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The Book Of Strongman
 
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Price: $11.00
Artist: Dennis Davison
 
 
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“The Book of Strongman” is the debut solo album by Dennis Davison.  Dennis was the lead singer and songwriter in The Jigsaw Seen who released 9 masterful albums throughout their history and were featured on numerous compilations and collections including the seminal “Children of Nuggets” box set.  His songs and voice can be heard in many films and TV shows  such as “Futurama” and “Shameless”.  He was also the lead vocalist for neo-psych pioneers, United States of Existence.  The album is brimming with highly personal and sonically surprising songs.  Opener “Strongman and Sonny James” tells the tale of a 15 year old soldier who finds himself in the midst of the Korean War in 1950.  By song’s end, Dennis has woven the true tale of his father Walter and his army comrade, country singer Sonny James into his own story of a fictionalized superhero called Strongman.  “Colors spark and ignite, lightning strikes an angel’s flight.  Rockets red glare stare, string snaps on a fiery kite.”  In his song “Auras”, he paraphrases Francis Scott Key’s description of a historic naval battle to describe migraine with auras and declares musical war! The battle theme continues on “Heaven Bound”, where mental illness is the issue at hand.  “Can You Imagine?” takes on social anxiety and “The Spoken Word” contemplates a war between the spoken word and the written word.  “In The Folly Of Youth” celebrates the adventurous, carefree and sometimes careless spirit of youth.  The grand beauty of “Museum Piece” serves as a gentle interlude, while “Shadow On A Tall Tree” soars like the sparrows that the song references. The album’s final two songs are cut from the same cloth, but constructed in very different ways. “Aberdeen Vista” and “What The Hell Is That Noise?” were both written about the Baltimore house where Davison grew up. The former is told in a straightforward and sentimental way while the latter is more lyrically abstract and musically dissonant. All of the musical instruments on the record were played by Dennis.  The instrumental template for the album is as adventurous as the songs themselves.  Mellotron, Monotron, Rhythm Ace, Blipblox and an assortment of analog synths enhance the atmospheric mood, complementing the bass, drums and guitars. Months of listening to Robin’s Reign, Scott Walker and Faust surely helped guide the album in this unique direction.  EXCELLENT!!

 
Desperate Days
Price: $12.00
Artist: Brian Bringelson
Description:

WOW!!  The second solo outing from Brian Bringelson (a/k/a Paul Starling) is a “must have” melody and harmony-drenched masterpiece!  read more »

forever fresh!
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bruce Moody
Description:

A new (old) set of pop-centric tunes from Bruce Moody, one of the 80’s power pop names that's been bouncing around for years and has only recently been investigated.  Back in the early 80's Terry Carolan (True H ... read more »

Forget About It
Price: $11.00
Artist: Classic Ruins
Description:

Having emerged with the '80s garage rock revival, this now re-activated combo from Boston returns to the scene with its kick-ass 2020 full-length.  For “Forget About It” The Classic Ruins reco ... read more »

Life Gets Strange
Price: $11.00
Artist: Cliff Hillis
Description:

Rising to the challenge of collaborating with his band during the pandemic, Cliff along with co-producer/musician Greg Maragos (Smash Palace, In The Pocket) and drumme ... read more »

Over & Over
Price: $13.00
Artist: Clover
Description:

An archival release of sorts from Ireland’s by way of Australia Matt Purcell.  In 1994, Matt’s ... read more »

Radiophonic Supersonic
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dave Caruso
Description:

“Radiophonic Supersonic” is the followup to Dave’s 2017 “Buddah Pesto Manifesto” release.  Dave explains “Oread more »

Forever Together (3CD)
Price: $28.00
Artist: Doug Fieger
Description:

A 3CD/48 track (featuring a total of 25 previously unreleased songs - 10 previously unreleased by the Knack) career retrospective.  Doug Fieger and his power pop band ... read more »

Turning Circles + bonus disc
Price: $18.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

The 2020 reissue of Dropkick’s 2007 album “Turning Circles” comes as an expanded CD.  This was the first album the Andrew/Alastair/Roy/Stu line up made before “Dot the I” and “Pa ... read more »

New York: Live
Price: $15.00
Artist: Eddie & The Hot Rods
Description:

Having reformed in 2000, this was the band’s third US tour for th ... read more »

Corporation Pop!
Price: $15.00
Artist: Emperor Penguin
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Since early 2020’s “Soak Up Th ... read more »

This Time You’re On Your Own
Price: $11.00
Artist: Foxycontin
Description:

Philly’s Foxycontin are four men devoted to playing high-spirited, pop punk.  Formed in 2003, the band features members of Philly punk legends The Electric Love ... read more »

Quaranteenage Kicks
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gallows Birds
Description: “Quaranteenage Kicks” by Gallows Birds is an album most obv ... read more »

Swelter In Place/The Great Dissention
Price: $12.00
Artist: Gerry McGoldrick
Description:

Keen-eyed trainspotters will recognize Philly’s veteran punk rocker Gerry McGoldrick as the frontman for Solid For Sixty, a band that also counted Frank Brown (Flight Of Mavis/Buzz Zeemer/Travel Lanes) among its ... read more »

Power On
Price: $13.00
Artist: Helen Love
Description:

If you're a diehard fan of all things indiepop, chances are you've heard of Helen Love!  They (she) have been releasing records on a regular basis for nearly 30 y ... read more »

Jokers, Idols & Misfits
Price: $13.00
Artist: JIm Basnight
Description:

Although recognized for his excellent original material, Jim chose to compile an album of 21 (!) covers for his latest release that pays homage to his wide-ranging influences.  “’Prince Jones Davies Suite’  ... read more »

Be True To Yourself
Price: $15.00
Artist: Joey Molland
Description:

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Savoury-Toothed Tiger
Price: $12.00
Artist: Marveline
Description:

Marveline is the solo project from Fallon Cush/The Native Strip bass player Pete Marley.  read more »

It's A New Day Tonight
Price: $15.00
Artist: MIchael Rault
Description:

WOW!!!   How did this guy fly under our radar for so long?  It’s too bad Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks already called their album “Sparkle Hard” in 1998, because that simple little phrase would wo ... read more »

Never Too Late
Price: $8.00
Artist: Mike Browning
Description:

A fan of The Spongetones from day one, Mike Browning was absolutely thrilled at a chance meeting with Jamie Hoover at a Dairy Queen in Oak Island, NC.  Upon conversing, Mike not only discovered he and Jam ... read more »

Greetings From Muckingham Palace
Price: $13.00
Artist: Muck and The Mires
Description:

Those fine and upstanding American ambassadors of grooving garage-rock, Muck And The Mires, are back once again with aread more »

Howl
Price: $12.00
Artist: mylittlebrother
Description:

Based in Cumbria, UK, Mylittlebrother makres their Big Stir Records debut with “Howl”, a record featuring read more »

Oh By the Way...it's Natalie Sweet
Price: $11.00
Artist: Natalie Sweet
Description: Natalie Sweet is the former lead singer for The Shanghais.& ... read more »

Shipwrecked Commotion
Price: $11.00
Artist: Paul Starling
Description:

With Brian Bringelson’s profile raised recently courtesy of his recent “Desperate Days” pop gem, AND as we get ready to issue his prior (download-only) 2019 solo outing “Burning Backwards” on CD ... read more »

Forever and Never
Price: $21.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  THIS IS THE JAPANESE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM THAT INCLUDES TWO BONUS TRACKS ... read more »

Shiftinggears
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rich Arithmetic
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JANUARY 29 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Rich Arithmetic is back after a prolonged absen ... read more »

Sleep In A Wigwam
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rich Arithmetic
Description:

1995’s “Sleep In A Wigwam” is the album that introduced Rich Arithmet ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #111
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Mahazine - Issue #111
Description:

Sly & The Family Stone grace the cover: A riot’s goin’ on, the descent of the soulful multiracial collective.  Other features include read more »

The Cost Of Living
Price: $11.00
Artist: Simon Felton
Description:

Over the past five years, Pink Hedgehog supremo Simon Felton has released his “therapeutic trilogy” of albums - “Emotional Feedback” (2015), “Return to Easton Square” (2016) and “Topsy Turvy” (2017) - all solo record ... read more »

Decayed
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

It has been ten years since The Galileo 7 played their first gig!  read more »

Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt.
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Great Affairs
Description:

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What Could Be Better
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Happy Fits
Description:

The Happy Fits are as out of their depth as the rest of us on their second full-length that operates on the thin line between thrill and apprehension, wrapping panic in a layer of exuberance.  The trio is Luke D ... read more »

Time To Wake Up
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

Jeremy ... read more »

Reflections
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Nines
Description:

The Nines are one of a very few reliable power pop artists who've produced consistently great music since 1998.read more »

Another Season Passes
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Strand
Description:

Who says you can't go back home again?  A 80’s track from The Strand is featured on the “Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987” collection that was just released.  “Another Season Passe ... read more »

Mars Casino
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Vibrators with Chris Spedding
Description:

British guitar icon Chris Spedding joins UK punk legends The Vibrators on the band's newest studio album th ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #55
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #55
Description:

This issue details the history of the Magic Fern, one of the key bands in Seattle’s psychedelic music scene in 1966-68.  Photographer Eric Hayes shares his journey through th ... read more »

Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival (4CD)
Price: $42.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

1 COPY LEFT!  read more »

Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 (2CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: This 28 track, 2CD collection is the first volume of Captur ... read more »

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

“The Eighth Wave” features ten pairs of A and B-sides from Big Stir’s weekly “Single Series”, released in July and August at the height of the 2020 pandemic (and often showcasing artistic responses to the turmoil of ... read more »

Action Now: 20/20 Re-Envisioned
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

An extremely kool co-release from the fine folks at Big Stir Records and Futureman Records that sees artists from both labels and other familiar names paying tribute to one of power pop’s all-time great bands that sn ... read more »

Souvenirs: Little Gems Of Pop Volume 3 (vinyl)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

IN STOCK!!  For decades now, Sound Asleep Records’ head honcho Jerker Emanuelson has issued music compilations have represented the organic side of power-pop and ... read more »

Goodnight My Sweetheart The Devil
Price: $10.00
Artist: Zane Drake & The Buffalo Brides
Description:

Often when an album has been around for 25 years, it is labeled a classic.  Zane Drake’s new album “read more »