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BS Stands For Brent Seavers
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brent Seavers
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Brent Seavers of The Decibels steps out with his first solo effort! The Decibels were about halfway through recording a new album when the pandemic started, so Brent had a lot of time on his hands. Just for fun, he started recording covers of different songs and filmed the process – uploading the music videos to social media. After recording about 20 cover tunes, he decided to record some of his original songs. They were received pretty well, so he kept going, eventually recording an album’s worth of songs. These tunes were a mix of songs Brent had written over his entire time with The Decibels, ranging from a few songs written in his early teens (“Me and My Melancholy Face” and “All The Better”) to newer songs (“Flatline” and “Play”) that were contenders for the latest Decibels’ album. Mostly out of pandemic-fueled necessity, he played and sang everything on this album – except for a few handclaps (reluctantly contributed by his children)! “The record sounds like The Decibels, not surprising, but also not like them too. Going solo has allowed him to drift a bit forward in time, from mid-60’s right up into the new millennium indie pop rock scene. Obviously there is some very Decibels-like material here, like ‘Out in the Rain,’ ‘Clean Reflection,’ and the jangle-heavy ‘All the Better.’ That band’s 60’s-meets-the-80’s vibe is also there on the Smithereens-ish ‘Flatline’ and the muscled-up California pop hue all over ‘Running Me Down.’ But I’m going to go out on a limb here to suggest the band haunting this record might actually be They Might Be Giants. That Brooklyn duo’s jocular sense of musical whimsey lurks on ‘Unlike Superman,’ ‘Me and My Melancholy Face,’ and most obviously on the fun sing-along ‘I Wrote a Song.’ Seavers even sounds a bit like TMBG’s John Linnell vocally on the album opener, ‘Play.’ On the other hand, should-be hit single ‘More Than a Friend’ is his own distinctive brand of melodic rocking out, with strong harmonies, and killer earworm chorus. This is a total album enjoyment collection.” – PopRockRecord.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Detours and Dead Ends Vol. 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: Caddy
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Caddy is the brainchild of Norway’s Tomas Dahl. His latest offering (and third release on the Kool Kat label), “Detours and Dead Ends Vol. 1”, is a collection of late 70’s, early 80’s power pop and new wave covers. Tomas explains how he made it a sport finding the best, yet most obscure tracks - “I’ve spent many many MANY hours digging and searching. I loved it. It became a big part of the project. How can I find even more underground and unknown songs?” He truly uncovered some great gems, and then covered them to perfection – injecting a fresh, new perspective that results in him truly owning the songs! And, as a bonus, he gives you an excuse to dive into a Youtube rabbit hole looking for the originals. Track listing: “Walking On The Roof” (Sgt. Arms, 1982), “Heart of Stone” (SVT, 1981), “If I Call Your Name” (Junior Campbell, 1971), “Best Thing I Ever Did” (The Invaders, 1979), “Cost of Love” (The Cretones, 1980), “Violent Days” (Screaming Sneakers, 1982), “Not The Way It Seems” (Gary Charlson,1978), “Don't Wait Till Tomorrow” (Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, 1980), “Mark My Words” (Chrissy, 1980) and “No Money” (The Freshies,1980) “I am a Caddy fanatic. Tomas Dahl has a knack of making music that turns every mood to chirpy. I know when people hear the words covers album, they run for the hills, I know I do. It fills me with dread the way this lockdown has brought out the words ‘acoustic set.’ But wait! It really depends on the songs and thankfully there are no Beatles related covers here. I love The Beatles, but you know, other bands are available. The fact is that many of the songs here will not be familiar to most away from the die-hard pop rock fans, who are probably listening to Badfinger or Raspberries on rotation. Bar a magnificent cover of Junior Campbell's ‘If I Call Your Name’, all choices are from the end of the 70's/start of the 80's golden New Wave guitar pop period. All 10 songs have been given maximum Power Pop and it works. I'm not sure that ‘Detours and Dead Ends’ should even be classified as a cover album, it has been Caddied (sic) up so much to make it their own. This is a superb feel good album, a pleasure to listen to and one to explore. You'll learn something about artists you didn't know of and be reminded that Tom Dahl is a major talent.” – IDontHearASingle.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Abdicate The Throne + bonus disc
Price: $19.00
Artist: Caper Clowns
Description: “Abdicate The Throne” finds Caper Clowns exploring different areas of music not present on theior first two releases, displaying a giant leap in both maturity, delivery and songwriting! “The only question about Denmark's best export is can their third album live up to the quality of the first two. ‘The Buca Bus’ was an absolute gem of a debut album and the follow up, ‘A Salty Taste To The Lake’, was third in the IDHAS Best 100 Albums of 2018. ‘Abdicate The Throne’ not only hits the heights of previous offerings, but it reveals a lot of hidden depths. Known for their live performances, the lockdown could have really slowed the band up, but that time has been used to play around with that they do. This is a very different Caper Clowns album. True, there are still the Crowded House-like elements that enhanced their popularity. Songs such as ‘I'd Be Me’, ‘Space & Time’ and ‘Four Letter Season’ fit that bill and match what has gone before. Having five vocalists in the band was never fully utilized until now and the varied song writing of all has taken the band to another level. Different genres are successfully tackled and the results are fascinating. Being a band that previously rocked you gently, a song with the pace of ‘April Fool’ makes you sit up, real 70's glammed up power ‘op. ‘Be There (The Ever- Changing Tone)’ is pure Andrew Gold piano pop. ‘The Club Of Humanity’ goes all 80's synth. ‘What She Became’ borders on country rock and the band really let go on ‘On Your Kaleidoscope’, edging towards psych pop, which could be the best song on the album. ‘Under Your Command’ is a song that dallies with psych pop even more. It is almost Toy Town. ‘Alec In A Line’ is bluegrass and the closer, ‘Valley Of The Queens’ is largely instrumental with just 7 lines song. It is a gentle meandering finish, something you could imagine on a Nick Frater album. A perfect end to a perfect album. There is more than enough here for existing fans, but more importantly, there is lots more for newcomers. I can't wait to hear these songs live. A different side to Caper Clowns is revealed here and I like it. I like it a lot!” – IDontHearASingle.com COMES WITH AN 11-SONG BONUS LIVE DISC - “LIVE AT FERRITSLEV FRITIDSHUS”, DENMARK 10/30/20!! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Pandora's Box
Price: $12.50
Artist: Cloud Eleven
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! “Pandora’s Box” isn’t so much a “new” album than a collection previously unfinished song fragments and covers that had been buried on old cassette tapes, plus some outtakes from other albums, and a few covers. During the lockdown of 2020, Rick Gallego would discover a stray chorus here, a verse there, and commence to completing the songs, then record them. Rick explains “In some ways, ‘Pandora’s Box’ is ‘Terrestrial Ballet’ part deux. Sometimes it just feels good to clean out that old junk drawer.” “Cloud Eleven (aka Rick Gallego) has been a reliable figure in power pop since the late 90’s, and although he’s mellowed he remains a potent talent.” – Powerpopaholic.com “Cloud Eleven's self titled 1999 debut was a revelation and Gallego has never disappointed since. He makes ace sounding albums, expertly arranged and full of harmonic joy. His albums are song cycles. Long may this continue.“ – IDontHearASingle.com “Gallego’s songs and arrangements are crafted with a unique combination of hues, tints, tones and colors; one flick of his brush too many and his songs might tilt toward another form altogether. He makes music for himself and we are blessed he is able to share it with us. It’s pure bedroom-psych-pop from the Brian Wilson/Wondermints school of soundscapes. His songs are touched by the spirit of harmony-laden Beach Boys, while balanced on a tightrope of his own devising; what a gloriously creative and fulfilling place that must be to hang.” – Alan Haber/Pure Pop Radio “Gallego makes beautiful kaleidoscopic pop with strong 60’s influences..." – Shindig! Magazine “Cloud Eleven's inspired, passionate, and soulful pop will make you remember why you love music so much in the first place..." – Vendetta Magazine "Rick Gallego is in the same class as the very best pop song makers over the past 20 years..." – Seth Swirsky High praise indeed (and well-deserved)!! And, as always – GREAT!! ... read more »
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The Incomplete Completeness – A Retrospective 1977-1996
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dennis Dalcin
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Veteran garage rocker Dennis Dalcin started playing guitar, singing and writing songs in a band called Bite in 1972. In 1974 he formed The Look (sort of a cross between The Who and Alice Cooper). Next came The Shades in 1976, with Marla Misenheimer (bass/vocals) and Gary Heslin (drums/vocals). Marla had played bass and sang in Snails with Richard Barone (The Bongos). The Shades began as a punk band, but evolved into a mod/pop/garage sound later on. Dennis helped form Perfect Strangers in 1982 with Chris Suggs (guitar/vocals). They were only a duo at the start, morphing into an electronic trio, before eventually settling in with a new wave/country-punk sound. He then formed The Petal Pushers in 1988 playing in a garage/psychedelic vein, recording a few tunes that never got released. IOHO, Dennis’ most shining moment was when he formed The Lears with Paul Mutchler (later of The BellTowers) in 1990. Their (only) legendary CD "The Story So Far..." was released by Get Hip Records in 1997, garnering great reviews from all over the world such as “fans of The Optic Nerve and The Byrds are going to have a field day with this one! This collection of rare 45's, compilation tracks and unreleased material by The Lears is one of the finest examples of folk rock since the ‘60s! If you enjoy the The Byrds' jangly pop stylings, this one is mandatory!” The Lears also recorded numerous tracks for inclusion on a number of singles, EP’s and compilation LP’s released on various other labels. They even recorded 3/4 of an unreleased 2nd album entitled "Return Flyte" before calling it a day in 2000. “The Incomplete Completeness” is a 17 song cache of previously unreleased tracks spanning most of Dennis’ career featuring music like the Byrdsy/Pink Floyd-like psych of The Lears and The Petal Pushers, the Julian Cope/Teardrop Explodes/early Krautrock-like at times Perfect Strangers and The Shades, solo recordings and a pre-Lears nameless studio amalgam that included Dennis, Terry Carolan and Richard Barone that all serve as a terrific and interesting introduction to this very talented musician/bandleader! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Somewhere Flowers Grow
Price: $18.00
Artist: Electric Looking Glass
Description: WOW!! One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small – go ask Alice when she’s ten feet tall. Follow this LA quartet down the rabbit hole and you’ll find this technicoloured Electric Looking Glass, a charismatic Carnaby Street concoction, taking a dose of The Left Banke with a dash of The Beatles and a sprinkle of Small Faces. The baroque pop quartet bring us a 1967 springtime reverie with “Somewhere Flowers Grow”. You might easily mistake them at first for an obscure Apple Records signing but Electric Looking Glass insists they are forward thinking tomorrow-people making music for NOW! With every member boasting such an eclectic variety of singing, playing and songwriting talents, the group is the marmalade at Mad Hatter’s tea party - composed of Arash Mafi, Brent Randall, Johnny Toomey and Danny Winebarger. Self-producing in their own analog wonderland, the lads pay loving homage to the kaleidoscope pop of yesteryear with impressive attention to detail. “They are a sum of their influences. This album is sugar-coated with sunshine and power pop with a whimsy and quirk that is both charming and infinitely heartwarming. With visuals reminiscent of The Monkees and a wardrobe to rival Procul Harum, you’ll be bewitched with their magical mellotron, honeyglazed Hammond, jangly guitars and lilting harpsichord that will transport you back through the time vortex to 60’s London in full swinging gear. Living in their own anglophile analog wonderland, the nostalgia that runs ever-deep in the baroque sound is captured so perfectly, so much so you wouldn’t think to question their origin at all. A melting pot of paisley peppered sounds that recall Honeybus and 60’s power pop duo Lyme and Cybelle. No doubt about it, it sounds like the real deal, a record that’s bound to put a Cheshire smile on your face, truly a must have for the baroque enthusiast and collector. This debut is an ode to longing, a foreword to fantasy and an artisanal amour for the psych and baroque pop genres.” – MOOFmag.com BRILLIANT!! GREAT!! ... read more »
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Collected - The Best Of John Howard
Price: $18.00
Artist: John Howard
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!! Long overdue, specially-priced 2CD career retrospective (including a cache of previously unreleased tracks) by one of the UK’s best artists you probably never heard! This 2CD set was curated by Edward Rogers (host of The Atlantic Tunnel and quite an artist himself) who also wrote the copious liner notes. “What happens when you meet THE SPECIAL artist who can put a thrill in your heart from a twinkle in their eye? Well in 1974, that artist was John Howard. He was discovered playing in the Troubadour Folk Club. The music world was at his feet -wined and dined at the most fabulous London restaurants, photos by THE photographer (Dezo Hoffman), clothed by the finest haberdashery in town. He was groomed to the be the next Elton John meets David Bowie! He had the songs, looks, charisma and style, Pop music had a new contender. As we all know, not every artist who is a star achieves commercial success, and London streets are not paved in gold. That doesn’t stop a true artist from creating the precious art they were born to make. For most artists that would break their spirit but John found a respectable way to pursue his musical career by playing London’s fashionable restaurants and piano bars. He continued to release singles, like 1978’s ‘I Can Breathe Again’ produced by Trevor Horn of ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ fame! By the mid-80’s he had a successful career in A&R working at MCA, EMI and Universal, while still pursuing his songwriting career. Listen to these songs and feel the emotions revealed in his lyrics as the writer opens himself up and invites you into his private world. He reveals little segments of his life through each lyric. Feelings we can all relate to! Maybe by wearing his heart on his sleeve and revealing his true feelings he has alienated some but I believe this should be the mission of every true artist. Unlike Scott Walker before him, John never stopped performing and entertaining in all the London cabaret and night clubs. He may not be a household name, but it doesn’t stop him from writing an amazing collection of songs. The songs contained here is the ultimate collection of this artist’s finest work to date. Taken from over fifty years’ work, it’s the first time John’s finest songs are available on CD in the United States! I am honored to have worked with John, selecting some of my faves so you can discover the magic music of his music John Howard. I hope you enjoy the musical journey.” –Edward Rogers (taken from the liner notes) GREAT!! ... read more »
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Copious Notes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Richard X Heyman
Description: “Copious Notes” is Richard X Heyman’s 14th album (my how time flies)! We remember picking up his debut 7” “Vacation” for $1 back in the early 80’s! “This guy is a pop music genius! He’s a multi-instrumentalist, a great singer and a phenomenal songwriter. So here it is in all its jingle jangle, heavenly chorused and multi-tracked majesty. ‘Copious Notes’ is the real deal because RXH is the real deal!” - Greg Godovitz/Rock Talk “Beginning with the addictive pop melody of ‘Nearly There’ and the upbeat rocker ‘Choices We Make’, the album is balanced nicely by the gentle, graceful ballads ‘Cedarbrook Park’ and ‘But Our Love’ which truly shine with Richard’s amazing songwriting talents.” - JP’s Music Blog “The songs range from melodic pop to all-out rock and roll with just a few ballads to round things out. The results are extraordinary with some already calling ‘Copious Notes’ one of his best to date.” - Copper Magazine “Heyman reaches back to his 60’s roots and cuts an album that is trippy, but it kicks, too.” - Punknews.org “Continuing in his masterful pop style, ‘Copious Notes’ kicks off with ‘Nearly There,’ a Left Banke-inspired number…after that it’s a jubilant journey from jangly to wistful to complex, piano-driven pop…and back again to perfect power pop.” - Schizomusica "A richly textured pop-rock mix that’s permeated with infectious hooks and jingle-jangle guitar. You’ll hear fresh musical ideas as well as echoes of 60’s British pop and West Coast rockers like the Byrds." - Americana Highways “Heyman proves he’s still doing what he does best at an exceptional level. His song craft is as diverse as the instruments he plays on this album (guitars, vibraphone, drums, piano, shaker, etc.) as many forms of nostalgic rock’n’roll and bits of Motown won’t go unnoticed. A meticulous and nostalgic record that’s as timeless as anything in his catalog.” – Take Effect EXCELLENT!! ... read more »
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Chapter Three
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Legal Matters
Description: On their third effort, “Chapter Three” – we’re treated to twelve new Legal Matters (Andy Reed, Chris Richards and Keith Klingensmith) songs including the drumming of Donny Brown. The songs were written by Chris Richards and Andy Reed and cover all sorts of topics – the pandemic, Trump, honesty, affliction and affections - seriously all over the map – all done with their signature loving harmonies!! “I avoid mentioning lockdown and Covid in reviews, not out of callousness, but in a belief that music should be a diversion from the strain. I will mention it here though, because as we see signs of coming out of the tunnel, I can think of no better album to accompany me than one by The Legal Matters. The trio seem to be joined at the hip - their music always comes across as brotherly, tight and united. There is a real bond between the three and this album more than any confirms that. The Legal Matters have far more in common with Crowded House and the harmonies are more Simon And Garfunkel or The Everly Brothers. I would never have associated Andy Reed with the wonderful ‘The World Is Mine’. It is all barrel piano, a little Toytown Psych and has far more in common with bands Like The Successful Failures. ‘That's All’ is all Roy Orbison 60's twang and could almost appear on the ‘American Graffiti’ soundtrack. You would think Reed wrote it, he didn't. This also underlines how collaborative the album is. ‘The Painter’ is spot on 70's piano pop yet ‘Please Make A Sound’ has a cracking 80's synth sound running through it. ‘Make Things Up’ is splendid twang. ‘A Memory Of Sound’ is jaunty pop at its very best and the closer, ‘Passing Chord’ is an absolute vocal masterpiece. The Legal Matters usually do mellow best and there is plenty here to keep those fans happy. But there seems to be more chances taken on this album and boy do they work. The harmonies are as tight as ever, but the songs seem to have even more oomph. There are plenty of bands that harmonize well. Perhaps, a few too many that made that California scene a little done. They should have gone to Michigan, because The Legal Matters could come up with any of those albums easily, but no other band could have come up with something as varied and great as this!” – IDontHearASingle.com GREAT!! ... read more »
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Handful Of Hits
Price: $14.00
Artist: Tommy Ray
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! Tommy Ray came into his own between 2011 and 2018 as the primary songwriter and front man for power-pop heroes The CRY! With the band on indefinite hiatus, he released “First Hits Free” (his 2020 Kool Kat label debut) and now, with the band STILL on hiatus, “Handful of Hits”! The record continues his flair for merging 50's melodies, the jangle of 60's pop hooks, 70's glam-rock, and honest gritty street-level lyrics. Think a poppier Replacements, Tommy Stinson/Bash & Pop and you’re on the right track! Tommy’s influences? If you don’t already know, here’s the 411 right from him “Ramones. Exploding Hearts. Ramones. Paul Collins. Ramones. Beach Boys – (get the idea?)! I really like a 3 minute pop song that moves. You know, ‘Don’t bore us. Get to the chorus.’ I’ve been playing tons of music and busking in downtown Portland during the recent protests. Where there are people, I will play music. I play mostly standards from the past 50 years. Never gets old. It’s my favorite thing to do. My dad plays a little guitar and slams through the old hits like a savage for hours. I learned from him…” “He’s back again with 11 new powerpop hits. “In Love Again” opens on a melancholic teenage note before hand claps and Jerry Lee Lewis piano take over in the catchy “No No No”. Third song “On My Wall” slow things down and brings a romantic touch to the album before it quickly fades and let “One Step Closer” brings more sun and fun while “Closer/School Daze” keeps us pogoing and partying (“I don’t care what they say, every day is saturday!”) with its ’77 punk chorus. The Johnny Thunders influence can especially be heard in “Beer, Wine & Whisky” while “Feel The Pain” will take you to the 60s and “Loser’s Anthem” and its slight new wave touch will make you dance for less than 3 minutes. “If You Need Anything” and “Runnin'” will probably bring The CRY to your mind if you were into them, check them out if you haven’t yet! The last song “I Didn’t Do It” has a bit of this early Hanoï Rocks thing to it that will leave you wanting more.” – Veglam.com 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 »

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 »