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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!!


 
Born Too Late
Price: $10.00
Artist: Asher and The Spinners
Description:

The pop apple doesn’t fall far from the pop tree, as Asher Pope is the son of top tier popper Greg Pope!  Nick’s DIY tribute to the Monkees!!  A multi-instrumentalist who makes and records the noise in these laboratories is a marvel.  “This ... read more »

...into thin air
Price: $6.00
Artist: Bertling Noise Laboratories
Description:

A multi-instrumentalist who makes and records the noise in these laboratories is a marvel.  “This colle ... read more »

The Frodis Tape
Price: $12.00
Artist: Berling Noise Laboratories
Description: Nick’s DIY tribute to the Monkees!!  < ... read more »

Don't You Think You've Had Enough?
Price: $15.00
Artist: Bleached
Description:

On Bleached’s third release, sisters Jessie and Jennifer Clavin start with a foundation of basic big guitars, big drums, and big choruses of classic Cheap Trick or Weezer and eventually spin out into a handf ... read more »

The Glitterest, Sladest, Rockin’est, Laidest, Overtime-Paidist, Boogiest Band In Town
Price: $12.00
Artist: Creem Circus
Description:

Creem Circus hails from the dirty, grey streets of the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, just a few blocks from where “Eraserhead” was filmed.  Creat ... read more »

You and Me and Everybody Else
Price: $11.00
Artist: DC-3
Description: 2006 project led by Derek Cintron! "Powerful songs, beautiful songs, get-up-and-jump-around songs, sit-back-and-take-it-all-in songs – all of them with great melodies, vocal harmonies and a strong musical backbone of drums, bass and guitar. Woven with classic rock/pop songwriting sensibilities and strong yet sensitive ly ... read more »

She's The One
Price: $8.00
Artist: Dogmatics
Description:

Boston's legendary Dogmatics return with their first recording of brand new music in over 30 years!  “Back in the day”, the sound and sight of the Dogmatics was consummate, raucous rock and roll &# ... read more »

The Unraveling
Price: $14.00
Artist: Drive-By Truckers
Description:

“The Unraveling” is the first new Drive-By Truckers album in 3 1/2 years (the longest space between DBT albums ever). Those years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen ... read more »

The Scenic Route
Price: $16.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

As terrific and great as their back catalog is, their 16th album, “The Scenic Route” ... read more »

The Accidental Falls
Price: $13.00
Artist: Eyelids
Description:

Portland, OR's Eyelids, one of rock's best-kept secrets, step firmly out from the shadow cast ... read more »

Head On A Swivel
Price: $12.00
Artist: Gary Ritchie
Description:

This is Gary’s 5th solo record!  . After many "fits and starts" equipment breakdowns, a major relocation, and more, Gary and Jeff King (his former bandmate in Loose Lips) got it done. 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 »

Hindu Rodeo
Price: $11.00
Artist: Hindu Rodeo
Description:

Terrific pop from the Twin Cities!  Hindu Rodeo is led by Joel Sayles (bass/vocals/songwriting). ... read more »

Spiderbites
Price: $11.00
Artist: Indonesian Junk
Description:

The glam punk dirtbags in Indonesain Junk specialize in big ol, catchy power pop hooks.  “Spiderbites” is a brand new tuff n' catchy batch of instant classics. The three piece is frequently compare ... read more »

Blue Palms
Price: $10.00
Artist: Jimmy Haber
Description:

The third album from pop master Jimmy Haber is a top-notch jangle, hook ‘n harmony-filled affair that truly belies its dark influences.  Jimmy explains “When I officially began recording “Blue Palms” in Marc ... read more »

Jordan Jones
Price: $14.00
Artist: Jordan Jones
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  As most know, we here at Kool Kat Musik are 100% committed to physical product, especially the CD ... read more »

Give In To The Night
Price: $12.00
Artist: Latvian Radio
Description:

Evolving from the first punk rock version of the band known as The B-Sides, and together since 2005, New York based indieread more »

Natural Beauty
Price: $14.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

Mo Troper's latest solo effort was recorded in the uneasy yet fertile time after the singer, s ... read more »

Record Number Three
Price: $11.00
Artist: Nat Freedberg
Description:

Whether channeling psychedelic rock, guitar-driven blues, o ... read more »

Forest Of Love
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Northern Pikes
Description:

The legacy of the Northern Pikes continued in 2019 with the release of the band¡¯s brandThe 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.  They cite influence ... 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 »

And Now For The Whatchamacallit
Price: $14.00
Artist: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Description:

Those looking for promiscuous breakfast foods on hallucinogens, unfortunately, you have been gravely misled.  Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are a four-piece rock outfit from Western Australi ... read more »

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

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 28!!  A sonic blast of '77 era Vibrators-Undertones-Motors & Ramones with the sound, look, and ... read more »

Click
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Ratboys
Description: Power pop is the driving force behind the debut from Steven Bradley.  The record touches ground somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Nick Lowe and will keep any Matthew Sweet fan happy.read more »

Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears
Price: $13.00
Artist: Steven Bradley
Description:

Power pop is the driving force behind the debut from Steven Bradley.  The record touches ground somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Nick Lowe and will keep any Matthew Sweet fan happy.read more »

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

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 21!!  DUE MARCH 6 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ZOMBIES ALERT!!  ... read more »

The Chris White Experience Volume 1
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Chris White Experience
Description:

DUE MARCH 6 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ZOMBIES ALERT!!  The popularity of The Zombies has soared over the last few years, and is growing since their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2019. A ... read more »

All Too Beautiful! Live September 2017
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Direct Hits
Description: Brand new one from Scotland’s finest purveyors of Floyd/Barrett-inspired psych pop with hints of jangle of the highest order!  “The past decade or so has been a fine one for Scottish bands. Where a ... read more »

Full Of Strange + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Fast Camels
Description: read more »

It's About Time
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Real Impossibles
Description:

The Real Impossibles were an L.A. based Power Pop band (1983-1988).  They recorded two EPs and one 45 RPM single.  read more »

3
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Weeklings
Description:

RELEASED ON JANUARY 17 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Don't let read more »

Dirty Snakes
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tom Baker
Description:

Tom Baker delivers his first solo release backed by both of his bands - The Dirty Truckers and The Snakes – who ably assist in delivering a sonic wall of 70’s FM thunder welded by earnest blue collar rock n' roll.read more »

The Great British Beat! Volume Two
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: If you were lucky enough/old enough to remember when the Direct Hits and their fan ... read more »

Hit The Hay Vol. 11
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Celebrating their 25th year of presenting twangy and jangly roots pop, Sweden’s Sound Asleep Records brings us the eleventh installment of their terri ... read more »

An Indie All Star Tribute To Paul McCartney
Price: $11.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Ex-pat (Malaysia by way of Texas) Keith Spinney is the man responsible for fostering this project.  This album features performances by some ver ... read more »

Tea & Symphony: English Baroque Sound 1968-1974
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: Young Guv only makes hits, baby. It's what he was born to do. Too many hits, in fact - since last summer, Guv (a.k.a. Ben Cook) moved to Brooklyn from his native Toronto and wrote music, because th ... read more »

Guv 1 & II
Price: $15.00
Artist: Young Guv
Description: read more »