Home  -  Contact Us  -  Distribution  -  The Label

Find what you're looking for fast!. You can search our entire product database using any of these criteria: artist, title or "sounds like" (ie, Beatles, garage, Posies)!

Top Sellers

New Releases

Kool Kat Label Releases

New CD's

Used CD's

Compilation CD's

Vinyl

Magazines

Pre-Orders





   


Exposure & Response
 
Exposure & Response Quantity in Basket: None
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mo Troper
 
 
Quantity:
 

On his sophomore effort, which begins with the bombastic “Rock and Roll Will Change The World,” it’s hard to tell whether Mo Troper is hopelessly nostalgic for an era he never experienced, or simply donning the “old soul” get-up ironically. Most likely, it’s a bit of both.  “For much of the record, the L.A.-via-Portland songwriter clearly has Brian Wilson on the brain; the album is loaded with glorious harmonies, bright horns, lavish strings, and he delivers each line with charisma that - in a bygone era - would have filled stadiums.  But this record isn’t a period piece. Despite the fact that most of the songs stick to a pre-punk pacing, rarely exceeding mid-60’s California bop, the record’s modern fidelity helps it sidestep the ‘retro’ tag, and his diatribes about the elite contain too much millennial sarcasm to be confused with the gripes of an earlier era. Throughout the record, he finds his sweet spot when he’s yanking from both generations simultaneously.  ‘Your Brand’ and ‘Big School’ are the standouts, melding Phil Spector-esque majesty with Jeff Rosenstock-ish witticisms like, ‘Turn a tragedy into something you can work with’ and ‘Pay to have someone reassure you that you’re smart.’ Although his limited vocal range and lack of stylistic variation make for a slightly tiresome middle patch, changeups like the squeaky a cappella ‘Wedding’ and the pulsating crunch of ‘Wicked’ are smartly sequenced, revitalizing the listener before the record’s stellar back end.  Despite what the opening song says, Troper knows that rock ‘n’ roll won’t change the world. But listening to him soar through some of the sweetest, warmest, most charming rock songs in recent memory is almost enough to make you believe otherwise.” – Eli Enis  An exquisite example of classic, well-crafted power pop. It’s the best work of Troper’s career, and one of the very best albums to come out of Portland (or anywhere else) in 2017.   His prior, vinyl-only full-length, 2016’s ‘Beloved’, is also very good.  It’s packed end-to-end with melodies so strong and memorable, they consistently rise above the rest of the record’s fuzzed-out bash ’n’ pop din.  It sounds like a super-skilled songwriter sailing through a mid-fi sea of crash cymbals.   By comparison, ‘Exposure and Response’ is a luxury yacht slicing across open waters toward the sunset.  Troper’s melodies still soar, but now they’re captured more clearly and surrounded by sumptuous arrangements, often including horn and string sections.  ‘Rock and Roll Will Change the World’ begins with a dazzling chorus of “aahs” that could live credibly inside any Beach Boys song.  The song runs just under a minute and a half long, the first of many short bursts on the album.  ‘The Customer’ lasts 72 seconds and sounds like half an acoustic Weezer demo (which is a good thing).  ‘Freebin’ makes heartbreak feel hopeful, and blossoms into perfection in its second minute.  ‘Wedding’ spends a minute approximating Of Montreal doing a love song, barbershop quartet-style.  Sprinkled among these shorties are the record’s highest highlights: ‘Dictator Out of Work,’ an anthem for the downtrodden with a regal trumpet line and a thrilling coda; ‘Your Brand,’ a razor-sharp takedown of industry greed with a symphonic backbone; and ‘The Poet Laureate of Neverland,’ a horn-heavy meditation on the stunted growth of the entitled artist.  When Troper stretches out is when his cynical streak really shines through. And cynicism never sounded so sweet.” – PortandMercury.com  GREAT!!


 
The In Part Of The Out Crowd
Price: $11.00
Artist: Acid
Description:

The third record from Asbury Park, NJ’s Acid is by far their most cohesive, catchiest, and a ... read more »

Footnotes 1992-1994
Price: $16.00
Artist: Adorable
Description:

Re-release of an 18-track compilation from (in our opinion) the very under-rated, former Creation Records Britpop act, Adorable.  & ... read more »

Blue Gold
Price: $16.00
Artist: Al Manfredi
Description:

“Blue Gold” is a little-known West Coast rock masterpiece from 1973.  Al Manfredi’s dreams of securing a reco ... read more »

No Love Lost
Price: $15.00
Artist: Andy Kentler
Description: Kudos to Steve at Absolutepowerpop for hipping us to this 2014 effort from this Aussie roots rocker! The former guitarist for Aussie rockers Glide (and previously bassist for The Gammarays), "No Love Lost" is Andy's sophomore release - ten years after his debut! "The biggest influences I hear are Tom Petty, Lou Reed and B ... read more »

Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks
Price: $19.00
Artist: Attic Lights
Description:

Scotland's Attic LightsAfter breaking a 7-year hiatus with the terrific Befor ... read more »

Stay Out Late
Price: $15.00
Artist: Buxton
Description:

On their latest effort, Buxton delivers another set of emotionally engaging songcraft, with an organic warmth that affirms the subtle musical chemistry that’s been honed over the years of the band’s existence.read more »

The Whole Shebang
Price: $13.00
Artist: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes
Description:

Charlie Faye and her backing group the Fayettes (consisting of individually accredited vocalists Bettysoo and Akina Adderly) with emulating a vintage style circa the ‘60s and ‘70s. As their handle implies, the trio ... read more »

So Far So Good So Cool
Price: $12.00
Artist: Death By Unga Bunga
Description:

The Norwegian indie rock outfit's fifth studio effort sees them delivering a taut, 11-track set of snappy power pop confections tha ... read more »

Pineapple Pizza
Price: $12.00
Artist: Death By Unga Bunga
Description:

Ludicrously named and delightfully retro, Norway’s D ... read more »

Gonna Rock Tonite!: The Complete Recordings 1969-1971 (3CD)
Price: $29.00
Artist: Flamin' Groovies
Description:

Irrespective of musical direction, sales figures or personnel changes, The Flamin’ Groovies have always had greatness attached to ... read more »

Whatever Suits You
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gerry O'Keefe
Description: As a child in the early 80's, just as his peers were discovering Journey and REO Speedwagon, Gerry found himself swept away by the timeless sounds artists like The Monkees, The Beach Boys and Buddy Holly had long ago lodged into America's collective unconscious. "I caught an old clip on TV of Herman's Hermits singing 'I'm I ... read more »

Brass Knobs, Bevelled Edges (And in 23 Different Positions) – 15th Anniversary Issue
Price: $16.00
Artist: Green Circles
Description:

Hot on the heels of 2017’s gap filling Kool Kat Musik compilation, “I Was a King team up with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub (and, musically, it shows!) to create their most energetic, homesick and captivating album to date. Originating from the w ... read more »

Love Club
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Sarakula
Description:

Do you like love songs?  After spending a lifetime spent avoiding this subject in song, Joel Sarakula finally admits that he does. He has travelled th ... read more »

Sparkle And Shine
Price: $12.00
Artist: Jonny Kaplan & The Lazy Stars
Description: Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jonny Kaplan is a travelling troubadour in the truest sense. Whether sailing to a far off island, playing sold-out shows in Europe with his stellar band, The Lazy Stars, riding motorcycles up and down the West coast or wandering around a developing country with his acoustic guitar in hand, it's a ... read more »

Unreleashed: Demos and Rarities 1996-2018
Price: $13.00
Artist: Jonny Polonsky
Description:

With a musical pedigree comprised of work with Frank Black (The Pixies), Puscifer, Johnny Cash and Tom Morello, Jonny Polonsky is one of the most interesting and talented musicians we've come to know.read more »

Heartaches and Hot Problems
Price: $9.00
Artist: Justine and The Unclean
Description:

Justine and The Unclean have delivered a sophomore release (produced by Dave Minehan of The Neighborhoods) that’s stacked with songs that ought to be all over rock radio - if such a thing still existed.read more »

Not Only Sunshine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kai Danzberg
Description:

Kai Danzberg emerged to take the pop world by storm in 2018 with hi ... read more »

Orbital Amusement
Price: $9.00
Artist: Little Man
Description: Their 6-song, 2011 release slings into the musical stratosphere from Chris Perricelli's studio launching pad. Subscribing to the less-is-more mentality for rock ‘n’ roll, over the course of four LPs and this EP, he has cultivated a collection of songs steeped in the trappings of rock tradition, and the group’ ... read more »

Of Mind and Matter
Price: $10.00
Artist: Little Man
Description: Based in Minneapolis, and led by Chris Perricelli, the ... read more »

Medium Cool
Price: $15.00
Artist: Luther Russell
Description:

You may already know Los Angeles native Luther Russell from his years as a hard-working guitarist/singer with The Freewheelers, and ... read more »

Days Go By
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Released in the UK on vinyl only, the follow up to 2010’s release "The Grown Ups" makes its CD debut.read more »

The Grown Ups (2CD)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

Mick’s 2010 debut is now back in print and on the Kool Kat label!!   Debut albums, more often than not, are a collection of songs over which the hip, young songwriter ... read more »

Open Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description:

“Open Sky”, the sixth full length album from Mothboxer, is the follow up to 2017's “Secret Art Of Saying Nothing”. The record contains 12 tracks writte ... read more »

In Colour
Price: $13.00
Artist: Nathan Persad
Description: Since his debut, the south London songwriter with an obsession for The Hollies and The Move has been indulging in what sounds like new loves for surf, doo-wop, girl groups, glam rock and Dexys Midnight Runners. Such diverse inspirations have certainly made the results more filling. It sounds as if it was a gas to record. ... read more »

Better Late Than Never
Price: $11.00
Artist: Nat Freedberg
Description:

WOW!!  Nat Freedberg is a singer, guitar player and songwriter best known in the Rocque ‘n' Roll community as the front man o ... read more »

Nezrok
Price: $12.00
Artist: Nezrok
Description:

Florida-based Nezrok’s (aka Chris Korzen – he trades under his last name spelled backwards) latest release features a host of guests that includ ... read more »

Tell Me All About It
Price: $18.50
Artist: Oberon Rose
Description:

Oberon Rose is the result of the musicianship of Tommy Oberon (an ace guitarist) and the lyrics of Rebecca Rose.  “Tell Me All About It”, is their ... read more »

Pilots
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pale Hollow
Description:

Talk about a long time between first and second records – how about 11 years!  Singer-songwriter ... read more »

Pale Hollow
Price: $11.00
Artist: Pale Hollow
Description:

Their 2007 debut!  If you didn't know better, you'd swear that Cleveland's Michael Allen was British! Even the photo on the CD cover looks like something outta the UK! The songs on his brilliant, ... read more »

Carousel Of Kites
Price: $17.00
Artist: Paul Steel
Description:

What do you do when your debut album is a concept one, a ‘dreaded’ rock opera, so to say, that is hailed as genius by the likes of Andy Partridge of XTC and Van Dyke Parks? Well, you get signed t ... read more »

It Tastes A Little Sweeter
Price: $10.00
Artist: Pill Hill
Description:

Dan Fowlds penned much of Pill Hill’s second album in a secluded cabin hanging from the cliffs of the shores of Lake Superi ... read more »

Pill Hill
Price: $10.00
Artist: Pill Hill
Description:

Before forming LowRay, Dan Fowlds led this band of roots rockers!   Pill Hill plays g ... read more »

Black Throated Blue
Price: $11.00
Artist: Richie Parsons
Description:

Boston’s Richie Parsons is back with a new Ken Stringfellow-produced effort (Ken also sings and plays on everything.)  “Parsons approximately sounds like a combo of J ... read more »

Diana Dors
Price: $8.00
Artist: Rogers & Butler
Description:

The new collaboration between Ed Rogers and Stephen Butler (Smash Palace), certainly two names that are familiar to pop fans everywhere, is one to behold.  ... read more »

Fairweather
Price: $10.00
Artist: Sam Hoffman
Description:

JANGLE ALERT!!  Nashville’s Sam Hoffman delivers an outstanding debut that’s sure to please fans of Teenage Fanclub!  “Lis ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #90
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #90
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The sophomore effort from this LA-based, New Zealand-esque band NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  Stephen’s Ruin draws its inspiration from R&B, early rock & roll, 60& ... read more »

Blue Music
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunshine Boys
Description:

Sunshine Boys are singer/guitarist Dag Juhlin (The Slugs, Poi Dog Pondering), bassist Jackie Schimmel (Big Hello), and drummer Freda Love Smith (The Blake Babies).read more »

Demons In The Dust
Price: $0.00
Artist: Tad Overbaugh
Description:

Tad Overbaugh & the Late Arrivals are a 5-piece, heartland inspired, rock 'n' roll band from Boston, MA. read more »

Effluxion
Price: $15.00
Artist: Telekinesis
Description:

The fifth full length recorded by Michael Benjamin Lerner as Telekinesis.  It is a back-to-basics album-not j ... read more »

This Is My Voice
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Chocolate Watchband
Description:

The Chocolate Watchband made a name for themselves in the late 60’s, touring with both The Mothers of Invention and The Doors, along with a cameo appearance in the cult classic film “Riot On Sun ... read more »

Punk Rock For Gentlemen
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Fallen Leaves
Description:

The Fallen Leaves came together in 2004 as a joint mission between original Subway Sect guitarist Rob Symmons and singer Rob Green, from Bernie Rhodes's C ... read more »

Sometimes When
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Golden Rail
Description:

Their Nick Batterham-produced sophomore album was put together over the southern winter of 2018. The same four GR members are all present – Saki Garth, Ian Freeman, Dave Chadwick and Jeff Baker – but with ... read more »

Nothing Doing
Price: $11.00
Artist: The John Sally Ride
Description:

The followup to “A New Set Of Downs” (a Kool Kat label release that sat atop a lot of “Best of 2017” year-end lists) is here!read more »

Grand Reopening
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Keys
Description:

Finally it's happened! The music of the The Keys< ... read more »

Varshons II
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Lemonheads
Description:

The Lemonheads follow up ... read more »

Psychedelic Country Soul
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Long Ryders
Description:

In the late 70’s/early 80’s, The Plimsouls were our favorite American band.  When they split, guess who r ... read more »

Something In The Air
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Maureens
Description:

A wonderful new power pop album by this terrific Dutch band, featuring stunning harmonies and beautiful melodies.  JANGLE ALERT!!  Lotsa guitars (6, 12-string, and pedal steel) colour ... read more »

for Johnny
Price: $6.00
Artist: the re-Used electrics
Description:

Remember the Punk Wave of 1977-78?  The re-Used electrics do and have released a 6-song EP honoring one of the guitar greats of that era – Johnny Thunder ... read more »

The Sea-Ders
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Sea-Ders
Description:

This disc contains all known recordings of infectious Middle Eastern inflected rock/beat from the  Sea -Ders (or& ... read more »

Some Kinda Life
Price: $14.00
Artist: Two Sheds Jackson
Description:

It only took 11 years, but in 2018 this, their sophomore effort, was finally released!  The result is more extraordinarily widescreen baroque power pop. ... read more »

Memory Lane
Price: $14.00
Artist: Two Sheds Jackson
Description:

In 1987, Tom Loffler crossed the border into East Berlin one day to take a look at the local music scene.  Guitar case in hand, he quickly came to the realization that it was ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #50
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #50
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The latest from Vanilla is another pop gem!  The band features Jayson Jarmon (Liar's Club), Sean Gaffney, Danaread more »

Waiting: The Van Duren Story
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

Memphis musician Van Duren had it all going for himself. He was managed and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (The Rolling Stones) in the 70’s, he was a contemporary of Big Star and was in a post-Big Star band (B ... read more »

3 X 4: The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Previously a Black Friday 2018 Record Store Day release, this is a very kool reord that features brand new recordings from four of the core “Paisley Underground” scene’s ... read more »

Yipes!!!
Price: $12.00
Artist: Yipes!
Description:

In Milwaukee, WI the late 70’s, before Citizen King and the Gufs, before the Bodeans and Violent Femmes, there was Yipes!  ... read more »

The Physical Kids
Price: $11.00
Artist: Zombies Of The Stratosphere
Description:

Taking their name from an old sci-fi movie about a zombie invasion, the band's style seems more influenced by the British Invasion of the 60’s than a 50’s-era B Movie.