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Maker
 
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Price: $12.00
Artist: Andy Bopp
 
 
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Brand new release from Andy Bopp!!  We’ll now defer to the eloquent Don Valentine who nails what this record is all about!  “Followers of Andy's solo career will know how much he has evolved.  If you listen to both of his previous albums, ‘Maker’ will not seem so different.  Listening back to ‘Wherewithal’ and ‘Blisters And Thorns’, I saw the connection clearer than on my first few listens to this. The variety and versatility on those two albums hid the direction, but I do feel they were stops on the journey to here.  There is less variety on ‘Maker’, it's more thematic, but it just might be the best thing that Bopp has ever done. Those Myracle Brah albums are fantastic, but would you want the same thing again and again?  Having said that, there are similarities in how we both feel. I write, Andy creates and performs, but how I feel about Power Pop at the moment mirrors on his not wanting to make the same album again and again. The genre itself has become frustrating, arguments about what is and what isn't Power Pop and the oneupmanship.  IDHAS evolves and thankfully so does Andy Bopp.  ‘Maker’ is not a Power Pop album, so what is it?  It's also not a guitar album, yes the guitar is present, but it's low in the mix, if at all. If this were Bowie, it would be ‘Berlin’ or latter day Bowie.  It's wonderfully inventive, but don't expect to sing along. The album demands your attention and rewards you for it.  ‘Cigarette’ should be on ‘Scary Monsters’.  It is a very electronic affair, but just to tease you Bopp ends proceedings with ‘Lights And Saviors’, a really poptastic affair with riffs to treasure.  Great as that is, being the fellow that we have come to know and love, what lies before is more interesting.  The album centres around two versions of ‘In The Interest Of Time’.  The impression that I get of that song is that the slower, less synth led version, was the first written with the Part 1 Edition, a later take. Well the latter is enthralling, a synth hook reminiscent of the better 80's duos that offered up songs that were more than a vibe and a drum pattern. It does feel a bit ‘Heroes’, but not wholly.  ‘Years and Years’ is moody and hypnotic, totally gripping in its minimal make up. That bass line, the occasional piano, is very Thomas Dolby, musically.  ‘Idle Hours’ is a mixture of the old new with an atmospheric verse with a jaunty chorus.  ‘Tooth And Nail’ is almost campfire acoustic with a ‘Scarborough Fair’/Canterbury feel to the arrangement.  ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ is a cover of the Fine Young Cannibals song, plenty of similarities to the original, but far more chirpy with brass.  The stand out is the title track - very staccato with a shared soul vocal in the chorus.  It rocks out in the chorus, but the almost spoken verse beautifully contradicts that chorus.  It's a crackerjack of a song, but completely unexpected as an album opener.  It's a masterpiece, but it is going to take repeated listens to realise that. It's worth the effort.  But Is It Power Pop? NO!” – IDontHearASingle.com  EXCELLENT!!


 
Billy Bremner For President
Price: $15.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to fully realize a dream come true when we’re able to work with artists/bands that are some of our all-time faves!  Several years ago, it was ... read more »

Backwards Compatible
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

With 2017’s “Limitations Of Source Tape”, Chris laid to rest any notion that his power pop leanings had taken a backseat to any of his other very music musical proclivities.  The record garner ... read more »

Collector
Price: $14.00
Artist: Disq
Description:

Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences.  The record’s title, “ ... read more »

Rebuilding Permit
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dolph Chaney
Description:

AVAILABLE APRIL 3 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Seven years since the Chicagoland singer-song ... read more »

Fixers and Elixirs
Price: $11.00
Artist: Frederick Julius
Description:

Frederick Julius is an underground, lo-fi pop music that conjures the vital sound of early Beach Boys records with read more »

God Is A Bully
Price: $12.00
Artist: Gershwin Brothers
Description:

The duo of Dave Foster and Lane Steinberg (aka Sol and Al Gershwin) are joined by a local NYC musical crew (Mike Fornatale, Charles Roth, T ... read more »

Mammals
Price: $15.00
Artist: Hanemoon
Description:

Hanemoon is the solo project of Hans Forster who is/was the front man with other great acts such as read more »

Kingdom Of Sleep
Price: $15.00
Artist: Jonny Polonsky
Description:

This is Jonny's sixth full length release.  With also finger cymbals, gongs, bass clarinets, piccolos, harmonica, bass fiddles, and a children’s choir, this record features guest vocals by Cedric Bixle ... read more »

Cheap Vacation
Price: $9.00
Artist: Justine's Black Threads
Description:

Rebel rousers beware!!  Justine Covault (singer, songwriter, and guitarist) from Justine and the Unclean releases ... read more »

Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out
Price: $9.00
Artist: Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out
Description: Since 1990, Ken Fox has been laying down his bass chops, writing, recording and touring the ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kyle Vincent
Description:

2020 sees Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache's new album captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch read more »

Never Not Together
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nada Surf
Description:

On their ninth album, Nada Surf continue pursuing their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt lyrics. & ... read more »

Bloodshot Red
Price: $12.00
Artist: Popular Creeps
Description:

The debut release from four guys (including Lenny Grassa, formerly of The Leonards) from Detroit who are doing their part to keep a no frills, bar band brand of rock ‘n roll alive.  read more »

We Have The Technology
Price: $10.00
Artist: Protest Kids
Description:

John Brownell, the songwriter and lead vocalist for the Missoula rock band Protest Kids, writes the kind of hooks that people will sing along to at a gig.read more »

35 Years On
Price: $12.00
Artist: Quincy
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  A sonic blast of '77 era Vibrators-Undertones-Motors & Ramones with the sound, look, and ... read more »

Collection 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: Red Skylark
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE APRIL 3 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Rookie is six matching jumpsuit-clad, shaggy-haired friends from Chicago who play rock 'n' roll that's more at home next to their parents' battered LPs than on their friends' streaming playlists. < ... read more »

Anybody Out There?
Price: $12.00
Artist: Sadler Vaden
Description: read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #102
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #102
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  RELEASED ON APRIL 3!!  ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Heavy Rainbow
Price: $11.00
Artist: Soft Targets
Description:

Still sounding as fresh today, Soft Targets'WAREHOUSE FIND!!  This Top 200 Al ... read more »

Find Me Out
Price: $11.00
Artist: Spanking Charlene
Description:

New York City’s Spanking Charlene’s third outing record continues and refines Spanking Charlene’s catchy songs about life and love in New York City. read more »

Can't trust the rain + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Strand
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Niall Toner Jr. began playing in a post-rockabilly/ garage rock band in ... read more »

Walking The Walk
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Peawees
Description:

2018 saw The Peawees release "Moving Target".  The Italian soul punks swept through the underground scene winning over crowds and critics alike. They followed their latest success by re-issuing their classic ... read more »

GOOD/GRIEF
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

The Roseline is the musical moniker of singer/songwriter Colin Halliburton and a myriad of collaborators.  Five albums in ... read more »

First Hits Free
Price: $13.00
Artist: Tommy Ray!
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!   read more »

Music For Sale
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

Tommy Sistak has been performing in rock bands since the age of 12, sharing the stage with such international acts as Davy Jones of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Eric Burdon and The ... read more »

On
Price: $10.00
Artist: Travel Lanes
Description:

Travel Lanes are a band with a past. They hail from Philadelphia with only one wish......your time......and maybe a few bucks so they can record a few more tunes.  Since his days leading the local bands Fli ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #53
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #53
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  WOW!!  A very, very kool 2CD tribute to to one of Britain’s best creative ‘n quirky pop purveyors!  The impressive lineup of artists appearing here are Pete Donnelly ... read more »

While You Still Can + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Vinny Peculiar
Description:

A tip of the cap goes out to Edward Rogers who has hipped us to Vinny Peculiar (and, interestingly, upon listening, there are definite musical similarities between Ed and Vinny).read more »