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Zibaldone
 
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Price: $12.00
Artist: The Armoires
 
 
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A boisterous, exuberant but sophisticated pop combo, The Armoires return with their keenly-awaited second album.  The band describe the new work as a sonic love letter to music itself: the music that inspired them and the music of their friends and fellow travelers on the stages of the global pop rock scene.  Once again produced by Plasticsoul's Steven Eric Wilson with a deft and empathetic touch, the record is a deeper dive into the same waters and crackles with the energy of a band that's found its voice... or voices, if you will. The unique harmonies of Broome and Bulbenko are the anchor, ornamented by the refined electric 12-string and viola lead interplay that's become the band's secondary signature.  Alongside a clutch of vibrant rockers are the charming Go-Betweens-meet-The Beach Boys shuffle of “McCadden”, the aqueous post-punk jangle-dub of “The Romantic Dream Appears Before Us”, the low-desert chamber-pop of “Suddenly Succulents”, the pedal-steel-sweetened melancholy of “Satellite Business” and the surf-klezmer clang of “Just Like Carl Crew Said”.  A veritable host of the band's friends from the pop scene show up for the party.  Along with Wilson himself, members of Spygenius, The Bobbleheads, The Corner Laughers, Toxic Melons and Blake Jones from The Trike Shop (on theremin no less!) appear, and ace harmonies from Michael Simmons and Steve Rosenbaum weave in and out between the leads... even former Soft Boy Matthew Seligman takes a turn on bass.  Despite the impressive and warm support of these luminaries, The Armoires sound more like themselves than ever before: the distinctive drumming of Hanna ties it all together, while shared lead harmonies (ranging from sunshine pop sweetness to X-like co-howls) and the bed of guitar, keys and viola, all finessed to its organic ideal by Wilson's production touch, are unmistakable for anyone else. The songs are lyrically playful and strewn with characters and mementos of the band's experiences.  You'll catch references to The Who, Blondie, Dylan, Bob Mould, Neil Young, The Jazz Butcher and R.E.M. alongside the aforementioned X and Soft Boys and many of Bulbenko and Broome's contemporaries. It's no trainspotter's checklist for the pair, though, but a loving acknowledgement of the musical air they breathe and the inspirational power of the songs, old and new, that fuel and define them.  EXCELLENT!!


 
Lockdown Session: June 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor and The Harmonizers
Description:

What appears to be the final installment of “The Lockdown Session” series by the recently extremely prolific Andrew Taylor!  This third session was ... read more »

Green Meadows Sketchbook
Price: $14.00
Artist: Bertling Noise Laboratories
Description:

Involved in music since the '90's, Nick Bertling primarily made his name as a drummer in Baltimore. Bands such as Puddle, Gary B & The Notions, Naked Blue, Alto Verde, They Hear and others.read more »

Freeride To Neverwhere + bonus disc
Price: $17.00
Artist: Borgh
Description:

Trainspotters may recognize Janne Borgh as the bass player in the fab ANC4, but he is also a songwriter, singer and guitar player in his own right.  He’s a self-proclaimed Anglophile who loves layered harmon ... read more »

When The Dust Just Won’t Settle
Price: $15.00
Artist: Captain Wilberforce
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  read more »

Late Checkout
Price: $15.00
Artist: Dent May
Description:

“Full speed ahead now, no more looking back,” Dent May confidently croons on his fifth LP, “Late Checkout”.  The un-nostalgic sentiment and sobering clarity of his latest body of work signifies taking a refl ... read more »

Gotta Get Back To New York City
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dr. Boogie
Description:

Real deal rock ‘n’ roll comin' atcha from Los Angeles.  We don’t know which gutter these guys crawled out of, but wherever it is, these dudes are comi ... read more »

Even Time
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ed Ryan
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 7 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

When Night Meets Day
Price: $14.00
Artist: Erk
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  The label and CD debu ... read more »

Stumbling Blocks
Price: $11.00
Artist: Exploding Flowers
Description:

Led by singer songwriter Sharif Dumani, read more »

Hue Spotting
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian
Description:

On their 10th studio album, Ex Norwegian take a psychedelic trip driving thru progressive pop territories under multi-coloured skies with 10 original tracks sending a love letter to classic British psychedelia.read more »

Spotting Hues
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegisn
Description:

The companion to “Hue Spotting” is a very, very kool kollection of kovers by the band who display excellent taste, knowledge, and loving care in delivery of their song selection from between the years 1968-1982.&nb ... read more »

Cloud Cover
Price: $11.00
Artist: Green Seagull
Description:

London based Green Seagull return with “Cloud Cover”, their second long-player.  Since forming in 2016, ... read more »

Hold Me In
Price: $12.00
Artist: High On Stress
Description:

After four strong albums in 11 years, this Minneapolis foursome disbanded from 2014-2018. “Hold Me In” is their first LP since read more »

Jerry Lehane
Price: $9.00
Artist: Jerry Lehane
Description:

It was 30 years ago today.  Well, maybe 29 but close enough for rock ‘n’ roll.  R ... read more »

To The Left Of The Moon's Reflection
Price: $14.00
Artist: John Howard
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!   read more »

Silver Raven
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kai Clark
Description:

There is no middle ground with tribute albums.  They either turn out as a haphazard collection of fan musings with a lot of hits and eve ... read more »

Long Overdue
Price: $12.00
Artist: Librarians With Hickeys
Description:

The band started off 2019 with their self-released debut single “Until There Was You” and “And Then She's Gone” which showcased the twin guitar jangle and chime of Ray Carmen (vocals, guitar) and Mike ... read more »

Come Along: The Exodus 1966
Price: $15.00
Artist: Lothar and The Hand People
Description:

When the world at large met Lothar And The Hand People they were electronic rock explorers.  If you’ve ever head a Lothar and The Hand People song, it was ... read more »

The Earth Years
Price: $16.00
Artist: Magic Bus
Description:

Brand new release from this The Devon, U.K band who have been weaving together their own cosmic tapestry for 10 year ... read more »

Silver Man
Price: $16.00
Artist: Matt Purcell
Description:

Inspired in part by ’60s guitar bands, Matt has been carving out an impressive niche for himself. Initially learning his trade with Aussie out ... read more »

Matt Purcell & The Blessed Curse
Price: $16.00
Artist: Matt Purcell & The Blessed Curse
Description:

Matt Purcell is an Australian-born singer now based in Ireland.  This is his 2010 debut. read more »

Thiensville
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nick Pipitone
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – AVAILABLE AUGUST 14 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  We’re thrilled to welcome ... read more »

Downtime
Price: $14.00
Artist: Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men
Description:

“Downtime” is the first album by Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men. After 4 successful solo albums beginning with 2013's "13 In My Head", Nick felt like it was time to shake things up with a new band.  ... read more »

There's Something Wrong With Everyone
Price: $7.00
Artist: Peter Hall
Description:

WOW!!  Peter Hall’s music combi ... read more »

Circus Days
Price: $14.00
Artist: Please
Description:

Sink into a vision of a dreamy psychedelic universe which seems to have been Peter Dunton’s own on “Circus Days," the third collection of previously unreleased ... read more »

Sea Change
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard Turgeon
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  The ever-prolific Richard Turgeon is back with “Sea Change”, his fourth release on the Kool Kat label!  Richard explains - “Th ... read more »

Poets & Sinners
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rogers & Butler
Description:

After releasing a well-received, four-song EP, “Diana Dors”, Ed Rogers and Stephen Butler have unleashed their first full-length album, “Poets & Sinners”.& ... read more »

Glamping
Price: $12.00
Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Description:

The ex-Jellyfish/current Lickerish Quartet guy’s 2018 release finally gets released to a wider audience!  “Within the first 20 seconds of the opener ‘Operator’, we get a retro sounding keyboard riff with two ... read more »

Catnip Dynamite
Price: $12.00
Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Description:

This is a remastered reissue of Roger’s 2008 outing that now includes “American Affluenza”, previously a Japan-only bonus track.  read more »

The Land Of Pure Imagination
Price: $12.00
Artist: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Description:

This is a remastered reissue of Roger’s 2006 outing.  “read more »

Sideways To New Italy
Price: $11.00
Artist: Rolling Blackouts C.F.
Description:

After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coa ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #106
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #106
Description:

Marsha Hunt graces the cover: Before and after 1969.  Her adventures in music, and in the counter-culture.  Other features include The Cyrkle ... read more »

Man On The Sea
Price: $12.00
Artist: Spygenius
Description:

Canterbury, England's Spygenius returns with their fifth (and in our opinion, BEST) long-layer, “read more »

Work and Love
Price: $14.00
Artist: Sunshine Boys
Description:

Though Sunshine Boys have been referred to as indie rock royalty, they prefer to think of themselves in more modest terms: as t ... read more »

The Bushmen
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Bushmen
Description:

You can't get much closer to the raw, beating heart of garage punk than this. The Bushmen were a quintessential explosion of teenage hormones, primal rock 'n' ... read more »

Boxer At Rest
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Description:

The Bye Bye Blackbirds are back with their fifth album.  “The band has always been labeled as power pop, which is not that acc ... read more »

Gospel Morning
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Chamber Strings
Description:

2020 REISSUE OF THIS OUT-OF-PRINT CLASSIC!!  The Cham ... read more »

Temsecal Telegraph
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Corner Laughers
Description:

The Corner Laughers fifth album marks their Big Stir Records label debut!   The record features guest appearance by Rex Broome (Armoires) and Bradley Skaught (Bye B ... read more »

Lost And Found
Price: $23.00
Artist: The Direct Hits
Description:

An 18-track collection of previously unreleased studio recordings, demos, live recordings and radio jingles spanning the years 1982-2019 by one of the best Mod ... read more »

Second Dose
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dirty Truckers
Description:

The Dirty Truckers got together back in 1999 when songwriter Tom Baker chose to pursue a decidedly American rock n' roots direction. Drawing on kick-ass influences such as Che ... read more »

Ocean Moon (New Songs and Hidden Gems)
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Foreign Films
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Bill Majoros is a ... read more »

XOXO
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Jayhawks
Description:

How is this read more »

Threesome Vol. 1
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Lickerish Quartet
Description:

JELLYFISH ALERT!!!!  JOINT RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK/FDR LABELS!!read more »

The Sands Of Time
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sunchymes
Description:

After teasing us by occasionally releasing new songs on Bandcamp, Aaron Hemmington is finally back with The Sunchymes’ first full-length release in 5 years!  And, ... read more »

Present...
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sunchymes
Description:

Brit sunshine poppers The Sunchymes (Aaron Hemmington) returned in 2015 with this, their third album.  Their music has quite accurately been described as a synthesis of the "Pet Sounds"/"Smile"-era Beach Boys and ... read more »

Let Your Freak Flag Fly
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sunchymes
Description:

The music of The Sunchymes is a summery fusion of power pop and psychedelia which has been compared to the likes of The Beach Boys, Wondermints, Beatles, The Byrds, Jellyfish and Baby Lemonade.read more »

Shifting Sands
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Sunchymes
Description:

The Sunchymes is a solo project by Aaron Hemmington which has received positive comments from the likes of Jeff Foskett and Nelson Bragg.  A ... read more »

For Those About To Pop!
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Yum Yums
Description:

Hooray!!!  The Yum Yums are back!  The Yum Yums are back!  This is the sophomore “solo” outing fromread more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #54
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #54
Description:

DUE MID-AUGUST – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!   This special issue pays tribute to P ... read more »

Good Weather Machine – Sunshine, Soft & Studio Pop 1966-1972
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Good Weather Machine” is Teensville's sixth look at the turned-on sounds of late 60’s pop spanning the sunshine, soft and studio styles.  It features 31 commercial examples of highly produced ... read more »

Fuzzy Patterns – A Tribute To Tages
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Sweden’s Tage's career started when they were crowned the West Coast Beatles in 1964. The first prize was a record recording that also became their first number one on ... read more »

Martin Green Presents: Super Sonics (40 Junkshop Britpop Greats)
Price: $21.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Super Sonics” is a 2CD, 40-track celebration of the multi-faceted British alt rock/pop scene which flourished from 1992-1998, midway through attracting the term Brit ... read more »

Surrender To The Rhythm: The London Pub Rock Scene Of The Seventies
Price: $28.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Surrender To The ... read more »

Tiny Little Movies
Price: $13.00
Artist: Will Hoge
Description:

Will Hoge has long been the kind of songwriter that reveals big, bold, and immersive emotions, with lyrics that pour forth from out of way places, seemingly inconsequential lives, and a dialed in small story approach. ... read more »