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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!!!


 
In Transit
Price: $14.00
Artist: Aaron Fox and the Reliables
Description:

“In Transit” is a bold step forward from 2010’s “Late Too Soon”, evident in the maturity of the songwriting, arrangements, and production. read more »

Nerd From The Suburbs
Price: $16.00
Artist: Adrian Whitehead
Description:

Adrian Whitehead’s stunning songwriting lays bare the human condition and shines a light into the dark corners of our inner w ... read more »

My Sweet Movida
Price: $17.00
Artist: Alfa 9
Description:

Alfa 9’s third long player is a heady mix of influences that are worn clearly on their sleeves.  The Newcastle-Upon-Lyme ... read more »

One Bar Left
Price: $13.00
Artist: Arthur Alexander
Description:

Arthur AlexanderBlake’s latest is his debut on the fast-growing Big Stir Records label roster. “Yeah, but what kind of music do you play?” Blake Jones has been ... read more »

Before Your Summer Fades
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

Can power pop be thought-provoking while celebrating the giddy excitement of a classic three-minute single at the same time? read more »

Public Mono
Price: $14.00
Artist: Burning Ferns
Description:

Burning Ferns, from Newport in the UK, formed in 2009.read more »

Peaks and Valleys
Price: $11.00
Artist: Chris Richards & The Subtractions
Description:

WOW!!!!  read more »

First Thing Tomorrow
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dave Sheinin
Description:

Dave Sheinin is the national baseball writer for the Washington Post.  He’s not only a terrific baseball writer, but ... read more »

Lucky Day
Price: $17.00
Artist: David Myhr
Description:

Six years after his solo debut, The former Merrymakers frontman is back with his new full-length album “Lucky Day”read more »

II
Price: $10.00
Artist: Diamond Hands
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL WOW!!  If you loved their brilliant self-titled debut, then you’re gonna fall HARD for this one as well!  If you missed them the firs ... read more »

Hi Seas
Price: $20.00
Artist: Dom Mariani & The Majestic Kelp
Description:

SIGNED/NUMBERED COPIES!!read more »

Longwave + bonus disc
Price: $17.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

Their latest (and 15th!) album was written and produced by Andrew Taylor and recor ... read more »

Get Passive
Price: $9.00
Artist: Fireproof Sam and The Network Stars
Description:

West coast popper KC Bowman gathers a huge assortment of talented friends including power pop favorites like Bradley Skaught (Bye Bye Blackbirds), The Agony Aunts, Pop 4 and more.  read more »

This Land Is Your Mind
Price: $13.00
Artist: I Think Like Midnight
Description:

The sophomore effort from this Philadelphia instrumental band ( ... read more »

Crowded Hour
Price: $9.00
Artist: Jef Litman
Description:

Jeff Litman was ... read more »

Heart Shaped Shadow
Price: $15.00
Artist: John Paul Keith
Description:

The fourth solo release from this rootsy and clever singer/songwriter.  John Paul Keith is a journeyman artist w ... read more »

Let's Go Wild!
Price: $11.00
Artist: Kurt Baker Combo
Description:

In 2013, Kurt Baker decided he needed a new change of scenery and packed his bags for Madrid, Spain. Once there, he formed the Kurt Baker Combo, a grou ... read more »

Tomorrow's Daughter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that's seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. T ... read more »

First Days Of Summer (LP + CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Michael Simmons
Description:

VINYL LP THAT COMES WITH A CD!read more »

Golden Boy
Price: $16.00
Artist: Nick Batterham
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Nick’s fifth solo release just might be his most full realized effort to date.  "14 sumptuous tit ... read more »

Painted Doll
Price: $19.00
Artist: Painted Doll
Description:

Valley Lodge front man read more »

Have Pity On The Boys! The Pop Hits And More (1965-1968)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Paul & Barry Ryan
Description:

AVAILABLE JUNE 15– ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Now a resident of Chicago, in the seven years preceding his re-location to the Windy City, read more »

Young Is The New Old
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ramirez Exposure
Description:

WOW!!  Victor Ramirez has ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #79
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #79
Description:

Cover star is Gruff Rhys: Gentle ruminations surrounding Babelsberg.read more »

12
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sloan
Description:

The title of the new Sloan album isn't just some random number. “12 ... read more »

T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies
Price: $12.00
Artist: Super 8
Description:

UK-based singer/songwriter Paul Ryan performs, records, and produces original homegrown “Trippy Toons!” under “band” name ... read more »

Let Me In On This Action
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Bottle KIds
Description:

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Home Is Where The Heart Attack Is
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Clark Institute
Description:

While growing up, Toronto-based James Clark wanted to be both John Lennon and Ringo Starr.  He managed to establish himself as both a sought after, solid rock and roll drummer and ... read more »

Wish You Success
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Connection
Description: AVAILABLE NOW!! ... read more »

Forever (1977-2017)
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Flashcubes
Description:

Between 1977-1980 Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Tommy Allen and Paul Armstrong did their "Hamburg Years" alongside the big guys (The Jam, Ramones, Police, Joe Jackson, The Romantics) playing the smaller clubs like The Rat, M ... read more »

Tear Your Minds Wide Open (LP + CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

EN ROUTE – ACCEPTING ORDERS ... read more »

Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Green Pajamas
Description:

“Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3” is the final installment of the “North ... read more »

Yesterday’s Misadventures
Price: $13.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description: WOW!!  The James Clark Institute’s 2016 effort, “Yesterday’s Misadventures” was produced by iconic Canadian musician Moe Berg (The Pursuit Of Happiness).  ... read more »

Sideshow Unattraction
Price: $10.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description:

James’ 2008 effort is full of sardonic bite and heartfelt sadness that’s an exorcism of emotions felt after a long term relationship went south. What began merely as a therapeutic exercise in the fall of 2005, ... read more »

Joy Comes In The Morning
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Jeremy Band
Description:

Brand new release from Jeremy Morris – this time with The Jeremy Band  (Dave Dietrich on drums and ... read more »

The Lee Riders
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Lee Riders
Description:

DUE LATE MAY – TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED NO LATER THAN MAY 15.  AFTER MAY 15 THIS TITLE B ... read more »

King Cobra - Original Soundtrack
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Senior Service
Description:

The Senior Service are back with their follow up to 2016's “The Girl In The Glass Case”.  WOW!!!  Triptides are back with their new album –- their poppy-est yet!  !  ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #47
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #47
Description:

In this issue (and on the cover), a tribute to the recently departed FRED COLE and a feature story on his ‘60s era bands THE WEEDS and THE LOLLIPOP SHOPP ... read more »

My World Of Make Believe - Sunshine, Soft & Studio Pop 1966-1972
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

"Clouds of satin at your feet....rainbow flowers line the street....only love can get you in....'” read more »

Pop Parade Volume 9
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The latest installment of this “collect ‘em ... read more »

Planet Mod: British Soul & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

If only for his stewardship of the Who, Kinks and Creation, American Shel Talmy is revered as the producer responsible for distilling the cathartic ... read more »