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The Unraveling
 
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Price: $14.00
Artist: Drive-By Truckers
 
 
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“The Unraveling” is the first new Drive-By Truckers album in 3 1/2 years (the longest space between DBT albums ever). Those years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within the band and the turbulent world outside (or as Patterson Hood puts it: watching so many things we care about decimated and destroyed) informed the writing of this album to the core.  “Directness is the defining characteristic of the songs that Hood brings to the Drive-By Truckers. He writes what he means, with a big open heart full of empathy for the characters in his songs and a barbed sense of indignation on behalf of people getting a raw deal. His empathy was stretched like never before on 2016’s ‘American Band’, an apprehensive look at a fractured nation divided over race, guns and, what he called, the ‘coming storm’ of Trumpism.  Things haven’t improved since then, and their latest effort is just as political as its predecessor, shaped by what the past few years have wrought: more shootings, more race-based violence, an opioid crisis, an immigration policy based largely on cruelty.  Apart from the blazing riff on ‘Armageddon’s Back in Town’ and the clanging guitars on ‘Slow Ride Argument,’ much of the music here has a moody feel that fits the subject matter. For all their anger and disgust, there’s also a sense of incredulity in many of the songs here. ‘Babies in Cages’ pairs a slinky R&B groove with wrenching lyrical imagery and anguished disbelief that our country has come to this as Hood repeats the title at the end of each verse in a flat tone.  Hood’s songwriting counterpart Mike Cooley often takes a more oblique approach, letting listeners suss out for themselves what he means.  It doesn’t take very long to figure out Cooley’s meaning on mid-tempo rocker ‘Grievance Merchants,’ a scornful poke at the cultural delusions of white nationalists and the right-wing propaganda machine that helps feed their grudges and resentments until they lash out as Cooley sings over thick, overdriven guitars.  Hood and Cooley write separately, usually without talking about what they’re working on. One of the most impressive, and uncanny, aspects of their 30-year collaboration is how often they end up writing about the same themes. It gives the group’s albums a cohesion that they probably couldn’t script if they tried.  Even when the subject matter is as bleak as it can be, the Truckers always have something to say that’s worth listening to.” – PasteMagazine.com   EXCELLENT!!


 
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 ... read more »

Billy Bremner For President
Price: $15.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description: read more »

Backwards Compatible
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

With 2017’s “Limitations Of Source Tape”, Chris laid to rest any notion that his power pop leanings had taken a backseat to any of his other very music musical proclivities.  The record garner ... read more »

Collector
Price: $14.00
Artist: Disq
Description:

Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences.  The record’s title, “ ... read more »

Rebuilding Permit
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dolph Chaney
Description:

AVAILABLE APRIL 3 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Seven years since the Chicagoland singer-song ... read more »

Fixers and Elixirs
Price: $11.00
Artist: Frederick Julius
Description:

Frederick Julius is an underground, lo-fi pop music that conjures the vital sound of early Beach Boys records with read more »

God Is A Bully
Price: $12.00
Artist: Gershwin Brothers
Description:

The duo of Dave Foster and Lane Steinberg (aka Sol and Al Gershwin) are joined by a local NYC musical crew (Mike Fornatale, Charles Roth, T ... read more »

Kingdom Of Sleep
Price: $15.00
Artist: Jonny Polonsky
Description:

This is Jonny's sixth full length release.  With also finger cymbals, gongs, bass clarinets, piccolos, harmonica, bass fiddles, and a children’s choir, this record features guest vocals by Cedric Bixle ... read more »

Cheap Vacation
Price: $9.00
Artist: Justine's Black Threads
Description:

Rebel rousers beware!!  Justine Covault (singer, songwriter, and guitarist) from Justine and the Unclean releases ... read more »

Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out
Price: $9.00
Artist: Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out
Description: Since 1990, Ken Fox has been laying down his bass chops, writing, recording and touring the ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kyle Vincent
Description:

2020 sees Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache's new album captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch read more »

From Liberty Street
Price: $12.00
Artist: Mapache
Description:

Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache's new album captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch read more »

Bloodshot Red
Price: $12.00
Artist: Popular Creeps
Description:

The debut release from four guys (including Lenny Grassa, formerly of The Leonards) from Detroit who are doing their part to keep a no frills, bar band brand of rock ‘n roll alive.  read more »

We Have The Technology
Price: $10.00
Artist: Protest Kids
Description:

John Brownell, the songwriter and lead vocalist for the Missoula rock band Protest Kids, writes the kind of hooks that people will sing along to at a gig.read more »

35 Years On
Price: $12.00
Artist: Quincy
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  A sonic blast of '77 era Vibrators-Undertones-Motors & Ramones with the sound, look, and ... read more »

Click
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Ratboys
Description: Rookie is six matching jumpsuit-clad, shaggy-haired friends from Chicago who play rock 'n' roll that's more at home next to their parents' battered LPs than on their friends' streaming playlists. < ... read more »

Rookie
Price: $13.00
Artist: Rookie
Description: Rookie is six matching jumpsuit-clad, shaggy-haired friends from Chicago who pl ... read more »

Anybody Out There?
Price: $12.00
Artist: Sadler Vaden
Description: read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #101
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine
Description: The Beach Boys are the cover stars: Surf's up! Brotherly love in the 70'sread more »

Elektrafied: The Elektra Years 1979-1982
Price: $30.00
Artist: Shoes
Description:

RELEASED ON APRIL 3!!  ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Closer Still
Price: $11.00
Artist: Soul Engines
Description:

WAREHOUSE FIND!!  This Top 200 Al ... read more »

Find Me Out
Price: $11.00
Artist: Spanking Charlene
Description:

New York City’s Spanking Charlene’s third outing record continues and refines Spanking Charlene’s catchy songs about life and love in New York City. read more »

Can't trust the rain + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Strand
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Niall Toner Jr. began playing in a post-rockabilly/ garage rock band in ... read more »

Walking The Walk
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Peawees
Description:

2018 saw The Peawees release "Moving Target".  The Italian soul punks swept through the underground scene winning over crowds and critics alike. They followed their latest success by re-issuing their classic ... read more »

First Hits Free
Price: $13.00
Artist: Tommy Ray!
Description:

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

Music For Sale
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

Tommy Sistak has been performing in rock bands since the age of 12, sharing the stage with such international acts as Davy Jones of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Eric Burdon and The ... read more »

On
Price: $10.00
Artist: Travel Lanes
Description:

Travel Lanes are a band with a past. They hail from Philadelphia with only one wish......your time......and maybe a few bucks so they can record a few more tunes.  Since his days leading the local bands Fli ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #53
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #53
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  WOW!!  A very, very kool 2CD tribute to to one of Britain’s best creative ‘n quirky pop purveyors!  The impressive lineup of artists appearing here are Pete Donnelly ... read more »