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Starlight Serenade
 
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Price: $14.00
Artist: The Foreign Films
 
 
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Bill Majoros (aka The Foreign Films) understands that in trying times, wonder and splendor are highly valuable commodities.  In the second year of an international pandemic, he’s released his seventh album, “Starlight Serenade.”  His songcraft, moonstruck enthusiasm, and gritty realism, are as reliable as ever.  “It kicks off with the description of a ‘desolate city,’ summing up the current state of the world, with our health crises and upheaval, then Majoros immediately sighs, “Oh, my dear, you look so pretty tonight.” Finding magnificence during devastation has been a poignant theme in his work for years. We continue to find him rapt in awe, while remaining firmly grounded in the troubling realities of our universal struggles.  ‘Echoes Of The Heart’ urges a woman to forget about her sorrow, while the soaring arrangement makes it easy to do so.   An ‘endless summer’ is mentioned in the song, perhaps a nod to the bittersweet grandeur of The Beach Boys, where Brian Wilson so often found a little hope and wonder in seaside tales touched by melancholy.  IMO, the crowning achievement of the album is ‘Many Moons Ago (Starlight Serenade)’ that opens with a luminous, celestial beginning, as a keyboard sounds off with ten seconds of sonic bliss. This cosmic vibe is felt again at 51 seconds with a harp-like rush of sound, then also at 1:57 where we again hear the ephemeral harp.  ‘Rainbows’ blends acoustic strumming with evocative piano, leading up to the technicolor carnival of ‘All The Love You Give,’ where keyboards call out like clarion trumpets.  Throughout the record, Majoros gives us a cinematic experience, with imagery that is vibrant and transporting, taking us to exotic locations like the sea shore or Spanish gardens, often under the stars or moon.  Despite lofty ambitions in his lyrics, he never loses sight of how we’re all just human. ‘A Photograph Of You’ features his admission, ‘I have won and I have failed’, a refreshing confession of imperfection can empower us to take our own risks, knowing mistakes and frustrations are a part of life. Perhaps disappointments don’t have to be seen as failures, but rather as necessary steps of growth. We never will taste the sweet fruit of victory unless we keep trying, as ‘The Mystery Of Love’ reminds us, and features another stunningly inventive use of the keyboard, that recalls the kaleidoscopic majesty of ‘Any Colour You Like’ from Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’  ‘Johnny Don't Be A Fool’ recalls The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Hey Jude’.  ‘Sweet Madeline’ continues the album’s theme of mystery to poignant effect.  Closer ‘Angel In Disguise’ is where we savor an R&B beat reminiscent of The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’.  Congrats to The Foreign Films for making yet another deeply worthwhile song cycle that discovers healing poetry along the broken, exciting roads of life on earth.” – Bob Rich/Santa Monica Star  GREAT!!


 
Amoeba Teen
Price: $13.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description: The terrific followup to 2019’s “Medium Wave”, “Amoeba Teen” contains 10 new t ... read more »

66/68
Price: $12.00
Artist: Bart Mendoza
Description:

A very cool EP of covers from Bart!  “Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of lending an ear to t ... read more »

Darling Please
Price: $14.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

“Darling Please” was recorded eleven years ago and is now seeing full-scale release for the first time in a newly remastered version (courtesy of Nick Bertling and adorned with newly tracked backing vocals from Lindsay Murray of Gretchen's Wheel).  The record sees the genre-hopping popper in a ... read more »

Airways Mansions
Price: $14.00
Artist: Chris Corney
Description:

Chris (ex-Ravines) released “Airways Mansion”, his third solo album in 2011 - and what a corker it is! "Brimming with Americana-inspired sweet melody and country-pop-rock – full of raw emotion, pathos and longing." - Music-News.com "From the fleeting Americana influe ... read more »

Authorize Information
Price: $10.00
Artist: Chuck Oney
Description:

Remember the band The Vague?  Well, Chuck Oney was a member of the group before venturing out as a solo artist.  “Authorize Information” is Chuck’s second solo record.  It was originally intended to be an EP.  Mostly al ... read more »

The Paisley Garden Project
Price: $14.00
Artist: Chuck Yoakum
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Recorded in 2018, but with its heart clearly in 196 ... read more »

Julee
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dave Cope and the Sass
Description: RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!read more »

Eleven Step Intervention
Price: $10.00
Artist: Deadlights
Description: Deadlights - the latest musical endeavor from Well-Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton continues on its chartered course of swirling, melodic dreampop and shoegaze with software release “Eleven Step Intervention”.  In l ... read more »

Reverse Light Years (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Even
Description:

If there was ever a time for Even to make a record like “Reverse Light Years”, that time is now.  Locked down due to the pandemic, frontman Ash Naylor was afforded the time and headspace to delve into t ... read more »

Satin Returns
Price: $14.00
Artist: Even
Description:

In 2018, the elder statesmen of Australian indie rock Even released their seventh album aptly titled “Satin Returns”.  “Holy smokes! This album is an absolute ripper packed full of eleven indie rock gems just waiting to ... read more »

Spook Du Jour
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian
Description:

Thirty minutes. A dozen songs (all but one clock in at under three minutes).  For their 13th album, the ever delightfully irreverent rockers Ex Norwegian managed to combine their sweet power pop sensibilities ... read more »

Explorer Tapes
Price: $15.00
Artist: Explorer Tapes
Description:

Explorer Tapes’ story is a classic tale of popular music. Two guys from the Dallas/Fort Worth area take a life-long friendship and decide to start a band, gather some additional talented musicians from the surrounding area, write songs, pla ... read more »

Lord, Have Mirsky!
Price: $10.00
Artist: Eytan Mirsky
Description:

This is Eytan’s eighth album that once again showcases the NY-based singer/songwriter’s sharp lyrical observations and way with a winning melody.  For this latest release, Eytan again teams up with his long-time producer Jon Gordon (for ... read more »

Are You There?
Price: $14.00
Artist: Fontanarosa
Description:

Fontanarosa used to be the solo project of Paul Verwaerde (read more »

It Was A Good Run
Price: $10.00
Artist: Freezing Hands
Description:

Freezing Hands hail from Tucson, AZ.  “It Was A Good Run” is their fourth release (but first we’ve ever heard by them).  “Cool power-pop sound, perfect for summer! Lyrics and vocal intonations have a Chris Ballew (of Presidents of th ... read more »

Six
Price: $13.00
Artist: Gat
Description:

Released in 2015, “Six” is an album that is the true definition of the term "One Man Band".  All of the songs were composed, produced and played by Gat (Graham Allman Talbot).  Known for featuring 12-string guitars on his previous efforts, he's kept tucked i ... read more »

No Saints In The City
Price: $11.00
Artist: Ghosts Of Sunset
Description:

Following up their debut EP “Headed West”, Ghosts Of Sunset take the listener to that most cinematic of cities and show just what lies out of reach, the power that is New York, and allows the creeping beauty of music Noir to be embrace ... read more »

Master Of None
Price: $15.00
Artist: Graham Day
Description:

Revived, legendary Mod label Countdown Records announce the welcome return of Graham Day to their roster. Their relationship with Graham stretches back to 1986 when his renowned band The Prisoners released the ... read more »

Jay Byham
Price: $8.00
Artist: Jay Byham
Description:

Meadville, PA’s Jay Byham's self-titled, 5-song debut EP was co-written and produced by Steve Butler (Quincy, Smash Palace) who also plays on the record alongside his Smash Palace bandmates!  "This is all-modern music SO imagin ... read more »

F.I.T.H.
Price: $12.00
Artist: Joel Tyler Wall
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  “F.I.T.H.” is the second solo outing from Joel Tyler Wall (better known as one half of pop duo Diamond Hands).  His previous solo record “Green Wave” saw Joel ... read more »

Triangle/Six Songs
Price: $13.00
Artist: Justin Kline
Description:

This 2010 release combined two of Justin's individually released EPs (both were previously download-only releases) into one glorious, nicely flowing pop effort! "Whimsical, melodic, shiny affairs and if you’re a fan of the Andy Sturmer/Roger Manning Jr-type of clean ... read more »

Fall In Love Not In Line
Price: $13.00
Artist: Kids on a Crime Spree
Description:

Oakland, CA's Kids On A Crime Spree have spent the last decade crafting a compact but potent discography that shows a deep love of 60’s Brill B ... read more »

Flavor Of The Month
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lannie Flowers
Description:

“Flavor Of The Month” is a completely new collection and the long-awaited physical media debut for the songs that made up Lannie’s celebrated and groundbreaking March To Home Singles Series in 2019 all newly remixed by L ... read more »

Across State Lines
Price: $15.00
Artist: Lund Bros
Description:

Brand new studio outing from the Lund Bros!  Almost from the beginning, the brothers realized they had something special when back in the early 90’s, they ditched the front-man singer idea as other people never seemed ... read more »

E Pluribus M Ross
Price: $15.00
Artist: M Ross Perkins
Description:

M Ross Perkins is back with his sophomore full-length “E Pluribus M Ross”, an album that’s another master class in home recording with 12 shimmering slices of purely perfect psychedelic pop.  When he released his self-titled full-length in 2016, he fittingly had music journalists in a tizzy .&nb ... read more »

The Human Race
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nezrok
Description:

Chris Korzen details the “history” of “The Human Race” - “I started writing the music which would become the songs on ‘The Human Race’ shortly after the release of the self-titled Nezrokread more »

Heart Inside Your Head
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men
Description:

10 new songs from Nick and the Boyz!  Special guests include popper Ryan Allen on guitar/vocals!  At times both more rocking (we like it that way!) and more reflective than what you may have come to expect from Nick, but still full of great riffs, melodies, and lyrics deeper than what the ... read more »

Olivier Rocabois Goes Too Far
Price: $13.00
Artist: Olivier Rocabois
Description:

Raised on cult albums ("Ram" by McCartney, "Giant Steps" by The Boo Radleys), Olivier Rocabois developed an eclectic taste for the refined and the organic.  “What a wonderf ... read more »

Past Life Regression
Price: $13.00
Artist: Papercuts
Description:

Jason Quever has been releasing timeless guitar-based dream pop as Papercuts since 2004, impervious to trends or micro genres that have come and gone around him.  In that regard, his contemporaries are artists like Hiss Golden Messenger and Fruit Bats, artists who ... read more »

Archive Series Volume 2
Price: $19.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

The truncated solo career of Phil Seymour yielded a pair of solid power pop albums, a gem of a single, "Precious to Me," and a reminder of the type of material he brought to the original Dwight Twilley Band. This expanded and remastered version of the second album is a ... read more »

Night Gnomes
Price: $15.00
Artist: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Description:

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets return with “Night Gnomes”, their 5th album.  The Australian combo has a strong “DIY ... read more »

Egg Yolks and Artichokes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ronnie D'Addario
Description:

The latest from popper Ronnie D’Addario is an unabashed nod to the swinging 60’s featuring a few covers and a slew of new original songs all loaded with catchy melodies and lush harmonies.  “A fine batch ... read more »

Play On
Price: $15.00
Artist: Scott McCarl
Description:

A RE-CONFIGURED REISSUE OF HIS 1998 SOLO DEBUT – DON’T PART WITH YOUR ORIGINAL IF YOU HAVE ONEread more »

Wide Awake
Price: $10.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

Now 15 years in, Shake Some Action! is showing no signs of slowing down as they return with “Wide Awake”, a sign-of-the-times record recorded remotely with band members never setting foot in the same studio at the ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #127
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #127
Description:

The Kinks’ Dave Davies graces the cover: The Kinks’ second son reflects on his own career as a songwriter and recording artist.  Other features include Ride: the Oxford quartet’s growth from shoegaze stars to elder statesm ... read more »

The Spark
Price: $12.00
Artist: Stratocruiser
Description:

Years prior to forming The Blusterfields, Mike Nicholson was an integral member of Stratocruiser, who back then were one of our favorite 70's-inspired rockers!   Released in 2011, “The Spark”, the band’s fourth album, successfully highlighted their nascent p ... read more »

Superimposition
Price: $12.00
Artist: Suburban HiFi
Description:

Greg Addington (of poppers the Hangabouts) is Suburban HiFi.  His music is mostly a DIY affair plus help from whoever happens upon the studio and hears music erupting through the walls.  In this case, Tom Curless is along for the ride on drums.  “Clever and catchy songwriting, p ... read more »

Modern Architecture
Price: $12.00
Artist: Swimming Pools & Movie Stars
Description:

Swimming Pools & Movie Starsread more »

Flights Of Fancy
Price: $10.00
Artist: Terry Carolan
Description:

Terry Carolan acquired recognition with a number of different bands, including Just Boys, The Pin Ups, True Hearts, New Movies, Blue Cartoon and Heirs Of Fortune.  “Flights Of Fancy” is Terry’s first so ... read more »

Don't Go Anywhere
Price: $14.00
Artist: The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JUNE 3 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Kool Kat’s release of “Don’t Go Anywhere” marks the CD debut of the band’s previously download-only release from 2021!  Those with a keen ear for undergroun ... read more »

Tones Of The Sparrow
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Asteroid No. 4
Description:

Celebrating 25 years as a band, stalwarts of the modern psych scene The Asteroid No.4  present “Tones Of The Sparrow”, their eleventh album!  Heavily inspired by the UK shoegaze scene including My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride ... read more »

The Vicious Afterglow
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Blusterfields
Description:

“The Vicious Afterglow” is the debut recording from North Carolina rockers The Blusterfields.  It is the product of this new ensemble that effortlessly blends power pop, garage rock and strains of other subgenres in the rock realm.  The songwriting team of Todd Jones-Jones and Mike Nichols ... read more »

Keep On With Falling (2CD/Deluxe Edition)
Price: $23.00
Artist: The Boo Radleys
Description:

Responding to the warm welcome that greeted news of their reformation earlier this year, The Boo Radleys release their first album of all-new music in 24 years!  Rising from cult-shoegaze band to the very ... read more »

August Lightning Complex
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Description:

Arriving almost exactly two years after their acclaimed “Boxer At Rest” album, “August Lightning Complex” is album number six for Oakland, CA’s The Bye Bye Blackbirds.  Recorded at Sharkbite Studios with engine ... read more »

Cleaned Up Collectables Vol. 1
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Cleaners From Venus
Description:

The Cleaners from Venus are these four 67 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 years younger than themsel ... read more »

Cleaned Up Collectables Vol. 2
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Cleaners From Venus
Description:

The 13-song, second volume of “Cleaned Up Collectibles” spans 1979's “Flamingo Rd” to 2015’s “The Bachelorette”.  Some are out-takes and b-sides from the mid 80’s.  Others were unfinished, lost, forgotten about or unchosen at the ... read more »

Falling Off The Face Of The Earth
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Electric Mess
Description:

The Electric Mess are led by an androgynous and dynamic lead singer, Chip Fontaine (aka Esther Crow).  “Falling Off The Face Of The Earth” was released in 2012.  The Huffington Post proclaimed "They entertain as a unit and still keep the music heads happy w ... read more »

House On Fire
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Electric Mess
Description:

On their 2014 release, The Electric Mess continue to display an immense amount of power and combine a lot of different influences like 60's Garage, dirty Punk Rock, Pop, Psych and the 80's Garage Revival-sound perfectly, adding the strong, punky vocals of tough front ... read more »

On Fire - Live At The Firebarn May 26, 1979
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Flashcubes
Description:

The Flashcubes, considered one of the greatest power pop bands in the history of the genre return with a 26-track, ultimate live in concert collection “ ... read more »

Something To Give
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Forresters
Description:

Founded on a rich sonic tapestry, roots poppers The Forresters create authentic songs that go straight to the heart.  Emerging from ... read more »

Colosseums
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Institutes
Description:

“Colosseums”, Coventry, UK band The Institutes’ debut album, is a BIG album full of 90’s-inspired rock anthems and shoeg ... read more »

A Day In The Life
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Parlophonics
Description:

The Parlophonics (Robert Horvath, Fernando Perdomo – does he ever sleep?, and Hugh Macdonald) is an alternative rock band making brilliant power pop/rock despite having never been in the same room with each other.  If anything, distance has only added grace and intention to the band’s sound ... read more »

Stay Out Of My World
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Preachers
Description:

Savage face-melting fist-pumping garage punk – that best describes 60’s legends The Preachers!  Beatrocket Records’ “Stay Out Of My World” presents their entire recorded output.  The results are a sonic ... read more »

Weight Of Line and Intersection
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Riffbrokers
Description:

The Riffbrokers have gilded the lily on their third full length release from 2008. The husband and wife team of Nick and Heather Millward have gathered a fine crop of musical fellows from such bands as The Young Sportsmen, North Twin and The Doll Test to stack heaps o ... read more »

Borrowed and Blue
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Slingsby Hornets
Description:

The first thing that is evident with “Borrowed And Blue” is that Jon Paul Allen (a.k.a. Frank E. Slingsby) has wonderful taste in music. Released in 2012, this, his fourth album under the Slingsby Hornets moniker is ... read more »

Triptych (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Sun Sawed In 1/2
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE MAY 27 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Neo-psychedelic, power-pop, sophisto-pop outfit, The Sun Sawed in 1/2 are back read more »

Tambourine Love
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Tambourine People
Description:

Conceived by musician and voice actor Chris Mezzolesta and composed, recorded and produced during February Album Writing Month 2020, this is a feel-good sunshine pop album with various feels of the late 60’s and a hopeful message.  The Tambourine People began as a ... read more »

Stereo
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Toms
Description:

New effort from The Toms, the solo project of producer, songwriter, and singer Tom Marolda, who plays almost all of the instruments on “Stereo” (though he does get help from his New Jersey pal, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on the track “You Mo ... read more »

Lots Of The Pops! Volume 1: Caught In A Sweet Refrain
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Tor Guides
Description:

Released in 2013, The Tor Guides' third effort is an absolute brilliant mix of shimmering, jangly (as in both 6 + 12 string guitars), sweetly sung pop of the highest order! Like both of their preceding releases, this one's yet another "confectionary collection of sug ... read more »

Enemies With Benefits
Price: $5.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

The future looked bright and rosy for Thrift Store Halo back in 1998 when the Chicago-based band’s debut album, “World Gone Mad” arrived. Positive reception was served in spades, but commitments outside of music prevented the group from moving forward.  Nearly 20 years after the relea ... read more »

Toddstock 2008: All Access (DVD)
Price: $13.00
Artist: Todd Rundgren
Description:

In June of 2008, Todd Rundgren opened his home, inviting his fans for a “Utopian Camporee” on his property on Kauai, HI.  For more than a week together, 300 of them built a community: cooking, connecting, and celebrating wit ... read more »

Person Of Interest
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tom Curless
Description:

Tom Curless explains the background of his latest, rockin’ effort “Person Of Interest” “The main difference between this one and ‘Almost Ready for the Future’ is that it is 100% me, just starting with a basic idea/structure and overdubbing like mad. ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #59
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #59
Description:

DUE MID-APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  The Troggs are the cover stars of this issue with an extensive feature based on new interviews with Chris Britton and Pete Staples.  Plus: David Holzer delves into the world of Alice Cooper circa 1974 with ... read more »

Sideshow
Price: $12.00
Artist: Vanilla
Description:

“Sideshow” is Vanilla’s followup to 2020’s excellent “Limerence” release!  “Vanilla are curio pop rock all stars, no genre can stump them. Their most recent collection ‘read more »

Friends And Lovers: Songs Of Bread
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Those of us who grew up with songs of Bread might remember when “The Guitar Man” or “Make It With You” would randomly flow from the speakers of our, or our parent's car.  Maybe we weren't listening, becaus ... read more »

From Morden To Wimbledon
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Arists
Description:

The followup to the brilliant “17 From Morden” album finds Nigel Lees’ Top Sounds label paying a second visit to R.G Jones' studio with “From Morden To Wimbledon”, a compilation which assembles sixteen tracks tran ... read more »

Pop Parade Doce
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Rock Indiana Records’ terrific collections of pop from around the world is back with its twelfth volume!  Fifteen tracks (including exclusives from Andrew Taylor, Lukah Boo, Howdy, Javier Polo (of The Winnerys), Marlovers, Radio Days, and Robertson).  Others ... read more »

The Young Idea: A Pop Tribute To Anthony Meynell & Squire
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

CALLING ALL MODS!  Anthony Meynell and Squire were at the forefront of the British Mod Revival from 1978 till around 1984 with a few appearances in the charts with gems like "Walking Down The Kings Road" and "The Fac ... read more »

If Only
Price: $13.00
Artist: Walker Brigade
Description:

“If Only” is a proper introduction to the slightly off-centre pop of LA’s Walker Brigade, whosde music can be described as melodic, abrasive, slyly funny and completely beguiling.  The art-punk-pop four-piece, veterans of a series of live shows and acclaimed singles under the label's auspices, ... read more »

In The Mean Meantime
Price: $15.00
Artist: Whelligan
Description:

Songwriter and singer Jamie Whelligan is a pop troubadour in the classic late 60’s vein.  A busker on the London Underground, an actor in art house film, one of those ever-present characters who seems weirdly displac ... read more »