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Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave
 
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Price: $12.00
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“Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave” continues Big Stir Records' ongoing CD collections of the A-sides and B-sides from the label's weekly Digital Singles Series. Featuring twelve pairs of tunes from the global pop scene (with the US, UK, and Sweden represented this time around) and liner notes from John Borack, the second compilation easily lives up to “The First Wave” and is perhaps the best distillation yet of the “Big Stir Sound”.  As with the first collection, “The Second Wave” is anything but a garden variety “label sampler”. Rather, these are artists from across the broader global pop scene literally bringing their A (and B) game with top flight offerings which have already received ample airplay and glowing reviews as they've been issued in the course of the series. It's once again a diary of several months in the life of the guitar-pop zeitgeist, covering January through April of 2019 and showcasing a bumper crop of brand-new and often exclusive tracks. Opening with the characteristic sparkling jangle of Canterbury's Spygenius, diving straight into the impassioned working man's rock of Joe Normal & The Anytown’rs and the Gene Clark-esque electric folk pop of Armoires bassist Clifford Ulrich , this new set plays like an alternate version of a Sunset Strip gig circa 1967 or a lost playlist from the heyday of '80s college rock. The soaring “Don't Need, Don't Care” from Sweden's In Deed, the keenly awaited debut of the multinational super-girl-group The Kariannes, and Christina's Motown-flavored showcase on The Armoires’ “(How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me” reaffirm BSR's affinity for the undersung female heroes of power pop.  Psychedelia informs the excellent offerings from Oxford's Charms Against The Evil Eye, and Anton Barbeau (appearing here with obscuritanist aplomb under the guises of both Kenny and Giacomo & Carolina. Mainstays of the LA guitar-pop scene The Ex Teens and The Living Dolls bring some serious glam vibes to the party while The Popdudes (here featuring Singles Series vets Michael Simmons and Addison Love and his father Tim) demonstrate what “retro-rock” really should be, and BSR's newest signings Amoeba Teen lay into the Jam-like lead single from their new record as well as an exclusive B-side companion piece that's as essential as anything here.  The B-sides are in fact, as always, part of the charm: where else would Barbeau offer up a synth-dub ode to his cat, or The Armoires deploy a Meat-Loaf-via-X duet, or Ulrich deliver an honest-to-God hymn with Byrdsy grace? It takes two sides to show off what these bands can do, as in The Kariannes’ ace cover of Let’s Active’s “Every Word Means No”, or The Living Dolls’ Ray Davies-inspired shuffle “Happy Manors” as a counter to their hard rocking lead track. Spygenius get funky on the monstrous exclusive “Let Me In”, Tim Love’s vocal on Roy Orbison’s “Dream Baby” is uncannily moving, and Charm’s “Oscar” captures the eerie drive of  Barrett-era Pink Floyd while Joe Normal meshes New Wave with Springsteen to rousing effect. In short, these are no castoffs or failed experiments... the B's are a quirky treasure trove in their own right.  EXCELLENT!!


 
The 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 »

Green Meadows Sketchbook
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bertling Noise Laboratories
Description:

Involved in music since the '90's, Nick Bertling primarily made his name as a drummer in Baltimore. Bands such as Puddle, Gary B & The Notions, Naked Blue, Alto Verde, They Hear and others.read more »

Freeride To Neverwhere + bonus disc
Price: $17.00
Artist: Borgh
Description:

Trainspotters may recognize Janne Borgh as the bass player in the fab ANC4, but he is also a songwriter, singer and guitar player in his own right.  He’s a self-proclaimed Anglophile who loves layered harmon ... 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 »

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:

For most outside of our world of power pop/pop, Dana Countryman remains a mystery.  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 wherever it is, these dudes are comi ... read more »

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

On their 10th studio album, Ex Norwegian take a psychedelic trip driving thru progressive pop territories under multi-coloured skies with 10 original tracks sending a love letter to classic British psychedelia.read more »

Spotting Hues
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegisn
Description:

The companion to “Hue Spotting” is a very, very kool kollection of kovers by the band who display excellent taste, knowledge, and loving care in delivery of their song selection from between the years 1968-1982.&nb ... 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 »

The Earth Years
Price: $16.00
Artist: Magic Bus
Description:

Brand new release from this The Devon, U.K band who have been weaving together their own cosmic tapestry for 10 year ... read more »

Downtime
Price: $14.00
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 »

Things That Happened Then
Price: $17.00
Artist: Orgone Box
Description:

2002 release.  “One ... read more »

The Orgone Box
Price: $17.00
Artist: Orgone Box
Description:

2001 release.  “Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer Rick Corcoran, who plays nearly every instrument here, is the only mem ... 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 »

There's Something Wrong With Everyone
Price: $7.00
Artist: Peter Hall
Description:

WOW!!  Peter Hall’s music combi ... read more »

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

Brand new archive release containing more previously unreleased recordings!  In his short career, Phil Seymour was hailed by Shelter ... 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 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 »

You Can See It All From Here
Price: $13.00
Artist: Reno Bo
Description:

RenoRELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  The ever-prolific Richard Turgeon is back with “Sea Change”, his fourth release on the Kool Kat label!  Richard explains - “Th ... read more »

Sideways To New Italy
Price: $11.00
Artist: Rolling Blackouts C.F.
Description:

After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coa ... 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 »

Riley Riley Wood & Waggett (Deluxe Edition/3CD)
Price: $30.00
Artist: Shape Of The Rain
Description:

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 #105
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #105
Description:

The Yardbirds: Little Games in Muddy Water, the confused schizophernia of their final flight, are the cover stars of this special UK Psych edition!  read more »

Indigo Gray
Price: $10.00
Artist: S.L.D.
Description:

As we prepare to soon release S.L.D.’s Kool Kat label debut, we thought it a good idea to re-i ... read more »

Man On The Sea
Price: $12.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

Canterbury, England's Spygenius returns with their fifth (and in our opinion, BEST) long-layer, “Ma ... read more »

Work and Love
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunshine Boys
Description:

Though Sunshine Boys have been referred to as indie rock royalty, they prefer to think of themselves in more modest terms: as t ... 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 »

Last Call: Live At The Music Box
Price: $25.00
Artist: The Choir
Description:

In case you didn't know this band from Ohio called The Choir basically had one hit single in the 60’s, and never released an album in its prim ... 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 »

The Explorers Club
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Explorers Club
Description:

The Explorers Club is Brainchild of Charleston, SC native Jason Brewer, the only constant “member” of The Explorers Club over the band’s lifespan. This is the fourth album of original songs by this now Nashville-based Sunshine Pop ban ... read more »

To Sing And Be Born Again
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Explorers Club
Description:

An exquisite, 10-track set of cover songs of hits, misses and other delights from the 60s. The album features guest vocals by former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page, and Drive-By Truckers member, Jay Gonzalez.   In addition to Page and Go ... read more »

Light 'Em Up
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Fags
Description: One of the purest Power Pop releases from 2006 is right here! Their first full-length delivers big time on the promise of their 2003 self-titled EP, complete with a big sound that is brimming with lotsa crunchy guitars, hooks, hooks, and even more hooks! The members of this Detroit trio have been around the block more tha ... read more »

Songs For The Loveless
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Gentle Scars
Description:

The Gentle Scars hail fr ... 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 »

Threesome Vol. 1
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Lickerish Quartet
Description:

JELLYFISH ALERT!!!!  NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE JULY 17 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Look out, hey hey, it's The Reflectors are a 4-piece power pop/punk outfit out of Los Angeles CA JOINT RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK/FDR LABELS!!read more »

The 1979 Sessions
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Very cool archival release of previously unreleased record ... read more »

Together
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Vapors
Description:

The Vapors returned to the stage a few years ago, jumping back in a van and heading up and down the UK on a seemingly non-stop tour.  read more »

A Year With The Very Most
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Very Most
Description: It may have driven the Very Most close to the edge for 12 long industrious months in 2009, but "A Year With The Very Most" is something that the rest of us can enjoy for years to come. The concept was simple really; at the turn of every season Boise’s finest indie pop band would release a download EP. Each would be themed ... read more »

For Those About To Pop!
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Yum Yums
Description:

Hooray!!!  The Yum Yums are back!  The Yum Yums are back!  This is the sophomore “solo” outing fromread more »

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

“17 From Morden“Good Weather Machine” is Teensville's sixth look at the turned-on sounds of late 60’s pop spanning the sunshine, soft and studio styles.  It features 31 commercial examples of highly produced ... read more »

Tiny Little Movies
Price: $13.00
Artist: Will Hoge
Description:

Will Hoge has long been the kind of songwriter that reveals big, bold, and immersive emotions, with lyrics that pour forth from out of way places, seemingly inconsequential lives, and a dialed in small story approach. ... read more »