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Bigger Than Life
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: Jack Lee
 
 
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Legendary singer/songwriter (and, except for die-hard pop purists, extremely underrated) Jack Lee has been on the radar of rock fans since the late '70s, when he formed the iconic power pop band The Nerves, alongside Paul Collins and Peter Case. His songs have been covered by a multitude of artists (Blondie, Suzy Quatro, Cat Power, Paul Young), but fans have found his solo work very hard to come by prior to this release. “Bigger Than Life” is an album filled with 23 memorable songs (all taken from his now rare, two vinyl-only releases) all reissued for the first time since the 1980’s, that showcases the incredible songwriting craft of this reclusive pop genius. “The somewhat deceptively (and sarcastically) titled ‘Jack Lee's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1’ seemed to have been overlooked when it comes to the solo offerings of the three ex-Nerves, but this is a great collection of power pop that holds its own against the debuts from The Beat and The Plimsouls. Lee deviates little from the jumpy tension that fueled his previous band, and digs into his back catalog for faithful re-recordings of ‘Paper Dolls,’ ‘Give Me Some Time,’ and the only qualifiers as hits, by way of Blondie with ‘Hanging On The Telephone,’ and Paul Young with ‘Come Back and Stay.’ Curiously, Case and Collins are among the musicians credited as with playing on the album, and these versions are close enough to the originals without being identical, that one might suspect the the original Nerves backing tracks are being used. Elsewhere, Lee cooks up some more excellent straight-ahead power pop in the jubilant ‘Good Times,’ the Twilley-esque retro rocker ‘Any Day Now,’ and adopts a punkish sneer for ‘Crime Doesn't Pay.’” – RateYourMusic.com “I tend, unfairly, to think of Jack Lee as "the other guy" from The Nerves. While Paul Collins and Peter Case went on to loftier heights with their respective bands and solo careers, Jack Lee, as this album demonstrates, was just as talented as those two if not more so. On The Nerves' only official release, their self-titled EP from 1976, Lee unquestionably penned the two best tracks, ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ and ‘Give Me Some Time.’ Those are both presented here in re-recorded but very similar versions. In fact, fans of The Nerves are likely familiar with the majority of songs on this album, many of which are collected in earlier and/or live versions on the excellent Nerves compilation ‘One Way Ticket’. But here one can take a step back and appreciate Lee's legacy apart from the ‘super group’ he is typically associated with. This album showcases the work of an extraordinary pop songsmith.” – RateYourMusic.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 Alexander“Blue Motel” is the new album by a brand new musical enterprise by Bart Davenport.  It’s his seventh album proper since his going so ... read more »

Bennett Wilson Poole
Price: $19.00
Artist: Bennett Wilson Poole
Description:

WOW!!  Since its announcement of impending release a ... read more »

Blue Mind
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blaine Campbell
Description:

If Blaine Campbell could afford therapy, he probably wouldn’t have to write songs. ... read more »

MAKE
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blake Jones & the Trike Shop
Description:

Blake’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 »

One Ultra
Price: $8.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

The latest (and quite possibly greatest) Hemmit release is a six-song EP from drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keith Fleming.  This solo EP effort (which is curiously ... read more »

Straight Outta Nowhere
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description: Their 2015 effort is yet another gem of hi-octane rock and pop gems, as is their style mixing riff-heavy garage rock, punk and power pop into a melodic and en ... read more »

Antimatter
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

2014’s “Antimatter” delivers another 10 tracks of fast-paced, hook-laden guitar rock, successfully weaving catchy gar ... read more »

RocketRide
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

Keith Fleming joined the fold for their 2008 sophomore effort, another heavy payload of punkish power rock that again is brimming wi ... read more »

What You See
Price: $10.00
Artist: Hemmit
Description:

Hemmit is the songwriting team of multi-instrumentalists Keith Fleming and Adam Rohosy (though this record is all Adam).  Fleming has drummed and toured with myriad bands including ... read more »

With All Due Respect
Price: $14.00
Artist: Incarnations
Description: LIMITED STOCK!!  Here's a release from Bart Davenport that was criminally ignored (in our opinion)!  In 2010, as Incarnations, Bart Davenport, Daniel Collas, and Bing Ji Ling have delivered an absolute darling of a record. Traversing with an understated assuredness, they indeed pay "due respect" to the ambitious ... 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 #80
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #80
Description: DUE SOON - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The MC5 grace the cover of this issue which features an exclusive interview with their guitarist Wayne Kramer.  If there's ever time for a rock ’n' roll ... 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 »

Four
Price: $12.00
Artist: Starbelly
Description:

JUST ARRIVED!!  They’re baaack!  Armed with lots of jangly guitars, harm ... 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 »