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First Days Of Summer (LP + CD)
 
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Price: $18.00
Artist: Michael Simmons
 
 
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VINYL LP THAT COMES WITH A CD!  The long overdue solo debut from the Yorktown Lads/Sparkle*jets U.K. guy and overall bon vivant!  Michael’s full-time gig is a music and media teacher – a gif that does not leave much room for personal projects, being a teacher, he utilized the “first days of summer” breaks from 2015 to 2017 to work on the album - recorded in sparkling “Kitchen-o-Phonic sound”, a thinly-veiled reference to the location of Michael’s home studio.  “It’s a stylistically diverse collection of songs that expertly lays out his diverse musical vision and dedication to craft.  The opening and closing tracks are near-perfect, soft-pop bookends: ‘Do Your Best to Care,’ a keyboard driven toe-tapper featuring a determined, jazzy electric guitar solo, and the sleepy, closing ballad ‘Center of the Spiral,’ which ends as if a turntable’s needle has become comfortably stuck in a loop within a record’s runoff wax, together form a comfortable wrapper within which sit ‘First Days of Summer’’s other songs.  Inside this wrapper, you’ll find a variety of catchy sounds, like the mid-tempo pop-rocker ‘Fuzzy Green Hat’ that’s steeped in a decidedly ‘Something/Anything?’-era Todd Rundgren vibe and is all about creative inspiration, no matter where it may come from. The jangly, Andy Partridge-esque bopper ‘No More Girls’ concerns itself with growing up where love is concerned (‘I can’t sing about girls no more/No more girls for me/No more songs about girls for sure/A woman’s more my speed/And I know what I will do/I’m gonna sing about you’).  ‘Bucket List’ is on fire with a whole lot of Rockpile and NRBQ bluster, celebrating the embracing of true love.  ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ is a lively, beat-driven, Prince-inspired slice of dance pop about second chance romance. The title track, a dreamy, breezy number, recalls the best of Jeffrey Foskett with a pinch of Burt Bacharach horn embellishment and a wash of Todd Rundgren balladry. It’s sublime.  What shines brightly and decisively from within the dozen tracks present here is the passion that Michael has for making and playing music (he played most of the instruments on this album). He would do well to keep at this music thing and start planning his next collection with due haste. The sound you hear in the distance is listeners wanting a followup.” – Alan Haber/PurePopRadio.com  GREAT!!!


 
The Lockdown Session: April 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

With a lot of time at home, Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor listened back over some sound clips on his phone, recorded during the last year. read more »

Lockdown Session: May 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor and The Harmonizers
Description:

Recorded in our homes during the COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland between May 13th and 20th.  Starting life as another solo p ... read more »

False Alarm
Price: $11.00
Artist: Brad Marino
Description:

Brad Marino, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founding member of beloved garage rock n’ roll band The Connection, stepped into the spotlight on his first solo outing “Extra Credit” (2019) with a wave of rave reviews accolades, and ... read more »

Dear Life
Price: $15.00
Artist: Brendan Benson
Description:

After a seven-year hiatus, Brendan Benson returns with what is probably his most joyful solo album to date. &nbs ... read more »

When The Dust Just Won’t Settle
Price: $15.00
Artist: Captain Wilberforce
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ... read more »

Dollybirds & Spies
Price: $18.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  The followup to Coke’s “3 (Gs)” tribute to the Bee ... read more »

Come Into My Studio
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

For most outside of our world of power pop/pop, Dana Countryman remains a mystery.  read more »

West Coast Highway Cosmic
Price: $15.00
Artist: Datura4
Description:

Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed third album, “Blessed is the Boogie”, the Dom Mariani-led Datura4 have hit the motorway running for another sonic journ ... read more »

It's Pronounced...
Price: $11.00
Artist: Dave Kuchler
Description:

Once upon a time jangle guitar player/singer/songwriter Dave Kuchler joined an already established New Jersey band to help deliver one of the most criminally overlooked pop rock masterpieces of the early 2000’s, the Soul En ... read more »

Gotta Get Back To New York City
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dr. Boogie
Description:

Real deal rock ‘n’ roll comin' atcha from Los Angeles.  We don’t know which gutter these guys crawled out of, but whe ... read more »

Hue Spotting
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian
Description:

RELEASED ON JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  RELEASED ON JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The ... read more »

Modesty Forbids
Price: $18.00
Artist: Graham Gouldman
Description:

Graham Gouldman first made his name as an unusually gifted  jobbing songwriter in the mid sixties,penning hits for outfits such as The Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits and Th ... read more »

Androgyne + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Gyasi
Description:

GLAM ROCK ALERT!  FANS OF CREEM CIRCUS, MOTT THE HOOPLE, DAVID BOWIE, and T. REX, WILL DIG THIS!!&nbs ... read more »

Hold Me In
Price: $12.00
Artist: High On Stress
Description:

After four strong albums in 11 years, this Minneapolis foursome disbanded from 2014-2018. “Hold Me In” is their first LP since read more »

Juniper
Price: $12.00
Artist: Juniper
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Juniper Shelley has been singing for as long as she (or anyone) can remember. She grew up in a deeply musical home, absorbing the sounds around her and basking in the eclectic tastes of her dad, seasoned singer-songwriter and longti ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kyle Vincent
Description:

2020 sees “Accelerator”, Mothboxer's ninth album is a heady, psychedelic mix of vocals, guitars, drums and synthesizers for your listening pleasure!read more »

Downtime
Price: $13.00
Artist: Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men
Description:

“Downtime” is the first album by Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men. After 4 successful solo albums beginning with 2013's "13 In My Head", Nick felt like it was time to shake things up with a new band.  ... read more »

Slow Recovery
Price: $12.00
Artist: Peter Baldrachi
Description:

Peter Baldrachi is a Boston singer-songwriter, drummer, and guitarist.  He released his first album, “Solid Ground” in 2006 to rave reviews in the rock, roots pop, and power pop community. read more »

If You Don’t Want My Love – Archive Series 6
Price: $15.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

RELEASED ON JUNE 5 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Brand new archive release containing more previously unreleased recordings!  read more »

Factory Settings
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pop Co-Op
Description:

Pop Co-Op are Steve Stoeckel (Spongetones), Bruce Gordon (Mr. Encrypto), Stacy Carson, & Joel Tinnel.  They write fresh RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Radio Free Universe sounds like driving forty miles over the limit along a long winding road. The windows are down, hair is blowing in the wind, and everyone is singing along ... read more »

Nationwide
Price: $11.00
Artist: Rockfour
Description:

Their 2004 release.  The 2001 effort from Tel Aviv quartet RockFour, a band that sound so removed from the Negev Desert and the Wailing Wall, you'd be hard-pressed to even guess at their origins. ... read more »

Interstellar
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ross
Description:

Juan Antonio Ross, a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, arranger, and producer is based in Murcia, Spain.  He began his career in the 80’s as a dr ... read more »

Record and Pause + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Seth Timbs
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Issued by underground imprint RCA Neon Records in mid-1971, the Shape Of The Rain album “Riley Riley Wood & Waggett” sold poorly at the time despite glowing reviews from the Briti ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #103
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine
Description: Cover stars are read more »

Open Road & Blue Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tad Overbaugh
Description:

Tad Overbaugh (formerly of roots poppers The Kickbacks) & the Late Arrivals are a 4-piece, heartland inspired, rock 'n' roll band from Boston.  Mixing their blue collar rock and classic country influence ... read more »

Boxer At Rest
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Description:

The Bye Bye Blackbirds are back with their fifth album.  “The band has always been labeled as power pop, which is not that acc ... read more »

Temsecal Telegraph
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Corner Laughers
Description:

The Corner Laughers fifth album marks their Big Stir Records label debut!   The record features guest appearance by Rex Broome (Armoires) and Bradley Skaught (Bye B ... read more »

Second Dose
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dirty Truckers
Description:

The Dirty Truckers got together back in 1999 when songwriter Tom Baker chose to pursue a decidedly American rock n' roots direction. Drawing on kick-ass influences such as Che ... read more »

Class Kicks
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Hi-End
Description: Without further ado, The Hi-End are greased back, amped up, guitars and fists flying high, d ... read more »

Notes from a recent past
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Young Wait
Description:

The Young Wait is a band with American roots formed in the city of San Sebastián, Spain. After several singles, a ... read more »

The Best Power Pop Of 2018! (3CD)
Price: $21.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Curated by PGH’s founder Bruce Brodeen, you’re treated to 61 tracks over three CDs representing his take on the best Power Pop released in 2018!  Kool Kat Musik is nicely represented with tracks by ... read more »

The Best (Power Pop) Of 2017
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The best of 2017 contains 31 tracks over two CDs.  Once again, Kool Kat Musik is nicely represented with tracks by Everet Almond, The Forty Nineteens, The Morning Line, Pseudonym, Richard Turgeon, and Trip ... read more »

The Love Revolution: Soft, Sunshine & Harmony Pop 1966-71
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“The Love Revolution” is Teensville Records’ latest look at the world (The US, Europe, and Australia) of obscure soft, sunshine, and harmony pop spanning the years 1966-1971.read more »

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

Since its inception in 2018, The Big Stir Singles Series has been a weekly diary not only of the global pop rock scene but the culture of its times as well.read more »

17 From Morden
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“17 From Morden