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Swinging Stars
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Mapache
 
 
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In the past, Mapache recording sessions have been pretty laid-back affairs, with friends coming and going, the sessions starting and stopping at the band's discretion-as relaxed a process as the immaculately sunny vibes that their four albums would suggest. But on their dynamic and ambitious fifth album of cosmic-folk, “Swinging Stars”, Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch decided to take a trip and hunker down somewhere particularly special. "It's a pretty impactful place," Finch says of the Panoramic House, the artist retreat where “Swinging Stars” was recorded. "It's kind of dramatic. It's a castle-y building on a hill, way up overlooking the Bay."  Located in Stinson Beach in Marin County, CA, the Panoramic House has recently hosted acts like My Morning Jacket, the War on Drugs, and Cate Le Bon, and was the ideal combination of scenic beauty and self-imposed confinement to allow Mapache to settle in for their most cohesive album yet. "That environment yields itself to a higher level of focus because everybody's together for a week," says Finch, explaining that the band stayed there during the process, sharing every bit of their time and energy on a shared vision. "We were all captive. No one could escape," he laughs.  “Swinging Stars”, an album of calm, second-nature swagger, is the natural result of a band that's existed in one form or another for its founders' entire adult lives. Finch and Blasucci first met as students at La Cańada High School, just north of Los Angeles, where they both had a guitar class: "There wasn't much supervision or anything," remembers Blasucci. "It was really nice. And we got to just play guitars together."  Many of the songs on Swinging Stars are the result of a significant amount of group work on the road, sharpening and refining them, getting them just so before hitting the studio with their trusted collaborator/producer Dan Horne, who produced the set.  The record is also notable for its introduction of drummer Steve Didelot as a formal member of the band, with him playing on every track, and contributing an original song as well - “Reflecting Everything,” a cowboy-chord ballad sparkling with Finch and Blasucci’s guitars, and with Horne’s impeccable slide guitar.  GREAT!!


 
Only Ghosts Remain Plus
Price: $16.00
Artist: Bobby Sutliff
Description:

Ex-Windbreaker Bobby Sutliff was one of Power Pop's treasures.  Produced by Mitch Easter, “Only Ghosts Remain” was one of the most highly praised alb ... read more »

Bob Sings and Plays
Price: $13.00
Artist: Bobby Sutliff
Description: Bobby Sutliff leaves us with one last solo album sixteen years after “On A La ... read more »

We Are Bur
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bur
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  read more »

World Of The Wars
Price: $15.00
Artist: Burning Ferns
Description:

Five years on from their acclaimed second album “Public Mono”, Burning Ferns return with “World Of The Wars”. “World Of The Wars” is the sound of a band grappling w ... read more »

Land Of The Endless Sun (Deluxe Edition)
Price: $14.00
Artist: Cruzados
Description:

The unmistakable sound of southern California rock and roll is alive and blazing bright with the Cruzados’ “Land Of The Rising Sun”.  Scorching hot electric slide guitars scream down the tracks as the rhyth ... read more »

Peacefully
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dave King
Description:

Terrific, 2007 sophomore release from the former drummer of The Cloudsmen.  Dave delivers ten original roots-pop leaning songs that showcase his extraordinary songwriting abilities. His knack for cre ... read more »

Creaturefeature
Price: $6.00
Artist: Dennis Davison
Description:

A brand new EP from the former Jigsaw Seen frontman!  “I wasn't always about the new and there are bands who have stuck with from their inception. The Jigsaw Seen were certainly one and they are sadly missed, so you know that anything released by Dennis is going to be quality and this EP certa ... read more »

Weathervane
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dennis Schocket
Description:

A founding member of the Baltimore seminal power pop band Starbelly, "Weathervane" is Dennis Schocket’s latest solo outing.  The album sees Dennis in fine, mostly mellow, pop form with the addition of l ... read more »

Elephonic
Price: $15.00
Artist: Elephonic
Description:

Elephonic is a new project featuring former Lackloves/Blow Pops singer and composer Mike Jarvis.  They are the fully realized, symphonic pop, day-glo dream machine.  read more »

Pop Masters
Price: $13.00
Artist: Flashcubes
Description:

Bursting out of Syracuse, NY in 1977, Flashcubes are still in business with the lineup they ha ... read more »

Last Chance To Learn The Twist
Price: $14.00
Artist: Graham Parker & The Goldtops
Description:

“Last Chance To Learn The Twist” is as warm and inviting a record as Graham Parker has ever issued, but it also delivers all the unflinching honesty, literate nuance and passion his admirers have come to expect from him.  “I’ve always appreciated Parker for ... read more »

Make It Sound Like An Accident
Price: $17.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle (featuring Jane Wrangham)
Description:

“Make It Sound Like An Accident”, the 1th album from Groovy Uncle includes contributions from read more »

Art In Heaven
Price: $7.00
Artist: Half Catholic
Description:

Emerging from Rockford, IL, Half Catholic stands as a captivating guitar pop ensemble.  “There’s a lot of time and detail in the arrangements and p ... read more »

O and O
Price: $6.00
Artist: Headquarters
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  Two words nicely sum up this 2007 release - BRIT POP!  On this brillia ... read more »

Under The Silent Tree: Gentle Sounds With Strings
Price: $23.00
Artist: Honeybus
Description:

10/13 RELEASE!  Over the course of their stop-start five years together, Honeybus ventured into the BBC studios on a dozen occasions, leaving a catalog of recordings that mirrored their latest releases as well as offering up a fascinating alternate history. The songs that make up 1970's ... read more »

Sunrise Sunset + bonus disc
Price: $12.00
Artist: Johnny Stanec
Description:

Musically somewhere between hooky rock’n’roll and stripped-down acoustic songs, Johnny Stanec has been releasing music under his own name for much of th ... read more »

Love Songs and Murder Ballads
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets
Description:

After the late 1999 release of "Restoration", Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets kept busy writing material to be recorded by other artists, placing "Testify" on a release by English blues pioneer John Ma ... read more »

Half Past Never
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets
Description:

Kevin Bowe was NEVER going to make another record of his own songs…. NEVER.  But then Covid happened.  After many years of writing, playing and producing music with people like Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne She ... read more »

Kid Chameleon
Price: $16.00
Artist: Kid Chameleon
Description: The Kid Chameleon solo project of Liam James Marsh (also critically acclaimed as being one half of the indie-pop duo Fine with Alice Kat) has always had that something so very vital and vibrant about it, although i ... read more »

Kingsizemaybe
Price: $13.00
Artist: Kingsizemaybe
Description:

2008 debut effort from this quintet of music vets that often recalls the bar room swagger of Terry Anderson!  "They work in a capacious musica ... read more »

Atoms Collide Forever + bonus disc
Price: $23.00
Artist: Lost Ships
Description:

Lost Ships' "Atoms Collide Forever is full of wonderfully jangly guitar pop with catchy melodies and quirky lyrics.  read more »

Swinging Stars
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mapache
Description:

In the past, Mapache recording sessions have been pretty laid-back affairs, with friends coming and going, the sessions starting and stopping at the band's discretion-as relaxed a process as the immaculately sunny vibes that their four albums would suggest. But on their ... read more »

Field Day (40th Anniversary Expanded Edition)
Price: $19.00
Artist: Marshall Crenshaw
Description:

“After the delirious magic of his self-titled debut that included the Top 40 hit ‘Someday, Someway’ and a host of other great tunes - even the best of predictions wouldn't have had a follow-up hitting qu ... read more »

who do you think you are?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Meyerman
Description:

In 2011, New Jersey’s popper Theo Meyer (Meyerman) delivered a stone-cold, POWER POP gem!  "It's easy for me to become complacent about all the power pop I listen to, to the point where it can fade ... read more »

Storyboards
Price: $13.00
Artist: MOVIE MOVIE
Description:

On “Storyboards”,  MOVIE MOVIE “takes the listener on a cinematic journey, weaving tight narratives and filmic tales over its ten catchy songs. They cleanly combine elements of power pop (“Born to Win”), 70’s and 80’s classic and alterna ... read more »

Now Playing
Price: $9.00
Artist: MOVIE MOVIE
Description:

MOVIE MOVIE, featuring former members of Twin Guns, The Electric Mess, and The Above, takes the listener on a cinematic journey, in song. Their upbeat and catchy rock and roll tunes, combining elements of pow ... read more »

Process and Contact
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Bertling
Description:

Started in 2012, Nick Bertling’s Bertling Noise Laboratories was born out of the frustrated creative mind of sideman and session musician Nick Bertling.  After years of working as ... read more »

Enemies List
Price: $12.00
Artist: Nixon's Head
Description:

WOW!!  A very pleasant surprise from our garage-pop NJ neighbors who, in 2009, delivered their catchiest and best effort ever!  The band marked 25 years of garage-pop independence with the relea ... read more »

Not The Freeze
Price: $16.00
Artist: Penny Arkade
Description:

RELEASE DELAYED!  A sunshine pop delight with equal parts psych, folk-rock, an ... read more »

Last Rays Of A Dying Sun
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rain Parade
Description:

Rain Parade's "Last Rays of a Dying Sun" remains loyal to the hypnotic psychedelic stylings and hook-filled melodies for which the band is well known.  Featuring original founding members and songwriters Mat ... read more »

Try For The Sun
Price: $16.00
Artist: Sandy Salisbury & Curt Boettcher
Description:

Pre through post-Millennium Curt and Sandy!  These newly discovered unheard compositions of solar euphony are highlighted by Boettcher’s angelic vocals and Salisb ... read more »

Reverse
Price: $13.00
Artist: Scott Gagner
Description:

Abbey Road, Studio 2.  Home of The Beatles, and for Scott Gagner, the realization of a lifelong dream. “I wanted to play the exact pianos that they played, and sing through the mic that John used on ‘A Day i ... read more »

Radio Friction
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shane Barry & The Distractions
Description:

Certainly one of the more interesting, but extremely hooky and charming, "genre-bending" releases we've ever featured here at KK. They have been described as "the bastard children of the Beatles, Motown ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #143
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #143
Description:

Legendary British producer Joe Meekread more »

Like Sunshine
Price: $14.00
Artist: SLD
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  After three years, a pandemic, and the tragic loss of one of its members, SLD is back with its ... read more »

Let's Get Started
Price: $14.00
Artist: Somerdale
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE OCTOBER 6 – ACCEPTING ... read more »

Best of Friends
Price: $13.00
Artist: sparkle*jets u.k.
Description:

Beloved icons of the turn-of-the-century southern california guitar pop scene, sparkle*jets u.k. are most assuredly back.  “Best Of Friends”, their first release in 20 years, brings back not just the vibes of ... read more »

St Johns Wood Affair
Price: $15.00
Artist: St Johns Wood Affair
Description:

Indulge in the bewitching allure of 60’s psychedelia with the expanded edition of St Johns Wood Affair's 2016 debut albumread more »

Nothing Lasts Forever
Price: $15.00
Artist: Teenage Fanclub
Description:

"Foreign Land" is the opening track on “Nothing Lasts Forever”.  N ... read more »

Faking It
Price: $5.00
Artist: The American Professionals
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  Tread more »

The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Anderson Council
Description:

“The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon is a magical brew of psyche rock that took three years to complete.  The band is the brainchild of Peter Horvath, songwriter and singer whose love affair with late 60's pop continues to inform and inspire the band's sound and direction.  The songs ... read more »

K7
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Cleaners From Venus
Description:

The Cleaners from Venus are these four 70 year-old guys in a band who dress the same and look a bit like each other. They have loads of tawdry adventures, usually with a group of over made-up women a few ... read more »

V
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Electric Mess
Description:

Hailing from New York City, the genre-defying garage- punk quintet ferociously returned in 2020 with their fifth full-length album.  Whether you are familiar with ... read more »

English E.P.
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Jacks
Description:

The story of The Jacks begins in the Summer of 1971, although its creators, Walter K and Mitch G had no idea at the time.  They were 15, and what does a 15 year old ... read more »

Rattled Humming Heart
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Midnight Callers
Description:

The Midnight Callers are a New York based band that easily fulfills such lofty promise. They ROCK, but offer more. They are tight, talented and t ... read more »

The Long Haul
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Mike Jacoby Electric Trio
Description:

It was time to bring in the band.  In 2019, Mike Jacoby released “Long Beach Calling” – the third in a series of albums featuring him on nearly all of the instrume ... read more »

A Company Sleeve
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Pretty Flowers
Description:

Produced by the band’s own Jake Gideon, “A Company Sleeve” calls upon ‘90s and early ‘00s pop-punk and indie-rock and captures a bit of youthful carefree nostalgia.  The somewhat unusual inspiration behind t ... read more »

Golden Beat Sessions
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Pretty Flowers
Description:

Very cool CD of covers done “Pretty Flowers style”!  On “Golden Beat Sessions” the band tackles Teenage Fanclub’s “Radio”, Neil Young’s “Don’t C ... read more »

It Must Be Love
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Rallies
Description:

“It Must Be Love” is album number three for the Tacoma, WA poppers who burst on the indie music scene with their strong debut album Serve in 2017 and followed that up with the terrific Upside Down two years later. Their main strength was in combining memorable tunes with some str ... read more »

Back To The Drawing Board
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Rubinoos
Description:

The Rubinoos are, indisputably, one of the most entertaining bands to ever emerge from the Bay Area.  Phenomenal sources of power-pop energy and fun, buoyed by bracing harmonies, the group has influenced per ... read more »

The Rubinoos
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Rubinoos
Description:

The Rubinoos' 1977 self-titled debut album is a power pop classic containing the hit "I Think We're Alone Now," as well as the anthemic "Rock And Roll Is Dead," w ... read more »

Shapes & Shadows
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Sound Of Pop Art/Chris Free
Description:

The Sound of Pop Art (TSOPA) is comprised of Chris Free and Sarah Onyett-Goan, formerly of the Cherry Orchard.  read more »

The Summertimes
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Summertimes
Description:

Already earning high praise following their first single in January (“The Perfect Wave”), and a second in April (“Inside”), The Summertimes' much anticipated self-t ... read more »

And For Our Next Trick
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Tearaways
Description:

A long time coming, the new record by The Tearaways finally winged its way to us from the UK!  read more »

in the meantime...listen to this
Price: $11.00
Artist: TimLee3
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  As most probably know, back in the 1980s Tim Lee was one-half of fabled Sou ... read more »

Devil's Rope
Price: $11.00
Artist: TimLee3
Description: The follow up to their 2010 "Raucous Americanus" was recorded at various locations including Austin, TX, Knoxville, TN, and Tucson, AZ. Despite the influences of the different recording locales, the results are still the same as Tim explains "It’s not one thing or another… it’s not one genre or another. You know, we’re al ... read more »

Speaking In Code
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tom Curless & The 46%
Description:

Seemingly never sitting still, Tom Curless has been on a remarkable musical journey, captivating listeners with Your Gracious Host and his recent releases as a solo artist, with The 46%, and alongside Crossword Sm ... read more »

Shine On - A Tribute To Pete Ham (2CD)
Price: $23.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

"Shine On: A Tribute to Pete Ham” features 35 new recordings of songs written by the legendary founding member of the British rock band, Badfinger.  All net profits will go to Mental Health America ... read more »

JEM Records Salutes Ray Davies
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Every August the JEM Records label releases a new, in-house tribute album to one of rock’s greatest songwriters - John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Pet ... read more »

International Pop Overthrow Vol. 24 (3CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: If it’s late Summer, then that means it’s tim ... read more »