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Don’t Follow Where They Lead
 
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Price: $14.00
Artist: Ed Ryan
 
 
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RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  On his fourth Kool Kat label release, Ed Ryan once again demonstrates his trademark unmistakable sound, but at the same time, puts the accents slightly differently on each record.  “My introduction to Ed Ryan was 2017’s ‘Furious Mind’, where his songwriting diversity and guitar prowess immediately struck me.  ‘Don’t Follow Where They Lead’ is another collection of guitar driven gems.  ‘Anytown’ gets this jangle-fest off to a great start. A short instrumental leads to the title track, an interesting departure from the norm with as slow tempo slows and more thoughtful mood - a melodic gem with a wonderful arrangement. The little details, piano, horns – all serve to make a terrific song even better.  With a monster hook of a chorus and wonderful guitars, the hard rockin’ ‘Hollow Man’ is worth the price of admission alone on a record that’s sure to impress the power pop enthusiast and continues his run of impressive, guitar driven albums.” – PowerPopNews.com  “This time around you will hear short instrumental songs and heavy rockers.  They are just accents, and the high quality of the songs, to which we have become so accustomed, is assured throughout.  Ed still sings like Sting’s brother; his guitar solos are sharp and hard, his melodies are pure and straightforward, and his lyrics dig a little deeper.” – SweetSweetMusicBlog.com  “’Don’t Follow Where They Lead’ is not just a timely caution given our recent political winds but another celebration of melody, in a variety of fun jaunty styles. Opener ‘Anytown’ sets the tone with jangly guitars and hooky descending bass lines. Or there’s the choppy rhythm guitar and those distinctive early 80s vocals driving ‘Biggest Fan.’  Another fun pop rocker is ‘Maybe I’m Dreaming,’ could be easily a missing deep cut from a cool 1979 guitar band. The obvious ‘should-be hit’ for me is the sneaky earworm, ‘Everyone Wonders.’ I love how the song shifts intensity and attack, while offering striking changes in structure and melody. Beyond the expected poppy rock and roll Ryan shakes things up tempo and style-wise on the mellow John Waite-ish title track or with the hepcat shuffle defining ‘Fish in the Sea.’  The album also includes a few delightful slower numbers like ‘What’s True’ and ‘So Far Away’, all resulting in another winner from Ed Ryan.” – PopRockRecord.com  GREAT!!


 
Kaleidoscope
Price: $13.00
Artist: Blake
Description:

Julian Pugsley (a/k/a Blake) is a UK singer-songwriter and DIY musician.  His story is an interesting one, his dad interviewed John Lennon for the local paper in 1969 and upon hearin ... read more »

New Morning Howl
Price: $16.00
Artist: Brent Windler
Description:

Brent Windler’s power pop-tinged melodies summon the restrained beauty of his native Midwest. A fixture in the Kansas City music scene, his Pacific harmonies, and intricate vocal and instrumental structures capture the polite malaise of Americana as it is lived in the mid-sized cities of the he ... read more »

Chime School
Price: $13.00
Artist: Chime School
Description:

Chime School is the solo project of San Francisco based Andy Pastalaniec, who some may know from his work as the drummer for left field janglers, Odd Hope and Seablite.  “Pastalaniec’s debut album takes a full detour fro ... read more »

One Year (Expanded)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Colin Blunstone
Description:

Colin Blunstone and Sundazed Music celebrate the 50th anniversary of Colin's post-“Odessey & Oracle” solo debut opus “One Year” with an expanded edition!  The “extra” half, itself titled, “That Same Y ... read more »

Pop Scrapbook
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Quickly following 2020’s “Come Into My Studio” comes “Pop Scrapbook”!  Each year Dana Countryman writes and produces his particular brand of original retro pop written style of music of the 60’s and 70’s.  On “Pop Scrapbook”, in a ... read more »

Ever Wonder Why You Get Out Of Bed?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Daniel Meade
Description:

Glasgow songwriter Daniel Meade cut his teeth in the pubs, clubs and venues of Glasgow from a young age. From the half empty piano bars one night, to sharing stages with acts like the Kings Of Leon, The Fratellis, T ... read more »

Another Place
Price: $14.00
Artist: Danny George Wilson
Description:

Danny George Wilson (Bennett Wilson Poole, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive) unveils a radically surprising new, very laid-back solo album.  Celebrating the future returning with a vibrant and diverse collection of startling, impressionistic song ... read more »

Mania At The Talent Show
Price: $12.00
Artist: David Brookings
Description:

Long ago, when David Brookings was an 11 year old in Richmond, VA making his debut live performance singing the fir ... read more »

Origin Story
Price: $13.00
Artist: Dolour
Description:

During Dolourʼs original decade (1997-2007), the band was a breeding ground for great Seattle bands that followed.  At various times youread more »

Only Child
Price: $13.00
Artist: Grand Drifter
Description:

Turin, Italy’s Andrea Calvo (aka Grand Drifter), plants his flag in so many musical camps, but each one of them is meticulously placed to ensure that his aesthetic never ceases to provide anything other absolute levels of beauty.  “At i ... read more »

The Static
Price: $14.00
Artist: Hushdrops
Description:

Few things seem more inevitable than the convergence of two Chicago institutions.  Pravda Records has been documenting an impressive and varied roster of the city's greatest talents for more than three de ... read more »

Homesick For Our Future Destinations
Price: $14.00
Artist: It's Karma It's Cool
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL- AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  It's Karma It's Cool are a Lincoln, UK based four-piece indie rock/pop act who are set to cause fireworks with “Homesick For Our Future Destinations”, their s ... read more »

Light Years
Price: $15.00
Artist: James Sullivan
Description:

London based James Sullivan began his recording career as the lead guitar player for the British indie pop band Ripchord which, whilst this early incarnation didn’t last very long, did whet his appetite for the future. This was quickly foll ... 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 »

whatNOP doNW7
Price: $8.00
Artist: LMNOP
Description:

“whatNOP dONW7”, LMNOP’s first new record in 7 years features sixteen original compositions by the original one man band himself - Stephen Fievet!  The CD title refers to Don W. Seven (dONW7 ), who produced this home recording and is also known as S. Fievet, who’s somewhat a jack of all trades ... read more »

I Don't Feel Like Myself
Price: $16.00
Artist: Marlovers
Description:

The Marlovers latest record feaures twelve new songs of classic guitar pop that continue the tradition of catchy melodies, careful arrangements and worked vocal harmonies that characterize the quartet, who are always in ... read more »

Class Act
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mike Browning
Description:

“Class Act” didn't start off as an album project, although it developed quickly once Mike Browning realized what he had.  Since March of 2018, he had been taking a Recording and Production class at Brunswick Community College in Southport, NC, taught by none other than Jamie Hoover of The Sponge ... read more »

Dilettante
Price: $12.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

“If Mo Troper’s 2020 release ‘Natural Beauty’ was a perfectionist’s carefully-crafted pop rock record then his n ... read more »

Earworms
Price: $13.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

Supported by an all-star cast that includes Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Darian Sahanaja (Wondermints/Brian Wilson), Mike Randle (Love/Baby Lemonade) and Dana Countryman, each song delivers on the title's promise of unshakable melodies and Nick's reputation as one of the most reliably delightful tunesm ... read more »

Before The Monsters Came
Price: $14.00
Artist: Pseudonym
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Pseudonym is a Sa ... read more »

BloodMoon
Price: $12.00
Artist: Scott Gagner
Description:

In June of 2021, Scott Gagner and his family moved from their long-time home of Northern California back to his native Minnesota.  He explains the reason for the move “Whoever said ‘You can never go home again’ was wrong.”. “Life had become unreasonable. I found myself acting on primal ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #122
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #122
Description:

DUE SOON!  Steppenwolf are this issue’s cover stars: From Canada to LA via the NYC folk scene, SF garages and celluloid immortality, leader John Kay grants a rare interview.  Other features include Brân: The Welsh musical co ... read more »

Spygenius Blow Their Covers
Price: $13.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

The latest from Canterbury, UK popper Spygenius consists of 13 reinvented classics from the likes of The Monkees, Gene Clark, Squeeze, Madness, Traffic and much more!  The record is sparkling with the heady psych-pop guitars, intricate ... read more »

Bells Of Lightning + bonus disc
Price: $27.00
Artist: Starry Eyed and Laughing
Description:

Starry Eyed and Laughing were either 15 years ahead of their time or 10 years too late.  Either way, in 1974 they were voted the Rickenbacker twangers most likely to ... read more »

SaturnalienS
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Amplifier Heads
Description: “SaturnalienS’ is the third full length record from The Amplifier Heads, and ... read more »

Everything About
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Be Positives
Description:

The sophomore album from Manchester UK's The Be Positives successfully captures their punchy group sound while showcasing a knack for writing great and catchy pop/rock nuggets. The four-piece’s varied musical influences make for a captivating album, ranging from the ga ... read more »

Dose
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Brothers Steve
Description:

The Brothers Steve’s sophomore outing contains 10 new songs which take the band's invigorating punk-pop sound in exciting new directions, folding in elements of psychedelia, glam rock, and even flourishes of chamber pop while retaining all of the energy and charisma that made them such an instan ... read more »

National Absurdatory
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Embryos
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Come along ... read more »

Simpler Times
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  A common feature among music aficionados is the utter conviction that the best judges of our favorite artists' material aren’t the musicians themselves: WE are. Our tastes may differ, but it's we who, with emphasis and precision, can ... read more »

Sunlight Might Weigh Even More
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Green Pajamas
Description:

An all new album by Seattle’s legendary Green Pajamas for 2021!  The astonishing “Sunlight Might Weigh Even More”, destined to be a landmark in their impressive discography, lands in the tradition of their classic trio of albums from th ... read more »

DiG - Deluxe Edition (2CD)
Price: $27.00
Artist: The Grip Weeds
Description:

While in lockdown at the House of Vibes Studio in Highland Park, NJ The Grip Weeds began to work on songs that influenced them to make music their careers. They gave love and studio attention to these tracks that mostly were originally recorded primitively, quickly and on the cheap.  ... read more »

Nighthawks!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

“Nighthawks!”, the followup to “Goodnight Noises Everywhere”, is a collection of never-before-released live recordings spanning the group's full career, along with a pair of exclusive studio tracks.  Far from a standard live album, the record offers a rich bounty of concert recordings capturing& ... read more »

Walkie Talkie
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Montgomerys
Description:

Led by Peter Montgomery (The Irresponsibles), who's been dubbed "the Bad Boy of Boston Bubblegum", this 2009 effort by The Montgomerys further epitomized their brand of quirky-yet-accessible, XTC-inspired, indie pop-rock. The record deals with the breakdown of modern ... read more »

Pocket Melodies
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Moons
Description:

It only took six years, but The Moons finally followed up on 2014’s “Mindwaves” with “Pocket Melodies”.  Through these strange and uncertain times it is sometimes a little hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel but this is whe ... read more »

Drone Etiquette
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Persian Leaps
Description:

It seemed as if every week there was another scandal around Donald Trump, and then what should have “sunk” him was eclipsed by something more appalling for The Persian Leaps’ Drew Forsberg. And while The Persian Leaps frontman wasn’t intentionally writing around politics, injustices, or the impendin ... read more »

Faster Action
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Reflectors
Description:

The much anticipated sophomore effort from the poppers from L.A. is another brilliant testament of their unique upbeat Undertones/Buzzcocks-tinged, hook and harmony-filled teenage frustration rock ‘n’ roll all done in 2 and a half minute bursts!  “Straight out of the gate with ‘read more »

Constancy
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

“Constancy” is the seventh release by this Colin Hallibuton-led, Lawrence, KS roots pop outfit.  The album marks a distinct evolution in the band’s sound, as they found themselves taking more risks in the st ... read more »

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

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  In March of 2021, we released “Bang!- Best Of The Sails 2006-2020” as both a ... read more »

Mersey Christmas
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Spongetones
Description: 15 Holiday-flavored tunes! A mix of both the familiar ("It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", "The Christmas Song", "Jingle Bells", "Blue Christmas" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") along with some originals all done 'Tones style! With individual Holiday greetings from each band member a la The Beatles! COOL & GREAT!!!! ... read more »

James Cotton Mather
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Successful Failures
Description:

“James Cotton Mather”, the 9th album from NJ’s roots poppers The Successful Failures is a true gem – and quite possibly one of their best!  It’s an adventure-filled cinematic rock album, full of tragedy, disa ... read more »

The Devil's In The Details
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Szuters
Description:

Following up 2020’s brilliant “Sugar” looked like a tall order for The Szuters, but ”The Devil’s In The Details” is every bit as brilliant!  All of their trademarks are firmly intact – first-rate, needle sharp, hook-filled songs, top no ... read more »

Tomplicated
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

Since his brilliant, self-titled debut LP appeared in 1979, The Toms (Tom Marolda) have remained an active DIY power-pop force of nature over the ensuing years.  Last year brought us some “lost” songs from 1979, but “To ... read more »

The Webstirs
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Webstirs
Description:

Chicago-based band The Webstirs are back with their sixth album of clever, “hog-butchering, catchy indie pop to melt your jaded hipster heart”.  Formed in 1994 by childhood friends Preston Pisellini (guitars/ke ... read more »

In Their Own Write – Live!
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Weeklings
Description:

Renowned for their live performances, The Weeklings are back with their second live record!!  “Live albums are the next best thing to being there, especially when brought to you by a group as great as The Weeklings.  Recorded on the stages of the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ and Dar ... read more »

How I Wasted My Youth
Price: $14.00
Artist: Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring
Description:

2009 release. This group is the creation of evil genius, Markus Barnard. The victim of a Catholic education, from an early age he was burdened with a great and inescapable sense of g ... read more »

Starlight Serenade
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Foreign Films
Description:

Bill Majoros (aka The Foreign Films) understands that in trying times, wonder and splendor are highly valuable commodities.  In the second year of an international pandemic, he’s released his seventh albu ... read more »

I Saw A Dozen Faces…The Diary Of A Never Was (Book)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Tim Lee
Description:

Tim Lee's (Windbreakers/Tim Lee 3) autobiographical book chronicles the journey of a rock 'n roll lifer who was part of the national independent music scene of the 80’s.  Tim’s a self-described "new wave journeyman" who toured with the likes of Let's Active, Swimming Pool Qs, and Marti Jon ... read more »

Now Hear This
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

“Now Hear This”, Tommy Sistak’s fifth album, follows in the footsteps of his previous four.  It’s full of short melodic, bouncy songs with a distinct 60's vibe and a heavy dose of British Invasion.  The album a ... read more »

Kaleidoscope Of Shadows: The Story So Far (3CD)
Price: $29.00
Artist: True West
Description:

LIMITED EDITION PRESSING – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL PRE-ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21.  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PRODUCT AVAILABILITY AFTER DECEMBER 22.  Tru ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #58
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #58
Description:

DUE LATE NOVEMBER – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Cover stars the legendary 60’s West Coast psychedelic group Clear Light are the subject of an extensive feature. Other compelling coverage this time includes Canadian garage punks the ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume Two
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: R U ready for Kristmas?? Well the kool kats and fine felines currently on the Kool Kat label roster (along with some of our favorite non-label artists) certainly are on the second installment of our Holiday-themed releases! The record features exclusive contributions by The Pencils (who re-formed to contribute their track ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: When was the last time a great pop Holiday record was released? With contributions from both artists currently or soon to be on Kool Kat, this quite possibly could be just what the pop masses ordered! This 11-song Holiday Pop Fest features contributions from Maple Mars, The Smith Brothers, The Goldbergs, Parallax Project, ... read more »

The Kool Kat Kristmas Stocking Stuffer Bundle
Price: $25.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Get both volumes of "A Kool Kat Kristmas" for just $25! ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas Vol. 3
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Welcome to “A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume 3”!  It’s been five years since we released “Volume 2”, and a followup release was long overdue.read more »

Cool Yule
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Released in 1996, “Cool Yule” is a compendium of cool, original Christmas songs from the power pop and indie pop underground, a grunge-free celebration of a favorite holiday, replete with hints of 60’s harmonies, cat ... read more »

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

A welcome new addition to the library of pop holiday releases, “The Yuletide Wave” is a holiday gift from the Big Stir label that present a never-before heard songs of the season from the stars of the label’s release slate – Nick Frater, Sp ... read more »

The Beat From 20,000 Garages (The Best Of The Rebels Vol.3)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Volume 3 of the “Rebels” series brings together bands from around the world with a healthy DIY attitude, Garage, Pop-Psych, R&B, Freakbeat, Indie, Punk...it doesn't really matter what you call them.  It's just Rock And Roll Music, played with passion.  10 of the 16 tracks presented her ... read more »

Hit The Hay Vol. 12
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Sweden’s Sound Asleep Records are back with the 12th volume of their terrific, long-running “Hit The Hay” series – one that consistently showcases some of the best roots pop, alt country and even ... read more »

Take A Deep Breath
Price: $14.00
Artist: West Coast Music Club
Description:

West Coast Music Club are a large collective ... read more »

The Lives Of Others
Price: $27.00
Artist: You Am I
Description:

Ask any fan of Aussie music and they’ll agree that it’s impossible to mention “Aussie rock music” without a prominent discussion of read more »