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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!!


 
Footnotes 1992-1994
Price: $16.00
Artist: Adorable
Description:

Re-release of an 18-track compilation from (in our opinion) the very under-rated, former Creation Records Britpop act, Adorable.  & ... read more »

Blue Gold
Price: $16.00
Artist: Al Manfredi
Description:

“Blue Gold” is a little-known West Coast rock masterpiece from 1973.  Al Manfredi’s dreams of securing a reco ... read more »

Caught By Light
Price: $12.00
Artist: Armchair Oracles
Description:

Norway’s Armchair Oracles’ third long-player (and Kool Kat Musik label debut) is a flat-out stunner! But don’t just take our word for it!  Scotland's Attic LightsTotally rockin’ solo debut full-length from the frontman/ ... read more »

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 »

The Whole Shebang
Price: $15.00
Artist: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes
Description:

Charlie Faye and her backing group the Fayettes (consisting of individually accredited vocalists Bettysoo and Akina Adderly) with emulating a vintage style circa the ‘60s and ‘70s. As their handle implies, the trio ... read more »

And The Losers Choir Sings
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description:

A few years back, Colman ... read more »

Blessed Is The Boogie
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 »

Obsolete
Price: $13.00
Artist: Eric Barao
Description:

Six years in the making, the sophomore outing from this brilliant popper is here!  Eric's 2013 debut album, which was produced by power pop darling read more »

If Not Now... Later
Price: $10.00
Artist: Eytan Mirsky
Description:

Eytan’s seventh album has just arrived!  “Since Hot on the heels of 2017’s gap filling Kool Kat Musik compilation, “ Description: WOW!! Top-notch pop outta Sweden from 2007! Despite the name, In Elvis Garage is neither about Elvis Presley nor about garage rock. However, as the name suggests there is an American influence and conn ... read more »

Slow Century
Price: $18.00
Artist: I Was A King
Description:

I Was a King team up with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub (and, musically, it shows!) to create their most energetic, homesick and captivating album to date. Originating from the w ... read more »

Stand Tall
Price: $17.50
Artist: Jason Ringenberg
Description:

Brand new effort from THE Jason of Jason & The Scorchers that almost didn’t happen!  At one point, he had resigned himsel ... read more »

Love Club
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Sarakula
Description:

Do you like love songs?  After spending a lifetime spent avoiding this subject in song, Joel Sarakula finally admits that he does. He has travelled th ... read more »

Growing Up Schlockstar
Price: $11.00
Artist: Joe Sullivan
Description:

Joe Sullivan returns with a highly anticipated sequel to his 2014 gem ‘read more »

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 »

Medium Cool
Price: $15.00
Artist: Luther Russell
Description:

You may already know Los Angeles native Luther Russell from his years as a hard-working guitarist/singer with The Freewheelers, and ... read more »

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

Days Go By
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Released in the UK on vinyl only, the follow up to 2010’s release "The Grown Ups" makes its CD debut.read more »

The Grown Ups (2CD)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

Mick’s 2010 debut is now back in print and on the Kool Kat label!!   Debut albums, more often than not, are a collection of songs over which the hip, young songwriter ... read more »

Better Late Than Never
Price: $11.00
Artist: Nat Freedberg
Description:

WOW!!  Nat Freedberg is a singer, guitar player and songwriter best known in the Rocque ‘n' Roll community as the front man o ... read more »

Nezrok
Price: $12.00
Artist: Nezrok
Description:

Florida-based Nezrok’s (aka Chris Korzen – he trades under his last name spelled backwards) latest release features a host of guests that includ ... read more »

Cover To Cover Remixed
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 »

1967
Price: $40.00
Artist: Pyewacket
Description: read more »

Bloody Rubbish (The Best & Some of the Rest)
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ray Paul
Description: Boston’s Richie Parsons is back with a new Ken Stringfellow-produced effort (Ken also sings and plays on everything.)  “Parsons approximately sounds like a combo of J ... read more »

Diana Dors
Price: $8.00
Artist: Rogers & Butler
Description:

The new collaboration between Ed Rogers and Stephen Butler (Smash Palace), certainly two names that are familiar to pop fans everywhere, is one to behold.  ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #90
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #90
Description:

Issue #90 is something of a "French Special" with the stunning Francoise Hardy on the cover and a whole host of fascinating articles inside, looking at everything from all of the exciting new ... read more »

Used To Yesterday
Price: $14.00
Artist: Smokescreens
Description:

The sophomore effort from this LA-based, New Zealand-esque band On “Union”, Son Volt's present and past mingle into strong confluence. The thirteen songs written by founder Jay Farrar confront our turbulent politics and articulate the clarity and comfort music ... read more »

Blue Music
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 »

Effluxion
Price: $15.00
Artist: Telekinesis
Description:

The fifth full length recorded by Michael Benjamin Lerner as Telekinesis.  It is a back-to-basics album-not j ... read more »

Live In New York
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 »

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 »

From Canada To Europe
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Centaurs
Description:

The Centaurs were one of the top rock bands to come out of Vancouver, Canada in the mid-60’s. With their long hair and bad boy image, ... read more »

This Is My Voice
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Chocolate Watchband
Description:

The Chocolate Watchband made a name for themselves in the late 60’s, touring with both The Mothers of Invention and The Doors, along with a cameo appearance in the cult classic film “Riot On Sun ... read more »

Scene, Not Herd
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Decibels
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE APRIL 12!  ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Sometimes When
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Golden Rail
Description:

Their Nick Batterham-produced sophomore album was put together over the southern winter of 2018. The same four GR members are all present – Saki Garth, Ian Freeman, Dave Chadwick and Jeff Baker – but with ... read more »

Nothing Doing
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 »

Grand Reopening
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Keys
Description:

Finally it's happened! The music of the The Keys< ... read more »

North
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Morning Line
Description: Bread more »

Radio Silence
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Squires Of The Subterrain
Description:

Moving away from his traditional pop and rock efforts of the past, now coming from New Orleans to Memphis, dark shadows ... read more »

Memory Lane
Price: $14.00
Artist: Two Sheds Jackson
Description:

In 1987, Tom Loffler crossed the border into East Berlin one day to take a look at the local music scene.  Guitar case in hand, he quickly came to the realization that it was ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #50
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #50
Description:

DUE LATE APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The latest from Vanilla is another pop gem!  The band features Jayson Jarmon (Liar's Club), Sean Gaffney, Danaread more »

Waiting: The Van Duren Story
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

Memphis musician Van Duren had it all going for himself. He was managed and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (The Rolling Stones) in the 70’s, he was a contemporary of Big Star and was in a post-Big Star band (B ... read 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: $13.00
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 ... read more »

Do You Wanna Be In The Show? A Pop Tribute To The Jetset
Price: $11.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A very cool, 17 song album from 2009 featuring artists from the U.S. and the U.K. that pays a loving tribute to legendary British Mod/Power Pop quartet, The Jetset. One of the most influential bands to ... read more »

The Physical Kids
Price: $11.00
Artist: Zombies Of The Stratosphere
Description:

Taking their name from an old sci-fi movie about a zombie invasion, the band's style seems more influenced by the British Invasion of the 60’s than a 50’s-era B Movie.