums, Dropkick, the premier sunshine power pop band from Scotland’s east coast were somewhat spoiled for choice when it came to compiling a best of album. So spoiled for choice in fact that they’ve only gone and spoiled their fans wit ... read more »

Obvious
Price: $15.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

The initial pressing of 100 numbered copies released in the UK in May 2021 sold out quickly!!  But fear not, Andrew Taylor has granted Kool Kat permission to press more, (un-numbered) copies for anyone who may have been shut out.  After years of being asked for a CD repress, the ban ... read more »

Catch A Cloud
Price: $16.00
Artist: Edward Rogers
Description: “Catch A Cloud” is Edward Rogers’ eighth solo album.  It was comple ... read more »

Miracle
Price: $14.00
Artist: Francis Lung
Description:

“Miracle” is Francis Lung’s second solo full-length.  The Manchester, UK-based singer-songwriter recorded it in a studio in rural Wales early last year. And in a sense this ruralness permeates throughout the album itself. It represents a period of introspection for Lung, where he ... read more »

Searching For The Grown-Ups
Price: $17.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle
Description: Groovy Uncle has long been an outlet for Glenn Prangnell’s love affair with s ... read more »

Last Thing I Heard
Price: $12.00
Artist: Hanemoon
Description:

Once again, Hanemoon have served up a dozen perfect midtempo jangly guitar pop hits in the style of later Teenage Fanclub, Dropkick or Cosmic Rough Riders, with the utmost attention given to melody and harmony.  Hans Forster is one of the better power pop songwrit ... read more »

Our Back Pages
Price: $15.00
Artist: Holsapple & Stamey
Description:

“Our Back Pages” is an album of dB's music re-imagined by the band's Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey.  The collection features new acoustic versions of some of the duo's favorite dB's songs.  Stamey explain ... read more »

Green Wave
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Tyler Wall
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE JULY 2 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Recorded at the tail end of 2020, at his own Green Door Studios, Joel Tyler Wall (the other half of Diamond Hands) steps o ... read more »

The Great Pause
Price: $11.00
Artist: John Larson and The Silver Fields
Description:

When the pandemic hit last March, John Larson (formerly of The Marlowes) and The Silver Fields took advantage of the extra time they were afforded. They’d already planned to record a fo ... read more »

Compositons
Price: $15.00
Artist: Johnathan Pushkar
Description:

On his sophomore effort, Johnathan Pushkar delivers more groovy power pop sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, but with a refined art of storytelling and deeper lyrics composition struck him as a fitting title to capture the journey of tak ... read more »

Sundown's End
Price: $17.00
Artist: Kevin Robertson
Description:

Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland Kevin Robertson is a singer songwriter specialising in jangle and psych pop. Astute trainspotters will also recognize Kevin as 1/5 of Aberdonian band The Vapour Trails.  His influences include 60's pop, rock and psych, 80's jangle music and 90's Brit Pop. “Sundown ... read more »

Tales From The Atomic Tambourine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kingdom Of Mustang
Description:

“Tales From The Atomic Tambourine” is the third full-lengh by Kingdom Of Mustang.  Birthed during the pandemic of 2020, this collection paints from a broad palette of tonal colors and stylistic modes that at times harkens back to the golden age of AM radio yet does not sacrifice the modern pop- ... read more »

Hung Up On Pop
Price: $9.00
Artist: Loose Lips
Description:

Loose Lips was formed in the thick of the Power Pop/New Wave era of the late 70’s by guitarists Richie Mayer and Jeff King.  After early tentative combinations the band’s lineup coalesced with drummer Gary Ritchie of the The Scam, an offshoot of the British band Badfinger, bassist Danny Welch, K ... read more »

Domino
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lucas Aaron
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  California psych-popper Lucas Aaron was brought to us by Joel Tyler Wall of Diamond Hands who produced “Domino”, Lucas’ second (but more fully fleshed out than his 2019 cassette-only debut) solo record.  And after just one li ... read more »

Waves
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mark & The Clouds
Description:

Since relocating from his native Bologna, Italy to London in the early ’90s, Marco Magnani has been a stalwart of the city’s underground scene where 60’s pop and folk meets psychedelic rock. His previous band Instant Flight worked for several years as the backing group of Arthur Brown as well as rel ... read more »

Wardour Dreams
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mod Fun
Description:

"Wardour Dreams" is a compilation of both of Mod Fun's 80's vinyl releases, remastered and for the first time, available as full albums on CD.  This collection of songs represents the bulk of studio recordings by "New Jersey's original 80's Retro-mod band," who were among the most popular ... read more »

Rave On!
Price: $16.00
Artist: Radio Days
Description:

“Rave On!” is Radio Days’ fourth LP that features 10 power pop gems that translate to music the many souls of the band.  Taking the Paul Collins’ Beat and The Knack experience as a starting point, the songs of the album take a metaphoric trip ... read more »

Exit Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ramirez Exposure
Description:

"These Exit Times" is the name of a newsletter sent by an environmental organization advocating the extinction of the human race as a solution to save the planet. When Victor Ramirez first came across the group on the internet a couple of years ag ... read more »

Full-Scale Shakeability
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rattanson
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Henrik Aspeborg (a/k/a Rattanso ... read more »

I'd Much Rather Be With The Noise
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rattanson
Description: read more »

The Inn Of Temporary Happiness
Price: $12.00
Artist: Richie Mayer
Description:

It only took Loose Lips’ Richie Mayer 41 years to release a solo record – but here it is!  And quite a hook-filled one at that.  Richie explains “A pandemic, political chaos, social unrest, climate change…if one needed a reason to kickstart their catharsis, a ... read more »

Anthology
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rick Coraccio
Description:

Rick Coraccio was an essential influence in the 70’s/80’s Boston garage rock scene. Rick played in DMZ, Lyres and an early version of The Real Kids when they were simply The Kids. He formed several of his own bands - The Shambles and The Last Ones - which produced some amazing songs, some of which a ... read more »

Next Level
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rooftop Screamers
Description:

Rooftop Screamers is the name of the studio project for Portland based drummer and songwriter Mike Collins. It's an outlet to showcase his original songs and collaborate with some of his favorite local a ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #117
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #117
Description:

Laura Nyro is this issue’s cover girl: The unique singer-songwriter who influenced a generation.  Other features on Goldie & The Gingerbreads: America’s first all-playing, all-female pop sensationsFrench Revolutionary Rock: Underground bands ushered ... read more »

21
Price: $12.00
Artist: Smash Palace
Description:

Smash Palace returns with their 13th(!) album, "21" which contains 10 melodic, hook-filled songs designed to be the soundtrack for the Summer of 2021.  The Butler brothers do what they consistently do best … 60's jangle rock, 70's rock swagger, 80's power pop, 90's Brit ro ... read more »

Manners maketh man
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunbourne Rd.
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Alex Siodmak is from Casale Monferrato in Northern Italy and with the assistance of friends, Davide Ghione, Sebast ... read more »

I'm Selfish And So Is My Cat
Price: $14.00
Artist: The August Teens
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Hearing the intro to album opener “This Time” ... read more »

A Cellar Full Of Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beat Rats
Description:

In 1964 it was Beatlemania, in 2009 it was time for BeatRatmania! This New York City-based quartet whisks you back to the days of The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany - but with only a slight modern touch! Their no-frills brand of Mersey-inspired garage pop is a hook and ... read more »

Have Mersey!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beat Rats
Description:

WOW!!  “Have Mersey” indeed! The followup to their 2009 Kool Kat debut "A Cellar Full Of Rats!" arrived in 2013. Released in conjunction with Liverpool's Cavern Records, Frank, Paul, Tony, and Robert (a/k/a The Beat Rats) returned with twelve more catchy, tongue ... read more »

Joystick
Price: $10.50
Artist: The Checkered Hearts
Description:

The Checkered Hearts are a Los Angeles-based duo, Hillary Burton and Lisa Mychols,  who joined forces in early 2021.  Their sound is a mixture of explosive power pop and reminiscent of long lost favorites of the 80's and 90's.  Their de ... read more »

Velvet Elvis – The Only Lover Left Alive
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Electric Stars
Description:

The Electric stars latest release has exploded off the back of their incredible debut which, hidden within its grooves begins to ... read more »

Sonic Candy Soul
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Electric Stars
Description:

From Manchester, England, The Electric Stars are a psych rock'n'roll group with slick guitar riffs and bold catchy lyrics embedded into each of their songs. Their musical reference points stretch from the 60's era to today, but sit most ... read more »

Speedway
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Feedbacks
Description:

Spanish punk pop heroes The Feedbacks’ career has already exceeded a quarter of a century, as they released their debut “Ready Steady Bang!” in 1997.  "Speedway" (their second album released in 1999) has been out of print since the early 00’s.  It has been almost impossible to find (and ex ... read more »

Go For The Effect
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Flicks
Description:

Another piece of Diesel Park West-related (actually pre-DPW) history gets a release via Kool Kat Musik!  In March of 1978, a young John Butler put together an unlikely pairing of musicians in a North London studio to lay down some tracks in order to fulfil a publishing commitm ... read more »

The Colour Of Happy
Price: $13.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description:

After almost two years of blood, sweat, tears and lately a whole lot of sitting around, the new James Clark Institute record, “The Colour Of Happy”, has arrived!  And you’ll be sure glad it did.  The record was terrifically produced by Mo Berg (The Pursuit O ... read more »

I Used To Be The Martial Arts
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Martial Arts
Description:

The 2019 EP from The Martial Arts (Paul Kelly) is a joyous romp through the pop song - a study in infectious grooves and melody. “The song ‘New Performance’ is a nice slab of glammy, Jellyfish/Imperial Drag-inspired hard biting bubble gum pop.” – PopGeekHeaven.co ... read more »

Getting Stranger By The Month
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Martial Arts
Description:

Paul Kelly (BMX Bandits, The Primary 5, Dr. Cosmos Tape Lab) has been described as being “like a 21st century Roy Wood” by his Bandits bandleader Duglas T Stewart.  The follow-up to 2019’s “I Used To Be The Martial Arts” (described as “a must have EP ... read more »

Three Apples In The Orange Grove
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Mergers
Description:

OASIS ALERT!!  The lead-off track “Outta My Way” on the latest from The Mergers is pretty similar to what you might expect from your favorite German beatread more »

I Stand Accused (2CD)
Price: $24.00
Artist: The Merseybeats & The Merseys
Description:

Emerging from the Liverpool group scene during the goldrush years, The Merseybeats’ combination of Everly Brothers-style vocal harmonies and adroitly-chosen beat boom ballads saw them record several hit singles (including “I Think Of You”, which reached the Top Five), a brace of very popular EPs and ... read more »

All Night Long: An Anthology 1965-1966
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Palace Guard
Description:

The Palace Guard was Emitt Rhodes' first band! “All Night Long….” includes the band's entire recorded repertoire, and the packaging contains photos a ... read more »

Hits To Spare
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Poppermost
Description:

A collection of simple, uplifting pop songs with a positive message is exactly what Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist Joe Kane, working as The Poppermost, accomplishes on this FAB debut record. The Poppermost exist to remind us of a time when the world shook to the gidd ... read more »

The Red Locusts
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Red Locusts
Description:

WOW!!  Every once in a while, fans and scholars of power pop will unearth an album by a new or heretofore unknown artist and instantly and collectively cheer with unabashed glee.  May we present the debu ... read more »

The CBS Tapes
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Rubinoos
Description:

For most true, longtime power pop fans, The Rubinoos need no introduction….  On November 3, 1976, co-founders Jon Rubin (vocals) and Tommy Dunbar (guitar) entered CBS Studios in San Francisco with drummer Donn Spindt and bassist Royse Ader to get a feel for the studio prior to the recording of ... read more »

Brighter Futures
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sails
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 6 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  In March of 2021, we released “Bang!- B ... read more »

Borrowed & Blue
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Speedways
Description:

Bridging that gap before the release of their next album, The Speedways recorded an EP of some of their favorite cover versions. It’s an unadulterated, hearts on their sleeves joy to listen to with no qualms.  What we’re selling is a full-length containing not only the EP, but a release that tac ... read more »

I Saw Her In A Mustang
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Vandals
Description:

A whole lotta profane!  Some pretty cool Florida garage punk that could have been massive if their single wasn’t banned from so many stations.  Finally The Vandals get a retrospective, complete with their snowflake ... read more »

Exit Wounds
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Wallflowers
Description:

Rock ‘n’ roll is often hard to define, or even to find, in these fractured musical times. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it.  And you always hear it with The Wallflowers. For the past 30 yea ... read more »

Valley Of Death (or whatever)
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Whatever
Description:

Whatever” you call this many monikered group, their impossibly rare 1967 single has been making collectors everywhere salivate. But there’s more to the story – these NY teens made it into the studio to cut 6 additional songs, plus a couple ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #57
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #57
Description:

DUE SOON! British ‘60s psychedelic underground heroes Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera are the subject of an epic feature that unwraps their outrageous story in hilarious and hair-raising detail. The 50th anniversary of J ... read more »

Suckertree
Price: $13.00
Artist: Underwater Sunshine
Description:

Nearly a quarter-century after the music stopped, the members of Underwater Sunshine have resurfaced to rock again with old songs tweaked to sound new and fresh.  The Vancouver, Canada foursome had a local following in the mid to late-90’s, but things fell apart before an album was properly rec ... read more »

Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating the Winston-Salem Sound
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The impetus for this extraordinary concert was that Chris Stamey had a book fresh off the press, a song-based memoir called “A Spy In The ... read more »

The Best Power Pop Of 2019 (3CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A whopping 60 tracks make up this terrific, value-priced, 3CD guide to 2019’s best power pop!  It was curated by the man of wealth and pop taste himself – Pop Geek Heaven’s Bruce Brodeen!  Many of Kool Kat’s label releases from the ... read more »

Higher Than A Mountain: The Songs Of Andy Gibb
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Never could we ever predict that the name “Andy Gibb” would appear anywhere on the Kool Kat site!  “Upon hearing about (and before hearing) this tribute even I, who worshipped the late Andy Gibb as a child, questioned the n ... read more »

Ram On: The 50th Anniversary Tribute To Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Ram” album from 1971 has been covered in its entirety by a collective of musicians lead by Denny Seiwell, the original drummer on the record (and Wings member from 1971-1973) and producer/mul ... read more »

Party For Joey - A Sweet Relief Tribute To Joey Spampinato
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and mu ... read more »

JEM Records Celebrates Brian Wilson
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Following their 2020 release paying tribute to John Lennon, JEM Records is doing the same for Brian Wilson.  “JEM Records Celebrates Brian Wilson” features covers of songs from both Wilson’s albums with The Beach Boys ... read more »

All A View
Price: $13.00
Artist: Wanderlust
Description:

They’re baaaack!!!!  During their years together from 1992 to 1998, Wanderlust had a chart-topping single "I Walked," opened for The Who, and were critically acclaimed by the London Sunday Times, declaring th ... read more »

On The Wing
Price: $11.00
Artist: Zombies Of The Stratosphere
Description:

New York City-based power pop and psychedelia band Zombies Of The Stratosphere’s ongoing mission is to create songs built to last by nerdily obsessive craftsmen with big record collections. You know: the good stuff.  These Zombies write extremely catchy, jangle-guitar pop with hooks that recall ... read more »