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Exposure & Response
 
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Price: $11.00
Artist: Mo Troper
 
 
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On his sophomore effort, which begins with the bombastic “Rock and Roll Will Change The World,” it’s hard to tell whether Mo Troper is hopelessly nostalgic for an era he never experienced, or simply donning the “old soul” get-up ironically. Most likely, it’s a bit of both.  “For much of the record, the L.A.-via-Portland songwriter clearly has Brian Wilson on the brain; the album is loaded with glorious harmonies, bright horns, lavish strings, and he delivers each line with charisma that - in a bygone era - would have filled stadiums.  But this record isn’t a period piece. Despite the fact that most of the songs stick to a pre-punk pacing, rarely exceeding mid-60’s California bop, the record’s modern fidelity helps it sidestep the ‘retro’ tag, and his diatribes about the elite contain too much millennial sarcasm to be confused with the gripes of an earlier era. Throughout the record, he finds his sweet spot when he’s yanking from both generations simultaneously.  ‘Your Brand’ and ‘Big School’ are the standouts, melding Phil Spector-esque majesty with Jeff Rosenstock-ish witticisms like, ‘Turn a tragedy into something you can work with’ and ‘Pay to have someone reassure you that you’re smart.’ Although his limited vocal range and lack of stylistic variation make for a slightly tiresome middle patch, changeups like the squeaky a cappella ‘Wedding’ and the pulsating crunch of ‘Wicked’ are smartly sequenced, revitalizing the listener before the record’s stellar back end.  Despite what the opening song says, Troper knows that rock ‘n’ roll won’t change the world. But listening to him soar through some of the sweetest, warmest, most charming rock songs in recent memory is almost enough to make you believe otherwise.” – Eli Enis  An exquisite example of classic, well-crafted power pop. It’s the best work of Troper’s career, and one of the very best albums to come out of Portland (or anywhere else) in 2017.   His prior, vinyl-only full-length, 2016’s ‘Beloved’, is also very good.  It’s packed end-to-end with melodies so strong and memorable, they consistently rise above the rest of the record’s fuzzed-out bash ’n’ pop din.  It sounds like a super-skilled songwriter sailing through a mid-fi sea of crash cymbals.   By comparison, ‘Exposure and Response’ is a luxury yacht slicing across open waters toward the sunset.  Troper’s melodies still soar, but now they’re captured more clearly and surrounded by sumptuous arrangements, often including horn and string sections.  ‘Rock and Roll Will Change the World’ begins with a dazzling chorus of “aahs” that could live credibly inside any Beach Boys song.  The song runs just under a minute and a half long, the first of many short bursts on the album.  ‘The Customer’ lasts 72 seconds and sounds like half an acoustic Weezer demo (which is a good thing).  ‘Freebin’ makes heartbreak feel hopeful, and blossoms into perfection in its second minute.  ‘Wedding’ spends a minute approximating Of Montreal doing a love song, barbershop quartet-style.  Sprinkled among these shorties are the record’s highest highlights: ‘Dictator Out of Work,’ an anthem for the downtrodden with a regal trumpet line and a thrilling coda; ‘Your Brand,’ a razor-sharp takedown of industry greed with a symphonic backbone; and ‘The Poet Laureate of Neverland,’ a horn-heavy meditation on the stunted growth of the entitled artist.  When Troper stretches out is when his cynical streak really shines through. And cynicism never sounded so sweet.” – PortandMercury.com  GREAT!!


 
In Transit
Price: $14.00
Artist: Aaron Fox and the Reliables
Description:

“In Transit” is a bold step forward from 2010’s “Late Too Soon”, evident in the maturity of the songwriting, arrangements, and production. read more »

Nerd From The Suburbs
Price: $16.00
Artist: Adrian Whitehead
Description:

Adrian Whitehead’s stunning songwriting lays bare the human condition and shines a light into the dark corners of our inner w ... read more »

My Sweet Movida
Price: $17.00
Artist: Alfa 9
Description:

Alfa 9’s third long player is a heady mix of influences that are worn clearly on their sleeves.  The Newcastle-Upon-Lyme ... read more »

One Bar Left
Price: $13.00
Artist: Arthur Alexander
Description:

Arthur Alexander“Blue Motel” is the new album by a brand new musical enterprise by Bart Davenport.  It’s his seventh album proper since his going so ... read more »

Bennett Wilson Poole
Price: $19.00
Artist: Bennett Wilson Poole
Description:

WOW!!  Since its announcement of impending release a ... read more »

Blue Mind
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blaine Campbell
Description:

If Blaine Campbell could afford therapy, he probably wouldn’t have to write songs. ... read more »

MAKE
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blake Jones & the Trike Shop
Description:

Blake’s latest is his debut on the fast-growing Big Stir Records label roster. “Yeah, but what kind of music do you play?” Blake Jones has been ... read more »

Before Your Summer Fades
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

Can power pop be thought-provoking while celebrating the giddy excitement of a classic three-minute single at the same time? read more »

Public Mono
Price: $14.00
Artist: Burning Ferns
Description:

Burning Ferns, from Newport in the UK, formed in 2009.read more »

Peaks and Valleys
Price: $11.00
Artist: Chris Richards & The Subtractions
Description:

WOW!!!!  read more »

First Thing Tomorrow
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dave Sheinin
Description:

Dave Sheinin is the national baseball writer for the Washington Post.  He’s not only a terrific baseball writer, but ... read more »

Lucky Day
Price: $17.00
Artist: David Myhr
Description:

Six years after his solo debut, The former Merrymakers frontman is back with his new full-length album “Lucky Day”read more »

II
Price: $10.00
Artist: Diamond Hands
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL WOW!!  If you loved their brilliant self-titled debut, then you’re gonna fall HARD for this one as well!  If you missed them the firs ... read more »

Hi Seas
Price: $20.00
Artist: Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp
Description:

SIGNED/NUMBERED COPIES!!read more »

Longwave + bonus disc
Price: $17.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

Their latest (and 15th!) album was written and produced by Andrew Taylor and recor ... read more »

Get Passive
Price: $9.00
Artist: Fireproof Sam and The Network Stars
Description:

West coast popper KC Bowman gathers a huge assortment of talented friends including power pop favorites like Bradley Skaught (Bye Bye Blackbirds), The Agony Aunts, Pop 4 and more.  read more »

One Ultra
Price: $8.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

The latest (and quite possibly greatest) Hemmit release is a six-song EP from drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keith Fleming.  This solo EP effort (which is curiously ... read more »

Straight Outta Nowhere
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description: Their 2015 effort is yet another gem of hi-octane rock and pop gems, as is their style mixing riff-heavy garage rock, punk and power pop into a melodic and en ... read more »

Antimatter
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

2014’s “Antimatter” delivers another 10 tracks of fast-paced, hook-laden guitar rock, successfully weaving catchy gar ... read more »

RocketRide
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

Keith Fleming joined the fold for their 2008 sophomore effort, another heavy payload of punkish power rock that again is brimming wi ... read more »

What You See
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

Hemmit is the songwriting team of multi-instrumentalists Keith Fleming and Adam Rohosy (though this record is all Adam).  Fleming has drummed and toured with myriad bands including ... read more »

With All Due Respect
Price: $14.00
Artist: Incarnations
Description: LIMITED STOCK!!  Here's a release from Bart Davenport that was criminally ignored (in our opinion)!  In 2010, as Incarnations, Bart Davenport, Daniel Collas, and Bing Ji Ling have delivered an absolute darling of a record. Traversing with an understated assuredness, they indeed pay "due respect" to the ambitious ... read more »

This Land Is Your Mind
Price: $13.00
Artist: I Think Like Midnight
Description:

The sophomore effort from this Philadelphia instrumental band ( ... read more »

Crowded Hour
Price: $9.00
Artist: Jef Litman
Description:

Jeff Litman was ... read more »

Heart Shaped Shadow
Price: $15.00
Artist: John Paul Keith
Description:

The fourth solo release from this rootsy and clever singer/songwriter.  John Paul Keith is a journeyman artist w ... read more »

Let's Go Wild!
Price: $11.00
Artist: Kurt Baker Combo
Description:

In 2013, Kurt Baker decided he needed a new change of scenery and packed his bags for Madrid, Spain. Once there, he formed the Kurt Baker Combo, a grou ... read more »

Tomorrow's Daughter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that's seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. T ... read more »

First Days Of Summer (LP + CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Michael Simmons
Description:

VINYL LP THAT COMES WITH A CD!read more »

Golden Boy
Price: $16.00
Artist: Nick Batterham
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Nick’s fifth solo release just might be his most full realized effort to date.  "14 sumptuous tit ... read more »

Painted Doll
Price: $19.00
Artist: Painted Doll
Description:

Valley Lodge front man read more »

Have Pity On The Boys! The Pop Hits And More (1965-1968)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Paul & Barry Ryan
Description:

AVAILABLE JUNE 15– ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Now a resident of Chicago, in the seven years preceding his re-location to the Windy City, read more »

Young Is The New Old
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ramirez Exposure
Description:

WOW!!  Victor Ramirez has ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #80
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #80
Description: DUE SOON - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The MC5 grace the cover of this issue which features an exclusive interview with their guitarist Wayne Kramer.  If there's ever time for a rock ’n' roll ... read more »

12
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sloan
Description:

The title of the new Sloan album isn't just some random number. “12 ... read more »

Four
Price: $12.00
Artist: Starbelly
Description:

JUST ARRIVED!!  They’re baaack!  Armed with lots of jangly guitars, harm ... read more »

T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies
Price: $12.00
Artist: Super 8
Description:

UK-based singer/songwriter Paul Ryan performs, records, and produces original homegrown “Trippy Toons!” under “band” name ... read more »

Let Me In On This Action
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Bottle KIds
Description:

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Home Is Where The Heart Attack Is
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Clark Institute
Description:

While growing up, Toronto-based James Clark wanted to be both John Lennon and Ringo Starr.  He managed to establish himself as both a sought after, solid rock and roll drummer and ... read more »

Wish You Success
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Connection
Description: AVAILABLE NOW!! ... read more »

Forever (1977-2017)
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Flashcubes
Description:

Between 1977-1980 Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Tommy Allen and Paul Armstrong did their "Hamburg Years" alongside the big guys (The Jam, Ramones, Police, Joe Jackson, The Romantics) playing the smaller clubs like The Rat, M ... read more »

Tear Your Minds Wide Open (LP + CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS ... read more »

Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Green Pajamas
Description:

“Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3” is the final installment of the “North ... read more »

Yesterday’s Misadventures
Price: $13.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description: WOW!!  The James Clark Institute’s 2016 effort, “Yesterday’s Misadventures” was produced by iconic Canadian musician Moe Berg (The Pursuit Of Happiness).  ... read more »

Sideshow Unattraction
Price: $10.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description:

James’ 2008 effort is full of sardonic bite and heartfelt sadness that’s an exorcism of emotions felt after a long term relationship went south. What began merely as a therapeutic exercise in the fall of 2005, ... read more »

Joy Comes In The Morning
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Jeremy Band
Description:

Brand new release from Jeremy Morris – this time with The Jeremy Band  (Dave Dietrich on drums and ... read more »

The Lee Riders
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Lee Riders
Description:

DUE LATE MAY – TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED NO LATER THAN MAY 15.  AFTER MAY 15 THIS TITLE B ... read more »

King Cobra - Original Soundtrack
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Senior Service
Description:

The Senior Service are back with their follow up to 2016's “The Girl In The Glass Case”.  WOW!!!  Triptides are back with their new album –- their poppy-est yet!  !  ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #47
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #47
Description:

In this issue (and on the cover), a tribute to the recently departed FRED COLE and a feature story on his ‘60s era bands THE WEEDS and THE LOLLIPOP SHOPP ... read more »

My World Of Make Believe - Sunshine, Soft & Studio Pop 1966-1972
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

"Clouds of satin at your feet....rainbow flowers line the street....only love can get you in....'” read more »

Pop Parade Volume 9
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The latest installment of this “collect ‘em ... read more »

Planet Mod: British Soul & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, American Shel Talmy is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic ... read more »