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The Record Collector
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: The Foreign Films
 
 
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WOW!!  Previously only available as a lavish triple vinyl set and download, this 2CD set collects a long-gestating epic from the mind of Canadian power-pop architect Bill Majoros (“songs representing the jukebox of my mind” be declares) and his crafty cohorts in the Foreign Films!   ‘’Shadow in the Light’ leads the charge with youthful memories and pop savvy. ‘The Sun Will Shine Again’ draws threads to the glorious descent of Mott the Hoople’s ‘All the Young Dudes’ and mid-tempo, harmony-laden ELO ballads like ‘Can’t Get it Out of My Head,’ all anchored by a rhythmic nod to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.’  ‘Junior Astronomer’s Club’ adds psychedelic flourishes like sitar drone and spacefaring guitar leads alongside xylophone and elegant strings, adding the Beatles, Jellyfish, and Frank Zappa to the growing recommend-if-you-like roster. The Prince-ly funk-pop of the title track describes a girl who captures her emotions in the songs she spins, leaving her somewhat hindered when trying to connect with the present. The crashing ‘Broken Dreamers’ and ‘State of the Art” echo the Memphis chime of Big Star and southern jangle of R.E.M. The dubiously titled ‘Lucky Streak’ is a theme song awaiting the perfect spy movie. ‘Teardrop Town’ is a slinky film-noir vignette casting familiar streets as an alluring but deadly siren, sung as a duet between Majoros and Kori Pop.  The package includes the short story ‘Emily Blue and the Star on the Moon,’ revealing the thoughts of the character at the heart of the songs. Although isolated, Emily’s inner life and sense of wonder at everyday beauty sustain her, chronicled by her hopeful ‘A Letter (To Our Future Selves).’ ‘Northern Love Song’ recalls the Beatles’ ‘Getting Better,’ fusing George Martin’s heart-swelling string arrangements with Phil Spector’s wall of sound and a nimble Brian May-styled guitar solo.  Next up is Emily as a young woman in ‘Fall of the Summer Heart’. Chapters including ‘You Were My Summer Sun’ and ‘The Loneliest Night’ tap Majoros’ affinity for the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach, Moody Blues and Zombies as they recall the bitter and the sweet of summer romance. Carl Jennings’ bass during ‘Emily’s Dream Sequence’ nods to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues.’ The thrills culminate in the side-long “Fall of the Summer Heart,” a pop symphony in eight movements. Like the delicate “Girl by the River,” the song-cycle mourns a loss while celebrating its memory. In sum, this ambitious work offers a charming and evocative trip for hours of escape to the golden age of pop radio and bedroom turntables.” – Illinois Entertainer  As an early adopter of Bill Majoros and his magnificent Foreign Films adventures, they continue with the masterpiece that is ‘The Record Collector’.  A long time in the making, previewed over that period by the excellent ‘Record Collector’ side releases and Majoros's superb additions to Steve Eggers's releases with The Nines.  The culmination is this album in all its intended glory. It's pop, but not as we necessarily know it, a journey into all things of that ilk. This has certainly been worth the wait. The album veers off into all directions, but keeps everything melodic, inventive and so damn catchy. Just listening to Side 1 alone, pop rock, prog and orchestral rock are taken in and the journey just gets better and better. ‘Shadow In The Light’ could be Marc Bolan, ‘Junior Astronomer's Club’ could be Orgone Box and the beauty of the weeping ‘She Reveals Her Heart’ cannot be over emphasised.  Kori Pop's vocals add a great deal to Side 2. Her joint vocals on ‘Teardrop Town’, which you can imagine Nick Cave writing and her lead vocal on ‘Land Of A 1,000 Goodbyes’ which is all Lisa Mychols and benefits from Pop's piano playing.  ‘Broken Dreams’ is great 80's power pop, ‘State of The Art’ is so Jon Auer Posies. Lucky is all jangly psych pop.  Side 3 is particularly Beatlesesque, notably Lennon - the exception being the haunting, ‘A Foolish Symphony’ on which Kori Pop takes lead vocal duties on a wonderful arrangement. Side 4 is much slower and more moody, reminding me of great singer songwriters such as John Howard and Colin Blunstone.  On Side 5, the arrangements are varied, but very 60's Bacharach, ‘Emily's Dream’ is a cracking slab of psych featuring dialogue from Steve and Chantel Eggers. ‘Summer Fades’ is a fine closer. Side 6 closes this extraordinary affair with the almost 13 minutes of the psych wonderment that is ‘Fall Of The Summer Heart’.  Overall there is a lot of music here. It feels very much like one of those great singer songwriter albums of the 70's when budget wasn't a problem. However, the variance never lets the album become boring. I must also mention the superb  arrangements of Wim Oudijk.” – IDontHearASingle.com (review of the triple vinyl format).  A “jukebox of the mind” indeed Bill!  GREAT!!



 
New Data New Day
Price: $12.00
Artist: 8X8
Description:

The fourth album of psychedelic dream pop delivered via insightful lyrics and adventurous melodies by the transcontinental duo of Lane Steinberg (New York) and Alexander Khodchenko (Ukraine).read more »

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 »

Live On WLIR
Price: $15.00
Artist: Big Star
Description:

Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios in New York, the 1974 WLIR broadcast session sees the band in rebound after a state of transition.  The group had recently c ... read more »

Big Stir Magazine - Issue #3
Price: $6.00
Artist: Big Stir Magazine - Issue #3
Description:

It's bigger (now at comic book size and 52 pages) and packed to bursting with articles and artwork by and about your favorite artists on the global pop scene, lavishly designed by the inimitable Champniss of London ... read more »

Into The Ether
Price: $6.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

After breaking a 7-year hiatus with the terrific Befor ... read more »

Pomp, Twaddle & Bombast: Songs 13-24 + bonus EP
Price: $13.00
Artist: Checkpoint Charley
Description:

Checkpoint Charley is the ongoing Power Pop muse of Kevin Packard and Jesse Anderegg. Drawing heavily on the influence of Jellyfish, The Beatles, Queen, and Crowded House, the band returns from a 10 year hiatus to ... read more »

Creamer
Price: $15.00
Artist: Creamer
Description:

WOW!!  BIG STAR ALERT!!  Led by singer/songwriter Philip Creamer,read more »

The Diet
Price: $14.00
Artist: Cullen Omori
Description:

The second solo outing from Cullen Omori (Smith Westerns) was produced by popster Taylor Locke!  “He channels his rock influences (George Harrison, Marc Bolan) through a much more mode ... read more »

Cabaret Of Love
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Coming on the heels of the success of 2017’s “The Joy Of Pop”, Dana Countryman has done it again with his newest album “Cabaret of Love”!  This is Dana ... 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 »

Walnut Fascia
Price: $14.00
Artist: Emperor Penguin
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 22 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Crumhorn/Rum Pop Engineer
Price: $14.00
Artist: Emperor Penguin
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 22 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Specially-priced, two-for-one CD debut for their previously download-only/vi ... read more »

Gonna Rock Tonite!: The Complete Recordings 1969-1971 (3CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Flamin' Groovies
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN  < ... read more »

Fossil Fuel
Price: $12.00
Artist: Glowbox
Description:

WOW!!  WE MISSED THIS ONE LAST YEAR!!  Big Ups to Don Valentine (I Don’t Hear A Single) for hipping us to these pop monsters!read more »

Glowbox
Price: $12.00
Artist: Glowbox
Description:

Glowbox was formed in the Boston area in late 2013 with the objective of creating guitar-driven rock music with rich harmonies and indelible melodies.  Under the umbrella of the classic “two guitars, bass ... 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, “The Pope of Pop is back!  BIG TIME!!  “Having recorded eight albums an ... read more »

Every Little Thought
Price: $12.00
Artist: Hurry
Description:

DREAM-POP ALERT!!  Hurry was borne out of Matthew Scottoline’s creative urges six years ago, ... read more »

Ride On
Price: $8.00
Artist: Irwin
Description:

Jamie Hoover worked with Bill Irwin, from late 80’s-90’s Georgia pop-rockers Impulse Ride, to produce this 6-track EP, pairing four new tracks with two previously unreleased Impulse Ride tracks from 1994. ... 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 »

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 »

Turkey
Price: $12.00
Artist: Mike Krol
Description:

Garage rocker Mike Krol plays and sings with the uncontainable excitement of an underdog finally realizing his dreams, and the album courses with the adrenaline of newfound confidence.read more »

Power Chords
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mike Krol
Description:

The portrait of 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 »

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 »

Everything I Am: The Complete Plastic Penny (3CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Plastic Penny
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN  < ... 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 #88
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #88
Description:

Dusty Springfield is this issue’s cover (girl) star:NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  Stephen’s Ruin draws its inspiration from R&B, early rock & roll, 60& ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Future's Calling
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lurkers GLM
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 22.  AFTER FEBRUARY 22, THIS BECOMES A SPECIAL ORDER TITLE WITH N ... read more »

Chemical Landslide
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lurkers GLM
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 22.  AFTER FEBRUARY 22, THIS BECOMES A SPECIAL ORDER TITLE WITH N ... 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 »

Are You Ready To Fly?
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Rising
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN    &nb ... read more »

The Rising
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Rising
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN        FEBRUARY 22.  AFTER FEBRUARY 22, ... read more »

The Farewell Album/Greatest Hits & More
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Searchers
Description:

After nearly 60 years of making together, the legendary Searchers will officially retire in March 2019.  They are This disc contains all known recordings of infectious Middle Eastern inflected rock/beat from the  Sea -Ders (or& ... read more »

Mexican R'n'B (Deluxe Version) (3CD)
Price: $27.00
Artist: The Stairs
Description:

Formed in 1990 in Liverpool by singer and bassist Edgar “Summertyme” Jones, guitarist Ged Lynn and drummer Paul Maguire, The Stairs quickly attr ... 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 »

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 »

Hit The Hay Vol. 10
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The latest installment of this long-running series of pop, jangle, and twang is another winner!  The 25 song collection features two Kool Kat Musik artists (Rocket Bureau and ... read more »

White Lace and Promises: The Songs Of Paul Williams
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Singer, songwriter, actor and, really truly, bon vivant ... read more »

All The Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks, Rock’N’Glam (And A Flavour Of Bubblegum) From T
Price: $29.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: From the makers of the Junkshop Glam genre defining “Velvet Tinmine”, “Glitterbest” and “Boobs” compilations… comes this bookending box set. ... read more »

Big Gold Dreams: A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989 (5CD)
Price: $39.00
Artist: Variouis Artists
Description:

DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN  < ... read more »

Losing Touch With My Mind: Psychedelia In Britain 1986-1990 (3CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN  FEBRUARY 20.  AFTER FEBRUARY 20, THIS BECOMES A SPECIAL ORDER TITLE WITH NO GUARANTEE OF IMMEDI ... read more »

Revolution - Underground Sounds Of 1968 (3CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: DUE IN STOCK IN EARLY MARCH.  TO GUARANTEE DELIVERY, ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NO LATER THAN  read more »

Dynamite
Price: $13.00
Artist: Wes Hollywood
Description: BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  The CD (and Kool Kat Musik label) debut of the latest guitar ‘n’ hook-filled platter from this veteran power popster outta Chicago!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 »