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Unexpected
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Brinsley Schwarz
 
 
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TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY – ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 5. AFTER SEPTEMBER 5, THIS BECOMES A “SPECIAL ORDER TITLE” WITH NO GUARANTEE OF AVAILABILITY/IMMEDIATE DELIVERY. It’s only taken nearly 50 years, but here’s the first solo album from Brinsley Schwarz (himself), of Brinsley Schwarz (the band), Ducks Deluxe, and Graham Parker and the Rumour. And, while we tend to overuse the phrase “it was well worth the wait”, it once again applies here! All of the songs were written by Brinsley who also plays all guitars, bass, and sings on the record. Adding support are James Hallawell (keyboards), Ralph Salmins (drums), Simon Taylor (saxophone), Melvyn Duffy (pedal steel). “Features excellently recorded vocals and sublime guitar breaks throughout its ten tracks. A good heritage does not always guarantee someone who has been in a band for their whole professional career success, as many guitarists who walk over to the lead mic have found out. Thankfully, ‘Unexpected’ does. The standout song in isolation is ‘Second Best’, on which Schwarz plays absolutely everything. Set to a plodding bass line, Schwarz’s lyrics and guitar really come to the fore in the track with the best beat on offer here. Opener ‘Just Surrendering’, thematically a lot more lighthearted than many of this set, is an early highlight, with only the slightest whiff of his 70’s band’s most well loved song ‘Surrender to the Rhythm’ given by the bass line and odd guitar lick. You almost imagine this word was used deliberately to trick listeners into wondering if the record would be a weak attempt to invoke nostalgia in his audience for one final payday – before smashing this concern head on with a fresh vocal performance and percussive pace belying his advancing years. The organ playing is particularly effective in its subtlety on ‘Beautiful Loser’, underpinning the number which lyrically adds to the sentiment behind ‘You Miss Again’ in a (only slightly!) more positive fashion. ‘Feel Like This’ is a quieter, darker, more bluesy vocal performance, with the lyrical introspection supported by a two-track electric/acoustic guitar backing not dislike Parker and Schwarz’s live show. This temporary dip in tempo is matched by its reverby electric track to perfectly execute the moodiness its writer unashamedly intended. The record also features some other stellar moments of lyric writing and musicianship. It’s clear from the liner notes how serious and passionate Schwarz is about his axes, as he devotes a paragraph to listing the types and origins of his instruments. One of his best guitar breaks is in ‘Beautiful Loser’. The pedal steel guitar on ‘Love in Your Eyes’ harkens back to Schwarz’s country influences and giving this love song a distinct Nashville feel. The album is tight from start to finish, from the beautiful melancholy of ‘You Miss Again’ through to ‘Waking the Dead’ which might not have been out of place as an early Stiff single with a bit of tarting up from Nick Lowe thanks to its superlative guitar line. ‘Looking Here To Stay’ is more upbeat to haul the album towards its conclusion with a funky doo-woppy style you could imagine Jools Holland playing on.” – Tonyspageblog.com GREAT!!

 
Beatlesque Station
Price: $9.00
Artist: Alan Bernhoft
Description:

Alan's fifth collection of Beatlesque style songs is another well-done homage that’s dedicated to the love and peace inspired around the world by who els ... read more »

Closer To A Ghost
Price: $12.00
Artist: A View Of Earth From The Moon
Description:

A View of Earth from the Moon’s debut s an unashamed mashup of noisy 90’s Britpop, uninhibited garagey rudeness, and anthemic melodies that take the listener to a place where loudness is ... read more »

Tuscumbia
Price: $12.00
Artist: Belle Adair
Description:

The breezy jangle of “Get Away,” the opening track off Belle Adair’s striking new album might not be the first thing you’ ... 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 »

NoHo Calling
Price: $10.00
Artist: Brady Harris Band
Description:

Hailing from North Hollywood (NoHo), CA, the Brady Harris Band is a rootsy-Beatlesque quartet big on harmonies, chord changes and the occasional female cover version (Go-Go ... read more »

From The Jam Live!
Price: $19.00
Artist: Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings
Description:

Live release recorded in 2017 from Bruce Foxton (The Jam) and Russell Hastings, both of whom perform the hits of British mod icons The Jam. < ... read more »

The Joy Of Pop
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Dana's fourth release (his last being the terrific “Girlsville” collection) delivers 14 perfectly realized melodic gems with the help of Klaatu's Dee Long, Dana's wife Tricia, and Matt Tyson. read more »

Cross The Water
Price: $17.00
Artist: Daniel McGeever
Description:

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Daniel McGeever is perhaps best known as the guitarist/vocalist of the pop band The Wellgreen.read more »

Buddha Pesto Manifesto
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dave Caruso
Description:

The follow up to 2014’s read more »

Across The Multiverse
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dent May
Description:

WOW!!  Mississippi-born, L.A.-based read more »

Denny Isle Drive
Price: $16.00
Artist: Edward Penfold
Description:

Edward Penfold returns with the follow up to 2016’s “Caulkhead”.  A long list of collaborators were called upon ... read more »

Serious Poke
Price: $14.00
Artist: Fred Abbott
Description:

Fred Abbottread more »

Fresh Ice
Price: $16.00
Artist: Freewheel
Description: 70’s Guitar Rock Alert!!  Powerful guitar riffs, round refrains, a powerful and personal voice and a dynamic and forceful rhythm base are some of the virtues that Fr ... read more »

Crushing On What Might Be
Price: $15.00
Artist: Hemock Pop
Description: As a veteran of more traditional "rock" bands, Ira Merrill always wanted to make a cohesive "pop" album. So, he holed up with a Macbook Pro, pilfered microphones and preamps from frien ... read more »

Unto The Earth
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Of The Easy Riders
Description:

From high in the Rocky Mountains, Last of the Easy Riders descend with “Unto The Earth”, it's new psych-infused country-rock long-p ... read more »

Pick Your Poison, Pick Your Blues
Price: $12.00
Artist: Latvian Radio
Description:

Brand new release – their sixth!  Latvian Radio has created their own brand of critically acclaimed indie-power pop; since the release of th ... read more »

Picasso On A Log
Price: $6.00
Artist: Magpie
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  WOW!!  ... read more »

Exposure & Response
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

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 nev ... read more »

Once & Future Band
Price: $15.00
Artist: Once & Future Band
Description:

The eponymous debut of a group founded by multi-role players read more »

Pretty, But Killing Me
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pacific Radio
Description:

Pacific Radio’s sound is an infectious mix of energetic garage rock. read more »

Songs Of Our Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Paul Messis
Description:

VINYL-ONLY RELEASE (COMES WITH DOWNLOAD CARD).  read more »

Smellicopter 2
Price: $6.00
Artist: Scott Brookman
Description:

Scott explains the premise behind his latest offering - “At some point I realized that the pre-legendary ‘Smellicopter’ was going to be som ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #77
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #77
Description:

DUE SOON –- ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Stax:read more »

Overaging Underachievers
Price: $16.00
Artist: Smart Patrol
Description:

Here comes the debut-album by just maybe thee best power pop band that’s ever seen the light of day in Germany!!!  The band may be pretty new, but the names might jus ... read more »

After Hours
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sufis
Description:

Sufis are an Anglo-Indian/American band based on the writing partnership of Calvin Laporte and Evan Smith. During a chance meeting at ... 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 »

Real Pop
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description: WOW!! In 2006 The Boolevards started recording 50 of the best pure pop songs they had written over the years. Using some of the classic instruments of the great Merseybeat era (6 and 12 string Rickenbacker guitars with some acoustic guitar in for flavoring) and utilizing classic Mersey recording styles (double tracked voc ... read more »

More Real Pop
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description: The Boolevards remind us a lot of the indie pop bands from the late 70's/early 80's who only released 7" singles that specialized in catchy, 60's-influenced, jangly, slightly ragged garage pop! Their very cool followup (and again accurately advertised on the sleeve as containing "17 MORE real pop songs, "MORE teenage angst ... read more »

Seven Seasons
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Brass Buttons
Description:

We somehow missed this ... read more »

Close Counts
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Brixton Riot
Description: While not the most dangerous-sounding act on the planet, New Jersey’s read more »

Sail Me Home St. Clair
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Carousels
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Previously a 2017 vinyl-only ... read more »

Artifact: The Unreleased Album
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Choir
Description:

The Cleveland rock ‘n’ rollers made their first splash with a 1966 single (“It’s Cold Outside”) on the Canadian-American label which earned them na ... read more »

Joie De Vivre
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Condors
Description:

This six-song mini album is a tribute to Condors' leader Pat DiPuccio's former band, Blow-Up. read more »

Coming On Strong: The Best Of The Deejays
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Deejays
Description:

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2.  ... read more »

The Best Of The Dirty Truckers
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dirty Truckers
Description:

The Dirty Truckers got together back in 1999 when song writer Tom Baker chose to pursue a decidedly American rock n' roots direction. Drawing ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $14.00
Artist: The James Hunter Six
Description:

We’ve always a soft spot for melodic soul/r&b of the 60’s.   ... read more »

Live In Berlin
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Jetz
Description:

The Jetz (prior to re-configuring as power poppers The Pencils) celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of this read more »

Empire Of Mars
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description:

Remember The Steppes?  John Fallon (from The Steppes) is in this sometimes raw ... read more »

Songs From Another Time
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

If psychedelic rock served with a heaping side dish of power pop and 60’s-influenced garage rock makes your heart flutter, then the Lemon Clo ... read more »

Evolution: From Woody’s Truck Stop To Nazz 1966-1968
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Nazz
Description:

Woody's Truck Stop came together in Philadelphia, in late May 1966. As young teens, drummer Bob Radeloff and guitarist Alan Miller had been a ... read more »

Blood
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

Slow burn songs stand front and center on “Blood”, the latest from read more »

Something Or Other
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Someloves
Description:

WAREHOUSE FIND – DUE IN MY MID-MARCH!  read more »

The End
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Yancys
Description:

CRACKER ALERT!  Big ups go out to Chris Church for hipping us to The Yancys, whose read more »

Ready Set A Go-Go
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

Tommy’s latest (third) effort strongly adheres to the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken” philosophy, and closely fol ... read more »

Twelve String High Vol. 2
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: WOW!!  The explosive second volume of what we hope becomes a long-running series features 24 tracks of 12-string electric guitar mastery from these international artists (some of who ... read more »

Beat Scene '65
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Located in Cambridge, England, The Alley R&B Club has been bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to the scooter-riding citizens of the fenlands since 20 ... read more »

All Done With Rock ‘N’ Roll
Price: $6.00
Artist: Watts
Description:

Watts is most definitely not all done with rock n' roll.read more »

Inner City Dream
Price: $19.00
Artist: Wesley Fuller
Description:

Coming a year on from the brash debut EP, “Melvista”, Wesley’s sophomore effort features twelve tracks of swirling psych, jangly pop and punchy, crunchy glam that show off his broadening sonic palette and his p ... read more »