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Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
 
 
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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!!


 
The Lockdown Session: May 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor and The Harmonizers
Description:

Recorded in our homes during the COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland between May 13th and 20th.  Starting life as another solo p ... read more »

Green Meadows Sketchbook
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bertling Noise Laboratories
Description:

Involved in music since the '90's, Nick Bertling primarily made his name as a drummer in Baltimore. Bands such as Puddle, Gary B & The Notions, Naked Blue, Alto Verde, They Hear and others.read more »

Freeride To Neverwhere + bonus disc
Price: $17.00
Artist: Borgh
Description:

Trainspotters may recognize Janne Borgh as the bass player in the fab ANC4, but he is also a songwriter, singer and guitar player in his own right.  He’s a self-proclaimed Anglophile who loves layered harmon ... read more »

False Alarm
Price: $11.00
Artist: Brad Marino
Description:

Brad Marino, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founding member of beloved garage rock n’ roll band The Connection, stepped into the spotlight on his first solo outing “Extra Credit” (2019) with a wave of rave reviews accolades, and ... read more »

When The Dust Just Won’t Settle
Price: $15.00
Artist: Captain Wilberforce
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ... read more »

Dollybirds & Spies
Price: $18.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description:

For most outside of our world of power pop/pop, Dana Countryman remains a mystery.  read more »

Gotta Get Back To New York City
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dr. Boogie
Description:

Real deal rock ‘n’ roll comin' atcha from Los Angeles.  We don’t know which gutter these guys crawled out of, but wherever it is, these dudes are comi ... read more »

Hue Spotting
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian
Description:

On their 10th studio album, Ex Norwegian take a psychedelic trip driving thru progressive pop territories under multi-coloured skies with 10 original tracks sending a love letter to classic British psychedelia.read more »

Spotting Hues
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegisn
Description:

The companion to “Hue Spotting” is a very, very kool kollection of kovers by the band who display excellent taste, knowledge, and loving care in delivery of their song selection from between the years 1968-1982.&nb ... read more »

Hold Me In
Price: $12.00
Artist: High On Stress
Description:

After four strong albums in 11 years, this Minneapolis foursome disbanded from 2014-2018. “Hold Me In” is their first LP since read more »

Juniper
Price: $12.00
Artist: Juniper
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Juniper Shelley has been singing for as long as she (or anyone) can remember. She grew up in a deeply musical home, absorbing the sounds around her and basking in the eclectic tastes of her dad, seasoned singer-songwriter and longti ... read more »

The Earth Years
Price: $16.00
Artist: Magic Bus
Description:

Brand new release from this The Devon, U.K band who have been weaving together their own cosmic tapestry for 10 year ... read more »

Downtime
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men
Description:

“Downtime” is the first album by Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men. After 4 successful solo albums beginning with 2013's "13 In My Head", Nick felt like it was time to shake things up with a new band.  ... read more »

Things That Happened Then
Price: $17.00
Artist: Orgone Box
Description:

2002 release.  “One ... read more »

The Orgone Box
Price: $17.00
Artist: Orgone Box
Description:

2001 release.  “Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer Rick Corcoran, who plays nearly every instrument here, is the only mem ... read more »

Slow Recovery
Price: $12.00
Artist: Peter Baldrachi
Description:

Peter Baldrachi is a Boston singer-songwriter, drummer, and guitarist.  He released his first album, “Solid Ground” in 2006 to rave reviews in the rock, roots pop, and power pop community. read more »

There's Something Wrong With Everyone
Price: $7.00
Artist: Peter Hall
Description:

WOW!!  Peter Hall’s music combi ... read more »

If You Don’t Want My Love – Archive Series 6
Price: $15.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

Brand new archive release containing more previously unreleased recordings!  In his short career, Phil Seymour was hailed by Shelter ... read more »

Factory Settings
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pop Co-Op
Description:

Pop Co-Op are Steve Stoeckel (Spongetones), Bruce Gordon (Mr. Encrypto), Stacy Carson, & Joel Tinnel.  They write fresh Radio Free Universe sounds like driving forty miles over the limit along a long winding road. The windows are down, hair is blowing in the wind, and everyone is singing along ... read more »

You Can See It All From Here
Price: $13.00
Artist: Reno Bo
Description:

RenoRELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  The ever-prolific Richard Turgeon is back with “Sea Change”, his fourth release on the Kool Kat label!  Richard explains - “Th ... read more »

Sideways To New Italy
Price: $11.00
Artist: Rolling Blackouts C.F.
Description:

After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coa ... read more »

Interstellar
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ross
Description:

Juan Antonio Ross, a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, arranger, and producer is based in Murcia, Spain.  He began his career in the 80’s as a dr ... read more »

Riley Riley Wood & Waggett (Deluxe Edition/3CD)
Price: $30.00
Artist: Shape Of The Rain
Description:

Issued by underground imprint RCA Neon Records in mid-1971, the Shape Of The Rain album “Riley Riley Wood & Waggett” sold poorly at the time despite glowing reviews from the Briti ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #105
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #105
Description:

The Yardbirds: Little Games in Muddy Water, the confused schizophernia of their final flight, are the cover stars of this special UK Psych edition!  read more »

Indigo Gray
Price: $10.00
Artist: S.L.D.
Description:

As we prepare to soon release S.L.D.’s Kool Kat label debut, we thought it a good idea to re-i ... read more »

Man On The Sea
Price: $12.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

Canterbury, England's Spygenius returns with their fifth (and in our opinion, BEST) long-layer, “Ma ... read more »

Work and Love
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunshine Boys
Description:

Though Sunshine Boys have been referred to as indie rock royalty, they prefer to think of themselves in more modest terms: as t ... read more »

Open Road & Blue Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tad Overbaugh
Description:

Tad Overbaugh (formerly of roots poppers The Kickbacks) & the Late Arrivals are a 4-piece, heartland inspired, rock 'n' roll band from Boston.  Mixing their blue collar rock and classic country influence ... read more »

Boxer At Rest
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Description:

The Bye Bye Blackbirds are back with their fifth album.  “The band has always been labeled as power pop, which is not that acc ... read more »

Last Call: Live At The Music Box
Price: $25.00
Artist: The Choir
Description:

In case you didn't know this band from Ohio called The Choir basically had one hit single in the 60’s, and never released an album in its prim ... read more »

Temsecal Telegraph
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Corner Laughers
Description:

The Corner Laughers fifth album marks their Big Stir Records label debut!   The record features guest appearance by Rex Broome (Armoires) and Bradley Skaught (Bye B ... read more »

Second Dose
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dirty Truckers
Description:

The Dirty Truckers got together back in 1999 when songwriter Tom Baker chose to pursue a decidedly American rock n' roots direction. Drawing on kick-ass influences such as Che ... read more »

The Explorers Club
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Explorers Club
Description:

The Explorers Club is Brainchild of Charleston, SC native Jason Brewer, the only constant “member” of The Explorers Club over the band’s lifespan. This is the fourth album of original songs by this now Nashville-based Sunshine Pop ban ... read more »

To Sing And Be Born Again
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Explorers Club
Description:

An exquisite, 10-track set of cover songs of hits, misses and other delights from the 60s. The album features guest vocals by former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page, and Drive-By Truckers member, Jay Gonzalez.   In addition to Page and Go ... read more »

Light 'Em Up
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Fags
Description: One of the purest Power Pop releases from 2006 is right here! Their first full-length delivers big time on the promise of their 2003 self-titled EP, complete with a big sound that is brimming with lotsa crunchy guitars, hooks, hooks, and even more hooks! The members of this Detroit trio have been around the block more tha ... read more »

Songs For The Loveless
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Gentle Scars
Description:

The Gentle Scars hail fr ... read more »

Class Kicks
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Hi-End
Description: Without further ado, The Hi-End are greased back, amped up, guitars and fists flying high, d ... read more »

Threesome Vol. 1
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Lickerish Quartet
Description:

JELLYFISH ALERT!!!!  NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE JULY 17 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Look out, hey hey, it's The Reflectors are a 4-piece power pop/punk outfit out of Los Angeles CA JOINT RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK/FDR LABELS!!read more »

The 1979 Sessions
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Very cool archival release of previously unreleased record ... read more »

Together
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Vapors
Description:

The Vapors returned to the stage a few years ago, jumping back in a van and heading up and down the UK on a seemingly non-stop tour.  read more »

A Year With The Very Most
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Very Most
Description: It may have driven the Very Most close to the edge for 12 long industrious months in 2009, but "A Year With The Very Most" is something that the rest of us can enjoy for years to come. The concept was simple really; at the turn of every season Boise’s finest indie pop band would release a download EP. Each would be themed ... read more »

For Those About To Pop!
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Yum Yums
Description:

Hooray!!!  The Yum Yums are back!  The Yum Yums are back!  This is the sophomore “solo” outing fromread more »

17 From Morden
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“17 From Morden“Good Weather Machine” is Teensville's sixth look at the turned-on sounds of late 60’s pop spanning the sunshine, soft and studio styles.  It features 31 commercial examples of highly produced ... read more »

Tiny Little Movies
Price: $13.00
Artist: Will Hoge
Description:

Will Hoge has long been the kind of songwriter that reveals big, bold, and immersive emotions, with lyrics that pour forth from out of way places, seemingly inconsequential lives, and a dialed in small story approach. ... read more »