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Smiling Lessons
 
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Price: $10.00
Artist: The Persian Leaps
 
 
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The time has finally come for the release of the latest sonic delight from indie rock power pop outfit The Persian Leaps – their new “Smiling Lessons”, a collection is comprised of seven new songs.  Based in St. Paul, Minnesota and after various line-up changes, today The Persian Leaps are Drew Forsberg (vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming) and Jon Hunt (bass, vocals). Together they create music that is very much in the same vein as Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads, The Smiths and Guided By Voices.  “The phrase ‘smiling lessons’ comes from a joke between my wife and me. Honestly, I have no idea how to smile on command for photos. Time and time again, we’ll take pictures and although I could swear I was smiling, when I look at the photos, I’ve either got no expression or a slight grimace. So, we joked that I need smiling lessons. The phrase resonated with me so I tucked it away for a future album title,” says Drew Forsberg.  “Since then, “smiling lessons” has come to mean more to me. If people are supposed to smile in the face of adversity, then all the hardships life throws our way are smiling lessons. You could say that 2020–with its global pandemic, racial injustice, and murder hornets–has been one massive, never-ending smiling lesson.”   “They sound like they’ve heard more than a few of the great British indie records of the ’80s and ’90s.  Silky fuzz and solid hooks echo The Smiths, Orange Juice and Teenage Fanclub with great enthusiasm, and they never fail to recreate that celestial guitar jangle" – NME   "Unpretentious and infectious... laced with vast riffs, euphonious vocals and pop sensibility.  Captivatingly pleasurable blustery indie rock" – LouderThanWar.com  “Full, satisfying guitar work... charmingly pleasant breezy indie rock" – Magnet Magazine  "Truncated treatises in big-guitar post-punk power-pop" – The Big Takeover  "Think about huge riffs echoing through your speakers, melodious vocals and the sort of pop sensibility we’ve come to expect from bands like Nada Surf" – Austin Town Hall  “Channeling positive vibes, ‘Smiling Lessons’ will peak your ears, lift your spirits and leave you hanging on every word, every riff they pump out.  As prolific as they are talented, there is no filler on this as every track here is worthy of being a standalone single, showcasing the duo’s infectious energy and drive.” – SpillMagazine.com  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 »

an Apple a day…
Price: $16.00
Artist: Apple
Description:

Apple made one of the rarest albums of the psychedelic era (a copy recently sold on eBay for just under £4,000), while their two singles included one of the gen ... read more »

The Secretariat Motor Hotel
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ashley Park
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The Homebound Tapes
Price: $8.00
Artist: Blake Jones
Description:

The new EP from Blake Jones (of Blake Jones & The Trike Shop) features six brand new tracks recorded during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.  “Music has gotten quieter and more inti ... 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 »

Other Broken Dreams
Price: $10.00
Artist: Bubble
Description:

Bubble is a NYC power pop group got its start on the anti-folk scene in the early 90’s as an acoustic rock trio featuring songwriter Dave& ... read more »

The Book Of Strongman
Price: $11.00
Artist: Dennis Davison
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Don’t Blame Yourself
Price: $14.00
Artist: Duncan Reid & The Big Heads
Description:

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Even Time
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ed Ryan
Description:

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Price: $15.00
Artist: El Goodo
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Stumbling Blocks
Price: $11.00
Artist: Exploding Flowers
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This Wicked Pantomime (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: FaB
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Price: $11.00
Artist: Geoff Palmer & Lucy Ellis
Description:

Geoff Palmer explains “Got time to kill? Make some music!  2020 is canceled, and my schedule is wide-open; it gives me time for projects to come to life. I had always loved John Prine's track "In Spite of Oursel ... read more »

Wishing On A Dark Star
Price: $10.00
Artist: Greg Pope
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“Pop Monster” Greg Pope (joined for this release by “The Pope Boys” – sons Asher Noah, a ... read more »

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Price: $11.00
Artist: Gretchen's Wheel
Description:

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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 »

A Place In The Sun – The Complete Jason Crest (2CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: Jason Crest
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Joey Molland
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To The Left Of The Moon's Reflection
Price: $14.00
Artist: John Howard
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  With a career that spans nearly 50 years, “To The Left Of The Moon’s Reflection” represen ... read more »

After Party
Price: $13.00
Artist: Kurt Baker
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Long Overdue
Price: $12.00
Artist: Librarians With Hickeys
Description:

The band started off 2019 with their self-released debut single “Until There Was You” and “And Then She's Gone” which showcased the twin guitar jangle and chime of Ray Carmen (vocals, guitar) and Mike ... read more »

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Price: $10.00
Artist: Marshall Holland
Description:

It has been six years since Marshall Holland’s last album of accessible singer-songwriter pop (2014’s “Marshall Holland and the Etceteras”).  In March of 2020, facing a day-job layof ... read more »

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Price: $11.00
Artist: Muck and The Mires
Description: Buckle up and prepare yourself for a rocket trip fueled on ... read more »

Thankyou & Goodnight
Price: $18.00
Artist: National Flag
Description: WOW!!  Formed in Kingston on Thames, South London in ... read more »

Thiensville
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Pipitone
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  We’re thrilled to welcome Nick Pipitone back to the Kool Kat family o ... read more »

High Upon The Mountain
Price: $15.00
Artist: Pacific Range
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Painted Doll
Price: $19.00
Artist: Painted Doll
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I Don't Fit In (Book + 7" Single)
Price: $35.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description:

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I Don't Fit In (Book)
Price: $25.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description:

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I Don't Fit In (Book + 7" Single)
Price: $45.00
Artist: Paul Collins
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I Don't Fit In (Book)
Price: $35.00
Artist: Paul Collins
Description: ATTENTION NON-US CUSTOMERS – YOU MUST PLACE YOUR ORDER U ... read more »

Another World – The Best Of The Archives
Price: $15.00
Artist: Paul Collins' Beat
Description:

As we all know, The Beat were one of the best bands to emerge from the West Coast new wave/power pop boom of the late 70’s merging tough, but hook-laden tunes with vig ... read more »

Putting The L In Wooltones
Price: $13.00
Artist: Rob Clarke and The Wooltones
Description:

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Price: $16.00
Artist: Shane Tutmarc
Description:

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Shindig! Magazine - Issue #108
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine
Description:

“A wizard and true” cover star of this issue is Todd Rundgren: 68 Record productionsread more »

Talk Loud
Price: $15.00
Artist: Shy Boys
Description:

On their third full-length album, the Kansas City quintet push themselves artistically at nearly every turn, crafting 11 songs that explore new instrumentation, intric ... 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 »

Calliope
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Bookends
Description:

The Bookends’ “Calliope” is like an amusement ride for your heart and soul.&nbs ... read more »

The Chris White Experience Volume 3
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Chris White Experience
Description:

“Volume Three” of The Chris White Experience spans songs recorded between 1969-2019, and is the third in a multi-CD collection covering Chris’ career between the dissolution of the original Zombies up to the curre ... read more »

In Search Of The Family Gredunza
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dupont Circles
Description:

Thirty years in the making and it is finally here.  Canada’s The Beautiful Music has finally released the long-anticipated debut album ... read more »

Second Album
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Empty Hearts
Description:

The sophomore release from this terrific guitar pop supergroup that features drummer Clem Burke (Blondie), guitarist Elliot Easton (The Cars), bassist Andy Babiuk (The Chesterfield Kings) and singer ... read more »

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

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Myraid
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lovetones
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Sex Crazy
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Lurkers
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Red Letter Glow
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Midnight Callers
Description:

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

Almost Night (2CD)
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Palisades
Description:

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Smiling Lessons
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Persian Leaps
Description:

The time has finally come for the release of the latest sonic delight from indie rock power pop outfit 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 »

Idiot Optimism
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
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Are You Serious?
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
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Big Stir Singles - The Seventh Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“The Seventh Wave” represents the second entry in the series to collect Big Stir’s weekly Digital Singles issued during the Pandemic Era.  The collection showcases the artists of the global pop rock community, ... 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:

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