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Dear Life
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Brendan Benson
 
 
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After a seven-year hiatus, Brendan Benson returns with what is probably his most joyful solo album to date.   On album seven, he has found a place of peace that he has been yearning for a long while. The cynicism that once permeated his lyrics has been replaced by comfort, wonder, and delight, all of which make it a joy to listen to.  “His first two albums set a high bar, especially 2002’s ‘Lapalco’, and while his preceding albums have aimed high, each with great standout songs, none have since hit that mark. Many of his songs have seemed like windows into his personal life, a shard that has cracked through to his own insecurities, his hopes, relationships, and often a reflection on his failings. On ‘Dear Life’ there is a new-found joy and optimism in many of the songs that shine through more than anything else he has written in the last 20 years and, there is a playfulness to the music and melodies that raise a smile.  The opening couplet of ‘I Can Do What You Want Me To’ and ‘Good To Be Alive’ pump with more of a synth-funk sound and the programmed drums certainly add a disco vibe, but he’s soon back on his well-trodden path by track three with ‘Half A Boy (Half A Man)’.  A blend of alt-country and power pop, it’s exactly what he is best at.  It’s when ‘Richest Man Alive’ kicks in that the album takes on a whole new life.  As someone who has at times seemed so self-deprecating through his lyrics, here we find him enamored with a domestic bliss that has no doubt grounded him. The music that drives it is just as upbeat and heartwarming, with a wonderful brass part running along in the background. On ‘Baby’s Eyes’ he hammers it home even more as he looks back on previous hurts and wishes that they never dull the shine of his own children’s eyes.  He’s never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve for all to see. The title track, coming closest to the more folk-pop sound that he achieved on ‘Lapalco’, brings back the idea of hanging in there through life’s obstacles, and comes back to it again on ‘I Quit’, which melds his acoustic background with the fresher grooves that he has started to explore on the album. The piano-led, album closer ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’, is replete with samples of what we can assume are his own children. It’s a downbeat ending to the record that focuses his current bliss back on the fear for the future of those around him, a fear once directed internally, here it is for those he cares for most.” – LouderThanWar.com   GREAT!!


 
From Me To You
Price: $12.00
Artist: Andrew
Description: Mostly acoustic guitar-led, Andrew Sandodval's 2007 effort is described as "Sheer pop heaven, overflowing with '60s nostalgia, melodic sunshine and gorgeous orchestration, all tied together with the soothing flow and dip of his bright voice and clever, heartfelt lyrics" - Splendid Magazine "Sweet, gorgeous melodies. You kn ... read more »

Green Meadows Sketchbook
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bertling Noise Laboratories
Description:

Involved in music since the '90's, Nick Bertling primarily made his name as a drummer in Baltimore. Bands such as Puddle, Gary B & The Notions, Naked Blue, Alto Verde, They Hear and others.read more »

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 »

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 »

Late Checkout
Price: $15.00
Artist: Dent May
Description:

“Full speed ahead now, no more looking back,” Dent May confidently croons on his fifth LP, “Late Checkout”.  The un-nostalgic sentiment and sobering clarity of his latest body of work signifies taking a refl ... read more »

Don’t Blame Yourself
Price: $14.00
Artist: Duncan Reid & The Big Heads
Description:

One of the first, original punk bands was The Boys who were the first band of the era with a full record ... read more »

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

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 7 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Stumbling Blocks
Price: $11.00
Artist: Exploding Flowers
Description:

Led by singer songwriter Sharif Dumani, read more »

Typically Stereo
Price: $11.00
Artist: Garfields Birthday
Description:

Gar ... read more »

Cloud Cover
Price: $11.00
Artist: Green Seagull
Description:

London based Green Seagull return with “Cloud Cover”, their second long-player.  Since forming in 2016, ... read more »

The Man Who Calls The Shots
Price: $18.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle featuring Miss Modus
Description:

The 8th album from Groovy Uncle sees the band reunited with Scotland’s Miss Modus, who contributed to some of the stand-out tracks from two previous Uncle LP’s.read more »

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

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  While Jared Lekites has ... read more »

Richard
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joe Pernice
Description: While The Pernice Brothers have made many excellent lush, highly orchestrated alb ... read more »

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 »

Love, etc...
Price: $13.00
Artist: John P Barton
Description:

Here’s a terrific effort from 2008 that's a very charming and catchy and jangly little roots pop thing! John P Barton has a true knack for catchy melody and memorable hook ... read more »

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 »

Paper Airplane
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 »

More Kicks
Price: $16.00
Artist: More Kicks
Description:

The London trio fronted by Sulli from Suspect Parts has fully delivered on the "pop explosion" it's been promising all along.  The band's self-titled debut was knocked out in just two days, recording everything ... read more »

Selfish Propensities
Price: $11.00
Artist: Nana
Description:

WAREHOUSE FIND!!  Misunderstood, possibly?  The makings of an all star band before they hit their prime artistically and musically, definitely.  Songs written by and a band fronted by Tom Baker (Dirty ... read more »

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

Fast & Loose
Price: $12.00
Artist: Nick Frater
Description:

RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 19 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  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 »

Do The Sob!
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nite Sobs
Description:

Who's ready for some really great pop?  Nite Sobs are a new-ish 3-piece band from Austin,TX.  They write two-to-three minute pop songs about the ups and downs of love - timeless stuff both musically and ly ... 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 »

Old Hat
Price: $11.00
Artist: Peter Lacey
Description:

Peter’s back with 12 brand new songs that are destined to “cap-tivate” your ears.  And if ... read more »

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

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEl!!read more »

Glamping
Price: $12.00
Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Description:

The ex-Jellyfish/current Lickerish Quartet guy’s 2018 release finally gets released to a wider audience!  “Within the first 20 seconds of the opener ‘Operator’, we get a retro sounding keyboard riff with two ... read more »

Catnip Dynamite
Price: $12.00
Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Description:

This is a remastered reissue of Roger’s 2008 outing that now includes “American Affluenza”, previously a Japan-only bonus track.  read more »

The Land Of Pure Imagination
Price: $12.00
Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Description:

This is a remastered reissue of Roger’s 2006 outing.  “read more »

Summer Home
Price: $10.00
Artist: Roto
Description: The 2007 solo outing by James Rotondi under the name "Roto". Full of churning power-pop, heady art-rock and rich psychedelic folk from this former singer, guitarist and synth-wizard for Air and Mr. Bungle. The album's title aptly suggests the sense of homecoming that the record represents; a laid-back, free-spirited music ... read more »

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

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 25 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #107
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #107
Description:

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are the cover stars: Egos, cocaine and madness: “The American Beatles” eat t ... read more »

Man On The Sea
Price: $12.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

Canterbury, England's Spygenius returns with their fifth (and in our opinion, BEST) long-layer, “read more »

Crowley and Me
Price: $13.00
Artist: Star Sponge Vision
Description:

PRETTY THINGS ALERT!! 
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Barracudas
Description:

Fronted by original vocalist Jeremy Gluck and original guitarist Robin Wills, the ‘Cudas delivered a rip-roaring, 14-song set at The Revolver in Madrid back in 1993.&n ... 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 »

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 »

Threesome Vol. 1
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Lickerish Quartet
Description:

JELLYFISH ALERT!!!!  read more »

Radio Sounds
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Speedways
Description:

"Radio Sounds" is the follow up of their highly acclaimed debut album, 2018’s "Just Another Regular Summer".  It is all you need when you love guitar driven infectious pop music with the knack of early punk on B ... read more »

Pack Up Your Shadows + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Successful Failures
Description: JOINT RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK/FDR LABELS!!read more »

The Time Traveller’s 3rd Will & Testament
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Total Rejection
Description:

Their third long playing album is filled with top-notch Garage Punk and Pop-Psych belters that will eat their way into your brain.  The record builds on the raw ... read more »

Wrapping Yourself In Silver Foil Won’t Save You From The Blast
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Total Rejection
Description:

Their 2018 debut album mixes the best elements of 60's garage punk, with nods to 60’s Mod icons such as The Who, Sm ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #54
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #54
Description:

This special issue pays tribute to Phil May of the Pretty Things.  Included are interviews with those who knew him best, including his close friend and lifelong collaborator, Dick ... read more »

Martin Green Presents: Super Sonics (40 Junkshop Britpop Greats)
Price: $21.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Super Sonics” is a 2CD, 40-track celebration of the multi-faceted British alt rock/pop scene which flourished from 1992-1998, midway through attracting the term Brit ... read more »

Land Of Sensations & Delights: Psych Pop Sounds Of White Whale Records (1965-1970)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

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