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Uppers & Downers
 
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Price: $12.50
Artist: Gold Star
 
 
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Marlon Rabenreither aimed for a wider scope of emotional dexterity on “Uppers & Downers” and has achieved just that. The old-timey theme mapping out a picture of country roads and Americana grit remains, but his latest includes a hopeful edge that invites you to join in on the highs, the lows and everything in between; “The idea was to achieve a deeper scope, a more dynamic range: slow songs, fast songs, less genre specific, capturing all the moods,” explains Marlon.  Big names are not needed in this album; but they are present with the likes of Cameron Avery of Tame Impala and Cole Alexander of Black Lips offering contributions ranging from loaded, vintage-sounding keys to bold harmonies.  Nothing, however, takes away from Rabenreither’s potency over this album. “From the opening track, ‘Crooked Teeth’, the splintered, experienced voice of Rabenreither is showcased. The music is brimming with nostalgia as he throws it back to a classic era of music with a modern twist, much akin to the Ryan Adams’ ‘Gold’ - period.  A mixture of different eras and emotions creates a familiarity with the album which is felt from the offset, drawing your attention and capturing your curiosity.  As the album progresses, the momentum builds and the curiosity develops as you are fully pulled into an album that is so complex in emotion, so varied in genre and so wide in scope that it will have you smiling, crying and worrying about what uninvited emotion will be lured out of you with the next track.  The autobiographical ‘Half the Time’ is a sun-kissed, Americana fueled, personal track that paved the way for the rest of the album.  Big keys, a changing tempo and those cracked vocals create a track that celebrates being unhappy only half the time. And then there is ‘Chinatown’ and the title track, both of which are ethereal and contrasting to the tracks around them.  The former is an acoustic, looping track that boasts country-rock elements; whilst the latter ironically brings the most life to the album through just Rabenreither’s vocals and a faint organ harkening the old, troubling days of Gold Star’s tumultuous journey.  Overall, the record acts as a collage, pinning up an eclectic mix of music and emotion, observational folklore and personal feeling. It invites you to join and commands you to listen all on the turn of Rabenreither’s alluring personality, his visceral narrative and his layered vocals.” – TheLineOfBestFit.com  GREAT!!


 
Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared apprecia ... read more »

Medium Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team of Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, the pair began writing together back in the dying embers of ... read more »

September Gurls (Expanded Edition)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell & Squire
Description:

Fronted by Anthony Meynell, Squire were arguably the best Mod act around when The Jam brought attention to this burgeoning scene in the late 70’s. With an impressive canon on timeless pop songs, as danceable as they are me ... read more »

Under Blue Skies (Expanded)
Price: $13.00
Artist: Armstrong
Description:

Armstrong is one of those mysterious and elusive bands that stays well beneath the surface, but anyone willing to dive a bit deeper is richly rewarded with pearls of great value. The band is centered around singer/songwriter Julian Pitt whose read more »

Watching A Garden Die
Price: $11.00
Artist: Berwanger
Description:

The fourth full-length from Josh Berwanger, former member of The Anniversary.  He must have This 2017 offering from Josh Berwanger contains some of his most memorable rock anthems yet.  “The Star Invaders” wasn't marketed as a concept ... read more »

Berwanger and The Star Invaders
Price: $11.00
Artist: Berwanger and The Star Invaders
Description: read more »

Sync Or Swim
Price: $15.00
Artist: Big Tide
Description:

Founded by Liverpool native Ben Thomas in 2016, Big Tide was born out of Thomas’ disillusionment with the electronic music scene. Totally rockin’ solo debut full-length from the frontman/ ... read more »

Car City
Price: $12.00
Artist: Car City
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  AVAILABLE NOW!!  Car City’s 2018 self-titled debut was previously only available as a vinyl LP/download, but is now ... read more »

Car City
Price: $12.00
Artist: Car City
Description: read more »

Cheap Gunslingers
Price: $11.00
Artist: Cheap Gunslingers
Description: Founded in 2015 by celebrated punk rock and roller Edo McGrady a former member guitarist voc ... read more »

Emerge
Price: $13.00
Artist: Chris von Sneidern
Description:

It’s certainly been a while (12 years in fact), but a new Chris von Sneidern record has just arrived!  Literally the White Album of his career, an unflinc ... read more »

Ginger Stepkids – The Lost Demos 2009/2010
Price: $17.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description:

Brand new 13-song collection of stripped-down demos from Martin Newell under the Cleaners From Venus moniker!  Martin explains “These tracks were the last rough demos made with th ... read more »

Electric Bloom
Price: $11.00
Artist: Cromm Fallon
Description:

Cromm Fallon’s debut full-length contains 10 s ... read more »

Dream Road
Price: $13.00
Artist: Doug Tuttle
Description:

Doug Tuttle has been writing and recording records alone in his New England apartment since the collapse of his former band MMOSS in 2012. &nbs ... read more »

Little Big Head (Expanded)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Duncan Reid & the Big Heads
Description:

This is the digitally remastered and expanded edition of their debut album.  Formed in 2012 by ex-singer/bass player/live front man of Joey Ramone's favori ... read more »

Live Love (2CD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: Glen Burtnik's Summer Of Love
Description:

Flying in the face of the oft-quoted phrase “if you remember the 1960’s you weren’t really there”, Glen Burtnik (The Weeklings) and his rather large band certainly do, p ... read more »

Everest
Price: $12.00
Artist: In Deed
Description:

Uppsala, Sweden's In Deed, purveyors of timeless indie-pop of the highest order, are embarking on an improbable and thrilling third act with the release of thei ... read more »

Parloursounds
Price: $12.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description: read more »

Sexbombe Uber Alles
Price: $14.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

An 11-track  “Best Of” sorts that contains 7 songs from “Good Enough For Me and Harry McGee” and “Fly My Pretties Fly” along with 4 songs (“Love’s Gonna Be My Game ... read more »

'Fly My Pretties, Fly'
Price: $14.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

2008’s “Fly My Pretties Fly!” again shows off some of James’ influences, creating a wonderful musical palette and as Record Collector later described his music as "A host of effervescent pop delights...”  < ... read more »

Good Enough For Me and Henry McGee
Price: $14.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

James Clarke Five are Liverpool-born songwriter James Hughes-Clarke, along with some guests from time to time, on his various recordings. There aren’t really five people in JC5. It’s just a name.  ... read more »

Full Circle Nightmare
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kyle Craft
Description:

Kyle’s second album released in 2018 is full of femme fatales and other clichés dredged from a half-century of classic rockKyle Craft's music has often been compared to the early '70s glam heyday of David Bowie, and his love of Bob Dylan is obvious in the surreal imagery of his lyrics.  “ ... read more »

Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey
Price: $12.00
Artist: Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey
Description: read more »

Another Land
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lucille Furs
Description:

Recorded direct to tape, this is the kind of record you can get lost in on a cross-country drive from the Midwest to the West Coast.  It’s a record w ... read more »

Shape Shifter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Very kool show recorded live at The Petrillo Bandshell in Chicago on July 4, 1993 and broadcast on WXRT-FM.  ... read more »

Hello, All You Happy People
Price: $10.00
Artist: Mondello
Description:

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good ‘ol throwback of a charming, DIY effort, but Mondello’s debut fits the bill quite nicely!read more »

Time Capsule Volume One
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description:

The latest from Mothboxer is a collection of 10 songs written many years ago and finally completed this year!  “ ... read more »

Long Shot
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

Nick Eng is back with his second album in a little over a year. Peter Perrett(The Only Ones) returns with “Humanworld”.  In this new chapter, Peter continues to dissect romance and politics with his trademark sense of sardonic wit and wry ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description: read more »

Pop Circles
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard X. Heyman
Description:

“Pop Circles” is the 13th solo record from Richard, containing 18 new tracks full of melody, harmony, jangly guitars, ferocious keyboards and brilliant songwriting, in the grand traditi ... read more »

This Is The Sound
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts
Description:

Ryan Hamilton has been on our radar since he partnered up with Bowling For Soup’s Jaret as part of double act People on Vacation.   ... read more »

Thirty Nine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

For these Rickenbacker-janglers newest album, James Hall tried something different. He wrote an entire alb ... read more »

white lies and bloodshot eyes
Price: $12.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

A KOOL KAT EXCLUSIVE!!   Available again after being out of print for several ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #93
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #93
Description:

Cover boy for this issue, is truly a “cover boy” – Brian Jones: He’s remembered 50 years on.  Other features include Badfinger: The fame before the fall.read more »

Once Upon A Time b/w Town…Revisited
Price: $6.00
Description:

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

Never Let You Get Away
Price: $12.00
Artist: Supercrush
Description:

Imagine the feeling of stumbling on an old sepia-toned photograph of your parents sandwic ... read more »

Side Three
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

The Armoires are back with their first new release in three years.  The “Side Three” EP isn't the new album – that's coming in August in the form of the “Zibaldone ... read more »

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 »

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 »

Platinum Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Briefs
Description:

The Fall of 2000 was a time of innocence.  Saxophonist Bill Clinton was our President. The Twin Towers were still standing…  Then the Brie ... read more »

The New Industrial Ballads
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Claim
Description:

The Claim hail from Cliffe in Kent and were one of the major players in the thriving "Medway Scene" which came out of the WOW!!  A Garage-o-Delic 60’s Explosion is what The Creatio ... read more »

The Creation Factory
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Creation Factory
Description: read more »

Running For Covers
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Doughboys
Description:

Produced by Kurt Reil (of The Grip Weeds who also contributes vocals and percussion throughout) The Doughboys’ sixth studio album, “Running For Covers”, contains 13 tracks from the ... 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 »

There Is Only Now
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

The 6th effort from one of the best garage, psych, and Freakbeat bands going in the UK!  “Heritage can be a harsh mistress.read more »

The Gold
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Gold
Description:

KURT BAKER ALERT!!  The First Mystery: “The Gold” Where does this name come from? Maybe it ... read more »

Pearls.
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description:  

Originally a studio project, The Gold Needles have since beco ... read more »

Through A Window
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description: RELEASED ON JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Adventureland
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Junior League
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL COMING IN LATE JULY!  ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!! ... read more »

Marigold
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description:

The Laissez Fairs are back with “Marigold”, their fourth album!  16 tracks.  All sorts of tunes...fat, skinny, loud, and soft...travel inside this album.. ... read more »

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

There's an undeniable scent of nostalgia in the air. Our distraction-filled digital lives have us craving something that is organic, real and spontaneous.read more »

I Used To Be The Martial Arts
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Martial Arts
Description:

The new EP from The Martial Arts (Paul Kelly) is a joyous romp through the pop song - a study in infectious grooves and melody.  “The song ‘New Performance’ is 11 years after the band’s last album, the three Michiganers - Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler alongside Jack White are backChris von Sneidern’s fun side-project featured songs centered in the traditions of soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Originally released in 1999 in Japan only, and limited to 500 copies, it sold out rathe ... read more »

Consolation Prize Fighter
Price: $8.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

Reforming a couple of years ago after a 20 year “hiatus”, Chicago’s Thrift Store Halo return with their second effort since the reformation.  2017’s Tony Low was a founding member of New York band The Cheepskates.  He went solo in 1998, ... read more »

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

Marty Schneider This fun and funky 4th album by Ulysses is a perfect soundtrack to a summer day trip!  Rob Bailey (a/k/a Dr. Robert) has an intense passion for discovering long-forgotten 60’s club sounds and giving them a new lease of life via his DJ sets and this co ... read more »

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

“Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave” Way back in the ancient days of 1972, noted philosopher and poet Ricky Nelson wrote “If memories are all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck.”read more »