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Dear December
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: The Minus 5
 
 
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In early 2017, Scott McCaughey was asked to write some holiday songs for another artist’s holiday album. He became so inspired by the task that he wrote more than an albums worth of material and decided to record that album with his group, The Minus 5, a rotating line-up of musician friends that McCaughey recruits to join him from time-to-time. The resulting album, “Dear December”, brings holiday cheer and a fresh batch of great songs (mostly on the mellow side) featuring collaborations with Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck, Mike Mills, The Posies, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Chuck Prophet, M. Ward, Tammy Ealom (Dressy Bessy), Kurt Bloch, Kelly Hogan and Norah O’Connor.  In many ways it’s the Christmas album for people who sniff at them dismissively.  “’Yule Tide Me Over’ is a lovely, steel guitar-colored song about a holiday love affair.  Kelly Hogan helps McCaughey sing this pun-y little number about the kind of lover that need not be introduced to mom.  Colin Meloy performs the piano-based ‘The Fourth Noel,’ sounding like woebegone Richard Thompson, back when he was still making down-in-the-mouth folk-rock with his (then) wife Linda.  ‘Can we forgive ourselves for all the wrong we've done,’ McCaughey asks (begs?) on the jangly ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Gulp Gulp.’   ‘Your Christmas Whiskey’ adds a small touch of cheer, while ‘See You in December’ (featuring M. Ward and Chuck Prophet) revs up some Chuck Berry-esque rock and roll.  Perhaps, Ben Gibbard's ‘I See Angels’ offers the biggest dosage of optimism, as he sings about spying angels everywhere this time of year.  He sings it over a woozy, wonderful psychedelic groove.  The album ends with another guitar-driven rocker called ‘I Still Believe in New Year's Eve.’ – CountryStandardTime.com  “The album doesn’t give any musical ground to Christmas - no bells - sleigh or otherwise - and no cooing voices in search of a silent night.  Musically, it doesn’t stray too far from their love of garage band energy and chiming guitars, and the pop classicist in McCaughey keeps the songs tight.  Nothing here lasts longer that 3:18, and five of the album’s eleven songs say their piece in under three minutes.  In that way the record reflects the values of the first American indie rock scene and the members of it who sit in with The Minus 5.  Just as those bands questioned or cut through conventions to get to more genuine, personal musical expressions, the rccord does Christmas McCaughey’s way. The album is shot through with a spirit of community and good cheer, and he expresses them through musical choices that reflect the values he shares with his collaborators and audience. Because of that, there’s little on the album that will sit easily on an all-Christmas station, but there’s also a lot there for those who want Christmas music to sound more like rock ’n’ roll.” –MySpiltMilk.com   It’s always nice to inject some newly-recorded, pop-leaning, annual Holiday-themed records every year!  EXCELLENT!!


 
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 AlexanderRELEASED ON JULY 6.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THA ... read more »

Blue Motel
Price: $13.00
Artist: Bart & The Bedazzled
Description:

“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 »

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 »

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

WOW!!!!  read more »

I'm Gonna Burn Out Bright
Price: $21.00
Artist: Davey Lane
Description:

Davey Lane has been honing his craft for a long while now ¡§C working with greats of the music industry such as Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, ... 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 »

No Sleep
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian
Description:

Ex Norwegian broke onto the scene in 2008 with the sun-drenched, effortlessly hummable “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 »

Gene Clark Sings For You
Price: $15.00
Artist: Gene Clark
Description:

Description:

Lindsay Murray’s indie-pop solo project Gretchen’s Wheel returns with her fourth full-length releaseread 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 »

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 »

Lane Steinberg & His Magical Pony
Price: $11.00
Artist: Lane Steinberg
Description:

Imagine if Ray Davies and Todd Rundgren collaborated on a record – but Ray Davies was the Alpha Dog (well, that’s what it sounds like ... read more »

At Least We've Got This Madness
Price: $10.00
Artist: Luv Dot Guv
Description:

With influences ranging from Weezer to Grandaddy, ELO, The Beach Boys and more - NYC/UK based rockers Luv Dot Gov have been bringing their unique brand of indie rock to both sides of the pond sin ... 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 »

There is no Blue
Price: $14.00
Artist: Michael Roberts
Description:

Melody is still the key ingredient but now it’s with a different direction. This is the second album by Michael Roberts "There is no Blue”.  The album ... read more »

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

VINYL LP THAT COMES WITH A CD!read more »

Nick_Eng
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

Nick Eng is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Biggest Little City of Reno, Nevada. Heavily influenced by the sounds ... 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 »

Big Night Out + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Rob Clarke and The Wooltones
Description:

What's the biggest, best, “Big Night Out” you ever had?  A particularly memorable one for Rob was dropping five tabs of acid on the way to see B ... read more »

Shadowlands
Price: $15.00
Artist: Romantica
Description:

In 2017, after an extended hiatus, Romantica released their fourth and long-anticipated album, “ ... read more »

Winning Star Champion
Price: $15.00
Artist: Ruler
Description:

Ruler's music - hook-heavy, assertive, and inspiring - is made for motion. It's a soundtrack for moving forward, for getting better, in terms of both heal ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #80
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #80
Description: 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 revolution, it's now. read more »

Right As Rain EP
Price: $6.00
Artist: Smash Palace
Description: Smash Palace delivers the perfect soundtrack for the spring of 2018. The five rock n roll tracks represent the signature Butler brothers sound – 60’s jan ... read more »

Four
Price: $12.00
Artist: Starbelly
Description:

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

Crowley and Me
Price: $13.00
Artist: Star Sponge Vision
Description:

PRETTY THINGS ALERT!!  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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The 10th Century
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Mourning After
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ATTENTION FANS OF THE PRISONERS!!  On this, their third fu ... read more »

Dear 23 (2CD)
Price: $21.00
Artist: The Posies
Description: BUMPED TO 6/29 - STILL TAKING PRE-ORDERS!!  2018 is a milestone year for The Posies, who began their career exactly 30 years prior by releasing a home-recorded cassette called "Failure”.  It became an ... read more »

Mondo Deco + bonus tracks
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Quick
Description:

The Quick (Danny Wilde, later one half of the Rembrandts was their frontman) were the crucial link between the glam and punk eras in Los Angeles. Like The Runaways, they w ... read more »

Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Rose Garden
Description:

RELEASED ON 6/15 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  In December 1967, Los Angeles folk-rock quintet The Rose Ga ... 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”.  Inspired by Chicago power poppers and British Invasion bands, The Spindlesread more »

A View From Above
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

"It took 15 years and 9 albums ... read more »

You Never Know
Price: $13.00
Artist: Three Hour Tour
Description:

The latest and greatest from Darren Cooper, with some help from friends like Adam Schmitt and John Richardson serves as another primer for up-and-coming poppers that shows “how it’s done”!< ... read more »

Visitors
Price: $13.00
Artist: Triptides
Description:

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 »

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 »

Zeenith
Price: $15.00
Artist: Zuider Zee
Description:

An early/mid-1970s group that sound like a hybrid between T-Rex and Big Star, might sound like a band that should be universally adored but Memphis' Zuider Zee have remain ... read more »