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Pack Up Your Shadows + bonus disc
 
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Price: $16.00
Artist: The Successful Failures
 
 
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JOINT RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK/FDR LABELS!!  Fellow New Jersey-ians Kool Kat label debut!  We’ve long been fans/supporters of Mick Chorba’s projects of the years (Dipsomaniacs, Successful Failures), so it feels really right that we’ve now joined forces to present the band’s latest roots pop offering!   Originally intended as a between album EP, this project blossomed into a full-blown album.  Thanks to some late February in-studio inspiration and extra time due to the COVID quarantine, this collection came together in a very short period of time.  Mick explains "It's how I always wanted to make an album.  Just show up at the studio with a rudimentary knowledge of the material and work through it together, get it done in a few weeks."  So here it is - less than a year after the 7th Successful Failures record, "Saratoga"!   Includes a cool cover of “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It” (made famous by Hank Williams)!  "This is the Americana rock album they’ve been flirting with, going in full on a style that’s flecked recent records ‘Saratoga’ and ‘Ichor of Nettle’.  Now, Ron Bechamps mans mandolin as often as bass.  Mick Chorba remains a supreme songwriter and throaty vocalist whatever they play, while his Replacements-esque flair has proceeded from ‘Hold My Life’ to ‘Hey Good Looking.’  What if Hank Williams hadn’t died at 29 and became a rock ’n’ roller, recording for Sam Phillips’s Sun with punkier guitars?  He’d change the words to ‘I Saw the Light’ to become ‘Something Good!’  Other songs drive by Drive-By-Truckers; ‘More of the Same” is like a Lead Belly-via-Creedence ‘Midnight Special,’ update; and the temptation-turns-tragic ‘Murder ’Neath the Silver Moon’ duet with Grace Quackenboss reverses 1930’s ‘lass gets murdered’ ballads - ‘Omi Wise,’ ‘Pearl Bryan,’ ‘Pretty Polly,’ ‘Fair Florella” -by making the maiden the motive-free murderess – he didn’t have it coming like ‘Goodbye Earl.’  ‘Pack Up Uoiur Shadows’ is another Failures’ success!” – The Big Takeover   “Sounding like a long-lost Big Star gem, ‘This Girl’ pairs pop aspirations with roots-rock touches to positive perfection.  Raw and authentic, the catchy tune stands as the ideal preview to an album of similarly inclined goods we have come to expect from the Successful Failures.” – Beverly Paterson  COMES WITH A VERY COOL, EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC OF ALL 9 SONGS ON THE ALBUM PERFORMED ACOUSTICALLY, IN SEQUENCE, LIVE, BY MICK CHORBA!!  GREAT!!


 
The Lockdown Session – October 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

Still stuck at home during the pandemic, Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor wrote and recorded these 10 songs (playing all of the instruments) for the ... read more »

The View From Halfway Down
Price: $16.00
Artist: Andy Bell
Description:

“The View From Halfway Down” is the debut solo release from Andy Bell of Ride. It is a pleasant melange of psych pop an ... read more »

No Fun Mondays
Price: $13.00
Artist: Billie Joe Armstrong
Description:

With touring paused, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (a popper at heart for sure) got to work.  He said, "While we've all been in quarantine, I've been reflectin ... read more »

Is This Real?
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

The world is a heavy place right now and “Is This Real?” (Blank Page’s ... read more »

Gudbye Stoopid Whirled
Price: $11.00
Artist: Brian Lisik
Description:

Ohio rocker Brian Lisik goes into an acoustic direction on his 10-track CD filled with good songs and lots of spontaneity. It isn’t an all-a ... read more »

Rendezvous
Price: $11.00
Artist: Class Three Overbite
Description: It's really no surprise that in 2007, when Mike Elgert and Brad Jendza, two highly recommended pop artists in their own right whose individual titles we carry, teamed up that they would deliver a heavily 70's-influenced, true pop lovers gem of a release! "Every now and then, rock and roll will grace us with it's cool cous ... read more »

The Book Of Strongman
Price: $11.00
Artist: Dennis Davison
Description: “The Book of Strongman” is the debut solo album by Dennis D ... read more »

Turning Circles + bonus disc
Price: $18.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description: The 2020 reissue of Dropkick’s 2007 album “Turning Ci ... read more »

New York: Live
Price: $15.00
Artist: Eddie & The Hot Rods
Description:

Having reformed in 2000, this was the band’s third US tour for th ... read more »

Zombie
Price: $15.00
Artist: El Goodo
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This Wicked Pantomime (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: FaB
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! read more »

Swelter In Place/The Great Dissention
Price: $12.00
Artist: Gerry McGoldrick
Description:

Top keen-eyed trainspotters will recognize Philly’s veteran punk rocker Gerry McGoldrick as the frontman for Solid For Sixty, a band that also counted Frank Brown (Flight Of Mavis/Buzz Zeemer/Travel Lanes) among its ... read more »

Looking For Diamonds X
Price: $13.00
Artist: Jared Lekites
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  While Jared Lekites has been the primary singer and songwriter in the cr ... read more »

Jokers, Idols & Misfits
Price: $13.00
Artist: JIm Basnight
Description:

Although recognized for his excellent original material, Jim chose to compile an album of 21 (!) covers for his latest release that pays homage to his wide-ranging influences.  “’Prince Jones Davies Suite’  ... read more »

Be True To Yourself
Price: $15.00
Artist: Joey Molland
Description:

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After Party
Price: $13.00
Artist: Kurt Baker
Description:

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It's A New Day Tonight
Price: $15.00
Artist: MIchael Rault
Description:

WOW!!!   How did this guy fly under our radar for so long?  It’s too bad Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks already called their album “Sparkle Hard” in 1998, because that simple little phrase would wo ... read more »

Never Too Late
Price: $8.00
Artist: Mike Browning
Description:

A fan of The Spongetones from day one, Mike Browning was absolutely thrilled at a chance meeting with Jamie Hoover at a Dairy Queen in Oak Island, NC.  Upon conversing, Mike not only discovered he and Jam ... read more »

Howl
Price: $12.00
Artist: mylittlebrother
Description:

Based in Cumbria, UK, Mylittlebrother makres their Big Stir Records debut with “Howl”, a record featuring read more »

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

Valley Lodge front man read more »

Nowhere To Go But Everywhere
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts
Description:

The title of Ryan Hamilton’s new album, and now a readily used quotation, is taken from Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road: Thereread more »

Written & Produced By Shane Tutmarc (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Shane Tutmarc
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  read more »

The Cost Of Living
Price: $11.00
Artist: Simon Felton
Description:

Over the past five years, Pink Hedgehog supremo Simon Felton has released his “therapeutic trilogy” of albums - “Emotional Feedback” (2015), “Return to Easton Square” (2016) and “Topsy Turvy” (2017) - all solo record ... read more »

SODO Pop
Price: $14.00
Artist: Supercrush
Description:

For years Supercrush confined themselves to the limitations of the two-song 7” single format, demonstrating a mastery of hyper efficient son ... read more »

Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Amplifier Heads
Description:

Their sophomore outing is a kind of “rock opera” if you will that offers insights into various characters and themes of a record whose title ... read more »

Northern Songs
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Asteroid No. 4
Description:

The Asteroid No. 4 have always worn their influences on their collective slee ... read more »

Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt.
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Great Affairs
Description:

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Demos & Alternate Takes Vol. 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Time To Wake Up
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

Jeremy ... read more »

Red Letter Glow
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Midnight Callers
Description:

The Midnight Callers aren’t here to jump o ... read more »

Too Much Tension!
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Mystery Lights
Description:

Their 2019 release about city-life stress, political mayhem and personal anxieties ... read more »

The Mystery Lights
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Mystery Lights
Description:

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Reflections
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Nines
Description:

The Nines are one of a very few reliable power pop artists who've produced consistently great music since 1998.read more »

Fallout
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Queue
Description: A KOOL KAT RELEASE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THE FIRST TIME AROUND! It's our re-release of their 2004 debut effort that had Bucketful of Brains Magazine gushing "It's a very pop record - articulate and playful - with guitars and keyboards sharing prominence...has bags of confidence, an obscene amount of musical (and technical) s ... read more »

Sing It Loud
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Speeds
Description: In 2005, after two promising EPs, this Steel City trio finally delivered their solid, big-time poppin', 10-song full length debut on the Kool Kat label. This is top-notch Brit-inspired Power Pop that's chock full of crunchy guitars, hooks and terrific (Beatle-like at times) harmonies! Think Supergrass, The Shazam, The Jel ... read more »

Another Season Passes
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Strand
Description:

Who says you can't go back home again?  A 80’s track from The Strand is featured on the “Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987” collection that was just released.  “Another Season Passe ... read more »

Shelf Life
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

“If there’s any upside to a global pandemic…”, Well Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton explains, “I suppose it’s being locked down and afforde ... read more »

A Suitcase Full Of Dreams – Living On Laurel Canyon
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tony Valentino
Description:

Solo effort from one of the founding members of 60’s garage rockers The Standells (“Dirty Water”, “Try It”, “Riot On Sunset Strip”, Sometime ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #55
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #55
Description:

DUE MID DECEMBER – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  This issue details the history of the ... read more »

Idiot Optimism
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

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Are You Serious?
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

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A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume Two
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: R U ready for Kristmas?? Well the kool kats and fine felines currently on the Kool Kat label roster (along with some of our favorite non-label artists) certainly are on the second installment of our Holiday-themed releases! The record features exclusive contributions by The Pencils (who re-formed to contribute their track ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: When was the last time a great pop Holiday record was released? With contributions from both artists currently or soon to be on Kool Kat, this quite possibly could be just what the pop masses ordered! This 11-song Holiday Pop Fest features contributions from Maple Mars, The Smith Brothers, The Goldbergs, Parallax Project, ... read more »

The Kool Kat Kristmas Stocking Stuffer Bundle
Price: $25.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Get both volumes of "A Kool Kat Kristmas" for just $25! ... read more »

A Kool Kat Kristmas Vol. 3
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Welcome to “A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume 3”!  It’s been five years since we released “Volume 2”, and a followup release was long ... read more »

JEM Records Celebrates John Lennon
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

John Lennon’s 80th Birthday would have been on October 9th, 2020.  To commemorate the legendary rock icon’s ... read more »

Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival (4CD)
Price: $42.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

2 COPIES LEFT!  read more »

Cool Yule
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Released in 1996, “Cool Yule” is a compendium of cool, original Christmas songs from the power pop and indie pop underground, a grunge-free celebration of a favorite holiday, replete with hints of 60’s harmonies, cat ... read more »

Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 (2CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: This 28 track, 2CD collection is the first volume of Captur ... read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Eighth Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“The Eighth Wave” features ten pairs of A and B-sides from Big Stir’s weekly “Single Series”, released in July and August at the height of the 2020 pandemic (and often showcasing artistic responses to the turmoil of ... read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Yuletide Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A welcome new addition to the library of pop holiday releases, “The Yuletide Wave” is a holiday gift from the Big Stir label that present a never-before heard songs of the season from the stars of the label’s release ... read more »

Souvenirs: Little Gems Of Pop Volume 3 (vinyl)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

VINYL-ONLY RELEASE DUE MID DECEMBER.  ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 25, 2020  AFTER NOVEMBER 25, 2020 THERE IS GUARANTEE OF ... read more »

Goodnight My Sweetheart The Devil
Price: $10.00
Artist: Zane Drake & The Buffalo Brides
Description:

Often when an album has been around for 25 years, it is labeled a classic.  Zane Drake’s new album “read more »