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Big Sunset
 
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Veterans of the Portland, OR music scene, Jay Castro and JP Ramos are essentially Big Sunset (though this record is a collaboration with a lot of others, songwriting-wise).  Jay explains how the project came to fruition “I had the pleasure of recording, producing, and mixing an album for some good friends in a band called The Contestants.  In the process of recording the records I ended up contributing some extra instrumentation and vocal harmonies.  I found that I really loved the way JP Ramos wrote and that our voices worked well together.  After the album was finished, I reached out to JP to see if he wanted to write some songs together.  For me, it was a chance to explore the pop side of my musical tastes.  Both JP and I are huge Jellyfish (and associated acts) and XTC fans.  Writing together was a blast.  We would each bring fairly finished songs to the table and then take them home to write our own take on them.  This process distilled a product we felt was better than our solitary vision had brought to the table.  Initially, as we continued to hone the songs an idea came to our minds to not play on our own album. If we broke out of that traditional songwriting mentality, where would these songs lead?  We both had a roster of versatile friends who agreed to come to the table.  Notably was Don Schwarz, of Tales Untold on Tuba and Todd Bayles on pretty much everything.  I had the pleasure of working with both of these guys over the years and they are both amazing.  We did a few rehearsals with JP and I reworking parts to better fit the instrumentation, eventually we both caved and added our own performances back to the mix. Todd was such an inspiration that we eventually asked him to just be a part of the project as a whole.  The result is a labor of love and an exercise in setting lofty expectations for ourselves.”  I think I know what's going on, but what always delights me more is discovering something that I had no idea about. I heard the Big Sunset album and loved it.  It is a great example of a pop rock album that takes chances.  None of the push button instrumentation is present here.  You will hear accordion, tuba, double bass and ukulele in some pretty stunning arrangements.  Having said that, the stand out song is the stripped down, ‘The Night I Was Murdered’, a brooding hypnotic listen that just grips you.  Five years in the making, this is a beautifully arranged affair. There is so much going on, but the album's themes and song structures never lose track of melody. ‘Invisible Men’ comes in as a cross between Jellyfish and ELO, but with Beach Boy harmonies and accordion. In all of these fine arrangements, there is very little electricity, so the big sound is even more admirable. I can't recommend this album highly enough. It's a cracking listen.” – IDontHearASingle.com  It is indeed!  GREAT!!


 
Extra Credit
Price: $11.00
Artist: Brad Marino
Description: Totally 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 »

Footnote
Price: $8.00
Artist: Cloud Eleven
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 »

It's Real
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 »

If Not Now... Later
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 »

Moth To A Lamplight: A Tribute To Nada Surf
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gretchen's Wheel
Description: WOW!!  James Clarke FiveJoe 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 »

Ragged But Right
Price: $11.00
Artist: Memphis 59
Description: WOW!!! A BRILLIANT ROOTS POP GEM FROM 2009!!!!!   ... 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. No Win's debut album is a strong collection of songs nestled comfortably in between indie rock, pop punk, and power pop.read more »

Somehow Anyhow
Price: $17.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

Over the past 5 years, Jelle Paulusma seemed to have disappeared off the grid, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Best known as the front man of Daryll-Ann, the indie p ... read more »

Pulling Weeds
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 »

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 »

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
Description: read more »

Bloody Rubbish (The Best & Some of the Rest)
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ray Paul
Description: read more »

Abdication... For Your Love
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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

North
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 »

Dreaming
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 »

Turn Around
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 »

Comes and Goes
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 »

How I Won The War...
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 »