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Circles And Squares
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Seth Swirsky
 
 
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Look…up in the sky…it’s a BYRD….it’s A BEATLE….it’s HARRY NILSSON…it’s BRIAN WILSON…no, silly… it’s SETH SWIRSKY!!!! Seth Swirsky is back with his long awaited, third solo album - “my best yet” he claims…and who are we to argue! He wrote, played and produced the entire 17-song album of newly-minted, pop gems. “Awash with all the best influences: some chamber pop, a smattering of early solo McCartney, a little Beach Boys, and more than a little Harry Nilsson. It’s an aural melting pot that, while obviously informed by the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s, certainly doesn’t come off as slavishly imitative in any way. These are impeccable pop songs that will linger in your head long after the music’s over. An easy comparison of the overall vibe on this record would be Paul McCartney’s self-titled solo debut. And, like McCartney, Seth’s themes lean towards “home, family, love.” The “love” portion of the equation is prevalent in tunes such as the mellow “Let’s Get Married” (strong Nilsson influence here), “I Loved Last Night”, the snappy, lighthearted “Let’s Move to Spain” and the absolutely gorgeous piano ballad, “With Her Now.” The fact that he sings and plays nearly everything here further strengthens the McCartney comparison. The sweet “I Don’t Have Anything (If I Don’t Have You)” is one of the prime cuts here. Over a simple and lovely (and simply lovely) melody, he notes that his love means more to him than all his prized possessions. The blissful ‘Shine’ finds him channeling his inner Brian Wilson with a perfect, ‘Pet Sounds’-like ditty; ‘Trying to Keep it Simple’ is a pep talk set to music that features an insidiously catchy chorus ; ‘The Simplest Way’ is another silly love song with a guitar figure slightly reminiscent of the main riff from ‘Dear Prudence’; and “Table” is a laundry list of items (an old Kinks CD, a yellow Sharpie, a cup of coffee, a digital camera) that can be found on Seth’s messy workspace, set to a Rickenbacker-fueled melody that recalls ‘When You Walk in the Room.’ Another Nilsson-ish number is the upbeat title track while ‘Far Away’ is one of those perfect little pop songs that sounds like you’ve heard it somewhere before. Closer ‘I Think of Her’ sounds like it could have been a smash for Simon & Garfunkel back in the day. This record is nothing short of a soft poppin’ tour-de-force that’s not to be missed.” – John Borack/Goldmine Magazine “This latest batch of songs that speak the truth about his life and ours too quite simply towers over just about everything he has done before. It will be tough to beat after the dust has settled on this monumental album. Proving that a creative, heartfelt approach to making music will yield magic almost every time, Seth has crafted a collection of songs that draws on all of his strengths, and perhaps incorporates a couple of new ones. His celebration of melody and, especially, harmony, of happiness and joy and how it can and should be, shows what this kind of talent can mold out of what wasn’t there before; imagine sitting down at your table with a blank slate in front of you and summoning the courage to translate your ideas into something as beautiful as this. That’s what it’s all about. It’s all about crafting beauty and working through one’s emotions to come out healed on the other side. These 16 songs, circles and squares one and all, are the latest expression of craft brought forth by one of pop music’s most important artists. These are the things that matter, and in Seth Swirsky’s hands, they sing.” – Alan Haber/PurePopRadio.com. Slots in our year-end Top 5 are aleady being eaten up by the likes of Cupid’s Carnival, Arvidson & Butterflies, and now “Circles And Squares”!

 
The Lockdown Session: April 2020
Price: $13.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

With a lot of time at home, Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor listened back over some sound clips on his phone, recorded during the last year. read more »

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

Recorded in our homes during the COVID-19 lockdown in Scotland between May 13th and 20th.  Starting life as another solo p ... read more »

False Alarm
Price: $11.00
Artist: Brad Marino
Description:

Brad Marino, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founding member of beloved garage rock n’ roll band The Connection, stepped into the spotlight on his first solo outing “Extra Credit” (2019) with a wave of rave reviews accolades, and ... read more »

Dear Life
Price: $15.00
Artist: Brendan Benson
Description:

After a seven-year hiatus, Brendan Benson returns with what is probably his most joyful solo album to date. &nbs ... read more »

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

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  ... read more »

Dollybirds & Spies
Price: $18.00
Artist: Cleaners From Venus
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!  The followup to Coke’s “3 (Gs)” tribute to the Bee ... read more »

Come Into My Studio
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

EN ROUTE - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  For most outside of our world of power pop/pop, Dana Countryman remains a mystery.read more »

West Coast Highway Cosmic
Price: $15.00
Artist: Datura4
Description:

Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed third album, “Blessed is the Boogie”, the Dom Mariani-led Datura4 have hit the motorway running for another sonic journ ... read more »

It's Pronounced...
Price: $11.00
Artist: Dave Kuchler
Description:

Once upon a time jangle guitar player/singer/songwriter Dave Kuchler joined an already established New Jersey band to help deliver one of the most criminally overlooked pop rock masterpieces of the early 2000’s, the Soul En ... 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 whe ... read more »

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

RELEASED ON JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  RELEASED ON JUNE 5 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The ... read more »

Modesty Forbids
Price: $18.00
Artist: Graham Gouldman
Description:

Graham Gouldman first made his name as an unusually gifted  jobbing songwriter in the mid sixties,penning hits for outfits such as The Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits and Th ... read more »

Androgyne + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Gyasi
Description:

GLAM ROCK ALERT!  FANS OF CREEM CIRCUS, MOTT THE HOOPLE, DAVID BOWIE, and T. REX, WILL DIG THIS!!&nbs ... 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 »

Juniper
Price: $12.00
Artist: Juniper
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Juniper Shelley has been singing for as long as she (or anyone) can remember. She grew up in a deeply musical home, absorbing the sounds around her and basking in the eclectic tastes of her dad, seasoned singer-songwriter and longti ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kyle Vincent
Description:

2020 sees “Accelerator”, Mothboxer's ninth album is a heady, psychedelic mix of vocals, guitars, drums and synthesizers for your listening pleasure!read more »

Downtime
Price: $13.00
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 »

Slow Recovery
Price: $12.00
Artist: Peter Baldrachi
Description:

Peter Baldrachi is a Boston singer-songwriter, drummer, and guitarist.  He released his first album, “Solid Ground” in 2006 to rave reviews in the rock, roots pop, and power pop community. read more »

If You Don’t Want My Love – Archive Series 6
Price: $15.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

RELEASED ON JUNE 5 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Brand new archive release containing more previously unreleased recordings!  read more »

Factory Settings
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pop Co-Op
Description:

Pop Co-Op are Steve Stoeckel (Spongetones), Bruce Gordon (Mr. Encrypto), Stacy Carson, & Joel Tinnel.  They write fresh RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Radio Free Universe sounds like driving forty miles over the limit along a long winding road. The windows are down, hair is blowing in the wind, and everyone is singing along ... read more »

Nationwide
Price: $11.00
Artist: Rockfour
Description:

Their 2004 release.  The 2001 effort from Tel Aviv quartet RockFour, a band that sound so removed from the Negev Desert and the Wailing Wall, you'd be hard-pressed to even guess at their origins. ... read more »

Interstellar
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ross
Description:

Juan Antonio Ross, a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, arranger, and producer is based in Murcia, Spain.  He began his career in the 80’s as a dr ... read more »

Record and Pause + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Seth Timbs
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Issued by underground imprint RCA Neon Records in mid-1971, the Shape Of The Rain album “Riley Riley Wood & Waggett” sold poorly at the time despite glowing reviews from the Briti ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #103
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine
Description: Cover stars are read more »

Open Road & Blue Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tad Overbaugh
Description:

Tad Overbaugh (formerly of roots poppers The Kickbacks) & the Late Arrivals are a 4-piece, heartland inspired, rock 'n' roll band from Boston.  Mixing their blue collar rock and classic country influence ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Class Kicks
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Hi-End
Description: Without further ado, The Hi-End are greased back, amped up, guitars and fists flying high, d ... read more »

Notes from a recent past
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Young Wait
Description:

The Young Wait is a band with American roots formed in the city of San Sebastián, Spain. After several singles, a ... read more »

The Best Power Pop Of 2018! (3CD)
Price: $21.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Curated by PGH’s founder Bruce Brodeen, you’re treated to 61 tracks over three CDs representing his take on the best Power Pop released in 2018!  Kool Kat Musik is nicely represented with tracks by ... read more »

The Best (Power Pop) Of 2017
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

The best of 2017 contains 31 tracks over two CDs.  Once again, Kool Kat Musik is nicely represented with tracks by Everet Almond, The Forty Nineteens, The Morning Line, Pseudonym, Richard Turgeon, and Trip ... read more »

The Love Revolution: Soft, Sunshine & Harmony Pop 1966-71
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“The Love Revolution” is Teensville Records’ latest look at the world (The US, Europe, and Australia) of obscure soft, sunshine, and harmony pop spanning the years 1966-1971.read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Since its inception in 2018, The Big Stir Singles Series has been a weekly diary not only of the global pop rock scene but the culture of its times as well.read more »

17 From Morden
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“17 From Morden