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Valley Of Death (or whatever)
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: The Whatever
 
 
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Whatever” you call this many monikered group, their impossibly rare 1967 single has been making collectors everywhere salivate. But there’s more to the story – these NY teens made it into the studio to cut 6 additional songs, plus a couple car dealership jingles that rowdily repurpose their iconic single!  In 1967 an unknown band dubbed The Whatever transformed Alfred Tennyson’s famous poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” into a magnificent, pulse-racing one-shot garage single called “The Valley of Death.”  They were, it turns out, a group of teenage friends from Long Island, New York. Somewhere along the way they connected with Al Locke, a local songwriter and aspiring vocalist in the Frank Sinatra mould. Locke was responsible for dispensing a new name for the group each time they entered the studio (The Raincoats, The Lookouts), though inspiration was in short supply the day they recorded their lone issued single. “Just call it whatever,” suggested someone, so they did.  This quintessential piece of garage rock history is reissued for the first time, with 6 additional studio cuts and a duo of radio jingles for Wolfinger Dodge located in Easton, PA.  The jingles are to the tune of “The Valley Of Death” and features humorous and outlandish radio dialect. Most likely never released or played on the radio, but done as a parody for fun that must be heard to be believed!  Liner notes by Mike Stax of Ugly Things!  EXCELLENT!!


 
Utopian Ashes
Price: $13.00
Artist: Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth
Description:

Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has teamed up with French solo artist and Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth to release “Utopian Ashes”, a gorgeous, lushly-produced record that explores the loss, miscommunication and emotional inarticulacy that a marrie ... read more »

Last Orders!
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brinsley Schwarz
Description:

At the dawn of the internet, Ian Gomm selfreleased an album of previously unreleased and hard to find recordings by his old group Brinsley Schwarz called, appropriately enou ... read more »

Game Dirt
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

Pop vet Chris Church’s recent releases like “Limitations of Source Tape” and 2020's exploration of “Heavy Melody” (“Backwards Compatible”) have topped many “Best Of” lists.  Between his vast back catalog, an ... read more »

Penny Novelettes
Price: $19.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description: Martin Newell has been quite prolific these past few years, issuing a cache o ... read more »

Atoms And Energy
Price: $17.00
Artist: Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders
Description:

Daniel Wylie has had a long and distinguished career in songwriting, whether with his band, Cosmic Rough Riders, or as a solo artist. Throughout he has stayed true to a classic approach with plenty of room for influences from the 1960’s onwa ... read more »

Ten Easy Pieces
Price: $13.00
Artist: Danny Laj and The Looks
Description: Ever since falling in love with rock 'n roll at 9 years old after listening t ... read more »

Deadlights
Price: $10.00
Artist: Deadlights
Description:

Deadlights is the latest musical endeavor from Well Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton. Following the release of “Shelf Life” The Well Wishers 11th full-length, Jeff made a concerted effort to take a break from his tried-and-true formul ... read more »

Fatal Mistakes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Del Amitri
Description:

Throughout their entire career, Del Amitri have mastered the art of timeless, melodically focused pop rock. “Fatal Mistakes” was recorded over three weeks in March in a country house in deep England, and is their first studio album since 2002’s “Can You Do Me Good”! &n ... read more »

Hang Johnson
Price: $15.00
Artist: Diesel Park West
Description:

In our ongoing effort to present previously unreleased Diesel Park West recordings to the masses, please welcome “Hang Johnson”, originally recorded in 1999.  Bands rarely stay unchanged be it those who find success or those who have only stayed relevant by virtue o ... read more »

The Best Of Dropkick
Price: $19.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

Having released around 16 official albums, Dropkick, the premier sunshine power pop band from Scotland’s east coast were somewhat spoiled for choice when it came to compiling a best of album. So spoiled for choice in fact that they’ve only gone and spoiled their fans wit ... read more »

Obvious
Price: $15.00
Artist: Dropkick
Description:

The initial pressing of 100 numbered copies released in the UK in May 2021 sold out quickly!!  But fear not, Andrew Taylor has granted Kool Kat permission to press more, (un-numbered) copies for anyone who may have been shut out.  After years of being asked for a CD repress, the ban ... read more »

Catch A Cloud
Price: $16.00
Artist: Edward Rogers
Description: “Catch A Cloud” is Edward Rogers’ eighth solo album.  It was comple ... read more »

Miracle
Price: $14.00
Artist: Francis Lung
Description:

“Miracle” is Francis Lung’s second solo full-length.  The Manchester, UK-based singer-songwriter recorded it in a studio in rural Wales early last year. And in a sense this ruralness permeates throughout the album itself. It represents a period of introspection for Lung, where he ... read more »

Charts & Graphs
Price: $13.00
Artist: Geoff Palmer
Description:

For those not in the know just yet because you have been living under a rock for the past 20 years, Geoff Palmer’s first claim to fame was pop-punk band The Guts, with which he released some strong albums.  He then went on to play  ... read more »

Searching For The Grown-Ups
Price: $17.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle
Description: Groovy Uncle has long been an outlet for Glenn Prangnell’s love affair with s ... read more »

Last Thing I Heard
Price: $12.00
Artist: Hanemoon
Description:

Once again, Hanemoon have served up a dozen perfect midtempo jangly guitar pop hits in the style of later Teenage Fanclub, Dropkick or Cosmic Rough Riders, with the utmost attention given to melody and harmony.  Hans Forster is one of the better power pop songwrit ... read more »

Our Back Pages
Price: $15.00
Artist: Holsapple & Stamey
Description:

“Our Back Pages” is an album of dB's music re-imagined by the band's Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey.  The collection features new acoustic versions of some of the duo's favorite dB's songs.  Stamey explain ... read more »

Green Wave
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Tyler Wall
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE JULY 2 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Recorded at the tail end of 2020, at his own Green Door Studios, Joel Tyler Wall (the other half of Diamond Hands) steps o ... read more »

The Great Pause
Price: $11.00
Artist: John Larson and The Silver Fields
Description:

When the pandemic hit last March, John Larson (formerly of The Marlowes) and The Silver Fields took advantage of the extra time they were afforded. They’d already planned to record a fo ... read more »

Compositons
Price: $15.00
Artist: Johnathan Pushkar
Description:

On his sophomore effort, Johnathan Pushkar delivers more groovy power pop sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, but with a refined art of storytelling and deeper lyrics composition struck him as a fitting title to capture the journey of tak ... read more »

Tales From The Atomic Tambourine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kingdom Of Mustang
Description:

“Tales From The Atomic Tambourine” is the third full-lengh by Kingdom Of Mustang.  Birthed during the pandemic of 2020, this collection paints from a broad palette of tonal colors and stylistic modes that at times harkens back to the golden age of AM radio yet does not sacrifice the modern pop- ... read more »

Still Dirty
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems
Description:

“Still Dirty” is the second full-length album from Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems. The prolific group has also released six EPs and a number of singles.  Kris says he and his bandmates in The Dirty Gems took some chances on this record they wouldn’t ordinarily take but he believes those risks ... read more »

Hung Up On Pop
Price: $9.00
Artist: Loose Lips
Description:

Loose Lips was formed in the thick of the Power Pop/New Wave era of the late 70’s by guitarists Richie Mayer and Jeff King.  After early tentative combinations the band’s lineup coalesced with drummer Gary Ritchie of the The Scam, an offshoot of the British band Badfinger, bassist Danny Welch, K ... read more »

Domino
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lucas Aaron
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  California psych-popper Lucas Aaron was brought to us by Joel Tyler Wall of Diamond Hands who produced “Domino”, Lucas’ second (but more fully fleshed out than his 2019 cassette-only debut) solo record.  And after just one li ... read more »

Waves
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mark & The Clouds
Description:

Since relocating from his native Bologna, Italy to London in the early ’90s, Marco Magnani has been a stalwart of the city’s underground scene where 60’s pop and folk meets psychedelic rock. His previous band Instant Flight worked for several years as the backing group of Arthur Brown as well as rel ... read more »

Wardour Dreams
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mod Fun
Description:

"Wardour Dreams" is a compilation of both of Mod Fun's 80's vinyl releases, remastered and for the first time, available as full albums on CD.  This collection of songs represents the bulk of studio recordings by "New Jersey's original 80's Retro-mod band," who were among the most popular ... read more »

New Wonders 1996-2021
Price: $14.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 13 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  After 36 active years, it is now time for a second summary of legendary Swedish cult power pop/p ... read more »

Rave On!
Price: $16.00
Artist: Radio Days
Description:

“Rave On!” is Radio Days’ fourth LP that features 10 power pop gems that translate to music the many souls of the band.  Taking the Paul Collins’ Beat and The Knack experience as a starting point, the songs of the album take a metaphoric trip ... read more »

Exit Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ramirez Exposure
Description:

"These Exit Times" is the name of a newsletter sent by an environmental organization advocating the extinction of the human race as a solution to save the planet. When Victor Ramirez first came across the group on the internet a couple of years ag ... read more »

Full-Scale Shakeability
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rattanson
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Henrik Aspeborg (a/k/a Rattanso ... read more »

I'd Much Rather Be With The Noise
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rattanson
Description: read more »

The Inn Of Temporary Happiness
Price: $12.00
Artist: Richie Mayer
Description:

It only took Loose Lips’ Richie Mayer 41 years to release a solo record – but here it is!  And quite a hook-filled one at that.  Richie explains “A pandemic, political chaos, social unrest, climate change…if one needed a reason to kickstart their catharsis, a ... read more »

Anthology
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rick Coraccio
Description:

Rick Coraccio was an essential influence in the 70’s/80’s Boston garage rock scene. Rick played in DMZ, Lyres and an early version of The Real Kids when they were simply The Kids. He formed several of his own bands - The Shambles and The Last Ones - which produced some amazing songs, some of which a ... read more »

Next Level
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rooftop Screamers
Description:

Rooftop Screamers is the name of the studio project for Portland based drummer and songwriter Mike Collins. It's an outlet to showcase his original songs and collaborate with some of his favorite local a ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #117
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #117
Description:

Laura Nyro is this issue’s cover girl: The unique singer-songwriter who influenced a generation.  Other features on Goldie & The Gingerbreads: America’s first all-playing, all-female pop sensationsFrench Revolutionary Rock: Underground bands ushered ... read more »

21
Price: $12.00
Artist: Smash Palace
Description:

Smash Palace returns with their 13th(!) album, "21" which contains 10 melodic, hook-filled songs designed to be the soundtrack for the Summer of 2021.  The Butler brothers do what they consistently do best … 60's jangle rock, 70's rock swagger, 80's power pop, 90's Brit ro ... read more »

Manners maketh man
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunbourne Rd.
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Alex Siodmak is from Casale Monferrato in Northern Italy and with the assistance of friends, Davide Ghione, Sebast ... read more »

A Little More
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Aerovons
Description:

The Aerovons recorded their masterpiece “Resurrection” in 1969 at Abbey Road. Beatles’ sound engineers Geoff Emerick, Alan Parsons and Norman Smith worked on the sessions. The album was produced by their prodigious 17-year-old leader Tom Hartman. Although two singles were released in 1969, “Resurrect ... read more »

I'm Selfish And So Is My Cat
Price: $14.00
Artist: The August Teens
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Hearing the intro to album opener “This Time” ... read more »

A Cellar Full Of Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beat Rats
Description:

In 1964 it was Beatlemania, in 2009 it was time for BeatRatmania! This New York City-based quartet whisks you back to the days of The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany - but with only a slight modern touch! Their no-frills brand of Mersey-inspired garage pop is a hook and ... read more »

Have Mersey!
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beat Rats
Description:

WOW!!  “Have Mersey” indeed! The followup to their 2009 Kool Kat debut "A Cellar Full Of Rats!" arrived in 2013. Released in conjunction with Liverpool's Cavern Records, Frank, Paul, Tony, and Robert (a/k/a The Beat Rats) returned with twelve more catchy, tongue ... read more »

Joystick
Price: $10.50
Artist: The Checkered Hearts
Description:

The Checkered Hearts are a Los Angeles-based duo, Hillary Burton and Lisa Mychols,  who joined forces in early 2021.  Their sound is a mixture of explosive power pop and reminiscent of long lost favorites of the 80's and 90's.  Their de ... read more »

Velvet Elvis – The Only Lover Left Alive
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Electric Stars
Description:

The Electric stars latest release has exploded off the back of their incredible debut which, hidden within its grooves begins to ... read more »

Sonic Candy Soul
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Electric Stars
Description:

From Manchester, England, The Electric Stars are a psych rock'n'roll group with slick guitar riffs and bold catchy lyrics embedded into each of their songs. Their musical reference points stretch from the 60's era to today, but sit most ... read more »

Speedway
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Feedbacks
Description:

Spanish punk pop heroes The Feedbacks’ career has already exceeded a quarter of a century, as they released their debut “Ready Steady Bang!” in 1997.  "Speedway" (their second album released in 1999) has been out of print since the early 00’s.  It has been almost impossible to find (and ex ... read more »

Go For The Effect
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Flicks
Description:

Another piece of Diesel Park West-related (actually pre-DPW) history gets a release via Kool Kat Musik!  In March of 1978, a young John Butler put together an unlikely pairing of musicians in a North London studio to lay down some tracks in order to fulfil a publishing commitm ... read more »

The Colour Of Happy
Price: $13.00
Artist: The James Clark Institute
Description:

After almost two years of blood, sweat, tears and lately a whole lot of sitting around, the new James Clark Institute record, “The Colour Of Happy”, has arrived!  And you’ll be sure glad it did.  The record was terrifically produced by Mo Berg (The Pursuit O ... read more »

I Used To Be The Martial Arts
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Martial Arts
Description:

The 2019 EP from The Martial Arts (Paul Kelly) is a joyous romp through the pop song - a study in infectious grooves and melody. “The song ‘New Performance’ is a nice slab of glammy, Jellyfish/Imperial Drag-inspired hard biting bubble gum pop.” – PopGeekHeaven.co ... read more »

Getting Stranger By The Month
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Martial Arts
Description:

Paul Kelly (BMX Bandits, The Primary 5, Dr. Cosmos Tape Lab) has been described as being “like a 21st century Roy Wood” by his Bandits bandleader Duglas T Stewart.  The follow-up to 2019’s “I Used To Be The Martial Arts” (described as “a must have EP ... read more »

Three Apples In The Orange Grove
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Mergers
Description:

OASIS ALERT!!  The lead-off track “Outta My Way” on the latest from The Mergers is pretty similar to what you might expect from your favorite German beatread more »

I Stand Accused (2CD)
Price: $24.00
Artist: The Merseybeats & The Merseys
Description:

Emerging from the Liverpool group scene during the goldrush years, The Merseybeats’ combination of Everly Brothers-style vocal harmonies and adroitly-chosen beat boom ballads saw them record several hit singles (including “I Think Of You”, which reached the Top Five), a brace of very popular EPs and ... read more »

All Night Long: An Anthology 1965-1966
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Palace Guard
Description:

The Palace Guard was Emitt Rhodes' first band! “All Night Long….” includes the band's entire recorded repertoire, and the packaging contains photos a ... read more »

Hits To Spare
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Poppermost
Description:

A collection of simple, uplifting pop songs with a positive message is exactly what Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist Joe Kane, working as The Poppermost, accomplishes on this FAB debut record. The Poppermost exist to remind us of a time when the world shook to the gidd ... read more »

The Red Locusts
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Red Locusts
Description:

WOW!!  Every once in a while, fans and scholars of power pop will unearth an album by a new or heretofore unknown artist and instantly and collectively cheer with unabashed glee.  May we present the debu ... read more »

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

For most true, longtime power pop fans, The Rubinoos need no introduction….  On November 3, 1976, co-founders Jon Rubin (vocals) and Tommy Dunbar (guitar) entered CBS Studios in San Francisco with drummer Donn Spindt and bassist Royse Ader to get a feel for the studio prior to the recording of ... read more »

Brighter Futures
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sails
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 6 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  In March of 2021, we released “Bang!- B ... read more »

Borrowed & Blue
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Speedways
Description:

Bridging that gap before the release of their next album, The Speedways recorded an EP of some of their favorite cover versions. It’s an unadulterated, hearts on their sleeves joy to listen to with no qualms.  What we’re selling is a full-length containing not only the EP, but a release that tac ... read more »

I Saw Her In A Mustang
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Vandals
Description:

A whole lotta profane!  Some pretty cool Florida garage punk that could have been massive if their single wasn’t banned from so many stations.  Finally The Vandals get a retrospective, complete with their snowflake ... read more »

Exit Wounds
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Wallflowers
Description:

Rock ‘n’ roll is often hard to define, or even to find, in these fractured musical times. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it.  And you always hear it with The Wallflowers. For the past 30 yea ... read more »

Valley Of Death (or whatever)
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Whatever
Description:

Whatever” you call this many monikered group, their impossibly rare 1967 single has been making collectors everywhere salivate. But there’s more to the story – these NY teens made it into the studio to cut 6 additional songs, plus a couple ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #57
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #57
Description:

DUE SOON! British ‘60s psychedelic underground heroes Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera are the subject of an epic feature that unwraps their outrageous story in hilarious and hair-raising detail. The 50th anniversary of J ... read more »

Suckertree
Price: $13.00
Artist: Underwater Sunshine
Description:

Nearly a quarter-century after the music stopped, the members of Underwater Sunshine have resurfaced to rock again with old songs tweaked to sound new and fresh.  The Vancouver, Canada foursome had a local following in the mid to late-90’s, but things fell apart before an album was properly rec ... read more »

Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating the Winston-Salem Sound
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The impetus for this extraordinary concert was that Chris Stamey had a book fresh off the press, a song-based memoir called “A Spy In The ... read more »

The Best Power Pop Of 2019 (3CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A whopping 60 tracks make up this terrific, value-priced, 3CD guide to 2019’s best power pop!  It was curated by the man of wealth and pop taste himself – Pop Geek Heaven’s Bruce Brodeen!  Many of Kool Kat’s label releases from the ... read more »

Higher Than A Mountain: The Songs Of Andy Gibb
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Never could we ever predict that the name “Andy Gibb” would appear anywhere on the Kool Kat site!  “Upon hearing about (and before hearing) this tribute even I, who worshipped the late Andy Gibb as a child, questioned the n ... read more »

Ram On: The 50th Anniversary Tribute To Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Ram” album from 1971 has been covered in its entirety by a collective of musicians lead by Denny Seiwell, the original drummer on the record (and Wings member from 1971-1973) and producer/mul ... read more »

Party For Joey - A Sweet Relief Tribute To Joey Spampinato
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and mu ... read more »

JEM Records Celebrates Brian Wilson
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Following their 2020 release paying tribute to John Lennon, JEM Records is doing the same for Brian Wilson.  “JEM Records Celebrates Brian Wilson” features covers of songs from both Wilson’s albums with The Beach Boys ... read more »

All A View
Price: $13.00
Artist: Wanderlust
Description:

They’re baaaack!!!!  During their years together from 1992 to 1998, Wanderlust had a chart-topping single "I Walked," opened for The Who, and were critically acclaimed by the London Sunday Times, declaring th ... read more »

On The Wing
Price: $11.00
Artist: Zombies Of The Stratosphere
Description:

New York City-based power pop and psychedelia band Zombies Of The Stratosphere’s ongoing mission is to create songs built to last by nerdily obsessive craftsmen with big record collections. You know: the good stuff.  These Zombies write extremely catchy, jangle-guitar pop with hooks that recall ... read more »