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Wilkerson
 
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Price: $13.00
Artist: Danny Wilkerson
 
 
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Stand-alone CD version of what’s already being hailed as “what might just turn out to be the finest album of 2018”!  Danny Wilkerson is a Texas native who has been making music for many years (most notably as a drummer/vocalist for the Pengwins, a pop band that includes labelmate Lannie Flowers).  Kudos go out to John Borack who, in our opinion, sums the record up beautifully “Sometimes an album is just so good – so perfect in nearly every way – that I feel the need to shout it from the rooftop. So please excuse me for a moment while I climb to that rooftop to praise Danny Wilkerson’s most excellent 10-song debut, a record that floored me on first listen, and one that should be a cause for celebration for fans of well-crafted, supremely melodic, lyrically meaningful pop music.  Several years in the making, great care has been taken with every aspect of its creation, from the deeply felt songwriting, magnificent performances, and gloriously expansive arrangements and production down to the pristine-sounding mastering. He was more than ably assisted during the songwriting and recording phase of the record by singer/songwriter/producer Bleu McAuley, whose imprint is all over the powerfully intoxicating songs.  Other luminaries offering vocal and instrumental support include Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish); Joe Seiders (The New Pornographers); Jesse McGinty; the Boston Symphony Strings; and Pat Buchanan (Idle Jets, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Don Henley).  While the contributions from his supporting cast are certainly impressive, it’s Danny’s vision – always positive, upbeat and thought-provoking – that makes this album the special gift that it is.  Influences are plentiful – Beatles, ELO, Burt Bacharach, Jellyfish, and various ‘70s and ‘80s hitmakers – but are never overpowering.  Rather, they’re sweet little musical nods to those who have inspired Wilkerson and Bleu.  Wilkerson’s pure, emotive lead vocals appear right out of the box.  Opener ‘Everybody Loves to Love,’ begins with a Bacharach-inspired flugelhorn bit, then moves on to a jaunty, Jellyfish-informed verse which feeds into a chorus that just may have been inspired by Tears for Fears’ ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love.’  But before the listener gets too comfortable, the tune takes a quick detour into more rocking, almost surf music territory, with Wilkerson intoning, “I’m just looking for a sitar and a Hofner/a Rickenbacker and a giant stack of ‘ahhhs’” – which, of course, is followed by giants stacks of said “ahhhs,” delivered in a near Queen-like fashion. From there, the song takes a mellower turn, with Roger Manning’s ethereal keyboards taking center stage until the song winds to a conclusion. Not unlike one of Paul McCartney’s late ‘60s/early ‘70s episodic pieces, a wonderfully evocative piece of work that neatly folds the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s into one five-minute tune that sounds wholly current. And that’s just the first song!  From there, the hits just keep on comin’ – and as a matter of fact, the next number, ‘Enough for Somebody,’ is a joyous romp that fairly explodes from the speakers, and is hooked by McGinty’s horns, a wonderful melody and Wilkerson’s confident vocals. ‘Endless Haze’ is a powerful, cautionary tale of drowning in the bottle, with some clever lyrical turns (“When I pour, it rains” and “I can’t outrun my makers mark”) and an ‘Eleanor Rigby’-inspired string quartet as the sole instrumental accompaniment. ‘You Still Owe Me a Kiss’ is another full-bodied pop song with an unshakeable chorus, and ‘When Your Number’s Up’ is a lovely rumination on life and death, with a quirky little mid-song interlude that recalls McCartney’s ‘Woke up, got out of bed…’ bit on ‘A Day in the Life.’  The ebullient ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ sounds like some sort of perfect world intersection of Supertramp, 10cc and ELO at their poppiest. ‘How She Lost My Heart’ has an insistent melody and a distinctly psychedelic vibe, with a ‘Ticket to Ride’-styled drumbeat throughout.  A vaguely McCartneyesque influence is apparent on the mid-tempo ‘Carry the One’ (with a strong vocal performance from Wilkerson and some tasty massed backing vocals), and ‘Let it Go Tonight’ is a strong contender for ‘Best of Show’ honors. With an acoustic guitar figure reminiscent of Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’’ and some sharp slide guitar action from Bleu, the tune glides along on another memorable melody.  The disc closes out with an absolutely gorgeous, ‘circle of life’ number titled ‘Comes in Waves.’ Over nothing more than a beautiful Roger Manning piano figure and Isaiah Gage’s perfectly placed cello, Wilkerson (with Manning also providing some beautiful backing vocals on the bridge) turns the song into an emotional, near-spiritual experience. Simply lovely, and a fitting capper to a wonderful album that truly is a feast for the ears.”  GREAT!!


 
Extra Credit
Price: $11.00
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Wild Heart
Price: $13.00
Artist: Cassettes
Description:

Philadelphia’s Cassettes have described their debut album “Wild Heart” as their love letter to the FM era.  “You know what, their ‘love letter’ description ... read more »

Footnote
Price: $8.00
Artist: Cloud Eleven
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Datura4
Description:

Fronted by Aussie legend Dom Mariani, who came to prominence on the music scene in the 80’s with legendary garage rock combo The Stems, and later went on to form revered power ... read more »

Scorpio Monologue
Price: $12.00
Artist: David Brookings & the Average Lookings
Description:

David Brookings has been a part of the indie pop scene since releasing his first record in 2000 at the tender age of 21. “While David Brooking’s catalog contains several fine albums, ‘Scorpio Monologue’ stands ... read more »

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Ex Hex
Description:

On their sophomore outing, Ex Hex's commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage, post-punk approach that defined their deb ... read more »

Rips
Price: $15.00
Artist: Ex Hex
Description:

The 2014 debut from this power trio from Washington, DC.  Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads this is unapologetic rock 'n' roll spat out in the discipline's mothe ... read more »

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Price: $10.00
Artist: Eytan Mirsky
Description:

Eytan’s seventh album has just arrived!  “Since Description: “Listening to this new collection, a tribute to rockers Nada Surf, with less-than-zero knowledge of the band or its songs, turns out to be the smartest move I've made in awhile. Going in blind, I was able to judge the songs on their own merits and I didn't have to play the ‘Which Version is Better?’ game. These are the onl ... read more »

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Price: $11.00
Artist: Gretchen's Wheel
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Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kraig Jarret Johnson
Description: Fronted by veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist Kraig Jarrett John ... read more »

Loser 1993-97 – Remasters and Rarities
Price: $14.00
Artist: Loser
Description:

These are the earliest professionally documented recordings of Chris and Sean Lund, aka "The Lund Bros". The first portion of the record was the result of Geffen Records' 1995 funding of the band's stu ... read more »

Live And Unplugged (2CD)
Price: $14.00
Artist: Loser
Description:

And the  Lund Bros. archival releases just keep on coming!  Here, the Lund Bros are captured here under their previous moniker, Loser, at ... read more »

Ragged But Right
Price: $11.00
Artist: Memphis 59
Description: WOW!!! A BRILLIANT ROOTS POP GEM FROM 2009!!!!!   ... read more »

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Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

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Somehow Anyhow
Price: $17.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

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Price: $13.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

His 2014 effort is a kaleidoscopic affair full of West Coast pop, 60’ ... read more »

iRecord + bonus disc
Price: $18.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

Jelle Paulusma was the lead vocalist/guitarist for the late, great Daryll-Ann. His 2008 sophomore solo effort is a wonderful, West Coast-inspired, psych tinged-pop/folk-pop gem! The le ... read more »

Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Price: $16.00
Artist: Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Description:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic self-titled, only album by San Francisco new wave legends Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. read more »

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Pezband
Description:

Originally released in 1979, “Cover to Cover” was Pezband's third album.  Fast forward to 2019, and it has been completely remixed and ... read more »

In Concert – Archive Series Vol. 3
Price: $19.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

THIS 2014 ARCHIVAL RELEASE IS NOW BACK IN PRINT!!  Drummer gui ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description:

Sweden's legendary power-pop-surf-punk heroes are back with “21”.  After an 18-year gap between the band's classic LP “Stereoids” and the triumphant comeback “The Voice of Summer” ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
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Price: $13.00
Artist: Ray Paul
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Reigning Sound
Description:

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright, “Abdication... For Your ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #91
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #91
Description:

Neil Young is this issue’s cover boy: Going it alone in 1968 and ’69. The mak ... read more »

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Price: $6.00
Description:

BRAND NEW VINYL 7” RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE MAY 24 – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

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Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunshine Boys
Description:

Sunshine Boys are singer/guitarist Dag Juhlin (The Slugs, Poi Dog Pondering), bassist Jackie Schimmel (Big Hello), and drummer Freda Love Smith (The Blake Babies).read more »

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Price: $8.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

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Art's Gallery
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Artwoods
Description:

The Artwoods - Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord - recorded for Decca, Parlophone and Fontana from 1964 to 1967 and their Decca back catalogue in particular has been ... read more »

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Price: $14.00
Artist: Th Bangles
Description:

This historic radio broadcast made for WNEW-FM, New York is available for the first time on CD.  This powerful, hit-packed performance (wefre guessing from 1986) features the clas ... read more »

The Singles Collection
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Bluebells
Description:

Like fellow Scots Aztec Camera, The Bluebells crafted impeccable, jangly guitar pop, only with better melodies and stronger hooks.   Even ... read more »

Dead Calm
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness
Description:

AT LAST!  THIS BRILLIANT, PREVIOUSLY VINYL-ONLY RELEASE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD!!  Debut al ... read more »

Early Morning Sun: 60’s Harmony Pop Produced by Irving Martin
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Californians & Friends
Description:

For the first time ever, the fine folks at Teensville Records present an anthology of 60’s UK Beach Boys-influenced band The Californians...and so much more! read more »

A Sides B Sides
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Elevators
Description:

Another piece of 80’s Brit Pop history has been rescued!!  “The Elevators started off life as The Stains but decided to change their name in 1978.read more »

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Price: $11.00
Artist: The John Sally Ride
Description:

The followup to “A New Set Of Downs” (a Kool Kat label release that sat atop a lot of “Best of 2017” year-end lists) is here!read more »

The Last Bees
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Last Bees
Description:

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Price: $10.00
Artist: The Morning Line
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Glasgow's magnificent PearlfishersMoving away from his traditional pop and rock efforts of the past, now coming from New Orleans to Memphis, dark shadows ... read more »

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Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On the title track of their latest EP they join forces with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (of Jellyfish/Imperial Drag fame) who contributes backing vocals!read more »

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Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On their 2016 debut, Canada’s The Top Boost (Hunter Gogo and Kiri ... read more »

Jigsaw Days
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Frontman and brainchild Jeff Shelton made a concerted effort to “get back to the basics” with "Jigsaw Days" – the 4th full-length release from this San Francisco-based p ... read more »

Post Modern Romantic
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

With 17 years and 10 albums under his belt in the indie power pop and Bay Area music scene, Well Wishers frontman and brainchild Jeff Shelton shows no signs of slowing down (he's also ... read more »

Dunwoody
Price: $0.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

5-song "concept" EP from veteran popper Jeff Shelton! "Sometime in early 2013 I woke up one morning with a very clear premonition that I should write and ... read more »

A Shattering Sky
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Another sparkling, hook-filled gem delivered by Jeff Shelton and mates!  After six albums and a 5-song EP re ... read more »

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Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Based on a solid foundation of melody, songcraft, and the ever important "musical hook", the Well Wishers' deliver a warm, full-bodied sound and engaging ... read more »

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Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

The third full-length release from The Well Wishers marks a notable artistic step forward that finds the band breaking through some of the pure power pop barriers of their first two re ... read more »

Once & Always
Price: $12.00
Artist: Trip Wire
Description:

Marty Schneider Exceptional cover stories for this landmark issue include the tragic mystery story of the Lost & Found from California, an expansive interview with writer/musician/archivist Lenny Kaye ( ... read more »

Mystik Knights Of Tacoma
Price: $12.00
Artist: Vanilla
Description:

The latest from Vanilla is another pop gem!  The band features Jayson Jarmon (Liar's Club), Sean Gaffney, Danaread more »

3 X 4: The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Previously a Black Friday 2018 Record Store Day release, this is a very kool reord that features brand new recordings from four of the core “Paisley Underground” scene’s ... read more »

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

The very cool “Big Stir Singles: The First Wave” collects the first twelve A-sides and B-sides from the label's acclaimed ... read more »