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Carousel Of Kites
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: Paul Steel
 
 
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What do you do when your debut album is a concept one, a ‘dreaded’ rock opera, so to say, that is hailed as genius by the likes of Andy Partridge of XTC and Van Dyke Parks? Well, you get signed to a major label, work on a sequel and then get promptly dropped by the same major as being ‘unmarketable’. So what then?  Well, after writing material for Mika, Australian pop quirks Empire of The Sun and contributing music to a movie like “The Shape of Water”, you start the whole thing on your own. And you come up with a sequel after all!  “Paul Steel’s second album is a project that could have gone only two ways - be a complete, ridiculous flop or something that could really deserve the title’s work of genius.  After listening to this album for a number of times (a rarity in these days of the musical glut), I have a strong inkling we’re dealing with the latter here.  Attempting not only a concept album, but one that is actually a sequel to your previous concept album has to be a definite sign of tunnel vision on the level of the one Pete Townsend had with ‘Tommy’, Quadrophenia’ and his abandoned, but actually never abandoned ‘Lifehouse’ project.  For it to work, both as a sequel and as a standalone musical project requires not only elements of genius, but guts, balls and pure determination. It seems Steel has it all. It took him 10 years to deal with it and as he previously set out to complete his debut ‘April & I’ before he was 20, he was determined to complete ‘Carousel Kites’ before he was 30.  So he did, and I’m very grateful. What we have on hand is a continuous flow of unabashed baroque pop that combines everything from delicate Brian Wilson-style harmonies, Burt Bacharach-style arrangements and Todd Rundgren guitar buzz over his Beatles fetishes (the right fetishes, mind you). It is all combined with lyrical help from The Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich.  In essence - simply brilliant.  As far as the concept goes, while ‘April & I’ dealt with ‘a loss of an imaginary friend’, ‘Carousel Kites’ continues the story, pitching in his music industry trials and tribulations and ‘salvation through a kaleidoscopic Mr. Ben inspired shop portal’.  Crazy and over the top?  Certainly!  But combined with an almost perfectly executed musical vision it works wonders. It absolutely makes no sense dissecting the loosely divided 15 tracks because they work perfectly as a unified whole, but at the same time can be arranged and re-arranged in a different playing order, as a ‘kaleidoscopic shop portal’, I guess.  An essential release.” – SoundBlab.com  “The adventuresome pop addict and the progressive pop devotees far and wide will thank their lucky stars to hear music such as this, which simply does not exist anymore. Give heed to an independent thinker, shaker, prodigy, masterful composer/arranger/musician, who has returned to claim his throne. Paul refused to sign with big labels, and play their control games, and all these years, we the music lovers get the rewards. The world receives a rare and prized gift. As colorful as a store full of oriental kites (yes I said it), and a disc of generous unbelievably arresting pop songs, colossal in depth, width and scope, Paul Steel bestows ‘Carousel Kites’ to you! MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!” – Artrockin.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 »

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. 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 »

And The Losers Choir Sings
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description:

A few years back, Colman ... read more »

Run It Again
Price: $13.00
Artist: Criminal Hygiene
Description:

A record that shines a fresh light on a raw sort of g ... 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 »

Growing Up Schlockstar
Price: $11.00
Artist: Joe Sullivan
Description:

Joe Sullivan returns with a highly anticipated sequel to his 2014 gem ‘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. No Win's debut album is a strong collection of songs nestled comfortably in between indie rock, pop punk, and power pop.read more »

Pete Sounds (2CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Peter Lacey
Description:

Peter's music is often compared to that of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, sharing a similar talent for harmonies and lush musical arrangements; and also to Paul McCart ... read more »

Humanworld
Price: $14.00
Artist: Peter Perrett
Description:

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 »

S/T
Price: $13.00
Artist: Prima Donna
Description:

For some time now, Prima Donna have been flying the flag in delivering rock n roll with a hint of glam and sleaze. Sure, Messrs Preston and co know how to write ultra-cool power poppin', punk rockin' tunes a plenty, and over the years they've never ... 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 »

The Infinite Now & Then
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rick Fink
Description:

In 2003 Rick Fink started a band with the express purpose of defying category.  Early on, the Gas House Gorillas became a virtual who’s-who of the Rockabilly, Swing and Blues communities, sort of a wise ... 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:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Imagine ... 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 »

Running For Covers
Price: $13.00
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 t ... 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 »

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 »

Goodnight Noises Everywhere
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK!!  The Lunar Laugh is a pop band based in Oklahoma City. At the group's core is the singer/songwriter trio of Connor Anderson, Jared Lekites, and Campbell Young backed by Jimmy Jacks ... read more »

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

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The new EP from The Martial Arts (Paul Kelly) is a joyous romp through the pop song - a study in infectious grooves and melody.  read more »

Stroke Manor
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Minus 5
Description:

“Stroke Manor” Glasgow's magnificent PearlfishersOriginally released in 2001, ... read more »

Dead End City
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Peawees
Description: read more »

Spirited
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Sportsmen
Description:

Chris 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 »

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 »

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 Marty Schneider Jonas Stein of 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 »

Poppies – Assorted Finery From The First Psychedelic Age
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Very kool 2019 compilat ... read more »

Le Beat Bespoke 8
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: read more »