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Hang Johnson
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Diesel Park West
 
 
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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 of creativity. Diesel Park West can hardly claim success if worldwide recognition is the marker and yet creatively it might be said they are a hugely successful band and one which is without question influential.  After their debut album “Shakespeare Alabama” had run its initial course in late 1989 the band parted with drummer Moth Smith after a series of missed shows and unreliability among other more deep-rooted issues. It was a painful parting no matter how inevitable and one which remained an unhealed wound for the next ten years despite the band going on to have their biggest hit single so far in 1992 and also recording a string of deeply rich albums during the nineties starting in 1993 with the magnificent “Corporate Waltz”.  Shows were better and better and the tsunami of creativity just kept a rollin’ with Smith’s replacement becoming a seriously important contributor.  However bands are after all made up of human beings who are perhaps more than most affected by backward leaning emotion especially after time and events have moved on with Diesel Park West being no exception to at least this one rule. So it was that at the tail end of 1997 after a one off reunited hometown gig the band (Geoff Beavan/bass, John Butler/vocals + guitar, Rick Willson/ guitar + vocals and Dave “Moth” Smith/drums) felt almost obliged to record again with the original members.  The resultant album is this “Hang Johnson” recorded in early 1999 named too after graffiti still at that time visible on the wall of a Freemason lodge not far from the studio written by a disgruntled student in the heady political year of 1968 aimed at LBJ and his extended bombing campaign.  The record captures what might have developed between the original four had things been different but of course as if on cue after a few London shows old resentments resurfaced. These performances here however are fantastic with Willson’s sinewy Telecaster guitar snaking in and out of Butler’s singing which seemed to be unimpaired by time.  The songs are underpinned by Beavan’s extraordinary bass playing and yes the idiosyncratic precision of Smith’s drumming. Just like the old days and sadly just like the old days in every way so it was that the reunited line up eventually folded by mid 1999.  Songs like “Singing Life” and “Travel The Earth” capture the spirit while “You’ll See” is an outright Diesels’ definitive classic worthy of anything on “Shakespeare Alabama” if not above.  It’s difficult to rock n’ roll and be emotionally soulful at the same time but this record manages to do that very thing. The band of course shook itself down regrouped and carried on into the noughties the tens and now the twenties continuing as it does to this day but for those interested in this particular short-lived but highly charged slice of time, “Hang Johnson” is a must! GREAT!!


 
Strange Tide
Price: $15.00
Artist: ANC4
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  WOW!!  Of course we love it (and please pardon the hype), but even if “Strange Tide”, ANC4’s second release wasn’t on Kool Kat we’d still rate as a Top 5 (or maybe even #1) “Best Power Pop Record Of 2021” – it’s tha ... read more »

New Morning Howl
Price: $12.00
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 »

Detours and Dead Ends Vol. 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: Caddy
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  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 »

Thank You
Price: $14.00
Artist: Diamond Hands
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  If you are familiar with the recent solo outings by Jon Flynn (“Citrus”) and Joel Tyler Wall (“Green Wave”), then (as Diamond Hands) the slight shift in musical direction/treatment they’ve taken on “Thank You”, the ... 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 »

Too Loud, Too Fast, Too Soon
Price: $14.00
Artist: Doublepluspop
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Over the past 17+ months, many artists have used pandemic time to get creative and crank out an album. Others used this time to revisit projects that they’d previously abandoned.  Thankfully, Doublepluspop revisited a project that was supposed ... read more »

Don’t Follow Where They Lead
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ed Ryan
Description:

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.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 »

Charts & Graphs
Price: $13.00
Artist: Geoff Palmer
Description:

For those not in the know just yet because you have been living under a rock for the past 20 years, Geoff Palmer’s first claim to fame was pop-punk band The Guts, with which he released some strong albums.  He then went on to play  ... read more »

Turn It Up!
Price: $12.00
Artist: GreenCircles
Description: A KOOL KAT EXCLUSIVE FROM 2015!! Not to be confused the Australian garage rockers The Green Circles, No, No, No. THIS GreenCircles is a lean, mean, one-man DIY-garage/psych/guitar 'n sitar totin' pop wrecking machine - Brit Paul McGill! The "band" name comes from a Small Faces song. His music is a blend of 60's psych an ... 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 »

Langan, Frost & Wane
Price: $12.00
Artist: Langan, Frost & Wane
Description:

Langan, Frost & Wane is the collaboration of three songwriters, writing in the folk tradition and drawing candidly from the folk revival of the mid-twentieth century.  It began as a vessel for Brian Langan and RJ G ... 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 »

Rx
Price: $16.00
Artist: Loose Pills
Description: With a band lineage like The Eastern Dark, the New Christs, Orange Humble Band, Happy Hate Me Nots, Lemonheads, Pyramidiacs, and The Scruffs among others, you’d have high expectations and “Rx”, the debut album for Sydney supergroup Loose Pills, matches the label on the bottle. "The doctor says this is a dozen pop-rock song ... 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 »

So Sugar
Price: $15.00
Artist: Luke Potter
Description: Luke Potter's "first proper album" contains 10 tracks all produced by legendary power popper Bleu in LA (and includes 4 co-writes with Bleu too). Choosing the pop-centric Bleu as a producer proved to be a master stroke! As young, up-and-coming artists should, Luke demonstrates an enormous amount of growth since his firs ... read more »

The Wild Exciting Sounds of Marshall Crenshaw: Live In The 20th and 21st Century (2CD)
Price: $27.00
Artist: Marshall Crenshaw
Description:

A 2CD set containing 26 previously unreleased live recordings, hand-picked by Marshall Crenshaw himself, that includes performances with the Bottle Rockets.  Whether you've been a Marshall Crenshaw fan for 40 years or know little beyond "Someday, Someway," you're in for a treat. The set is a re ... read more »

Keego Harbor
Price: $10.00
Artist: Matthew Milia
Description:

Throughout “Keego Harbor”, the songwriting subjects are all Michigan-centric. Shrinking towns and dying malls don’t make for tourist-tempting sweeping camera shots.  They are the stuff of great stories, though.  Keego Harbor ... 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 »

New Wonders 1996-2021
Price: $14.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  After 36 active years, it is now time for a second summary of legendary Swedish cult power pop/punk pop band Psychotic Youth with their Kool Kat ... 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 »

Campfire Songs
Price: $10.00
Artist: Richard Turgeon
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 20 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  “Campfire Songs” represents “Dad Rock” singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist’s Richard Turgeon’s bent for sculpting classic rock sounds into his own unique and inspiring concepts.  ... 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 »

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 »

Partie de Dames
Price: $7.00
Artist: Rue '66
Description:

In keeping with the French tradition of 4-song extended plays released throughout the 60’s, comes their “Partie de Dames” EP.  read more »

Rue '66
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rue '66
Description:

Rue ’66 is a modern day yé yé band from San Francisco. The genre known as yé yé refers to pop music made by French artists in the mid-60’s.  Rue ’66 covers ... read more »

Shadow Bands
Price: $12.00
Artist: Scott Warren
Description: Scott Warren's (formerly of Signal Hill Transmission) latest (fourth) solo re ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #119
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #119
Description:

The Jam are the cover stars of Issue #119: Tales from the Riverbank 1981 Revisited.  Other features on Nick Lowe: Pop's unsung hero looks back.  Faust: 50 years of dissonance.  Plus Terry Callier, John Cameron, Donovan, Super Furry Animals, Daptone Records and lots more news! The usua ... 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 »

The Chris White Experience Presents: Sparrow
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sparrow
Description:

In 1975 the band Sparrow were riding high. They were winners of the TV talent show ‘New Faces’ and had just signed a record deal with the legendary Gerry Bron.  Chris White (from The Zombies) had agreed to produce their album, and Mike Moran was on board as music ... read more »

Lost You Long Ago
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Arctic Flow
Description:

Brian Hancheck has been the Arctic Flow since 2008, all that time journeying to what must be his natural home at Sunday Records.  In many senses he’s the archetypal Sunday artist, lamenting lost innocence and seeking refuge in a pure version of indie-pop where melody is never sacrificed and ... read more »

Birling Gap
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Catenary Wires
Description:

Now a full five piece band, in addition to founders Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (Heavenly/Talulah Gosh), The Catenary Wires include Fay Hallam (Makin’ Time/Prime Movers), Ian Button (Thrashing Doves/Death in Vegas/Papernut Cambridge) and Andy Lewis (bass in the Paul Weller Band for some years) who ... 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 »

In-Flyte Entertainment – A Tribute To The Byrds
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Floor Models
Description:

80’s jangle-rock cult faves The Floor Models are pleased to call to your attention to their fifth album, a salute to The Byrds, the band that made them want to make music in the first place. Produced by band bassist (and veteran rock journalist) Steve Simels, “In-Flyte Entertainment” ... read more »

Bridge and Tunnel
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Junior League
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL- AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  “Bridge and Tunnel” is the eighth album by The Junior League, the name under which singer/songwriter/performer Joe Adragna works.  Since the mid 00’s, Joe has travelled down the pop rock path, mov ... read more »

State of Excess
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Lash Outs
Description: Building on the songs of their two previous releases, The Lash Outs return in 2016 with another energetic, literate set loosely based on Dallas-Fort Worth's current socioeconomic status. Don't worry - these guys don't take themselves seriously enough to release an album laden with politics. Instead, these songs merely expr ... read more »

Elation and Shame
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Lash Outs
Description: Their sophomore effort was released in 2011. “The Texas punk rock pipeline continues to gush with goodness! This is one of 2011’s best, and it’s right up my punk/powerpop alley. From start to finish, it’s an enjoyable and high-spirited ride that fuses frenetic energy with a sunny, unashamed poppiness. Most of their cited ... read more »

The Lash Outs
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Lash Outs
Description: Dallas’s The Lash Outs were formed in February of 2006 and started playing shows shortly thereafter. Originally a straightforward punk outfit with an affinity for 50's rock and roll, they soon expanded on their sound by incorporating elements of late 70's power pop, British Invasion, and hard rock. From sneering vocals str ... read more »

Goodnight Noises Everywhere
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

The Lunar Laugh is a pop band based in Oklahoma City. At the group's core is the singer/songwriter trio of Connor Anderson, Jared Lekites, and Campbell Young backed by Jimmy Jackson's powerful drumming. Thei ... 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 »

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: $18.00
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 »

Late Bloomer
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Northstar Session
Description: The Northstar Session began as the musical outlet of singer/songwriter/guitarist Matthew Szlachetka back in 2005, and grew into a band when he traveled from Massachusetts to Los Angeles in 2007. It is there that he found drummer Kane McGee and keyboardist Dave Basaraba. Influenced by artists such as The Black Crowes, Tom ... read more »

Echoes From The Canyon
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Northstar Session
Description: This 2CD set is an intimate, live acoustic performance recorded February 18, 2012, at Nichols Canyon, Hollywood, CA. Featuring just piano, two acoustic guitars, and gorgeous harmonies, included in the performance are songs from all of their previous studio albums, as well as three covers - "I Shall Be Released" (Bob Dylan) ... 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 »

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 »

Past Perfect Tense
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Raves
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL- AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 24 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The Raves are a power po ... read more »

EP#1
Price: $7.00
Artist: The Seven and Six
Description:

The Seven and Six are Lisa Mychols, Tom Richards and Hilary Burton.  This is their sugary sweet, fun 5-song debut!  As usual, Lisa Mychols never disappoints with her vocal performances that continue to recall the best in the biz (i ... read more »

Museum Of Tomorrow
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Speed Of Sound
Description:

Big Stir Records cordially invites you to the opening and unveiling of the “Museum Of Tomorrow”, in the form of the so-titled new album from Manchester, England's long-running beat combo The Speed Of Sound.  The “Museum” consists of thirteen exhibits (or “songs”, as the ancients called them) lov ... read more »

Distant Lights
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Suncharms
Description:

If you’ve ever been in a band when you were relatively young you may recall the intensity, verging on obsession, that can be involved. The ending of such a band can be quite traumatic in particular when there is a sense of unfulfilled potential, “Distant Lights” is an attempt to bring that potential ... read more »

Sugar
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Szuters
Description:

The Szuters formed in Japan in the mid-90’s. They would eventually change their name to Magna-Fi in 2002 and continue to release albums and tour until 2010, when the band broke up.  In 2020, Mike Szuter alone would revive the Szuters' name, and ... 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 »

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 »

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

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 Jim Morrison’s death is marked with a cover story on the Doors, inclu ... read more »

Air-O-Plane Ride: Sunshine,Soft & Studio Pop 1966-1970
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Air-O-Plane Ride” is Teensville's eighth installment in a series of CDs that shine a light on the rare and hideously obscure side of 60s sunshine and soft pop. The disc boasts 32 tracks, all of which make their digital debut; a few make their first appearance anywhere after ... 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 »

Greetings From Ashton Park – West Kirby
Price: $14.00
Artist: West Coast Music Club
Description: “Greetings From Ashton Park – West Kirby” is WCMC’s 2020 followup to “For Wha ... read more »

For What It’s Worth
Price: $14.00
Artist: West Coast Music Club
Description:

West Coast Music Club is a collective of British musicians and artists brought together initially to record the songs of Martin Adams however, as the group expanded, other song-writers have emerged . The love of guitar music is the key to the so ... read more »