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Uppers & Downers
 
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Price: $12.50
Artist: Gold Star
 
 
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Marlon Rabenreither aimed for a wider scope of emotional dexterity on “Uppers & Downers” and has achieved just that. The old-timey theme mapping out a picture of country roads and Americana grit remains, but his latest includes a hopeful edge that invites you to join in on the highs, the lows and everything in between; “The idea was to achieve a deeper scope, a more dynamic range: slow songs, fast songs, less genre specific, capturing all the moods,” explains Marlon.  Big names are not needed in this album; but they are present with the likes of Cameron Avery of Tame Impala and Cole Alexander of Black Lips offering contributions ranging from loaded, vintage-sounding keys to bold harmonies.  Nothing, however, takes away from Rabenreither’s potency over this album. “From the opening track, ‘Crooked Teeth’, the splintered, experienced voice of Rabenreither is showcased. The music is brimming with nostalgia as he throws it back to a classic era of music with a modern twist, much akin to the Ryan Adams’ ‘Gold’ - period.  A mixture of different eras and emotions creates a familiarity with the album which is felt from the offset, drawing your attention and capturing your curiosity.  As the album progresses, the momentum builds and the curiosity develops as you are fully pulled into an album that is so complex in emotion, so varied in genre and so wide in scope that it will have you smiling, crying and worrying about what uninvited emotion will be lured out of you with the next track.  The autobiographical ‘Half the Time’ is a sun-kissed, Americana fueled, personal track that paved the way for the rest of the album.  Big keys, a changing tempo and those cracked vocals create a track that celebrates being unhappy only half the time. And then there is ‘Chinatown’ and the title track, both of which are ethereal and contrasting to the tracks around them.  The former is an acoustic, looping track that boasts country-rock elements; whilst the latter ironically brings the most life to the album through just Rabenreither’s vocals and a faint organ harkening the old, troubling days of Gold Star’s tumultuous journey.  Overall, the record acts as a collage, pinning up an eclectic mix of music and emotion, observational folklore and personal feeling. It invites you to join and commands you to listen all on the turn of Rabenreither’s alluring personality, his visceral narrative and his layered vocals.” – TheLineOfBestFit.com  GREAT!!


 
Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared apprecia ... read more »

Medium Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team of Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, the pair began writing together back in the dying embers of ... read more »

September Gurls (Expanded)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell & Squire
Description:

Fronted by Anthony Meynell, Squire were arguably the best Mod act around when The Jam brought attention to this burgeoning scene in the late 70’s. With an impressive canon on timeless pop songs, as danceable as they are me ... read more »

Under Blue Skies (Expanded)
Price: $13.00
Artist: Armstrong
Description:

Armstrong is one of those mysterious and elusive bands that stays well beneath the surface, but anyone willing to dive a bit deeper is richly rewarded with pearls of great value. The band is centered around singer/songwriter Julian Pitt whose read more »

Watching A Garden Die
Price: $11.00
Artist: Berwanger
Description:

The fourth full-length from Josh Berwanger, former member of The Anniversary.  He must have Founded in 2015 by celebrated punk rock and roller Edo McGrady a former member guitarist voc ... read more »

New Songs For The 20th Century (2CD)
Price: $24.00
Artist: Chris Stamey and The Modrec Orchestra
Description:

The title should give you pause. These are new songs but for an older time. Chris Stamey has built his stellar reputation primarily on infectious power pop and loud rock n’ roll so it’s a bit shocking (unless one is hip to his r ... read more »

Ginger Stepkids – The Lost Demos 2009/2010
Price: $17.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description:

Brand new 13-song collection of stripped-down demos from Martin Newell under the Cleaners From Venus moniker!  Martin explains “These tracks were the last rough demos made with th ... read more »

Dream Road
Price: $13.00
Artist: Doug Tuttle
Description:

Doug Tuttle has been writing and recording records alone in his New England apartment since the collapse of his former band MMOSS in 2012. &nbs ... read more »

Falling
Price: $11.00
Artist: Dude York
Description: On album number three, Seattle’s Dude York deliver a pretty diverse bunch of song ... read more »

Little Big Head (Expanded)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Duncan Reid & the Big Heads
Description:

This is the digitally remastered and expanded edition of their debut album.  Formed in 2012 by ex-singer/bass player/live front man of Joey Ramone's favori ... read more »

Radio Silence
Price: $10.00
Artist: Faux Co.
Description:

Chicago’s Faux Co. is composed of musicians Ben Mackey, Chris Lee, Christian Whiting, and Jayson Homyak. Their music is a blend of melodic pop with grittier garage-rock elements; think Elliott Smith paired with Spoon and a side of neo-psychedeli ... read more »

A Dream Is U
Price: $14.00
Artist: Francis Lung
Description:

The young, mysterious buzz band is a mainstay of British music culture.  In 2011 that title went to Manchester’s read more »

The Path Of Least Resistance
Price: $11.00
Artist: Freeloader
Description: Freeloader is a young rock band from the Florida panhandle whose twin-guitar attack is remin ... read more »

Everest
Price: $12.00
Artist: In Deed
Description:

Uppsala, Sweden's In Deed, purveyors of timeless indie-pop of the highest order, are embarking on an improbable and thrilling third act with the release of thei ... read more »

Parloursounds
Price: $12.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description: read more »

Sexbombe Uber Alles
Price: $14.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

An 11-track  “Best Of” sorts that contains 7 songs from “Good Enough For Me and Harry McGee” and “Fly My Pretties Fly” along with 4 songs (“Love’s Gonna Be My Game ... read more »

'Fly My Pretties, Fly'
Price: $14.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

2008’s “Fly My Pretties Fly!” again shows off some of James’ influences, creating a wonderful musical palette and as Record Collector later described his music as "A host of effervescent pop delights...”  < ... read more »

Good Enough For Me and Henry McGee
Price: $14.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

James Clarke Five are Liverpool-born songwriter James Hughes-Clarke, along with some guests from time to time, on his various recordings. There aren’t really five people in JC5. It’s just a name.  ... read more »

Not Changing
Price: $13.00
Artist: Jim Basnight
Description:

Jim Basnight is a Northwest perennial, best known for his new wavy combo The Whoever said rock and roll is dead forgot to tell John Larson and The Silver Fields.  John Larson was th ... read more »

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

Whoever said rock and roll is dead forgot to tell John Larson and The Silver Fields.  John Larson was th ... read more »

Full Circle Nightmare
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kyle Craft
Description:

Kyle’s second album released in 2018 is full of femme fatales and other clichés dredged from a half-century of classic rockKyle Craft's music has often been compared to the early '70s glam heyday of David Bowie, and his love of Bob Dylan is obvious in the surreal imagery of his lyrics.  “ ... read more »

Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey
Price: $12.00
Artist: Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey
Description: read more »

A Dozen Or Seven Tapestries
Price: $12.00
Artist: Lolas
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  AVAILABLE AUGUST 30 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  It’s been 13 years since we last hea ... read more »

Another Land
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lucille Furs
Description:

Recorded direct to tape, this is the kind of record you can get lost in on a cross-country drive from the Midwest to the West Coast.  It’s a record w ... read more »

Shape Shifter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Very kool show recorded live at The Petrillo Bandshell in Chicago on July 4, 1993 and broadcast on WXRT-FM.  ... read more »

Hello, All You Happy People
Price: $10.00
Artist: Mondello
Description:

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good ‘ol throwback of a charming, DIY effort, but Mondello’s debut fits the bill quite nicely!read more »

Time Capsule Volume One
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description:

The latest from Mothboxer is a collection of 10 songs written many years ago and finally completed this year!  “ ... read more »

Long Shot
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

Nick Eng is back with his second album in a little over a year. Night Moves' new album sees John Pelant and Micky Alfano perfect their brand of poppy psychedelia, entering a new atmosphere where the sounds are just as sweet, but now smarter, and more evocative.  < ... read more »

Can You Really Find Me
Price: $14.00
Artist: Night Moves
Description:

Night Moves' new album sees John Pelant and Micky Alfano perfect their brand of poppy psychedelia, entering a new atmosphere where the sounds are just as sweet, but now smarter, and more evocative.  < ... read more »

Nutlets II (1978-2001)
Price: $10.00
Artist: Papernut Cambridge
Description:

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Beyond The Door
Price: $15.00
Artist: Redd Kross
Description:

Redd Kross have devoted their career to making subversive entertainment in a high pop celebrity style, reintroducing forbidden classic-rock tropes as melodies, harmonies, ripping musicianship, and primary colors-stuff that had (largely) been ditched ... read more »

Go Deep + bonus disc
Price: $15.00
Artist: Richard Turgeon
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  AVAILABLE AUGUST 23 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  In 1997. Andy Bell, emerging from the wreckage of his old band, the mercurial In 1997. Andy Bell, emerging from the wreckage of his old band, the mercurial Ryan Hamilton has been on our radar since he partnered up with Bowling For Soup’s Jaret as part of double act People on Vacation.   ... read more »

Hummingbird Heart
Price: $13.00
Artist: Scott Gagner
Description:

It’s been an eventful two years since Scott Gagner’s highly acclaimed “Pins & Needles”.  Scott explains “I started taking better care of myself, ... read more »

white lies and bloodshot eyes
Price: $12.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

A KOOL KAT EXCLUSIVE!!   Available again after being out of print for several ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #94
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #94
Description:

Sweet are this issue’s cover stars!  Band on the Run: How Glam's poster boys Sweet kicked out the jams!  Brian Jon ... read more »

Never Let You Get Away
Price: $12.00
Artist: Supercrush
Description:

Imagine the feeling of stumbling on an old sepia-toned photograph of your parents sandwic ... read more »

Worlds Collide
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Anderson Council
Description:

If you are a fan of British Invasion power pop and psychedelia and subsequently inspired acts, such as XTC, The Jam, Redd Kross, The Smithereens, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Posies and Jellyfish, you’re going to love “World Collide”, another Ander ... read more »

Zibaldone
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

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 inspir ... read more »

Platinum Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Briefs
Description:

The Fall of 2000 was a time of innocence.  Saxophonist Bill Clinton was our President. The Twin Towers were still standing…  Then the Brie ... read more »

The New Industrial Ballads
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Claim
Description:

The Claim hail from Cliffe in Kent and were one of the major players in the thriving "Medway Scene" which came out of the WOW!!  A Garage-o-Delic 60’s Explosion is what The Creatio ... read more »

The Creation Factory
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Creation Factory
Description: read more »

Running For Covers
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Doughboys
Description:

Produced by Kurt Reil (of The Grip Weeds who also contributes vocals and percussion throughout) The Doughboys’ sixth studio album, “Running For Covers”, contains 13 tracks from the ... read more »

A Sides B Sides
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Elevators
Description:

Another piece of 80’s Brit Pop history has been rescued!!  “The Elevators started off life as The Stains but decided to change their name in 1978.read more »

Open The Kimono +3
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Embryos
Description: NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL - AVAILABLE AUGUST 16.  ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Originally released in 2018, and previously only available on vinyl, “Open The Kimono” makes its CD debut on Kool Kat.read more »

There Is Only Now
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

The 6th effort from one of the best garage, psych, and Freakbeat bands going in the UK!  “Heritage can be a harsh mistress.read more »

The Gold
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Gold
Description:

KURT BAKER ALERT!!  The First Mystery: “The Gold” Where does this name come from? Maybe it ... read more »

Pearls.
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description:  

Originally a studio project, The Gold Needles have since beco ... read more »

Through A Window
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description: RELEASED ON JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Marigold
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description:

The Laissez Fairs are back with “Marigold”, their fourth album!  16 tracks.  All sorts of tunes...fat, skinny, loud, and soft...travel inside this album.. ... read more »

The Last Bees
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Last Bees
Description:

There's an undeniable scent of nostalgia in the air. Our distraction-filled digital lives have us craving something that is organic, real and spontaneous.read more »

Between Time And Space
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

Brillant new jangly, swirling, heavily-inspired 60’s US/European psych-pop from this Swedish-American project that features Jeremy Morris (US) and Stefan Johannson (Sweden).  The new 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 11 years after the band’s last album, the three Michiganers - Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler alongside Jack White are backThe Rallies are back with their sophomore effort and it’s a reverb-charged slab of sunny hooks and bittersweet sentiment. “If you enjoyed their harmony- drenched debut ‘read more »

Upside Down
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Rallies
Description:

The Rallies are back with their sophomore effort and it’s a reverb-charged slab of sunny hooks and bittersweet sentiment. “If you enjoyed their harmony- drenched debut ‘read more »

From Home
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Rubinoos
Description: Spread the news, The ‘Boos are back in town!!!!  ... read more »

The Very Best Of The Streetcar Conductors
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Streetcar Conductors
Description:

Streetcar Conductors began in 2013 as the solo project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Moore.  Over the years it has evolved into a band consisting of two guitars, bass, drums and s ... read more »

Saratoga
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Successful Failures
Description:

The brand new one from Mick Chorba and his merry band might just be their best yet!  The band’s vision – built upon a tripl ... read more »

Bird Of Luck
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Supernaturals
Description:

The Supernaturals formed in 1991.  Their original lineup was comprised of Derek McManus (guitar), James McColl (guitar/vocals), Gavin Crawford (drums) and Mar ... read more »

See You In The Next World
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Vapour Trails
Description:

WOW!!  Aberdeen, Scotland’s The Vapour TrailsTodd HerfindalTodd HerfindalTony Low was a founding member of New York band The Cheepskates.  He went solo in 1998, ... read more »

Once & Always
Price: $12.00
Artist: Trip Wire
Description:

Marty Schneider This issue turns up the volume all the way for the story of Randy Holden’s days with Blue Cheer along with the making of his heavy rock colossus “Population II”.  < ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #51
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #51
Description:

This issue turns up the volume all the way for the story of Randy Holden’s days with Blue Cheer along with the making of his heavy rock colossus “Population II”.  From the ... read more »

On Safari
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ulysses
Description:

This fun and funky 4th album by Ulysses is a perfect soundtrack to a summer day trip!  “Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave”
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  “Like a power pop Blanche DuBois, ‘This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl’The tenth volume of this very kool series on Spain’s Rock Indiana label is, like all nine that preceded it, bursting at the seams with 15 more slices of pure pop goodness!  The collection features rare ... read more »

Waterloo Sunset - A Benefit For This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  “Like a power pop Blanche DuBois, ‘This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl’Way back in the ancient days of 1972, noted philosopher and poet Ricky Nelson wrote “If memories are all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck.”read more »